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  • Harvesting Sound Energy From Passing Cars

    My first thoughts on this? A fence made up of the metal plates running alongside a highway or motorway for us in the UK. These plates then finally being hooked up to a battery system every so many yards to then feed a high efficiency but low power requirement LED lighting system for night use of the road. Possibly to power emergency road signage too. It could easily complement the solar powered systems we have in the UK. It would also have the added benefit of cutting down on some of the traffic noise that would otherwise reach residential areas.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on geotek's instructable Harvesting Electronic Components3 days ago
    Harvesting Electronic Components

    Very good instructable, detailed and well laid out. My only criticism would be the recommendation of that meter. I'm in the UK so I'm not sure how much it would cost here. I suspect something like about £110 to £120. I wouldn't have thought that the sort of person having to salvage parts would be able to afford anything like this sort of money for what is admittedly a very nice bit of kit. I would suggest a cheaper end multimeter and an ESR meter off eBay. Ok, these wouldn't do for a professional but a pro wouldn't likely be harvesting like this either :)

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  • Kevanf1 commented on joe.andolina's instructable Custom Van Windows1 week ago
    Custom Van Windows

    Very nice, well done :) If I may offer some advice? Firstly measure, mark, measure again then stand back and check your marks. Do they look right? Now is the time to alter them and yes, it is possible to measure incorrectly twice so with something like this work just do a third measurement (yes, a chore) as it's better than tears later on... Next. Rub down those cut edges with 80 grade emery cloth (use gloves to prevent any slivers of metal going into your hand/fingers). Try to feather the interior and exterior paint on the panel to around an inch all the way round on both sides. Next degrease the feathered area and then go over it with panel wipe, let this dry off it only takes seconds. Now brush or spray over this bare metal with etch primer. Leave this for around 24 hours a...

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    Very nice, well done :) If I may offer some advice? Firstly measure, mark, measure again then stand back and check your marks. Do they look right? Now is the time to alter them and yes, it is possible to measure incorrectly twice so with something like this work just do a third measurement (yes, a chore) as it's better than tears later on... Next. Rub down those cut edges with 80 grade emery cloth (use gloves to prevent any slivers of metal going into your hand/fingers). Try to feather the interior and exterior paint on the panel to around an inch all the way round on both sides. Next degrease the feathered area and then go over it with panel wipe, let this dry off it only takes seconds. Now brush or spray over this bare metal with etch primer. Leave this for around 24 hours and then go over with a coat or two of top coat. Etch primer has a very mild acid in it which enables it to 'bite' into bare metal. This extra step will help to prevent any nasty rust bubbles coming back to bite you in 12 months time.

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  • Unusual Uses for Broken & Dull Drill Bits

    Try not to press down so hard on the bit while you are drilling and make sure you use a drop of oil (paraffin or kerosene for aluminium or brass) to lube the cutting edges. You might not break so many bits this way :) Too much pressure means the bit is more liable to be bent while drilling causing the bit to suddenly snap :( Just let the tool do its job itself.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on deba168's instructable How to Make a Bench Power Supply1 week ago
    How to Make a Bench Power Supply

    Agreed about people throwing out seemingly useless old laptop batteries :( I've harvested 18650's myself in the past :) A little tip here. buy a cheap replacement laptop battery (doesn't really matter what model laptop it's for) from somewhere like Amazon. I can get them here in the UK for anything from from around £10 up to £40 or so. You pays your money and you takes your choice. Strip the new battery down and harvest those 18650's. Much cheaper than the rubbish cells off eBay mainly because they are inevitably far better quality even though they may not be OEM. They are indeed a good way to power a PSU or a power bank.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on F4916's instructable How to Desalinate Seawater3 weeks ago
    How to Desalinate Seawater

    Another way of getting drinkable water to supplement this is the plastic bag and bush method. Get a plastic bag and place it over a bush that has plenty of green leaves on it. Wrap the open end of the bag (not too tight as there is no need) and then make sure one corner of the bag is hanging down. Over a period of a few hours moisture (drinkable/potable water) will collect in the lower corner of the bag. This is ok to drink. You won't get a massive amount of water but any is better than none in a survival situation.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on Todd W Meyer's instructable My Foam Built Micro Camper3 weeks ago
    My Foam Built Micro Camper

