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    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...]
    All About Nails, Screws, Bolts, and Nuts

    All About Nails, Screws, Bolts, and Nuts

    The Fix-It Club offers basic information on a more than 250 household repairs. Most repairs require mechanical fasteners. Your home has hundreds of fasteners in it, holding walls together, binding appliance components, keeping the floor from moving[More FREE Help...]
    Easy Repairs for Retirees

    Easy Repairs for Retirees

    Once retired, many people find satisfaction in performing basic repairs around the home: electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, heating and cooling repairs, major appliance repairs, small appliance repairs, and more. That's where the Fix-It Club can come[More FREE Help...]
    10 Really Good Reasons to Repair Stuff

    10 Really Good Reasons to Repair Stuff

    Things break. Everything we own, from air conditioners to zippers, eventually wear out or stops working. We can toss them and get new stuff — or we can try to repair them. The Fix-It Club offers[More FREE Help...]
    Emergency Heating Repairs

    Emergency Heating Repairs

    Winters can be cold in many parts of the country. Thankfully, most homes have a primary heating system that keeps indoor temperatures comfortable — until there is a heating emergency. That's when the Fix-It Club can[More FREE Help...]
    How To Repair Anything!

    How To Repair Anything!

    The Fix-It Club knows how to repair anything -- and so can you! Besides more than 250 illustrated FREE Fix-It Guides, FixItClub.com offers the Fix-It Process, a simple and logical way to troubleshoot and repair anything.[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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