Solutions – 2004-10-10

By Staff October 10, 2004

At a glance

Problem : Checking liquid levels and sight gauges is not always easy because of location or lighting problems. How can a gauge be made easier to read?

Solution : Use automotive pin striping to mark high/low or max/min locations on the indicator. A glance shows if the equipment is operating within acceptable parameters.

This tip was originally published in January, 1998.

Sticky fittings

Problem : Piping that has been in place for a long time can be difficult to remove. How can the pipes and fittings be easily dismantled?

Solution : Strike the fitting with a hammer while holding a second, larger hammer underneath for support. The fitting should now be easy to remove.

This tip was originally published in September of 1997

Clean file

Problem : Often, when doing a lot of filing, the file clogs up and is difficult to clean. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?

Solution : Rub welders soap stone (chalk) on the file before using it. The few metal chips that do cling are easily removed.

This tip was originally published in September 1997.

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.