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Old 01-02-2010, 03:20 AM   #1
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Hi folks - here's my latest problem. I picked up an Everready antique capper via ebay. I tried it out for the first time the other day, and was not pleased with the results. It seems to crimp the caps just fine, but it won't let go of the capped bottles. I have to apply enough twisting force that I'm afraid that I'm going to break the bottle. Any ideas on how to fix this?

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Old 01-02-2010, 03:21 AM   #2
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mine is from 1910. same thing. how clean is the cup? mine has this rotted rubber washer that kept the cap from going to deep. i found rust to be the biggest issue why it wouldn't let go.

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Old 01-02-2010, 04:30 AM   #3
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Ahh - no sign of a rubber washer in mine - perhaps that's the issue?

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if it's clean in there.. steel wool will do the job nicely, then it's a over-penetration condition.

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Old 01-02-2010, 04:44 AM   #5
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The whole unit is pretty clean and appears to be in almost perfect condition no rust at all. Must be a penetration problem. Any ideas on how thick the washer should be?

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i hit mine with a caliper. just under 3/8"

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I'm guessing that it should be a fairly hard rubber washer that won't give too much?

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yes. it appears garden hose gaskets may fit.. so 5 of them or so would do it.

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That seems really thick, but you did say 3/8. correct?

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it measures between 5/16 and 3/8. so i figure it's shrinkage from 100 years.

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