[TowerTalk] best way to apply PreLube

K8RI K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Mon Jun 18 16:30:48 PDT 2012

On 6/18/2012 5:12 PM, K7LXC at aol.com wrote:
>>   I would like to know from others in the Tower Talk group  how they apply
> Prelube to their crank up tower cables.
> The last time I  treated the cables I think only 50% made it in the cable,
> hihi.
> Any easy way to do this without getting PreLUbe all over the place ?
>      I would suggest one of those little red spray can  rods that fits into
> the nozzle - you probably have a few in the garage. That  works great. It
> still isn't an exact science but more will get onto the  cables.

I've lubed cables and chains, but not tower cables similar to this.
I have a relatively good pair of sacrificial, soft, leather gloves I use 
for oiling "Things". First I put on a plastic, or latex glove on the 
hand that's going to do the oiling. Then pull on the leather glove. You 
may need some talcum powder to get the leather glove over the other 
glove.  I use a can of the proper oil with the nozzle that Steve is 
talking about and spray the cable that is the palm of the glove, using 
the gloved hand to massage the lube into the cable.

A second method already mentioned is if the cable can be coiled up is to 
put it in one of the wide, shallow, oil drain pans and pour the oil/lube 
over the cable and leave it submerged  for a while. This is by far the 
messiest, but easiest method. You will need some place to hang the cable 
to "drip dry" or wipe it down.

  When it comes to oiling things I tend to be liberal. As Steve says, 
the first, or second rain will take care of the excess.
>      One TowerTalkian made a little  V-shaped backsplash out of some spare
> brass. He held it behind the cable  when he was spraying.
>      I prefer the little red rod but if I don't have one  I'll just spray it
> on very close to the cables. Yes, there's going to be  over-spray but it'll
> all wash away in the first rain.
>      Spray the PreLube on the cable and let it soak in  and run down the
> cable. That way it'll be thoroughly lubricated. Don't forget  the cable on the
> cable reel.
> Cheers,
> Steve     K7LXC


Roger (K8RI)

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