by Dean Dean

PRESSURE WASHER OIL

PRESSURE WASHER OIL

When it comes to PRESSURE WASHER OIL selection, HIGH PERFORMANCE LUBRICANTS is all I use.  Recently, I had my truck in for service and they changed the oil.  I did not intend for them to change my oil as you’ll see in this video.  So Edwin, with High Performance Lubricants, replaced the bad oil with THE BEST!  Edwin took a moment to explain why these oils are superior in the Doug Rucker Store showroom.  My first experience with these oils was with my personal vehicle, a Honda CRV.  I instantly noticed a huge difference and began using these superior quality oils in all my vehicles and power wash equipment.  You will not find a better quality pressure washer oil on the market!

DIFFERENTIAL LIFE

Differential Life is a gear oil and perfect pressure washer oil for machines with gear boxes.  There there is also a 5 W 30 which is for pressure washer engines.  At the 4:45 time stamp, Edwin explains what each letter and number represents, because this can be confusing.  He clears it up for us!  Then he explains that the pump oil is non-detergent and why this is important.  The penetrating lubricant is great for using to free up equipment that has rust or corrosion.  You can also use this to keep quick connects working smoothly and efficiently.  It helps prevent the ball mechanism inside from freezing up and locking in place.  WD40 tends to collect more dust and dirt.  but High Performance Penetrating Spray leaves less residual because it leaves the surface more dry than WD40.  If you are interested in their full line of industrial products, go to timestamp 7:40.

LESS FREQUENT CHANGES   

Using High Performance Lubricants Pressure Washer Oil and for vehicles results in less frequent oil changes.  As an example, they have a client with a fleet of over 100 Suburban SUV type vehicles.  They are getting 20,000 miles per oil change.  Oil changes are the way to ensure equipment and vehicle productivity and reliability.  Edwin calls this “cheap insurance!”  For local power wash service providers in the Houston area, we can help right here at Doug Rucker Store.  We can get your equipment and your vehicles switched over and provide continuing maintenance.  Just make sure we get you scheduled for this.  Don’t forget, we’re coming to ATLANTA in June 2024!

by Dean Dean

Pressure Washing Startup Rig

Pressure Washing Startup Rig

Have you ever wondered what a Pressure Washing Startup Rig might look like?  Perhaps you are considering starting your power wash business and aren’t sure where to start.  You have come to the right place!  In this video post, we highlight a “mini rig” for a customer that is new to the business.  There is a complete walk through of all the equipment which begins with a water fill hose plumbed to the water tank.  And 200 feet of fierce jet hose for pressure washing.  Both of these are on Hannay manual reels.  And of course, he is getting a Flow Pro Remote Bypass System for downstreaming.  This saves so much time and effort on every job that you do not want to start your business without it!

TANKS

This Pressure Washing Startup Rig comes with two tanks, one for water and one for bleach.  These are each 50 gallon slimline tanks that fit perfectly at the front of the truck skid which is where you want the most weight.  This custom rig comes with a surface cleaner holder on top and a pressure washer just beneath.  All of this is for Ted’s Ford pick up truck who also appears in this video at the 1:35 time stamp.  Ted and his sons attended my monthly hands on training event in Houston and are not fully trained and equipped.  This Pressure Washing Startup Rig is what I call a “nice little money making rig.” And this is the ideal set up to start your own pressure washing business.

CUSTOM BUILDS

Please keep in mind that all of our builds are completely custom made for your needs and to fit your budget.  This means we build not just truck skids, but also van and trailer builds whether open or enclosed.  Take a look at this particular Kingslinger Soft Wash Skid Set Up and see if it might work for you!  We hope this Pressure Washing Startup Rig video has been helpful for you.  If so, you should also check out my plumbing a pressure washer video post as well.

by Dean Dean

How To Replace Honda GX690 Fuse

How To Replace Honda GX690 Fuse

Are trying to figure out How To Replace Honda GX690 Fuse?  If so, this video post is perfect for you!  I’m Doug Rucker and my passion is helping pressure washing business pros start and grow their business.  In addition to my commercial power wash service in Houston, I also provide training and equipment.  Sometimes, the Honda GX690 won’t start.  This video post is the result of a question from one of our viewers asking for more details from an earlier video.  We sure hope this video about How To Replace Honda GX690 Fuse helps if you experience this issue.

