[time-nuts] Wenzel Oscillator Repair

Chuck Harris cfharris at erols.com
Tue Jan 20 00:55:49 EST 2009

John Miles wrote:
> I used a fiberglass-reinforced cutoff wheel.  This can open practically
> anything, but it puts a lot of vibration and dust into the innards of
> whatever you're taking apart.  My guess was that this was safer than using a
> torch.

I've repaired many "hermetically" sealed oscillators by unsoldering the
can with a torch.  It works out just fine.  You first make sure that you
can hold the can in something stationary...I use a vise.. and that you have
a good handle on the base, take the torch and apply it for a couple of
seconds, and zip it comes apart.  None the worse for the wear.

-Chuck Harris

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