How to Make Files Last 30 Years.

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Introduction: How to Make Files Last 30 Years.

About: I am leaving Instructables, soon. I am very upset with the turnaround that has the page to post the manufacture of a dildo. Me llamo Osvaldo Julio Schiavoni I speak Spanish, not English. I use automatic tr...

And I am not exaggerating, rather I am being modest. because some of my files have lasting thirty years, and perhaps they last so much.

The files, when they are well used, must last many years.

- Do'nt use them on materials that can fill them
- Do'nt use them on hard materials as foundry, hard steel or glass that can dent it
- Do'nt touch the dents with the fingers. The fingers always contain grease and harmful dirt.
- Do'nt to leave them to the bleakness
- Do'nt to wet them with water
- If they are wet, dry them at once
- Do'nt heat them too much. In fact, don't heat them ANYTHING
- Maintain them cleans

Step 1: The Secret: a Sheath.

Recently bought the file, and BEFORE beginning to use it, I make it a sheath that protects it inside the toolbox, because otherwise the close contact with the other tools dents him the edge. The sheath can be made of plastic, metal or any material. I don't believe more explanations are necessary, the pictures are self-explanatory.

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    HAHA! But mmmmhhh, it is NO. They oxidize, rub against other tools, and lose its sharp edge anyway.

    It is remarkable how a loose sheath reduces the amount of air that attack the file's surface.

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    Recently bought the file, and BEFORE beginning to use it, I make it a sheath that protects it inside the toolbox, because otherwise the close contact with the other tools dents him the edge. The sheath can be made of plastic, metal or any material. I don't believe that they are necessary more explanations, the pictures are self-explanatory.

    Recently I bought a file, and BEFORE beginning to use it, I made it a sheath that protects it inside the toolbox, because otherwise the close contact with the other tools dents the edges. The sheath can be made out of plastic, metal or any material. I don't believe that they are more necessary explanations, the pictures are self-explanatory.

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    ¿¿¿??? Thanks anyway.

    Maybe for one of our esteemed repliers' next instructables, they can show us how to properly translate Castellan Spanish to English, if they have an abundance of time. Gentlemen, I speak no Spanish, yet I can clearly understand rimar's instructions. Sometimes a bit of clarification is ok in as much as it serves to further explain unclear concepts that might become lost in translation, but do we really need a complete grammar and spelling check? I hope those to whom this applies get the point.

    I thought it was a great instructable. I speak no Spanish either, and found the instructions clear and concise, despite the language barrier. Rimar is absolutely right about the sheaths as well as the other tips. The fact that an Elder Maker has taken the time to share a bit of wisdom to help us along the way should make us feel proud and thankful, both of which I am. Thanks Rimar2000.

    Thank you, mtngrown!

    I am not an Elder Maker, I am a young 67 years old boy, and fond of kludge...

    ya i agree i understood it fine i thought they were good tips

    I totally agree with you!! come on people, get a life!! Rimar has some very practical and ingenius idea's. I applaud the fact that I can share idea's so easily with someone from another country and different lanquage.

    Thanks xxmixkexx (somebody related to KEDIT inner languaje?) and heartbar64. I am improving my English, it is not easy but possible. Each time I can write more paragraphs without usind Google Translator.

    Thanks Rimar, while I too take good care of my files I never gave it a thought as to how long I would actually own one. Aluminum and soft metals are OK to file just use some kerosene on the file and it'll keep it from clogging. Not sure how long the file will last over those 30 years as kerosene always has a bit of sulfur in it: but it does make it last longer vs. not using it. I own a file card but lately I have been using a brass bristle brush with some more kerosene to clean my files, I find it works better than a file card. If you end up ruining a file, don't thrown it away. Save it and when you have a charcoal barbeque throw the files in afterwords and leave them in until the fire is out and cold. I later grind them into bench knives and affix handles on them and then temper the blade with a torch and some mapp gas. Well, if you worked in a shop for low wages and long hours you'd certainly know what bleakness means... I think it describes the condition perfectly. ;-)

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    You can also spray them with WD40 and it keeps them unclogged.. Also go get a filecard (tool for cleaning files)

    I didnt know it, but it does not surprise me because WD40 is MAGIC!

    Thanks for the info.

    I live in Argentina, this product it is not here. Maybe it is hydrochloric acid.

    You should become the importer of it then you could be king!

    Believe me, that treatment with strong acids is older than the injustice and practiced worldwide. Here in Argentina, few people would buy a product like that, I think.

    I work at an auto shop, we use pb blaster all of the time. It also goes by the name of "penetrating fluid", and it works wonders on rusted moving parts. Magic indeed!

    I don't speak English, please explain me what thing is "pb blaster". Can be it replaced with WD 40?

    On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being bad and 10 being the best WD-40 is about a 3, Liquid Wrench a 5, and PB Blaster is a 7