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Digital Caliper Disassembly

Caliper Back Side - Label Removed

Caliper Back Side - Label Removed

Just in case I spill a sticky liquid on the caliper and must disassemble it again…

This was a relatively inexpenive, but not dirt cheap, caliper that has worked fine all along, apart from the issue with the thumb roller frame.

After removing all the obvious screws, taking off all the various doodads, and extracting the sliding jaw, it still doesn’t come apart. The trick, as always, is to peel the label off the back side to reveal the five crucial screws that secure the electronics package to the metal scale.

These screws don’t have the best heads in the world, but a #2 Phillips driver, solid pressure, and steady torque gets them out. All but one of the screws are pointed; the one in the lower-left corner (as above) is a machine screw that, I think, ensures a good electrical connection between the metal frame and the electronics package.

Caliper Disassembled

Caliper Disassembled

With those screws removed, the electronics package pulls off to expose the innards. Note the cough delicate hand-forging that secures the tang to the back plate.

The schmutz on the far right matched up with a similar patch of rust on the sliding scale. Some TopSaver rust treatment applied with a scrubbing pad reduced the problem to mere discoloration; the rust wasn’t all that deep.

Reassemble in reverse order, with dabs of lubricant on the obvious wear points along the way. The thumb roller must go on after securing the electronics package, not before.

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