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  1. PeterS

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    I'll share a deep discount to FChat members on my company's new infrared temp monitor that I have on a chat forum for R/C cars for April only. Since this is a great tool for mechanics, I thought a few FChatters would like to get their hands on one. It normally retails between $39.95 & $49.95. GTO84 has one and constantly uses it while working on cars.

    Your net that includes shipping is $29.95. It comes with an Energizer battery, beltclip and warranty (Cool item for around the house to check cold spots arounds doors, ducts, fireplace flu's, the wife, etc. US UPS Shipping only.

    Visit http://shopatron.com/product/product_id=PDVPDV101-1002/191.0
     
  2. PeterS

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    WOW! Five orders today! Thanks guys. This will run through 4/30. It really is a great item!
     
  3. Rifledriver

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    Thanks for the offer but I have one. Great to have though.
     
  4. f355spider

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    Will it work on my cat? I don't think he likes getting his temp taken rectally.... ;)

    Neither do I, come to think of it. Okay, I'll order one!
     
  5. Rifledriver

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    We don't want to know what sort of perversions you are performing on your cat. Go to the NAMCLA (North American Man Cat Love Association) chat room.
     
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    Okie dokie.....
     
  7. PeterS

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    I bet the pending order on the system is you!...Thanks!
     
  8. Verell

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    Tnx, I've ordered 1, have had getting one on my round2it llist for over a year.

    Now I can compare temps of my ceramic coated rear header & my as yet uncoated front header.
     
  9. PeterS

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    Thanks for the orders! I just got done packaging 16 received between Friday and this AM that will ship today.
     
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    Peter,
    Thanks for the info. Eagerly awaiting my order.
    Casey
     
  11. Spasso

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    Yeah, well you should try pokin' a Parrot!

    I just ordered mine. Thanks for the deal Peter.
     
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    Mine arrived this afternoon via UPS. It looks good and works well.

    UPS Guy's nose - 86
    Boiling water - 208 (I'm at 5000 ft, so water boils at a lower temp)
    Inside freezer - 0
    Hot tap water - 135

    Davehanda - how about bringing that cat of yours over here?
     
  13. PeterS

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    'Bring your cat'...BWWWAAAAAAAA! I have not cracked up over anything in a few days! Good one!!!

    Hell, I'll be up all friggen night packaging these things!....Thanks! You guys will really like this product! Anyone know what Rob drinks? I should send him a bottle for not whacking this thread!

    PS: You ya think that Dave Handa will REALLY try to read the temp of his cat's butt? I wanna picture of that one!!!
     
  14. FerrDuc

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    Sounds like a good deal Peters.

    Can you share some specs, like what's the accuracy (tolerance), how far do you have to hold it from the object being measured, how does ambient temp. affect it?

    Maybe I'm asking too much for a hobby temp reader but I would want it to be accurate if for instance I'm checking tire temps at the track...

    R/
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  16. PeterS

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    • Easy to use—hold within two feet of the area to be measured and push the button • Temperature reading appears within a ½ second and remains on screen for 7 seconds • Large LCD screen shows readings in Fahrenheit or Celsius • Range: 0 to 400°F (-18 to 210°C) • Distance to spot size is 3:1 ratio (measures a 4-inch area one foot away) • Includes clothing clip • Includes an Energizer Industrial Grade 12V, 23mA battery (and cheaper than watch type batteries that many of these units have that are very expensive and the accuracy is 1oC@400oC!

    You can see the unit at www.performancedevices.com

    A few more uses:

