Shoddy Hardware (Was: Re: WW fixtures (was Re: "New" PDP-8))

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Date: Tue Apr 2 17:02:08 2002

> From: (Tony Duell)
> Subject: Re: Shoddy Hardware (Was: Re: WW fixtures (was Re: "New" PDP-8))
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> Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 03:34:11 +0100 (BST)
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> > The kind of screws I'm lamenting are cast, and cast poorly...
> >
> > I assume everyone knows what casting flash is... these screws
> > have casting flash... when you thread them through, the sheet
> > metal eats at the flash, and you get metal bits from that, and
> > at the same time, the part of the flash that doesn't come off
> > quickly reams the sheet metal to death.

Casting isn't good for that small like screws., Maybe screws was
clapped together in die halves squeezing out screws. That I not yet
seen that kind YET except on bigger diameter threads and usually

If true, that is truly crappiest parts ever heard of.

I keep a 2L plastic jarful, many rolling around in many drawer
bottoms of bolts, screws, nuts, washers of all kinds mixed with few
odd and bits of parts. Almost 10lbs. Got them by culling parts from
decent discards I find over the years.


Doubtful Wizard

PS: Oh, Your dept who bought up that 25 dells made serious
*mistake*. Only way dept can depend on them running w/ replacement
parts is dell's especially their power supplies and few oddball
boards. PSUs are totally non-standard pinouts. Oh, your dept also
didn't choose AMD and let dell know everybody else wanted quality but
flexible choices in different brands of CPUs instead of Intel-only.
Received on Tue Apr 02 2002 - 17:02:08 BST

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