Sunday, December 25, 2011

Moving the blog on Christmas day!

Well, today's the day! This is the last post I'm doing on this blog, except to post a re-direct later perhaps.

This blog is basically moving over to tylerdahlpens.blogspot.com. Unfortunately, none of the posts will be transferred. So, over the next week or two, I'll be re-posting some posts from this blog onto the other one, and archiving them for future reference.

I'll leave this blog up for a good couple months, to let everyone transfer over.

If you were subscribed to this blog, and you still want my repair updates, you'll need to subscribe to this feed (if you haven't already). For those who prefer updates via email, go here for subscribing.

If you have any trouble subscribing, or any questions about the move, feel free to contact me and let me know. I'd be more than happy to help in any way I can.

Lastly I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and thank every one of you for following, reading, and participating in my blog! Have a great day folks!

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Something big is happening here...

Well, with the recent discussion of what types of posts my readers would enjoy the most, I've come to another more important decision.

I am finally taking the big leap, and merging my two blogs back together.

For those who don't know, both this blog, and my other blog were once the same. I posted business, repairs, and reviews, all in one place. This got a tad confusing, so it was split three ways:

  1. All business was finally moved to a "real" website. That helped a lot. :)
  2. Repairs were moved to this site.
  3. My reviews and articles were moved to a new blog, with a different name.
But now I am merging 2 and 3 back together. Reasons for this are as follows (but not limited to):

  • Easier for my readers. It's just simpler to have one blog in your RSS reader (or whatever you use) instead of two different ones.
  • Prevents cross posting and comments. It's a bit awkward for both me, and some of my commenter's, when the same thing is posted on both blogs.
  • Easier for me to manage. Well, the easier it is for me to post - the greater quality of posts I'll be able to produce. Eliminating the second blog will give me more time to put into better posts.
Now don't take this the wrong way - You will not lose the repair side of my blogging. I will still be posting repair tips as much as usual, but on the same blog as my normal posts. The blog "of choice" will be


This site will contain all my new posts, and this blog will basically fall to disuse. :)

I'll keep posting here, just to urge people to transfer over before it's deleted.

So that's it guys! With that move, I'll be implementing a new "loose" blogging schedule - mostly longer more detailed posts, but with some good short ones thrown in for easy reading. I'll be posting randomly, whenever inspiration hits. :)

Oh yea - Merry Christmas everybody!

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Monday, December 19, 2011

Been out of the loop for a few days now...

I've been totally busy the last few days, and haven't had more than a few minutes total to be on the computer. I do apologize for not updating the blog, and to anyone who is awaiting an email response from me. I will make my best attempt to get to all your emails today.


Blogging will be a little less scheduled for the next week or two, being the holiday season. I don't want to get to busy with this, and miss other important things (not the the blog is unimportant).


I'm going to make a few changes to some things around here. First one is this:

I am closing my twitter account. I find that twitter is really not that useful for connecting with customers, and I have also gotten some very inappropriate spam from them, which I find rather offensive. Thus, I will be closing that, and probably won't be doing it ever again, unless twitter gets a better filter for blocking people.

Secondly, I am going to need all of your advice on something. I want to hear you opinions on this matter: On how often, and what type of content I should post to the blog.

Here's the two options:

1) Longer, more detailed posts to the blog. Reviews, articles, how-to's (with lots of pictures and videos), etc. All of this can be done, but will require me to post less often. Perhaps 2 times a week, depending on what I'm doing (videos take a long while to make).

2) Shorter, more "bite-sized" posts that can be read quickly on the go. These will typically be mini reviews, short articles, or other random stuff like that. With shorter less detailed articles, I should be able to post more often - about what I do now.

I want to know what you would like more. You can leave me a comment or email me with your preference. I'd really appreciate you input, because I need it. :)

Thirdly and lastly, I wanted to remind everyone that while I will be busier than normal during the Christmas season, I will still be taking in pens for repair all of December.


That's all for now guys. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the blog posts. Have a gret holiday season everyone!

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Sale

The holiday season approaching so quickly, I thought it'd be appropriate to have a nice holiday sale for my monthly tray of restored pens!

Every remaining pen is 10% off till the 25th of December! Grab em' while they're cheap! :)

There aren't a whole lot left, so I recommend you go take a peek now, and see if there's anything that interests you. I'd like to move these out by the end of the month, because I want to clear my workshop space up a bit.

