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  1. Pulp

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    After nearly three years of apartment living, I finally finished my house in beautiful downtown Lebanon, OK and have my reloading bench set back up in the shed. Still gotta get some lighting, but at least I can get out there and do some reloading when the sun is shining. The bench is an old postal mail sorting desk I bought many years ago at an antique store. IMG_8213.JPG

    Quick question, my RCBS scale sticks in the bottom position. I pour some powder and have to tap it, repeat until I get it to move. Time for a new one, or is it repairable?
     
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    Before I bought a new scale, I would look closely and make sure nothing on the beam is rubbing against anything. Then you might put a little graphite on the pins that sit in the notches and see if it helps. Can probably just rub a pencil across where they contact a few times, and blow off any excess powder. Worth a shot...

    EDIT: Here is a thread I found on "scale maintenance" that seems to have some good tips.

    http://forum.accurateshooter.com/threads/balance-beam-scale-maintenance.3824016/
     
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    Looks really good Pulp. I like your setup.
     
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    Try cleaning the pivot points on your scale first, and be sure it is centered. A little graphite wouldn't hurt either. Unless you have done something to damage your scale, chances are very slim it needs replacing.
     
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    I don't think its the pivot points, sometimes mine sticks as well. Its caused by the scale bottoming out rather hard and the plastic part of the beam sticking to the metal part it came in contact with. Hope that makes sense. I also set my scale off my bench so as not to cause false readings if I'm seating bullets while also weighing powder. Sometimes the slightest jolt to the scale will cause different readings. I reload in my garage and I also turn off my fan while weighing powder.
     
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    Completely agree My scale is on another hard surface not connected to the reloading bench and it's at eye level.
    You could glue a stop under the beam so the beam will not bottom out.
    Say a pencil cut to length and the eraser end up where the beam can rest on the eraser.

    That may keep it from sticking.
     
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    Nice setup with that post office cubby hole cabinet!
     
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    Good idea. I cleaned all the surfaces today, and it seems to be working OK now. You'll notice I have the scale on a homemade stand to bring it up to eye level, but it's still a bit low. I hate having to bend over and look over my glasses to watch the pointer.
     
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    I like it!
     
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    You guys are all worried about the scale and I had to look up Lebanon. Never heard of it and my family is from Mangum.
     

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