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Element Guard Kit Question

Postby telemang » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:46 pm

Hi there - i recently purchased the element guard kit. I got everything all wired up and ready to go but the element itself is not screwing in securely to the conversion plate. I left the element gasket in place (my leak isnt coming from there) and it appears that only a few threads are catching before it won't budge any further (leaving lots of bare threads exposed). I even purchased a new element thinking my threads could be gunked up from my last setup... but still no go. I think the threads are slightly too small or something? Nothing is getting crossthreaded or anything like that... so that is the only thing i can come up with. I tried everything i could think of... did i get a bum one or am i missing something? Anyone else run into this?? Any advice on fixing this issue?? I just emailed stilldragon so hopefully they will have an answer soon...but I was wondering if anyone has had the same issue and/or if i was doing something wrong??

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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby telemang » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:36 pm

I bought one of those but it doesn't fit into the housing. My last setup it worked fine tightening by hand... but i just can't get this puppy to go more than a few threads
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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby telemang » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:40 pm

I even put an extra gasket on there but there are still bare threads showing when screwed in ridiculously hard by hand
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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby telemang » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:54 pm

Located in the US - using a 1500 watt 120 volt element. I had this http://www.hillbillystills.com/Heating_ ... p/hecp.htm and it fits in there perfectly. I ordered the stilldragon one just to make things a bit cleaner...
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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby telemang » Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:31 pm

Larry seems to think i got a bum part - he is taking care of me - good people at stilldragon. Thanks Larry!
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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby Mooqu » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:47 pm

telemang wrote:I bought one of those but it doesn't fit into the housing. My last setup it worked fine tightening by hand... but i just can't get this puppy to go more than a few threads


I had the same problem. I just ground off the edges of the tool to make it fit.
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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby telemang » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:37 am

punkin wrote:Taht will be the difference tween bsp and npt.

They will sometimes work by tightening hard, but not always.

We have problems with China trying to explain the difference, if i get NPT, sometimes none of my elements fit without retapping and vice versa with US parts.

It's hard to get the right medium on such a small scale as we are at the moment. :oops:



Ahh! That makes a lot of sense... maybe if i get another one that doesn't fit i could just look for an element with the other type of threads?? Would i most likely have bsp or npt?? I don't really have the tools and/or know-how to try to grind down threads.
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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby acfixer69 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:46 am

punkin wrote:Taht will be the difference tween bsp and npt.

They will sometimes work by tightening hard, but not always.

We have problems with China trying to explain the difference, if i get NPT, sometimes none of my elements fit without retapping and vice versa with US parts.

It's hard to get the right medium on such a small scale as we are at the moment. :oops:


Also heating elements is the US are 1" NPS and will sometimes fit NPT and sometimes not. Teflon tape helps but I feel butter retapping to NPS.
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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby telemang » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:48 am

punkin wrote:I don't know what country you are in mate or what the thread standards are in other countries.

I'll get together and have a chat with Smaug and see what we can work out. 8-)


I am in the US... thanks again for all the help guys. Great customer service at SD...
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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby revansCAAD8 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:23 am

I'm in the US and about to order the Element Guard Kit and/or Adapter. Hope I don't run into the same issue. Where did you purchase the element from (HD/Lowes,etc)? Please let us know if you get this resolved. Also, does SD sell an Element Socket/Wrench?

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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby Hawk » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:00 am

the wrench is 7 bucks at lowes. Im going to just take my element and mount into the store and put it on there. Save 7 bucks.
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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby telemang » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:43 am

FYI - the replacement that Larry sent fits much better. Didn't even need to struggle to get it in.

Thanks again Larry!
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Re: Element Guard Kit Question

Postby revansCAAD8 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:59 pm

AWESOME glad to hear! Hope mine is hear tomorrow (fingers crossed),

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