Any Special Tool For Compressing The Spring Arms on Board Retainer Pins?


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Old 03-31-14, 02:41 PM
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Any Special Tool For Compressing The Spring Arms on Board Retainer Pins?

Any Special Tool For Compressing The Spring Arms on Board Retainer Pins?
 
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Old 03-31-14, 05:14 PM
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Not quite sure what you mean by...... board retainer pins ?
 
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Don't know about other boards, but on mobile home furnaces I've seen, there are white plastic pins (mounting pins/post is probably a better word) that the board snaps over and onto. These posts have small spring arms that collapse into the hollow body of the post when putting the board on/over them, then as the board snaps on to the post, the spring arms expand to hold the board in place.

To remove the board:

Since I posted this, I discovered a video in which the host uses a BIC pen, after removing the guts of the pen. So then you have a hollow tube to push over the small white plastic posts - it compresses the small spring arms into the hollow body of the post, as you simultaneously pull gingerly on that corner of the board. Worked very well in the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFx3-3ChT58

So my question has been answered, but happy to hear other methods, if anyone would like to jump in.
 
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Old 03-31-14, 08:36 PM
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Ok... gotcha. Locking circuit board standoffs

There isn't a tool to release them, that I know of, other than needle nose pliers.
The pen barrel is a great idea.

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Old 04-01-14, 07:04 PM
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There is a tool available at Radio Shack & other electronics stores with is intended for use on Molex plugs but works very well on those plastic clips. I've also used a piece of copper tubing (1/4"?).
 
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Got it, thx much and have a good week.
 
 

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