De-oiling action

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Brumtuner
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De-oiling action

Post by Brumtuner » 08 Feb 2008, 18:25

Years ago, as a young'un, I used to amuse myself by doing things like pouring mercury from one hand to the other as my old man - a tuner/repairer, using Benzine or Carbon Tetrachloride in which to rinse the crud from oily flanges prior to recentring - all whilst he smoked a Capstan in an asbestos cigarette holder.

Now that we live in a nanny state, and these chemicals are now dangerous, can anyone recommend a good over-the-counter solvent (pref from a chemist/hardware shop) that would suffice?

He retired at 85 and snuffed it at 87 btw.

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Post by Tom Tuner » 08 Feb 2008, 20:30

VM&P naphtha or trichloroethelene (which is lots more expensive).
For the well-being of the piano action, kindly do this out-of-doors well away from any sources of combustion.

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Re: De-oiling action

Post by PianoGuy » 08 Feb 2008, 20:46

Brumtuner wrote:Years ago, as a young'un, I used to amuse myself by doing things like pouring mercury from one hand to the other as my old man - a tuner/repairer, using Benzine or Carbon Tetrachloride in which to rinse the crud from oily flanges prior to recentring - all whilst he smoked a Capstan in an asbestos cigarette holder.

Now that we live in a nanny state, and these chemicals are now dangerous, can anyone recommend a good over-the-counter solvent (pref from a chemist/hardware shop) that would suffice?

He retired at 85 and snuffed it at 87 btw.
Great stuff!

Did he know Openwood's gran perchance?

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Post by Brumtuner » 09 Feb 2008, 00:27

He said "no".



I'm a large medium.

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