My first non-friend/family housewash

So I finally did my first housewash that wasn’t for a friend or family member. It was for my parent’s neighbors. The siding was already very clean but the pretty high-up soffits were a mess, and I had just gotten my jrod so I knew I could reach. So I offered to do it for free.

It went fairly smoothly. I had posted the before picture on here a couple weeks ago and @Innocentbystander said to mist it with housewash mix and it would be gone in about a minute, so that gave me confidence that I’d be able to finish the job and not potentially be embarrassed if I couldn’t get the black stuff off. As usual, @Innocentbystander was exactly right. I sprayed it and about a minute later it was gone.

One hiccup I had was that I had come off the trigger for a little while in the backyard and had the gun pointed at the grass when I restarted and as you can imagine it blew up a streak of grass and shot dirt all over their vinyl fence. Easy to fix, but was a good reminder that I need to pay more attention.

I found in general that because the house had pretty tight quarters, I found myself unsure of where to point the gun when restarting. I didn’t want to hit the house with that start-up burst of pressure and I learned the hard way not to point it at the grass, and there wasn’t much cement around the house. So I ended up just pointing the gun straight up into the sky each time, to get that initial burst of pressure out of the gun. Is that what most of you do, or am I overthinking this aspect?

One last thing. As I mentioned, this house was pretty much clean except for the soffits so I was a little unsure of whether to wash the sides or just the soffits/fascia. On the first side of the house, I started by just shooting up high at the soffits, but as I did that I realized stuff is going to streak down the siding (or get wind blown into the siding) and could look bad, so I just decided to wash the sides too, even though they didn’t really need it. Maybe I used some SH unnecessarily, but I’m fine being a little wasteful on my first semi-real job. Is that the right choice to basically wash the siding, even if only the soffits needs it? Or maybe you professionals can be much more accurate and do only the soffits without affecting the siding at all?

Anyway, it took just under 2 hours from start to finish (including setup) and I probably used under $15 in materials (SH/elemonator/gas) so I certainly see how money can be made doing this work :slight_smile:

Please share any feedback/criticism if you have any. Otherwise, thanks for all the support on this forum, certainly feels good to get that first “real” one out of the way.

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Good work. Before you know it, that’ll be a 1 or 1.5 hour job for you.

Just be careful not to spray directly into the soffits. IBS was right to say mist it on. You don’t want to be there all day rinsing the dirt that will weep out, and you definitely don’t want to soak the inside of their attic space and cause a mold damage claim…

That’s how I would handle it. You can get full coverage on the clean siding and still use less mix than you would on the dirty areas. It’s just a matter of misting on enough soap so it doesn’t dry and spot up.

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Thanks for the heads up. I was pretty much misting anyway because it was high up and my stream reached, but barely. I also didn’t have my throttle all the way up because I’m an idiot, but that’s neither here nor there.

In general, how do professionals who have much stronger GPM than I do keep it only to a mist at a 2nd story height? I’m guessing a “first story” tip used with an 8 GPM machine might be enough to mist a 2nd story soffit? Or is it more about the angle you hit the soffit at?

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Looks good! Hands on is the only way you really get the hang of everything so keep on at it. Just keep applying what you learn on here and everything will fall in place.

You asked about how 8 gpm machines are able to “mist”. It’s all about nozzle selection. If you haven’t learned how to read a nozzle chart yet do so. The time will come where you’ll need different nozzles depending on the task at hand and especially if you get into wood.

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Use a st2315 and you can slowly pull the trigger so no sudden pressure burst


The thing I learned today. Thanks IBS!

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The Innocent One would fire me if I was his employee and I want to to preface this by saying that it SHOULD NOT be your go-to method of doing things but…

Sometimes, in VERY RARE situations, you can use your ball valve to drop the pressure down to almost nil in order to “mist” something that you otherwise wouldn’t want to with a trigger gun. It is so rare that I almost never do it anymore and the circumstances would have to really be perfect to excuse the act.

99.9% this is not the case and doing so could be harmful and actually dangerous. DO NOT TAKE MY ADVICE AS LAW. I am only offering that it IS a possibility. Albeit, not a very good one.

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How is it dangerous as long as you hold onto the ball valve?

Other than the obvious danger of accidentally dropping the ball valve and inadvertently opening the valve more than desired, if you were to be so unfortunate to be rolled up on by an insurance auditor I am sure that it would not end well for you or your company as far as insurance is concerned.

Then again, I used to work in the oilfield around meth heads operating heavy equipment so maybe no one cares anymore.

If he were with me it would be dangerous because the ball valve would be in a scrap bucket back at the shop and he would be on a job site somewhere working. That’s a long way to stretch lol

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Yep…that would be a real stretch…probably hurt himself doing it. :rofl:

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Hey! I’m flexible! I can still do the splits even at 40lbs over my fighting weight.

M5ds is the winner here

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I have a ball valve with a 6" handle coming out right after my coil ,before the DS. Lol.