Sunday, June 23, 2013

Power Washing

Today I power washed the house.  The vinyl siding is prone to algae growth in the summer time so I usually wait for a warm day to power wash it off.  I am always amazed how clean the house is when I am done.  And there are a few rules I am learning each year.  Here are just a few:

  • If the power washer is labeled, "Easy Start," it doesn't.
  • The choke on the engine is foreshadowing for what you want to do to yourself while trying to get it started.
  • There is never a neighbor around when you need a hand with the ladder.
  • There is always a neighbor around to watch you drop the ladder when you try to move it.
  • The hose will find any object in your yard to tangle itself around.
  • More time is spent working on the power washer than actually using it.
  • There is a direct correlation between the degree of dryness you are trying to maintain and the temperature of the water (dryer=colder)
  • You will have more water run down your arms when spraying overhead than what actually comes out of the end of the sprayer
  • Your legs shake faster on a ladder than they ever could on land
  • Everyone in the house suddenly has errands to run when the power washer is rolled out
  • The power washer will only run out of gas when you are at the top of the ladder
  • It doesn't matter whether you wash an overhang first thing or last thing - you will always get dripped on
  • The wind blows directly towards you as long as you squeeze the spray trigger
  • The dirtiest spot on the house is 6 inches beyond the reach of the spray
  • You only notice the spots you missed when everything is put away