Toyotas and tin whiskers

Phil philmt59 at
Sat Feb 4 08:09:17 CST 2012

This morning I took delivery of a new garden incinerator. At first glance, it appeared to be galvanized, but when I fired it up with dry garden rubbish, the surface coating gave witness to the heat generated by melting. It was tin-dipped, not galvanized, and the liquid tin rolled impressively across the surface. Eventually, the surface oxidized.

In my enthusiasm for pyrotechnology, I got slightly too close and somewhat foreshortened my beard. However, the conformal coating of skin on my chin remained insulated and undamaged.

My friend John drives a Toyota.

This is my contribution to the strand whose subject keywords are "Toyota", "tin" and "whiskers".

Phil M1GWZ

PS. Temperature dropped to -8 degC last night. Chilly, but not the deadly freeze our newspapers might have you believe.

On 3 Feb 2012, at 19:07, Mike O'Dell wrote:

> i believe there are cases where a conformal coating
> been penetrated by a tin whisker. can't cite them
> from memory, but i remember reading an epic rant by
> a designer of mil-spec equipment about RoHS bs.
>  -mo
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