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Am I the only one?

Discussion in 'DIY' started by Satch, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. Satch

    Satch Audiotinkerer

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    Today I worked on an amp (Philips FA-930, but that's not the story). Needed cleaning and some resoldering. It took me about two hours. When I was done I realized that:
    - I worked for 40 minutes
    - Spend 20 minutes searching for my reading glasses
    - spend 20 minutes searching for the screwdriver, which I held in my hand 10 seconds ago
    - spend 40 minutes searching for that screw that dropped to the ground. I found 17 screws, none of which fitted.

    Is it just me?

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  2. stoN_Cold

    stoN_Cold Super Member

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    You are not the only one. :rockon:
     
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  3. savatage1973

    savatage1973 Addicted Member

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    You are not the only one, for certain.

    This is why I have adopted some "strange" measures when working on a piece of gear. I have a bunch of white tablecloths from a restaurant that would not come clean enough to be presentable, so I use them as "dropcloths". I place one down under the piece of gear, and all parts and tools stay on that white cloth. All removed screws go into a large shotglass as they are removed. Knobs and other larger parts go into a plastic food storage container as removed.

    I keep reading glasses everywhere, so I can always find at least one pair somewhere--generally, if I "lose" those while working, they are hanging from my shirt pocket or collar. Tools OTOH are another story. I am not good about putting them away in the same place twice--so that can be a "scavenger hunt". Fortunately, my soldering station and desoldering station both have holders for the tips and drawers to keep solder and flux. Probe/test leads I do keep hanging on a hook on the wall next to the bench, so I know where they are, but they are all together in no particular order, so that can be an adventure--I know where they all are, but finding the right ones can get frustrating at times.

    So, no, you are not alone.
     
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  4. Satch

    Satch Audiotinkerer

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    @savatage1973 : the tablecloth-thing is a pretty good idea, gonna try that. Thanks!
     
  5. stoN_Cold

    stoN_Cold Super Member

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    For that I use old sheets.
     
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  6. knockbill

    knockbill Addicted Member

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    Nope,, its constant,, and gets worse every day!
     
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  7. Satch

    Satch Audiotinkerer

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    I see. Time to find another hobby then. Maybe repairing watches or something easy like that...
     
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  8. Beatnik

    Beatnik What's this ?

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    #4 Dropped and looking for. I have a hard time with small screws, both my index fingers and one thumb have damage. Usually they show up somewhere.
     
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  9. rocknroll1

    rocknroll1 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Damn, sounds just like me
     
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  10. Ray Gianelli

    Ray Gianelli AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I work in my garage, so I placed a piece of scrap carpet in front of my bench so dropped screws don't bounce away. When disassembling a piece of gear I use a series of bags. One large ziploc has the device make and model number written on it with a Sharpie marker. Then as it is disassembled further, smaller bags are marked with a description of where they came from, i.e front, cover, heat sink assembly etc. Makes reassembly way easier, especially if it's a week later after parts arrive.

    I wear progressive lens eyeglasses which go on my face first thing in the morning and stay there. So that's not an issue.

    I'm pretty disciplined about my tools.

    But even with all this, I still drop things and spend time looking for them. And I'll put a tool down on the bench and not be able to find it. I told my girlfriend that I have tunnel vision with a blind spot in the middle.

    So yeah, I've mitigated some of these issues but not eliminated them...
     
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  11. pskaudio

    pskaudio No user serviceable parts inside me... Subscriber

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    Reading these posts makes me laugh. Tools and parts that seem to vanish into thin air, the dropped screw finding it's way to the most hidden location... All of these issues are so time consuming and a bit frustrating while we're working, but become humorous upon reflection.
    On the flip side, there are times when it goes off without a single problem and a thoroughly satisfying result.
    To the O.P.: No, it's not just you.
     
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  12. savatage1973

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    For finding "lost" screws, I have a couple huge/strong magnets that I salvaged off a couple Peavey Black Widow drivers--just run them around the floor and you will find all sorts of stuff.
     
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  13. savatage1973

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    Work barefoot or in just socks--when you get up, you'll find them fast enough ;)
     
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  14. knockbill

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    HA... My uncle was a watchmaker... spent a lot of time with him,, I moved on to mantle clocks,,, now they're too small for these old eyes!!!! Just replaced the 5way switch in my "new" Strat project,, and greased the truck... enough work for the day, I believe!!!!
     
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  15. Ray Gianelli

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    Yeah, Murphy (of Murphy's Law) really has it out for techs. :)
     
  16. Powertech

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    After years of playing 'hunt the screw', I too work on a tablecloth and I always have a sectioned parts box handy that has a hinged cover. Screws and other parts go straight in there to avoid being knocked off the table. Also, different groups of screws can be kept together as an item comes apart. Much easier when it comes to reassembly.
     
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  17. shelly_d

    shelly_d Not An Audiophool

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    I almost always find the dropped screws ...... 6 months later when I step on them in bare feet.

    You are not alone!

    Shelly_D
     
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  18. Lavane

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    I use old towels under equipment I'm working on. Small screws and parts tend not to bounce or roll away. Heck, some get stuck in the fibers. A good thing. For any dropped screws or small metal parts that do happen to fly off to the floor I bought a flat round magnet on a stick. I just wave it around the floor like a metal detector until I hear that little "clink". They are found at harbor freight dirt cheap along with magnetized trays. The magnetic trays are great, even if you knock it over the screws tend to stay put.
     
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  19. savatage1973

    savatage1973 Addicted Member

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    The same demons that are responsible for that lost sock are responsible ;)
     
  20. elnaldo

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    I hate to spend time looking for the tool I had in my hand 10 seconds ago !! But, I realize all the tools are +- the same color, black with some red strip, from the screwdriver, paper scissors, DMM probes, DMM itself, alligator clips, all seem to be made to "disappear" or camouflage on the bench !!

    I'm pretty good with dropped screws, I usually find them easily.
     
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