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  • BillR85 commented on wold630's instructable Simple PVC Birdhouse3 weeks ago
    Simple PVC Birdhouse

    My only concern is that since this hangs the wind will move it around. Not sure birds would like their house swaying back and forth, especially in high wind storms we get frequently, compared to houses that are secured to a post etc.. Just a thought but a nice cheap fun weekend project where color is only limited by your imagination.

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  • BillR85 commented on graydog111's instructable Wiring a Dusk to Dawn Photocell Sensor5 months ago
    Wiring a Dusk to Dawn Photocell Sensor

    The red wire should be directly wired to the HOT circuit supply wire the black wire should be connected to the black wire on the lamp you are trying to illuminate and the white to neutral.

    Always possible that its too shaded where its at tricking the sensor into turning on.I had a photocell on my exterior Christmas lights and if the cell was facing into the ground It would turn on much sooner then when I turned it to face away from the ground or wall. So many variables that he really needs to eliminate each problem and making sure its wired properly would be my first step and then covering the sensor with tape or shinning a light into it to determine if the sensor is actually working. I have one on the side of my house for some exterior lights and sure enough the first one I got from the home center was in fact faulty. Noting worse then chasing a problem when the problem is a bad from stock part that one assumes is or should be ok.

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  • BillR85 commented on graydog111's instructable Wiring a Dusk to Dawn Photocell Sensor5 months ago
    Wiring a Dusk to Dawn Photocell Sensor

    That is always a real possibility and most likely the problem. I went on the assumption it was wired correctly because it is pretty straight forward, but then again you never know for sure...

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  • BillR85 commented on ShakeTheFuture's instructable Simple Tea Bag Extractor9 months ago
    Simple Tea Bag Extractor

    Thanks much appreciated the specifics. Kinda hard to tell from photos, but got the timer today and clearly is smaller then I would have guessed or could determine from photo but seems to be perfect for this project.. Thank you!!!

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  • BillR85 commented on ShakeTheFuture's instructable Simple Tea Bag Extractor9 months ago
    Simple Tea Bag Extractor

    Thanks for that idea, working on the first one and talking about blowing peoples minds for Christmas.. Paint them make em look nice and people will love em because like my wife only likes her tea steeped for a few minutes.. Yea Gifts for Christmas would be awesome, nobody else will have one..Thanks

    You sir are awesome, I REALLY am grateful you sent that video. From my understanding because the popsicle stick is at an angle greater then 45 deg the downward pressure is forced in the direction of the stick rather then down, thanks to the little dent the stick rests on. My assumption would be without that dent the stick would slip off the ball, so the force is generated into the direction of the stick. Almost like a mouse trap. The video was great help. I have my timer ordered as well as the nylon hardware.. Will upload a photo when I am complete.. I was looking yesterday at my local hardware, the angle bracket mounted to the base, what is that size, 2", 3" and is that base about say 6 or 7 inches? Trying to get my supplies ahead of time..For english not being your primary ...

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    You sir are awesome, I REALLY am grateful you sent that video. From my understanding because the popsicle stick is at an angle greater then 45 deg the downward pressure is forced in the direction of the stick rather then down, thanks to the little dent the stick rests on. My assumption would be without that dent the stick would slip off the ball, so the force is generated into the direction of the stick. Almost like a mouse trap. The video was great help. I have my timer ordered as well as the nylon hardware.. Will upload a photo when I am complete.. I was looking yesterday at my local hardware, the angle bracket mounted to the base, what is that size, 2", 3" and is that base about say 6 or 7 inches? Trying to get my supplies ahead of time..For english not being your primary language, you articulate very well, never was a misunderstanding , I just like more info then most people, which you were generous to provide.. Any dimensions on the hole spacing for the hardware and out of curiosity why do you use 2 popsicle sticks together that is mounted into the ball? just for longer length then 1 stick can provide? Thanks again, you really are an awesome person.. I have looked at many of your ideas and so many I can't wait to try myself...Thanks Bill

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  • BillR85 commented on ShakeTheFuture's instructable Simple Tea Bag Extractor9 months ago
    Simple Tea Bag Extractor

    I will make this, very cool and much needed. My question, the small dent is that for a resting place for the popsicle stick to hold the ball in position? Also since the screw that holds the bottom of the timer to the base now can't be used to secure the bottom of the egg timer to the top half, thats why it is then glued in place?Thanks love projects like this that are useful.

    Thanks for follow up, let me ask what prevents the ball from dropping in the first place? I mean if its heavier then the wet t-bag how does it not put enough pressure on the stick to just push it out of position and drop without the help of the pin being hit by the bolt on the timer?Thanks Bill

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  • BillR85 commented on graydog111's instructable Wiring a Dusk to Dawn Photocell Sensor12 months ago
    Wiring a Dusk to Dawn Photocell Sensor

    The light switch should always remain in the on position for the photocell to operate automatically. Turn the light switch off first to make sure the lights do in fact turn off to isolate the problem to the wiring at the photocell or the photocell itself. If the lights remain on with the switch off (Highly doubtful) you have something messed up.I will assume the lights do go out when the switch is off.With the light switch on you need to test the photo-eyes circuit. This type of photo-eye has electronics in it that increase the resistance and stop the flow of electricity when light hits the sensor. Take a bright flashlight, laser etc and shine it directly on the face of the photo-eye for a short time and the lights should go out. If they don't go out you have a defective photoeye. If th...

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    The light switch should always remain in the on position for the photocell to operate automatically. Turn the light switch off first to make sure the lights do in fact turn off to isolate the problem to the wiring at the photocell or the photocell itself. If the lights remain on with the switch off (Highly doubtful) you have something messed up.I will assume the lights do go out when the switch is off.With the light switch on you need to test the photo-eyes circuit. This type of photo-eye has electronics in it that increase the resistance and stop the flow of electricity when light hits the sensor. Take a bright flashlight, laser etc and shine it directly on the face of the photo-eye for a short time and the lights should go out. If they don't go out you have a defective photoeye. If they do go out then the photo-eye is in a position where it isn't receiving enough daylight to increase the internal resistance to shut off the current flow thru the photo-eye thus turning off the lights. WIth the photo-eye removed from the circuit, and if you have a ohm meter, you can test the ohms thru the black and red wire coming out of the photoeye. When you shine light in the face of the photo-eye you should see a increase in resistance and when you cover up the photo-eye the resistance should drop to close to zero allowing current to pass.Photo-eyes are pretty reliable and durable, still most likely cause is that its defective.Hope this helps.

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