Well over a year ago I lent a (Kano) friend, my 14 year old, made in FRANCE Power Washer, and it was returned to me in a non functioning condition. 10 years earlier another friend (Kano) borrowed it and his people dropped it off the roof of his house that they were preparing to paint. He wanted to buy me a new one, but since only the plastic trolley it sat on was broken, his Brother-in-law was able to make a new one out of stainless steel. So it only cost $30.00 (Plus some beer) to repair it and saved my friend $300.00 for the replacement. It was never as pretty as when the French made it, but it’s a tool and tools shouldn’t be pretty. (Unless French)
The rainy season ended, and the mold had built up on all my outside walkways and mostly on the roof top patio. Most unsightly and Mayang has informed me that it will be painted in February of this New Year. My French speaking power washer has been in the electrical repair clinic for four months and has been pronounced dead, never to work again. So as I told you last week in my article (“The Eyes have it”) I was pressed into buying a new one. So I bought the Makita Aquamak HW-102 with 100-PSI output, they had four others of assorted unknown brand names, and I remembered my father’s sage wisdom from years ago; Son, if you need a tool, buy two of them, and large expensive tools buy the best.” Those words have served me well in my life.
While there I also had the employees set me up with new hoses and fittings to ensure I could set it up and spray water within five minutes. Money well spent! While waiting I wandered down an aisle and fell upon an ATV Quad with electric start and all the goodies. PNP 55,000.00 but with the, to be expected Discount it was now PNP 49,000.00 Na Lang! I it pointed out to Mayang that in July I would be having a birthday and that was what I wanted. I call that particular desire, something in the wait and see column type of item.
Thursday morning 08:00 power washer set up on the roof, proper adjustments made and let the fun begin. Of course Mayang wanted to hire someone to do it, but I stood my ground and said in my best Taglish; “I’m the one, to be the one!” Discussion closed!
Here is my plan, everyday, I’ll do two hours of spraying from 08:00 until 10:00 hours and because when I built our house my front door ended up facing due west, so I’m shaded from the sun by the upstairs bedroom.
I found that I’m exempt from the rules of “Feng Shui” as my house was built before the unicorn petting and KUM-by-Yah singing liberals adopted this 3000 year old Chinese belief as their own.
Besides I’ve not had a project to do on my own within a year (Consuming adult beverages is not counted) and since it is relaxing to do it, and the only side effect is vibrating hand syndrome for an hour or so after you stop, but I’ll assume that is caused by the water exiting the wand under high pressure. The blessing for me is now I have a new debilitating syndrome that I can put in as a claim to my home owners insurance for.
Hey, it’s worth a try, in the states if I was employed in the fast food industry I could get 3 years workman’s Comp out of it.
Rules that one should follow after YOU get your own Power Washer. And after reading this missive I know you’ll want one.
- NEVER lend your Power Washer to ANYONE!!!
- If it’s a windy day, bring soap as you will be wet enough to shower
- Wear steel toed flip flops, as the water under pressure will hurt your feet.
- Oh and long pants for a similar reason.
- Learn the proper use of the equipment so you can teach the kid you hire to finish the job for you.
- DO NOT attempt to drink beer while operating the machine, as wet hands can cause you to drop the beer and you know people will laugh at you for that.
- Stop, shut off the equipment, pull up a lawn chair and really enjoy that beer, as you know you’ve earned it. No one will laugh at you.
- The above may also work if you are just watching that kid you hired do the work, but sit on his leeward side.
I did follow some of those rules, mainly the ones concerning beer. I checked the Philippine OSHA Website, but it wasn’t covered or very much else either so I used the experience I’ve gleaned over these many years to inform you, my fellow readers
Here are some of the DO NOTS listed in the Makita handbook, because they bothered to list them I’ll assume some knucklehead really tried to do it.
- DO NOT attempt to spray flammable liquid with this machine.
- DO NOT point the nozzle towards yourself, other people or pets.
- DO NOT spray anything electrical including the machine itself.
- DO NOT allow Children or any incompliant person to operate this machine (Or apply the lending rule from above)
- To eliminate stupid people from your life, remove all warning labels from everything and let only the fittest survive.
So that’s my story this week on Power Washers, in last week’s article I broached the subject of the ATV Quad, I pointed out to Mayang as a Birthday Present for me. (I also noted that I was heavily insured) But that’s a story I hope I’ll be writing next July, right after I remove all the warning labels on it prior to my first ride.
The first thing I do with all new equipment that I can’t figure out is go to the trash bin and retrieve the instructions… And I swear and affirm that I was the only one to clean the mold off my roof. But I’ll not be the one to be the one to paint it next