Occasionally, I receive complaints from customers who have purchased my beer tap handles. They can't thread the tap handle onto the faucet completely, it is turned the wrong way or is loose. Even worse, I recently received a warranty request for a tap handle that had completely broken apart. I'm not sure how someone managed to do that. Of course, I have a warranty policy in place to cover these kinds of issues. If a customer has a problem with their tap handle, they can contact me and I'll replace it for free. I also make sure to use high-quality materials and craftsmanship so that my customers don't experience any problems with their tap handles in the first place.
The installation of a tap handle on a beer tap or kegerator can be tricky if the person installing it does not realize that the conical collar lever nut on the faucet is meant to be adjusted. The tap handle should only thread onto the bolt about 1/4" and then the collar lever nut needs to be tightened against the bottom of the handle to hold it in place. This is an important step in ensuring that your tap handle is secure and won't come loose.
This prompted me to update the Andle's™Tap Handles Installation and Care Instructions to include comprehensive explanations about installing and calibrating the tap handle for any beer tap faucet. This will also work for a wide array of beverage dispensing tap faucets. The full text of the new instruction sheet is available for download by clicking this link: Andle's™ Tap Handles Instructions
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Installation Instructions: When installing your new tap handle, do not use excessive force. The bolt on the tap faucet is too long to be completely threaded inside of the threaded brass insert. You should only be able to thread in about ¼” of the bolt. To secure the tap handle in the correct direction and to fill the space left between the tap handle and the collar nut, turn the collar adjustment nut on the faucet bolt. Using too much force when threading the tap handle on will expand the brass insert and cause the tap handle to crack or split.
Marker board recommended pens: Black marker board needs bright-colored markers. Liquid chalk pens are suggested. You can get them from craft stores. Neon dry-erase markers also work. Any dry-erase marker can be used on a white marker board. Blackboard chalk sticks, however, won't work. Be aware that any of the marker pens may stain unfinished wood edges permanently.
Marker board care: The Premium Surface marker board will provide a long-lasting service when used correctly. The Premium Surface marker board is made from a non-absorbent, solid laminate material. Inspect the tip of the marker pen prior to use; make sure it is soft and will not damage the marker board. Colored ink may leave a faint image on the surface if the markings are left on the marker board for an extended period. Before use, test your marker on the corner of the marker board to make sure it won’t leave a permanent mark. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth or paper towel. Mild household cleaners can be used to clean the surface if needed. Make sure not to mark the bare wood before finish is applied. Replacement marker boards are available from OakvilleShop.com.
Wood Finishing: Applying Wood Finish to Tap Handle: No finish or sealer is applied to the tap handle when you receive it. The wood has been fine sanded. A wood finish is not required, though it can be used for added protection and aesthetic value. I recommend using a water-based clear finish for its ease of clean up and low odor. Several coats of finish should be applied, with light sanding between each application.
Preparing engraved wood items for wood finish: The engraving process generates a great deal of heat, which can bring the wood tannins to the surface of the wood and also along the edges of the engraving. These tannins are brown and sticky and, if not cleaned before applying a clear wood finish, they can stain and discolor the finish. To clean the edges of the engraving, take a paper towel that has been soaked with denatured alcohol, press it against the engraving, lift the towel and then press it again with a clean section. Be sure not to smudge or rub, just press and lift.