John Kreno on 20 May 2019 10:01:16 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Electronics gear

When it comes to what grade of what to acquire, you need to right size. So figure out what your goal is. If it's just to fool around with no real goal. Harbor Frieght cheapy meters and whatever hot stick you can get will work fine as a soldering iron.

If you have a goal, then like I said, right size. There's a community around the EEVblog and Dave Jones has a wealth of videos and knowledge when it comes to putting together a bench.

On Mon, May 20, 2019 at 12:33 PM jeff <> wrote: was just having a sale on Weller (iron) products.
Regardless, there are tons of places, Amazon + ebay.

There's a cheaper Weller alternative but I'll be damned if I can
remember the name. I think it might be foreign. Get a solder sucker too,
to desolder. Buy good stuff - this way you'll buy once. A really good
set of wirecutters and an all in one stripper/crimper/babysitter.
Craftsman should win an award for their 4 in 1 screwdriver. Needle nose
pliers. More than 1 DMM is always good - Harbor Freight has cheapies. A
'helping hand' which has a horiz bar w 2 clip ends, to hold stuff while
you work on it. Some come with a small magnifier, depending on your age.
Pill bottles are great for parts and hardware, especially while you're
working on something - put everything you take out in one. You should
probably remove the meds first. Take a picture or 3 of everything you
work on in stages, so you remember how to re-assemble it.

Soldering makes an electrical connection, not a mechanical one, so make
sure everything's tight before you solder.  Practice on wire til you're
confident. Make sure to hold the correct end of the iron. Never solder
in shorts (or out of shorts). Don't use a soldering gun for anything
that not humongous. Buy good solder (60/40 tin/lead, 63/37 ultimate).
Always measure high voltage with one hand in your pocket, lest you
provide a convenient path for current, involving your heart.

Buy some beginner kits and assemble. Don't use your A.D.D. to leave a
project open and walk away. You might not remember to finish it. Android
has a really cool electronics reference app.

Sometimes you can find sig gens, parts, and tools at hamfests Basic electronics texts can be had by searching.

Feel free to ask questions offlist.

On 5/20/19 12:17 PM, Paul Walker wrote:
> A little off topic but I have a feeling this is the place to ask. I'm
> trying to get a small / starter electronics bench put together and am
> looking for some gear:
> * Temp. controlled soldering iron
> * Multimeter
> * Power supply
> * Signal generator
> * Solder / flux / wire / solder-sucker / etc
> * parts
> Contact me offlist if you have stuff or onlist if you have general recs
> for getting started
>   - Paul
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