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post #1 of 5 Old Nov 10th, 2008, 10:33 am Thread Starter
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Upside down oiler

Having wondered how best to oil the squeaky wheels under the refrigerator, a tech arrived today with an all plastic, telescoping, upside down oiler I thought some here might be interested in.

Motor Bearing Oil, from AGS company. 4 oz for agout $3.25.
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post #2 of 5 Old Nov 10th, 2008, 12:00 pm
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Sorry but I cannot resist. Why are you constantly moving the refrigerator? I might move mine once a year to clean under it, but I only roll it straight forward.
As for the oil, Home Depot, Lowes, or any hardware store has this oil with the zoom (pull out) spout, otherwise known as sewing machine oil. It is just a light weight oil.

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I've used that oiler many times....for oiling sewing machines. Sewing machine oil is a lightweight, highly refined oil, which resists gumming. Similar to, but *not* interchangeable with, gun oil. In a pinch, I might use gun oil for a sewing machine, but not the other way around. I've used sewing machine oil for many things where a light-weight oil would work, e.g. squeaky door hinges.

The spout you see is only 1/2 of it. There is another 'straw' inside, running from the red cap to the very bottom of the bottle. It can telescope out, giving a total reach of 6-8 inches, with a bit of flex in the straw. That way you can reach most of the places in the confines of an old cast-metal-housing sewing machine that require oiling. As for oiling upside down, the spot where the inner straw rides in the visible spout can drip a little. But if you just wanted to get a few drops of oil into an awkward location, the few drops that might leak out can easily be wiped up.
Wife tells me a fabric store or sewing machine shop would carry it, but has not seen it at Walmart-type stores.

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Funny you should ask! We got a GE fridge a year ago or so, and I was blaming my SO for always leaving the doors open lately. Once I realized she was not at fault, I called the dealer and found out they knew about the problem, which has been an issue now for about nine years.

Immediately, and I mean faster than a FedEx express delivery, they sent a repair guy over. The unit also is known for it's squeaky wheels (never moved the unit, it just squeaked when the doors were opened), and was oiled a few days after it was delivered, but that guy tilted the new unit WAY over and used WD-40. I really didn't want to have to empty the unit to do that if there was some other way I was not aware of.

The guy adjusted the unit to tilt backwards now, and oiled the hinges so the doors will now close just by gravity. When we would shut one door, it would open the other and not close. Never saw that before. That was with everything set pretty near level.

I was curious how the guy was going to get to the wheels for oiling, and saw this upside down oiler, and had to have one. Got that yesterday.

In exchange for the knowledge, I gave their company my new drop light, which has been in the way and been useless to me since I got it.

The guy also showed up with two, 2x4's, with large nails sticking out, as a prop to hold the fridge over. I took those and gave him two good pieces without nails. Amazing the array of junk tools and equipment people have to use for work.

Guy did a nice job. Chalk that up to another learning experience!
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Re: Upside down oiler

Originally Posted by mtrevelino
Sorry but I cannot resist. Why are you constantly moving the refrigerator?....
It's just one of the chores that has to be done from time to time....Along with dusting the ficus, rotating the potted plants and re-airing the tires.

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