Haven’t needed to buy a new tool in a while but ...

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  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom Subscriber

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    ... this one’s proved its worth, a thin-jawed adjustable spanner (wrench).

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    I got it to enable me to adjust the bearing cones on bicycle wheel hubs but it’s proved very useful during a current fettle of an Optimus 155 stove.

    The stove’s quick lighters are equipped with thin lock-nuts securing them to the frame mountings and the tool was perfect for those.

    Next, dismantling the manometer.

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    The manometer’s lost its dial markings some time after the dial glass went AWOL.

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    Innards are in decent shape and (tested with an airline) functioning.

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    New celluloid glazing and a minimalist (!!!) solution to the lack of dial markings with a sliver of red insulation tape to show me when to back off on pressurising the tank.

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    John
     
  2. Colin Geer

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    If you photograph the dial in high resolution you might be able to increase the contrast in a photo editing app. There looks to be quite a lot of info still present, it's just very feint. Once you've done that you could print out a new dial and place it over the top of the old one.
     
  3. presscall

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    @Colin Geer
    Yeah, Colin, that’d be the way to go but it’s a scruffy 155 destined to be a regular user stove and I wasn’t aiming for the level of restoration I did for THIS project.

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  4. DAVE GIBSON

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    i'm going over to Ebay!!..be right back---
     
  5. BradB

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    Thanks John. I have one on the way. Looks quite useful. Brad
     
  6. z1ulike

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    Ditto.

    Ben