I'm planning on doing a little new years sale too, but the pens will be different than this month. :)


Have a good one folks!

Regards,
Tyler Dahl


Monday, December 12, 2011

Drop that tool!

Here's a quick, but extremely useful repair tip for you all. It's one of the most important things I learned, and it's been said many times before. No matter - I'll say it again. One more time won't hurt. :)


Use your hands.

Yes, you heard that right. Use your hands for repairing pens. You're probably thinking "Well duh! Of course I use my hands". No, I mean use them more. What many of us don't realize is that out hands are the best tool in our repair-arsenal.

When I get a pen for work, and I going to remove the section or hood, I always try first with my hand. Think about it - Your hand is perfectly shaped for griping a pen. It has built in anti-slip material. It is sensitive, so you won't overdo anything, as you can feel what you're working with.

Your hand is perfect for tuning nibs too. I'd much rather align tines with my fingers than a pair of pliers.

The bottom line is  this - (New repairers listen up!) You'll be tempted to use your tools all the time, because they're cool and fun. I often times used section pliers on pens that didn't need it, when I was first restoring. But all your doing is risking the pen more than necessary. Only use your tools when you really need them! 

Your hands and fingers are your best tool. Don't forget it. :)

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Friday, December 9, 2011

How to: Getting a Snorkel sac unstuck...

My internet was down this morning, so that's why I'm late. One of the downfalls of satellite over dial-up. It's still 1000x better than dial-up though... :) On with the article!


If you've restored a few Sheaffer Snorkels, chances are you've seen this sight: The metal sac protector, with the old sac glued into it. You've tried scraping it, and maybe you've tried other things like drilling it out. Whatever you do, you can't get it out!




Lucky for you, I have finally found a method that is practically fool proof for removing those "glued" sacs!


It's worked every time for me, so I hopefully it will for you too. :)


The secret ingredient is:





This "PB blaster" stuff can be purchased from most Lowes or Home Depot hardware stores. Some local hardware stores might even carry it. Wherever you can find it, you need to get a hold of some. It's the true secret ingredient, and the whole method relies on this.

This spray stuff is like a super silicone spray. It is made for working on cars. It will actually break down rust, so that stiff bolts can be loosened. It's important to note however, that this should not be used for any plastics! It will melt them fast! Use only on metal, which is what is was made for.


Oh yea, one more reason to buy PB blaster:

Can't argue with that (well, I could)... ;)



Now, how I use it. Very simple:

Just put some in a cup, drop the sac protector in there, and let it sight for 24-48 hours. In that time, the sac will become soft, and less "glued" to the to the metal. Try every 24 hours to scrape the sac out. If it doesn't come out, drop it back into the cup, and let it go for another 24 before trying again. Repeat until the sac comes out 100%!





It will not harm the metal, no matter how long it's in there, so don't be afraid to soak for a week in necessary (I've never had to wait that long).


I hope this will be able to help someone who is stuck as I? sued to be, puzzling over how to get that bloody Snorkel Sac unstuck. :)

Happy holidays everybody!

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Inky hands!

A rather short post today, about the state of my hands during repair. Well, mostly during nib grinding.

Ever thought your hands got inky when filling your pens? Check this one out. :)


That's about normal for me these days! I'm wondering, and hoping that this ink doesn't have any negative health affects. Andy chemists here that want to enlighten me? :)

Have a great day everyone.

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Monday, December 5, 2011

My new nib block!

Well, I finally invested in one of these little guys. Gosh they're expensive, but well worth the money.

For those who don't know: a nib block is a tool used in burnishing nibs. Burnishing nibs is basically the art of removing bends and kinks from them. So, when your pen takes a nose dive onto a tile floor, it will probably end up spending some time with a nib block. :)

This isn't exactly a review, but I do want to put the word out there: The folks who made this nib block did a outstanding job! I mean this thing is really well done. They're still selling them, so if you're in the market for one of these, buy one now before they sell out!

Here it is! Beautiful little piece of metal, isn't it. Comes with a burnisher (the tool with the green handle), and that's really well made too.

The parts used for burnishing the nib are polished/finished with extreme attention to detail. It's not a quick job - these folks knew what they were doing. The rest of the block was given a nice machine finish. Looks good.

