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    I checked out the Support section of the TLC website, but couldn't locate any specific text or video that describes the placement and use of the spacers. I understand their intended use, but not how to apply them to the TLC-X. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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    It's pretty simple. You just unscrew the pusher from the rod, slip the spacer on the rod then screw the pusher back on. They are for lengthening the device as you gain skin or adjusting your rollover point when tugging. Add a spacer when you can easily bring your skin up to the collet. Adding a spacer will also move your scar line further inside your skin tube, removing one will move it towards the opening.

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    • #3
      It's not necessary to unscrew the rod to use the spacers. I think the use of them is fairly straightforward - they just go on top of the pusher but below the tugger body. See attached photos showing the deep (~24mm) pusher PLUS two spacers.




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      • #4
        Thanks pars- and mj. Question, mj. Are the spacers in your application unattached to any part of the tugger. Seems like that it would be difficult to keep them from rolling all over the place upon removal and reattachment.

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        • #5
          I use the spacers in combination with the spring...also, the spacers go through the push rod onto the pusher...not following what you mean by "rolling all over the place" exactly. The system is constrained geometrically.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by mjwise View Post
            I use the spacers in combination with the spring...also, the spacers go through the push rod onto the pusher...not following what you mean by "rolling all over the place" exactly. The system is constrained geometrically.
            From your photos, it looks like the spacers are just stacked UNDER the conical pusher, but your instructions stated that "they just go ON TOP of the pusher but below the tugger body." Threading the spacers onto the push rod from above, so that they're between the conical tugger body and the pusher, makes sense. I just can't see that in your photos. I'll just buy one and experiment with it. Thanks, again.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bioprof12 View Post

              From your photos, it looks like the spacers are just stacked UNDER the conical pusher, but your instructions stated that "they just go ON TOP of the pusher but below the tugger body." Threading the spacers onto the push rod from above, so that they're between the conical tugger body and the pusher, makes sense. I just can't see that in your photos. I'll just buy one and experiment with it. Thanks, again.
              I don't know, it's pretty damn obvious. Go to TLC's website and search out the how to video on these.

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              • #8
                You aren't crazy. I know what you're talking about. When you push the pusher down the spacers randomly distribute themselves instead of staying attached to the pusher or cone. I just let them. They go to a slightly different place every time, so I assume I get an even stretch. Maybe Ron can elaborate.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mlg View Post
                  You aren't crazy. I know what you're talking about. When you push the pusher down the spacers randomly distribute themselves instead of staying attached to the pusher or cone. I just let them. They go to a slightly different place every time, so I assume I get an even stretch. Maybe Ron can elaborate.
                  Oh, that. No big deal. Don't worry about it. Only thing is when you back of the pusher on the device on you may pinch your inner skin in between the spacers.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mlg View Post
                    You aren't crazy. I know what you're talking about. When you push the pusher down the spacers randomly distribute themselves instead of staying attached to the pusher or cone. I just let them. They go to a slightly different place every time, so I assume I get an even stretch. Maybe Ron can elaborate.
                    The spring is a good way of keeping the spacers constrained.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mlg View Post
                      When you push the pusher down the spacers randomly distribute themselves instead of staying attached to the pusher or cone. I just let them. They go to a slightly different place every time, so I assume I get an even stretch.
                      The spacers are there to:
                      1) Calibrate the elongation of the device reproducibly
                      2) Fill in the gap between the Pusher and the Tugger body, so it's easy enough to roll skin up during application.
                      3) During the actual duration of tugging I see them playing no role whether you extend the Pusher after application or don't, and I don't care where/how they bunch up or spread out.
                      -Ron Low
                      Service@TLCTugger.com
                      847 414-1692 Chicago

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                      • #12
                        Got it. The spacers are primarily used to get the inner/out skin positioned correctly over the pusher/tugger body during initial application. The spacers are applied to the TLC by threading them onto the push rod, and then reinserting the push rod through the tugger body.

                        Thanks, Ron.
                        Last edited by bioprof12; 02-16-2017, 07:18 AM.

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