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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Handy tool kits
Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 11:32:19 AM
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@Elizabeth: I was just having a look around the iFixit site and saw this one

https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Essential-Electronics-Toolkit/IF145-047

 

That's pretty cool -- it looks like the main difference between this and the other one (apart from the much lower price) is that thsi doesn't include the Apple-specific screwdriver bits, and I couldn't care less about those :-)

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elizabethsimon   8/1/2014 11:24:47 AM
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I was just having a look around the iFixit site and saw this one

https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Essential-Electronics-Toolkit/IF145-047

which also looks nice and appears to be even more compact. It's still missing the pliers and cutters but you might be able to fit some in the pouch.

The other thing that all of these are missing is a small multimeter...

 

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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 10:14:16 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: Never travel without an ESD wrist strap, especially to the ESD Symposium.

That's the one where everyone walks around with goofy Einsteinian haircuts -- right?

 

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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 10:12:58 AM
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@Elizabeth: I think that I'd go for the Duratool one because it has pliers and cutters...

I'm actually thinking of going with the other one and adding the pliers and cutters...

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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 10:11:52 AM
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@David: ...I said "I only need to cut one wire" and took the $1 ones.  But when I tried to cut the wire, one jaw broke off.  I was so embarrassed...

On the other hand, you received a very useful lesson and it only cost you $1 LOL

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MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 9:14:57 AM
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Never travel without an ESD wrist strap, especially to the ESD Symposium.

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elizabethsimon   7/31/2014 8:35:24 PM
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I think that I'd go for the Duratool one because it has pliers and cutters. For that price, I might just get one for my desk at work....

 

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David Ashton   7/31/2014 5:59:04 PM
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@Max...it's horses for courses....the Duratool is cheap and handy, but I reckon yours is better quality.  That said, the Duratool kit has not let me down yet, it is by no means rubbish, and it is REALLY good value.  Why not get them both? :-)

Talking of cutters....Years ago I used to go and stay with a girl I knew in Johannesburg - with her folks.  Her mom ran a tearoom and knowing I was handy with electrics asked me to fix a tea urn she had.  There was a broken wire and I needed to cut and strip it.  She only had a pair of scissors.  I went to the local hardware shop and asked for their cheapest pair of cutters.  "These ones are $1" said the guy, "But you'd really be better with these ones for $2".   I said "I only need to cut one wire" and took the $1 ones.  But when I tried to cut the wire, one jaw broke off.  I was so embarrassed I made do with the scissors rather than going back to the shop for the better cutters :-)

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Max The Magnificent   7/31/2014 5:42:42 PM
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@betajet: From the tech wing of the Old Jokes Home...

Wow -- that is an old on -- I hope you blew the dust off it before posting it here LOL

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betajet   7/31/2014 5:35:56 PM
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From the tech wing of the Old Jokes Home:

Two sales engineers are going to demo their product the next day and decide to do a dry run in their hotel room.  The equipment fails.  One of the engineers suspects a cold solder joint, so he calls down to room service and asks them to send up a screwdriver and a soldering iron.

Fifteen minutes later a waiter shows up with a glass of orange liquid.  He says: "Here's your Screwdriver, but our bartender didn't know how to mix a Soldering Iron."

[IIRC I heard this one from Dr. James Meindl when I was a grad student.]

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