Full Tank Cleaning
There are a lot of reasons you may want or need to fully clean out your tank. When you clean out the tank it gives you a chance to get your abrasive collection working at peak performance. Saving you from having to clean out the tank as often.
1. Drain the tank.
Insert a length of #3 tubing into the tank drain. Make sure it is fully seated in the fitting.
Open the drain valve by turning lever inline with hose, and drain into a bucket.
When the tank is empty turn the lever back to being perpendicular to the valve.
If your tank drain is clogged you will need to drain the tank using the siphon method.
3. Remove and put aside the Cut Bed Springs.
4. Scoop out Abrasive.
5. Clean out the Rear Baffle. Pour or spray water through all the holes to thoroughly clean out any abrasive which may have built up inside. You can also lift up the bottom edge of the baffle slightly and use a thin hose to clean inside as pictured. Alternatively you can water through the top holes until it runs clean.
6. Clean out Filter Pit. -- it is a good idea to feel back there to make sure there is no caked on abrasive remaining as it will cause problems for the water leveling mechanism.
7. Check the Tank Pierce Plate and inspect the tank for wear (especially sides of the tank).
9. With an empty tank this is a good time to clean out the Pick up Filters.
10. Reinstall Cut Bed Springs, reinstall and level Cut Bed.
The Tank Pierce Plate and tank side, although strong by themselves, may be pierced or damaged after sustained bombarding. It is vital to check if there is an indent, discoloration or weakness in Tank Pierce Plate and tank sides.
Proper cleaning and maintenance of low-pressure system will extend tank cleaning intervals.
An old toothbrush may be helpful in cleaning stuck and hardened abrasive from any surfaces.