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Karl Herbert
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@charles-h13

I also have fire extinguishers in the house and hope that I never have to use them. Additionally I have installed a smoke detector in the printer enclosure. It makes a lot of noise when smoke comes up: smoke detector

Statt zu klagen, dass wir nicht alles haben, was wir wollen, sollten wir lieber dankbar sein, dass wir nicht alles bekommen, was wir verdienen....
Posted : 07/08/2020 7:47 pm
charles.h13
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I highly recommend Element fire extinguishers. They cost a bit more, but they last longer and are easier to use than traditional ABC pressurized bottles.

I am seriously considering putting an Element Fire extinguisher in each enclosure.

Posted : 08/08/2020 10:01 pm
jsw
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When we built the house (5y ago) the code required smoke detectors in almost every room and CO detectors in places like bedrooms and living rooms, so I got a smoke detector in my office whether or not I wanted it.  They are hardwired and daisy-chained, so if one goes off, everything sounds.  There are something like 11 of them in the place, which is about 9 more than we had in the old place.  Each has a 9 volt battery backup, and every couple of years those run down and they will intermittently beep, and it's a pain in some cases to figure out exactly which one is beeping.  This little game (replace all backup batteries) has now happened twice and it is not fun.

Posted : 09/08/2020 1:22 am
charles.h13
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I have switched lubricants to:

Magnilube or Suoerlube.

Posted : 09/08/2020 2:26 pm
charles.h13
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In each enclosure, I have installed a magnet to the top to attach flashlights.  I ordered these flashlights to spotlight areas during maintenance.  

Posted : 10/08/2020 1:59 pm
bobstro
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I cheaped out and went with these little flashlights. They're inexpensive enough I can keep one by every device and in drawers around the house.

My notes and disclaimers on 3D printing and miscellaneous other tech projects
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Posted : 10/08/2020 5:20 pm
charles.h13
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@bobstro

I prefer rechargeable.  

Posted : 10/08/2020 5:25 pm
bobstro
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Posted by: @charles-h13

I prefer rechargeable.  

I've got rechargeable AA & AAA cells. I've been burned by having to wait to recharge a light with a fixed battery, so prefer field-swappable most of the time. I'd hate to toss a light when a hardwired internal charger or battery goes out. More of an issue with the cheap ones mind you.

 

My notes and disclaimers on 3D printing and miscellaneous other tech projects
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Posted : 10/08/2020 5:31 pm
charles.h13
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@bobstro

I usually buy 18650 series batteries.  

Posted : 10/08/2020 8:31 pm
bobstro
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Posted by: @charles-h13

I usually buy 18650 series batteries.  

I've got those for "real world" lights, but just use the small cheapies for the printer and misc use. The bigger, heavier batteries were handy when we lost power for a day recently. Good example of where I want a swappable battery though. I've got one 18650 flashlight that's self-contained with a charger on board, and it was a pain to keep charged. I've looked at some of the other types, but 18650 seems to be the new big thing for portable lighting and electronics.

I love how much cheaper decent flashlights are compared to the MagLite incandescents of just a few years ago! I can buy a handful for what I paid for a AA penlight back then.

 

My notes and disclaimers on 3D printing and miscellaneous other tech projects
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Posted : 10/08/2020 9:39 pm
charles.h13
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@bobstro

Interesting.  I have several that keep charges for up to 3-4 months.  I keep a couple batteries charged to replace them.

Posted : 10/08/2020 9:45 pm
bobstro
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Posted by: @charles-h13

[...] Interesting.  I have several that keep charges for up to 3-4 months.  I keep a couple batteries charged to replace them.

Oh wait... 2 different topics.

The 18650s hold a charge well. Sorry, didn't mean to imply they don't. It's just that my one model can't be used while recharging due to the all-in-one design, so it wasn't as convenient as just swapping in a fresh 18650. I keep a bunch of those around for dog walks and our occasional storms. They're a little big (IMO) to store conveniently at the printer, and blindingly bright when I've tried, so I use the little cheapies.

The little lights I use at the printer are just convenience. If they're too bright, they tend to blind me. I've got one at each printer, but they do manage to wander away on occasion. I want 'em cheap enough that I can have a bunch around when needed, just like reading glasses. The AAA types are plenty, and I can use rechargeable removables with them. My biggest complaint is the silly lighting pattern some have. I just want a light and not an SOS strobe. The little side worklight looks useful, but I wish it didn't get selected up 1st on one model. Nice that they're cheap, but a bit too smart sometimes.

 

My notes and disclaimers on 3D printing and miscellaneous other tech projects
He is intelligent, but not experienced. His pattern indicates two dimensional thinking. -- Spock in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan...
Posted : 10/08/2020 10:19 pm
charles.h13
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Anyone own a decent motorized screw driver?  Or even a ratcheting screw driver?  

Posted : 12/08/2020 5:33 pm
Karl Herbert
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@charles-h13

Yes, I have several devices, like this one e.g. an older tool which still works fine:


You can set the speed and torque. Also slow to fast turning start.

 

Statt zu klagen, dass wir nicht alles haben, was wir wollen, sollten wir lieber dankbar sein, dass wir nicht alles bekommen, was wir verdienen....
Posted : 12/08/2020 8:56 pm
sledjunk
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Posted by: @karl-herbert

@charles-h13

Yes, I have several devices, like this one e.g. an older tool which still works fine:


You can set the speed and torque. Also slow to fast turning start.

 

I have one of those as well, rescued from my company when I retired.

Drinking alcohol can cause memory loss. Or worse, memory loss!...
Posted : 12/08/2020 9:16 pm
charles.h13
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Pretty cool screw driver.  

Posted : 12/08/2020 9:42 pm
Karl Herbert
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This tools are also very practical for deburring holes and all kinds of edges. The blade is hardened and can be used for many materials:

https://www.tradetools.com/product-range/hand-tools/filing-and-scraping/renegade-industrial-deburrer-tool

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ruko-102145-Hand-Deburrer-Ground/dp/B00200HW9A

Statt zu klagen, dass wir nicht alles haben, was wir wollen, sollten wir lieber dankbar sein, dass wir nicht alles bekommen, was wir verdienen....
Posted : 12/08/2020 10:03 pm
charles.h13
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@bobstro

Interesting stuff.  They need a US distributer.  

Posted : 13/08/2020 3:21 am
jsw
 jsw
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Posted by: @charles-h13

Anyone own a decent motorized screw driver?  Or even a ratcheting screw driver?  

I have a set, unbranded, from Ace Hardware here in the States that includes a ratchet handle (actually two, one regular screwdriver type, the other offset) into which various bits (flat, phillipps, hex, etc.) can be placed.  I use it down in the train room and not with the 3d printer, however.

Posted : 13/08/2020 9:15 am
charles.h13
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Anyone have any more suggestions?

Posted : 15/08/2020 10:26 pm
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