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I can get it up... I just cant keep it up!

I have a fairly new LBGE. The bottom ring around the base just wont stay up! I have tightened it IMO pretty tight. Everytime I re-tighten it and lift the lid it falls again. I am a little scared of overtightening it and breaking the base. Has anyone ever used a torque wrench to measure inch pounds on the base ring?


  • Smokin_TroutSmokin_Trout Posts: 171

    When the bolt starts to bend you have reached the end.


  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 7,550
    Are you tightening until the bolts bend?  Not to state the obvious, but if it is slipping off then it is not tight so you are far from "too tight".  Crank down on that beeyatch until the bolts bend.  

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 17,178
    What smokeypitt said.  Also, you could put a few Viagra tablets between the egg and the band... :))
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  • twelvebeertwelvebeer Posts: 31

    Thanks for the link and advice! Ill crank em down tonight!

  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,273
    You have the answer, if you have a torque wrench, as noted in BGE instructions: 

    Next, securely tighten both the upper and lower bands to approximately 125 inch lbs. (bending of the bolt and the flanges during tightening is normal / recommended, Don’t fear, the ceramic will not break). Make sure the dome is still evenly seated on the Egg bottom and proceed to tighten all (8) Keps nuts that attach the hinge assembly to the bands.

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  • BrowninggoldBrowninggold Posts: 453
    Go really fast when ratcheting...that usually works
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,860
    Go really fast when ratcheting...that usually works
    Not too fast. While a minute may be fun for you, the egg will appreciate longer.
  • Make sure it isn't on upside down. I had a problem with my lid staying open and the band was upside down.
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