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Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by momo » Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:14 pm

After ~20 years of soldering, finally got a solder dispenser as a treat, and now wondering how I managed without. The resistor lead bender I’ve had for longer.
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Although these are available freely at Mouser etc., they are not easy to stumble upon, unless you know about them already. So I wonder if you might share your maybe non essential tools, that make DIY more of a pleasure. Thanks in advance!

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Post by lickspittle » Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:28 pm

What's the toothpick for?

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Post by Cablebasher » Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:32 pm

There’s such a thing as a resistor leg bender!

That’s my Christmas gift to myself sorted!!

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Post by momo » Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:38 pm

lickspittle wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:28 pm
What's the toothpick for?
Toothpick and blu / poster tack - also fall neatly into this category of nice PCB tools. Toothpicks make for nice disposable spudgers. I use them to e.g. nudge componenets into position in busy stuffed PCBs, or gently pry a misbehaving IC leg into position. They break at the right kind of pressure that avoids component damage. Any they cost peanuts!

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Post by steviet » Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:38 pm

I don't have one.. But boy do I want one.

PCB Assembly Jig for Through Hole:

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I've been meaning to get a resistor leg bender... This post may have been the encouragement I need!!

And the solder dispenser is cool, but I like to hold the whole spool sometimes. Makes me feel like a robot man :goo:
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Post by lickspittle » Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:46 pm

momo wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:38 pm

Toothpick and blu / poster tack - also fall neatly into this category of nice PCB tools. Toothpicks make for nice disposable spudgers. I use them to e.g. nudge componenets into position in busy stuffed PCBs, or gently pry a misbehaving IC leg into position. They break at the right kind of pressure that avoids component damage. Any they cost peanuts!
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Post by momo » Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:46 pm

Cablebasher wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:32 pm
There’s such a thing as a resistor leg bender!

That’s my Christmas gift to myself sorted!!
Ha! You can get them at Mouser, not as fancy looking as the one I got which I think was from Asia via eBay around 2016. Mine seems like machined acrylic.

Forgive my nerdom - it's not necessaily about a uniform spacing, which is super nice and can make stuffing a PCB a breeze. It's mostly about the lead forming process being done while supporting the component body, thereby avoiding shock / damage by where the leads terminate with the resistor body. If you lead as badass a lifestyle as I do, and sometimes read through resistor datasheets, you will sometimes see guidance on this, to avoid component damage. So hey, maybe that tool is more essential eh?

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Post by forestcaver » Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:48 pm

Stereo optical microscope - it was only non-essential until 30 seconds after I used it for the first time - then it became the most essential and best DIY purchase I have ever made. (Had previously been using magnifying visor for SMT)

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Post by momo » Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:55 pm

steviet wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:38 pm
I don't have one.. But boy do I want one.

PCB Assembly Jig for Through Hole:

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I've been meaning to get a resistor leg bender... This post may have been the encouragement I need!!

And the solder dispenser is cool, but I like to hold the whole spool sometimes. Makes me feel like a robot man :goo:
Yep that was another game changer for me in 2016. They cost a fortune new, but peanuts on eBay if you’re patient. I had one like the one you pictured by Ideal-Tek. I then got one by Cliff. Then on impulse I got this one by Arne Steen, made in Denmark. Paid £40 on eBay. It is so beautifully made and rock solid. Maybe the best purchase I ever made. It can also hold the board vertically. I am totally in love with it
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Post by steviet » Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:06 pm

Thanks for the eBay tip, I'll keep my eyes peeled on there for one.
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Post by joem » Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:50 pm

After doing DIY for a few years, I got one of those resistor lead benders, and I just couldn't get into it. I guess I was pretty good at doing them with just my hands.

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Post by momo » Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:51 pm

My pleasure, if you have time and do wildcard searches, like searching for 'PCB station', or 'jig' in certain categories, you might fond mis-labelled listings that might go for even less.

In this video I think there is an IC insertion tool that looks kind of unecessary, but also awesome; I've cued the vid: https://youtu.be/VgcPxdnjwt4?t=24. Does anyone know where I can get one of those?

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Post by sduck » Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:10 pm

These two guys -
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I have a normal lead bender I got from mouser decades ago - never use it. But if you want to bend the leads of 5 resistors at a time accurately - this thing kills it - grab 5, plop them on top of it, wiggle your thumb around until they fall into place, then bend all the leads at once. The other thing (both 3D printed) is a IC lead straightener, which saves tons of time when inserting IC chips.
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Post by cackland » Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:22 pm

With the logic analyser, I couldn't find in the listing if there was a software interface to reading the data. Is there software interface to read the data over usb?

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Post by OIP » Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:29 pm

not sure if non essential but:

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like a magic trick. don't even really need extra flux

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Post by khakifridge » Sat May 01, 2021 3:50 am

lickspittle wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:28 pm
What's the toothpick for?
For keeping the solder out of the middle of a hole when desoldering.

And olives, of course.

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Post by EATyourGUITAR » Sat May 01, 2021 10:24 am

cackland wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:22 pm
With the logic analyser, I couldn't find in the listing if there was a software interface to reading the data. Is there software interface to read the data over usb?
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Post by pld » Sat May 01, 2021 11:33 am

EATyourGUITAR wrote:
Sat May 01, 2021 10:24 am
cackland wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:22 pm
With the logic analyser, I couldn't find in the listing if there was a software interface to reading the data. Is there software interface to read the data over usb?
https://www.saleae.com/downloads/
Or sigrok.
The saleae software used to come with the stipulation that you're only supposed to use it with their hardware.

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forestcaver wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:48 pm
Stereo optical microscope - it was only non-essential until 30 seconds after I used it for the first time - then it became the most essential and best DIY purchase I have ever made. (Had previously been using magnifying visor for SMT)
This. I scored an old and yellowed, but super-cheap and functional Mantis and it's spoiled me completely in that respect.

I keep putting off buying better/newer solder/flux, I expect that will also be an improvement.

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Post by tverscho » Sat May 01, 2021 11:37 am



Like shooting a mosquito with a bazooka :D

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Post by cackland » Sat May 01, 2021 4:33 pm

Ah thought the logic analyser software from Saleae was proprietary. Didn't realise it worked with any analyser. Cheers

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Post by EATyourGUITAR » Sat May 01, 2021 4:53 pm

cackland wrote:
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Ah thought the logic analyser software from Saleae was proprietary. Didn't realise it worked with any analyser. Cheers
It doesn't work with any logic analyzer. It only works with the logic analyzers that were designed to be compatible. I'm sure saleae doesn't like it but poor people love it.
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