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  • The Ultimate Lumber Storage Cart

    Caution: The link to the plans is a scam to spam your email. I guess there is not much that you really get for free now.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on Pricklysauce's instructable Vehicle Key Safe1 month ago
    Vehicle Key Safe

    You might as well just zip tie the key to a hidden part of the vehicle. Those types of combination locks can be picked in about twice the time it takes to open them if you have the combination. I would think most people would be more likely to pick that lock than have the tools to cut a decent zip tie.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Smoked Almonds1 month ago
    Smoked Almonds

    I use a propane smoker. Electricity won't work when you do not have a source of electricity and charcoal temperature control is MUCH harder than propane.

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  • Easy Bluetooth Subwoofer Speaker (80W)

    DO NOT CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS. THEY DO NOT TAKE YOU TO EBAY.

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  • Flock a Figurine With Spray Adhesive

    Could you just apply flocking while the acrylic paint is still wet?

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on geotek's instructable Folding Sandpaper for Longer Life1 month ago
    Folding Sandpaper for Longer Life

    I just fold sand paper in half. Back side against back side. If the sheet is too big, I just cut it to twice the size of what I want to use.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on Paige Russell's instructable 10 Unusual Uses for Pencils1 month ago
    10 Unusual Uses for Pencils

    The only non-pencil uses I have used a pencil for are:1. Replaced the primers in spent shells to dry fire my .357 Mag revolver.2. Cut one to length and used it as a plug for a shotgun.3. Plug fuel and vacuum lines on vehicles.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on LabRatMatt's instructable Hybrid Rocket Engine2 months ago
    Hybrid Rocket Engine

    It looks like a pipe WITHOUT the BOOM to me.

    That seems more like burning paper in an oxygen rich environment to me than a rocket engine. When I was in highschool, in the shop, we found an old wooden spool of solder (about a 1 lb spool). We stuck it on the end of a lighted oxy/acetylene welding tip. As soon as the wood started burning, we turned off the acetylene and cranked up the oxygen. It made a cool flame. I didn't know it was an rocket engine. You could emulate the same thing for a lot less cost and time buy just drilling a hole through a piece of wood igniting the wood and blowing oxygen through the hole. Seems pretty safe to me as long as you don't catch your &*( on fire. We all know that oxygen does NOT blow up and ONLY supports combustion.

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  • Portable Low Cost DIY Solar Panel Setup

    Inverters are rated at MAXIMUM load. If you are not using the full 400 watts, the inverter is not drawing 400 watts from the battery. and figuring you are only getting about 240 watt hours from the solar panel per day, you probably won't use 400 watts very often.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on diymontreal's instructable Copper Pipe Table Lamp2 months ago
    Copper Pipe Table Lamp

    I would use a three prong plug, electrically connect all of the copper and hook the ground to the metal.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on deba168's instructable How to Make a Bench Power Supply2 months ago
    How to Make a Bench Power Supply

    Cool build. It is always fun to build things. I bought a 0-30V, 0-10A power supply off of Amazon. Much quicker and about the same cost as building one. We used it to anodize aluminum and to charge a kids 24v riding toy. We tend to build the bigger stuff and buy the smaller cheap stuff. We built pallet forks and a grapple for our tractor with front end loader. My son has started drawing/engineering a tree shear for it. We also built a 4'x9' CNC plasma table that will convert to oxy/acetylene for about 1/2 the price of a $20,000 one.

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  • How to Build a 12x20 Cabin on a Budget

    Typically "studs" in floors or ceilings are referred to as floor joists or ceiling joists.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on noahw's instructable How to Weld - MIG Welding2 months ago
    How to Weld - MIG Welding

    I have NEVER been shocked by a welder unless I make contact with the ground AND the electrode , wire, or tungsten. You can weld electrode positive or negative and not get shocked by the ground clamp or anything attached to it.

    NO, it is the OXYGEN. You can MIG weld with pure CO2. It gives better penetration than Ar or CO2/Ar.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on noahw's instructable How to Weld - MIG Welding2 months ago
    How to Weld - MIG Welding

    OXYGEN IS NOT FLAMABLE. It ONLY supports combustion.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on lebowski's instructable How to Remove a Tick From a Dog2 months ago
    How to Remove a Tick From a Dog

    I will have to try that on humans the next time I have a tick on me. I have only had one so far this year. Last year I had 47 embed in my skin. Got tested for lyme disease last fall, did not have it.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on More Cowbell's instructable Easy Generator to Home Hook Up2 months ago
    Easy Generator to Home Hook Up

    Nope. No one to inspect it. We don't have any inspectors where I live.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on More Cowbell's instructable Easy Generator to Home Hook Up2 months ago
    Easy Generator to Home Hook Up

    I don't have a main breaker in my house. I have a main breaker on my electric pole (electric co requires it, 100 amp). From there I run to the house and a separate run to the shed which does have a 100 amp main.. How would I wire up a generator to code? I have a 14-50 receptacle on the generator.

