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    One More Tool for Sticky Valves

    I thought I had all the stuff I needed to deal with valves. I was wrong.

    My first valve has been sticking lately. I went through multiple rounds of cleaning the piston and swabbing the casing using the degreaser. Then I polished the piston (which looked nice and clean/shiny, but...). Nope.

    I have been dubbing R-R tapes lately in my practice area, and cleaning the heads between each pass. So I got the alcohol I was using (99% isopropyl) and cleaned the piston with that, then swabbed the casing with a cloth that I had poured some onto. That did it!

    As good as the degreaser is most times, there was something stuck there that was stubborn. AND, I have used this stuff as spot remover on the carpeting - works great!

    Here is the stuff:

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    Last edited by davewerden; 11-03-2022 at 06:54 PM.
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    *filed away for future reference*
    David Bjornstad

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Indianapolis area
    Dave, is your water "limey"? We have some of the "hardest" water in the country around south-central Indiana, and I find that lime builds up on pistons/in cylinders in spite of oral hygiene efforts. Of course, I always keep a water bottle at hand when I'm playing...
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