Here's the convex part of the block. Fingerprint smudges abound. :P

Showing off the highly polished finish. This is top notch stuff!

Lastly, a size comparison. It's smaller than I thought, and that's a good thing. I was afraid it'd be this huge lunking block of metal.

Here it is, next to my iPod, and VP (they make a great pair, I know).

Overall  couldn't be more pleased with this block. The fit and finish is superb, and it's priced much lower than other nib blocks. Get yours here, before they're all gone!

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sorry folks, a little busy today... :)

Well guys, I wasn't able to post to the blog today. I was working all day long installing the wood-stove on my house. Took a long time, and I honestly don't enjoy working up on top of my metal roof. :| A bit stressing, but it sure is great to have it done!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Monthly Update!

Well guys, today marks the first day of December! I've got snow on the ground at my house, and it's pretty chilly here too. Anyone else think it's beginning to look a  lot like Christmas? ;)


I'd like to just give you all an update on what's going on this month, and what you can expect from the website, and both blogs.


Firstly: I will be open for business all December long. I do not take a break for Christmas, so you may feel free to send me pens anytime during the holiday season. Don't be concerned about me being busy, because Christmas-time is not a busy time for me. :)






Let's start with the Website. I've got quite a few improvements that I think you'll enjoy!


1) First off, I've got a whole new tray of pens up for sale this month! Lots of really great ones too. These are for sale, but only for this month. Tis' the perfect season for buying a new FP, for yourself, or a friend. :) Some of my top picks of the month are:

Beautiful Blue EverSharp Skyline!

A lovely vintage Pelikan M400 with a semi-flex nib!

Conklin Crescent filler with a fabulous #2 flexible Toledo nib!


2) Next up, we've got a great new feature for those "visual minded" people. I decided that just listing a photo of all 12 pens at once just didn't cut it. You can't see enough of the pen. So, to remedy this, I've come to a good in-between place. The "tray picture" will remain the same, as it's good to see what's for sale at a glance.

The new feature is the "click the title to a large picture of the pen". Any pen that you're interested in - just click the title, or the magnifying glass icon. You will be taken to a new window (or tab), so you won't lose you place, and then you can see a full image of just the pen you want. I've made these images to show as much detail as possible. Try it out here and see for yourself!


3) The Mobile Website is almost ready to launch! I'll need another week or so to finish up the last details, but it's very close now!

A public thank-you to everyone who volunteered to help out with the mobile website! I couldn't have done it without you. You've been a huge help, and I really appreciate it!






4) This is very important, so please do read it. 
I have had to make a rather difficult decision this month, and I want you all to be aware of this, and have a good understanding of "what" and "why". I try to be honest, and keep stuff like this out in the open.

I have recently had a rise in my costs for repairing pens. Namely, new tools, to expand the possibilities of what I can accomplish. Many of these tools cost quite a "fortune", and thus I feel the need to make some small price change in accordance with this. As of today (12/1/2011) I have made some small price changes to my some of my services. I realize that this is not the kind of news that we always want to hear. I do dislike having to do this, but I feel it's the only way to keep my business running, and thus I decided to go for it. However, even with these small price changes, I can still safely say that my prices far undercut many others in the pen-repair field. I hope you all understand this, and please, let me know if you have questions. I am still determined to maintain low prices, and excellent customer service, forever.


Now for some blog updates:


Just a few quick ones, to keep you current.

1) I will be continuing to blog every other day on both blogs! I don't intend on stopping this anytime soon, as I don't see a reason to. :)

2) Hopefully you all read about my new review system here. That will continue to be used for all my future reviews. Seems very handy to me.

3) If you haven't checked it out yet, I'd love to have you participate in my Weekend Reads Q&A! I need folks to ask questions, or else I can't do it. Go ahead, don't be shy! Ask away about anything pen-related.


That's about it for the monthly updates. Have a great holiday season everyone, and enjoy the blog!


Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Osmia Piston Part 2

So hopefully all saw that Osmia on Monday, with the sewing thread wrapped around it. :)

Today I will show the new retaining pin that I made for the piston knob. I haven't done this to many times before, so it was a fun but quick little challenge.


For those who enjoy the details: The rod I used to make this retaining pin is actually an old Sheaffer Vac-Fill piston rod, ground down to size. I used a high-speed rotary tool turn this down to size. Wish I had a lathe...


