Out of the Blue

I just dealt with the front door lock here at the BlueTower. This had grown finicky, with keys becoming harder to turn over time, and lately it becoming harder just to get them in and out of the keyhole. Remembering how these things were handled in my youth, I picked up a tube of powdered graphite to lube things up. I got this stuff specifically to fix the lock, but I am still shocked at how well it worked. After getting some inside the keyhole and the mechanism I worked the lock a few times and it went from squeaky and resistant to smooth and quiet in a matter of seconds. I couldn't have expected better results if I had replaced the entire lock mechanism with a new one made of Teflon marketed for its smoothness. The funny thing is the graphite came in a tube about 100x larger than the little ones I remembered, holding well over an ounce. Based on the minute quantity required to fix my lock, I think I have enough left over to lube every lock in the county.

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Sep 23, 2016, 22:34
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Got the 1070 SC in the gaming rig. Pretty happy with the results. First thing I noticed is the thing is HEAVY! Had to update the bios on the mobo to get the card to work. Very happy with it.

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Sep 23, 2016, 22:33
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Dev wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 22:13:
descender wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 14:00:
Pro Tip: WD40 is not a lubricant. It's a cleaning solvent and water displacement sealant.
Which is why he has to redo it once a year

It isn't required that I do. I just do. I had a crappy lock on the garage that our keys would get stuck in, so that is when I first used it. Now I just do it because....I dunno. It's the old man in me. I grew up on the farm and we doused crap in WD40.
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Sep 23, 2016, 22:13
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descender wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 14:00:
Pro Tip: WD40 is not a lubricant. It's a cleaning solvent and water displacement sealant.
Which is why he has to redo it once a year
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Sep 23, 2016, 15:03
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Sep 23, 2016, 15:03
 
My lock was starting to stick a few weeks ago. I knew from my biking days that a dry lube would be best, but I was too lazy to go get any, so I used brake cleaner instead. Worked like a charm!
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Sep 23, 2016, 14:34
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RoboNerd wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 14:12:
I ran across a large bottle of graphite powder in one of our local farm supply stores. They label it for use in seed planters to aid the seeds flowing through the mechanism. Thing is I paid not much more for that huge bottle than I would have for the small lock package. So I now have enough graphite to do the whole state. Thing is you city boys don't have access to a farm store.

No one is looking for something that they can passdown for generations. or are they? https://www.amazon.com/Graphite-Powder-Seed-Flow-Lubricant-9950-0/dp/B000I1CB3A

even better deal http://www.sloanex.com/ez-slide-5lb-graphite-powder-seed-flow-lubricant.html
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Sep 23, 2016, 14:12
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Sep 23, 2016, 14:12
 
I ran across a large bottle of graphite powder in one of our local farm supply stores. They label it for use in seed planters to aid the seeds flowing through the mechanism. Thing is I paid not much more for that huge bottle than I would have for the small lock package. So I now have enough graphite to do the whole state. Thing is you city boys don't have access to a farm store. Mwahaha
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Sep 23, 2016, 14:00
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Sep 23, 2016, 14:00
 
Pro Tip: WD40 is not a lubricant. It's a cleaning solvent and water displacement sealant. It works best on things that are already stuck because it dissolves and removes the grime causing the sticking. In most cases, you should actually be using a 3-in-1 oil to lubricate what was stuck AFTER you've cleaned it out with WD40.

WD40 does contain some lubricants but most of them evaporate after application and what is left behind is an oily water sealant. Then dirt/dust/grime sticks to the oily residue and you end up with a dirtier lock than you had in the first place. It might work really well today right after you apply it, but in a few weeks you'll be reapplying and wondering why.

This is why most lock manufacturers specifically state on the packaging to not use grease or oils to lubricate the locks.

There are some liquids specifically designed for the task now (lockshot) but I feel like this is a good lesson in verbiage. Just because something can act as a lubricant in the moment does not mean it should actually be used as one long term.
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Sep 23, 2016, 13:25
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Sep 23, 2016, 13:25
 
I'm with Bats, I've always just used the ol' WD40. I couldn't imagine tryung to get powder into a keyhole however. That must be a PITA. I do have food-safe silicon spray however. I'll try that next time.
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sauron wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 12:03:
Hey Blue, can you post the name of that product? I'm having the same issue with one of the upper locks on our front door.

Thanks!

lol - that door may require the whole tube.

I imagine most graphite powders are the same. Here's the one I used.

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Hey Blue, can you post the name of that product? I'm having the same issue with one of the upper locks on our front door.

Thanks!
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Sep 23, 2016, 11:11
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Retired wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 10:42:
WD40 didn't' work? I hit our locks every year with it. I actually take our locks apart often to clean them as well. But we have Medeco locks on our house, commercial grade.

MrsBlue asked me to oil the lock, which is when I recalled that graphite is the go-to for this. You lube the lock with oil, your key gets oily, picks up lint from your pocket, deposits it in the lock... seems like an inferior solution.

I googled "why you shouldn't oil a lock" and this was the first result:

http://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/6226/when-should-i-not-use-wd-40
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Sep 23, 2016, 10:59
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WD40 didn't' work? I hit our locks every year with it. I actually take our locks apart often to clean them as well. But we have Medeco locks on our house, commercial grade.
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