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 Doug Rucker Doug Rucker

Pressure Washing School December

Pressure Washing School December

Learn how to start and operate a Pressure Washing and Soft Washing business.  You’ll gain practical, hands-on and classroom training and benefit from Doug’s years of experience as a pressure washing contractor! You will significantly shorten your learning curve. Register for The Pressure Washing School December, located in the Houston, Texas, area, and owned by Doug Rucker. Doug also owns PowerWash.Net, a Kingwood, Texas-based Pressure Washing Company, as well as DougRuckerStore.com for all your equipment and supplies to start your new business.

CHECK OUT THE FAQ PAGE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION

What type of training will I receive?

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You will receive “hands on” training as well as classroom training. The first day of training is held at my home. During this training, we will go over Spraying Techniques, Soft Washing, Pressure Washing, Different Chemical Application methods for Soft Washing and Pressure Washing,  Chemical Mix Ratios,  and you are given the opportunity to use the equipment as well.  Attire for this day is work type clothes and something you would not mind getting spotted since we may use bleach for cleaning.  November through February, be sure to bring cold weather attire, as the weather here can be cold one day and 80 degrees the next. In the event of rain on the first training day, we may switch the class room and field training day.  If there is rain both days, then extended class room time will be given at the training center.  NO REFUNDS are given due to weather or cancellations.  You can always schedule for another date if you have to cancel prior to attending.

Day Two

The second day of training is classroom training and is held at our training center. The classroom portion consists of PowerPoint presentations that cover House Washing, Roof Cleaning, Concrete Cleaning, Property protection, equipment needed, mixing ratios, different application methods, bidding residential jobs, preparing the job site, identifying surfaces, stains and best application methods, and more. 

Each day starts at about 8:30am, unless advised a different start time, and we usually finish by 12:00-1:00 each day.  You will receive a text message or email the Saturday or Sunday prior to the school with the location we will meet at. In the event of rain on the field training day, we may switch the class room and field training day.  If there is rain both days, then extended class room time will be given at the training center. You are also granted access to the class room portions via video, so you can review once you leave the school.

If you have any other questions not covered in the FAQ link please call or text 281.883.3630 or use our Contact Form

Be sure to check out my You Tube Channel.

by Doug Rucker Doug Rucker

Pressure Washing School May

Pressure Washing School May

Learn how to start and operate a Pressure Washing and Soft Washing business.  You’ll gain practical, hands-on and classroom training and benefit from Doug’s years of experience as a pressure washing contractor! You will significantly shorten your learning curve. Register for The Pressure Washing School May, located in the Houston, Texas, area, and owned by Doug Rucker. Doug also owns PowerWash.Net, a Kingwood, Texas-based Pressure Washing Company, as well as DougRuckerStore.com for all your equipment and supplies to start your new business.

CHECK OUT THE FAQ PAGE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION

What type of training will I receive?

You will receive “hands on” training as well as classroom training. The first day of training is held at my home. During this training, we will go over Spraying Techniques, Soft Washing, Pressure Washing, Different Chemical Application methods for Soft Washing and Pressure Washing,  Chemical Mix Ratios,  and you are given the opportunity to use the equipment as well.  Attire for this day is work type clothes and something you would not mind getting spotted since we may use bleach for cleaning.  November through February, be sure to bring cold weather attire, as the weather here can be cold one day and 80 degrees the next. In the event of rain on the first training day, we may switch the class room and field training day.  If there is rain both days, then extended class room time will be given at the training center.  NO REFUNDS are given due to weather or cancellations.  You can always schedule for another date if you have to cancel prior to attending.

Day Two

The second day of training is classroom training and is held at our training center. The classroom portion consists of PowerPoint presentations that cover House Washing, Roof Cleaning, Concrete Cleaning, Property protection, equipment needed, mixing ratios, different application methods, bidding residential jobs, preparing the job site, identifying surfaces, stains and best application methods, and more. 

Pressure Cleaning School

Each day starts at about 8:30am, unless advised a different start time, and we usually finish by 12:00-1:00 each day.  You will receive a text message or email the Saturday or Sunday prior to the school with the location we will meet at. In the event of rain on the field training day, we may switch the class room and field training day.  If there is rain both days, then extended class room time will be given at the training center. You are also granted access to the class room portions via video, so you can review once you leave the school.

If you have any other questions not covered in the FAQ link please call or text 281.883.3630 or use our Contact Form

Be sure to check out my You Tube Channel.

by Doug Rucker Doug Rucker

Pressure Washing School January

Pressure Washing School January

Learn how to start and operate a Pressure Washing and Soft Washing business.  You’ll gain practical, hands-on and classroom training and benefit from Doug’s years of experience as a pressure washing contractor! You will significantly shorten your learning curve. Register for The Pressure Washing School January, located in the Houston, Texas, area, and owned by Doug Rucker. Doug also owns PowerWash.Net, a Kingwood, Texas-based Pressure Washing Company, as well as DougRuckerStore.com for all your equipment and supplies to start your new business.

