By Staff March 10, 2005

Doctoring the problem

Problem : A very small amount of adhesive or sealant must be applied to a precise spot. Is there an easy way to do this?

Solution : Become a doctor. Get a syringe for accurate placement. Several needle sizes are available. Be sure to clean up the adhesive before storing the syringe.

This tip was originally published in September 1997.

Catching the dust

Problem: Drilling holes in drywall, concrete, or other wall materials makes a mess. How can the dust generated be caught to cut cleanup time?

Solution : After marking the hole location, take a 3 X 5 in. self-stick note and fold it lengthwise into a trough shape, with the sticky side out. Attach it to the wall. After drilling, pinch the ends, remove, and discard (or reuse).

This tip was originally published in September 1998.

Lip seals: Which way?

Problem: You’ve just replaced a bearing and are now installing a lip seal. You don’t remember the orientation of the seal, and it can be installed either way. Which way should it be installed?

Solution : The answer depends on the type of lubricant used. For oil, the lip should face inward to hold in the oil. For grease, the lip usually faces outward to allow the grease to purge.

This tip was originally published in September 1999.

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.