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  • AlfieE2 commented on Steve Willson Kujur's instructable Build a Power Bank in $21 month ago
    Build a Power Bank in $2

    The advantage to reclaiming the cells from a laptop battery is that they have tabs spot-welded on. By carefully dismantling the battery, these tabs make it easy to the connecting solder wires. There are often very cheap, new batteries available on sites like Ebay for obsolete laptops. Soldering directly to Li-Ion cells can cause them to explode. Doing so is ill advised unless you want to earn a new nickname like Patch or Stumpy.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on wilgubeast's instructable 9 Unusual Uses for Toothpaste1 month ago
    9 Unusual Uses for Toothpaste

    The mild abrasives in most toothpastes make it very useful and convenient instead of running out to buy something. Polishing metal is a natural but it works well on hard plastics too and will de-fog headlights lenses. P.S. wilgubeast's interpretation of "hog" leaves a lot to be desired... like a 1000cc's or so. :-)

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  • AlfieE2 commented on 4DIYers's instructable How to Deodorize Your Vehicle's Interior1 month ago
    How to Deodorize Your Vehicle's Interior

    One way to reduce mold production in the A/C system is to turn it off, but keep the fan blowing to help dry off the evaporator (the cooling coil), when you are near your destination. On very hot humid days I'll open the windows and turn the heat on for a short bit to dry the ducts. I've also have very good results to keeping mold away by occasionally using unscented Lysol. I simply turn on the blower, put the system into Recirculate mode and spray near in air intake under the dash where the mist gets sucked in.

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  • AlfieE2 commented on More Cowbell's instructable Easy Generator to Home Hook Up2 months ago
    Easy Generator to Home Hook Up

    After half a century in the trade I have no insecurities about doing electrical work myself. What I have seen over the years are the results, sometimes fatal, of amateur's.Perhaps your wife should learn how to use the generator. Someday you may not be able to do it yourself. Age can creep up on you.

    And hopefully got an inspection before the utilty hooked it up?

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  • AlfieE2 commented on More Cowbell's instructable Easy Generator to Home Hook Up2 months ago
    Easy Generator to Home Hook Up

    The more I read the comments the more I am happy that in most of Canada, and particularly in the province of Quebec, all electrical work, beyond changing a light fixture, by law must be done by a licensed electrician. Tell your house insurer that you are planning to do your own BEFORE THE FIRE. After the event they won't even listen to you.

    A very good walk-through and great details Cowbell. The Square D kit has been replaced by the new one #HOMCRBGK!C. It is only good for a 100Amp or 125Amp main breaker panel. If you have a 200Amp service the option would be to install a 100A pony (sub) panel for the "Emergency" loads as I did. In fact the pony panel I bought is a real "Generator" panel that comes with the interlock installed (the only legal option in Canada). If you buy the same brand you can just pull breakers from the main panel to populate the pony. It also frees up space in the main for the new big two-pole breaker you need to feed the pony (and you get room for some those new branch circuits you've wanted). Doing so also makes it easier to separate the breakers that you want to use to control the...

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    A very good walk-through and great details Cowbell. The Square D kit has been replaced by the new one #HOMCRBGK!C. It is only good for a 100Amp or 125Amp main breaker panel. If you have a 200Amp service the option would be to install a 100A pony (sub) panel for the "Emergency" loads as I did. In fact the pony panel I bought is a real "Generator" panel that comes with the interlock installed (the only legal option in Canada). If you buy the same brand you can just pull breakers from the main panel to populate the pony. It also frees up space in the main for the new big two-pole breaker you need to feed the pony (and you get room for some those new branch circuits you've wanted). Doing so also makes it easier to separate the breakers that you want to use to control the load on the generator. Overloading is too easy. I put in two small ammeters to watch how much I'm pulling. With the generator outside it hard to smell the cooking winding varnish that starts way before the generator's breaker will trip.:-)

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  • AlfieE2 commented on happydupa's instructable Inexpensive Garage Lights From LED Strips3 months ago
    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 Clamp3 months 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 Clamp3 months 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 Fries4 months 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 Cabinet5 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 Panels5 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 Wheel6 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 Pack7 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 Mousetrap8 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 Mousetrap8 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 concrete9 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 concrete9 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 Train10 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 Mod11 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 11 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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