A big ol' box of assorted automotive blade fuses


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/29/a-big-ol-box-of-assorted-aut.html


#2

Ugh. I had an intermittent short in the wiring harness tucked into my sporty’s headlight bucket. Chased that for weeks.


#3

…unless your DeLorean needs a fuse.


#4

A multimeter with a continuity test is your friend.


#5

Slow news day?


#6

“Son,” my father said, after taking me by the shoulder, "all a man really needs is a big box of assorted automotive blade fuses."
After I finished considering his statement, I looked around and realised that he’d abandoned me in the forest.

Lesson learned.


#7

Very true; though better labelling and documentation would be really welcome. Particularly for fuses in places you wouldn’t necessarily expect(sometimes a necessary evil; but if the fuse isn’t in the fuse panel it’d be nice to mention it); or for those horrible fuses that look exactly like every other surface mount passive. Grovelling through every tiny rectangle on a PCB with fine tipped probes because somebody didn’t feel like distinguishing the resistors from the suicide resistors is very annoying.


#8

Did he at least leave the box of fuses with you?


#9

Three fuses of each amperage should be enough. If you blow three fuses in a row, then you need to fix the gizmo, not install yet another fuse that’s doomed to blow.


#10

…insert a penny.


#11

A man after my own trailer-park heart!


#12

I’d like to stab the guy at Honda who decided soldering in blade-type fuses was a great idea.


#14

That will solve the problem of blowing fuses by turning the gizmo into a big fuse.
Stand back!


#15

Are you sure that the device didn’t self-solder the fuse into place as part of the failure mode (to try to prevent additional tampering)?


#16

Reminds me of a Father’s Day card I gave my dad years ago – on the front it went “Remember how when I was young we would go on these long drives into the countryside?” and in the inside “And how surprised you always were when I found my way home anyway?”


#17

Yup.


#18

Wow, they must have gotten there quick. Those things burn flat to the ground in seconds.


#19

I concur with the sentiment; but tradition demands that heretics be burned. Soldering a deliberately sacrificial part that is designed to be socketed is a blatant transgression against all laws of god, man, and nature.


#20

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