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Old 12-08-2011, 09:05 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Infrared Thermometer. A hot Idea?

Because I was suffering from shoppers anxiety, I decided it was necessary to buy something I have obviously needed for a long time, but have just now recognized that fact.

I ordered an infrared thermometer.

Here is my request. Please post your favorite applications for this obviously indispensable tool. This will help me justify this purchase that I am already sure was of the utmost necessity.

Thanks in advance,

Ken

P.S. I have already recognized the need to know the temperature of the white area in the middle of Daisy(my avatar)'s belly.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:33 PM   #3
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We use these in the shop all the time. Checked seat heaters this morning.
On the road I use it to check tire temps; low pressure, overload, failing carcass. Wheels and hubs; dragging brakes, hot bearings.
In camp for dutch oven cooking, grill temp and to make sure the beer is cold enough.

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Old 12-08-2011, 09:53 PM   #4
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... Please post your favorite applications for this obviously indispensable tool. This will help me justify this purchase that I am already sure was of the utmost necessity.

Thanks in advance,

Ken

P.S. I have already recognized the need to know the temperature of the white area in the middle of Daisy(my avatar)'s belly.
Rapid movement of the laser dot drives our cats crazy...Oh, we also check hub temps...
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I use it to check the temperature of my horses feet! Its a good predictor of laminitis.... maybe you need a horse
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:54 PM   #6
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You can use it to find out just how cold those cold feet are in bed, or cold hands. Or how well you are doing on a date.... ooops.
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Hi, I bought one of those and had a lot of fun playing with it.

Check my dog's body temp.

Check my refrigerator; My drinks.

Check the walls in my house.

Check the windows too.

Check my engine's various parts and the radiator.

I actually checked my tow vehicles and trailers tires a few times.

Check the bath water for my dog.

And on and on and on; Check everything in sight whether moving or not.

Keep it in my Lincoln's consul for whenever I want to check something.

Can be very useful and fun too.

WHY NOT?
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:08 AM   #8
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I use mine to check all of the above plus the temp of the Tarmac in the summertime before I let our dog Heidi jump out of the car (don't want her to burn her paws on the hot ground).
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:06 AM   #9
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you folks have just begun to play! i'd say the thermometer is like catnip is to cats :-)
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We gotta have our gadgets.
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Infrared Use

The wife asked me what I was going to use it for...I told her men need gadgets before they know the need.

A couple days later I pulled a microwave meal out of the microwave and re-read the instructions. It said the food temperature had to be 165 degrees. I scanned the underside of the container and it displayed 168. I found a use for it: food safety!
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men need gadgets before they know the need.

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I am going to make a sign that quotes that.

I wonder what new gadgets will be necessary for that project.


I will say that my wife is starting to be a believer. In the last couple years, she has been able to complete a few of her projects, because I have come forth with some gadget I had previously acquired and saved until the time its need appeared.

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Some interesting things to measure:

On my 19' steam launch:

* stack temp.
* exhaust temp.
* engine temp.
* feed water temp.
* boiler skin temps - looking for hot spots.

In the shop:

Welding interpass temp - is base metal too hot to weld?
temp. of parts in lathe, esp. with negative rake tooling.
electrical connection temp - is connection loose?
circuit breaker temp - are connections failing?
temp of Lexan before bending

On the Tin Pickle & truck:

Tire, brake, hub, differential temps
Interior and exterior skin temp - esp. at Burning Man!

These are great gadgets - and available very cheaply now.
I remember when a good voltmeter was expensive - a very
serviceable, rugged DVM is less than $40 today.

Good instrumentation is a real boon to repeatable, predictable
results.


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On my 19' steam launch:

* stack temp.
* exhaust temp.
* engine temp.
* feed water temp.
* boiler skin temps - looking for hot spots.

- Bart
Are there pictures of your launch posted anywhere?
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