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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #125 on: June 21, 2015, 04:40:50 pm »
I had been on the lookout for a scopemeter for a couple of weeks now, but couldn't really find much of interest. Ended up bugging TopLoser for one, and he gave me a great deal - I felt so bad when I had to decline! Got an email notification from a local "ebay", someone selling a Philips/Fluke PM97 just down the road (3 minutes walk).  Went down immediately and here it is:



Guess what I paid?  :-DMM

$45! :popcorn:
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« Reply #126 on: June 21, 2015, 06:02:28 pm »
Something tells me that you're not into homebrew  :-DD

Actually I build a lot of stuff!  But After selling my old rigs, I wanted to get back on the air asap.  So this is what I did.  I plan to build some SDR's and QRP rigs, as well as some antennas.  One of the things I am building right now is a Go Box with solar controller, AGM battery, a panel, power buses, etc.

Time is a premium for me though, so I have to be careful about what I decide to take on.

I am also building a workbench for a lot of this stuff to live on, so wood, miter saw, ground bus bars, basic stuff, but takes time.
 

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #127 on: June 21, 2015, 06:05:23 pm »
I had been on the lookout for a scopemeter for a couple of weeks now, but couldn't really find much of interest. Ended up bugging TopLoser for one, and he gave me a great deal - I felt so bad when I had to decline! Got an email notification from a local "ebay", someone selling a Philips/Fluke PM97 just down the road (3 minutes walk).  Went down immediately and here it is:



Guess what I paid?  :-DMM

$45! :popcorn:

I am not crazy about those scope meters, but for $45 I don't think anyone could pass that up, rather nice!  I didn't even think you could get one of those for 10x that.
 

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #128 on: June 22, 2015, 06:30:00 pm »
Well, went to the dentist today for a check up, and asked him if he had any old dental picks he was going to throw away.  So got an assortment of 5 dental picks, a set of tweezers and 2 special tools, plus a bit of mercury amalgam that was hiding inside, which had survived a good few autoclave cycles.

Bonus points if anyone can identify the 2 tools on the right, as I doubt many have seen them before. I don't know if I will use them as is, but they might come in useful.

Was chatting after the polish ( interesting that the burnishing tool is a plain disk of SRBP material used to abrade your tooth, used once and then thrown away) and when he upgrades the Xray he will call me........ now I have to find some scintillator film in the interim, to make up an imager using an old CCD camera or just a camera obscura with the sheet and a sacrificial cheapie camera I have around.
 

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #129 on: June 22, 2015, 06:40:02 pm »
The 2 odd balls are amalgam carriers

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« Reply #130 on: June 22, 2015, 07:02:39 pm »
That was quick Robrenz......... They had the amalgam inside the springs. Took a while to get the one to move freelt, it was so full in the tip area. He rarely uses amalgam these days, as he has gone mostly to composite fillings and UV cure resin. Still has the amalgam equipment, but it is rarely used and only for some places. Next year he wants to replace my amalgam fillings, as they are aging, but still in very good condition.
 

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« Reply #131 on: June 22, 2015, 09:00:49 pm »
As vast as your experience seems from the content of your posts you must be at least 115 years old. So I would say your amalgam fillings have served you well :-DD

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« Reply #132 on: June 23, 2015, 03:33:00 am »
That was quick Robrenz.

You gave it away mentioning the amalgam inside one.
They could be used as miniature grease guns?

Though, an ordinary syringe and needle works as well.

As vast as your experience seems from the content of your posts you must be at least 115 years old.

Heh, he gives *you* that feeling too?
What's the use of getting older if one is never going to catch up with those guys?
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« Reply #133 on: June 23, 2015, 04:34:32 am »
As vast as your experience seems from the content of your posts you must be at least 115 years old. So I would say your amalgam fillings have served you well :-DD

If I am 115 then you must be closer to 200 then..........

Close in age to Dave though.......
 

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #134 on: June 24, 2015, 04:06:35 am »
One of those cheap-arse Chinese vacuum hold-down pivoting vices.

I'd never bought one before, due to my workbenches usually being wood-topped. Which are too rough and porous to hold a suction cap seal. But now my soldering desk has a mirror finish ceramic tile top, which works as well as glass with the suction cap.

Recently I looked these up on ebay-from-China, and found prices of Au$31 (free post), or Au$20+$12.50 postage. I'd intended to buy one the next time I ordered some stuff.
Yesterday I happened to be in Jaycar Bankstown, and their price for the exact same model is Au$29.95. Ha ha... I wonder what their import landed price was?

Anyway, it's one of those simple, cheap but never-quite-happened things I've wanted for most of my life.
They are cheap diecast, wouldn't do for any rough work, but are great for holding circuit boards while soldering. The jaws are steel, with V-grooves and rubber clip-on soft-jaws.

