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Dumb Question ( no faucet in my garage)

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by lodogg89, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. lodogg89

    lodogg89 Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    I have a couple of questions about this, i dont have a faucet in my garage, how do i go about cleaning off my truck after a storm?? Im sure you going to say, go to the car wash, well just say its not an option, they're close here, i dont want my equipment to rust, is their anyway to install some sort of heater on the outside faucet, or something like that?? Anybody have a similar dilema.
  2. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    All of the do it yourself car washes in Omha are closed in the winter? I would try calling a couple and see if they are open....Then I would call some of the local car dealers since they wash cars after service and when they sell them. See if you can work something out.
  3. LLM Ann Arbor

    LLM Ann Arbor Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Run a line from your hot water heater underground to the garage.

    Wait till your wife gets in the shower or she wants to do a load of whites to wash your truck. :)

    Seriously man.....the dollar self serve deals your best bet. This equipment get a lot more abuse and salt/corrosion damage etc etc that you can ever do washing it at a car wash, and anytime you wash it you're doing it a favor. Even if you use pee!
  4. LLM Ann Arbor

    LLM Ann Arbor Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    He said they are close. Not closed.

    I think he just doesnt want to use them for whatever reason.
  5. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    my mistake...I think I read into it rather then read it....
  6. LLM Ann Arbor

    LLM Ann Arbor Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    You might be right though and he meant "closed"

    I cant see whats wrong with using the dollar car wash deal. Im there all the time.
  7. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I have the same sort of problem, no water or heat in my shop.

    I have been toying with the idea of a water tank (old three-point hitch sprayer) with a tank deicer like they use for cattle... feeding into my cheapie pressure washer... use it, then run plumbers antifreeze into the soap feedline on the washer.

    When the water tank is empty, hitch back up to the tractor and carry back to the house to refill (with a hose out the back door from the laundry room most likely...)

    Anyone tried anything like this?
  8. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Anybody have one of those portable spray washers like you can get at HD? How much of one do you need to clean trucks/cars? Are they good for winter use?
  9. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i just use the frost free hydrant outside the shop(cold water). could you use the faucet on the house? just keep your hose inside the garage at night or during cold weather.
  10. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Well if the close thats better for you.:D

    Use your outside faucet.Just screw the hose on when you are done take it off and walk the hose out wrapping it around your arm and get all the water out of it so it won't freeze.:salute:

  11. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    I agree.

    Hey Jay I just read your list of equipment for the first time.I think you need another truck HeHe:D

  12. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    I had a hot water faucet put on the side of the shop. But lightyears ago when i was young and full of energy , I used to put a garden hose on the washer machine hot water side and run it out the cellar window to the driveway.
  13. Petr51488

    Petr51488 Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I have a hot water faucet on the side of my house. Cold too. Would using hot water to wash down the atv cause the frame to crack? or do any damage to it? Being the atv is freezing and the hot water, is well, hot?
  14. lodogg89

    lodogg89 Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    okay, well i knew some would be confused, yes we do have car washes and im sure they are open, i was just saying, wouldnt it be nice to do it from home. Is it safe to use your faucet in the winter, cant your water pipes freeze or something like that??
  15. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    Yes , the hose could freeze and the ice will work back towards faucet. Take off hose after every use and put back in warm garage or cellar.
  16. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    As stated before, buy a frost free facet should get one that is at least 12 long but the longer the better. Install as close to the garage as you can and make sure to REMOVE the hose after each use. Of course it will have to be hooked to both hot and cold water supply. I did this by my hot tub so when I clean it in the winter I can refill it with warm water. I used just 3/4 inch cooper T from my laundry tub outside beside the hot tub with a regular facet. I also Teed in a drain line with a ball value that allows me to drain this supply line to the hot tub so it will not freeze. Either way will work.

    Good Luck Mike
  17. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    call me crazy, but what about installing a faucet in your garage?

    My garage doesn't get cold enough to freeze the faucet or hose in the winter time.

    You will easily spend $10+ at the coin wash per storm. For $50 you can rent a large hammer drill and buy enough pipe, etc... to install the right faucet.

    If you are afraid of freezing, put it in a closet and buy an automatic heater that won't let it go below freezing.
  18. LLM Ann Arbor

    LLM Ann Arbor Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    10 dollars at the car wash that costs a dollar or a dollar fifty?

    Youve got to be kidding me.

    I can soap and rinse the truck and plow down with one cycle.

    They are all 3 to 4 minutes for the dollar or buck and a half.

    Say they are 3 minutes at 1.50.

    It takes you 20 minutes to soap and rinse?

    Last edited: Nov 13, 2006
  19. southsideone

    southsideone Member
    Messages: 35

    if you have a garage, then the best thing you can do is do it by hand. get a bucket of soap/water, and wipe it down by hand w/ a rag or whatever.(no real need to pre-rinse) one thing to remember is that half of the cleaning of any vehicle is actual the dry off. soap/water and rag only will get you half way. im sure anyone whos gone through some type of touchless wash notices how it doesnt do sh**.
  20. smitty3903

    smitty3903 Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Fly has the best way to go. Buy a frost proof faucet and install it in less then three hours one saturday. Here is a website were you can buy on for $17.00.