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Useful or Alternative Products and Tips
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July 6, 2017
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Hi all,

Following on from Andrew's (PYE625) 'A dusty relic arrives' thread https://www.radios-tv.co.uk/forum/radio/a-dusty-relic-arrives/page-2/ plus a tongue in cheek quip by yours truly and a suggestion by Chris I've decided to start a 'Useful or Alternative Products and tips' section to the forum.

I'm sure that many of you out there have plenty of suggestions or ideas to add to this thread to make life in the workshop a little easier for all.

Cheers, Marc.

July 6, 2017
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An important item in the tool box for TV repairs was a long thin plastic knitting needle with the end shape into a screwdriver blade.

Required for adjusting the LO in many VHF turret tuners.

A set of dummy loads to use instead of loud speakers for audio amplifier repairs.

A number of different lengths of hookup wire with miniature croc clips for attaching to test points.

A heat shunt using lockable forceps allowing both hands free while soldering delicate items.

Frank

July 6, 2017
1:34 pm
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Tip Conditioner:

My recommendation for today is how to keep your soldering iron tips in good condition. If you don't already use a tip conditioner I would suggest you give it a try. I have a number of Weller worstations in the workshop, tips are not cheap so ensuring they are maintained has become a routine. No matter what you iron wield, keeping the bits in good order makes life easier when soldering and in the long run gives the bit longevity.

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Not that I use lead free but this short video gives an idea of its use.

July 6, 2017
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Grease Recommendation For Lubricating Slow Motion Drives, Potentiometers etc.

An excellent tip taken from one of Andrew's (PYE625) threads....

This is the grease I used, it is of a nice high viscosity and great for volume pot shafts and anything that is good to have a nice slow smooth rotation on. It is meant for model cars and suchlike, but very suitable for other things too.

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July 6, 2017
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Hi, 

One thing that certainly would come in useful is to be able to obtain suitably tall rubber grommets for tuning gangs. I usually have to make up the height lost with modern grommets using washers.

It is easy to obtain general purpose grommet sets, but they of course never have the right size  frown

Andrew.                                                                                   

                         

July 7, 2017
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An unlikely item of use for removing dust from radio tuning vanes is a feather. Of all the brushes and even compressed air, nothing reaches those tricky places like said avian item. I often pick one up when walking the dogs.

Andrew.                                                                                   

                         

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