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 Post subject: Save Those Dead Tube Pins.
PostPosted: Dec Thu 01, 2016 3:34 am 
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If you have any dead octal tubes break them up and save the old socket pins in the base. It's easy to de-solder the wires in them to get a clean hollow pin. I've found a use for three already. I'm working on a Silvertone R1181 and the outside antenna wire was missing from the terminal on the back cover that connects it to the radio. It plugged into a socket on the chassis. One of those pins fit perfectly so I made up a new wire.
The second use; I used them to make a removable power connection on a GE 511 clock radio. The AC cord goes directly to the clock and then to the radio. I made the wires going to the radio part so that I could unplug it from the clock without removing the clock also. I used the female socket for the pins from an old computer four pin connector. It worked out very well.

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 Post subject: Re: Save Those Dead Tube Pins.
PostPosted: Dec Thu 01, 2016 3:37 am 
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See my thread entitled "save everything". ( but add: "until you can't get into your shop"....;) )

Seriously...good tip

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 Post subject: Re: Save Those Dead Tube Pins.
PostPosted: Dec Wed 07, 2016 4:06 am 
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3) Those octal pins are also exactly the same size that fits the oddball Hickok test jacks found on some of their older tube testers and signal generators.

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