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- Sep 21, 2007
Ouch! Man that's a bummer...Showing my age, but I once rolled a perfectly good HeNe tube onto the floor by turning the stereo up too loud.
The woofer vibrations were enough to set the tube rolling, and as soon as it hit the floor, it was toast.
It was one of those nice high end NEC tubes with the killer anodized spun aluminum housings. They were $200 on the surplus market back then.
It still lased at first, but when I picked it up, the housing shocked me. I could feel the HV, then as air seeped in through the new cracks in the glass it stopped lasing altogether.
Unforeseen outside influence!
This thread is probably a good read for new and vets alike!
I have another one...
Way back, I used to have the bad habit of clipping the unused pin on red diodes. Not a good habit. No need to clip the pin. Just don't use it!
Because when I first started with blu-ray burner diodes (the expensive ones), I discovered the hard way that they have a different pin connection!
Yes, I clipped the negative pin off of an expensive diode... :banghead:
That was the last pin I ever clipped. (unless just clipping them a little shorter in a tight build situation)