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Recalcitrant Knobs


Recalcitrant Knobs

Post by Joe » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:24 pm

A few months ago a pal asked me to look at a Vidor CN431.

One thing I was concerned about was getting the knobs off.  Obviously jamming a screw-driver under them would be to invite disaster, and would probably damage the case even if the knobs survived, and the edges also looked a bit too delicate to stand the usual string/thin wire trick so I needed a different method.

I stuck an old bank card under each side and then slid others under those.  After that it was a case of pushing more between these two until the knobs popped off which they did undamaged.

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I thought this may of use to other people, though I'm sure somebody else will have already thought of it.

This was my first valve radio success as the main switch was jammed 'on' so was quite an easy fix.

- Joe

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Post by Michael Watterson » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:07 pm

Good tip.

you could even cut slots down middles of cards.

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Re: Recalcitrant Knobs

Post by johntheboffin » Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:37 pm

If you can get at the control spindle from the inside, squirt with a bit of penetrant spray (I use the stuff from Wilkinson's) and orient the set so that it runs downwards into the knob

Leave for a short while and a recalcitrant knob will usually be much easier to release.


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