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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72825 on: October 21, 2020, 05:34:27 pm »
Used the PL310 to charge a battery pack today  :-+ When it arrived it was missing the shorting links and it needs these to perform properly. When I was talking to TTi the other day I casually asked the price of these, and was told that they would pop a couple of sets in the post to me FOC, what brilliant service.

I will be getting more of their gear in the future, not only is it really good VFM and has pretty good specs, but what wonderful customer support and service, maybe a few other companies could learn a thing or two from them, yes the PL310 is an obsolete product now, but they are still willing to support it and the customer where ever possible, well done TTi.

That’s pretty awesome service. Can’t be beaten  :-+
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72826 on: October 21, 2020, 05:43:40 pm »
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Worn out and tired.

I want a 24V lead battery, soap, clamps to teach those gorillas how to take care of a delicate system (it's handling several ten thousand translations/day ...)
 
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« Reply #72827 on: October 21, 2020, 06:14:58 pm »
Similar mess here. Counting down until it’s not. 

In the mean time my spirit animal is attached.
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72828 on: October 21, 2020, 06:24:26 pm »
Nope... wrong product. That's Weldene; made for joining dissimilar plastics per the Plastruct page I linked to earlier. I'm looking for Bondene, a different product made for joining similar plastics. Your site shows it, but imported from the US and at a cost of $30. That is majorly ouchies, and will take weeks to get to me thanks to the combination of COVID precautions and Customs.

This is what I'm currently  |O my head against all over the intardnet right now.

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Doh :palm:
You are correct. I didn't check properly. Two other versions are Tensol 7R and Same Stuff https://www.micromark.com/SAME-STUFF-APPLICATOR The chemical wanted is Methylene Chloride aka dichloromethane. You could try just looking for that but will probably have to buy a litre. Do you know a chemist?
None that aren't currently serving time.  :o

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Found it locally at a model train shop; Otter Valley Railroad. Of course I had to poke around their site a wee bit; wound up with also some CA accelerant and some blades for US$26 shipped. Man, things sure have changed since I was a kid and everything ran off of Variacs.  :o



Now there's a rabbit-hole...  :scared:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72829 on: October 21, 2020, 07:00:01 pm »
Oh it’s all changed since then. DCC and shit  :scared:
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72830 on: October 21, 2020, 07:03:46 pm »
Similar mess here. Counting down until it’s not.  In the mean time my spirit animal is attached.


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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72831 on: October 21, 2020, 07:07:45 pm »
Oh it’s all changed since then. DCC and shit  :scared:

I've got a friend who does US railways in N scale. He's taken one of the DCC arduino projects and subjected it to some logic analyser work with his Siglent scope and done major cleanups to the DCC transmitter code.

It is a serious rabbit hole intersection.

Edit: Sent insultingly lowball counteroffer on a 6236b. Gotta be cheap.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72832 on: October 21, 2020, 07:09:27 pm »
Oh it’s all changed since then. DCC and shit  :scared:

Oh yeah... and people complaining that the app on their smartpwn just doesn't have the right tactile feedback...  :o

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72833 on: October 21, 2020, 07:11:59 pm »
Oh it’s all changed since then. DCC and shit  :scared:

Oh yeah... and people complaining that the app on their smartpwn just doesn't have the right tactile feedback...  :o

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here. speed control. uggh.


No. The Variacs sucked and suck. And that's been known for some 40 years. Back in the 70s there was magazine articles on building your own PWM drive control -- with selenium rectifiers. That's some epoch crossroads.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72834 on: October 21, 2020, 07:17:32 pm »
Yeah the scariac ones are horrible. They made them less shit by half wave rectifying it and persuading everyone that was as good as PWM. Obvious because the locos just sat there until you flicked the control up rapidly or garlic smoke came out of the box  :-DD

Oh it’s all changed since then. DCC and shit  :scared:

I've got a friend who does US railways in N scale. He's taken one of the DCC arduino projects and subjected it to some logic analyser work with his Siglent scope and done major cleanups to the DCC transmitter code.

It is a serious rabbit hole intersection.

Edit: Sent insultingly lowball counteroffer on a 6236b. Gotta be cheap.

