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Rainbow D2 Separator
Original Message   May 1, 2012 10:25 pm
I can't get the separator nut off the Rainbow vac, I tried to loosen it with a wrench, but the nut won't budge.  How can I get it off to clean the Separator?
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Re: Rainbow D2 Separator
Reply #1   May 2, 2012 3:04 pm
What you might want to try is something like WD-40.  Spray it around the area, where the nut threads.  You will want it to sit overnight, then try to remove.  If you still cannot, repeat.  You might want to use locking pliers, so as to not strip the nut. 

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Re: Rainbow D2 Separator
Reply #2   May 2, 2012 5:10 pm
I sprayed WD40 & let the Separator nut soak overnight, nut still won't move.

What is the hole on the side of nut for?

Should I stick a metal rod or screwdriver into the nut?


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Re: Rainbow D2 Separator
Reply #3   May 23, 2012 1:14 am
I've used a metal rod through that hole on occasion if the nut didn't want to loosen.  Especially if you have the metal separator rather than the newfangled plastic one I'd think you could safely put a lot of pressure without risking any damage.

There are also far better penetrating agents than WD40 - Kroil is considered excellent and PBlaster is also good.  The latter is more readily available.


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Re: Rainbow D2 Separator
Reply #4   Sep 7, 2012 4:32 pm
Sounds dumb, but have you tried turning it the other way? I can't remember.. are the separators reverse thread? You'd think they would be? I have one next to me that is disassembled but there isn't a nut on it to try ... Other wise I would.. LOL..

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