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treeslinger2

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Having done this Home-brew Camera thing for just a short time and using various forums to learn what to do and a lot of what not to do. I have come up with just a few ideas that may help others.
I know there can be more added by the gurus to my suggestions on setting up a work area.

Definitely recommend purchasing a NTE Power WireWound Flameproof Resistor 10W110 100 Ohm 10 Watt 5% and making the capacitor dis-charger. Learned the hard way WHY one is needed.

A quality set of precision screw drivers, with magnetic tips, is a must.

I have found that using one of the flat refrigerator magnet pads (like found on phone books) on my work table keeps those little screws where they can be found. Dropping them on the garage floor proves frustrating for my old eyes.

I also have a little low sided box, salvaged from somewhere, that helps me keep other parts out of the way, easily seen and recovered.

Using a clamp on tall flexible task/work lamp really helps because it can be positioned so you do not shadow the area you are working.

I use a set of magnifier glasses w/assorted options to help see those little solder spots better.

Working with a variety of cameras that require different batteries and chargers. I find it helpful to keep a power strip on my table and the chargers, batteries organized.

My Dremel kit is close by, a drill, hole saw, and my Forster bits are also handy to grind and cut on the poor plastic boxes we mutilate.

A small fine file set is helpful to remove burrs from those holes cut.

I use a small hacksaw to cut the corner protector molding used for my camera shelves and PVC pipe used for the pipe thru. 

Hope this helps someone!
I hate to misplace or have to look for things.
Any other ideas or suggestions are appreciated!

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I use a small magnetic parts holder tray for the small screws  because I have a habit of picking them up and dropping them
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Old computer mouse and keyboard cables are great places to salvage small gauge stranded wire.

Cameras in steel electrical boxes (Pelican 1040s and 1020s fit in unfused air conditioner disconnect boxes) are protected from bears and gnawing porcupines and squirrels -- and maybe some people.

Flat Fresnels are safer than HPWAs when it comes to critters messing with cameras.

Put as many external battery holders in the box as will fit in it; you may not use them all the time, but someday you'll want to leave the camera out longer and it will be ready.

Use rechargable batteries whenever you can -- they may be more expensive at first, but you'll save money in the long run and keep a lot of junk out of the trash.

Keep all the parts until you're absolutely positively sure you won't need them -- don't ask how I learned that one (more than once).

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Old computer mouse and keyboard cables are great places to salvage small gauge stranded wire.

Cameras in steel electrical boxes (Pelican 1040s and 1020s fit in unfused air conditioner disconnect boxes) are protected from bears and gnawing porcupines and squirrels -- and maybe some people.

Flat Fresnels are safer than HPWAs when it comes to critters messing with cameras.

Put as many external battery holders in the box as will fit in it; you may not use them all the time, but someday you'll want to leave the camera out longer and it will be ready.

Use rechargable batteries whenever you can -- they may be more expensive at first, but you'll save money in the long run and keep a lot of junk out of the trash.

Keep all the parts until you're absolutely positively sure you won't need them -- don't ask how I learned that one (more than once).[/QUOTE]

WRONG! Keep them FOREVER!! As soon as you throw them out you'll need something from it. Like you don't ask how I know.[frown]


Something else that is for cheap (meaning me!) guys. I have eggshell foam I work on so it has the individual spots in them where I can put screws and such and keep seperate from one another. If can't find something to use to seperate stuff just use an egg container (and don't use the lid [smile] ).

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