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Postby Cdub » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:56 pm

What size mallets do you own for popping out rotary valves or freeing back plates? I'm looking at getting a couple of different sizes.

I'd like to start disassembling my valves and clean them between bringing it in for a chem clean.
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Re: Mallet sizes for valves

Postby the elephant » Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:17 pm

• 2" rawhide mallet (do not use a rubber- or plastic-headed mallet or a dead blow hammer for this work, certainly not metal of any kind, and only one size is needed)

• 1/4" hardwood dowel about 8" long (used to replace the rear bearing plate)
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Re: Mallet sizes for valves

Postby Cdub » Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:32 pm

Just to be sure, a 2" face, right? I was thinking of getting a Garland size 4 rawhide.

Would you use the same size for smaller rotars? I also have a couple of horns (conn 8d and a H179) that I wouldn't mind doing this work to as well.
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Postby the elephant » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:31 pm

I use these for everything. Yes, 2" face, roughly.
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Re: Mallet sizes for valves

Postby Cdub » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:00 am

Okay! Thank you!
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Re: Mallet sizes for valves

Postby PMeuph » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:29 am

For the dowel I cut around 2” from a broom stick and drilled a 3/8” hole in the center.
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Re: Mallet sizes for valves

Postby bloke » Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:16 pm

Be sure that you get a "precision" mallet, machined to at least three decimal places.
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Re: Mallet sizes for valves

Postby YORK-aholic » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:34 pm

bloke wrote:Be sure that you get a "precision" mallet, machined to at least three decimal points.


Darn it. I was just going to go out to my wood lathe and start on one. I'm pretty sure I can manage 2 decimal points with a hand held cutting chisel. Now you tell me I need 3 decimal places...

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