Is all stainless food grade?
There is no "food grade" stainless steel. You can buy plastic
spoons that are food grade or
FDA kitchen grade refers to 304
18-8 grade. The FDA
specifies a chemical
composition for stainless steel
used in restaurant kitchens and
the medical industry.
cannot have less than 18% chromium, 8% nickel and not more than
.03% sulfur; thus
"18-8" designation. * 17.8% chromium will not qualify it to be "304" grade
Also a company that says it will give you a Ceritificate of
Compliance but won't show you the
of the steel they are using are most likely using an inferior
All reputable companies will show you the grade of steel
Will the stoppers fit all bottles?
It is impossible to have one stopper
that will fit 100% of bottles. With the original tapered
style: the small o-ring fits
very few bottles maybe some olive oil bottles. The
middle o-ring fits
almost all wine bottles and some with
screw tops. The top o-ring fits some screw top bottles.
The SS-9000 stainless cork will fit the
majority of bottles and will have a tighter seal because
in most bottles, 2 o-rings will
seal and the o-rings are a different derometer of nitrile thus
making them squishier (new
Can I lay the bottle on its side with these stoppers?
If the fit is tight, test
it before leaving the bottle on its side over night. I
usually do not suggest
laying it down because there are some bottles that are not perfectly round inside and
although the stopper is in
tight, I just wouldn't trust it not to leak. If you
need to lay it
down to fit in the fridge, perhaps make a shorter stopper or one
that fits down over the neck
of the bottle. Example; stopper is 1/2" above top of
The SS-9000 seals tight enough to be able to lay the bottle on its side when it seats
How should the stoppers be cleaned?
Wipe them off with a soapy
dishcloth or just a wet paper towel. If you work with glass
something you are
comfortable with going in the dishwasher, the stoppers and
perfectly safe, too.
Do not remove the o-rings to clean; nothing can get under them.
Also if you do
remove them to wash the stopper
and the groove is not 100% dry, when you
o-rings back on, you have just created a micro bacteria incubator!
Which stopper should I get for trophies, cabinet
knobs, faucet handles, gear shifts, etc. ?
If you are not sure of the
screw size, take the item to any hardware store, they have
all screw size holes so you can see the size you need. The
cabinet knobs are either 10-24 or
8-32. The average trophy is 1/4-20 and antique door knobs
are either 3/8-18 or 3/8-20. A lot
of door knobs work with the 60-00-01 (301). It is also
easy to tap the door knob
with a 3/8-16 tap.
Which stopper style works best
for golf or pool balls?
There are 4 or 5 styles that work, the stoppers with the 3/8"
studs and the one with the 8/32" stud
just drill that size hole in the ball and glue it to the
stopper. For the stopper with the scoop top,
SS-738, just epoxy the ball on the top of the
What is the best size for a
The most common size for a stopper wood blank is 2" square by 2
1/2" tall. However there
is no "right" size. All the bottles in this picture are
the same height and you can see how
all the stoppers look great, from the tall and wide to the
small, low button type design.
Should I glue the stopper into the wood and which glue is
This is a personal preference.
If the stopper threads into the wood real tight, there is no
need to glue. However, if the top is taken off and on
often, over time the threads will get
loose and it will need to be glued anyway. I use Tite Bond
II which hold nicely once it dries.
If you want to be able to remove the top for cleaning, I would
suggest using the threaded inserts.
I have trouble with the wood
loosening on the mandrel while turning?
First remember which woods got loose and use the smaller drill
bit when using that wood. If it
gets loose, remove the blank, fill the hole with water, let the
wood swell then rethread it onto
the mandrel and it will stay tight. You might want to glue
that stopper since the threads were
I can't get the turned
top off the mandrel after turning?
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