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Tim Watts
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Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:45 pm   



I want to reboot my hobby electronics again (son is interested, first
job is a 31V H-Bridge interface from a Pi to drive some low voltage
garden LEDs)

Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space anymore - if
you move them, the drawers and/or components tend to fall out.

Something with 100-150 compartments for resistors, assorted caps, leds,
transistors and common chips - individual compartments for resistor
values at least and caps by general type and LEDs by model, don't mind
sorting through one tray for chips and anything that is well marked.


One option I thought of was "penny tubes" with screw lids - not
expensive, good for resistors and small loose things. Could use a
standard "compartment tray" case for chips etc fitted with antistatic
foam to plug them into.

But what to store the tubes in? Something that can keep the tubes in order?

I wondered about a standard flat case lined with foam with holes for the
tubes - can you get hole punches about 3/4"-1" diameter?

Or indeed any other genius ideas :)

Cheers!

Tim



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Email does not work

John Larkin
Guest

Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:45 pm   



On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 16:47:04 +0000, Tim Watts <tw_at_example.com> wrote:

Quote:
I want to reboot my hobby electronics again (son is interested, first
job is a 31V H-Bridge interface from a Pi to drive some low voltage
garden LEDs)

Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space anymore - if
you move them, the drawers and/or components tend to fall out.

Something with 100-150 compartments for resistors, assorted caps, leds,
transistors and common chips - individual compartments for resistor
values at least and caps by general type and LEDs by model, don't mind
sorting through one tray for chips and anything that is well marked.


One option I thought of was "penny tubes" with screw lids - not
expensive, good for resistors and small loose things. Could use a
standard "compartment tray" case for chips etc fitted with antistatic
foam to plug them into.

But what to store the tubes in? Something that can keep the tubes in order?

I wondered about a standard flat case lined with foam with holes for the
tubes - can you get hole punches about 3/4"-1" diameter?

Or indeed any other genius ideas :)

Cheers!

Tim


Coin envelopes in plastic bins.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ochcmz38gl5xxw8/Parts_1.JPG?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6yc53r3bv6goahu/Parts_2.JPG?dl=0

You can scribble notes on the envelope, or tape the Digikey packing
slip to the back.








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John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc trk

jlarkin att highlandtechnology dott com
http://www.highlandtechnology.com


Guest

Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:45 pm   



Tim Watts <tw_at_example.com> wrote in
news:g8pmo8F4phhU1_at_mid.individual.net:

Quote:
Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space
anymore - if you move them, the drawers and/or components tend to
fall out.


ESD drawer cabinets tend to seal up well to their respective
openings, so a simple strip of tape over each row of drawers solves
loss issues. Even with SMD parts included.

Packing and hauling carefully is over 50% of the job. This end up
arrows do work if everyone you expect to handle the package is actually
literate and respectful.

Phil Hobbs
Guest

Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:45 pm   



On 12/29/18 12:00 PM, DecadentLinuxUserNumeroUno_at_decadence.org wrote:
Quote:
Tim Watts <tw_at_example.com> wrote in
news:g8pmo8F4phhU1_at_mid.individual.net:

Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space
anymore - if you move them, the drawers and/or components tend to
fall out.


ESD drawer cabinets tend to seal up well to their respective
openings, so a simple strip of tape over each row of drawers solves
loss issues. Even with SMD parts included.

Packing and hauling carefully is over 50% of the job. This end up
arrows do work if everyone you expect to handle the package is actually
literate and respectful.


A metal Akro-Mills drawer cabinet can be modded with a bit of
fibreboard, some removable hinges, sheet metal screws, and a small hasp.
You can also get tool boxes with something like that in the centre
section of the front.

Cheers

Phil Hobbs

--
Dr Philip C D Hobbs
Principal Consultant
ElectroOptical Innovations LLC / Hobbs ElectroOptics
Optics, Electro-optics, Photonics, Analog Electronics
Briarcliff Manor NY 10510

http://electrooptical.net
http://hobbs-eo.com

John S
Guest

Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:45 pm   



On 12/29/2018 1:56 PM, tabbypurr_at_gmail.com wrote:
Quote:
On Saturday, 29 December 2018 16:47:09 UTC, Tim Watts wrote:

I want to reboot my hobby electronics again (son is interested, first
job is a 31V H-Bridge interface from a Pi to drive some low voltage
garden LEDs)

Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space anymore - if
you move them, the drawers and/or components tend to fall out.

