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Was thinking about an issue I have with my sprayer, that being some sort of contamination in the booms that breaks away and plugs nozzles from time to time (VERY annoying) and how to clean the pipes. Tough since i don't know what it is that is in there. So I was thinking about perhaps running diesel through and letting o]it soak then thought, "Perhaps I could just use diesel to winterize it". Cost would be about the same as the RV anti-freeze that I have been using. Can't think of anything in the system that would be adversely affected by diesel. May or may not (likely not) help with the contamination problem but would be a lot more convenient than RV antifreeze. Of course there is the environmental issue of spraying out 35 gallons of diesel but I would put it where I don't want anything to grow (where I often rinse my sprayer in the summer.) Thoughts??.

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Nozzle screens...

Have never had a problem with diesel in the mix, petroleum distillates are sprayed all the time. Never thought of using it as antifreeze but that's a great idea. You wouldn't even need to dump it before adding water and chemical if you're doing burn down.

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The diesel will separate from the water and the water will still freeze. If you have crap on your booms run some 28-00 through it or some liberty. Diesel is way to expensive. Used diesel on the service rig to flush the pump at the end of the day. 2 pails a day That added up to a lot at the end of the month.
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Just hook a air line up to pump with 120 PSI then shut off all boom sections turn one section ON at a time works real good .The Apache service techs do it all the time.
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Nozzle screens...
Have considered that but I don't like the idea of nozzle screens and that would just be treating the symptom rather than the cause.

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Have never had a problem with diesel in the mix, petroleum distillates are sprayed all the time. Never thought of using it as antifreeze but that's a great idea. You wouldn't even need to dump it before adding water and chemical if you're doing burn down.
That was my thought as well.
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The diesel will separate from the water and the water will still freeze.
Yes but the diesel would provide room of the expansion so there should be no ill effects from the frost.

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If you have crap on your booms run some 28-00 through it or some liberty.
I thought about 20-0-0 but hadn't tried it. Sprayed lots of Liberty hoping it would clean it out but to no avail.

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Same price as RV antifreeze. Actually a bit cheaper. $100 to do the sprayer either way.
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Just hook a air line up to pump with 120 PSI then shut off all boom sections turn one section ON at a time works real good .The Apache service techs do it all the time.
I've thought about that as I hear other do it but am unsure how to get the agitation, chem educator and rinse tank system clean with air.
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I have used diesel in the past, works good.

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those nozzles that you can put on the ends of the boom do help, also...
i just drain mine, and don't add anything, leave it -slightly- open for the winter, so far it's been good ..

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I do find it a bit interesting that everyone is using antifreeze now as the standard practice used to just be drain everything. As long as everything is adequately drained there is no problem. I think the antifreeze is good because it is more forgiving if you screw up draining.

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