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Tight leg socket on 18”
« on: May 20, 2021, 03:11:09 PM »

I am working on a new kettle, and I am having issues with getting one of the legs in. I have had this issue in the past as well, and I just keep twisting until I eventually work it into the socket. I don’t want to risk any damage to the kettle, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. Can you reshape the end of the leg that inserts into the socket? I was thinking of trying some soap or oil on the end of the leg and see if that helps. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Tight leg socket on 18”
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2021, 04:24:29 PM »
Make sure the leg is as round as possible.  The round end of a box wrench or appropriately sized socket helps fix the round opening. 

Squirt a smal  amount of silicone lube on the leg end.  Use a rubber mallet and some gentle but firm persuasion.  I would not twist.   The friction indentation on the leg socket is what holds the leg in tight.  Twisting is somewhat counterproductive. 

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« Last Edit: May 20, 2021, 04:30:01 PM by michaelmilitello »