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    Household item to lubricate o-rings

    I was wondering if there is something here I could use instead of yet another trip to Lowe's.

    Coconut oil? Olive oil? Something I'm not thinking of....
    wowens
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    Re: Household item to lubricate o-rings

    Something silicone based.................NOT.....................vaseline!
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    Re: Household item to lubricate o-rings

    Here's a good primer on o-rings and the materials they are made of.

    http://www.thomasnet.com/articles/ha...aterial-makeup

    I suspect most o-rings in pool stuff are going to be Buna-N.

    If you're lubricating just for ease of assembly - I've been successful with that just using my own spit.

    If it is used in a slip joint or rotating application silicone spray or grease is best.

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    Re: Household item to lubricate o-rings

    Thanks. As I have read 1000 times on here. But as stated, I don't have on hand and don't want to run to store. I need to use something on hand now. If coconut oil blows it up then oh well, I need something now to put pump back together and union on. Thanks guys!
    wowens
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    Re: Household item to lubricate o-rings

    Coconut oil will work well and won't harm the o-ring.
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