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Re: Electrolysis Tank Evaporation

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lockrotor

11-28-2012 06:28:06
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F-I-T could you send me a link to understand how this works better and any type of photos about the tank and other items that are used to make it work.




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F-I-T

11-28-2012 06:38:13
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 Re: Electrolysis Tank Evaporation in reply to lockrotor, 11-28-2012 06:28:06  
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Here's a link to a pdf I wrote, and some photos of my newest M.O.A.T...."Mother of all tanks". I use a 5 volt/200 amp computer TTL rack supply and can clean about half an "H" rear wheel at a time, but I seldom run over 20 amps. At a low voltage like this, you can put your hands in the water and not get a tingle because 5 volts is too low to pass through your galvanic skin resistance. 12 volts work, too, but you'll get a tingle if you don't shut it off first.

http://www.fboerger.com/Articles/Electrolysis.pdf



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lockrotor

11-28-2012 10:51:17
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 Re: Electrolysis Tank Evaporation in reply to F-I-T, 11-28-2012 06:38:13  
Thanks F-I-T I might try this some day.



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F-I-T

11-28-2012 10:54:19
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I predict that when you do, you will be amazed.



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CaseRider

11-29-2012 08:57:09
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 Re: Electrolysis Tank Evaporation in reply to F-I-T, 11-28-2012 10:54:19  
Electrolysis works great on lots of stuff...including rusty 100+ years old horseshoes fresh from the pasture! But on some things, it just doesn't work so well. You have to try it and see for yourself.
Also, I don't think just any battery charger will work. I tried it with different kinds of chargers, but only got it to work with ones that did not have the automatic shut-off capability.

Anyway, here's another link with someone else's electrolysis strategy:

http://www.fordgarage.com/pages/electrolyticderusting.htm

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F-I-T

11-29-2012 20:43:31
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 Re: Electrolysis Tank Evaporation in reply to CaseRider, 11-29-2012 08:57:09  
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The problem with using a carbon rod for an anode is that there just isn't sufficient surface area to pass enough electrons to do much work. If you can find carbon sheet, you might have a chance. But with a 1/2" rod, only about 1/3 of it "sees" the part, so you have a very skinny surface. Now they do work great to use for inserting down into a part to clean a bore, such as a carburetor, but I still shield them with loose plastic mesh.

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 Re: Electrolysis Tank Evaporation in reply to F-I-T, 11-29-2012 20:43:31  
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Yeah, maximizing the anode surface area is one key to the succes of this technique. A setup like your tank is ideal.

The plastic mesh is an interesting idea...I'll have to give it a try next time.

For a while I was trying to use electrolysis to de-rust some headlight buckets from a 1929 Ford truck...with very limited success. Electrolysis at the inside surface of the headlight bucket was especially poor. I thought that suspending an electrode in the headlight bucket would help, but it wasn't an overwhelming success either. Maybe part of the problem is that most of the headlamp bucket was originally copper plated. I suppose there could a preferred path for the electrical current that would inhibit electrolysis of the iron oxide.

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