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  • #31
    Came up with this goofy idea while making pancakes.

    Take a hand held mixer and swap the beaters for brushes to clean the mess off the rods.
    The brushes turn in opposite directions so the rods just need to be fed into them.
    The cleaning action can be adjusted depending on the diameter and material of the brushes.
    Once they are cleaned enough the brushes might even have enough speed to eject them into a suitable box
    saving extra handling.
    Good luck
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    • #32
      Well, this has been highly enlightening!

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      • #33
        You see the joy and ingenuity that such a mundane and trivial post can bring?! I think the mixer idea is genius.

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        • #34
          Something the wife will enjoy also.

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          • #35
            I think this is one for the record books .

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            • #36
              I bet you can use it for all sorts of stuff! Brushing the cat, cleaning beer mugs, etc....

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              • #37
                Ryan,

                As my good friends have often told me, "sometimes you come up with decent ideas - but don't quit your day job"

                Hope you can salvage some of your rods.

                40.000 would keep me busy for a lifetime........................... or 100 cases of beer.

                good luck


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                Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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                • #38

                  This is funny stuff.....except for the termites
                  I would probably put them in one of your tubes and since you will need multiples then I would pour a different solution in each one. Cap them off and let them sit, checking every few weeks or when ever. (years?)
                  If you could somehow slowly spin them and get a tumbler effect might best. let them polish each other. Or maybe have a kid clean them.
                  Spread them out in the open outdoors and forget them for a long time. What ever works makes them like free rods IMO.
                  I have rods I bought 20 years ago and seldom use (magnesium and some stainless) and have to wipe with Scotchbrite to use.
                  But I would never throw them away. It's simply against my nature

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Grizzly1944 View Post
                    Something the wife will enjoy also.
                    We still talking about his dirty, skinny rod?

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                    • #40
                      Yes, he just doesn't think giving it a good strong rub is the is the right answer. But that last suggestion from Fusion has a lot of merit. Tumble them in tubes sounds like genius. They can rub themselves clean.

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                      • #41
                        That is an excellent idea. I have in fact made a tumbler mechanism doofloppy that attached to a drill motor and mounted in a vise. That was a specific application several years ago and much smaller, but I think I can adapt it...if I can find the darn thing.

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                        • #42
                          I want to see a pic of this doofloppy if you find it !

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                          • #43
                            I keep all my rods in plastic schedule 40 pipe tubes with caps on them.

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                            • #44
                              I do too, except for the brand new ones that I haven't opened yet.

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