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The Best Foam Gun For A Garden Hose And Car Wash

The Best Foam Gun For A Garden Hose And Car Wash

Don’t have a high-pressure washer but still looking for the extra suds from a foam gun when washing your car? No need to worry, as long as your garden hose has decent water pressure Gilmour’s Foamaster II will give you most of the same benefits at a fraction of the price. In this article, we’ll take a look at the benefits of using a foam gun, how to use them, and why we think the Foammaster II is the best garden hose foam gun.

Foam Gun Benefits

As we have mentioned in some of our previous posts, washing a car is all about providing lubrication between the wash mitt and the paint. Foam guns provide a quick and easy way to coat the car with the sudsy foam lubrication from the car shampoo. Typically, foam guns are used with high-pressure wash systems which professional detailers use but we managed to find one that attaches to a garden hose and works surprisingly well. The foam gun is also great for covering hard to reach areas like the wheels and wheel wells. Even though you may not be able to scrub back there just applying the soap and rinsing helps remove some of the build-ups.

How To Use A Foam Gun

The Gilmour Foamaster II is very easy to use. The foam gun comes with a screw on attachment to your garden hose, the fluid reservoir, and the foam sprayer. The foam sprayer has a quick disconnect attachment to switch between water and foam quickly. To use this for a car wash, we fill the reservoir with car shampoo – we use enough to have 3/4 inch – 1 inch of the container filled. Next, twist on the foam sprayer top and connect the foam gun to your garden hose. The foam sprayer has a dial setting with 5 different levels, labeled “A” through “E”. The “A” setting is the lightest and “D” or “E” seems to give us the best foam production.

Foam Gun Car Washing Tips

  • Don’t mix the car soap/shampoo with water, just pour it into the container.
  • When foaming the car, spray the top first and work toward the bottom last.
  • Use enough soap, you don’t want to have to add more part way through.
  • Hold the container upright when spraying for maximum foam.
  • Spray the wheels and tires with soap.
  • Use the “D” or “E” setting on the foam sprayer.

If you’re looking to improve your wash without spending tons of cash on a high-pressure wash system, make sure to check out the Foamaster II on Amazon. Also, if you need help with finding the best car wash mitt checkout our recommendation.

Best Garden Hose For Everyday Use

Best Garden Hose For Everyday Use

Are you tired of dealing with a hose that is always kinked and looking for the best garden hose (with a reasonable budget)? Garden hoses are one of those products where spending slightly more can save you a lot of headache and money in the long run. We’ve found cheap hoses to kink and burst open more often than a high-quality rubber hose. The time savings alone from having fewer kinks makes the upgraded hose worth it!

In a hurry and just want our recommendation on the best garden hose? We like the Craftsman 50′ Rubber Garden Hose from Amazon.

What Makes The Best Garden Hose?

Let’s take a look at what we considered when looking for the best garden hose.

  1. Relatively affordable, we understand price and quality tend to be related but at a certain price point, it makes sense to pick a cheaper and replaceable option. Our budget was $1 per foot of hose length.
  2. Easily obtainable, we want our selection to be available regardless of location.
  3. Long lasting, we’ve all had hoses that last less than 2 years. We want a minimum of 5 years out of our garden hose.
  4. Kink resistant, the amount of kinking a hose has is often related to how easy it is coil when you’re done. The easier it is to coil, the more likely it is to kink. We think the rubber used in the Craftsman 50′ Rubber Garden Hose is the right balance.
  5. Warranty, the Craftsman hose comes up with a lifetime warranty. The details are included with the hose but Craftsman is known for having a fast and easy warranty process.

Why We Think The Craftsman Rubber Garden Hose Is The Best

We think the best garden hose is the Craftsman rubber garden hose. It hits on all of our all of our requirements.

  1. It’s relatively affordable the 50-foot rubber hose and the 100-foot rubber hose are both less than a dollar per foot.
  2. You don’t have to go to a specialty store or site to find this hose. It’s available at Amazon, Ace Hardware, Sears, and many other retailers.
  3. Rubber hoses are designed to be more durable and last longer than the typical garden hose. Your average garden hose is made of vinyl and reinforced with a radial cord – these are prone to kinking, cracking, and splitting.
  4. The Craftsman rubber garden hose is sturdier than a lightweight, flexible garden hose. It does take a little more force to maneuver but overall the durability and fewer kinks are worth it.
  5. As we mentioned above, Craftsman has a nice warranty program and this hose comes with the longest warranty period you can get – lifetime.

