Tidier ray-boxes

Discussion in 'Top Tips' started by KeithD, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. I don't know if this has been suggested before.

    This may or may not float your boat, but I got fed up with winding cables around ray boxes and then the cables getting tangled up with each other, so that when the kids get them out, they often end up pulling the 4mm plugs off the end.

    This is one of those 'when I get a chance' jobs, which i completed about a year ago and they have all stood up well to class use: no more repairs or maintenance apart from bulb replacement..

    Ray box 1.jpg
    Ray box 2.jpg

    (Any comments on how good my soldering is, will be gently filed).
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  2. I like that.

    I modify all of the ray boxes by fitting better quality wire and plugs and better light fittings, with cord grips plus cable tie the cables on but I think your idea is better as I still have problems occasionally.
  3. Thanks Nick. I'm definitely glad I did it, I used to dread seeing what state they were in after class use.. :)
  4. I immediately grabbed a scimart metal one to see if there is room, we might drill holes lower down to do it. I prefer the scimart ones so all those bought since I joined have been like that, a fraction of the price of the plastic ones and even after I do the mods to improve them still cheaper and a far better product.. We have a work experience guy joining after Christmas this might be his project!
  5. Interesting,you'll have to show us the finished result when it's done. we have some of those too but most of the teachers don't like them as they get quite hot.
  6. Are scimart still going I thought they went bust?
  7. whoever they are, you can still buy the same ray boxes, black painted metal cases with steel slits.
  8. With your permission I pinching this idea.....:)
  9. Vee


    thats amazing, may also just pinch this idea. great job!!
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    Thanks Vee. :)
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  11. That is epic. Time to get the soldering iron out!
  12. keith how are you fixed on Friday afternoon to do ours? . I will buy you a pint! Just joking !

    Great idea and thanks for sharing
  13. Done my first metal case one to give to work experience chap to copy

    Attached Files:

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  14. Thanks Alice and paul r. :)

    Nick, thanks for posting, that seems to work nicely. My metal ones may get that treatment too now.
  15. like these a lot - off to check my ray boxes now
  16. Oh I love it!! I truly dislike the cable tidying procedure that follows the use of ray boxes. Stellar idea
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    I think we need to do this, I hate getting them out each year, all work after the summer hols and then slowly but surely after each class uses them the repairs pile grows and grows, often a little jiggle of the wire gets them up and running but before staff consider trying that out flows the usual phrase "it doesn't work", before adding back into the tray and not informing us it doesn't work, you supply them to the next teacher, "oh, half of them don't work".
    How many of you have conversations like this with your staff over equipment?
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  18. lots of time ! Anything electrical. You have hit the nail on the head , put anything in the repair tray that does not work do not just put back on trolley!
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  19. I find that some teachers just get another one out and carry on. Then the "stuff" is put back in the tray and nothing is said. The next lesson complaints are received that some don't work. With the best will in the world I cannot check all items every lesson. It's bad enough I have a brush up my backside to sweep the floor as well. :mad: :eek: :rolleyes:
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  20. All. The. Time.
    My mind reading skills are slipping. :rolleyes::rolleyes:;)
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