Retrieve o-ring in pump tube

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  1. esarratt

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    I have an Optimus 55/155 marine stove. The o-ring is at the bottom of the pump tube--it slipped off the pump. I can see it down at the bottom of the tube.

    Any suggestions on tricks or retrieve it?

    I am a little afraid of unscrewing the tube. I cannot get a good grip on it and it appears to be thin metal. I don't want to break o crush the pump tube.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Dental tool, foreceps.
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    A long screwdriver or similar with some heavy grease on it - to “glue” the O-ring to the screwdriver?
     
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    something like this?
     
  5. esarratt

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    Thanks! That helps!
     
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    Available on the bay of evil. Look for
    alligator forceps.
     
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    Make a hook on the end of a stiff wire.
     
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    I've always kept a few old broken bicycle spokes that come in handy for homemade tools for jobs like this.
     
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    I got the o-ring. Thanks! I used a coat hanger w/a slightly bent end.

    I wish I had known to grease the o-ring (Ahh...the fun of fettling). I think a lack of grease is what started all the trouble. I have been using my stove for six years w/out knowing to add any silicone grease to the o-ring.
     
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    We have a winner!!!
     
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    a golden O-Ring for the winner;-)
     
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    ....or a coathanger.

    Result. :thumbup:
     
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    I tried a coat hanger once- it kept getting hung up.......sorry
     
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    Ivan that one took me a bit. Well played, sir.