CHECK OUT THE FAQ PAGE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION

What type of training will I receive?

You will receive “hands on” training as well as classroom training. The first day of training is held at my home. During this training, we will go over Spraying Techniques, Soft Washing, Pressure Washing, Different Chemical Application methods for Soft Washing and Pressure Washing,  Chemical Mix Ratios,  and you are given the opportunity to use the equipment as well.  Attire for this day is work type clothes and something you would not mind getting spotted since we may use bleach for cleaning.  November through February, be sure to bring cold weather attire, as the weather here can be cold one day and 80 degrees the next. In the event of rain on the first training day, we may switch the class room and field training day.  If there is rain both days, then extended class room time will be given at the training center.  NO REFUNDS are given due to weather or cancellations.  You can always schedule for another date if you have to cancel prior to attending.

Day Two

The second day of training is classroom training and is held at our training center. The classroom portion consists of PowerPoint presentations that cover House Washing, Roof Cleaning, Concrete Cleaning, Property protection, equipment needed, mixing ratios, different application methods, bidding residential jobs, preparing the job site, identifying surfaces, stains and best application methods, and more. 

Each day starts at about 8:30am, unless advised a different start time, and we usually finish by 12:00-1:00 each day.  You will receive a text message or email the Saturday or Sunday prior to the school with the location we will meet at. In the event of rain on the field training day, we may switch the class room and field training day.  If there is rain both days, then extended class room time will be given at the training center. You are also granted access to the class room portions via video, so you can review once you leave the school.

Pressure Washing School

If you have any other questions not covered in the FAQ link please call or text 281.883.3630 or use our Contact Form

Be sure to check out my You Tube Channel.

by Dean Dean

DIFFERENCE MAKERS CONFERENCE

DIFFERENCE MAKERS CONFERENCE

The next DIFFERENCE MAKERS CONFERENCE in Humble, Texas is coming up November 2-3,2023.  The conference is for those who own and operate a small business in the home service sector.  We especially invite those who have been in business for 3 years or less.  But any and all are welcome to be part of this dynamic, motivational experience.  In those conference, we focus on best practices for those who own and operate a small business.  In addition to Doug Rucker, we welcome back once again guest speakers Jeffery Blackman and Von Cross.  In addition, Kelsey Elliot will speak about financial matters, and Nick Terry will speak from the perspective of a commercial property manager.

SPEAKER TOPICS

Here are some of the topics you can expect to hear about from our DIFFERENCE MAKERS CONFERENCE speakers.

Commercial Sales – Working with and gaining new commercial clients.  What is it that commercial and HOA property managers are looking for when choosing vendors?

High End Residential Sales –  Lessons on getting and keeping large residential clients.

Money Matters- (with guest CPA speaker Kelsey Elliott) Taxes, Budgeting, Profit and Loss, Balance Statements, and much more

Pricing- A comprehensive session on how to price your services so you never have to ask “How do I price this?”

Building a Residual Based Income Business – Every business should be built on clients that have a need to continue using your services.  We will discuss and show you ways to build a residual based business.

Creating & Building Relationships with Clients –  The success of your small business will be based on your ability to build relationships with your clients.  Learn from our years of experience in working both residential and commercial clients on how to create and build relationships.

DIFFERENCE MAKERS CONFERENCE LOCATION

The conference will be held at the Country Inn and Suites located in Humble TX with room rates at $79.00 per night.  For reservations call 281-446-4977 and ask for the Doug Rucker School rate.  The hotel also offers a shuttle to pick you up at the Bush Intercontinental (IAH) airport and bring you to the hotel, as well as transportation to local, (within a 5 mile radius), places around the hotel.  There are plenty of restaurants and even a mall very close to the hotel.

WIVES ATTEND FREE OF CHARGE

We encourage you to bring your wives as in most cases, they play a critical role in small business owner’s success.  You’ll hear a special speaker also address the role of wives. Wives can attend free but you need to register them as an additional attendee.

To register for the DIFFERENCE MAKERS CONFERENCE, please click here.

 

by Dean Dean

POWER WASH EDUCATION

POWER WASH EDUCATION

In this POWER WASH EDUCATION video post, you’ll from a student from SPAIN.  He flew 12 hours to learn and grow with our August 2023 hands on training event in Houston.  This is a monthly training opportunity that offers not only hands on training with equipment on the job site.  It also includes a day of classroom learning with QnA.  This is a different way of providing direct insight and information about what it’s like to be a part of my school.  Peter Harding first began his journey learning about this business through Doug Rucker’s YouTube channel.

 

EDUCATION ATTRACTION

There was one big attraction to Doug Rucker’s Pressure Washing School that attracting to him.  It was the idea that you could receive both training and equipment all under one roof through his school and his store.  The videos are easy to understand, and very clear.  It’s great because all of the training is directed toward those who are brand new to the industry.  Peter also enjoyed meeting and getting to know the group of guys that were also part of the August 2023 Power Wash Education school.

