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Sorry if this is a dim question but is the solution you used quite thick or jelly like ? I'm wondering why it might clog up the sprayer.

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It’s not thick at all. Just hart to get the powder/crystals to stay in solution. They seem to want to precipitate or maybe I just didn’t get them completely dissolved. I think the cold temperatures and pressurization-depressurization cycles don’t help either. I do know that when left unattended in the tank for a day or two there is a lot of crystal formation on the pump and inside the tank. Which reminds me, I gotta clean that thing out! Any chemists out there with solutions to dissolve boron crystals from the inside of an expensive agricultural spray tank...?

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Did you make your solution with warm or hot water?
If you did, you probably saturated the mixture which means you had a borax suspension rather than dissolved borax.
Best to make your mixture with cold water, let it sit and let anything undissolved settle, then pour the mixture into your sprayer thingie.

As for the clogged sprayer.. maybe soaking the whole spray part in water for a while might help?

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Thanks Gonbe but it’s done already. That stuff needs hot water to dissolve ( go into suspension). Flushing it out with a hose from the nozzle end was the trick. Taking it a part repeatedly was annoying as I had to inch my way out of the crawl space every time.

Being tall, the confines of that crawl space made any small complications more annoying. Toward the end of it all the wife demonstrated that she can WALK around down there in a squatty position and said,”it’s really not that uncomfortable.” I wonder why the heck she waited til after I’d been down there suffering and cursing for a couple days before showing off her special talent?!

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Tora wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:59 am
Toward the end of it all the wife demonstrated that she can WALK around down there in a squatty position and said,”it’s really not that uncomfortable.” I wonder why the heck she waited til after I’d been down there suffering and cursing for a couple days before showing off her special talent?!
I suspect she was secretly enjoying watching you suffer :lol:. Mrs Nouka can be similar watching me awkwardly struggling with something and then saying "You could have done it like this" after I've finished :oops: