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Old 03-18-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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Stupid Question? Anyone Ever Mix Sodium Bicarbonate With Recycled Glass?


Stupid question? Anyone ever mix sodium bicarbonate with recycled glass?

I'm doing a fire restoration project (residential wood) and I normally blast with fine recycled class.

The problem I'm having is the insurance adjuster is adamant that it's soda blasted, but the contractor also prefers my glass method over just soda blasting... because we can do it in half the time... with better results we end up saving a lot on the materials keeping the project well with in budget for everyone.

In the past I've glass blasted all the wood surfaces clean and then would go back over everything with a quick blast with soda over all the media blasted surfaces... this way we benefited from the cutting power of the glass and the precieved odor eliminator of the soda (Actually Fresh Wave IOA http://www.jondon.com/fresh-wave-iaq...ncentrate.html works much better for odor elimination) but as I said in this case the insurance adjuster is adamant about soda blasting which I can do... (but again we all know the glass is going to do a better job removing the black soot from the wood and that's where the smell is).

So the question I'm floating out there is... has anyone ever mixed sodium bicarbonate with recycled class... say something along the lines of 1 to 5 ratio... as in one part soda and 5 parts glass?

If not I'll blast the whole job with soda, but it's going to be a mess to clean up.

Just asking.

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Old 03-18-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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Re: Stupid Question? Anyone Ever Mix Sodium Bicarbonate With Recycled Glass?


When it comes to insurance work, I would make my recomendation but never argue with them and give them what they wanted.

There is good money in insurance work, why risk future jobs by doing what your thinking of doing.

But I digress, I think mixing soda and glass would be a pain.

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Old 03-18-2013, 06:38 PM   #3
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I would think it would work

Mixing it so its constant, trial and error is my middle name.. Lol
I try all kinds of stupid things but once and a while you stumble on something that works.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:18 PM   #4
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Armex has a blend of aluminum oxide and soda already to go...
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:07 AM   #5
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Mix up a batch and try it on some charred wood, see what happens . . .
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I have a experience with blasting 50/50 soda and corn cob. Less dust than with soda only and much more powerful. Customer still thought it's just 100% soda :P I made it in less time.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:54 PM   #7
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Chuck, why did you feel the need to mix them? Why not just the cobb?
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Job was to blast some 100+ year old building, exactly some sculptures made from clinker mounted on elevation.
Cobb alone was too powerful which results with destroyed surface.
So, I decrease blasting power of cobb mixing with some soda.
I could blast with soda only too, but it was city center, couldn't make so much dust.
Couldn't blast on wet or cover building cause this could take me too much time to do it.

I'm not saying it's perfect solution, but if results are good at surface you're blasting right now, why not mixing ?

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