[clug] how to get a foreign object out of a headphone socket
lroyjh at gmail.com
Sat Dec 8 13:25:08 UTC 2018
Is it a 2.5mm or 3.5mm jack?
A 10 gauge hypodermic needle is 3.404mm OD and 2.692mm ID and would fit
a 3.5mm socket.
With the pointy bit ground flat would probably capture the bead
particularly with a Venturi suction pump applied.
Similarly a 13 gauge needle is 2.413mm OD and 1.803 ID and would fit a
On 8/12/18 6:31 pm, Kim Holburn via linux wrote:
> I went to plug in a headphone jack into my laptop today and it wouldn't go all the way in. There's something in there. I try various ways to look in the hole. It requires a very small light. I thought it might be a bit of a headphone jack broken off, but no, it's a dessicant bead. Good and bad I suppose. I was thinking of some very fine pliers or forceps but I don't have them. It's a sphere so maybe I can use suction. I found a spray can with one of those little tubes. The tube just fits in the headphone socket. I put the tube in and suck on it, I can feel when it attaches to the bead but I can't seem to generate the suction needed to get it right out past the electrodes. I try general suction with my vacuum cleaner but that doesn't work. I think modern headphone sockets are sealed. I have a needle tool with a very fine hook and with the light, I can see the bead rotating when I push it with the needle, but can't pull it out.
> I have thought of trying to crush the dessicant bead and using my vacuum cleaner but I'm not sure how much force it would take to crush it. I wouldn't want to damage the socket or force the bead into the inside of the laptop.
> Any ideas?
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