Overall, it works pretty well though. A while ago, someone was busted for posing as an expert in theology.
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Maybe now, when I try adding to the Everclear entry (for the alcoholic "beverage", that is) that it works very well as a freeze-resistant lubricant for trumpet and tuba valves, it'll stay up rather than get edited out.
When I get around to it, anyway.
I haven't been able to find Everclear at any of the local liquor stores around here. Where do you find this stuff?
It's almost as much fun to say Wikipedia as it is to say Funk & Wagnalls.
I got to the shop, looked on every shelf, and didn't find it. I looked again, making sure to peruse every square inch of shelf space, and still couldn't find it. I gave up trying to find it myself and asked the old guy at the checkout lane -- "Excuse me, but do you have Everclear here?"
He reached under the counter, lifted up a bottle of gen-yoo-ine 198 proof starter fluid, and set it in front of me. "$8.50," he said.
Awesome. I paid, feeling the need to explain myself -- "I'm not actually going to drink it, I'm going to make valve oil out of it. We're playing at the Winter Paralympics and we're having trouble with our instruments freezing." I think he actually believed me, saying that he'd heard of musicians using it for the same reason.
Took it back to the hotel, mixed it 2 parts Everclear to 1 part Al Cass, shook it up, and used it the next day. My horn's valves didn't freeze, just like they never froze at homecoming football games in college where we'd sit on our hands for a whole quarter 'cuz our team sucked.
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lol "Sock-puppeting is a very serious offence . . . "
Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
The good stuff works great as a short-term valve lubricant because it's almost pure alcohol with no flavors, fillers, or extra stuff that can gunk up. Mixed with regular valve oil, it thickens a bit and sticks to the valve casings better.
Anything over 190 is suspect. My kid brother was biochem and it turns out distilling has limits. 95% is as high as you can go, above that the water is driven off by adding nasty stuff. Most of the nasty stuff is gone also, but traces remain.
For months the Wiki entry on Eddy Merckx said that in 1969 he would have won the white jersey for best young rider if it had existed in the TDF. One can argue this is technically true. But the omission was still huge. He did win the white jersey in 1969, which at that time was the combo jersey. He won 4 such in total, more than any other rider. (He would have won 6 if it had existed for all the TDFs he rode).