SMALL FUSE

It’s really amazing that something so small as a fuse can stop work on a job and ruin your day.  But these are the kinds of thinks we like to prepare you for.  It’s just a small 30 amp fuse, and it’s hidden from view behind the key switch.  I have experienced with this first hand both with a cold start and even when trying to restart on a job after turning it off.  The usual first assumption is a dead battery but it’s important to consider the fuse first.  So for How To Replace Honda GX690 Fuse, you’ll need a 10 mm socket.  There are two screws behind the key switch to remove.  One is on top and the other is right beneath it.  This will detach the key switch box from the engine.  At the 5:15 time stamp, you’ll see one phillips-head screw that you also need to remove. You then remove a wire harness band which looks like a big o-ring.

FUSE HOLDER

There is a small case or fuse holder that you can access.  At this point, pull the 30 amp fuse out and replace it with a new 30 amp fuse.  Then check to see if starting is successful.  I also suggest leaving the fuse holder hanging outside for easy access if this occurs again.  And of course, keep spare fuses with you on hand somewhere with your rig.  This way, you won’t lose any time on the job due to such a small and easy maintenance fix.  Be sure and watch the entire video for all the little tricks and details I provide.  And leave a comment if you have experienced this issue and if this video post was helpful in resolving it.

 

 

by Dean Dean

SPARE PARTS FOR PRESSURE WASHING TRUCK

SPARE PARTS FOR PRESSURE WASHING TRUCK

Check out this SPARE PARTS FOR PRESSURE WASHING TRUCK video post.  Or you may also have a van or a trailer.  But I wanted to provide some basic spare parts that you need to have while you’re on the job site.  I’ll start with a QUICK CONNECT SET.  It comes with an option of male pipe thread or female pipe thread.  You never know when these quick connect fittings are going to fail.  So I recommend having 3-6 sets.  Remember that there are also two different size options which include 3/8 inch and 1/4 inch.  It’s also important to have packages of the o rings for these fittings.  And you will need a dental pick set for repairs.  Let your SPARE PARTS FOR PRESSURE WASHING TRUCK check list begin with these important items.

 

SURFACE CLEANER NOZZLES

Surface Cleaner Nozzles are also vital to SPARE PARTS FOR PRESSURE WASHING TRUCK.  These nozzles clog up very easily because they are so small.  I recommend replacing the nozzles while on the job, rather than taking the time to attempt repair.  Get a welder’s tip tool to remove grit and unclog surface cleaner nozzles.  Of course, whatever high pressure nozzles you use regularly, you will want to have spares for those as well.  We use and have spares for the entire JROD nozzle kit.  At the 9:00 time stamp, you’ll notice quite a bit of detail about all the nozzle SPARE PARTS FOR PRESSURE WASHING TRUCK.

OTHER ITEMS

Here are other items you’ll want to make sure you have.  Teflon tape and loxeal is important to have on hand for replacing and repairing any and all fittings.  Electrical tape will be needed for wiring repairs.  Hose clamps always come in handy, and a pressure gauge to test your machine.  If you are a big time downstreamer like myself, a few items are worth mentioning.  Our black plastic chemical strainer, spare downstream injectors and check valves will help prevent down time.  This is something that’s very important in our business.  Preventing down time saves you money and keeps you moving toward the next job!  Believe it or not, there are a few more important pieces so be sure and watch the entire video.  For those of you located in the southeast US, we’re bringing some incredible training opportunities to COCOA, FLORIDA!  We hope to see you there!

by Dean Dean

The Ultimate Guide to Winterizing Your Pressure Washer

The Ultimate Guide to Winterizing Your Pressure Washer

The Ultimate Guide to Winterizing Your Pressure Washer is crucial to ensure it remains in good working condition during the winter months and beyond. Proper winterization helps protect the machine from potential damage caused by freezing temperatures and extended periods of inactivity. Here are some tips on how to winterize your pressure washer.

