Tube Pullers

Charles W. Morehouse w4gbw at BELLSOUTH.NET
Mon Jan 8 19:12:21 EST 2007

I recently bought some kitchen tongs at Wallyworld that have a rubber 
like cover on the tongs,  They might work like the old scissors type 
tube pullers.
Do you remember tube tapers?  There were little wooden mallets that you 
used to tap tubes.  Back in the 60's as a technician at the Cape, 
ordered a tube taper from Federal Supply.
Waited and waited then got a call from supply that the tube taper had 
arrived.  It was a 20 pound steel banded mallet used to drive stakes for 
tents like in the circus.
Well it looked like a tube taper!!!  Luck and 73.
W4GBW, Merritt Island

W5EUQ wrote:

> Thank you to everyone who answered.  Wow... what a bunch.  (wow too... 
> what a bunch of jokers)
> Well guys, I used to use all kinds of tube pullers in the 50s, 60, 70s 
> and even 80's.  It's been a few years since I've had to pull tubes.  
> Since I have become an AVID Boatanchor repairman, tubes are a part of 
> my every day life now.  While working on Boatanchors, even turning off 
> the gear, the tubes are hot, in tight spaces, slippery and just plain 
> "hard to pull out".  Have you ever "flipped" a tube and it lands on 
> the floor or somewhere hard so it breaks?....... hmmmmmm 
> I got my wifes "lid opener"... and it works good, but in tight spaces 
> plus add my fat hand, it's hard to pull them ESPECIALLY when they are 
> hotter than a pistol.
> SO.... even if you say, "you will break tubes with the tongs" (scissor 
> type).... I used them all those years above and NEVER broke a tube.  
> So I want the scissor type AND the rubber tube type as well.
> Some suggestions:  use rubber tubing.  GOOD idea...  take a 7 pin, 9 
> pin and an Octal tube of typical size to the store and buy some rubber 
> tubing that the inside diameter fits over the tube a bit loose.  (plus 
> any other tubes you typically pull)
> There is even a Chinese handcuff type... I'm told it works good too... 
> seems like I used one years ago... can't remember for sure though.
> Anyway, THANKS you guys.... even the jokers.... HI.
> Bob  W5EUQ  Tampa

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