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Posted February 03, 2013 - 08:56 PM

I put together a small tank at home this weekend to play with before I fill up the 275Ga. tank at work Monday. This tank is made from a storage bin, 20"L  14" W X 15" D, and I bent up some 1/2" re bar I had here and stuck in it. It holds about 16Ga. of water. When I filled it, I started with 10Ga. of hot water from the hot water heater tank, then added another 6Ga. of cold tap water. I mixed in 2 cups of Baking Soda into the hot water before adding the cold water, then mixed well. As soon as I put the charger on it, it was bubbling big time. Here are few photos and a couple video links.

 

Re-Bar installed

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Checking fix inside of tank with dash,

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Water in and current on.

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After an hour running,

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3 hours in the tank, a lot of paint floating.

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Shot of charger running,

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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:00 PM

She's cooking well!  Basically the same charger, brand & all as I started with, but my charger had already been having issues, and finally gave up the ghost on me.  I used 10 amps, but then they were LARGE items being stripped in a 55gl drum.



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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:06 PM

Looking good. I have a 55gal. behind the shed and a 5 gal bucket for small parts. I like your size tub also, may have to get one too. :thumbs:


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:11 PM

Okay, do it again tomorrow with washing soda and report back asap.

 

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How are the fumes?


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:15 PM

Looks good! I bet it will work great!

I must ask, why would you waste electricity on a hot water heater? I don't see a reason to heat water that is already hot! Lol! :poke:


(If I wasn't on my phone... This is where I would put the stick poking emoticon)....did it for ya Ryan.

Edit: Thanks Daniel! Lol!

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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:17 PM

Brian, you might get more current if you have a battery across the charger. I didn't think one of the automatic chargers would work without a battery for a voltage limiting load. 


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:33 PM

Brian, you might get more current if you have a battery across the charger. I didn't think one of the automatic chargers would work without a battery for a voltage limiting load. 

 

Brian It's working great and at only 2 Amps. If I see that it starts to fall off, I will stick a Battery in parallel with it.

 

Thanks !!


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:45 PM

Here is the video I said I would link,

 

 


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:55 PM

Okay, do it again tomorrow with washing soda and report back asap.

 

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How are the fumes?

 

Cat, I'm not smelling any fumes. I'm doing it in the garage.


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:55 PM

Looks good Brian and it's working. :thumbs:

 

The smart charger need to sense some voltage before they turn on, there's no voltage in the tank so they don't turn on.

That's why they don't work unless you put a battery in parallel with the tank and charger.

 

When you use the smart charger for what it was made for, charging your car battery, when you hook it up to the car battery, even if it's really low, there will be enough voltage to turn the charger on.


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 10:25 PM

Doug, I only know how to operate a DUMB charger, that's all I own. :rolling:

 

If you touch the leads together, you will see that it's hot . But, I don't recommend you do this, it can damage your manual charger. :(



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Posted February 03, 2013 - 10:28 PM

Doug, I only know how to operate a DUMB charger, that's all I own.

 

If you touch the leads together, you will see that it's hot . But, I don't recommend you do this, it can damage your manual charger.

 

I have both smart and dumb, when you touch the leads together on a smart charger there's no spark, safety feature.

I prefer the dumb chargers and that's what I use, cause that's the kinda guy I am. :rolling:


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 10:38 PM

i have some photos after 4 hours, i pulled the dash out to see how it's going and boy was I amazed. This dash has at least 5 different coats of paint and primer on it. A quick wipe over it with a wire brush and you see the results. Even starting to remove the paint inside without a anode inside it. The ends are not getting done very well right now.

 

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Posted February 04, 2013 - 05:35 AM

Looks to be doing a good job. That's just a bit smaller than my tank. I had to make a support around the outside of it with 2X4's. Glad it's working well!


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 07:17 AM

Looking good.And thanks for the videos.






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