Leaky Batteries (was: Lisa 2/5 Startup Problems)

From: Marvin <marvin_at_rain.org>
Date: Wed Sep 17 01:40:01 1997

Zane H. Healy wrote:

> >Once the batteries start to corrode and leak, the area needs to be
> cleaned
> >AND neutralized with something acidic in order to prevent problems later
> This might be a stupid question, but would Baking Soda work for this? I
> used to work as an Electrician, and had to deal with an UPS that used lead
> acid batteries, we always used Baking Soda to neutralize the acid. Maybe
> I'm totally off center on this one, wouldn't surprise me.
> In any case where can one find Muriatic Acid? It's not one of the Acid's
> I've heard of.

Muriatic Acid is commonly used for ph adjustment on swimming pools and at
least out here in California, we can get it at the larger hardware stores.
I've also used some type of liquid flux that was used in plumbing work that
was mostly Muriatic Acid and it seemed to work well. Also, Muriatic Acid is
just a 33% dilution of Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) according to the labels I've
read. I might add that a couple of ounces of the stuff lasted me about 5

Since the residue from the batterys is alkaline in nature, Baking Soda
wouldn't work as it is also somewhat alkaline.
Received on Wed Sep 17 1997 - 01:40:01 BST

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