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  • Cueball21 commented on punisher_1211's instructable Power Supply From Old PSU4 weeks ago
    Power Supply From Old PSU

    Very well done Instructable! Thank you for sharing it with us!! Your English is very, very good for a non-native speaker. I've spent much time over many years trying to learn German and Spanish and could not do as well in either language as you did in English.I've seen articles on converting old PSUs to test bench supplies. All use the standard +12V, +5V, and +3.3 V outputs used by most computers. I would like to have also a 110-120VAC output. I could then plug my soldering iron into the bench supply instead of having to find another workshop AC outlet. It would, I think, reduce bench clutter some, too.Assuming that such a modification is possible, how would you go about adding a 110-120VAC output? I realize I would need a female receptacle installed in the case; but, being a re...

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    Very well done Instructable! Thank you for sharing it with us!! Your English is very, very good for a non-native speaker. I've spent much time over many years trying to learn German and Spanish and could not do as well in either language as you did in English.I've seen articles on converting old PSUs to test bench supplies. All use the standard +12V, +5V, and +3.3 V outputs used by most computers. I would like to have also a 110-120VAC output. I could then plug my soldering iron into the bench supply instead of having to find another workshop AC outlet. It would, I think, reduce bench clutter some, too.Assuming that such a modification is possible, how would you go about adding a 110-120VAC output? I realize I would need a female receptacle installed in the case; but, being a real electronics newbie, I don't know how to go about it. Would it be as simple as connecting from male input receptacle pins or wires to the new female receptacle? The PSU I'm considering for this project has an O/I switch beside the 110-120 VAC input receptacle. I think this would prevent power to the PSU in the O position and allow power in the I position; so this leads me to think that I might be able to wire from the switch to the female receptacle. How would I be able to determine if the switch can handle the pass through load for both the PSU and the output 110-120 VAC?Again, thank you for this 'ible!!!

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  • Cueball21 commented on John deCaux's instructable Fastest Way to Cut a Bell Pepper4 months ago
    Fastest Way to Cut a Bell Pepper

    Great demonstration video. I've been using this method for several years now but I never thought of popping out the cap end with my fingers. I'll waste even less of my peppers now that I've seen your video.I also learned that you folks in Oz call them capsaicins! I know that peppers contain capsaicins but didn't know that they were called by that name.Cheers, John! Well Done!!

    Same as me Hoss!

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  • Cueball21 commented on gzumwalt's instructable Intelligrill®, Powered by Feather.5 months ago
    Intelligrill®, Powered by Feather.

    How about an itemized parts list with sources and costs?

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  • No Table Saw?  No Problem!  Build a Portable Cutting Table and Use Your Circular Saw

    Great 'ible!I really like the saw table and will probably put one together. Thanks for the idea. In the past I've put sheet goods on runners on the ground to cut them down, but I'm now to old and arthritic to get down on my knees for cuts. The table gets sheets up where using the circular saw is far easier to use - and safer.I like the details for the cutting guide and for pocket screws on your products. One thing I always do when using the circ saw is put tape on the underside to reduce tear out. If you have a circ saw that doesn't rotate the teeth away from you - I've never seen one - or if you use a table saw, put the tape on the top side.Thanks again for a great 'ible!!

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  • Cueball21 commented on fjr122's instructable Quick Boxes5 months ago
    Quick Boxes

    I'm a little confused about bottom pieces. In the image below (taken from your 'ible), I see the grooves for the top to slide in and I see side rabbets on 2 of the pieces and understand how all that fits together. What I don't see is rabbets or groves for the bottom. What did I miss?I'd like to see more pics illustrating how you went about fitting the bottom. I generally put grooves on all 4 sides and cut a rabbet to fit the grooves and fill the bottom void, but I didn't understand what you did.

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  • Cueball21 commented on PiotrS52's instructable Universal Leather Knife Sheath5 months ago
    Universal Leather Knife Sheath

    Thank you for a great Instructable! You are obviously an experienced and talented leather worker.Your attention to detail and wonderful use of photos give the reader confidence to attempt this project. I would like to see pictures of different types of knives you use in this 'universal' sheath. I have several knives that I need to make sheaths for but I am concerned that the shape of some of the blades are too wide for such a high taper.

