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Can I use common vegetable oil (e.g. rapeseed/canola) for chain-and-bar lubrication in a chainsaw?

Yep. Yesirree. Not being a fan of dumping petroleum into the woods (mine or otherwise), and considering that my saw is electric* (and therefore operates at slightly slower speeds), I've shifted to ...
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Can I oil a push button light switch?

Oil, no. Lubricate, yes. Common oils have multiple problems for electrical devices, the worst of which is possible flammability. You can get specific electrical "contact lubricant" for this ...
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Can I oil a push button light switch?

I would use dielectric grease, which is widely available at auto parts stores. Apply to blades, contact points and pivot points with a toothpick, bamboo skewer or other applicator. Work the mechanism ...
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Can I oil a push button light switch?

I would spray it with contact cleaner. And then cycle the switch several times. That should clean out any gunk interfering with the operation.
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Can I use common vegetable oil (e.g. rapeseed/canola) for chain-and-bar lubrication in a chainsaw?

Yes and no. Plant-derived oils and animal-derived fat were used for lubrication in the whole history of mechanics and, surprizingly, also deep into the petrol era. Even today, canola oil (with or ...
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How to Lubricate a Hammer/Rotary Drill

Here's the relevant bit, which includes some liability tone: Your tool was properly lubricated before leaving the factory. In from two to six months, depending upon use, take or send your tool to ...
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What lubricant, if any, should be used for clothes dryer rollers?

Grease or nothing would be better than oil here. Oil and grease will attract lint and dust and seize sooner. I have used a spray Teflon and graphite as the lube on my dryers with graphite lasting ...
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Sagging drawer bottom

You could use anti-friction tape. The other thing you could consider is sheet metal. You could get 20g sheet metal and use that to make cross bridging. It might be rigid and thin enough to help ...
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Can I use common vegetable oil (e.g. rapeseed/canola) for chain-and-bar lubrication in a chainsaw?

there are several pretty exhaustive threads on arboristsite discussing the usage of canola oil, that have been going on several years with testing and everything, from reading those there is basically ...
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How to make a toilet seat hinge more stiff?

If you're open to buying a new toilet seat you can find seats with stiff hinges such as this: EZ Close seat Random example, never used above product... With little kids in the house, I've picked up ...
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How to fix a squeaky light switch

It's a standard single-pole, single-throw switch? Just replace it. They cost $1 or so, and it's not worth the hassle to figure out what's wrong with the current one.
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Is it OK to use motor oil as bar oil in a chainsaw?

It might be OK for a bit but I probably wouldn't do it. You could look up your owner's manual to see if they say anything. If you must use the chainsaw and have nothing else on hand, surely motor oil ...
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Is it OK to use motor oil as bar oil in a chainsaw?

you shouldn't run anything but bar oil on a chainsaw bar, but not because of the saw (even though it sticks better to the bar and lubricates the chain better). its the environment and your lungs. ...
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When should I not use WD-40?

WD-40 is for displacing water, hence the initials. It's not made for anything else. The rest is marketing spit and sparkle. Seriously if that same marketing team had worked for Jiffy peanut ...
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Understanding household lubricants

I keep two things on hand, which covers 99% of use cases: Household (3-in-1) oil Teflon spray (or silicone) The former is good for quick squeak fixes where dust accumulation isn't much of a concern....
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What can be that pure white grease used within a coffee mill?

Food-Safe grease is a common product. Exactly which one you have you'd have to ask the makers of your mill. However, since the area appears from your description to be well-sealed against ...
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Metal sliding door tuneup

You should be able to adjust the roller height by accessing an adjustment screw through a hole at the sides/ends of the bottom frame piece. Spray the adjustment screw assemblies with penetrating oil ...
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How to Lubricate a Hammer/Rotary Drill

I have both a Bosch rotary hammer and a DeWalt rotary hammer drill. The Bosch instructions say to apply grease from time to time on the bits. Bosch even includes a small tube of grease. DeWalt ...
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Can I oil a push button light switch?

Use switch cleaner spray to clean any gunk away, then use a silicon grease with a small craft paint brush.
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Non-spray WD-40 equivalent?

Spray onto a cloth or rag and wipe on. Avoids any overspray if you prepare the cloth/rag away from that area.
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Drinking water tap mechanism: safe variety of silicone grease

In the US, searching for "food grade silicone grease" (grease, not oil/liquid, is key here) provides many options. A "Super" one that I am familiar with is only incidentally food ...
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Drinking water tap mechanism: safe variety of silicone grease

Since you are in the UK following applies. In the video the plumber is using the Hight Tack silicon grease. The High Tack is WARAS approved product for use in drinking water plumbing. You can read ...
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Should I lubricate moving parts of electric dryer? If yes, then how?

Your Dryer manufacturer should have a part number for lubricants that are used for those components - if you want the correct lubricant - that is where to get the correct type maybe even find a second ...
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Is it OK to use motor oil instead of household oil for hardware lubrication?

I use regular oil as well for things like you are asking. I would get a small pump oil can to help dispensing the oil. On hinges, to keep the mess down, remove the pin, coat it in oil, let the excess ...
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Is it OK to use motor oil as bar oil in a chainsaw?

You will spray motor oil everywhere, and you will run out of oil quickly, and then burn up the bar and chain. That being said, I sometimes use a mix of bar and gear oil or motor oil in winter, when ...
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How to make a toilet seat hinge more stiff?

Some designs of hinge are often fitted the wrong way around. Try taking the seat off and swapping the hinges over side to side. I've seen this many times. With the vertical part of the hinge further ...
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How to make a toilet seat hinge more stiff?

You have some other possible solutions if you do not want to replace with another lid as suggested in the comments. You could make a loop of cord or ribbon that attaches to the back of the cistern ...
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What happens if I use vegetable oil instead of machine oil or grease?

There is nothing inherently wrong with food oils as lubricants or industrial oils, in fact there are some in common use and are very effective. Canola oil is sold as a cooking oil today but in ...
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What happens if I use vegetable oil instead of machine oil or grease?

What about chapstick. I've recently used it on a lock and it seems to be working well.
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What lubricant, if any, should be used for clothes dryer rollers?

I would think about machining shaft and rollers to add sealed bearings... Adding any sort of lubricant is a “magnet” for the lint to stick to and eventually gum it up. That “flat” is a concern ...
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