Making a wooden hammer

You’re probably wondering why a wooden hammer is relevant when talking about whiskey.  That’s fair – it seems an odd sort of thing to talk about when discussing one of the finest adult beverages known to man.  No fear – there’s a valid reason.  Have you ever had a mint julep?  I mean, like a…

Solder sucker

I didnt realize when I ordered this from Amazon that it wasnt Amazon prime.  It showed up today from China after being ordered earlier this month.  Sort of a nice surprise since i had forgotten about ordering it so I thought I’d try it out tonight. Long story short I love the thing.  This works…

Soldering – take 2

So I wanted to get back to soldering since I hadnt done it in awhile and  I gave up on trying to desolder my first attempt.  That braided wire just sucked.  So I ended up manually removing the components from the perf board (not fun (cut finger (ouch))).  So here’s my second attempt at soldering…

Measuring voltage and current with a multimeter

While making these measurements likely seem like an obvious task to most – it wasn’t immediately apparent to me how to take these measurements.  Voltage and current are measured in two very different ways.  One of the big stumbling blocks for me was understanding that voltage is always constant in a circuit.  That is –…

Understanding electrical resistance

One of the base level concepts I’ll need to learn more about is resistance.  As you likely know, when talking about the flow of electricity you typically talk about conductors and insulators.  Conductors are materials that allow the free flow of electricity whereas insulators limit or prevent the flow of electricity.  A good example of a conductor…

Electrical soldering flux

One of the remaining items I had ordered for this month showed up today.  It’s a flux pen for soldering.  I’ve used flux before with soldering copper pipes, but didnt even know it was a thing with electrical soldering until this was recommended to me.   The concept seems to make sense though since you…

Soldering take 1

One of the skills I’ve been hoping to pick up this month was soldering.  It’s a skill that I’ve always sort of struggled with.  My previous soldering iron was a cheap RadioShack special.  It took forever to heat up, didn’t deliver constant temperature, and Im pretty sure my lack of knowledge in soldering caused me…

January – Electronics

So this is it – month 1 of doing things.  I had to start somewhere and I decided that somewhere would be electronics.  I’ve always been fascinated with electronics (I work in the IT space) but I’ve never taken the time to actually sit down and learn it.  So here’s my chance. To get ready…