    1. Avoid chimney fires—check wood, woodstove and flue temperatures
    2. Save on energy expenses. Check windows and door frames for energy leaks year around
    3. Spot overheated circuit breakers before there's a problem!
    4. Does the radiator have blocked passages? Check it out.
    5. Grilling/BBQ temperatures—the secret to perfection is temperature control
    6. Are your ducts leaking? Check HVAC systems for efficiency
    7. Metal playground slides can fry eggs in summer—check equipment for temperature safety before the kids play
    8. Measure deep-fry oil temperatures the safe, non-contact way
    9. When your auto air conditioning vent temperatures change, you may need the system recharged
    10. Keep milk and food fresh—check refrigerator temperatures regularly
    11. Locate overheated bearings
    12. Identify loose electrical connections
    13. Identify failing fluorescent ballasts
    14. Spot leaking thermal seals
    15. Check heat loss through insulation
    16. Candy and chocolate making
    17. Diagnose turbochargers
    18. Check propane tank level
    19. Beer making
    20. Maintain ideal wine storage
    21. Check brake linings and pads
    22. Monitor drive belt temperatures
    23. Wine making
    24. Detect misfiring cylinders
    25. Spot hot fuses before they blow
    26. Check transmission and differential
    27. Wheel bearings need lube?
    28. Troubleshoot generators & alternators
    29. Identify hot vs. cold pipes
    30. Check thermostat accuracy
    31. Diagnose catalytic converters
    32. Check pool, spa temperatures
    33. Beekeeping
    34. Grain silo safety monitoring
    35. Hydroponic gardening
    36. Keep aquariums healthy
    37. Greenhouse becoming a hothouse?
    38. Find broken window defrost elements
    39. Fish hatcheries
    40. Roofing tar
    41. Temperature balancing
    42. Heat/cooling ducts free flowing?
    43. Wood working
    44. Check heat exchangers
    45. Monitor refrigeration systems
    46. Identify air and vacuum leaks
    47. Cheese making
    48. Spot areas of moisture incursion
    49. Calibrate your oven before cooking
    50. Concrete curing
    51. Check ice rink temperatures
    52. Determine fluid levels in closed tanks
    53. Equestrian care
    54. Farm machinery maintenance
    55. Monitor soil temperature
    56. Hatcheries
    57. Verify temperature gauges
    58. Spray painting
    59. Aqua culture
    60. Wood-fired pizza oven perfecto?
    61. Laying asphalt
    62. Fireworks safety
    63. Measure tire temperature
    64. Check race track temperature
    65. Thermoforming
    66. Injection molding
    67. Fiber glassing
    68. Aircraft test and maintenance
    69. Screen printing dryers
    70. Printing-maintain ink temperatures
    71. Dehydrating
    72. Stage and screen lighting safety
    73. Extruding
    74. Plastics lamination
    75. Hot air ballooning
    76. Safety check chemical stores
    77. Coffee-brew the perfect latte
    78. Shrink wrapping
    79. Vulcanizing
    80. Painting and varnishing
    81. Battery temperature
    82. Curing adhesives
    83. Checking the actual temp of Darth's radiator fluid down Wilshire Blvd!
     
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    Hmmmmmm. 83 other uses and not one pertaining to anything sexual other than a cats butt. We are some very sick people, lol.
     
  18. PeterS

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    Pete's newest business: "Handa's Cat-Butt-Temp service....We'll give that kitty's butt one more life"!

    Can somebody please photoshop a garage sign for this one?
     
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    OK, thanks Peter. I was actually looking for the tolerance (ie .1 deg. +-), but like the list you made, it looks like it's a hobby thermometer. No offense, but I wouldn't trust the readings to tell me if my bearings are heating up or if my tires are up to temp or if one cylinder is running hotter (leaner) than the others.

    A quick Google gave me this (with tolerance specs):
    http://tinyurl.com/3nzv4

    I don't mean to disparage your product. On the contrary, if I wanted to check all those things you mentioned above (minus the auto stuff), I would definitely use your thermometer, but for less than $100 more I can get piece of mind that the reading is accurate!

    Incidentally, header temps can get over 500 degrees Farenheit (beyond your thermometer's capacity), not to mention if you have a 4 inch swath to read from, most likely you will be reading the block temp along with the header.

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    (I may be poor, but I'm not cheap!)
     
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    I don't believe my cat's butt can reach much beyond 102 degrees F so the temp range is fine with me... ;)
     
  22. Verell

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    Peter,
    I want to cancel my order. I bought it based on the web site description which says:

    "High-End infrared temperature monitor measures from 0 to 400oC "

    I want to measure header temps that can go well above 210°C, as well as radiator & other coolant temps that can be at or above 210°C.
     
  23. PeterS

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    Hi Verell;

    You are welcome to send it back (It shipped yesterday) if you wish. We will cut you a check once received. The unit max's out at 400c. You can try it for a couple of days to be sure though.
     
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    Got mine today and tried it out. This thing works great! Even a Stu Pedasso like me can use it!

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