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Online bob lawrence

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Uncoupling tools
« on: September 06, 2017, 12:44:55 pm »
What 'unique' manual uncoupling tool do you use?

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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2017, 12:57:42 pm »
I use a dentist's probe like this one:


Plenty available on ebay and I've seen them on tool-supplier stands at exhibitions.
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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 12:58:54 pm »
Yep.  I have a couple of those dentist probes. 

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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 01:19:22 pm »
I think I shall have to invest in a dental probe as my cocktail sticks keep getting used for other things. My other method of BFI* is rather frustrating and rather ineffective.

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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 02:02:20 pm »
No photo available, but I use a length of Peco rail bent in an 'L' shape with a width of about 15mm and a length/height of about 10cm mounted into a plastic tooth brush handle. This allows uncoupling of Rapido type couplings from directly above the wagons.
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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 03:32:13 pm »
Thanks for the replies, so far it appears to be the dentists probe coming out on top. What is the technique when uncoupling? How 'delicate' does one need to be when using any type of uncoupling tool? Do the wagons being uncoupled need to be held whilst carrying it out?

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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 05:57:32 pm »
Assuming we're talking about good old standard Rapido couplings, the technique is to use the tool to lift one coupling from underneath, lifting either the vertical pin on the underside of the coupling or the front bar, whichever is easier.   It can depend on the stiffness of the coupling spring and the weight of the wagon - a stiff spring and/or a light wagon may cause the whole wagon to lift instead of the coupling, but generally it's not a problem.   Peco's ELC (Easy Light-lift Close coupling), fondly known as "Elsie", does away with the spring altogether.
« Last Edit: September 06, 2017, 06:03:11 pm by ntpntpntp »
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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2017, 01:16:10 pm »
The pound shops regularly have a "dental kit" where you get a few implements of torture in the blister pack  :worried:

Cheers John.

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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2017, 01:21:38 pm »
I got mine via EBay.  Cannot recall exactly how or where I found them.  I think they appeared on my regular N gauge search.  I was idly paging through looking to see if there was anything of use and they appeared as uncoupler

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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2017, 01:28:56 pm »
The pound shops regularly have a "dental kit" where you get a few implements of torture in the blister pack  :worried:

Cheers John.

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I'm more worried about what you do with the leftover tools  ;)
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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2017, 02:03:42 pm »
I use an engineers scriber which I picked up at a car boot sale for 25p

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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2017, 02:04:03 pm »
A little off topic but I used to have a couple of these damned great black 'shovels' to uncouple my Tri-ang stuff :goggleeyes:

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/manual-uncoupling/?p=1/

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Re: Uncoupling tools
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2017, 02:40:50 pm »
When I were a lad my father made a couple of similar shovels by cutting and  bending sheet metal.  Still have one for  the OO  Thomas  layout  I have for the grandchildren.

 

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