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Old 23rd Jun 2020, 2:40 pm   #1
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Default DIY valve socket

I have a few B7 valves and quite a few B5 and B4 valves but did not have a suitable socket to include in my homebuilt valve tester, I was able to make a B5 socket from a piece of black insulating material (some sort of phenolic) I found in my parts bin, B5/B4 valves have a spring contact built into the valve pin so I thought a plain metal tube is ok to use for the socket contact - I used 1/4" brass rod turned and drilled in the lathe, the same socket doubles also as the B4 socket. See original post here the homemade B5 socket can be seen in the video at the back/right.

Wanting to try out my recent 3D printer purchase, I drew up a B7 socket base in Fusion360 and after following some youtube instructions a B7 base almost magically appeared on the printer bed. I've run out of 1/4" brass rod and will pick some up this week to finish it off.
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Old 24th Jun 2020, 5:04 am   #2
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Default Re: DIY valve socket

Nice work, a lathe and 3D printer are great things to have, makes most jobs do-able.

Curiosity hasn't killed this far.
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