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Vinman02

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Posted: 12/21/09 07:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Chris Bryant wrote:

Searching for that product, to try to find what was in it, took me to http://woodsmansinternational.com/liquifire.htm.
Pretty funny stuff:
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Save the headaches, and use the best! Use LIQUI-FIRE Liquid Pipe Thaw!

DO NOT USE "LIQUID PIPE THAW" by Recochem.

They are criminals and have no regard for you or the law!


Yeah, that was the first link I found with a quick search but didn't want to post it here. That guy has some serious problems with the way he advertises his products. I absolutely refuse to purchase anything from a business that trashs their competition but that's another topic alltogether.

Does vodka really work? do I just pour a bit into the fresh water tank?

I will see if I can pick up a bottle this week and post the contents and maybe conduct a little lab test since we're in for a cold snap this week.


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Vince --

Vodka will work. Ethanol will depress the freezing point of water. The data below was from www.engineeringtoolbox.com

Remember that the volume of ethanol to volume of water percentage in the table is based on adding pure alcohol (200 proof) to the water. For example if your favorite vodka is 100 proof and you mix it with equal parts of water it is 25% by volume in the table below.

Rather than dumping it in the water tank, I'd place a small line in the vodka and plumb it into the water pump inlet and pump it in undiluted. Bypass the hot water heater. Once you get a little flow, I'd switch the pump inlet over to very hot water and let it work while you enjoy whatever Vodka is left over.

Or if you like Gin. Beefeater Gin is 96 proof. $14 for ~2 liters at Longs Drug.



* This post was edited 12/21/09 09:24pm by bb_94401 *


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Having had a few frozen pipes over the years I kind of wonder just how well this would work

now if it is a small pipe and only a short section is frozen then yes, removing as much water as you can and replacing it with a product such as this might just work.

But frankly I think heat is less expensive and more effective, Epically on metal pipes (On plastic you can still use heat, but a lot less of it, which reduces the effectiveness)

Better to prevent freezing in the first place.


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http://msds.homehardware.ca/OpenRepositoryFile.asp?s=137942&v=2

Saline taste? Salt chemical family? Sounds like salt. Do not ingest? Okay, that doesn't sound like salt, but doesn't sound like something you want to put in potable water pipes. And it freezes at 14 degrees F, which doesn't sound nearly low enough.


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