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Old 28th June 2015, 04:55 AM   #1
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Default Loose grid wires on Acoustats

I found that I have grid wires that have come loose from the grid frame. I initially though the rattling sound coming from the speakers were just loose myler that needed to be re-shrunk with a heat gun. As I was applying heat to the membrane I noticed that several wires had come loose from the plastic grid and was flapping as I moved the air by them.

Has anyone attempted to repair it by taking apart the grid? Does anyone have pictures of the process? I have no idea if a DIY repair is even possible.

Does anyone know who does repairs like this on panels?

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Old 28th June 2015, 12:59 PM   #2
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Acoustat panels are not meant to be taken apart, and any attempts to do so will usually result in disaster. I am not aware of any (trustworthy) sources for having panel repairs done.

Are you sure the loose wires are causing the rattling sound? If a wire has come loose at just one or two crossmembers, and is not bowed inward toward the diaphragm, it might not be an issue. But if you have determined for certain that the loose wires are an issue...

It might be possible to re-glue the wires from the outside, as follows. Keep in mind I have never tried this, so no guarantees, but if the loose wires are an issue, what do you have to lose? Make a hook from a small flat piece of thin metal, to be used to reach in between the wires, and pull the wire into place. Be sure not to poke the diaphragm. Then using a gel-type instant glue, or perhaps epoxy, apply it to the joint with a small applicator, being careful not to glue your hook to the wire! Sounds tricky, and I'm sure it is, and will require good light, good vision, much patience, and three hands.

And it should be obvious that the panel must be completely discharged, and preferably removed from the speaker to lay flat on a work surface.

Good luck!
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Old 29th June 2015, 12:44 AM   #3
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Thanks AcoustatAnswerMan for your quick reply.

I have found at least one area where there is a 7-inch section of wire that has come loose from the grid. I will have to examine all the panels thoroughly to see if there are other areas that need attention.

I will see if super glue or epoxy will work. I've got to figure out how I can cover and protect the membrane directly beneath the wires from any drops of glue.

Thanks again.
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