Tip for not denting fount with strap wrench

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Tip for not denting fount with strap wrench

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Posted my frustrations a few weeks back regarding denting the fount on my one and only M-1950 stove.
Was a good little boy and bought a nice strap wrench just for the purpose of removing the f/a tube on this stove as I could not break it loose in a vise with my hands. Never had an issue with my lanterns this way. No good, strap wrench dented fount and f/a didn't budge. Let some time pass to cool off. Tried several heat/quench cycles and PB Blaster, still no good. Came up with this idea to prevent the hard part of strap wrench from pushing in fount through the strap and denting fount while allowing me to apply the necessary force to break loose the fitting. Worked like a charm. Cost: Nothing. Value: Priceless? Live and learn.
Cut semi-circle off of 4" diameter PVC plumbing pipe scrap, sanded all edges smooth so it doesn't damage paint/decals on fount. Place between strap wrench and fount before apply torque. Voila!
This technique should work on any diameter fount with use of appropriate size pipe. M-1950 fount just happens to be 4" in diameter. Make sure you use pipe that is rigid and thick enough to resist deflection at the pressure point of the wrench (circled in yellow 1st picture).

(Thanks to those that suggested I apply acetone to the factory sealer. I dabbed some on there several times before removing f/a tube and it seems to soften it up).
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Donor pipe for reference :) Note to moderator: If this belongs in "How to" section, feel free to move.
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If there's a will there's a way. Your ingenuity paid off big time. Great job!
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Good idea
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I’ll save this post to my files!
Thank you Steve for posting this helpful tip 👍🏻
I’m hoping you were able to smooth your dent out.
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holliswood wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:07 am I’ll save this post to my files!
Thank you Steve for posting this helpful tip 👍🏻
I’m hoping you were able to smooth your dent out.
Thanks, Fred. No such luck on the dent. I'm not even gonna try. Don't want to make it worse.
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