Toaster repair - any ideas to replace this piece?


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Old 09-10-22, 07:08 PM
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Toaster repair - any ideas to replace this piece?

I love this toaster, but one of the three actuators that enables the electrical contact broke from fatigue. Does anyone have any clever fixes for this?

My initial thoughts are to try soldering the piece back into place, or to 3d print a triangular piece with a similar profile that will snap into the slot. Not sure how hot this area gets, but I don't imagine it would be enough to soften PLA - even if it did, the pressure exerted on it is released as soon as the toast cycle begins so it at least wouldn't be squeezed out of shape.


 
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Old 09-10-22, 08:56 PM
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Lot of stress on that clip. It's actually an awkward design. Wouldn't want it to last too long.
I like your idea about a spacer but you'd need to check for a melt problem first.

You can't just solder the broken piece back. Too much stress on the joint. Red circle.
You could use another piece of spring steel and solder it further back. Yellow circle.
 
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Old 09-10-22, 09:29 PM
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Any ideas on where to source that? The only thing that comes to mind are flat paper clips.
 
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Old 09-10-22, 09:46 PM
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I have bins of scrap metals just for this purpose.
Hair clips come to mind...... hair clip pic search

Interesting find...........screen clips
 
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After testing with the case back on, the interior temperature rises less than 5C during a regular length toasting session. Even if that happens sequentially, I can't see making enough toast for this to be a problem. If I come across scrap steel I may swap it, but for now it has been revived and is working well.



 
 

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