Nothing In Particular

Subjects that don't have their own home
Post Reply
User avatar
Mike H
Amstrad Tower of Power
Posts: 18451
Joined: Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:38 pm
Location: The Fens
Contact:

Nothing In Particular

Post by Mike H » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:38 pm

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

.
 
I never make the same mistake twice. Instead I prefer to fill my day with a variety of different mistakes

User avatar
Nick
Site Admin
Posts: 11990
Joined: Sun May 06, 2007 10:20 am
Location: West Yorkshire

Post by Nick » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:41 pm

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.
Resistance isn't futile it's V / I.

User avatar
Mike H
Amstrad Tower of Power
Posts: 18451
Joined: Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:38 pm
Location: The Fens
Contact:

Post by Mike H » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:59 pm

Brings a whole new meaning to the expression "a surprise package from the postman" :lol:


.
 
I never make the same mistake twice. Instead I prefer to fill my day with a variety of different mistakes

User avatar
Ali Tait
Social outcast
Posts: 3646
Joined: Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:10 pm
Location: Dunfermline

Post by Ali Tait » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:39 pm

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

Andrew
Eternally single
Posts: 4102
Joined: Thu May 24, 2007 2:18 pm

Post by Andrew » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:51 pm

Things that make you go OUCH

User avatar
Dave the bass
Amstrad Tower of Power
Posts: 11079
Joined: Tue May 22, 2007 4:36 pm
Location: NW Kent, Darn Sarf innit.

Post by Dave the bass » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:53 pm

It was used then returned, then resold again?

DTB
"One pound of middle cut pork leg joint,
Stew my foot and call me Brenda".

User avatar
al newall
Needs to get out more
Posts: 1736
Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:55 pm
Location: Chester

Post by al newall » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:42 pm

April Fools Day perhaps.
Much to learn there is.

User avatar
Dave the bass
Amstrad Tower of Power
Posts: 11079
Joined: Tue May 22, 2007 4:36 pm
Location: NW Kent, Darn Sarf innit.

Post by Dave the bass » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:33 pm

Hang on a minute.

It's free electricity :shock: :)

Make the most of it!

DTB
"One pound of middle cut pork leg joint,
Stew my foot and call me Brenda".

User avatar
Mike H
Amstrad Tower of Power
Posts: 18451
Joined: Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:38 pm
Location: The Fens
Contact:

Post by Mike H » Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:09 pm

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.

.
 
I never make the same mistake twice. Instead I prefer to fill my day with a variety of different mistakes

User avatar
Mike H
Amstrad Tower of Power
Posts: 18451
Joined: Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:38 pm
Location: The Fens
Contact:

Post by Mike H » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:53 pm

Val Doonican is 83 today! Image


.
 
I never make the same mistake twice. Instead I prefer to fill my day with a variety of different mistakes

User avatar
Mike H
Amstrad Tower of Power
Posts: 18451
Joined: Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:38 pm
Location: The Fens
Contact:

Post by Mike H » Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:07 pm

Why is it necessary for RS to post a handful of resistors in two separate jiffy bags? Image

Different sized ones, even

 
 
I never make the same mistake twice. Instead I prefer to fill my day with a variety of different mistakes

User avatar
pre65
Amstrad Tower of Power
Posts: 17710
Joined: Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:13 pm
Location: North Essex

Post by pre65 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:16 pm

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.
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. John Lennon

G-Popz THE easy listening connoisseur. (Philip)

User avatar
The Stratmangler
Needs to get out more
Posts: 1965
Joined: Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:50 pm
Location: Rossendale, Lancashire

Post by The Stratmangler » Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:23 pm

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:

User avatar
Mike H
Amstrad Tower of Power
Posts: 18451
Joined: Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:38 pm
Location: The Fens
Contact:

Post by Mike H » Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:47 pm

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

 
 
I never make the same mistake twice. Instead I prefer to fill my day with a variety of different mistakes

User avatar
Greg
Shed dweller
Posts: 2670
Joined: Wed May 23, 2007 11:14 am
Location: Bristol, UK

Post by Greg » Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:33 pm

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

Post Reply