I only respond to "can I get an Amen!"
Christopher A. Young
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Lemme hear an 'Amen'.
Most journalists these days couldn't investigate a missing chocolate cake
at a pre-school without a Democrat office holder telling them what to look
where, and why it is Geroge Bush's fault.
I'm much more interested in your soldering techniques. I'd rather not
discuss religion with you. I just can't see any good that would come of
I have already offended you in some fashion.. I'd rather not make things
worse by engaging in a debate concerning philosophy, religion, or
Things look bad from over here. Too much confusion and no solution.
Everyone here knows your fear. Your out of touch and you try too much.
I wasn't discussing religion, just giving some more definitions of
fools. I only discuss that subject with people I know. :)
Did you see the post about the Harbor Freight iron not being
practical about converting to three wire power cords? Also, I got the
flux dispenser bottle in the mail today and I'm not happy with the size
or quality. The hypodermic needle just pushes on, and isn't very
tight. They would be OK for the casual user, but not for hours of daily
use. It's about 1 3/8" diameter * 2 3/4" tall without the cap & a
needle. I don't think it would be very stable on a cluttered
workbench. I like the three soldering irons that arrived on Wednsday,
and that there are thousands of tips for sale on Ebay. The lock ring
connectors are a lot better than the lightweight five pin DIN connectors
and I've located a place to buy them wholesale. I am considering a
custom, Atmel 2560 based controller that will hold four soldering irons,
a desoldering iron & a built in ohm meter to test the ground
connections. Each with it's own power switch. It's annoying to have to
let an iron cool to change a tip, then repatr that for another job. I
used to barely get by with three irons at Microdyne, but there are times
when I needed a second iron with a large tip. The pair with the
smallest chisel tips were used to remove surface mounted resistors &
capacitors by heating both ends at once.
Offended me? I would simply kill file you if that were the case. :)
They are low grade resistance soldering irons. I've not heard anyone
brag about them being good. Only one who claimed they were 'OK', and he
was considered a hack who patched store return junk together and sold it
The tips are carbon, and very fragile. They have a short life. If
you want a battery powere iron, look at the Wahl cordless irons. They
cost more, but they do work. I used one for years to repair the circuit
boards in Commodore 64 computers. The also sold a 'Tuner extension tip
which was about four inches long. You could work it through a group of
wires, then push the button to heat the tip. No risk of burning the
wiring in tight places. They were in the $30 range when I bought the
'Orange' eight hour charge model. A week later the 'Red' one hour
charge model came out. :)
One big problem with a rechargable iron: Battery life is only a few
years. If you aren't doing work on static sensitve electronics, just
buy a 25 to 45 W iron. I have used Weller SP23 irons since the late
'60s. There is a 40W model in that line, as well.
No problem. I'm trying to get caught up. I want to empty a 12'*12'
building by my driveway and convert it into a real electronics shop.
That will cost me at least $1,000 and I'll hjave to deal with zoning &
code enforcement. Is now a criminal act to do lousy repairs. I even
need a building permit to replace some rotten gateposts. The only thing
that doesn't require a permit is to replace sidewalks, if you're
disabled. In a way I was thrilled when construction slowed down. Code
Enforcment had to lay off over 75% of the inspectors, and prices on
building materials dropped back to where they belong. Several 'trade
only' building smaretial suppliers are now open to the public in an
attempt to keep their doors open. They just can't understand why people
aren't flocking through their doors after decades of being told, 'We
don't need your business'. Some people?
No matter, I'm going to do some of the work anyway. :)
Na, you're probably a member of the invisible work force in this country
like me and the guys I work with. We get no help from the government,
heck, we've been turned away and told them to get screwed.
We work as hard as we can when we can in order to survive. My old Hippie
roommate was actually getting help from Social Security and
Medicare/Medicade or whatever the heck it's called and he died the first
part of this month. He walked out of the county hospital with an IV bag
of blood in his arm and was later found unconscious at a bus stop. He
wound up back at the hospital in ICU in a coma for a month before coming
out of it long enough to say goodby to his sister. He and his older
brother who died earlier this year because of the same self destructive
behavior now reside in their sister's closet in 2 rather small boxes of
ashes. The two idiots partied themselves to death with
drugs, alcohol and inhalation of the byproducts of combustion from
various legal and illegal substances. Me, I've never touched any of
that crap and my problems are due to accumulated injuries over more
than a half century. The damage adds up but I keep on truckin. ^_^
A Veteran I know was found dead in her rented home recently. She had
been trying to get disbility. She served at the wrong time to get non
service connected, and SS screwed her around so long that it killed her.
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