EQUIPMENT EDUCATION

The first day is all hands on equipment training and demonstrations.  Peter makes it clear this is invaluable because he has never even held this type of professional grade pressure washing business equipment.  He describes much of what taught as “nuggets of gold.”  The day went really quick, and for Peter, any more would have been too much to absorb.  He calls it “complete, full, and enjoyable.”  Soft washing and downstreaming with a dedicated pump is a big focus of this first day of hands on power wash education.

CLASSROOM EDUCATION

Day two takes place in the training center classroom.  The training modules include house washing, roof cleaning, concrete cleaning and property protection.  All of the training is also available to students through video access for continued reviewing and learning.  Doug will continue to be there for Peter once he is back in Spain to help him with continuing education.  Along with Peter, all of Doug’s students are encouraged to reach back out to him any time they have questions and might need additional assistance.  At 7:30 into the video, Peter also talks about how we work together to get the equipment he needs to start his business.  We are actually shipping his equipment to Spain!  Be sure and check out all the training opportunities you can take advantage of.  And remember for those who cannot make it out to Texas, we do have an online video school as well.

by Dean Dean

FAMILY BUSINESS RIG BUILD

FAMILY BUSINESS RIG BUILD

If you need a family business rig build, you’ve come to the right place!  In this video, a mother and father work together with their boys on a homeschool project.  In this particular case, the project is to start a business.  So this family brought a very basic 10 foot trailer to us.  We we’re able to provide them with a starter set up with the very minimum equipment needed to start a power wash business.  If you would like to start a family business, maybe this family business rig build would fit your family as well.

PRESSURE WASHER

This Family Business Rig Build starts with a 5.5 Gallon Per Minute pressure washer.  It is a gear drive machine that delivers 3000 PSI with an option to choose between pull start or electric start.  They chose electric start.  Feeding the pressure washer machine is an 80 gallon water tank.  You can choose various size tanks that range from 16 gallons to 225 gallons.  The tank also has a job float valve which automatically shuts the water off once the tank is full.  Then they have two Kings hose reels with a stack kit.  The top reel has a garden hose while the bottom reel has 200 feet of fierce jet pressure hose.  This hose also has the ball valve set up.  You will also notice the downstream bypass injector.  They will downstream out of a bucket.

SURFACE CLEANER

The FAMILY BUSINESS RIG BUILD also has a 20 inch Whirl-A-Way surface cleaner for driveways and sidewalks.  While they chose the floater option, you could also get it with casters instead.  They have our pressure wash gun assembly along with the jrod nozzle kit.  And they have a couple of extension wands.  This set up has room to add equipment as their business grows and they expand services.  Eventually, they’ll have a soft wash system for roof cleaning with another hose and another tank.  At approximately 4:00 into the video, take note of why it’s important to utilize a dual axle trailer for all power wash rig builds.  Again, this is a great little starter basic set up if you’re looking for a family business rig build.  Aside from the trailer cost itself, the equipment cost for this rig build is in the $8000 general ball park price range.  If you have any questions or if we can help in any way, send an email to Info@DougRuckerStore.com.  Also, don’t forget to check out my online video school that will drastically cut your learning curve.

by Dean Dean

ENCLOSED TRAILER SETUP

ENCLOSED TRAILER SETUP

This ENCLOSED TRAILER SETUP video post is a final walk through just before customer pick up.  It starts with an 8 GPM HOT WATER PRESSURE WASHER from BE.  This unit provides water up to 200 degrees for heavy-duty industrial projects. It’s built on a Honda GX690 with a powerful 4-stroke OHV twin-cylinder, electric start with forced-air cooling.  So it can handle the toughest jobs with ease. It is powerful, versatile, and built to withstand frequent use.  The FLOW PRO REMOTE BYPASS SYSTEM sits securely on the pressure washer.

KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH

Next is our proprietary KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH SYSTEM.  In addition to cleaning roofs, he will use this to apply the new soy based roof rejuvenation oil spray.  All of our builds are custom builds, and in this case, we elevated the pump station for convenience.  And this particular ENCLOSED TRAILER SETUP comes with three tanks.  One is for water, one is for bleach, and one is for the roof rejuvenation oil spray.  All of the plumbing is nice and clean as we do strive not just for efficient and effective customs setups, but for great looking ones as well.  Check out the three way valve and why that’s important at the 4:00 time stamp.

TRAILER SIDE DOOR SETUP

This ENCLOSED TRAILER SETUP also has a side door for great functionality and additional access.  Here, you find the 24 inch U-handle surface spinner from Steel Eagle.  This unit has several great options for our customers to choose from.  The Kings Hose Reels with stack kit along with a tank, guns and spare hose also fits nicely here tin he front side of the trailer.  We always enjoy working closely with each customer to provide custom truck, trailer and van builds.  Our speciality is delivering the precise vision each customer has for their rig.  Keep in mind we also provide complete website services for pressure washing businesses.  Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post if you have any questions.  Or you could email Info@DougRuckerStore.com.