[TowerTalk] Un-nesting aluminum elements...

Tom Osborne w7why at verizon.net
Fri Jun 30 11:57:23 EDT 2006

Hi Bob

Here is an old trick from KH6IJ many years ago.

Crimp a screwdriver (with the handle towards the boom) to the end of the 
element you wan't to remove with a pair of vice grips.  Smack the 
screwdriver (one you don't care if it breaks or now) with a hammer and that 
will drive the element out.  73 and GL

> Guys with ideas...
> I am trying to remove a 3/4" aluminum element end from a swaged 1-1/4" 
> element. I don't think these have been apart in 30 years. What tricks do 
> you guys have up your sleeve to help me separate these two pieces of 
> tubing?
> Using vise grips on the smaller section I was able to rotate the element 
> and move it back about an inch, but that's as far as it has gone. I'll be 
> chewing up the smaller tubing if I continue this route.
> I've soaked the connection with LPS lubricant overnight but thought I 
> would put out a call for ideas before giving it another go today...
> 73 de Bob - K0RC
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