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Old 07/23/2019, 06:38 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by ArnoldoOfferman View Post brute garbage cans are obviously not keeping the water completely isolated.
Stuff making it past the lid into the can? I can't see that being an issue. any amount that would cause concern would be a health problem long before a water problem.

Originally Posted by ArnoldoOfferman View Post
They said it was laundry detergent,..However it was formic acid.

...Just for safety sake I filled it up with bleach...

However, there's still a noxious smell that also burns...
I have no suggestions for fixing the cans. I've left your quote as a cautionary tale. a slightly funny cautionary tale.

Good luck.

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Old 07/24/2019, 12:27 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by ArnoldoOfferman View Post
My brute cans keep inviting all sorts of unwanted particles. Never going Brute again.
What do you mean? What particles?

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Old 07/24/2019, 09:25 PM   #28
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Reporting back, both of my barrels are clean and appear to be in ready working order.

This is what I have and did. I have food grade 55g barrels previously used for lemonade concentrate. First I simply gave them a quick rinse, maybe a gallon inside slosh around and emptied. Then i filled barrel one with 5.5g of straight bleach. Then I topped it with tap water and sealed back both plugs. I rocked the container really good for about a minute. Then again about a few more times maybe 4x over the next several hours. I let it sit capped for 24hrs soaking. Next day I opened barrel number 2 and gave it the same 1g rinse. This time I added 2g straight bleach in it (this was to help add potency back). I then transfered the fluid from barrel 1 til topped via pump. Capped and let barrel2 sit 24hrs and rinsed barrel 1 with tap water about 3x and left upside down and vented to do my initial air drying. I now have barrel2 emptied and drying as well and have moved barrel1 into my garage to ensure complete air drying over the next week uncapped despite no longer having any lemon or bleach smell. Ill be moving barrel 2 into the garage as well tomorrow to do the same.

Hope that helps!

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