At 13 months of my pro, I had a software issue that ended in trading it for a refurbished. And then 13 months into that one, I had to get another refurb to replace it because my lid completely detached off and I was not able to get the hinges to close to reglue it myself. I was in the middle of a traumatic home move and of course the lid detached the moment I opened it to pack it back in its box! After having 3 units in under 3 years, I feel like I have had extremely bad luck and would love any thoughts of what I could do for this machine BEFORE the lid could separate on this one (which caused so much stress, tears, and a big bill!). I have read every single post now about the hinges coming off (and how you all glued them back) and will definitely go at it myself if it happens on this 3rd unit, but interested in reenforcing it before it has the opportunity to fail.
Any thoughts on adding a glue on the seam of the hinge/glass, before the seam shows any sign of separation? Would a super glue be too wimpy to make any difference?
I saw some of you were reattaching with JB Weld or other 2 part epoxies like Gorilla, but these wouldn’t seep into a closed but porous seam like a thin glue would. I’m not entirely sure if super glue would even be chemically safe/compatible in this application (if it would even help at all). Would you avoid this, as to keep things less complicated for future repairs?
I’d probably just go easy on it. It’s hard to say without knowing what causes some lids to detach. Maybe it’s influenced by temperature changes, or maybe it’s just the ones made on a Friday afternoon.
Yeah, the only things to do are don’t put any unnecessary stress on it.
I’ve had one in 7 years so it happens but you have been unlucky.
Yeah, definitely hard to say. It’s only ever been in my air conditioned living room, ten feet from windows/direct sun (compact filter) and consistently 50% humidity- but who knows how this refurbished one was treated before me! We all have a storied past lol.
I wish I had been so lucky! Maybe 3rd time will be a charm. I have always been super gentle & caring with them physically, so maybe I need to coddle them more emotionally I just hope I can avoid any more major malfunctions this holiday sales season & want to be proactive to prevent exchanging for yet another refurb to the tune of $1,600…
Mine is over 5 years old, and I had one side pop off. I weighted it down in the closed position, flooded the seam on top all the way across with CA (super) glue, and let it sit for a day. It’s still holding. Like you said, thin glue will be drawn into any gaps by capillary action. I wouldn’t be afraid of doing that.
If the entire top had detached I would use an epoxy called PC-7. Strongest catalytic epoxy I’ve ever found.
So hard you can machine it.
Curious though, the side that let go had a spring tension to it. I can’t imagine where that came from.
Thats great feedback! I think I’ll get a pack of that PC7 just to have on hand, in case lightening strikes me twice, while I have many open Etsy orders to fill! I also really wished that night when my lid failed, that I had had a 11mm socket handy to remove the nuts- I had to take off the whole glass at 1am, to be out of that home the next day (with the hinges stuck all the way open!). We moved it to the new house in 2 pieces. I now have a little GF emergency preparedness kit for late night repairs
Wow! Haven’t seen that PC-7 display in a while! My mom had one in the hardware store she inherited from her dad. She closed the store in early 2000’s.
That display prompted me to buy it, everything glued to that bottle was absolutely a part of it!
I had occasion to use it to install a temporary right-angle curtain rod to marble slab faces lining the shower until I had a glass enclosure. when I went to remove it, I placed a wood block on the marble and against the rod base and popped it with authority in a sideways shearing action. It came off, and pulled the polished surface of the stone with it!
Well, I’m gonna have to get some of this!
“The impossible made easy”
Great slogan, haha.
That bottle display - it’s a challenge to try and remove any object from the bottle. Under stress, the material it is glued to will fail, not the bond. I’m sure exceptions exist, but this stuff is amazing.
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