Paul's Electronics Pit

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About: I was pfred1 but moved, changed my email address, and lost my password. I suppose worse things could happen.


I have taken a few pictures of my electronics corner in my garage for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy it! Pictures are presented in a basically clockwise pattern of my work area. Then I added a few projects in progress files as well.

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    I spotted your old weller soldering station. I really like the old design. Though I'm planning on buying a hakko 888.

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    I got it in a box of junk for $10 at a flea market. I used to use the same model when I worked in a PCB manufacturing house so I was already very familiar with the model. Oldies but goodies!

    So how is it holding up, have you had to replace any parts? I love those awesome boxes of junk you'll find in garage sales and flea markets. My dad bought a box at a garage sale for 2 bucks and it had a panavise, some old milling parts worth well over a couple hundred together, and a drill bit sharpener.

    It works perfectly. It is a Weller soldering station. I think the main reason Weller can charge what they do for their gear is that a lot of it is virtually indestructible.

    I've never run into a deal that good. But I'm still looking!

    I have heard good things about Weller but have never used there brand of soldering equipment. My next iron will probably be a Weller. : )

    Weller is one good brand. Any tool is good to me though. I don't get hung up on names. It's all good if it works.

    Ungar is also a good brand , I have one that I have used many years , along with my Weller , I also have four Weller soldering guns of different wattages , the biggest is an old D550 dual heat , 240/325 watts , for when I need a lot of heat , like soldering a larger wire to a chassis . I got them mostly at yard sales and such for very little money . I am always looking for a bargain !

    Yeah I see what you mean. Well, thanks for the talk!

    To me soldering is a technique that once learned properly can be done with a nail heated in a fire, though electric irons are more convenient. Every bad soldering job I've ever seen was doomed to failure before the iron was even heated up.

    If you clean and prep, apply heat, then flow the solder it has to work.

    Very nice . To the untrained eye , eg , people who are not CET's , they would say that it looked rather cluttered . My workbench is about the same . I see you use Simpson 260 meters , I have one of those , and a Triplett 310 analog meter with an amp-clamp adapter , a lot of times an analog meter is more useful than a digital for some things , but I usually use my Fluke 87 or my old Fluke 8060A DMM . I have a Weller soldering station that originally had temperature control , and a digital readout .It had been thrown in the trash because the control board " fried " and was too expensive to repair . I fitted it with a standard light dimmer ( a couple of dollars ) and it works fine . I can vary the temp , but don't have the digital readout . Oh well .

    Holy flux bat man.

    looks like every electronics engineers station i ever brought doughnuts to

    as a C.E.T. and an Account Manager for major electronics component distribution company for 26 years iv'e sold million's of dollars worth of this stuff. in the end i din't collect much of it

    Nice set up

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    Thanks. I guess folks doing the same things end up doing them the same ways. Either that or we all suffer from the same brain disease?

    Thank you. You have nice stuff too.

    Nice workshop. I spotted your Tektronix 2335 with DMM option, very nice super-ruggedized oscilloscope ($7000 when new, did you know?), good for high/low temp. high shock, super-tolerant power supply. Love those Wellers too, they are one of the best. I have two Hakkos (not by choice really) and two other no-name irons.

    Your bench looks crowded but very well equipped. I would imagine that all kinds of magic gets created there.

    Thanks for showing us.

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    Thank you for the compliment. Things have gotten even more crowded recently as I've had to dedicate the larger side of my desk I do my electronics on to a project I am working on now. Space is an issue in my garage.

    I wish I had more time to dedicate to my electronics too but other things constantly vie for my attention.

    You are welcome for having visited.

    Hey thanks! It sure beats some other setups I've had for myself in the past. We all do what we can do right? Really its mostly just a couple old milk crates with a board tossed over them. Being as I put my scope up there I strategically applied some hot glue to hold it all together.

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    Your Workshop is Impressive, Impressive , Impressive!!!!!!!! I don't know How many more times I have to tell You!!! Ps** I love your Tek Scope!!! Does Your Tek Scope Have 100Mhz Bandwidth??? You still have My Vote as BEST ELECTRONIC WORKSHOP in Instructables!!! Thanks pfred2

    My oscilloscope is a Tektronix 2336 Dual channel 100MHz with the Y option. The Y option is a device that allows me to measure points on the screen by time. Thank you for your support.