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  posted on 11/2/2005 at 12:55 PM
WD-40 is useful for many things

The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and
de-greaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three
technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. It's name comes
from
the project that was to find a "water displacement" compound. They were
successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. The Corvair
Company
bought it in bulk to protect their Atlas missile parts. The workers were
so
pleased with the product, they began smuggling (also known as
"shrinkage" or
"stealing") it out to use at home. The executives decided there might be
a
consumer market for it and put it in aerosol cans. The rest, as they
say, is
history.

It is a carefully guarded recipe known only to four people. Only one of
them
is the "brew master." There are about 2.5 million gallons of the stuff
manufactured each year. It gets it's distinctive smell from a fragrance
that
is added to the brew. Ken East says there is nothing in WD-40 that would
hurt you.

Here are some of the uses:

Protects silver from tarnishing

Cleans and lubricates guitar strings

Gets oil spots off concrete driveways

Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery

Keeps flies off cows

Restores and cleans chalk boards

Removes lipstick stains

Loosens stubborn zippers

UN-tangles jewelry chains

Removes stains from stainless steel sinks

Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill

Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing

Removes tomato stains from clothing

Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots

Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors

Keeps scissors working smoothly

Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes

Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide

Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on
riding
mowers

Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises

Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open

Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close

Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as
vinyl
bumpers

Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles

Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans

Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy
handling

Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running
smoothly

Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools

Removes splattered grease on stove

Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging

Lubricates prosthetic limbs

Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell)

Removes all traces of duct tape

I have even heard of folks spraying it on their arms, hands, knees to
relieve arthritis pain.

One fellow claims spraying it on fishing lures attracts fish.

WD-40 has been designated the "official multi-purpose problem-solver of
NASCAR," a ringing endorsement if there ever was one.

In celebration of their 50th year, the company conducted a contest to
learn
the favorite uses of it's customers and fan club members, (Yes, there is
a
WD-40 Fan Club). They compiled the information to identify the favorite
use
in each of the 50 states. Naturally I was curious about Georgia and
Alabama
and found the favorite use in both states was that it "penetrates stuck
bolts, lug nuts, and hose ends." Florida's favorite use was "cleans and
removes love-bugs from grills and bumpers." California's favorite use
was
penetrating the bolts on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Let me close with one final, wonderful use--the favorite use in the
State
of New York--WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.


 

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  posted on 11/2/2005 at 01:16 PM
I've known a few old guys who swear if you rub WD-40 into a sore, stiff elbow or other joint, it'll relieve pain. I ain't gonna try it.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2005 at 02:04 PM
I use it mostly for crayon removal.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2005 at 02:18 PM
Interesting post. I use it as much as a cleaning fluid as I do a rust inhibitor lubricant. Its kind of like a combo of fantastic and armoral. It's also interesting to find that distinstive smell is added, and not a byproduct of the chemicals they use to make it. Ya' learn somthing new every day here on the ABB Discovery Channel.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2005 at 03:10 PM
I can absolutely attest to the use of WD-40 as a fish attractant. I prove this time after time. Whenever catfish in particular are being shy or stingy with overly discerning taste buds, I will take whatever bait I am using, cut shad, night crawlers, tennesse wigglers, catalpa worms, baby cats, et al, and spray the bait down with WD-40 and it can bring them in. I go to it when all else has failed. But make no mistake, and feel free to win some bets with it, it works.

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  posted on 11/2/2005 at 04:52 PM
I luv my WD 40
 

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  posted on 11/2/2005 at 04:56 PM
WD-40 is in the same category as Duct Tape, the much beloved cult favorite copious uses consumer product group.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2005 at 06:40 PM
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One fellow claims spraying it on fishing lures attracts fish.

Salmon fishermen use it.

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I can absolutely attest to the use of WD-40 as a fish attractant. I prove this time after time. Whenever catfish in particular are being shy or stingy with overly discerning taste buds, I will take whatever bait I am using, cut shad, night crawlers, tennesse wigglers, catalpa worms, baby cats, et al, and spray the bait down with WD-40 and it can bring them in. I go to it when all else has failed. But make no mistake, and feel free to win some bets with it, it works.

You fishing in the Ohio river Derek? I have used it to scent plastic baits when I fished the river and I caught bass, but it never worked in a lake. Maybe Ashland Oil left a ton of discarded oil drums in the Big Sandy river???



 

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Nope, I do not fish the Ohio River. Too dirty, although it is getting somehwat cleaner, and snagging a paddlefish would be awesome. But I do fish the tributaries, but not every one as they can be nasty as well. But there is one that is clean and awesome that flows out of Indiana and is little known.........

