Garage Mods for Efficiency

Discussion in 'Tools - Machine Polishers, Pressure Washers, Detai' started by DaytonaJae, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. DaytonaJae

    DaytonaJae Birth of a Detailer

    If you're like me, you enjoy detailing. A lot. More than most "normal" people. However, I absolutely despise setting up my gear and cleaning up after I'm done. To me, that's just chore work that is not enjoyable.

    I like rinseless washes when the situation calls for it, but on my weekends, weather permitting, I look forward to my traditional two-bucket washing with my music on and some cold drinks.

    I like using a pressure washer, either for just initial blowing off the dirt before the 2BW or using a foam cannon. It's just fun. I also like to dry my cars using Metro's Master Blaster and vacuum them out as part of my maintenance routine.

    The problem comes when setting up each step - plugging in the master blaster, wheeling it out to the car, drying, then putting things back after you're done. Then repeat for the vacuum.

    A few years ago, I tried to optimize this process by placing the master blaster and vac n' blo on a cart. The idea was to simply wheel out the cart to do the job at hand. As novel as that was in theory, I found it cumersome and aggravating to use. It also took up a lot of space in the corner of the garage.



    As you can see here, limited walking space results from the "cart". The last thing I want to do is brush my backside along the car everytime I want to get in or out (the front bumper is all the way up to the front shelf).

    I wanted to change the way I did my maintenance washes. I wanted to set up my garage to be as efficient as possible for this very purpose.

    So my idea was to wall mount everything in order to gain back the space around the car.

    I bought some extensions for the Master Blaster as well as the Vac N Blo units, since they will now be staionary. I had to buy the mounting bracket for the MB as well, along with some hose hangers, wall hardware (Tapcon) as my garage wall was concrete block underneath stucco.

    Here was my original idea
    (Special thanks to SizzleChest for bringing his hammer drill and helping me do this)


    Somehow it didn't look right. I tried to utilize that small area between the door and the wall for the units, which would minimize the loss of hose length that is useable, but it just didn't seem right to me.

    Also my pressure washer needed replacing. It worked fine, but hated how it had no cord management, and it wasn't wall mountable. Trying to find an affordable, basic use, wall-mountable unit was almost impossible. Until I saw this on Pinterest...


    This was a pin from Lowe's. It shows one of their Greenworks pressure washers mounted using a hanger on a wall. I researched it a little and found that it uses standard 22mm connectors for the pressure hose. That means I can use a single 50-ft. pressure hose instead of having two hooked up together. Perfect. I have a Lowe's card. Even more perfect. I ordered it online and picked it up that evening at the store.

    Within an hour, I had it mounted on the wall.


    My plan was to use my existing hose hanger above the unit to hang the pressure hose.

    This made me think of a better idea for mounting my Metro units. So, A few beers, a new hammer drill (my very own!) a bunch of Tapcons and even more mosquito bites later, I had this:


    Ok so this is starting to take shape. All I needed now was to add an extra gang outlet to the existing electrical box I had installed for this purpose, then clean it up a little.


    Here it is done with a cover and 4 outlets wired to a 30 amp dedicated breaker inside the main panel to the right. the left side is GFCI and the right side is not. There is no way I can use more than one of these outlets at any given time, unless I can somehow dry, vacuum and pressure wash the car simultaneously, so there are no issues with the amperage.

    Here is what it looks like, almost complete.


    The above picture shows,

    1. Master Blaster with Metro Wall Mount and two hose extensions (total of 30 ft.) Extensions were reinforced by Gorilla Glue as per Metro's recommendations.

    2. Master Vac N Blo Wall Mount version - shown with 3 hose extensions (most likely will add a fourth).

    3. Suncast hose hangers with built-in storage, mounted above each unit.

    4. Greenworks 1500psi Pressure Washer with a generic hose hanger mounted above it and a 50' pressure hose with 22mm connectors, using the stock Greenworks gun. An additional hanger was installed to the right of the washer to hang the gun due to the size of the longer hose interfering with the built-in holster on the unit.

    6 ft. leader hose connected to the left of the pressure washer with a male quick-disconnect attached to the outside end.

    My outside water source (garden hose reel) sits just outside that wall (you can see it just outside the door) with the female quick disconnect and shut-off valve. This keeps any water that may flow out when I disconnect the ends to be towards the outside and not further into the garage.

    I have ordered some cable covers so that I can route the power wires to the outlet and keep everything plugged in. When that is done, I will post the final pic, then testing to see if this is easier to use than the previous setup!

    I welcome any suggestions to further optimize this setup.
    rwisejr and kyle butler like this.
  2. kyle butler

    kyle butler Birth of a Detailer

    this is a very nice setup. gives me some ideas for my garage... btw, have you been to this site? i think it might find some like-thinkers there
  3. detailersdomain

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  4. StreetShotz

    StreetShotz New Member

    Just bought our first place and I am looking forward to setting up the garage.
    Great ideas in here. Keep posting stuff guys!
  5. allenk4

    allenk4 New Member

    Add a CR Spotless and you have completed my Dream Set-up
  6. black-n-silver

    black-n-silver Any Rag Vehicle Washer

    Nice work brother!
  7. Andy6228

    Andy6228 Birth of a Detailer

    Nice! Makes me want to get my garage organized.
  8. bonehead

    bonehead Jedi Nuba

    Nice work! I 1000% agree with dreading the setup and cleanup of the various tools. If I could just wash, dry, and not have to worry about setting everything out then putting it away, I'd dread washing my cars a lot less.
  9. rwisejr

    rwisejr DB Forum Supporter

    Nice setup. I like it a lot.

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