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[Towertalk] TH6DXX trap cleaning

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Subject: [Towertalk] TH6DXX trap cleaning
From: (Barry )
Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 21:42:57 -0000
I went through this a couple of years ago with a TH7. I don't know if the 
trap construction is the same or not. 
The first trap took me about 2 hours. Once I figured it out, disassembly, 
cleaning, and reassembly took about 15 minutes per trap.
As it was a while ago, and I am getting senile, I may be leaving out a 
step, so take it for what it's worth :.)

After removing the plastic caps and screws, you need to use a little 
brute force. Take apart the element sections of one element. One 
section (the second section away from the trap?) fits nicely inside the 
trap cover, to act as a ramrod. As one who is right-handed, I did it this 
Hold the trap in your left hand, tightly. Bend up the little tabs of 
aluminum that holds the screws, so they're out of the way. Take the 
element section that fits inside the trap cover in your right hand and ram 
it hard against the plastic spacer. The trap should come flying out the 
other end, in one piece (along with all the insect crap and grass 
clippings, so make sure you are facing the proper way in the wind.  It's 
pretty sturdy with nothing to break.  The force is necessary to free the 
plastic spacer from the dimple in the trap cover.
To reinstall it, reverse the procedure, using the element section to get 
everything back in. Insert the trap from the end it came out of. You may 
want to take off the spacer that will go in last, to help get the one that 
enters the cover first, lined up. Then, put the other back on, and you 
should be able to get it on the dimple with some gentler pressure from 
the same element section you used to take it apart. As I recall, a few 
traps I reassembled, I couldn't get the spacer fixed exactly on the 
dimple, but it doesn't seem to matter. Just make sure it's not covering a 
drainage hole, and that when you rebuild the element, the drainage 
holes point down.
Hope this helps...
Barry W2UP

On 6 Aug 2002 Jim White wrote:

> sounds like your Uncles moved into your traps...
> I have a TH7 which I will eventually put up - would appreciate your 
> keeping the gang on TT appraised of your trials and tribulations!
> K4OJ
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Barry Kutner, W2UP              Internet:
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