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Old 03-04-2018, 07:22 PM   #1
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Cool How to stop gel caps from melting?

I have two tubes of distributor cam lube, and would like to be able to distribute small amounts to members of my clubs. I bought some gel caps that are water soluble,because I couldn’t find any others. Anyone know how to coat them,so they are reasonably waterproof, or have another idea or method of small storage? Thanks. Chuc
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Old 03-04-2018, 07:27 PM   #2
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Little zip lock bags
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Old 03-04-2018, 07:32 PM   #3
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Old 03-04-2018, 09:23 PM   #4
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I think Chuck wants to put the lube in some small capsules to pass out to members.


I think cutting off short pieces of thin plastic straws would work, but how to plug the ends?


Maybe pus the capsules inside the short pieces of a larger plastic straw.
Melt the ends of the plastic straw to hold the capsules.
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Old 03-04-2018, 09:33 PM   #5
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Tiny zip lock bags. About the size of a quarter. Used by some to distribute white powder. Available at dollar stores.
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I think cutting off short pieces of thin plastic straws would work, but how to plug the ends?

heated needle nose pliers?
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Old 03-05-2018, 12:31 AM   #7
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Old 03-05-2018, 03:34 AM   #8
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heated needle nose pliers?


I have a needle nose where the two jaws are round and tapered, so they can be used to form an eye in solid wire. At the right temperature these might work well to squeeze and seal the plastic straw ends. We used to use a hot butter knife to seal the end of dry cleaner bags when we made hot air balloons with 7 birthday candles. This would cut and seal the plastic as long as it was the right temperature.


I didn't know a person could buy syringe needles, but think this would be too expensive.
Steve's idea of small plastic baggies is probably the best way to do it.
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Old 03-05-2018, 06:05 AM   #9
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One other waterproof solution: 1ml Clear Glass Vials With Top
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:44 AM   #10
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Clear vinyl tubing with a cap plug on each end? That is how I store my reamers with tube full of oil. The wonderful world of plastic should have something to offer as a solution.
I don't know about how to stop the gel caps from melting, though.
Maybe even lengths of heat shrink tubing?

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Old 03-05-2018, 11:16 AM   #11
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Just get a length of clear fuel line. Cut it into shorter lengths. Bend one end so it won’t leak, pour or squeeze the stuff into the tube, and bend the other end. Fasten everything together with thin strip of duct tape. Don’t use rubber bands because they deteriorate.

Try to write something on the duct tape with an indelible pen so that when one of these things is discovered a hundred years from now, they’ll have some idea of what it is or was.

Just full of ideas,

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Old 03-05-2018, 11:56 AM   #12
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Default Re: How to stop gel caps from melting?

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like a lot of trouble for an item that costs $8.95/tube at Snyder's.

If they don't want to buy their own you could just just bring your tube to meeetings or tours and lube everyone's distributor cam. You could also include a tube in a club parts and tools box that you could take on tours.

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Old 03-05-2018, 12:39 PM   #13
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I also applaud your generosity, but a $7 tube lasts a lifetime and is available at PepBoys and other auto parts suppliers.
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Default Re: How to stop gel caps from melting?

I noticed my wife has small jars and small vials of make-up that could be used for that purpose. She also has small bottles of perfume, but I'm not sure if the opening is large enough to get the lube out.

She uses some organic gel that comes in a tube but she can't squeeze the tube because of her rheumatoid arthritis, so I squeeze some gel for her into a small make-up jar that has a screw top.

I would upload some pictures but for some reason I can't seem to make it work.

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Old 03-05-2018, 12:55 PM   #15
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I've seen small packets of cam lube at NAPA, etc, usually on the counter near the cash register. Ask.
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Old 03-05-2018, 03:29 PM   #16
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Tiny zip lock bags. About the size of a quarter. Used by some to distribute white powder. Available at dollar stores.
then leave it sealed and snip the corner to use like a pastry bag to apply the goo.
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Old 03-05-2018, 05:36 PM   #17
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can you coat with some of the dip used to coat tool handles. Looks like rubber in a can. Low temp but not sure of chemical compatibility.


Maybe some clear silicone caulking.


Low temp parafine.
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Old 03-05-2018, 06:24 PM   #18
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Wife's seal a meal. make your own bag size and then seal
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Old 03-06-2018, 02:05 PM   #19
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Simple solution, ... https://www.everythingbranded.com/si...SABEgIf6_D_BwE

This is the first link that popped up, ... you might find other sites that are cheaper or without a minimum quantity purchase. Depending on which state you live in (MMJ friendly), you can have them delivered for free within 45 minutes or so.


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Tiny zip lock bags. About the size of a quarter. Used by some to distribute white powder. Available at dollar stores.
Here in Fresno, rumor has it that D.E.A. watches our 99 Cent Stores for folks buying those TEENY Zip-Lock Bags---(BEWARE!)--LOL
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Old 03-09-2018, 11:46 PM   #21
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Consider using the smallest disposable syringe available at your pharmacy. No needle of course. The syringes are small, cheap and once loaded would be easy to dispense small amounts of lubricant.
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