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Cleaning Stal
« on: April 14, 2019, 12:18:05 pm »
Anybody used one of these underground? I saw it in a TV ad. Probably unique as an ad I learnt something new from!

https://worx-europe.com/en/all-garden-tools/pressure-cleaner/

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Re: Cleaning Stal
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 12:48:04 pm »
Length of battery life seems to be main complaint, & you'd obviously need to be careful what you pointed it at...

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Re: Cleaning Stal
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 01:16:06 pm »
I saw one a while back and thought they could be useful. Even just for cleaning kit while camping and such.

On a recent conservation effort in Crackpot, the backpack pesterside type sprayers were used with a fair amount of success. The don't have all that much pressure but more than a hand held bottle etc.

Some mud splatter in Crackpot was quite well stuck on so maybe having something like the Hydroshot would be good just to loosen the worst bits. I wonder how long the input pipe can be, I suspect not long.
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Re: Cleaning Stal
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 05:54:23 pm »
I use one for cleaning the mountain bike because it is no where near as powerful as a proper pressure washer .   I think it Would work well on stal.

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Re: Cleaning Stal
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2019, 10:49:12 am »
I may well get one and give it a trial on somewhere near the surface. The water reservoir issue I see being resolved by taking in some cans and placing them under drips well prior to any cleaning trip. it is a lot more compact than a back pack pressure washer as it can be broken down into its constituent parts for carriage into the cave.

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Re: Cleaning Stal
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2019, 01:44:02 pm »
We used something similar but smaller at our main surface digs to clean mud off the walls before concreting, and it worked pretty well I must say - that just ran off a 12V bike battery. Photo of me using that below. This one looks like a beast, and I'd love to use one on the rest of the clean-up! But a bit pricey for what would only be an occasional use.

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Re: Cleaning Stal
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2019, 08:22:23 am »
Great Information.Well done :clap2:

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Re: Cleaning Stal
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2019, 01:27:30 pm »
Is this something which regional caving councils might look at purchasing? Or if it really is only for occasional use, BCA?

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Re: Cleaning Stal
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2019, 02:13:58 pm »
Is this something which regional caving councils might look at purchasing? Or if it really is only for occasional use, BCA?

In true BCA bureaucratic style, I think the 'proper' thing to do would be for a regional council to decide they want one, then apply to the BCA for funding, then the BCA fund it and the regional council purchase it... The BCA might not be 'allowed' to engage in conservation work in this way (by owning one) I think, as that is the remit of the regional councils, but inevitably the BCA would be the one paying. And if it was determined to be 'core' expenditure, I don't even think the BCA gets to say no...

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Re: Cleaning Stal
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2019, 04:05:39 pm »
 I believe there is a 40v version of the Worx  pressure washer now, using x2 20v batteries .

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Re: Cleaning Stal
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2019, 04:54:49 pm »
We used a 12v caravan water pump very successfully at Crackpot cave clean up, thanks to Fred Rattray and his battery array in a peli case. This borrowed equipment will hopefully be designed and built for the CNCC equipment store and will be paid for by the Stories in Stone project funded by HLF. ( CNCC's partner in cave conservation) It will then be available to any CNCC members.
BCA will have to find something else to spend it's £300K cash assets on.