Power washers should come with a warning
By melinchina on Jul 24, 2007
- about their highly addictive nature.
I have this group of friends who are helping me prepare my house for sale, and they recently pointed out that I had cobwebs on my front porch so I borrowed a power washer to clean them off. That's where it started yesterday at 4:30pm. But when I saw how quickly the washer gets rid of dirt and cobwebs I couldn't resist cleaning the front door, then the front wall of the house, then the floor of the front porch, the sidewalk, the street gutter and finally I was washing the street itself and believe me I would have started washing the neighbors' houses if my daughter wasn't about to die of starvation because it was already 7pm.
The thing about power washing is that you just stand there holding this wand and the water does the rest. It cleans off dirt you hardly notice because it's built up over such a long time and the dirt flows away from you in beautiful gray rivers.
When I finally took a break to take my daughter for dinner at Ikea, my neighbor Radu asked if he could use the washer for a few minutes to wash his upstairs windows. We got back from Ikea 2 hours later and every cement surface on Radu's property was wet and clean. And he had that same dazed look in his eyes that I had before. I practically had to pull the washer out of his hands to get it back but it was for the best.
What other activity offers a combination of power tools, personal satisfaction and instant gratification with almost zero physical effort?