How To Build a 5 Gallon Electrolysis Tank

Sat Sep 17, 2005 8:29 pm

The first thing was the bucket; the one I used was a Home Depot orange bucket. I had a yellow top for a 5 gallon bucket. I just freehanded the markings for cutout of the lid.

I used a jig saw to cut out the lid as shown.


I cut the rebar so I would have about 4" sticking out the top.
This allows me to attach the acorn style ground clamp,


(NOTE: Home Depot may not have this kind of grounding clamp but you can get them at a good electrical supply co.)
I used 8 pieces of rebar to get better coverage around the item be cleaned.
I wired in a loop fashion using #10 stranded copper wire
(I had this on hand) you can use larger if needed or wanted.
I did not cut the wire at each rebar connection just looped it and
attached them on to the next piece of rebar.


Continue this all the way around the bucket lid. When all the way around just connect the last two pieces together.
Here's a shot of inside the bucket.


Your now ready togo to work just add water and your TSP or washing soda & batterycharger.
I used a wooden dowel to hang the piece to be cleaned from.
Using a piece of copper ground wire to make the connection to the piece
being cleaned.

Everything here can be bought at Home Depot or any other good Hardware or home supply. My intent was to make it easy for anyone to build an Electrolysis set-up. The acorn nuts may be the only item you would have to look for at a electrical supply house.


I was getting a current flow of 1 amp but I did not clean the acorn
clamps or the rebar and both needed cleaning up! I guess I was in a
hurry to get some pictures! I'll do that a little later.

This design allows you to disconnect the battery charger, remove the top and pour out the contents for very easy cleaning!

Ron W.

Sun Sep 18, 2005 6:44 am

I built my tank similar but used this style clamp just unscrew the wire & leave clamp on rod quick simple easy.

Sun Sep 18, 2005 7:16 am

Another idea I came up with and I'm sure I'm not the first one is to clean the rods I put in a piece of flat steel 1/4"x4"x? and reverse polarity
rods clean them selves then the plate steel is cleaned it's a lot easer to
clean a large flat surface then a lot of little round ones.
With this method you only have to hand clean the rods once in a while
buy hand!

Sun Sep 18, 2005 8:20 am

Excellent idea :!: I never thought about reversing the polarity to clean the rods!! A sharing of ideas and ways you improve on things is benifical to all.
The parts I used on my tank where what I had around the shop (free).
Thanks Dale

Sun Sep 18, 2005 3:43 pm

I would use neversieze or grease on the connectors. It will make things easier when you disassemble for what ever.