Well as it goes, I think my "favorite tool" over the past 40 years of electronics work has been an old WELLER soldering gun. Got it from my Dad, 40 years back.
We used to build Radio Shack P-box kits when I was 10 years old with that thing.
Had not thought of it in years, but those were the days of endless bliss of solder fumes, germanium transistors and realizing solder is HOT the hard way.
Wow.. Such a memory.. I still have that gun somewhere.. I'll have to look now you know..
Miss my dad, and all he did with us as I was growing up.
He would haul home electronics junk from the mill trashcan so I could experiment.
Luck the day as he would open a bag when he came home to reveal his latest trash-bin haul.
Maybe some wire or an old corroded circuit board, but that treasure was like gold to a 10 year old.
Me and that old "Weller" would take out all the pieces, and try to make something useable- Most of what I "built" did nothing then, but now I see it did EVERYTHING just right...
Love you Dad.. Thanks for everything.. The Weller, putting up with my "inventions" that blew the house fuses, and of course your patients in all I did.
Uhhh Sorry about the basement carpet and those Christmas lights.... Ya.. It WAS me....................