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DIY Pressure Washer Buying Guide

If you'd rather not pay an expensive contractor, then this DIY pressure washer buying guide is for you! Save money & frustration by cleaning your house, yard, deck, pool, walkways and patios yourself.

I share my expert tips on how to decide between buying a gas or an electric pressure washer - and I'll include pro tips on the best home cleaning jobs you can do on your own.

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Think about the cleaning jobs you want to do BEFORE you go out and buy a pressure washer. Knowing which DIY cleaning jobs you want to tackle will help you choose between a gas or electric unit.  


Electric pressure washers are the best choice if you plan to get it out and use it about once or twice a month. Or less. Electric units are perfect for light cleaning jobs like washing the car, grill, dirt bike or RV.

Do you want to tackle any indoor cleaning jobs? If you do, you must use an electric pressure washer.  A gas pressure washer cannot be used indoors. Electric pressure washers don't produce fumes, but gas pressure washers do, so electric pressure washers are the only choice for indoor cleaning.

And, as you probably know, electric pressure washers are lighter and easier to mover around than a gas unit. And an electric power washer costs less than a gas model.

You'll see, as you shop around, you can find quite a few electric units like Karcher or AR North America for less than $200. 

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If you're an enthusiastic DIY'er and you plan on using your pressure washer at least a few times a month - or more - then a gas pressure washer is your best bet. 

And if you're going to do some heavy duty cleaning projects like cleaning decks, driveways, removing mildew, stripping paint and cleaning gutters, a gas pressure washer is a great choice for you.

But remember, gas pressure washers produce toxic fumes, so they can only be used outdoors.

Gas pressure washers produce more cleaning power than electric units and they finish demanding cleaning jobs faster. And, yes, they're louder than electric pressure washers.

Yes, gas pressure washers cost more than electric models, but they generally last longer because they're built with more powerful engines and pumps.

Best DIY Pressure Washer Projects

There are dozens of DIY pressure washer cleaning projects around any house, yard or garage!

I've listed the most popular pressure washer cleaning projects, below.  Just click on the links to get my detailed pro tips on how to get the job done, quickly, without any damage!

Cleaning Decks 101

Cleaning Asphalt Driveways & Courts

Tips for Cleaning Brick & Mortar WALLS

How to Clean Brick Walkways & Patios

Concrete Surface Cleaning

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