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3/4/2014 04:05 PM EST

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mhrackin
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Re: rework tools: My old Xacto from desk
mhrackin   3/11/2014 12:09:01 PM
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I still don't understand why I can't put a photo in a post.  I've seen them in other (old) posts, but the new tool it seems only lets you insert a a link to a photo already on the Web!

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Re: rework tools: My old Xacto from desk
mhrackin   3/10/2014 5:07:02 PM
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Nor I.  I have several; this one is at least 30 years old.  Unfortunately I can't insert the image! 

 

 

 

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Re: rework tools
Max The Magnificent   3/10/2014 1:46:27 PM
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@MWagner_MA: Max don't forget the "X-Acto" knife

I wouldn't be without one :-)

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Re: Cheaper Alternatives
Max The Magnificent   3/10/2014 1:43:13 PM
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@betajet: I've been using those kinds of terminals for decades and I always thought they required solder!

I agree -- I've always soldered mine.

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Re: DIY Tools
Max The Magnificent   3/10/2014 1:41:40 PM
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@_hm: One important missing tool is wrist strap and anti-staitc mat to prevent damage to ESD senstive electronics.

This is a very good point -- I've been caught out myself by ESD more than once.

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Re: Pretty good list
betajet   3/10/2014 1:25:53 PM
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@LiketoBike: That screwdriver set should be one of the sets with umpteen billion bits...because you WILL need esoteric bits sooner or later.

The problem is that when the time comes you'll need different esoteric bits because the best-known manufacturer of hard-to-disassemble technology -- let's call it "Brand A" -- makes it a point that each new product (or so it seems) uses a new type of fastener :-)

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rework tools
MWagner_MA   3/10/2014 12:28:29 PM
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Max don't forget the "X-Acto" knife (with the #11 blade) for trace cuts and small roll of kapton tape (its expensive so go small!).  The tape allows you to break a connection to a SOIC pin without mangling it and still allow a small #30 wire to be soldered to it.  This is of course only necessary until your board is perfect ;-)

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Re: DIY Tools
Max The Magnificent   3/10/2014 11:09:56 AM
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@David: ...a drill - also an essential tool that no-one else seems to have mentioned.

Good point -- I have a little Dremel I keep to hand (as we all know, it's not the size of your Dremel, it's what you do with it that counts)

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mhrackin   3/10/2014 10:57:23 AM
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I second the motion!  And, having recently entered my eightth decade (seventh in elctronics design and construction), I am STILL doing it that way.  I even did that until recently (when our lab tech bought an "approved" crimper for them) with FAKRA RF connector center pins and sockets!  It does take a bit longer, as I have hardly any "feel" left in my fingertips, but it does work.  I've raised the ability to solder the connections with the absolute minimum of residue on the outside to a new level,  so contacts will still fit in the housings and lock in place.  Having not only my own substantial collection of hand (and power) tools, i also inherited my father's many years ago, and so have at least duplicates of nearly everything!

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Re: Pretty good list
antedeluvian   3/10/2014 10:26:29 AM
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LikeToBike and Max

I have a crimper -- I think it does act as a wire stripper and cutter also, but I use it onlt for crimping

Mine is also a bolt cutter for up to 8-32 IIRC. Has proved to be very convenient at times.

 

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