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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20800 on: December 07, 2018, 01:05:27 pm »
For those who haven't seen a real mans Ford Transit.

https://youtu.be/537FDgzGv2A
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20801 on: December 07, 2018, 01:13:54 pm »
I remember that episode as well, now that van was a far newer model then mine and I just wish I had that Jaguar engine in mine, it totally destroyed that UTE  :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20802 on: December 07, 2018, 01:22:03 pm »
I once heard about a student prank where the students moved the priciple's car across the car park. It turned out he wasn't very amused and moving a car over more than a handful of feet legally counts theft, so the students were prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

I've been trying to dig the story up but I seem to come up empty, so don't quote me on it.
Tame. Caulfield Institute of Tech students circa when I went to Uni disassembled a car took it up to the 4th floor in the lift then reassembled it  :-DD   In Australian style no charges were laid as I recall.

We in the metal shop gang disassembled the coach's Beetle and reassembled it on the stage in the gym for Junior Prom. Good thing he had a sense of humor and called off the principal... we almost didn't get to go.  :palm:

Another time we cut blocks in wood shop exactly the right height to go under the swingarms and hold the rear wheels just 1" off the ground. The look on his face as he tried to pull out of the lot was priceless... especially when got out, walked around the car, and tried to leave again.  :-DD

Another time we hooked a car horn up to the starter circuit and hid it under the dash. He got us back with that though... turned it into his "practice whistle" and ran us ragged doing laps back and forth.

HOOOONNNK! *Shufffleshufffleshuffling stampede one way*   HOOOONNNK! *Shufffleshufffleshuffling stampede the other*   HOOOONNNK! *Shufffleshufffleshuffling stampede one way*   HOOOONNNK! *Shufffleshufffleshuffling stampede the other*   HOOOONNNK! *Shufffleshufffleshuffling stampede one way*   HOOOONNNK! *Shufffleshufffleshuffling stampede...*    :-DD   :-DD   :-DD

We always fessed up, and we cheerfully undid anything we did to his car. Probably the only reason we actually graduated... that and the fact he got free repairs in auto mech, where half of us were the same kids.

Of course, I grew up in a different age... where joyriding was treated as a prank gone too far and resolved like adults between parents, and the cops' first response wasn't lethal force or trying to prosecute a 12-year-old as an adult.  :palm:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20803 on: December 07, 2018, 01:23:12 pm »
For those who haven't seen a real mans Ford Transit.

https://youtu.be/537FDgzGv2A
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The buddys 302 Transit was reasonably quick for its day and surprised a few at the lights too.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20804 on: December 07, 2018, 01:30:21 pm »
The original version of that vehicle was a '60-something Econoline van like mine with a 454 Chevy in the back called the Draggin' Wagon. I saw it in person at a NHRA event in Carlisle as a youngster. I kept my '64 for years after I took it off the road, telling myself I was going to clone that thing.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20805 on: December 07, 2018, 01:35:58 pm »
The original version of that vehicle was a '60-something Econoline van like mine with a 454 Chevy in the back called the Draggin' Wagon. I saw it in person at a NHRA event in Carlisle as a youngster. I kept my '64 for years after I took it off the road, telling myself I was going to clone that thing.

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There's a whole community building sleepers like those. I tend to favour those over kitted out carnival rides. Those attract the wrong kind of attention from the crowd and law enforcement. A nice sleeper is something to enjoy for yourself.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20806 on: December 07, 2018, 02:07:45 pm »
so the mess got even messier:



You can still see the static-dissipative mat. All is well. :-+

By the way, that desk looks similar to one I had once. The depth of it is great for a workspace.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20807 on: December 07, 2018, 02:14:10 pm »
I always love seeing two same generation 34401As stacked on top of each other. I really don't need another one, but already almost pulled the trigger for this very reason.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20808 on: December 07, 2018, 03:14:19 pm »
I really don't need another one, but already almost pulled the trigger for this very reason.
YES! You do!

You have already given the reason:
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I always love seeing two same generation 34401As stacked on top of each other.

