Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Nerd's Paradise

I actually live a fair distance from any large urban center, so when the significant other says that she would like to do a trip into the city for some shopping, it usually isn't too hard to convince me to come along. 

To me a trip into the city usually means one thing...

A stop at the Surplus Store!

I don't usually have anything particular in mind that I need to get when I go, so I treat the visit as an adventure - you just don't know what you will find. 

Often ideas for potential projects usually pop up during the course of one of these trips (as you'll see in a moment) 

Most time I'll take the opportunity to top up on the essentials for my electronic parts bin such as LED's and perforated circuit boards. Some times I fine odd stuff that is really cheap and mght be useful at some point (for example a large scrolling LED sign for 10 bucks) 

That's a lot of LED's for the price

Parts Galore

Sometimes you find things that make you wonder why anyone would need that - cases of civilian gas masks anyone?

I suppose they would be perfect for the next baked bean night

But the real payoff is when you find that "thing" that you realize that you need to make your current project better. In my case in particular, I came across a skid of very cheap USB powered fans. As you may have read in one of my previous posts, I was working on a eco fan for my wood stove, but I was not very satisfied with the amount of air it was moving - mainly due to poor fan design.

The answer to that problem was literally in my hands

The perfect thing for my wood stove fan

Of course I bought 3 of them. 

In all, another successful trip - now to work on that wood stove eco fan again.

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