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    Posted: 11 February 2006 at 7:28am
I was just wondering if anybody had some good ways to clean the threads of the gas hose or the two valve lock bolts.
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A mettle pick or small screw driver ( like for eye glasses) works well. Try not using knife .
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Or if you have the proper size tap and die, you could run that through to clean it up.  Just don't go so far as to cut the threads and use oil....But only do this if you're comfortable, because you can screw the threads up.
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I use a dentist's pick for such things.
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wire brush?
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yes dental pick works great - also a must have for removing o-rings.
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Originally posted by mulepower mulepower wrote:

I was just wondering if anybody had some good ways to clean the threads of the gas hose or the two valve lock bolts.

At any welding supply store, most Home Depots and most good hardware stores carry wire brushes that look about the size of tooth brushes. Usually you can find both steel or brass bristles. Either will do a pretty good job on hardened LocTite and shredded Teflon ribbon stuck in the threads. Plastic bristles just aren't tough enough (such as an old tooth brush). Brass and stainless bristles are a good choice since over time they won't rust

If you don't think that works well enough then Spudcrazy's suggestion of using the correct die to clean the threads is an absolute best solution to the dirty thread problem. I have dies that fit those fittings and use them that way occasionally. They are just a little pricey. The least expensive ones you can find will work for cleaning threads. Also find them in Home Depot. (Man, I recommend HD so much, maybe I should buy stock)

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Pick up a 1/8 NPT thread die, you can find them at any hardware store.

That is absolutely the most thorough way to clean threads. Just be careful not to crossthread the fitting. A neat trick is to press the fitting and die together, and turn the fitting counter-clockwise until you feel a click. That click is the threads meshing together, then begin to turn the fitting clockwise and it will thread into the thread die and get cleaned off nicely.

That backwards turning trick is handy for any threaded object that has a tendancy to crossthread, especially things like 98 valve bolts.
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Why don't you uses just water thats what i do.

Is this bad?

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Originally posted by Monkey Dust Monkey Dust wrote:

Why don't you uses just water thats what i do.

Is this bad?

Yes, your gun will explode next time you do that.  Use common sense.  It shouldnt harm anything, just it may not get all of the debris stuck in your threads.



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