By Staff April 1, 2005

Grease tight places

Problem : Injecting grease into fittings buried within machines and equipment can be difficult. Many times these fittings don’t get greased. Is there an easy way to get at these fittings?

Solution : Remove the outlet pipe from a grease gun and replace it with tubing of the same size and needed length to reach the fitting. Thread the tubing on both ends and bend it to reach the fitting.

Contributor : Robert Herklotz, Saturn Corp., Spring Hill, TN.

Going around in circles

Problem : A piece of plywood has to have a 24 in. hole cut in it. How can an accurate circle be drawn without a circle gauge?

Solution : Use readily available material. Attach a one-hole crimp connector to each end of a 111/2 in. piece of 14-gauge wire. Put a screw in one end and a pencil in the other and draw the circle.

Contributor : Mitch Rought, Vulcraft of New York, Chemung, NY.

Find hydraulic system air leaks

Problem : A hydraulic system is constantly developing foam that aerates the oil. How can air leaks be found and sealed to stop this problem?

Solution : Coat pipes and fittings with foamy shaving cream. Any leaks will cause a dimple in the cream and are easily located.

Contributor : Mike Ramsey, Noria Corp., Tulsa, OK.

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.