Lawn and Garden

Our Sharing Economy: Power Washer Edition

When we moved into our house, the previous owners were extremely generous with what they left us. They knew we were coming from a condo and had zero outside equipment. They were also moving to a retirement community in Florida and would have no need for these things, so it worked out really well for us. Among the gifts they left was a power washer. Our carport sidewalk was looking pretty gross, so Pat decided to give it a whirl. 45 minutes later, he was halfway done.

He gave up. That sucked.

A power washer is a piece of equipment that you only realistically need once or twice per year, right? But the good ones are pretty expensive. So what do you do? Do you buy an inexpensive one like we inherited? Should you rent one for the day? Or do you hire the job out?

We are so lucky to have great friends. Last year, our good buddies EJ and Drew went in together to buy a nice power washer. They decided they would co-own the machine, which retails for $300. (They purchased it at Costco.)

When we asked if we could pay them each a fee to be a part of the co-ownership, EJ suggested that we buy the floor attachment instead. Deal.

Pat gets so excited to start a project I have to scramble to snap any sort of “before” photo. In case you can’t tell, the concrete is nasty.

He worked on this area for 20 minutes. That even includes when he had to take a pause to help our neighbor carry a table down the street.

Crazy, right? A neighbor walked over and just shook her head. She spent 3 hours earlier that same day using a power washer wand on her front pathway. Her back and shoulder hurt and she needed Tylenol and a heating pad. Pat, meanwhile, was on a roll. The next thing I knew, he was working on the driveway.

…and the sidewalk in front of our house….

…and the chimney…

He also did the front porch, the cars, and a few other spots in the back. This was one of the most instantly gratifying tasks we have tackled. We are so lucky to have such an amazing friend family!

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