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The Dangers of Pressure Washing

Recently I chose to clean and seal my 12×15 deck myself. I purchased a mid-output gas-powered pressure washer for about $200 and some deck wash for about $5. I was ready to go.

It was a fine day for a washing (the deck that is. I shower every day). I began pressure washing the deck and all was going well. I wore boots to protect my feet in case I accidentally washed over them, but I never thought I needed to wear gloves to protect my hands.

I was repositioning the sprayer nozzle when I pushed down on the nozzle head to lock it in. I gripped with my left hand, which happened to still be on the trigger. Guess what was 1 inch away from the nozzle….my right pointer finger.

The moral of this story is that pressurized water can wreak havoc on exposed flesh. Luckily in my case, some gauze and tape shored up the wound and I was able to continue the job. However, it could have been much worse.

Always, wear gloves, goggles and boots when pressure washing. Never point it, even jokingly, at anyone, EVER!

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