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  • How to Build the Self Feeding Fire - All Night Fire

    The method to build a self feeding fire is described but the reason for making such a thing was left hanging. So, what would you use a fire like this for? Cooking, etc. ? Just had to ask. I have heard of self feeding furnaces that took wood from outside via a pipe to heat a house. That sounds a little risky but guess it could work.

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  • DonnH1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Duct Tape1 month ago
    Unusual Uses for Duct Tape

    A favourite for removing skin tags is to tie a tight loop around the neck of the tag using dental floss. After a few days the skin tag will dry up and fall off because it has no circulation to continue living. There are kits you can get to simply freeze the skin tag and it will die and fall off. Dental floss is cheaper.

    No idea why that tape is called duct tape. You certainly should never use it on heat pipes as the heat softens the adhesive and the joints fall apart. The earliest use I have seen of the product was on steel ammunition boxes to keep the ammp dry inside, especially in the swamps of south east Asia. My favourite tape looks similar but is more expensive and is really durable and that is aluminum "duct" tape. I have patched up exhaust systems, furnace ducts, awnings. Each layer us quite strong and it stands up to heat well. You could use it or regular duct tape (cloth) to repair cracks in fibreglass boats and canoes. That's great when you are a long way up the river. :-)

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  • Wooden Timber Frame Look- a -like Playhouse

    Many years ago I built a playhouse for my kids and they loved it. When we sold our house the buyers and their kids loved it too so another reason to build a play house. I made a door thet was made in two hinged sections so the top half could be swung out of the way and they could play store. I also managed to find a small sliding window for a great price. I decided to make a fairly flat roof and put a ladder up to it and a railing around it. Anyway, no matter how you build it the kids will love you for it. Love this design. It looks really nice. I think it has inspired me to make one scaled up to be a back yard storage shed for our lawn mower, rotor-tiller, etc. Thanks for sharing.

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  • DonnH1 commented on Paige Russell's instructable Homemade Energy Drink1 month ago
    Homemade Energy Drink

    When you're sick sometimes you just need something that tastes good and doesn't hurt when you eat it. After a major abdominal surgery I couldn't face food and then I got my wife to buy some ready made rice pudding off the shelf at Safeway. It went down well and gave me some energy to continue on. Try not to be too critical. Try to see what possible good something is. Water could drown you but without it you're going to die.

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  • DonnH1 commented on Karebears's instructable 21 Unusual Uses for Pool Noodles2 months ago
    21 Unusual Uses for Pool Noodles

    You must have really used your noodle to come up with all these terrific ideas. Thanks!

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  • Portable Low Cost DIY Solar Panel Setup

    Hahahaha, interesting side note - no PWM. A few years ago I was camping up near Terrace BC and thought I'd go on the air with my ham radio gear to chat with local radio guys. I had never had my radio on in the day time before. At night there is no charging and so the charge controller wasn't doing anything. In the day the PWM pulses of the charge controller made it impossible to use my ham gear without disconnecting the solar panel. That was an interesting lesson learned. Not sure what to do about that. Maybe put a big capacitor bank across the feed to my radio and some sort of big iron choke in series with the power. Has anyone got any experience with that? Any good solutions to the whyne problem on the power?

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  • DonnH1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Zip Ties3 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Zip Ties

    Wayne, if you hadn't noticed no one is suggesting zip ties be left on vegetation as markers. That would be irresponsible. Right!

    Adding my disdain for using zip ties as trail markers. At one time, while living in a remote isolated location, I decided to mark a trail with "plastic" flagging tape. I came back about 2 weeks later and had difficulty finding any of the tape markers. The critters had chewed them to bits. I agree with others who say if you do use markers to be responsible and remove them afterwards.

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  • DonnH1 commented on GreatScottLab's instructable DIY Class D Audio Amplifier4 months ago
    DIY Class D Audio Amplifier

    I remember one or two guys building an X10 back in 1965. It was an amazing small amp with little distortion.

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  • DonnH1 commented on randofo's instructable Build a Mad Scientist Light4 months ago
    Build a Mad Scientist Light

    That project looks like it would lend itself to using the LED light bulbs which look very similar but which take a fraction of the power.

