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Norm Rhines


If you are reusing the norseman fittings (A good rout to use in the reinstall with new cones) is to soak the old fittings and nuts without the cones in a bucket of nitric acid (Be careful Nitric is a very strong acid and will need to be neutralized before disposing of the liquid) but it will do a great job of cleaning and passivating the ss parts. about 6 hrs soak and no more than 9 hr is all that is req. The 2 liter bucket of nitric I used worked for all of my small stainless steel parts = about 50 to 60 small ss parts.

after word you should try to do a dye penetrant on the fittings just to ck for cracks, if there are none (your fittings are as good or better than new, if you use new cones)

Best of luck and be sure to do exactly as the assembly instructions say.

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