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help removing damaged Maid-O-Mist steam vent

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lbeachmike
lbeachmike Member Posts: 195

I am trying to replace this Maid-O-Mist steam vent with a new one. The existing vent somehow got damaged and bent - it rotates easily but without the stem seeming to unthread. It was not a super-snug fit from what I recall. Do I have to try to bust off the outer piece and then use an extractor bit to remove the stem? Or is there a better way?

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,661
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    I'll bet the stem has come adrift from the base. I'd get the base off it — then you might be able to grip the stem sticking out with a pliers and get it to come out (but don't squash it — that will make it a pain) or you could use an extractor which fit well.

    And some penetrating oil wouldn't hurt…

    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    lbeachmikeSTEAM DOCTOR
  • lbeachmike
    lbeachmike Member Posts: 195
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    Thanks Jamie. If I can only find where I have my extractor bit … 🤔

  • STEAM DOCTOR
    STEAM DOCTOR Member Posts: 2,041
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    I have had this happen to me a million and one times. Crack off what you call the base with a pair of pliers. Just wiggle wiggle wiggle until it comes off. Then use the pliers to unscrew the nipple. Easy schmieezy

    ethicalpaullbeachmike
  • lbeachmike
    lbeachmike Member Posts: 195
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    Thanks everybody for the guidance. It was indeed "Easy schmieezy" ! 😁

    ethicalpaul