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  • Vinyl Record Cleaning With an Ultrasonic Cleaner

    I have a BUTTLOAD of 78s that I need to clean...I've acquired about 300 or so in the last three years, and a serious sorting of them shows pristine (rarely) to just short of being dipped in mud.Right now I'm looking at a 6 liter and a 10 liter machine....any suggestions?She Who Must Be Obeyed will be getting it for me for Xmas, PROVIDING I don't get a vac machine...I lean to the ultrasound machines...I have disc cleaner I use from a 78 record player dealer/restorer, and can readily get more...I can't use alcohol-based cleaners due to the shellac 'melting' from them!FOR YOU...I had just last week started looking for an ultrasonic cleaner, and came up with an idea YOU might consider using...a BBQ rotisserie motor, suitably modded to slowly rotate the discs. The square shaft would need t...

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    I have a BUTTLOAD of 78s that I need to clean...I've acquired about 300 or so in the last three years, and a serious sorting of them shows pristine (rarely) to just short of being dipped in mud.Right now I'm looking at a 6 liter and a 10 liter machine....any suggestions?She Who Must Be Obeyed will be getting it for me for Xmas, PROVIDING I don't get a vac machine...I lean to the ultrasound machines...I have disc cleaner I use from a 78 record player dealer/restorer, and can readily get more...I can't use alcohol-based cleaners due to the shellac 'melting' from them!FOR YOU...I had just last week started looking for an ultrasonic cleaner, and came up with an idea YOU might consider using...a BBQ rotisserie motor, suitably modded to slowly rotate the discs. The square shaft would need to be filed/turned down to fit the disc holes, but that's no great concern, especially considering the slow speeds a rotisserie turns at. O-rings pushed on would serve to keep the records stacked on the shaft.My 78s range in age from the giant single-sided discs (circa 1900) to the 1950s.INCIDENTALLY folks...if you play 78s, make sure you either use a NEW steel needle with each play, OR make sure your diamond stylus is sized properly for the discs.New needles go for about $27 for 500 of them....

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  • Cleaning and Repairing an Antique Mortise Door Lock

    Would you have a similar lock in the house? Carefully removed and used as an example, it might serve.I would recommend just trying different assemblies, keeping track of how you put any particular part together...dead bolt assembly, for example.I had recently tried a piece of steel from a clock spring (wound type) as a replacement for the flat springs in a few locks. While not stiff enough by itself, a couple/three together might serve.I'm the type that needs a bunch of pieces in front of me to work, so sending me pics would probably not help.Sorry.

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