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Old 08-29-2017, 01:15 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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I'd just use a wire brush at the clamping point to insure a good connection. The process, if working properly, will convert even that thick rust to soft black rust in short order. Remember, the reason we use electro is to avoid having to use elbow grease.
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Old 08-31-2017, 03:57 PM
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I prefer very liberal use of elbow grease in my projects... it makes me feel like I contributed at least a little bit to the end result.
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Old 09-06-2017, 11:20 AM
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If your sacrificial anodes are too dirty it will not put out the full amount of power that the charger is capable of. I always clean my anodes once the power output drops to 4 amps. Also, if my water level is getting low in my 55 gallon barrel and I add water to it I can watch my current output increase. You may need a total of 4 lawnmower blades in there to get the full 10 amps out of the charger.
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Old 09-08-2017, 03:03 PM
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my ancient K-Mart charger is only putting out 4 amps, with new connectors, and clean sheet metal, is it time for a new charger...??
thanks, pb
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Peter B View Post
my ancient K-Mart charger is only putting out 4 amps, with new connectors, and clean sheet metal, is it time for a new charger...??
thanks, pb

I found the low (2-4 amps) output from my brand new battery charger resulted from an insufficient amount of sodium carbonate. Somehow, I managed to mess up the math and only put 1 Tbps/gal. initially. Once I corrected it (2 Tbsp/gal.), 10+amps happened. Hope, this helps.

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Thanks to all who provided inputs to help me complete the first electrolysis. This is an update on where it is.

The first issue I had was low battery output. Your inputs and suggestions helped me realize I only had 1 Tbsp/gal of sodium carbonate. Once I corrected this, the meter showed 10 amps. Should I own up to having a degree in Engineering? Quite embarrassing.

Next, I got more lawn mower blades. I could only clean 2 of the 4 to my satisfaction. So now at least, there are 3 blades in the trash can all of the time. Even more Fizz.

I seemed to have trouble getting the reddish/orangish stuff from a few areas on the skillet. I kept subjecting it to electrolysis (and storing the skillet in the lye spa between electrolysis sessions).

I also found it difficult to get it "clear" after scraping with the stainless steel brush. After all the time in the lye spa and electrolysis, there was ALWAYS the mud colored stuff coming off the skillet when I rinsed it. It even discolored the pavement on my drive way.

Finally after reading D Madden's post on another thread, I decided to go for the cleaning and seasoning step.

WOW! Rinse/Wipe. Rinse/Wipe. I must have gone through at least a quarter role of paper towels before the stuff quit coming off. And this is a skillet that has spent a month in lye or a good amount of time in electrolysis!

FINALLY!, the paper towels are "clean" and I go to the initially seasoning step.

Get her up to 350 degrees and start wiping off the oil. Same thing. Lots of wiping. Finally, the skillet goes back in the oven.

Here it is before I started.

Here is where I ended up with your help.

The cooking surface has some pitting, I assume from the rust.

I think is can be a "user" for some things. Cooked the first round of bacon it it this evening.

Thanks to everyone that was kind enough to help. Doug has created and unbelievable resource.
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