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Old Jan 19, 2005, 08:52 AM
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Dead Coverite Iron

While in the middle of a covering job my Coverite iron died on me. I took it apart (easy). The 1/4 watt resistor in the lower right corner of the board is burned up.. Does anyone know the value of this resistor? Would anyone be willing to take the handle of theirs apart to tell me. I sure hate to trash a $30.00 iron for the price of a .59 resistor.

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Old Jan 19, 2005, 10:05 AM
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I would suspect that the resistor went away for a reason, and replacing the resistor will not eliminate the problem. There is probably something else that has gone bad.

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Old Jan 19, 2005, 03:42 PM
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Les,
Now I'm not saying nothing else is bad, but nothing else looks like the smoke escaped from it. It is always worth a try.

N4hxs Larry
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Old Jan 20, 2005, 08:50 AM
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After some thought and careful study I believe that what popped was a thermal fuse. I'm tyring to find a new one and so far the smallest one that I have found is a 15 amp. Its worth a try but I don't want the thing to burn up in my hand.

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Old Jan 20, 2005, 10:12 AM
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Larry. Your last sounds more likely. The electronic measuring instruments used very small, low current fuses. You might try to locate something there. I would not expect anything over 5 amps. If there is a short circuit, the fuse will go away immediately.

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Old Jan 22, 2005, 07:45 PM
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I have 4 or 5 irons. The Tower Hobbies is 18 years old and still works fine and it is cheap.
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Old Jan 23, 2005, 06:43 AM
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Yeah, The old ones were simple. They didn"t have a curcuit board, just a heating element and a reostat to control the heat.
Mabe simple is better.
I found a Thermal fuse, Now to see if I can fix it.

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