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Please advise how to lubricate stiff latch bolt of mortise lockset on metal exterior security door. (NOT the pins in the keyway!)

The latch bolt of the mortise lockset in a metal security door is stiff. I worry about the long-term effect of slamming the door in order to drive the stiff latch bolt back and allow the door to ...
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What type of lubrication should I use on a squeaky swing set?

There's a bracket around the top tube with a hole in it. A bolt passes through the hole, to hold a doodad that the swing chain can be connected via an S bolt. When the swing swings, it makes an ...
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Is it feasible to pull individual conductors out of a 20m CAT3 cable?

I am well aware that this is pushing what can be DIY-ed. I live in a student housing cooperative, and the two houses it comprises have an unused phone network running between them. The network was ...
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What type of lubricant should be used on PVC windows, and how often should it be applied?

As far as I know, the lifespan of PVC windows is highly dependent on periodic lubrication. What kind of oil should I use to lubricate the moving metal parts of my PVC windows? Additionally, what ...
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Do I need to clean away WD 40 before I add graphite powder to pram wheel bearings?

I've sprayed wheel bearing/axle with WD 40. I now feel I need to add some form of grease (I don't want to remove the bearings-just try and work some grease in there somehow). That's when I spotted ...
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White lithium safe to lubricate a dryer?

My dryer is squeaking something fierce. It is a GE gas dryer, approximately 10 years old (model DBB3300GA2WW, U.S.). The noise is so bad that with it being in the corner of the basement, and me being ...
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Is it ok to lubricate exercise equipment hydraulic cylinders?

I have a Pro-Form 220c Hydraulic Cylinder based stepper. After about 10 minutes of use the right cylinder stops offering any resistance. I suspect that it's related to it getting hotter. With ...
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How to lubricate a buzzing fan?

I bought a little mini fridge (ok, it's actually one of those wine cooler thingies) that buzzes loudly. Took it apart and discovered the source of the problem: a little fan in there, similar to the ...
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Why did oiling cause this crank to become dirty?

My house has exterior roller shutters operated by a manual crank inside (right pic). But operating it created a lot of squeaking noise from the crank handle so I used a few drops of fine-mechanic oil ...
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Options for lubricating wires for conduit?

I am trying to pull four #8 stranded wires through a flexible PVC conduit that is 25 feet long. I can get the wires just a few feet into the conduit before they bind. I know there is a commercially ...
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Will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell?

If wooden parts are binding, will silicone spray lubricant cause bare dry wood to swell? The wood is not maple or oak or birch. It is some type of softwood, maybe fir or pine. The bearing surfaces ...
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What benefits do fluoropolymers provide in lubricants?

I'm confused about what fluoropolymers do, and why they supposedly make lubricate products better? It's colorless so it'll reduce stains on paint, but does it make a lubricant work better?
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Will WD-40 dissolve plastic?

I've seen cases where it has harmed certain metals. Will plastic dissolve in prolonged exposure to WD-40?
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Can I use brake fluid or steering fluid to stop a fan from squeaking?

Can I use braking fluid or steering fluid on my squeaking table fan? Are they safe? I'm just wondering if I can use anything that's already lying around the house.
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How can I counteract the effects of WD-40?

My landlord used WD-40 to free the UPVC windows and now when opened slightly the wind then catches them and blows them wide open (a real pain when woken at 4am with rain blowing through the room). How ...
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What to watch out for when using lithium grease?

I've only used machine oil compounds for lubrication previously, lithium grease is new to me. What do I watch out for? I mean when using machine oil and similar stuff it should not be applied to ...
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Should I lubricate the motor in my power drill?

I have a power drill that looks like the picture below. I've had it for years, but recently I noticed that it squeaks when I use it (I only really hear the squeaking while it's winding down, when it's ...
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What lubricant should I use for an outside garage door lock?

I recently asked what sort of lubricant I should use on locks. I was wondering if the advice there (i.e. graphite powder) applied to an outside garage door handle lock? The lock in question looks ...
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Is it OK to use powdered graphite to lubricate a garage door opener?

I am about due to lubricate my garage door opener and related parts, and while I have some silicone lubricant, I was wondering if I could be doing better. The can I have says it's good for all parts ...
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What's the best lubricant for a refrigerator water dispenser switch?

The water dispenser on my refrigerator sticks when you press it in. Sometimes it pops right out, and sometimes it stays in for 10-15 seconds. I've taken it apart a couple of times, cleaned it out, and ...
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What are some tips/tricks to garage door lubrication?

Are there any gotchas to garage door lubrication? I have found the Prime Flo product on Home Depot's website. Can I lubricate the large spring at the top of the garage door? What about the garage ...
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What happens if I use vegetable oil instead of machine oil or grease?

It's kind of tempting to use vegetable oil for lubricating door hinges and other similar basic mechanisms around the house - vegetable oil is readily available in almost any household. However I ...
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What kind of lubrication should I use for a lock?

I recently made the Yale lock on my front door much easier to open by spraying some WD-40 in there. However, I just saw this question on WD-40 not being a “true” lubricant, and wondered whether it ...
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Why exactly is WD-40 not a true lubricant?

According to this answer WD-40 is not a true lubricant. I don't get it - even Wikipedia says The long-term active ingredient is a non-volatile, viscous oil which remains on the surface, providing ...
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When should I not use WD-40?

Looks like WD-40 can be used for lubricating just about any metal parts. Are there non-obvious cases where using WD-40 will be harmful to the stuff lubricated?
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How do I lubricate plastic rollers for sliding closet doors?

I just installed some new sliding closet doors, but unfortunately they're a bit squeaky/noisy when operating. They are "Reliabilt" doors from Lowes, the actual company that makes these is SGA. There's ...
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Oiling/greasing a garage door

My garage door is very loud. I sprayed all of the metal-on-metal moving portions of the garage door (except the Genie screw drive track) with WD-40 as they all have some small degree of rust. This ...
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Is graphite lubricant safe for metal parts?

I've heard an opinion that using graphite lubricant on door hinges can lead to metal abrasion and damaging the hinges. The idea is that graphite has abrasive properties and thus can damage metal. Is ...
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Lubricant for squeaky doors

I'm looking for a long term solution to my squeaky doors. Our home is fitted with brass hinges on all doors and lately they have all been starting to squeak. I've tried several silicone based ...
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How can I fix a screen door that sticks?

I have a sliding screen door that leads out to a porch/deck. The door continually sticks and is just doesn't slide open cleanly. Otherwise the screen and everything is fine. Is there something I ...