Ultrasonic cleaning - kind of!

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  1. Scott D

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    With a very crusty gland packing refusing to budge it was suggested to me that ultrasonic cleaning may work. However having spent all of my money on lanterns, I’m improvising! Does anyone know at what frequency a sander would shatter a coffee jar?

    15 mins in and there is quite a bit of debris floating around!

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    We may be about to find out!!!

    Like your style there, Scott :thumbup:
     
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    Yeah, not so much! I gave some thought to adding heat and sourcing the correct chemicals but decided that I had had enough fun and roped in a friend who has an ultrasonic cleaning tank. Much quicker in the end I expect.
     
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    Well it is an alternative to Christmas TV....
     
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    @Scott D
    Necessity is the mother of invention
    I like to be resourseful you have given me some ideas on what that could be used for
    Thanks for sharing.
    Im thinking of adding an ultrasonic cleaning tank to my work shop,
     
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    Since you can hear a sander when it's working, it cannot, by definition, be ultrasonic.

    But if you're having a measure of success, well done although I suspect you're doing no more than a good shake. Ultrasonic cleaning works on a different principle altogether.

    Lidl (or was it Aldi?) get in ultrasonic cleaners from time to time for a reasonable price. However, they're designed to clean jewellery etc. and I found them not really 'man' enough to have much effect on lamp parts - even when I used vinegar or dilute citric acid as the medium in the tank. Something a bit more 'industrial strength' is likely to be needed for our applications. YMMV...
     
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    I like your thinking! Can’t beat a bit of battlefield engineering!
     
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    This is the one I use, about £80 from Amazon. I use citric acid at 50g / 500ml water and set to 50oC. It will shift the crud of a burner in less than 10 minutes and it’s just big enough to accept a complete Vapalux / Bialaddin hood.
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    Yes, an upgrade is definitely required! It was a fun experiment though.
     
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    @Gary Waller

    That’s the same ultrasonic cleaner I use. I bought mine on the bay of evil.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Thanks Gary, appreciated.
     

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