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Snoop Around The Workshop
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February 11, 2017
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A couple of shots from a while back, although nothing much has changed. Current project: Getting a Pye TVC/1 camera to work at 405 lines 🙂

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Paul

February 14, 2017
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Your colleection really brought back memories for me Peter. In my youth, I worked for Ampex in both the systems department and product management. I was on board when the battle of the 1″ formats between Ampex and Sony was taking place with all the exagerated claims for the two formats – “at least 3 generations possible with our system” – but at ;east they agreed on a compromise in the end! Did you have an Ampex colour camers – BC230A, BCC1, 2 or 3? The first three were true Ampex products – my responsability for the 1, 2 & 3 – and beautifully made mechanically but really unsuitable for the European market without expensive redesign – registration at the camera head!.

Cheers

Brian

February 14, 2017
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Hi all,

Well as promised here’s my hovel otherwise known as the workshop wink

It’s a very small ex bedroom measuring 6X8 foot and has a lot of junk treasures on the ‘tuit’ pile rammed under the bench and on shelves, most of the completed restored items are not kept in here but are spread all around the house. The workbench itself is not very big and always gets cluttered up very quickly but it’s managed to see many radios, telly’s and the like brought back to life. There is a Mullard high speed valve tester shoehorned in there which does come in useful from time to time. There’s a Hameg HM203-4a scope and the bench is equipped with an RS 5 amp isolation transformer and lots of draws/bins etc full of components and of course the source of all information….the computer tuned into a well known forum grin_gif

So here are a few photo’s of the flea pit workshop.

Marc.

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February 15, 2017
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It looks just fine Marc, better organised than mine anyway. smile

You could easily squeeze in another TMB272 !

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February 15, 2017
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Thanks for the snoop Paul & Marc, you both have nice compact and well laid out shops. Another advantage being they’re indoors, no cold sheds to traipse to and from. Its nice to be warm and close to the all important workshop component, a brew of tea.

Come on folks keep them coming, don’t know about the rest of you but my snoop detector is only partially fulfilled I need more snooping geek

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PYE625 said
It looks just fine Marc, better organised than mine anyway. smile

You could easily squeeze in another TMB272 !  

Thanks Andrew, the photo’s some how magically manages to make the workshop look far more tidy than it really is….how does that work ! duno_gif

As for the good old Ekco TMB….I’ve already got 2 so 3 would be greedy…err wouldn’t it hmm_gif 

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February 15, 2017
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Chris said
Thanks for the snoop Paul & Marc, you both have nice compact and well laid out shops. Another advantage being they’re indoors, no cold sheds to traipse to and from. Its nice to be warm and close to the all important workshop component, a brew of tea.

  

Hi Chris,

Mmm ‘compact’ is certainly true, I could do with a little more elbow room really but that’s not possible inside the house. The other only real problem is that it soon gets too hot in there for comfort especially in summer as the sun beats down directly on the window all afternoon and evening which combined with the soldering irons and valves cooking away it can soon hit 90c ! But you’re dead right about the short dry run to the kettle….can’t complain about that grin_gif

Looking forward to peaking into a few more of our members workshops. smile

Marc.

February 15, 2017
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marc said 

As for the good old Ekco TMB….I’ve already got 2 so 3 would be greedy…err wouldn’t it hmm_gif 

Marc.   

Neigh neigh and thrice neigh !!  

But they say that two’s company, three’s a crowd.  You will have to have four. grin_gif

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February 15, 2017
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I do actually have a shed as well for mechanical stuff. Here is a picture of it being insulated and internally clad:

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I can’t lay my hands on the finished picture at the moment!

February 16, 2017
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I like the Tilley lamps hanging up neatly in the corner.

It brings back distant memories of the power cuts in the early 70’s. My dad used to have a Tilley lamp going in time for when the power was cut. Great fun as a child back then.

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February 17, 2017
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They gave off a nice green light due to the mantle, similar to the old coal gas lights, yes I remember those too.

The mantles were quite fragile, my grandma used to shout ‘ don’t slam the door ‘ or the mantle hanging from the ceiling gas light fitting would shake and the mantle disintegrate.

Some nicely laid out workshops in this thread.

Frank

April 19, 2017
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I’ve enjoyed snooping into the workshops on this thread.

So, I thought I’d share a few of my workshop and a few bits of my vintage test gear.

The bench has a computer monitor fitted behind some laminate glass. Until i did this i was spending a fortune on monitors!!

A variable HT supply with the outputs fitted into an old fire alarm break glass.

A lovely old Cossor scope

Dual rail LT supply

A nice big LCD meter for my ageing eyes!

Various audio and video inputs and outputs fitted onto the back of the bench. The black knob controls the HT supply.

A switched, 4 way lamp limiter unit, connected to the test sockets on the bench, this is supplied from a fully isolated, fused, Variac mains unit. This sits under the bench.

And…. my trusty Weller TCP iron

Plus a couple of high power LED floods to keep everything well illuminated.

The rest of the workshop is filled with storage for components and spares that are used on a regular basis.

I try to keep it tidy, but you all know what it’s like!!

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Hi Rob,

That’s a very nice workshop, I especially like the ‘mission control’ style bench! My PC monitor is a Philips one with a glass cover over the LCD screen, it’s the only LCD monitor I’ve ever seen that comes like this, certainly makes it less breakable, and easier to clean it too. The Cossor scope looks nice too! I was looking at a Cossor scope in an antiques shop today.

This has also reminded me to get on and post about my new workshop! I’ll get it done, eventually…

Regards,

Lloyd.

April 20, 2017
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Hi all,

Only just seen this post, so I thought I would show you a few pictures of my workshop and all the junk useful stuff I have collected.

It is in one hell of a state at the moment so you will have to excuse the mess!

I built this workshop in 2000 after being made redundant with the thought of going it alone doing TV repairs, but this never happened.

The size of the workshop is 2.8m x 5m and the ceiling is just over 2m. Construction is single skin concrete blocks built on proper foundations with a damp course. The roof is hand cut with felt and batten and Marley tiles. The walls on the outside are rendered with a water proofer added to the mix. Internally the concrete blocks are painted with a bitumen paint, the floor and walls are all battened out with 2×2 rough sawn timber, this is the filled with 2 inch polystyrene sheets. the walls are then covered with foil backed plasterboard and the floor is plywood sheets. At the front is a double glazed window and door. In the loft I used 4 inch loft insulation and boarded over with more plywood. I have a small convector heater mounted on the wall under the window for heating and can keep the temperature at around 18ºC for very little cost. Also have a dehumidifier running 24/7.

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As you can see its rather full in here and in need of a serious clear out.

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April 20, 2017
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Hi Rob & Jon,

It’s great to see another couple of workshops, thanks for letting us have a snoop. thumb_gif 

Cheers guys, Marc.

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TVJON74 said

As you can see its rather full in here and in need of a serious clear out.  

Its only after you have had the clearout that the need for that item comes along. nuts_gif

Frank

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nuvistor said

Its only after you have had the clearout that the need for that item comes along. nuts_gif  

Otherwise known as sod’s law Frank!

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Jon

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