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Old 10-09-2018, 08:14 PM
 
Location: South Louisiana
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I have an old gallon pump sprayer that I want to start using. I don't remember what was in it but it does not smell too good. Maybe grass poison. What can I used to clean it out? I will need to replace the hose and it has no nozzle. What could I replace the hose with. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I have an old gallon pump sprayer that I want to start using. I don't remember what was in it but it does not smell too good. Maybe grass poison. What can I used to clean it out? I will need to replace the hose and it has no nozzle. What could I replace the hose with. Any suggestions?

My feeling is to simply scrap the old sprayer. Here is one I found for only $10: https://www.acehardware.com/departme...iABEgK66fD_BwE. There is a chance that you might spend more trying to rehabilitate the old one than buying a brand new one and then you would not have to worry about what was in it.
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:22 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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My feeling is to simply scrap the old sprayer.
If the new sprayers were built as well I'd agree.
Who still makes a pump sprayer with a brass wand?
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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If the new sprayers were built as well I'd agree.
Who still makes a pump sprayer with a brass wand?

Grainger and Amazon have them available. But they are $80 and $120. Is it necessary to have a 'brass wand'? I have an old Indian backpack fire extinguisher; but the tank leaks so bad I would never make it to the fire!
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:36 AM
 
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Spend $10 on a new plastic one. Keep the old one around as decoration. You'll spend much more than $10 to get it up and running again.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:34 AM
 
Location: South Louisiana
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What I want to do is keep it for a spare. It is a heavy duty plastic sprayer. Nothing wrong with it. If my other plastic sprayer should break, I can transfer the hose and nozzle to this one. I don't know if I had grass killer in it or diesel to kill grass.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:10 AM
 
Location: D.C.
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impossible to know what you had in it. but they do make tank neutralizer mixes to help clean them out and rebalance the plastics. google for one (I've seen it on amazon before). Or call your local feed and tack store for advice.


would also maybe flush it out with very hot water (not boiling, will damage it), but hot.
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I wash mine out with hot water and Dawn. If it has been siting for awhile though it’s possible the seals have dried out and it won’t hold pressure.
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:33 PM
 
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I have an old gallon pump sprayer that I want to start using. I don't remember what was in it but it does not smell too good. Maybe grass poison. What can I used to clean it out? I will need to replace the hose and it has no nozzle. What could I replace the hose with. Any suggestions?
Buy another 1. They never last long and are cheap.
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:02 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Grainger and Amazon have them available. But they are $80 and $120.
Is it necessary to have a 'brass wand'?
I think they last longer and have/had better quality pump parts too.
But you could get a gallon sprayer like that for $10 at HD/Lowes up until about 2012.

When I started using one for car camping showers I appreciated being able to easily shorten the wand.
Fibreglass ones just crumble.
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