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    Default Scotty, more pressure… Captain, the dilithium crystals, she can't take any more..

    Just wondering what other people do for cleaning their hose.

    We usually lay it out in the driveway, soak it down, then scrub it clean the best we can, then hang it in the tower. I've also seen those hose cleaning machines.

    My main question is, actually, does anyone use a pressure washer for cleaning their hose? During a discussion on this the other day, it was asked as to whether or not a pressure washer might damage the hose's outer jacket?

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    We have a little hose cleaner device we use. Works really well so our hoses are in good shape after a fire.

    now if we could just get them dried quicker
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    We use a pressure washer to wash hose (not sure what psi, but above 2000). We don't get that many fires, so we probably wash hose 10 times a year, tops. I have not idea if it affects the jacket, but we don't have many problems with leaks and burst lines.

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    I have used a pressure washer before; it was one of those little electric jobbies. It worked really well, and I don't think the pressure was very high.

    This was some time ago; haven't used one since. don't really know why.....

    I never placed much stock in the hose washing machines. A lot of expense for something that could probably be done quicker by hand?
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    You can get hose dryers, we have one, works good.

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    we usually just take the booster reel off of the second due engine, lay the hose out and wash it down at like 90 or 100 psi. it usually works pretty good. we havnt ever had any problems. after that we have a "home made" hose drying rack.
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    Clean Hose?

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    To clean hose at my current career and vollie stations we lay the hose out in the yard, hose it down with a booster hose, pressure varying according to crud factor. If very dirty, or oil/grease contaminated, we hose, splash on detergent, broom in with a medium bristle broom, hose off. Drying is by hanging hose from a drying pole. (called a hose whip in Australia)

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    We have a hose washer jobbie deal that we attach to the standpipe in the station and feed the hose through it. It works great and takes all but 45 seconds to wash a hose. It is high pressure but not high enough to hurt anything.

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    Like most people we use the small portable hosewashers to clean our hose, and when it's very dirty we run it through the pump to get extra pressure (it's supposedly good to 200+ psi).

    And on a related point we are beginning to go back to rubber jacketed hose to eliminate this altogether. Rinses clean with no effort, just like a soap commercial.
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    we use a portable hose washer, that we connect to a hydrant behind our station. Hydrant pressure is enough to blast it clean whenever pulled through the washer.

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    we have had re-bedable hose for many years. If gets really soiled we just bring it back ........flake it out a little powdered detergent and bristle brush .........rinse and re bed ! has worked for years here. Although I do recall after a large fire yeaars ago we went to a local Chrylser plant and use their commercial hose washer.........I also think there was some LDH involved then as well.
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    Squirt it off at the scene and repack it.

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    hmm i hate cleaning hose

    but since it has to be done mild soap brush and lots of water
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    Lemme think.















    We drag it off the fireline, leave it out until it rains, roll it up so it gets moldy...and put it back in the compartment.

    Wash it? Whadya think we are...in the laundry business?

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