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A silly project – just for the fun of it. – A grabber toy.

Dr. Suess grabbing device.

Sometimes projects are highly planned out. Sometimes not. Sometimes you know exactly how you are going to do something because you have lots of experience doing it. Sometimes you try something new and experiment. This was one of those projects were I had very little idea how I was going

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A most useful tool and some announcements.

Measuring a coil diameter

Tonight’s Post is in some ways almost an embarrassment to admit. I have finally purchased a digital calliper and have found it to be one of the most useful tools I have ever purchased. Before going into details about that I have a few announcements to make about this website

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How a GFCI operates and why it requires no ground.

Magnetic field around a wire with the conventional current flowing into the page.

Way back, a long time ago, I started introducing the idea of inductance in a post called “Through the Looking Glass – Duality – The Inductor“. To start talking about inductance it is necessary to talk about electromagnetism and that is

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Examples of Problems with Grounding Electrical Systems

Faking out the Ground Plug.

Tonight’s post is a continuation of the last post “Grounding and Neutral in Power Wiring” and I am going to show a couple of examples of problems with grounding in power and even instrumentation and audio systems. Some of these problems are in my opinion still not resolved and

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A Homemade Box and Pan Brake – A better way

Sometimes… sometimes… you just gotta admit it. There is a better way and it ain’t yours. Actually that is what makes the net a great thing. There is always something to learn if you remain open to learn it and isn’t that the true goal: To become better and better. The only thing I wish

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Stiffening up the Homemade Box and Pan Brake

The brace to stiffen the box and pan brake.

After doing a lot of work in previous tests I determined the brake could get the job done on small pieces of metal but just could not get it done on longer pieces because the hinged board was bowing when I applied the force necessary

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Theory Vs. Reality: First Comes the Assumpton Then It All Goes to Hell

This is a post where I could think of a lot of very funny names and titles, but when it came down to the actually writing one I chose the term I most often use in professional life. “First comes the Assumption Then It all Goes to Hell”. Very often the calculations and number crunching

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More Testing Work on the Homemade Box and Pan Brake

Gap between the hinged board at 90 degrees and the base board with no metal.

Another step forward with the brake project. I cannot say the light at the end of the tunnel is very bright yet, but I am pretty sure it is not a train. I am a whole lot more hopeful

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Debugging the Homemade Box and Pan Brake.

The stiffening bar on the back f the hinged piece

In the last Post “Test 2 of The Box and Pan Brake – Making Progress” I said I was making progress. I am beginning to feel right now I am not although I think I am. Most blogs and D.I.Y. articles do not post

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Test 2 of The Box and Pan Brake – Making Progress

Using Deep C clamps to clamp the clamping board

In the last post about the brake “The Second Baby-Step with the Box and Pan Brake , the problem I had was the clamping board slipped backward when I bent the metal. This gave me a very rounded corner. To fix that problem I purchased

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