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  • Cost Effective Plastic-tub Wicking Beds

    The barrier also keeps the roots of plants from dropping into the wet zone those allowing too much moisture uptake. It also makes for easier clean up when you get too much moss or other material on rocks or want to replace the soil - not things you would do often but making them easier to do when the time comes.

    Great job for a first 'ible!'Thanks for sharing the step by step instructions and costs.

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  • Small Greenhouse for Plantations on Euro Pallets

    Great idea and perfectly presented! Thank you!I've done something very similar but without the box. I live in an area without harsh winters; so I bend plastic like that you show and place the ends over steel re-bar driven into the ground. This makes a good Winter shelter for potted plans and can easily be formed around plants in the ground to protect them.Place the rebar stakes in straight lines opposite each other. I usually place them to form an area 4 feet wide and as long as I need it to be. I use 18" rebar with about 6-8" left above ground level. I connect straight pieces of plastic pipe with zip ties, just as you show, then place 4 mil plastic sheet over the frame being careful to cut it leaving enough length at both ends to be able to wrap and close them. I also...

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    Great idea and perfectly presented! Thank you!I've done something very similar but without the box. I live in an area without harsh winters; so I bend plastic like that you show and place the ends over steel re-bar driven into the ground. This makes a good Winter shelter for potted plans and can easily be formed around plants in the ground to protect them.Place the rebar stakes in straight lines opposite each other. I usually place them to form an area 4 feet wide and as long as I need it to be. I use 18" rebar with about 6-8" left above ground level. I connect straight pieces of plastic pipe with zip ties, just as you show, then place 4 mil plastic sheet over the frame being careful to cut it leaving enough length at both ends to be able to wrap and close them. I also cut the plastic to have an extra 2 feet of width - 1' for each side -leaving enough to weight down with sand snakes - tube cloth or tubes formed with the plastic filled with sand and tied off at ends - around the perimeter but logs, stones or bricks - anything heavy enough to hold it in place - on top of the excess width of plastic to keep wind from getting under and blowing the plastic away. I've also used shorter sand snakes placed on top along the ribs when winds get very high. The first one I made I tried to tie the plastic sheet using zip ties but that led to tears where the plastic is pierced. In my area it is common for Winter days to go from freezing to quite warm throughout the season. Leaving the ends only folded and weighted makes it easy to ventilate the enclosed area. Loosing and raising one side makes it easy to water and replace the cover.

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  • Brilliant Angle Nail Trick From Old Carpenter

    Absolutely brilliant! Thanks for sharing. I've always had trouble 'toe' nailing but this trick is going in my bag.

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  • Cueball21 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for WD-406 months ago
    Unusual Uses for WD-40

    Great 'ible!' Thank you!Although my sense of smell is not robust (can't smell skunk), my wife has a keen sense of smell. The odor of WD40 is offensive to her. I used to keep a small can in the kitchen for removing labels but have discovered that lightly scratching the label then covering it generously with olive oil and allowing it to sit for awhile - say, a half hour - does the trick with all but the most stubborn label adhesives. I then coat the area with Dawn and wash with a scrubbing pad. Very rarely is there any residue left, but a repeat always works for me.

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  • Cueball21 commented on MisterM's instructable VHS Library Pi Security Camera7 months ago
    VHS Library Pi Security Camera

    Knowing that my technical skills are meager, it would have helped me to understand the project better if you had labeled the components and shown a bit more detail. Also, I failed to see a source for power input but infer from the text that data storage is on the SD card. If my inference is correct, what format does the SD card use for images? Is it the same as, say, a digital camera?Thanks for the 'ible'. I've got a couple of 'spy' cams from da-bay that I might try to put into play.

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  • Cueball21 commented on aCuriousCreator's instructable Natural Beeswax Wood Finish8 months ago
    Natural Beeswax Wood Finish

    So, are you going to identify the tin you used? I'm thinking an Altoids tin might be a bit too small for the amount you made and wondered what else you might suggest . . . preferably something available in the US and elsewhere.Thanks for a great 'ible'!!

