Alignment tool IF transformer's

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Alignment tool IF transformer's

Post by frank1956 on Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:00 pm

What would be a good alignment too for the IF transformers. I purchased a set of alignment tool's awhile back, but only a few of them are useful to me right now. I got bore the other day and removed from an old radio one of the IF can, just to see what was inside, pretty simple design, except the tuning screw as I call it has a very big slote for the alignment tool to fit. All the one I have won't fit or are not wide enough at the end to get a good bit/grip. I believe now that is why I was unable to tune one of the IF transformer's the Silvertone I was previous working, not because it was stuck, but I did not have the proper tool for the job. Any suggestion??
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Re: Alignment tool IF transformer's

Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:14 pm

I have made some out of oak dowels. Sharpen the end for those slotted alignment screws. It works pretty well. You can also use a metal tip if you insulate it really well. Some If adjusting screws have B+ on them. I have a pocket screwdriver with heat shrink tubing on it. You are not supposed to use ferrous metal adjusting tools, but sometimes you have no choice. Good luck.

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Re: Alignment tool IF transformer's

Post by frank1956 on Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:18 am

WC, Thanks will give it a shot!!!
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Re: Alignment tool IF transformer's

Post by 75X11 on Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:18 pm

In the military, they would use fiberglass rods that one could shape to whatever form needed to perform alignments. There are also wands that use ceramic ends that can be reformed using diamond burrs and a dremel tool. do a few searches for alignment tools/sticks/wands on Ebay for some ideas. If you live near a large urban area, you could try a pawn shop. There are usually alignment tools crawling around inside the grab boxes of hand tools they have.
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