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Offline GreyWoolfe

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« Reply #8250 on: February 14, 2019, 03:28:44 pm »
... on one occasion she told me of a visitor who was storing fresh food in the bath with ice from the bar.
Hopefully not human kidneys.
Or a body.   :o
You guys have strange ideas about "fresh food".

Meh, it's all protein...

Children are very good--if marinated properly. :popcorn:
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« Reply #8251 on: February 14, 2019, 07:27:39 pm »
The two Workzone branded small vices (suction and edge mount) from Aldi go on special once a year for about $15 each which is a bit of a bargain.

I bought one two years ago.
 

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« Reply #8252 on: February 15, 2019, 01:49:17 am »
Man, I read gamalot's reply immediately after GreyWoolfe's without reading the quoted text in between. :-DD
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« Reply #8253 on: February 15, 2019, 02:05:09 am »
Children are very good--if marinated properly. :popcorn:

Well seems this guy could not find a good marinade recipe, as he clearly not enjoying his dinner.
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« Reply #8254 on: February 15, 2019, 02:15:59 am »
Woah! :scared:
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« Reply #8255 on: February 15, 2019, 02:53:07 am »
After a bit sniffing, I found the literal smoking gun -- a smoking UK to universal socket adapter.
Those universal adapters are crap + dangerous because of how they're designed. The nickname deathdapter is well deserved.

The previous one probably suffered from a high current load, maybe someone plugged the kettle in it.
I was talking to housekeeping last time I was in HK and she said some people bring their own electric grills with them so they can cook in the rooms :palm:

That happens in the UK too, my partner worked for a number of hotels up to 5 star in London and it's quite common to have maintenance reset breakers because people trip them with grills, it's also common to throw kettles away because people 'cook' in them, on one occasion she told me of a visitor who was storing fresh food in the bath with ice from the bar.

A bit off topic, but back when I was trundling around the State doing annual routine tests on AM Broadcast transmitting sites, we had to do them "after programme shutdown".
It got a bit wearying, so the electric kettle was kept busy making coffee as we worked through the night.

Finally, there were only the antenna tests to do, at the "mast hut", which would take another couple of hours.
Remembering that there was a power point  at the hut, we took all our coffee making stuff with us.

There was no real path, (overgrown), but finding our way to the hut in the dark was easy, with the outside light on the Tx building, & the mast lights  to guide us.

On reaching it, the first thing was,"Let's put the kettle on!".

Did so, & we were greeted by instant darkness!
Interior  & exterior lights of both huts, ---- gone!
Yes, the mast lights were still on, but they just showed us where we were, the Tx hut was invisible.

I had to find my way back in the pitch dark with the only torch (flashlight) & replace the fuse.(Yes!  A fuse!).

I banged my knee nicely on one of the "star pickets" they had stuck in the ground to indicate access points for testing the earth mat.

After missing the Tx hut the first time, I finally got there & had to search around in the engine room for the (poorly marked fuse), but eventually all was well.

Why the internal/external lights of both huts, as well as the power socket on the wall of the mast hut were on the same (underrated) circuit is beyond me!

It was, however, a salutary lesson on how high the power draw of a simple domestic appliance can be.

Australian hotels & motels usually supply an electric kettle, so in those places, the socket is well able to handle a reasonable load.
This could well lead people from this country to expect the same performance in another country, using a cruddy adaptor.
 

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« Reply #8256 on: February 15, 2019, 07:38:47 am »
Man, I read gamalot's reply immediately after GreyWoolfe's without reading the quoted text in between. :-DD

So did I, and his profile picture didn't help the confusion either :D

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« Reply #8257 on: February 15, 2019, 12:25:12 pm »
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« Reply #8258 on: February 15, 2019, 02:49:56 pm »
I was going to do the same thing to an instrument that had a lot of dead NiCads. Bought the NiMh replacements. Then reading up on characteristics (which I should have done before buying), discovered that NiMh do not like constant trickle charge. It apparently ruins them. The instrument used simple trickle charge. Changing that to implement the correct charge profile for NiMh wasn't feasible. So I had wasted a significant amount of money.