Something with 100-150 compartments for resistors, assorted caps, leds,
transistors and common chips - individual compartments for resistor
values at least and caps by general type and LEDs by model, don't mind
sorting through one tray for chips and anything that is well marked.


One option I thought of was "penny tubes" with screw lids - not
expensive, good for resistors and small loose things. Could use a
standard "compartment tray" case for chips etc fitted with antistatic
foam to plug them into.

But what to store the tubes in? Something that can keep the tubes in order?

I wondered about a standard flat case lined with foam with holes for the
tubes - can you get hole punches about 3/4"-1" diameter?

Or indeed any other genius ideas :)

Cheers!

Tim

There are various ways, but whatever you get MUST be burstproof. DAMHIKT.
Containers that can survive being dropped onto concrete are also a plus.


NT


WTFHI DAMHIT?


Guest

Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:45 pm   



On Saturday, 29 December 2018 16:47:09 UTC, Tim Watts wrote:

Quote:
I want to reboot my hobby electronics again (son is interested, first
job is a 31V H-Bridge interface from a Pi to drive some low voltage
garden LEDs)

Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space anymore - if
you move them, the drawers and/or components tend to fall out.

Something with 100-150 compartments for resistors, assorted caps, leds,
transistors and common chips - individual compartments for resistor
values at least and caps by general type and LEDs by model, don't mind
sorting through one tray for chips and anything that is well marked.


One option I thought of was "penny tubes" with screw lids - not
expensive, good for resistors and small loose things. Could use a
standard "compartment tray" case for chips etc fitted with antistatic
foam to plug them into.

But what to store the tubes in? Something that can keep the tubes in order?

I wondered about a standard flat case lined with foam with holes for the
tubes - can you get hole punches about 3/4"-1" diameter?

Or indeed any other genius ideas :)

Cheers!

Tim


There are various ways, but whatever you get MUST be burstproof. DAMHIKT.
Containers that can survive being dropped onto concrete are also a plus.


NT


Guest

Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:45 pm   



Phil Hobbs <pcdhSpamMeSenseless_at_electrooptical.net> wrote in
news:q08cab$cr1$1_at_dont-email.me:

Quote:
On 12/29/18 12:00 PM, DecadentLinuxUserNumeroUno_at_decadence.org
wrote:
Tim Watts <tw_at_example.com> wrote in
news:g8pmo8F4phhU1_at_mid.individual.net:

Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space
anymore - if you move them, the drawers and/or components tend
to fall out.


ESD drawer cabinets tend to seal up well to their respective
openings, so a simple strip of tape over each row of drawers
solves loss issues. Even with SMD parts included.

Packing and hauling carefully is over 50% of the job. This
end up
arrows do work if everyone you expect to handle the package is
actually literate and respectful.


A metal Akro-Mills drawer cabinet can be modded with a bit of
fibreboard, some removable hinges, sheet metal screws, and a small
hasp. You can also get tool boxes with something like that in the
centre section of the front.

Cheers

Phil Hobbs


The ESD safe variety are not that much more from them.

John Larkin
Guest

Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:45 am   



On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 20:51:36 -0500, Martin Riddle
<martin_ridd_at_verizon.net> wrote:

Quote:
On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 09:39:02 -0800, John Larkin
jjlarkin_at_highlandtechnology.com> wrote:

On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 16:47:04 +0000, Tim Watts <tw_at_example.com> wrote:

I want to reboot my hobby electronics again (son is interested, first
job is a 31V H-Bridge interface from a Pi to drive some low voltage
garden LEDs)

Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space anymore - if
you move them, the drawers and/or components tend to fall out.

Something with 100-150 compartments for resistors, assorted caps, leds,
transistors and common chips - individual compartments for resistor
values at least and caps by general type and LEDs by model, don't mind
sorting through one tray for chips and anything that is well marked.


One option I thought of was "penny tubes" with screw lids - not
expensive, good for resistors and small loose things. Could use a
standard "compartment tray" case for chips etc fitted with antistatic
foam to plug them into.

But what to store the tubes in? Something that can keep the tubes in order?

I wondered about a standard flat case lined with foam with holes for the
tubes - can you get hole punches about 3/4"-1" diameter?

Or indeed any other genius ideas :)

Cheers!

