The Pressure’s on

Even though we bought a “move in ready” house, as homeowners again, we have recently been reminded of how there is always something that needs to be done around the house or yard.  Of course there are tons of things that we have been researching (like DIY hardwood installation) and planning (how to make the kitchen less builder basic-looking in the short term), but one thing that caught our attention right away was the state of our fence.  The fence looked pretty worse for the wear, especially the sections underneath the magnolias in the backyard, and we weren’t sure how stable it was.  This, combined with the fact that the fence isn’t exactly the most private (thanks to the 1 to 2 inch spacing for the boards and the 4 foot height on the back), meant we knew upgrading the fence was in the not-so-distant future.


Backyard fence covered in a decade of filth


While giving a friend and co-worker the assessment about the fence, he graciously offered us his “weak” electric pressure washer for a weekend, and I promptly took him up on it.  I’m pretty sure this isn’t a deluxe model, but I figured it was worth a shot.  Plus, I had been thinking about renting one of these things to clean the driveway and back patio anyway.


K’Archer electric pressure washer!

Having never pressure washed anything before, I scanned the web, read a couple of quick how to’s, and refreshed myself on how useful pressure can be if you use the right amount of pressure….

Anyway, we were pleased with how everything turned out, even with a supposedly “weak” pressure washer.  The results speak for themselves.  I ended up pressure washing the entire exterior of the house in addition to the driveway, sidewalk, and fence. Notice the difference between the left  and the right side of the back fence.  Amazing, right?  DSC01380

For those of you skeptics who thought the left side was just dark because of shade, here’s a shot where you can see how much grime had accumulated on the fence…and how much better it looks after pressure washing.


You can also see a clear difference on the back patio concrete.


Borrowing the pressure washer made this a low cost transformation.   The KaZoos consider this time well spent, and at least this will make the fence tolerable until we can replace it with something that actually functions as a privacy fence.