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Old 02-12-10, 11:48 PM
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Indoor degreasing recomendations?

When we moved, I lost my shop space. Now I'm building bikes in the living room. My health isn't so important to me but I'd like to be able to repack a bottom bracket without gassing my wife and kids.
Any suggestions?
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Old 02-12-10, 11:51 PM
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fumehood and vent... a lot of those vapours are heavier than air though.
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Old 02-13-10, 12:12 AM
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Use less chemicals to prevent fumes. Wipe away most of the grease with a rag. Spritz some degreaser (diluted Awesome Orange is great at $1) into another rag and clean up what's left. Leaves my BB clean and I barely smell anything.

Stay healthy.
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hot water and dish detergent.
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Old 02-13-10, 09:23 AM
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You need a very understanding wife.

Today is good.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and you have to get something, anyway.
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Use orange magic or simple green and a toothbrush. WD40 is available in gallon cans which are not pressurized but designed to refill a spray bottle.
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Old 02-13-10, 12:11 PM
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Dish detergent is an amazing degreaser. After working on a bike or a car, I always grab the bottle of dish soap off the kitchen counter and squirt a bit in my hands and then go wash my hands in the bathroom sink. For just grease removal I think I'd use dishsoap and an old toothbrush in an old pot that you no longer use in the sink. Most of the time I'm dealing with old grease that has turned hard and shellac/glue-like. I used to use an old coffee can with gas like I was shown back in the 70's. But I've gotten to thinking, while that works, it's not such a safe way to go about it due to the highly volitle nature of gasoline. The fumes are explosive and it only takes a little spark off a bearing to make things very interesting. Lately I've been using kerosene which is a bit less explosive, but I won't work with it inside. I bundle up and go out to the porch and sit outside next to the snow and work there for short periods of time. The gas would cut that grease like nothing, but the kerosene seems to take longer(I'll let the parts soak for a day or two.), and to be truthful, I'm not sure it works better than if I just soaked the parts in soapy water. If there's a better way to do this, I'd like to hear about it too. Maybe I'll just try a soapy water soak on the next go-round and see how it does.
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Old 02-13-10, 12:27 PM
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i work in my apartment when i put my daughter down for sleep and i usually use wd-40 out on our patio and take it into the bathroom and use dish soap to clean everything... works like a charm!
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Old 02-13-10, 12:29 PM
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Clean everything outside. Assemble inside.
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Old 02-13-10, 12:44 PM
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Simple Green...not noxious, biodegradable, works great. I turned this:



Into this:



All indoors with Simple Green, wet/dry sandpaper, Mother's, and my laundry tub. It's doable.

A tip:

One thing I DO have...went to Harbor Freight and bought two of those megapacks of RED cloth shop towels. Now my wife and I don't argue over rags, mine are red, her's aren't ...about saved our marriage. And, when they're about all dirty, I throw them in the nice new HE washer on the "sterilize" setting which is a three hour cycle in super hot water. Then I run a washer clean cycle. They come out just fine, no harm to the washer.

Our finances may be combined...but our rags are definitely separate!
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Simple green

I'm with khatfull the Simple Green is great. Purple Power is good also. I use a plastic tub with a snap-on lid. I let bearings soak, stir a little, and repeat. Take just a few minutes. Whatever you use I'm sure you know to check for flammability and open pilot lights or flames. Be safe...
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Old 02-13-10, 01:04 PM
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Im not sure what that comment about WD 40 was about that exactly what he doesn't want lol. besides who ever wd 40s a bike is the devil in my book.

This is what I do in my shop which is also a small enclosed space that I dont like to chase customers out of with fumes.

First we wipe away the grease using a paper towel not a rag. Any spouse will tell you they don't want nasty grease and crap inside there expensive washing machine on a rag, it'll ruin the other clothes.
ONce your left with a residue to get rid of I use Finishline orange degreaser. It comes in gallon containers and aerosol cans. ONce you find a spray bottle to put it in that it wont melt its the best stuff in the world, light orange smell thats about it. I use it get rid of corrosion, grease, dirt, latex paint, stains on my concrete floor, my hands in very light diluted doses. Its also known to get rid bicycle paint and skin if you rub hard enough and dont dilute it lol
However you stated you want to use it in the living room so you probably care about the floor you have. In this case I would use like everyone else says kitchen dishwashing soap. I wouldn't wet it down too much cause that just makes a mess.

OR

The following methods have been devised on some really boring weekends

Everyone happens to have a convenient degreaser right in their own home called a dishwasher. put your parts in there, set it to a low/economy setting and they come out looking amazing. Just be sure to wipe them down first. Utilize the silverware holder for small parts. For bearings, find yourself a small mesh bag to put them in. Always pop the bearings out of the cartriges to clean them, that's the only way stuff gets done right. After they get out use some warm water and a rag to remove the soap scum. Also be sure to get them out immediately or they'll start to rust. Ive done this a few times when I wasn't in a hurry, or was too engrossed in the TV to do a proper job.

OR

get a glass jar, some gasoline and some sand throw it all together along with your parts and shake. Ready to serve in 15 mins.

OR

get a PLASTIC jar some degreaser throw your parts in. lock down the lid tight. wrap the jar in a towel and use some straps to lock it in place and throw into the dryer on air/cool dry for 15 mins. If have a gas dryer I recommend using gasoline as your degreaser j/k. I WOULD NOT DO THIS. I did it once and felt stupid after word even though it worked.
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I use closed containers for degreasing whenever possible. Let the parts soak for a while, then take the container outside to open it and scrub the parts. Hang the parts outside (or in the shed) to dry. Save the solvent in the closed container for next time.
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^ Huh, you're worried about rags but put parts in the dishwasher!?! THAT would get me divorced!!!
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Challenger cleaner

Cuts thru grease and dirt much faster than Simple Green, and no odor.
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Cool, thanks. I just put the kids to bed and did a perfectly acceptable bottom bracket job with dishsoap.
I'm gonna try some of that Challenger, though, when I get to something really gross.
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Originally Posted by sailorbenjamin View Post
Cool, thanks. I just put the kids to bed and did a perfectly acceptable bottom bracket job with dishsoap.
I'm gonna try some of that Challenger, though, when I get to something really gross.
Ben, do what I do. Have the wife and kids do the degreasing while you take a nap! How ya been man?


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