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Old 6th Feb 2021, 12:10 pm   #1
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Default Parker Pen Refill Recycle Probe

I hate throwing things away, already used one of these as trimmer tool for a brass radio trimmer slug, today I found a couple of used refills in recycling my wife had thrown out, ever the Scrooge I thought they would make a nice tactile probe, using a cable clip masonry nail and a bit of rubber tubing, I set to work
First remove the ball and holder, clean out any old ink left with hot water, then force fit pointed end of nail, then grind head to a point, slide on rubber pipe and you have a useful tool.
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Old 6th Feb 2021, 4:36 pm   #2
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Default Re: Parker Pen Refill Recycle Probe

I retrieved a ballpoint pen from the bin and used it for the probe on my Velleman signal generator!

I'm not tight, just careful!
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Old 16th Mar 2021, 8:25 am   #3
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Default Re: Parker Pen Refill Recycle Probe

Mk2 if you cut the shank further up and give it a light squeeze with pliers to make a oblong profile,it is suitable for larger profile brass trimmers, and being steel is very robust will not open up and round off trimmer.
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Old 16th Mar 2021, 9:09 am   #4
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Thanks John that tip is a good tip Mick.
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