    Typo, sorry it should say 'good for you' not goof :(

    Very nice, well done sir. Goof for you on the warning about the rogue trader. Sadly we have them over here in the UK too :( May I enquire? Have you thought about waxoyling the chassis? You did mention that they tend to rust/rot out from the inside. I know that sad sort of discovery as I own a 1968 ex military field ambulance Land Rover. Waxoyling is one of the jobs on my to do list after I had to weld in new dumb irons at the front.... Good luck and hope to see more in the near future.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Zip Ties4 weeks ago
    Unusual Uses for Zip Ties

    Some very interesting uses there, thank you. I'm not so sure about using a zip tie to help keep plants upright on a stick/stake though. Unless you tighten to the holding stick/stake the zip tie will inevitably fall down the stem of the plant and simply not be of use. I tend to use old off cut strips from my wife's discarded pantihose for this purpose. It can be snicked up against the plant and the retaining stake but it will still give as the plant grows and not damage it. I do like the use of ties as improvised shoe grips for walking on ice/snow :)

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  • Inexpensive Garage Lights From LED Strips

    Very interesting and useful 'instructable' thank you. I am in the process of conducting a similar project myself in my workshop. I have a set of LED tube lights, fully enclosed units that I am installing under my workbench. This is to illuminate a rather dark area that the shop striplights simply do not reach. These units run on 5v and are meant to plug into a USB supply. I have a few old but still working PC PSUs lying around so why didn't I think of using one of those just running off the 5v rail rather than the 12v of your idea? I went and purchased a 5v power supply instead :( Ah well one lives and learns :) I may look into installing LED strips/tapes in the manner you have once this little project is finished. Have you considered perhaps installing the LED tape runs using t...

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    Very interesting and useful 'instructable' thank you. I am in the process of conducting a similar project myself in my workshop. I have a set of LED tube lights, fully enclosed units that I am installing under my workbench. This is to illuminate a rather dark area that the shop striplights simply do not reach. These units run on 5v and are meant to plug into a USB supply. I have a few old but still working PC PSUs lying around so why didn't I think of using one of those just running off the 5v rail rather than the 12v of your idea? I went and purchased a 5v power supply instead :( Ah well one lives and learns :) I may look into installing LED strips/tapes in the manner you have once this little project is finished. Have you considered perhaps installing the LED tape runs using those staples designed for fixing electric cable? Maybe with a small wadding of soft packing to ensure no damage to the tape and underlying fine electric cable running in them?

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  • Kevanf1 commented on deluges's instructable Leather Tool Roll1 month ago
    Leather Tool Roll

    Very nice Instructable well done. As for the wire for cleaning out carb' jets. May I respectfully suggest throwing that guitar string back in the 'useful one day pile'. Guitar strings are often made of nickel which is rather hard. The jets on a carburetor are normally made of brass which is a relatively soft metal. So, the wire from bread ties is made of mild steel, also much harder than brass. Both of those have the potential to permanently damage a jet :( Just take a length of multi strand copper wire in something like a 12 to 18 gauge. Use one strand and you'll clear any blockages while the wire, being copper and softer than brass will not (or certainly should not) harm those jets :) Safe riding on your adventure.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on jessyratfink's instructable Unusual Uses for Coconut Oil1 month ago
    Unusual Uses for Coconut Oil

    Check out the golden paste recipe. I've not heard of using turmeric essential oil, in fact I'd never heard of it until your mention of it. However, I have been using golden paste for around 18 months+ and it has certainly helped me. Both turmeric and coconut oil (the raw, unrefined, virgin type) are anti inflammatory and they work for me on my severe arthritis. It has been known to work on many, many different painful conditions so it is well worth trying. But please follow the recipe and use the ingredients as they are given. The basic ones being turmeric powder; raw, virgin, unrefined coconut oil and freshly ground black pepper. It must be freshly ground and not the powdered or ready ground as the vital piperine is not in ready ground. You can add other stuff such as 'genuine'...

