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A few years ago, my WaterPik bit the dust and I went online to look for a replacement.  I came across and thought they had a pretty good idea.  I purchased one, hooked it up and haven't regretted it since.  Then, as it often happens, I thought of another use for this neat device... Power washing records.

If you don't mind flooding your bathroom and having water dripping off everything in it, that's the entire Instructable... Skip the rest and go clean some records.

If, however, you want to keep peace with your family, read how I made a container to keep the destruction to a minimum.  I pieced my container together with odds and ends lying around my shop, so you won't necessarily have the same ingredients as me.  Use creativity to make your own container.  The most important thing to remember is, you'll want to be able to clean both sides of your record easily.
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Step 1: The parts I used include:

Picture of The parts I used include:
1. The box.  I used a plastic file storage box.  You'll need to find something with over 12" in one direction on the inside and wide enough to allow you to fit a record without fumbling and enough room for your hand.

2.  You don't have to make a label cover, but I'm pretty sure a paper label would lose in a battle with a high pressure water jet.  A 4-1/2" diameter wire spool is about the right size.  Also, try to pick up an empty Cool-Aid jar.  The cover is slightly smaller than the wire spool and is thick enough to hold the record away from the box wall so you can clean both sides.

3. Stuff to put it all together.  Here's what I used:  Plastic to make the mount, a 90 degree 1/4-20 threaded rod, a plastic endcap, a heavy plastic spacer, closed-cell foam tape, assorted nuts, bolts, washers and epoxy.
Andsetinn3 years ago
This reminds me of the old "wet-playing" method. When you put drops of water in the grooves before, and while, playing the record, making the sound smoother and richer. The bad thing was that if you didn't use distilled water, the minerals in the water tended to get stuck in the grooves when the water dried, making the records sound really bad after few dozens of wet-play.
bfk (author)  Andsetinn3 years ago
Ah, those were the days:) I remember ruining a few albums that way myself. Distilled tap water would be nice, but using a wetting agent (I use Dawn) should eliminate most, if not all of the chances of leaving contaminants in the grooves, plus there's no mechanical device grinding away, digging the minerals into the vinyl.

I also use a number of cleaning methods, depending on the condition of the album when I get it. Check out:

Between these methods, I'm extremely happy with the results, and my records sound great.
Malhecho3 years ago
im going to suggest this to my cousin she has a bunch of classic rock vinyls. im more a funkster though
bfk (author)  Malhecho3 years ago
And the device is also good for healthy gums... She'll get two advantages... Should be a nice gift:)
rimar20003 years ago

Good work!
bfk (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Gracias por sus palabras buenas. Le estoy siguiendo.