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Old Nov 26, 2011, 02:52 PM
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Tips, Tricks, Hints, Secrets & How To's to help make a build/rebuild easier...

Hey guys..I've been meaning to share this little tip but by the time I am done with the project that reminded me to share this little helpful hint...I forget LOL I am praying this becomes a good little resource of tips on how to improve the build or rebuild process.

Please post your little hepful tips to make this hobby a little less frustrating during assembly/disassembly. Please dont assume the little "tips & hints" you know are common knowledge....I didnt come to know about the tips below until recently.

MAGNETIZE YOUR TOOL:
Have you ever been working on a little project and that tiny little screw is just not co-operating, like on a MCPX for example...especially the feathering shaft screws!!?? Would it help if your tool was magnetic to hold that little bit, screw, bolt...etc??? Did you know you can magnetize your tool? Yup...take a magnet (the stronger the better, an old car stereo speaker is a good one) and on one side of the tool (screwdriver for example) rub the magnet on one side of the tool only...from the handle down to the tip...repeat a few times...again, from the handle to the tip...and there you have a magnetized tool now....as long as it is metal of course.

FIX ROUNDED ENDS ON ALLEN WRENCHES:
Last night I was trying to assemble a 450 Clone. I loctited every metal to metal screw/bolt. I was getting frustrated because the four little Allen Wrenches that I was trying to use had tips that were getting rounded at BOTH ends...on all four wrenches! I tried thinking what I could do...put a piece of aluminum foil around tool to make it tighter...too tedius! I had a metal metal file sitting next to me the whole time so I decided to use it! I just ground down past the rounded part...voila - brand new tool

"MAKE" THE SIZE OF ALLEN WRENCH YOU NEED:
If you have a grinding wheel (or lots of patience) and you want to "make" the size of allen wrench you need, grab the next size up (if you have spares) and grind each side down a bit with a grinding wheel or metal file until you have a very tight fit.

I hope this helps!

Got any other ideas, tips, tricks, hints, secrets...etc. that would help with a build or rebuild...post em here please.
If you would like me to add your idea, hint, tip,trick...etc.to the list above, let me know, I would be happy to and I will add your name to it to give you the credit for submitting the idea.


Blessings,
Rick
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Old Nov 27, 2011, 11:51 AM
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Thanks for the tip.
I just stick a small strong magnet and leave it on the screwdriver.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 11:13 AM
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Thanks for the tip.
I just stick a small strong magnet and leave it on the screwdriver.
Thats a great tip too. Thanks
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 11:20 AM
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I posted this tip on another forum and here are some other suggestions to magnetize the tool (If you posted the below idea on Helifreak, let me know if you want me to add your username next to the idea here, PM me and I will as long as your username is the same on both forums)

- Using a Magnetizer/Demagnetizer tool you can buy at your local home improvement shop/store.

- Using magnets from a magnet set...irodidium magnets

- Tightly wrap a piece of wire around the screwdriver shaft several times and then touch the ends to a battery for a split second and that will magnetize one. (The poster of this idea also mentions: I've only done this with car batteries. I wouldn't suggest trying it with a lipo.) I WANT TO ADD: PLEASE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING BEFORE TRYING THIS OPTION, ESPECIALLY IF CERTAIN BATTERY TYPES NEED TO BE USED

- Use a magnet from an old car speaker, stick screwdrivers to it for when needed.

- Use magnets from old hard drives, they have roughly 50 lbs of pull and cost almost nothing to obtain, another one is a disk ndfeb magnet that's about an 1 3/4 in diameter and 3/4 thick and has a 125lb pull

- Walkera V400 Tail motor magnet or the Neodynium magnet on an old airsoft motor...strongest magnets for their size. A few seconds in contact with one of those and you are good for 20 minutes.
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Old Dec 07, 2011, 03:15 PM
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Added how to fix rounded tips on Allen Wrenchs
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Old Dec 07, 2011, 07:20 PM
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I'm trying to figure out how to fix rounded ends on ball driver tips.
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Old Dec 07, 2011, 08:22 PM
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Fried brushless motors are a good source for strong magnets. They pop out pretty easy with a screwdriver.

The hex drivers that RC car folks use are a good quality. Seem to fit into screws tighter. They look to be machined to the correct size rather than extruded to size. I check mine for round tips and use a dremmel to keep them sharp before it rounds a screw socket. Go slow with the dremmel and cool it in water often to retain it's hardness and temper.
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 11:42 AM
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If you have an allen wrench that slips, or even a phylips head screw...
Dip the tip of the tool in some diamond dust polishing compound (I have an old Permetex tube). I have yet to have a screw/bolt I couldn't remove this way.

This was told to me be an long time mechanic friend.
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 12:29 PM
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Fried brushless motors are a good source for strong magnets. They pop out pretty easy with a screwdriver.

The hex drivers that RC car folks use are a good quality. Seem to fit into screws tighter. They look to be machined to the correct size rather than extruded to size. I check mine for round tips and use a dremmel to keep them sharp before it rounds a screw socket. Go slow with the dremmel and cool it in water often to retain it's hardness and temper.
Nice pointers, thanks for sharing!


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If you have an allen wrench that slips, or even a phylips head screw...
Dip the tip of the tool in some diamond dust polishing compound (I have an old Permetex tube). I have yet to have a screw/bolt I couldn't remove this way.

This was told to me be an long time mechanic friend.
I have never heard of this before...thanks. Where can you find the diamond dust polishing compound & how much is it?

Thanks again all...keep the tips, tricks & hints coming!
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 12:35 PM
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Here is another idea I have done before with duplicate sized Allen Wrenches. If you have a grinding wheel (or lots of patience) and you want to "make" the size of allen wrench you need, grab the next size up if you have spares of that size and grind each side down a bit until you have a very tight fit. Seems I always somehow have several of the sizes I dont need!

HTH & Blessings...have a GREAT weekend all!
Rick
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 01:16 PM
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Where can you find the diamond dust polishing compound & how much is it?
I got it at the local autoparts shop. My tube wore out, (one of those aluminum toothpaste like tubes) and have since transferred the contents to another container (not sure if it dries out, but I felt better about it), but I seem to remember it being around 1 to 1.5ounces. I can't remember the exact price, but it was only a couple of bucks. Don't let the word diamond fool ya

This doesn't say diamond dust anywhere. I remember my buddy saying that was the important part, but this sure looks familiar
http://www.permatex.com/products/Aut...g_Compound.htm
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Old Dec 10, 2011, 12:38 PM
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Nice pointers, thanks for sharing!



... Where can you find the diamond dust polishing compound & how much is it?

Valve polishing compound, fine grade...

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Old Dec 10, 2011, 12:56 PM
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Excellent....thanks for contributing


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Valve polishing compound, fine grade...

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Old Dec 12, 2011, 03:16 AM
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Keep plenty of new, sharp single-edge and X-acto blades on hand. You'll go through quite a few trimming parts and covering.
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Old Dec 12, 2011, 03:38 PM
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For best results trimming covering materials and the least resistance, use 1/2 of a double edged razor blade.

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