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Re: [Killietalk] Suggestion for dealing with 'salt blockage' of bbshatchery airlines
*Ken Simolo <Simolo at chem_chem.rochester.edu> wrote.*
Every time I start a new batch, I just stick the rigid airline under
the faucet and run water through it. I have hard well water and never
have had the airline clog in 6 years.
My experience in many years of bbs-hatching in the rather hard water of
the south SF Bay are was exactly like Ken's. Our water was relatively
hard (200-300 ppm as CaCO3). Humidity was modest, but usually not low.
I now have much softer water (50 ppm as CaCO3) and far drier air, and
had the problem until I added the soft tip to the rigid airline. For
some reason, simple rinsing by flowing tap water through the rigid line
wasn't clearing the clog. It was quite resistant to poking with a
toothpick, etc., too, as I recall. Now, for some reason, I don't seem to
even have to pinch it to break the crust up. It just doesn't clog like
it did. I have an inch of plain vinyl airline on the end of the rigid
line. Why it works is a bit of a mystery to me.
Wright Huntley - Rt. 001 Box K36, Bishop CA 93514 - whuntley at verizon_net
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