[Histonet] microtome calibration

Charles Scouten charles.scouten <@t> leica-microsystems.com
Thu Jun 4 10:07:18 CDT 2009

It is not a "calibration" issue.  Most likely cause it too shallow a blade angle, another is something is loose and wobbly.  Try grasping the blade holder and see if it can be moved in any direction.  The tissue pedestal.  If something is loose, that is the cause.

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Dianne Holmes
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 4:44 PM
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Subject: [Histonet] microtome calibration

Has anyone had problems with the calibration of an A/O Spencer sliding microtome?  I have used this one for years and now I am getting 'thick-thin' sections?  I thought maybe the accumulation of oils in the mechanics of it have slowed things down.  Can WD40 be applied without adverse effects?  I certainly would not attempt opening up all the gears!!  Any suggestions would be appreciated or if a medical equipment repairman is reading this - I really need this thing fixed.

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