|that Tri-Flow lubricant|
Message #13 Posted by Norm on 6 June 2003, 4:15 a.m.,
in response to message #12 by Dave Shaffer
Hi Dave, that sounds good, to hit the "." instead of a "1" to extend battery life.
However, with the spice HP-34C, I get a "0." so its still best to hit the "1".
About TRI-FLOW.... its generally superior to WD-40 because it contains teflon powder that clings to the metal after the oils have evaporated. In the case of the electric switch of a 34C, the teflon lubricates
it, BUT, the particles dont apparently interfere with making electrical contact. At the molecular level, I find that easy enough to accept.
WD-40... know what that stands for ?? It is a military product and a military spec, last I heard. It stands for "Water Displacement 40". Basically, after the soldier has waded across the rice paddy, he is
supposed to shoot WD-40 into the rifle mechanism to clear the water out. That oil has absolutely nothing special about it, its cheap and runny and a lousy lubricant, except it is semi-compatible with water and
displaces the water.
So is WD-40 a good lubricant really? No, try some SAE 30 motor oil, or some grease, or some Tri-Flow, if you want to keep something well-lubricated.
Because Carly has cousins who are in charge of Home Depot, you can't go to a place like Home Depot and buy Tri-Flow. They only sell cans of WD-40, because its cheap and makes a lot of profit, and because it doesn't solve your problems, which is very important to them from a strategic standpoint (they want you to drive back & forth to their store over and over, not solve your problems. If they solved
your problems then you wouldn't come back... with a home, that is.)
TRY A BICYCLE SHOP. Try a smaller hardware store, like a "True Value" (maybe). Those in the know like Tri-Flow. Its a lasting lubricant, thanks to the teflon powder, for serious mechanisms, like guns, doorlocks, carkeys. I'd use it
in a pinch over WD-40 for a cardoor hinge, although, foaming aerosol spray-grease is the best there. (you can get it from your local underground network of "amsoil" fanatics).
I'm just saying that a minute quantity was just super for the spice 34C slide switches, they are very silky smooth now. I applied with a Q-tip, rubbed it into the circuit board, and the metal contacts. Allowed a
little onto the plastic surfaces also. It's very very silky smooth, and because of the teflon particles should stay that way for awhile.
Of course, there may be other good lubricants for that also.