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  • JimTheSoundman commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for WD-403 weeks ago
    Unusual Uses for WD-40

    I agree with XinixE. I have been an audio engineer for 31 years and I've always used WD-40 for cleaning the faders on my mixing boards when they started to sound scratchy, never had a problem in the least. It's a great contact cleaner.As for the people saying that you shouldn't get it on your hands because the MSDS says prolonged contact will be harmful: The key word there is "PROLONGED." That means if you go to work and have it on your hands for 8 hours every day, then you are going to have problems. That seems like common sense to me. Using it to clean your hands for five minutes is not prolonged contact and you will suffer no ill effects.

    I agree with XinixE. I have been an audio engineer for 31 years and I've always used WD-40 for cleaning the faders on my mixing boards when they started to sound scratchy, never had a problem in the least. It's a great contact cleaner.As for the people saying that you shouldn't get it on your hands because the MSDS says prolonged contact will be harmful: The key word there is "PROLONGED." That means if you go to work and have it on your hands for 8 hours every day, then you are going to have problems. That seems like common sense to me. Using it to clean your hands for five minutes is not prolonged contact and you will suffer no ill effects.

    I agree with XinixE. I have been an audio engineer for 31 years and I've always used WD-40 for cleaning the faders on my mixing boards when they started to sound scratchy, never had a problem in the least. It's a great contact cleaner.As for the people saying that you shouldn't get it on your hands because the MSDS says prolonged contact will be harmful: The key word there is "PROLONGED." That means if you go to work and have it on your hands for 8 hours every day, then you are going to have problems. That seems like common sense to me. Using it to clean your hands for five minutes is not prolonged contact and you will suffer no ill effects.

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  • Fidget Spinner to Brushless Motor

    @pgabriel3 - Why would you want to use an electric motor to generate electricity? Doesn't make any sense. Electric generators are usually powered by something other than electricity, such as steam or water or gasoline or diesel fuel. But yes, a electrical generator works on basically these same principles. Instead of using an electromagnet to spin a wheel, you are doing the opposite, spinning the wheel first with a turbine or a pulley or belt, and the interaction between magnetic forces will then generate electricity.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on Highlandboxes.'s instructable Hand Router Plaque2 months ago
    Hand Router Plaque

    Now make one that says "None Shall Pass" which is the Black Knight's saying from MP & The Holy Grail.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on kotchapong's instructable RETRO Wall Sconce2 months ago
    RETRO Wall Sconce

    Just so everyone knows... do NOT use a giant knife switch like this with anything above 12 volts. If you try to use a knife switch with 120v or 240v AC you might get a nasty shock.It appears that this knife switch in this Instructable is simply used as a mounting plate and the brown and blue wires (240v AC) are bypassing it completely. So that's the correct way to do it.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on Guga1979's instructable The Maze Bluetooth Speaker2 months ago
    The Maze Bluetooth Speaker

    I don't understand what "rooter" means. Did you mean "router"?

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  • Portable Low Cost DIY Solar Panel Setup

    400 watts divided by 12 volts is 33.33 amps. You can check this chart to see what size wire you need for 33 amps. http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/attachments/...Then on the output side, 400 watts divided by 120 volts is 3.33 amps.The other thing to consider is that no inverter is 100% efficient, so if it's putting out 92% to 96% of what it takes in from the battery, you are doing good. So keep that in mind and oversize the input wires a bit to give yourself a safety margin.Also, you should have a fuse somewhere inline on both the input and the output, in case of an accidental short circuit. Many inverters have an automatic circuit breaker built in, but make sure yours does. If not, you can get an inline fuse at any autoparts store.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on Tecwyn Twmffat's instructable Full English Breakfast6 months ago
    Full English Breakfast

    HP Sauce is a unique product unto itself, but the closest equivalent American product would be A-1 Steak Sauce.

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  • Live Edge River Coffee Table | How to Build

    I agree. Split it up into managable sessions. Just tell yourself "I will work on this every day from 1pm to 2:30pm" and that will force you to set aside that time every day, just as though it was a job where you had to show up on time or get fired. Make sure you are ready to work exactly at 1pm and don't take any breaks until 2:30pm. You'll be surprised at how much you'll get done.

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  • Live Edge River Coffee Table | How to Build

    He said he got it from a local glass company for 100 bucks.I'm sure they used something insanely expensive to cut it, like a water jet cutter, so it's probably much better than trying to cut it yourself. Sometimes there is just no substitute for having a professional deal with it.

    If you try to make this all in one day it will look like garbage. Take your time and do it right. You'll be so much happier in the end. Remember this is something you'll be looking at for ten or twenty years, you don't want to be reminded of all the shortcuts you took, every time you sit down next to it.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on dave5201's instructable How To Hide a Wall Wart Transformer9 months ago
    How To Hide a Wall Wart Transformer

    Taz, what you need to do is just get an "old work" blue plastic wall box and a blank plate. Install the old work box, with the romex inside it. Then use a couple red wire nuts to cap off the cut ends of the wires. Then fold them up in the box and put the blank plate over it. If you ever end up needing to install something there at a later time, it will be still there, ready and waiting for a new use.

