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post #3 of Old 09-30-2001
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Dry Compass!

The usual fluid inside a compass is a type of thin oil which has a low freezing point. This is not always readily available unless you have contact with a professional compass repair facility. I have used methyl alcohol (methanol, methyl hydrate) in my compasses for many years. It has a low freezing point and provides good dampening qualities for the card.
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