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Oh no! rotary tumbler problems


#1

Why is it that in years of trouble free operation my rotary tumbler
chooses the day I’m cleaning my shot with Coca Cola to pop it’s lid
and spray shot and disgustingly sticky coke all over the placee?

Janet


#2

My father called this “the innate perversity of inanimate objects”.

Noel


#3

I suppose it decided you were due for an Top to Bottom cleaning,
rather than just cleaning your shot. I attribute those sorts of
things to the House Gnomes who are up to all sorts of trickeries,
especially when one loses something only to find it again in the
oddest of places.

Cheers, and good luck with the icky sticky!
Becky


#4

Oh Janet, try diet Coke next time. Judy in Kansas, happy
Thanksgiving everyone.


#5

Lid not secured tight enough to resist the co2 pressure inside.

John


#6

I suppose it decided you were due for an Top to Bottom cleaning,
rather than just cleaning your shot. I attribute those sorts of
things to the House Gnomes who are up to all sorts of trickeries,
especially when one loses something only to find it again in the
oddest of places.

Well yes, and I have to admit the place was due for a real good clean

  • but with a show coming up this weekend and big holes in inventory
    to fill? Pleeeze! I had to clean absolutely everything! And I left
    the stuff on the bench overnight to make sure the fizz had gone out
    of it. I expect it was my fault - perhaps I hadn’t put the lid on
    properly. But why couldn’t it have been just the plain water with
    burnishing fluid? Grrr! Thanks for the sympathy everyone

Janet


#7

Flat Coke. No carbonation left. Whew!

LKM


#8
Flat Coke. No carbonation left. Whew! 

I use “store-bought” burnishing soap and shot-cleaning soap from
Stuller. It works great! I don’t even have to take the jewelry out
of the dirty, nasty shot when cleaning; I just add some cleaner and
let it spin. It cleans the shot, the inside of the drum, and polishes
the jewelry.

But the reason I’m responding is to say that I’ve tested the pH of
both products in solution. The cleaner is very acidic (not unlike
Coca Cola) and the burnishing soap is very basic.

Paf Dvorak


#9
Why is it... 

precise problem description eliminated, as this applies to lots…

Murphy’s law in action.

Killroy was here…

etc.

As to the tumbler, one trick that saves trouble is getting one of
those sturdy basin like plastic tubs. The ones I’m thinking of are
around 12 x 18 inches in size, maybe six inches high. Seem to recall
they were for bussing dishes or somethng. Dunno. But I run my
tumblers in such containers in case of leaks or spills. And it’s good
to see that the tumbler is plugged into an outlet with a GFCI
protection, so if the tumbler leaks badly enough that water gets to
the level of the motor (try to set things up so this isn’t possible),
then the GFCI kicks in to shut of power.


#10

#11
Why is it that in years of trouble free operation my rotary
tumbler chooses the day I'm cleaning my shot with Coca Cola to pop
it's lid and spray shot and disgustingly sticky coke all over the
placee? 

because of physics.

nick Royall