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#1 Gluecifer

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 03:31 AM

Probably nothing new for most of you hear but I've found this invaluable.
When I received my BigBen I noticed a round tube in the battery compartment,
it's a simple thin plastic sleeve that is rigid enough to keep your D cells from popping out
when you're putting them in or changing, which I find always gets me cursing when they fall out
all over the floor.

Slide your 4 or 5 D's into the magic sleeve though and they notch in perfectly stable inside your blaster and aren't falling all over the place the next time you open up the compartment.

I find this ESPECIALLY useful for the TRC-931 that stores it's hard wired power cable on the top shelf of the battery compartment. Taking it to and from work and plugging it in and out of mains power means I don't have to worry about
10 suicidal D cells ready to make a break at a moments notice.

I'm sure any thin plastic tubing could be used, and I encourage those who've not had the pleasure to make a couple up to try!



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#2 alvinm

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 05:48 AM

Sounds like a great idea. Can you post a pic to get a better idea..I hate opening the battery door on my 931...... :hmmm:

#3 Gluecifer

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 06:32 AM

Only happy to oblige, Alvin!

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As you can see, once it's in there you can slide it down towards the negative end to really 'lock'
it in place over the spring.



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Posted 30 November 2009 - 07:39 AM

I always thought the tubes were a great idea. :w00t: :hmmm:
I was surprised more manufactures didn't use them. :thumbsdown:
It is much easier to keep your batteries under control. :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:15 AM

Only happy to oblige, Alvin!

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As you can see, once it's in there you can slide it down towards the negative end to really 'lock'
it in place over the spring.



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GC is it hand made?

or did you buy it?

anyway it has to be slim right?

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:32 AM

That is definitely a great idea, Rick. Now, if we could just find a supplier for something like that. :hmmm:

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:36 AM

After having a fight with my D's in my Dynasty, I realized how valuable something like those sleeves really are. I'm going to take a trip to the hardware store and see what I can find.....

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 11:39 AM

Great idea! :thumbsup: :cool:

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 11:50 AM

That is definitely a great idea, Rick. Now, if we could just find a supplier for something like that. :hmmm:


:agree:
thanks for the idea rick -
and --then i immediately swung into action !!! :yes:

here is one of many suppliers that make these
extruded tubes --
on their chart - the 1 1/4 inch tube will work fine-
open their "thin wall" link
and then we cut it length -- 3-4-5 batteries

http://www.cleartecp... ... tubes.html
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PLUS -- for the 'roll-your-own' crowd :w00t:
i just went to my local fabric//crafts//hobby store-
and bought a sheet of clear .010" plastic--

as we speak --its been cut to a 5D cell size -
and taped up in a 3/4" size PRE_ROLL :-) :huh: :-D
to get it ready for the 1 1/4" diameter find bend-

if all that works- :-O :dunce:
pictures will be up tonight

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 12:19 PM

I liked that in some of the Sanyo's, wish other manufacturers would have done the same.
If I could find the stock I would cut a bunch for all of my boxes. :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 01:02 PM

it WORKS !!
it works -- it friggen WORKS !! :w00t:
:yes: :yes: :thumbsup:

love it when creations go from thought to talk to function :-)

pictures later -
but the bottom line is -
that we can all make our own for less than a $ buck- each :-D

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 01:12 PM

it WORKS !!
it works -- it friggen WORKS !! :w00t:
:yes: :yes: :thumbsup:

love it when creations go from thought to talk to function :-)

pictures later -
but the bottom line is -
that we can all make our own for less than a $ buck- each :-D


What works? The 1 1/4" tube or the roll of plastic? Don't hold back on us Ira you tease! :lol:

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 01:54 PM

don -- if you buy the 1 14" tube --that will obviously work-

but my big thrill --
is that home-made tube i just made today --
works as well as OEM factory !! :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 01:56 PM

Thanks Ira, I'm going to have to get this done. I've driven myself nuts with a few boxes trying to keep the batteries in long enough to put the cover on.