Just do it ... You know you want to...                    >:D
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20809 on: December 07, 2018, 04:30:38 pm »
The original version of that vehicle was a '60-something Econoline van like mine with a 454 Chevy in the back called the Draggin' Wagon. I saw it in person at a NHRA event in Carlisle as a youngster. I kept my '64 for years after I took it off the road, telling myself I was going to clone that thing.

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There's a whole community building sleepers like those. I tend to favour those over kitted out carnival rides. Those attract the wrong kind of attention from the crowd and law enforcement. A nice sleeper is something to enjoy for yourself.

Yeah, I know... I was one of them. ;)

*1972 VW Beetle - Full Frame, 460 Ford/C6 in the trunk
*1939 Ford Deluxe - Dual MccCulloch-Blown 231 Buick V6/TH400
*1966 Pontiac Catalina - Ram Air IV 400/TH400
*1969 Olds Cutlass Convertible - Twin "301" Turbo Pontiac 400/TH400
*1969 Dodge Coronet - SB 400/TF904, 440 Max Wedge/TF727
*1979 F150 - Caddy 500 & TH400
*1980 Triumph SpitFire - 2800 Ford 60° V6 (Cologne) & 5 Speed

Plus I kibbutzed on at least a couple dozen other people's builds. Yeah, I really loved my TH400s. I had tuning them down to a science; drilled the valve bodies, modded the accumulators, even turned some custom pistons & pucks to get the shift characteristics I wanted. B&M was my best friend; they even made me a couple "in-between" torque converters so I could get just the stall speed I wanted. I NEVER had to neutral drop; I just dropped the pedal and GO! ;)

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20810 on: December 07, 2018, 04:53:03 pm »
YES! You do!

Just do it ... You know you want to...                    >:D
I did want to, but luckily somebody saved me by buying it right as I was requesting more information about the exact condition.  :phew:

From the point of view of things I practically need in my lab I really can't come up with a use or an excuse. Something like a DMM6500 would make much more sense and even that would be a bit of a luxury.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20811 on: December 07, 2018, 05:00:40 pm »
Forget about a puny 34401a and matching meters Man up and add an Advantest R6871E to the bench after first extending and reinforcing said bench maybe punching out a wall to allow for the extra depth ........  ;)

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20812 on: December 07, 2018, 07:31:10 pm »
Forget about a puny 34401a and matching meters Man up and add an Advantest R6871E to the bench after first extending and reinforcing said bench maybe punching out a wall to allow for the extra depth ........  ;)

Nice meters!  :)
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20813 on: December 07, 2018, 08:43:53 pm »
I really don't need another one, but already almost pulled the trigger for this very reason.
YES! You do!

You have already given the reason:
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I always love seeing two same generation 34401As stacked on top of each other.

Just do it ... You know you want to...                    >:D
Go on do it! You can never have too many meters, 1 is not sufficient, it's a starting point only. I had to use 5 at once last week and that was on what many here would consider boring, a stereo system.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20814 on: December 07, 2018, 09:36:58 pm »
Go on do it! You can never have too many meters, 1 is not sufficient, it's a starting point only. I had to use 5 at once last week and that was on what many here would consider boring, a stereo system.
Who says I only have one? Or two? Or five?
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20815 on: December 07, 2018, 11:46:30 pm »
Who says I only have one? Or two? Or five?

I haven't confirmed but on the TEA side of a dozen I suspect for me ;D
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20816 on: December 08, 2018, 12:00:39 am »
I’ve only got 6 now. Need more.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20817 on: December 08, 2018, 12:07:39 am »
Are we counting meters of the calibre of a 34401A - or just any meter?

If the former, then zero.

If the latter ... I'll have to go count.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20818 on: December 08, 2018, 02:22:10 am »
The battery is soon to be delivered, so I pulled the board that has the backup battery from the hp 8904A. Upon inspection of the solder pads underneath it does appear that the battery has been replaced. However, due to the lack of forethought of the person who replaced it  :rant: , not putting any dates on a sticker, I will start over with a new one (with the date written on the battery and on a sticker on the back). I also made a simple temporary battery rig, which I will just keep in a drawer for future TEA needing this done.

