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    Question n00b looking to get some tools

    So im pretty new to electronics and what not, and im looking to get some good newbie tools to start off. Im looking to get a good solder pencil and solder (no more butt plugs!), and a good wire stripper (no more razor blade!), and perhaps a tool to test voltage in a circuit.

    Any reccommend any online sites or chain stores to pick these tools?
    I know i can use google, but im looking for peoples favorites stores

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    Butt SPLICE! SPLICE!!

    Good place to get the basics is at a Radio Shack. That is, if you live in the States.
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    as deadweasel said: Radio Shack would be a good place to check
    also http://www.allelectronics.com if you buy stuff online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by souljetta
    good wire stripper (no more razor blade!), and perhaps a tool to test voltage in a circuit.

    Isn't that what teeth are for? They are insulated too. I once stripped a 50V AC wire with my teeth. Needless to say I forgot to turn it off. Bit, teeth insulated the electricity, but as soon as my tongue touched the wires, I lost feeling in my tongue for the next few days. i could eat all the hot sauce I wanted then.


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    Holy crap! Yeah, that will give your tongue immortality! I stripped a live phone wire with my teeth once, and touched it with the tongue. Instant buzz factor! Not as bad as the 50v, but holy crap was my tongue numb for a couple days!
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    radio shack is a good place to get beginner multimeters and solder irons... however i would go to home depot or lowes to get a wire stripper.

    if you've got the money to spend, get a fluke meter and a weller soldering iron. good stuff.

    try to get a meter that reads voltage, current, resistance, capacitance, and a diode tester.
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    I do the teeth stripping as well. I stripped a wire on the ring generator for a 911 equipment shelf (80v 30hz) set there bouncing up and down until I was able to knock the cord loose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugenen
    I do the teeth stripping as well. I stripped a wire on the ring generator for a 911 equipment shelf (80v 30hz) set there bouncing up and down until I was able to knock the cord loose.
    A guy I worked with got some 220v 60hz to his right hand. He crapped his pants instantly. If it wasn't a near-death experience it would have been hilarious.

    OK. It was hilarious anyway!


    On another subject: don't bother buying a Fluke meter - they're expensive. They're worth it if you're planning to spend a lot of time working on delicate electronics. But for auto install and carputer use, a no-name digital multimeter will do just fine. I've got a Fluke at work, and a Radio Shack at home.

    For wire strippers get the good ones, not the cheap ones:
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    Also: don't buy the $19.95 digital multimeter at Radio Shack. It is a peice of crap. I bought one for a small contract job. It was so bad it had trouble checking continuity. There are decent meters that aren't Flukes. I can't think of any brand name right now, though.

    Here's a link:
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    sears is another good place for meters
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