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  • Cueball21 commented on wilgubeast's instructable 11 Unusual Uses for Baby Oil9 months ago
    11 Unusual Uses for Baby Oil

    Does anyone know of a baby oil product that is not so highly perfumed? If so, please share it.

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  • Cueball21 commented on Paige Russell's instructable Best Way to Clean a Cutting Board11 months ago
    Best Way to Clean a Cutting Board

    Thumbs up all the way!

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  • Cueball21 commented on Paige Russell's instructable How to Chop an Onion11 months ago
    How to Chop an Onion

    Jessy! You always deliver and in a fun, informative and useful way.THANK YOU!I got here from the cooking class and through the first 2 lessons I'm right in step with you. I'm a home cook who likes to learn. Though I'm rarely bothered by onion off-gassing because I prefer sweet onions for the most common foods, one thing that I've read - and it works for me - is to never chop the root end of the onion off until the very last cut.

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  • Cueball21 commented on deba168's instructable Solar Powered WiFi Weather Station 11 months ago
    Solar Powered WiFi Weather Station

    This a very, very well done project tutorial. Constructing one is probably beyond my abilities, but you make attempting it very appealing.Why did you include altitude when it is a constant for wherever the device is installed? A rain gauge and memory to record readings at time intervals would make this an ideal weather station although at the expense of added components and complexity.It would be interesting to hear from you and others about how the addition of a rain gauge might be done or why it is an overreach.Thank you for a great Instructable!!!!!

    Me too!

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  • Cueball21 commented on jessyratfink's instructable Unusual Uses for Ice Cubes11 months ago
  • Cueball21 commented on austiwawa's instructable DIY Railroad Anvil Stand1 year ago
    DIY Railroad Anvil Stand

    How long is your track anvil? How much of it is horn and how much flat? How much does it weigh?Your stand is a cool idea and well executed. I'm holding out for a piece of elm stump.

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  • Cueball21 commented on jessyratfink's instructable how to adjust to high altitudes 1 year ago
    how to adjust to high altitudes

    Great 'ible' Jessy!I've experienced some of the symptoms of AMS when traveling, especially dehydration. There are 2 things you might investigate for your high altitude living. First is a pulse oxymeter - those little things that clip on your finger and light up that tell you about your blood oxygen level and pulse. You can get these for around $20 (check Amazon). Another is that lipbalm (ChapStick or Carmex or the like) applied to scratches and scrapes helps them to heal. I think the principle is that it slows the release of moisture. Give it a try and let us know if it works at heights. I live below 700 feet but find that it helps scrapes heal (I'm a geezer at 75).Thanks for the education. You've helped a lot of people by sharing your experiences and knowledge gained.

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  • Cueball21 commented on igottatinker's instructable Organizer Bin Storage Unit1 year ago
    Organizer Bin Storage Unit

    Brilliant idea and great ible.I use those Harbor Freight containers to hold items related to specific interest as well as tools and parts. Organizing them into a cart is something I'll put on my roundtuit list!

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  • Cueball21 commented on geekrex's instructable $5 Powerful DIY Fume Extractor 1 year ago
    $5 Powerful DIY Fume Extractor

    Very good 'ible.' I need to make one. You gave me the motivation to get it done. Thank you!

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  • Cueball21 commented on diycreators's instructable LED Concrete Desk Lamp 1 year ago
    LED Concrete Desk Lamp

    You missed nothing in what you covered. My suggestion was that you might have expanded the coverage to include power source information and make it an even better product than the very top quality ible you created. Well done, Glen. Don't second guess yourself.

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  • Cueball21 commented on diycreators's instructable LED Concrete Desk Lamp 1 year ago
    LED Concrete Desk Lamp

    Absolutely great!!!Your skills in woodworking, electricity and video production are excellent. I especially like the fact that you completed the project with a few, easy to obtain and inexpensive hand tools. Salvaging the wood is a great tip, too.I have but one suggestion. You should include in the video voice over the fact that LED lights are 12v (which you did) but you should also caution your audience that a special power transformer is required on the power cord if it is to be plugged into regular house wiring. It would also be helpful to point out sources for the LED strips and the power transformer.A+ for sure!

