Its not quite that simple, because your fingers are controlled by remote muscles in the forearm. You can't use your fingers without engaging the muscles in your forearms.Finger tight is just as tight as you can get something with your bare hand alone. If you are using more than just your hand, it is too tight. If you have to tense up your wrist, forearm or shoulder, that is too tight.
Correct.....we're not talking exact science here. The concept of "finger tight" is used to promote even tension at each lug BEFORE the tuning process begins....where you will then grab a drum key (or use the T-rods) and continue to tune with equal tension at each lug.The term finger tight is intended to mean that you should spin the tension rods with your fingers until you feel them tighten up a slight bit.
When you finger tighten the lug screws the first one you put the key on to turn will make the rim tighter on that side for a while until you catch up. Make them all finger tight, then give each one a full turn with the key. Don't turn more than a full turn just because it doesn't feel as tight as the one you just had the tuning key on. they will all even out and then you can tweak them to the same tone at the end.I have had an odd problem of my lugs somehow becoming loose again after i finger tighten them. Can someone diagnose this? Should i re tighten them before making the first turns?
Yes, It is OK to go around the drum a few times with your fingers until you balance the tensions out.I have had an odd problem of my lugs somehow becoming loose again after i finger tighten them. Can someone diagnose this? Should i re tighten them before making the first turns?