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Post  roddie Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:22 pm

I try to title my posts appropriately for a key-word search. This item I found in the "kitchen-utensils" dept. at my local Walmart department store. It's called a "tea-ball".. and is for brewing tea-leaves. It is of stainless-steel construction.

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Whatever your cleaning method.. this "pod" would contain any tiny parts when the time comes to clean them.


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Post  NEW222 Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:32 pm

Oh goody. Just put that down on my shopping list for my trip to the US next week! Thank you, I think this will be great. Can I ask, does a piston or cylinder fit in it?
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Post  roddie Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:35 pm

These are handy little micro-brushes for "dental-flossing".. that I've shown before in another thread.. but it made more sense to post them in this thread for ease of searching. This tiny brush has a twisted-wire core to retain the bristles, as a conventional "bore/tube-cleaning" brush would. The wire "itself" measures approximately .021" dia. (.53mm) therefor.. it will easily fit inside the smallest bores that you would encounter with model-engine parts. The effective length of the wire with bristles is .450" (11.5mm). I'm obsessive about measurements..  Rolling Eyes   but they're worth noting.

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Here's some photos showing how they can be used on Cox engines; for assuring open-passages in their fuel-systems.

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These brushes can be found at most stores, in the Health & Beauty department.. where the dental-care items are stocked.

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Post  NEW222 Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:02 pm

Those look great. I could certainly see those being useful. Now with that said, while reading this thread, I am kicking myself in the prosterior! I said I would pick up one of those tea balls while on holidays. Well, I did write it down, left the list at home, and now that I am back, I see something I forgot to buy. I had that feeling when I was leaving...... D'oh!
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Post  roddie Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:20 pm

@NEW222 wrote: I said I would pick up one of those tea balls while on holidays. Well, I did write it down, left the list at home, and now that I am back, I see something I forgot to buy. I had that feeling when I was leaving...... D'oh!

I would think you could find a tea-ball locally Chancey.. unless you live in a very remote area. Even still; you should be able to source one domestically through mail-order.
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Post  NEW222 Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:24 pm

Oh yeah, they are available here. I just have to get the ambition to go out and remember to buy one... Shocked
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Post  Marleysky Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:32 pm

It’s hardly worth driving to town, when you can have one delivered for Free! Right to your mailbox...

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