Telegraph keys - replacement parts

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by N5OLA, Oct 15, 2019.

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  1. N5OLA

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    Hi -- I have a couple of keys that need new springs. Any resources out there for spare parts?

  2. N5OLA

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    Not only springs ... this screw in back is stripped. Thanks everyone.

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  5. W0KDT

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    Most good hardware stores have cardboard box/trays with assorted springs. I'd start there.

    If you aren't afraid of a little fun but easy DIY, Brownells will sell you spring steel wire (like that will allow you to wind and temper whatever spring makes you happy. You can then use their cold bluing compound to blacken it or, more fun, get a small electroless nickel plating kit to give it a matte nickel finish.

    For screws, maybe "thumb screws"
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  6. KA0HCP

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    TruValue and Ace Hardware have excellent parts sections.

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  7. WA3LKN

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    The conical springs that straight keys take are a unique item and I'm unaware of any off-the-shelf sources. At one time, Nye Co would sell individual parts like springs. I'm not sure if they still do or if they're still in business.

    Harbor Freight sells spring assortments and you could almost certainly modify one that would work but might not look original.

    And you'd get your freebie flashlight too.

    Regarding a rear gap adjustment screw, the threading of those is 8-32 or 8-40 as I remember depending on who made it. Some brass knurled screws are off the shelf items but if it's a curved face knurl that's a custom item.

    Good luck!
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