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Vermont Castings damper handle slips

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Robert Taft, May 21, 2013.

  1. Robert Taft

    Robert Taft New Member

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    I have a VC Resolute Acclaim, model 2490. It has worked fine for many years, but now when i close the damper the handle slips back half way until it finds a little resistance. Then during the night, the handle often slips all the way back, causing the damper to open. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem will be greatly appreciated.

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  2. skinanbones

    skinanbones Member

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    there should be a bolt in the middle of the damper. on the backside is a damper ramp if you back off the bolt you should be able to push the ramp up, which will tighten up against the damper rod when closed.
  3. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    You need to tighten the set screw that holds it on. If it won't stay tight, then it needs replaced. Find the local VC dealer, they probably have one laying around.
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    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    The title of the post makes it sound like the handle is slipping. Is it the handle or the damper that is slipping?
  5. Robert Taft

    Robert Taft New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I removed the chimney and could see that the damper rod slips. This allows the damper to open, and of course, the damper handle slams back to open position. I held the nut with pliers and tightened the set screw quite a bit. Now it works fine. :)
  6. Robert Taft

    Robert Taft New Member

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    Thanks for the reply it got me started. I removed the chimney and could see that the damper rod slips. This allows the damper to open, and of course, the damper handle slams back to open position. I held the nut with pliers and tightened the set screw quite a bit. Now it works fine.

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