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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.

Tim


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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...

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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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