Pick up chips

  • Problem: After drilling and tapping a blind hole, chips are left in the bottom of the hole. Is there an easy way to remove the chips short of trying to blow them out?

  • Solution: Hold an allen wrench with a bar magnet. Lower the long end of the wrench into the blind hole. The chips are attracted to the wrench and easily removed from the blind hole.

    • Contributor: Ken Fleming, Sealed Air Corp., Hodgkins, IL.

      Stuck gasket
      • Problem: While working on a piece of machinery that runs hot and needs gasket replacement, the gasket often sticks and must be scraped off. Is there a way to prevent the gasket from sticking?

      • Solution: Before placing the gasket, lightly coat it with some grease. Future removal should not require any scraping.

        • Contributor: Jeff Jennings, West Point Stevens Graphics, West Point, GA.

          Tank of air
          • Problem: Many times there is a need for compressed air, but there is no source. How can you have a portable source of compressed air in remote locations?

          • Solution: Take a used propane tank and deodorize it. Remove the fittings and attach a tee, quick disconnect, and a tire valve stem. Use the stem to charge the tank and connect a hose with the quick disconnect for a source of compressed air.

            • Contributor: Ralph Bauer, JM Originals, Ellenville, NY.

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