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getting the capsule off a 3032 (!)

Subject: getting the capsule off a 3032 (!)
From: "Dan Dugan" dandugan_1999
Date: Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:17 am ((PST))
> That's very interesting. Can you post a photo of the capsule and how
> it got liberated? I think you may be the first consumer to achieve
> this and witness the insides. I recall that Mike Feldman and some
> other folks were stymied. Rob D.

Well they should have been. It turns out that the threads are glued (looks =
like cyano-acrylic), so that some come off easily and others only with grea=
t difficulty.

I investigated six 3032s. Three capsules unscrewed easily by hand. One open=
ed with a two-point spanner tool in the circumference of the grill slots. T=
he last two resisted that technique to the point of cosmetic damage. Determ=
ined, I got the fifth off with Channellock pliers gripping the capsule and =
a full hand grip on the body, leaving tool marks on the capsule. Even that =
method wouldn't loosen the sixth, I had to use pliers on both the capsule a=
nd the mic body.

Don't do this at home. I think they do make non-marring pliers for jobs lik=
e this. This Old House suggests cutting the fingers off gloves and putting =
them on the jaws of the pliers.

Photo of the disassembled mic at:


-Dan Dugan

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