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EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« on: April 29, 2015, 11:50:09 pm »
Dave opens some of the 332 coffee tins full of hardware parts he scored at an ebay auction. What's inside?

 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2015, 12:41:11 am »
WOW... Just WOW... On this video () you said they're selling everything on ebay.. Where can i find them?
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2015, 12:58:09 am »
Screws, bolts, nuts, washers, spacers, rods, standoffs and maybe a few un-crusty rubber feet are useful but the rest is just wasting space.
I'd love to see his collection of knobs. I like good quality audio gear and test equipment knobs.
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2015, 01:43:31 am »
He probably did drink all the contents of those tins, how else would he have found the time for salvaging and organizing !. Sleep clearly was optional   :)
The odd multimeter or 2 or 3 or 4...or........can't remember !.
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2015, 02:03:41 am »
EEVblog needs (is) you Dave - be careful. This man never asked for any such exposure and defamation proceedings, even if unsuccessful, will waste a lot of your time mate. BTW, those collar rings were scavenged from old TV yoke assemblies.
« Last Edit: April 30, 2015, 02:15:07 am by Cliff Matthews »
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2015, 02:12:53 am »
The "EEVBLOG bunker"?  New employees?  It's an expanding empire.

Sounds like Sparks was an very rare combination of a hoarder and a compulsive organizer.
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2015, 02:26:00 am »
Was anyone else just waiting for him to come across a can labeled "self sealing stem bolts"?

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2015, 02:35:07 am »
Was anyone else just waiting for him to come across a can labeled "self sealing stem bolts"?

I bet he allready sold them for a case of yamok sauce to someone who makes reverse ratcheting routing planers .
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2015, 04:00:49 am »
Big pile of electo-mechanical bits

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= Dave's find.

What's worse (or not) is I have small examples of most of those tins you opened in my workshop!
Not easy, not hard, just need to be incentivised.
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2015, 04:47:24 am »
Did anyone else feel motion sick towards the end of the video when that flashback of the electronics collection was playing?

I was watching 1080p, 50fps and I couldn't bare to look at my screen during this part.

Anyways, glad I don't have to sort through all of those parts ^-^
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2015, 05:45:53 am »
What I'd do:

Ditch the coffee tins and sort out the stuff into much less bundles in much bigger containers.
If it were me I would probably chuck none of it out as I always seem to find a use for something/anything along the way......provided there is storage space.

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2015, 07:03:57 am »
Was anyone else just waiting for him to come across a can labeled "self sealing stem bolts"?

I bet he allready sold them for a case of yamok sauce to someone who makes reverse ratcheting routing planers .

LOL.
If he did have a joke label in there somewhere it would be something so old i doubt we would get the reference.
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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2015, 10:24:00 am »
If it were me I would probably chuck none of it out as I always seem to find a use for something/anything along the way......provided there is storage space.

That sort of thinking is how these "collections" start...

 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2015, 10:49:10 am »
The guy clearly must have had some sort of obsessive disorder like compulsive hoarding or OCD.
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2015, 10:50:34 am »
He probably did drink all the contents of those tins

I'm 99.99% sure he didn't throw it away...
 
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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2015, 11:12:39 am »
He probably did drink all the contents of those tins

I'm 99.99% sure he didn't throw it away...

Somewhere he has a large yellow 10 gallon drum.

Neatly labeled...

FOOD
Coffee


The real question is "What did he do with the original contents of the drum???"
« Last Edit: April 30, 2015, 11:18:13 am by Psi »
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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2015, 11:33:04 am »
The spindle pressure plates would be used on the end of a motor spindle like on older, larger hard drives (very useful spare parts if you are into vintage computers). The collar clamps would be used to hold a focus coil or focus rings and a yoke assembly on a crt.

I mentioned in the other thread, but for the smaller parts, I'd highly recommend using 2x3" and 3x4" zip-lock bags in combination with 17-compartment bead boxes (along the lines of these: http://www.amazon.com/Darice-10762-Plastic-Organizer-Compartments/dp/B00BYL3NSK). For larger hardware bits, Plano manufactures some inexpensive racks which take a number of interchangeable storage trays as part of their StowAway product line. At one time I had a number of large boxes of unsorted fasteners (some of my own and some which came from estate sales) which in total was probably about half to two thirds the volume of the stuff in this batch of hardware, and used just this system to sort it all out.

One trick with the bead boxes, find some with pin-type hinges where you can remove the lids. Not only do the bead boxes hold up better long term, but the lids make excellent sorting trays. That can of washers for example, could be sorted out in an afternoon. If you decide to put David on this task, I'd be happy to share with him additional tips and tricks to dealing with this sort of stuff.
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2015, 12:44:43 pm »
@Dave

Whatever is good that you don't need but maybe is useful to a fablab / hackspace, you should donate it to them. I'm sure there must be some in Sidney.

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2015, 01:04:16 pm »
My procedure would be
-open tin
-if its garbage like those couch feet go directly to bin
-maybe spill some on the hand like you did if there is a lot inside, make a picture
-close tin
-put a number on the label

later rename pictures to numbers, render all in a html page in big clickable grid, this way you (or assistant) can asses in 5 seconds without getting up.
Im guestimating you will be left with ~20-50? tins of actually usable stuff.


I used to be a hoarder myself, nowadays its under control (thats what I like to think), most of the crap is in the basement or boxed waiting to be thrown away.
Around my bed currently:  :palm:
Boxes are all full of old projects, pcbs, power supplies,cables etc.
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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2015, 02:28:49 pm »

So are you going to find this guy for an interview?
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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2015, 03:03:23 pm »
Somewhere he has a large yellow 10 gallon drum.

Neatly labeled...

FOOD
Coffee


The real question is "What did he do with the original contents of the drum???"

It was petrol, so he used it in his car.
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2015, 03:10:10 pm »
Dave - how far useful do you think those things in the tins going to be for you? Would be interesting to know.
 

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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2015, 03:46:28 pm »
someone suffers from Wowbagger Syndrome ...
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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2015, 04:00:09 pm »
"Two tins of couch feet" - not a sentence you'll often have the occasion to hear.
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Re: EEVblog #739 - Ebay Hardware Tin Collection
« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2015, 05:11:11 pm »
LOL.
If he did have a joke label in there somewhere it would be something so old i doubt we would get the reference.

Like grid leak drip cups? ;)
 


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