The goal here is to use that steel rod to attach the small plastic cap (to the right), to that tiny metal knob on the piston.

First we've got to fit them together and line up the holes.

Then we've got to grind the rod down to the right diameter.

Lastly, it must be trimmed to a good length using a rotary tool. And we're done!

Really not to hard to do actually. It was a fun little project, though with a lathe I probably could have gotten better results. Still, it's good enough to look decent, and hold the knob on just fine. :)

Makes me wonder - How did the original retaining pin fall out? Perhaps it was knocked out and lost by a previous restorer. Or maybe it actually just fell out. It'd be really cool to have the entire history of a vintage pen such as this one, written down and archived.

Well folks, tomorrow's the first day of December - Happy holidays for all! I'll have some website updates to post tomorrow, as a "bonus post". Or something like it. :) 

This next month will be a great time to buy some FP's, perhaps as gifts for a fellow user. I have some really awesome ones for sale, which I'll be putting up tomorrow for my monthly tray. Until then, they shall remain a secret. :)

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Monday, November 28, 2011

An odd piston filler "repair"...

Well, I come across some strange things in my job, but some are weirder than others.

I was taking apart an Osmia Piston filler, for a client who had bought the pen (on eBay I think), and wanted to get it restored. I found a most interesting "previous repair job", one of the strangest I've seen.


It looks to me, like someone used thread (yes, sewing thread), to try and make a new piston seal, when the other one degraded down. Take a look for yourself:

Here is the pen - with the piston removed.

So, here we can see the thread after I removed it, as well as some crusty bits of the original rubber seal.

My guess? I personally think that when the original rubber seal shrunk down, and got brittle (when it should have been replaced), someone who owned the pen decided to try and fix it by wrapping waxed thread around it.

Probably worked... For a few days. :)


Anyway, I just thought some of you might find that interesting! I sure did. Let me know if you've ever seen something like this before. Perhaps it's by design, and I just don't know it, but I'm pretty sure it's a home-job.

Wednesday I'll be showing how I made a new retaining pin for the piston knob! Fun. :)

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My new blogging schedule!

Well guys and gals, I finally have a good consistent blogging schedule now. This will remain the same, with the exception of holidays, vacations, and emergencies. Here's what I'd like to do:

I will be updated the blog regularly every other day now, starting tomorrow. Here are the exact days, since we don't have an even number of them in a week. :)

Monday: Blog Update
Tuesday: ____
Wednesday: Blog Update
Thursday: ____
Friday: Blog Update
Saturday: ____
Sunday:Blog Update


So Sunday and Monday will  be back-to-back blogging, but I'd rather do 4 per week instead of 3. :)

That's it. My schedule for blogging. I really enjoy blogging, but I definitely need the days off to work on pens, and prepare for the next days blog post. I think this is a good balance of blogging being a priority, but not getting in the way of my work.

Enjoy the blog, subscribe if you already haven't, and leave me a comment to share your thoughts. I'd appreciate hearing those.

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Workshop renovations!

Well, some pretty exciting news for me! I finally got my little workshop renovated!

This has been long in coming, but it's finally done now, and I'm really happy. Of course, as they say "pictures or it didn't happen". :)

Before pictures are really bad quality - I shot them "on-the-go" with my iPod Touch camera, and well, it's just not that great...

The after pictures look a lot better though (taken with my normal camera)!

Showing the unpainted walls of my workshop.

These stains are actually little bug nests, made of mud. Before I moved into this workshop, it had been left open to the elements. Nasty...

There's one that hasn't been scraped off yet.



We had to rip the door frame off, because it was completely rotted.

Here's my new-ish desk. It's a monster of a piece of furniture! About twice as deep as a normal desk. It's pretty rough though. A bargain find for only $45.00, it needs some TLC.

Now here is an important piece of my history. See that little red toolbox down there?

This was my original repair workshop, from last year! That's it - all my tools and supplies in one tiny red toolbox. I've come a long way since then. 

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After Pictures!

This is the old door, but fitted to a new frame. Much more solid, and much better sealed against the weather.

Here's my desk, all moved in, and cluttered up too. :) As you can see, the walls are actually white now!

This is one of three windows that we've finally replaced. The others are just covered in plastic for now. It's really nice to have some natural light in here again.


here is my humble little packaging setup. I will expand this eventually, but for now, It's enough. Sort of. ;)

My trash can, as well as my bag of packing peanuts.

