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Old 01-24-2012, 01:59 AM   #1
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Default The Stormer soldering iron gizmo

This is actually a crazy old part, like I think I made the first one in 86? I'm sure a few others have done it as well.

I whipped this up after a long weekend. I come into the office and there's a soldering iron burning away in the back room, paper and cardboard inches from it. We figure it had actually been on for over a week. A WEEK... THAT is not good.

We've all left a soldering iron on for a few days at one point or another. And it's creepy to say the least, accidentally tempting fate that way. Here's a quick fix for that. I have 6 of these and they are anywhere in the building where there is a soldering iron. Walk up crank the timer for a few minutes and you're soldering. If you forget or get distracted, it shuts off automatically. Cuts the power to the soldering iron and that's that.

I think most of us worry about burning your house down with some random act of carelessness. This nips that in the bud. built with stuff you grab from the hardware store for a couple of bucks.

These things have given me a LOT of piece of mind over the years. I hope you find it useful.

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Old 01-24-2012, 02:03 AM   #2
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:06 AM   #3
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That's a great idea!
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:13 AM   #4
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Nice and simple, but effective! Although, I work in such a tight space that I always have to pack up my things after I'm done using them so I've never chanced upon leaving my soldering iron plugged.
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Our radio shop's irons have been on timers for a very long time. Safety first.
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i'll never forget the first and only time i left a soldering iron on and plugged in.
i think it was for about 48 hours, pretty scary to find it on.

i might have to whip one of those up. once was enough for me, it was only a few months ago and i've been at this for 20+ years lol.
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Would like a quick tutorial on making one, if possible

Great idea, I know I have left mine on before and for hours on end at that, not good.
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DAMN, I've been relying on a nagging wife yelling "did you turn everything off" This is much better, I'd gladdly trade this for what I'm using now, and the upkeep looks cheaper.
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It's an awesome idea Bob!

All soldering irons should have an automatic shut off feature - just like regular household clothing irons.
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Winter is here, time to bring this up again! Safety first!
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Would like a quick tutorial on making one, if possible

Great idea, I know I have left mine on before and for hours on end at that, not good.
+1, or maybe just a description of parts/where to source them?
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Any decent hardware store should have what's needed , the timer could be found by asking for a "bathroom fan timer" but its most probably found in the same section as the outlet junction box and pigtail.
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Bob - it sounds like you have a new product to add to the Stormer web site....
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Default ......It's pretty cool to see ya' post again Mr. stormer....

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Winter is here, time to bring this up again! Safety first!
-I know I've seen this post before..... Well said, "Safety first."; I'd rather have a home to come home to after work as opposed to a burnt out shell-of-a house.
It, truly, is great to see ya[ and you probably have a few projects that we haven't seen yet? ]
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When I was working with stained glass we did basically the same thing, but with a dimmer instead of a timer, to use for temperature control.
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