Tech Tips of Christmas

Tech Tips Of Christmas 2018

For maximum cheer, sing the italicized parts of this article to the tune of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’.

15 Swabs a swabbing

Brought to you by the letter Q. In addition to all the amazing uses for swabs in the binder lab, these little wonders are perfect for painting on glue before applying the glitter to those holiday decorations. 2014 Summer BTN

14 tins containing

We can hardly “contain” our excitement. Did you know that 8-ounce tin you were gonna scrape your PAV pans into can also be used as the perfect fruitcake baking pan!? 2014 Fall BTN

13 Brookfields spinning

Product Review: Brookfield Rotational Viscometer DV 3T. Sure, go ahead and determine the estimated laboratory mixing and compaction temperatures for unmodified binders but where’s the fun in that? Haven’t you always wondered about the viscosity of figgy pudding? 2015 Winter BTN

12 beams not sticking

Product review: Lab Lease Paper. Nothing and I mean NOTHING will stick to this stuff. That means Bending Beam Rheometer Specimens AND sugar cookies! 2015 Spring BTN

11 clips a clipping

A collection of tech tips. Binder clips! We love them from marking the spot for your mass change bottles to clipping Christmas cards to a ribbon for all to see. There are two additional bonus tips in this box for you to enjoy. 2015 Summer BTN

10 cutters cutting

Making the cut. After you cut those separation tubes, unless you are in love with them, head out after the holidays and cut the darn lights off the landscaping. Your relaxation time will thank you. 2015 Fall BTN

9 pans a stacking

Building up. Counter space is at as much of a premium in the binder lab as it is in the holiday kitchen! Use squares of cardboard to build up, not out! 2016 Winter BTN

8 drills a drilling

Take the pressure out of aging. Show that PAV who is boss and build a nativity scene manger that will become a family heirloom. 2016 Summer BTN

7 Krafters krafting

Getting Krafty in your lab. Cover those lab counters with this miracle paper and never scrub again and then take some home, wad the heck out of it and just when you think you’ve wadded enough, wad some more! Now, flatten it out and wrap your gifts. 2016 Fall BTN

6 Beams a parking

Decreasing BBBs by increasing BBS with a BBR BBP. This ingenious space saver can be used to increase the size of your BBR bath or pop a few fake poinsettias in the holes for a festive center piece. 2017 Fall BTN

5 Ooooornery rings!

Ornery o-rings. Save your manicure and apply the o-rings to your BBR molds with ease. These rings can also control the population of your holiday livestock: reindeer. 2017 Summer BTN

4 bottles turn

Rolling thin film awesome. Sure, an RTFO bottle is the perfect hack to hold a separation tube for its long dry sauna but have you thought about handing them out to your buddies and filling them with a micro-brew during that New Years day bowl game? 2017 Winter BTN

3 pipettes

Dirty BBR bath? Clean it up! Selectively suck out binder bits without emptying your BBR bath or have fun with the kids decorating Christmas cookies with this 50mg pipet and bulb duo. 2018 Spring BTN

2 spongy tins

Sponge worthy. Quickly apply the perfect amount of release agent to those BBR end pieces, then present this to the cook in your family. Melt butter, pop in the sponge and butter those hot cross buns like a pro. 2018 Summer BTN

And a BactiZapper giving us heat

Zap to it. Flip it on and sterilize your surgical tools, heat your DSR trimming tool and last but not least, pop one kernel at a time to make the world’s most time consuming rustic popcorn garland. 2018 Fall BTN

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