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Old 03-22-2005, 06:13 AM
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DIY electrolysis

Get a plastic bucket large enough to fit the rusty item into and cover it with water. Mix in one tablespoon of laundry soda per gallon of water (adding more wont speed up the process) Attach a piece of wire to the item so that it sticks up out of the water a few inches. Get another piece of metal like a length of pipe or angle iron (no stainless) which will act as your anode. Place the anode into the bucket but not touching the rusty part and connect the positive(+) lead of the battery charger to it and the negative(-) lead to the wire attatched to the rusty part. turn on the charger and let 'er rip, Also dont let the battery clips set in the solution as they will disolve

Every few hours or so turn off the charger, remove your anode, and wipe off the crud that will stick to it. Also make sure you do this in a well ventilated area as the process releases hydrogen gas which is explosive (explosions = fun, blowing up your garage and scaring your neighbours = well could be fun but probabally not the best idea)
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