Yeah. That's why I pasted the whole article the last time I got
something from the Times.
Of course, people complained that I hadn't simply posted the link.
I was able to read it without registering or logging in -- I know I don't
have any cookies stored because I clean those out pretty much daily in my
Konqueror (linux) browser.
RIP Barry -- that product unstuck a lot of bolts and protected a lot of
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
I still prefer to do an end run around their silly "registration" scheme
by using Bugmenot. (Besides, it helps satisfy my requirement for doing
at least one illegal or at least frowned-upon thing daily.)
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
Spritz some WD-40 on cast iron saw table, then some 150 wet/dry on a
ROS, a little elbow grease, and all those nasty little rust stains
Follow up with a paper towel wipe down, and you're ready for some
paste wax or other protectorant of choice.
internet search showed about a dozen in the LA area in ThomasNet; retail
yellow pages about as many more...
But, point was/is "...virtually any other lubricant" will do...nothing
unique about the WD40 for the purpose.
WD40 has one major function that puts it above more pedestrian lubricants.
It displaces water. I had a distributor cap full of condensation and the car
just would not start. One blast of WD40 and she fired right up. OTOH, WD40
is not really a very good lubricant. Better than a poke in the eye, but I
wouldn't use it for anything that requires long lasting lubrication.
As for unique, no. LPS1 is a direct knockoff of WD40 and in my experience,
a superior product in every way. There's even different grades, LPS3 being
a thicker, higher viscosity, version. The one advantage to WD40, you can
buy it almost anywhere. I've even seen it in mini-marts.
I frankly don't give a rat's patootie whether you can or can't buy
whatever at your corner 7-11; a 5-second look indicated it's not
kerosene is not pure unobtanium even in LA metro...I don't think it
would be particularly difficult to find in any general area if were
actually so inclined. That it's apparently difficult at all simply
indicates to me a poor choice of living locations.
That aside, the point still is, take tap water; it'll serve the same
purpose for the suggested use just as effectively; all it's doing is
serving as a lubricant instead of dry scrubbing.
In fact, I would far prefer wet/dry paper and water for the specific
use--it's a much faster process.
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