By the way, those tiles are 600mm square, hard vitreous stoneware ceramic, and come in 3-packs for about $12 a pack from Bunnings.  I happened to also have a few half width ones in a different color I'd found in a dumpster ages ago. Together they fit the table very well.
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #135 on: June 24, 2015, 04:17:13 am »

Thats the Aldi vise, there is a couple of pages on it floating around the forum somewhere.

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« Reply #136 on: June 24, 2015, 04:20:19 am »
...By the way, those tiles are 600mm square, hard vitreous stoneware ceramic, ...

I had considered doing the same when I built my workbench, however decided against it because I was concerned they might be too cold to be working on (touching).
How do you find them?
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #137 on: June 24, 2015, 04:30:00 am »
those two syringes only made me think of one thing, a series of auctions in which they sold old syphilis syringes , made my skin crawl, yuk  :scared:
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« Reply #138 on: June 24, 2015, 05:02:08 am »
I had considered doing the same when I built my workbench, however decided against it because I was concerned they might be too cold to be working on (touching).
How do you find them?

They are quite thermally conductive, so feel cold to the touch in cold weather. If that was a bench where I sat writing or using keyboard/mouse for long, it would be uncomfortable. But it's a workspace dedicated to soldering (and using microscopes.) So it doesn't seem to be a problem, since my hands don't rest on the bench much.
Also, the tiles are not fixed down. I could easily take them off temporarily if needed. There's a sheet of 3mm MDF underneath, to protect the table surface. The table is a sentimental heirloom - made by my grandfather.

I did have a coldness problem with a thick aluminum 'computer tray' in a rack. Using the mouse on that was quite unpleasant. But easily solved with a mousemat. When I get the cameras for microscopes sorted out, and have to use the mouse at the soldering desk a bit, I can add a mouse mat here too.

Thats the Aldi vise, there is a couple of pages on it floating around the forum somewhere.

Ah, here it is: https://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/(uk)-mini-vice-at-aldi-from-5th-feb/
Re the suction cap leaking - wipe the surface and suction cap with a damp cloth first. On a glass-smooth surface it makes a perfect seal. I test-stuck that vice down yesterday and it's still solidly attached.
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #139 on: June 24, 2015, 06:45:57 am »
Quote from: Muttley Snickers on Today at 04:17:13

Thats the Aldi vise


Or the LIDL ones.

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« Reply #140 on: June 24, 2015, 08:47:09 am »
...They are quite thermally conductive, so feel cold to the touch in cold weather. If that was a bench where I sat writing or using keyboard/mouse for long, it would be uncomfortable...

Yes, I figured they might be a bit cold... I tend to "elbow rest" in my workspace, except while soldering of course...
Thanks for your feedback TerraHertz.
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #141 on: June 24, 2015, 11:06:26 am »
The cheap benchtop vice at Aldi are Workzone brand and jave been historically been on sale at $15 (only during Feb) until sold out. I preferred the suction cup version, and while they aren't perfect you can mount it on block of wood (for example) and put it anywhere on the table. It's also heavy enough to do smaller jobs without anchoring.

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« Reply #142 on: June 24, 2015, 11:26:44 am »
Or you can buy the exact same vice for twice the price if you choose the Proxxon labelled version: http://www.axminster.co.uk/proxxon-fms-75-precision-vice

Obviously paint in puke inducing colours costs more :)

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« Reply #143 on: June 24, 2015, 12:36:34 pm »
reading posts in this topic :-DD
 

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« Reply #144 on: June 25, 2015, 08:16:46 pm »
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« Reply #145 on: June 26, 2015, 12:47:26 am »
I had to work some overtime, and then wait to get paid for it, but...
  this finally arrived!

A Keithley DMM7510... not a loaner, she's all mine.



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« Reply #146 on: June 26, 2015, 12:51:55 am »
I had to work some overtime...

Very nice!
I would need to do some serious overtime for that...
USD3k divided by 0.50c per hour, less tax... Hmmm... forget it.
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #147 on: June 26, 2015, 07:48:26 am »
Where are the good quality front panels gone?

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #148 on: June 26, 2015, 07:57:35 am »
I had to work some overtime, and then wait to get paid for it, but...
  this finally arrived!

A Keithley DMM7510... not a loaner, she's all mine.


Wheres the pic of the back and all the ports
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« Reply #149 on: June 27, 2015, 12:47:30 am »
Wheres the pic of the back and all the ports

The ports, in all their glory!
  • The 2 and 4-wire jacks, 3 Amp and 10 Amp jacks
  • Along the bottom are the LAN, USB device, DB9 (digital I/O), TSP Link (dual jacks), and GPIB
  • Just to the right of the fuses is the external trigger port (DIN)



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