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 Post subject: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: Mar Fri 29, 2013 1:39 am 
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I have always had a problem removing these spring steel push on fasteners (I think they are called Tinnerman nuts). They are used to attach many things (spkr boards, dials, etc.) in radio cabinets. If removal is done incorrectly you will probably break off the plastic stud they are affixed to. I've tried using dental pics, with some success, to raise the locking tabs. Then I just resorted to carefully cutting the nuts off and using gromments as replacement fasteners. Works well and is recommended. I recently bought a "Mini Pick And Hook Set" at Harbor Freight for less than $1 (Item 66836). These tools enable one to "spring" the locking tabs and remove the nuts without breaking the stud, or damaging the nut. Then you can reuse the removed nuts if you wish, although I still prefer to use grommet fasteners.
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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: May Sat 04, 2013 1:33 am 
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Bob - Thanks for the suggestion. I bought the pick and hook set from Harbor Freight; used it today for the first time. Works Great!


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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: May Mon 06, 2013 12:43 am 
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Next time you guys go to the dentist ask for for them. They often have ones that are not that sharp or broke. My dentist saves them for me. They are better then the Chinese Freight ones
Stan Ski


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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: May Thu 09, 2013 6:35 am 
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Rather than trying to pull them off, that is if you have the room, try to unscrew them. I have sometimes lifted them off by pulling on the outside, and in the process it inverts the clips for easy removal. I have also worked them back and forth in a lifting each side in turn allowing them to creep off the stud.

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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 1:59 am 
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I purchased the pick/hook set from Harbor freight today and used them to pry the Tinnerman nuts from the grill cover on my Zenith H723Z. The picks worked very well!. Thanks for the tip!!! BTW, my first time at Harbor Freight. I love the place!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: May Thu 31, 2018 3:17 pm 
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I remember using a special tool to remove those #$@& nuts when I worked in a radio shop in mid sixties! It looked like a spring with a sharpened end and mounted in a plastic handle. Haven’t seen one since! Denis


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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: May Thu 31, 2018 4:20 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: Jun Mon 04, 2018 2:48 pm 
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Found one but have not had a chance to try it


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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: Jun Mon 04, 2018 6:13 pm 
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It looks like one can be made at home, given the right spring. What is the coil diameter of the spring?


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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: Jun Mon 04, 2018 6:37 pm 
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Lou deGonzague wrote:
Found one but have not had a chance to try it

You could always use it as a corkscrew on your favorite wine bottle... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: Sep Sat 22, 2018 12:40 am 
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I've been hoping for years to find a new or used tinnerman removal tool, nope hasn't happened yet. The idea of making one sounds great, what's the best way to go about it ??

This reminds me of the little tool or socket that was used to remove those pesky earphone jack nuts, I see them on eBay for about $20.00 dollars or more ??? Really. I just used my Dremel and cut a socket that fits great ....No thanks, ebay.

Tony


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 Post subject: Re: Tinnerman Nut Removal
PostPosted: Sep Sat 22, 2018 12:56 am 
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transoceanic 8523 wrote:
I've been hoping for years to find a new or used tinnerman removal tool, nope hasn't happened yet. The idea of making one sounds great, what's the best way to go about it ??

Judging by the pic Lou posted, It looks like all you'd have to do is go to the hardware store and get a somewhat hefty small spring. Use your Dremel cutoff wheel if necessary so it has an outward pointing tang, and put the other end into a handle of some sort, maybe a short dowel, with a hole drilled to allow insertion.

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