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(Lifehacker)   So... when SHOULDN'T you use WD-40?   (lifehacker.com) divider line 198
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2012-03-17 03:03:09 AM  
I'm more interested in the clarinet. Two bores? Weird. Anyone here know anything more about it?
 
2012-03-17 03:06:37 AM  

Somacandra: [i.imgur.com image 381x400]

The best (new window).


shiat, this turning into a solvent snob thread.
 
2012-03-17 03:21:41 AM  

Richard Saunders: ArkAngel: When something moves and it shouldn't. Then you use duct tape

QFT !!!

Question now is, when SHOULDN'T you use duct tape?

/she's still mad about the sticky red marks on her wrists
//country boys will survive


When raping a lady, then parcel tape will suffice, it's much cheaper by the roll.
 
2012-03-17 03:22:20 AM  

foxyshadis: krafty420: My Dad used to WD40 my bike chain every Spring when we'd take it out and put air in the tires. He fancies himself a pretty handy guy so I'll have to be tactful when I tell him the news that he was wrong all the long

The idea that dirt will get "deeper into the chain" and ruin it is pretty far-fetched; I'm sure it's happened, just as I'm sure chains snap and give people lacerations needing a dozen stitches, too. For everyone else, you spray it off, wipe it off, and then either let it dry and go on with life or spray some real lube on it. Riding with a dry chain isn't going to hurt, although if it's too clean the chain can stick (metal/metal friction) and seize on you now and then, especially if it gets the wrong kind of dirt and grit stuck in it early on.

I mainly use brake pad cleaner because WD-40 just doesn't clean enough for how horribly gunky my chain gets. Ugh. If you've ever owned a motorcycle, you know all about this, and there's no alternative to following up with a proper lube. One seize and you're a stain.


I've never owned one but it won't freewheel if that happens? There isn't any clutch-like mechanism in the wheel's hub? That's scary and awesome all at the same time.
 
2012-03-17 03:23:56 AM  
Oh... And I used duct tape on a duct once. It was awesome. It was just a long vent for a clothes dryer BUT it worked very well. It is the only time I've ever used duct tape for duct. *sighs* I lead a rather mundane life I guess.
 
2012-03-17 03:25:41 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: jtown: Elmo Jones: Suspiciously absent: buttsecks.

I, too, immediately thought of that. You should get help.

Anal lube works pretty good for bicycle chains. Don't ask any questions and I won't tell you any outrageous lies about how I'm innocent


We either have the start of a group therapy session, or a budding roving gang of marauders.

/flips coin
//heads for therapy
///tails for marauders
 
2012-03-17 03:26:17 AM  

uber humper: shiat, this turning into a solvent snob thread.


NOW it's a solvent snob thread, bow down to the real deal.
profile.ak.fbcdn.net
 
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2012-03-17 03:30:26 AM  

vossiewulf: Yes I use the right real lubricants for moving parts and machining but WD-40 is used more than anything else and I disagree that it will rust parts. I've cleaned zillions of steel parts with it and set them aside for days or weeks without a blemish and I keep my house pretty humid.


There are products marketed as Corrosion Preventive Compounds that have been shown to actually promote rust rather than inhibit it. That being said, I can't find any ASTM B-117 Salt Fog Spray testing showing that WD-40 causes corrosion.

Of course every test I've found so far does score WD-40 at or near the bottom in terms of effectiveness...
 
2012-03-17 03:37:52 AM  

uber humper: Somacandra: [i.imgur.com image 381x400]

The best (new window).

shiat, this turning into a solvent snob thread.


Be glad this isn't a car forum. "Your favorite brand of penetrant" is as effective a flamebait topic as religion or politics.
 
2012-03-17 03:44:20 AM  
Sili-kroil is better than wd-40, but the best is fluid-film. Try it and you will be amazed at the power of lanolin.
 
2012-03-17 03:45:29 AM  

Nuff Said McFarky: uber humper: Somacandra: [i.imgur.com image 381x400]

The best (new window).

shiat, this turning into a solvent snob thread.

Be glad this isn't a car forum. "Your favorite brand of penetrant" is as effective a flamebait topic as religion or politics.


It's all about the MD50
 
2012-03-17 03:49:39 AM  
cdn.c.photoshelter.com

Chuckles merrily at your solvent.
 
2012-03-17 03:51:10 AM  
My 6 year old got silly putty stuck to his underwear and favorite blanket. He fell asleep with it and stuck it to his undies because he "didn't want to forget it for show and tell." So it melted and went everywhere while his toasty little butt slept on it. The Crayola website had me use wd40 to get it out. Worked like a charm, but the stuff stunk for about 3 washes.
 
2012-03-17 04:05:21 AM  

Somacandra: [i.imgur.com image 381x400]

The best (new window).


