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  • Deathstick commented on killerjackalope's instructable Fixing that jet lighter you love6 months ago
    Fixing that jet lighter you love

    WD-40 attracts dust and dirt. It creates a static charge on the surface that pulls particles in. This is part of the science behind the water displacement properties of the stuff. There are many better oils, more suitable out there like 101 oil, any firearm oil, Marvel Mystery Oil for AIr Tools, etc...ect.

    It saddens me that you made an account just to spam this Instructable. I'll join in on your "this has little to do with the Instructable' and give my rebuttal to your Portasol recommendation. I like the torch, but I do not like the torch enough to recommend it for purchase. Portasol (Weller), is my go-to for soldering irons, I do not care for the piezoelectric feature. Why pay the extra cash for a feature that is going to fail? In the end you'll have an iron that you manually light anyway right? With the Professional, there is a flint striker in the cap and flint is easy to replace. I have a Portasol Professional, well three actually, but this particular one is one that was purchased in the 90's by an NCR technician as a replacement for one lost. This inherited iron I've had for 1...see more » It saddens me that you made an account just to spam this Instructable. I'll join in on your "this has little to do with the Instructable' and give my rebuttal to your Portasol recommendation. I like the torch, but I do not like the torch enough to recommend it for purchase. Portasol (Weller), is my go-to for soldering irons, I do not care for the piezoelectric feature. Why pay the extra cash for a feature that is going to fail? In the end you'll have an iron that you manually light anyway right? With the Professional, there is a flint striker in the cap and flint is easy to replace. I have a Portasol Professional, well three actually, but this particular one is one that was purchased in the 90's by an NCR technician as a replacement for one lost. This inherited iron I've had for 10 years now, I've just cleaned it for the second time. The Portasol "Professional" is the most reliable Butane torch/soldering iron that I've had the pleasure of owning. I have others as well, like the so far unbeatable BernzOmatiC 250. The B-O-matic has the same tips as the more expensive Portasol that Spammy above and below recommended, the kicker, it is only $13.00 or like $20 for the 6-1 Kit. I doubt the tips will outlast the ones that come with the Professional, it uses a lantern style metal element where all the more $$$ ones use a porcelain type honeycomb element. In summery, skip the pricey torch kits.

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  • How to make a powerful burning laser for CHEAP!

    See above comment.

    Places to get free CD burners in the US:*Schools/Community Colleges/Universities that E-cycle. **Walmart/BestBuy (Ask friendliest looking person at GeekSquad)/K-mart or any other box store, the electronics department usually has a bin for E-waste. You are saving the environment!***Any local large company with over 50 employees is bound to have some old computers in a dark corner they'd gladly give you.****Any computer repair store, the smaller the better.*****Craigslist is the easiest, they will come calling, literally! Post a Wanted ad in "Wanted" and in "Computers" (Everyone does it!!!). # Maybe even post in "Barter and Trade", if you have something "priceless" you are willing to dig out of a drawer. While on site look in "Free" and &q...see more »Places to get free CD burners in the US:*Schools/Community Colleges/Universities that E-cycle. **Walmart/BestBuy (Ask friendliest looking person at GeekSquad)/K-mart or any other box store, the electronics department usually has a bin for E-waste. You are saving the environment!***Any local large company with over 50 employees is bound to have some old computers in a dark corner they'd gladly give you.****Any computer repair store, the smaller the better.*****Craigslist is the easiest, they will come calling, literally! Post a Wanted ad in "Wanted" and in "Computers" (Everyone does it!!!). # Maybe even post in "Barter and Trade", if you have something "priceless" you are willing to dig out of a drawer. While on site look in "Free" and "Barter and Trade". ------Hint: Go ahead and post an "Wanted: old microwave" while there, then look for an Instructable on "Homemade Welder". ******Local Landfill (The Dump). They will have an E-waste area. Bring some E-waste with you to have a reason for going into that area. Most have a separate complex for E-Waste now, or there are 3rd party companies that handle this, might be off-site.

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  • Deathstick commented on tobychui's instructable Ultra Low Cost 3D Scanner1 year ago
    Ultra Low Cost 3D Scanner

    David laser scanner software, a $5 laser level and a cheap Web cam will get you here cheaper, faster and with less complications.

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  • How to Add an Air Receiver Tank for More Compressor Capacity

    You can add 50 tanks together. Will they ever fill before the motor melts down, unlikely. I would say the most you'd want to add is 20-25% more capacity. If you have an oiless pump then stay on the very conservative side, like 10-15%. These things get real hot WITHOUT running over their duty cycle. Adding a fan may get some additional life out of the unit. What you should expect to gain is volume. You may be able to actually start an impact or like tool, but to get a usable amount of air you need a considerable size tank. You start with a 5-20 gal, you need to get to 60+. Best to not get your hopes up on these tools. If you wanna paint something, using a HVLP Harbor Freight touch-up gun may get you started. Good luck. I tired of such endeavors last year, quit fighting the small 26gal ...see more »You can add 50 tanks together. Will they ever fill before the motor melts down, unlikely. I would say the most you'd want to add is 20-25% more capacity. If you have an oiless pump then stay on the very conservative side, like 10-15%. These things get real hot WITHOUT running over their duty cycle. Adding a fan may get some additional life out of the unit. What you should expect to gain is volume. You may be able to actually start an impact or like tool, but to get a usable amount of air you need a considerable size tank. You start with a 5-20 gal, you need to get to 60+. Best to not get your hopes up on these tools. If you wanna paint something, using a HVLP Harbor Freight touch-up gun may get you started. Good luck. I tired of such endeavors last year, quit fighting the small 26gal and bought a real compressor, a 80gal IR 2-stage, 220v and have never looked back. Every time I use it it makes me tear up a little, thinking about all the struggles I had with the 26gal. Being able to use air polishers, drills, and sanders that had been stuck in a drawer was an eye opener. There is no substitute for duty cycle+volume!

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