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When using a pressure washer, it's vital to know what your owner manual recommends in terms of hose diameter, the necessary water flow rate (gallons per minute) and even what types of extension cords to use. Follow the manual to the letter in these areas. Did you know that many pressure washers have guidelines about what kind of socket to plug into? Many types of pressure washers should only be used with an electrical socket that is protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI. This prevents electrocution hazards. Power washers that carry this requirement should also be used on a "non-shared" outlet. Before starting any cleaning job, you should be familiar with how to quickly stop and power down your pressure washer in case of any emergency situation, electrical or otherwise.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|