Date: Wed Feb 21 13:31:36 2007

Author: Dan Beeker

Subject: Re: Banana Plug Leads

Post:
The right test lead wire does last an amazingly long time if not abused.
Anything, and especially test leads, with worn, frayed or cracked insulation
gets replaced, "poste haste."

Dan Beeker
Undergraduate Physics Lab Coordinator

Swain West 115
Physics Department, Indiana University
727 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-5903
Fax (812) 855-5533
debeeker@indiana.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu] On
Behalf Of Bill Norwood
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 1:03 PM
To: tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu
Subject: Re: [tap-l] Banana Plug Leads


No, No, Guys - you are missing the main point - which is that if you stick
around long enough for your wires to rot there might just be a message to
it. Frankly I try to distance myself as much as possible from the concept of
"Technician Rot."

Bill Norwood
Technician
Physics Elementary Labs
U of MD, College Park
Since 1970

-----Original Message-----
From: tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu [mailto:tap-l-owner@lists.ncsu.edu] On
Behalf Of Michael A Thomason
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 12:15 PM
To: tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu
Subject: Re: [tap-l] Banana Plug Leads

"The long term failure mode is generally the nylon cover ages, gets brittle
and cracks causing the cover to slip off the metal tip."

NOT! The long term failure mode is someone short circuits the leads and the
plastic around the banana connectors melts!

Michael Thomason
Director of Physics Learning Laboratories
University of Colorado Boulder Department of Physics
303-492-7117
thomason@colorado.edu
http://physicslearning.colorado.edu




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