I unhooked the little propane tank, actually remembering there was a little cover for the valve. Trouble is, I couldn't find it. The little yellow strap was there, but the cover was gone. That's when I remembered cleaning up and throwing it away. Gosh darn it!!!!! I thought it was from the little tank, not my bbq!!
That's also when I realized the entire inside is covered in grease and crud. I did a quick clean, brushing most of it into the little pan underneath, which I totally forgot about as I placed the really nice fitting cover over the top. Of course the only box I had to put it in was a little small ... don't want grease all over the motorhome bay, you know ... I stuffed it in.
That's when I realized I had forgotten to take the nasty grease-filled pan OUT and throw it away. But NOT before it spilled on the bottom of the box. Good grief!!! I un-stuck the bbq legs, scraped and bloodied my knuckles, took the pan out and replaced everything back in the box. It fit nicely in my only open bay area. When I checked on it later, I noticed grease along the entire bottom of the box. (Big sigh) Now to find ANOTHER piece of cardboard to put UNDER the box.
I fixed the hose attachment on the power washer and drug everything out to the porch. I vaguely remember something about letting the water flow through before turning it on, but nothing came out the hose. It's that mechanical thing again!! I reread the directions three times before giving it another shot. Finally ... water came out the end of the wand, so I stood as far away as I could and flipped the "ON" switch.
YAY!!! It's working .... or maybe not. It would start spraying, then stop. I know from experience when you hear a motor screaming, it's not a good sign. I turned it off. After three times, just when I was ready to give up, it started working. I'm guessing there was still air in the lines or something, because it began to purr like a kitten as I aimed the wand at the ceiling. YAY!!!
Just so you know, pointing a powerful spray of water at the ceiling instantly removes all the spider webs and bug carcasses, whereupon they immediately land on your head!! In two seconds I was a wet buggy mess!! Pretty soon I got the hang of it and cleaned away years of dirt and bugs. SUCCESS!! Sort of anyway ... by the time I was done, I needed to turn the power washer on myself.
Honestly I didn't do that great of a job, but it's better than it was!! I'm taping the instruction manual to the back of the unit, just in case I forget by next time. On a side note, do you know how hard it is to get wet spider webs and dead bugs out of curly hair???
Since I received notification this morning that I won the MILLION EURO LOTTERY and now have financing from some foreign bank for that yacht I've been eyeing, I can probably afford to hire a full time maintenance man. Experienced, mechanically-inclined applicants, please apply within.