The resin handle post on the nick-a-tron kit needs to be replaced in order to fit the release mechanism for the cartridge, as I felt it would be too weak to support the weight of the trap with the metal tracks fitted if I cut a slot in it. I wanted an aluminium one but money is a bit tight so I thought i'd try to make my own!
I started with a piece of aluminium box section and copied the curve from the resin handle post onto it, then chain-drilled the shape out.
Then I ground it out smooth with a dremel and it turned out quite well
My plan was to epoxy the resin handle in place and simply drill through it to put the release catch in...
but I soon realised that it would be difficult to drill out the resin for the return spring which would be needed to operate the catch. I decided to make an aluminium one to replace it. As I can't weld I was going to epoxy it in place but I was worried about the strength of the handle with the heavy weight of the trap. My brother came to the rescue with a bright idea- as neither of us can weld he suggested an alloy repair product which can "welded" with only a propane torch.
Here's the result:
One side is blobbier than the other but I quite like it! It needs a tidy up with a file in this pic.
And here it is with the spring i've sourced to operate the lever
Considering I have no metalwork experience and only limited tools i'm pleased with the end result! I just have to finalize my tracks in order to work out positioning for the release catch now.