What’s The Best Hose Length

When it comes to hoses, bigger isn’t always better. However, we like to err on the side of slightly too large than too small. There is nothing worse than having to straighten your entire garden hose to reach all the areas of you’re working on. Our general rule is to look at the max distance you want to extend your hose to and add about 20% – 30% to it. For example, if you will typically be extending your hose to 25 – 30 feet, we’d recommend a 50-foot garden hose.

Get yours here Craftsman 50′ Rubber Garden Hose or the longer 100-foot Craftsman Rubber Hose (Amazon).

Weekend Wash – Top 10 Car Wash Supplies

Weekend Wash – Top 10 Car Wash Supplies

Want a little extra shine out of that weekend car wash? Our top 10 car wash supply list will get your car looking showroom ready without breaking the bank! Or if you’re feeling lazy, this car wash kit from Adam’s is a pretty good start.

Top 10 Car Wash Supplies

  1. Microfiber Wash Mitt / Wash Pad

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    • A high-quality microfiber wash mitt is essential for anyone serious about taking care of their vehicles.Using the wrong mitt can leave your car with swirling and scratches in the paint. The mitt is one area you don’t want to cheap out on. We recommend the  2-pack Premium CYCLONE Korean Microfiber Wash Mitt and Huge 10″ x 10″ CYCLONE 10X Wash Pad by THE RAG COMPANY. You can read more about why we think this is The Best Car Wash Mitt & Pad.
  2. Adam’s Car Shampoo

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    • Car shampoo is all about suds, lubrication, and water spots. This shampoo is great for all 3 – cleaning power, it doesn’t scratch, and it’s water spot resistant.
  3. Wash and Rinse Buckets (2-Bucket Wash)

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    • The two bucket car wash method is a must. It is the simplest change you can make to your car washing process to achieve some of the best results. If you are using one bucket, then you’re smearing your grit across your paint causing swirl marks and marring.
  4. Waffle Weave Drying Towels

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    • Similar to using a high-quality wash mitt (see #1), waffle weave drying towels are designed to remove water quickly and without scratching. The faster you are able to dry the car, the less likely you are to have water spots.
  5. Microfiber Towels

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    • After removing all the majority of water with a waffle towel, we like to use a drying aid (see #6) and a microfiber towel to give the car a bit of protection and shine. We love these microfiber towels from THE RAG COMPANY.
  6. Optimum Car Wax (Drying Aid)

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    • It’s tough to dry a car and avoid spotting, especially in the heat of summer. We use Optimum Car Wax as a drying aid leaving us with a nice shine and no water spots. After removing most of the water with waffle weave towels, we work panel by panel using a few squirts of Optimum Car Wax and wiping it down with a microfiber towel.
  7. EZ Detail Brush

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    • Ever wondered how car detailers clean the barrel or inside of the wheel? Their secret is a brush like this – the EZ Detail Brush makes it easy to clean wheels, wheel wells, and exhaust.
  8. Car Pro Perl (Rubber/Plastic Protectant)

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    • Car Pro Perl leaves your tires looking new but not wet. It’ll restore that deep black color to your rubber without giving you all wet shine.
  9. Chemical Guys Foam Block (Dressing Applicator)

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    • We use these foam blocks from The Chemical Guys to help us apply Perl to our tires. The foam blocks are great, a quick rinse with the hose after each use and they are ready for your next car wash!
  10. Adam’s Wheel Cleaner

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    • The wheels are usually the direst part of the car, filled with brake dust and grit. A few squirts of Adam’s Wheel Cleaner before getting in their with your EZ Detail Brush makes this process quick.

Now that you’ve got the top products, make sure you aren’t committing any of the Top 10 Car Wash Mistakes.

Why You Need A Foam Roller And Some Balls

Why You Need A Foam Roller And Some Balls

We all sit too much and develop some overly tight muscles that need a foam roller. Kelly Starrett, the famous physical therapist, author, and speaker calls this “Death By Desk” in his books Deskbound and Becoming A Supple Leopard. When we sit for extended periods of time, our muscles continually contract and shorten. Essentially we are locking ourselves into this poor posture.

