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  • Amazing plasma globe tricks that you never knew before!!!

    I had one of those fifty five years ago and my friends thought it was the coolest. Yeah, we really did say coolest back then.

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  • CourtenayS1 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood4 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    For the most realistic look only go end to end with the rasp unless you want the effect of distressed wood, wood damaged after construction. Wood is only milled linearly so the grain goes along the piece. Haven't a clue as to how to do knots. Also when texturing try to avoid straight lines.Query: By oils you mean artist oils not the paint for houses?

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  • CourtenayS1 commented on SpecificLove's instructable 8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool4 months ago
    8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool

    For the drain filter I would recommend a plastic vegetable scrubby since the steel will likely rust before it can dry. also if you forget to remove it from the sink or tub you will have a very badly stained drain overnight.

    Marine supply stores sell stainless steel wool as the bits of steel wool shed during use can really mess up a paint job.

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  • 37 Unusual Uses for Lonely Socks

    I would use plastic bags to hold in the sand and the socks would protect the bags from accidental snags.

    Basically any need for a small bag or cloth tube is applicable. Now where is an empty nest male going to get these bits of fun Peppy Longstockings apparel?

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  • CourtenayS1 commented on rstichal's instructable Knots to Know4 months ago
    Knots to Know

    As a sailor and a user of many knots I applaud your choices although a few caveats are needed,Square knots are only safe to use when joining line of the same diameter and composition. also drawing them tight must be done by putting equal pull on both lines. When a square knot upsets then it becomes a slip knot and is potentially dangerous. Clove hitches are excellent knots and are especially handy for fastening something that may require frequent adjustment but must carry a constant but even load to avoid working free as tied. To secure a line that may be loaded intermittently, like hitching a horse to a rail a half hitch can help keep the knot secure. The bible for students of knot tying is Ashley's Book of Knots and has been a prime resource sixty years.

    It is also the one you probably use to tie your shoes.

    It is also the one you probably use to tie your shoes.

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  • CourtenayS1 commented on SpecificLove's instructable 10 Places to Hide a Spare Key4 months ago
    10 Places to Hide a Spare Key

    I would suggest that since a philips head screwdriver may not be something everyone carries about that the bolt be changed for one that a dime will unscrew.

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  • DIY CNC For 60$ (Large Work Area)

    This article was a lot more interesting after I looked up the acronym. People seem to forget not everyone is clued in to the alphabet soup. The first reference to the acronym should be written out. Then the reader can puzzle out what ever it is the words mean,

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  • CourtenayS1 commented on Penolopy Bulnick's instructable Unusual Uses for Mouthwash4 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Mouthwash

    Dr Bonner's peppermint soap is a very good mosquito repellent. For camping in Colorado putting a bit on the dog when in camp would keep it mosquito free. Made the dog more welcome in the tent as well. Never carried mouthwash.

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  • How to Harvest and Replant Tomato Seeds

    The strains of tomatoes available at the garden shop are severely limited compared to the number of varieties available in the early twentieth century. doing this is really the only way to keep the heritage strains alive.

    Tomatoes are also very easy to clone. Take the shoots that are located between a main stem and any of the main compound leaf stems. These are the shoots that will eventually produce fruit. A treatment of root hormone will be beneficial but not essential to producing a healthy plant. Plant the stem in a good quality potting soil and water as needed. Roots should be seen within a week and the successful clone should be ready for the garden when new growth produces a second layer of leaves. The major reasons for failure are over or under watering. Tomatoes do not seem to have problems with a soil surface level and can be planted a deeply as you wish. I like to buy quite leggy plants at a huge discount and plant them with a post hole digger if the topsoil is deep enough. this gives me an ed...see more »Tomatoes are also very easy to clone. Take the shoots that are located between a main stem and any of the main compound leaf stems. These are the shoots that will eventually produce fruit. A treatment of root hormone will be beneficial but not essential to producing a healthy plant. Plant the stem in a good quality potting soil and water as needed. Roots should be seen within a week and the successful clone should be ready for the garden when new growth produces a second layer of leaves. The major reasons for failure are over or under watering. Tomatoes do not seem to have problems with a soil surface level and can be planted a deeply as you wish. I like to buy quite leggy plants at a huge discount and plant them with a post hole digger if the topsoil is deep enough. this gives me an edge on the very dry summers of the Pacific NW.

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  • CourtenayS1 commented on wordsnwood's instructable Epoxy -vs- Tshirt = Artwork5 months ago
    Epoxy -vs- Tshirt = Artwork

    I had a shirt that I bought in Kowloon that was the best dragon shirt ever The colors were terrific and the tail went seamlessly over the shoulder on to the back. This would have been a great project for it but even though I used epoxy for furniture and boat construction I never put the two together. One word of caution however, epoxy is very sensitive to UV light and a film of it will deteriorate in the course of a summer if exposed to sunlight. I haven't had any trouble with interior uses but would suggest walls that do not get direct sunlight for display.

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  • CourtenayS1 commented on Paige Russell's instructable Best Way to Clean a Cutting Board5 months ago
    Best Way to Clean a Cutting Board

    An iodine solution is used to sanitize for beer production. I ue the recommended strength on all the kitchen surfaces while I am spraying my brewing equipment. the mild solution does not seem to stain even the lightest wood.

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