Cleaning retort clamps

This forum is for (a) to help other members source materials, and (b) for topics regarding equipment repairs.
Post Reply
User avatar
remlap12
Posts: 340
Joined: 26 Jun 2014, 12:23
State/Location: NSW

Cleaning retort clamps

Post by remlap12 »

Good morning all,

Perhaps an odd question.....I've been asked to clean up our retort clamps, boss heads etc.
What would anyone suggest to soak or wash them in??
:?

TIA
Helen
Regards
remlap12
science support and problem solver :mail:
RosalieL
Posts: 469
Joined: 28 Jan 2021, 13:24
Job Title: Lab Assistant
School: MCS
State/Location: NSW

Re: Cleaning retort clamps

Post by RosalieL »

My first thought is metho and a chux cloth to wipe them over. Not sure if that's a *good* thought!! If there's a lot of chemical residue on them I'd be just using water and a cloth though. As long as they can dry fairly quickly so they don't rust...
Merilyn1
Posts: 1458
Joined: 12 Mar 2013, 08:10
Job Title: Labbie
School: Wollondilly Anglican College
Suburb: Tahmoor
State/Location: NSW

Re: Cleaning retort clamps

Post by Merilyn1 »

That is an odd request, Helen! God, next they'll want you to clean the tripods :yuck: :giggle:

I guess try to work out what's on them and why they want them cleaned. Maybe just detergent and a cloth/scourer/brush. But as Rosalie says, make sure they dry quickly.
User avatar
remlap12
Posts: 340
Joined: 26 Jun 2014, 12:23
State/Location: NSW

Re: Cleaning retort clamps

Post by remlap12 »

Merilyn1 wrote: 07 Feb 2023, 10:32 That is an odd request, Helen! God, next they'll want you to clean the tripods :yuck: :giggle:

I guess try to work out what's on them and why they want them cleaned. Maybe just detergent and a cloth/scourer/brush. But as Rosalie says, make sure they dry quickly.
Merilyn,
I know right?!! :cheesy: :cheesy:
I recently bought new tripods, so I'm safe there! :clap3:
They just didn't seem to be clamping tightly.....so a clean was suggested #-o
Regards
remlap12
science support and problem solver :mail:
bigmack
Posts: 793
Joined: 15 Dec 2015, 10:49
Job Title: Ex Lab Assistant for now
School: yeah no
State/Location: QLD

Re: Cleaning retort clamps

Post by bigmack »

Do they have a sand blasting equipment in TAS dept ?
User avatar
remlap12
Posts: 340
Joined: 26 Jun 2014, 12:23
State/Location: NSW

Re: Cleaning retort clamps

Post by remlap12 »

bigmack wrote: 07 Feb 2023, 12:35 Do they have a sand blasting equipment in TAS dept ?
don't know, bigmack...I can ask :thumbup:
Regards
remlap12
science support and problem solver :mail:
Merilyn1
Posts: 1458
Joined: 12 Mar 2013, 08:10
Job Title: Labbie
School: Wollondilly Anglican College
Suburb: Tahmoor
State/Location: NSW

Re: Cleaning retort clamps

Post by Merilyn1 »

remlap12 wrote: 07 Feb 2023, 10:37
Merilyn1 wrote: 07 Feb 2023, 10:32 That is an odd request, Helen! God, next they'll want you to clean the tripods :yuck: :giggle:

I guess try to work out what's on them and why they want them cleaned. Maybe just detergent and a cloth/scourer/brush. But as Rosalie says, make sure they dry quickly.
Merilyn,
I know right?!! :cheesy: :cheesy:
I recently bought new tripods, so I'm safe there! :clap3:
They just didn't seem to be clamping tightly.....so a clean was suggested #-o
That has got me confused. If they aren't clamping tightly, would it be the wind-y part that is not working properly. Or is it just that the clamp has been bent? What are they trying to clamp? Is the clamp just not ever going to be tight enough for what they are doing?
I'd try one and I wouldn't put too much effort in unless you can see a difference.
User avatar
remlap12
Posts: 340
Joined: 26 Jun 2014, 12:23
State/Location: NSW

Re: Cleaning retort clamps

Post by remlap12 »

Hi Merilyn,

I'm actually not worrying too much about the clamps. They have pulled a motor out of a vacuum cleaner and were trying to get it to operate, the clamps were holding the small motor. Probably not quite what they were designed for...
Regards
remlap12
science support and problem solver :mail:
Post Reply