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Embarrassed but… can't keep my lid from almost slamming shut on me

Just cannot crack the band code for keeping my lid on the large wide open and safe from slamming shut on me.

Where do I tighten?  Is it the bolts attached to the springs?  Common sense seems to not be working.  Then again, I am carb deprived and that may have something to do with it.

Thanks-
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 16,023
    Stupid question but I'm gonna ask. Are you sure the egg is level?
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  • allsidallsid Posts: 492
    Yes-  it is in its nest.  However I have had this problem before.  Seems to happen after a hot cook and then I twist and turns stuff, fighting  it and end up just using the small.  


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  • RRPRRP Posts: 23,841
    Another question - are you sure your band wasn't installed up side down? Seriously - that would mean the springs are assisting slamming it shut.
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 23,841
    RRP said:
    Another question - are you sure your band wasn't installed up side down? Seriously - that would mean the springs are assisting slamming it shut.
    It should look like this:
    image
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  • brianwdmnbrianwdmn Posts: 371
    +1 on the upside down installation being the culprit.
    Marietta, East Cobb, GA
  • AlbertaEggerAlbertaEgger Posts: 1,387
    OK, im just going to ask....If the bands were flipped, would this not still aid in opening the lid? Upside down, or right side up, if they could ba assembled that way, the spring is the spring, and aids in prying open the two bands? No?
    County of Parkland, Alberta, Canada
  • egretegret Posts: 4,140
    allsid said:
    Just cannot crack the band code for keeping my lid on the large wide open and safe from slamming shut on me.

    Where do I tighten?  Is it the bolts attached to the springs?  Common sense seems to not be working.  Then again, I am carb deprived and that may have something to do with it.

    Thanks-
    Ref. the pic. The two nuts pointed out by the arrows need to be tightened. Don't tighten the outer nuts or your springs won't be able to swivel.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    Also, look at the two pics, make sure your springs are on in that direction.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 27,470
    things to check

    upside down bands
    bottom spring bolts tight and perpendicular.
    get a level and check that the egg isnt slightly tipping forward, it doesnt take much
    check the actual spring, mine cracked at the tighter 90 degree bend
    if the egg is 12 years old it could have a mexican band that was prone to fail
       (the handle on the mexican band is welded, not bolted)
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  • allsidallsid Posts: 492
    Here is a shot of my ax-  lol.

    I think the springs are looking good- thoughts?

    image
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    Cut the tyrap (wiretie) bud.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • Agree with little Steven and take the white plastic piece off. We are a dealer and the new eggs are coming with plastic shims to get the bands spaced properly but that doesn't seem to be your problem. Is the top and bottom band in alignment?
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    I thought that the plastic was the one with the two holes to keep the bands from flying open during assembly. It looks to me like they are in place and resisting opening. If he has been using the egg with them on, the holes in the spacer will have worn open a bit but still prevent full opening.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,520
    LS has it I think!
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  • egretegret Posts: 4,140
    See the bolt in the highlighted area of this pic? That's the problem.......that bolt needs to be snugged up to the flange. It's obviously not. If he would tighten that nut I told him about earlier that would fix this. That plastic tie cord doesn't look like it's doing anything, good or bad!
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    edited January 2014
    Good catch Hawkeye! Oh to have youthful eyes again like yours :D I still think he has the band locking thing on.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • Looks like the band lock is in a storage position to me. The loose bolt could be the culprit !
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    Fulton MO
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 10,338
    very good catch @egret

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  • I don't think that's the band lock, but rather the plastic spray bottle in the background.
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,769
    That's what I think too. Hard to see what, if anything, that tie wrap is wrapped around, but I vote for it rather than the loose bolt. My bolts were like that when I got the egg 4 years ago. They are still like that.

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  • allsidallsid Posts: 492
    @egret - your suggestion worked like a charm.  I tightened the bolt to the flange as instructed and the default settings have been restored.  Unfortunately, it came from the dealer that way and I have wrestled with it ever since.  

    I cannot say enough fantastic things about the great people of this forum!  I have learned so much, become a better cook, and enjoyed the eggsperiences along the way.

    With that being said, the I prefer to let tie-wraps just "happen" like compost.  It fell off organically like a toe nail when I tightened the other bolts.
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817

    John is gonna want money from me. Please put the band holders back on and try again. I'll split whatever he pays me with you.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • egretegret Posts: 4,140
    allsid said:
    @egret - your suggestion worked like a charm.  I tightened the bolt to the flange as instructed and the default settings have been restored.  Unfortunately, it came from the dealer that way and I have wrestled with it ever since.  

    I cannot say enough fantastic things about the great people of this forum!  I have learned so much, become a better cook, and enjoyed the eggsperiences along the way.

    With that being said, the I prefer to let tie-wraps just "happen" like compost.  It fell off organically like a toe nail when I tightened the other bolts.
    Glad it worked ok. I'm surprised you had that problem since assembly of this band system doesn't require anything that would change the factory torque or setting on those nuts. I wouldn't be too quick to blame the dealer on this one.......
    Steven, would you settle for 60-40?
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    You never paid me last time...I should know better. I need to get you on the golf course

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    WOW! I looked that picture over and over and it shows that a multiple set of eyes is the key. @egret is the man. Great job sir.

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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,134
    TUTTLE871 said:

    WOW! I looked that picture over and over and it shows that a multiple set of eyes is the key. @egret is the man.

    Great job sir.

    Or it just proves that us young bucks are always in a hurry and don't pay attention to detail.

    <<<<<Guilty! ;)

    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • egretegret Posts: 4,140
    cazzy said:
    WOW! I looked that picture over and over and it shows that a multiple set of eyes is the key. @egret is the man. Great job sir.
    Or it just proves that us young bucks are always in a hurry and don't pay attention to detail. <<<<
    Does that make me an "Old Buck"??  :):)) I am, of course........ :)>-
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,134
    egret said:


    cazzy said:

    TUTTLE871 said:

    WOW! I looked that picture over and over and it shows that a multiple set of eyes is the key. @egret is the man.

    Great job sir.

    Or it just proves that us young bucks are always in a hurry and don't pay attention to detail.

    <<<<
    Does that make me an "Old Buck"??  :):)) I am, of course........ :)>-

    Um no, the old bucks are our fellow Eggers that survived the GD. You know...Little Steven and Carolina Q. :P
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • RRPRRP Posts: 23,841
    edited January 2014
    John and Steven,

    I just wish you two would quit trying to hustle unsuspecting golfers into your treacherous schemes on the golf course! Haven't you guys won enough money? BEWARE is all I can say BEWARE!

    LOL
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  • egretegret Posts: 4,140
    cazzy said:
    cazzy said:
    WOW! I looked that picture over and over and it shows that a multiple set of eyes is the key. @egret is the man. Great job sir.
    Or it just proves that us young bucks are always in a hurry and don't pay attention to detail. <<<<
    Does that make me an "Old Buck"??  :):)) I am, of course........ :)>-
    Um no, the old bucks are our fellow Eggers that survived the GD. You know...Little Steven and Carolina Q. :P
    GD???? Explain, please........I told you I was an old buck!! :) 
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