    When I built my house, I did all of my own wiring. Completely legal and obviously better than a professional doing it for profit.

    If you have a 10kw generator, it will have a 50 amp breaker on the generator. If you wire it to a 30 amp dryer circuit, the 50 amp breaker will do NOTHING to protect the dryer wire, but the 30 amp breaker in the box in the house WILL protect the 10 ga wire going to/from the dryer receptacle.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on pilx's instructable Floating Dock With Barrels (UPDATED)2 months ago
    Floating Dock With Barrels (UPDATED)

    It would be the density of water (8.34 lbs/gallon at 60 deg F) times the capacity of the barrel (55 gallons) or 458..7 lbs less the weight of the empty barrel. You can also add in the density of water multiplied by the volume of the barrel material if you want closer to exact.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on kimaj's instructable How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag2 months ago
    How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

    Some people can't have fine wine. If you would rather have Kool-Aid than water, have Kool-Aid. No one cares, except maybe for you.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on diycreators's instructable How to Make a Simple Crosscut Jig 2 months ago
    How to Make a Simple Crosscut Jig

    Cool I made one of those LONG before Al Gore even invented the internets. I mostly used it to cut cabinet doors when I built my house.

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  • Inexpensive Garage Lights From LED Strips

    B.S. 3M UHB lasts until about a week before he double hockey sticks freezes over. When my son and I built his CNC Plasma Table, the best option was to mount about $700 worth of gear rails with double sided tape. It has endured 20 deg F to 110 deg F and water and mechanical abuse and works as good as new.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on -BALES-'s instructable The Pallet Coffee Table3 months ago
    The Pallet Coffee Table

    I did not read the whole thing. Pictures look good. Was there any warning about using/being around pallet wood? My nephew used to make a lot of stuff from pallet wood. And then he realized that pallets can be used to ship internationally and all are treated (some with strong chemicals) to prevent transferring insects, fungus and such so he decided that he did not want the pallet wood dust or the kids being around cut up pallets.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on Radical Geezer's instructable Build the Best Tomato Cages Ever!3 months ago
    Build the Best Tomato Cages Ever!

    I am another fan of 6x6 concrete reinforcement wire. It is cheaper, easier to cut and bend (and bend can be bad, you have to straighten them out sometimes). We made some hog pens out of hog panels. An angle grinder is much easier. You can find angle grinders on sale for $10. Bolt cutters are going to cost you $30 for a decent pair, but the angle grinder is not as portable unless you have a generator.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on jessyratfink's instructable How to Make Slime Without Borax3 months ago
    How to Make Slime Without Borax

    So, instead of using sodium borate, you are making sodium borate in the plastic container?

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on andii's instructable How to CNC Without a CNC3 months ago
    How to CNC Without a CNC

    Before we built our CNC plasma/O/A table, we would print out parts on paper, transfer them to wood and cut the wood out, and then cut around the wood with a plasma cutter. It worked great.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on seamster's instructable Tune Up Your Lawn Mower!3 months ago
    Tune Up Your Lawn Mower!

    I get well over 6 months out of pre-mix oil/gas and over a year out of gasoline. I have one tractor that is used about 30-50 hours in one week per year. Never had a gasoline problem with it. Never drain it. It also has the same tires on it that were purchased in 1961.

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  • Green Solar Powered Water Barrel Version 2

    Cool build. I can not believe that people live in ^&*( ^&*() like that and put up with that kind of B.S. I live in a free state. The water that falls is yours until it leaves your property. When I built my house, I did not need any electricians, plumbers, permits, or inspections.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on ThomasVDD's instructable Hard Drive Sander3 months ago
    Hard Drive Sander

    I doubt that it would run that slow. The motors are designed to run at 5400, 7200, or 10000 rpm. Even if it did run that slow, it probably would not have much power. Just don't push so hard when you are grinding on your knives and they won't get hot.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on seamster's instructable Speed-Tuning Spinner Bearings3 months ago
    Speed-Tuning Spinner Bearings

    Cleans stuff and makes engines run.

