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I read your article with great interest. I will try this process on my 32 year old corroded, tinned marine copper electrical wiring on my sailboat. What I am curious about is whether the solution(s) will penetrate deeper into the insulated wire (capillary action?) and what, if any, deleterious effect that might have on its conductivity.
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Thanks for the tip, it saved me the headache of figuring out why I wasn't getting a solid connection on a replacement plug! I want to add, the second solution doesn't have to be only baking soda - I didn't have any so I used some denture cleaning tablets. Borax would also work, since these all use high alkalinity for their cleaning properties.
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Fantastic! I have an old 40 year old car. The instrument lights don't work. I was told to take them out and sand the contacts. That was take way too long and didn't do a very good job. Then I ran across this instructable. Now in a few minutes the contact look like new and the solutions reach where sand paper cannot Thank you soooo much!
It works apsolutely perfect,thanks mate!
Great tip! Many thanks. Had to soak for about 15 mins but it came good in the end. Cheers!
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Thank you for your comment. Here is the FAQs at sherlines website. http://www.sherline.com/faq.htm#30Here you can see that it all depends on the operator, with 0.0002" possible on the lathe mentioned. The better the operator, the better the resulting accuracy. If you have a sherline mill, adjust it as this instructable shows, and see how accurate you can get! You're right, the mill cannot push against hard materials and get that accuracy, but for brass, copper or soft materials, it can be done! Happy making:)
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The mill used here is a sherline 5400 mill, the base model in the sherline lineup. You can find them on eBay or by going to sherline.com. A word of warning, they are not easy on the wallet, especially if they are the CNC version. But a pretty good mill overall.
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Aluminum wire corrodes quite quickly. Does this same process work equally well with aluminum?
Man I am so glad this was here... I was sure it could be done easily but couldn't remember. I was having isseus with my vehicle shutting itself off at inconveinent times, like while I was driving. I removed the wires and connectors and gave them their baths... I am amazed I didn't know my headlights wrre that bright, let alone the dash lights. You probably saved me a couple hundred in shop bills!!! Awesome!!
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