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Knowledge Poll: NO GOOGLING!

ercoerco Posts: 20,027
edited 2010-12-07 13:02 in General Discussion
Sadly, there is a dwindling number of people (including EEs) who know what a Fahnestock clip is. No Googling. Sure I'm showing my age, but the question remains:

Would you recognize a Fahnestock clip in the wild and know what to call it?
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  • Oldbitcollector (Jeff)Oldbitcollector (Jeff) Posts: 8,091
    edited 2010-12-03 09:31
    Can I "Lycos"?

    OBC
  • hover1hover1 Posts: 1,929
    edited 2010-12-03 09:38
    PM sent (It would have given it away) :)
  • Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi) Posts: 23,085
    edited 2010-12-03 09:39
    erco wrote:
    Would you recognize a Fahnestock clip in the wild and know what to call it?
    Of course! They were especially common when breadboards were scrounged from the kitchen instead of being purchased from Parallax or RadioShack.

    -Phil
  • ercoerco Posts: 20,027
    edited 2010-12-03 09:41
    OK, let's filter: Anybody under 50 know what a Fahnestock clip is? :)
  • ElectricAyeElectricAye Posts: 4,561
    edited 2010-12-03 09:53
    erco wrote: »
    ...Anybody under 50 know what a Fahnestock clip is? :)

    A kind of haircut?
  • sylvie369sylvie369 Posts: 1,618
    edited 2010-12-03 10:19
    erco wrote: »
    OK, let's filter: Anybody under 50 know what a Fahnestock clip is? :)

    I'm 49 years, 8-1/2 months old, and I have no idea what a Fahnestock clip is.

    (Googles it: )

    Okay, I've used them - just didn't know them by name.
  • RobotWorkshopRobotWorkshop Posts: 2,307
    edited 2010-12-03 10:33
    Makes me recall connecting wires to the track on my fathers old Lionel train set.......
  • ercoerco Posts: 20,027
    edited 2010-12-03 10:34
    Partial credit, young sylvie! :)
  • Mike2545Mike2545 Posts: 433
    edited 2010-12-03 10:55
    Yeah, 40 yrs old and I have a small drawer in my parts cabinet with some in it...different styles too
  • txmarshtxmarsh Posts: 58
    edited 2010-12-03 11:09
    Never heard of it... I'm 38 and an EE. Did the search... pretty nifty things.
  • davejamesdavejames Posts: 4,031
    edited 2010-12-03 11:10
    ...not under 50, but yes, I know (and used) this clip.

    DJ
  • MicrocontrolledMicrocontrolled Posts: 2,461
    edited 2010-12-03 11:12
    Is it the clip used under the plastic in the breadboard (That connects the holes together)? Or more like an alligator clip?

    I'm taking some wild guesses here, but I think I've heard the phrase.....
  • localrogerlocalroger Posts: 3,444
    edited 2010-12-03 11:51
    I'm 46 and I have used them. Low voltages, better connectors getting cheaper, and spring-array breadboards have pretty much killed them.
  • Ding-BattyDing-Batty Posts: 252
    edited 2010-12-03 12:18
    I associate Fahnestock clips with knife switches and thick wire, and real wooden breadboards that use wood screws as wiring points.
  • sylvie369sylvie369 Posts: 1,618
    edited 2010-12-03 12:36
    Ding-Batty wrote: »
    I associate Fahnestock clips with knife switches and thick wire, and real wooden breadboards that use wood screws as wiring points.

    Yeah, that's what they make me think of as well. And those light bulb sockets with the screw terminals on the sides.
  • WBA ConsultingWBA Consulting Posts: 2,930
    edited 2010-12-03 16:57
    I knew them as a different name, but know of them well. I'm 38, do I win something? LOL:lol:
  • ratronicratronic Posts: 1,451
    edited 2010-12-03 17:31
    erco - I'm almost 52 and I have to admit I don't remember them being called that until you mentioned them in another thread the other day - I feel ignorant now!
  • bee_manbee_man Posts: 109
    edited 2010-12-03 21:28
    I'm 48 1/2 former engineer BS in Physics and Biology currently a D.P.M. Have no idea what you are talking about. Somebody post a picture.
  • bee_manbee_man Posts: 109
    edited 2010-12-03 21:32
    OK, after a yahoo search, I have seen these once on an old Lionel train set never in any lab that I can remember.
  • Peter KG6LSEPeter KG6LSE Posts: 1,383
    edited 2010-12-03 22:24
    YES we used them in my 6th grade science class . on metal and fiber D Cell holders . Gosh now I feel old . I miss 6th grade . that year I was deathly afrade of a 1000 uF 20 V cap from my cap assortmemt from radio shack . that I charged off a 9V ..
  • Heater.Heater. Posts: 21,233
    edited 2010-12-03 22:50
    At 54 I'm ancient enough to have been building radios with tubes as a teenager but I don't think I've ever seen or used such a clip. Is this some kind of American thing?
  • Martin_HMartin_H Posts: 4,050
    edited 2010-12-04 10:27
    I'm 45 and have a CS background with an EE minor. I never heard that name, but when I used them I always thought they were called doohickies!
  • User NameUser Name Posts: 1,451
    edited 2010-12-04 11:01
    I read old library books as a kid and absolutely know what they're called and how they're used.
  • ctwardellctwardell Posts: 1,714
    edited 2010-12-04 11:54
    44, EE, don't recall using the name in school, but knew it from my first crystal radio set.
  • ElectricAyeElectricAye Posts: 4,561
    edited 2010-12-04 12:34
    erco wrote: »
    Sadly, there is a dwindling number of people (including EEs) who know what a Fahnestock clip is....

    Official tie tacks of the Microsoft corporation?
  • Peter KG6LSEPeter KG6LSE Posts: 1,383
    edited 2010-12-04 14:26
    Martin_H wrote: »
    I'm 45 and have a CS background with an EE minor. I never heard that name, but when I used them I always thought they were called doohickies!
    whos wahts it or what-cha-ma-call-its or " them there thingys over yonder "

    Or My fave is " ermm Those things ya know "
  • Zap-oZap-o Posts: 452
    edited 2010-12-04 15:25
    I am under 40 yet over 35 and design circuit boards. I have never heard of them. My first thought was the small post often bordering older circuit boards, in guitar tube amps for example. I had to google it.
  • Dr_AculaDr_Acula Posts: 5,484
    edited 2010-12-04 21:29
    41 and never heard of these nor seen them. So I figured I could break the googling rule, and they are $7.95 for 25. And they look incredibly useful. I was once asked to design an 'electronics kit' for primary school children and these would be perfect.
  • LeonLeon Posts: 7,620
    edited 2010-12-05 04:50
    I've never seen one in the flesh, but I remember seeing them in US hobbyist electronics mags many years ago.
  • LevLev Posts: 182
    edited 2010-12-05 06:28
    I have a little drawer full of them. They will probably corrode and turn to dust before I use them up.
    OOPS. I am over 50. I just noticed the poll was narrowed.

    Lev
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