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DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I have 2 Wellers at work, one that uses numbered tips for temperature control, and one with a fine-temperature control knob for SMD and stuff. I have a mindbogglingly hot Hakko at home, was only $20 at Frys.


edit: I use a butane pencil torch for battery terminals and other big wiring stuff, and have a 110 watt soldering gun for BIG poo poo that can't get hit with the butane torch.

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DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


hippynerd posted:

OMG! You found a use for a soldering gun.

Yeah, they really are only good for stained glass, and the torch ususally works better for anything that can take direct flame like battery terminals.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I've needed a digital oscilloscope for a while (since I'm doing so much Megasquirt stuff lately), so I picked up a Protek S2401U at Frys for $300.

http://www.protektest.com/ProdInfo.asp?prodId=S2401U


Its only 1MHz but has a built in battery and is dual channel. I can' wait to play with it more.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


RealKyleH posted:

Oh if it's for heat shrink I just use a lighter.

I make OE's cry with my harnesses, and I use a lighter for 99% of it.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


Hypnolobster posted:

Avoid craftsman torque wrenches. I've had two, and they really like to break.

Go for Proto or the like. eBay generally has a ton of Proto torque wrenches.

My Craftsman torque wrench is really good, better than a new Snap-On. Did I mention its older than me

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


oxbrain posted:

The wrap traps heat, higher heat means faster corrosion. Unless the ceramic coating is completely sealing off the metal it will do the same thing.

Wraps hold water really well, similar to what happens to crappy heat shields.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I threw away that same model welder and now use a Hobart off-brand I got from a trash pile. Its much better.

I think I have 5 or 6 bags of Lincoln branded tips for it, 030 and 035 if anyone wants them.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


Their little digital calipers for like $10 are actually pretty decent, also since it can change units instantly. I wouldn't do anything beyond a few hundredths with it, but they are plenty useful.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


FatCow posted:

The $2.00 multimeters are decent as well. My father got 2 of them one for me one for himself. Both were within 5% when tested against the calibrated lab equipment at his office.

Might not be good enough for fancy pants electronics work but it's good enough for automotive work.

Sometime in the early early 80s Fluke (or someone else I don't remember) came out with a digital VOM design that didn't require low tolerance components and had an absurdly cheap chip with LED/LCD driver on-chip. The HF $4.99 ones run like 5% resistors in them.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I cut up a Harbor Freight "SawsAll" with a real Sawzall once, it was gratifying.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I got a $17 propane torch kit from Home Despot, it worked alright until I found a box of MAPP cylinders, now its much better.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


Who buys worm clamps anyway, I always get the rolled-edge ones with the teeth molded in. Worth twice the price if on something that has high temperature variances or less than stellar hose or nipple.

THese type: http://www.johsoncn.com/ideal_hose_clamp.htm

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


RealKyleH posted:

Id prefer a festiva powered air compressor.

Oilless $129 compressors are faster.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


PBcrunch don't forget to replace the driers too!

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


jailbait#3 posted:

The comments on that article are golden.

Good reasons to avoid buying Harbor Freight stuff: It's crappy and probably made by slaves.

Bad reasons to avoid buying Harbor Freight stuff: "1. I do not wish to support the only government in the world that actively targets US cities with ICBM launched nuclear weapons"

Wait... they aren't using 'ChiCom' as a sarcastic term?

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


MY HF racing jack does alright for, umm, actual racing. Make sure you grease the end of the handle, it galls instantly when new (anodized aluminum against maybe aluminum) and is rough forever after. Its much easier to modulate when it doesn't rotate like a stick in a box of bolts.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


Torsen differentials wouldn't work if worm/screw drive could spin itself the other way.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


KaiserBen posted:

Their 110(?) amp scratch start inverter TIG isn't a bad little machine. Certainly not for the $165 I paid for it. It's no syncrowave 180, OTOH, it didn't cost $2k either. If you're doing simple mild/stainless steel stuff, it's perfectly adequate as long as you don't need a foot pedal.

ETA: Yes, their MIG stuff blows, as do most of their arc welders, but the little TIG boxes aren't terrible.

This sounds pretty interesting, I think I'll get this for shits and giggles. I use a Hobart 110V fluxcore/MIG welder from the 70s that has just about every part dying in some new and interesting way, sounds like another fun tool to play with.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


RapeWhistle posted:

Anyone try out the harbor freight engine support bar? I just need it to support my 1.8l M42 in an e30 while I drop the front subframe. Unfortunately I don't have the room in this loving single car garage for an engine crane or I'd make the investment.

I've had mine for a few years, works great. I make sure to spray some lube on the screw and ends (it doesn't have bushings) before I use it, has treated me well. Surprisingly, the folding HF hoist has too. I check the cylinder oil every year, add if needed but it hasn't been bad at all.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I put the nut back on level with the threads and tap it with a rubber mallet. Had no problems doing it with the factory tie rod ends on a 22 year old car, I imagine rusty might be less easy.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


Brigdh posted:

On the topic of Metric vs SAE, I've been told that all USDM vehicles have SAE seat and seatbelt mounting hardware because they have to meet SAE standards, even if the rest of the vehicle is Metric. Supposedly this is confirmed for Mazda, Toyota, and BMW vehicles.

Eventually I think I'm going to need to chase the threads of one of the welded nuts holding the passenger seat in one of my Mazdas, and was wondering if this was true (IE do I need to hunt down the proper SAE tap instead of using one from my Metric set).