From left to right: My ultra-sonic cleaner (the little silver box, not the big blue tank!), my customers pens, all organized in a plastic rubbermaid with separate bags, and a small space-heater, to keep things warm in winter. The building heats very easily, which is good.


So there you go! Sort of a mini tour of my workshop. I am very happy about this, as it will allow me to get a lot more work done in a much more convenient manner. We also moved out some stuff from the shop, to make more room. Much nicer indeed. :)

I hope you all enjoyed. Have a great weekend everyone!

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Friday, November 25, 2011

The ugly vacling

I wanted to share this success of mine. Nothing major here, but a pen that has been brought back to life again is always something to rejoice over. :)

I just want folks to know that there is hope for any pen! Even if it looks really bad. Let's get on with it:

It's not often that I nickname a clients pen. However, this is one case where I just had to. The name simply came to me, and you'll see why in a minute here.

I present to you: The Ugly Vacling.

Here he is. Not to bad, that is, until we take a closer look...

No, that's not silver trim. It's actually supposed to be gold! When I saw the cap-ring, I thought, "No way, there can't be gold trim under there!".

To really crown this ugly vacling, it needed a special nib.

Oh yes, mangled!

Twisted, bent, and kinked.

Probably took a nose-dive in the pond, and hit rock bottom. :)


So, what to do with such an ugly pen!? Well, the obvious choice - restore it. After an hour or so of hard work, some sweat, and a few intense moments, we are now presented with a much different sight.

What I see here is a swan, that once was an ugly vacling. :)

The beauty of sparkling gold trim is once again seen!

Lucky for me and the client, there was little-to-no corrosion of the metal furniture - just tons and tons of dirt.

And how about hat nib?

I would say that it's looking much better now.


There you go! It's always a sweet thing to see a hopeless pen become a great daily writer for someone. This client is currently enjoying his renovated Vacumatic, and I think the Vac is enjoying it too. :)

Have a good one folks, and remember, no pen is beyond saving, so long as there is a pen left to work on!

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Trick for inverting your vac diaphragms

For any of you out there who like to restore Parker Vacumatics - This is my favorite trick for inverting the Diaphragm before putting it on the filler unit.

Enjoy!




Also, here's the link to woodbin.ca, the place I recommend you buy your vac tools if you want to get started restoring Parker Vacumatics.

I hope you enjoyed the video! Please let me know in the comments below what you thought. Good? Bad?

And also - Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What's restored?

This post is really about something that's been on my mind for a while.

It seems like everyone's got a different definition of what "restored" means, when referring to a fountain pen. Fact is, there is no exact definition of that word, in this application. Each restorer pics his own meaning, based on what he or she thinks is the best thing to do. Or at least that's how it should be (were we in a perfect world).

Sadly these days I run into a lot of "restorations" that have suffered from lack of attention to detail.

In the last week or two, I have come across more than 5-6 different pens that have suffered from a poor repair job! I am surprised by that number, even with the high volume of pens that I deal with.

This is something that really disappoints me, knowing that there are repairers out there who lack the proper attention to detail for the job. I'm not talking silly little mistakes - I'm talking mistakes that put the pen back in the repair shop in a matter of weeks or months. Those kind of mistakes are unacceptable to me, and I expect they are to you as well.

Take a look at some of these examples of "restored" pens. You'll be pretty amazed to know that these are not the worst of them! :)

Here's a quick snapshot (with my iPod Touch - bad photo I know) right in the middle of a restoration job. This pen was "restored". What you see below is a large chunk of ossified sac, that was still inside the pen stuck to the wall! That is NOT restored in my book. How about you?

Here's one where someone cut this Esterbrook sac to long. Restorers, know what you're doing before you do it! This caused the sac to crumple as you can see in the photo below. It was also causing problems with the lever.

 Here's an example of the word "restored" really being abused. Or the right side you see someones definition of a restored sac and j-bar. Not only was the sac to long, the j-bar was never de-rusted! Look at how this sac looks, after only a few weeks of being "restored". I can't imagine this pen lasting for much longer than 2-3 years before needing another job. On the left is my section and sac, trimmed to the proper length. Needless to say, this j-bar spent a lot of time with me, and a piece of steel wool shortly after this picture was taken.



