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#1 Nothing In Particular

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:38 pm
by Mike H
A topic for sporadic unrelated thoughts and musings


#1.
For some considerable time I have carefully managed to avoid getting "zapped", however I was caught out yesterday evening.

There's these two 8.2uF polypropylenes strapped onto a bit of hardboard that haven't been used for months and months and months, well sometime early last year anyway. In fact were taken out of a chassis box that has since been converted into something completely different, namely the power supply for Rocky IV/ Aurora-7.

So I'm scratching about looking for something to replace the o/p caps in me phono pre cos the values aren't big enough. Ah-ha, I'll use these if they can be shoe-horned in. Yes they can, OK then bare and prepare wire ends etc., now this one is going to have to be positioned like so (holding both leads) ~ ZOINK!!

Oh really? Like that is it? OK then, what's the other one like; screwdriver blade across bared wire ends, walloping big blue flash :shock:

Screwdriver blade across the one that just bitten me, walloping big blue flash

I'm very impressed that they could hold that charge for > 6 months Image

PS me fingers were numb for 5 minutes

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#2

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:41 pm
by Nick
I still haven;t worked out how it happened, but I got a BG WKZ from AE once, and it arrived with about 100v charge on it.

#3

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:59 pm
by Mike H
Brings a whole new meaning to the expression "a surprise package from the postman" :lol:


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#4

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:39 pm
by Ali Tait
Nick wrote:I still haven;t worked out how it happened, but I got a BG WKZ from AE once, and it arrived with about 100v charge on it.
The postman walked past a substation? :D

#5

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:51 pm
by Andrew
Things that make you go OUCH

#6

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:53 pm
by Dave the bass
It was used then returned, then resold again?

DTB

#7

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:42 pm
by al newall
April Fools Day perhaps.

#8

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:33 pm
by Dave the bass
Hang on a minute.

It's free electricity :shock: :)

Make the most of it!

DTB

#9

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:09 pm
by Mike H
Yes that's true. Delivered to your door, yet!

Andrew wrote:Things that make you go OUCH
I was too surprised to exclaim "ouch", quite forgot to do that.

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#10

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:53 pm
by Mike H
Val Doonican is 83 today! Image


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#11

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:07 pm
by Mike H
Why is it necessary for RS to post a handful of resistors in two separate jiffy bags? Image

Different sized ones, even

 

#12

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:16 pm
by pre65
Mike H wrote:Why is it necessary for RS to post a handful of resistors in two separate jiffy bags? Image

Different sized ones, even

 
Last time I had that they came from different locations.

#13

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:23 pm
by The Stratmangler
pre65 wrote:
Mike H wrote:Why is it necessary for RS to post a handful of resistors in two separate jiffy bags? Image

Different sized ones, even

 
Last time I had that they came from different locations.
Wot, top shelf, third from the left, and middle shelf, two in from the right ?

Chris :scratch:

#14

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:47 pm
by Mike H
Yes I wondered if maybe like oh damn these ones should've gone in as well, will have to go separately now.

Dunno, both envelopes from Birchington Road Corby Image

 

#15

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:33 pm
by Greg
Hi Mike,

This might well be to do with RS's standard of customer service which I'm sure you acknowledge is very good.

It reminds me of a couple of years ago when I made an order at a Trade Counter for some parts. I went in next day to collect and the order was part filled. Outstanding parts amounted in value to under £5. I explained that I needed to complete the build I was working on that day. In response, they motorcycle couriered down my cheap bits to my home from Birmingham to Bristol in under two hours :shock:

It doesn't make ecological sense but you can't knock the level of customer service.

Regards,

Greg