I know a number here are not fans of WD-40, but anyways....
I am looking for suggestons for Anti WD-40.
ie something that "sticks free mechanisms" rather than freeing stuck
It's the sunroof handle in the car, it's supposed to fold up into the
"roof", but it's got brewers droop.
I have tried coating the hinge with rasberry jam (This worked well on
the ball and socket joint on the door mirror of my last car when it
wouldn't stay put) but I didn't have any English jam to hand only
some nasty French stuff.
Any suggestions for what else I might try?
It's called Locktite, available in various grades from vaguely stopping
removal, to No ******** chance of removal.
An Airborne radar I once worked on had the wrong type labled on it So when
you tried to remove the cover for service almost every Screw head broke
My favorites use for WD-40 is removing the top cover off my printer
ribbons (dot Matrix) giving a good spray on to the dried up ribbon and
left to stand over night.
It will extending the life of the ribbon for up to 2 weeks or more.
I have been doing this for years on 2 different printers (over about
I was once told that in the early days of BBC sports OBs when the
slo-mos came from huge disk players (2 inch tape not being able to
play at anything but normal speed) - some bright spark found the heads
could be made to last longer by coating the disk in WD40. Maybe total
I also have a bad habit of hoarding this kind of financial information - I'm
told by my accountant that I really shouldn't. The reason? Tax. Now, I
spend good money making sure that I pay the correct amount of tax - what I;m
supposed to, but no more. Life and the IR being what it is, though, it is
always likely that a routine check could come my way. Documentation has to
be kept for a statutory amount of time, 6years IIRC. IR investigations can
go back only 6 years, BUT, if they find any anomolies (and there's no lower
limit on this), they can go back another 6 years. But not if you don't have
the documentation (and that is, AIUI, completely legal)!
Think I'll buy a shredder, and the correct oil!
Another incorrect oil usage horror anecdote is when I was first learning to
play a brass instrument back in junior school. One of the kids was moved
onto a trombone. Delicate instruments, trombones.... he took it home, and
within the first week or two the slide was sticking slightly (oiling
generally only took place during weekly lessons). His dad decided that the
best thing was "ultra-thin oil" which turned out to be ... 3-in-1 !!!! Of
course the slide action after that was something as easy as trying to run
through a thick mud pool. The brass teacher spent about 30 minutes with
washing up liquid trying to flush all remnants of that stuff out.... at
that age I don't think I understood half of the words that he uttered.
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
I recall my brother doing something not unrelated when learning
the trumpet (he's now a professional trumpet player). One of the
small tuning slides on his trumpet had got a little too stiff to
slide and get into the right position, and being on-stage at the
time, he didn't have the oil with him. Instead, he borrowed the
slide oil from the trombone player next to him. It worked
wonderfully well, so much so that the trumpet tuning slide
wouldn't stay in place at all, and a good strong blow blew it
A former boss of mine used to play trombone in a local amateur
jazz band. I think that just before the concert, he must have
given his trombone a cleaning and oiling that it would not
often get. Anyway, partway through the concert, whilst pushing
the mute into the end of the trombone and making sure it is
firmly in so it doesn't fall out onto the stage with an
embarrassing crash, his nicely oiled trombone slide let loose
and went crashing at some speed through two rows of wind
players down a stepped stage, before coming to rest on the
floor just near the conductor.
SWMBO has just spent an ungodly sum of money on new stainless steel
appliances from an industrial kitchen supplier and whilst in the shop she
wanted to buy some 'special' stainless steel cleaner to keep fingermarks at
The guy in the shop stated that it was all a waste of money and all that you
needed was a couple of squirts of WD40 on a soft cloth and then just wipe.
SWMBO was quite disappointed that she wasn't able to add a new 'product' to
the supermarket of them under the sink ;-)
So far we have only tried using this method on the door of the dishwasher
only (other appliances not yet fitted) and it worked a treat.
Surely there is something already in the kitchen which would do as well,
but not bring that beautiful factory-floor aroma into the house where it
will not be appreciated by the barbarians?
I can just imagine my daughter coming in and asking "Has the dog been
sick in here?"
| There is actually very little smell
I like the smell of WD40 :-)
| Also SWMBO doesn't understand that the 15 or so bottles under the sink are
| all basically the same thing - she has to have one for windows, one for
| worksurface, one for the floor etc etc (and WD40 is ALOT cheaper than SS
| cleaner) ;-)
My mother once found she was getting a lovely shine on the windows, but a
slightly more-powerful than usual smell, when she reached for the Wasp
Killer instead of the Windowlene.
I once bought a jumbo economy super saver bottle of shampoo. It turned out
to be not nice as shampoo, but it was fine for dish-washing.
To get back to the subject, (Back from camping hol now, sorry I missed
the London Meat)
Locktite ect would be no good as I still want to be able to pull the
handle down, just don't want it fallig down. Will try the pivot pin
bending suggestion if I can manage to drive it out.
Failing that, i'll try salted butter as suggested by one poster (Hmm..
might make an interesting change from the strawberry jam and whipped
cream in other situations too! :=))
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