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toggle switch protection

Post by floris » Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:55 pm

I happen to accidentally hit toggle switches when playing live.

Is there a component that one can place over a toggle switch so that I don't always accidentally switch this?

I now there's these aircraft switch guards, but those you cannot close when the switch is activated.
There's caps to place on large knobs of gas ovens too. If these were smaller, that could work.

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Re: toggle switch protection

Post by cackland » Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:11 pm

Which modules are you referring to?

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Re: toggle switch protection

Post by KSS » Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:28 pm

A U-shaped piece of aluminum with rounded edges. Hole in the bottom of the "U" to fit over teh switch. The two sides keep you from accidentally moving the switch, but going between them lets you switch when needed.

Another solution when you don't have much space is to substitute a short bat switch for the longer actuator type. This short bat is harder to accidentally hit, and its leverage is worse so it's also physically harder to move.

Some 'toggle' style switches can be had in pushbutton type. That's another alternative.

But as cackland says, which module or modules? That will make a difference in what to recommend.
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Re: toggle switch protection

Post by Mungo » Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:19 pm

There are also toggle switches with "locking" actuators that need to be pulled out slightly before they will move (many many combinations of positions and locks!)

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Re: toggle switch protection

Post by ArboriaAuralist » Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:32 am

Mould some blue tack around them?

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Re: toggle switch protection

Post by floris » Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:38 am

Thanks for the replies!
I had this with trigger switches on my own DIY modules,
but also a uZeus power module for instance.

3D printing some U-shapes cap can help indeed.
Rebuilding the module with pushbuttons might work too, but I'm used to seeing the ON or OFF position of the switches.

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Re: toggle switch protection

Post by jorg » Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:23 pm

floris wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:55 pm
I happen to accidentally hit toggle switches when playing live.
Do it again, and then smile. :hihi:

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Re: toggle switch protection

Post by KSS » Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:46 am

^ Well said!
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Re: toggle switch protection

Post by KSS » Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:52 am

This is the type I meant. Simple to make.
A DuckDuckGo search on "toggle switch guard" shows many different types. Note that many or most willbe sized for larger toggles than are typical in EuroRack.
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Re: toggle switch protection

Post by floris » Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:04 pm

great, thanks!

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