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Exclamation Another rung in the ladder.....

Now you guys that have been wood and metal working for years may laugh, but for us weekend woodworkers every new technique we learn is a milestone.

Today I was repairing the screen door closer that was damaged by a strong gust of wind on Thursday.

I was going to use a piece of timber about 1" x 4' x 1/4" as a platform for the bracket on the door jamb, but decided to use some aluminum flat bar (25mm x 10mm x 100mm) I bought recently and try my hand at tapping a thread for a M6 machine screw.

I drilled and tapped 3 holes in the bar. .

Now I know I can attack some hard wood, acrylic or aluminum without fear.

If you see this Quillman, what lubricant do you use when you tap acrylic?
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Thats what its all about James, always moving forward, always learning and challenging ones-self.

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Totally kewl - I love it when I learn something new like that

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Well done James, isn't it nice to be self contained. What lubricant did you use to tap the Aluminium, I use Trefolex, it's a little like the grinding paste that we used to re-face the valves in our old bangers with and makes it easier and gives a better finish. I've never needed to tap Acrylics but I think that turps may be the lubricant to use.

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If you see this Quillman, what lubricant do you use when you tap acrylic?
Different Pat here, but I've found petroleum jelly works well.

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For this job, I just used WD40. There was quite a discussion on the Woodwork Forum regarding the best lubricant to use and one of the members sent me a sample of Trefolex.

Tap and die sets.....tap magic

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Retired machinist here. I always use alcohol as a lubricant when tapping plastic,nylon,or similar material . WD 40 contains silicone,which may cause fisheye problems with your finishes. It doesn't always, but if you have this problem it may be a cause.
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Tap Magic really is. They also sell a formula for tapping aluminum. This is why my 30 year old Snap-On taps cut like day one.

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Retired machinist here. I always use alcohol as a lubricant when tapping plastic,nylon,or similar material . WD 40 contains silicone,which may cause fisheye problems with your finishes. It doesn't always, but if you have this problem it may be a cause.
thanks for the heads up....

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Tap Magic really is. They also sell a formula for tapping aluminum. This is why my 30 year old Snap-On taps cut like day one.
Thanks Mike, but my sample of Trefolex should last me a lifetime.

I did find a source of Tap magic if ever I need it.

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