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Old 02-01-2015, 09:26 AM
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Very nice find!
Always fun to see pictures if the real thing.
The airbrushed catalog pictures never looked as good.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by SEL
I ventured out to a Radio Shack this morning for some zip cord and a jack to re-wire the ECF-66 launch Controller:

RS Employee: "Can I help you?"

Me: "Yeah, I need some 18 gauge zip cord. Do you sell it in bulk?"

RS Employee: "What"?

Me: "I need to buy some zip cord - zip wire. You might call it 'Lamp Cord'."

RS Employee: (Scratching his head) "......... uh..."

Me: (Trying to ease his distress - this really seemed to make his head hurt.) "Lamp Cord. You know, the cord that comes out of the base of a lamp, and plugs into the wall socket? I need about 35'."

RS Employee: "Umm, jeeze,... no, we don't carry anything like that. We just have Speaker Wire."

I didn't bother to ask about Nichrome Wire.


Not surprising... big thread over on TRF about Radio Shack going broke... they're about to go under-- their stock has plummeted into "penny stock" range... closing stores left and right and selling stuff at deep discounts...

Later! OL JR

PS. I get rolls of lamp cord cheap at the dollar store... but I usually just wire in a cheapy male/female "cord end repair plug" just outside whatever controller I'm wiring up, and then use a regular extension cord to run the power out to the pad...

An old cord end cut off an old VCR or junk TV or toaster or whatever then plugs into that, with some nice copper-clad microclips I bought at Radio Shack a decade ago soldered on the ends of the wire (once I split them apart for about the last foot of the wire) serves to hook up to the ignitors...

Works great! OL JR
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