    Lube is not needed when using a bearing that is not under an appreciable load. If you insist, you could used some dry graphite. WD-40 is a water displacement fluid, not a lubricant. It will attract dust/dirt and gum up after a while.

    I think gasoline causes cancer in California. I would much rather use gasoline than acetone as a solvent.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on punisher_1211's instructable Power Supply From Old PSU3 months ago
    Power Supply From Old PSU

    I would MUCH rather hook the green power on wire to ground and put the switch in Line wire from the 120V connector going to the board so there was no 120V present on the board when the switch is OFF.

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  • DIY Cathode Ray Tube: Interacting With Electrons

    That is an interesting build. It is fun to start out building something and then wind up with something completely different. Good call nophead.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on JON-A-TRON's instructable Zoetrope Fidget Spinner3 months ago
    Zoetrope Fidget Spinner

    I would use unsealed bearings, clean any lube off of them, and then lube with a dry graphite if you think you need lube for no load conditions. Seals keep out mud, abrasives, and other garbage not encountered in your hand and provide a lot of drag to a bearing.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on Paige Russell's instructable How to Dry Herbs3 months ago
    How to Dry Herbs

    I would not use a microwave. Microwaves make the water molecules move around real fast (heat) and would probably get the herbs to hot and cause them to decompose somewhat or maybe make them explode like microwaved potatoes if you don't poke holes in them. P.S. Don't try to dry a cat in the microwave either. Tried it once and it was more of a mess than a potato without holes poked in it.

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  • How to Convert Water Into Fuel by Building a DIY Oxyhydrogen Generator

    Creating hydrogen from water takes more energy than you get from the hydrogen. Hydrogen also leaks out of small openings about 64 times as fast as oxygen or air and more tham 64 times as fast as propane. Hydrogen will NOT compress to a liquid at normal temperatures so it must be stored at 2000-3000 psi to get much into a vehicle tank. I don't want my family jewels in close proximity of a tank with 2000+ psi in a wreck.

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  • Homemade Anvil (from Rusty Railroadtrack)

    You have to heat the steel enough to change the color (think red/orange) to change the temper. Grinding in one spot long enough to heat it so that it turns blue in a small spot is BAD.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on evanandkatelyn's instructable DIY Marquee Letters3 months ago
    DIY Marquee Letters

    My daughter had them online when she was selling them. I don't know if there are still any floating around the internets.

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  • (Adjustable) Power Supply 650 Watts 54 Amps for Under $50

    We ordered one from China pre-made. It goes up to 30V and 10A. It was less than $70. Perhaps not as much fun as making your own, but a LOT easier. It has adjustable voltage and current. We used it to anodize aluminum.

    Well, I don't have a $100 power supply just sitting around. I can buy the complete unit for less than what I would have to spend to get a power supply that I don't have. It appears that SOMEONE else is interested in purchasing one.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on evanandkatelyn's instructable DIY Marquee Letters4 months ago
    DIY Marquee Letters

    I helped my daughter make some lighted signs. They were bead board with a 1x4 ripped to 3" as a border. We did have trouble finding lights, but we would hit all of the local stores and buy them when ever we could find a 25 light set for less than $7.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on tomatoskins's instructable Small Hardware Storage Bins4 months ago
    Small Hardware Storage Bins

    We hit an antique store last week end. We found what appears to be an old army cabinet. It has 36 compartments about 4x3" and about 8" deep. There are locking lids on each box for the compartments. It was $25, which was a steal. I have been thinking about making something like that out of steel. I can easily cut the parts on the CNC plasma table, but would probably have to make some new fingers for the finger break to bend the tabs sharp enough to hold the boxes.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on Paige Russell's instructable 5 Ways to Make Hanging Lamps4 months ago
    5 Ways to Make Hanging Lamps

    Not sure about the rest of the world, but in the US, they were popular for a few years in the 1970's, but not since then.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on b89kev's instructable How to Pan Fry the Perfect Steak4 months ago
    How to Pan Fry the Perfect Steak

    I always grill steaks. And I NEVER put any flavorings on steak. Steak comes with its own flavor. If you don't like steak flavor, you are buying poor steaks or are a chicken eater.

