Richard L. Parsons, Jr.
Mountain Wood Crafts & Toys
Oden Ridge, Alabama
ROLL TIDE !!!
Find a sturdy piece of steel with a flat, square edge, ( I used the edge on
part of a machine vice) put the shoulder of the pen end over this edge
(perpendicular to it) and roll the pen up and down the edge a few times with
moderate pressure applied. This seems to be enough to reduce the diameter of
the shoulder just enough to make it a better fit to the lid tube.
I don't know if the problem results from the manufacturing tolerances giving
a poor fit to start with or whether excessive pressure on pressing the
fittings in to the pen tube cause some deformation but using this method to
imrove the fit has always worked for me. I think the metal used for the
fittings is fairly soft and this way allows a little reshaping without
damage to the plated finish.
Hope this helps !
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