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Old 08-31-2006, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default FAQ says some people use tap water?

Tap water into the engine? Ever seen the inside of a kitchen kettle?

Is there some logic or reasoning as to why it would be acceptable to use anything except distilled water?

Most engines have a hard enough time just dealing with the impurities in the gas and compustion deposits (sulphur, and carbon).

Just a guess, but maybe the logic is that tap water is being used infrequently, in small doses, and the problems associated with it will take a long time to accumulate?
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Old 08-31-2006, 07:39 PM   #2
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It depends on where you live. Here where I live it is very common to use tap water because we don't have hard water. I have kitchen pans that are 30 years old and have no mineral build up in them.

If you live in a hard water area (get water spots on dishes, and mineral build up in sinks and pans ) use distilled water.
If you live in an area that has soft water, or if you use rain water no problem.

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Old 09-01-2006, 12:23 AM   #3
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It depends on where you live. Here where I live it is very common to use tap water because we don't have hard water. I have kitchen pans that are 30 years old and have no mineral build up in them.

If you live in a hard water area (get water spots on dishes, and mineral build up in sinks and pans ) use distilled water.
If you live in an area that has soft water, or if you use rain water no problem.

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Really Larry?

I live in lafayette too, you think I am fine with our tap water here?

Guess I have been wasting my money on distilled if so!
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Old 09-01-2006, 01:48 AM   #4
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I don't know how good Lafayette's water is, I grew up in Arvada and their water is so soft (at least is was when I was growing up) that they had to replace some concrete water pipe because the water dissolved the minerals out of the concrete. In hard water areas the calcium build up strengthens concrete water pipe. Much of the Denver Metro area is on Denver Water (as I am now) and it is pretty good. You have to boil a lot of water off to get any trace of mineral in a pan.

If I'm in a hurry I use plain tap water, if I am doing a planned project I buy distilled water. Years ago you simply could not find distilled water in the stores like you can today.

If your bathtub, shower has problems with mineral build up on the shower head and that sort of thing, definitely go with distilled water. If not --- probably no big deal.

That said just a few tens of miles from here in Adams county they have very hard water. It depends on the water distict and their water source. Denver water gets most of its water from snow melt stream run off, which has very low mineral content. Water disticts that get their water from deep wells may have serious mineral problems (Adams county uses deep wells for some of its water), especially if they are in limestone country.

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Old 09-01-2006, 09:27 AM   #5
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Without some idea of your water content I'd splurge on distilled water at $1.00 a gallon.

Some people use windshield washer fluid too. IMHO that's likely worst than tap water. So in my opinion distilled water/meth > tap water/meth > windshield washer fluid.
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I don't know how good Lafayette's water is, I grew up in Arvada and their water is so soft (at least is was when I was growing up) that they had to replace some concrete water pipe because the water dissolved the minerals out of the concrete. In hard water areas the calcium build up strengthens concrete water pipe. Much of the Denver Metro area is on Denver Water (as I am now) and it is pretty good. You have to boil a lot of water off to get any trace of mineral in a pan.

If I'm in a hurry I use plain tap water, if I am doing a planned project I buy distilled water. Years ago you simply could not find distilled water in the stores like you can today.

If your bathtub, shower has problems with mineral build up on the shower head and that sort of thing, definitely go with distilled water. If not --- probably no big deal.

That said just a few tens of miles from here in Adams county they have very hard water. It depends on the water distict and their water source. Denver water gets most of its water from snow melt stream run off, which has very low mineral content. Water disticts that get their water from deep wells may have serious mineral problems (Adams county uses deep wells for some of its water), especially if they are in limestone country.

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Without some idea of your water content I'd splurge on distilled water at $1.00 a gallon.

Some people use windshield washer fluid too. IMHO that's likely worst than tap water. So in my opinion distilled water/meth > tap water/meth > windshield washer fluid.
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