Hints and Tips #26: To the last drop

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-08-2017 03:03 AM 1261 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: Old trick for an open miter Part 26 of Hints and Tips series Part 27: One key to file cleaning »

This is a tip that I got from the pooroldchap YouTube channel [link]. He posts what he terms Workshop Waffles where he talks about things in his workshop.

If you use WD-40 or a similar aerosol propelled lubrication oil this may help you save a few cents. I took an old metal oil can that once contained sewing machine oil. I’m not sure if anything like this can still be purchased or if they’ve all gone over to plastic. A plastic bottle may be usable, but you’ll need a tiny funnel or somesuch to fill it.

The rim of my oil can is raised, so I poked a hole in it with an awl, but not on the very edge. With the can of WD-40 flat on my bench I aimed the plastic tube downwards into a container and sprayed every last bit I could until there was no more propellant. Then I poked a hole in it on the side and poured out any remaining oil into the container that I had sprayed into.

I carefully poured the oil into the top of my re-used oil can letting the oil drain into the hole. Tnen I took a very short sheet metal screw and sealed the hole with it. I got about a half can’s worth of oil to use.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 01-08-2017 03:40 AM

WHY? You sprayed all the oil into a bucket and poured into a can! Squirt cans of household oils are available everywhere.

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#2 posted 01-08-2017 05:48 AM

WD40 makes terrible cans. I’ve never had one that didn’t run out of propellant with about half the oil left in it. It’s the one reason I buy other brands now. I’ve thought about trying this but I’m half afraid of getting a face full of wd40 because I didn’t get all the propellant out.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 01-14-2017 01:50 AM

I’m glad I came across this. I just threw out a can that ran out of aerosol though it seems to have had quite a bit of lubricant left in it. I pulled it out of the trash poked a couple of holes in the top and recovered a few ounces. Thanks Dave!

-- Steve, Punta Gorda, FL

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