Golf Course Management

MAR 2014

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34 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.14 Shop chemicals for the modern plastic world A review of the shop's chemical "tools" may bypass problems with modern mate - rials, especially the widely and increasingly used plastics. Like ours, your review may also encourage you to stock up on some old stand - bys that are still excellent aids. Here are some items noted among the lu - bricants, cleaners and more specialized prod- ucts that landed on our new shelving after we organized the shop during the long, cold win - ter. The list includes brand names of products for which we've found no generic substitute or competitive product that's sold here in north - east Georgia. Read the label before using any chemi - cal. Many are extremely fammable and must be stored and handled properly. Unless you are absolutely certain, take the time to test a chemical on plastics, composites, paint and other fnishes. Some chemicals have unwanted reactions with metals, particularly aluminum and copper, brass and bronze. If you are trans - ferring a chemical to another container, like a pump can, make sure the labeling is clear. Don't repeat my ruination of a plas - tic-lined (and expensive) Bowden-type throt- tle cable system that froze when the wrong oil was applied to unstick it. Here are some nota - ble chem tools: Spray lubricant for plastics. This is what I grab frst when I need a light oil. It works on everything and it won't ruin plastic pieces in - side a sticky ignition lock. DuPont Tefon Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubri - cant (spray and liquid). Forms a slick surface that improves sliding items, like saw blades, hinges, locks and cutting blades. Especially good for coating shafts before installing oil seals. Leaves a corrosion-resistant coating that makes light bulbs easier to replace. PB Blaster Penetrating Catalyst. A remark - able spray that frees up rusted fasteners. It can damage rubber and plastic, and the fumes upset some folks. Give it time to soak in. T read cutting oil. An old sulfur-bearing standby for running a tap to clean up spark plug holes or other threads. Use as lubricant when drilling holes in metal to lengthen the service life of drill bits and reduce breakage of small bits. We keep it handy in a clearly la - beled metal pumper can. Strong citrus-oil cleaners (Goo Gone and Goof Off are major brands). Vital for remov - ing oily, gummy, greasy residue, tape residue, wax, pine sap and other gunk. It will break down latex and some other paints after long exposure — good for cleaning, bad for surface prep before painting. Carburetor cleaner spray (generic). Re - moves burned-on oil and fuel residues, loos- ens many paints — helpful when preparing a surface for welding. When it has propane or butane propellant, makes a good engine-start - ing spray. Use non-fammable brake cleaner when working with hot surfaces. Non-detergent motor oil. Keep a few quarts in stock — it's specifed in pressure washer pumps, air compressors and some (shop) Scott R. Nesbitt other equipment. Keep in a metal pumper can for a quick shot of general-purpose mid- weight lube. You may have to order it, as many stores don't stock it. Non-alco ol regular gasoline and 50:1 non-alco ol 2-cycle mix. Used for the frst fueling of equipment that's new or newly serviced. Eliminating ethanol in fuel removes one more factor that might disrupt the initial start-up. Rubber/vinyl spray ad esive. For quick and often permanent repair of labels, seat covers and other light materials that are destined to become detached. A light shot holds gaskets in place for easy assembly. Comes in a heavier form that works as an adhesive or to protect electrical wiring terminals from humidity. Mass air fow sensor cleaner. This is a plas - tic-safe electronics cleaner that works nicely to clean all manner of electrical contacts, motor commutator/brush assemblies and other assemblies. Leaves no residue. Petroleum jelly. Just sticky enough to hold little springs and things in place when as - sembling small carburetors. Washes away easily when exposed to gasoline or petro - leum products. Good for small skin scratches and is a decent hand-cleaner. Helps protect vinyl from oxidation. Scott R. Nesbitt is a freelance writer and former GCSAA staff member. He lives in Cleveland, Ga. Chemical tools old and new are a critical part of an efficient service shop. Photo by Scott Nesbitt 034-035_March14_Shop.indd 34 2/18/14 1:43 PM

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