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I just got the OK from my exwife to do her roof, I will be doing it for free for practice and shes letting me put a yard sign up. She has also gotten me 2 more protential jobs already. I need to buy a start up kit asap! I need recommendations on a ready-to-go kit. Trying to keep budget under 600 for now til i get some money coming in.

 

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I just got the OK from my exwife to do her roof, I will be doing it for free for practice and shes letting me put a yard sign up. She has also gotten me 2 more protential jobs already. I need to buy a start up kit asap! I need recommendations on a ready-to-go kit. Trying to keep budget under 600 for now til i get some money coming in.

 

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Here ya go, get the 5800 kit http://www.pressuretek.com/co12vose.html

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I just ordered the 5800 kit. I have done this a while. I've used all kinds of pumps. I used to buy the electric sprinkler pumps from sears. 10 gpm. They would pump forever but the housings always sprang leaks and mix would shoot 10 feet in the air. I've used old pressure washers.....don't do this lol. Next I went shurflo route. I finally settled on their 3 gpm model. Those pumps last. Pressure switches go out on the regular with any 12v system so have some extras.

I have seen many good things on the 5800 and it looks to fit the bill. The 7 gpm model is just an absolute beast and being a 1 man outfit 7gpm is too much to keep track of. Those 10 gpm sprinkler pumps I absolutely had to have ground help. Here in Delaware, most homes have gutters. It's just a lot easier to deal with the runoff. 

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I just ordered the 5800 kit. I have done this a while. I've used all kinds of pumps. I used to buy the electric sprinkler pumps from sears. 10 gpm. They would pump forever but the housings always sprang leaks and mix would shoot 10 feet in the air. I've used old pressure washers.....don't do this lol. Next I went shurflo route. I finally settled on their 3 gpm model. Those pumps last. Pressure switches go out on the regular with any 12v system so have some extras.

I have seen many good things on the 5800 and it looks to fit the bill. The 7 gpm model is just an absolute beast and being a 1 man outfit 7gpm is too much to keep track of. Those 10 gpm sprinkler pumps I absolutely had to have ground help. Here in Delaware, most homes have gutters. It's just a lot easier to deal with the runoff. 

One HUGE mistake when buying a 12 volt pump, is buying one that has too MUCH GPM's. Unless you absolutely need the ability to shoot that last 5 or 10 feet, you are way better off with the 5800 instead of the Fat Boy.  As you said, the 7 GPM of a Fat Boy is hard to  control the run off with, so people slap a smaller nozzle on it, the pumps cycles, then fails quickly.  Honestly, an air pump is the way to go, and should be the goal of every roof cleaner someday IMHO and experience.

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One HUGE mistake when buying a 12 volt pump, is buying one that has too MUCH GPM's. Unless you absolutely need the ability to shoot that last 5 or 10 feet, you are way better off with the 5800 instead of the Fat Boy.  As you said, the 7 GPM of a Fat Boy is hard to  control the run off with, so people slap a smaller nozzle on it, the pumps cycles, then fails quickly.  Honestly, an air pump is the way to go, and should be the goal of every roof cleaner someday IMHO and experience.

Depends on what part of the country you are in. Here in the PNW with steep roofs,tons of moss and all houses gutters, you can never have enough output. Output means distance. Distance means productivity. 

 

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Here ya go, get the 5800 kit http://www.pressuretek.com/co12vose.html

Chris, I just received my kit, it also came with teflon tape, do I teflon anything? I thought I had read somewhere on here about not tefloning anything but for the life of me I cannot find it now. Also, should I silicon the tips before and after or what spray do you recommend. Thanks

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Chris, I just received my kit, it also came with teflon tape, do I teflon anything? I thought I had read somewhere on here about not tefloning anything but for the life of me I cannot find it now. Also, should I silicon the tips before and after or what spray do you recommend. Thanks

I realize that you're directed your question to Chris, I can help you with the answer and he'll chime in if he feels differently.  Tape is perfectly fine.  There was one vendor a while back that insisted tape not be used.  What their theory was behind that, I do not know.  We only use tape for all threaded seals and have never had a (known) problem as a result.  Starting our seventh year, with tape  :-)   (BTW - Bob at PressureTek would not have sent it if it wasn't ok to use it.  He's a stand up guy!)

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Just to chime in we use Teflon tape also for EVERYTHING that is threaded and that we dont have to disconnect ever and it seems to work just fine. I know a lot of other guys use Teflon tape its meant to help seal things thats why every plummer uses it. I think your fine but its just my opinion but I agree with Ted. Also Bob is the man at PressureTek

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I believe the reasoning they gave not to use tape is that a piece of it could break loose and clog up a spray tip. While this is theoretically possible, to give up the functionality, low cost,  widespread availability and ease of use that Teflon tape provides because it may eventually cause a very minor inconvenience is ridiculous in my opinion. I use it and have had zero issues with it. 

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Just to chime in we use Teflon tape also for EVERYTHING that is threaded and that we dont have to disconnect ever and it seems to work just fine. I know a lot of other guys use Teflon tape its meant to help seal things thats why every plummer uses it. I think your fine but its just my opinion but I agree with Ted. Also Bob is the man at PressureTek

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Not had the best luck with tape on the fluid connections...our air connections have been fine with tape. We use Gasoila thread sealant for all our lower pressure fluid hookups and have had perfect leak free results. 

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One HUGE mistake when buying a 12 volt pump, is buying one that has too MUCH GPM's. Unless you absolutely need the ability to shoot that last 5 or 10 feet, you are way better off with the 5800 instead of the Fat Boy.  As you said, the 7 GPM of a Fat Boy is hard to  control the run off with, so people slap a smaller nozzle on it, the pumps cycles, then fails quickly.  Honestly, an air pump is the way to go, and should be the goal of every roof cleaner someday IMHO and experience.

This is a good word. Thanks Chris. 

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