Caustic soda dip tank

Discussion in 'Workshop Projects' started by davieh3350, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. davieh3350

    davieh3350 Member

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    Pitlochry
    Oh yeah... Don't put your classic old oil jugs in for a clean, or you'll end up with a pile of component parts, it eats solder away :banghead:
     
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  2. tomlad

    tomlad Member

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    nr. preston
    talked to a lad in rad recore place .
    they acid dip rads be fore they recore , apprentice loaded tank , not on the wire thingy . after a good few days / weeks they cant find this rad of a very special old car .......
    that customer keeps ringing about , drained tank odd mounting stud is all that's left ..... big trouble .
     
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  3. tinman

    tinman Member

    Location:
    Ulster
    Ach sure there never was a better time to practice the fine art of soldering then so.......:whistle:
    necessity is the mother of invention i always say....
     
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  4. bravheart

    bravheart Member

    Location:
    scottish borders
    think the food grade disinfectant we use for grain trailers etc. is citric acid based, does this mean the trailers are about to dissolve before our very eyes
     
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  5. tomlad

    tomlad Member

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    nr. preston
    pops full of citric aint it , coke , lemon juice eh
    hence trick of soaking seized stuff in coke for a bit
     
  6. davieh3350

    davieh3350 Member

    Location:
    Pitlochry
    Like propcorn eats away at steel
     
  7. Barry7529

    Barry7529 New Member

    Personally I would stay clear of the stuff. Nasty stuff if you get it on your skin. One of the lads at work nearly lost him leg when he accidentally spilled some onto his ankle and didn't realise it was slowly burning away at his ankle. Spent 3 months off work and nearly a month in hospital. If you do get it on your skin need to get it washed off straight away followed by another 30mins under the tap.
     
  8. davieh3350

    davieh3350 Member

    Location:
    Pitlochry
    Got to watch what you're doing. Full covering of waterproofing and gauntlets (put on before the jacket) and nitrile gloves or marigolds underneath for when there's pin holes in the gauntlets and a full face mask with the hood up on the jacket and you're ok.
    It's not super strong, you can put your fingers in it and see if the paint wipes away and then walk to the house and wash it off without doing any damage. (Not that I do that regularly)

    But still nasty. Seemingly worse than acid for burning.
     
  9. fermerboy

    fermerboy Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    Been reading this amd it seems a good job.
    How long does a tankful last? Till its contaminated with paint etc?
    Then how do you dispose of the caustic soda mix when done? Cant chuck stuff like that down the drain surely??

    Interesting as always Davie.
     
  10. davieh3350

    davieh3350 Member

    Location:
    Pitlochry
    You can throw another bag in and keep the ph high. (spilling it in gently and slowly of course. Water first then caustic) there's a light film of gunge on the surface now but it's still working fine. I scrape off the big lumps of grease and dirt before I put the bits in, like the grease in wheel hubs so it doesn't build up too quickly.

    You could pour the caustic water mix down the drain as its sold as drain unblocker, maybe not 1000 litres at a time though, but the stuff its self must be ok.
    Might even be good to raise the ph on the lawn...
    As for the stuff in the tank, paint pigment and grease/oil not sure yet.
    It's not built up enough to cause problems with contaminating bits yet so it keeps getting used.
     
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