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 Post subject: I broke it
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2001 6:12 am 
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Ummm... i broke my brand new 5x5x5
i was changing the tension, now whenever i move it, it gets loose or tight when i turn it.
Does the screw need to be bonded to the plastic? because it is not right now.
Please help. I'd really like to use it soon.


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 Post subject: Could be the center screw.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2001 6:15 am 
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I too had the same problem a couple of years ago with a brand new Professor cube
If I turn one way it would get REALLY TIGHT, and if I turned the other way it got REALLY LOOSE.

I exchanged a couple of e-mails with Uwe Meffert, and finally we came to the conclusion
that the center screw was "crossed tread" and he sent me a FREE replacement.

The glue is to hold the plastic cap of the tile.

The second one worked great.

Michael
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 Post subject: Problem Solved
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2001 8:16 pm 
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When it fell apart, i put it back together, and now it works. guess it was a spring or something. Works great now, i got tiles on it,and its greased up.


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 Post subject: Too loose
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2001 4:20 am 
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i made it too lose, and it fell apart in mid sequence, havent re solved it yet, dont even know if the pieces are back correctly, i just put htem any way. What are the odds that it is correct? the 2 layers were just put on in random order.
I made it tighter, much nicer. I think i might get some Locite blue next time it falls apart in my hands.
The reason it got tighter and looser is that the center screw was glued to the plastic.
Anyone know what i can use to clean the meffert tiles on my cube? some are stained black a little bit.


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 Post subject: Hmmm...
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2001 6:15 am 
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I dont even know if it worked before i adjusted it. What is Uwe meffert's direct email address?


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 Post subject: AHH!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2001 6:18 am 
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i just turned it one way, and it fell apart. This looks like a pain to re assemble. So, the screws are not glued to the plastic? they rotate freely?


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 Post subject: Good Job
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2001 8:16 pm 
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It does sound like the screw wasn't properly bedded into the center hub or the spring was binding somehow. As I suggested in a previous post, you might consider putting a dab of Loctite on the tip of the screw where it goes into the center spindle to reduce the chances of it working loose in the future. If the puzzle works fine now then I'd leave it alone though. If it ain't broke...


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 Post subject: Try rubbing alcohol
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2001 8:30 pm 
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It shouldn't affect any tiles that are already solidly glued down and does a pretty good job of wiping off messes.

As for the random order of putting back pieces, as long as you matched up the colors, it's fine. But if you randomly put pieces back in, then chances are the puzzle is unsolvable. As long as more than 4 pieces fell out, I'd be willing to bet $100 and give you 10 to 1 odds that the puzzle is unsolvable.

Well, not really...


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 Post subject: Unsolvable
PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2001 8:30 pm 
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Yup, unsolvable. 2 pieces mixed.


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 Post subject: Re: Try rubbing alcohol
PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2001 11:26 pm 
Jin,

You just lost 100 $ !

Well not really ...

Michael
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 Post subject: Replacement Pieces
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2001 12:25 am 
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Think i can order a new mechanism from meffert? I need everything but the cubies. It doesnt work again. If anyone has a old cube that's mechanism still works, but its missin sticerks, or cubies, please tell me. All i need is the main mechanism, with screws, and the center piece cap.

Sum1else@optonline.net if you can help


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