Apple Lisa 1 - restoration project
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Mon Jun 30 21:49:38 CDT 2008
Vinegar! Vinegar! Vinegar! The common household type!
>From a US cook's standpoint, if "vinegar" is specified with no
qualifiers, the type is determined by the application.
If I'm making a salad, a flavored vinegar, such as wine or malt or
even apple cider vinegar is used. Balsamic vinegar has lots of gunk
in it and is used for a more complex, somewhat sweet flavor in
marinades and salad dressings. I'd never think of using it to clean
a PCB. Rice wine vinegar is often used in oriental cooking--somewhat
sticky when the water evaporates.
If I'm pickling (e.g. dill pickles or making sauerkraut), I'll use
distilled white vinegar (usually about a 5% solution) as it's the
least expensive (commonly sold in gallon jugs). The same vinegar is
used for removing lime deposits from a steam iron or coffee maker and
for washing windows (if lime stains are present). Just plain old
dilute acetic acid, source not important.
Brass musical instrument players soak their instrument's valves and
tubing in white vinegar to remove deposits left from saliva. Doesn't
hurt the brass at all and leaves little smell behind.
Sulfamic acid (dry crystals obtained from a paint store) is often
used when cleaning masonry indoors where the fumes of muriatic acid
would be objectionable. It's stronger-acting than vinegar, but less
than muriatic acid and conveniently mixed from the crystals and water
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