The Backyard Makeover has begun. Blessed with beautiful weather this weekend we fired up the pressure washer and started the preparing the fence for paint. Little did I know that pressure washing the fence would be such an ordeal, I thought eight hours tops and I would be finished. Much to my dismay after two hours, I had only managed to clean two panels of the fence, only 33 more to go!
With the progress being so slow I was torn, should I invest in a deck/fence cleaner that promises to magically strip away the dirt? Or perhaps I should whip up a household remedy like the bleach and vinegar mixture? Worried about killing the plants, and ruining my clothes, I decided against using harsh chemicals and figured that sometimes a little elbow grease is all you need.
A pressure washer is a magnificent tool, once you figure out how to use it. A couple years ago, we invested in the Black Max 2700 psi, gas powered pressure washer by Honda, and after carving streaks into our deck and blasting doodles into our sidewalk, I have finally perfected the art of pressure washing. Stand back approximately five feet from the surface you are going to clean, change the nozzle to spray in a fan shape instead of using the deadly point, and spray in the same direction as the wood grain to eliminate splintering the wood. Using these techniques will bring you satisfactory results. The progress may be slow, but keep in mind you are merely cleaning the wood, not obliterating it.
So after two days of pressure washing, with my arms and back aching and my ears ringing from the constant roar of the engine, I can proudly say that I am ALMOST half-way done with the fence!
Whenever I get bummed about the work that lays ahead all I have to do is go outside and look at my progress. Where there was once a gray fence that had been battered by the weather, sits a fence that is now brown and beautiful. This is the reason that I love most about home improvement projects – Instant Gratification!
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