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A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP #157552
Tue Jan 24 2006 12:35 AM
Tue Jan 24 2006 12:35 AM
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apachetrucks  Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 199
TN
I recently bought a 3 gallon stainless steel coffee percolator($5.00 at a flea market)one of those big ones like you see in meeting/waiting rooms,and made a neat little parts washer from it.

I put 1/4 cup of Purple Power degreaser and 2 and 1/2 gallons of water in along with a bunch of greasey,oily,muddy parts and plug it in with the power on the lowest setting.The basket that normally holds the coffee is a good place to put small washers and little parts that you dont want missplaced,the percolating action along with the boiling water/degreaser and five minutes later you have some nice clean parts.

I didnt put anything in with rubber or gaskets because the heat would distort them.

I played around with this thing outside until I was sure it was safe to move indoors.Now on rainy days I have something I can do.

Clean up is a snap,just remove the parts(be careful because they will be HOT)wipe the parts down and remove any remaining crude,pour the water out and wipe the container out.
Hobert


"The Lord is my shepherd"
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP #157553
Tue Jan 24 2006 01:44 AM
Tue Jan 24 2006 01:44 AM
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Chev4t6  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 963
New Hartford NY
Hobert,
Sounds like a great idea! We have a pot like that at work. Hopefully wash parts better than the coffee tastes

Dan

Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP #157554
Tue Jan 24 2006 04:01 AM
Tue Jan 24 2006 04:01 AM
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apachetrucks  Offline OP
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Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 199
TN
Hey Dan,
I guess that might be the reason the pots are so cheap!! I have yet to hear of anyone that likes the taste of coffee from them.
Come to think of it, the coffee looks about the same as the oily,greasey water thats left after cleaning the parts.
Hobert


"The Lord is my shepherd"
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP #157555
Tue Jan 24 2006 10:32 AM
Tue Jan 24 2006 10:32 AM
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GMCpanel  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,574
Springfield, MO
Sounds like a good use for one of those things. Simply as a function of the design, they make awful coffee. There is no way to improve it, it's just the nature of the beast.


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Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1303913
Wed Mar 20 2019 03:44 PM
Wed Mar 20 2019 03:44 PM
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52pu  Offline
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Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 506
York State (New York)
Brilliant.


"drugs are money, money is power, power is security"
Kent Heiner

Nedrow population 2212
Carbon footprint family of 2/11 tonnes of CO2/yr
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1303924
Wed Mar 20 2019 05:42 PM
Wed Mar 20 2019 05:42 PM
Hambone  Offline
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Joined: May 2007
Posts: 1,262
california, md
I am now on the lookout for big coffee pot. Great idea.

Last edited by Hambone; Wed Mar 20 2019 05:42 PM.

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Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1303936
Wed Mar 20 2019 07:39 PM
Wed Mar 20 2019 07:39 PM
Justhorsenround  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 7,292
El Reno, Okla
Another look at a 13 year old thread. Stuff posted here is always pertinent no matter how old it is.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1303968
Wed Mar 20 2019 11:16 PM
Wed Mar 20 2019 11:16 PM
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Hotrod Lincoln  Offline
Boltergeist
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 18,595
Dellrose, TN
Hmmmm- - - - -I'll bet something about the size of a turkey fryer with a home-brewed percolator stem made of a dog dish hubcap and a piece of 1/2" stainless tubing might work for bigger parts. Just make sure the lid fits well and give it a couple of vent holes!
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1306394
Mon Apr 08 2019 02:50 PM
Mon Apr 08 2019 02:50 PM
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cmayna  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,911
Menlo Park, Ca
How do you dispose of the dirty water?


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My truck
If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1306423
Mon Apr 08 2019 06:27 PM
Mon Apr 08 2019 06:27 PM
MNSmith  Online

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Posts: 2,604
So Cal
I wouldn't recommend this method.

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Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1306425
Mon Apr 08 2019 06:56 PM
Mon Apr 08 2019 06:56 PM
tclederman  Offline
Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,953
Jarvisburg, NC
Incredible!

I doubt that it was endorsed by the National Audubon Society.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1306430
Mon Apr 08 2019 07:21 PM
Mon Apr 08 2019 07:21 PM
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Gord&Fran  Offline
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Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 574
Mill Bay, BC, Canada
Yes, do not dump oil in your yard! A friend of mine had a leaky heating oil tank. The government ordered her to dig up her front yard to remove the contaminated soil. Total cost after bringing in clean soil and redoing the landscaping was about $80K.


