Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by momo » Sat May 01, 2021 6:56 pm

momo wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:51 pm
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?
Accidentally I stumbled on the answer, and also some other cool stuff here: https://www.evilmadscientist.com/2007/five-electronics-tools-you-might-not-know-about/

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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by joem » Mon May 03, 2021 4:40 pm

tverscho wrote:
Sat May 01, 2021 11:37 am
Like shooting a mosquito with a bazooka :D
Oh wow. That's nice. Is that pneumatic (based on the connectors I see)?

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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by tverscho » Mon May 03, 2021 11:19 pm

joem wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 4:40 pm
Oh wow. That's nice. Is that pneumatic (based on the connectors I see)?
Yes it is, it’s hooked up to a little paintbrush compressor (same as I use for my paste dispenser) and controlled by a footpedal :)

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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by Jarno » Tue May 04, 2021 3:53 pm

GrantB wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:42 pm
https://www.peakelec.co.uk/acatalog/pea ... ments.html
DCA55 in particular
Or, its successor, the DCA75, it's very nice, hook it up to a pc and do curve tracing of transistors to match them.

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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by momo » Tue May 04, 2021 7:15 pm

Thanks for contributions! Some more from me:

Helping hands:
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Circuit Works PCB repair epoxy / overcoat pen, also Kapton tape (cheap on eBay). It withstands high temperatures for a short time. Used on PCBs when repairing traces or e.g. wrap around pots, electrolytic caps etc. when soldering nearby to avoid the dreaded singe!
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These little bottles for flux:
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Round nose pliers:
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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by latigid on » Thu May 06, 2021 1:10 am

tverscho wrote:
Sat May 01, 2021 11:37 am


Like shooting a mosquito with a bazooka :D
Oddly satisfying! Is it foot operated?

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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by tverscho » Thu May 06, 2021 2:34 am

latigid on wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 1:10 am
tverscho wrote:
Sat May 01, 2021 11:37 am


Like shooting a mosquito with a bazooka :D
Oddly satisfying! Is it foot operated?
Yes it is, and fully pneumatic, no electronics involved :)

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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by htor » Thu May 06, 2021 2:41 am

a cat makes DIY more pleasurable

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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by latigid on » Thu May 06, 2021 4:42 am

@tverscho cool!

I don't have a photo, but recently discovered that working in a metal tray (actually a prototype case about 400mm across) really helps me to keep things tidy. All the solder mess, lead clippings, parts etc. stay put and when I am done I can put the rubbish in the bin and start again with the next project.

Another thing is heavy metal ingots of about 100mm diameter. Found them on the side of the road. They are useful to weigh things down or prop things up, or to act as a nice heatsink.

A hot-air desoldering station is great for SMT.

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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by DrReverendSeance » Thu May 06, 2021 5:03 am

Really like my PanaVise for holding and rotating PCBs while working
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Also I built this wire spool holder a while ago and couldn’t imagine handling flying wires without it
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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by ShedSynth » Mon May 10, 2021 3:33 am

This is a cheaper version of the other suggestions, and it works for me:
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With my practice of wiring directly to the component pins, it's much easier to work on each solder joint from a particular direction.
This lightweight frame is very easy to turn round on the bench to get the angle right.
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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by momo » Mon May 10, 2021 1:35 pm

Menda pump. Didn’t think it was worth £16, but after using the crappy knock offs on eBay / Amazon, wow what a difference.
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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by ashleym » Mon May 10, 2021 3:59 pm

A swear box for when things go wrong. It's earnt me a small fortune.

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Re: Non essential tools that make DIY more of a pleasure

Post by luchog » Mon May 10, 2021 4:44 pm

ShedSynth wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 3:33 am
This is a cheaper version of the other suggestions, and it works for me:
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With my practice of wiring directly to the component pins, it's much easier to work on each solder joint from a particular direction.
This lightweight frame is very easy to turn round on the bench to get the angle right.
That's the same one I use, and it's quite handy. Although there is an issue working with smaller PCBs where the holders can tend to overlap some solder pads.

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