 

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  posted on 11/2/2005 at 08:17 PM
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WD-40 is in the same category as Duct Tape, the much beloved cult favorite copious uses consumer product group.
SongIO, there's a little greenhouse addition on the back of my house, and some of the plastic panes are loose from the metal frame and its sealing strips. So every now and then, I have to duct-tape the panes down.

After a couple months of hard weather (like before winter gets out), the tape needs to be replaced. To clean off the old adhesive residue before applying a new strip of duct tape: WD-40.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2005 at 08:36 PM
I wanna run away and join the duct tape and WD40 cult - they truly are the answer to life, the universe, everything...

 

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  posted on 11/3/2005 at 12:36 AM
ah WD-40 fans.....

I remember that time in Arizona...... It saved my life......

All begs the question:

"Are there WD-40 abusers?"

slippery slope indeed

yeah don't buy that silicon cr*p

WD-40 keeps actions smooth

spray it on your enemies door handles

 

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  posted on 11/3/2005 at 09:46 AM
I knew a guy who routinely got parts from auto graveyards. WD-40 is of course invaluable for loosening stuck parts. Old cars are often full of wasp nests and the like. He used WD-40 to knock them right out of the air when they'd attack(nozzle off, unless you're a really good shot.)

 

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  posted on 11/3/2005 at 10:06 AM
The ultimate irony;

Fishermen complaining about dirty rivers and lakes, while promoting polluting the "clean" ones they do find, with chemicals like WD-40 on the lures.

Gotta love the hypocricy, it's so human.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2005 at 10:47 AM
All you need is either WD-40 or Duct Tape:

If it moves and shouldn't, use Duct Tape.
If it doesn't move, and should, use WD-40.

Words of wisdom from my pappy.

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If it moves and shouldn't, use Duct Tape.
If it doesn't move, and should, use WD-40.

 

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DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT ON YOUR BODY AS IT IS A PETROLEM
BASED PRODUCT THAT IS POISON TO THE HUMAN BODY. ANY CLAIMS OF
"HEALING" ARE FALSE. IT IS NOT A CURE OR REMEDY FOR ARTHRITIS OR
ANY JOINT/MUSCLE PAIN, OR ANY PART OF THE HUMAN BODY.
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  posted on 11/4/2005 at 04:16 PM
Dr. Pendyke says that WD-40 cures the Mange.








Just seeing how many Andy Griffith fans are awake.

But seriously, if it can't be fixed with ductape or WD-40 ... sumbitch is broke!

 

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DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT ON YOUR BODY AS IT IS A PETROLEM
BASED PRODUCT THAT IS POISON TO THE HUMAN BODY. ANY CLAIMS OF
"HEALING" ARE FALSE. IT IS NOT A CURE OR REMEDY FOR ARTHRITIS OR
ANY JOINT/MUSCLE PAIN, OR ANY PART OF THE HUMAN BODY.
SPDB
Rusty, please pay attention to this warning. If you used it, you just wouldn't be Rusty anymore!

 

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DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT ON YOUR BODY AS IT IS A PETROLEM
BASED PRODUCT THAT IS POISON TO THE HUMAN BODY. ANY CLAIMS OF
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ANY JOINT/MUSCLE PAIN, OR ANY PART OF THE HUMAN BODY.
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Rusty, please pay attention to this warning. If you used it, you just wouldn't be Rusty anymore!


Laughin' to keep from dyin! If the stuff worked THAT well, I'm sure somebody from this board woulda used it by now!

 

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  posted on 11/4/2005 at 04:32 PM
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I've known a few old guys who swear if you rub WD-40 into a sore, stiff elbow or other joint, it'll relieve pain. I ain't gonna try it.
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DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT ON YOUR BODY AS IT IS A PETROLEM
BASED PRODUCT THAT IS POISON TO THE HUMAN BODY. ANY CLAIMS OF
"HEALING" ARE FALSE. IT IS NOT A CURE OR REMEDY FOR ARTHRITIS OR
ANY JOINT/MUSCLE PAIN, OR ANY PART OF THE HUMAN BODY.
SPDB

I just want to make sure that everyone understood that I wasn't promotong the use of WD-40 for arthritis relief.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2005 at 05:02 PM
not one baling wire reference, buncha easterners

 

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my Grandma suscribed to the arthritis relief theory.She lived to 99 BUT she did have Old-Timers
 

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DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT ON YOUR BODY AS IT IS A PETROLEM
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So I guess this rules out using it for, well you know...uh.....uh....lubrication?

 

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So I guess this rules out using it for, well you know...uh.....uh....lubrication?
Only for emergencies!

 

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