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Original poster: "Garry F. by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <garryfre-at-pacbell-dot-net>
Ye know, I heard from someone that an old electrician told them to merely
boil tar encased componants in motor oil and they said the tar would float
to the top and harden when it cools allowing you to chip the tar pancake
away and tosss it. It sounds a lot less messy than the solvent method.
I asked about this possibility on the list here but nobody replied.
I find tar reminds me of the movie "The blob" It gets everywhere no matter
how hard I try. Sometimes it gets on more things that it would have if I
hadn't tried so keep the mess contained.
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From: "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2000 9:36 PM
> Original poster: "sundog by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>"
> Hi all,
> Well, I bit the bullet today. I pried the top of one of the dead
> 12/30's, turned it upside down on some wire mesh, slapped my
> hotplate upside down underneath it, and puttered around the garage
> as I kept an eye on it. Things I observed...
> 1. Flames!!?! Little gouts of fire popped at about 15 minutes
> after I first started. Not good. They quit after ~1/2 an hour.
> 2. Smell. Not too horrible actually. Smelled like roofing tar,
> but not too awfully strong or potent. Though I personally like
> Ozone better ;)
> 3. Messy. Better said, *MESSY!* The thing finally stopped
> dripping, and when I lifted the case off (after pushing all the
> terminal bolts back inside the case), the core slid out with a
> "shluck!" and sat there, dripping black goo.....I scraped off as
> much as I could with a screwdriver (sounds easy, isn't really),
> then dumped it into a bucket. I'll be depotting a few more, so
> they're going to sit and wait to be soaked all together. NST's get
> frightened when you strip 'em naked and dump them in unfamiliar
> enclosures. I figured they'd need some company.
> I'm trying both the "melt it free" and "freeze and chip"
> method..currently the "nst to freeze" is wrapped in tinfoil and
> stuffed in the back of the fridge...now, it only it goes un-noticed
> for a few days..*crossed fingers*
> I was just going to soak these in kerosene or diesel. Anybody
> know of anything better that won't eat the enamel, or take more
> than a day or two to get here?
> Why on earth I'm doing this when I have a *perfectly* good pole
> pig sitting there, I don't know. Holiday spirit? Hmmm...that
> gives me an idea..
> plastic coat hangers holding a piece of 22ga wire out about 4"
> from the house. Run the wire all the way around the house, maybe
> spell something out. Hook 1 end to your mid-sized TC and fire it
> off. Instant corona-wire display! Yeah, let the neighbors beat
> that! We'll make her just as bright as she can be! Oh, yeah,
> lookin' better already! (don't do this, you may burn down the
> house, I'm only joking!)
> A slightly tar-stained Sundog