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    What can I soak this in (besides gas) to bring it back to new?

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    Re: Old, dry running rope...

    Cutting oil

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    • #3
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      Probably should not be soaked but rather "applied heavily ". Any one know what is the flash point of cutting oil compared to the temperature of molten lead?

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      • #4
        Re: Old, dry running rope...

        I have soaked mine for a week.

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        • #5
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          seal blubber.

          Vince

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          • #6
            Re: Old, dry running rope...

            Ok I will bite, what is a dry running rope.

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            • #7
              Re: Old, dry running rope...

              A running rope is used to pour lead joints. It is placed around the spigot end of the pipe at the bell to form a dam to hold the molten lead in place until it cools. Then is removed and a variety of caulking irons are used to make the seal tight. Lead joints were used for cast iron pressure pipe and dwv pipe. It is almost a lost art in the pipe fitting trade since mechanical joint and slip joint pipe is used for water lines and no hub and ferncos are used for dwv (not sure of all of the things used for dwv since I'm not in the plumbing trade, but I do quiet a bit of underground fire lines 6" to 10")

              G3

              The dry part is that it is old and "dried out", they were made out of some kind of fabric in the shape of a rope with a clip to hold it together at the top of the joint to be able to pour in the molten lead.
              Last edited by G3sprinklers; 01-13-2009, 06:08 AM.

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              • #8
                Re: Old, dry running rope...

                I hope to never use a running rope again......gotta love no-hub and pvc.
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                • #9
                  Re: Old, dry running rope...

                  AKA "joint runner"

                  Here's is one in action.

                  "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                  John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Old, dry running rope...

                    i finally found it.

                    this stuff is great. i used it and i can say that it works.

                    http://www.wrmeadows.com/wrm00090.htm

                    all you need is warm water, a bucket and the chisles.

                    Vince

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                    • #11
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                      I have always soaked mine in cutting oil and yes it smokes like hell the first few pours but I've never had it catch fire.

                      Vince, where can I get some of that Seal oil?
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                      • #12
                        Re: Old, dry running rope...

                        Originally posted by NHMaster3015 View Post
                        I have always soaked mine in cutting oil and yes it smokes like hell the first few pours but I've never had it catch fire.

                        Vince, where can I get some of that Seal oil?
                        i go out and get you some right now, i just gotta find my club.

                        Vince

                        NH, ever smell burning seal oil/fat? i can attest, it's not sweet. pooowwaaahhh!!

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                        • #13
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                          club, why not a bow and arrow like in that picture there buddy!

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by wrench spinner View Post
                            club, why not a bow and arrow like in that picture there buddy!
                            like a bar bouncer, it's easy to walk up to something when it's drunk or sleeping. just kidding.

                            we use harpoons wrench. when the prey is caught, it's easier to reel them in.

                            i once saw some old film footage of a hunter delivering the death blow to the seal with his fist. brutle!!

                            he shudda used a pipe wrench. ridgid wrenches only require 1 hit.

                            and they're already painted red to hide the blood.

                            Vince

                            there is nothing subtle about surviving up here. one is either eating, or being eaten. just some food for thought.

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