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Old 04-24-2013, 11:35 PM   #1
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hey guys, im in the process of cleaning up my garages of the property i just bought, and the "shop" garage with heat, insulated walls, ceiling, o/h door etc etc has a 220 outlet for a welder and probably about 15 normal outlets on all 3 walls, spaced about 5 ft apart along with a couple a/v cable boxes for TV etc.

Anyway, this garage has a spider problem that im currently working on elimination, and every single wall and corner in the garage has tons of cob webs and dead spiders all wrapped up in them and rather than trying to vacuum them all down i was wondering if there is a way i can safely power wash the garage walls. There is a breaker box in the garage and i am able to cut power to the outlets, but my main concern is getting water in the outlets.

Will it hurt the outlets to get water in them? Can i tape over the outlets and just power wash around them to try and keep them as dry as possible? Buy the "child safety" outlet plug covers and tape over those or just plug those into outlets? etc etc

What options do i have so i can just "flush" out the garage with a pressure washer and let it dry and bomb it etc.

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What material are the walls made of? Drywall?

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If you work around them, you will probably be fine. I have used duct tape to cover receptacles while washing walls down (concrete block). If you think you got one or two soaked, just let em dry for a day or two and turn em back on.
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no, their just OSB or a plywood material with white paint. Drywall would be ruined if it got wet wouldnt it?
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ummm yeah,

why not just bomb it, then come back later and shop vac the walls?

for the spiders, they will come back unless you eliminate their habitat. normally that means reducing moisture levels and getting rid of whatever bugs they are eating.
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While maybe not a one time shot, OSB won't survive water forever, painted or not. I think I'd go with some of these other guys: Bomb it and then either vacuum or blow the things away.

Less wet is almost always a better solution.
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I too would be thrilled to know you're not blasting OSB, interior surfaces, electrical outlets, and unknown materials (insulation, exposed wires, etc.) with water.
I would use a shopvac to suck up all the webs and spiders. This is an article that suggests homemade spider pest control for your home.
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While maybe not a one time shot, OSB won't survive water forever, painted or not. I think I'd go with some of these other guys: Bomb it and then either vacuum or blow the things away.

Less wet is almost always a better solution.

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