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  • How to Make Nutella Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

    Great recipe! Thank you for sharing it.My mother used to make peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's candy kiss embedded in the top before baking. I have become a great fan of Nutella and had been wondering how I might replicate the idea using Nutella. You solved that for me. Now the only excuse I have is that I have to work out the conversions to the measures system used by those former British colonies located in the North America!Thanks again!!

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  • Cueball21 commented on connorv's instructable Under Cabinet LED Lights1 year ago
    Under Cabinet LED Lights

    A question:Your diagram shows a connector between the power supply adapter and the junction box yet I find no mention of it in the materials list or in the instructions. It's unclear to me how the power supply adapter wiring connects to the wiring in the junction box. Can you explain?

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  • Cueball21 commented on 陳亮's instructable Scan Photo With Your Mobile Phone1 year ago
    Scan Photo With Your Mobile Phone

    Excellent ible!!!!!!I will definitely give this a try. I also want to make one for copying documents. I guess it will require taller sides to get the right field of view. If you can provide any insight on this, I would be grateful for your advice. I want to be able to do letter and legal and even occasional non-standard documents.Thank you very much for sharing this!!!!!!!

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  • Cueball21 commented on danthemakerman's instructable Marking Knife from Saw Blade1 year ago
    Marking Knife from Saw Blade

    Great idea! Excellent execution! Beautifully finished!!!Your woodworking friend is indeed a very lucky man to have you for a friend.

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  • How to Extract Your Own DNA Using Household Kitchen Items

    I've read web articles about people doing their own DNA processing. It was not clear whether they were simply extraction it, or were sequencing it (and how they were doing so if they were). My impression (and memory is not as good as it used to be) was that they were sequencing and manipulating DNA.Is this possible? Do today's PCs have sufficient power to do the sequencing? It's my understanding that the human genome was sequenced as quickly as it was because huge networks of standalone PCs and other computers were used to do the processing for analysis, not some network of Crays owned by the Pentagon. I'd really love to read more about this if anyone has references they will share.

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  • How To Build a Natural Dry Stacked Free Standing or Retaining Wall

    Great job on the stonework!!!Thanks for sharing!

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  • Cueball21 commented on hhawkin2's instructable How to Efficiently Dice a Bell Pepper1 year ago
    How to Efficiently Dice a Bell Pepper

    I use a slightly different method.First I slice horizontally across the stem end making certain that the base of the stem is removed. I then slice the bottom of the pepper in a similar fashion. (I save the bottom end bits but not the top 'shoulder' bits.) After the 2 horizontal slices, I find slice vertically down one of the indented areas. This is where the fibrous pieces are inside a pepper. I then unroll the pepper and use my knife nearly flat on the cutting board to slice out the fibrous ribs. I check to be sure I got all the ribs and trim any remaining. Depending on the size of the pepper, I slice the now flat sides into 2 or 3 pieces and lay them on top of each other. Next, I orient the pieces so that my knife will slice from what was the top to bottom in strips the size of...

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    I use a slightly different method.First I slice horizontally across the stem end making certain that the base of the stem is removed. I then slice the bottom of the pepper in a similar fashion. (I save the bottom end bits but not the top 'shoulder' bits.) After the 2 horizontal slices, I find slice vertically down one of the indented areas. This is where the fibrous pieces are inside a pepper. I then unroll the pepper and use my knife nearly flat on the cutting board to slice out the fibrous ribs. I check to be sure I got all the ribs and trim any remaining. Depending on the size of the pepper, I slice the now flat sides into 2 or 3 pieces and lay them on top of each other. Next, I orient the pieces so that my knife will slice from what was the top to bottom in strips the size of dice I want. I then gather the strips into a bunch and turn them 90 degrees to my knife and slice the strips into bits of about the same size as the width vertical strip cuts. If done correctly, this takes no more than a minute. If I'm not in a hurry, I examine the bottom end and slice out the ribs, then make a quick dice of the bits left.

