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Old 06-10-2015, 08:19 AM
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I noted that your website says that if you don't have an actuator removal tool you could break something.

What will break? Will it be the old actuator, or is there a chance to break the switch portion?

I don't mind so much if I could break the actuator, as then I can purchase a replacement. But if I mess up and break part of the switch, then I don't want to take this chance.

Can you elaborate?

Is there a way to remove an actuator with a screwdriver blade or some other tool if I don't have your tool? For the price, I will get a tool with my first order, but until then, I'd like to know the risk and what I may break.

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Old 06-14-2015, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Unbelievable View Post
I noted that your website says that if you don't have an actuator removal tool you could break something.

What will break? Will it be the old actuator, or is there a chance to break the switch portion?

I don't mind so much if I could break the actuator, as then I can purchase a replacement. But if I mess up and break part of the switch, then I don't want to take this chance.

Can you elaborate?

Is there a way to remove an actuator with a screwdriver blade or some other tool if I don't have your tool? For the price, I will get a tool with my first order, but until then, I'd like to know the risk and what I may break.

Thanks!
Okay, so here's the deal. there are small clasps on both the actuators and switches... either of which could break if you force them off.

On new switches you can pull the actuator off once or twice (gotta pull hard) with little chance of breaking, but older switches with plastic fatigue over the years are iffy.

The actuators are probably more likely to break than the switches... but either is possible.

You can simulate the tool by using two small (very small, like <1/8" tip) flat blad screwdrivers... push them in at the same time flush with the base of the switch body, in towards the center. flat tips perpendicular to the switch body face.

It's kind of hard to get the screwdriver method to work... but if you fool with it for a bit, you make make it happen.

I know that's kind of a non-answer... but really no way for me to guess which might break. The tool is just $5... and is worth keeping in the boat incase you have to change labels in the future. It will pay for itself if just one switch breaks, but I guess it's worth trying the screwdriver trick first and to save the $5.

thanks!
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:54 AM
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Thanks for the tips, this helps a lot.

I hope I don't break any switches, this could get expensive.

When using the tool, do things still break, or does using it significantly reduce the chance of breaking something?
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Unbelievable View Post
Thanks for the tips, this helps a lot.

I hope I don't break any switches, this could get expensive.

When using the tool, do things still break, or does using it significantly reduce the chance of breaking something?
I have NEVER heard of anything breaking while using the tool... ever.
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