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    Check out the golden paste recipe. I've not heard of using turmeric essential oil, in fact I'd never heard of it until your mention of it. However, I have been using golden paste for around 18 months+ and it has certainly helped me. Both turmeric and coconut oil (the raw, unrefined, virgin type) are anti inflammatory and they work for me on my severe arthritis. It has been known to work on many, many different painful conditions so it is well worth trying. But please follow the recipe and use the ingredients as they are given. The basic ones being turmeric powder; raw, virgin, unrefined coconut oil and freshly ground black pepper. It must be freshly ground and not the powdered or ready ground as the vital piperine is not in ready ground. You can add other stuff such as 'genuine' Ceylon cinnamon, ginger powder and cocoa or as I use unrefined cocoa which is known as cacao. All have different health benefits. I have a spoonful every evening in half a mug of hot milk. It may take a few weeks to benefit from it but persevere :)

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  • How To: Restore an Axe- Two Tone Handle/Leather Sheath

    Very nice and extremely detailed Instructable, well done. I do have a question however. I note that you glue the axe head in place. How does this hold up in real life use? I've always used wedges to hold an axe or hammer head in place, either metal or wooden. I'd like to try gluing the next time I need to renew a handle (I have an axe that is long overdue) but am not sure of the security of it?

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  • Kevanf1 commented on tomatoskins's instructable Wooden Dead Blow Mallet1 month ago
    Wooden Dead Blow Mallet

    Agreed. I personally would have looked at holding the handle in place with one or possibly two wooden dowels side by side. You could still do this even with the finished, and quite excellent, mallet. If you used a light beech wood dowel it would add aesthetic contrast/interest/beauty to the tool next to the darker sides.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 11 Unusual Uses for Coffee2 months ago
    11 Unusual Uses for Coffee

    I'd imagine most coffee shops/cafes that do fresh ground coffee would be willing to let you have their used grounds. Maybe a friendly word with the manager might cultivate a good routine in saving the used grounds. As long as one remembered to collect them. :)

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  • Kevanf1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 11 Unusual Uses for Coffee2 months ago
    11 Unusual Uses for Coffee

    Not another use for coffee grounds from me (and I did look but couldn't see anybody else mentioning this..) but a good source of coffee grounds is your local coffee shop. I presume other countries do this but at least here in the UK Starbucks pack their used grounds in bags for anybody who wishes to take them for free for composting. I'd imagine Costa and other outlets would do the same.

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  • How to Grow Orange Tree From Seeds. Bottle Germination Method. Work Always. 100% Success.

    Great guide, thank you. I have successfully germinated lemon, grapefruit and lime seeds in the pat (many years ago) despite living in the middle of the UK. I just let my seeds dry out and then planted them in my own home made compost/fertiliser. Sadly I did not know how to properly care for them back then and they died after 12 months :( You mention this method of slicing tomatoes and just laying them on the soil. I've seen first hand nature growing this same way. It happens where people discard a half eaten (for example) cheese and tomato sandwich. As long as local wildlife does not get to the tasty treat the sandwich will degrade leaving the sliced tomato to do its stuff and the seeds germinate and produce new plants. They are quite successful at producing new tomatoes this way.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 5 Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw4 months ago
    5 Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw

    Yes it will :) In this case it would be rather difficult as the steel must be really clean but you certainly can solder steel to steel or to brass/copper etc. I used to do it for a living on small pumping units.