  1. Draining the Tank: Begin by draining the water from the buffer tank. This step is essential to prevent freezing, which can cause serious damage to the pump and other components.
  2. Blowing Out Plumbing and Hose Lines: Use compressed air, from an air compressor, you can blow out any remaining water from the plumbing, pump, and hose lines. This will help ensure that no water is left to freeze and potentially cause damage.
  3. Using Antifreeze: I prefer to run a solution of antifreeze through the system to provide protection against freezing. I prefer using a fully concentrated Anti Freeze. Some guys will use RV/Marine Anti Freeze or Non Concentrated Anti Freeze. But there are reports of machines still freezing using this. Be sure to run the anti freeze through the bypass hose as well. So you’ll need to turn your ball valve off, so that it goes into bypass. Once done, leave you ball valve in the open position.
  4. Cleaning Filters and Nozzles: This is also a good time to remove and clean the filters and nozzles to prevent any debris or mineral buildup that could affect the pressure washer’s performance when you get back to work.

MORE STEPS TO TAKE

  1. Protecting from Rodent Damage: If you have an open trailer or truck rig, inspect the pressure washer for any potential entry points for rodents and take measures to protect the machine from nesting or damage.
  2. Disconnecting the Battery: If your pressure washer is equipped with a battery, disconnect it to prevent drainage and potential damage during storage.
  3. Fuel tanks: For gas-powered pressure washers, it’s important to follow additional steps such as stabilizing the fuel. If you have a machine with a fuel shut off, I recommend while running the machine, with water coming out of your ball valve, turn the fuel supply off. This will drain the Carburetor of gas. Any excess gas in the tank should be treated with a fuel stabilizer.
  4. Cleaning Exposed Surfaces: Thoroughly clean the exterior of the pressure washer to remove any dirt, grime, or chemical residue that may have accumulated during use.
  5. Storing in a Dry Location: Find a dry and secure location to store your rig during the winter months, such as a garage or shed, to protect it from the elements.
  6. Following Manufacturer Recommendations: Always consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific winterization procedures and recommendations tailored to your pressure washer model.

By following The Ultimate Guide to Winterizing Your Pressure Washer, you can help prolong its life.  In addition, you will ensure it’s ready for use when the warmer weather returns. Remember that proper maintenance and care are essential for keeping your pressure washer in optimal condition, especially during periods of extended storage.

In conclusion, winterizing your pressure washer is a proactive measure that can prevent costly repairs and downtime in the future. Whether you have a gas-powered or electric pressure washer, taking the time to properly winterize it will pay off in the long run by preserving its performance and functionality.  We hope The Ultimate Guide to Winterizing Your Pressure Washer is helpful to your business.  For a video on this subject, click here.  For more training opportunities, check out The Pressure Washing School.

by Dean Dean

Pressure Wash Downstream

Pressure Wash Downstream

What is the difference between plug in/socket out versus plug out/socket in?  While I have several videos on Pressure Wash Down Stream basics, I did receive an email with questions about pressure washer configurations.  Some of the products on the store website provide a configuration option for you to choose from.  You can select either plug in/socket out or plug out/socket in.  This can be somewhat confusing, especially if you are new to the pressure washing service business.  So this Pressure Wash Downstream video will help clarify some things and answers questions you may have.

FLOW DIRECTION

This entire issue boils down to the direction that the water flows from your pressure washer machine.  On the water outlet from the machine, you will have either a socket fitting or a plug flitting.  Sometimes the socket is also called a coupler.  The way all of my machines are set up is “plug out.”  But most machines arrive from manufacturers with a “socket out” configuration.  We provide custom builds and this means you can choose your own personal preference for this option.  At the 2:50 time stamp, I provide an example of one of our store products on the website with this option.  At 4:30, you’ll see a very important but small arrow which indicates the flow direction of the water.  So understanding pressure wash downstream configuration really boils down to the direction the water flows.