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  • Scrap Wood End Grain End Table | How to Build

    Where do you get the scrap hard wood? I built a house, with custom cabinets ( a kitchen, two bath rooms, and a utility room) and didn't have that much scrap left.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on mikeandlauren's instructable DIY Powder Coated Yeti Cups4 months ago
    DIY Powder Coated Yeti Cups

    We have done anodizing with mixed results. I guess the next step may be powder coating.

    The pigments has to have the correct binders in them to fuse together when heating. The baking of the coating gives off toxic fumes that you probably don't want in your house and obviously not on your food. They are also explosive, so you should not use a gas oven, only electric or some other heat source that is not a source of ignition.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on Nate5b's instructable Makin' Buckboard Bacon!5 months ago
    Makin' Buckboard Bacon!

    The most plausible explanation of pork butt that I have come across is that in old England, a barrel was called a butt and the pork butt looks like a barrel, so it is called a butt. May not be correct, but close enough and even believable for me.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on jaredsund's instructable Drift Boat Trailer Build5 months ago
    Drift Boat Trailer Build

    I am not sure how he cut his tubing, but my son and I made a CNC plasma table last year. We didn't have a horizontal band saw yet, so I cut all of the pieces (42 out of 2x3x.125" rectangular tubing) with an angle grinder. It took most of an afternoon. One piece had about 1/16" taper. The rest was good enough. It only took one cutting disc.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on evanandkatelyn's instructable DIY Easy Concrete Letters5 months ago
    DIY Easy Concrete Letters

    Amazon is now showing them in stock.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Fix a Hole in Drywall5 months ago
    Fix a Hole in Drywall

    No. The patch will be less strong than undamaged gypsum board. Perhaps you could make a decorative wood or metal piece that is larger than the current hole and put it over the hole (before or after you patch the hole) and then attach the curtain rod to that piece.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on mlelievre's instructable Floating Shelves Entertainment Centre6 months ago
    Floating Shelves Entertainment Centre

    I made a couple of prototypes for my daughter. They hang with french cleats. We have not gone into production yet (she wants a bunch). I am helping my son with his projects, like making some wheels wider for a pulling truck, making a house for his electronics for the CNC plasma table we built last summer, and a cart for his tig welder.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on randofo's instructable Secret Drawer Lock7 months ago
    Secret Drawer Lock

    You can purchase kid proof locks that are operated with magnets and the best thing is that they don't require batteries. Sometimes simplest is bestest.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on MK DIY's instructable MK: DIY Milling Table for Drill Press7 months ago
    MK: DIY Milling Table for Drill Press

    I have a big expensive (for home shop standards) drill press. I bought a 5" milling vice from HD for less than $100. Obviously it is not good enough to mill with (and I wouldn't want to destroy my drill press milling steel) but the vise it good enough to position the material to drill or tap holes. All milling is done on the mill. You should probably use a hard wood for the parts that slide and put paste wax or burnish the wood where it slides and the most precision is needed.

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  • 6.3 kiloWatt Ground Mount Home Solar Array

    I have thought about installing solar panels. We don't have an AHJ to deal with. I am not sure what I would have to do with the electric co. They seem to be easy to work with. When I moved here, they installed a pole and told me when I was ready for electricity, they would have someone stop by and install the meter. They also told me that If I need to turn off the electricity to just pull the meter and tell them to stop by and install a new seal when I was finished.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on cammers's instructable Darth Vader Wood Burner Remix7 months ago
    Darth Vader Wood Burner Remix

    We always fill fuel tanks with water when cutting them. I had never thought about it, but when we were cutting a gas tank on a junked Ford Explorer (but of course what other kinds of Ford Explorer are there) with a plasma torch, my son got a good shock when the torch got wet.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on Amaries's instructable Make a Massironi shelf8 months ago
    Make a Massironi shelf

    How much does the shelf weigh? I don't have a band saw or nice sander like that. I do have a CNC Plasma table. I was thinking about making one out of 16 ga steel. I know cold rolled steel is 18.6 times as dense as pine, so 16 gauge steel should weight about twice as much as 9/16" pine.

    I use LibreCad. You can draw full size, or to scale. When you print it out, you can scale the printout or print full size.

