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EEVblog #1334 – Mystery Dumpster Teardown

Mystery dumpster teardown time! With the most amazing mechanical mains power switch you’ll ever see! ...


  1. Looking better than the garage at any rate, congratulations on moving out.

  2. Hi From Hungary !

    Whats in the other drawers ? 🙂
    Any other teardownable object ?

  3. Congratulations on the new space. I’m sure some interesting and successful ideas will be born from within.

  4. Reminds me of Steve Jobs, when he left his garage, where he built the famous Apple II/II+. May all the good ideas come along with you into your new lab.

  5. Congratulations!
    If I was closer I brought a bottle of Champagne… So at least virtually http://www.laurent-perrier.fr/commonuk/champagnes/brutmillesime/index.html

  6. Now the most important piece of test gear that you need for the lab is a small refrigerator for the drinks. (Let’s call it “climate chamber”)

  7. Hey,
    what’s about a toilette?

    • Kart (not that Karl, the other Karl)

      It is common in these office buildings that a number of small offices share a toilette on the same floor. Only when you rent or buy larger space you get your own.

      What I find interesting is that there is no daylight in the office, but someone apparently ran a business in it. Is it legal in Australia to let employees work in offices without daylight?

      • I dunno about Australia, but it is common in the USA… generally unless you are on the outside wall, your office will only have florescent lights in the ceiling…

      • What I find interesting is that there is no daylight in the office, but someone apparently ran a business in it. Is it legal in Australia to let employees work in offices without daylight?

        Of course it’s legal to do that. I don’t know any country where that isn’t the case?
        My office is in the center of the floor, so no direct windows. When shooting video, outside light can be a real pain.

    • He will shit into old Tektronix oscilloscope cases.

  8. Congrats Dave! Looks like a nice ‘man cave’ in the making. Yes a Commander E is a telephone system, that box you have in the drawer is the main equipment box it does all the switching and supplies power to the handsets. Hopefully you might find a handset or two in the other drawers.

  9. Great looking space, congrats. How many other units are there? Is is all office type stuff in the other units?

    Sounds like they must be happy to finally rent it out after a year! That sounds like a long time to be on the market. Must be haunted or something. 🙂

  10. Congrats Dave.
    As far as lab space usage suggestions that depends on your current and projected business plans for the EEV blog. Are you planning on keeping it the same or go into workshops, kit development with worldwide sales, some kind of video training? I don’t know but I wish you all the best.

    • Kits, yes, most likely.
      Workshops, I doubt it.
      Video training, maybe in a sense that I may eventually do special videos for paying clients. But generally I much prefer to produce my own videos.
      So at the moment the plan is for dedicated packing/kitting benches and video/teardown benches at the least.

  11. So are you going to keep the garage lab going too? Or will it be reclaimed for wife-approved purposes? 😉

  12. congratulatiooooooooons daveeeeeeeeeeee… the new lab it’s awesomeeeeeee… 🙂

  13. hi dave …

    i am muhammad,studing Electronics and cominication Engineering, from Kingdom of saudi arbia

    i am intersting in all of your work and i saw all your video <<did not know 75% of it jast for fun ,hope to you the bast

    the new lap need jast one thing the old stuff of your old lap .cant wait to see the progres

    pleeez make some videos for bigener like me…

  14. Dave, can you please tell me where in Sydney you bought the ESD mat from, and maybe a part number if you know it?

    I’ve looked for mats at element14, but they’re all incredibly expensive and there’s so many different choices, it’s a little bewildering. You mentioned that it costs $330 for a 9 metre roll, that’s _much_ cheaper than what I’ve found at element14. Thanks!


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