Faneuil Hall is the epicenter of tourism in historic Boston, but the bell that graces it’s steeple has not worked for decades. The bell’s striker had rusted shut and experts have never been able to get it working. So when historic moments occurred and bells rang across the city of Boston, Faneuil Hall remained silent.
But once you removed the eggheads trying to fix the bell, a logical guy came around and sprayed the rusted over striker with WD-40 for a week. And for anyone who has used this miracle lubricant can guess, the striker loosened up and now the bell is working.
But fellow readers, I know you are not surprised by this.
Tired of sitting out solemn and happy occasions when bells are called for, Boston has finally restored the ringing mechanism of the 1866 British-forged bell. The fix: a can of WD-40. Officials said they repeatedly sprayed the lubricant on the rusted striker over the course of a week. Now, it works like a charm.
A new rope was affixed to the striker. And, with an expectation of sounding the bell on a wide variety of occasions, officials also installed an electronic striker that is activated by a hand-held device similar to a garage door opener. via The Boston Globe.