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Cleaning Patchbays?
Old 8th February 2007
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Cleaning Patchbays?

Hey people...

I have a couple of old patchbays (10 yrs) that have not been in use because I have intentionally set up for the last while in such a way I could patch directly 'in the back'.

However it is time to get the patchbays back in the chain, so...

What is the best way to clean and deoxidize them?

Thanx in advance!

Soundawg
Old 8th February 2007
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What is the best way to clean and deoxidize them?
cleaner and deoxidizer.

sorry. you walked right into that.
Old 8th February 2007
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Most manufacturers don't recommend cleaning patchbays with any solvents because it can cause more severe oxidation.

They do recommend "exercising" each jack by inserting and removing the plugs several times...possibly many times if they are in really bad shape.

Compressed air might also help if they are really dirty/dusty.
Old 8th February 2007
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cleaner and deoxidizer.

sorry. you walked right into that.
Ha
Old 8th February 2007
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so you go to a gun shop..

you purchase the brush for a .38..

and there you go.
Old 8th February 2007
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There are special abrasive jacks made specifically for cleaning patchbays -
You just have to be careful to power off your gear first, as the cleaning jack will create shorts.

This is an example - there is probably a better source to buy them.

http://www.patchbays.com/supplies.htm#patch2

Last edited by Stizz; 8th February 2007 at 11:05 PM.. Reason: add link
Old 8th February 2007
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Gun cleaners work well, but before you attempt to clean the bays, find a loose jack and measure off how far the brush thingie needs to be inserted. Jam it too far in(insert that's what she said or whatnot here) and there will be some problems, not normal things will happen.

Regards,

jhg
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