I first preferred ball lock biners, until I started having problems with sticking and delayed locking. So I switched to the William TriAct M23. But I noticed on one that the spring on the twisting orange sleeve is releasing before the gate returns all the way, preventing the gate from closing automatically. I keep my biners clean and dry. So my questions:
What are peoples' preferences for locking biners, what are people using to clean them, and where are they buying them?
WD40 gets a bad rap. Unless its used a lot it doesn't collect grit. WD40 is probably used more than any other lube. If it was as bad as its opponents think it is the world would have ground to a halt long ago.
I now that there are better solvent/lubes but they aren't always as accessible. Used properly, WD40 works fine.
The purpose of this entry is to share the results of a Google search on the topic of carabiner maintenance and cleaning. A copied excerpt is here.
"Maintenance of Carabiners
Keep carabiners dry and clean. Protect carabiners from corrosion. Do not store in humid or salty air, with damp clothing, or near corrosive chemicals. Do not file, engrave, etch or modify carabiners for any reason. Sand any burrs with 220-400 grade sandpaper. If this does not remove the burr, destroy the carabiner.
If a carabiner gate sticks, use an air hose to blow grit out of the mechanism, wash it in warm, soapy water, rinse thoroughly and lubricate with dry graphite around the hinge area, inside the spring hole and locking mechanism. Perform the 3 step inspection process outlined below before each use. Please remember that some environmental effects such as salt water can shorten the life of your carabiner and cause premature failure."
This is the link: http://www.resqtek.com/carabiner_maintenance.htm