You've got a jammed or fractured slug in your favorite radio and decide
to carefully drill it out.
DO NOT DO IT BEFORE YOU READ THE FOLLOWING.
If you try to drill it out chances are better than even that you'll damage the
coil or even pull it loose. These old slugs have become fragile over the years
and often crack when you try to align the radio. There is no way to get a
fractured slug out without destroying it.
Here is a simple foolproof way to do it without doing any damage.
Take a coping saw blade that will fit through the existing hole and break
the end off. Drill a hole in a dowel rod and epoxy the coping saw blade
into it with the rake of the teeth facing out so it will cut while pulling
it outward. Gently, with patience, cut a slice in the slug then do another
without going completely through. Get your favorite vacuum nozzle and
gently probe the slug to see if it will collapse. If not, do a little more.
This method is absolute --- it works every time without fail and I have very
shaky hands. It has worked for me hundreds of times.
We have also replaced the coils that have been torn loose from drilling or
aggressively twisting. I’m not a brain surgeon and don’t wish to be but in
the Hal line of radios, you need someone from the Mayo clinic to direct the
Good luck --- Kindest regards Jim K9AXN
© James Liles K9AXN