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Safety glasses
You really cannot be too careful with your eyes. When you are trimming the ends off component leads or have your head close to something you're soldering, it's more than possible for a bit of metal or a splutter of hot flux to hit you in the eye. You can obtain a pair of safety glasses from pretty much any hardware store for just a few dollars.
Safety glasses
You really cannot be too careful with your eyes. When you are trimming the ends off component leads or have your head close to something you're soldering, it's more than possible for a bit of metal or a splutter of hot flux to hit you in the eye. You can obtain a pair of safety glasses from pretty much any hardware store for just a few dollars.

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betajet
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Why a Wrap?
betajet   3/4/2014 5:22:20 PM
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A lot of my projects use development boards that have 25 mil square wire-wrap pins on a 0.1" grid.  I like to insert these into a perf board and then use good-old 20th Century wire-wrap to connect them up.  It's quick, easy to fix errors, and easy to dismantle to re-use the boards in other projects.

Solderless breadboards are also great for quick projects, but don't expect them to stay intact if you have cats :-)

Max The Magnificent
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Re: The more the merrier
Max The Magnificent   3/4/2014 4:52:57 PM
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@Antedeluvian: ...my non technical friend just cracked up laughing. I didn't see the humour.

You shouls have introduced your friend to the sharp end of the staple gun to show him (or her) the error of his ways :-)

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Re: UUtility knife, hacksaw, & small adjustable wrench/vice-grip
Max The Magnificent   3/4/2014 4:51:36 PM
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@Antedeluvian: I agree that all of these are useful -- each project may rely on one or more of them -- out of all of them I guess I find myself using an Xacto knife an the majority of my projects.

antedeluvian
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The more the merrier
antedeluvian   3/4/2014 4:44:09 PM
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Max

Of course, many of us have a deep-seated belief that you can never have enough tools.

I frequenly will have two or more of the same type of tool.  I was recently asked if I had a staple gun and when I replied that I had two (a manual and electric), my non technical friend just cracked up laughing. I didn't see the humour.

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UUtility knife, hacksaw, & small adjustable wrench/vice-grip
antedeluvian   3/4/2014 4:37:59 PM
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Max

An absolute must is a utility knife. I think they may be called box cutters in the US. An Xacto knife is often handy as well.

A small hacksaw is often good at making something fit.

And a small adjustable wrench and/or a small vice grip is also very useful

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Re: Tweezers
Max The Magnificent   3/4/2014 4:37:36 PM
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@Antedeluvian: In this age of SMT, tweezers are indispensible.

Good point -- however I personally use only traditional lead-through-hole components for my hobby projects -- so that's not proved to be an issue thus far :-)

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Tweezers
antedeluvian   3/4/2014 4:29:46 PM
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Max

In this age of SMT, tweezers are indispensible.

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