Tim

Coin envelopes in plastic bins.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ochcmz38gl5xxw8/Parts_1.JPG?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6yc53r3bv6goahu/Parts_2.JPG?dl=0

You can scribble notes on the envelope, or tape the Digikey packing
slip to the back.

I've come to the conclusion that this is the best way to store parts.
If you go with drawers or parts component bins, in 5 years you'll
never find the exact drawer or bins again adn it'll look like a hack
job. At least tupperware will be around for a long time.

BTW, what is the name of that Ikea desk? I know it was mentioned but
I cant find it.

Cheers


Sadly, they don't make that one any more.


--

John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc

lunatic fringe electronics

Martin Riddle
Guest

Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:45 am   



On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 20:51:36 -0500, Martin Riddle
<martin_ridd_at_verizon.net> wrote:

Quote:
On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 09:39:02 -0800, John Larkin
jjlarkin_at_highlandtechnology.com> wrote:

On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 16:47:04 +0000, Tim Watts <tw_at_example.com> wrote:

I want to reboot my hobby electronics again (son is interested, first
job is a 31V H-Bridge interface from a Pi to drive some low voltage
garden LEDs)

Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space anymore - if
you move them, the drawers and/or components tend to fall out.

Something with 100-150 compartments for resistors, assorted caps, leds,
transistors and common chips - individual compartments for resistor
values at least and caps by general type and LEDs by model, don't mind
sorting through one tray for chips and anything that is well marked.


One option I thought of was "penny tubes" with screw lids - not
expensive, good for resistors and small loose things. Could use a
standard "compartment tray" case for chips etc fitted with antistatic
foam to plug them into.

But what to store the tubes in? Something that can keep the tubes in order?

I wondered about a standard flat case lined with foam with holes for the
tubes - can you get hole punches about 3/4"-1" diameter?

Or indeed any other genius ideas :)

Cheers!

Tim

Coin envelopes in plastic bins.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ochcmz38gl5xxw8/Parts_1.JPG?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6yc53r3bv6goahu/Parts_2.JPG?dl=0

You can scribble notes on the envelope, or tape the Digikey packing
slip to the back.

I've come to the conclusion that this is the best way to store parts.
If you go with drawers or parts component bins, in 5 years you'll
never find the exact drawer or bins again adn it'll look like a hack
job. At least tupperware will be around for a long time.

BTW, what is the name of that Ikea desk? I know it was mentioned but
I cant find it.

Cheers


Never mind, I found the name, the 'Jerker'. Then theres the later
'Fredrik'. But unfortunatly that style is gone form the ikea website.

Cheers

Martin Riddle
Guest

Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:45 am   



On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 09:39:02 -0800, John Larkin
<jjlarkin_at_highlandtechnology.com> wrote:

Quote:
On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 16:47:04 +0000, Tim Watts <tw_at_example.com> wrote:

I want to reboot my hobby electronics again (son is interested, first
job is a 31V H-Bridge interface from a Pi to drive some low voltage
garden LEDs)

Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space anymore - if
you move them, the drawers and/or components tend to fall out.

Something with 100-150 compartments for resistors, assorted caps, leds,
transistors and common chips - individual compartments for resistor
values at least and caps by general type and LEDs by model, don't mind
sorting through one tray for chips and anything that is well marked.


One option I thought of was "penny tubes" with screw lids - not
expensive, good for resistors and small loose things. Could use a
standard "compartment tray" case for chips etc fitted with antistatic
foam to plug them into.

But what to store the tubes in? Something that can keep the tubes in order?

I wondered about a standard flat case lined with foam with holes for the
tubes - can you get hole punches about 3/4"-1" diameter?

Or indeed any other genius ideas :)

Cheers!

Tim

Coin envelopes in plastic bins.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ochcmz38gl5xxw8/Parts_1.JPG?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6yc53r3bv6goahu/Parts_2.JPG?dl=0

You can scribble notes on the envelope, or tape the Digikey packing
slip to the back.


I've come to the conclusion that this is the best way to store parts.
If you go with drawers or parts component bins, in 5 years you'll
never find the exact drawer or bins again adn it'll look like a hack
job. At least tupperware will be around for a long time.

BTW, what is the name of that Ikea desk? I know it was mentioned but
I cant find it.

Cheers

Johnny B Good
Guest

Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:45 am   



On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 14:05:08 -0600, John S wrote:

====snip====

Quote:

WTFHI DAMHIT?


