You folks are awesome! "Ask and ye shall receive!" Since I needed
to exchange my acetylene bottle anyway, I headed down to my welding
supply house and took the torch with me. They definitely cater to the
industrial welder, so I doubted they would have anything (or any
knowledge of) the Little Torch. In a fortuitous twist of fate, they
had a set of hoses for the Little Torch that they had special ordered
for another customer who failed to come back to buy them. I "did them
a favor" and took them off their hands at a steep discount so they
wouldn't be left holding them for an upcoming inventory.
I was still hopeful I'd be able to use the existing hose, but the
keyhole tool J Morley talked about was in the kit. Long story short,
even after trimming back the ends of the existing hose a few inches,
I still had a leak. Since the torch is about ten years old, and
considering Joel's advice, I decided to replace the hoses after all,
and everything is fine now.
As a side note, it turns out there are about three different
configurations of Little Torch. I was confused when ive was talking
about unscrewing the grip of the torch, as the hose connections on my
torch are exposed at the base of the torch. Different models actually
have the connections inside the torch handle. It depends on the
model... probably the age of the torch. The instructions that came
with the hoses address each different style.
Thanks again for all the tips and advice!
All the best,
Charlotte, NC (USA)