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WD-40 stands for????

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MudNurI, Jun 6, 2002.

  1. MudNurI

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    What does the name "WD-40" stand for?

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    This is the sort of burning question that lots of people wonder about for some reason... I guess if you use the stuff all the time it bugs you after a while!

    To solve the mystery, the best place to go is the WD-40 Web site at http://www.wd40.com. This is actually a pretty neat site! If you dig around a little, you find the following fascinating quote:

    WD-40 literally stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt. That's the name straight out of the lab book used by the chemist who developed WD-40 back in 1953. The chemist, Norm Larsen, was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion -- a task which is done by displacing water. Norm's persistence paid off when he perfected the formula on his 40th try.
    Now don't you feel better knowing that?


    I love this website <a target="_blank" href=http://www.howthingswork.com>www.howthingswork.com</a>

    pretty neat stuff!
    Brandy
     
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    My life is now complete /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif

    Actually, it is really cool to know.
     
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    Very cool... /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    also explains why it doesnt work as a penetrating oil or a lubricant, its 2 most common uses.
     
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    I actually knew that already (really.)
    I think a few years ago it was in a magazine like Popular Mechanic or something and I just remembered that.
    It's strange. I can go to the grocery store and completely blank out on what it is I went there for, but I remeber Water Dispersent #40 from years ago.
    Aricept anyone?
    -- Mike
     
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    <font color=blue> Isn't the #40 the number of tries it took to get the right mixture ???? I think I remember that from the past.
     
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    That was a final Jeopardy question a few years back
     
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    I can go to the grocery store and completely blank out on what it is I went there for, but I remeber Water Dispersent #40 from years ago.


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    Man, ain't that the truth.
    I can rattle off gear ratios for a half-dozen trannys, right off the top of my head.
    But, when someone asks - I pull a complete blank, nothing...
    For hours, then when I'm at the drive-thru or something, it all comes back to me.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    also explains why it doesnt work as a penetrating oil or a lubricant, its 2 most common uses.

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    .... mainly cause its primary ingredient is kerosene.
     
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    PB Blaster is the stuff for stuck bolts. I only keep WD 40 on the truck in case I swamp the ignition. Spray out the cap and good to go. The only other thing WD 40 is good for is a flame thrower to start a camp fire /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
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    The only other thing WD 40 is good for is a flame thrower to start a camp fire

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    HAH !!! I've done that !!! Especially if it's been raining and everything is soaking wet!
     

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