    Owned one for over 30 years but sometimes they can be a bit unwieldy (arthritis in my hands) so I opt for the lighter hammer through screwdriver. It does the same job :)

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  • Kevanf1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 5 Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw4 months ago
    5 Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw

    Two things I use. I have a set of 'hammer through' screwdrivers. The shaft has a cap that enables the screwdriver to be hammered without damaging it and one of these usually gets me out of trouble. Alternatively, if I am trying to remove a seized nut, bolt or screw out of metal then I pop a small nut over the top of the screw head. Then I run a quick bean of weld inside that nut. Let it cool then get a spanner or socket on the nut and the underlying screw etc should unscrew very easily.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on thediylife's instructable DIY Cordless Cold Heat Soldering Iron5 months ago
    DIY Cordless Cold Heat Soldering Iron

    It's an amazing idea but I have to echo the thoughts of of others and say that I think you are in for a world of hurt with this. I can only see cold joint after cold joint and a lot of frustration because of it :( Ok, in an emergency which is the intention it's a case of what do you have to lose? This is why I carry a USB soldering iron and a power bank with me. Very low wattage but it does the job lovely and the iron is ultra cheap.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on kess_gr's instructable DIY Sheet Metal Bender Brake 6 months ago
    DIY Sheet Metal Bender Brake

    Ah, but I am plainly not 'any engineer' :D I'm afraid I have not looked at or even seen a press brake close up. So I thought this was fine as it was. I'll take a look at the You Tube video to see the modifications. I'll still be building one later this year :)

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  • Kevanf1 commented on kess_gr's instructable DIY Sheet Metal Bender Brake 6 months ago
    DIY Sheet Metal Bender Brake

    Really? Having gone through the Instructable there certainly is provision for different thicknesses of material and they can be clamped down. I like this version of a bending brake and will hopefully make it myself later this year. Thank you to 'kess_gr'.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on SpecificLove's instructable Survival Whistle from a Soup Can6 months ago
    Survival Whistle from a Soup Can

    Some of us have been trying and trying to whistle with the fingers in the mouth technique for a long time. In my case 50 years. I've had plenty of people who have shown me how to do it. Sadly I simply can't :( So this is a very good Instructable for those of who are unable to whistle very loudly. I can whistle a tune just not loud. I do actually carry a policeman's style whistle with me most of the time as I am disabled and fall a great deal but this is a great back up plan, thank you.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on danthemakerman's instructable Marking Knife from Saw Blade7 months ago
    Marking Knife from Saw Blade

    I recently watched an episode of 'Forged in Fire' where a contestant used an old mower blade to create a knife. They said it was 'high carbon' steel at the the time. So are there low and high carbon steel type mower blades being used? His knife was very tough and kept an excellent edge even through the various tests it was was put through.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on MicahS23's instructable Wood Beam Fireplace Mantel7 months ago
    Wood Beam Fireplace Mantel

    i did a similar mantle piece about 30 years ago and it's still in place going strong :) I just happened to have a piece of floor joist left over from some work that was done on our house. I cut it to length and then I built a big bonfire. I placed the joist on the outside of the lit bonfire and let it char turning it evenly on all sides. Once it was blackened I removed it and let it cool. I then got to work with a sharp axe and took a few notches out along its length. Next step I got some 60 grade oxide paper/sandpaper (it's that long ago I'm not sure what the abrasive paper actually was that I used other than it being 60 grit). I smoothed the notches over and gently went over the burned parts to give a varying shade effect. I found this far easier and much more pleasing than tr...

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    i did a similar mantle piece about 30 years ago and it's still in place going strong :) I just happened to have a piece of floor joist left over from some work that was done on our house. I cut it to length and then I built a big bonfire. I placed the joist on the outside of the lit bonfire and let it char turning it evenly on all sides. Once it was blackened I removed it and let it cool. I then got to work with a sharp axe and took a few notches out along its length. Next step I got some 60 grade oxide paper/sandpaper (it's that long ago I'm not sure what the abrasive paper actually was that I used other than it being 60 grit). I smoothed the notches over and gently went over the burned parts to give a varying shade effect. I found this far easier and much more pleasing than trying to stain it. After this it was washed down with white spirit to remove any grease and dust then left to dry after which I applied about 3 or 4 coats of exterior quality polyurethane varnish. That finish has lasted all these years and looks very good, to me at least :)

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  • Get rid of steering wheel shake when braking.