Yeah it's an interesting one for sure on the DCC front. I have considered it myself. I'm not strange to that particular hobby having been somewhat consumed by it in the 1990s. The open source DCC implementations are all pretty shite so that'd be a good project cleaning them up. Whole DCC system isn't that complicated and is based on polarity modulation driven by an H-bridge at the transmitter end and a very simple receiver with a bridge rectifier to get DC out and pull the signal off the phase inversions. Clever but lame to be honest. I saw a system in the 1990s that actually had battery powered locomotives with radio control inside N gauge stuff  :scared:
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72835 on: October 21, 2020, 07:32:14 pm »
I'm currently working on an ultrasonics project with Paul Doust, someone I had not met before. He is not only a leading authority in ultrasonics & underwater acoustics, but also a dab hand at electronics, and a keen railway modeller. He has developed, and is in the process of commercialising, a system that uses real water to generate real steam, using ultrasound, in OO gauge models. Synchronised, naturally, with sound & motion.
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72836 on: October 21, 2020, 07:49:20 pm »
Yeah the scariac ones are horrible. They made them less shit by half wave rectifying it and persuading everyone that was as good as PWM. Obvious because the locos just sat there until you flicked the control up rapidly or garlic smoke came out of the box  :-DD

Oh it’s all changed since then. DCC and shit  :scared:

I've got a friend who does US railways in N scale. He's taken one of the DCC arduino projects and subjected it to some logic analyser work with his Siglent scope and done major cleanups to the DCC transmitter code.

It is a serious rabbit hole intersection.

Edit: Sent insultingly lowball counteroffer on a 6236b. Gotta be cheap.

Yeah it's an interesting one for sure on the DCC front. I have considered it myself. I'm not strange to that particular hobby having been somewhat consumed by it in the 1990s. The open source DCC implementations are all pretty shite so that'd be a good project cleaning them up. Whole DCC system isn't that complicated and is based on polarity modulation driven by an H-bridge at the transmitter end and a very simple receiver with a bridge rectifier to get DC out and pull the signal off the phase inversions. Clever but lame to be honest. I saw a system in the 1990s that actually had battery powered locomotives with radio control inside N gauge stuff  :scared:

Fuck that noise. HF Brushless all the way for anything needs a motor nowadays; no excuse for using anything less. I have a dual-brushless microheli build that weighs 38 grams all up, and hoists itself in the air by brute force doing high-perfomance acrobatics for 3-5 minutes on a 240mAH LiPo. The tail motor is literally the diameter of a pencil. And thanks to the miracles of China-direct marketing, these motors retail for $8-22 each.

Replace the ball bearings periodically and they'll run forever; or at least until the neodymium magnets shatter from age and embrittlement. :-//

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72837 on: October 21, 2020, 08:07:07 pm »
Similar mess here. Counting down until it’s not. 

In the mean time my spirit animal is attached.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72838 on: October 21, 2020, 08:15:12 pm »
They're not going to ask me because I will give them the answer they are expecting :)
 

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« Reply #72839 on: October 21, 2020, 08:30:10 pm »
They're not going to ask me because I will give them the answer they are expecting :)

You are presuming joined-up comms and thinking. I remind you that HRdroids are involved :)
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72840 on: October 21, 2020, 08:35:47 pm »
Good point. If asked I was going to lead with the line that the problem with the company is all the hats are made of arses.
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72841 on: October 21, 2020, 08:44:53 pm »
      

All righty then... Today was a crappy day for the ol' TinkerDwagon; I've murdered my 54645A. Well, my clumsy fat ass did, anyways...  ::)   ...I had pulled out the cart it was sitting on to get a tool that fell off my bench behind it and just backed right into it, knocking it off onto the floor.  :palm:

Did exactly the kind of damage it had when I bought it... even in the same areas of the front panel... only worse. Oh, and cracked the corner of the control PCB that somehow escaped destruction the first go-round. |O

PCB repair is underway with resin curing as we speak; however the front panel is another story. I need to cement these two chunks back in place, and I don't know what type of cement to use, so I'm calling for a lifeline from any of you chemistry freaks.

I do know that ordinary consumer-product cyanoacrylate doesn't work; I tried it the first go-round with a bunch of support tabs I found broken loose. It started out looking good, etching into the material just like regular model-plastic ABS; but it just turned the plastic crumbly and never set up like CA & ABS usually does. As you can see in the 2nd pic, it is marked as a ABS/polycarbonate blend, so I'm sure that's the cause. I just don't know what WILL work. :-//

Anyhoo... I have the parts placed and the outer surface masked off with tape to seal the edges of the crack. This is my preferred method; I've used it more times than I can count to repair cracked VCR/CD/DVD/Audio gear fascia made of ABS. This tactic usually yields as close to a invisible repair as you can get, however it requires a watery consistency cement that will infiltrate into the cracks like CA does.

I would prefer an actual brand or product known to work with this stuff; ideally one which can be ordered off Amazon.

EDIT: I'm leaning towards Plastruct Bondene: https://plastruct.myshopify.com/pages/technical-info-msds-sheets I think it's what I used to use for my big ship and plane models where you had to hold multiple parts together at once and let the glue wick between. Now trying to find a local supplier.

