by Dave’s Repair Service
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In this issue:
1) The many uses for that handiest of chemicals, good old WD-40!
2) How I deal with all those credit card apps in my mailbox (OK, it's a
|1) I thought that you might like to know more
about the third handiest tool in my box, good old WD-40.
WD-40 resulted from a search for a rust preventative solvent
and degreaser to protect missile parts. It was created in 1953 by
three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its
name comes from the project that was to find a "Water Displacement"
compound. They were successful after trying some 40 formulas, and
WD-40 was born.
Workers were so pleased with the product they began smuggling it out
of the plant to use at home.
Company executives decided there might be a consumer market for it and put
it in aerosol cans, and the rest is history. It is a carefully guarded
recipe known only to four people. One of them is the "brew
master." There are about 2.5 million gallons of the stuff
manufactured each year. It gets its distinctive smell from a fragrance
that is added to the brew. Ken East (one of the original founders) says
there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. (tell that to the wasps I
spray with it!)
Here's a short list of its many uses, sent to me by a friend (thanks,
Peg!), plus a few of my favorites:
(Note: a lot of folks tell me they use it to lube bearings, but I can't
recommend it for that, it's just not intended to take the place of a good
bearing oil or grease.) OK, here goes:
Protects silver from tarnishing
Cleans and lubricates guitar strings
Gets oil spots off concrete driveways
Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery
Keeps flies off cows
Really good for lubricating and freeze-proofing locks
Restores and cleans chalkboards
Removes lipstick stains
Loosens stubborn zippers
Untangles jewelry chains
Removes stains from stainless steel sinks
Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill
Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing
Removes tomato stains from clothing
Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots
Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors
Kills wasps very efficiently
Keeps scissors working smoothly
Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide
Helps rust-proof lawnmower decks
Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises
Lubricates tracks in sticking house windows and makes them easier to open
Spraying umbrella stems and portable radio antennas makes them easier to
open and close
Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards, vinyl bumpers, and roof
racks on vehicles
Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools
Removes splattered grease on stove
Protects tractors and other outdoor equipment, used like a car wax; I use
it on my old Ford 2N
Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging
Lubricates prosthetic limbs
Repels pigeons (they hate the smell) - never tried this one - wonder if
it'd work for our bears?
Removes all traces of duct tape
I have even heard of folks spraying it on their joints to relieve
(but after seeing what it does to insects, I don’t recommend
Florida's favorite use: cleans and removes ‘love bugs’ from grills and
A favorite use in New York state: protects the Statue of Liberty from the
(I have to wonder about this one)
WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be
catching the big one in no time. It's a lot cheaper than the chemical
attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though,
using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in
some states. (again, I'll have to test this one further before
I'm a believer!)
Keeps chiggers away from the kids
Makes a good campfire starter - just spray a bit on the kindling
Takes the sting of fire ant bites away immediately, and stops the itch
Removes crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag
Removes lipstick stains in laundry. Saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40
Displaces moisture from your car’s distributor cap
WD-40, long known for its ability to remove leftover tape smudges (sticky
label tape), is also a lovely perfume and air freshener! Sprayed liberally
on every hinge in the house, it leaves that distinctive clean fresh scent
for up to two days!
Seriously though, it removes black scuffmarks from the kitchen floor! Use
WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to
harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them
off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use
I'll bet you can add more uses of your own, so hey, drop me an email
and I'll ad it to the list. We'll see how many we can come up with!
2) I hope you'll forgive me for this being so way off-topic from
what I usually ramble on about, but do you suffer from getting as
many credit card applications in the mail every day as we do here at our
I'm averaging 4 per day again, and that's ridiculous, so I've begun
implementing my 'counter-measures' again, and this has worked so
well for me in the past, I thought it was worth sharing.
Every couple of years, when we reach 'credit card app overload'
around here, I just start mailing them back at the companies'
expense, and it dramatically reduces the number of apps I have to
deal with for a year or two!
I have a paper cutter on my desk, so I just quickly cut everything
they send me into pieces that fit back into their included postpaid
envelope, making sure my name and address are intact, and drop them
back into the mailbox.
'Costs credit card companies around $.63 in postage, and must get
someone's attention because it really helps reduce my mail load
after a couple of months. Not to mention how good I feel about helping
support our Postal Service with the extra revenue! <grin> And
don't worry about it affecting card companies' bottom line too much. They
can afford it!
Note: next month we'll get back on the topic of appliances again, I
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Dave’s Repair Service
New Albany, PA
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