    It's standard practise here i the UK to do a complete brake fluid change every 2 years. That is if the vehicle is serviced properly. The exception to this would be if silicon brake fluid is used. Silicon is not hygroscopic so therefore does not absorb moisture from the atmosphere. It may not be a lot but a small amount of water does get absorbed over time into standard old fashioned(?) brake fluid. Most vehicle manufacturers deem 2 years to be the time when the fluid needs changing before the percentage of moisture (water) is at such a level to be dangerous. It boils from the heat caused by braking thus turning to steam in the lines and of course lessening the braking effect.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on smurray2's instructable Making plastic with glue8 months ago
    Making plastic with glue

    Not all plastics are actually waterproof. Initially they may seem to be but some do absorb water over time. Nylon is the most famous one I can think of off the top of my head. Crazy really because (standard) fishing line is made of nylon monofilament...

    Hmm, very interesting. I see this being useful to make cheap worm like lures for fishing purposes. The one thing I wonder about is air bubble inclusion in the mix? Does air get trapped or does it dissipate as it sets? If it doesn't I suppose placing it on top of a washing machine on a spin cycle might agitate the trapped air and cause it to rise?Wonderful instructable, well done :)

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  • Kevanf1 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Simple Fire Piston9 months ago
    Simple Fire Piston

    2 imperial pints as in a quart(er) of a gallon :) I'm not sure if the US pint is slightly different to a UK pint but the ratio is the same :)

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  • Kevanf1 commented on Xexos's instructable Water Casting Copper9 months ago
    Water Casting Copper

    I love your idea for a crucible well done :) I'm going to take this idea and use it for when I melt lead for making fishing weights. Thank you and well done on a brilliant Instructable.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on pjkumpon's instructable Make a Back Yard Pergola9 months ago
    Make a Back Yard Pergola

    Fantastic, well done and thank you. There is another way of holding the main supporting posts in place. Over here in the UK we can purchase a long spiked post holder that is driven into the ground. It has to be driven in perfectly level but that is actually quite easy. It does mean that the whole concrete slab process can be omitted saving a lot of time.

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  • Make Your Own Organic Plant Fertilizer for FREE

    Great 'bible' well done :) I've personally been using coffee grounds and banana skins as plant food for decades. Both are an excellent slow release food if you lay them on the surface of pot plants. Egg shells (lightly crushed) are also a fantastic slug/snail deterrent as well as a slow release food if crumbled up on the surface around plants. I then have my standard composters into which paper, cardboard, tea bags and veg peelings go.A good source of coffee grounds is your local Starbucks coffee shop. Certainly in the UK they bag the used grounds and offer it free to anybody who wants it and I don't think you have to buy a coffee from them :)

    That should of course say "great 'ible' :) Though, you could always start a composting/plant food making 'bible'. Again, well done.

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  • Turn Your Old 2.5'' Or 3.5'' Hard Drive Into Portable

    If from Staffordshire (in the UK) it would be something like excellent, brilliant, very good :) We don't all speak as though we were extras in Mary Poppins :)

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  • How to Remove a Stuck Nut (without stripping threading)

    I found out about vinegar working to loosen up siezed nuts and bolts purely because I used it to derust a load of very corroded fasteners that I had. I found that all the stuck nuts and bolts were magically (or so it seemed) nicely loose :) The same happened with the cola. If you don't normally buy cola then rest assured that the very cheapest stuff is great. No need to splash out on expensive stuff just for this purpose. It would be a heck of a lot cheaper than cans of WD40 too. Here in the UK I can get 2 litres of supermarket cola for 10 pence. While even a small can of WD40 is around 200 pence (£2.00). Again, thank you for a very good instructable, hope to see more as time goes by :)

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  • How to Unscrew a Nut that's Stuck on a Bolt (without ruining threads)

    Good instructable :) Have you ever tried a couple of even simpler and available in pretty much every household products? I refer to the use of cola or vinegar (it doesn't matter what sort but the very cheapest is just as good as top brands). I've had great success with both in loosening up a stuck thread. With the vinegar I have used both malt and distilled stuff but the malt is cheapest. It takes roughly the same amount of time as using WD40. I confess that my preferred penetrating oil is proper stuff in the guise of 'Plus Gas' but I don't know if you can get that outside of the UK which is why I mention cola and vinegar.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on seamster's instructable Restore a rusty toolbox10 months ago
    Restore a rusty toolbox

