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Old 10-18-2008   #1
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I know this opens the door to a lot of weird suggestions. But after several days of unrelenting upstream wind on Deso, I am so over squeaky locks. (If someone suggested the melted fat of a newborn infant, I would seriously consider it.)

But actually, having used thin spray stuff like Dri-Glide, which washes out and leaves black spots on the tubes, I'm now leaning towards bicycle crank grease or similar: thick enough so it won't wash out.

I am open to your. . . wisdom.


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Old 10-18-2008   #2
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Epoxy might get rid of the squeeks, , or try silicone spray

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Old 10-18-2008   #3
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I use white lithium grease, but it does turn black and is nasty stuff to clean up if it gets on anything. Take the oarlock off, grease the shaft, put it back together and wipe off the excess.
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Old 10-18-2008   #4
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can you ream them out and put in plastic sleeves?
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Old 10-19-2008   #5
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Before you boil fat try silicone grease it is waterproof and lasts long time. I also keep extra in my repair kit just in case. It comes packaged in little ampoules at auto parts stores for lubricating spark plug boots. I have Rowed hundreds of miles no squeaks. Not to say it isn’t messy but it stays where you put it.
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I use a silver high temp anti -seize they sell for installing spark plugs. It works well and is water proof. A little goes a very long way.

I've also tried sunscreen and peeing on them in a pinch. Both work on a short term basis.
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Old 10-19-2008   #9
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When I haven't forgotten it in the car, I keep a small can of WD-40 in my repair kit for just that problem. Between trips if I notice they're dry, I put a very thin layer of axle grease on the stanchion. Lithium grease works well too. I've never tried the silicone grease - I may give that a shot this season. For a quick fix mid-day just splash a little water on them, sometimes it takes a couple tries but that will often re-settle the grit that is making the squeak. Squirt guns are wonderful for this purpose... I've also used Crisco, sunscreen, both veggie & olive oil, and bacon grease in a pinch (admittedly not great for bear country...)
As for the nastyness that drips on the tubes, bring a boat sponge. I have yet to find a good grease that doesn't make a mess. is offline   Reply With Quote
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I keep some pam in the captain's bag. gotta use it a few times a day if its getting splashed alot, but probably a lot better than dripping petrochems into the river.

Silicone would probably work better, but i've not tried it.


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