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Case for keeping a 5/16" X 2 inch carriage bolt on hand

matthethammmatthethamm Posts: 46
edited January 2014 in EggHead Forum
I was doing a pizza last night, but that is another story.  I had the egg at 550 degrees, when I open up the lid to check the progress.  The lid shifted in the band.  As this is the first time it happened, needless to say, first I said it, then I loaded my pants with it!!  Well, finished the cook, and wife raved again.
To my point, next day, I was tightening the upper band bolt and it sheared right off in my hand.  Well, good thing this is a maintenance day, and not a cooking day.  Off to the Home Depot to get the 24 cent part.
Now I am all torqued up to 10 foot pounds (yes, with a torque wrench), and have a backup available.  I also double nutted each bolt.

Matt Hamm
Eggin in Alabama
Matt Hamm
Eggin' in Alabama

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  • brianwdmnbrianwdmn Posts: 366
    Glad everything worked out. A little extra laundry, but nothing catastrophic.
    Marietta, East Cobb, GA
  • LitLit Posts: 5,648
    I buy the stainless carriage bolts instead of the zinc. Home depot sells them by the 4 pack.
  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,577
    I was sold on the double nut idea until my bands shifted again last night:(
    Guess the nuts don't loosen after all rather the bands expand with the high temps...going to have to live with it I guess. Why does this phenomenon not happen to everyone tho???
    Hows ya gettin' on, me ol ****? 



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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,574
    You've had trouble before haven't you?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,577
    henapple said:

    You've had trouble before haven't you?

    Yes I did and I thought the double nut had it solved but I was wrong..grrrrrrrr

    Hows ya gettin' on, me ol ****? 



    Kippens.Newfoundland and Labrador. (Canada).
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,323
    Have two where I keep tools to check tight test
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Sounds like I need to check mine, thanks for the info
     
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  • +1 for double nutting
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 9,773
    Now I am all torqued up to 10 foot pounds (yes, with a torque wrench)
    Matt, how did you come up with 10 ft lbs, which is little more than finger tight? Or is that a typo? I don't recall ever seeing a torque value, just that they are to be tightened until the bolts bend, far more than 10 ft lbs. Also, BGE uses Grade 5 carriage bolts.


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  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 1,654
    Off to the Home Depot to get the 24 cent part.

    Now I am all torqued up to 10 foot pounds (yes, with a torque wrench), and have a backup available.  I also double nutted each bolt.

    Matt Hamm
    Eggin in Alabama
    Does your Home Depot stock Grade 5 carriage bolts? I tried to find bolts there but they only stock standard carriage bolts. 

    I still need to go to FastenAll to pick some up.
    L x2, M, S, Mini and a Blackstone 36. She says I have enough now....
    eggAddict from MN!
  • Matt, how did you come up with 10 ft lbs, which is little more than finger tight?
    Actually, I re-read the assembly instructions.  It has 125 inch pounds called out.  And, this is what I torqued the bolts to.
    Yes, they have bent.
    Matt Hamm
    Eggin' in Alabama
  • bettysnephewbettysnephew Posts: 1,112
    FWIW 125 in/lb converts to 10.4 ft/lb.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
  • FWIW 125 in/lb converts to 10.4 ft/lb.
    Good to know that there remain 12 inches in one foot.  My students often forget this.  
    If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots.

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  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,657
    My instructions call for 10 ft lbs and suggest a method for those like me without a torque wrench.  

    I filled a 5 gallon bucket to a weight of 20 lbs, then hung on a 6" wrench to create 10 ft lbs of torque.  I have never had a problem, but I probably should check them
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    Rochester, NY
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