schwal

Member Since: August 20, 2013

Country: United States

  • News - April Caption Contest | last week

    “Vehicles must have an option for manual control. Fully autonomous vehicles (no ability to take over control) will not be allowed.” Dammit. At least I can still enter my greyhound in the ground competition.

  • News - Your March Caption Contes… | about a month ago

    “Our cybernetic dog has gone missing. Sparky subsists on rats and lithium-ion batteries. It never sleeps, and it can smell fear. It will instantly attack anyone in a hat. Good luck, and my god have mercy on our souls.”

  • News - New Product Friday: Dumps… | about 2 months ago

    The videos being playlists is really annoying, especially when you have 2 videos in one post.

  • Product TOL-10326 | about 3 months ago

    Having first tried a harbor freight heat gun that only succeeded in heating itself, spiting out a piece of molten plastic, and stinking up the house, this is easily the cheapest working one you can buy. I can’t comment on its rework abilities, but for $10 it works heatshrink like a pro. Well worth it.

  • News - New Product Friday: The S… | about 3 months ago

    It is worth noting that particle board/MDF is comparatively weak, and attempting to drill holes through the sides of it is likely to end in failure. An much stronger alternative is plywood, made up of thin sheets (the number varies, but usually 3-5) of wood glued together with alternating grain direction. This makes it much easier to make straight cuts, and reduces splintering if you drill into the edges. It is available in a variety of hard and soft woods, and levels of finish. It also tends to keep its shape better than other wood products, but is still not as good as metal or plastic in that regard.

  • Product TOL-08775 | about 3 months ago

    A brief note on the use if solder wick: It conducts heat. A lot of heat. It is generally a good idea to cut a piece an inch or two long and use that so you don’t transfer heat all the way down the roll, and in the process melt part of the spool.

    As you may have guessed, grabbing it with you fingers during use will probably hurt a fair bit, so grab the wick with something like pliers or tweezers, or best of all, hemostats, which will hold your wick nice and steady so you just have to think about the work.

    I use this exact wick (though in a 10 foot length I got elsewhere as a quick replacement when I ran out, and at about double the price per foot. Seriously, get it here.), and I must say it is amazing stuff. Note that it does have a good amount of flux in it, so you will want to clean up the PCB with alcohol pads or similar once you finish.

  • Product TOL-09327 | about 3 months ago

    A brief note on the use if solder wick: It conducts heat. A lot of heat. It is generally a good idea to cut a piece an inch or two long and use that so you don’t transfer heat all the way down the roll, and in the process melt part of the spool.

    As you may have guessed, grabbing it with you fingers during use will probably hurt a fair bit, so grab the wick with something like pliers or tweezers, or best of all, hemostats, which will hold your wick nice and steady so you just have to think about the work.

  • Product TOL-00071 | about 3 months ago

    Hemostats are excellent for holding solder wick so you don’t burn your fingers or melt the plastic roll the wick comes in … not that I’ve done that.

  • Product TOL-00080 | about 3 months ago

    i own a set of these I got from somewhere else a while back. As screwdrivers they are completely useless, just get something with replaceable tips instead. That said, the regular ones make excellent prybars/shims when opening up consumer electronics that don’t want to be opened.

  • Product TOL-09235 | about 3 months ago

    Yes, because the page for the redboard didn’t mention “Can’t slice bread” I was really disappointed when it came. Really, something called the SPI Shortcut, with no mention of I2C in the description doesn’t support I2C? What a surprise.

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