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  1. Aug 11, 2010 #1

    BAILEIGH INC

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    What products have you discovered work for things not intended by the company that made them?

    As an example oven cleaner for cleaning greasy parts.

    Coke (the cola) for cleaning off battery corrosion.
     
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    Hmm... Interesting idea for a thread.

    Silly string used to find trip-wires. That is the only one that comes to mind right at the moment. I guess I'll try to think of some that relate to homebuilding.
     
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    Leather belt to remove oil filter, its not as messy as hammering a screwdriver through it!
     
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    Is Silly String standard pack equipment?

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    "Fiberglass Cleaning Solvent" is an expensive way to buy acetone. Your wife buys it as "Nail Polish Remover" and pays a hundred times more money, too.

    "Contact Cement Cleaner" is an expensive way to buy lacquer thinner.

    Brake and Parts Cleaner can be bought in 14-oz. aerosol cans for $10 or more, or in a five-gallon pail for about $100 or a little more and sprayed from a refillable $50 Sure-Shot sprayer.

    Blue Loctite (242) or any equivalent is a good fitting sealer. I use it on air system pipe threads; it sets almost instantly. I buy a Permatex gel-type version of it; it comes in a dispenser that extrudes it when the knob on the bottom is turned. No drips. http://www.permatex.com/brand_gel_twist.htm

    Dan
     
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    Pledge furniture polish removes scratches from plastic/perspex screens. I used it on aircraft screens at my old club.
    Also good for motorcycle visors, screens, convertible rear windows which go smoky. Need to do it every couple of months but does a great job
     
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    Put a little valve lapping compound on your philips head screwdriver or on the screw head to get out a screw which is about to strip out.
     
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    My last acquisition was a ultrasonic amplifier used to record the comunication between bats. It cost me 39 bucks while if you buy an ultrasonic amplifier to detect leaks in a vacuum bag from a composite specialist it will cost you between 200 and 400 cheapest.
     
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    Pledge is good to keep leading edges free from bugs if sprayed on b4 flight.
    I know Paris Hilton used an apple as a pot pipe...
     
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    I use my grease gun to remove stuck brake pistons in the shop. It works better than an air hose.
    Just remove the grease fitting on the end of the grease gun hose and the hose will usually screw into the brake cylinder well enough to pop the piston out. Then clean out the few ounces of grease in the cylinder.
     
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    left hand drill bits work far better than EZ-outs for extracting a bolt with a broken head. yes, they really do exist ;)
     
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    Use Baking Soda to clean chrome, aluminum and fiberglass...Cleans off bugs too..

    Use a Dryer Sheet left in the cabin to keep the air 'fresh'. Can then be used before flight to wipe the inside of the wind screen to prevent fogging (I do this in my car)...

    That dryer sheet wetted out with Club Soda will also clean the wind screen..

    Chapstick works to prevent corrosion on battery terminals...

    WD-40 sprayed in the hanger trash can will help keep bugs, and dogs, out..
     
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    WD-40 will kill wasps. We call them 'Mud Daubers' as they build a nest with mouthfuls of mud and attach to the underside of eaves. Best time to spray the nest is at night when they are all just hanging around. During they day they are aggressive and most are off doing what they do. if you do spray during the day they others will abandon the nest after it is sprayed. I guess they do not like the smell.

    WD-40 will kill weeds and grass, at least it browns them up.
     
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    I've used WD-40 to tool and clean up 3M 5200.
     
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    Phillips Milk of Magnesia can be used as anti-seize.
     
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    About 10 years ago I was doing my training in an RF-5B motorglider. Since it was the 8nd of January and we just had our new-years reception a couple days before that we though it would be a great start to a new year.

    After start-up and T/O we climbed, but quite soon we noticed a strange smell and. Only a minute later the oil temperature started approaching the red zone and while we could clearly pick the smell of french fries we decided to make a precautionary landing.

    It was only later that we found out that someone dumped the oil of the deep-fryer in the can, where the engine oil was supposed to be. Without checking, the mechanic had put it in the engine. No damage, but each time I smell a deep-fryer I still think back of that flight.
     
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    Don't use the lemon scented kind. The yellow jackets REALLY like the smell. I used it on my windscreen of my bike and wherever I stopped, the bike was swarmed by them. It's very tricky trying to get on, start up, and ride off with several dozen 'jackets' buzzing around trying to find the source of the smell...

    Any tips on clearing up an age yellowed acrylic windscreen?
     
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    Okay, so important safety tip... :speechles
     
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    Don't use oven cleaner in aluminum,the lye will eat it,used it to clean main jurnels on ships main engines ( aluminum bearings)
     

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