Gord
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1954 1/2 ton 235 4 speed
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1306442
Mon Apr 08 2019 09:30 PM
Mon Apr 08 2019 09:30 PM
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Jon G  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 950
Dallas, TX
You can do the same thing by going to the dollar store and purchasing a 1.5 or 2 gallon pan. Mine is aluminum and very well worn now. I've attached an image for you. Or if you have room, you can get a 3 gallon stainless one at WalMart for about $10 (http://tinyurl.com/y2mrwtje). Mexican supermarkets sell them as tamale warmers but they charge more because those come with a wire basket. You can use Dawn detergent and water, Fabuloso, Simple Green...any of the popular concentrated cleaning compounds. Hint: try to pick one which doesn't make too many suds. 409 is one which doesn't suds too much and Simple Green and Fabuloso don't either. Put your parts in first so you will know how much water to add (about 2 inches from the top works for me) Set the pot on your gas grill, turn on both burners, close the lid and watch the temp. When it gets to around 275, adjust your burners so it stays there and leave it for 10 minutes or so. It will be boiling in there and you don't want it boiling over. Be careful not to use too much cleaner...that's key to keeping it from over-foaming. You can clean all sorts of things, but obviously nothing electric. When you're finished, let the water cool and pour it on your lawn. It won't hurt your grass at all and if you live in an area of heavy clay soil it may actually help that little area by altering the surface tension of the water so it penetrates better.

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Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: MNSmith] #1306473
Tue Apr 09 2019 01:37 AM
Tue Apr 09 2019 01:37 AM
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52Carl  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 7,984
Virginia
Originally Posted by MNSmith
I wouldn't recommend this method.

What's wrong with this? Where do people think oil comes from?
Its black gold when it is discovered in the ground, but toxic waste if a little gets spilled in the yard.
Now don't get all up in arms with me. I am simply illustrating comedic irony.
Save the whales (but not the sea lions, as they annoy me).

Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1306475
Tue Apr 09 2019 01:54 AM
Tue Apr 09 2019 01:54 AM
tclederman  Offline
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Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,953
Jarvisburg, NC
Sea lions annoy you ! ??

Hmmm . . . . " . . . sea lions are known for their intelligence, playfulness, and noisy barking."


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1308411
Wed Apr 24 2019 06:04 PM
Wed Apr 24 2019 06:04 PM
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2ManyTrucks  Offline
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Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 207
california
after reading this thread i was thinking of getting a used percolator next time i'm at the thrift store, but after getting an ultrasonic cleaner on amazon for about $80 and using it on high heat with evaporust i think i won't need the percolator anymore
i tried it out on a fuel pump and i like how it worked, first pass was the whole unit so that i could pull it apart easier, then i did all the individual bits, some needed 2 cycles at 20 minutes, but in the end i like how it did

photos attached
-s

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1430s, 1420, 9430
-2MT
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1308415
Wed Apr 24 2019 07:16 PM
Wed Apr 24 2019 07:16 PM
Justhorsenround  Offline
Grease Monkey
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 7,292
El Reno, Okla
An old Crock Pot with soapy water and set on high works pretty well. Leave it alone for 8-10 hours except for a lite stir now and then.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1308416
Wed Apr 24 2019 07:26 PM
Wed Apr 24 2019 07:26 PM
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2ManyTrucks  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Aug 2018
Posts: 207
california
Yes but what surprised me was that with the action of the ultrasonic cleaner, you get 24hrs of evaporust cleaning action in only 20 minutes!
No more waiting
-s


1430s, 1420, 9430
-2MT
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1308897
Mon Apr 29 2019 11:12 AM
Mon Apr 29 2019 11:12 AM
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Hotrod Lincoln  Offline
Boltergeist
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 18,595
Dellrose, TN
The Tennessee state vocational/technical school where I taught auto mechanics for several years had a gravel-filled sump about 10 X 20 feet 10 feet deep with a small shed built over it where they disposed of drain oil. When it finally got so saturated it wouldn't accept any more they finally fixed it- - - -with a 6" thick concrete slab poured on top! A couple of disgruntled students tried to report that to the EPA, but the director of the school called in a few favors and the investigation just quietly went away!
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: A cool small parts washer/cleaner CHEAP [Re: apachetrucks] #1312948
Mon Jun 03 2019 01:44 AM
Mon Jun 03 2019 01:44 AM
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glenns towing  Offline
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Mar 2019
Posts: 71
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Great idea. Maybe the coffee tastes so bad because the parts were washed 1st...LOL

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