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  • FirstSpear commented on Itsatrav's instructable Hex Nut D68 months ago
    Hex Nut D6

    Brilliant idea, and I, like others, am struck by its uniqueness. Concerning weight and visual beauty: thinking... mark nuts unmounted, glue them together, take threadless rod and mark opposite holes to be drilled into rod to create even weight, insert rod and glue it in place. File and trim ends of rod so nothing extends beyond the nuts. Absolutely no idea how one would mark the rod's holes, nor how one would actually drill into the surface of such a thin rod, nor how the glue would factor into the weight issues. Would look lovely in brass, though. Steampunk dice. Surely a first.

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  • FirstSpear commented on JP'sW's instructable Transfer Photograph onto Wood10 months ago
    Transfer Photograph onto Wood

    Enjoyed the Brexit comment ?. Never heard of Mod Podge; will do some research, but ordinary pva glue is not waterproof, even when set. Water will attack it, and soften the surface enough to remove the image as well as the paper. Given that the MP is applied by brush, wood is particularly useful as brush strokes can be hidden within the grain pattern. Those damn social links have completely obscured the text at this point.

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  • LED Tape - Under Cabinet Lighting - No soldering!

    In UK, and rest of Europe - at least those countries that I'm aware of, one side of a light switch is ALWAYS live, the other side is SOMETIMES live (due to action of switch), so you could take a connection from the Always Live side to use to power something else, but you would be advised to do the maths concerning combined current pull of each circuit, and current-capability of the Always Live cable feeding the switch. (Cable current capability and calculation readily available online. Can't give advice as UK uses only copper conductors, while US uses aluminium; that's "al-oo-min-ee-um", by the way. Just saying. Fnah. (For meaning of "Fnah" refer to old issues of MAD magazine.)Probably not considered good practice, but UK Regulations do allow for one spur from each R...

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    In UK, and rest of Europe - at least those countries that I'm aware of, one side of a light switch is ALWAYS live, the other side is SOMETIMES live (due to action of switch), so you could take a connection from the Always Live side to use to power something else, but you would be advised to do the maths concerning combined current pull of each circuit, and current-capability of the Always Live cable feeding the switch. (Cable current capability and calculation readily available online. Can't give advice as UK uses only copper conductors, while US uses aluminium; that's "al-oo-min-ee-um", by the way. Just saying. Fnah. (For meaning of "Fnah" refer to old issues of MAD magazine.)Probably not considered good practice, but UK Regulations do allow for one spur from each Ring Main socket, so this would just be applying that consideration to light circuits - maybe.(Not shouting there; "Always" and "Sometimes" differentiate conditions.)

    billIntrigued. In UK and Spain (only two I'm really familiar with, though brief examinations appeared to show same in Greece and Turkey), LIVE always goes to the switch first, then to the light fitting. NEUTRAL is unswitched connection from light fitting back to the supply box NEUTRAL. What do you mean?I have seen some wiring that didn't follow this sequence, but they were always amateur cockups.Genuinely interested.Came across an absolute doozy once in Spain. Confused bloke had wired changeover switch so that to achieve light OFF, both terminals at light fitting were made LIVE (no potential difference = no current flow). Still got drawing somewhere.

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  • Make a UAV for research and photography

    UAV? (Upstairs at Vinnie's?). FPV? (Fat Protective Vet?). Not a clue what these acronyms stand for. Guessed at RC.

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  • FirstSpear commented on Bhawya's instructable Chocolate Mug Cake - 2 minutes recipe1 year ago
    Chocolate Mug Cake - 2 minutes recipe

    Oh no you don't! Details of modifications for carrot cake, if you don't mind. ;-)

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  • 37 Unusual Uses for Lonely Socks

    Yep brilliant. Particularly like the vacuuming of small things, and thought that pushing some of the sock inside the tube would enable it to hold more.

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  • FirstSpear commented on shambuda2000's instructable Boracho Dogs1 year ago
    Boracho Dogs

    Surely perros borrachos.

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

    Never heard of a dead-blow hammer. If such exists in the UK then it's managed to avoid me for over 50+ years. I understand the concept having read the comments. Learn something new every day. Even if this isn't, it's still true to the original spirit of Instructables, which, for me, has become too specialist of late, and I now find I often don't read any of the picks. I read this one. Cheers yonatan24.

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