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Offline AL_as_needed

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Re: 1952 WE Not Working at all. Help
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2016, 09:08:12 PM »
There are whole sections on how to shine up plastics and Bakelite, all depends on how far you want to go and how much work you want to put into a piece.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?board=70.0

For me, I'm not a perfectionist and like the phones to keep some of their individual character, shows they were used. Once all parts are cleaned with a grease cutting soap to remove the crud, I use automotive cleaner-wax or NuFinish (depending on state of the plastics) to give them a sheen. Bakelite can be more involved. Some need a good buffing compound and a touch of shoe polish, others I have gotten looking pretty good with plain paper towels and elbow grease.
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Re: 1952 WE Not Working at all. Help
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2016, 06:56:16 PM »
Al,

Thank you for the suggestions and I never thought of shoe polish.

Tom

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Re: 1952 WE Not Working at all. Help
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2016, 07:16:02 PM »
Of course, we will be wanting pictures of the finished phone.

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Re: 1952 WE Not Working at all. Help
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2016, 10:30:12 PM »
Andre,

I am going to look into polishing it but I may just wax it via the thread.

I have to ask, I rewired the handset and the ear piece works.  I uncrossed the wires  and the transmitter is working. The only thing I hear my voice in the handset's ear piece. I'm not sure why. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you again,
Tom

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Re: 1952 WE Not Working at all. Help
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2016, 10:02:55 AM »
How loud is your voice? This is actually supposed to happen to a certain degree by design (we adjust our speech volume based on how we hear our own voice, WE figured this into the design so people wouldn't scream into the phone). Do you get dial tone of you plug it in? I'd make a test call to a friend if possible as a final call quality check.
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Re: 1952 WE Not Working at all. Help
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2016, 11:32:51 PM »
With the help of this forum, here is a link to the phone ringing:
https://youtu.be/vr1f26zOud8

I admit I was hesitant to buy the new cords. I figured it was beyond repair because nothing was coming out of it at all.  I am glad I did it.

Thank you all for the help!!!!

Tom

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Re: 1952 WE Not Working at all. Help
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2016, 07:10:46 AM »
Sounds good, another 500 set still plugging away in the new millennium.
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Re: 1952 WE Not Working at all. Help
« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2016, 07:41:24 PM »
Tom, thought I'd add my comment.... I always change out receiver cords and line cords when they are in the condition posted.... its not worth the time to try to save something that's broken.... I always keep parts available for this reason....
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Re: 1952 WE Not Working at all. Help
« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2016, 11:53:03 PM »
Al, I think you, me and the rest on this board are the few that still use Land lines.

Babybearjs, Thank you for the suggestion. I didn't have those cords because I never thought about doing that kind of restore. Now that I know I can do it, I may keep an eye out for spare parts and pieces.