    Very nice bit of work in keeping a perfectly good toolbox in use. I despair at people automatically going out and buying new just because something has a spot of rust on it :( I mean, if you have the toolbox then you have tools. If you have tools then use them to repair the toolbox. In my case I have my very first toolbox that I bought about 40 years ago. Over the years it got rusty and when I finally got around to repainting it I found it was holed through the rust :( I was gutted. However I decided to cut the bottom out and use a piece of decent thickness steel that had been destined for throwing out until I begged it (and a few more bits) to repair it. I welded it in place (I'm lucky enough to own a very good quality MiG welding machine plus I learned to MiG weld at college) ...

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    Very nice bit of work in keeping a perfectly good toolbox in use. I despair at people automatically going out and buying new just because something has a spot of rust on it :( I mean, if you have the toolbox then you have tools. If you have tools then use them to repair the toolbox. In my case I have my very first toolbox that I bought about 40 years ago. Over the years it got rusty and when I finally got around to repainting it I found it was holed through the rust :( I was gutted. However I decided to cut the bottom out and use a piece of decent thickness steel that had been destined for throwing out until I begged it (and a few more bits) to repair it. I welded it in place (I'm lucky enough to own a very good quality MiG welding machine plus I learned to MiG weld at college) and painted it up. It's now nearly as good as new. The hinges are a lot looser than when new but I could easily rivet them up again in the future if I want :)

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  • Kevanf1 commented on ambercollective's instructable How to Buy an Ex-Ambulance10 months ago
    How to Buy an Ex-Ambulance

    There are a number of options open to me with my Land Rover ambulance. I could swap the engine out and drop in a 200/300 Tdi from a later Discovery and realistically get around 30mpg and speeds of 70mph+. I would have to fit a rear anti roll bar though for those speeds.... Or, I could fit later Range Rover or, again, Discovery axles and again up the mpg and mph but still retain the original and very strong engine. I don't yet know what I will do but if I can pick up a cheap 200/300 Tdi engine then I would be tempted to go down that route.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on ambercollective's instructable How to Buy an Ex-Ambulance10 months ago
    How to Buy an Ex-Ambulance

    I bought an ex-ambulance about 5 years ago. Mine is a bit different though :) I have a 1968 series 2a Land Rover, Marshall (of Cambridge, England) bodied field ambulance. I'm still renovating/refurbishing it to my own requirements. These old trucks will do around 20mpg with the standard 2.24 litre petrol engine in them. Some had a diesel which might do a mile or so more to the gallon. Top speed is anything from 50 to 70mph accoring to who you speak to. Mine does a max of 50mph but I'm hoping that can be improved on by some basic engine work. A lot of people swap out the engine for a modern diesel which gives far better economy and makes the old beasts capable of keeping up with modern traffic. Why buy one? Well, if you are going off road you'll certainly not get stuck as you w...

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    I bought an ex-ambulance about 5 years ago. Mine is a bit different though :) I have a 1968 series 2a Land Rover, Marshall (of Cambridge, England) bodied field ambulance. I'm still renovating/refurbishing it to my own requirements. These old trucks will do around 20mpg with the standard 2.24 litre petrol engine in them. Some had a diesel which might do a mile or so more to the gallon. Top speed is anything from 50 to 70mph accoring to who you speak to. Mine does a max of 50mph but I'm hoping that can be improved on by some basic engine work. A lot of people swap out the engine for a modern diesel which gives far better economy and makes the old beasts capable of keeping up with modern traffic. Why buy one? Well, if you are going off road you'll certainly not get stuck as you would with a standard civilian ambulance :)

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  • Kevanf1 commented on Drunken Woodworker's instructable Wooden Block Plane10 months ago
    Wooden Block Plane

