Author Topic: 500 Dial Removal  (Read 1091 times)

Offline davebdawg

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500 Dial Removal
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:31:51 PM »
Hi, I have been back with rotary phones here and now just having a little problem with my 500 desk and a 554 wall phone. Just trying to remove the dial so I can change the number placard and I can't get the dial off, doing the standard procedure, rotating the dial all the way clockwise and pinning the release hole, and the dial does turn a bit more clockwise but I can't remove it.
I have another 500 desk phone and I have no problem  removing the dial on that one.
What's the problem here?  ??? ???

Offline Dan

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Re: 500 Dial Removal
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2010, 06:36:38 PM »
 Do either of your phones have metal fingerwheels ? It will come off sometimes you have to be very aggressive .
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Offline paul-f

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Re: 500 Dial Removal
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2010, 07:44:46 PM »
Occasionally the tab is bent a bit, so the pin misses it -- or the pin is too small in diameter to catch the tab.  It's possible that some replacement fingerwheels were made by non-Bell suppliers and don't fit perfectly.

Try the largest diameter utensil with a flat end you can get in the hole.  If that doesn't work, try bending the end slightly and fish a bit to see if one side of the hole or the other lets you find the tab.

If all else fails, brute force can be used.  Afterwards, you may have to bend the metal parts back into shape or replace the fingerwheel.

Good luck!
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Offline Dan/Panther

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Re: 500 Dial Removal
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2010, 08:03:22 PM »
The finger stop may be holding it. Sometimes you have to rotate the finger wheel  slightly more, to get them to lift off.

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