What’s on the Kelly?


Hole in the Wall (of the Kettle)


After what seems like a million years, but is in fact about 6, the tilty-chainy thing on the Kelly Kettle fell off. Perhaps it has a real name. Chanise. ChainyMacChainface. Something like that.

Anyway, I digress.

There are two rivets that hold the chain onto the body of the KK. One corroded through two years ago (and was duly reported on here) so it was inevitable that the other would eventually give up, if only out of (non-) solidarity with its colleague.

I must stress that this KK has done six long, hard years of work. On average, it must’ve been boiled more than once a day (I’m about to boil it for the second time today in a bit), every time completely full.



(Source of) The Wire

To try to ensure that the tilty-chainy thing actually stays attached whilst pouring out the boiling water, I have used a wire, poked through the holes where the rivets were then fed through the holes in the tilty-chainy thing. I re-used the wire from an old, small whisk. The wire around the handle proved to be too weak – it snapped when I twisted it – so I used a piece from the business end of the whisk. Although I couldn’t completely twist this round, it was certainly sturdy enough. Then I added a liberal layer of FG8, the food-grade sealant recommended by the good folks at Kelly Kettle themselves.


Waiting for God (-knows how long before the sealant dries)

After a day, it was time to test the repair. Water in and not leaking – check. Boiled water not leaking – check. No ‘chonk’ noise followed by a severely burnt foot as I poured the boiling water out – check. Success (well, for now)!


Enter a caption – because I can’t think of one. Sorry.





Categories: General silliness, recycling, repair, Sustainable Stuff | Tags: , , | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “What’s on the Kelly?

  1. It’s great to see things mended instead of thrown away – a great fiscal responsibility, I reckon, let alone better for the Earth πŸ™‚
    Mr Night Owl’s Kelly Kettle is rather younger than yours, but I hope that he, too, will make sure it keeps going, no matter what needs fixing on it – mind you, we were both brought up to fix and mend, so it’s probable πŸ™‚

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    • Also, I find mending stuff quite fun! These people who just throw things out every 5 minutes don’t know what they’re missing! πŸ™‚

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      • Actually that’s very true πŸ™‚
        There’s something quite satisfying in bringing something back into use that might otherwise have gone into a landfill, isn’t there?
        There are so many small skills dying out because people prefer to throw away what might be rescued πŸ™‚

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