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'[OT:] More stupid electrical tricks...'
2004\03\07@104944 by Steve Nordhauser

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OK, I've been quiet but this thread is just too good to leave alone.
Back in college I had a part time job repairing the old-style pinball
machines with 100's of relays, solenoids and contacts that would either
get dirty or have their wires break.  You get inside by sliding the
glass off and then raising the bed like a car hood (bonnet).  I was
short so I would stand on a box at the front with most of my body
hanging inside.  I had been chasing a problem with the set of schematics
and my non-technical boss insisted on standing next to me yammering away
about something - I tried my best to ignore him.  I found the broken
wire, reached up for the soldering iron and proceeded to pick it up by
the wrong end.  After the seared flesh smell dissapaited, he decided
that maybe he would go back to his office and let me concentrate.  That
is now my first level of testing a technician - hand them a soldering
iron and see if they grab the right end.  So far, I'm the only one to
fail this.  Only once, however.

Steve

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2004\03\07@164239 by Philip Pemberton

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In message <spam_OUT404B45D8.8060605TakeThisOuTspamnycap.rr.com>
         Steve Nordhauser <.....digitalKILLspamspam@spam@NYCAP.RR.COM> wrote:

> I found the broken
> wire, reached up for the soldering iron and proceeded to pick it up by
> the wrong end.
Yee-OUCH!
I've done that. The last time it happened was about six years ago - that was
the incident that caused me to buy a soldering iron stand.
Quick hint: the Antex all-plastic stands don't last very long. The ones with
a weighted plastic base and a spring to hold the iron last ages IME.

> After the seared flesh smell dissapaited, he decided
> that maybe he would go back to his office and let me concentrate.
Well, I suppose that's one way to get rid of your boss, even if it is an
incredibly painful way.

> That
> is now my first level of testing a technician - hand them a soldering
> iron and see if they grab the right end.  So far, I'm the only one to
> fail this.  Only once, however.
I've had:
 Numerous second-degree burns to my fingertips from various soldering irons
 Third degree burns from a short-circuited cable on a sealed lead-acid
   battery. Guess what - the fuse didn't go pop. Turns out there was a bit
   of wire stuck in the fuseholder.
 Second degree burns from the base of my thumb to the tip of my index finger
   on my right hand. Caused by picking up the soldering iron from the wrong
   end
 Two puncture wounds on the back of my right hand from a pair of falling
   tinsnips. Did I mention these tinsnips were 1.5kg heavy duty things
   dropping from a height of 7ft 6in?
 First degree (very minor) burns from a shorted lithium battery. Thankfully
   the battery was almost kaput.
 Minor cuts and puncture wounds from an exploding capacitor. Not a big one
   though.
 A few blood-blisters and cuts from a fan that decided to rapidly
   disassemble under power. One aluminium fan impeller straight into the
   side of my hand. Might as well have been a circular saw blade - it nearly
   took off one of my fingers!
And that's just the ones I can remember! Not to mention the numerous first-
and second-degree burns I got from overheating semiconductors. Beware the
heat that lurketh in powered transistors, for it be very good at cooking
flesh.

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2004\03\08@003116 by Jean-Michel Howland

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Hehehe, this reminds me of an incident that happend to a mate quite a few
years ago.  He came around one day with this long thin burn on his nose. It
turns out that to test if his iron was hot he would bring it close to his
nose, needless to say he never used that method again. :)

jmh.


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2004\03\08@031232 by Hulatt, Jon

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I've never really been very good at catching things. However, one time when
I knocked the soldering iron off the desk, I instinctively managed to catch
it- an outside chance. I fully regretted this rare show of coordination, and
vowed to be permanently uncoordinated from then on.

Jon

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2004\03\08@032102 by hael Rigby-Jones

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>I've never really been very good at catching things. However,
>one time when I knocked the soldering iron off the desk, I
>instinctively managed to catch
>it- an outside chance. I fully regretted this rare show of
>coordination, and vowed to be permanently uncoordinated from then on.
>

I reckon this is pretty common, it's certainly happened to me!  Catching a
falling soldering iron is an automatic reflex you "unlearn" very quickly!

