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Andy Hoyt
08-21-2006, 12:02 PM
We have a very nice one year old tea kettle that sees a lot of use and is definitely a keeper.

The kettle itself has a stub on the top with a threaded hole through it.

The seat of the handle fit's over it and there's a small screw that secures this connection.

Lately, that screw loosens up on it's own, I tighten it, and two days later it's loose again.:mad:

Would like to throw some basic five minute epoxy on it - which might mean that I either fix it forever or will never be able to retighten it if it doesn't work. I'm worried that the heat and steam from use will have a bad effect on such a remedy.

It's a metal kettle - but have no idea if it's aluminium, cobalt, titanium, molybdenum, cold rolled steel, pot metal, or what not.:D

Is there a better product?

Cecil Arnold
08-21-2006, 12:57 PM
Well, you could always boil down some Moxie, :rolleyes: then coat the screw with it, let it set up then give it a try. :p If your tea starts to taste like Moxie then it is obvious that this fix failed.:D :D Otherwise I would recommend you try Lock Tite, or solder.

Joe Pelonio
08-21-2006, 1:17 PM
Try JB Weld, it's a 2 part epoxy with actual metal in it, made to take heat.

Jim Becker
08-21-2006, 2:27 PM
http://thistothat.com

Glenn Clabo
08-21-2006, 2:31 PM
Loctite 620 should do the trick. Good to about 450degs and fills small gap well. Red bottle. Hitch up the wagon and get yourself to the local auto parts place.

Andy Hoyt
08-21-2006, 3:46 PM
Thanks guys. Jest as soon as Elmer is done pullin' the harrow thru the back 40, we'll git on down to the genr'l stoah.

Randy Meijer
08-22-2006, 3:33 AM
Before I went the epoxy or Loctite route, all of which are relatively permanent fixes, think I would try a dab of silicone glue/sealant, first. Just in case you ever want to take it apart on purpose. Many epoxys start to soften up around 200 so my choice would be the high temp Loctite for a long term fix although that stuff may be a little hard to find??

Added note: My package of JB Weld says it is good for temps up to 600!! It will probably be easier to find than Loctite and have more uses around the average household than Loctite.

Ben Grunow
08-22-2006, 9:13 PM
Second for the high temp stuff.

Any way to replace it with a bolt or just put a lock washer under the existing screw (spring type- like a washer but cut through in one place and bent slightly)?