PRESSURE WASH GUN

Then I also explain how this configuration option applies to a pressure washing gun.  At this point, I explain once again that his is all simply a matter of personal preference.  One of the main reasons I prefer the “plug out” option is I get as much better flow and spray pattern.  That is the case when I use a ball valve to downstream or rinse.  Another way to explain this is that whatever your water is coming “out” of, that is your outlet fitting.  Please don’t hesitate to put any questions you may have about this in the comments section.  And be sure and take advantage of all our training opportunities coming up in the near future.

by Dean Dean

CHECK VALVE REPAIR

CHECK VALVE REPAIR

This 2023 CHECK VALVE REPAIR video post features the repair kit for downstream injector check valves.  Recently, email and text message questions came in regarding how to repair them rather than replacing them to save a few dollars.  Later in this video, I go into further detail about how use them, why we use them and when to use them.  I also cover installation steps.  We hope this CHECK VALVE REPAIR video helps you in your day to day pressure washing business.  Our business is to help your business save time, money, and effort so that you can maximize profitability.

REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS

It’s important to take note of the small arrow which indicates the way the water flows.  But it also points to the side which you’ll need to release with a vice and pliers to start the repair steps.  As you loosen this piece, be ready for the spring and check valve itself to fall out.  Notice the precise order so you can put them back in correctly.  Then you would use a dental pick to left the small o-ring from its seating inside.  You are simply installing the new spring and 0-ring into the existing case or housing piece.  At the 4:15 time stamp, I demonstrate how to blow through it for the purpose of diagnosing CHECK VALVE REPAIR problem issues.  Once again, our line of High Performance oils comes in handy.  The lubricant spray will help unseat challenging o-rings if you have problems trying to remove them.  6:15 is a critical time stamp spot you don’t want to miss.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING

At approximately 9:00, I transition from repair to the ins and outs of using them.  I talk in detail about installing and using the downstream injector check valve setup.  These are available on our Doug Rucker Store website in a couple of difference types or configurations.  There is also an option of RTU, which means ready to use.  The DIY option means you will assemble it yourself and save a few dollars that way.  Be sure and watch the entire video to get the full impact and information you need for your pressure washing business.  Finally, I want to invite you to one of our monthly hands on trainings here in the Houston area.   It’s a great way to get equipment orientation with classroom learning.  It will drastically reduce your learning curve!

 

by Dean Dean

Pressure Washer Air Bubbles

Pressure Washer Air Bubbles

This post deals with diagnosing and correcting PRESSURE WASHER AIR BUBBLES, or air leaks throughout your system.  You might be using either our Kingslinger Soft Wash System or the SOFT E electric system.  Or perhaps you are using a system you built on your own.  So hopefully this video will help you pin point where those pressure washer air bubbles, or air leaks, are coming from.  You will first notice or hear this as a “spitting sound” coming from your gun, nozzle or other spray device.  At 1:40, you will actually see and hear this sound.

 

DIAGNOSING AIR LEAKS

If you notice PRESSURE WASHER AIR BUBBLES, or “spitting,” there are a wide variety of places where the leak might be occurring.  Diagnosing for air leaks becomes and important part of the process for keeping your system operating a maximum potential.  In fact, this video post arises from customer questions asking for assistance with this.  With the modern valve systems, there are more connections than when we were batch mixing many years ago.  In those days, the only air leaks were generally right at the pump.  The steps for diagnosing begins at approximately 4:30 of this Pressure Washing Air Bubbles video.

