dangerous voltages inside
chenmel at earthlink.net
Sat Jan 14 00:58:11 CST 2006
On Sat, 14 Jan 2006 01:15:07 -0500
"Richard A. Cini" <rcini at optonline.net> wrote:
> Interestingly, there is no fuse holder at that location (bridged with a
> jumper). Instead, there is a standard 1-1/4" glass fuse holder in the back
> panel. Certain spots of the power supply board I've glued-over with
> insulating plastic (salvaged from the HV section of various power supplies
> over the years).
> Very bad design indeed. The pads at the top are very close to the metal cage
> and the HV traces on the power supply board are uninsulated.
The worst high voltage design I have ever seen was a Fluke
Digital Voltmeter that I used to have. I think it was an 8300.
It used Nixie displays, and the high voltage for the Nixie tubes
ran on a trace that just weaved it's way across the circuit board
(with feedthroughs, etc,) without isolation or anything about it
to differentiate it from other traces. The board was not
solder-masked, so the metal was bare and exposed. Adjacent
tracks were low-level signal lines.
Granted, it was a high-end precision DMM so nobody was supposed
to go inside except the high-priest calibration dude, but
Does anybody else here appreciate old Fluke gear? My newest
piece is an 8060 DMM, which is late-70's 4-1/2 digit meter. What
I really like are the Fluke Differential voltmeters. I currently
have a nice 881AB. The John Fluke Company made their name with
Differential Voltmeters and high-end lab-grade meters. (I'm
biased against anything in a Fluke DMM without a 4-digit model
no., the 8060 is the best handheld they ever made, the newer
'autorange' lines have always been a disappointment to me.)
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