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Old 07-18-2009, 09:56 PM   #11
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Re: Black Water Treatment Options

Hi: All...and thanks Dan for this article. Our household water is all softened due to very hard well water so I use less of the mixture when making up the "recipe". YMMV tho!!! Alf
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:54 PM   #12
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Other than the "Geo Method", what have people tried to use in their holding tanks, and how well did you find it worked?
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I ran two gals of Calgon through my black tank three times on recent trips. All it did was use up two gallons of space in my tank. I got a tank wand from Escape ( $10 ) and plan to clean the sensors with that instead. The Calgon cost $12 and the wand $10. The Calgon gets used up and the wand doesn't. I tossed half a box of Calgon in the garbage yesterday because I didn't want to cart it around. The water in this area is already soft, so I had no use for it.
For deodorizing and breaking down waste, I use the stuff sold by the manufacturer of the toilet. It is environmentally safe and proven to work, unlike so many home remedies.

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Old 09-08-2009, 08:17 PM   #14
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Speaking of home remedies, we had a columnist at the paper who published hints from readers. To clean glass she recommended Tartar Sauce ( it was supposed to be Cream of Tartar - a powder ). Windex is probably cheaper than either of those.
And then there was the mixture she recommended for cleaning your bathtub or shower. I don't recall the recipe exactly, but let's just say that the combination forms a deadly gas. I'm not sure how many readers we lost before they published the correction.
The internet is full of such.

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Old 09-09-2009, 08:08 AM   #15
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Be careful when using homegrown recipes. The gaskets and such used in RVs can dry out quickly when using some of this stuff. For instance, Pine-Sol is one no-no. Most made-for-RV use concoctions are environmentally safe too. The blackwater digester I've been using states it "lubes" the gaskets, etc.

To clean the black water tank, dump the largest chunks of ice you can get down through the flapper PRIOR to leaving on a camping trip. During travel, the ice will slosh around and clean the tank walls and floor. Drain when you get to your destination.

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Old 09-09-2009, 08:52 AM   #16
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:47 PM   #17
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Interesting responses. I am not really looking for homegrown solutions so I will rephrase the question. What commercial products have you tried and did you find them successful or not?

YMMV - I believe it means "Your method may vary"
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Ah....gotcha....

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Old 09-09-2009, 04:32 PM   #19
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Two household chemicals that you should never mix are bleach and ammonia. Poison gas. I ruined a hardwood floor with the micture once, too. Nasty, nasty nasty.

Anyway, I will be sure to use Tater Tots to clean my glass the next time. hehe
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