This.
WD-40 and PB Blaster are both primarily penetrants, which PB is better at.
 
2012-03-17 04:12:02 AM  

UnspokenVoice: I've never owned one but it won't freewheel if that happens? There isn't any clutch-like mechanism in the wheel's hub? That's scary and awesome all at the same time.


If the chain snaps, yes, but they're much too heavy-duty for that normally unless you never inspect it for wear. While the wheel is mounted, it's like a fixie bicycle: with no freewheeling torque converter, rotating the wheel also rotates the engine, so if the engine or chain seizes so does the wheel. (Short of the wheel or sprocket actually breaking - much bigger problems in that case.)

All of this only applies to the simple ricer bikes I used to love, I have no idea how more expensive bikes are put together. I know nothing about shaft drives.
 
2012-03-17 04:14:22 AM  
When you don't want that headache-inducing smell. That shiat is cloyingly rank.
 
2012-03-17 04:20:03 AM  
Sea Foam's Deep Creep! Have used it for years and love it.
 
2012-03-17 04:23:25 AM  
"It probably just needs a little WD-40"
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2012-03-17 05:03:07 AM  

Somacandra: The best (new window).


Not quite.



For a solid rust preventative/dry lubricant, go buy some Eezox.

WD-40 is not the all purpose item everyone thinks it is, and it farks up rubber gaskets/o-rings.
 
2012-03-17 05:04:08 AM  

Party Boy: Not quite.

 
2012-03-17 05:07:28 AM  

Party Boy: Not quite.


i.imgur.com

Well, besides that. People who say PB blaster, never have used Kroil.

You can use Transmission Fluid and Acetone in a pinch.
 
2012-03-17 05:08:20 AM  

moel: It's all about the MD50


I prefer MD 20/20.
 
2012-03-17 05:08:44 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Use it on many things I probably shouldn't. But I mostly keep it around for around-the-house deals, especially for my Swiss Army knife that I've had since the first grade and various fishing equipment. It does wonders for reels glopped up with salt water and various sludge.
 
2012-03-17 05:23:16 AM  
I like the little straw nozzle cause it makes such a cool flame thrower
 
2012-03-17 05:25:09 AM  
cache.lifehacker.com

On this ad they say it's a lubricant.
 
2012-03-17 05:30:19 AM  
It destroys fingerprints.
 
2012-03-17 05:30:22 AM  
I started noticing this awhile back. I had used WD-40 for everything when I was young. Now after ruining hair clippers and noticing WD-40 doesn't work on bolts that have been rusted by MI winters, I have started paying better attention to what really works. I had used it once on my bike chain without problem, however I put it on because the bike was being kept outside under a tarp for the winter. It worked, the chain didn't rust while sitting out for a few months. I did get rust on the spokes, but not bad. My fil's didn't do so well, I had to replace the chain.
 
2012-03-17 05:30:39 AM  

traylor: [cache.lifehacker.com image 640x360]

On this ad they say it's a lubricant.


Bow chica wow wow.
 
2012-03-17 05:49:44 AM  
"So... when SHOULDN'T you use WD-40?"

In an oxygen enriched environment.
 
2012-03-17 05:50:08 AM  

Shadowknight: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x293]

Use it on many things I probably shouldn't. But I mostly keep it around for around-the-house deals, especially for my Swiss Army knife that I've had since the first grade and various fishing equipment. It does wonders for reels glopped up with salt water and various sludge.


Came to post this.

I use it on everything. I tried every other kind of lube on my bicycle chain and this is still the best.
 
2012-03-17 06:14:04 AM  

moparedtn: Somacandra: [i.imgur.com image 381x400]

The best (new window).

This.
WD-40 and PB Blaster are both primarily penetrants, which PB is better at.


Supposedly Kroil is better but:
it's super expensive
harder to find (especially in Canada)
so I get PB
 
2012-03-17 06:22:06 AM  
They forgot locks. Locks should be lubricated with graphite, not any type of oil.
 
2012-03-17 06:30:15 AM  
All I learned from that article: Rubik's Cube aficionados refer to others as "Noobs"
 
2012-03-17 06:34:51 AM  

all the good names are gone: Not on a bike chain and sprockets?

Bullsh*t! I used to spray at least two cans of it on my Schwinn every Spring, and that kept going for years.


Your Schwinn's chain worked without lubricate for so many years because it was so super heavy duty and because the rear sproket and front chainring wore with the chain. Such a chain would not be specified but modern bike makers since it cost too much per piece AND it would not work with modern deflecting shifting bikes these days.
 
2012-03-17 06:36:33 AM  
Has anyone mention vaginal lubricants? Never use WD-40 as a vaginal lubricant. Ever. Always rely on a quality synthetic lithium grease for your vaginal lubricant needs.

