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A Switch Mystery?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Ron Hubbard, Apr 20, 2004.

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  1. Ron Hubbard

    Ron Hubbard Guest

    One day I went to turn a room heater up and suddenly noticed that
    one of the two power switches was gone! There's only two people in
    our household-- my elderly mother and myself-- but the switch was
    gone and nowhere to be found.

    Does anyone know of an electrical condition that would make a
    neon-lit power switch pop apart?
  2. Many of those switches are of rather fragile construction, and under
    considerable pressure, as they were "snapped-in" at the factory. It's not
    impossible to imagine the plastic getting brittle enough to just fly apart
    under the original stresses.

    ( I've seen resistors disappear, but only after discharging large capacitors
    thru them )

    BTW, next time you're in a hardware store, look at the ceiling, especially
    around the paint department.
  3. Ron Hubbard

    Ron Hubbard Guest

    Thanks for the skinny, George. That was the first time I ever saw
    a rocker switch just up and disappear.

  4. N Cook

    N Cook Guest

    When computers used 5 1/4 inch floppies I one day placed a disk
    in each of the 2 drives on the machine at work.
    Came to leave and it had swallowed one - totally disappeared.
    I ended up getting technical support taking the m/c appart.
    It emerged I had managed to place one of the disks in a narrow gap
    between the two disk drives and not the drive slot.

    electronic hints and repair briefs , schematics/manuals list on
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