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Open Discussion / Re: Best Desoldering Tool for the Price
« on: May 27, 2020, 01:05:53 AM »
I've been using solder suckers like this for years:
https://www.amazon.com/ECG-J-045-DS-Electric-Soldering-Temperature/dp/B00068IJSG/ref=sr_1_23?dchild=1&keywords=solder+sucker&qid=1590562054&sr=8-23
The one I have is from Radio Shack. So yeah, its a few years old. I still works, although I am due for a new one.

Back in the "old days" (80's So Cal. Defense industry stuff), we had solder suckers that worked really, really good.
Handle similar to what I linked to, but instead of a bulb, it used an actual vacuum pump that you activated via a foot pedal.
But those run around $300+ these days.

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Open Discussion / Re: what are you guys listening to at the moment?
« on: April 24, 2020, 04:22:59 PM »

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Open Discussion / Re: what are you guys listening to at the moment?
« on: April 22, 2020, 12:33:14 AM »


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Open Discussion / Re: Somebody stop me - stupid pedal ideas
« on: April 18, 2020, 03:48:56 AM »
OK then...
Not a pedal, but build a reverb using this as a tank:

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Open Discussion / Re: Somebody stop me - stupid pedal ideas
« on: April 15, 2020, 11:17:55 PM »
Sounds perfectly reasonably Willy.

Maybe get a couple of Hammond 1590DE enclosures around so you can go nuts.
Or 1590Z235 when you really want to lose your marbles.

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Open Discussion / Re: Google hangout signup - next weekend
« on: April 15, 2020, 11:07:32 PM »
I'd be interested in this.
Depends on date and time. I keep weird hours, but no problem adjusting.

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General Questions / Re: Collosalus 15V regulator
« on: March 28, 2020, 12:53:21 PM »
I took a quick look at datasheet for both (and others) and they are pretty similar.
Max voltage, current, pinout, and other specs the same.

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General Questions / Re: Collosalus 15V regulator
« on: March 28, 2020, 02:06:52 AM »
Looks fine me.
You could always try Digikey.
Sometimes they have better prices. They don't have any of the ON LM7815
Texas Instruments have them, but more than twice the price.

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Build Reports / Re: VP-PW. (DIY Volume Pedal)
« on: March 24, 2020, 10:13:30 PM »
Looks good.
I love working with wood.

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Build Reports / Re: Baltic Birch Fuzz
« on: March 24, 2020, 07:15:16 PM »
Is that the natural look of the birch?  I can't get over how strong the lines are on the side, it almost looks like you've sandwiched layers of different wood together!  Very well done, btw.
Thanks

Several pieces of 3/4 inch 13 ply Baltic Birch.
$40 for a 5x5 sheet (2011 prices).


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Build Reports / Re: Baltic Birch Fuzz
« on: March 24, 2020, 02:15:47 AM »
Class! Did you end up putting any shielding / copper tape or so on inside?

I had some copper foil I put in later on (I had bought some to shield my Strat).
I'd have updated pictures, but I moved a few months ago and a lot of stuff is still in boxes.

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Build Reports / Baltic Birch Fuzz
« on: March 24, 2020, 01:51:41 AM »
Since its going to be at least a few weeks (or more) before I can post what I am currently working on, and inspired by this build report: https://www.madbeanpedals.com/forum/index.php?topic=30931.0
I thought I would post something I did a few years ago, A fuzz pedal in a wooden box.
I had built a 2x12 cab using some Baltic Birch and had some left over.

Here is the schematic


Made this turret board (its missing a resistor in this picture)


Gut shot


Empty box pre-polishing


Polishing. I used olive oil (its all I had on hand at the time)


All done, minus knobs.


I had my neighbor, who has a little machine shop in his garage take care of the holes and hollowing out the inside.

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Open Discussion / Re: But why toilet paper and not food?
« on: March 16, 2020, 07:53:03 PM »
Hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol is out everywhere, and washing with soap and water may not be convenient (out and about, in your car, etc.), but while looking, I think I have found an as yet, untapped resource...
Mouthwash
Most of it has alcohol in it.
Might make your hands sticky, but its an option.

No no no, don't do that. You need 60%+ alcohol to have any real effectiveness, and even the booziest of mouthwashes tops out around 30%. Plus, that stickyness could make you more likely to actually pick stuff up.
ok then.
I didn't buy any.
I did find a small hotel room sized bottle of hand sanitizer amongst the rest of my stuff that is still boxed up from when I moved.

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Open Discussion / Re: But why toilet paper and not food?
« on: March 16, 2020, 02:14:20 PM »
Hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol is out everywhere, and washing with soap and water may not be convenient (out and about, in your car, etc.), but while looking, I think I have found an as yet, untapped resource...
Mouthwash
Most of it has alcohol in it.
Might make your hands sticky, but its an option.

As for toilet paper, bathroom sink and a washrag.

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Open Discussion / Re: The Official Coronavirus Discussion
« on: March 16, 2020, 01:08:51 AM »
Went to Walmart to do my normal shopping and get some health related things.
They are now only open 6AM - 11PM.

And this is unrelated, but relevant.
I live practically a stones throw away from Hwy 80 (maybe not a stone, but could hit it with a BB gun).
Its a MAJOR trucking/shipping route.
Its been closed at the California/Nevada border for 2 days now due to a storm.

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