Sunday, September 19, 2010

Starting on Scale Cables-A Preview

It's late, I'm tired, and I haven't accomplished much since this morning (except for spending a bit more money than originally intended on some beefier connectors, additional protection, and custom cabling-I did start building those, though), so here's a quick preview of what's coming up soon:

More details soon...

Oh, yea-here's a pic of myself, taken by yours truly:

I should've had my son take the pic, but I'm sure he would've thought it was for an online dating service (I did use this pic on one, so I didn't want to hear him say, "I told you so" after he found out, LOL).

BTW-I don't work in the shop with an unbuttoned shirt; that's just too dangerous.  Old "T's" are my preference when at the home shop/work room.

More to come shortly, I plan to make some serious progress on the DRO and mounting the scales ASAP-hopefully finishing the entire DRO project within a couple weeks from now.


  1. Hey dude,

    Good to have a pic to the name :)

    I've had problem soldering wires to those cups. Couldn't seem to get them hot enough for the solder to flow. When they did, I smell rubber...


  2. Hey Wong!

    It's nice to see a pic to relate you, too.

    I hadn't thought of encountering any problems while soldering the wiring to the cups in these receptacles and connectors, but I have several clip-on style heat sinks I can use when I solder them. I will disconnect the wiring from the PCB and install the 35 Watt element in my Weller iron when I solder them, and I'll be sure to tin the ends of the wires before soldering them, too. I bought solid core/single strand wiring to connect to these because I thought those may be easier to solder to the cups on the XLR style terminals, but I'll keep a fan and some soaked sponges handy to prevent ruining the insulation material inside them (these have plastic insulators though, not rubber, so I hope they can withstand the higher temps that the 35W element in my Weller will output).

    Thanks for the warning!

    You're making some good progress on your projects it seems; great material in your blog! I'm trying to keep up with it as I can and I always enjoy reading your new entries. Keep up the good work!

    Best wishes,

    Adam Collins

    P.S. I had to google your reference to the "Casio F-200;" I thought it may have been a keyboard before I searched it. My TI-30XIIS (a $15 Texas Instruments calculator) has served me well throughout the course of my studies, even when the majority of other students bought graphing calculators for the last math class I had taken, I still used the same TI-30XIIS and learned those equations and functions the hard way on it! I thought I'd be moving onto calculus at the time for the engineering degree I wanted (and still want), but I may eventually go back for those classes after finishing the machine tool program (I still think I'd make a good engineer, but I LOVE operating both manual and CNC machines-especially the industrial sized ones!)...

  3. Adam,
    The Casio FC-200 is a financial calculator, an essential tool in mine and many other related trades. It doesn't come with those trig function etc. But I bought a simple one with fractions for that.

    Put on the pic of your little one if you can. He sure sound adorable in your descriptions.


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