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  • Cueball21 commented on jessyratfink's instructable pulled pork recipe1 year ago
    pulled pork recipe

    Very good Instructable! You gave complete and clear instructions with all the necessary details for getting good results.I cook a boston butt about once a month or more following your protocol up to the point of cooking. Instead of an oven, I do mine on my Weber kettle gill with charcoal and hickory wood chunks to give it a smokey flavor - which I prefer for pulled pork.I place charcoal in a circle around the perimeter of my grill on the charcoal grate leaving a gap of about 6 inches. The bottom layer is ~4 briquettes wide with the next layer 3, the next 2, and 1 on top. I place the hickory lumps - depending on size - about 6 inches apart. I light about a dozen coals in my charcoal chimney and get them glowing red hot with the white outer ash shell. I then pour these hot coals on ...

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    Very good Instructable! You gave complete and clear instructions with all the necessary details for getting good results.I cook a boston butt about once a month or more following your protocol up to the point of cooking. Instead of an oven, I do mine on my Weber kettle gill with charcoal and hickory wood chunks to give it a smokey flavor - which I prefer for pulled pork.I place charcoal in a circle around the perimeter of my grill on the charcoal grate leaving a gap of about 6 inches. The bottom layer is ~4 briquettes wide with the next layer 3, the next 2, and 1 on top. I place the hickory lumps - depending on size - about 6 inches apart. I light about a dozen coals in my charcoal chimney and get them glowing red hot with the white outer ash shell. I then pour these hot coals on one end of the ring of briquettes, place the top cover on the grill and let it heat up to about 300° F. I place the meat - sometimes 2 cuts at once - on the grill and replace the cover. I monitor temps in the grill with the thermometer built into the handle. It will drop fairly quickly as the meat cools the fire and begins to absorb the heat. I adjust the vents shooting to achieve a temperature of 250° F throughout the process. It will vary up and down; so it's important to check every quarter hour or so at the beginning and at least hourly after you reach target temperature at the start. Usually, I don't even bother to check temperature for 8 or 9 hours. Then I use a good quick reading probe thermometer (Thermopop from Thermoworks) to get a read on the internal temperature. Sometimes I experience the classic stall when internal temps won't rise much or at all for a prolonged period, but when it gets to 195° on the probe, I pull it; wrap it in foil; wrap it in heavy towels; and place it in a cooler. I don't like to pull it when its too hot; so I will sometimes let it sit for hours before pulling. I bag and vacuum seal 1lb. bags for the freezer. This process usually yields a little over half the uncooked weight in finished, bagged pork.

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  • Inexpensive DIY Under-Cabinet Lighting

    I had something like this in mind. The electrical outlet in the wall would have a motion detector with female outlet plugged into it and the inverter would be plugged into the motion detector and would power the LEDs.

    Thanks, again, Kris!!!I appreciate the links. I also like the idea of lighting the kickspace beneath cabinets. Great idea!

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  • Inexpensive DIY Under-Cabinet Lighting

    Howdy Kris!Thanks for the link to the LEDs. Can you suggest a brand of motion activated socket? Looking online I'm a bit confused. What I would prefer to do is to plug the motion detector outlet into an existed outlet on house wiring and then plug an inverter/supply into the motion detecting unit; thus LED lights I power with inverter/supply will come on only when there is motion in the kitchen.Again, thank you for really good information.!!!

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  • Cueball21 commented on andrew mcneil's instructable Yagi Antenna 5 8GHz1 year ago
    Yagi Antenna 5 8GHz

    Thank you for a great, informative video. Obviously, you are quite knowledgeable and quite skilled in the subject matter. With your excellent approach and outstanding video with very helpful narrative, I think I might give it a try. I want to boost my wifi 5 GHz signal and this little antenna will fit 'Er Indoors' idea of what is acceptable, maybe.Well done!!

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  • Cueball21 commented on SpecificLove's instructable 10 Places to Hide a Spare Key1 year ago
    10 Places to Hide a Spare Key

    Very well done!!Thank you!

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