Wow, that’s an awesome flow rate. We don’t get anything close to that here. With a flow rate like that you could fill a 5 gl bucket in 10 seconds! I wouldn’t even bother with a tank if that was the flow rate in my area. Our typical flow rate is about 9-10 GPM in the good areas.
Although pressure is very good here… I was wrong. At least for my house. My house is 7 at the exterior faucet. I’m certain a sprinkler guy told me 30 gpm. My big brother use to work for him back in the day and I sure took it for gospel. I put a flow meter on my house and it was just a hair under 7.
So let’s say most exterior faucets are at 7. I’m assuming I don’t need a buffer tank.
A little background on why I’m asking. I start work on washing the siding for a 24 unit apartment complex with pretty tough trailer access. Not really anywhere to park my truck and trailer AND all the buildings are elevated from the parking lot. Kind of a tough deal.
Thanks. That’s kinda what I figured. I’m having a tough time finding any 3/4 inch specific hose reels anyway. It seems like the jumper from the reel to the hose hookup is 5/8 no matter what I’ve looked at. Which kind of defeats the purpose of having 3/4 hose if it’s going to get squeezed down to 5/8 anyway I think.
Do you run 3/4 inch hose on it? If so, how many feet? I have an IBC tote so I have 275 gallons… I was just trying to figure out how to run one without a trailer so I’ll probably just lug around a 35-50 gallon tank on a garden cart.
The apartment buildings are all elevated off the parking lot by a good 6 to 10 feet. They’re on a hill and the parking lot is down below. The water access is on the rear of each building and there’s no space for the truck and trailer to pull around the back.
The parking lot is a tight squeeze. Access is kind of a nightmare.
I’m not there and can’t see it but we wash a lot of apartments in stange layouts. Lots in the NC and TN mountains that are elevated. Can’t remember a situation where 250 of hose didn’t reach. Rolling a machine, much less a water tank around an building with a parking lot below seems like a unnecessary risk. Pm an address for google earth if you are interested in suggestions. Either way, be careful.
I’ve never heard of a 30 gpm faucet. Most are around 5 gpm. You may be thinking psi. Youd don’t want you pw to be using more water than the source can supply. With a buffer tank, you don’t have that problem. The larger the hose isd, the less resistance is generated. I went from a 1/2" to a 5/8" on my soft wash system and it made a major difference.
I bought that reel today at Menards for $79 with no intention of using it on a trailer. More for mounting on the back of the garage for rinsing stuff out, etc… I barely got 100 feet of 3/4 inch hose on it. Do you really get 200 feet of 5/8 on it?!