Gregory Bender

2007 March 17: Assembly (1.00 hours)


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Rebuilt both petcocks using new Viton gaskets that I purchased from Bruce Giller. Viton is good stuff and previous replacements have lasted a very long time. I had trouble with one of the petcocks being extremely difficult to open and close. Closer examination revealed that someone - at some point in time - had assembled the petcocks incorrectly and milled a nasty groove in the bottom of the nut. The groove was caused by mounting the indexing plate upside down. So, I filed down the worst of it and then smoothed it out using a whetstone. It works properly now. Finding and fixing that problem turned a 5 minute job into a 1 hour job. I used medium strength thread locking compound to secure the handles.

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