On Fri, 05 Jun 2009 21:29:54 +0100, john royce wrote:
Depends how sturdy it is. If it's an AA-battery sized torch then probably
just a quick 'bite' or a gentle tap with a block of wood would do the
job. If it's more solid then a (padded) hammer could do it.
The intention is just to make it very slightly out of round, so it makes
a good solid connection and can't rattle loose.
Wrap a few turns of Teflon pipe thread tape around the male threads so that
the looseness is removed. You might have to rewrap frequently, depending on
how much use the flashlight gets.
Another suggestion is to cut a gasket out of a sheet of very thin rubber or
vinyl sheet, lube it with silicone grease and wrap the gasket around the
Actually, no. The contact between the lens housing and the body of the unit
is actually made by the end of the body and a mating surface on the lens
housing. If the Teflon tape is confined to the threads, the contact should
be good. Also, the Teflon tape is extremely thin and is easily torn by the
threads; providing more contact surface.
The idea I was trying to suggest is to fill the gaps in the threads,
reducing the tendency for it to unscrew itself.
If it IS a real MagLite, OP is mistaken about it being part of the
circuit. You can actually take the nose off and use it as a base, and
use the flashlight as a candle. (leastways, on the pre-LED versions) I
suppose there are some knockoffs that use it as part of the circuit, but
I have never seen any. Flickery light is almost always due to an
internal spring getting wimpy.
(Note- even on a full-size Mag, the side switch is repairable. A pain to
get it out, but repairable.)
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