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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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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Dec Sat 01, 2018 11:08 pm 
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I just bought some from Mouser. They are not slippery at all:
https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Mu ... NmlCey8xzF


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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Feb Mon 04, 2019 2:44 am 
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I did toss mine.....pretty useless as they come. Small loss, they were cheap. Glad I had others to use.

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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Feb Mon 04, 2019 5:01 am 
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Mike Toon wrote:
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.

Good idea. Then you can finally slide the covers off and solder the basted wires to the alligator clip.


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 Post subject: Re: Slippery test leads fix
PostPosted: Feb Sat 09, 2019 11:18 am 
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Great idea. I have certainly experienced those slippery boots
and they are quite aggravating! I had suspected something like
this could be a good fix, and you're now confirming that.
I'll get some baby powder and try it. We have a couple of tins
of the stuff floating around here somewhere...

I find myself reusing clips and boots. Even real old 'grody'
looking boots often clean up well. Personally, I wouldn't trash
can these poorly made items- but they can be improved
a lot by getting decent replacement wire and actually soldering
like they should have been in the first place. A lot of the clips
last a good while. I've found it well worth redoing these and
getting it right. And I use so darned many clip leads-
never seem to have enough of them! FWIW I have various
better, older leads that were probably made in Japan, and
they are still functional 30+ years later...

David

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