Thursday, November 18, 2010

Never buy a Pressure Washer

My husband needed to borrow my laptop for a couple of days.   I suffer withdrawal when my computer is out of reach.  What can I do?  Well, I could clean my house but what fun would that be?
So before he took my baby away, I wanted to print a few photos to scrapbook.  As I organized the photos, I decided to just print them on a 12x12 with the journaling and title and have a mostly digi page.  The basic page was done in no time.  I then had fun creating the 'water.'
The subject of this page is very true.  Never let a man buy a pressure washer.  They (the pressure washers) suffer from the same curse as all motorized outdoor equipment such as lawn mowers and weed eaters.  They are guaranteed to break down at least once per season resulting in extreme frustration and large outlays of cash.
The Pressure Washer, a.k.a. the money pit, is only still intact and not smashed to smitherins by a sledge hammer because... we don’t own a sledgehammer.  Every year, it takes days of fiddling and often expensive parts to coax it into starting and running long enough to wash about two thirds of the house before some other part gives up.  Why did I think this year would be any different?  Why did I think we could clear off the porch on a Monday and get the everything back in less than a week from Tuesday?  Lenny worked diligently pruning, repairing, carrying, shopping and washing.  I helped where I could making many trips to the hardware store, fussed a lot, mopped and finally admired a sparkling clean house.
Project Notes:


  • I added simple blue/gray colored circles in various sizes to the background of the layout in Photoshop Elements.  These served as place holders so I could work out an arrangement for the 'drops' on the screen beffore printing.
  • The actual circles are cut from watercolor paper inked with spritzed Ranger distress inks.  I'm really loving the technique from Jennifer McGuire at Two Peas.  A few rhinestones finished off the layout.
  • The word 'pressure' is in various fonts and shades of gray to mimic how uneven the pressure in the washer can be when it refuses to work properly.
It may not be all wine and roses around here but it isn't dull.  Thanks for visiting! 

Ingredients:  Chipboard Letters from American Crafts
Ink:  Ranger distress inks in Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass; Not Quite Navy by SU!
Rhinestones:  Jewelry dept at Hobby Lobby.


  1. Love your layout. How true is your journalling teehee.
    Your hubby's hard work paid off, it looks beautiful.
    I dont' think I could give up my baby (laptop), but I should so I could get some things done around the house LOL.

  2. Oh so true and very funny, since it's not my husband! :)

  3. Pressure washers can be used to clean decks, clean home exteriors, detail automobiles, clean commercial buildings and driveways. If one market is already saturated, consider focusing your business on another area., i.e., commercial property versus residential.Purchase your equipment. The cost of a pressure washer can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on its pounds per square inch and whether it operates on gas or electricity. Many electric pressure washers aren't as powerful as their gas-powered counterparts, but using electric units means that your business won't suffer from fluctuating gas prices nearly as much.


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