It means, "Don't Ask Me How I Know That".

The full acronym goes, "DAMHIK, IJK Sad"

Like all such acronyms, it's one that's best used sparingly lest it
becomes regarded as a literal 'tic' or 'mannerism' of its author
(similarly for those apparently deliberate mispellings such as "shure"
for sure and so on that become real old very fast).

HTH & HAND! :-)

--
Johnny B Good

John S
Guest

Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:45 am   



On 12/29/2018 9:16 PM, Johnny B Good wrote:
Quote:
On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 14:05:08 -0600, John S wrote:

====snip====


WTFHI DAMHIT?

It means, "Don't Ask Me How I Know That".

The full acronym goes, "DAMHIK, IJK Sad"

Like all such acronyms, it's one that's best used sparingly lest it
becomes regarded as a literal 'tic' or 'mannerism' of its author
(similarly for those apparently deliberate mispellings such as "shure"
for sure and so on that become real old very fast).

HTH & HAND! Smile


Thanks. I get the HTH (it does) but, WTHI HAND?


Guest

Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:45 pm   



On Sunday, 30 December 2018 05:53:53 UTC, John S wrote:
Quote:
On 12/29/2018 9:16 PM, Johnny B Good wrote:
On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 14:05:08 -0600, John S wrote:

WTFHI DAMHIT?

It means, "Don't Ask Me How I Know That".

The full acronym goes, "DAMHIK, IJK Sad"

Like all such acronyms, it's one that's best used sparingly lest it
becomes regarded as a literal 'tic' or 'mannerism' of its author
(similarly for those apparently deliberate mispellings such as "shure"
for sure and so on that become real old very fast).

HTH & HAND! :-)


Thanks. I get the HTH (it does) but, WTHI HAND?


don't you have search engines?


NT


Guest

Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:45 pm   



John S <Sophi.2_at_invalid.org> wrote in
news:q09mhd$6pi$4_at_dont-email.me:

Quote:
On 12/29/2018 9:16 PM, Johnny B Good wrote:
On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 14:05:08 -0600, John S wrote:

====snip====


WTFHI DAMHIT?

It means, "Don't Ask Me How I Know That".

The full acronym goes, "DAMHIK, IJK Sad"

Like all such acronyms, it's one that's best used sparingly
lest it
becomes regarded as a literal 'tic' or 'mannerism' of its author
(similarly for those apparently deliberate mispellings such as
"shure" for sure and so on that become real old very fast).

HTH & HAND! :-)


Thanks. I get the HTH (it does) but, WTHI HAND?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk_to_the_hand

Retarded rude behavior. Even Donald J. Trump runs his life self
centered around disrupting other folks' lives. His comes with a
pointed finger and him exclaiming "excuse me".

It is one of the most retarded gestures anyone of an adult age
ever used. The dipshits performing a full-on embrace of the stupid
shit are even worse.


Guest

Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:45 pm   



On Sat, 29 Dec 2018 16:47:04 +0000, Tim Watts <tw_at_example.com> wrote:

Quote:
I want to reboot my hobby electronics again (son is interested, first
job is a 31V H-Bridge interface from a Pi to drive some low voltage
garden LEDs)

Drawers are no good as I don't have a dedicated "lab" space anymore - if
you move them, the drawers and/or components tend to fall out.

Something with 100-150 compartments for resistors, assorted caps, leds,
transistors and common chips - individual compartments for resistor
values at least and caps by general type and LEDs by model, don't mind
sorting through one tray for chips and anything that is well marked.


One option I thought of was "penny tubes" with screw lids - not
expensive, good for resistors and small loose things. Could use a
standard "compartment tray" case for chips etc fitted with antistatic
foam to plug them into.


These are great. I've bought resistor kits, already set up, and have
some empties for other common components. There are several varieties
for different purposes. Some are anti-static, some are not.

<https://www.amazon.com/AideTek-Box-All-Enclosure-conponents-Organizer-x/dp/B0187UO7QC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546177892&sr=8-1&keywords=component+sample+cases>

Quote:
But what to store the tubes in? Something that can keep the tubes in order?

I wondered about a standard flat case lined with foam with holes for the
tubes - can you get hole punches about 3/4"-1" diameter?

Or indeed any other genius ideas :)

Cheers!

Tim


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