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  • DonnH1 commented on smurray2's instructable Cordless/Corded Drill4 months ago
    Cordless/Corded Drill

    If you are replacing cells in a battery pack it's not a good idea to solder them. The heat can damage the contents. Much better is spot welding and there are plans on Google and You Tube for that sort of thing specific to wiring lithium and cadmium packs.

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  • Mid-Century Modern Walnut End Table | How to Build - Woodworking

    Awesome build. Very nice woodwork. Excellent choice of tools. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • DonnH1 commented on Amaries's instructable Make a Dog Lamp6 months ago
    Make a Dog Lamp

    My wife and I like it but I'm sorta leaning towards a Great Dane lamp. I like the idea of turning one into a portable solar powered light for a deck. That would be an interesting project.

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  • Easy Amazing White Bread Recipe

    Wow, I always wanted to know how to make a thicker cheweyer crust. I will have to try that. I have a bread recipe that calls for buttermilk powder and that one is terrific. Can't keep my 300+ lbs son-in-law away when I make that. Thanks again for the hint about making the thicker crust.

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  • DonnH1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Fix a Hole in Drywall6 months ago
    Fix a Hole in Drywall

    I have had success repairing large holes by cutting away the damaged drywall and then installing a patch through the hole buttered up with some glue. You pull that forward against the backside of the wall and hold it in place somehow. Actually I used contact cement. Once that is in place you can cut and fit a patch for the space that is the hole, buttering it in with some spat hinge compound. I mention this because I repaired a wall where an oil heater was placed too close and it damaged the wall. This worked pretty well for a larger area than a door knob. This method looks pretty good but I still think I would prefer some sort of backing and the contact cement was pure magic.

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  • DonnH1 commented on wonderfulidea's instructable The Amazing Bucket Stool!7 months ago
    The Amazing Bucket Stool!

    Regarding cutting foam, I purchased a used (garage sale) electric carving knife years ago after being to a foam shop. I saw them using such a carving knife and how well it worked. There are professional foam carving tools that are quite expensive but an electric carving knife works basically the same way and is a lot cheaper.

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  • Make It Extreme's Plasma Cutter Notcher

    Very good video of the build. It appears you must have really worked hard at the design before you started cutting out the metal and assembling, it went together so well. Obvious you know what you are doing. Thanks for sharing this "Extreme" Instructable.

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  • 6.3 kiloWatt Ground Mount Home Solar Array

    You mentioned that in the future you are considering a Tesla Power Wall. A friend recently invested in a bank of Nickle Iron batteries made in China. They were the type of batteries used in the original electrical vehicles before internal combustion engines. Most early manufacturers of nickle Iron batteries, shut them down, and started manufacturing lead acid float batteries. They were a lot lighter and so took up less space in some of the new internal combustion vehicles. Anyway, there are still some of the original nickle iron batteries in some of the mines where they are used to operate emergency lighting and I believe the lifts. It goes to show how reliable that technology is compared to lead acid batteries, calcium batteries, and the much newer lithium batteries. Even though they a...

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    You mentioned that in the future you are considering a Tesla Power Wall. A friend recently invested in a bank of Nickle Iron batteries made in China. They were the type of batteries used in the original electrical vehicles before internal combustion engines. Most early manufacturers of nickle Iron batteries, shut them down, and started manufacturing lead acid float batteries. They were a lot lighter and so took up less space in some of the new internal combustion vehicles. Anyway, there are still some of the original nickle iron batteries in some of the mines where they are used to operate emergency lighting and I believe the lifts. It goes to show how reliable that technology is compared to lead acid batteries, calcium batteries, and the much newer lithium batteries. Even though they are bigger and heavier they work marvelously well for solar power installations for off grid. The maintenance is simply to religiously top them up with distilled water. Just thought I'd pass that along. I believe that there are American manufacturers of Nickle Iron batteries. I just did a quick search and found a link to the Iron Edison battery company. How about that I thought that it was Edison who was the demise of nickle iron batteries in America. Maybe there has been a resurgence due to solar and wind power for off grid. Anyway, thanks for sharing this awesome projects plus all the problems you had to overcome. It's nice to learn from your experience. I'm going to put up a simple 12V system used to keep batteries charged for emergency communications plus emergency LED lighting. Just trying to keep my wants and needs balanced. I'm 72 and so have to keep that in mind too. Sigh...

