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Old 10th November 2017, 06:07 PM   #41
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The picture of George using the contractor's saw is right out of the OSHA compliance manual.
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Old 10th November 2017, 06:38 PM   #42
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Wish I bought this earlier. Weller WD 1000.
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Old 10th November 2017, 07:05 PM   #43
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I have many more. Tales from the Back Yard Speaker Lab.....and the Front Yard Chassis Shop

I think the breaker box cover I made out of cardboard with a skull and crossbones drawn on it and the words LIVE...480 Volts...Stay the F%&K OUT! should have been the poster for compliance.

I made it somewhere around midnight in the plant where I worked because I had to add another breaker to feed an upgrade on a vapor deposition machine. The day shift guys simply tied the wire to one of the existing phases and went home. The breaker tripped every time the heating element turned on.

I left a note for the daytime MR. Fixit to get the plant electrician to order the proper cover. It stayed that way for several months!

It seems that the OHSA inspector didn't like it, but said nothing of all the laser burns in the walls and ceiling, not to mention all the interlocks that had been jumped on a laser power supply that made 25KV at half an amp. A cardboard cover he could see and understand, the other "high tech" stuff didn't even get looked at. It was about 1977 and there were too many other real problems to solve.
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Old 10th November 2017, 07:14 PM   #44
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Wish I bought this earlier. Weller WD 1000.
My Weller WD-1 is excellent quality station
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Old 11th November 2017, 06:08 PM   #45
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+1 for the Weller wd1000, and a pack of different tips. Also my DER EE DR-5000 LCR meter. Never thought I'd use it ad often as I do.
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Old 11th November 2017, 06:25 PM   #46
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You know, I've been following Tubelab - George for many years, always lots of good stuff to learn. He's contributed greatly to the hobby. And in all the photo's I've seen, he's got no shirt. Now, come on, we gotta help the guy. If we all chip-in a $ I reckon we could get George a nice shirt. Who knows, we might collect enough to get him a pair of shoes too
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Old 11th November 2017, 06:31 PM   #47
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He likes to walk a lot, does he do that shirtless do you think?
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Old 11th November 2017, 07:23 PM   #48
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What about a Plunge Circular Saw with guide rail - anyone use them? I've had my eye on the Makita thinking it would be good for the first cut of sheet goods to make them manageable for the table saw. Maybe even a cordless for parking lot cuts to get a sheet home.
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Old 11th November 2017, 07:41 PM   #49
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Track saws are awesome. I used one for the 5x5' 19mm BB sheet below, on top of hard foam. Carefully done the precision and edge quality are ready for glue up. Get a long enough track and one that is true! The cordless tracksaw idea to break down sheet goods for initial transport is brilliant - I had a heck of a time getting three 5x5' sheets home on the roof of an SUV. Although in retrospect the shop could have rough cut them for me...


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Old 11th November 2017, 07:55 PM   #50
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Not really a tool and I didn't have to actually buy it: Front Panel Designer from Front Panel Express, the company that does custom CNC. I use it to layout my DIY aluminum front and especially complex REAR panels for cutouts. Very intuitive to use and perfect for the task. Layout, print, transfer, scribe, cut. No more whoopsies!


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