[Blabber] Equipment purchases: toolboxes?

Guan Yang guan at yang.dk
Wed May 29 15:22:56 UTC 2013


Again, any actual purchases you would like HM to make should be accompanied
by a link, or it will be put on the backburner.


On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM, Antonio <diveblends at gmail.com> wrote:

> A set of metal files, different sizes from large to very small.
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> On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM, citybadger <citybadger at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> Ben:
>>
>> Would be interested in a couple of cut resistant gloves or similar in the
>> space if you have them.
>> I have a security screwdriver set I'll bring in.
>> Kenny has an air compressor upstairs he'd probably let us use if we ask.
>> Also a MIG welding unit (gasless unfortunately).
>> Konstantin has gas tanks in the space that perhaps can be used for
>> brazing.
>> I second having a few pairs scissors in various sizes.
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>> On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:
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>>> •Scissors are kind of a rarity there. I've only seen/used a pair with a
>>> broken handle.
>>>
>>> •What about obscure screwdriver tips, like star, square, "security"
>>> heads, etc? Personally, I'm fond of ratcheting screw-and-hex-drivers.
>>>
>>> •What about a nail gun? They have some relatively silent models, on the
>>> pricier end.
>>>
>>> •Is there an air compressor in the space?
>>>
>>> •What about brazing? Welding would probably be a fire hazard, but
>>> brazing may be a metal-joining ability to explore. A step up from
>>> soldering, but not load-bearing.
>>>
>>> •Am I the only one who goes through more than 1 pair of Nitrile gloves a
>>> day? I've got my own supply of creepy black ones, but maybe others would
>>> benefit from hand protection.
>>>
>>> •What exactly needs to be done to get the laser etcher up and running?
>>> Is there some commercially-available solution to Chinese/US power supply
>>> conversion that would save time, if not money?
>>> May be worth it, in terms of making an impression on visitors, to have
>>> that up and running. The longer it sits, the longer it Will sit (like
>>> podcasting, for example...).
>>>
>>> *Not suggestions with any passion behind them; just random thoughts.*
>>> _________________________________________________
>>> Also:
>>>
>>> I have a large collection of obscure, hard-to-find tools, safety
>>> equipment, and other items that are just taking up space in my apartment.
>>> Mostly military-issue or related, but may be useful to some.
>>>
>>> If anybody's interested in fire protection, ballistic protection (frag -
>>> not bullet-resistant), slash/cut protection, various goggles,
>>> High-Viz/Low-Viz, load-bearing gear, rigging, climbing, harnesses, modular
>>> plate-carrying vests (w/o plates), utility belts, night vision, gun
>>> maintenance (but no guns), optics, sensor instruments, camouflage, head
>>> protection, or things along those lines, I could make them available.
>>>
>>> I have a large assortment of Field Manuals, Technical Manuals, and
>>> Polygraph-related Manuals; the non-restricted ones I could also avail to
>>> anybody those could help.
>>>
>>> Mind you, I'll be adhering to our NO WEAPONS policy with regard to all
>>> of this - regarding information AND equipment.
>>> I'll not disclose classified information and/or technologies, unless
>>> I've obtained them from the internet or 3rd parties, or they can be easily
>>> obtained elsewhere.
>>> _________________________________________________
>>>
>>> BenS
>>> On May 28, 2013 12:09 PM, "Justin Levinson" <localtalent at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Well, we do need some more diags and the usefully-sized screwdrivers
>>>> keep disappearing.
>>>>
>>>> I like the idea, but even if it is a Grave Sin, things seem to have
>>>> difficulty finding their way back to their homes at this point.  Would we
>>>> just be compounding the problem?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM, citybadger <citybadger at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I have some doubts that this would be productive. The number of common
>>>>> tools that are used so frequently that having multiples of them for ready
>>>>> routine use is very small - wire cutters, #2 screwdrivers, multimeters,
>>>>> needle-nose pliers. A breadboarding kit with breadboards, jumpers and power
>>>>> supplies might make sense, except that people often want to keep things
>>>>> breadboarded for a while and thus is their personal boxes. Soldering kits
>>>>> could be assembled with solder, wick, pen rosin, work clamp, and a
>>>>> soldering station, but that's more of a portable soldering station box than
>>>>> a general toolbox. Maybe someone comes up with a tool list I can be
>>>>> convinced.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Ah, OK.
>>>>>> I think it's a good idea.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Any opportunities for "hop-ons" with this order, like with Adafruit?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I need to get parts for my vacuum-former soon... So that Smooth-On
>>>>>> can drain my bank account
>>>>>>
>>>>>> BenS
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On May 28, 2013, at 11:39, Guan Yang <guan at yang.dk> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> > That's kind of what we already have. (Not enough tools, of course,
>>>>>> but someone has to propose any purchases.) The proposal is to have multiple
>>>>>> sets of the most common tools that are grouped together.
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> > On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11:37 , Ben S wrote:
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >> Perhaps purpose-themed sets of tools (ie. sewing, woodworking,
>>>>>> audio, metalworking, SMD, Molding/Casting, PCB-Making, lighting, painting,
>>>>>> weighing/balancing)?
>>>>>> >>
>>>>>> >> BenS
>>>>>> >>
>>>>>> >> On May 28, 2013, at 11:24, Guan Yang <guan at yang.dk (mailto:
>>>>>> guan at yang.dk)> wrote:
>>>>>> >>
>>>>>> >>> An idea I think first proposed by Jim Galvin that I wanted to
>>>>>> circulate more widely:
>>>>>> >>>
>>>>>> >>> Should we make a semi-large purchase of tools (I think we could
>>>>>> afford to spend a few hundred dollars on this) with the aim of making
>>>>>> complete toolboxes or sets?
>>>>>> >>>
>>>>>> >>> Right now we have things organized by type of tool, so there's a
>>>>>> box of pliers, a box of screwdrivers, etc. That's mainly because we don't
>>>>>> have that many of each kind.
>>>>>> >>>
>>>>>> >>> The idea is to buy N sets of common tools, such as pliers,
>>>>>> screwdrivers, tweezers, wrenches, multimeters, etc. There's a box for each
>>>>>> and they are meant to be kept together, and will be labeled accordingly. It
>>>>>> would be considered a Grave Sin to separate these sets from each other.
>>>>>> >>>
>>>>>> >>> What should such a box contain? How much would it cost?
>>>>>> >>>
>>>>>> >>>
>>>>>> >>>
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