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  What is the Best Lubricant?

Squeaky door? Get the WD40… Window sticks? Get the WD40… Slider hard to open? Get the WD40… Grand Ma Stuck in the Lazy-Boy? (You get the idea). Too many times home owners make the mistake of grabbing the wrong lubricant for the job. The truth is there are may types of lubricants, and it's important to know what makes them effective.

Regardless of the type of lubricant - from natural oils to multi-purpose spray lubricants to lithium grease—all generally work in the same way. It's the tendency of the molecules to form weak bonds with one another that makes them slippery.

Here are a few examples of lubricants along with the best uses for each type:

Petroleum Oils dominate the market representing 97 percent of all lubricants sold. While many of these oils are used for specific purposes, far more are multi-purpose/all-purpose lubricants good for almost every need. An example would be WD-40 where uses range from cleaning the chains and gears on bicycles to removing crayon from wallpaper to lubricating your lawn mower to preventing corrosion on outdoor light fixtures.

Graphite clings well to metals, doesn't attract dirt and even conducts electricity. It is also effective at up to 1,250 degrees. It is most commonly used when lubricating metal on metal, including lock sets and other items.

Lithium Grease is water resistant, works very well in temperature extremes, and is more viscous that other products. Lithium grease is often used to lubricate automotive hinges, retractable antennas, in marine uses, and in moist/humid locations due to its water resistance.

Molybdenum Disulfide is fairly unique in its applications, as it does not conduct electricity, and is effective at more than 100,000 PSI (pounds per square inch. It is commonly used for high-load metal-on-metal, including heavy machinery, gun bores and bullets.

Silicone Lubricants are food-safe, waterproof, do not conduct electricity and prevent corrosion. They can be used in wet environments, on boating hardware, in bathroom construction, on fishing tackle and in other areas


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Q: Why is it important to understand what the different types of lubricant are?

A: Using the wrong lubricant may not work, or can even damage what your trying to lubricate!

Condensation at Windows

Sweating windows is a malady that many homes suffer this time of year. Aside from the inability to see out of one's window, heavy condensation can be a great breeding ground for mildew and fungus that will eventually result in rot. One of the most effective ways to deal with this problem is with the installation of exhaust fans in moisture-producing areas of the home like the bathroom, kitchen and laundry. In other areas of the home, decorative ceiling paddle fans run in the reverse direction will move warm air trapped at the ceiling down to the living area for heating efficiency, comfort and even dry windows. That's the House Doc’s tip for today!


Vince Kotlarz - President, MA Licensed Home Inspector, performing home inspection services in Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), and Rhode Island (RI).

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