CHECK EACH VAVLE

Make sure all valves are in the off or closed position, and then turn the machine on.   Then turn only one valve on or to the open position and let it run for a few minutes.  Listen carefully to see whether you hear that “spitting” sound coming from the gun.  Test each valve that you have in the same way.  Once you have identified which valve results in the pressure washer air bubbles, you are ready for the next step.  At about 8:50, I walk through all the variables that could be the possible cause of the air leaks from the machine to the tank.  I sure hope you’ll watch the entire video because there is more information than what can be posted here.  Thank you for checking out this post, and we hope it has been helpful for your pressure washing business.   Be sure a leave a comment if you have any questions, or if there are other issues I can help with.  For additional training opportunities, check out my Pressure Washing School.  We have monthly training events as well as an online video school.

by Dean Dean

PRESSURE WASHER O-RINGS

PRESSURE WASHER O-RINGS

It’s very important to make sure you are maintaining all of your PRESSURE WASHER O-RINGS for all of your fittings.  This includes thing like quick connect or sockets which might also be couplers.  There are two different sizes which are 3/8 and 1/4 inch.  Anything from the bottom of the gun going back back to the machine will require 3/8 inch o-rings.  Then everything from the top of the gun going out will require are 1/4 inch fittings.  In order to properly maintain PRESSURE WASHER O-RINGS, you’ll need a set of picks.

REPLACING O-RINGS

At 4:39 in this PRESSURE WASHER O-RINGS video, I show how to replace them.  The O-Ring I remove is slightly worn, or shredded, so this will negatively impact your spray flow.  Depending on how often you use it, you may need to replace them every two weeks or perhaps monthly.  I also demonstrate how to place the new O-RING into the small seat with the blunt end of the pick.  It’s always a good idea to keep a package of each O-Ring size on your truck at all times.  This way you will be prepared on the job and can easily replace them if they fail.  Occasionally you can hear a unique out of rhythm sound the machine is making which indicates there is a seal breakdown somewhere.  Many times water may be dripping or spraying out from the end of your wand, which is most likely an O-Ring problem that needs attention.  An altogether different fix for particular leaking issues would be to make sure you have teflon tape and loxeal on the threads for a tight seal.   Even though Pressure Washer O-Rings are such small parts, they play a big part in overall success on the job.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

For addition training opportunities, be sure and check out our pressure washing school events page.  I have monthly hands on training in Houston which is ideal for anyone starting out in the pressure washing business.  I also host a “Difference Makers” small business growth conference and would love to see you there!

 

by Dean Dean

PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS

PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS

This PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS video addresses an option you have as it relates to fittings.  That option is either socket in/plug out OR plug in/socket out.  This question arises from customers ordering equipment from us such as modified xjet, pressure wash gun assembly, and even downstream injectors.  This can get somewhat complicated so I like to try and simplify it as best as I can for those who are new in the business.  It’s basically the orientation of or how to set up your inlet and outlet fittings.  I hope this PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS video helps clear up some of the confusion.

MY FITTINGS PREFERENCE

My preference has always been to set up my system PLUG OUT.  Early in my training years when I first stared in the business, I was taught that “the plug points the way the water flows.”  So for my ball valve set up, the water is coming into valve through the socket.  This might also be called a coupler or the female fitting.  Then the water flows out from the ball valve through the plug.  So my PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS set up or orientation is PLUG OUT.  So this set up applies to all equipment.  This set up can easily be reversed for a variety of reasons.  But, either way, it must remain consistent throughout the entire system.  At approximately 2:50 into the video, I demonstrate the importance of water flow direction on a downstream injector.  There are small arrows that must coordinate with the direction the water flows.

PRESSURE WASHER IS STARTING PLACE

Your PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS orientation all starts with the inlet fitting on the pressure washer.  Most machines arrive with a socket as the initial set up.  So most machines have the water coming out with a “quick connect” or female coupler which is also called a socket.  If this is your initial set up, then everything else needs to be set up the same way.  I also refer to this as the “lead fitting.”  For my preferred set up, I remove that quick connect coupler or socket and replace it with a plug fitting.  This might also be called a male fitting.  I also demonstrate the change I make for my preference on a surface cleaner at the 6:30 time stamp.  There’s so much more to learn about this entire issue so be sure and watch the entire video!

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

Our next DIFFERENCE MAKERS CONFERENCE is coming up June 8-9 at Courtyard Marriott in Kingwood, Texas.  We are also looking at bringing the conference in Florida in the Fall of 2023.  I host monthly events featuring hands on training with classroom instruction.  For those not able to get to Houston, check out my online video school.