Some of the most common places you’ll need a foam roller to help release are the hips, shoulders, and upper back. The good news is once you are armed with a foam roller and some balls you can spend a few minutes each day reversing your tight muscles and fixing your posture problems. When we say balls we mean high-density foam balls like these foam balls from Amazon. However, once you start attacking your tight muscles you might realize you need the other kind of balls too – it can hurt!

After buying your foam roller and foam massage balls you’ll want to learn how to loosen some of the tightest muscles. We really like this book by Kelly Starrett, Becoming A Supple Leopard. Kelly also has some great videos on YouTube like the one shown below.

Tight Muscle Gear

Here’s a quick checklist of all the gear we recommend to get started reversing your tight muscles and fixing your posture.

  • High-density foam roller – You’ll definitely need a foam roller to get started. Foam rollers can be found incredibly cheap on Amazon and brand does not matter.
  • Foam massage balls – We are a bit pickier on the foam balls we recommend. These foam balls we have found to be the best bang for your buck and you get 3 different sizes to be able to target different muscles.
  • Becoming A Supple Leopard – You don’t necessarily need a book to get started, especially with all the foam rolling guides on YouTube. But, if you are serious about fixing your posture Kelly’s book is The Bible of stretching and foam rolling exercises.
  • Resistance band (exercise band) – As you get more advanced you’ll want to incorporate some additional resistance into your stretching routine and a cheap resistance band is a great addition.

Example Stretching / Release Video

Ultimate Charcoal Grill – Grilling Season Is Here

Ultimate Charcoal Grill – Grilling Season Is Here

Grilling season has arrived and this year you need to forget gas and upgrade to the ultimate charcoal grill, the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill. I took the plunge last season and looking back this is one of the best purchases I made all year. Grilling for me used to be a fairly mindless and often rushed process with my gas grill. Now it is a weekly, relaxing experience that I enjoy, often with an ice cold beer.
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Why I Love Using A Charcoal Grill

I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly why I enjoy grilling with charcoal… Maybe it’s the smells from the coals lighting up or water soaked wood chips making sweet hickory smoke. My usual flow is to put a beer in the freezer or open a bottle of wine before heading outside and starting the coals in the chimney starter. A few minutes later I’ll have a glass in my hand and a pile of coals ready to heat the grill. What I do know, is there is something about the process of cooking with charcoal that I find relaxing and rewarding.

Why The Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill

There are plenty of options out there for charcoal grills but here is why I think the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is the best.

  • Reasonably priced, usually can be found on Amazon for under $149
  • Built-in temperature gauge
  • Easy ash catcher
  • Super quick to assemble
  • Swing grill grates to easily add more charcoal for longer grilling sessions
  • Simple
  • High-quality materials/construction

Charcoal Grilling Tips

There can be a bit of a learning curve when first switching from a gas to a charcoal grill, here are a few tips to help make that transition smoother.

  • Invest in a chimney starter, save those matchlight coals for camping
  • Allow yourself enough time to not feel rushed
  • Start with the basics – hotdogs, hamburgers, kabobs
  • Don’t skimp on the amount of coal you use – generally, I fill my chimney starter to the top with charcoal
  • Protect your grill with a grill cover
  • As you get more advanced experiment with woodchips – I like hickory and mesquite
The Best Daypack For The Weekend Warrior

The Best Daypack For The Weekend Warrior

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A lightweight, high-quality daypack and hydration pack is a must-have for any hiker. Aside from keeping you hydrated, the perfect daypack should have enough storage, convenient access, comfort, and stand the test of time. Today we’ll show you why we think the TETON Sports Oasis 1100 Hydration Backpack does all that at a reasonable price.

This daypack comes with plenty of zipper compartments (three), easy access side pouches, and stash space. Its 1,100 cubic inches create the perfect size for day trips but could also be used for summer overnights. One of the things we love about this daypack is the included hydration bladder, which is an FDA-compliant food grade bladder with triple-heat sealed edges, a 2 inch opening for easy filling and cleaning, kink-free sip tube, and twist-lock cushioned bite valve.

Key Features

  • Ventilated shoulder straps
  • Cushioned back support
  • Adjustable athletic cut
  • Bungee strap system – this can be used to secure just about anything reasonably sized
  • Butterfly compartment – we use this for jackets and towels
  • Built-in reflectors

This is easily the best daypack under $50 – it even has a built-in whistle with the chest strap! Here’s a video from TETON to show you how it all works.

Oasis 1100 Hydration Daypack