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Use Mineral Oil to Salvage Objects

What do these items have in common? They had issues and ended up at the thrift store. The percolator had a stuck lever that regulates the strength of the coffee, the cactus necklace (which still had the tags on) had a huge knot in it, and the starfish necklace had the jump ring that closes it stuck in the open position.
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I used food-grade mineral oil to fix all the problems. I put the oil on a cotton swab and coated over and under the lever on the percolator. I put a drop of the oil on the knot and used two straight pins to remove the knot in about 10 seconds. I used the cotton swab and dabbed oil on the jump ring. All the items work perfectly now.

Each necklace was 50 cents and the percolator was $1. I think I did really well!

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July 6, 20180 found this helpful

I think you did really well, too. Nice :)

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July 6, 20180 found this helpful

You hit a home run! Congrats! I am bookmarking this tip! Thanks!!

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July 6, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you both for your comments.

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July 9, 20180 found this helpful

Great suggestion. Where have you been when I needed you, haha.

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July 10, 20180 found this helpful

THAT IS A GREAT TIP. I DO HAVE SOME OLD JEWELLERY GIVING ME GRIEF. THANK YOU.

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July 11, 20180 found this helpful

Great tip - I would have never thought of using Mineral Oil and it
is just sitting under the counter waiting/wanting to be used.

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Thanks

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July 16, 20180 found this helpful

When working with mineral oil, it can cause a rash, burns & can cause breathing problems.

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July 16, 20180 found this helpful

It is food grade.

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July 16, 20180 found this helpful

I don't drink perked coffee (I just let it steep a minute), I have a percolator similar to yours and was going to clean it up a bit before donating it to Free Cycle. I'm going to try your tip. I just hope mine looks half as good as yours.

Nice Job!

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July 16, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you.

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