Regards

Mike




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2004\03\08@043441 by Jake Anderson

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same goes for knives
though i have managed to learn without actually learning the lesson ;->

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I reckon this is pretty common, it's certainly happened to me!  Catching a
falling soldering iron is an automatic reflex you "unlearn" very quickly!

Regards

Mike




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2004\03\08@092352 by Howard Winter

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Jon,

On Mon, 8 Mar 2004 08:03:54 -0000, Hulatt, Jon wrote:

> I've never really been very good at catching things. However, one time when
> I knocked the soldering iron off the desk, I instinctively managed to catch
> it- an outside chance.

Ouch!

I'm terminally clumsy, which means I'm forever dropping things or knocking them of tables.  This means that I
have a lot of practice catching things, so I've got very good at it!

But I have also developed a very fast go/no go decision process.  As something is falling I have the ability
to decide, usually in time, whether to try to catch it (if it's not dangerous and if there's time), whether to
try to get one of my feet underneath it to break its fall (light, fragile things fall under this category -
I've saved a wineglass like this before now) or whether to move everything out of the way and let it hit the
floor (soldering irons, hammers, chisels, knives - anything hot, heavy or sharp fits this!).  I've never been
very good at physical skills, but this one is pretty useful and it surprises me how successful I am at it.  I
still drop things, though  :-)

Cheers,

Howard Winter
St.Albans, England

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2004\03\08@110230 by Mike Hawkshaw

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>I've never really been very good at catching things. However,
>one time when I knocked the soldering iron off the desk, I
>instinctively managed to catch it....

This story might well be apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, but
there is a story form the past where I work, about a lad who was working one
hot afternoon at his bench. Being hot weather, he was wearing shorts, and
like some of you guys have also done, he dropped his iron. Not wanting the
iron to hit the floor he caught it......between his thighs.

I think if true, this must surely have brought tears to his eyes.

All the best....Mike.

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2004\03\08@185604 by llile

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Back in high school (this will date me) lots of people wore big round
haircuts ("afros" or what have you)  there was one guy "Giesky" whose hair
was a mess- just an excuse for not combing, and we gave him endless
trouble over it which he took good-naturedly.  One day he fell asleep with
his head on the bench, and his matt of unruly hair was such a good
insulator that he did not discover he was laying on a hot soldering iron
until he woke up from the smell...

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2004\03\09@161330 by Peter L. Peres

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>Being hot weather, he was wearing shorts, and like some of you guys have
>also done, he dropped his iron. Not wanting the iron to hit the floor he
>caught it......between his thighs.

You cannot beat dropping molten solder between the toes, while wearing
sandals. You have to wait for it to cool apparently. I know this from
someone else. I never wear sandals ...

Peter

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2004\03\09@165950 by Anthony Toft

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> You cannot beat dropping molten solder between the toes,
> while wearing sandals. You have to wait for it to cool
> apparently. I know this from someone else. I never wear sandals ...

A big gob of weld spatter in the boot... Never seen someone dance quite like
it.

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2004\03\10@001601 by William Chops Westfield

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On Tuesday, Mar 9, 2004, at 11:54 US/Pacific, Peter L. Peres wrote:

> You cannot beat dropping molten solder between the toes,
>  while wearing sandals.

It's not EE anymore, but when we were kids, my brother managed to have
a broken piece of sparkler (the hand-held firework) fall between his
toes while wearing sandals.  The piece continued to burn for a bit :-(
 We sued and lobbied to have sparklers made illegal and... no, that's
not right... Oh yeah - we made a new family rule: no sandals while
using fireworks.

BillW

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2004\03\10@220918 by Bill Mc Donald

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>A big gob of weld spatter in the boot... Never seen someone dance quite
like
it.

But when your a pro..... only *after* you have finished the run !!!!

Bill

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2004\03\10@221338 by Vern Jones

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Don't wear any synthetic fabric (nylon) clothing. Slag melts right through it.

Vern

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> >A big gob of weld spatter in the boot... Never seen someone dance quite
> like
> it.
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> But when your a pro..... only *after* you have finished the run !!!!
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> Bill
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