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Old 24-01-08, 07:43 PM
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Flushing out a rad

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Quick question.. Got myself a PA120.3 and am looking to give it a flush out before I use it. I've read this in the forum:

Cleaning Copper Radiators

Radiators are the parts that are almost always dirty, and the ones that contain most of the dirt. So cleaning them is essential. They are a little harder to clean than water blocks, but they use the same cleaning ingredients. (Scrubbing bubbles is also known to work good. Its easy to use, just spary in in, fill the rad with water, then let sit for a little, and then rinse.)

1. Lay radiator horizontally, then fill with vinegar. It would be good to make sure the vinegar isnt touching the barbs, as sometimes the nickel plating is weak, and will get eaten by the vinegar. So best thing to do would be to remoze the barbs before using the vinegar.

2. Cover the holes for the barbs or plug the barbs, and shake the whole radiator. Shake it long and hard.

3. Let it soak for around 12 hours.

4. Rinse, and repeat.

5. Now, flushing out the vinegar and dirt... I connect a tube to the rad, then connect a funnel to the tube, then pour distilled water in, then shake the rad and then drain it. You should do this as many times as possible. More is better when it comes to flushing

But wanted to know if the vinegar is worth it or necessary? I'm sure I've also read that its not ideal anyway?

On another note.. Is surgical spirit safe to use to remove thermal paste?

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Old 24-01-08, 07:48 PM
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Don't use vinegar. Water or de-ionized water will do you...mebbe with some fairy liquid
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Old 24-01-08, 08:39 PM
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Don't use vinegar. Water or de-ionized water will do you...mebbe with some fairy liquid
Figured as much.. Bought a few litres of de-ionized water from the chemist the other day for the task.. Might do it in a min.
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Old 25-01-08, 04:37 PM
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might be a bit late to say this now......

most will now use hot water to flush their rads....i used hot water, it works

theres a huge thread over in XS about this topic
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Old 25-01-08, 04:49 PM
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Aye soz ye I thought I did put hot water

Anyway, deffo not vinegar
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Old 25-01-08, 05:06 PM
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hot water FTW
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Old 25-01-08, 05:26 PM
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I bought some de-ionized from Halfords for £1.99 I think
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Old 25-01-08, 05:34 PM
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hot water FTW
QFT!

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I bought some de-ionized from Halfords for £1.99 I think
Best place for pure water (de-ionised water becomes ionised in a few seconds, its just pure you need) is a dehumidifer if youve got one. Its free .
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Old 26-01-08, 08:43 AM
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Yep hot water is the best thing for flushing out your rad, and as for using surgical spirit to clean off TIM it's a yes - check here
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Old 26-01-08, 03:44 PM
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Aye soz ye I thought I did put hot water

Anyway, deffo not vinegar
Might wanna edit the vinegar bit out of the sticky uber noober water guide thing then as I'd read somewhere else it wasn't a great idea so asked... Others may not bother asking and just go ahead and do it.

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Yep hot water is the best thing for flushing out your rad, and as for using surgical spirit to clean off TIM it's a yes - check here
I was wondering where I posted that and if anyone had replied.. Ta for re-answering anyway matey
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