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

elizabethsimon
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Re: Handy tool kits
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....

 

David Ashton
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Re: Handy tool kits
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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Re: Travelling Toolkit
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

betajet
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Re: Travelling Toolkit
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.]

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Handy tool kits
Max The Magnificent   7/31/2014 5:07:08 PM
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@David: I found these kits on Element 14 (think it's Newark in the US?) and only $7 here...

That is an amazingly good price -- and I like the pliers and cutters, but I also like the look of the iFixit kit... what is a young boy to do?

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Handy tool kits
David Ashton   7/31/2014 4:56:30 PM
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I found these kits on Element 14 (think it's Newark in the US?) and only $7 here:

http://au.element14.com/duratool/d00197/tool-kit-mini-26pc/dp/136704402

DURATOOLD00197

Not top quality but pretty handy for most things, and excellent value.  I keep one in my desk drawer at work, and it saves me having to go into the workshop next door if I have something I want to take apart.

I had an all-singing, all dancing Victorinox swiss army knife but I mistakenly kept it in my pocket and they took it off me at Johannesburg airport years ago.  I had as sad a face as Max when this happened.  Although Jo'burg is an excellent airport otherwise, I get the mutters whenever I go through it for this reason.

I also had a couple of keyring screwdrivers, about an inch long, which were taken off me at Sydney airport some time ago.  I pointed out to the officious little @#$%&* who took them off me that my 3-1/2 inch long car key would be my weapon of choice if I wanted to do someone some damage, but he would not relent.  Fortunately they are cheap and I managed to replace them.

 

 

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Re: Vital for a toolkit
antedeluvian   7/31/2014 4:09:59 PM
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max

I think these go beyond the minimalist set I was thinking of

When you get to my age, you cannot get to try and fix anything before you can see it. I actually have a credit card sized magnifier with built in illumination in my wallet.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Traveling toolkits - going through airport security?
Max The Magnificent   7/31/2014 4:02:20 PM
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@Elizabeth: One question that I have is how to get a tool kit through security at an airport with all the changing rules etc.

My carry-on is my backpack with my computers -- I almost always have a check-in back, so that's not a problem.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Vital for a toolkit
Max The Magnificent   7/31/2014 4:01:01 PM
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@Antedeluvian: Don't forget a magnifying glass, and maybe even a head-mounted LED flashlight.

I think these go beyond the minimalist set I was thinking of (I have both items in my toolbox at home).

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