Yes, its 7/16-20. As far as I know, all seatbelt hardware is done that way. Its taken from airplane tech, as they had belts before cars did and had all that hardware and engineering already done.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I'm considering that crimp tool!

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


This might be a better fit for Alternative Insanity, but I'll ask here since we are deep in Compressor Chat. I have an ancient Emglo gas powered (Wisconsin Robin engine) compressor, and I really need a new pressure control valve assembly for the compressor. Mine works, but is so worn that I can't really trust it to function correctly, it seems to be 50psi or outside the pressure relief in 1/2 turn of the adjuster. The valve threads into the tank with 1/4" or 3/8" NPT, has a line going to the compressor head to engage a bypass, and tees to a throttle control actuator, which works fine.

They're always missing from the compressors at the scrapyard, its not fair!

DJ Commie fucked around with this message at 18:19 on Dec 31, 2012

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...



That would be it, thanks!

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


mod sassinator posted:

Yeah I wouldn't rebuild an engine with a HF torque wrench, but for lug nuts it's perfect. Someone.on here did a pretty comprehensive test of the HF wrench and found it was within 5% of a much more expensive model.

The digital torque adapter has been really well regarded too. I haven't used mine, but the calibration sheet is .5% for most of the measurement points, and independent checking has been about the same.


Not that I would bother with it for lug nuts, but a cheap torque wrench and that, you could probably do anything you wanted inside its torque range.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I've religiously kept my HF air tools oiled and they've been pretty much trouble free. Their performance at pressure versus the 'legit' tools is pretty bad, but you just feed them 110psi and they work well.

DJ Commie fucked around with this message at 23:14 on Mar 20, 2013

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


Brain Issues posted:

I don't know what brand/type it is that Audi uses for connectors but I quite like them.

Bosch EV probably.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I have a self-powered EGT gauge and sender from a truck, it works great except hat is only goes to 1500F.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I really like my Lincoln Weld-Pak 140 from Home Depot. Its a cheaper machine (got it on sale for $450), but 120V is pretty useful since I have a 220V/250A Miller stick welder for heavy duty stuff. I usually run .030 fluxcore in the 140, I haven't leased a bottle yet and made the move to MIG.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I use a WES51 at work, and a WT-CPT at home. 1/32" Tips only! I have an 60W Hakko pencil with a 3/16" chisel tip for large cabling, and a propane torch for really large cabling.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I have a wet sponge and one of those, though I almost always use the sponge since its on the pencil holder.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


Anyone have the link to that imgur miniature tools album? My mom makes Mid-century Modern miniature furniture and would love to see that stuff.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I sold a 19hp electric start Briggs Industrial Lincoln WeldanPower 225 for that same price a few years ago, and the only thing that was wrong was the battery charging didn't work. That isn't a great deal honestly.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I thought the light was the dumbest thing but here I am with both the light and the lantern. drat you open box specials.

Though the flashlight has the 18V broken out into an RJ45 to power my radio provisioning rig. Ryobi flashlight plus AirGateway Installer equals easy WISP work!

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


I remember Revelations and I explaining that CT plates stay with the registered owner, not the car...to a Utah state policeman at 3am after 1100 miles of straight driving that day. I'm also pretty sure we were going around 100 at the time.

He gave up on us and left. It was 94 miles to the Nevada border.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


ionn posted:

I bet having a 23mm nut/bolt/plug is some kind of inside joke among a small group of automotive engineers with an especially twisted sense of humor.

Well there is the JIS versus DIN, where heads on a m8 bolt are 12 or 13mm, as I recall. It's probably an proper sizing for a certain diameter.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


It's worse, honestly. Methylene chloride and most strippers are bad news. Much like the other kind of stripper.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


eddiewalker posted:

Every time I see that $200 Ryobi 6 piece kit I get a little buyers remorse for all of the M12 and M18 stuff I've bought.

Please reassure me that I'm happier with red tools than green ones?

They're made by the same company, and i like my Ryobi tools. Especially the hot glue gun. That thing is just ridiculous.

DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

Stupid drivers always breaking car, Gronk fix car...


sharkytm posted:

I've been eyeing that, but reviews were limited. It's worth buying?

Its nearly as good as my old pro-level hot melt applicator. With year old batteries, its good for about 2.5+ hours. Kinda dumb for the typical 5 minute job, but if you are using it for long periods, its pretty nice. Its no 3M Quadrack, but its almost as good.

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DJ Commie
Feb 29, 2004

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Sadi posted:

As someone in the power tool industry, torque measurements on impacts are iffy. (There's day to day variability in the measurements on the same tool with the same air pressure at the inlet) There are a lot of variables. Most competitor tools I bring in to have tested fall sort of their claimed torque on our skidmore. A lot of shenanigans are played to make sure your skidmore numbers are high. I don't know the electric market very well, but in pneumatics, a lot of the big name tools come out of the same few Asian factories. The tool industry is very incestious. Atlas released a new grinder maybe a year ago and many of the Asian brands are already making duplicates and many of the other brands are licensing modified version of those knock offs. I was once at a trade show and one of the suppliers was talking about (not knowing who I was with) how their grinder had interchangeable parts with ours.

My favorite part is I swear he has a set of Rockwell files, but only had them out a few times at most. Otherwise its this 14" bastard hmm yep she's hardened a shookum choocher

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