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  • DonnH1 commented on Amaries's instructable Make a Bird Whistle9 months ago
    Make a Bird Whistle

    Thanks for that inspiration Amaries. I'm just wondering if the inside cavity was modified to be smaller if it could be a dog whistle? I could envision an image of my dog instead of a bird on it. Maybe not. I sure like your design.

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  • How to use the Nordic nRF905 Transceiver with a Raspberry Pi

    Any idea what sort of range could be expected between a pair of these?

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  • Super Solder Inlay for your Woodworking Projects

    A friend working with the armed forces told me that the military and the medical fields still use lead solder. That was a couple of years ago. The reasoning was that in both cases they wanted the highest level of long term between failures. The solder which is lead free has been know to grow whiskers and cause shorting whereas lead/tin solder isn't prone to do that. So if it can kill you or save you it's O/K apparently but nothing in between. PS, this is a nifty project. Too bad the lead free solder works at a higher temperature. I will have to look around for the alloy someone mentioned. By the way the chap who was asking what kind of solder whether radio rosin core solder or acid flux core solder - neither one. Just straight solder with no flux as in plumbers solder. Flux would contam...

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    A friend working with the armed forces told me that the military and the medical fields still use lead solder. That was a couple of years ago. The reasoning was that in both cases they wanted the highest level of long term between failures. The solder which is lead free has been know to grow whiskers and cause shorting whereas lead/tin solder isn't prone to do that. So if it can kill you or save you it's O/K apparently but nothing in between. PS, this is a nifty project. Too bad the lead free solder works at a higher temperature. I will have to look around for the alloy someone mentioned. By the way the chap who was asking what kind of solder whether radio rosin core solder or acid flux core solder - neither one. Just straight solder with no flux as in plumbers solder. Flux would contaminate the wood, oh yucky!

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  • DonnH1 commented on jimustanguitar's instructable De-Rust Your Old Table Saw9 months ago
    De-Rust Your Old Table Saw

    WD40 can be useful but it's not good to coat fine parts as in a sewing machine or expensive guns. Once the carrier evaporates from it there is a sticky protective film. If that's what you want fine. After you get the surface of your band saw, table saw, etc, clean simply put a small tarp over it. You will find that it does a very good job of keeping new rust off. Still a good idea to put some sort of protectant on the surface to help leep rust off but also to make the surface slick. I found a saw shop that carried a spray for applying to saw blades. I use it on the blade and also the surface of my saw table. Wow! It really makes an improvement to wood handling.

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  • How to Make a Cool Dragonfly Sculpture From Scrap Steel

    Very nice, looks like it's ready to fly off. Thanks for sharing then design. Thanks also to the people who contribute their suggestions like the one about separate buffing wheels for steel and stainless. I would not have known about possible rust on the stainless because of regular bits of steel embedding in it. Must remember that for my own future projects.

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  • DonnH1 commented on deba168's instructable DIY All in One Solar Power Pack1 year ago
    DIY All in One Solar Power Pack

    I am a HAM radio person and so require clean power to run my transceiver. I have found PWM charge controllers give me quite a nasty bazzy hash during the charge period during the day. Has anyone had experience with this? Is it just my old Morningside controller or are all PWM controllers like that and how about the other one mentioned the MPPT controllers? Do they introduce a lot of hash in the power stream? Life is a mystery and this is just another part of it all. :-)

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  • DonnH1 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Steel Wool Emergency Fire Starter1 year ago
    Steel Wool Emergency Fire Starter

