Winter car washes

EatenByLimestone

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Jul 12, 2006
7,287
Schenectady, NY
The new truck is white. It shows winter sand off the roads really easily. I wanted a way to spray off the truck at home, but I didn't want to redrain the 100 feet of 3/4" hose I keep at the front spigot.

Here's what I came up with:
 

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EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,287
Schenectady, NY
The hose has a soft wall and will can be stuffed down into the milk jug when I'm finished. I'll just throw it on a basement shelf until I need it next time. No draining or coiling needed!
 

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Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,117
Northern Maine
I have one as well. For the boat I had one of those expanding hoses. That worked unbelievably well and takes up even less space than the Zero G.
 

PaulOinMA

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Oct 20, 2018
500
MA
Neat idea. I'm still coiling old hoses. :)
 

Socratic Monologue

Burning Hunk
Dec 2, 2009
194
WI
Looks good. Spray off underneath, too, since the visually unappealing dirt is far less worrisome than the rust encouraged by road salt.
 

Sodbuster

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Sep 22, 2012
1,335
Michigan
It really doesn't pay to wash or have your car washed here in Michigan. they keep our roads so full of salt; every pickup is a fender flapper by age 10. Plus I live on a gravel road, there are times I let my drip dry on the driveway rather that drip all the mud in the garage.
 

Wooden Head

Burning Hunk
Sep 14, 2009
226
West Michigan
I've owned 5 flex/retract hoses. Everyone of them burst because of failure of the membrane that carries the water. They are great when they are functioning, but it became more expense than I needed.
 
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semipro

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Jan 12, 2009
3,749
SW Virginia
It really doesn't pay to wash or have your car washed here in Michigan. they keep our roads so full of salt; every pickup is a fender flapper by age 10. Plus I live on a gravel road, there are times I let my drip dry on the driveway rather that drip all the mud in the garage.
I target puddles on the roads in spring in hopes the splash will wash the salt from under my truck.
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,287
Schenectady, NY
I always aim for the puddles too.
 

xman23

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Oct 7, 2008
2,051
Lackawaxen PA
I've had one on my deck for 3 years now. Just for watering all the plants. We release the pressure and it fits in a small plastic bucket. It says it 50 ft but maybe it need more than my 25 LBS water pressure to get that long. Surely not rugged, but what we us it for, it's perfect.
 

Seasoned Oak

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Oct 17, 2008
6,997
Eastern Central PA
I've owned 5 flex/retract hoses. Everyone of them burst because of failure of the membrane that carries the water. They are great when they are functioning, but it became more expense than I needed.
They are getting better. Read the reviews. Amazon has a good selection.
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,287
Schenectady, NY
Lol. That'll work too!


They don't like to let me through with all the ladders and gear in the back of the truck, lol.
 
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lml999

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Oct 25, 2013
503
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
When we moved into our house, I had an outdoor style house fauct installed at the back of the attached garage (away from the doors.). I keep a traditional freestanding hose reel set up, next to the air hose reel, and can wash my cars inside the garage all winter. Water drains towards the front. So far I haven't frozen the garage doors to the floor. :)
 

EatenByLimestone

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Jul 12, 2006
7,287
Schenectady, NY
That sounds like an ideal setup!
 

Sodbuster

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Sep 22, 2012
1,335
Michigan
I just take 5 minutes and drive through this thing called a car wash. I haven't washed a car by hand in 20 years.
 

jatoxico

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Aug 8, 2011
4,218
Long Island NY
Slop sink in the garage has faucet that accepts a garden hose. I shut down and drain the cold side because that also feeds outside water. But the hot water can be used w/o worry of later freeze up. Did it today, the hot water hitting 28 deg air looks like a Chinese laundry.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
3,847
Downeast Maine
I have an exterior faucet/hose bib that has freeze protection and hot water. Someday I'll install it and let you know how it works.
 

lml999

Minister of Fire
Oct 25, 2013
503
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
That sounds like an ideal setup!
Thanks. I've always been a "hand-wash" guy. When I was younger, I'd detail my cars a couple of times a year and wash them every couple of weeks. Those intervals have increased over the years. :)

It is nice to have a warm garage with a faucet/hose inside!
 
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