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A timer?
 

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I am surprised I got the timer right.:D

From a toaster?
 

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Ha ! You got it! By adding a 12 volt relay you can turn it into a three rail block signal. I found the article and remembered I had a four slicer downstairs. I got lucky and have two boards. The neat thing about it is the relay replaces the electromagnet. Now if I can just figure it out??






I tackled the BLock system project using the toaster board here.
 

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Jeez, Ed ...

How the hell did you guess that spot on ??? What, did you stop by Madame Maria's Fortune Telling Shop on the way back into town?!?!?

Either that's the most lucky guess I've ever seen, or you're spending WAY too much time cleaning the crumbs out of the bottom of your toaster!

OK, T-Man ... what new techno-creation idea is lurking in your mind? I joked with Big Ed the other day that you're secretly building the ROBOT from the old Lost In Space show. He thought I was kidding. But with this toaster-timer stuff, I'm beginning to think I might have been on target there.

'Fess up, will ya' ?!?!?

Cheers,

TJ
 

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I am double surprised now!:D

Now ya got some timers but your not going to have any toast.:laugh:
 

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Jeez, Ed ...

How the hell did you guess that spot on ??? What, did you stop by Madame Maria's Fortune Telling Shop on the way back into town?!?!?

Either that's the most lucky guess I've ever seen, or you're spending WAY too much time cleaning the crumbs out of the bottom of your toaster!

OK, T-Man ... what new techno-creation idea is lurking in your mind? I joked with Big Ed the other day that you're secretly building the ROBOT from the old Lost In Space show. He thought I was kidding. But with this toaster-timer stuff, I'm beginning to think I might have been on target there.

'Fess up, will ya' ?!?!?

Cheers,

TJ

Well from the first picture I saw the gear next to the electronic thing and got a timer.
Under the timer you see the vents? So I knew the vents were for dissipating some kind of heat.
Then I saw the heater coil in the background and guessed a toaster.

All Elementary Dear Watson!:D
 

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Though now I don't think it was a heater coil but it is the pop up spring to shoot the toast out. Maybe?
 

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The pop up spring is held down by the electro magnet.
I have been working on my electronics. Tonight I just got the very first reverse board to work. The train is reversing as we speak.
I got four more wall warts for power supplies.
I finished up the arc board but no arc.
This toaster project is cooking me.

One good thing this week. My son built an egg landing device from a board, three dowels, an elastic, a piece of paper, and half of a plastic Easter egg and duct tape. The egg survived the drop from the roof of the school. He said it spun down and landed. Actually 9 out of 20 survived that day.
Wonders never cease.
I forgot the pipe cleaner.

Introducing, Egg Lander One.




The right dowel was straight but had a rough landing.
 

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At first, before I read it, I thought you were building another Disney boat.:laugh:

Now tell him to try it with a real egg.:D:thumbsup:
 

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That's just it. :eek: He had a real egg seated in the plastic shell.:laugh:
Ok you didn't say that.

Then was it a hard boiled egg?:laugh:
 

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T-Man --

Little T-Man has his dad's creativity, huh? Schools here in RI have that egg-drop challenge game. My kids haven't gotten there yet, but I suspect we'll be kludging egg-catching gizmos together one day soon.

Ed -- I saw your "this is how I guessed right" explanation. Not buying it. Spys, I say ... you got spys on us, I think. :laugh: Now go spy on the gent who "sold" you a train but disappeared. Talk to Madame Maria ... where is he??? Safe and sound?

Cheers,

TJ
 

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T-Man --

Little T-Man has his dad's creativity, huh? Schools here in RI have that egg-drop challenge game. My kids haven't gotten there yet, but I suspect we'll be kludging egg-catching gizmos together one day soon.

Ed -- I saw your "this is how I guessed right" explanation. Not buying it. Spys, I say ... you got spys on us, I think. :laugh: Now go spy on the gent who "sold" you a train but disappeared. Talk to Madame Maria ... where is he??? Safe and sound?

Cheers,

TJ

I am actually an electronic wizard. I just don't want to show off. :D

One of my first old projects I made........,
This sits in my den.
I got the chimes at a yard sale and found the old lamp neck in the trash. The motor sitting on the base was from an old VCR.
This object does two things:

The solar circuit charges up and spins the worm gear motor shaft, which turns the wheel with springs attached - in turn the springs hit the chimes - it's a solar chime

There is a wire strung up through the next with a blinking green LED - it is run by a separate solar cell.


lampchime.jpg
 

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Wasn't there another, "Electrical Genius" that came from Jersey? :laugh:

Yes........it was, "ED"ISON.:laugh:
My great grand grandfather.:D

I have been waiting for your next what is it T.
Just because I got the first one so fast don't let that discourage you from posting another.

Call it beginner luck.:rolleyes:
 
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