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    What are you guys using to clean your cables?

    I get sick and tired of having a tug of war with my K-50, and sick and tired of buying new cables all the time.

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    Re: Cable cleaning

    Not sure what you mean. Only the greasy kitchen lines are an issue with no running water. Usually running a garden hose on the cables will wash them off if they're greasy. Even some simple green.

    Why all the new cables? Are they not 5/8" sectional cables, but drum cables for the drum adapter?

    Rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: Cable cleaning

      Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
      Not sure what you mean. Only the greasy kitchen lines are an issue with no running water. Usually running a garden hose on the cables will wash them off if they're greasy. Even some simple green.

      Why all the new cables? Are they not 5/8" sectional cables, but drum cables for the drum adapter?

      Rick.
      I should of been more specific, I'm talking about the 5/16th or 3/8th cable for drum adapter.

      I have no kinks on my cables, but there will come a point in where on the 3rd or4 pull, it gets stuck, and I have to pull so damn hard or push it back in then start again.

      I've tried scrubbing them iwith a hard bristle brush and hot soapy water, but doesn't take long to go back to being rusty.

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      • #4
        Re: Cable cleaning

        Personally , I don't use the drum adapters. I use the k39 and remove the cables when they are wet. Takes seconds to shake dry and store. I only use the k50 for 5/8" sections.

        Rick.
        phoebe it is

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        • #5
          Re: Cable cleaning

          Yea, my 5/8" cables are fine, it's the smaller ones that give me fits.

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          • #6
            Re: Cable cleaning

            Chlorides in the soap, chlorine in the water. Try keeping your cable in a 12" and/or 20" Bicyle tire. Use something to protect the metal.
            Last edited by JK949; 01-29-2013, 01:29 AM.

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            • #7
              Re: Cable cleaning

              When ever i get the chance i wash my 5/16 cable in the drain with what ever good stuff the customer has in the cabinet , its always clean

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              • #8
                Re: Cable cleaning

                I must be lucky. I left a Ridgid 3/8" cable in the drum of my K-40 for about a week before I needed it again and it looked brand new still, no rust.
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                • #9
                  Re: Cable cleaning

                  Originally posted by Flux View Post
                  I should of been more specific, I'm talking about the 5/16th or 3/8th cable for drum adapter.

                  I have no kinks on my cables, but there will come a point in where on the 3rd or4 pull, it gets stuck, and I have to pull so damn hard or push it back in then start again.

                  I've tried scrubbing them iwith a hard bristle brush and hot soapy water, but doesn't take long to go back to being rusty.
                  Take them out and clean the cables with a pressure washer. Put them in an oil pan with some wd40...next time you use them, do what Rick suggested with taking them out the drum.
                  Buy cheap, buy twice.

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