Plugging the gap
Problem: Some hydraulic valves have mounting bolt holes outside the wiring box that gather dirt and make it difficult to remove the valve.
Problem: Some hydraulic valves have mounting bolt holes outside the wiring box that gather dirt and make it difficult to remove the valve. How can I keep the dirt out?
Solution: After mounting the valve, insert a rolled-up sponge-rubber ear plug into each hole. Simply remove the plug when changing the valve.
Contributor: Barry Nelson, Maintenance Supervisor, Idaho Forest Industries, Priest River, ID; 208-448-1141
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