Q & A — February 2004
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
Bright and Shiny
| A simple tool for corrosion-free
battery terminals, keeping drill bits clean, maintaining an air compressor, and more.
Once you’ve got everything shined up nicely, coat the connections with petroleum jelly or light mineral grease. Aerosol anticorrosion sprays can also be used.
I do a fair amount of repairs onboard and have noticed many of my drill bits have a buildup of residue on them. How can I clean them without dulling the bits? H.L., via e-mail
Coat the drill bits with household oven cleaner. Simply lay the bits on several layers of newspaper, and spray generously with the cleaner. Do this in a well-ventilated area—preferably outside—and make sure to use gloves and protective eyewear. If you want to avoid the fumes, place the bits in a transparent, heavy-duty, Ziploc-type bag, then place the nozzle of the oven cleaner can in the bag, and spray enough to cover the bits. Whichever way you do it, let them sit for about a half hour before wiping them clean with a rag.
What kind of maintenance
is required for an air-horn air compressor? B.R., via e-mail
Make sure the system properly “cycles”—that is, it should turn on when air is used and shut off when the tank is fully pressurized. If it runs continuously, the compressor may have a leak.
Check all the fittings and belts on a weekly basis to ensure they’re in good condition, and inspect the hoses and rigid tubing for cracks and leaks every month. If the compressor is fitted with a filter, make sure it is clean. And if the tank is more than five years old, it’s a good idea to have it pressure tested.
This article originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.