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You remove each hair separately by using a needle to destroy the growth of the hair with heat or chemical energy. The hair is then taken away using tweezers.

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2008 Cadillac STS with 4.6l V8 Northstar engine. Do I need to add the anti-leak tablets to the new coolant or is this newer model engine exempt from that requirement?

You have some protection for the aluminum components with new coolant but for all engines with aluminum pieces,the tablets are cheap insurance and recommended to prevent/reduce electrolysis which results in leaks.
Use them.

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Do they sell stuff to put gold finish back on costume jewelry?

Usually gold plating is done through a process called electrolysis , ideally you should search for someone who specialises in electrolysis or gold plating , no location so can't recommend anyone in your locale

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It works by electrolysis between dissimilar elements. See here and here.

Apr 08, 2013 | Microwave Ovens

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Does the needle used in electrolysis puncture the skin?

The needle goes into each hair follicle and does not puncture the skin.

Feb 25, 2013 | Health & Beauty

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What is an Electrologist?

Electrologists are people who have special training to perform electrolysis.

Feb 25, 2013 | Health & Beauty

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What are some disadvantages of doing electrolysis by yourself at home?

  • It takes a massive time commitment and real dedication.
    • Often greater than getting it done professionally. Let's see-- at an optimal 30 seconds per hair (20 for electrolysis, 10 to remove hair and find next hair and insert probe), even with an optimistic kill ratio, you are quickly into a huge amount of tedious work. One correspondent took 2,000 (!) hours during her first year of at-home electrolysis. That's 20 times more than I did for my first year of professional treatment, and she still had hundreds more hours to do in following years.
  • You have no training.
    • This leads to the next problem...
  • You could cause permanent skin damage.
    • Is saving money more important than your complexion? Or just as bad...
  • You may may not get permanent results due to improper technique.
    • It's not easy. If you don't do it right it won't be permanent. Be sure to read as much as you can before attempting it yourself.
  • Potentially worse temporary side effects
    • Redness and swelling may be worse and last longer than with professional treatment.
  • Potentially longer treatment time and time to completion
    • It may take much longer to treat your own face than to have it done professionally.
  • Some areas are difficult to see/treat by yourself.
    • Working on yourself can be quite awkward, uncomfortable and prone to error. Imagine using your left hand to treat areas hard to reach with right hand. Imagine working under your chin or near your ear while looking into a mirror. Imagine having a friend help you-- do you trust their ability?
  • The more facial hair you have, the more work, and the less your chances for success.
  • Some find it much more painful than professional electrolysis.
  • There are real and hidden costs.
    • Some burned out several of the cheap home units before getting done, and professional equipment may be as expensive as many hours of professional treatment. There's a possibility it would end up costing more than professional electrology if you figure in how much your time is worth. For instance, had the person mentioned above spent her self-treatment time at a part-time job flipping burgers for minimum wage, and then used all the proceeds for professional electrolysis, she would still have had enough money left over for a few outfits.


Feb 25, 2013 | Health & Beauty

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How does electrolysis actually remove hair? I just dont see how it works.

You plug electrolysis machines into the electricity, and then volts of electricity are channeled through the tweezers , which zaps the hair follicle. Usually that follicle is then destroyed and the hair doesn't regrow.

You have to be really careful to follow the instructions carefully in order to avoid skin burn and other injuries.

Feb 18, 2013 | Health & Beauty

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Is it safe to use home electrolysis kits at home in order to get rid of unwanted hair permanently?

Electrolysis and lazer treatments are a way of permanently removing hair and now there are some home kits available on the market.

These home kits are not as effective as the ones they use in salons and you have to be very careful to read the instructions as making a mistake can result in serious injury. I would do a lot of research before buying a home machine.

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The heat exchanger has been replaced 3 times in 2 years due to it leaking. this is a salt system. the ph level is correct. the system is not grounded, possibly an electrolysis problem?

Is it connected to iron pipe? If not it will be chemically related. Your pH level might be correct and your sanitizer within range, but how you add the chemicals and where also affect your equipment.

For example, dropping slow disolve tablets into the skimmer will rot out a heat exchanger in a hurry. So will adding your acid dose to the skimmer instead of broadcasting into the body of water. What type of acid are you using, liquid or dry, to offset salt water chlorine generation?

What are your calcium and TDS readings?

There is something there that is causing your failures.

As a last resort the supplier selling the exchangers to you should have a contact at Raypak to have them inspect the exchanger and determine the cause of failure.

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Orange juice spilled on my 8900 last Saturday. Only the charger port is working on the phone. I can only push the trackball while it's plugged in but the screen changes to prompt for a password. None of...

When electronic equipment gets "watered", the first thing to do is to IMMEDIATELY remove any power source such as battery to avoid electrolysis.

Next is to wash the unit repeatedly with DEIONIZED water to remove any chemicals and residue.

Next is to drain the wash water completely.

Next is to DRY it completely before installing battery. (May take a few days)

Electrolysis is like reverse electroplating and it eats up the conductors within the unit.

At this point, you best take it to a repair facility to try to recover the data.

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