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How to Avoid Electric Shock from a Pressure Washer


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Safety Guide for using Electric Pressure Washers: Safety Measures When Using an Electric Pressure Washer or a Electric Power Washer.

Safety Guide When Using an Electric Pressure Washer

Electrical Question: If I plug the GFCI plug of my electric pressure washer into a GFCI outlet will that give me an extra measure of protection?

I know there are no guarantees, I’m  just looking for a bit of reassurance. I don’t want to use gas washer because they are too noisy, inconvenient and I don’t like dealing with gasoline.

Thanks, Richard.

This electrical wiring question came from Richard, in Seattle, Washington.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Richard .

Application: Wiring an Outdoor GFI Outlet.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of exterior outlets that will be installed.
Precaution: Identify the power source circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Outdoor receptacle outlets must have GFCI protection. Installing wiring for an outdoor outlet should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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2 Responses to “How to Avoid Electric Shock from a Pressure Washer”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Fuentes,
    All pressure washers should have GFCI protection, and a grounded power cord and plug with the ground pin. If the power washer cord or plug does not have a ground wire or ground pin then the GFCI protection will not function and therefor the unit should not be used until the GFCI protection components have been installed and tested.
    Dave

  2. FUENTES says:

    I have 2 pressure washers, a HUSKY 1550 and HUSKY 1750. The 1550 is not working has a non-grounded GFCI plug and the 1750 a grounded one. Why is one grounded and the other one is not? The GFCI PLUG on the 1750 went bad so I’m thinking on using the 1550 one to replace the bad one.