/my PSA for the week.
 
2012-03-17 06:39:05 AM  

DrippinBalls: Has anyone mention vaginal lubricants? Never use WD-40 as a vaginal lubricant. Ever. Always rely on a quality synthetic lithium grease for your vaginal lubricant needs.

/my PSA for the week.


If you hittin it right, you don't need lubricants, except for anal. How exactly would you get a chick to be down to use WD40 for lube anyway?

/my own PSA of the week.
 
2012-03-17 06:53:13 AM  
Do bicycle chains even suffer damage? I found a bicycle submerged in a drain once and rode it for about 8 years (it may still exist, but I'm not there) while all the exposed metal slowly grew a coat of rust, but nothing ever actually happened to it. I think the only time I lubricated the chain at all was around year 6 or so when I took some used sump oil and applied it with the world's worst paintbrush.
 
2012-03-17 07:14:15 AM  

gopher321: My go-to lubricant/oil is Liquid Wrench. Can't go wrong with teflon spray.


Totally agree. You should add a can of that magical aerosol-graphite powder. Sprays from a can, yet goes on dry... YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT!
 
2012-03-17 07:14:30 AM  
Seriously, find a distributor of fluid film and buy a can. It's pricey compared to similar products (about $10-$12), but it is amazing as a penetrate, lubricant, and corrosion inhibitor. I first started using it on my carbon/tool steel knives that will rust if you look st them funny. After it is wiped off, it leaves a film on steal that doesn't readily come off. Link (new window)
 
2012-03-17 07:14:47 AM  
On rebreather o-rings?
 
2012-03-17 07:31:28 AM  
WD40 is great for cleaning the barrel of a Mosin Nagant after shooting corrosive Eastern Bloc surplus ammo. Use water to neutralize the corrosive salts, WD-40 to displace the water, and then clean and oil to remove the WD40.
 
2012-03-17 07:37:02 AM  

Bill_Wick's_Friend: I don't see masturbation on this list.

I'll be in my bunk.


For elbow pain strangely absent. People claimed it was a pain remedy.
 
2012-03-17 07:46:56 AM  

UnspokenVoice: Oh... And I used duct tape on a duct once. It was awesome. It was just a long vent for a clothes dryer BUT it worked very well. It is the only time I've ever used duct tape for duct. *sighs* I lead a rather mundane life I guess.


10/10, you should get a few with this bait.

/unless you really didn't know that duct tape is not for ducts
 
2012-03-17 07:56:31 AM  
Which is better for getting sticky gunk off your windshield, WD-40 or Goo Gone?
 
2012-03-17 08:14:47 AM  

nytmare: Which is better for getting sticky gunk off your windshield, WD-40 or Goo Gone?


WD-40 for sure. But you can't leave it on there, it attracts road dust like nobodies business. We have these funky trees here that grow in the super wet soil. They drip huge amounts of honey-stinking sap and prodigious amounts of yellow pollen on everything all spring and summer. Impossible to get off the car without anything else but WD-40.
 
2012-03-17 08:15:21 AM  
I met an old man once who told me he sprays WD-40 on his knuckles for arthritis relief. He swore it worked better than anything else to relieve the pain.
 
2012-03-17 08:19:33 AM  

rikkards: Supposedly Kroil is better but:
it's super expensive
harder to find (especially in Canada)
so I get PB


Its not expensive nor is it super hard to find.

2 king sized cans for $12


Nut up and buy the right stuff for the job.
 
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2012-03-17 08:24:21 AM  

7wolf: Do bicycle chains even suffer damage? I found a bicycle submerged in a drain once and rode it for about 8 years (it may still exist, but I'm not there) while all the exposed metal slowly grew a coat of rust, but nothing ever actually happened to it. I think the only time I lubricated the chain at all was around year 6 or so when I took some used sump oil and applied it with the world's worst paintbrush.


Depends on what kind of bike you have. On my bike it probably wouldn't shift.

After a ride on one of my bicycles (mountain or cyclocross) I spray the chain down with automotive brake cleaner then wipe it down then hit it with Tri-Flow, wipe it down and it's ready for the next ride. when you have 10 gears on the back cassette the chain needs to work properly.

ketticeg.info
 
2012-03-17 08:37:31 AM  
Came for Tri-Flow recommendation, and for a take off on green eggs and ham. I'm sticking with ATF.
 
2012-03-17 08:38:28 AM  
This list would have been much better if they had said what to use instead.

The other day I just bought a can of WD40 for my squeaky door hinges and for a mini-van sliding door that sticks.

If I shouldn't use WD40, what should I use?

/Magic and muggle contraptions just don't mix well.
 
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