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I mistakenly pu the cuisinart kua-17 on the stove and damaged the bottom. Can one buy a new bottom and unscrew the old plastic one?

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  • swhite707 Aug 23, 2010

    this is a generic answer. I need to know where I can really find it and whether it is easy to replace.

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Hi im sorry i can only give you bad news these are not made to be repaired and you cant get the parts that you need, they are made to be thrown away after use which is bad i know but the cost of making them is low so they dont offer any spares as the cost of a new one would cost less than getting yours repaired,

so im sorry i cant offer you good news but with something like this its just not possible.

let me know if i can do anything else for you

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Hello,

You can get a replacement for it, i will suggest you check online or any electric store to get the bottom plastic. You can check ebay.com to search for the part.

Take care.

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