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    My new toy

    This is an extension of the 'tile or granite' thread (bunker almost done, granite won, not the best job but getting there, pics later), as one sort of led to the other covered briefly in the moan thread which also ended up not where I expected, at Boonthavorn.

    Homepro had the Karcher k3 at 6990, heading for the checkout with two trolleys when I remembered that Boonthavorn next door had the k3 on sale, left everything as is, off to Boonies to check and sure enough it was discounted to 5990, HomePro wouldn't match so Boonie got my money.

    But first some scary stuff they sell there!



    Don't know why it's landscape, the pic was took as portrait.

    Anyway, the k3 finally made it home.



    This was the easy bit, everything slotted in as and where it should, and weíre ready to roll, tomorrow.



    Upside down...NEV!

    Here is where I wanted to start, the back bit, two pics from the same spot, lots of dirt to play with and nobody to see if I fcuk up.





    Side could also do with some tlc.



    Layout is simple, three taps with hoses attached, front (car port), side (pool and patio) and back.

    Electric no problem, now all I need is a water source...



    Öone that works



    Leaky hose, over the past days tried a rubber sealant and wizard tape from Lazada, hopeless.


    Whatís worse is the nerves; wifeyís watching and waiting patiently for the disaster, she was against buying this toy, said best way Iíll use it once and thatís if I can get it to work without killing anyone, better to spend the money on her kitchen even though she has carte blanche for that.

    How to deal with this in flow, so to speak.

    Easy, cut the rotter!



    Hindsight says I shouldíve ditched the short end, but this works; well it doesnít actually and I might discover it doesnít allow me to reach behind the tank, but that comes later.



    Now all I need is a clamp for the k3 input.

    No clamp. Where do I get a clamp on a Sunday with building shops closed?

    Letís try nicking it from another hose, but sheís still watching, and no point taking it from the front or side hose if I will need to reattach it there later.

    So off to the side. I know, letís do the side first.



    Good idea, connected the side hose to the k3.

    Pause.

    Er, still need a clamp. I do wish sheíd go away.

    Now Iím at side, still need a clamp, still no clamp, and pointless returning to the rear as thatís an admission of fcukup so it looks like weíll be going live from here, which means doing the parts most travelled and visible, so letís get it right!

    Off to the back to nick its clamp, wifey asks if I know what I'm doing.

    Plugged in with water and electric, and off we go.





    Two barrels, one devoted to hard jet and the other supposedly offers soft/med/hard which is displayed on the trigger gun. Letís start soft.

    Canít get it to work on soft or med, it goes straight to hard and stays there. Ok, we can work on that and the detergent option later.

    Ready to shoot, the patio could do with a rinse but for now not aiming for spectacular, letís see if it washes off the top layer, and deeper stuff can be addressed later.

    ---

    Before and after pics donít do justice, it does remove the top layer no problem, focus on a spot and it will give up, for a deeper clean will need the detergent option but not now. Iím liking this.

    Got a bit carried away shifting grime buried into grout, blasted through it easy enough and itís satisfying to see brownish grout that should be white turn to white, but the manual says donít get frisky for a reason, and when jets of grout started flying all over the place I got that message.

    Manual also says stay on soft for paintwork or you wonít have any, and thatís there for a reason as well. Wifey hasnít noticed anything, yet; should've started out back.







    Doesnít show in pics but a clear difference, even wifey conceded a smile. Spine tingled on the steps when I heard a thud, it was the k3 falling, onto the sandstone lip and inches from the pool.

    Tip: park yours so that if it falls it wonít be into a pool, esp on your first use with others watching and waiting for you to fcuk up.

    Now she's gone shopping, I canít undo the nozzle on the front hose, too tight, still unnerved from the shock of nearly losing my new toy, so off to the back where nothing can go wrong and if it does nobody will notice.

    Clamp issues now under control. Tip: you will need two clamps.

    Remember these?





    All systems go, and minutes laterÖ





    Excellent result for a first wash; later on will experiment with detergent but delighted with this. Itís actually cleaner than it looks because some of the dirt didnít wash away and settled to dry back on. No problem, that will clear on the next wash.

