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Prevent Snow Buildup on Your Shovel

Snow can be wet and sticky. Shoveling that heavy snow is bad enough without extra snow buildup on the shovel. The secret is to lightly spray the inside of your dry shovel with WD-40.

“WD” stands for Water Displacement and it is the fortieth attempt at developing a substance to prevent rust and corrosion on the Atlas missile and rocket family. Basically, it was developed by rocket scientists.  So, if you need to displace water (snow) then this is your answer.

There is a rumor that WD-40 is based on fish oil, but it is in fact a petroleum based product. The exact formula is such a big secret, it is not even patented, which means the ingredients are not publicly documented. Although, with some digging I found a Material Safety Data Sheet, which is required in some countries in case someone swallows it or gets it in their eyes.  The two main ingredients are Aliphatic Hydrocarbon and the Petroleum Base Oil.

It also looks like they brought some of those rocket scientists back to develop a straw that is impossible to misplace (see photo).

Broken Secrets | By: Chad Upton

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Sources: WD-40, JobSite

December 22, 2009 at 12:35 am 3 comments


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