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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36375 on: August 06, 2019, 08:00:02 pm »

Limited forum partition over next day or two as have terrible man flu. Going back to bed :(

Feel better soon, bd! Otherwise, we'll have to get our TE out and do some debugging. :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36376 on: August 06, 2019, 08:00:53 pm »
While you guys have been standing around the water cooler debating the merits of one short finding technique vs another I've been working.  :phew: And after hours of tracing and dealing with schematics that DON'T match the board (How many times have I had THAT happen) I have FINALLY found the source of the +15V short. 

I present to you bastard 15uf tant. Reads 0.20 ohms.  :palm:



It's going to take me at least an hour to restore all the pulled parts on the supply board then install it. Then apply power and see what happens. If I get power up that's great but I'm definitely going order replacement caps for the PSU and do a total recap.

Yay! That was quite the bug hunt. TANTS!
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36377 on: August 06, 2019, 08:21:22 pm »
3. There is NO WAY in hell am I EVER going to use lighter fluid on a circuit board.  :-- :-- That is just plain dumb and I don't care who's done it. They are asking for trouble. Besides, I don't have any.

How do you clean the board from flux after soldering? I'm using for this IPA.

I tried IPA once but the results were really mediocre. Leave thin brown film and a strong smell.

I think I used this one:




P.S: Sorry for the bad joke I couldn't resist  :-DD
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36378 on: August 06, 2019, 08:24:32 pm »
 :palm:  :-DD  :-+
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36379 on: August 06, 2019, 08:48:22 pm »
For those of you wondering why I didn't use many of suggestions for finding this shorted tant on the 485 let me give you a quick synopsis as to why:

1. I don't own any thermal imaging devices.

2. None of my power supplies have current limiting. So if it WAS a board short I ran the risk of burning the board and permanently damaging it.

3. There is NO WAY in hell am I EVER going to use lighter fluid on a circuit board.  :-- :-- That is just plain dumb and I don't care who's done it. They are asking for trouble. Besides, I don't have any.

4. Having a schematic that matched the board would have cut the troubleshooting time. Seems I run into this often because Tek is always making updates and improvements during a product run.

 
Yeh, in one video the person wound up his power supply to max which was in my view pretty dangerous as you said, runs the risk of burning out tracks etc  :scared: so it makes perfect sense to limit the current and let the voltage collapse to almost zero in the event of a real major short. I'd have no qualms about using lighter fuel or IPA because you do not use a lot of it and you only do small areas at a time and both will evaporate pretty damn quickly so is not an issue (with current limiting ignition is almost impossible) If anything was getting hot enough to cause ignition then it would have been visible before so no need to do liquid testing.

The practise does indeed seem to be pretty wide spread in the professional sphere as I have seen it done before by professional engineers but it is of course done with care, you certainly do not apply the power within the vicinity of the liquid for obvious reasons and I've never seen it used for anything above 19v.

Yes, this is one of those "dirty little secret" techniques which people who know what they're doing use but should NOT share with the ignorant fApple (L)using masses. There's a LOT of that sort of thing out there in the wide, wicked world; starting with use of unprotected LiPo cells as we do in the RC Modeling hobby and a dozen really dangerous practices commonly discussed in the 3DP hobby. Unfortunately, there are lots of those ignorant masses who lurk in here; Every. Freaking. Day.

Just like RC Modeling and 3DP, even experienced users fuck up and burn their houses down. NEVER forget that.


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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36380 on: August 06, 2019, 08:58:11 pm »
3. There is NO WAY in hell am I EVER going to use lighter fluid on a circuit board.  :-- :-- That is just plain dumb and I don't care who's done it. They are asking for trouble. Besides, I don't have any.

How do you clean the board from flux after soldering? I'm using for this IPA.

I use 100% IPA. I have NO issues with using IPA. I have a big bottle here and also a spray bottle. I DO have an issue with using lighter fluid. I think it's dangerous and can cause damage to some parts.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36381 on: August 06, 2019, 09:01:42 pm »
Yeah lighter fluid is pretty shit for some stuff. Best use for it is writing your name on the ground when you're drunk and lighting it  :-DD

Crawled back into normal existence. Temperature hit 38.2 oC! Burned off like that for an hour, got the fluids in and now I feel bloody amazing. Probably a shorted tant in me somewhere  :-DD

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36382 on: August 06, 2019, 09:05:11 pm »
There's a big difference between washing your board with alcohol under controlled conditions and applying it (or naphtha and mineral spirits) to an energized but short-circuited PCB which is little more than a potentially arcing electrified heating element. This is by definition the OPPOSITE of "controlled conditions". :palm:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36383 on: August 06, 2019, 09:06:43 pm »
I use 100% IPA. I have NO issues with using IPA. I have a big bottle here and also a spray bottle. I DO have an issue with using lighter fluid. I think it's dangerous and can cause damage to some parts.

