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Large AA scales with a bad smell

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Hello!

I was wondering if anyone else has had an issue with large AA scales - usually the bulk packs of 1000 - and a bad smell coming from the package.

Specifically, to me it smells sort of like ammonia (cat pee), enough so that I had thought that our cat had decided to use a tote of rings as a litter box. Thankfully, that's not the case.  I emailed TRL a while ago to ask about this smell, and no one on their end noticed a problem. For a while I thought I was going crazy, or that my sense of smell was broken somehow (I smoked for 15+ years) but I've since had other people notice the smell both prompted (here, smell this) and unprompted (what's that smell?). The smell is strongest when the bulk bags are opened - Cutting one open and sniffing the inside right away can be pretty intense. I've washed and cleaned batches of scales before, and the smell still sort of clings to the scales; the only way to get rid of the smell is to air the scales out for a week or more.

Has anyone else experienced this? Is it maybe a residue left on the scales from the manufacturing process? Perhaps a chemical reaction taking place in the bag during shipping?

 

Thanks!

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I think it might be the either the machine oil or possibly the solvent used to unglue them? if you have ever received ones still taped/glued together you will understand)  I have some medium ones that currently smell a little off but it is kind of like the smell you describe when I first opened the bags and they do need to be wiped off. I have not noticed it on the extra large scales and have not purchased the large lately. so no you are not crazy ( well not about this at least, lol) :innocent:  

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I just got scales with a similar issue it’s definitely machine oil mine don’t smell as bad ..I’m just trying to figure out if I should clean it off before I use them (never done scale mails before) I did wipe them down but there is still slight residue 

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I wipe them off before I start weaving,  it is easier to do before they are put together.  found the lemon scented disinfecting wipes work well but my husband will actually wash them in hot water and Dawn( or whatever dishsoap I bought this week)when he gets in bulk bags for his laser etching

 

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Well when TRL Scales were made in Saskatoon, there was a Vinegar type smell from the coils when you cut the plastic off a new pallet of coils. That being said that smell didn't last long when the coils sat outside, I think just the weather got rid of whatever that was.

Fun fact, sometimes a coil from a freshly cut open pallet wouldn't run right on the machines and leaving the coil in the sun for a day seemed to do something to the coil and the next day it would run fine

try leaving your scales in the sun for a day with the bag open and see if that gets rid of it.

edit.

unless TRL changed what we used in saskatoon on the machines doing scales it was just WD-40, I don't know if they have changed as i have no knowledge of thier current manufacturing in the Toronto facility

Edited by Woodharry
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