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Old 08-20-2015, 11:32 AM   #1
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Dirty connection

What can I use to clean the plug and receptacle that connects the TT to the TV?
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:44 AM   #2
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I'm not sure about the best way to clean other than some steel wool to clean the contacts but after cleaning you can add some dielectric grease to keep them from corroding.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:49 AM   #3
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If you look at post #5 here: New rv tripping breaker at poles theirs a contact cleaner shown
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Would not use steel wool on the female receptacle or you will blow fuses like crazy. Use a thin flat pc of wood wrapped with some fine emery cloth on both the male plug and female receptacle. While you're at it, take a small flat screwdriver and close the female connections in the male plug. They get loose over time/use.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:52 AM   #5
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If really bad you can use a very fine emery board cut to size
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Old 08-20-2015, 04:37 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help. I just ordered a CRC product for cleaning. Took a while to put a name to the plug and socket, 7 way seems to be the winner.
Thanks again for the help.
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Old 08-20-2015, 04:56 PM   #7
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One of the big pluses of the Bargman connectors is that they are self cleaning. It can be difficult to clean the female side. Do be careful with certain spray cleaners, and make sure that they are "plastic" friendly. There are some that will dissolve some plastics.

I do second the comment about using a dielectric silicone grease. This helps to keep the oxygen away from the brass components to minimize oxidation.

In the past, I have used small stiff strips of wood or plastic and wrapped some 400 grit sandpaper on them to get into the connector to rub the contacts with. Some compressed air to blow out the residue, and some dielectric grease will usually assure good connections.

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Cramolin or deOXIT as it is known is safe for all plastics. I used this on expensive studio consoles to clean conductive plastic faders and the potentiometers.
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Old 08-23-2015, 08:18 PM   #10
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Thanks for the help. I just ordered a CRC product for cleaning. Took a while to put a name to the plug and socket, 7 way seems to be the winner.
Thanks again for the help.
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CRC will be fine. I use that and another called Corrosion Block, which does basically the same thing, on marine electrical systems. Backs of switches, fuse blocks etc. works really good for cleaning and protecting. Less mess than dielectric grease in the long run, although that's some good stuff too. Some marine generator manufacturers actually recommend spraying the entire genset to prevent corrosion. There's plastic, metal, paint, and all kinds of stuff in there.


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