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Campbell Hausfield Pressure washer model 1549. After a few years of storage, I cannot prevent the powerful spray leaking from the connection between the Gun and the Lance. I replaced the O-Ring, and tried other means unsuccessfully. Spray from the joint is almost as powerful as spray from the lance nozzle. The Briggs and Stratton engine has been cleaned and operates well. The pump operates well. But the lance connection refuses to seal.

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  • jfisher38 Aug 25, 2010

    Is the "steel weld" you mention the same as the brand "JB Weld" which may be easier to find?


  • jfisher38 Aug 26, 2010

    The pump and hose were (and are) in fine condition. The joint between gun and lance was the leaking. Two problems found: 1- apparent wear at the joint of the two parts, and 2) orfice in nozzle was caked with a small amount of rust, causing too much back pressure. Dismantling the nozzle, and cleaning and adjusting it repaired the nozzle. I used JB Weld on the joint between lance and gun. That permanently joins the two parts. After performing engine maintenance, and fixing the lance, all is well and the pressure washer looks and operates as new. Thanks for your comments.

  • jfisher38 Aug 26, 2010

    Lance and gun problem fixed. Nozzle maintenance along with fusing the lance to the gun with JB Weld fixed the problem. Engine and pump still fine - no problem there.


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Most likely, the housing has split and seal is not being made. There is a chance that the hose is leaking where the fitting is crimped on (my experience, but different pressure washer). Are you able to see a leak when turned off but garden hose is connected and turned on?

Is it possible that water was still in the hose / gun and froze while it was in storage?

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Hello. Your best bet is probably to replace the gun and lance. It sounds as if it is worn to the point that the O-ring just doesn't seal it off any longer. The only other thing you could try is this: go to a hardware store and get a tube of steel weld. This will stick to those parts and create a permanent weld which will stop the leak. The only drawback would be getting those pieces apart again. J.

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