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Over Tightened Section Stuck Halp!

stuck section eyedropper too tight

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#1 Mardi13

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 23:25

Oh, help. I have had this lovely little eyedropper for a mere 24 hours and have already screwed it up. Really, I shouldn't be allowed near these things...anyhow, it was leaking a smidge and I tightened it some more, and now it WILL. NOT. BUDGE. I already damaged it a tiny bit trying to get it off and am now totally terrified. I pulled out the nib and feed and the pen is soaking in water in case there is dried ink in there adding to the problem, but I can't move it, and I can see that it is a bit off kilter. Help!

I'm an idiot. Sheesh.

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#2 KBeezie

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 23:31

what kind of eye dropper? The materials can have an impact on the advice given (ie: soaking, the manner of working it out, etc). 

 

Also was any kind of lubricant used on the section threads? (silicone grease for example, which is usually an essential item for all eye-droppers to prevent them from leaking if they don't have some other means like an o-ring or such).


Edited by KBeezie, 10 May 2014 - 23:32.


#3 discopig

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 23:32

Is it hard rubber? Hard rubber becomes very difficult to unscrew once it's over tightened because it ends up acting like suction cups. Usually, applying some heat (if it really is hard rubber) can help loosen up the section.



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 23:37

get a couple of rubber grippy pad things or some inner tube for bicycle tires - and put a bit around the barrel and a bit around the section - and TURN. 

When you put it together in the future, just snug enough is all it will need.


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#5 KBeezie

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 23:42

PS: Before following any of the advices, specify WHICH pen you have, so you're not doing the wrong thing with the wrong kind of materials. 



#6 Freddy

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 23:49

What Shawn said..Turn..don't panic..be patient..and

rubber glove{s} work well..too.

Lesson learned.

 

 

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 00:15

It shouldn't really matter what kind of pen it is - she just needs more grip - and rubber stuff will help.  With silicon grease I find that what would normally be a snug fit becomes REALLY tight.  The grease makes it harder to unscrew at times.  :)


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Posted 11 May 2014 - 00:19

It shouldn't really matter what kind of pen it is - she just needs more grip - and rubber stuff will help.  With silicon grease I find that what would normally be a snug fit becomes REALLY tight.  The grease makes it harder to unscrew at times.  :)

 

True, but the grease would have also prevented the leakage that prompted the OP to twist it tighter in the first place. :P This is of course assuming, that no silicone grease was used. 



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 01:30

Leakage at the section joint happens when the threads

are not cleanse of ink..so clean  threads

with generic Q-Tip and apply a minuscule bit of

silicone grease to prevent.  Another cause..

for leaking could be the pen was shaken and ink leaked

in cap..which appears as the section - joint leakin'...

 

Again..some patience and perseverance...

Turn..Turn..with your rubber thingy of choice...

 

 

Fred



#10 Mardi13

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 03:26

I am going to leave it until tomorrow. I tried grippy stuff and it didn't work. I am actually not sure if it is BHR or plastic-type, it's a no-name pen, black.

Thanks. I will try to keep breathing ,and worse case scenario it goes into the "taking these to the hospital" group.

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 05:27

If you can get the feed out, can't you just refill through the front opening? I'm sure you can get it loose by turning with greater force, but if you think you can't get it done and it's a cheap pen, I'd just forget about it.



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 05:41

I use rubber bands wrapped multiple times around both parts.    They seem to work better on really small stuff than larger rubber grips...

 

When that failed I have VERY GENTLY used a pair of pliers with the rubber bands as a cushion (and I mean very gently....)   But I am used to using pliers on plastic pieces to gently unscrew them without damaging them (we used to race RC cars back in the days of yore...)   There is kind of a tipping point where things will go badly.

 

Good luck.  



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 05:57

Fledermaus89 ( I like that tag) - it wasn't a cheap pen. I might try the rubber band idea, but I caused damage with the pliers, so no more of that! And I thought about the idea of refilling through the opening, but I would really like to get it undone...

...anyhow, thanks all for the input.

#14 Freddy

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 17:39

Fledermaus89 ( I like that tag) - it wasn't a cheap pen. I might try the rubber band idea, but I caused damage with the pliers, so no more of that! And I thought about the idea of refilling through the opening, but I would really like to get it undone...

...anyhow, thanks all for the input.

 

I use "KD 135 spark plug pliers"..which will not damage your

pen..For your consideration..good thread re: section removal

tool....

 

 

 

 http://www.fountainp...-really-called/

 

Please do not use pliers..even with rubber boots..they can

cause damage..

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If you do use 'em remove the serrated area and place rubber over...

 

Fred



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 19:52

Ordered the pliers from a tool website, $21 w/shipping.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 00:33

Be careful, whatever you do! I've had this exact problem, and stupidly used pliers. Like Freddy alluded to, they dug into the section, scratching a ring into it, right where my fingers go to hold on when writing. It did come apart, but now I've got a "damaged" pen. It's only just slightly annoying and the pen still writes beautifully, but just be careful and be patient! I'm just glad this happened to me on a cheap pen!


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 22:48

I have a bottle of this Potion No. 7 on order.

 

http://www.pensburym...otion_No.7.html

 

I haven’t used it yet so can’t verify how well it works, but it was developed for Wahl-Eversharp pens which have notoriously stubborn and delicate sections. Might be worth looking into?

In my very limited experience patience is the key.

 

Best of luck with it.



#18 Mardi13

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 00:07

Thank you Nanor. I sent it off to someone who very kindly offered to fix it because I lost my nerve. I'll keep this in mind if I decide to get at all into doing repairs myself.

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 18:16

Made a new section this morning.  :)

 

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 20:22

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