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. 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 ).
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.