Also will be receiving a new IEC input filter to be replaced, just to be on the safe side.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20819 on: December 08, 2018, 02:29:34 am »
I hate it when people do that. I usually write it on the cell if it’s a button one.

 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20820 on: December 08, 2018, 02:36:45 am »
It's that time of the year ...

Before I started with that HV PSU project ....... turns my lab into a romantic Christmas lit tea room: ;D



SCNR
Come on, are you trying to hide the corona discharge by that?

You can't see it, so its perfectly hidden, isn't it?
Now, 250 volts are not really 'high voltage', but compared to my standard lab supplies it feels like that.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20821 on: December 08, 2018, 02:55:23 am »
Forget about a puny 34401a and matching meters Man up and add an Advantest R6871E to the bench after first extending and reinforcing said bench maybe punching out a wall to allow for the extra depth ........  ;)

Jeezus bean... are trying to scare the poor man shi*less?  :-DD



*Clutches his "Test Trio" tight*   :P

   The battery is soon to be delivered, so I pulled the board that has the backup battery from the hp 8904A. Upon inspection of the solder pads underneath it does appear that the battery has been replaced. However, due to the lack of forethought of the person who replaced it  :rant: , not putting any dates on a sticker, I will start over with a new one (with the date written on the battery and on a sticker on the back). I also made a simple temporary battery rig, which I will just keep in a drawer for future TEA needing this done.

Also will be receiving a new IEC input filter to be replaced, just to be on the safe side.
Can you see a date code on the cell now that you have the board out?  The Panasonic is one I see recommended as an "Upgrade" for the original SAFT cell in these, and is at least a 10 year cell in this application. Might be best to err on the side of caution.

Nicely MacGyverfied on the coin battery dingus, BTW.  :-+

I hate it when people do that. I usually write it on the cell if it’s a button one.

Yup. Mr Sharpie is any tech's best friend. I keep a pile of different colors right next to a cheap Brother labelmaker for cabling.

(SNIP)
Now, 250 volts are not really 'high voltage', but compared to my standard lab supplies it feels like that.

Here, stick out your tongue...  :-DD

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20822 on: December 08, 2018, 02:58:40 am »
so the mess got even messier:



You can still see the static-dissipative mat. All is well. :-+

By the way, that desk looks similar to one I had once. The depth of it is great for a workspace.

Of course it wasn't that deep originally, but I added a wooden board. Looks awful but does its job (this is often the result of my work :))
However, there's no static-dissipative mat. The white sheet is just the schematics of the PSU.

All is not well anymore. Before starting part 2 of the job for my friend, I actually cleaned up the desk. Then looked for the loose connection at his mains powered Fein screwdriver. Found it easily enough - the cable was strangely soft right behind the antikink. However, I somehow managed to entangle my feet in the power cord. When I got up, I pulled the machine from the desk. It thanked me by stamping a nice hole in my parquet floor. |O
Guess the P can also apply to legs and feet, not just fingers ...
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20823 on: December 08, 2018, 03:02:34 am »
I always love seeing two same generation 34401As stacked on top of each other. I really don't need another one, but already almost pulled the trigger for this very reason.

Today I almost replaced the Siemens and Kontron DMMs with my other 2 34401As, as I like them much more. Instead I started that Fein job that turned sour.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #20824 on: December 08, 2018, 03:10:08 am »
(SNIP)However, I somehow managed to entangle my feet in the power cord. When I got up, I pulled the machine from the desk. It thanked me by stamping a nice hole in my parquet floor. |O
Guess the P can also apply to legs and feet, not just fingers ...

A damp cloth and an iron set just hot enough to make steam can often raise the grain back mostly to where it should be. Then a little epoxy leveled with a razor blade to fill in the remaining gap and seal the wood, or if it's close enough, seal with polyurethane varnish.

I filled so many dings in my old desk this way it looked like jaguar hide when the light hit it right.  :P

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