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Thread: I made a mess.

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    Boolit Master
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    I made a mess.

    I just acquired a used star sizer. I make my own lube and fill the reservoir by melting the lube with a heat gun. I wasn't paying attention and filled the reservoir to the top. so I think 'I'll just apply pressure with the piston and cause the lube to squirt out the surface where the die goes. Oops. There is a vent hole at the point the piston is supposed to apply pressure to the soft lube. The plug of solidified lube shoots out of the hole followed by melted lube all the way across my bench and splashes across the keyboard and onto the screen of my chrome book. Joy. Cleaning the screen without damage is going to be difficult.

    So I slowly caused the rest of the excess lube to exit through the vent hole into a container. Then I proceeded to squirt old lube out through the surface leading to the die mounting.

    Now to obtain some dies and top punches.
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    When you stop learning, you're dead. As with any "new" piece of equipment, there's a learning curve, and you just learned a real good lesson about the Star Lubrisizer.
    After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. - William S. Burroughs.

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    If that's your biggest problem,,,,,, you're doing OK.

    If you do something wrong, and nobody calls the Fire Dept, or a ambulance, its no big deal.
    Everyone can learn from their mistakes.
    However; it's less painful, and cheaper to learn from the mistakes of others.


    Old age and treachery will always overcome youth, and skill.

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    Hahaha chuckle chortle guffaw.
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    Boolit Buddy
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    ... giggles ... can you wait till that lube hardens and then scrape it off with the edge of a credit card ? clean up the majority before you start smearing it around to lube your screen. at the very least the next splatter should come rite off.
    Good Judgment comes from Experience, Experience comes from Bad Judgment !

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    Hey things happen. Just live and learn. You now know don't do that.

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    Experience is succession of non-fatal errors

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    I melt lube to fill my Star and that little vent hole got me a couple times. Even when I carefully filled to well below the hole. Replaced drywall (it would never take paint) and a photo. I put cardboard behind now ... always. LOL
    Mal

    Mal Paso means Bad Pass, just so you know.

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    GONRA sez - its a tough world out there. Wear yer Olde Clothes + Safety Goggles whilst reloading / casting boolits - general Gun Stuff.

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    Thanks for sharing, maybe you will have saved someone else
    the trouble of cleaning up a mess
    NRA Benefactor 2004 USAF RET 1971-95

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