Setting Stops in Your Grayhill 71 Series Switch

Good morning! We have had a bunch of questions concerning how to set the stops on the Grayhill 71 series switches... so here is a nice lil' blog about said switches.

First question you have to ask yourself is how many stops are needed, and once that is answered, we may begin.

First thing, leave your switches as they come packaged. Not to say you shouldn't inspect them prior to beginning, doing so will negate frustration when setting your pins. 

Look at that nice flat area of the knob... this is the part you use to dictate your knob position. The above knob is placed at the 7 o'clock position.

Look at that nice flat area of the knob... this is the part you use to dictate your knob position. The above knob is placed at the 7 o'clock position.

Out of the package, the Grayhill switch should be in the 7 o'clock position, as shown above. If it isn't, you will need to set it to this position. Doing this is easy. Turn the knob until the flat part of the knob is at 7 o'clock.

Once you have made sure you are at the correct position, you will need to get your pins ready. Those suckers are tiny, so I use a magnet to keep mine properly herded while I work on switches.

Those magnets come in handy for removing pins as well. Stay tuned, as I will get to that in this blog as well.

Setting the pins for a 5 turn switch.

Setting the pins for a 5 turn switch.

Placing pins in a three position switch.

Placing pins in a three position switch.

The most basic formula for setting stops is as follows:

1. Make sure the knob is set at 7 o'clock

2. Place the first pin in the 12 o'clock position

3. Place the second pin to the next position, AT the last position you need. For example, if you require a two turn switch, set the second pin to the 2 o'clock position. Or, for a six position turn, set the second pin to the 6 o'clock position.

Simple enough, right? Now, what happens when you set the pins, and something isn't right? How do you get that pesky lil pin out of that hole??? UGGGGGGH. I'm sooooooo frustrated with this stupid switch!!!!! In New Mexico, we like to say, CALMATE. Meaning, calm down.

I got you guys... remember that magnet we are using to keep our pins herded? Well, that magnet can be your best friend for this. 

Simply hold the magnet over the hole with the pin, and VOILA! Pin is now outta the hole, and frustration has been averted.

You are welcome. 

This is the type of magnet I use. A tiny, but strong as all hell magnet. You can purchase one, or you can steal one from your refrigerator magnets... most of the small push pin looking ones have these.

This is the type of magnet I use. A tiny, but strong as all hell magnet. You can purchase one, or you can steal one from your refrigerator magnets... most of the small push pin looking ones have these.