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kriztov
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yeah, my high school electronics class cause me to have a hole in my jumper for the rest of the year

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Celti
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Bah. You don't know setting yourself on fire until you have an early-morning welding class.

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BeamStalk
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Or your dad dumps gasoline on a pile leaves and has you light it on fire, without telling you it was gasoline instead of diesel.  Fireball went right up my arm, that hurt.

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MM3 Moose
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Had one guy in my welding class set the crotch of his coveralls on fire, jumped out of his booth and started smaking it with a towel, fell off my stool laughing.

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reynard61
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"Dude, stop wailin' on your junk!" :-D

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Sidhekin
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Now that's service! :)

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garmoan
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Burned my finger once in High School many years ago with a soldering iron (and a hole in my pencil case cause I was dared to). Burning hurts :(

Jon Jones
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I lit a Bunsen burner wrong once. Fireball to the face YAY

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greg
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Thank god Canada has good healthcare.  I'm pretty sure prone-to-setting-yourself-on-fire would be a pre-existing condition down here.  Yuk yuk.

Paul Isaac Bonser
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What are you soldering?

 

Also, at the temperature which soldering irons heat to, skin doesn't burn so much as it sort of instantly melts. From personal experience. Don't touch the tip of the soldering iron when it's hot.

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Junodog
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I may have to use that line someday... or a version of it that actually applies to me.  Not sure how many times I'll be in a situation where setting myself on fire is a likely outcome. >.>

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Eroen
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Common causes of vehicle fire:

* Oil of fuel leaks.

* ...

* ...

* Being shot at with incinetating ammunition.

* ...

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Technical handbook, M-113

AzurisCaine
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Is being shot at with incinerating ammunition that common?

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aj2x
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Uh-oh!  We solder-melter types (old-fashioned EEs) always get nervous when newbies get their first soldering tools.  Yelps of pain, aromas of burning material (including flesh), & swear words are almost certain to follow.  It's a satisfying skill when the basics are mastered.  I have to admit to failing a RoHS soldering course after 40+ years of ordinary circuit soldering -- but it was totally the iron's fault.

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Jam
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Thankfully I have some experience burning myself with glue guns, so that part wasn't so bad.

kriztov
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I was so proud when I managed to make a solder with the proper volcano shape.

AzurisCaine
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I'm prone to electrocuting myself apparently which is why I was a bit worried in my Physics class when we dealt with electrical currents.

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TheFlyingDutchman
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Wait till you get to deal with valve amps. They are sentient beings, and hellbent on letting one have a taste of "plate voltage" (usually 400 volts and up) when one explores their innards.

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Roz
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Kinda prone to setting yourself on fire seems to be the main part of life for the plant engineering students I know. One of my mates is now on his 4th pair of overalls this college year. He Blames the welder.

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miasaki666
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o_O

 

what's a smoldering iron?

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Sidhekin
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What a blacksmith pulls out of a furnace, puts on an anvil, and beats with a hammer.

Blacksmiths prone to setting themselves on fire don't tend to last long, incidently.

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miasaki666
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i is scared nao.

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Antonyious
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I'm Only "Kind Of" Prone To Setting Myself On Fire. Not Sure If There's A System On "How Much Setting On Fire Do I Get If This Happens?"

 

PS: I Just Looked At The Previous Sentence, And I Have NO Idea What It Means.

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schorhr
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What are you soldering? :-)

Advice for everyone: Anyone getting started in electronics, should obviously read "getting started in electronics", by  Forrest M. Mims III !

It's like a cartoon tutorial... But much better then the other manga tutorial out there... A bit more text but just as entertaining and better to actually learn something. Grab an (older) copy cheaply off ebay, amazon or new. They used to sell at radioshack. Even if you don't want to build any electronics, it gives you a good idea of what's going on inside electronics.

Comparison pics of the two booklets http://hackaday.com/2009/08/05/review-the-manga-guide-to-electricity/#mo...

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Fuseblower
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Hmm... been lurking Wasted Talent for ages. Seems like now might be a good time to comment!

First thing *not* to do with a soldering iron is let it slip between your fingers when you put it down, and then instinctively squeeze them together to stop it falling any further. Don't ask - but it took a couple of months to heal up properly. Second thing is that given a free choice, get a solder station rather than an iron - much better control and a lot safer, I'd say. And they're way cheaper than they used to be.

As for good books - well, if you have a good general engineering background, I rather suspect that anything Radioslack sell won't last you long at all. Even though technically it's slightly out of date, Horowitz and Hill's 'The Art of Electronics' is a way better bet. But just as importantly, get the student manual to go with it - there are some good basic experiments in there, and some wonderful cartoons.

0-521-37095-7 Book ISBN

0-521-37709-9-9 Manual ISBN

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TheFlyingDutchman
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Electronics engineers call it "the Bible" for a reason ;-)

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ChaoticAgenda
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So I know this is completely off topic but...I really like how well you did the facial expressions in this comic. I could easily find real life counterparts to them! :D

Paul Strealer
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I too have the unfortunate tendency to get set on fire frequently. My beard is longsuffering.

Will Massey
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I'm actually very prone to setting myself on fire. The key to not hurting yourself is to (attempt to*) control the situation in which fire is being used.  I intentionally lit my hand on fire for the scouts at summer camp a couple years back and never suffered a burn from it. Admittedly, this could also be becasue of repeated exposure to the stimuli (see http://tinypic.com/r/fc1n4n/7) (Yes, that is me running away from that. It was friggin hot from 6ft away).

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Serbian Goth
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Really love the way you drew yourself here =]

Oh and the burning thing...I'm a pyroman myself 8D

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