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  • Inexpensive Garage Lights From LED Strips

    A nice solution for use of old PC power supplies! I used a LED strip to light my 20-foot long woodshed but bought a $20 12Volt, 4-Amp power supply. I could have saved the cash had I thought of that. Sometimes it is difficult to get the power requirement from the Chinese sellers. Not trusting tape to stick the strip in a cold and damp environment, I slipped the LED strip into clear PCV tubing that I clipped to the low joists. I keeps the strip dry and affords mechanical protection.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on Mikhandmaker.'s instructable Homemade Wooden Clamp1 month ago
     Homemade Wooden Clamp

    I am having difficulty reproducing the shapes from the photos. I suppose a DWG file of the outlines would be too much to ask, but perhaps you could include a sketch on a 1cm.x1cm. grid.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on Mikhandmaker.'s instructable Homemade Wooden Clamp1 month ago
     Homemade Wooden Clamp

    Veldig fint! Definitely a Scandinavian, almost sensual, shape.I will attempt to make a few out of, more readily available in Canada,hard maple.One improvement I will try is to make a couple of more holes in the aluminum bars in order to vary the grip range. And now I know what to do with that old leather belt (a bit too short now) I have been saving.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on In The Kitchen With Matt's instructable Perfect French Fries1 month ago
    Perfect French Fries

    If you don't use a temperature controlled deep fryer DO NOT leave the kitchen, stay sober and have an oil extinguishing means handy. More house fires start this way then by any other "accident". Make sure that your fire insurance is paid up and that your policy doesn't have a nasty Negligence clause that some insurers sneak in these days to give themselves a "Sorry your fault" escape route.

    They call them "French" fries because most anglophones couldn't tell the difference between France's french and Belgique. Yes, Mayonnaise by all means but Bearnaise and Hollandaise work really well too as a interesting alternative. Of course when mobile, salt and vinegar (a Quebec thing) are a great no-napkins-required, messless additive.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on fixthisbuildthat's instructable DIY Pull Out Trash Cabinet3 months ago
    DIY Pull Out Trash Cabinet

    Using Blum Metabox drawer slides would simplify some of the work and possibly reduce the cost. Even better would be, as I've done in the past, and use the hardware stripped out of surplus filing cabinets, like those olive green antiques rusting away in many used office furniture dealers warehouses. I've bought 3 drawer ones for $25. Even the drawers themselves could be used here if the kitchen cabinet is the right width.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on darbinorvar's instructable Super Bright Tunable Led Light Panels3 months ago
    Super Bright Tunable Led Light Panels

    A nice idea and execution. I wonder if a square aluminum cake pan would not simplify the process and produce a neater result. I would space the pan off the wood behind, and around the sides, to allow some air flow and help cooling. Another concern I have is with using wood the enclose the controls. The power components, wiring and electronics, even at low voltage, can fail, overheat and burn. A metal box would better contain that safely. A bit of inexpensive fusing could also help relieve any flame related anxiety.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on Odovacer's instructable Band Saw to Pottery Wheel3 months ago
    Band Saw to Pottery Wheel

    Nice idea - A disk-brake rotor would have made a stiffer adapter that the ceiling fan plate and also a flywheel to boot.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on GreatScottLab's instructable Make Your Own Li-Ion Battery Pack4 months ago
    Make Your Own Li-Ion Battery Pack

    OMG!! Soldering on Li-Ion cells! Overheated cells go POOF, big time. Great if you are trying to earn a new nick-name like "Patch" or "Stumpy". Be smart; buy cells with tabs already welded on.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on chrisnotap's instructable Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap5 months ago
    Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

    Actually I put the bait into perforated plastic pill vials that I glue to 10x10cm. pieces of sheet steel. Outside I put a rock on the steel to keep it in place.The "Childproof" lids on the vials make them quite safe but in any case that 5% borax mix is not very harmful to mammalian life in the teaspoon quantity I place in the vial.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on chrisnotap's instructable Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap5 months ago
    Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

    Tak, ale pozostawić w nim jakiś vishnick

    "release him", really? That sort of defeats the purpose unless you neuter them before releasing.

    I make two types of treats for my six-legged "friends". One is a borax&sugar solution and the other is bacon drippings&borax. Some species of ant like sweet, some like fat. Carpenter ants, for example, switch their choice at different times of the year. The trick is to not put in too much borax to keep the taste pleasant. Otherwise they might sicken on the return trip to the nest and getting them to dose the others there is the prime objective. 5% does it.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable How to properly mix and pour concrete6 months ago
    How to properly mix and pour concrete

    No - Canadian. We too speak real English :-)

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  • Simple Compact 5v Voltage Regulator with Low Battery Alarm

    I too had the same problem. I think it has to do with trying to do the layout while looking at the circuit diagram. If you reconstruct the circuit as a ladder diagram you will see the common connections in a more convenient configuration.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable How to properly mix and pour concrete6 months ago
    How to properly mix and pour concrete

    If you can POUR your concrete then its too wet and will be weaker that the proper dryer mix that has to be PLACED*.* The proper term

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    • Really Cheap Guards for Garage Door Opener Safety Sensors
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  • AlfieE2 commented on KJMagnetics's instructable World's Simplest Electric Train7 months ago
    World's Simplest Electric Train

    I think that the hardest part will be in finding un-insulated cooper wire and stripping enameled transformer wire is difficult.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on bwayne64's instructable 27 Led Light Mod8 months ago
    27 Led Light Mod

    I have a couple of these modified and mounted around the house all wired to a scrounged 6 volt emergency light battery pack in the basement. The battery unit originally two tungsten bulb heads on it. The LEDs give much more illumination for a lot longer time. They were still going after a 8 hour blackout.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on woodshopcowboy's instructable Stackable Shop Storage Boxes 8 months ago
    Stackable Shop Storage Boxes

    I have made some similar storage boxes using tongue-and-groove pine planks. No router required. Hardwood flooring scraps would work as well but have limited height.

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  • How to Stack and Ventilate Firewood with Pallet Wrap

    It takes exactly 1 BTU to convert each pound of water to steam (it is the fact that the BTU unit is based on). That BTU is absorbed in the process and does NOT produce any heat. Weigh a piece of green wood and compare it to its weight after a year of drying - you'll be amazed at the difference. Even "almost dry" wood loses a lot compared to completely dry.

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