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    I might go with the ball valve after this season. My trigger gun started leaking after 6months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultimateroofcleaning View Post
    I might go with the ball valve after this season. My trigger gun started leaking after 6months.
    You'll use a lot more mix that way.
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    Seems less controllable

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    Ah I see. Didn't think about that. Maybe I won't then. Lol
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    Getting six months out of an ordinary trigger gun is pretty decent! I run nothing but Suttners and have had good results. Making sure the guns are rinsed out at the end of the day will help prolong their life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clean2be View Post
    Getting six months out of an ordinary trigger gun is pretty decent! I run nothing but Suttners and have had good results. Making sure the guns are rinsed out at the end of the day will help prolong their life.

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    That is the downside to having a higher gpm machine, parts don't last as long.
    I have noticed that guns seem to last a little longer when I use a flow type unloader instead of a pressure trapped unloader.
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    This is how I wash everything,I run 8 gal 3600 psi machine and usually turn the unloader down to 2,700 - 3,000 psi, I use a 1540 tip more than any other to apply detergent and to rinse, also use a 0050 tip for the tall stuff, the only time I add any types of extensions is a 3ft section of 3/8 aluminum pipe for rinsing behind the surface cleaner and very seldom I add a 12ft piece to reach higher.
    I rinse screens with a 2520 tip sometimes if needed.
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    Also, I haven't read the entire thread but when you guys are talking about down streaming the only issue I have is walking back to the trailer to swap from detergent to water for rinsing and back to detergent ,
    The issue with the house being filled with detergent is no real problem , when I move my chemical pickup hose from my house wash tank to my water tank I just use the solution that's still in my hose to put a second coat on the dirty areas plus I'm only running 200' of 3/8 hose so it doesn't take long to flush.

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    I have a question for the guys running more than 200' of hose and down streaming, how do you prevent the ratio from dropping? I use 80/20 water to 12% SH and anything over 200' of 3/8 hose and my ratio starts dropping, has anyone had this problem?
    Also I know this conversation is old but I'm new to this "Tapatalk" so please forgive me for my newbie mistakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcookproservices View Post
    I have a question for the guys running more than 200' of hose and down streaming, how do you prevent the ratio from dropping? I use 80/20 water to 12% SH and anything over 200' of 3/8 hose and my ratio starts dropping, has anyone had this problem?
    Also I know this conversation is old but I'm new to this "Tapatalk" so please forgive me for my newbie mistakes

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    Use 1/2" hose for the first 100' so you have less back pressure
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcookproservices View Post
    I have a question for the guys running more than 200' of hose and down streaming, how do you prevent the ratio from dropping? I use 80/20 water to 12% SH and anything over 200' of 3/8 hose and my ratio starts dropping, has anyone had this problem?
    Also I know this conversation is old but I'm new to this "Tapatalk" so please forgive me for my newbie mistakes

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    Yes,.the longer your hose the weaker your mix will be,..nature of the beast. The easiest fix in your case is to simply use straight 12.5%, and no water,...that alone will help your ratio. Next I would make sure you're using the "correct" soap injector,..which means, dropping one size down from the recommended injector. Other than that you could try bumping your soap nozzle size up to the next largest orifice.

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    Thanks for the input, that's exactly what I have been doing. I even went to a 2- 3 gal injector and my bad for being unclear, I was talking about the injector ratio being 80/20 . Also I use 40 & 50 orifice tips for soap. Do you know of any place that I could get bigger orifice tips? Also I'd like to get some other smaller orifice tips, any ideas where I might be able to custom order the sizes?

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    I only use the 2-3 gal injector as needed, mostly run 3-5 gal injector with 200' 3/8

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    Here I hope to show some of the things that I have learned about learning to be more effective with pressure washerify. Now's a good time to start upgrading everything so you can be ready for Spring.

    First is Downstreaming. Downstreaming is injecting chemcial through the hose downstream from your pump. If you use the injector that probably came with your pressure washer, and is installed inline with the inlet for water, that's Upstreaming, and can possibly (will) harm the pump. With downstreaming, only water flows through the pump.
    A chemical injector for downstreaming can be bought for under 25 dollars. You want to make sure that the direction of flow is in the correct direction for your machine. The direction of flow will be indicated by a small arrow stamped into the brass. I usually put quick connects, a male and a female, on the injector so it can be replaced quickly if needed.
    It's really a good idea to have an extra injector on hand. They have a spring and a small ball bearing inside of them, to determine whether you are using high or low pressure. The injector will only suck chemical if you're using low pressure. Sometimes these springs will break. You can buy replacement springs, but it's easier to just replace the whole injector and worry about the spring later. At only 20 bucks each, it's well worth it.
    The good thing about the injector is your chemical can stay right with the pressure washer. There's no need to carry the chemical around like with an x-jet. You're only limited in the amount of high pressure hose you use. Unless you have a high GPM pressure washer, or a specialized injector, you want to keep your hose to under 150 feet.

    I mentioned that the injector will only draw when you're using low pressure. How do you get low pressure? You can use the black soap nozzle, or you pimp out a nozzle. You can put one together by using a 1/4 male quick connect, a 0040 hose barb that's threaded on one end, and teflon tape. These will get your chemical a good 30 feet, higher if you have a higher GPM pressure washer. The stream will have very little mist. I get these from my local pressure washing supply store, they're around 7 dollars. You would think that this stream would cause damage, but you can actually spray your hand with it.

    Since you can get good distance with these nozzles, I ditch the "wand" or "lance" part of the gun. It's only added weight.

    So this is what I use to apply my chemical. I can cover a lot of ground this way. I can cover a house from top to bottom with a nice foamy chemical very quicky with this one tip. Allow for proper dwell time, and them come back for a good rinse.

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