Member #47614

Member Since: September 10, 2008

Country: United States

  • Is the tip supposed to be so loose? The parts are like this: The tip fits over the white ceramic heater and there is a tube that's rounded inward on the outside end and flared out on the inside end. A knurled, threaded collar fits over the tube and screws to the handle, holding the tube which in turn holds the tip. But the collar runs out of thread before the assembly is tight. I can't really use a soldering iron where the tip end flops laterally by 1/8" of an inch. Should I make a spacer to go into the threaded collar so that it squeezes the assembly? Is there some reason, like thermal expansion for this looseness? It looks like the threaded collar is fine, as is the handle threads but the tube is too long. Maybe I should cut 1/16 off it and try to reflare the inward end?

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