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Old 15th Jun 2018, 8:21 pm   #1
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This is my workshop under the stairs that had fallen into a junk storage area and not been used for a few years. So today decided to restore it to use. Found a fully restored VHF 71 , forgot I did it and had to do a cap check before powering!! All caps were new. Also found bits of test gear that I had not seen for ages. I eventually got it all cleared and gradually tested things. The only failure was my faithfull Maplin frequency counter that worked for a few mins then wouuld not respond to the selection buttons.
Note there is an extraction fan under the shelf overhang to take out fumes should I solder under the overhang.
Cross connected everything in Dr Who fasion with a lissajous for the final photo.

The challenge now is to keep it tidy and useable.

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Old 15th Jun 2018, 10:33 pm   #2
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Well done!

I did something similar recently - in fact I cleared a few benches in various places which are set up for different purposes. I'm trying really hard to keep the benches clear all the time - just take out a job onto the bench, work on it, then put it aside. I've made a load more shelves to try to have more 'aside' space, but even if it ends up on the floor, I want a clear bench to inspire me to want to work. Seems to be helping!
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 10:54 pm   #3
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Funnily enough even though i get hayfever and my other half is asthmatic, rosin fumes don't affect either of us...as far as we can tell
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Old 16th Jun 2018, 7:05 am   #4
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Well done!

I did something similar recently - in fact I cleared a few benches in various places which are set up for different purposes. I'm trying really hard to keep the benches clear all the time - just take out a job onto the bench, work on it, then put it aside. I've made a load more shelves to try to have more 'aside' space, but even if it ends up on the floor, I want a clear bench to inspire me to want to work. Seems to be helping!
Congratulations, Mark...
But what do you do with all the longer-term projects, those awaiting parts or thinking time, those where you are interrupted half-way through etc? Putting them 'aside' always seems to result in missing parts or loss of interest for me.
At present, I have a pressure washer apart on the garden table, an amplifier on my electronics bench, a mixer in the dining room...
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Old 16th Jun 2018, 8:52 am   #5
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Blimey Pete, that's very bijoux you must feel like Harry Potter in there : ) Still I bet it does the job and good to see you back at the bench. I'd go nut's if I didn't have somewhere to tinker.

It's a never ending battle Mark, trying to keep the bench and WS clear. I spend a day mucking mine out once in a while till it looks great, then some s*d comes in and chucks stuff everywhere and makes a mess. It's like Jekyl and Hyde.

"Funnily enough..... rosin fumes don't affect either of us" Puts hairs on your chest as they used to say.

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Old 16th Jun 2018, 10:29 am   #6
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Old 16th Jun 2018, 11:14 am   #7
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Don't mention rosin fumes. Have a large cupboard and made myself very very unpopular, The fire alarm sensor is in the ceiling down the passage, every time I solder something, off it goes.
It has no means of stopping it, it is connected to the fire station.
Move to the living room, need a pee, open door -- oh balls, you can guess.
It is a sad life, can't solder and pee at the same time.
Suggestions on a post card.
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Old 16th Jun 2018, 11:21 am   #8
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Pee in a bottle? Or investigate one of those typically not-very-good cooker hoods with a big bag of activated carbon in them, which don't extract to the outside. Activated carbon is remarkable stuff. I bet you could scavenge a cooker hood for nothing.
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This is my workshop under the stairs that had fallen into a junk storage area and not been used for a few years. So today decided to restore it to use. Found a fully restored VHF 71 , forgot I did it and had to do a cap check before powering!! All caps were new. Also found bits of test gear that I had not seen for ages. I eventually got it all cleared and gradually tested things. The only failure was my faithfull Maplin frequency counter that worked for a few mins then wouuld not respond to the selection buttons.
Note there is an extraction fan under the shelf overhang to take out fumes should I solder under the overhang.
Cross connected everything in Dr Who fasion with a lissajous for the final photo.

The challenge now is to keep it tidy and useable.

Pete
Your last statement about tidy and useable was one challenge I was never able to master.
That trait seems to be universal in a hobby of this type.
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 8:31 pm   #10
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This is my workshop under the stairs that had fallen into a junk storage area and not been used for a few years. So today decided to restore it to use.

Ingenious use of space, Pete, love it!

And also the Lissajous figures, I'm a big fan of them!
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 8:42 pm   #11
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Isn't it illegal to have a Lissajou figure showing if there is no Theremin accompanying it? Or does that only apply if the figure is rotating? If it stays stationary, then it's art?

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Old 20th Jun 2018, 7:07 am   #12
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Great little work space ...... I hope you’re not 6 foot tall😜


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Old 20th Jun 2018, 8:14 am   #13
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Unfortunately I am just under 6 foot hence the pipe insulation on the first stair step in the photo! However once sitting on the removable bench seat there is plenty of head room.
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Old 20th Jun 2018, 4:13 pm   #14
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Great use of space , have just had a tidy under our stairs today , found a murphy a26 ,sobell 516 and an old marconi woody as well ! hopefully moving them on tomorrow , been sat there a while ! is that a Unilab ,made in Blackburn oscilloscope top left ?
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Old 20th Jun 2018, 4:21 pm   #15
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Re the smoke alarm, try a rubber kitchen glove or similar over it when you are soldering.
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Old 20th Jun 2018, 5:17 pm   #16
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Hi Tim Yes schools Unilab 32.602 to be precise , purchased faulty with one 20p transistor failed!
I keep it because it is protected against ground loops and is quick and simple to set up in the range DC up to a few hundred Khz. Plus its simplicity and reparability appeals to me.
The Tek 2235 on the right hand side is for more serious measurements.
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Old 20th Jun 2018, 8:55 pm   #17
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Congratulations Pete. A lovely collection of test equipment. Plus the great Lissajou figures.

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Old 26th Jun 2018, 10:56 pm   #18
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There is something nice about a small workspace, and yours looks really nice.

For many years, I operated both my ham station and vintage radio workshop out of an 8' x 6' garden shed. Very cheap to heat in winter too!
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