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Old 03-12-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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I am just doing the spring cleanup on our Trillium 1300 and discovered the right knob on our stove top is stuck. The left moves fine. Anyone else have this problem and know of a solution?

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Old 03-12-2011, 03:01 PM   #2
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I am just doing the spring cleanup on our Trillium 1300 and discovered the right knob on our stove top is stuck. The left moves fine. Anyone else have this problem and know of a solution?

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If it doesn't move and it should ... WD40
If it moves and it shouldn't ... Duct Tape
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:13 PM   #3
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If it doesn't move and it should ... WD40
If it moves and it shouldn't ... Duct Tape


The first two lines of the Handy-man's credo.

Actually, when a stove knob freezes it could be one of two problems. If you used the stove a lot last season it could be grease and dirt collecting under the knob and cover which hardens with age and non-use. Or, not very likely, corrosion.

If corrosion, WD40 in moderation.

If grease and dirt I would try a de-greaser before the WD40. Although...WD40 will penetrate and loosen the grease.

Main thing is to use non-flammable chemicals in moderation. If you do use a volatile chemical make sure well ventilated area, no open flame or spark and clean thoroughly prior to use.

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Thanks James/Tom, I willl try WD40 tomorrow.

Do you know if the top side of the range comes off from the top or do you have to pull out the fridge and access from beneath? It looks/feels like it should come off with a firm tug but I have learned not to go around yanking on things =)


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Booker, your stove top looks like mine, except mine has three burners. There are three set screws on the verticle edge. Once I removed those, the stove top cover came off... with a bit of knife work around the bottom edge cutting through the "gunk." YMMV
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Your stove looks just like mine. Remove the clips from the burner plates and then remove the two screws in the top. Your whole top can then be taken out and into the house for a complete cleaning. I used oven cleanerand a BRASS brush [doesn't scratch the chrome] to remove the old grease and rust from mine and it came up looking new again. Although it sounded tongue-in-cheek, a good soaking with WD40 or with paint thinner [varsol] may loosen any grease or rust that is causing your controll to stick. The knobs are just pull offs and then you can clean or repaint the lower frame.
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Finally got a chance to tackle this yesterday. I pulled off the knob cap, put in a few drops of WD40 around the shaft were it entered the controller. 5 minutes later went back and it's unstuck.

Thanks to all that replied!
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