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Why isn’t there a screw for the knob on my lid?

One of the most common questions we get from customers is related to their lid not having a screw, but what appears to be a stub of some kind.

Over the years, as evidenced by the many differently constructed lid knobs we have come across, Revere Ware has used no threaded insert in the lid knobs (threads are part of the Bakelite) and threaded inserts of various types of metal, such as aluminum, brass, and possibly others.

The problem is that after years and years of use, the metal inserts often rust to the screw on the lid knob and the knob will either disintegrate when you try and take it off, will fall off leaving the insert behind, or when you try to unscrew it, the insert will stay attached to the screw. What is left looks like this:

The stub can also appear black as there might be Bakelite attached to it.

Some customers inherited a lid looking like this and others just assume that the knob is glued on to this stub and when they receive ours, with a threaded insert, think they’ve received the wrong kind of knob.

If you grab the insert with pliers and unscrew it, it will usually come right off, revealing the screw.

In some cases, perhaps one out of four, the rust bond will be too strong and the screw will break off.  If that happens, here are instructions for attaching your knob with a separate screw.

3 Responses to Why isn’t there a screw for the knob on my lid?

  1. Robin Gernheuser June 23, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    I bought a cookware set back in the early 70s. I dropped my 4 quart saucepan and the complete handle fell off. My husband thinks Revere used some kind of glue/epoxy. I thought it had to have been welded or something. Any ideas? Thanks

    • RevereWareParts June 23, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

      The handles are connected to the pots via spot welding. In spot welding, a high voltage is passed from the inside of the pot to the outside of the handle base and the heat from the electrical current joins the two pieces of metal.

      But they can fail as you have discovered.

      Luckily, there is a very healthy market for used Revere Ware on eBay. You can easily find a suitable replacement for almost any piece.

      It is possible to repair the spot weld if you take it to a machine shop or weld shop, but it probably won’t look as nice as it did and it is probably cheaper to pick up a replacement piece.

  2. Jeanne July 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    thanks so much for this info. I received my knobs and thought there is no way this fits. Great info…the screw on my pan was half there but had enough for the knob to be screwed on. Revere Ware is simply the best and it’s great to have this info. Appreciate your help !

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