Looking at Wikipedia, it's probably fine, just you have to use a lower current. It cites a Duracell and Enegizer who suggest C/300 and C/30 as good limits. I used NiMH in my voltage reference, and it is fine so far after a few months of charging.
 

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« Reply #8259 on: February 15, 2019, 03:28:40 pm »
I was going to do the same thing to an instrument that had a lot of dead NiCads. Bought the NiMh replacements. Then reading up on characteristics (which I should have done before buying), discovered that NiMh do not like constant trickle charge. It apparently ruins them. The instrument used simple trickle charge. Changing that to implement the correct charge profile for NiMh wasn't feasible. So I had wasted a significant amount of money.

Looking at Wikipedia, it's probably fine, just you have to use a lower current. It cites a Duracell and Enegizer who suggest C/300 and C/30 as good limits. I used NiMH in my voltage reference, and it is fine so far after a few months of charging.

Actually got the cells concerned on charge at present. The second cycle is running at present and looks good so far. Hooked up to one of my R/C chargers for cycling so I can see what they are doing.

As it is a 10 cell pack for the HP I will be making a dedicated peak detection cutoff charger for it based around a suitable TI chip. These switch from rapid to a float charge and should look after the cells.

With your Vref be aware of the self discharge issues of NiMh unless you are running Enerloop type cells too. I have LiPo's in mine to avoid that issue.
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« Reply #8260 on: February 15, 2019, 04:05:47 pm »
Just got my Brymen869s multimeter the other day. First thing I did was take it apart  :-+
It's amazing the quality and weight difference compared to cheep 15$ meters.
I'm going to love using this meter for the next many years to come. 
 

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« Reply #8261 on: February 15, 2019, 10:49:16 pm »
I have a lot of Xcelite 99 series bits.  I have wanted a ratcheting driver.  I found this one at a hamfest that was not functional and the guy was asking $50 for it.  I did some looking again yesterday and found it on Amazon for $55 and is supposedly in stock.  Arrival is supposed to be Feb 8th.  We will see.



I just came across the motherlode at work, and I currently have 3 ratcheting 99-4-R T-handles sitting on my desk.
 

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« Reply #8262 on: February 16, 2019, 01:51:17 am »
I have a lot of Xcelite 99 series bits.  I have wanted a ratcheting driver.  I found this one at a hamfest that was not functional and the guy was asking $50 for it.  I did some looking again yesterday and found it on Amazon for $55 and is supposedly in stock.  Arrival is supposed to be Feb 8th.  We will see.



I just came across the motherlode at work, and I currently have 3 ratcheting 99-4-R T-handles sitting on my desk.

Well, I got my chain jerked on that one.  It was the new model currently selling for $32-$35.  I requested a refund and it is on its way back.  At the same time I bought that one, I picked up 2 well used with some bits for $45 shipped that work fine with a bit of Break-fee and just scored a very good condition one with bits for $30 that will be here Tuesday.  The 2 best will go in my work tool bag and the other will come in the house and have a fairly easy life.  I have tried T-handles in the past and didn't like them.  How are the Xcelites?
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« Reply #8263 on: February 16, 2019, 11:25:59 am »
Man, I read gamalot's reply immediately after GreyWoolfe's without reading the quoted text in between. :-DD

Man, I read gamalot's reply immediately after GreyWoolfe's without reading the quoted text in between. :-DD

So did I, and his profile picture didn't help the confusion either :D

McBryce.

I bought another one this afternoon.  :-DD
 

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« Reply #8264 on: February 16, 2019, 12:57:10 pm »
I bought another one this afternoon.  :-DD

Nice, weird timing as well the conversation coming up since they went on special today. I used one of mine last night during some soldering, have it sitting at the back of the table in easy reach.
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« Reply #8265 on: February 18, 2019, 01:53:27 pm »
There are a dozen or so Fluke 6080AN Synthesized Function Generators on Ebay for $125 that look like they were tossed from height into a dumpster.  I found one with the best looking case without any damage to the front panel / connectors, but didn't power on.  I tried talking the seller down to $75 but they said they are worth more than that as scrap metal(~60lb beast). 
Hopefully it's a power supply fuse/fault and everything else works, if not there's a full user manual and service/calibration manual with schematics an will be a fun project to tear apart.

