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Old 06-12-2008, 02:40   #16
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Well done. Once its all cleaned and maybe lines replaced, might also be worth adding in a silver filter to your drinking water faucet? We've one added into our line just in case we take on bad tasting water - and they work.
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:57   #17
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fuel in water tank

Thanks again guys & gals you have been a huge help. I will try Sandy's trick using TKO but the only problem is we are out in the eastern Caribbean and it is very hard to get things delivered from the states with an certainty. We will head back to New England by air for the Xmas holiday. I will order some now and have it delivered to my house and transport it back to the boat in my luggage. I will have to figure out how to deal with a waterless boat until the job is done.
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Another product that may work is a microbial powder from Clean Water Solutions, Inc. It seems pretty effective at digesting diesel fuel. You could follow that with conventional cleaners and then chlorine bleach to disinfect the tank.
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Ok here is what I did to get the fuel out of the water tank, remember we are out in the eastern Caribbean and things like TKO come hard and late and we need water now. I spent all day yesterday taking furniture out to get to the tank. I took all day today cleaning the tank with lots of dish detergent. I cut a mop handle down to size so I could get in the tanks hard to reach places. I gave the tank a final scrubbing with bleach to kill of any bad guys. Flush flush flush what a day. All told I have about 25 hours into the job but it looks like it may work as the water out of the faucet looks and tastes ok. We will drink bottle water as usual and use the water from the tank for everything else.
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Old 12-12-2008, 16:31   #20
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Those dumb kids at the fuel dock can't read. I have had good results usig a steam jenny to clean fuel tanks before welding. Can be hot wet and some what hazardous but gets rid of the residue.
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