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Socket Removal

QA Technology's Socket Extraction Tools are used for removing the sockets from their mounting plates. Two tools are required to remove a socket: a Flush Installation Tool and an Extraction Tool. These tools may be purchased separately or combined in an Extraction Tool Kit.

Extraction Tools are used when a probe/socket assembly has been damaged and must be replaced. Removal of sockets on closely-spaced grids is a delicate process. Care must be taken not to damage neighboring probes and not to enlarge the mounting hole. Depending on the probe series and socket set height, it may be necessary to remove probes from adjacent sockets to provide clearance for the tool. Proper preparation of the damaged assembly and careful use of the tool will successfully remove the socket.

The most common socket removal method is to drive the socket through the mounting plate from the top (probe tip side). It is important that the tool be fitted onto the socket only when the socket is flush with the surface of the plate. Otherwise, the tool may split the tube down the side, and wedge into the hole.

Step 1

Remove the probe and wire from the socket. A pair of tweezers or needle-nose pliers will make probe removal easier. Probes that are not headless may be removed with the appropriate Probe Extraction tool. Disconnect the wire by unwrapping, de-soldering, unplugging, or cut the wire if enough remains for reconnection.

Step 2

Use the appropriate ITR-FL Installation Tool to drive the socket flush, taking care not to damage nearby probes. In most cases, 050-05 and 100-05 series sockets will already be mounted flush.

Step 3

Fit the nose of the appropriate Extraction Tool onto the flush end of the socket, and tap the tool lightly with a small hammer to drive out the socket. A new socket can then be installed in the same hole using the proper Installation Tool. If the hole was enlarged or damaged during the operation, it may be necessary to use adhesive to retain the replacement socket. There are some situations where it is not possible to remove the socket by driving it through the mounting plate with our standard extraction tools, such as in a wireless fixture, limited access, or when the socket is damaged.


Instructional video on how to install and remove sockets and probes. See Chapter 5 for socket removal.