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Stubborn jack socket nut

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by jimi, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. jimi

    jimi Guest

    Has anyone got a trick for removing a stubborn jack socket nut. The
    threaded shaft of the socket is turning with the nut, the back of it
    isnt accesible. It doesnt look cross threaded. Any ideas about getting
    it off without damaging it? thanks
  2. Ray L. Volts

    Ray L. Volts Guest

    I presume there isn't enough thread to use with say needlenose visegrips or
    extra nuts locked in place as counter torque.

    So... one rather destructive, quick-and-dirty method is to use a chisel
    (unless it's meant for steel, plan on ruining its edge as well) to form a
    notch into the socket wall -- one direction only, NOT a "v" notch.
    From this point, you can use a wide blade screwdriver or the chisel in the
    You'll also need a small, thin crescent wrench. I have a 4" wrench with a
    max jaw opening of 9/16" which works quite well on these jacks.
    This will most likely be a 2-man job.
    Push on the crescent wrench at the same time as the socket notch is
    struck -- in the opposing direction of rotation, obviously. This should
    break it loose.

    You can use several layers of masking tape around the nut's perimeter to
    help guard against damage to the escutcheon by the wrench. This doesn't
    guarantee against scratches, however, so you still have to exercise caution.

    If the manufacturer went so far as to put threadlock compound on the socket,
    you're gonna have a much more difficult time backing it off all the way.
    Hopefully, they didn't do this and it's merely stuck in that one spot.
  3. Yukio YANO

    Yukio YANO Guest

    45 years ago I learned of the Miracle, Liquid Threadlock, and the
    second Question to the Service Rep. I asked was "yeah it looks like a
    great Idea but now how do you get the damn things apart to service it".
    His answer was to heat the nut and bolt ! Over the years I have
    encountered more and more components that are inappropriately LOCKED
    with "various Locktite compounds". The answer in most cases is still
    "heat it". In your case, I would insert a hot, ~ 400/500' F. Soldering
    tip in the Jack for a few seconds, NB. it will also be a little harsh on
    any plastic casing around the jack , but the threadlock compound will be
    degraded enough to allow normal disassembly.


    Yukio YANO
  4. Any ideas about getting
    Yes, use a 4 wide brick chisel and a 7 pound clubber hammer
    to hit it with.

    Done VERY carefully there will be no damage at all.
  5. jimi

    jimi Guest

    Thanks for the replies, I tried the club hammer and it worked a treat :)
  6. Kim Cole

    Kim Cole Guest

  7. jimi

    jimi Guest

    Kim, take it easy man...go have a lie down youl be ok :)
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