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    Preferred method to re-tension socket pins?

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    jasn54

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    Preferred method to re-tension socket pins?

    Post by jasn54 on Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:46 am

    How do you tweak those little split, tubular sockets when re-installing tubes? My attempts using a small flat-head screwdriver seems very imprecise, potentially damaging and a PITA to boot.

    Any other advice when swapping?

    Thanks...

    Kentley

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    Re: Preferred method to re-tension socket pins?

    Post by Kentley on Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:39 pm

    I have found that the jeweler's screwdriver method is lousy as well, for all the reasons you mention. Here's a solution I saw while perusing another tube forum which works demonstrably better - and these are great conversation pieces as well: http://www.amazon.com/DISSECTING-DISSECTION-STRAIGHT-HTI-BRAND/dp/B00M04W6NI?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00

    jasn54

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    Re: Preferred method to re-tension socket pins?

    Post by jasn54 on Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:00 pm

    I like that Kentley. Thx!

    sKiZo

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    Re: Preferred method to re-tension socket pins?

    Post by sKiZo on Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:30 pm

    I still like the jeweler's screwdriver. Just gotta get the right size, right? One I use slips in behind the finger nicely, starting at the split and them sliding it over towards the middle of the finger, and a quarter twist on each tightens them right up. Be a bit careful, and there's little or no chance of damage.

    Obviously a different screwdriver for each socket type is a good thing. The hardest part of the whole job is usually finding the screwdriver needed.

    corndog71

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    Re: Preferred method to re-tension socket pins?

    Post by corndog71 on Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:16 am

    I just buy belton sockets, plug in the tubes and then leave them there until they die.

    deepee99

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    Re: Preferred method to re-tension socket pins?

    Post by deepee99 on Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:09 pm

    Anybody tried just directly soldering the tube pins into the circuit and bypassing the socket entirely? As a recovering tube-roller, and given the lifespan of your average high-quality tube these days, I'm contemplating such . . .

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