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Old 01-29-2014, 06:01 PM   #21
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Coke has a small amount of citric acid in it.
It will dissolve crud over time, but it's not a alternative to formulated cleansers.
If you are worried about Coke in your stomach, better not drink OJ.
Not to worry ... I don't drink Coke without Rum nor OJ without Vodka. I'm a firm believer that alcohol counters all the citric acid in the other two ;-)
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:31 PM   #22
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Has anyone had to remove pine pitch from their roof mounted solar panels?
LOL, Has anyone had to remove pine pitch from their roof mounted solar panels?

No one has acknowledged ever getting pine pitch on their panels.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:13 PM   #23
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That said my usual fallback is waterless hand sanitizer.
That makes sense to me, if you want to use alcohol as the solvent, and find the gelled form useful to keep it in place on the stuff to be removed.

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A neighbor gave me some mayonnaise to use. Pitch came right off. Was informed if you don't have mayonnaise, try creamy peanut butter.
Both are sources of vegetable oil. Seems more direct to just use the oil.

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Coca Cola removes lots of grime.
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Coke has a small amount of citric acid in it.
It will dissolve crud over time, but it's not a alternative to formulated cleansers.
I agree with Baglo. All the miracle applications of Coke are based on it's acidity, and it's not a good source of acid... even citric acid (which is common is the "orange" cleaners).

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That's an interesting thought gbaglo but what would you rather handle for small problems, Coke or formulated cleaners?
My answer is Coke.
My answer is something that doesn't have the sugar (if not diet) and other stuff of a soft drink... so I choose a cleaner formulated for the purpose. I don't normally lick off the cleaner, so it doesn't need to be a safe food product Both are valid approaches, for their own reasons.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:51 PM   #24
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While I agree that coke in general isn't anything special as a cleaner, keep in mind that different acids react differently with different things. Coke contains phosphoric acid as well as citric. Among other things, phosphoric acid is used in rust and corrosion removal, because the resulting phosphorus compound is highly soluble and thus easily removed.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:54 PM   #25
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I'm waiting for the Coke / Pepsi challenge.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:35 AM   #26
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While I agree that coke in general isn't anything special as a cleaner, keep in mind that different acids react differently with different things. Coke contains phosphoric acid as well as citric. Among other things, phosphoric acid is used in rust and corrosion removal, because the resulting phosphorus compound is highly soluble and thus easily removed.
Good point. The ideal cleaner for sap might be a different acidic cleaner, such as CLR, rather than an orange type.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:46 AM   #27
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I marvel at the ads for CLR that suggest you buy a jug of the stuff and pour it down the toilet to maintain your septic system.
Other ads they run here tell you to pour it into your coffee maker to fight lime build up. We don't have hard water in Vancouver. We have soft water, so we don't have lime and calcium build up.
Sells like hot-cakes. And that's the power of advertising.

I do have most of a dozen cans of Coke that I bought at Xmas and nobody drank. Maybe I should pour that down the toilet, and make more room in the fridge for beer.
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The best thing for removing tree sap from paint, windshields, and I assume solar panels is ban-ice or any alcohol based product. Ban-ice or gas line anti-freeze is the easiest thing to get your hands on cheap. I was a mechanic for 38 years and I have tried everything. Ban-ice just melts it away. They say be careful around paint, but I have never had an issue with it hurting paint.
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The best thing for removing tree sap from paint, windshields, and I assume solar panels is ban-ice or any alcohol based product. Ban-ice or gas line anti-freeze is the easiest thing to get your hands on cheap. I was a mechanic for 38 years and I have tried everything. Ban-ice just melts it away. They say be careful around paint, but I have never had an issue with it hurting paint.
Who woulda thunk? My father was a mechanic as well as a machinist in his tool and die shop...he often had unique pearls like this, that weren't well-known.
Great tip!
Just wondering, are there any consolidated lists that address various topics like this around? It would be great to have that, as a "one place" download.
Searching for specific terms or hints are often hit-or-miss. Thanks!
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I marvel at the ads for CLR that suggest you buy a jug of the stuff and pour it down the toilet to maintain your septic system.
Other ads they run here tell you to pour it into your coffee maker to fight lime build up. We don't have hard water in Vancouver. We have soft water, so we don't have lime and calcium build up.
Sells like hot-cakes. And that's the power of advertising.

I do have most of a dozen cans of Coke that I bought at Xmas and nobody drank. Maybe I should pour that down the toilet, and make more room in the fridge for beer.
CLR. makes different products . The one for your septic tank does not go in your coffee pot
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