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  • Gordyh commented on BushcraftCreator's instructable Knife From a Rasp1 week ago
    Knife From a Rasp

    Have you looked on this site for forges? There are some smaller ones that require only a hand held propane torch for heat. A large juice or coffee can as the shell and some home made refactory. Loved the way you left the files teeth marks in the knife ;-)

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  • Gordyh commented on bryank54's instructable Copycat Sous Vide Eggs ( STARBUCKS )1 month ago
    Copycat Sous Vide Eggs ( STARBUCKS )

    I was wondering about the canning issue to store excess summer eggs for winter use. I figured it would need to be done like meat, in a pressure cooker. Have you made the egg hockey pucks? Could whole milk or cream be added to make it fluffy, like when you make a fluffy omelet? Might have to try it just for gins and chuckles.

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  • Gordyh commented on NightHawkInLight's instructable Mini Plasma Pen & Micro Torch3 months ago
    Mini Plasma Pen & Micro Torch

    You mentioned, "Touching the two electrodes could give you a good shock so that's something that's best to avoid." I was surprised you didn't put shrink tubing over most of the electrodes, with just the tips exposed. Or do the electrodes get hot enough to melt the shrink tube?

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  • Gordyh commented on CBGjr's instructable Screened Solar Air Heater3 months ago
    Screened Solar Air Heater

    OOP's Not sure what happened, the forum link was supposed to be for. http://simplysolar.supporttopics.comHere is a link to their latest idea. You will note that they advocate proper air flow through the collector to keep the collector temp down to 120f or lower . This is because the hotter the collector gets, the more heat is lost through the glazing and insulation. It is considered to be more efficient to get a large amount of cooler air, than a small amount of really hot air. http://simplysolar.supporttopics.com/post/question-about-zeropass-air-gap-8055403

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  • Gordyh commented on CBGjr's instructable Screened Solar Air Heater3 months ago
    Screened Solar Air Heater

    Sounds like you did some research in to this. Did you visit www.builditsolar.com or the forum at www.builditsolar.com ? Both have done side by side comparisons of different heater configurations. I have a south facing door (36 inch x 80 inch) that enters into the living room so we don't use it much. Anyway I mounted curtain rods (top and bottom) and black fleece between the main door and storm door. Then cut a hole at the top and bottom of the main door for fans, that are powered with 2- 7 watt solar panels and a snap switch set to turn on at 85 and off at 80. On a clear day the fans turn on about 8:45 am and off about 4:30 due to tree's to the west. Even at 0 to -10F the propane furnace will not start up at all during the day ;-) To increase the output I lay some metal by fold clo...see more »Sounds like you did some research in to this. Did you visit www.builditsolar.com or the forum at www.builditsolar.com ? Both have done side by side comparisons of different heater configurations. I have a south facing door (36 inch x 80 inch) that enters into the living room so we don't use it much. Anyway I mounted curtain rods (top and bottom) and black fleece between the main door and storm door. Then cut a hole at the top and bottom of the main door for fans, that are powered with 2- 7 watt solar panels and a snap switch set to turn on at 85 and off at 80. On a clear day the fans turn on about 8:45 am and off about 4:30 due to tree's to the west. Even at 0 to -10F the propane furnace will not start up at all during the day ;-) To increase the output I lay some metal by fold closet doors with full mirrors (78" x71" total) in front of the storm door to shine more sun light onto the fleece, this gives me about 40f increase in heat output when the sun is lined up straight on at mid day.

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  • Gordyh commented on anil8tor's instructable Solar Heater for My Shop3 months ago
    Solar Heater for My Shop

    You could probably increase the heat transfer of the box to the coils by pouring molten lead into the box, just enough to cover the coils, then fill the remainder of the box with insulation. When I do something like this I use a strong acid (the Works toilet bowl cleaner) in place of flux to prep the surfaces for good adhesion to both surfaces.

