Fishing jack out of semi-hollow body

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  1. Space1999

    Space1999 Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations! You are quite the fisherman! :D

    Pat
     
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    Come to think of it... I used to use of these a lot as a mechanic

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    Glad you got it. I used to work on complex machinery and when we dropped screws in tight spaces we used a flexible tube with a small magnet on the end to get the suckers.
     
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    Good Job, bailing wire/mechanics wire and patients can work miracles, lock tite is nice but a good tabbed lock washer is better. To me, a solid metal connection is much better than a chemical lock. Ask the people in the car that drove through our 22 billion dollar tunnel that used Epoxy to hold multi ton ceiling panels up and one fell onto their car...OUCH, Now they redid the entire ceiling with solid J hook metal retainers.
     
  5. Biddlin

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    For all you magnet fishers, I checked and the jack is non-ferrous. Sorry
     
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    I thought the doctors and nurses were supposed to do that.:naughty:
    Patience is a virtue. Patients are contagious.:rofl:
     
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    :laugh2::cheers:
     
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    Lock washers are fine. I use Loctite 242 when a nut needs to stay in place. It does a great job.
     
  9. Cozmik Cowboy

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    I agree in principal, but half my electric instruments have gold hardware; ever try to find a gold lockwasher? Or even a regular one; when I rewired my Sheri, the new switch didn't come with a washer. The new one was Switchcraft, the old one was metric.

    I ended up clamping the metric washer in my little soldering vise & taking a small round file to the hole.........
     
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    Im not sure if it's been mentioned before, but I like using a piece of guitar string, any size works, bent perfectly in half and taped off at the open end, so that it forms a flat loop. Then you can put whatever you're trying to pull from one spot to another into the loop, and tug it. The guitar string is of course flexible, yet taut, so you dont have to have line of sight, and it's reasonably easy to guide it wherever you want it to go into the cavity. If you need it to form a sort of hook, it can be crimped. I keep broken guitar strings around to use for this purpose.

    I had swore I'd just never bother modifying hollow electrics, but I got a thing going for piezos in archtops, and I had to swap pickups on my Casinos, and so I've racked up some hours modifying about fifteen such guitars.
     
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    Magnets
     
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    No offense intended, just didn't want to waste a good Spongebob meme.
     
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    The washer goes inside the cavity to keep the jack from spinning; which is the main concern. If you're worried about matching plating inside the cavity, I don't know what to tell you, 'cause my stainless washers only match my spoons.

    Why else would I have specifically labeled bags of the things? Guitar manufacturers create their own problems when they leave those washers off. I can't tell you how many times a missing lock washer has created a soldering repair ticket for a tech - especially after the owner "tightens" it.
     
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    Doh.

    Boy, is my face red.........
    Can't even blame it on too early/late. I is a idiot at times.
     
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    Welcome steeltalon, you a friend of Terry, then your good in my book. Thanks for the intell, are you and Terry driving out Jan 1st, if so I would love to ride with, I will call or text Terry. Welcome again, 2014 should really produce some nice fish for us spearos in Utah. Cheers, party on.
     
  17. Raiyn

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    Happens to the best of us. :cheers:

    The thing that really chaps my shiny metal a$$ is when manufacturers either fail to use lock washers or the component makers fail to provide a lock washer in the first place. I'm looking at you, Switchcraft.

    While I am somewhat grateful for the work Switchcraft's failure to provide a cheap washer provides, I'd rather my players not have to deal with such B.S. As such, I provide an appropriate washer free of charge when making repairs or if I notice it on inspection - which is a regular occurrence. It's not a magnanimous gesture either, I just don't want to take advantage of players who come to me for such a simple issue. Less time working on stupid ish means more time for fun mods or setups.

    I'm a small-time guy, working on axes doesn't pay my bills, it barely wets my whistle, but even I can afford a stainless washer. A big Corp should be able to find some cheesy zinc plated or blackened washers cheap.

    Sadly, not even my preferred Pure Tones are immune from Lackawasheritus.
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    That's the same barely dimpled dress washer you'd find on a Switchcraft.

    Thankfully, CTS and Bourns have always provided a lock washer with their replacement pots, so at least I have that.... :beer:
     
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  18. Cozmik Cowboy

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    I have rewired my both my Tele & my Sheri with CTS pots (plus 4 full-sized ones that I still have because they didn't fit through the ƒ-hole) - not a lock-washer among them.
     
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    Interesting. :hmm:

    I've never had a problem getting them included from my vendors. Who are you buying from?
     
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    I remember being so grateful that Bourns had locking washers when I rewired a Sheraton I had.

    I was building the electronics on top a box and when I tightened those down, I never had to worry about parts moving all around while I was soldering.

    I also ended buying a batch of about 20 or so Bourns and 20 or so CTS, just to see how close I could get the ohmage on 4 pots.

    Bourns was the clear winner and always better than the stated tolerance.

    But mind you, I was going for accuracy in the hundredths, which is pretty stringent and CTS pots did very well, just not as close.

    Also I couldn’t find anyone who had CTS mini pots in stock where Bourns were easily found.

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