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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Duratool tool kits
Max The Magnificent   8/21/2014 10:24:55 AM
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@David: FYI -- Those QM-1502 multimeters you recommended from Jaycar came in -- I bought 11 at US$2.50 each (because they have a $25 minimum) -- I've got one in my travelling toolkit and I'm giving the rest away as "stocking stuffers"

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Max The Magnificent   8/21/2014 10:21:31 AM
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@salbayeng: ...one of the fun things to do on field trips is to compare your toolkit with your colleague's. So after the obligatory Mick Dundee quote "call that a knife" ...

LOL

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Re: Duratool tool kits
David Ashton   8/21/2014 8:01:36 AM
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@Salbayeng - was it the thin meter with a foldover case you got, or the Jaycar type one?

I had a super small (almost credit card size) meter I got from a Tandy but it also did not survive long.  One problem with these meters is that the leads go straight into the meter and they will almost certainly fail there.  The Jaycar one uses standard 4mm Banana plugs which I think is a plus.

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Re: Duratool tool kits
salbayeng   8/21/2014 7:24:31 AM
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@ max

Re credit card meter : 

I got a nearly identical one from Sears , (with the Craftsman brand), about a decade ago it was ~ $30.

It was great , but couldn't survive the rigours of being knocked around in the toolkit, it only works now if you squeeze it .

I had a field toolkit about the size of a schoolkids lunchbox, it had screwdrivers/cutters /pliers/ loupe / allenkeys / battery soldering iron etc, Not enough space for "real meter"

 

 

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Re: Interesting discovery
salbayeng   8/20/2014 11:32:33 PM
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Ok Seen these, one of the fun things to do on field trips is to compare your toolkit with your colleague's. So after the obligatory Mick Dundee quote "call that a knife" , discovered the guys from Canada had this neat leatherman knife, like you described, with the tiny bits , and proceeded to do a hard disk swap on a laptop with it.

My favourite is a tiny little knife from radio shack, that has excellent wire cutters and strippers as well as screwdrivers/knife etc. It fits on your keyring so you always have it with you. Sadly I leave it at home now to avoid getting it confiscated at airline check-ins.  

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Re: What???
Max The Magnificent   8/13/2014 1:34:04 PM
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@David: Is that it Max??

I think different people do it different ways. It was new to me when I came over here. The way they play it in my wife's family is that everyone buys a single gift (they specify some maximum amount you can spend). They then draw numbers for who goes in which order.

All the presents are gift wrapped and on a table in the middle of the room. The first person chooses whatever gift they like the look of -- then unwrap it to see what it is.

The next person does the same -- additionally they can decide to keep their gift, or exchange it with the first person.

Similarly, subsequent people can keep their gifts or exchange them with any of the preceding gifts.

At the end of the day, each person only has to purchase a single gift and each person ends up with a single gift.

Personally, I find it to be a pain in the rear end, but that's family for you LOL

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David Ashton   8/8/2014 8:32:30 PM
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Calm down Karen :-)  If it's what I think, in Aussie we call it "Secret Santa".  People put their name and a VERY rough idea of what they want on a piece of paper, the papers are then put into a hat and everyone draws one.    You then have to buy something for the person whose paper you drew.   Is that it Max??

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Re: Duratool tool kits
elizabethsimon   8/8/2014 3:53:32 PM
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The wires in mine also go straight into the meter. At least with the plastic case, they won't get stressed when it's in the bag so they might last a bit longer...

 

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kfield   8/8/2014 8:59:58 AM
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What exactly is a "Dirty Santa" game?? Sounds uhm a bit racey.

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Re: Vital for a toolkit
mike_m   8/7/2014 7:27:51 PM
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That's another excellent idea Elizabeth for your type of boating to tie your tools on with small pieces of line.

 For my use, most small knifes and scissors mainly for fly fishing meant also that the less things that were tied to my vest via some type of line or cord was better for me.

I'd find myself mistakingly grabbing some line tied to scissors when I intended to grap my leader line on the fly rod. 

Using small bobbers attached to my tools was better especially since i also share my scissors with my 2 sons, I know we should all have our own individual tools but I'm a cheap engineer, and I found that I had less to worry about when tossing the scissors, actually a pen knife with scissors folded to be safe, to someone if the didn't catch it on the first try then it was easier to scoop the floating bobber up up with the tip of a fly rod.

 

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