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WD-40 - Who Knew?

Sometimes you learn the most interesting stuff while tooling around the internet. Today I stumbled across a fascinating Facebook post by Ron English that I just had to share, especially since it involves something that nearly everyone has around the house. I'm talking about that blue and yellow can of WD-40 tucked under the kitchen sink or out in the garage. If you thought it was just for squeaky hinges or getting the rust off old screws, think again.

WD-40: The history

WD-40, or Water Displacement #40, began as a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. It was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. The name originated from the project that was tasked with finding a water displacement compound. The formulation was finally successful on its fortieth attempt, hence the name WD-40. The Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. In fact, the main ingredient in WD-40 is simple fish oil.

40 uses you might not have known about for WD-40:

1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar, grime, and unwanted paint spray from cars without harming the finish.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floors that just-waxed sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps flies off of cows, horses, and other farm animals.
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains from clothing. Just saturate the stain with WD-40 and throw it in the wash.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic/terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass or plastic shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicle doors.
18. Removes those nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Removes bug guts that can eat away at the finish on your car, including love bugs.
20. Spray on children's playground slide for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and sliding doors and makes them easier to open.
23. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
24. Restores and cleans vinyl and leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers and roof racks.
25. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
26. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
27. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
28. Keeps rust from forming on saws, saw blades, and other tools.
29. Removes grease splatters from stove-tops and leaves them shiny clean.
30. Prevents bathroom mirrors from fogging.
31. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
32. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
33. Removes all traces of duct tape.
34. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
35. Used to protect the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
36. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
37. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
38. It's great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
39. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.
40. Use it as an ant deterrent. They don't like it.

Don't you just love it when a single, common household item can replace a multitude of products?

One Month and Counting

OK, I've been in possession of the new house for just over one month, and while it probably wouldn't be recognizable to the former owners, it's no where near ready for occupancy, nor am I satisfied with my progress. I told my sister-in-law Fran the other day that if this was 20 years ago, I'd be done with this by now. Oh well, we do what we can, right?

I had to stop work on the inside last week to address the outside, thanks to the friendly HOA that insisted I clean up the exterior. So my son Anthony and I pressure washed the house, then I spent the week painting. I couldn't match the yellow of the siding on the main house, so I decided to go brighter on the addition.  You can't really tell from the picture, but the color, Behr Ultra 400A-3 Pear, almost glows neon in the sun. I love it!

See the difference in the new color (brighter) vs the old, faded color?
I got most of the yellow done and repainted all the white trim around the doors and windows, plus the fascia, back steps, and shutters. The ceiling of the carport is peeling in spots, but it's just going to have to wait till fall because it's too bloody hot right now and I need to get back to work on the inside.

This is where I left off inside before I was so rudely interrupted by the HOA nasti-gram;

Drywall is up and mudded in master bedroom. Awaiting priming and paint, then on to the new floors.
Of course, just because I haven't been working on the inside, doesn't mean I've forgotten it. I've been haunting the ReStore, thrift stores, Goodwill, and eBay for the little extras I need (we won't go into how much time I've spent at Home Depot and Lowe's and how my studio space currently looks like a lumber yard). I've managed to score quite a few finds, including four rolls of vintage wallpaper for the guest bedroom I picked up for $45 on eBay, an antique sewing cabinet I found at the ReStore for $10, and a solid wood bed I got at Goodwill for $30. I love treasure hunting--so much more fun than buying retail.

The guest bedroom has been doubling as a furniture storage room. Check out my bed from Goodwill and the sewing cabinet. Can you just imagine how cute they'll be painted?

After taking a couple of days off to catch up on some Crystal Creation orders for Nancy Dunn's new garden shop in Raleigh (more on that later), I plan to put in a full day tomorrow, priming all the new drywall, hanging  the beadboard wallpaper for the wainscoting in the guest bedroom, and hopefully getting some paint on the walls. My plan is to be ready to lay the new wood floors this weekend. Then I can concentrate on finishing the kitchen.