[Greenbuilding] calcium & lime removal (was re: Fixture Folly)

Douglas E Lamb douglaslamb at columbus.rr.com
Wed Dec 21 18:43:09 PST 2011


GreenBuilders all,

Have a save and happy holiday everybody. 
It's been a heck of a year.

Regards,
Doug Lamb
614.323.2005
douglaslamb at columbus.rr.com
 

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E Lamb
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Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] calcium & lime removal (was re: Fixture Folly)

Here is a link to solvents designed specifically to remove calcium.

http://www.jelmar.com/CLRbasic.htm

Regards,
Doug Lamb
douglaslamb at columbus.rr.com
 

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Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 5:03 PM
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Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] calcium & lime removal (was re: Fixture Folly)

Thanks,

Yes, I did see your other post...I was waiting for additional input (if
any).

Vinegar is also good on sunburn....

Thanks again,

Bill in NY
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From: Benjamin Pratt <benjamin.g.pratt at gmail.com>
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Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:58:56
To: Green Building<greenbuilding at lists.bioenergylists.org>
Reply-to: Green Building <greenbuilding at lists.bioenergylists.org>
Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] calcium & lime removal (was re: Fixture Folly)

I did suggest vinegar in my last post, but in a much less detailed way.

On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM,  <bill.allen at verizon.net> wrote:
> Thanks, Vinegar I have:-)
> Bill in NY
>
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>  Green Building <greenbuilding at lists.bioenergylists.org>
> Subject: [Greenbuilding] calcium & lime removal (was re: Fixture
> Folly)
>
> bill.allen wrote:
>
>> What "acid" do you use?  I haven't found anything common that works.
>>> use an acid to get rid of all the calcium and lime deposits
>
> Acetic acid (aka vinegar) does the job, just not as quickly as 
> muriatic acid solutions but it's not as corrosive as muriatic acid either.
>
> ie If you use an electric kettle the heating elements will likely 
> develop a thick calcium coating over the years. Pouring enough vinegar 
> into the kettle to completely submerge the elements and leaving it to 
> soak overnight or for a day is usually enough to dissolve a thin 
> layers of the calcium or lime. If you listen closely you can hear a 
> faint
"s-s-s-ssss"
> as the vinegar does its stuff.  If the coating is really thick, you 
> may need to refresh the vinegar and repeat the soaking. Corollary: If 
> you don't hear the "ssss"-ing, then the vinegar is spent and could 
> stand refreshing.
>
> Similarly, soaking mineral-encrusted plumbing parts in vinegar will 
> clean them.
>
> For mineral coatings on surfaces where soaking is impossible or 
> impractical, soaking a rag or paper towel in vinegar and applying it 
> like a poultice around or on the affected part or surface and 
> re-wetting with vinegar as necessary to prevent the poultice from 
> drying out, usually does the trick.
>
>
>
> --
> === * ===
> Rob Tom
> Kanata, Ontario, Canada
>
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