 

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« Reply #8266 on: February 18, 2019, 03:17:56 pm »
I don't know where these Fluke 6080A's are coming from - there certainly have been quite a few over the last couple of years, all at about $125.  I bought one a
while ago as did two of my friends.   All of them worked with some minor repairs needed.  For instance, on mine, the previous "repairman" had shifted one of
the ribbon cables to the back panel one column of pins.  That created havoc with the GPIB lines and locked the machine up.  About a year ago, an LM317 regulator
went in the P/S which took most of the rails down - an easy fix. 

But they truly are a hidden gem and a real bargain even at the ask price of $125.  In my experience, they are every bit as good as the HP 8642A generators which
usually go for a whole lot more.

And yes, they are HEAVY!
 
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« Reply #8267 on: February 18, 2019, 04:14:16 pm »
Nice, ut by the time shipping, import, handling etc, ouch...
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« Reply #8268 on: February 18, 2019, 06:31:42 pm »
Thanks for the heads up, I already have a few of those chips laying around.  I'm one state away from the seller and the shipping is $70!
 

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« Reply #8269 on: February 18, 2019, 06:37:30 pm »
Children are very good--if marinated properly. :popcorn:


You clearly have read "A modest proposal", a satire from the 18th century, which I recommend everyone to read for a good laugh, it is short,


A MODEST PROPOSAL

For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland,
from being a burden on their parents or country,
and for making them beneficial to the public


https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1080/1080-h/1080-h.htm
 

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« Reply #8270 on: February 18, 2019, 08:25:46 pm »
Wasn't feeling like myself lately so i went to eBay and bought a bunch of transistors, copper clad boards and other stuff.
Feeling a lot better now.  :-DD
But seriously, can't wait to receive those parts, so many projects need doing.
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« Reply #8271 on: February 18, 2019, 09:10:34 pm »
I got a Feeltech FY6600-30M (the 30MHz version) for a bargain. Quite cool little gizmo, especially because I can disable the damn "beeeeeeeeep!" at every keypress.

The screen is a bit small but overall it works very well.
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« Reply #8272 on: February 18, 2019, 10:01:43 pm »
There are a dozen or so Fluke 6080AN Synthesized Function Generators on Ebay for $125 that look like they were tossed from height into a dumpster.  I found one with the best looking case without any damage to the front panel / connectors, but didn't power on.  I tried talking the seller down to $75 but they said they are worth more than that as scrap metal(~60lb beast). 
Hopefully it's a power supply fuse/fault and everything else works, if not there's a full user manual and service/calibration manual with schematics an will be a fun project to tear apart.


Somehow, I seriously doubt that they are worth anywhere near $75 as scrap metal, most of that weight is going to be electronic components and circuit boards.
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« Reply #8273 on: February 18, 2019, 10:50:17 pm »
Man, I read gamalot's reply immediately after GreyWoolfe's without reading the quoted text in between. :-DD

Man, I read gamalot's reply immediately after GreyWoolfe's without reading the quoted text in between. :-DD

So did I, and his profile picture didn't help the confusion either :D

McBryce.

I bought another one this afternoon.  :-DD

I grabbed one of those on the weekend too along with the ratcheting spanners.  :-+
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« Reply #8274 on: February 18, 2019, 11:48:08 pm »
There are a dozen or so Fluke 6080AN Synthesized Function Generators on Ebay for $125 that look like they were tossed from height into a dumpster.  I found one with the best looking case without any damage to the front panel / connectors, but didn't power on.  I tried talking the seller down to $75 but they said they are worth more than that as scrap metal(~60lb beast). 
Hopefully it's a power supply fuse/fault and everything else works, if not there's a full user manual and service/calibration manual with schematics an will be a fun project to tear apart.



Looked interesting but $150US shipping is a no-go.... >:(
 


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