You'd rather not over-tighten them, but that would show up as
puckering. I'm guessing the needle tip is bent a little out of shape.
The end should bend in a little, similar to Hamilton uL syringes.
Sometimes they get bent back or blunted. Alltech (excuse me, Grace
Discovery) had a sharpening stone for needles, and others might too,
just be careful using it. Me, I just use a small pliers to bend it in.
To make your own, you can look at:
On 6/24/2011 2:06 PM, Christopher Maupin wrote:
> Dear Listers,
> We're encountering a problem with our gasbench measuring needle. It's
> clogging every 2 days or so with usually single but sometimes multiple
> pieces of septa. We run carbonates (acidified by hand), primarily, as
> well as waters. When the needle isn't clogged we get exceptional
> precision using carefully weighed sample sizes. Are we tightening the
> exetainer caps too tight? Not tightly enough? I have tried different
> needle tip shapes. The exetainer/cap/septa product code is 9RK8W 12mL
> BORO x 100 from Labco, and the needle is the OEM thermo measuring needle.
> Chris Maupin
> Paleoclimate Lab, JGB 5.118
> Jackson School of Geosciences
> University of Texas at Austin
> 1 University Station C1100
> Austin, TX 78712
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