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

    The finish on this looks amazing. I'm definitely going to steal that idea.Just so everyone knows, the formal name for this is a "Double Knife Blade Switch" in case anyone needs to look up a picture of a real one.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on Popular Mechanics's instructable Adirondack Chair1 year ago
    Adirondack Chair

    Yes, the sizes are the nominal sizes, what we nowadays would refer to as "rough lumber." Long ago the lumber mills offered finished lumber as an option and most people ended up buying it that way, but to avoid confusion, the lumbermills kept the same "rough cut" name. So almost all lumber nowadays is sold S4S, which means "surfaced four sides" which is why a 2 x 4 is only 1.5 x 3.5.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on diymontreal's instructable Plaster Lath Headboard1 year ago
    Plaster Lath Headboard

    I think the finished product looks wonderful, but I do see one flaw in your plan. What happens if you move? That would be difficult to take off the wall, as you covered up the screws holding to the wall with the lath strips.I would think a french cleat hanger would work better. Or maybe two, one high and one low. You could still use the trim strips on the edges to hide the gap. Then if you ever need to move, just lift it off the wall. French cleat hangars are very strong and very stable.

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  • JimTheSoundman commented on W1LL7's instructable River Rider Water Bike1 year ago
    River Rider Water Bike

    I take it part two of the video isn't completed yet. To propel it through the water, why don't you make something that turns the rotational force of the back wheel into a spinning crankshaft to drive propellers? Imagine if you were able to squeeze two polyurethane tires, like a pair of inline skate wheels, against the side of the standard bike tire. You would need some sort of clamping mechanism that could be easily released of course to move them away from the back tire when you were on the road, sort of like how bicycle caliper brakes squeeze the back tire. So now imagine a steel rod attached to those two skate tires, and angled down at about 30 degrees into the water. Put a propeller on each steel rod and you have a nice little propeller system with two propellers.Next step after...

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    I take it part two of the video isn't completed yet. To propel it through the water, why don't you make something that turns the rotational force of the back wheel into a spinning crankshaft to drive propellers? Imagine if you were able to squeeze two polyurethane tires, like a pair of inline skate wheels, against the side of the standard bike tire. You would need some sort of clamping mechanism that could be easily released of course to move them away from the back tire when you were on the road, sort of like how bicycle caliper brakes squeeze the back tire. So now imagine a steel rod attached to those two skate tires, and angled down at about 30 degrees into the water. Put a propeller on each steel rod and you have a nice little propeller system with two propellers.Next step after that is to put a sliding dropdown rudder on the front wheel to steer.

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  • Make Your Own Hot-Glue Mallet! (Rubber Hammer) | DIY Woodworking Tools #4

    If you are clever you should be able to guess where Yonatan lives by examining that pill bottle.

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  • Build Your Own Wood Lathe in 30 Minutes

    I'm all about peace and love, but I also think there should be some minimum standards to be considered an Instructable. Otherwise anyone could post anything. This place isn't supposed to be a "Ooooh lookie lookie see what I've built!" site, it's supposed to be a resource for newbies. I agree with Endlesshunt that if you don't have instructions for beginners, then it's useless, the experts already have the needed skills and so wouldn't even be watching it. I also think drawing a parallel with IKEA is not really applicable, as IKEA provides all the necessary parts, and each part is clearly diagrammed or labeled so there is no confusion. In this Instructable the only thing labeled is the length of the metal rod at 420mm. But what kind of rod is it? Steel, I would assume....

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    I'm all about peace and love, but I also think there should be some minimum standards to be considered an Instructable. Otherwise anyone could post anything. This place isn't supposed to be a "Ooooh lookie lookie see what I've built!" site, it's supposed to be a resource for newbies. I agree with Endlesshunt that if you don't have instructions for beginners, then it's useless, the experts already have the needed skills and so wouldn't even be watching it. I also think drawing a parallel with IKEA is not really applicable, as IKEA provides all the necessary parts, and each part is clearly diagrammed or labeled so there is no confusion. In this Instructable the only thing labeled is the length of the metal rod at 420mm. But what kind of rod is it? Steel, I would assume. But I don't know, and that's the point. What is the diameter? Why is the baseplate green? Why does it have a slot chiseled out of it? What sort of motor? What voltage? Where can I buy this motor? How is the power controlled for the motor? Is there even an on/off switch? How do I keep the wood blocks from sliding around? What do I use for a tool rest? I could go on and on, but hopefully you get my point.

    This isn't an Instrucible. It has no instructions. Unless you watch the video you have no idea how to make this. The author needs to put actual real step by step instructions on how to build this, otherwise this is nothing more than an advertisement for a video.

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