A fix for hubcaps that fall off.

timothy

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I wheel my Weby's in and out of the garage when using and usually a few times a year one or more of the caps fall off and get lost. I've been thru at least a dozen original Weber replacements and a few others.
Nothing seems to last, until I tried some 3/8" metal shaft collars. They have a set-screw which really digs in and holds.
http://www.menards.com/main/tools-hardware/fasteners/miscellaneous/specialty/3-8-shaft-collar-1-pcs/p-1445349-c-9545.htm

The ones I bought were zinc-plated, but SS ones are available from Amazon or an Industrial supply house.
3/8" is a tight fit. I had to use a ball peen hammer to tap mine on, but reaming it with a HS metal bit like a 25/64" should make it easier to slip on or remove.
Not the best pic, but at least I know my wheels aren't falling off.:)


Tim
 

Dave O

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Cool idea, that will make it easier to take the wheels off when you do a major cleaning, I also lose or break those hub caps when wheeling my keetles around
 

Craig H

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That's a pretty neat idea. I also like using the metal push caps like on the old 50s and 60s kettle wheels. They stay on much better than the plastic ones.
 

Justin NE Iowa

TVWBB Member
I wheel my Weby's in and out of the garage when using and usually a few times a year one or more of the caps fall off and get lost. I've been thru at least a dozen original Weber replacements and a few others.
Nothing seems to last, until I tried some 3/8" metal shaft collars. They have a set-screw which really digs in and holds.
http://www.menards.com/main/tools-hardware/fasteners/miscellaneous/specialty/3-8-shaft-collar-1-pcs/p-1445349-c-9545.htm

The ones I bought were zinc-plated, but SS ones are available from Amazon or an Industrial supply house.
3/8" is a tight fit. I had to use a ball peen hammer to tap mine on, but reaming it with a HS metal bit like a 25/64" should make it easier to slip on or remove.
Not the best pic, but at least I know my wheels aren't falling off.:)


Tim
Fantastic! Ordered them and that should do the trick. I've been through several of the plastic ones. The smallest things like this drive me crazy. Now I'm a little less crazy. Haha.
 

BillSmith

TVWBB Pro
Welcome to the forums, Steve K. Would love to see more pictures of your BBQ setup. For those who don't want to click on the Twitter link, here's the fix he's suggesting.



Going through your Twitter feed, I came across this:


Wow, that looks impressive. Can you tell us more about this?
 
I know, right! I built that beauty two years ago. The fire box is actually a Lopi fireplace insert from a friend's house. So, built-in venting. The bricks are from our home remodel. I cleaned a few thousand by hand. The stone caps match stonework on our house.
The entire smoker is heavily insulated. 5 adjustable shelves inside to easily hold 15 racks of ribs flat. Two professional Tel-Tru temp gauges. Smoker body is 3/16, the front and door are 1/4. All high temp painted. Even a built-in rotisserie from the left side!
I took almost 4 years designing every feature until I could afford to build it. Stainless stack & brackets, the cover is a forged aluminum fence cap. The thing works amazingly well. I just smoked 36 racks two weeks ago for a grad party. I smoke pert near everything. Venison is my new favorite.
 

BillSmith

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