how do i avoid scratching faceplates with tools ?

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how do i avoid scratching faceplates with tools ?

Post by cleaninglady » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:10 am

I have used masking tape etc , does anyone know if a better way ?

are there rubber coated tip tools out there i don't know about ? :despair:

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Post by ultrashock » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:28 am

some varnish/polish?
and of course, try protective touchscreen stickers for iphones or smth

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Post by JJ » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:38 am

Be more careful! :hihi:

Are you masking both the tool and the surface? Thats kind of a double insurance...

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Post by Thalassa » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:51 am

The best way that I found to avoid scratches while mounting jacks and potentiometers is to use this kind of tool ( i don't know the name in English ) :

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Post by falafelbiels » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:59 am

So link me to these Kobiconn nut-drivers please...?

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Post by Thalassa » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:15 am

The picture that I post is from Spanish website , I found a lot of sets in amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss? ... &x=17&y=17

Anyway you should be able to find something similar in your local hardware store.

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Post by ringstone » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:15 am

falafelbiels wrote:So link me to these Kobiconn nut-drivers please...?
viewtopic.php?t=38220

Thanks for reminding me, i have to place a mouser order, including one of these because I have about 1,000 to do... :lol:

cleaninglady: I feel your pain... I go very slowly and carefully with a small spanner covered with masking tape hoping the inevitable scratches are hidden behind a knob...

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Post by falafelbiels » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:29 am

Excellent....






and thanks, I just got into these Kobiconns and the first module I made already has the lacquer scratched, TWICE!!

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Post by sduck » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:39 am

I found a great set of nut drivers at home depot - in the electrical section. I had looked in the tool section several times, and only found some odd sized ones that didn't seem like the right size. The ones in the electrical section were expensive, but I got 6 that are exactly what I need for just about everything on the front panels.

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Post by fluxmonkey » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:31 pm

wrap 1 or 2 layers of saran wrap around the head of the nutdriver and then poke the pot shaft thru; should still have enough clearance around the nut but the plastic film will cushion the panel from scratches. i think paul s. first posted that tip...
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Post by negativspace » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:35 pm

I use a pair of flat-nosed pliers with some electrical tape around the end. It helps to have a deft touch, and occasionally I still make a mistake, but it works to my satisfaction. I've built literally hundreds of modules with it and only scratched 4 or 5.

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Post by ringstone » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:01 pm

negativspace wrote:It helps to have a deft touch
Crap. There's me out then :roll:

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Post by cleaninglady » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:44 am

saran wrap , (i think we call it cling wrap or glad wrap) is a interesting idea.

cheers fluxmonkey ,

i agree with you negativspace , it's all in the touch.

my method exactly ringstone !

to be honest , i've never had any major scratches but just some irritating grey marks around pots.

i have actually gotten rid of the marks in the past with that magic white foam sponge stuff you can get in Japan.

thanks all for the replies !!

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Post by ersatzplanet » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:30 pm

I have had great success by getting some large diameter heat shrink and shrinking it around the head of the nut so it wraps around an just covers the end where contact is made with the panels. You have to replace it ever so often but it works great.

Another trick with nut drivers is to get a few of the nuts you are going to use and drill out their centers so the jacks can slide easily in them (basically make washers out of them). Then hot glue them into the driver so that there is only space left for half of one nut. Then the socket can grab the nut you want to tighten but the ones glued in the socket prevent you from being able to reach the panel with the socket head. If you are doing a lot of jacks it will be worth it to dedicate a socket head like this.
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Post by Lem » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:26 am

Thalassa wrote:The best way that I found to avoid scratches while mounting jacks and potentiometers is to use this kind of tool ( i don't know the name in English ) :

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In England we just call them 'Socket Sets', but thats normally big ones for cars etc.... So 'small sized socket sets'

The fact everyones English is so good always supprises me!
I have found most english people to be awful at languages. Even English itself!

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