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    Household Glues and Adhesive

    Household Glues and Adhesive

    Things come apart. Fortunately, the Fix-It Club knows how to put them back together with glues and other adhesives. Adhesives secure the surfaces of two materials together. There are many types of glues, most of[More FREE Help...]
    Home Repair Safety

    Home Repair Safety

    The Fix-It Club is dedicated to showing how to easily and safely make hundreds of household repairs. Common repairs made easy! Repair safety is a very important part of fixing anything, whether you are performing[More FREE Help...]
    Emergency Electrical Repairs

    Emergency Electrical Repairs

    Emergency electrical repairs can turn a good day into a bad one. Fortunately, the Fix-It Club has FREE repair help for electrical repairs and other household emergencies. If your home is having an emergency electrical[More FREE Help...]
    How to Repair Electronics

    How to Repair Electronics

    What would life be without our electronic "gadgets": televisions, satellite systems, DVD players, CD players, stereos, cameras, smart phones, VCRs, and, of course, computers? Boring! We depend every day on these and other electronic devices to help[More FREE Help...]
    15 Forever Car Maintenance Tips

    15 Forever Car Maintenance Tips

    The Fix-It Club is built on the idea that consumer items will last longer if you perform basic maintenance and simple repairs. We purchased our current car new and have followed these car maintenance tips. It now[More FREE Help...]
    How to Repair Heating and Cooling Systems

    How to Repair Heating and Cooling Systems

    Home heating and cooling systems are vital to comfortable living. Most home comfort systems offer years of trouble-free service, especially with regular maintenance. If your comfort system does fail, the Fix-It Club can show you how[More FREE Help...]
  • Oils and Lubricants

    The Fix-It Club can help you reduce repairs by helping you understand the how and why of household lubricants.

    Many things around your home are mechanical and are supposed to move. That's what they do. For example, a windup alarm clock is a mechanical thing. Other mechanical thing repairs you may undertake include toy repair, garden tool repair, exercise equipment repair, and others. What do they all have in common? They technically are machines. That is, they convert one form of energy into another. A hand tool, for example, converts your energy into strength to turn a bolt or cut a board. Household oils and lubricants can help keep those machines running better longer.

    Troubleshooting Mechanical Things

     Repair Mechanical Things

    A careful spray of lubricant can extend the life of a small motor. Lubricate moving parts only – never electrical parts.

    Troubleshooting mechanical things is a little more difficult than troubleshooting stationary things because you may have to take something apart. However, if you know what your broken item is supposed to do, you probably can figure out what needs fixing. For example, a windup alarm clock may run very slowly, not keeping the correct time--and making you late for work. Rather than toss it and get another one, carefully open it up and see if there's anything (a loose screw, dust) keeping a mechanism from turning as designed. Or the item just may need a small amount of lubricant to reduce resistance between moving parts.

    Lubricants

     Repair Mechanical Things

    Popular lubricants for common household repair jobs.

    Lubricants decrease friction between moving parts, and are a vital part of fixing things. Many lubricants are petroleum based. Thin lubricants are called oils and thicker lubricants are greases. Here are the most popular household lubricants and what they work best on:

    • Machine or penetrating oil (such as WD-40) is a general lubricant for small moving parts.
    • Silicon spray is a multipurpose product that lubricates, waterproofs, and reduces corrosion.
    • Graphite powder and spray is a fine powder lubricant (sometimes in a base of light oil) for lubricating locks, bearings, and other very small parts.
    • Penetrating oil lubricates as well as reduces and cleans corrosion from metal parts.
    • Lithium grease is a petroleum-based grease with lithium powder in it to enhance lubrication of larger moving parts such as automotive gears.
    • Silicone is an organic compound that is highly resistant to wear, heat, and water; it makes a great lubricant.

    --Dan "The Fix-It Man" Ramsey

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