Untwist tamper base from handle

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#1: Post by CamBam_HB »

I ordered an Asso Ergo tamper along with a swappable tamper base.
For the life of me I can't untwist the handle from the existing base.
Any tips on separating them?

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Strap wrench(s)..?
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#3: Post by mrgnomer »

They might have used loctite. Running it under hot water might help.
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#4: Post by romlee »

You might try this: place the tamper in your 'fridge freezer for about 30 minutes. Boil .5 - 1 liter of water in a saucepan. Take the tamper out of the freezer and plunge it into the hot water (you should wear an oven mitt) for 15 seconds or so, then pull out the tamper. Straightaway, holding the tamper base in one hand and the handle in the other, twist slowly (with force).

Repeat if necessary.

The contraction and expansion of metal (and/or composites) under cold and heat seem to do the trick in most instances. I use this technique fairly often when working with bicycle parts and woodworking tools. I recently removed an ECM portafilter head (brass) from the handle and after failing to do so with a vise and clamped lever extension, this technique worked well.

I'm not familiar with your tamper or it's material composition, so be thoughtful about how heat and cold will affect the components!

I would advise against using a torch or industrial-grade heat gun unless you know what you're doing.

Good luck!
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