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Old 20th August 2013, 09:16 PM   #1
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Hello to all.

I guess this is the right place to request kind advice from the group re this.

What's the risk-free, safe, elegant, 100% technical way of disconnecting this type of connectors?

Many, many thanks in advance.
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Old 20th August 2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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I use a flat bladed small screwdriver in this case from the edge of the pcboard and gently ease each end up slightly until it is free enough not to stress the connector if the final pull is required to liberate the plug from the socket using the cable.
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Old 20th August 2013, 09:57 PM   #3
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Many thanks, Jon!
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Old 22nd August 2013, 06:10 AM   #4
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I generally just grip the wires and pull.
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Old 22nd August 2013, 01:24 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by dangus View Post
I generally just grip the wires and pull.
Thanks, dangus.

I was so tempted to do just that, but it would be such a mess if a wire breaks.
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Old 22nd August 2013, 01:31 PM   #6
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They're only a real problem when they have been glued in place. As in the photo they should just pull out without any real pressure being required.
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Old 22nd August 2013, 11:18 PM   #7
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Hot-melt glue is easily removed with freeze spray. Hose the glue down with the spray, it gets very brittle, and shatters easily with a small screwdriver or other tool. It chips of leaving the bare connector.
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