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 03:21 PM

My Sansui's and Sanyo's came with the tube factory stock. (I think I have another that does as well... :hmmm: )

:-) Good stuff!

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 03:49 PM



GC is it hand made?

or did you buy it?

anyway it has to be slim right?


It came with my BigBen, and after reading other's reports I'd say it was factory issue, I didn't make it and I doubt someone else did.

Looks like Ira's got the recipe down for them, fantastic!!



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Posted 30 November 2009 - 04:07 PM

Sticky! :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 04:18 PM

Probably nothing new for most of you hear but I've found this invaluable.
When I received my BigBen I noticed a round tube in the battery compartment,
it's a simple thin plastic sleeve that is rigid enough to keep your D cells from popping out
when you're putting them in or changing, which I find always gets me cursing when they fall out
all over the floor.

Slide your 4 or 5 D's into the magic sleeve though and they notch in perfectly stable inside your blaster and aren't falling all over the place the next time you open up the compartment.

I find this ESPECIALLY useful for the TRC-931 that stores it's hard wired power cable on the top shelf of the battery compartment. Taking it to and from work and plugging it in and out of mains power means I don't have to worry about
10 suicidal D cells ready to make a break at a moments notice.

I'm sure any thin plastic tubing could be used, and I encourage those who've not had the pleasure to make a couple up to try!



Rock On.

i had the same problem with the trc 931 i was to the point of destruction when i finally got the batteries and the cord stuffed under the cover lol.

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 06:01 PM



GC is it hand made?

or did you buy it?

anyway it has to be slim right?


It came with my BigBen, and after reading other's reports I'd say it was factory issue, I didn't make it and I doubt someone else did.

Looks like Ira's got the recipe down for them, fantastic!!


Rock On.


They were standard issue in a few Sanyo boxes, the Big Ben and 9998 come to mind but I'll bet there were more.

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:36 PM

ok--lets save the drum-roll :lol: :lol:
as this has to be the lowest tech mod ever posted !! :-O

but -- look -
with a few simple tools, plus some scotch tape -
and some clear (or unclear) thin plastic-

we can make our own tubes-
any size // any time
:-) :-)

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:37 PM

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:12 PM

That's super fly!!! :afro: :breakdance:

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:16 PM

ok--lets save the drum-roll :lol: :lol:
as this has to be the lowest tech mod ever posted !! :-O

but -- look -
with a few simple tools, plus some scotch tape -
and some clear (or unclear) thin plastic-

we can make our own tubes-
any size // any time
:-) :-)


I thought Ira only did woodies?

#24 Gluecifer

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 12:49 AM

Top work Ira!!

Love em!!!



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Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:18 AM

ok--lets save the drum-roll :lol: :lol:
as this has to be the lowest tech mod ever posted !! :-O

but -- look -
with a few simple tools, plus some scotch tape -
and some clear (or unclear) thin plastic-

we can make our own tubes-
any size // any time
:-) :-)


I thought Ira only did woodies?


:hmmm: Looks like Ira is also into prosthetics.

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:50 AM

tubes 'R us
:breakdance:
:thumbsup: :lol: :w00t: :yes:

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 12:52 PM

.... :hmmm: Looks like Ira is also into prosthetics....


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

#28 alvinm

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 01:02 PM

So where do we get that thin plastic sheet??????

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 01:09 PM

alvinm--
see if there is a 'joannes fabrics' branch down there -
i got it up here yesterday --
or any fabric// hobby store should have it --
it about .010 "- ..012 " thick -- sheet size is 12" x 18"
the brand is "dritz quilting"
i guess they use it for sewing templates

----
just checked -- there are 4 stores down there near you :-)

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 01:57 PM

Joanne's isn't the type of store virile young guys visit Ira.... :w00t: :lol: :yes: