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Scott Radio Friends,
I need some help. I am finishing a restoration of a Scott Warrington cabinet. Everything is place except one thing.
I need a working on/off ac toggle switch.

Here's the catch. While the exit bore hole is .5 inches in width... the depth is also just over .5 inches wide. It is .75" thick wood...

The larger initial hole is 1.5 inches and @.2 deep. This means I need switch with a stem around .75 inches to make sure the toggle clears through the hole and is firmly screwed down.

I can't find a toggle switch with a long enough stem to fit all the way through the hole. And, I don't want to drill the initial hole deeper and risk disaster.

The radio came out of the wall of an old home in another city. It came with a with a round wall light switch to turn the set on and off.

Does anyone have or know where to find one? The internet has not been helpful so far.

Thanks in advance for your help.  Scott

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Comment by Scott Dickson on July 13, 2023 at 9:31am

Thanks for the advice guys.  I appreciate any ideas or possibilities.  


Comment by Scott Seickel on July 13, 2023 at 3:39am
Comment by David C. Poland on July 10, 2023 at 2:36pm

Try your old style local hardware store, like an ACE HDWR. You seek the "long shank" version AC switch. 

you need a switch rated more than 3 amps, say, 5 amps or more.

The long shank is about 3/4 inch, enough to to extend through the cabinet side.

If you can find an old used one, may be able rejuvenate it with contact cleaner, working it until a meter shows nearly 0 resistance. May warm a bit in use with load, so be sure does not get very warm.

Comment by Scott Dickson on July 4, 2023 at 10:26am

Good point, Alex.  I will keep looking.  There must be something out there somewhere.

Comment by Alex R. Whitaker on July 3, 2023 at 11:58pm

That switch in the Ebay listing is a momentary contact on switch.  You toggle it to on and have to hold it there.  As soon as you release pressure, it goes back to its normally open (NO) position.  Even if it could handle the load (which it can't), it still wouldn't work.  Of course, you could put normal toggle switch guts in the housing (might be a bit of work), and use the switch's bat handle to toggle it. 

Comment by Scott Dickson on July 3, 2023 at 1:04pm
Comment by Scott Dickson on July 3, 2023 at 10:48am

I saw the listing on ebay.  It is listed at only 3 amps.  The seller has another rated at 6 amps.  Is that sufficient for a 30 tube radio?

Comment by Fran Mayer on July 3, 2023 at 10:42am
Comment by Norman S Braithwaite on July 2, 2023 at 10:46pm

Some members here purchased some on EBay a while back only to learn they were purchasing lots of five!  I am not one of those.  Perhaps one of them will respond.


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