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  • Gordyh commented on thefrenchmaker's instructable DIY PVC survival compound crossbow4 months ago
    DIY  PVC survival compound crossbow

    Just wondering if you did any thing to protect the string from the threads on the bolts, they will cut into the string. Either tubing over the threads, or use the edge of a file to remove the threads where the string is.Also have you hardened your arrow tips? I saw several history shows that showed how they did this with fire before stone arrow head were developed. Basically take the arrows you have and heat then till the head's start to char, then resharpen. And as a tool collector I have to ask for details about that locking pliers in the photos, Name and where to get it.Thank you

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  • Power in the Apocalypse (How to build a Wood-Gasifier)

    On the steel wool issue. I saw one guy build the pipe and rod thing like you did, But he lightly greased the rod and filled the pipe with high temp RTV silicone. The grease kept the silicone from sticking to the rod and gave a nice tight fit.

    "How do you get it going with the pellets?" Most people start with a layer of charcoal on the grate then add the pellets or wood, then shut the system down before everything in the burn tube burns to ash so you have the charcoal already there.For heating a shop you'd be better off building a batch box rocket heater, look on Youtube. It will be a lot less complicated to build and very much more trouble free ;-)

    No problem, Helping each other out is what it's all about. I just thought he had a good idea and I passed it on ;-)

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  • Gordyh commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Flint and Spark Wheel Fire Starter4 months ago
    Flint and Spark Wheel Fire Starter

    The pieces you are trying to solder have to be very clean, no dirt or oils, use sand paper or scotch brite pad to clean up the area to be soldered. Don't touch the area with your fingers as there can be enough natural oils on your fingers to make it not adhere. In some cases I use the Works toilet bowl cleaner to clean the parts. BE careful with the Works t.b.c it is a strong acid, have water and baking soda handy just in case.

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  • Gordyh commented on jparacuelles's instructable Making instant batteries4 months ago
    Making instant batteries

    Make carbon from the coffee grounds. Search instructables,com or the net for making biochar. Here is a link https://www.instructables.com/id/Capture-CO2-with-Lawn-Trimmings/ He uses a paint can with lid, but any steel can with some aluminum foil used as a lid will work.

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  • Gordyh commented on amackay's instructable Junkyard Radio to Table Radio5 months ago
    Junkyard Radio to Table Radio

    Actually if someone only has a 12 V AC wall wart, all you need is a Bridge Rectifier to convert from AC to DC. eBay link http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=... Or if you have 4 diodes laying around you could make your own ;-) Plans are on the net.

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  • Gordyh commented on bwayne64's instructable 27 Led Light Mod5 months ago
    27 Led Light Mod

    Sign up here.http://www.harborfreightsignup.com/ep/sign_up_page.html?src=email_footer

    I read the instructable he said "I already had an adapter, that will provide multiple voltages from a 12 volt source. I'll put in a link to the one I have." and he said that he had it set for 4.5 volts. Are you saying there is something wrong with that, or did you just not read the whole article???

    Your comment "These batteries can ruin your light, depending on how long they've been sitting on the shelf." Is very true. I have seen the corroded batteries in both HF and Norther Tool stores, open the lights and check the batteries before you get to the check out.You are also correct that the screws are easy to strip out. I use a old trick I was taught for fire and discharge hoses with threaded connectors, that being to turn them backwards till you feel a click then tighten. This will keep the screw from cutting new threads in the plastic and weakening it.

    I read the instructable he said "I already had an adapter, that will provide multiple voltages from a 12 volt source. I'll put in a link to the one I have." and he said that he had it set for 4.5 volts. Are you saying there is something wrong with that, or did you just not read the whole article???

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  • Gordyh commented on danthemakerman's instructable Saw Blade Knife5 months ago
    Saw Blade Knife

    Now I know what to do with those wore out diamond tipped concrete blades I drug home from work ;-) They are the ones used on the gas powered saws and measure 13 -14" diameter and about 1/8" thick. they are hard as hell and will need to be annealed prior to doing anything with them. I tried to drill holes in one on the drill press, lets just say that did not work, I had to torch cut the holes.

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  • Gordyh commented on ClemRz's instructable Solar Water Heater from scratch5 months ago
    Solar Water Heater from scratch

    Hi, Have you considered installing a whole house water filter to your system? When I had a water softener installed, the installer put in a whole house filter before the water softener even though his tests showed a lower iron content in the water. The filter has a 5 micron filter element in it, and I am always amazed at how much is caught in it and kept out of the house plumbing. Including fines and larger flacks that have broken loose from the plastic pipe between the well pump and the filter. That was 11 years ago, sense then I have been involved in several house demolitions where we collected the copper pipe for recycling. Some of those pipes were almost plugged with mineral buildup.

