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jakesmith

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8,564 posts

131 months

Friday 20th March
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Done it! It's the dream!








PushedDover

2,506 posts

13 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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found from the Frivolous thread.

Has someone actually spent £50 on a reel. I read ?

I am thinking £100 is a little mental, and looking for alternates...

Chubbyross

1,259 posts

45 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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swisstoni said:
Why not just ditch the pressure washer?
Not essential for washing a car.
It is for doing it properly.

swisstoni

9,820 posts

239 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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Chubbyross said:
swisstoni said:
Why not just ditch the pressure washer?
Not essential for washing a car.
It is for doing it properly.
It’s optional.

PushedDover

2,506 posts

13 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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Why the hate for the pressure washer?

Rural Life has clagg and ste build up and gather on the sills and arches- often lumps of mud too as the year revolves.

Same for large aerial bird bombs.
What’s the problem ?

(Also they use less water than a hose - so eco positive)

jakesmith

Original Poster:

8,564 posts

131 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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PushedDover said:
found from the Frivolous thread.

Has someone actually spent £50 on a reel. I read ?

I am thinking £100 is a little mental, and looking for alternates...
I spent £130 on my pressure reel... seems sturdy, bit painful but only what I'd just spent on a decent garden hose wall reel I guess
I looked at loads of options at the time. Part of the appeal of making this was to get away from the vile tangle of the pressure hose, so it had to be a reel. Couldn't just have a long load of cable on the floor of the hut
My preferred one was an auto reel that winds back in under it's own power - even less effort! But they were more like £300 (!)

PushedDover

2,506 posts

13 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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Any thoughts of plumbing in a water heater ?
A hot water supply out side would be handy for bucket filling and something I’m looking at.

wjwren

3,448 posts

95 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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jake - where is the autoreel one please?

jakesmith

Original Poster:

8,564 posts

131 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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swisstoni said:
Chubbyross said:
swisstoni said:
Why not just ditch the pressure washer?
Not essential for washing a car.
It is for doing it properly.
It’s optional.
Everything is optional isn't it, it's optional to sleep on a mattress & have electric lighting in your home! You can do it however you like really.
I have used a hose, a battery powered 'dirtworker' when I lived in a flat, washed my cars with buckets etc, every which way going since I've been driving, got 3 reasonable sized cars all in black on the drive at the moment.
Wouldn't get round to washing them at all if I wasn't using a pressure washer it just about makes it bearable, uses very little water too
And you really don't see any car washes or pro car valeters / detailers using anything else, the supporting evidence is strong

jakesmith

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8,564 posts

131 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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PushedDover said:
Any thoughts of plumbing in a water heater ?
A hot water supply out side would be handy for bucket filling and something I’m looking at.
I was thinking about taking a feed from the hot water pipe in the bathroom to outside, but I only wash one a day so filling one half bucket in the kitchen & taking it out is just about bearable!

PushedDover

2,506 posts

13 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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jakesmith said:
PushedDover said:
Any thoughts of plumbing in a water heater ?
A hot water supply out side would be handy for bucket filling and something I’m looking at.
I was thinking about taking a feed from the hot water pipe in the bathroom to outside, but I only wash one a day so filling one half bucket in the kitchen & taking it out is just about bearable!
Don’t have Dogs then ?
I’m thinking of fitting a elect shower- can be used for mucky dogs outside the garage door, and bucket filling, £60 and a bit of cabling.

jakesmith

Original Poster:

8,564 posts

131 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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wjwren said:
jake - where is the autoreel one please?
Here goes - I never got round to phoning them up to check they were suitable but these are the ones I found. I actually started this thread off to ask for advice about using one of these for this purpose, they seem to be air reels but the working PSI looks simiar to that of the Karcher - probably worth checking with them

https://www.flowjet.co.uk/pressure-washer-site-cle...

https://www.expondo.co.uk/msw-pressure-washer-hose...

https://www.fireprotectionshop.co.uk/industrial-ho...

jakesmith

Original Poster:

8,564 posts

131 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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PushedDover said:
jakesmith said:
PushedDover said:
Any thoughts of plumbing in a water heater ?
A hot water supply out side would be handy for bucket filling and something I’m looking at.
I was thinking about taking a feed from the hot water pipe in the bathroom to outside, but I only wash one a day so filling one half bucket in the kitchen & taking it out is just about bearable!
Don’t have Dogs then ?
I’m thinking of fitting a elect shower- can be used for mucky dogs outside the garage door, and bucket filling, £60 and a bit of cabling.
No dogs... that's a whole different paradigm... some ideas...

https://www.google.com/search?q=outdoor+dog+wash&a...



mercedeslimos

633 posts

129 months

Monday 3rd August
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Finally got my one of these pretty much finished. Just need to add in the permanent wiring. Ended up getting a 10-metre hose (non-reel) for my old-style Karcher K2 (which then decided to start leaking), so bought a new compact version which had a different end fitting. Ended up matching some adapters and converting to the pro-style quick-release and a lance my old man was chucking. Delighted.

The shed itself is done just needs doors. Washer and buckets and 5L bottles on the bottom, all other cleaning bottles on the shelf.

Thanks for the idea! It's hidden in between a hedge and a conifer next to the tap, with the hose hard-lined into the back. Nice and discreet out of the way. Next job is a little reel on the wall (steel car rim like I did for the garden hose?) for the lance hose maybe,

Sam

wjwren

3,448 posts

95 months

Monday 3rd August
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If i buy the retractable one how do i get that to fit my karcher k7?


PushedDover

2,506 posts

13 months

Monday 3rd August
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yikes HOW MUCH ?

Shanksy87

244 posts

82 months

Monday 3rd August
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wjwren said:
If i buy the retractable one how do i get that to fit my karcher k7?

If you're happy to have a hand crank reel you can reduce the cost significantly. I paid £110 for a reel and £70 for a 20m hose, spare change for the fittings. Will upload a photo later.

To answer your question directly, you likely need a 3/8"BSP to M22 adapter to link that specific hose to your Karcher, they're a few pounds on eBay. You would probably need to consider your gun/lance setup, or at the minimum some adapters for that also.

HTH

wjwren

3,448 posts

95 months

Monday 3rd August
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What im after is something that doesnt kink. The standard karcher hose is crap so i purchased a 25m one from a webshop which is a lot better. So my options are either an automatic reel like above or a standard reel and use my hose. I like the idea of an automatic reel and if the reel and hose come together then hopefully it would be suited and not kink up.

jakesmith

Original Poster:

8,564 posts

131 months

Monday 3rd August
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Hand cranking is a pain and hard work, when the whole point of the exercise is to save effort. Wish I had gone for an auto winder


Shanksy87

244 posts

82 months

Monday 3rd August
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This is the setup I have. The hose is a commercial grade thing, no chance of kinking.



I can see the benefit of an auto rewind hose, but this takes all of 30s to wind in after use, which I do once a week. Gaining says 20s once a week doesn't feel that important to me personally, plus you have the added risk with the auto-rewind ones where they decide to rewind when you pull for more hose and the hose slaps against your car. Each to their own.