Timer question

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim B Boyer on Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 06:51 pm:

Hi all,
I have a few old timers that have damaged insulator rings in them and was wondering if anyone makes a replacement insulator where the roller contacts? Is there a good replacement material I could machine a new ring out of?
Thanks for your input.
jim


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By keith g barrier Savannah Tn. on Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 07:01 pm:

Jim, I would think that micarta board would work well. KGB


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim B Boyer on Friday, December 18, 2015 - 08:10 pm:

Keith,
Thanks for responding to my post. I haven't herd of Micarta board so I looked it up and it looks like that might work for me.
J


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Friday, December 18, 2015 - 09:59 pm:

I can tell you from personal experience that those insulators vary quite a bit between different brands and vintages of timers. The thickness of timer bodies varies, the step offset also varies the diameter, (some don't offset at all, some a little, some a lot), and the contacts vary on length, width, and thickness.
I suspect that is why nobody offers replacement insulators. I do wish that someone would offer a "one size doesn't really fit anything" but close insulator. I have shimmed an insulator from one timer into a larger body using paper. Seems to work fine. I tried it after finding a couple of originals that were shimmed that way.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


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