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#1940870 - 08/11/12 02:20 PM Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters  
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Ok, I'm aware that neither supply house carries this tool, so where/what do I use to make my life easier... I've had two of them this week alone, one is an elbow job.... Please advise


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#1940966 - 08/11/12 06:19 PM Re: Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters [Re: Les Koltvedt]  
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I always just lift them up out of the slot and turn them by hand.


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#1940979 - 08/11/12 06:46 PM Re: Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters [Re: Les Koltvedt]  
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That works until you get blisters on your fingers.

The tool comes in and out of stock.


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#1940986 - 08/11/12 06:54 PM Re: Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters [Re: BDB]  
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Originally Posted by BDB
That works until you get blisters on your fingers.


Wuss... ;-p



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#1940992 - 08/11/12 07:01 PM Re: Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters [Re: OperaTenor]  
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If someone gets blisters after only 88 keys, then they need to seriously reconsider their choice as a piano technician. :-) If I were doing hundreds of them, then yes I may try to find a tool. I only encounter a couple a month here in my area, and most turn very easily by hand once they are lifted up out of their resting slot.

Originally Posted by OperaTenor
Originally Posted by BDB
That works until you get blisters on your fingers.


Wuss... ;-p



Thanks Opera Tenor!! ... we Tenors always stick together!!!!!


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#1941022 - 08/11/12 07:51 PM Re: Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters [Re: Ryan Hassell]  
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Originally Posted by Ryan Hassell
If someone gets blisters after only 88 keys, then they need to seriously reconsider their choice as a piano technician. :-) If I were doing hundreds of them, then yes I may try to find a tool. I only encounter a couple a month here in my area, and most turn very easily by hand once they are lifted up out of their resting slot.

Originally Posted by OperaTenor
Originally Posted by BDB
That works until you get blisters on your fingers.


Wuss... ;-p



Thanks Opera Tenor!! ... we Tenors always stick together!!!!!


Oh man, this is gonna get ugly...


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#1941057 - 08/11/12 09:34 PM Re: Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters [Re: Les Koltvedt]  
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Since your not willing to wear your wife's gardening gloves, long nose vise grips and shank knurling pliers both work.

Last edited by Dave B; 08/11/12 09:35 PM.

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#1941080 - 08/11/12 10:17 PM Re: Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters [Re: Les Koltvedt]  
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Oh, I was just kidding...let's all not get in a fight...although we're about due for one aren't we? LOL!


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#1941309 - 08/12/12 10:19 AM Re: Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters [Re: Les Koltvedt]  
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I have a hammershank tapering tool that fits my universal handle. I spread the tips slightly and they straddle the wood button and turn it nicely. No blisters, no fuss.

I hope that helps.


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#1941339 - 08/12/12 11:03 AM Re: Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters [Re: Les Koltvedt]  
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The hammershank tool sounds good, but I'll continue to do the finger (blister) thing.


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#1941478 - 08/12/12 03:19 PM Re: Adjustment tool for lifter wires w/wood adjusters [Re: Les Koltvedt]  
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You could just make a tool like the ones that are sold. All it takes is a rod and a hacksaw to make the business end.


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