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Tool for Turning a Pot on the Back of a Camera?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by W. Watson, Jul 16, 2004.

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  1. W. Watson

    W. Watson Guest

    I have a sensitive digital camera that measures about 3x3x4" and the back has a pot
    for both level and AGC. The camera is in cramped quarters when in the enclosure for
    it. I can take a 3" long small philips screw driver (single blade) meant for
    repairing eyeglasses and stick it in the AGC slot and turn it. Even that's a little
    too long by 1/2", so it goes in at an angle. The plastic pot screw slot is about
    3/16" across. It'll turn OK, but I have to stop frequently to look at a display, so I
    let go of the screw driver. Often it falls out. I'd be very happy if the tool was
    permanently in the slot.

    So here's the deal. The pot has a plastic insert with two slots perpendicular to one
    another. I took a firm plastic strip and tried gluing it into a slot with super glue.
    It held together for about 5 minutes and finally came off (I dried it for several
    hours). Is there some tool for this sort of thing? I somewhat doubt that I can glue a
    plastic strip as above into the slot. Maybe a piece of tubing, 3/16" inside dia.,
    slipped over the plastic pot would work. Suggestions?

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    Wayne T. Watson (The Wizard of Obz, Nevada City, CA)
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  2. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    Why not get another eyeglass tool and cut it off the 1/2"? Use a dremel
    for the easiest cut. (A hacksaw will work, but it's more work.)

    Puckdropper
     
  3. W. Watson

    W. Watson Guest

    I would but the trick is getting it to stay in the pot slot. I suspect rubber tubing
    is my best bet. If I can slip it over the plastic screw head on the pot, then it
    should be OK. The trick will be making sure it is tight or that I can glue it on.
    This whole thing is like trying to put a screwdriver permanently into a (plastic)
    screw head.

    --
    Wayne T. Watson (The Wizard of Obz, Nevada City, CA)
    (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
    Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W
    (Formerly Homo habilis, erectus, heidelbergensis and now sapiens)

    Scopes Monkey Trial, July 10-25, 1925

    Web Page: <home.earthlink.net/~mtnviews>
     
  4. dB

    dB Guest


    Philips used to make a very useful set of trimming tools which had
    interchangeable tips and extensions. One of the tips had a
    cross-section in the form of a cross but it was probably too big for
    your modern pot.

    However, a suggestion. A piece of piano (steel) wire bent into a
    hairpin with a "vee" bent into one or both sides close to the closed
    end would click into place if you get the dimensions right. You can
    form the two ends in whatever way you find convenient to grab and
    turn.
     
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