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 Post subject: Making Tuner Dial Cord
PostPosted: Nov Sun 19, 2017 4:55 am 
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I've recently been making my own tuner dial cord. It looks, feels, and most importantly behaves like the original dial cord in our vintage radios. Here's how

Go to a fabric store, craft store, etc. and pick up some floss. (NOT dental floss) Floss is a multi-stranded cotton or nylon string used to weave bracelets and such.
Gather 6 to 8 strands (color doesnt matter) of whatever length you need and tie knots at both ends. Allow a few inches of added length just in case.

Get two small clamps, or spring type clothes pins. clamp one end at the knot. Now slowly twist up the strands until they are tight together, but not so tight that it starts to bunch up. try to get the same thickness as your original dial cord if you still have it, if not then use your best guess. now put your other clamp on the other end so it doesnt unwind. Pull the two clamps apart until your string is tight.

Lightly spray paint the string with high temperature grill paint, wait a few minutes, then turn it over and get the other side, making sure its all pretty well covered, but not dripping. You could probably use oxide primer too, as it has about the same feel to it.

After the paint has dried, get some all-purpose glue. I use super glue brand but it is NOT super glue. You can also use rubber cement. put a small amount on your finger and thumb and lightly coat the string. When the glue dries, your result will be tuner dial cord as good as the original.

I have used this method several times and it has worked like a charm for me. It also seems to be the most cost effective. So I thought I would share with the forums!

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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
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Cord for Mini-blinds made by Julius Koch, makes a good general purpose dial cord.

edited 4/20/19: I went by the former New Bedford Koch facility, now closed. Apparently moved to other parts of the world but still going strong...

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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
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Paracord comes in small diameters. Inner core gives strength and outer sleeve gives friction to grip shafts and wheels.

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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
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I use 45 or50 pound test braided fishing line a 50 yard spool was only a few dollars, a lifetime supply. The one I found was advertised for ice fishing.


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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
PostPosted: Dec Sun 09, 2018 5:51 am 
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Why not just buy actual dial cord ?

25 feet for 8 bucks at Radio Daze.
http://www.radiodaze.com/dial-cord/

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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
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Tetradyne wrote:
I've recently been making my own tuner dial cord. It looks, feels, and most importantly behaves like the original dial cord in our vintage radios. Here's how

Go to a fabric store, craft store, etc. and pick up some floss. (NOT dental floss) Floss is a multi-stranded cotton or nylon string used to weave bracelets and such.
Gather 6 to 8 strands (color doesnt matter) of whatever length you need and tie knots at both ends. Allow a few inches of added length just in case.

Get two small clamps, or spring type clothes pins. clamp one end at the knot. Now slowly twist up the strands until they are tight together, but not so tight that it starts to bunch up. try to get the same thickness as your original dial cord if you still have it, if not then use your best guess. now put your other clamp on the other end so it doesnt unwind. Pull the two clamps apart until your string is tight.

Lightly spray paint the string with high temperature grill paint, wait a few minutes, then turn it over and get the other side, making sure its all pretty well covered, but not dripping. You could probably use oxide primer too, as it has about the same feel to it.

After the paint has dried, get some all-purpose glue. I use super glue brand but it is NOT super glue. You can also use rubber cement. put a small amount on your finger and thumb and lightly coat the string. When the glue dries, your result will be tuner dial cord as good as the original.

I have used this method several times and it has worked like a charm for me. It also seems to be the most cost effective. So I thought I would share with the forums!


Bob,

Thanks for sharing this cool homebrew method of making dial cord. I use Dacron fishing line, but only out of convenience - this is an interesting way of owning something inside the radio that few people would ever know was there - kudos.

Mark

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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
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I bought some from businesses that advertise here and never had much luck. The ends unravel and it's a royal pain trying to tie a loop on the end. You can put some glue or nail polish on the ends, but now you have to wait for it to dry. I found this at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and had to use it today. Thickness is .6mm and it has a wax coating on it. It worked great. The ends stay together when making a loop. No slipping at all. Maybe because of the wax. I hate replacing the cords and it always takes me an hour or more to complete the job. I was done in 15-20 minutes.
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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
PostPosted: Feb Tue 05, 2019 2:09 am 
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Rob,

Thanks for sharing your method for making dial cord. Always helpful to have a variety of ways to go about things!


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 Post subject: Re: Making Tuner Dial Cord
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why buy the same thing for more $$$ and wait for it to arrive?
any extra can be used for its intended purpose which is drowning worms.
Dennis Wess wrote:
Why not just buy actual dial cord ?

25 feet for 8 bucks at Radio Daze.
http://www.radiodaze.com/dial-cord/


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PostPosted: Apr Wed 24, 2019 9:45 pm 
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My new dial cord.. I'm set for life..


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