Mailport November 2013 Issue

Mailport: November 2013

Water Tanks vs. Bleach

Photos courtesy of Franklin Kasmin

Reader Franklin Kasmin cured his stinky-water problem by installing a watermaker aboard his Caliber 38.

I disagree with your suggestion in the October 2013 PS Advisor that occasional chlorine treatments in aluminum water tanks are harmless. We treated the aluminum tanks in our 1990 Caliber 38 soon after we bought her in 1999 because the water smelled and tasted bad. We discovered over the years a tremendous accumulation of white sand—presumably an aluminum chloride salt—that took years to clear through repeated tank cleanings and filtration. I wouldn’t risk using bleach in aluminum tanks again.

We finally cured our stinky-water problem two years ago while in the Bahamas by installing a watermaker. Those same tanks, when filled with really clean water, now gush forth with odorless and sweet-tasting water, even after sitting all summer in the Abacos!

Franklin and Esther Kasmin
Estica, 1990 Caliber 38
Mamaroneck, N.Y.

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Based on the Mailport recommendation of the Batteries Plus store service, I called the closest store (Orange, CT) about rebuilding the N-mH batteries for my Panasonic cordless drills of which I have many. With exact info on the batteries given over the phone, I was quote $36 per battery with a possible discount for quantity. Upon arriving I was then quoted $90, more than new replacements. When I protested the price, I was then quoted between $10 and $20 which seemed more than reasonable. When I proffered a single battery for rebuild, the new estimate came to $60. By that time I had lost confidence and left, though not before noting that they have a wide selection of batteries for sale all of which seemed over-priced.

Posted by: MICHAEL B | November 15, 2013 8:42 AM    Report this comment

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