How A Pressure Washer Works

When it comes to cleaning computer components, cans of pressurized air have no rivals. Where vacuums of all sorts fail miserably, pressurized air cans dislodge the dust and grime, making subsequent vacuuming or brushing a piece of cake.

Pressure washers are very much similar, both in the way they operate and their unparallelled efficiency. A pressure washer has the ability to perform small miracles on hard surfaces, regardless of whether you’re trying to remove paint, hardened grime or anything else that shouldn’t be there.

How they work, and why they’re the best in the business

If you have some old paint or grime on a surface, how are you going to go about removing it? Most people try to scrub the surface with water and detergent, with poor results. When this doesn’t work, they’ll go on to grab ahold of something metal and sharp to try and remove the unwelcome addition. While this usually does the job, it also removes paint or even pieces of the surface.

With pressure washers, high-pressure bursts of water (oftentimes hot) will soften the grime up for the blow. After enough persistence, whatever was causing an aesthetic disturbance simply washes away, leaving a clean surface.

These machines are used on a variety of materials, from metal and concrete to different types of wood. They’re equally effective across the board, although drying the wood might be difficult later on.

Aside from industrial and professional uses, many pressure washers found their way to people’s homes; whoever owns one probably can’t imagine dealing with difficult hard-surface cleaning without it. If you’re in the market for one of these, read on to find out the best models for everyday use…

Top 3 pressure washers

Generac 6602: With its 212 CC and a 3,000/2.7 PSI/GPM ratio, the Generac is among the more powerful commercial pressure washers that you’ll come across. A $400 price tag is slightly higher than that of some other models, possibly explaining why the machine has a somewhat-expensive look to it. The height makes maneuvering a breeze, but might make transporting harder; the hose also isn’t among the most flexible ones. In terms of water output, however, you can rely on this blaster to take care of business nearly all of the time.

Simpson MSH3125: A nice alternative to the Generac, Simpson still does a good job of removing anything from graffiti to hardened spills. Since it can be folded, it’s probably the best pressure washer you’ll come across if you’re concerned with transportation and storage, although its appearance is nothing to write home about.

AR383 Blue Clean: While the blueish hue of the AR383 is nice, it still sports a plastic-looking appearance. Unlike the previous two devices, the AR383 runs on electricity instead of gas; despite being weaker than the previous models at ‘just’ 1901 PSI, it’s also a lot more popular for home use thanks to its weight and size. A true portable machine, the AR383 only weighs 17 pounds and costs $150, making it a bargain for most home owners.

Tools You Need To Build Furniture In Your Garage

Buying your furniture is nice and all, if you have money to spare. However, there will always be something telling the man in the house that he could have done a better job – with the right tools.

It’s often true: building your own furniture is a superior option, so long as you have the equipment and the knowledge. You’ll be able to use better materials and shape them to your exact needs, not to mention that the whole thing can cost a lot less(if we don’t count the price of the tools, that is).

Still, constructing furniture in your garage is no joke, and it will take some practice and a lot of dedication before you end up with satisfactory results. To make your home improvement effort easier on you, we’ve assembled a list of tools that will help you mold your home to your liking.

Tools You’ll Need To Build Furniture

  • Table saw: Since you’ll be handling wood for a good portion of your furniture-building endeavor, a decent table saw will be the cornerstone of your garage-turned-factory. You’ll use it for a majority of large cuts, and there’s really no replacement in terms of efficiency and precision. Keep in mind that a table saw can take up a lot of space, depending on its type – some models are semi-foldable, though, so you can just park your car outside while you’re grinding away. Depending on how serious you are, your table saw can cost from around $200 all the way to thousands of dollars.
  • Workbench: This will probably end up taking more space than your table saw, but one could argue that it’s even more important. The plus side is that you probably already have some sort of workbench in your garage if you engage in occasional repairs, which is a start. To fine-tune stunning pieces of furniture, however, you might have to invest into a larger and more feature-rich one.
  • Power drill, hand saw, quality file: These are the tools that will add finesse and help shape the final product. If you’re a handyman at home, you probably already have a power drill and hand saw. Getting a quality file won’t be too expensive; the trick is learning how to use it to perfection, as it’s an invaluable tool for use on wood as well as metal.
  • Welder: Can’t be getting off too easy – to construct a versatile and long-lasting piece of furniture, carpenting wizardry just won’t cut it. In many cases, you’ll need to manipulate metal to reinforce the furniture or add new features to it. Many DIY handymen steer clear of welding. as they find it to be a difficult and dangerous process. While a table saw is every bit as scary as it looks, a welder can really do some damage if you drop your guard – if you’re unsure in your ability to wield these powerful devices, there’s no shame in sticking to bolts and screws for the time being.
  • Safety equipment: We’ll keep this one simple: whenever you’re building at home, imagine a safety supervisor is patrolling the area, looking to hit you with a hefty fine if you’re not following every safety regulation to the letter.