Ah, now I understand. Lighter fluid, is this Propane/Butane mixture? Yes, this is quite dangerous.
I will stay away from that, too. But since some time I have this Flir One for my Android phone,
which is very handy for such cases. But it is a pain in the neck using it with my phone (Sony Xperia Z3),
which has the micro USB connector on it's left upper side. Have to use a cable with a rectangle plug
to get the Flir One connected.  :palm:
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36384 on: August 06, 2019, 09:08:38 pm »
Crawled back into normal existence. Temperature hit 38.2 oC! Burned off like that for an hour, got the fluids in and now I feel bloody amazing. Probably a shorted tant in me somewhere  :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36385 on: August 06, 2019, 09:09:42 pm »
I use 100% IPA. I have NO issues with using IPA. I have a big bottle here and also a spray bottle. I DO have an issue with using lighter fluid. I think it's dangerous and can cause damage to some parts.

Ah, now I understand. Lighter fluid, is this Propane/Butane mixture? Yes, this is quite dangerous. (SNIP) :palm:
Zippo lighter fuel/BBQ Starter. A mixture of naphtha and mineral spirits. Bloody poisonous and perniciously eyebrow-seeking accelerant.    :scared:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36386 on: August 06, 2019, 09:15:20 pm »
Yep. When I was a kid we had zippos. None of us smoked. Usually for casual arson  :-DD. Deadly dangerous things.

 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36387 on: August 06, 2019, 09:15:57 pm »
Sorry Pat, as I couldn't find much of interest in the UK I was searching on ePay.com for digital counters & voltmeters and that is how I found the Dana, I'm looking forward to the teardown too.

I did end up buying this reversible counter though.   ;D

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Whoops!! I'm afraid I wound up costing you about $25, then - I took a crack at that one, too, as I'd never seen that model listed before.  That's the danger of a bunch of us having similar interests.  Sorry!  I'd been watching it for months (he previously had it listed at $199 for a loooooong time).  I'd like to see the inside of it when it gets to you, and it's nice to know it will be going to a good home.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36388 on: August 06, 2019, 09:30:41 pm »
Yep. When I was a kid we had zippos. None of us smoked. Usually for casual arson  :-DD. Deadly dangerous things.



Holy shit....now THAT's dumbass.  :o Darwin almost caught him.  ::) 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36389 on: August 06, 2019, 09:31:33 pm »
Yep. When I was a kid we had zippos. None of us smoked. Usually for casual arson  :-DD. Deadly dangerous things.

 :o   Please tell me this is a fake.   |O   :--  :palm:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36390 on: August 06, 2019, 09:42:51 pm »
Perfectly normal with zippo ownership. I remember my grandfather had one. Also had pretty bad parkinsons so was juddering away filling one up. Goes to light up his roll up afterwards and the arm of the chair goes up in flames. He stands up rather slowly, grabs the table cloth off and beats the flames away, then sits down like nothing had happened and carries on the exact point his story was left  :-//

Edit: major flashback then to when I was about 14 and we were camping in the woods. Smell of sterno, zippo fuel and out of date MRE packs from Army surplus  :-DD

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« Reply #36391 on: August 06, 2019, 09:48:10 pm »
Yeah, perfectly normal...  :palm: and so is chemical burns on the front of your leg under the jeans pocket where you keep the damned thing.  :-DD

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« Reply #36392 on: August 06, 2019, 09:56:03 pm »
For those of you wondering why I didn't use many of suggestions for finding this shorted tant on the 485 let me give you a quick synopsis as to why:

2. None of my power supplies have current limiting. So if it WAS a board short I ran the risk of burning the board and permanently damaging it.

Currently limiting is very valuable, as you now know :)

In the absence of that, a series resistor and a low voltage would suffice to limit the current.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36393 on: August 06, 2019, 10:33:22 pm »
3. There is NO WAY in hell am I EVER going to use lighter fluid on a circuit board.  :-- :-- That is just plain dumb and I don't care who's done it. They are asking for trouble. Besides, I don't have any.

How do you clean the board from flux after soldering? I'm using for this IPA.
The way I see it, both have their hazards but surprisingly almost every electronics engineer will have at their disposal  some IPA  but very few will have lighter fuel such as Zippo lighter fluid yet both have their unique properties and plenty of uses within the electronic world.

Now it strikes me as some people are horrified at the thought of using lighter fluid in any context what so ever let alone use it to detect short circuits on PCB's and I assume this is because of the flammability aspect?

The plain truth here is that using IPA poses considerably greater fire risk as well as other health risks, but lighter fluid is in fact less volatile and carries almost zero other heath risks.

