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William K.
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Soldering stainless steel
William K.   8/31/2012 9:31:57 PM
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It certainly would work to use silver solder, but a torch fine enough for fixing that camera would have been quite expensive. Remember the "Water Welder" of a few years back, (1970's)? Perfect for that kind of work but an expenssive tool to buy.

Jon Titus
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Re: Soldering stainless steel
Jon Titus   8/29/2012 11:38:04 PM
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Use silver solder--solder with some silver in it.  Get your surfaces clean, clean, clean and use a flux compatible with high heat amd silver solder.  A small soldering iron won't work very well.  I have used a MAAP-gas torch and know people who have used a Bernz-o-matic torch kit that includes oxygen and a flammable gas.

William K.
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Soldering stainless steel
William K.   8/29/2012 9:42:54 PM
Don, the first step is to have the surface very clean, then I use a quite hot iron with standard (electronic grade) flux core solder, and possibly a little extra rosin flux. I melt a blob of solder on the surface and then scratch up the surface under the blob with a steel soldering tool. The trick is in removing the oxidized surface layer in an oxygen0-free environment, whicg is under the solder and flux. After a few seconds of scratching there is usually enough area tinned to make a connection. IT does take some practice and a bit of patience. The iron I have used most was a Radio Shack $5 unit, 25 or 35 watts, I think.

I don't know which alloy I have had the best luck with, since most things like that are not labeled as to alloy type, and I am not an SS expert.

Unfortunately this can't be used when soldering to battery cases because it delivers enough heat to damage the battery seals. 

schmadel
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Re: repairing cameras.
schmadel   8/29/2012 9:18:05 PM
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Hi William,

What is your trick for soldering to stainless steel?

-Don

ChasChas
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What we like
ChasChas   8/29/2012 4:01:22 PM
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We all like laws and rules that are in our favor. We do not like laws and rules that are not in our favor. We are indifferent about laws and rules that do not affect us.

The whole purpose of our system is to keep us from killing/harming each other because of this selfishness.

Let them work it out - and hopefully they can do it so everyone get enough of what they want.

Things will not get too far out of hand if we are all armed citizens - they can't dare.

William K.
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right to repair, and competence to repair.
William K.   8/23/2012 8:09:06 AM
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The comment about a repair tech's ability to fix CD players brings up an interesting experience of mine. I was given a CD recorder-player that had been declared 'non-repairable" because the laser had failed. It was an interesting challenge, because I had been thinking that it would be handy to have a recorder, so I opened the unit up and investigated it.

I wiped the laser with my finger and then tried to see if that made any difference, and the machine recognised the CD and started playing! So I cleaned the laser properly, with a Q-Tip and solvent, and the system still works well.

My feeling is that the original analysis was done without even opening the case. That would be OK for somebody not claiming to have any servicing skills, but for somebody who represents that they are competent, and charges for their services, it seems a bit unethical. But that is how that particular service organization works, it seems. So I would never recommend a place that sells new equipment as a place to get old equipment repaired. Of course, there may be exceptions, I know.

Tool_maker
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Re: repairing cameras.
Tool_maker   8/23/2012 7:46:59 AM
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@WilliamK: The scenario you describe happens far too often and as a result, people often simply discard and replace rather than repair. I recently knocked a shelf off the wall which caused two CD changers to crash to the floor. As a result neither function. After more than a couple dozen phone calls I finally found someone who said "He worked on CD players". There would be a $50 charge to look at each item to diagnose and that would come off the repair bill if they were fixable.

"What if you cannot repair them?" In that case I lose the $50. I have no problem with upfront money to diagnose and then repair, but if the tech cannot fix the item, what guarantee do I have that he/she will even look at them and not just pocket my money? How do I know the tech even has a working knowledge of the items? I do not have any ideas beyond opening the cases and looking for loose wires, which I did. So rather than risk the money I will probably buy a new unit, because I have been too often burned by repair shops that cannot repair. Most recently a VCR. (Yes I still use a VCR, listen to vinyl records and even own a black & white TV, although it never gets used.)

I am not sure any legislation would solve the problem

GlennA
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Re: definition of 'moral' ?
GlennA   8/17/2012 6:13:52 PM
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LED MAC;  So, 'the proper MORAL purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own happiness' ?

I remember hearing the story of Union workers picketing a manufacturing plant, and the Owner calling the Governor to send in the National Guard, who proceeded to BAYONET the picketers.  That may have made the Owner happy.  Those at the pointy ends of the bayonets were probably less happy.

I also remember a story comparing laws to trees, and cutting down the 'trees' that the devil was hiding behind.  The punch line was 'when all of the 'trees' are cut down and the devil turns on me, where is there for me to hide ?'

There is also a saying that ' your rights end at the tip of your nose'.  I think I might like to have a few laws to protect me from your pursuit of your happiness.  Your Utopia sounds more like Anarchy and Lawlessness to me.  Please don't include me in your Utopia.

ttemple
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Re: definition of 'moral' ?
ttemple   8/17/2012 5:00:01 PM
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"In my view, the best case outcome here is for automakers to comply to the new legislation by NOT offering new vehicles in the Massachusetts market."

That is exactly what I was thinking.  If I ran GM, that is what my response would be.

LED MAC
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Re: definition of 'moral' ?
LED MAC   8/17/2012 3:11:30 PM
GlennA; I didn't purposely throw out a lure, but here goes...  :)

I meant "Moral"  in a Randian sense.   All other economic systems rely on some form of coercion to dictate economic output, allocation and reward.  Free-market capitalism relies on natural economic incentives to promote consensual market activity between free individuals.  Key word: consensual  

The "Right to Repair" legislation, on the surface, appears to be well-intentioned and innocent, but it IS a minor erosion of economic liberty and an incremental step further down the slippery slope of centrally planned economies.  Automakers are coerced/bullied into providing goods/services that they otherwise did not plan to provide in the pursuit of their own economic self-interest.  

In my view, the best case outcome here is for automakers to comply to the new legislation by NOT offering new vehicles in the Massachusetts market.  I say this because I believe that this is indeed a model for a future national policy. I would rather that automakers be free to innovate, unencumbered by rules made by men and women who don't know how to produce anything besides rhetoric and rules.

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