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What about bad clecos?

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Craig Smith
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#1 Posted: 6/22/2010 15:33:32

I recently returned to building after taking a break during the economic meltdown. My clecos have been siting idle in their cans for probably 2 years. I'm finding what I perceive as a fairly high failure rate, of maybe one in ten. The two outer clamp will not retract all the way.  Some will work the first time, but during the next round of work, I get new failures.

Is this an average failure rate?

Have you had this happen to you, and can they be fixed/reconditioned to bring them back to utility?

Thanks for any experiences you may share.

Joanne Palmer
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or Craftsman
#2 Posted: 6/22/2010 17:00:36

Soak them in pentrating oil for a few days and see if that helps.

Sam White
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#3 Posted: 6/28/2010 17:08:38

I opened a bag of 500 new clecoes that were bought 3 years ago and 1/5th of them were the same way.  I put each one against a scotchbright wheel with the center stem extended (with a clecoe pliar) to smooth the stem then lightly sprayed a teflon lubricant, and they all worked, maybe that'll work for you.