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Old 03-05-2019, 02:53 PM
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skunky block water/blocks

what is a "healthy" way to keep block water and blocks from getting a white mildew looking scum on them? Is that white slime mildew, mold or?

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Old 03-05-2019, 03:04 PM
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A half a cap of beach works for me
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:14 PM
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We keep mosquito fish in our block buckets so bleach isnít happening. I pull the blocks give them a scrub with a scotch brite pad and use them from a clean bucket. I donít think the scum hurts anything but Iíve never seen white mildew scum. The cheery wood makes the water tanic and red.
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:00 PM
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what is a "healthy" way to keep block water and blocks from getting a white mildew looking scum on them? Is that white slime mildew, mold or?

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That block water is not sufficiently ripened and ready to use until the mosquito larvae start hatching.
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Old 03-06-2019, 03:17 AM
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So, Eben, life's a bleach? And then you dye?
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:32 AM
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Let me rephrase what I said.
A half cap of bleach. Let it sit a day and then change the water. I change my water in all. Lock buckets once a month and never have issues.
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Old 03-06-2019, 01:55 PM
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I have a nice little eco system going at the shop. I just keep adding water to the blocks, the mosquitos hatch, fly into the waiting arms of a brown widow spider that lives directly above my buckets and she writes out words of encouragement in her web to me.

Last week it was "Keep it turning" and this week it is "that will do pig". I think she might be confused.
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Old 03-06-2019, 02:47 PM
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I just wait until the Krakken tries to get out of the bucket. Then I change the water. I have two buckets of blocks in the house basement which have been undisturbed but always topped up for 13 years now. The dog drinks out of them yet she is alive.
Eric put a washtub outside under the roof drain and that has stayed fresh forever. It also stays frozen. I haven't seen it since October. It should pop up again by may.
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:17 AM
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Vinegar rather than bleach?

As it happens - we no longer have bleach in our house. We are vinegar based. Which begs the question - would vinegar work as a replace for bleach in the block application...

I did extensive research (looked on the web for 3 minutes) - and for what it's worth, here's something that suggests that it would work better:

"A: Both distilled white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide will do an effective job of killing mold spores in porous materials. Bleach can only kill mold on non-porous surfaces, as it does not penetrate porous surfaces; so mold roots are left to grow again.May 13, 2015

VINEGAR AND PEROXIDE FIGHT MOLD GROWTH ON POROUS ...

https://www.uexpress.com/first-aid-f...ht-mold-growth
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On the other hand - it's more than 1/2 a cap full - more like ~cup for gallon. Your dog and mosquitoes probably won't like the vinegar either...

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Old 03-07-2019, 07:19 AM
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I have an airline on my bench and the quick connect leaks ever so slightly. Just leaving it in the water a few hours of the day and the water stays nice and clean for the Krakken.
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Old 03-07-2019, 11:42 AM
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I want to say soap flakes was a remedy used in block buckets. That might just be a tid but I picked up here. I never tried it.
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Old 03-07-2019, 02:12 PM
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Is that "Tidbit?"
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Old 03-09-2019, 11:48 AM
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Capful of bleach or feeder goldfish to keep away the skeeters. Slime is just going to build up on surfaces that never see friction (e.g. where you hold it on the handle and the shaping surface). Like Sky says, scrub 'em down with a green scotchbrite pad about once a week.

The first shop where I was charging monkey/housekeeper was a high-volume shop owned by one of the big guns. I was charging 3-4x a week, and block water fouled very quickly. One of my nightly chores was to change the water in the block buckets. There were about ten holding all blocks for the shops routine use. I would scrub the blocks every one to two weeks being careful not to remove the carbon on the shaping surfaces. The water probably didn't need to be changed every day, but it was viewed as part of keeping the shop clean/running a tight ship.
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:48 PM
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all kidding to the side I just pull out my pocket knife and shave off a piece of ivory soap into the block bucket.

Seems to keep them at bay for me.
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:32 AM
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The cleanest and easiest way I've done it is to put a little aquarium pump in there. Mosquito and scum free, works great until some "assistant" leaves it is out while changing the water .
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:31 PM
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Here's a fun fact. If you put ivory soap in the microwave it will puff up and become easy to use soap flakes.
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:30 PM
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I want to say soap flakes was a remedy used in block buckets. That might just be a tid but I picked up here. I never tried it.
take a bar of Ivory soap and shave some of it into the block water and it will keep it from drawing mosquitoes and mold. One of the very old timers tipped me off on that tip many years ago.
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all kidding to the side I just pull out my pocket knife and shave off a piece of ivory soap into the block bucket.

Seems to keep them at bay for me.
definitely the way to go.
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Old 04-10-2019, 05:41 PM
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A half a cap of beach works for me
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Is that a Caribbean beach or something from Block Island?
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Is that a Caribbean beach pr something from Block Island?
What ever had made it into the floor of my car
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