    Not sure how much water this thing uses, quite a lot, but it was exciting to see stubborn blotches gradually give up, and black turn to white as streams of dirt slosh around. Accidentally hit my foot with the jet. Tip: Be careful, this is not really a toy and can bloody hurt.

    Doesnít show but I washed down the walls as well, from a distance and with heart in mouth.

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    Under supervision I guess this is ok.



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    I use it for cleaning me feet.

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    jesus, what a strange thread

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    Couple of things.

    If you are going to do large flat surfaces, a pathway, driveway etc ... don't use those attachments.

    It's to harsh and the cleaning is not regular.

    Buy one of these ...



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    Depending on your water source, buy an in-line filter as the motors don't cope well with grit.




    don't run it for extended periods ... maybe 20 mins max, they can overheat.

    Apart from that ... enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Leaky hose, over the past days tried a rubber sealant and wizard tape from Lazada, hopeless.
    Cheaper and easier to buy one of these.



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    If you give the area you are going to clean a quick scrub with some bleach before starting cleans up quicker! I do around my house twice a year, have had a lot of practice, takes two days to do around house and driveway!

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    I've got a K3 as well and it's great. But it does take paint off the walls and it will also take the top layer off a cement finish (as well as the algae and lichen). I tried cleaning one of those white cement tables and chairs and the K3 also stripped off the top finish from them.

    They use a lot of power and ours constantly blew fuses in an extension lead until I rammed in a piece of metal instead.

    Never tried it on my feet. I really don't think that's a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Buy one of these ...
    I bought one of those on your recommendation - thanks, works great on tiles, not so well on sand-wash and concrete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Couple of things.

    If you are going to do large flat surfaces, a pathway, driveway etc ... don't use those attachments.

    It's to harsh and the cleaning is not regular.

    Buy one of these ...



    ---

    Depending on your water source, buy an in-line filter as the motors don't cope well with grit.




    don't run it for extended periods ... maybe 20 mins max, they can overheat.

    Apart from that ... enjoy
    I haven't got to the attachments yet, still playing in the minor league.

    Hoping to have a go at the car next weekend, thinking to get a new one anyway so if it goes wrong will be sent to die in the village.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post





    Cheaper and easier to buy one of these.


    Looks useful, what is it?

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    it's a hose connection extension, never seen one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    If you give the area you are going to clean a quick scrub with some bleach before starting cleans up quicker! I do around my house twice a year, have had a lot of practice, takes two days to do around house and driveway!
    Do you squirt bleach around, or is there a proper way to do it? The k3 reservoir is for detergent, so I guess Fairy liquid should be fine.

    I hope to experiment with detergent in time, but for now happy enough to start loosening years of grime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I've got a K3 as well and it's great. But it does take paint off the walls and it will also take the top layer off a cement finish (as well as the algae and lichen). I tried cleaning one of those white cement tables and chairs and the K3 also stripped off the top finish from them.

    They use a lot of power and ours constantly blew fuses in an extension lead until I rammed in a piece of metal instead.

    Never tried it on my feet. I really don't think that's a good idea.
    It blew away some concrete edging that I thought was strong enough, and you're right don't aim for the feet; Lulu take note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    I bought one of those on your recommendation - thanks, works great on tiles, not so well on sand-wash and concrete.
    The pointed barrel is lethal, did my concrete well for a first effort, no problem if that's the best it does.

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    buy a myanmar24/7 then just fuk off to the pub
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    it's a hose connection extension, never seen one?
    Yep I figured that out, tx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Yep I figured that out, tx.
    It is used to repair a pipe that has a leak. You cut the hole out and rejoin.

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    I bought that blue Italian one you mentioned in another thread Jab, 1100 baht in Big C sale and does the job Won't be as powerful as that but 800 watts is enough and it aint gonna be taking paint off any walls

    Comes with 2 guns and a wheel cleaning tool too.

