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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by MoiInAust, Dec 8, 2008.

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  1. MoiInAust

    MoiInAust Guest

    Is it still possible to buy meter cases for lab bench use, that is boxes
    that present a 45% (or thereabouts) face to the user, with a narrow flat top
    for the terminals and a sloping front panel to accept a hole for the meter
    body? Plastic or aluminium would do.

    Neither Jaycar (fast disappearing into a maze of tatty trivia like farting
    ashtrays and choke your boss) or Altronics seem to do them.
     
  2. MoiInAust

    MoiInAust Guest

    Further to that, just tried Googling Radiospares. Got, as one so often does
    (good old one), a %^%$# secondary search engine and heaps of adverts for
    ebay, as nearly always happens. Have Radiospares got a prsence in Australia
    and what is the URL please?
     
  3. Andy Wood

    Andy Wood Guest

    .. . .
    Try for RS instead.

    Andy Wood
     
  4. MoiInAust

    MoiInAust Guest

    Just found it under RS components. Useless catalogue. High prices. American
    measurements. Grumble... Grumble... Any other ideas please?
     
  5. Davo

    Davo Guest

    Try RS components and search under "Consoles".
     
  6. Andy Wood

    Andy Wood Guest

  7. Farnell have a few, this is probably the cheapest:
    http://au.farnell.com/boss-enclosures/bim-6005-gy-pg/case-sloped-grey/dp/1171609?_requestid=228587

    Hammond make them:
    http://www.hammondmfg.com/dwg17.htm
    Mouser stock them, but not cheap:
    http://au.mouser.com/search/ProductDetail.aspx?qs=G1aklopoVsXe%2bTzdIUEHQA==

    Dave.
     
  8. MoiInAust

    MoiInAust Guest

    Thanks all for the various suggestions. Unfortunately, either the slope (too
    shallow usually) or the price (too high, naturally(!)) rules them all out.
    Looks like no-one makes those small sloped cases (45% from vertical) that
    used to hold ammeters and voltmeters in school labs. Maybe I'll make my own.
    Only need two. Thanks again.

    BTW, this newsgroup is about 100 times more sensible than when I last
    unsubscribed. I thank you all once again.
     
  9. Davo

    Davo Guest

    The trick is to use your newsgroup filters to block out all the nutters,
    and ignore any threads that look inflammatory.
     
  10. Bob Parker

    Bob Parker Guest

    Or silly. :)
     
  11. kreed

    kreed Guest

    Maybe there is one of these on ebay under "vintage" or "used"
    equipment that possibly doesnt work
    that you could gut and replace with the meter and circuitry that you
    want ?
    I remember the ones that I think you are looking for.

    If its safe to do so for your application, you might be able to roll
    your own from thin ply and/or aluminium / perspex.

    Anything is better than searching through pages of endless farting
    ashtrays,
    i havent come across any of those on ebay yet :)

    (I got that flyer in the post today from Jaycar that had a "farting
    remote man control" in it, The first 4
    pages were basically stuff like this of little use but
    one good thing - the the flyer is currently doing an excellent job in
    the bin wrapped around the former contents
    of the cat litter box.)
     
  12. Jaycar is kinda like Usenet, there is plenty of good stuff there (more
    than ever in fact), you just have to ignore the crap.

    Dave.
     
  13. K Ludger

    K Ludger Guest

    http://www.haines.com.au/Gee_Store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=6323
     
  14. MoiInAust

    MoiInAust Guest

    Maybe there is one of these on ebay under "vintage" or "used"
    equipment that possibly doesnt work
    that you could gut and replace with the meter and circuitry that you
    want ?
    I remember the ones that I think you are looking for.

    If its safe to do so for your application, you might be able to roll
    your own from thin ply and/or aluminium / perspex.

    Anything is better than searching through pages of endless farting
    ashtrays,
    i havent come across any of those on ebay yet :)

    (I got that flyer in the post today from Jaycar that had a "farting
    remote man control" in it, The first 4
    pages were basically stuff like this of little use but
    one good thing - the the flyer is currently doing an excellent job in
    the bin wrapped around the former contents
    of the cat litter box.)

    Agreed about Jaycar, but re Ebay I got so fed up with numerous ebay
    references every time I Googled *anything* (whether or not there was
    anything on Ebay that fitted ther search -- therefore they must have some
    kind of autoresponder to *anything* search criteria...) that I always give a
    minus ebay to any search now.

    I have been thinking of building with Perspex.
     
  15. MoiInAust

    MoiInAust Guest

  16. kreed

    kreed Guest

    Agree - There is good stuff in the yearly catalog, but the flyer
    didn't inspire me much :), or should
    I say - there was nothing I really needed.
     
  17. Andy Wood

    Andy Wood Guest

    .. . .
    Why will the cat be disturbed to know you are going to stop using its
    box?

    Andy Wood
     
  18. Bifa

    Bifa Guest

  19. K Ludger

    K Ludger Guest

  20. MoiInAust

    MoiInAust Guest

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