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Despirately looking for PTC Connectors

Post by Proto » Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:45 am

Disclaimer - I'm not looking to assign blame. I need these parts sooner than ASAP


Short Story - I need 2 PTC connectors to repair my Maxx's feed. preferably in the Metro Detroit Area. http://seemecnc.com/collections/parts-a ... tc-fitting or equivalent.



LONG STORY - My feed tube broke away from the PTC fitting last week and will not go back together. I ordered the parts from SeeMe thinking that it is only a 2 hour drive that I should have have my parts in 1-2 business days. It's been over a week. And the last thing the USPS tracking says is that it left their Fort Wayne IN facility on 3/18.

I have projects I need to get done. I have tried Parker, Airquip, and Grangers. not one stocks this part locally (Detroit Area). I'm half tempted to try Production Tool, even though I believe it is to specialized for them.


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Re: Despirately looking for PTC Connectors

Post by DanHall » Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:39 pm

How about a local Fastenal? They're often able to get me otherwise hard to find parts fairly quickly.

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Re: Despirately looking for PTC Connectors

Post by Proto » Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:58 pm

Thanks Dan

I never dealt with Fastenal before, no luck though.

Fastenal - Not stock in any location within 100mi of me
Granger - Closest stocking location is over an hour away
Parker - Closest stock is in Cleveland
Aeroquip - nothing
local plumbing supply does not stock metric

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Re: Despirately looking for PTC Connectors

Post by Polygonhell » Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:13 pm

Just order some ptfe tubing from seeme or Amazon and epoxy the existing tube into the connector.

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Re: Despirately looking for PTC Connectors

Post by JFettig » Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:41 pm

Don't know why I didn't think of this earlier: 5/32~=4mm and 10-32~=M5x.8, you can mix and match these and hardly notice a difference.

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Re: Despirately looking for PTC Connectors

Post by Proto » Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:39 pm

ok, I have officially given up.

I ordered the correct parts from Graingers and will pick them up on Tuesday (having them transferred from another store).

JFettig wrote:Don't know why I didn't think of this earlier: 5/32~=4mm and 10-32~=M5x.8, you can mix and match these and hardly notice a difference.


You are correct, those probably would work. but they are just as rare as the metric versions.

Epoxy & Teflon don't mix, not much sticks to teflon without proper prep work (ie acid etching)
as a quick fix I thought of ductape. but I didn't want it anywhere near the hotend.
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Re: Despirately looking for PTC Connectors

Post by Polygonhell » Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:43 pm

FWIW I've actually done the epoxy thing and it is good enough to get by, I did sand the outside of the tube, I bought 10ft of the teflon tubing a few years ago when I needed 2 inches of the stuff, so throwing it away isn't something I worry about.

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Re: Despirately looking for PTC Connectors

Post by Proto » Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:25 am

And the fates are having a good laugh at my expense

After leaving the Post Office's facility in Fort Wayne IN, 4 days ago, it finally showed up in the Detroit Area.

Of course I had purchased a replacement set yesterday.
Of Course the Original set will be delivered 24hrs before the replacement set.

And such is my life... :P
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Re: Despirately looking for PTC Connectors

Post by dpmacri » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:34 pm

Proto wrote:And the fates are having a good laugh at my expense

After leaving the Post Office's facility in Fort Wayne IN, 4 days ago, it finally showed up in the Detroit Area.

Of course I had purchased a replacement set yesterday.
Of Course the Original set will be delivered 24hrs before the replacement set.

And such is my life... :P


Not sure if it's too late for you or not, but I had this problem early on with my R-Max. I used a razor blade to trim a bit from the edges from the PTFE 2 to make it small enough to manually thread a nut I had on hand onto the PTFE tubing. Then I used Kapton tabe to tape everything to the PTC connector. It worked while I waited for PTC connectors to come in (I ordered from Amazon with prime, 2-day shipping).

Interestingly enough, I never took the nut off even after the new connectors came in :-)

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Re: Despirately looking for PTC Connectors

Post by Proto » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:12 am

The package hit the door yesterday. And my WW Grainger order is ready for pickup today.

:D :( :lol: :cry: :| :| :|
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