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Special Tool for this?

Discussion in 'Amp Tech Center' started by Royal Tele, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. Royal Tele

    Royal Tele Tele-Holic

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    This is the power switch and dress nut for a Super Lead I’m building. Does anybody know if there’s a specific tool designed for tightening these dress nuts? What’s it called and where do I get one?
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  2. corliss1

    corliss1 Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

    Sep 13, 2008
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  3. corliss1

    corliss1 Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

    Sep 13, 2008
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    So wait, yours doesn't seem to have the little reeded edge washer like this guy?

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    You only have the piece shown?
     
  4. corliss1

    corliss1 Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    I guess it's gonna be multi-reply day for me :D

    For the ones like you pictured, now that I'm paying attention, I just get them finger tight and then finish it off with a flat head screwdriver with some light pushing or gentle taps with a small hammer.
     
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  5. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    The british call any wrench a spanner, but we yanks use the term differently.
    There are ones that are rigid for particular applications and adjustable ones.
    If you have an angle grinder, a spanner is what's used to change the disk.
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  6. Royal Tele

    Royal Tele Tele-Holic

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    Well aren’t you just a smart ass.
     
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  7. Royal Tele

    Royal Tele Tele-Holic

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    Yes, to clarify... the nut I pictured does not have ridged edges, so regular pliers would not have anything to grip if I chose to do it that way (and mangle the edges while doing so). It only has those two slots in the face of the nut where a tool like the one Charlie Chillin posted would work. Thanks, Charlie.
     
  8. Those needle nose pliers are not the proper tool but will work. put the tips in the slots with the pliers perpendicular to the switch nut.
     
  9. corliss1

    corliss1 Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    I think any of the spanners/ring pullers would have rounded tool tips that are too large, but you may be able to file them down to get them to work.
     
  10. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Gotta admit...in a pinch, I'd probably use the needle nozers.
    Or this tool from my bike tool stash
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  11. dogmeat

    dogmeat Tele-Holic

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    I have one that the one on the left...

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    I filed and smoothed the parts of the jaw that contacts the surface so that it won't scratch.

    the right snap ring pliers will work too.
     
  12. galaxiex

    galaxiex Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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  14. slinger

    slinger Friend of Leo's

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    put the point tips in the holes and turn..I have done this many times and it works..youre welcome!
     
  15. corliss1

    corliss1 Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    The ones that @galaxiex posted are the right deal - I hadn't come across an official tool for that before.
     
  16. dan40

    dan40 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I grip the nut with my fingers and turn the switch body with my other hand to give it the final snug up. I can't get it extremely tight but I have never had one come loose on it's own.
     
  17. Bill Moore

    Bill Moore Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    I have several size sockets for those. Seems the @#&*%#$!@ automotive engineers were crazy about them in the 50's to the 80's. Fortunately, only antennas use them nowadays.
    I can't tell you how many times I have used 3 flat blade screwdrivers, (1 in each notch, and 1 between those two for leverage). Right angle snap ring pliers will also work!
     
  18. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    I have a set of those as well. It's the correct tool.
     
  19. DrBGood

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    Yeah, I use an angled tip long nose plier.

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