Sydney water restrictions - cleaning your fourby

Submitted: Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 08:03
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How are Sydney-siders and others living in areas where water restrictions are in place, getting mud and sand off from under their fourbys?

We can't hose down vehicles at the moment, so I wouldn't mind finding out how others are doing it.

Cheers,
Savvas
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Reply By: Member - Russell - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 08:45

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 08:45
At present I go round the corner and get the worst off at one of these coin operated car washes. I just use the cold high pressure rinse cycle - costs a few bucks but not too bad. I'm considering buying a Gerni so I can do a more thorough job of all the cars as well as other things that need cleaning - just need to soften up the hand brake.....Russell S
Prado RV6
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 09:27

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 09:27
Are you allowed to use a Gerni or simillar I wasnt sure if you could. Some one further on said a trigger type thing is that a Gerni.
All the best
Eric
4x4 tag along adventures
Cape York Connections
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 10:20

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 10:20
we (sa) will have permanent water restrictions come next weekend and a Gerni or equivalent willl be allowed ( as stated in press Saturday 18th) but this could change if things got more serious I reckon.

If mine is really muddy I go to hi-pressure carwash's and use theirs.....easier - no mess to clean up.Wow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 08:46

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 08:46
easy....... in adelaide you are allowed to wash your car so long as you wash it from a bucket and hose it off with a triggered sprayer...anytime of the day or night no matter what your street numbers are.........
as far as cleaning mud from the car i would go to carlovers and mess up their driveway but with sand or light wheel-arch muck your own back yard is the place to go if you need to use your gerni away from the prying eyes of your goody two shoes dobb you in neighbours......_____________________________________________

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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 08:47

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 08:47
and i know you said sydney-siders but i felt like giving 3c worth this morning/..._____________________________________________

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Follow Up By: jonny knowalittlebit - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 10:03

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 10:03
Completly unrelated to your post but i just read your cars profile.......and what is involved with a "heavy duty clutch".... what makes it heavy duty?
Might seem dumb but im very interested in the idea and cost and who makes it.
Thanks
Guy
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 14:46

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 14:46
Voxson ... Always happy to get your 3c worth, buddy!

;-)
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 18:42

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 18:42
jonny...............the clutch boasts the following........
superior clutch disc friction materials...
hi-performance torque springs...
superior spring contact point for thrust bearing...
no less than 30% more than standard clamp load...
better heat dispersion...

I cant compare it with my last standard clutch because of how clumsey these vehicles are anyway...

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Reply By: mikeyandmary - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 14:53

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 14:53
Just checked the Sydney Water website, the only way you are allowed to wash a vehicle is using a bucket, no hoses. The only people allowed to use hoses or high pressure cleaners for vehicles are car yards, car wash etc.

Enjoy...
Michael
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Follow Up By: Glenno - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 17:11

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 17:11
So if you pinch a real estate sign, write "Glenno's Car Wash" on the back of it and put it in your front yard, are you classed as a car wash?

Wonder what they define as a car wash, probably a place that pays a huge fee for a license.....

Cheers,

Glenno.
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Reply By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 16:21

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 16:21
The only way you can wash you vehicle in the Canberra/Queanbeyan area is in a commercial carwash that uses recycled water. I tend to drive my truck (with roof rack fitted) through Carlovers - laserwash. Bit costly at $7-$11 per go depending on what sort of wash you want but is better than noting for keeping the corrosion gremlins away.

Regards
Pete
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Reply By: chrisfrd - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 17:12

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 17:12
I say "f*ck it!" and wash my car with a high-pressure sprayer. They should be allowed, as they use about 1/10 the water of a hose.

I have a "bucket", that is 60L and a wash using the high pressure Karcher would use less than that indeed!

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Reply By: haze - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 17:42

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 17:42
It doesnt say in my manual that I have to wash the thing every time it gets dirty (ie used) So it gets a wash (underneath) every time it rains, yep drive through the puddles. Other than that a bit of metho and water on the glass areas and good as.
I happened to grow up in the bush where we ALWAYS had water restrictions, and as for as I know they still do.
cheers haze
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 18:50

Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 18:50
Haze do you have a yahoo or hotmail email addressWow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Reply By: Willie - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 18:15

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 18:15
Shhhhhh....I was my truck when no one is looking...about once a year.

Alternatively wait until the mud dries and then scratch it out with a screwdriver or paint scraper. Wear glasses as the mud tends to get into ones eyes.

You can wash the outside of the vehile quite easily with a bucket. Go buy 5 plastic buckets from the cheap shop and fill them. You will probably use more water that way than with a hose with a spray nozzle.

Cheers,
Willie

Never a dull moment
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Reply By: Richard - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 19:44

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 19:44
I use the hand car wash people when the vehicle is dirty enough which is about once a month. They recycle and use a gurney. $30 a go, but I'm lazy.
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Reply By: Lyds - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 20:27

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 20:27
What if I use my glind shower unit syphoning from a bucket? Hmmmm....Cheers,
Stuart
- To err is human, to moo bovine -
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 20:47

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 20:47
Shiners car wash
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Reply By: Jason (macca) - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 21:52

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 21:52
Car lovers for me.
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Reply By: Jason (macca) - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 21:54

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 21:54
Car lovers for me.
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Reply By: Luke - Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 00:05

Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 00:05
Melbourne is currently under stage two water restrictions.

Vehicles can be washed using a bucket, and high pressure water cleaning unit.

I have a Karcher high pressure washer, and this is allowable under stage two restrictions, no proplems.

So, when the Maverick is dirty, out on the driveway, and out with the Karcher. Works like a charm :-)
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Follow Up By: Luke - Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 00:11

Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 00:11
...and of course, the Karcher uses a fraction of the water a hose does.

I don't go to car lovers because I'm sick of feeding their machines with my gold :-)
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 08:03

Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 08:03
Interesting topic.

I live on the NSW Central Coast, where we have had Sydney type water restrictions for quite some time. We have to use buckets to wash cars.

So .... with my usual total contempt for Gosford City Council I washed my car (80 Series Landcruiser) using buckets .. total buckets used was 6 for the rinse to wash off the suds.

A week later, I washed it in the normal manner using a hose (with on/off capability), and timed each rinse cycle. I then put the hose into the bucket for the same amount of time. Total buckets used = 7/8 of 1 bucket. Water saved by use of hose was 5 1/8 buckets.

This excludes the bucket with the suds of course. So, I am back to using a hose.

See you in court, Gosford Council.

JackNo trees were harmed in the making or sending of this message. However a
great number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 08:55

Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 08:55
Electrons inconvenienced?? or excited lolWow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 19:55

Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 19:55
Sssshhhh!!!! These electrons are easily embarrassed.

JackNo trees were harmed in the making or sending of this message. However a
great number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
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Reply By: Leroy - Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 13:54

Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 13:54
Hi all,

In Melb superCheap had high presure sparys on sale a few weeks back. $79 (usually $129) and it works a treat. I use it with ct18 truck wash. The only legal way to wash your car at the moment with the water restrictions!

Leroy
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Reply By: cj - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 11:04

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 11:04
I went to Bunnings Keysborough on the weekend and bought a little high pressure GMC for $89 and I will get $30 rebate from the Vic govt so all up $59. Better than a Karcher and it was one of the last 10 in the state. Much better than a bucket... yahoo!!!
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 11:12

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 11:12
Great deal that one .... unfortunately the NSW govt doesn't have the same foresight as the VIC govt.

I'm sure I'll use more water with a bucket instead of a pressure washer.
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