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Dubblbubbl
After a couple of years of messing around with gpa’s I finally ordered the check valve tool from ocp.  I haven't been very worried about stuck or sticky check valves on my stuff since I get them unstuck with carb cleaner soaks and any air leaks are shut off when tightening the stem.  But I do have a few pieces with leaky check valves that I want to get right.  Any of you more experienced fettlers have tips or tricks for using the tool?  Do I need to anchor the font or can a cv be removed with just holding the fount by hand?
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

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Tgarner01
I've never had one I couldn't remove without holding it by hand.. definitely a much needed tool
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Smudge
I've also been able to use the tool, while holding down the fount by hand every time. It is important to keep the tool on axis when applying torque so it doesn't skew.
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My Name Is Earl
There was at one time a very good write up and photos for making a lantern vise out of wood. That was about the time our system changed and now I cant find it. Try searching the forum or hopefully someone with more computer savvy will help out. It works for all sizes. My effort to make my own works ok, but its not always needed. Kinda like an extra set of hands.   
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Ridge Runner
There was at one time a very good write up and photos for making a lantern vise out of wood. That was about the time our system changed and now I cant find it. Try searching the forum or hopefully someone with more computer savvy will help out. It works for all sizes. My effort to make my own works ok, but its not always needed. Kinda like an extra set of hands.   
My brother and I made one following John's post here. It works wonderfully. Agreed though, not always needed, but certainly nice when you need an extra set of hands.

https://www.colemancollectorsforum.com/post/home-made-fount-vise-6435147?pid=1278792452&highlight=fount+vise

As for the check valve tool, I absolutely love that thing. I don't remember what size open end wrench goes on the tool, but it is one I don't keep on my "fettle bench". I use a small adjustable (like 4" size) and it also helps to keep me from applying too much torque when reinstalling the CV.

Edit: I haven’t had to use the vise for CV work. Just sharing since Mr. Earl made mention of it, and I also thought it was an excellent how-to on building one.

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TwoCanoes
I have both a check valve tool and a fount clamp handy, but I've never needed to use the clamp to remove a check valve.
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My Name Is Earl
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hikerduane
The tool is pretty straight forward.  Common sense comes into play.  More issue bending the fount top when removing the valve, I think that is where a clamp would be handy.
Duane
Duane-All seasons, year round backpacker and camper.  So many stoves and lanterns, who's counting.
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Frank6160
make sure you tighten it down into the check valve. My first one the little tips that seat into slot one broke off. I was told by maker to ensure it was tightened good. 
Frank
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Cottage_hill_bill
The correct way to use the check valve tool is to thread the rod into the check valve, slide the tool over the rod and engage the slots in the check valve. Tighten the nut on the rod to hold the tool firmly in the check valve. Everybody gets that part right, this next bit is what most don't do.
Fit the proper size (5/8") wrench to the flats of the tool, then holding the wrench on the tool with one hand, use a soft faced hammer (rubber mallet, wooden mallet, plastic dead blow hammer etc) smack the free end of the wrench smartly. 

A quick, sharp blow will loosen the check valve.  Applying slow steady pressure, as in trying to turn the wrench by hand can deform the pump tube as well as being harder to loosen the check valve. 
Reese
North West Florida

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holliswood
My only input is to make sure the area where the tabs of the cv tool fit into cv are clean and free of all debris. That way it’s setting perfectly flush. 
-Fred

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Dubblbubbl
Received the cvrt from ocp today in the mail and within 5 minutes I had a sticky check valve on the bench and getting cleaned up.  You could get by without one, but this tool, makes the job a 1000% easier.  The instructions indicate max torque of 35 lbs.  I was able to pull this one with way less pressure on the wrench.  No dead blow needed.
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

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Gunhippie
I fitted mine with a nice knurled knob that came from... somewhere. IIRC, I drilled and tapped the knob to fit. Makes it a much easier tool to use.

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Best of all, the knob fits my case:

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3/4" copper tubing and fittings.

It got fancier recently:

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Timm. I'm at a loss for words---👍.
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Dubblbubbl
Dang,  must be nice to work somewhere with an abundance of copper fittings, not to mention one that has a lot of beer.  Great idea for a case, I’m probably going to steal this one Timm.
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

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Gunhippie
A 1/4" 20 threaded wingnut would work as well as the knob I used. It's just nice not having to have two wrenches to use the tool.

I bought the fittings I couldn't salvage. I found a used piece of 3/4" tubing in the boneyard with the MNPT fitting already on it, so that saved a few $s. The threaded cap and sweat cap set me back less than $10. Polishing for the nickel-plate took about an hour, and I kinda skimped on it. Getting that threaded cap smoothed down to a mirror finish without a lathe was the main part of it.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Dubblbubbl
Gunhippie wrote:
A 1/4" 20 threaded wingnut would work as well as the knob I used. It's just nice not having to have two wrenches to use the tool.

I bought the fittings I couldn't salvage. I found a used piece of 3/4" tubing in the boneyard with the MNPT fitting already on it, so that saved a few $s. The threaded cap and sweat cap set me back less than $10. Polishing for the nickel-plate took about an hour, and I kinda skimped on it. Getting that threaded cap smoothed down to a mirror finish without a lathe was the main part of it.


I see, I guess these are shipping with a wing nut now.  Mine came in with one.  I was referring to the copper case idea sans plating.  
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

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