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Old 07-22-2011, 10:32 PM  
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1950 O'Keefe range sticky knobs

Hello All:

I've got this beautiful 1950 O'Keefe and Merritt range. Some of its knobs are extremenly difficult to turn. The gas company guy told me that I can take them apart and clean them.

Any body out there that dealt with a similar issue?

Any dos and don'ts?

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Old 07-23-2011, 12:15 AM  
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Considering it is 60 years old, I'm assuming there is alot of grease and grime under the knobs. Not being exactly positive, but I would assume you would just pull the knobs off and remove any and all grime around the valve. Give it a light coat of oil, and you should be good to go. My only advice is to be careful that no paint eating solvent is used because they might cause more damage than you are attempting to repair.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:56 AM  
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I think he's talking about the valves themselves, not the grime.

OP, you might try searching around here: Antique Gas Stoves - Stove restoration - see how we restore our vintages stoves

Aside from basic plumbing, I don't mess with gas myself. I'd pull the valves and ship them off to be rebuilt.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:53 AM  
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That is a nice web site to know RA!
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:34 PM  
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After seeing a few of those antiques, I want one for my own kitchen. Those things are gorgeous!
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My thoughts exactly!
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:04 AM  
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Yes, I am talking about the valves.

I will get a quote from the Antique Gas Stove guys you found.

However, It may be a challange to remove these valves. I looked at them today to see how they are secured the manifold, could not figure it out. Maybe the Antique Gas Stove outfit can tell me this, too.

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I think he's talking about the valves themselves, not the grime.

OP, you might try searching around here: Antique Gas Stoves - Stove restoration - see how we restore our vintages stoves

Aside from basic plumbing, I don't mess with gas myself. I'd pull the valves and ship them off to be rebuilt.
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