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    A good friend and fellow competitor brought back my soil snapper he borrowed while his was being fixed. When he handed it to me he asked how it was possible to have a chain that clean after so many years. His big complaint was that he oils his but it always gets all gunked up, and when it gets muddy its hard to clean.

    I showed him how I keep my chain real clean and thought you fellas might like it as well.

    At any farm equipment dealer or auto parts house you can get a gallon of "GUNK" brand cleaner that comes with a basket for dipping small greasy parts into. The basket is worthless so I throw it out. I don't clean the chain every time but I tend to clean it about every 4 or 5 jobs worth of snaps. Real quickly I wire brush it if it's muddy then dip the chain in the gallon jug for 30 min. or so. Then I just pull it out and spray it with an aerosol lub. The key part is the next time I clean it it takes the old oil off and the grit that stick to it. The grit is what's hard on the chain. My chain looks like brand new, and the links are perfect. Mike
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    Nice work table.

    J.C.

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    • #3
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      That's an airplane fuselage. Mike

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      • #4
        Re: Chain snapper cleaning tip ( pics )

        Originally posted by Mikes Plumbing View Post
        That's an airplane fuselage. Mike
        Ok, I gotta' bite. How do you end up with an airplane fuselage?

        Or do you make them?

        J.C.

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          My hobby is building vintage airplanes from scratch. The one pictured is a 1928 Corben. It is a fully aerobatic open cockpit fun machine. The wings are all custom designed to handle +- 6 G's. I also restore vintage aircraft and assist others in building from scratch. You start with a set of plans and a pile of metal. Mike

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          • #6
            Re: Chain snapper cleaning tip ( pics )

            Originally posted by Mikes Plumbing View Post
            My hobby is building vintage airplanes from scratch. The one pictured is a 1928 Corben. It is a fully aerobatic open cockpit fun machine. The wings are all custom designed to handle +- 6 G's. I also restore vintage aircraft and assist others in building from scratch. You start with a set of plans and a pile of metal. Mike
            Very impressed. Post some of your work sometime.

            Thanks.

            J.C.

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            • #7
              Re: Chain snapper cleaning tip ( pics )

              Just go to eaa.org. There is about 30,000 homebuilt airplanes in the air at any givin time, and about 30,000 being built. Anybody can do it. Mike

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              • #8
                Re: Chain snapper cleaning tip ( pics )

                For J.C.
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                • #9
                  Re: Chain snapper cleaning tip ( pics )

                  Mike, is that one of your rides?

                  J.C.

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                  • #10
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                    I thought all plumbers spend there free time flying upside down.

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                    • #11
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                      They just never leave the ground. Impressive to me.

                      Don't dismiss you're talent.

                      And I'll try to get me some of "Mikes Soil Cutter Cleaner".

                      J.C.

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                      • #12
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                        Thank You, Most people think airplanes are expensive. The airplane in the picture you can build yourself for $6,000. It burns 4 gal. per hour and avg. cruise is 105mph. Pretty cheap fun, and you can fly anywhere in the country. Insurance is $800 a year. I'll probably get into trouble talking about airplanes on a plumbing forum so I'll stop now. Mike

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                        • #13
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                          I think i will just stay upright and clean my chain..
                          Thanks

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                          • #14
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                            Mike ,the heck with plumbing! Iwas a helo Meck in the Marine Corps,and also a cert. welder.
                            That doesn't look Allum. but steel! Tool
                            I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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                              4130 chrome moly aircraft tubing(.035 wall). Welding is done by oxy-acetylene and tig rod as a filler. Very strong

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