OT Crimp tools & Cutter Re: DEC MMJ
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Mon Jan 22 12:47:46 CST 2007
On 22 Jan 2007 at 11:05, Jay West wrote:
> Ahhh this makes sense. Example... trimming the excess from an IDC type
> connector. This flush cutter would get right next to the wall of the
> connector as my scissors won't. Gotcha.
I've never used them for that--I've always used a sharp Xacto knife
held so it rides against the connector, but tilted slightly, so it
doesn't dig into the connector body. Makes a clean cut and is very
There's a certain aesthetic purpose to using flush cutters on a PCB.
Many of the cheap Asian boards that I've run into leave a couple of
millimeters of component lead extending above the board surface.
Heaven help you if you have to reach between two boards and manage to
snag the back of your hand on the exposed leads.
It's like sharp edges on stamped metal parts--there's no reason other
than economy to leave them that way. I don't know how many times
I've opened a finger on the edge of someone's PC case.
Taking that last little step; cutting component leads flush and
rounding off sharp edges is important to me--it looks good and is
This week I'm finishing up the refurbishment of a tuba that bounced
out of a moving pickup truck bed onto a freeway. After disassembling
the instrument, removing dents, brazing broken braces and then
reassembly, I've got a horn that plays again. Now, I'll spend the
next couple of days cleaning up solder joins (so they don't show),
buffing and lacquering. These last days will add nothing to the
functionality of the instrument, but the result will be something
that is pleasing to see and touch.
Such things are important.
When electronics equipment used to be hand-wired in a chassis, the
sign of a good builder was adequte use of tie strips and neatly
placed (and laced) wires. "Point to point" wiring with components
flopping every which way among a rat's nest of wiring was the sign of
a hack, even though both construction techniques produced a working
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