Warning to be conscious!!!!

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blackalex1952
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Warning to be conscious!!!!

Post by blackalex1952 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:59 pm

Thank goodness for residual current detectors...I made my own heat bending iron. It has a pid controller, but due to inaccuracies in the calibration, or the wrong sensor I have to plug it direct to 240v to get it warm before the controller will work. After that its fine and I connect the sensor to the PID and plug the iron into the controller.....except when taking a break and going into the timelessness of guitar practice! Suddenly the amp failed, I thought the power had gone off, then checked the RCD. At this point it was tripping- I noticed a strong burning smell coming from the shed! I keep an eye on the iron with a surface thermometer, which was reading off the scale, around 400 deg C!!!!!! The thing was nearly on fire, smoke pouring out of it! I could have burned the shed down and started a bushfire!!!!
So the moral...be careful when practising the guitar...thinks 'I must remind myself that multitasking is not always my forte!'
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Re: Warning to be conscious!!!!

Post by kiwigeo » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:40 pm

Hot licks? :mrgreen:
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Re: Warning to be conscious!!!!

Post by demonx » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:25 pm

I’ve heard second hand stories of people burning their shed down with Fox style benders, they set them up, go do something else and forget it’s turned on.

I always set an alarm on my mobile phone to go off after what I call the “bake period”, this way it’s never on for longer than the minimal times.

Sounds like you were lucky to catch it before any serious damage occurred.

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Re: Warning to be conscious!!!!

Post by blackalex1952 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:35 pm

I always set an alarm on my mobile phone to go off after what I call the “bake period”, this way it’s never on for longer than the minimal time
Yes, usually do, but getting a bit vague these days due to a medical condition...
Sounds like you were lucky to catch it before any serious damage occurred
If the amp hadn't cut out, I'd have lost the shed no doubt!
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Yeah, right! All my licks are hot...(hopefully). I was playing my Liddy archtop at the time.
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Re: Warning to be conscious!!!!

Post by blackalex1952 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:07 pm

Thanks Trevor!!! :cl Of course, why didn't I think of that instead of relying on my memory!!!!! I have obviously forgotten that I have several of these kicking around the house and the shed... :mrgreen: !
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