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Lubricant in a ball valve?

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Lubricant in a ball valve?

Unread postAuthor: A a r o n » Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:01 pm

Would lubricating a ball valve to make it easier to turn be safe?

edit: 1 inch pvc
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Unread postAuthor: Jumpin Jehosaphat » Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:03 pm

If it's copper it should be, but I'm not sure.
If its PVC be careful about what lubricant you use I think some petroleum products can weaken PVC.
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Unread postAuthor: pyrogeek » Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:09 pm

I used glycerin on the 2in ball valve on my big combustion. The valve was because I didn't like taking the clean out cap off after every shot.

Glycerin can be purchased at a drug store. It can be used as a skin protectant, moisturizer in the winter, lubricant on equipment used for food. I used some as a lubricant on some tubing I was slipping on a barbed fitting. So, it has plenty of other uses.
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Unread postAuthor: flamerz14 » Sun Jul 08, 2007 6:56 am

Yeah..and when You get hungry you can make jell-o in your combustion :lol:
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Unread postAuthor: Marco321 » Sun Jul 08, 2007 7:18 am

I heard some lubes/grease can damage the rubber in ball valves, for my ball valve i used dish washing liquid. I just put some in, opened and closed a few times and repeated until it was easy to open.
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Unread postAuthor: spanerman » Sun Jul 08, 2007 8:19 am

a spray silicone lube is what you want, it is designed to lube and not to deteriate plastics and ruber its would be perfect for what you need
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Unread postAuthor: sandman » Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:21 pm

i think WD-40 will eat away the rubber in a ball valve
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Unread postAuthor: Infernal Maveric » Sun Jul 08, 2007 4:50 pm

IDK if they sell it in the USA, but Durex sell sex lubes. They are all water bases lubes, so won't destroy rubbers or plastics. i will be getting some for my piston gun, as cooking oil gets sprayed out the barrel pretty fast.
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Unread postAuthor: Flying_Salt » Sun Jul 08, 2007 4:58 pm

Infernal Maveric wrote:IDK if they sell it in the USA, but Durex sell sex lubes.

So you tell the guy you're buying them from that you have a big gun to lube up at home?
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Unread postAuthor: Infernal Maveric » Sun Jul 08, 2007 5:14 pm

No, I will buy it to have some fun with my girlfriend, but also use it to lube up my gun ;-)
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Unread postAuthor: A a r o n » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:56 am

Alright, thanks for the help. I'll try the dishwashing liquid and if that doesn't work out I'll look into buying some spray silicone lube.
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Unread postAuthor: iknowmy3tables » Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:48 am

doesn't anyone remember soaking your valve in warm water or is that only for metal, or is it soaking it in oil
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Unread postAuthor: mtronic » Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:48 am

So you tell the guy you're buying them from that you have a big gun to lube up at home?


:lol: Why not tell the cashier that you'll be lubricating a large pneumatic gun to use on your girlfriend. When they ask why, you can say she has a strange fetish :wink: Well at least thats what I'd do, it would give him a story to tell on his lunch break.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:01 am

mtronic wrote:Why not tell the cashier that you'll be lubricating a large pneumatic gun to use on your girlfriend. When they ask why, you can say she has a strange fetish :wink: Well at least thats what I'd do, it would give him a story to tell on his lunch break.


I once had a beautiful Russian er... affair, she told me that she had once found very alternative uses for her ex's guns. When she suggested I might like to see her do the same with mine, I refused outright on the grounds that bodily fluids are terribly corrosive.

Yeah, I still regret it :-/
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Unread postAuthor: mtronic » Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:04 am

:shock: .....hmmm 8)
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