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 Post subject: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Sun 06, 2015 4:09 am 
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I used to struggle with removing these spring-loaded nuts that tend to break the plastic posts when removal is attempted. I used to rotate them off with needle-nose pliers and still broke posts. Straight prying almost always destroyed the posts. This is what I settled on to solve the problem. I use two of the picks with right angle ends to stick under each tab, wedging them in to relieve the pressure and they pop off quite easily. Just be sure to equalize pressure on the tabs so you don't snap the posts with excessive lateral pressure. I haven't seen this posted here or elsewhere so I thought I would share this solution.


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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Sun 06, 2015 5:46 am 
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A good technique!

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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Sun 06, 2015 6:03 am 
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I often wondered about these stupid things. You would think they must of had a tool to take these off if they needed to. But I have never seen nor heard of one.

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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Sun 06, 2015 6:06 am 
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Needle nose pliers gripping the center on each side and twist back and forth as you pull upward strongly.
Comes off that way for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Sun 06, 2015 2:47 pm 
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mcpherjc wrote:
I often wondered about these stupid things. You would think they must of had a tool to take these off if they needed to. But I have never seen nor heard of one.


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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Sun 06, 2015 3:19 pm 
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Well I'll be.... :D

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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Sun 06, 2015 6:19 pm 
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The tool in the picture looks like a cork screw. Wonder if that would work?
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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
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Hmm. It would probably work but it would be an awfully small
bottle of wine. Hardly worth the effort.




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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Tue 08, 2015 4:52 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Fri 11, 2015 1:09 am 
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HI ALL:
I've tried all kinds of methods to remove these fasteners. The careful use of two picks seems to work best (but is not without its problems), absent the use or a specifically designed removal tool. I finally decided to just cut the fastener in half to remove it. Then I replace it with a tight fitting grommet. Works well and is easily removed if needed.
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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Sun 27, 2015 11:07 pm 
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That Tinnerman nut remover resembles a "worm" used to remove stuck patches from muzzleloader barrels. Sort of a small steel corkscrew set into a brass end with threads on it to fit a cleaning rod or ramrod. So perhaps I will dig out a patch worm and see what happens next time I get a chance at those.

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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
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Jumpin Jehosephat! There's actually a tool! So is the screw part a spring or solid?

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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Mon 28, 2015 12:31 pm 
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It's just me, I know. Could somebody explain how the tool is applied to remove the fastener?

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 Post subject: Re: Removing those dang-blasted retainers
PostPosted: Sep Tue 29, 2015 7:29 pm 
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Maybe the tool's in the design of a tiny corkscrew because after one has wrestled using the tool on a Tinnerman for several minutes, then breaking off the prong, you know you're "screwed". I've noticed that Simpson bakelite cased panel meters, Model 29 etc., often have Tinnerman-like tiny spring washers, press fit onto bakelite, where it's difficult to get them off to replace the glass, without breaking off the bakelite prongs (Most other brands meters used small machine screws pressing on small flat or belleville/spring washers to hold the glass). Any tricks?


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