I attach 2 PDF files that give the data for Zippo petrol (lighter fluid) and for 99% IPA, so in conclusion, Zippo is by far the safer of the 2 fluids and is also the more difficult of the 2 to burn and this fact even surprised me I must say.
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« Reply #36394 on: August 06, 2019, 10:39:40 pm »
Cigarette lighter fuel contains naphtha. Much more volatile than the base mineral spirits it uses or common household 91% alcohol, which is more than pure enough for 99% of our purposes. Also, the shit makes your workspace stink for days after you use it, whatever you use it for. Common universal household sprayer with adjustable nozzle screwed onto pint bottle of 91% alcohol FTW to minimize damage potential. Hang from wire shelving for convenience and tip-over safety. :-+

For those of you wondering why I didn't use many of suggestions for finding this shorted tant on the 485 let me give you a quick synopsis as to why:

2. None of my power supplies have current limiting. So if it WAS a board short I ran the risk of burning the board and permanently damaging it.

Currently limiting is very valuable, as you now know :)

In the absence of that, a series resistor and a low voltage would suffice to limit the current.



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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36395 on: August 06, 2019, 10:48:22 pm »
There's a big difference between washing your board with alcohol under controlled conditions and applying it (or naphtha and mineral spirits) to an energized but short-circuited PCB which is little more than a potentially arcing electrified heating element. This is by definition the OPPOSITE of "controlled conditions". :palm:

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This is why you are supposed to use a current limited PSU, so the short cannot pull arcs because the voltage collapses to virtually zero so the actual power dissipated is extremely low. 1A at 19.2V is 19.2W but 1A at say 100mV is way way smaller and is extremely unlikely to cause a spark so ignition is almost zero possibility?  You would have to be some sort of numpty to use a PSU with zero current limiting, which precisely the theory employed in equipment for hazardous areas, extremely low voltages and current.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36396 on: August 06, 2019, 10:56:54 pm »
Yep. When I was a kid we had zippos. None of us smoked. Usually for casual arson  :-DD. Deadly dangerous things.



Holy shit....now THAT's dumbass.  :o Darwin almost caught him.  ::) 
Agreed, the idiot is supposed to let the fluid drip into the wadding in the main body of the lighter, and then only a few drips at that, always the RTFM   :palm:
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36397 on: August 06, 2019, 11:08:00 pm »
I’ve been on fire a couple of times worse than that for ref. It looks pretty bad but nothing to worry about mostly. As long as you put it out quick. Most injuries from chemical fires only happen due to the panic when something goes woosh which makes the problem 10x worse.

IPA is pretty nasty stuff if it goes up. Can’t see the flames and the vapour settles on surfaces. You don’t know it’s on fire until your skin starts peeling off or you feel the heat from a distance. Flash point is pretty low too.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36398 on: August 06, 2019, 11:16:48 pm »
For those of you wondering why I didn't use many of suggestions for finding this shorted tant on the 485 let me give you a quick synopsis as to why:

1. I don't own any thermal imaging devices.

2. None of my power supplies have current limiting. So if it WAS a board short I ran the risk of burning the board and permanently damaging it.

3. There is NO WAY in hell am I EVER going to use lighter fluid on a circuit board.  :-- :-- That is just plain dumb and I don't care who's done it. They are asking for trouble. Besides, I don't have any.

4. Having a schematic that matched the board would have cut the troubleshooting time. Seems I run into this often because Tek is always making updates and improvements during a product run.
Yes, it was also a good reason to spare you the hint that a board like yours seemed to be the perfect application for the GenRad GR2220 BugHound, as you would have surely used it if you had one.
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #36399 on: August 06, 2019, 11:26:15 pm »
There's a big difference between washing your board with alcohol under controlled conditions and applying it (or naphtha and mineral spirits) to an energized but short-circuited PCB which is little more than a potentially arcing electrified heating element. This is by definition the OPPOSITE of "controlled conditions". :palm:

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This is why you are supposed to use a current limited PSU, so the short cannot pull arcs because the voltage collapses to virtually zero so the actual power dissipated is extremely low. 1A at 19.2V is 19.2W but 1A at say 100mV is way way smaller and is extremely unlikely to cause a spark so ignition is almost zero possibility?  You would have to be some sort of numpty to use a PSU with zero current limiting, which precisely the theory employed in equipment for hazardous areas, extremely low voltages and current.

Dude... we're dealing with PCBs loaded with inductors and capacitors. are you really going to suggest that if you have an intermittent connection, as would be very possible with a ancient cracked tant, that you couldn't have a spark as you flex the board even limited at say... 200mA?

I know for a fact otherwise; ESPECIALLY where MLCC caps and tants cohabitate on the same PCB.

Also still not willing to live with the stink of lighter fluid. Shit is just plain unfit for civilized spaces.  :-DD

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