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Dimmer switch....
09/03/13 at 21:24:03
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My dimmer switch doesn't seem to work..no continuity between any of the poles, in either switch position...so I'm looking but can't find one that looks like this one....most have the one-piece cast housing...

What does the original look like??

Randy
  

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Re: Dimmer switch....
Reply #1 - 09/03/13 at 21:33:10
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Mine was dead too. I'd like to think it was original but I have no way to know for sure. Looks pretty much the same as yours. I bought a new one from Walcks. Here's the old one:
  

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Reply #2 - 09/03/13 at 21:58:35
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Yes, I'd say they are identical....but mine's a little rustier!

Thanks for the picture..!

I'm going to see if I can get mine apart without breaking it....nothing to loose....
  

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Re: Dimmer switch....
Reply #3 - 09/03/13 at 22:03:54
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Let me know if you are able to repair yours. I guess that's why I've kept mine around. Might be another one of those rainy day projects....
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Re: Dimmer switch....
Reply #4 - 09/03/13 at 22:54:36
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Don't save it for a whole day....an hour maybe..

I carefully straightened the tabs holding the back on..





I cleaned all the contacts, and lubed the mechanism with some light grease



assembled it, and it works!




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Reply #5 - 09/03/13 at 22:59:41
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Well, I was so pleased with the dimmer, I tackled the headlight switch..

The tabs are smaller so a very small standard screwdriver did the initial bends..

Parts are more or less in order here and oriented correctly



You can see the corroded terminals



cleaned...



Lubed and re-assembled...It's smooth and it works!





  

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Reply #6 - 09/04/13 at 01:53:11
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It is so great to see someone fix their old stuff!!!! Wink
  

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Re: Dimmer switch....
Reply #7 - 09/04/13 at 07:55:02
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Thanks for posting these repairs. Generally a repaired original part is superior to a brand new reproduction component.
  

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Reply #8 - 09/04/13 at 14:56:21
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I don't think there is anything more satisfying than preserving the original equipment, in this case the switches, and re-installing for another 60+ years of service.
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