posted on Jul, 18 2013 @ 04:14 PM
The only bit of advice I can give, is upon the subject of lubrication. And before we go any further, there will be an element of individuals who will
not be able to leave such an introduction un-molested by vulgarity, thinly veiled, but vulgarity none the less. I am watching. Nuff said.
Now, what I mean by lubrication is, when a bolt, or any bit of metal which needs to move and wont, gets stuck, most people jump right on the WD40, or
nearest local equivalent. Some use Plusgas penetrant spray (I am still watching... you know who you are). This is fine if you want to free something
that is locked solid, but those products are not the best thing for maintaining simple mechanisms. The reason for this, is that even though they
evaporate rather quickly, they do leave a residue of any random bits of dust and grit, which happened to blow onto the still damp pools of the
chemical, before evaporation is complete. This traps the crap on the wind, and lets it sit in your equipment essentially, which means later on, you
may end up with problems.
My solution to this, is to only use spray lubrication when I am freeing a part that is locked up with rust or dirt. The rest of the time, I use
powdered graphite. Because graphite is basically carbon, and because of the way carbon atoms are shaped and the way they bond, a layer or two of
graphite between all the moving parts of a simple mechanical device (unpowered) is a much better solution. Under pressure and movement, the carbon
dust forms layers, which move against eachother with VERY low friction indeed, and because carbon dust does NOT evaporate, the effect lasts and lasts
and lasts. I have been using powdered graphite in replacement of WD40 and similar stuff, since I started working as a locksmith and noticed how
helpful graphite can be when maintaining a lock.
You can apply it like print dust, you can dab a q-tip into it and rub it on with that (thats a little stick with some cotton wool on the ends), or in
the case of locks particularly, you can puff a little bit of it into the keyway, or put some in a ziploc bag with your key, and shake it till the key
gets coated, and insert it a few times to get the dust to move around in the lock.
Its versatile, contains no CFCs, and has none of the drawbacks of liquid or spray lubrication. The only thing to watch out for folks, is that carbon
dust is black, so you want to cover up any materials into which that dust might get if the wind catches it, but other than that, its bloody brilliant.