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 Post subject: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:29 pm 
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Well I finally got it today. My silver mefferts ghost cube came in the mail. And a shout out to mefferts it is an amazingly crafted cube and is by far the best cube I have ever bought. Sadly, the tension is not set right on mine as, while I guess the "main" layers turn extremely smooth, the layers for which you have to turn the main layers to move are very hard to move. Anyone know how to fix this?

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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:34 pm 
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I would suggest taking of the centre caps and adjusting the tension of the screws. The caps come off quite easily once you see the join line and can prise them apart. If you can't get at them, then just disassemble the cube like you would a regular 3x3x3 as the mechanism is the same.

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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:46 pm 
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with the metal Ghosts, it's easier to get the centre caps off if you take the cube apart first, as Gus describes — but don't pry them with anything, or you'll risk slipping and scratching the finish. the join line is very thin. just get a good hold of the base of each centre cap and wiggle it back and forth until it pops off.

the screws only go in so far before the unthreaded metal shank of the screw hits the plastic core. (if you take one of the screws all the way out, you'll see what i mean.)

on Meffert's Ghosts, i've found that a good tension (for me) is achieved by tightening the screws all the way down, then unscrewing each one by one-quarter turn.


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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:58 pm 
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Thanks you guys! Can't wait to try and solve it I have been practicing with an axsis cube but this'll be a whole new level of challenging

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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:55 pm 
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Wow... I finally took my cube apart to get at the caps to find that THEY WERE SEALED ON! I even tried to pop then off with a sturdy exacto knife but I did more damage than good... I'm out of options as far as I'm concerned so if anyone has any ideas please let me know... I would be really upset if I had to use the puzzle just as a display piece...

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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:26 pm 
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the base of each centre cap goes pretty far into the receiving piece (see photo ↓ ). also, the insides of the pieces that fit together are metallised just like the outside of the puzzle. even though electroplating (if this is in fact what Meffert's does) only adds a few atoms' thickness, this coating plus the depth of the base are the reason why you can't easily pry it off: it's a tight fit, and the piece is seated too deep to tilt easily.

it's easiest to wiggle it back and forth (sometimes for a minute or so[!]) until it slowly works its way up and out. if you have one of those small rubber kitchen mats people use to open stuck jar lids, it would help.

trust me, though, it's not sealed. it's just stubborn.

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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:39 pm 
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crypticat speaks the truth, its not sealed. Just really tight in and a real pain to get out. Took me at least 15-20 min of wiggling on each center to get it out T_T. Would not pry at it since it will scratch the metal finish.


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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:47 am 
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I had to use a metal spudger tool to get mine out, to make 5 colour ghost cubes :)

They are very tight fitting, I couldn't budge them without a tool.

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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:47 am 
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Nice.. that would require help; I don't have the strength in my hands anymore to do these things.

One would say this should be easier. :/

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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:34 am 
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martywolfman wrote:
I had to use a metal spudger tool to get mine out, to make 5 colour ghost cubes.

i'd be interested to see a photo of one of these 5-colour Ghosts.
  been thinking of doing that myself, since Adam's amazing Heavy Metal Ghost is a bit out of my price range.

...also, i'd also be interested to see the tool you used to get those caps off. i've never heard the term 'spudger'.
  i usually use a little jeweller's screwdriver...but sometimes i shouldn't.
 


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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:34 pm 
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http://ninjarepair.com/wp-content/uploa ... View_2.jpg This is what that is :)

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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:18 pm 
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hm. that kinda looks like it would scratch a puzzle just as much as a screwdriver or a blade.
is there really a difference?
— not that i'm disparaging tools made by ninjas, of course.


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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:23 pm 
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It has a wide tip to provide better leverage that's all. It's designed for opening ipod's and the like for repair, but yes, it's no less likely to cause scratches if it slips onto the metalised surface.

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 Post subject: Re: Adjusting my mefferts ghost cube?
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those multiGhosts look supergroovy.
 


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