Make your pump smooth like…butter!

When you have a pump for years, what happens usually is the rubber bands inside get dry and the pumping becomes hard and requires more effort. Your options are limited because the usual lubricants are not very friendly to the rubber material inside the pump.  So, what could I use to restore the smooth action in my very old pumps  (both with broken and replaced handles) ? A good solution would be a water-based lubricant, but I don’t have one in my house. I did have some butter though! I covered the rubber inside with some butter and now both pumps work smooth as new!

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    1. Bicyclosis says:

      It works like a charm!

  1. Fhil says:

    Not butter, it will go off, turn green and possibly develop a toxic mould with a pungent odour.

    Talcum powder or baby powder is a fine grained mineral compound with a silky smooth and slippery feel. Works very well.

    If you need something quick and temporary soap will work. Plain soap unadulterated, a tiny bit mixed with water.

    Don’t use liquid soaps they are not unadulterated and have antibacterial agents (not good).

    1. Bicyclosis says:

      Hey Fhil, thanks a lot for the great info, I will add them to the article. After 1 year it smells and works fine I think!

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