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Can't unscrew tank on vape for the life of me!!!!

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  1. ThatIrishGamerHD

    ThatIrishGamerHD New Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    So I got my new coil and was vaping again but I must have over tightened the tank when screwing it on.Now it's time for a refill and I can't get this stupid tank apart.I have tried rubber gloves and I put it in the freezer for 10 minutes too but it won't budge.

    Please help,I've almost given up,and no I don't have rubber bands.
    I added a picture of the tank and as you can see there is almost nothing to grip onto to unscrew it Untitled-1.jpg
  2. Sugar_and_Spice

    Sugar_and_Spice ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Sep 11, 2010
    between here and there
    A couple of different avenues you can try. Try soaking in very hot water to see if that will loosen the vacuum seal created by the dry tank(try not to ever vape it dry) or
    Soak the tank in vodka or alcohol. That will take longer tho but it will help to dissolve the eliquid that is creating the vapor lock.

  3. Scy123

    Scy123 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 10, 2014
    Best bet is to buy 2 of these.

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  4. TheRussianVaper

    TheRussianVaper Senior Member

    Apr 22, 2016
    You might have to force it, sounds like the ring got bunched up and stuck, so you might have to tare it and replace the ring. PS: I always lube the rings with a little bit of e-juice, makes it a lot easier later on and they last longer.
  5. Toronnah

    Toronnah Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 10, 2012
    Channel lock pliers.

    (This is from an owner of multiple Nautilus tanks)
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  6. crxess

    crxess Grumpy Ole Man Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 20, 2012
    Williamsport Md

    Yep lets Ruin the finish in Hopes............................

    I have Stuck/Tight tank issues all the time.

    Good Grip gloves will work 100%.
    If you cannot open with Grip Gloves.....................Hand the Gloves and Tank to someone with a stronger set of arms.
    Again - they work!
    You rest the tank sections between Thumb and first finger, in the web, for maximum grip.
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  7. sparkky1

    sparkky1 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 8, 2014
    Put it in the freezer 10 - 15 min and rubber gloves / rubber mat like the bottom of your mouse pad
  8. daviedog

    daviedog Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 2, 2013
    The rubber gloves as stated above do work,,but soak atty in PGA first. If there is any juice on your atty it will transfer to the gloves & you are SOL..
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  9. Andromendous

    Andromendous Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 12, 2014
    Oklahoma, USA
    You can fold up the rubber gloves and wrap it around the tank, then use the channel lock pliers. Ive done this a few times. As long as something thick is wrapped around it, it wont scratch it
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  10. Bad Ninja

    Bad Ninja Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jun 26, 2013
    God's Country
    Just use the rubber gloves.
    Cheap ones work fine
    No need for tricks.
    Put the gloves on and unscrew.

    You are welcome.;)
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  11. Katcandoo

    Katcandoo Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 4, 2013
    Georgia , USA
    Happens to me all the time. I keep a pair of pliers and one of those flat rubber grippy jar opener things on hand. If you don't have a flat rubber grippy jar opener thing, a rubber band wound tightly on the base will work. Hold onto the base with whatever rubber thing you have, and use the pliers to (gently!) unscrew the top. Good luck!!!

    Edited: I now see you have no rubber bands. Two pair of pliers rotated in different directions have worked for me in a pinch.
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  12. ppeeble

    ppeeble Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Poole UK
    Put it down. Go and have a drink. Come back and try again.
    Sometimes it's just a case of applying even pressure when turning it.
    Then go and invest in some vape bands.
    (In four years i've had to break 2 atomisers because they simply wouldn't unscrew. There is no magic way of loosening threads if the threads are poor to begin with).
    Good luck.
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  13. BreSha6869

    BreSha6869 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 21, 2015
    Toronto, Canada

    I used an old mouse pad on 2 of my Nautilus tanks that were impossible to open. Even channel locks didn't work. Mouse pad? Worked on both in a couple of seconds!
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  14. Rabbit Slayer

    Rabbit Slayer Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 19, 2015
    Scottsdale, AZ
    w/out juice can't air get through the juice holes??
  15. Sugar_and_Spice

    Sugar_and_Spice ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Sep 11, 2010
    between here and there
    As you vape down the e-liquid, the pressure rises within the tank. There is always a little bit of ejuice around the seals of the tank and it creates that vacuum. Breaking that vacuum without breaking the tank is the goal. Does this help?
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  16. evan le'garde

    evan le'garde Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2013
    I do sometimes wonder if threads such as this are posted just to enjoy waiting for the obvious answer, which i have no doubt everyone knows already. Which i'm going to type anyway.

    Get a 1mm hex key, feed it in one air hole and out the other, then use that as a lever.

    If this is a genuine problem then i feel the need to add that it doesn't absolutely have to be a hex key, and it doesn't need to be 1mm either.
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  17. crxess

    crxess Grumpy Ole Man Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 20, 2012
    Williamsport Md
    Unrealistic assumption - Tank operates on Negative pressure, not positive.
    Positive pressure would push all the liquid out.
    Tanks are NOT 100$ sealed. open routing is through the Wick material which can resist, bot does NOT Vacuum seal the tank.

    Dried Sugars acting on seals
    Dry Seals - Not lubricated properly before assembling
    Over tightening
    Are the main causes of Stuck tank sections.

    Freezing Contracts parts at different rates easing separation.
    Heat application expands parts at different rates easing separation.

    Gripping material increase Hold allowing more torque pressure, Easing Separation.

  18. Robino1

    Robino1 Resting in Peace ECF Veteran

    Not sure if this actually helps but sometimes my kayfun is hard to get apart. If I take the drip tip off and run hot water down there and around the tank, it seems to release easier with just a damp paper towel. I start with a dry paper towel but the water that is coming off the tank dampens it just enough.

    I hope you get this off for your sake! Nothing more frustrating. :(

    Well on second thought, there are but I don't want to depress people. ;)
  19. Katcandoo

    Katcandoo Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 4, 2013
    Georgia , USA
    Did the OP ever get the tank unscrewed?
  20. Robino1

    Robino1 Resting in Peace ECF Veteran

    No idea ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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