[TowerTalk] best way to apply PreLube
nv8a at charter.net
Mon Jun 18 18:34:57 PDT 2012
On 06/18/12 07:30 pm, K8RI 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,
>> 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.
I just retracted my US Tower HDX-555 in preparation for some heavy
weather, and as it came down I sprayed PreLube against the cable as it
wrapped around the drum -- several "runs" of cable side by side.
Certainly some missed or ran off, but I think most of it did what it was
supposed to do.
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