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Old 04-22-2006, 02:14 PM   #29
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2Air, thanks for the suggestions. Now, I wonder where I can get some acetic acid......Google should help with that. I'm a bit weary about cutting new holes, but that may be what it comes down to. Again, thanks for the info.

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Acetic acid = household vinegar
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Old 04-22-2006, 09:00 PM   #30
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HEY, wait a dang minute. So, First I put in the baking soda, then the vinegar? I think 2Air is pulling my leg. Maybe I'd better rethink this.......

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after bleaching.....think about what happens when you mix baking soda dissolved in water with vinegar.......
or just try it on a smalltime basis in a glass on the counter.....
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After chlorinating , skip the baking soda , put in a gal of white vinigar and fill the fresh water tank . Turn the pump on and run through all the water lines . Empty tank and rinse with fresh water , also through the lines , 2 more times. You can use the baking soda during the season to freshen the system if you like. I lived with that foul taste almost a whole season till I tried this.
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i have never used that stuff in my lines, just the drains. always used air to blow out the lines. and always took pump lose to make sure no water is in it.
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HEY, wait a dang minute. So, First I put in the baking soda, then the vinegar? I think 2Air is pulling my leg. Maybe I'd better rethink this.......

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hey jim

the baking soda suggestion didn't come from me......

yes you will make a CO2 bomb with that combo... ....not a good thing.

i am not a fan of using baking soda in the water system.......

the amount required for actual benefit would be measured in pounds....

small amounts do little except add sodium to your water supply......

since so many of us over 40 types have hypertension, extra sodium is not wise.

sodium bicarb also raises the pH of the water supply....again not wise.

getting it out of the tank is an issue..........and may require 3-4 full tank flushings.....or it will greatly reduce any inline filter lifespan...

now back to your situation......
you are trying to clean an old scumy/scaling tank?
and trying to remove scum/scale from the tank wall.....
baking soda will do nothing to help with this process either....
neither will chlorine....unless its algae or bacteria growth....
although once the tank is clean....sanitizing with bleach would be useful.

vinegar is 5% acetic acid and usually sufficient for removing mineral scale from the tank wall....3 gallons from walmart......6-8$ or so...

higher concentration acetic acid can be purchased at chemical supply shops but really white vinegar is ok...just don't dilute it anymore....use a recirculation pump/jug and just keep spraying the vinegar on the areas in question....

good luck

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Ah ha, thanks, 2air. I'll try the straight stuff. You realize, of course, I was only poking fun, right? Since we don't do politics here any longer, I wouldn't dare "flame" anybody. You guys have too much information that I need (and respect).

Thanks again for the tips. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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