leaking ingenutea - update


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leaking ingenutea - update

Postby teamuse » Oct 23rd, '05, 14:35

i have had my ingenutea for a couple of years but it finally started leaking out the bottom gasket. granted it had a good life being microwaved, dishwashered, moved twice, etc and putting me through grad school v 1.0

i was trying to figure out if there is anyway to prevent this or is it just nature of the beast and you just order a new one. i have a ton of other tea pots, but that one was always fun to show friends and coworkers when their tea was strained into their cup like "magic"
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Postby Marlene » Oct 23rd, '05, 19:44

Marlene wrote:...The bottom of the pot is held in place by a rubber ball that is also the valve. Just slip the screwdriver (or butter knife) in between the two clear plastic layers and pry gently. You might want to rotate around the bottom as you pry too. When you replace the bottom of the pot, make sure that the post on the bottom goes through the hole in the rubber ball, otherwise your pot won't hold water anymore!
Good luck

Try it, it's not like you can break it at this point! Also, once you've got the clear plastic bottom off, you can pull the rubber ball out with tweesers. Put the rubber ball on the post, push it all the way to the bottom, then put the clear platstic bottom back on.
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Postby teamuse » Oct 23rd, '05, 23:30

oh awesome
i will have to try that

thanks
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Postby teamuse » Oct 25th, '05, 21:23

thanks marlene!
i tried the instructions above and it worked!
my little ingenutea is in working order and NOT leaking!

:D

i would add...to make sure it is pushed down all the way on the skinny, top part of the post. on mine at least, all the way to the bottom means it is sealed valve open or closed
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Postby Marlene » Oct 26th, '05, 03:10

teamuse wrote:i would add...to make sure it is pushed down all the way on the skinny, top part of the post. on mine at least, all the way to the bottom means it is sealed valve open or closed

Of course, thanks for pointing that out!
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Postby Messorius » Nov 7th, '05, 23:17

How hard can you gently pry? I'vebeen trying to get the bottom off of mine for a couple days, and I'm afraid I might break part of it. :( The butterknife bends along with the plastic.
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Postby teamuse » Nov 8th, '05, 00:12

you can pry pretty darn good. it took a bit of force for me. more than I thought and it made a pretty wicked sounding pop when it finally went

additionally I used a regular knife out of the silverware drawer as my butterknife wasn't working as well too.

it may help to use two prying tools, one on each side...i eventually tried this and it helped get the right amount of pressure.
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Postby chris » Nov 8th, '05, 12:02

The bottom is attached with a highly pressurized machine, so it is indeed hard to remove!

Once again, I must stress that while we keep these suggestions on our bulletin board, Adagio cannot be responsible for damages as a result of disassembly!

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Postby teamuse » Nov 8th, '05, 13:36

chris wrote:Once again, I must stress that while we keep these suggestions on our bulletin board, Adagio cannot be responsible for damages as a result of disassembly!


:roll:

i figured at this point we had nothing to loose. but i understand what you are saying
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Postby Messorius » Nov 8th, '05, 21:52

Oh I know if I break it it's my own darn fault. :P It developed a piddle last week, but I think I fixed it. Thanks teamuse!
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Postby Tadiera » Dec 14th, '05, 10:48

Thanks, Chris, for helping me find this post again!


Yesterday, I was a bit silly and decided to try taking my IngenuiTEA apart at work to try to clean the mesh. However, I was finding that the bottom was becoming very difficult to take off and realized it was likely a bad idea to take apart.

But now it has the problem of.... "piddling" as Messorius put it.

I'll have to try this method tonight when I get home, before making more hand-made ornament hangers. :)
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Postby Guest » Dec 29th, '05, 00:55

I had both the ingenuitea problems-- mesh discoloration and a slight leakage problem. I initially tried baking soda and then lemons, both of which I let sit for days without result. For some reason, the oxyclean just fixed everything in less than an hour. Absolutely miraculous.

Also, the advice on prying open the teapot was great. Tweezers definitely worked. Great great great advice. Thanks so much. (I used two regular knives).
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Postby himthatwas » Jul 21st, '07, 16:12

Phew, a prying I will go.
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