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Changing water torch electrolyte solution


#1

Good day everyone!

I have a question for those of you who use a water torch. I had
purchased and have been using a water torch (similar to Hydroflux
Welder) for about 4 months now. It’s what I use for light soldering
and repair work at home, since I cannot have my acetylene tank there
(condo rules!). I only use it for a few hours once a week or once
every two weeks, if even that. According to the instructions, I am
supposed to be changing out the electrolyte solution every three
months.

My question is two-fold:

1/ If I use the torch infrequently as I stated, is it still
advisable to change out the solution every three months? Or can it go
longer since for the most part it’s just sitting there collecting
dust.

2/ Does anyone have any tips on disposal of the old solution. I know
it’s caustic, but wasn’t sure to what degree. Is it something that
should definitely not be put down a drain because it could cause
problems with plumbing? I would love suggestions on disposal in the
safest, least damaging way.

Many thanks!
Liz


#2
1/ If I use the torch infrequently as I stated, is it still
advisable to change out the solution every three months? Or can it
go longer since for the most part it's just sitting there
collecting dust. 

I change mine about every 18 months and it works just fine.

2/ Does anyone have any tips on disposal of the old solution. I
know it's caustic, but wasn't sure to what degree. Is it something
that should definitely not be put down a drain because it could
cause problems with plumbing? I would love suggestions on disposal
in the safest, least damaging way. 

The solution in water torches IS drain cleaner (potassium
hydroxide). When we change the solution, we pour the old stuff down
the slowest flowing drains in the house. :slight_smile:

Kathy Johnson