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Have your ever had cute little barn swallows nesting on your porch? It’s so neat to watch the parent birds built the nest, listen to the churping new babies, watch them grow, and finally fly away as juveniles. Remember how I posted about them last week about Why It’s Important to Enjoy the Little Things?
Adorable right? Wellll, what wasn’t so adorable about these little critters, and the wonder of nature, was the not-so-wonderful part of nature.
I’ll let the picture speak for itself…
Eew! Obviously, it was past time to clean up the porch. And with the baby birds all grown up, I got out one of my favorite things my husband has ever bought
me, er I mean himself. The pressure washer…
Here’s some tips for when using a pressure washer:
- Wear safety glasses. When using a pressure washer, messy stuff can go everywhere. No doubt using a pressure washer will make everything get super dirty and you won’t want to get any of that in your eyes.
- Move anything that is not being cleaned far out of the way. I pulled everything off the back porch and far away because the water can spray long distances and the dirty water can spray all over.
- Make sure there is plenty of gas.
- Hook up the wand and the water. Attached both hoses. Make sure both are attached securely and turn on the water.
- Now the hard part, turn on the pressure washer. Ok, this part I usually have to get my husband to help with because my pressure washer is a pull start. First, make sure the pressure washer is turned on. Next, you might have to pull the choke on. Last, pull as hard and fast as you can. If it doesn’t sound like it is running smoothy, adjust the choke.
- Securely hold onto the wand when in use. The pressure washer that we own has a kick and has a lot of, well, pressure. Both hands have to be used. One is to hold onto the trigger and one to move the wand around more accurately.
- Don’t use on anything that could get damaged by the pressure. I got a little to close to some paint and peeled it right off. Yep, going to be doing some touchup!
- Don’t ever ever ever point it toward yourself or other people or animals. This is pretty self explanatory but just don’t do it!
Now you are ready to go!
And wow! Our porch is dirt, grim, and bird poopy free! Miss Pickles definitely approves….
And for a bonus tip for using a pressure washer… A shower is going to be necessary after you’ve done all that work! LOL
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