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Thu Dec 20 19:10:03 2007
Stressful reattachment of heater
Photos may follow eventually, but for now here's the rundown. I scraped the heater clean of the thermal epoxy using a clean razor blade. Then I stuffed a small piece of lint free cloth in the OTAS bore and wrapped the OMC in tin foil. With a vacuum sucking directly from the face of the OTAS, I gently scraped the glue off the OTAS aluminum. I wiped both the OTAS and the heater down with an isoproponal soaked lint-free cloth. I put a thin sheen of VacSeal on the face of the heater, wiping off the excess from the edges with a cloth. Then I clamped the heater to the OTAS using 2" c-clamps from the tombstone back to the heater front, making sure the alignment of the OTAS was correct (connector on the absolute bottom, concentric with the OTAS outer diameter). I added a second clamp, then beaded the outside of the joint with a little bit extra VacSeal, just for kicks. I'll leave it covered at least overnight, and maybe for a day or two.