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Old 26th Jun 2019, 7:33 pm   #1
Keith956
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Default Hello from a hopeful restorer

Stumbled across this site as my OH found her late father's old DAC10 radio in amongst his stuff and wondered if it was worth anything. Oh dear, I said I'd try and get it working!

Electronics background, grew up to valves and army surplus stuff and built a valve radio from a PE design in the mid 60's while a schoolboy (ok my Dad helped), but it's been a long time and am impressed by the knowledge on this site.

I hope to start taking the DAC10 apart soon and no doubt will be asking stupid questions so please be gentle!
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Old 26th Jun 2019, 7:54 pm   #2
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Welcome Keith.

The DAC10 isn't a bad set to get started on. You may well find that it just needs its leaky wax capacitors changing and a few squirts of switch cleaner. The main thing to watch out for is that this is a live chassis set - the chassis is directly connected to one side of the mains. You must ensure that this is mains neutral not mains live if any metalwork can be touched. Ideally you would use an isolation transformer when working on the set with power applied, but if that isn't practicable then you need to take great care.
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Old 26th Jun 2019, 9:03 pm   #3
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Thanks Paul, here are a couple of photos so far. Looks fairly clean on the outside (I am told it has been unused since the 70's maybe?) but dusty on the inside.
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Old 26th Jun 2019, 9:45 pm   #4
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If anyone can help you, they will be here, no doubt!

Stick around as there're a lot of interesting things and people in the various fora...
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Old 26th Jun 2019, 10:42 pm   #5
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It looks nice and untouched.

DAC10s are quite common and not worth a fortune, but it would be nice to restore it and hand it on down the family as a sort of heirloom.
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Old 26th Jun 2019, 11:43 pm   #6
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Some useful information here, Keith, if you need to refresh your memory!

The forum search function is also quite useful.
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 12:11 am   #7
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There is a beginner's thread on a DAC10 restoration running at the moment: https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...d.php?t=157549
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 12:59 pm   #8
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Hello and welcome.
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 4:59 pm   #9
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One thing to look out for is the springs on the valve holders.
When they are rusty they can knock off the pip that holds the valve in.
Put a tool behind the spring when removing a valve.
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