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Well isn't that a pain in the scaly dwagon @ss.  When I made my scrap wood scope cart, I had a flexible rubber band with hooks on it similar to a bungee cord.  Had 2 scopes stacked for fun and they wouldn't move for anything.  Glad I found that in the garage whilst prowling for the scrap wood.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72842 on: October 21, 2020, 09:03:07 pm »
Good point. If asked I was going to lead with the line that the problem with the company is all the hats are made of arses.

It took me 2-3 seconds to figure out what you meant. You'll be six counties away before the HR droids figure it out.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72843 on: October 21, 2020, 09:03:27 pm »
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72844 on: October 21, 2020, 09:07:46 pm »
Good point. If asked I was going to lead with the line that the problem with the company is all the hats are made of arses.

Can you hear the company officers better when they are standing up?

Could you tell the droids that you have tired of asking the company officers to stand up when they are talking?
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72845 on: October 21, 2020, 09:38:27 pm »
In related events... Canadian coathangers are too fukkin' good.  :wtf:

I'm right now on coathanger number 7 (7 coil segments like in the wet load above) and still drawing way too much current; the steel wire is too damned fat! The cheap 'merkin coathangers above are nice & thin... only needed 4 to get loading right where I wanted. :-DD

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You need to remember that where Americans use 480 volts, we use 600 up here.  That in turn mandates the heavier coat hangers in order to handle the higher power dissipation requirements.


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It was the delivery... For some reason, I heard that in my grand-dad's perfect deadpan southern drawl, and felt the unflinching gaze with which he delivered all tidings both good and bad, and it was a perfect moment.

Yeah, I know that came as much from what was inside of me as what was delivered by all those inconvenienced electrons; but it doesn't matter. For a moment the old man reached out to me across space and time, and he was here with me, and it was good.

Thank you, my friend.

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Experiences like that, that for a brief moment evoke a loved one that's gone are something to be cherished for sure.

It happens to me too.  Every so often I cross paths with something that brings back one of the people that mentored me that passed far too soon and for a moment, it's like they're sitting a few feet away gently giving their pointers or making a joke about the situation that also contained some sage advice based on their own long experience, then it's over just as fast as it's happened and I'm by myself again.  The quiet with the rustling whirring of a motor generator set running gets me that way; I'll have to show you pictures of one of my repair jobs some time that I wish my friend could've seen.
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72846 on: October 21, 2020, 10:42:03 pm »
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Yep, the cheaper one is the most useful, as you said it was the smoother one and just worked with no issues. It is also pretty accurate and is a very useful tool in diagnosing a faulty piece of kit. You have noticed that I used one of those in assisting with the repair of the PL310 power supply recently for checking the caps, for capacity and also ESR at the time, resistors and transistors can also checked, quickly and easily. If you make up 3 leads with mini grabbers fitted and solder the other ends onto 2.5mm pitch header pins then it really becomes a very useful tool as many parts can be tested in situ for a quick dirty test. I use mine a lot but if anything that requires accuracy, I use a proper LCR meter with kelvin leads, but that requires the parts to be either new or already removed from DUT.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72847 on: October 21, 2020, 10:45:12 pm »


I feel your pain.

The best stuff I've ever found for repairing plastic is this:  https://www.amazon.com/Devcon-22045-Plastic-Welder-Dev-Tube/dp/B003NUGL9S

It smells so evil you just know it has to work.  And it does.  I've even glued paddle switches back together with this stuff, strong as new.

This product has a shelf life of a year, make sure you get fresh stuff and you're golden.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72848 on: October 21, 2020, 10:57:32 pm »

Experiences like that, that for a brief moment evoke a loved one that's gone are something to be cherished for sure.

It happens to me too.  Every so often I cross paths with something that brings back one of the people that mentored me that passed far too soon and for a moment, it's like they're sitting a few feet away gently giving their pointers or making a joke about the situation that also contained some sage advice based on their own long experience, then it's over just as fast as it's happened and I'm by myself again.  The quiet with the rustling whirring of a motor generator set running gets me that way; I'll have to show you pictures of one of my repair jobs some time that I wish my friend could've seen.

I never had a mentor. What I learned was through personal experience. And the accomplishments were for personal satisfaction only. I've even had individuals (guess) who would try to discourage what I did. Claimed it took time away from them. Which is why I was essentially  inactive in the hobby for many years.
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #72849 on: October 21, 2020, 11:14:29 pm »
I'm having one of the earlier models of these universal testers. As Spec wrote, very useful for repairs and for characterizing unkown parts. I've putted mine in a Bopla case and created a little storage for the testing leads.

The DUT here is a TIP132.





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