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Old 06-25-2011, 05:31 AM   #1
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If it moves and it shouldn't...

use Duct Tape, and if it doesn't move and it should, use WD40.

I had occasion to use this true saying recently when the front bumper on my Honda Odyssey started to part company with the rest of the vehicle at 100kph on the open road. I pulled in to the nearest garage, and with some judicious application of a cheap brand of duct tape, averted a much greater problem.

It took me several weeks to get to a garage to get the bumper re-affixed, and when they had done the job, I had the old duct tape to remove. Well it had REALLY stuck on and would not come off in simple strips the same way as I had applied it. I tried Methylated spirits, turpentine, alcohol, detergent - nothing would shift the sticky residue.

Then I remembered the original mantra at the start of this ramble, and figured that it if the residue was meant to move away from my vehicle and wouldn't, then use WD40! Lo and behold (an old saying that means "Gosh and gee-willickers") the WD40 removed the sticky residue without damaging my paintwork.

I have now added two more items to my "Must Carry" tool box - more duct tape, and a new can of WD40! Is there anything that WD40 can't do? What other interesting uses have you all found for it?

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I have an uncle who sore that WD40 relieved his arthritis pain... He did kind of smell funny though.

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Old 06-25-2011, 06:30 AM   #3
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WD40 almost anywhere white grease is recommended. RV steps and garage door come to mind. Had the steps sticking on our last MH. White grease helped, WD40 made them work.

You can use duct tape to make your own suit.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:02 AM   #4
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I grew up using WD40 on fishing lures. Apparently fish love the stuff. If I wasn't catching anything, I'd break it out, spray some on, and within a couple hours, I'd be riding my bike home with plenty for dinner.

You can make wallets out of duct tape as well

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Rather than WD 40, I've gone to using the new dry lub in a spray can. Not as messy and does not attract crud like WD 40.
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:15 PM   #6
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WD 40 is not really a lubricant it is a water displacement . I know it works great at lots of things but for a real lubricant try silicone spray.
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All I can say is I am amazed.. Finally, of all the folks who have recommended WD-40 for this or that use where a real lubricant is recommended.

Here is someone recommending using it as a CLEANER,, which is exactly what it is.
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I have used WD40 to prime engines. Warning: don't use it on electrical circuits, the results can be quite entertaining.
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I have used WD40 to prime engines. Warning: don't use it on electrical circuits, the results can be quite entertaining.
I hear you loud and clear. On the container is says it is great for drying off ignition wires. Well, I did exactly that, but didn't wait for it to dry. I had a rather extensive engine fire until I found my fire extinguisher.
Do not use wd 40 on anything sensitive, it dries to a sticky film that_"attracts and holds dirt", like CAT320 said.
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I love WD-40. I used it recently to remove the adhesive that someone used to lay vinyl floor covering over the hardwood flooring in my Mountain Aire. Worked the best of anything I found. I've also used WD-40 to remove old set in grease stains on clothing, just spray, rub, let sit about 15 minutes, then re-treat with Shout or other treatment, launder as usual.
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If you're trying to free up rusty/stuck bolts, try PB Blaster; It's like WD-40 on steroids!! And if you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem...
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I had a 1956 TriPacer airplane when getting my license and used duct tape on the fabric to keep it together until I finished up getting my license. The instructors and FAA guy that gave me my check ride didn't feel unsafe in it either.


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