    Hi, Have you considered installing a whole house water filter to your system? When I had a water softener installed, the installer put in a whole house filter before the water softener even though his tests showed a lower iron content in the water. The filter has a 5 micron filter element in it, and I am always amazed at how much is caught in it and kept out of the house plumbing. Including fines and larger flacks that have broken loose from the plastic pipe between the well pump and the filter.

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  • Gordyh commented on Tecwyn Twmffat's instructable Food for the Apocalypse5 months ago
    Food for the Apocalypse

    "I'll raid the local grocery stores for the first year." That strategy will only work if there is a sudden mass die off. The so called experts say that if the trucks stopped delivering even the big stores would be out of food stocks in 3 days or less. look at what happens in areas where major storms are forecast to hit, store shelves are often emptied before the storm hits and deffinatly empty after the storm. Compound this with time, if things are really bad and the delivery trucks can not get through for a week or more. Study what happened when Caterina hit Louisiana and other storms around the world.As to the water issue, you are correct. But this was about a possible food source. If you are preparing for an apocalypse there are many things you will need to prepare for, fo...see more »"I'll raid the local grocery stores for the first year." That strategy will only work if there is a sudden mass die off. The so called experts say that if the trucks stopped delivering even the big stores would be out of food stocks in 3 days or less. look at what happens in areas where major storms are forecast to hit, store shelves are often emptied before the storm hits and deffinatly empty after the storm. Compound this with time, if things are really bad and the delivery trucks can not get through for a week or more. Study what happened when Caterina hit Louisiana and other storms around the world.As to the water issue, you are correct. But this was about a possible food source. If you are preparing for an apocalypse there are many things you will need to prepare for, food, water, heat for cooking and house, power, home and personal defense, transportation fuel, medical supplies, to name a few.

    You got me thinking ;-) There are other root crops that would be good too. Most root crops also store well in a cool dark place like a root cellar weather it is outside under ground, or a unheated and semi insulated room in the corner of the basement.

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  • Gordyh commented on bekathwia's instructable Mounted Storage Jars5 months ago
    Mounted Storage Jars

    Yes classic and still good ;-) My Grandpa had one that rotated like a barrel on its side with flat spots for the jar lids to mount to, with an axle through the center and two arms mounted to the wall. I have replaced most of the glass jars with plastic though. If you have a cluts moment or two and drop and break the glass jars you will know why ;-(

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  • Gordyh commented on Joshbuilds's instructable DIY styrofoam catamaran5 months ago
    DIY styrofoam catamaran

    Cool idea. But DO NOT use the white foam unless you want ballast in your floats, it is open cell foam and acts like a sponge in water. Just ask someone who does flat roof leak repairs and replacements like I have done for 5 years. The colored foams are generally very water resistant due to being closed cell. For longevity use dry green treated lumber, I say dry because I have seen some at the lumberyard that appeared to have come straight from pressure treating and was not dried, a 8 foot 2x4 should not weigh 30 pounds and more ;-( And because wood will also act like a sponge. Cut and lay your wood out the way you want it then water proof it before you assemble it. because the wood in the floats is going to be mostly covered by the foam it will take a very long time to dry out again an...see more »Cool idea. But DO NOT use the white foam unless you want ballast in your floats, it is open cell foam and acts like a sponge in water. Just ask someone who does flat roof leak repairs and replacements like I have done for 5 years. The colored foams are generally very water resistant due to being closed cell. For longevity use dry green treated lumber, I say dry because I have seen some at the lumberyard that appeared to have come straight from pressure treating and was not dried, a 8 foot 2x4 should not weigh 30 pounds and more ;-( And because wood will also act like a sponge. Cut and lay your wood out the way you want it then water proof it before you assemble it. because the wood in the floats is going to be mostly covered by the foam it will take a very long time to dry out again and will start rotting before it dries.If the craft can not be stored inside when not in use, the foam will need to be coated for UV protection. In a year or so the foams color will start to fade, after that it will start shedding when rubbered.

