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Old 30th November 2018, 11:36 PM   #1
BeCool is offline BeCool  United States
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Default Removing old style Female RCA Jacks

I'm looking for any experience people have removing old school RCA jacks. They appear to be pressed in, almost like a rivet. Any ideas on the best way to do remove these without damaging the chassis?

I've also uploaded a picture of the outside to show how they are broken and why I'm replacing them... even though they are still functional.

Is this the best place to post stuff like this?


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Old 1st December 2018, 01:48 PM   #2
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Is this the best place to post stuff like this?
You're posting in an appropriate place, but posing a difficult challenge!

Looks like you'd have to painstakingly fold back the internal flanges in order to push/pull the sockets through to the outside. I wouldn't fancy that task!

Hope someone will come to your rescue with a better idea soon!
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Old 1st December 2018, 04:28 PM   #3
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If you photograph the wiring to aid reconnecting, remove the wires and cut the the solder connectors off, select a drill about 1/2 as big again to the diameter of the sockets and carefully drill the fixing rivets out from the inside of the connector taking care not to go through the chassis, just the riveted part. This means a replacement can easily be fitted and no marks will be left on the outside or inside chassis,
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Old 1st December 2018, 05:47 PM   #4
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The jacks in the riveted part also seem to be intentionally not grounded to chassis. I would follow that strategy with the replacements.
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Old 1st December 2018, 05:51 PM   #5
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I'm very hesitant to use a drill but if bending and pushing them out produces no joy I might have to go that route.


I think they are actually grounded to the chassis though, I used a DMM to be sure and there is continuity between the outer shell of the jack and the chassis itself. What makes you think they are not grounded to chassis, I'm newer to this stuff, so likely missing something.
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Old 1st December 2018, 06:44 PM   #6
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The outer sleeves of the RCA sockets are most definitely in intimate contact with the chassis.

P.S. It is easier if you drill from the outset and not after you have chewed up the flanges.

Jon's idea of using the larger (metal) drill is to wear away the rear socket flange just enough so that the socket is able to be popped out of its chassis hole.
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Old 1st December 2018, 07:14 PM   #7
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Right on Galu, Drilling out/Pop out is what I'm thinking about as last resort, but I hadn't thought about how hard it might be if I chew it all up trying to bend them out. Good point.
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Old 1st December 2018, 07:26 PM   #8
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If you don't want to damage it, how about getting a cable with phono sockets on, cutting them off with about 4 inches of cable, pass the cable through the old socket and solder on the inside. Add a cable tie for strain relief. Leaves you with a flying lead from the case, but will work fine

Something like this https://cpc.farnell.com/pro-signal/p...t=phono%20plug

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Old 1st December 2018, 07:59 PM   #9
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The jacks in the riveted part also seem to be intentionally not grounded to chassis.
I can see where you are coming from - that looks like insulating material between the riveted part and the chassis.

However, it would appear that grounding is taking place via the rivets themselves.
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Old 1st December 2018, 08:20 PM   #10
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Well... At least they followed the resistor colour code for the wiring. That'll make reconnection a bit easier.

What's the plan after you get the RCAs out? Install new ones, presumably. That'll be quite the chore as well. So... Why not bite the bullet and replace the rear panel? You could just cut around the connectors and add a sheet metal plate to the outside (or inside if the cutout is pretty enough) of the chassis.

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