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Rubik's Problem

Postby skeletonboy » Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:10 am

I have this Rubik's Cube which doesn't look bad at all, but it's very stiff. It's stiff because I have to screw it tight enough so it wont fall apart on fast turns.
I was wondering if I lube it with the silicone spray, would it become smoother even with moderate tightness?

And by the way, the cube has no lube whatsoever.
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Re: Rubik's Problem

Postby Sharkretriver » Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:34 pm

How can you change the tightness of the Rubik's Cube--are you sure it's not some other brand or DIY?
Of course lube would make it faster and a little smoother
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Re: Rubik's Problem

Postby skeletonboy » Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:43 pm

Maybe I worded it wrong, the tension not tightness. The screws under the center caps change it right?
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Re: Rubik's Problem

Postby Sharkretriver » Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:29 pm

skeletonboy wrote:The screws under the center caps change it right?

Yes, but normal Rubik's brands don't have screws under caps, they have rivets.
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Re: Rubik's Problem

Postby skeletonboy » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:52 am

Yeah, this one does.
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Re: Rubik's Problem

Postby Sharkretriver » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:27 pm

How bout posting a picture of the mechanism and logo? Make sure that you got one of the caps facing the camera removed if you are considering this.
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Re: Rubik's Problem

Postby skeletonboy » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:54 pm

But this Rubiks Cube doesn't have a logo and looks so similar to other cubes. Even the box has no picture. The only special feature of it are the molded semi-circular grooves along each piece of the cube creating a ful circle of grooves on each layer. Looks like it's to reduce friction.
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Re: Rubik's Problem

Postby Zeotor » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:31 pm

The cube that you are describing is not a Rubik's brand cube. It is made by another company. The pieces of the puzzle you have probably look something like this.
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However, genuine Rubik's cubes, like the ones made by Hasbro and Winning Moves, look different. Here is a picture of a Rubik's DIY cube. (It is part of a picture from this website.)
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Most non-Rubik's 3x3x3 cubes look the same. Sometimes it can be hard to tell what company made them.

As for lubricating the cube, like Sharkretriver said, it will help the puzzle turn smoother. It doesn't matter what brand the cube is.
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Re: Rubik's Problem

Postby Sharkretriver » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:09 am

Wow Zeotor thanks, now I know what an Alpha mech is like, but wait, which version?
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Re: Rubik's Problem

Postby skeletonboy » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:17 am

Oh, so sorry, I didn't know the "Rubiks" in Rubik's Cube meant the brand Rubik's. Does it? I 'll just call it a cube.
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