It's pens like this that make me want to be all the more sure that not just me, but my customers know what I mean when I say restored. For me, restored is not just getting a pen to work.

To me, "restoring" is bringing a pen to the point where it is functioning at the maximum of it's abilities.

It's getting a pen to work at it's maximum. To function as best it can. Cutting corners is always an option, but not for those who seek to provide a writing instrument that will truly last. Here at my workshop, it's always quality over quantity. I'd rather get one pen-a-month done properly, than do 10 pens a day improperly.

To me, a fountain pen is an instrument of quality, craftsmanship, and a thing that deserves respect. I reason that restorers should put quality, true craftsmanship, and respect into all their work. The pen deserves no less, but most importantly, the customer.

To all of you who attempt home repairs, or repairs for your friends: I encourage you to keep doing those repairs! DIY repairs are fun, educational, and exciting. But make sure you are doing them the right way. Check your pens carefully, take your time, and don't cut any corners!

Finally, if as a restorer you do happen to make a mistake (we all do, including me), this is the #1 thing you need to know: Be 100% honest, and tell them the truth. I have made mistakes before with paying customers,  and you know what: They all responded so positively, kindly, and gently to me. Why? Because I told them the honest truth, and I offered to make it right with them. Yes, make it right. That means you pay for whatever damage, and a little bit more. It can hurt a little, but for me it's always been easy. I feel good knowing that my customer is satisfied, and that even though I made a mistake, now that I've set things right I can say that I've done my job well. :)

That's all for today's post. I really felt I needed to share with you all. Like I said earlier, it's really been on my mind this week due to the number of pens I've seen with this problem.

Leave me a comment and share your experiences. Have you ever had a pen that was improperly repaired? Was the problem corrected, by the restorer? I'd love to hear your take on this.

Don't forget to subscribe for all the latest news and updates! And thanks for taking the time to read this today. It's important to me that the word gets spread, about how to properly go about repairing fountain pens.

Regards,
Tyler Dahl

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Vac Diaphragm length - It really does matter!

Many of us do repairs by the book, and many of us simply "get it workin' again". Some folks consider a pen restored when it's working right now. I consider a pen restored when it's working now, and I know it will be ten years later. Often times we overlook certain things when repairing a pen. Many people skip the all-important step of de-rusting the j-bar on a pen that they're restoring. Many people also forget to, or choose not to trim their sacs to size before putting the pen back together.

Today's post is going to tie into tomorrow's post "What do you mean by "restored"?". Today I am going to specifically speak about the Parker Vacumatic, and the very important, but more-than-often overlooked step of trimming the diaphragm to the right size. Enjoy:

So, I've always been one to do what I was told when it came to pen repair. This means that when I was told what the correct length for a vac diaphragm was (took quite a bit of searching to find that), I stuck to it, and have been cutting my diaphragms that way ever since. It wasn't until just the other day that I finally discovered why this is so crucial.

I was working on this cute little demi Vacumatic (yes, the demi-sized pens are cute - no two ways about it :). The client had said that the pen was "restored" by a friend, but for some reason, ink wasn't flowing. It was a pretty simple fix, involving some tine adjustment, and some hood-to-feed adjustment.

As I was cleaning the pen out to ship it, something odd happened: The plunger depressed down, but would only spring up halfway. I stopped for a second, and then took an immediate guess as to what the problem was. I had never had it happen before, but my hunch was still correct - the diaphragm was to long. Because of it's extra length, it was getting jammed o the breather tube, just they say it will.

Here's the important part. When I took the diaphragm out and measured it, it was only a few millimeters off. That's it, the difference of 1-2mm, was all it took to jam this diaphragm up. This is very important to keep in mind when you are trimming your Vac diaphragms! It doesn't take much for the to be to long, and get stuck.

So there you have it - I am now a firm believer in trimming your vac diaphragms to exactly 26.5mm. It is recommended you trim them between 26.2mm, and 27mm, so I go in the middle, and do 26.5mm.

Here's the little fellow that brought me to the light:



As always, if you've got any questions or suggestions, let me know in the comment area below. I'd really love to hear from you.

If you've never left me a comment before, I encourage you to do so! It's very easy, and I promise I won't bite. ;) Commenting is really encouraging for me, and it really adds depth to the article. We can all benefit from some friendly conversation. 



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