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    new electroylysis tub

    Yesterday, I rigged up a tub for rust removal with electrolysis. Made the anode from some flat steel stock I had lying around. The tub is a left over from a cattle protein feed. My battery charger completes the set-up. The hardest part was driving all over town, wasting much expensive gasoline, trying to find the Arm and Hammer washing soda. When I did find it, I'll betcha the box has been setting on the shelf for a decade, almost solid. Enneyhow, for those who have done this, how much of the soda should I use? There is probably 20 gallons of water in the tub and I tossed in about two cups of the soda. What voltage setting should I use on the charger? My choices are 2, 10 and 50. I put in a large, antique, square jawed adjustable wrench for a test at 10V and it started bubbling right away. Photo later.

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    Frank,

    Are you sure your charger is not a 12 Volt unit with options for 2, 10 or 50 Amps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    ...The hardest part was driving all over town, wasting much expensive gasoline, trying to find the Arm and Hammer washing soda. When I did find it, I'll betcha the box has been setting on the shelf for a decade, almost solid. Enneyhow, for those who have done this, how much of the soda should I use? ...
    You probably have a 'lifetime' supply now, but next time you need some, go to a pool supply place. Sodium Carbonate is used to raise the Ph in swimming pools and spas. Readily available in small containers - or bulk if you need it - and relatively inexpensive.

    As for the mix, I use about a quarter cup to a gallon of water. Actual mix doesn't seem to be critical, so a bit more, or less, may work well too.
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    Frank,

    Are you sure your charger is not a 12 Volt unit with options for 2, 10 or 50 Amps?
    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    No.



    Could you expand a bit on your reply? Any pics/make/model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post



    Could you expand a bit on your reply? Any pics/make/model?
    No, I wasn't sure. Me and electriks......
    You probably have it right.

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    OK, then your 10 Amp setting should be good... I would not use the 50!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    OK, then your 10 Amp setting should be good... I would not use the 50!
    It's been cookin' all day on the 10 amp setting. Ain't blowed up yet.

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    photo of my fancy tub

    My electro de-rusto classy set-up.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails electro tub.jpg  

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    ???

    Would someone mind telling how to set this processs up. I am not sure how to set it up?

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