Disaster

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by beenthere, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. beenthere

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    I finally gave into the urge to use some of my Nixie tubes and build a clock. That was ok, but I also thought it might be cool to incorporate a couple of my Dekatrons as the seconds indicators.

    The tube collections are in a pair of Exide battery jars about 10" X 8" X 24". I pulled down the one jar and set the top on my file folder collection. As I was looking up pinouts, the top slid off and smashed on the floor. The lead data plate gives a date of 1936.

    Just to make it feel worse, the Dekatrons are pretty black on top, so they aren't likely to last in use.
     
  2. hgmjr

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    Jan 28, 2005
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    So sorry to hear of your misfortune.

    hgmjr
     
  3. Dave

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    Please forgive my shallowness, but how much is such an item worth today in monetary value? I understand it is probably worth more in sentimental value.

    Dave
     
  4. cumesoftware

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    It is really a misfortune, loosing such rare components. It could happen to anyone.

    I hope you can find replacement Nixie tubes. Best of luck!
     
  5. beenthere

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    The tubes are fine, but the battery jar lid is a goner. That was one of the big 48 volt batteries that the telephone company used to power phone lines. Even used pitch to seal the lid onto the case. Lost a piece of history.
     
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