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[TowerTalk] Aluminum in the ground

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Aluminum in the ground
From: (Barry Kutner)
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 11:12:37 +0000
On 20 Jun 98, Bob Wanderer <> wrote:

> 1.  If  your soil is acidic, you want to go with aluminum/tinned/galvanized.
> 2.  If your soil is neutral or alkaline, you want to go with copper.
> 3.  The more acidic or alkaline your soil is (w/respect to a pH=7 or neutral),
> the quicker the material will be zapped.
> If I remember correctly ph=7 is neutral, numbers 
> below 7 (6~0) is alkaline, and
> numbers above 7 (8~14) means 
> acidic [the absolute numbers are, 
> I believe, correct, but I
> may have which is acidic and 
> which is alkaline {or base} reversed]. So if your
> soil pH is 5 or 6, the copper will last much 
> longer than if the pH was 1 or 0. Ditto
> for the acid side. The crux of the issue 
> is that you don't want to use copper if the
> pH=8; aluminum/tinned/galvanized will last
>  far longer than copper in that
> environment.
> Make sense now?
Yes, Thanks Bob. You do have your numbers reversed.
a pH of 1-6.99999 is acid, and a pH of 7.000001 to 14 is alkaline. 
And 7 is neutral.

73 Barry
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