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Old 05-22-2010, 08:14 PM
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Default Is my drumdial broke?

Just taken it out of the box for the first time. The pointer was at the 20 past point and the measuring needle is rigid and wont move. Is there a lock on it that you need to loosen? I thought it was supposed to work straight out of the box.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:30 PM
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Default Re: Is my drumdial broke?

It is supposed to work out of the box.

If you push on the plunger the needle doesn't move, Correct?

Is the plunger sticking out of the bottom of the weighted base?

If so, will the plunger move in and out of the base?
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:43 AM
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Default Re: Is my drumdial broke?

The whole thing is completely rigid. 'Needle/plunger/whatever it's called' sticks out from the base and therefore you can't place it evenly on any surface. Dial doesn't move. The whole thing is totally frozen. Are you supposed to unscrew the plunger at all?
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:48 AM
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Default Re: Is my drumdial broke?

do you have to turn the knob that is coming from the top? that seems to be connected with the plunger thing, and the knob from the right seems to be the zeroing knob, if you loosen the right knob you can turn the number plate so its zeroed out, but im not sure if either knob will release the plunger.
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Old 05-24-2010, 04:42 AM
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The whole thing is completely rigid. 'Needle/plunger/whatever it's called' sticks out from the base and therefore you can't place it evenly on any surface. Dial doesn't move. The whole thing is totally frozen. Are you supposed to unscrew the plunger at all?
No, you are not supposed to turn the screw. I would take it back to the store or send it back to the online store for a replacement.

You never turn the thumbscrew that is at Twelve-O-Clock.
You calibrate it by loosening the screw that is at Two-O Clock. You set the dial on a glass surface and you turn the face crystal until the needle reads zero.
The drum Dial that you have is damaged.

Here is the video from the company. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g953twZb8OE
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:29 PM
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No, you are not supposed to turn the screw. I would take it back to the store or send it back to the online store for a replacement.

You never turn the thumbscrew that is at Twelve-O-Clock.
You calibrate it by loosening the screw that is at Two-O Clock. You set the dial on a glass surface and you turn the face crystal until the needle reads zero.
The drum Dial that you have is damaged.

Here is the video from the company. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g953twZb8OE
I would turn it upside down and put a drop of sewing machine oil down the shaft and give it another try. So often, when metal sticks, it just needs a bit of lubrication.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:13 AM
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I would turn it upside down and put a drop of sewing machine oil down the shaft and give it another try. So often, when metal sticks, it just needs a bit of lubrication.
I have had my Drum Dial for over two years now.
It worked freely right out of the box and aside from me calibrating it only twice, I haven't had to lubricate it, Or do anything to it.
I use it about once a week. I store it in its padded box on its side like the instructions state.

I also use several other similar types of Dial Indicators at my work. I have a lot of experience with these measuring devices.
from my experience, If a Dial Indicator either sticks or it is jammed, It is damaged.

gig1986,s Drum Dial has a problem.
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