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Old 12th Apr 2014, 8:02 am   #81
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Default Re: Improvising with Household Items.

Voltage selector screws for Quad II can be made from car / bike tyre valve caps like this:

https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...ad.php?t=90668

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Old 19th Apr 2014, 10:21 am   #82
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Hi all,

A cheap pack of sponge pan scourers from the local supermarket, cut to size are excellent for replacing the old decayed sponge, sometimes found on the battery compartment covers of transistor radios. Simply cut away the green abrasive side, and cut the required amount and thickness of sponge to shape and glue in .

Paul.
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Old 19th Apr 2014, 1:02 pm   #83
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I save up old foam packaging thrown out of work for various things too, the 'mountain surface' stuff is made in an interesting way. Fingers are pushed in to both sides and a straight cut made, when released you get the mountains.
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Old 19th Apr 2014, 4:58 pm   #84
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Default Re: Improvising with Household Items.

The idea of using household items to mend electrical stuff also works the other way. Yesterday I replaced a broken winding ratchet spring in my cuckoo clock with one out of a bayonet lamp-holder contact.

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