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Max The Magnificent
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Who is that mysterious stranger?
Max The Magnificent   6/12/2014 9:31:43 AM
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@David: ...check out this column, which -- unfortunately -- didn't win me an oscilloscope

I'm not surprised -- it was written by some weird buy called Don Tavidash

Max The Magnificent
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What are you waffling on about man!
Max The Magnificent   6/12/2014 9:31:02 AM
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@David: ...I got my wife one too, to help her with her beading, which in many ways is just as fiddly as electronics...

What are you waffling on about man! Who cares about beading?

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If the shoe fits...
Max The Magnificent   6/12/2014 9:30:17 AM
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@David: "you should see her collection of earrings"

Forget the earrings -- you should see my wife's collection of shoes!!!

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Re: Bet you haven't got this...
Yog-Sothoth   6/12/2014 9:00:26 AM
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I still have a 'Bib Wire Stripper & Cutter'. Made in England by Multicore Solder in probably about 1966 when I was just 10. It still cuts and strips wires and if I recall right, cost 3 shillings and sixpence (about a dime for you in the USA). You can't have enough tools IMHO!

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Re: Bet you haven't got this...
boblespam   6/12/2014 8:04:46 AM
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I don't like tools that make cutting wires too easy: they tend to cut the wires too short ! For sure, the tool is responsible, not the user. (and there's no tool to elongate a short wire)

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Re: Bet you haven't got this...
David Ashton   6/12/2014 5:18:01 AM
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No I haven't got one.  But I would like one!   It would be very handy when you have an 80-way cable to terminate on a terminal block!

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Gnarled screw....
David Ashton   6/12/2014 5:06:48 AM
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A correction - on page 4 between the first and second pictures please read knurled screw (not gnarled).  Max and I are gnarled (def: knobbly, rough, and twisted, especially with age) - though Max may take issue with this - but that adjusting screw is knurled (def: having a rough surface that can be gripped).  Apologies for the error.

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Re: screwdriver with screw holder
David Ashton   6/12/2014 4:46:01 AM
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@antedeluvian....the one in your video clip is made by Wiha (I think German?) and is very natty.  My lost one is similar to these ones

 Fairly simple - as you push the holding bit the clip expands and then you retract it to grip the screw head.

I have magnetised a lot of my screwdrivers but this usually does not work too well - screws tend to come off very easily and something more positive - like the ones shown - is required.

antedeluvian
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screwdriver with screw holder
antedeluvian   6/11/2014 8:30:57 PM
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David

I used to have another very good screwdriver that boasted a spring-loaded grip that held the screw onto the blade, but alas that got lost during a move. I've yet to find one that works for Philips screws...

I find these are pretty common. I have two from Weidmuller. Just google "screwdriver with screw holder". Here is one with an explanation of how it works.

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Bet you haven't got this...
antedeluvian   6/11/2014 8:24:42 PM
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David

Great collection! Let me show you something I'll bet you don't have. Made by my previous employer (Weidmuller) it is an attachement that fits onto a screwdriver blade that allows you to snip a wire without putting the screwdriver down. It is called a "Swifty". Because it probably violates some DIN standard because it will nick wire strands, you are not supposed to use it to strip wire, but it is just as effective as using side-cutters. Just don't use it for inspected work.

To be honest I have found it a little less useful that its original promise, but it surely should appear as an addendum to your list.

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