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Thread: broken "wishbone" under touchpad of RA-6D dimmer

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    broken "wishbone" under touchpad of RA-6D dimmer

    Hi there! Hoping for some advice. I now have two of these RA-6D dimmers that would only work when touched on one side, so decided to disassemble one to analyze the problem. On that one, I found a clear plastic "wishbone" under the touchpad with both legs broken. Since these dimmers are no longer available, I figure I should try a repair by gluing the pieces back together. However, gluing plastic is very iffy unless you know what type of plastic it is, and I could find no markings to identify it for me. So my question - what type of plastic is the "wishbone" made of?

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    All of the plastics in our dimmers are made of Polycarbonate.

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    That dimmer model is obsolete but the newer models are physically the same. I would call tech support. They will probably mail you one.
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    called tech support

    Thanks for the quick replies, guys! I called tech support this morning and spoke to Dan. He said: - the part in the newer devices is not the same - they don't send parts anyway. They WILL make new RA-6D's on request, but since they are one-offs, the price is quite high ($100s). If I want to forego the radio feature, I could replace the two RA-6D's in question with Maestro CL's. He said these will still work with the RA-AD dimmers that are paired with the RA-6D's. Also I read last night about gluing polycarbonate. The best stuff is dangerous, and other options have flaws. Need to research further to confirm this. Anyway, I will now need to think about which approach I want to use ... By the way, I tried to "thank" and "like" each of your replies, but that did not seem to do anything. Thanks again! (I had nicely formatted this message, but the preview suggests it will appear as one long string of text.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by George1 View Post
    Thanks for the quick replies, guys! I called tech support this morning and spoke to Dan. He said: - the part in the newer devices is not the same - they don't send parts anyway. They WILL make new RA-6D's on request, but since they are one-offs, the price is quite high ($100s). If I want to forego the radio feature, I could replace the two RA-6D's in question with Maestro CL's. He said these will still work with the RA-AD dimmers that are paired with the RA-6D's. Also I read last night about gluing polycarbonate. The best stuff is dangerous, and other options have flaws. Need to research further to confirm this. Anyway, I will now need to think about which approach I want to use ... By the way, I tried to "thank" and "like" each of your replies, but that did not seem to do anything. Thanks again! (I had nicely formatted this message, but the preview suggests it will appear as one long string of text.)
    The formatting thing has been broken for a while. As has the thank, like, etc.

    Sorry to have mislead you. I was thinking of RadioRA 2. You can find used RA-6D dimmers online for $10 or less. Officially the plastics are not field changeable. Clearly you have mastered getting the plastics off. Keep in mind the older the plastics and the more heat they have been exposed to, the more brittle the plastic.
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    I've emailed obsoleteproducts@lutron.com, an address given me by Dan. It occurred to me that if they can build new RA-6d's, they probably have the parts available, and maybe I can get a couple.

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