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 Post subject: Don't bend that dial pointer!
PostPosted: Jan Wed 27, 2016 7:51 am 
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We've all been there. We need to remove the pointer, but it's stuck, and stuck good. Consequently, though we eventually get it off, it winds up not the better for our efforts.
Well, I've had a great deal of success using a technique I learned from a friend who used to repair tachometers in vintage cars.
Use a very sophisticated tool. It's called...a fork!
Slide the tines of the fork under the pointer and the shaft between the tines. You cn then either lift the fork straight up, or rock it back and forth on it's heel (the curved part of the fork). POP, up comes your pointer!
I recently shared this tip with a youtube member who repairs radios, after watching a vid of his where he complained of having to deal with a stuck pointer.
Hope it helps some of you when you need it.
Best,
Aidan


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 Post subject: Re: Don't bend that dial pointer!
PostPosted: Jan Wed 27, 2016 4:45 pm 
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Great Tip!

Thanks for sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: Don't bend that dial pointer!
PostPosted: Jan Thu 28, 2016 8:42 pm 
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I think the same can be accomplished with large tweezers or needle nosed pliers. Use some scrap wood for the fulcrum, so as not to mar the good surface.


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 Post subject: Re: Don't bend that dial pointer!
PostPosted: Feb Tue 09, 2016 6:18 pm 
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Another way to protect the dial from marring is to cut a slit in a piece of thick paper and slip it between the dial and the pointer while prying.

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