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 Post subject: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: May Sun 06, 2018 1:39 am 
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Those new cheapie test leads with the slippery alligator clip covers can be helped with a sprinkle of baby powder.

We know the real fix is buying quality.
I have some from the 60s.


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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Jul Wed 11, 2018 1:46 am 
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Oh, yeah! Where did I buy those slimy things? PE? AES? Yuck. I'll have to try the baby powder soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Jul Wed 11, 2018 10:19 pm 
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I thought this was one crazy idea when I first read it. I tried it and from 1 to 10. I'll give it a 7. As you said, It only helps. Don't be cheep with the powder. Shake it all down inside. The old "Made in America" stuff was quality and still is somewhat. If you can find it. Made in America now means. We put it together here.

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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Aug Fri 10, 2018 11:34 pm 
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I just bought a new bag of those slimy things.
For the life of me, I don't see how talc would help.
Maybe rosin powder?

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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Aug Fri 10, 2018 11:51 pm 
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It does help. Jam it in there! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Aug Sat 11, 2018 8:13 pm 
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Very timely post Mike. I just bought some new ones and had so much trouble trying to use them because of the slipping that I almost tossed them in the trash. Will try this out..


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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Aug Sun 12, 2018 2:31 pm 
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Dacsman had the right idea. The trash can is the real fix.

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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Aug Wed 15, 2018 2:34 am 
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Da—! I thought I was the only one with that problem! Now I know what to do with those clips!


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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Aug Thu 16, 2018 11:02 pm 
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I just bought a couple bags of clips on sale, Yup they are cheap.

I soaked them in a bowl with "Fantastik" for about an hour, problem solved.

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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Aug Thu 16, 2018 11:49 pm 
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I don't have any Fantastik but I have some 409. I'll try it!


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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Aug Fri 17, 2018 12:55 am 
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I struggle with this issue so much.

But I wonder if rosin would work better.

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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Aug Fri 17, 2018 2:04 am 
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I have some too. Maybe a wipe down with some acetone will take the finish off.


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