Akron He-Man cleaner lever packing?

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Akron He-Man cleaner lever packing?

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I don't think this is right:

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I started up the ol' He-Man this afternoon and this was the result.

I tried tightening the hexagonal body around the lever but it didn't make any difference. I thought I'd ask before I break something trying to tighten it any more.
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A GPA or a candle!! 😁
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"I thought I'd ask before I break something trying to tighten it any more."

Probably needs some more packing.
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Gunhippie wrote: Sun May 09, 2021 9:06 pm I don't think this is right:

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I started up the ol' He-Man this afternoon and this was the result.

I tried tightening the hexagonal body around the lever but it didn't make any difference. I thought I'd ask before I break something trying to tighten it any more.
They are more than troublesome! I wrapped graphite tape around the base of the shaft when I separated it from the valve block. 4 fires later it leaked again.

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That's just the pilot light, Timm. Pay it no mind.

Actually, what Zoomy says makes sense to me. More packing. Use some of that stuff that OCP sells in the little rolls. It's easy to cut bits of it and jam it into the hole for the packing nut. Put some in with a dental pick, tighten down the packing nut, loosen the packing nut off and put some more in with the dental tool. When it gets full enough to only allow a couple threads on the packing nut to engage, you will probably be good. (Actually, the lantern will probably be good. I don't know if you are ever good. We live on different sides of the river, and all...)
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When I screwed mine, that section was filled with graphite rope
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Looking back through my pictures from this project, I apparently didn't remove the cleaner lever. Will I need to pull the gen and pricker to get to the packing? Getting that danged pricker seated so the lever was "down to burn" was a PITA!
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Gunhippie wrote: Sun May 09, 2021 10:05 pm Looking back through my pictures from this project, I apparently didn't remove the cleaner lever. Will I need to pull the gen and pricker to get to the packing? Getting that danged pricker seated so the lever was "down to burn" was a PITA!
I never fully pulled mine. Couldn’t get it to pull through. I’d speculate hitting it in the ultrasonic with strong lye to cook the old out. Then pull n repack and follow with Deans’s technique.

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If the packing nut can be backed off enough to expose some cleaning leaver shaft, then one might consider making some what of a packing runner to compress the existing packing tighter. A thin piece of wire coiled around the cleaning shaft might do.
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I have a whole spool of grapfite tape. If you can wait a week or two, I'll give you a few feet of it.
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I got it done! For now, anyway.

Sure enough, you can pull that housing out far enough (after unscrewing it) to barely gain access to the packing area. The steel shaft was badly rusted--I'm sure that was what caused the leak--like the rest of the lantern. I was able to get some steel wool packed in there and clean and smooth the shaft. I dug out my spool of graphite tape and tore off about 1/2" or so. By folding it length-wise, I was able to get some stuffed into the valve housing. Packed it in with the housing, repeat. I got four pieces in there, then tightened the housing down 'til I felt resistance when turning the lever.

I fired it up and it doesn't leak anymore!
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Gunhippie wrote: Sun May 16, 2021 8:37 pm I got it done! For now, anyway.

Sure enough, you can pull that housing out far enough (after unscrewing it) to barely gain access to the packing area. The steel shaft was badly rusted--I'm sure that was what caused the leak--like the rest of the lantern. I was able to get some steel wool packed in there and clean and smooth the shaft. I dug out my spool of graphite tape and tore off about 1/2" or so. By folding it length-wise, I was able to get some stuffed into the valve housing. Packed it in with the housing, repeat. I got four pieces in there, then tightened the housing down 'til I felt resistance when turning the lever.

I fired it up and it doesn't leak anymore!
Keep an eye on it Timm.
I’ve been bit too many times by those.

Thank you!
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I think it's going to depend on how good a job I did of cleaning the rusty shaft--and how pitted it is. I didn't want to remove it, so I packed it full of steel wool and worked the lever until it looked clean--from what little I could see.

I will keep an eye on it. Fortunately, the fuel valve works just fine, so if it turns into a candle/lantern combo again, I can just shut it off.

Hoping to take it on our "get the hell out of Dodge (or Enterprise) for Memorial day" retreat in a couple of weeks.
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Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
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