repair tamper handle

justme48(6)September 6, 2010

We have a hand tamper that the handle comes out all the time. Water swells the handle end for a temporary fix. Does anyone know of something that will swell the handle and then dry and keep the handle swollen so it stays in the tamper head?

Any suggestions welcome.


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Please post a link to your tamper or one similar or a picture or describe your tamper. IÂm confused as to why you can not pin or wedge it. The link, pic or description will probably show or tell me why. loger

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 3:39PM
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Here's a picture of one like it.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 4:23PM
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dmullen(Southern CA)

Try putting epoxy in there like what is used on axe and sledge hammer handles.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 9:36PM
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Good Pic! Why not drill a 1" or smaller hole from the bottom and drive a wedge in as in a hammer or etc? What was the intended method of keeping it tight from the factory? loger

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 9:55PM
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The tamper head is solid iron(?) - we can't drill it.
From the factory, I imagine just the tightness of the wood handle was meant to hold it. It's very old, so I guess time has just dried out the wood, and made it loosen.

Hubby will try the epoxy to fix it.


    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 11:04PM
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Small steel wedges should work between the handle and steel from the top almost as well. Epoxy is usually thick which will be a challenge to inject good. Good Luck! loger

    Bookmark   September 7, 2010 at 9:30AM
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dmullen(Southern CA)

I would only use epoxy if the handle could be removed so the socket can be filled with epoxy and then the handle replaced. Otherwise, it would be hard to get enough in there to hold the handle.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2010 at 11:26AM
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