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 Post subject: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Dec Tue 20, 2016 4:33 am 
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When recapping a set you cannot always remove the old lead from a tube socket terminal safely. I cut the old lead as short as possible and then try to create clearance for a new lead by inserting a small diameter dental tool while heating the terminal. I found that it works most of the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Dec Tue 20, 2016 11:22 pm 
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Apart from my soldering gun and solder sucker, my dental tool is the most used tool during recapping. It's great for prying and pulling, and as mentioned, for widening solder holes.


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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Dec Wed 21, 2016 12:15 am 
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Agree with all the above.

What is most surprising to me is that you would expect the pick to act as a heat sink and freeze the solder when it is used. Really doesn't do that at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Dec Sat 31, 2016 4:06 am 
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I use a toothpick to widen the hole while heating with a soldering iron. Just place the toothpick over the terminal with a little pressure, start heating the terminal and the toothpick will punch right through. Works every time for me. Solder will not stick to a toothpick.

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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Dec Sat 31, 2016 5:24 am 
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G-C and other have been selling soldering aids since the dawn of radio. Made for purpose, not a Dr.s cast off...

Google [soldering aids]

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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Dec Sat 31, 2016 6:54 pm 
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Tkilboy wrote:
What is most surprising to me is that you would expect the pick to act as a heat sink and freeze the solder when it is used. Really doesn't do that at all.

Tim

That is probably because stainless steel has considerably less thermal conductivity than copper or brass.


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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Jan Mon 23, 2017 9:19 am 
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Chas wrote:
G-C and other have been selling soldering aids since the dawn of radio. Made for purpose, not a Dr.s cast off...

Google [soldering aids]

True. However GC tools are not terribly robust and rather overpriced. Most of their stuff was made in Japan and just plain junk.

My dentist gave me several dental tools made from stainless steel, knurled handle and perfectly balanced for probing, scraping, cleaning out nooks and crannies. The picks are medical grade quality and tough as nails. Can't get much better than that. Besides, the price is right.

In addition, solder doesn't stick to stainless steel. What's not to like???

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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Jan Mon 23, 2017 6:32 pm 
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+1 to Mitch and others. Been using dental tools for years. Much higher quality than normal tools and being free makes it even better.

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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
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Dental tools are great for this work.. If one should snap off, My Dremel helps to craft a new working end to the tool, sometimes more useful than the original. The tools sold by electronics suppliers are usually large and clumsy as opposed to the finer ends on dental pics.

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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Aug Thu 03, 2017 9:31 pm 
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PBPP wrote:
... My dentist gave me several dental tools made from stainless steel, knurled handle and perfectly balanced for probing, scraping, cleaning out nooks and crannies. The picks are medical grade quality and tough as nails. Can't get much better than that. Besides, the price is right.
In addition, solder doesn't stick to stainless steel. What's not to like??? Mitch
Exactly what I did... great tools, use them all the time.
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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Aug Fri 04, 2017 10:44 pm 
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The dentist also has plastics which he cannot use when out of date.

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 Post subject: Re: Dental Tool Opens Space In Terminal
PostPosted: Aug Mon 07, 2017 10:35 pm 
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I have to agree with all of the above. My dental pick is the first tool I go to unless it's a simple connection. The tip is about the size of a bobby pin with a sharp point. It has never bent and doesn't drop the temp of the solder. This little pick after a little picking and pulling will pull up the end of a wire and then I can continue with a wick or solder sucker.
I don't think I have heard to many kind words about the ones you can buy from the electronic supply stores.
If you just want to poke a hole, than I have a shot glass with tooth picks for that job.

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