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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 14, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Battery Terminal Cleaner

If you happen to have a 1/2" copper fitting in the wall of your house to an outside hose bib that froze and split last winter and spewed water for several hours while you were gone....

...one of those cheapie battery terminal cleaners works good for prepping the pipe end as well as the inside of the fittings for soldering.

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Y-e-a-h ... well, except for all that acid and lead residue that's usually on older battery tools
Good suggestion I guess, if you went out a bought a new one for doing it ... but, I think I'll stick with my Oatey copper pipe tools for plumbing work

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Re: Battery Terminal Cleaner

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Y-e-a-h ... well, except for all that acid and lead residue that's usually on older battery tools
Good suggestion I guess, if you went out a bought a new one for doing it ... but, I think I'll stick with my Oatey copper pipe tools for plumbing work
Not sure why you think this is a problem..... You are probably fluxing you stuff with acid anyway and if you plumbing is over 10 years old there's probably lead solder in the joints already. As for my place the supply line from the B-Box in is lead.

If I needed something in a hurry I'd do this.

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Re: Battery Terminal Cleaner

Even sandpaper or a scotchbrite works for either

But, yes, I wouldn't use one for both. Contamination "could be" an issue....better safe than sorry

I mean...unless you're in a pinch and middle of the nite.

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I think Al is suggesting a 'new dedicated' terminal cleaner.
Not a used one.

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Precautions duly noted

This was for an outside hose bib - primary purpose is occasionally hosing dog **** off my shoes after a mow (dog owners'll know what I mean)

FYI - the terminal cleaner was new. They're about a buck each @ HF when on sale.


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Re: Battery Terminal Cleaner

A (new) battery terminal cleaning tool is what I use for cleaning copper pipes before soldering. Works great.
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Those Depot etc copper pipe cleaners are junk. They don't last. If I didn't use a piece of sand paper to sweat pipes, I'd use this idea and keep the terminal cleaner in my kit. Great idea if all you're doing is 1/2" fittings.

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This was for an outside hose bib - primary purpose is occasionally hosing dog **** off my shoes after a mow (dog owners'll know what I mean)
In that case the acid might be an added feature to help clean your shoes...

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