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Now I understand MacGywver’s brilliance.
I’m not unsurprised that 37signals doesn’t know that WD-40 is not a lubricant, but I’m a bit let down by NdGT.
WD-40 gets things unstuck. I don’t see where anybody said it was a lubricant. Sorry that everyone is letting you down. Life can be rough.
awesome flowchart – classic!
Just to clarify – WD 40 is a lubricant but only for certain materials and certain purposes because it is also a degreaser and if something is meant to be lubricated with grease, WD40 will seem great at first buy then will eat the grease and the objects will no longer be lubricated and will need grease (or more WD40!). This is from personal experience including trying to WD40 some wheels on a tractor that needed to be packed with grease instead.
I absolutely love this! Mostly because I have had (at least) one can of WD-40 and (at least) one roll of duct tape since I bought my first home. They get used all the time.
I also am bothered by the widespread use of WD-40 as a lubricant (like for tractor bearings?)
It’s great for getting things un-stuck, but is primarily designed for Water Displacement.
Use Tri-Flow for lubricant, but not as a substitute for grease… tractor bearings – can’t get over that. Way better stuff.
Thanks. For reminding me keep everything simple :)
Ohmygod D, good thing you’re here, who knows what sort of mayhem might have been unleashed had you not stepped in; by the way, I’m surprised (or, not unsurprised) that a pedant such as yourself wrote this:
“NOT UNsurprised that 37s DOESN’T know that WD-40 is NOT a lubricant”
David Andersen +1
The reason you put WD40 on this chart is because it ALSO is a solvent that can remove duct tape (and a boatload of other residues, btw).
So they are companion tools.
WD40 was designed to replace moisture in elrctrical components.
My (former) aunt needed some WD-40 one time and she asked where the can of “Screw Loose” was.
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