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  • Gordyh commented on hubertofliege's instructable Walk-in open air chicken coop6 months ago
    Walk-in open air chicken coop

    Years ago I had a roaming pack of dogs tear through my chicken wire pen and kill all 8 of the hens :-( Use heavier wire from the ground up 3 or 4 feet. In my case I added a layer of 2 x4 (hole size) welded wire fence to the outside of the pen. As well as buried at least one foot down. Actually I only bury mine about 2 inch's down and then out at least a foot, as most diggers want to dig next to the fence panels then give up and its less of a hole to fill in.Also I tried twisting the seams together, it is a lot faster and easier to use Hog Rings. They are heavy wire that forms a triangle when crimped together. They sell a special pliers to make crimping them easier, they are only about $5 (no need to buy the more expensive ones) and have groves / pockets parallel to the handles that k...see more »Years ago I had a roaming pack of dogs tear through my chicken wire pen and kill all 8 of the hens :-( Use heavier wire from the ground up 3 or 4 feet. In my case I added a layer of 2 x4 (hole size) welded wire fence to the outside of the pen. As well as buried at least one foot down. Actually I only bury mine about 2 inch's down and then out at least a foot, as most diggers want to dig next to the fence panels then give up and its less of a hole to fill in.Also I tried twisting the seams together, it is a lot faster and easier to use Hog Rings. They are heavy wire that forms a triangle when crimped together. They sell a special pliers to make crimping them easier, they are only about $5 (no need to buy the more expensive ones) and have groves / pockets parallel to the handles that keeps the ring from popping out the side when you are crimping the rings. Any good farm supply store should have them, or eBay http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=hog+ringsI also added perches in the pen, some solid mount and some on rope to make them swing perches, which they seem to use as much as the solid perches.

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  • Poly Pipe Greenhouse and Shadehouse with Sprinkler System

    The weed killer I use also uses salt in the mix. Try this link for the recipe. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/use-vinegar-salt-wee...

    You may find the interesting,it has more recipies. http://tipnut.com/weed-killers/

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  • Gordyh commented on halledean's instructable Leather Underbust Harness8 months ago
    Leather Underbust Harness

    To sum up some of the safety suggestions already mentioned, No gloves. No loose fitting shirts (at least tuck the shirt in to your pants and pull it to the back so it is tight in the front) and long sleeves are a NO-NO around power equipment. As is long hair, a pony tail is not good enough!!! tie it up in a bun or wear a hair net. Wear proper safety glasses, goggles or a face shield, debris can get around your loose fitting reading glasses and into your eyes. Many have ignored safety for years and gotten away with it, BUT many others have paid a high price :( I lost 1/2 of a finger to gloves and seen coworkers injured due to the others even after they had been warned of the dangers.The photo show an excellent project and dare I say make an old man wish he was young again ;-)

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  • Gordyh commented on NorthWind's instructable How To Clean Out Long Dryer Vents8 months ago
    How To Clean Out Long Dryer Vents

    peinkc; You beat me to it, 150 MPH BJ ;-) My drier is electric so it is easy to take it outside where I can blow back and forth through the lint trap opening and the exhaust hole till nothing comes out but air. Another maintenance item is to wash the lint trap screen. I had read years ago that those drier sheets will plug the lint screen, but we don't use them so i did not think much of it till the wife complained that it was taking longer and longer to dry a load. Ours is the long top mount screen that has about a 1/2" bow on the cross section when placed under a faucet with water running the water would not flow through the screen, it would fill the screen like a bowl and overflow the edges. Soapy water and a soft brush I use the back brush from the shower with small swirling...see more » peinkc; You beat me to it, 150 MPH BJ ;-) My drier is electric so it is easy to take it outside where I can blow back and forth through the lint trap opening and the exhaust hole till nothing comes out but air. Another maintenance item is to wash the lint trap screen. I had read years ago that those drier sheets will plug the lint screen, but we don't use them so i did not think much of it till the wife complained that it was taking longer and longer to dry a load. Ours is the long top mount screen that has about a 1/2" bow on the cross section when placed under a faucet with water running the water would not flow through the screen, it would fill the screen like a bowl and overflow the edges. Soapy water and a soft brush I use the back brush from the shower with small swirling motion so the bristles pock through the holes in the screen. We are 2 in the house and if the screen is not washed it will hold water again in 6 months. This cleaning has reduced drying time and the extra air flow leaves less lint buildup in the rest of the system as well.

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