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  • Start Fires With Electricity: DIY Arc Lighter

    I made one a long time ago with an automobile coil, a relay, a capacitor, and a 12 V battery. It was portable. Mostly made it to make sure that defective parts that I sent back for warranty replacement were determined to be bad by the vendor.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on Black Beard Projects's instructable Blacksmithing Forge9 months ago
    Blacksmithing Forge

    Cool, he has a band saw. My son keeps talking about getting one but I have run out of room in my shop. It would have been nice to have a band saw when we built a 4'x9' plasma table. The chop saw wasn't accurate enough and I had to cut 42 pieces of 2x3x1/4 tubing with an angle grinder. At least everything was within 1/16" when we got done.

    A forge is the thing that heats the metal. Forging is the process of transforming the metal.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on kdac's instructable Concrete Coffee Table9 months ago
    Concrete Coffee Table

    Probably the easiest would be to get a block of wood that is twice the width and length of the radius that you want for the corner. Then drill a hole in the center of the block that has a diameter of twice the radius of the curve. Then you get four pieces of wood with the correct radius that you can tack into each corner.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on noahw's instructable How to Weld - MIG Welding10 months ago
    How to Weld - MIG Welding

    You must maintain the correct and uniform distance from the nozzle to the work. You adjust the wire speed to keep the wire from hitting the work too hard.

    Oxygen is NOT combustable. You need to open ALL valves fully except for fuel valves (acetylene and propane) because some valves do not seal around the stem when they are partially open.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on pjkumpon's instructable Make a Back Yard Pergola11 months ago
    Make a Back Yard Pergola

    With concrete, 'cut it' is properly refereed to as screeding.

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  • How to Remove a Stuck Nut (without stripping threading)

    This has a lot more to do with how to hold a threaded rod without destroying the threads than it has to do with removing a stuck nut. This is only ONE instance of a stuck nut. I found this instruct-able and was severely disappointed. A more responsible title would be "Securely holding a threaded rod". The only decent rust penetrating "oil" is Kroil. Also, when you clamp the locked nuts in the vice, ONLY clamp the one towards the nut you are trying to remove. If you notice in your picture, the flats on the two nuts are not aligned. When you clamp both, you can either loosen or overtighten the locking nuts. By holding the inside nut, it self tightens itself against the other nut.

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  • Simple and Durable Hydroxy Gas Generator

    If you want to keep the hydrogen and oxygen gas separate tor try to use if for a torch and mix it at the torch, you can separate the anode and cathode horizontally. Oxygen will form at one and hydrogen at the other (it has been over 30 years since I got my BS in Chem and I have never been employed as a chemist or I could tell you which would form at which electrode.) Just collect the separate gases at each electrode, and mix them where you want them.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on grillmaster's instructable Smoked ribs in the smoker1 year ago
    Smoked ribs in the smoker

    I smoke a lot of other stuff, but to me, smoking ribs does not enhance them in any way. If you notice, the above cooking takes almost 3 hours if not more. I run the grill about 250 degrees, so it is low and slow.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on danielhfourie's instructable How to wire a 240V AC outlet1 year ago
    How to wire a 240V AC outlet

    Dude, you don't have a ground in that box, only a neutral. You can't wire a NEMA 6-50 to that box. You did get lucky on one part. 8 ga is ONLY good for 45 amps, but with a welder, you can de-rate the wire. YOU have to put clamps on the wire where it goes through holes to prevent the wire from pulling out and rubbing to wear away the insulation. You also mount your recepticle in a box. I ALWAYS use 6 ga wire and 50 amp breakers for wiring a NEMA 6-50 or 14-50.

    Since the two blades of the recepticle are both hot, it does not matter.

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  • CPUDOCTHE1. commented on grillmaster's instructable Smoked ribs in the smoker1 year ago
    Smoked ribs in the smoker

    I used to go to the trouble of smoking my ribs. I use turbinado sugar (probably shouldn't post that, now everyone will have better ribs) and just do them in a grill. 45 minutes bone side down, 30 minutes bone side up, and then wrap them in foil until done (about 1 hr 30 minutes).

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  • DIY CNC For 60$ (Large Work Area)

    No. It is a complete tested $2800 kit with electronics, computer, controller, and 620 oz motors that he is using.

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  • Make Your Own Dead-Blow Hammer! | DIY Woodworking Tools #7

    With tape and plastic straps on there, in no time the transformer will fly off in an unintened direction and screw up something other than what you were trying to screw up. If you want to use tape to attach the transformer, use the tape to attach it to the nearest set of balls so that it isn't swung with much force.

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  • DIY CNC For 60$ (Large Work Area)

    My son and I are building a CNC plasma table. The working area is 4'x8' He is opting to buy the controls.

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