By Noreen Doll.
I came across an old paper punch that had belonged to my folks.
It had been around for quite a while, and because it was old, it was a very well made tool.
But, unfortunately, it had rusted some on the inside, and when I squeezed it shut it stayed that way. I had to pry it open again to release it.
I was going to dispose of it, but because it was such a quality tool I was reluctant to let it go.
So I decided to see what WD40 would do for it.
I sprayed it on both sides, everywhere around the hinged part where 2 surfaces moved together.
Then I sprayed up inside the handle where the spring mechanism had rusted.
I squeezed the handles, and it released the first time! I squeezed the handles several more times to work the WD40 into all the areas.
Then I used a paper towel to wipe the tool thoroughly inside and out, wherever I could reach – to remove the oil.
To be sure the edges were sharp, I folded a piece of aluminum foil several times and punched it full of holes.
Now the punch works perfectly, and it just feels better in my hand than the newer ones do.
3 Hole Punch That Wouldn’t Work
I had already put this 3 hole punch in the Goodwill bag, and it had not yet been taken there when I spied it.
The handle on this punch would not even move at all when I tried to punch with it, and I would attempt to use it periodically.
Finally I decided there was something severely wrong that I couldn’t fix.
After my success with the other punch, I decided to see what WD40 would do for this 3 hole punch.
I sprayed around each area where there was a hole punch and let it sit a minute or two. Then I pressed the handle down – and it worked beautifully.
I worked the handle several times to work the WD40 through it and then carefully wiped off all the excess with a paper towel.
Then I folded a piece of aluminum foil 2 or 3 times and punched it several times. Perfect!