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Old 02-23-2014, 04:39 PM   #11
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Interesting. Just out of curiosity, why diesel? The one thing you'd have to look out for it to make sure whatever fluid you used was not hygroscopic. Meaning, it pulls moisture out of the air. Alcohol will do this. Some things are, some not.
diesel has a high oil concentration for a fuel.

i have used diesel and ATF mix for penetrating oil before.
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Who looks at a water heater?
A plumber turned cat burglar?

Actually, that's a good idea, I like it. One comment; I would have 2 water heaters in my basement. That would look funny.

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Diesel IS oil. The big drawback for using it like this is that it's stinky.
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I have to agree that getting the rifle inside the structure would be

better for the rifle.

As to the second water heater, a mess is your friend.

Make it look like you dragged the "old one" off to

a corner and dropped it because you couldn't be bothered

carrying it out of your basement. Even drip a little water on

the floor like it dripped out of the end of the pipes

on the end of the tank. Like C3 said, who looks at a

water heater?
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Well, that would depend on the rest of the place. If you have $hit everywhere, random junk, sure. An organized basement, not so much. And, if you drip water out of it on the floor, that'll only work for an hour or so 'till it dries, LOL.
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Interesting. Just out of curiosity, why diesel? The one thing you'd have to look out for it to make sure whatever fluid you used was not hygroscopic. Meaning, it pulls moisture out of the air. Alcohol will do this. Some things are, some not. You'd probably also have to be careful that your fluid wouldn't eat the finish over time. 15 years is a long time, even for a mild solvent to work on a finish. And nowadays, there seems to be more sprayed, finishes, and coatings, rather than bluing or parkerizing. (Which I think couldn't be dissolved off, yes?)
As stated by some already; diesel is pretty much #2 fuel oil. I commonly use it as a cleaning solvent mixed 4 parts diesel to 1 part motor oil (the motor oil is really just to make it easier on your skin) so I know it doesn't hurt most "real" gun finishes (I'm not a believer in painting guns and don't consider paint a "real" gun finish; just old school I guess). I was a little concerned about the brake cleaner but the key there is to be sure you use a non chlorinated brake cleaner. Although diesel is hygroscopic; in a sealed container such as the jar I used this is not an issue.

Here is a picture of the gun in question after 15+ years stored in diesel.

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Those 2 tubes are cool. I wouldn't bury the steel one, though. It's steel. I still like my idea of hiding it in the cabin the best.
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The plastic artillery ones are the best I've seen ones that were 10+ years old and when the shells came out they were factory new looking


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I wouldn't try to be clever at all. I would just get a plastic gun case and several tubes of Rig. I would grease the gun just like the Russians did when they buried the WWII rifles and bury it in the gun case. I would put some heavy paving blocks on the gun case to make sure it doesn't pop up out of the hole.

Anything that is sealed might pop up out of the hole. I have seen people try to bury ice chests and steel drums, they pop up out of the ground.

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