    The Missus is out using it now

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    Oh and the clamps are called jubilee clips, which means nothing to Thais but are sold at Boontavorn(sp) I had to pop back out for them. I bought a couple extra, if you would have asked


    Tiny little cheap Italian thing. I've named it Lu


    No chemical dispenser but can get around that with a hard broom.

    Bargain... And the little un only has to wash 10 cars before it's paid for itseld

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    If the sprayer is taking the top layer off anything (except the mould) it's because it's to close to the object being cleaned.

    Only a few cms further away will stop the stripping.

    Also use the oscillating (rotating) nozzle .... seems to make less damage as it forms a cone of water.



    IMHO

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    Oh... It comes with a free hose pipe too

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Do you squirt bleach around, or is there a proper way to do it? The k3 reservoir is for detergent, so I guess Fairy liquid should be fine.

    I hope to experiment with detergent in time, but for now happy enough to start loosening years of grime.
    I have never had any success with using detergents, giving the area a quick manual scrub with bleach helps loosen up the crap and helps kill it off.

    Washing your feet with these things isn't a great idea, still have the scars to back up my statement, years ago when I was offshore used a HP gun to wash my boots while wearing them, took some skin off my ankle which got infected, long story cut short near lost me bloody leg! Gun was higher pressure than a Karcher to be fair!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Hoping to have a go at the car next weekend
    Make sure you check the nozzle type when cleaning a car. If you use the same nozzle you are using for the cement you could likely beat the paint up so bad its not fixable. Do not get the tip to close. I use the low power one I have to get all the mud off my truck after I have been out wheelin. Great tool but do not use on the body.

    One thing I learned a long time ago, depending on what you plan on doing, power is everything with power washers. I bought a very basic Black and Decker one from Home Pro years ago. Works good for some things but large areas and or heavily molded cement, you need power and a good attachment. As a safety note; Watch the cord and connection so they are not exposed to water. Seen some crazy MoFo's here and I laugh as they drag the plugs and cord through standing water. I made a plastic box where my extension cord and the power washer plugs are out of the water. You can buy the plastic box at HomePro, Cheap safety insurance.

    Airportwo uses the same approach as I do in that heavy dark areas with that cement "Mold" its good to pre treat it. I use a 10% Chlorine solution. I have a large push broom and just poor it out and whisk it around and let is sit for about 15 mins or so, then power wash. Makes the cement very clean and white. If you get it where you like it and its dry out, then add a cement sealer to keep it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Make sure you check the nozzle type when cleaning a car. If you use the same nozzle you are using for the cement you could likely beat the paint up so bad its not fixable. Do not get the tip to close. I use the low power one I have to get all the mud off my truck after I have been out wheelin. Great tool but do not use on the body.

    One thing I learned a long time ago, depending on what you plan on doing, power is everything with power washers. I bought a very basic Black and Decker one from Home Pro years ago. Works good for some things but large areas and or heavily molded cement, you need power and a good attachment. As a safety note; Watch the cord and connection so they are not exposed to water. Seen some crazy MoFo's here and I laugh as they drag the plugs and cord through standing water. I made a plastic box where my extension cord and the power washer plugs are out of the water. You can buy the plastic box at HomePro, Cheap safety insurance.

    Airportwo uses the same approach as I do in that heavy dark areas with that cement "Mold" its good to pre treat it. I use a 10% Chlorine solution. I have a large push broom and just poor it out and whisk it around and let is sit for about 15 mins or so, then power wash. Makes the cement very clean and white. If you get it where you like it and its dry out, then add a cement sealer to keep it that way.
    Thanks and good advice; I had a few close shaves, lost paint, chipped concrete/plaster and a wobbly foot but survived intact and moving forward unlike Lulu won't be taking too many chances. Problem on my second run was same same, couldn't get soft or medium jet, only hard, and detergent works only on soft flow. At first I thought there might be a missing attachment that fits onto the tip of the shaft, but nothing shows up in the manual so I'm probably doing something wrong.

    That said, though the back end could do with another session the dirt that settled was washed away by last night's rain and now that it's dry there's a stunning contrast between the done and yet to do. Tomorrow will tool up with extensions and jubilees at Watsadu, do the side stretch and then tackle the front.

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