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I have a Barnstead (Thermolyne) Locator-8 for storage of cells in liquid nitrogen. A plug on my unit was lost during shipment, and the unit lost vacuum. Can someone service the unit and restore the vacuum?

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A unit of this type should be returned to the manufacturer for evaluation.

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