Solutions

06/10/2004


Get teed off

Problem : Wood screws in hinges and other hardware work loose and strip out holes. Is there a quick and easy way to repair the damaged holes in doors and other wood pieces?
Solution : Remove the loose screw. Drive a wooden golf tee into the stripped out frame. Score and break off the protruding tee head. Drill a pilot hole, if necessary, and reinstall the screw.



Contributor : Dave Powers, Product Engineer, Buckhorn Rubber Products, Inc., Hannibal, MO.

Tell-tale dipstick

Problem : When checking oil levels in equipment it is sometimes hard to see where the oil is on the dipstick. Is there a way to tell where the oil level is, especially in dimly lit areas?

Solution : When the dipstick is removed, lay it on a paper towel and roll it over halfway. Oil will be deposited on the paper towel, making it easy to see the level.



Contributor : Jim Schwaller, Maintenance Supervisor, Sporlan Valve Co., Washington, MO.

Bus buddy

Problem : Installing and aligning electrical bus duct can be a problem. Is there a way to do this without a lot of manpower and tools?

Solution : Cut four pieces of angle iron and drill holes to match the duct and holes for threaded rod. Attach the angles to both sides of the duct. The threaded rod and nuts can be used to adjust the duct.

Contributor : Chris Renner, Minn-Dak Farmers Coop, Wahpeton, ND.


Safety First...

In all cases, even if not specifically mentioned in the writeups, verify that the tip does not violate any relevant code, standard, or practice. Always use the appropriate safety equipment and procedures when applying the maintenance tips.





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