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General Category => The Knowledge => OT Knowledge => Topic started by: Wowbagger on February 08, 2020, 09:51:39 am

Title: Mending a tea pot
Post by: Wowbagger on February 08, 2020, 09:51:39 am
It isn't the pot itself that has broken, it's the tea infuser. It's conical with a supporting ring at the top, which has come adrift from the cone. I'm very surprised, given the elegant design of the rest of the tea pot, that they manufactured the infuser from 3 bits of metal rather than just the one. I think it's stainless steel.

I'm contemplating fixing it with araldite. I fixed the handle back onto a saucepan lid quite successfully, but they don't come into direct contact with food. Is araldite OK to use on an item that gets dunked into every pot of tea we make?
Title: Re: Mending a tea pot
Post by: road-runner on February 08, 2020, 10:04:03 am
There are food safe epoxy glues. Araldite's FAQ does not answer your question as to whether Araldite is food safe. My gut feeling is that it would have been mentioned if it is - but also if it is not. Permabond makes a food safe epoxy (here (https://www.permabond.com/industries_served/food-safe-epoxy-adhesive/)); it might be safer to use one that you know is food safe.
Title: Re: Mending a tea pot
Post by: T42 on February 08, 2020, 10:09:00 am
Googling "Araldite food contact" yields no, no and no. In your place I'd either look for an infuser of compatible diameter or one that'll dunk fully in the pot with a chain & hook so that you can pull it out again.  Or you could get a tea-strainer.

When I was a kid we just poured leaves and all and my mum told our fortunes.
Title: Re: Mending a tea pot
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on February 08, 2020, 10:22:26 am
Regardless of food safety, epoxies have maximum temperature ratings before they soften/ creep. Standard Araldite is listed as 65 degrees, though this is quite conservative.
Title: Re: Mending a tea pot
Post by: fuaran on February 08, 2020, 10:46:56 am
Drill through it and bolt it together? With stainless steel bolts.
Title: Re: Mending a tea pot
Post by: Polar Bear on February 08, 2020, 11:02:48 am
Get a tea strainer or an infuser ball.
Title: Re: Mending a tea pot
Post by: andytheflyer on February 08, 2020, 12:18:05 pm
Get it welded. Given the size, maybe a jewellry restorer.  Not a boatyard.....

There are some real artisan welders out there.
Title: Re: Mending a tea pot
Post by: Wowbagger on February 28, 2020, 05:20:45 pm
As it happens, I fixed this myself very straightforwardly. The cone that fitted outside the supporting ring now sits inside it and can’t fall through the hole. 
Title: Re: Mending a tea pot
Post by: psyclist on February 28, 2020, 05:47:53 pm
Get it welded. Given the size, maybe a jewellry restorer.  Not a boatyard.....

 ;D
Title: Re: Mending a tea pot
Post by: T42 on February 29, 2020, 09:34:51 am
As it happens, I fixed this myself very straightforwardly. The cone that fitted outside the supporting ring now sits inside it and can’t fall through the hole.

Swallows & Amazons would call that sailing under jury rig. Well done!