    Something not mentioned is good fire starter. A 35mm film container filled with dryer lint and another container filled with dry pitch from coniferous trees. The pitch burns hot like a torch and can be used to get damp wood burning. I used to take one or two disposable lighters with me until I was on a scout trip up in the mountains. It was cold and wet and the lighter that was in my pants pocket would not ignite. The fuel in it would not vaporize. That was a shocker. I was saved by a young scout who brought penny matches in a zip lock. No one was using batteries and steel wool back then. Where we went moisture probably would have made it tricky to use. We being on the wet coast of Canada. :-)

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  • SunCalc: How much sunlight is my plant getting? A Sun light Calculator for plants

    Yup they can. No more fading of upholstery close to a window if the windows are of recent design. Poor plants don't do well by them either, they don't get all the spectrum they need to thrive.

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  • SunCalc: How much sunlight is my plant getting? A Sun light Calculator for plants

    This is a nifty idea. I recently had several double pane windows replaced because their seals had failed. The replacement modules are built to modeern codes and so block UV and some other parts of the light spectrum.

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  • Easy Thick Fluffy Pancakes

    Terrific idea about separating the eggs and fluffing up the egg whites. I've never done it before in recipes other than angel food cakes. Must give that a try on other recipes like this one. I don't much care for the suggestions by kivajiva. For one thing sugar and egg works well to build cell walls in baking. Without the sugar the baking tends to not rise as well or stay risen. Regarding the PAM spray, it works well for me when cooking pancakes on a griddle. I like the quality of the end product. I also use coconut oil to lube the griddle but PAM works better and is much easier to reapply. To each his/her own I guess. In regards to things like PAM being filled with chemicals, too late, we are all made of chemicals including the water we drink and the air we breath. Oh noooo.

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  • DonnH1 commented on MrJonesEducation's instructable Frankenstein Light Switch1 year ago
    Frankenstein Light Switch

    I saw something like this done as a 3D printing but then you need a thousand bucks worth of printer to do it. This is nice and easy with good instructions. Thanks for sharing it.

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  • DonnH1 commented on toastyboy's instructable Building a Shed1 year ago
    Building a Shed

    Nice shed and I like the idea of no wobble. There is a problem where most of us live though and that's to do with how long a structure will last if embedded in the soil. Fence posts tend to rot after a very few years. I have taken to making a hole, inserting a cardboard tube into the hole and filling in aroundn the tube, then pouring it full of concrete. Last of all and before the concrete sets I put in a steel post holder. Later the post gets inserted into the holder and bolted together. The fence posts last a lot longer and if they ever do rot its easy to unbolt them and put in another. I would think that may be a better way to go with this little shed. Just a thought. I hate building stuff only to have the weather and bugs rot it away.

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  • DonnH1 commented on Hazard™'s instructable Cracking Single Dial Combination Locks1 year ago
    Cracking Single Dial Combination Locks

    All of this is quite interesting. We had a young friend, a teenage girl, who really had the Master combo locks mastered. It was scarey how easy it was for her. I still don't understand fully how she did it but she could open any Master combo lock in under three minutes and usually a lot less. It was by feel and by listening. No fancey charts or anything j, just touch and listening.

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  • DonnH1 commented on SpecificLove's instructable 8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool1 year ago
    8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool

    The school janitors in my district use a tennis ball on the end of a broom handle to scour off running shoe scuff marks in the halls and the gym. I tried it and it works. You make a short cut on the ball just the right size to allow a broom handle to be inserted.

    The school janitors in my district use a tennis ball on the end of a broom handle to scour off running shoe scuff marks in the halls and the gym. I tried it and it works. You make a short cut on the ball just the right size to allow a broom handle to be inserted.

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  • Aerial Photography Super Affordable Kite

    A 4 lb weight fishing line would not add much to the load and may do the trick without a lot of added expense. Must try it. I just got a digital canon camera for 42 at a garage sale. Not too big or heavy so if it still works (waiting for a battery from China) it will be going up in the sky.

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  • DonnH1 commented on Penolopy Bulnick's instructable Unusual Uses for Mouthwash1 year ago
    Unusual Uses for Mouthwash

    HAhahaha, I guess my witches spell checker didn't catch the bad spell.

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