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i'm a moron.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by ryan22re, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. ryan22re

    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    yep it has been confirmed. spilled about 20-25 gallons of used diesel oil all over the concrete outside my work last night. then i spent the nest 7 hours cleaning it up. :doah: there is still a huge stain, probably 12x12 in area on the concrete. and its right on pretty much the main entrance. at least my boss is on vacation for the next couple of days. :crazy:

    anybody have any "safe" ways to remove oil stains from concrete? i got some "purple power" biodegradeable driveway cleaner, havent tried it yet.

    the simple grean driveway cleaner doesnt work on diesel oil. trust me i tried last night. with a pressure washer.

    man i feel dumb. :1zhelp:
     
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    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    cover the whole slab in Deisel, then the boss won't notice since it all looks the same:haha:
     
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    ryan22re 1/2 ton status

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    i really thought about that last night.
     
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    Don't know about diesel, but a really good hot pressure washer removed the ATF, engine and gear oil stains from my neighbors concrete driveway. I imagine the heat had something to do with it's effectiveness, I really didn't expect it to come out as clean as it did.

    I figure since I put the stains there, it would be nice of me to remove them. :)
     
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    yep hot water to a standard pressure washer. I use super clean first with a little water. scrub it with a broom. power wash it off
     
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    So how do you get hot water to feed the pressure washer? Use the hot feed for the clothes washer? All my outside faucets are cold.
     
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    they make pressure washers that heat the water.

    wish i had one.
     
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    i plumbed hot and cold outside to heat my water, great degreaser.

    also maybe try, industreal streanght laqure thinner, or muriatic acid to clean it, only thing is the acid will really clean the drive way and make just that spot look clean
     
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    muscle 1/2 ton status

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    Muratic acid will etch the concrete finish. it basically eats away the top layer of cream leaving a sanded finish.

    Most hot water heaters have a hook up at the bottom to drain it with a hose. just run it into your pressure washer. :D
     
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    yeah and it looks clean :D
     
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    try the easy off oven cleaner, everyonr knows that stuff cleans great. will take paint right off too. pour it on let it soak and scrub it with a push broom and rince with hot water.
     
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    Yep, what he said.


    Also, "ZEP" brand cleaner works pretty damn well. Cleaned motor oil up with pressure washer and cold water.
     
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    if your gunna use cleaner ... better do the whole area. no need for a giant clean spot :)

    and if noone knows about it ... or they will keep their mouths shut u can probably catch brownie points for a nice clean surface when the boss gets back.
     
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    Purple power degreaser/cleaner. Available at most auto parts stores. Spray it over the stain and let it soak in for an hour or so and then spray it off.

    Works on oil stains on my driveway.

    Fred
     
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    well the bottom valve is for draining the tank, since the cold has a down tube, so the cold sits at bottom, and the hot is at the top, heat rises, it will wont be that hot off the bottom, but it will get hot.
     
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    just hook to the washing machine feed, I do it all the time, works great and hot water is the key... rinse it till you get the whole area warmed up, then pour every cleaner you can think of on and scrub, wait, scrub some more, keep it wet, scrub, rinse with your fresh load of hot water...
     
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    get the whole area warmed up.....keep it wet, rub, fresh load of hot..... use your mind now, doesnt sound to bad of a plan now does it?
     
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    eh, i guess im out of the hot water so to speak. had the cleanup crew pressure wash it twice today before i came in. really didnt make a difference. lead tech said im cool. hear from my boss on monday i reckon.

    thanks for the responses, but it looks like its out of my hands now.
     
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    That's what I was worried about. That and there not being enough water pressure by just "draining" the tank. I guess since the laundry room is right next to the driveway, I'm in good shape.
     
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    Damn, my secret treatment for the misses is out... It's ok tho, I didn't say whether you rub clockwise or counter :wink1:

    Wasn't that a Seinfeld episode? Don't steal my move! :haha:
     

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