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 Post subject: Poke it with a stick ?
PostPosted: Jan Thu 09, 2020 5:43 pm 
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I've found that using bamboo cooking skewers to be very handy. They clear solder holes on PCB's, aid in removing flux with a drop of solvent without scratching, clear out trash from sockets and tuning condensers, and more. Even pulls the lint out of the sockets on my new fanged gadgets without the threat of damage to the contacts. With the use of one of those cheap disposable / snap off blades the tip can be revived or modified as needed. Being a softer material it wont scratch things up and it helps stringing dial cord with a notch cut in the end.
Cheap and versatile solution.


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 Post subject: Re: Poke it with a stick ?
PostPosted: Jan Thu 09, 2020 9:29 pm 
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Also a 1/4" dowel of appropriate length is good to help find loose connections by tapping components and applying pressure to solder joints, socket contacts. etc.. That has isolated intermittent issues for me in the past.

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 Post subject: Re: Poke it with a stick ?
PostPosted: Jan Thu 09, 2020 9:52 pm 
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Next time you're eating Chinese grab a couple extra chop sticks....they are wood and also good for poking around.

When I was in the Air Force I was issued a dense ~5" fiber poker that was semi-pointed on one end that was good for poking around without shorting anything out. That's one of the tools I kept and still use.

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 Post subject: Re: Poke it with a stick ?
PostPosted: Jan Thu 09, 2020 11:41 pm 
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I have a couple of tools like what John just described. Pointy on one end and flat on the other. It is a black fiber used to taking apart laptops. Perfect for poking around the chassis and finding connections that some dummy forgot to solder.

Freeman


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 Post subject: Re: Poke it with a stick ?
PostPosted: Jan Thu 09, 2020 11:50 pm 
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We used to get fiberglass rod, about an 1/8" in diameter from the fishing place near us. Great for shock-free poking around, and you could file one end down and use it as a screwdriver...

In the service, every bench had a bundle of orange sticks. Jensen still sells them. We also had some neat fiber-filled pullers and pry tools for aligning blades in UHF radios - blade-tracking for those in the know. I sure didn't want to get zapped poking around in some of the final amps.

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 Post subject: Re: Poke it with a stick ?
PostPosted: Jan Fri 10, 2020 12:40 am 
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I have found that bamboo chopsticks work very well for poking around, and they are very strong.

I sharpen one end to a point and make the other end flat like a screwdriver.
Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: Poke it with a stick ?
PostPosted: Jan Sat 11, 2020 6:10 pm 
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I put a hole in one end of a chopstick and used it as a sewing needle to put the drawstring
back into the hood of a sweatshirt.

Mikek


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 Post subject: Re: Poke it with a stick ?
PostPosted: Jan Thu 16, 2020 6:19 pm 
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+1 on chopsticks. Can be fashioned into insulated tools and handy for mixing paint. I bought about 2 dozen for $5 on-line.

Rich


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