    Wow! So easy to do, well done. I wonder if there is anywhere that gives the different throat angles (front and rear) for other types of plane. I know that bamboo rodmakers covet a specific plane because the angle of the blade is very much more 'upright' than most other planes. Then there is a miniature plane that I have been pondering in my head for about 6 months (been ill so nothing has been done about it yet). I need to make a plane in miniature using a chisel cutting blade from a craft knife. I did say it was miniature :) It's intended for stripping the fronds from birds feathers without suddenly digging into the main feather and ruining everything. For making natural fishing floats (bobbers to you guys in the US) of course :)

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  • A Guide for Buying LED's on E Bay ---- Part TWO

    Very true :( There are also a lot of eBay sellers ho are now offering low lumen LED's that are being overdriven to give a higher light output. They will work for a few hours but they soon burn out. For this reason I have stopped buying LED bulbs off eBay. I have found that various DIY outlets here in the UK are now selling GU 10 equivalent bulbs at a much more reasonable price than they used to. I'd rather pay twice what I could pay for them on eBay and have the guarantee of them working properly for the 50,000 hours (or whatever they claim) rather than about 20 hours and then burning out :( Very good instructable though, thank you.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on tim_n's instructable The REAL ginger beer recipe!1 year ago
    The REAL ginger beer recipe!

    Actually, that is the way a ginger beer plant is started. I have some rather old beer and wine making books and every one states the same method of creating your own ginger beer plant. There is no mention of this rabid scientific interest though :( Anyway, the ginger beer plant is indeed a yeast colony with other living cultures mixed in it. If you think about it there has to be yeast somewhere for the fermentation process to happen. Yeast eats sugar, grows and excretes carbon dioxide with a by product of alcohol being created. It is perfectly possible to make ginger beer with either bread yeast, beer yeast or champagne yeast. Use a bread yeast and the brew may taste somewhat yeasty. Beer yeast is probably the best to start your own ginger beer plant with as wine or champagne ye...

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    Actually, that is the way a ginger beer plant is started. I have some rather old beer and wine making books and every one states the same method of creating your own ginger beer plant. There is no mention of this rabid scientific interest though :( Anyway, the ginger beer plant is indeed a yeast colony with other living cultures mixed in it. If you think about it there has to be yeast somewhere for the fermentation process to happen. Yeast eats sugar, grows and excretes carbon dioxide with a by product of alcohol being created. It is perfectly possible to make ginger beer with either bread yeast, beer yeast or champagne yeast. Use a bread yeast and the brew may taste somewhat yeasty. Beer yeast is probably the best to start your own ginger beer plant with as wine or champagne yeast is more highly tolerant of alcohol and you could end up with a way too potent a brew; not really what you want with ginger beer.

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  • Kevanf1 commented on HomebrewSupply's instructable Hard Ginger Ale1 year ago
    Hard Ginger Ale

    Sounds great and this is one I shall try. I used to make ginger beer decades ago. Proper, alcoholic ginger beer not for children :) I loved that but I lost the recipe and despite getting a copy of the book that I know it was in that recipe is not in my revised edition :( Therefore I shall try your recipe. You do make the comment that if you over spice the ale then there is no way back. Yes there is I am pleased to tell you :) Make another neutral batch (just ginger in it, no spices) and blend them until you have a palatable brew one again :) Easy and you get double the amount ;)

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  • Remove Seized & Stripped Screws from Motorcycle Engine Covers

    Ah, I didn't know that WD40 were now doing a 'dedicated' penetrating fluid. Good news in that case. Though, I'm an old fuddy duddy and will stick to my 'Plus Gas' ;) Hope that motorcycle's behaving :)

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  • Remove Seized & Stripped Screws from Motorcycle Engine Covers

    Be careful when using those tapered screw removers. They need an almost perfectly centred hole to be drilled in the stuck screw or bolt and then they can actually cause more problems than they solve. If that extractor breaks off, and they are harder (more brittle) than standard drill bits, then you may end up with a piece of very hard metal stuck and a drill bit will not bite into it :( I know of a lot of professional mechanics who will not even allow those things into their workshop....

    I note that you are using WD40 as a penetrating fluid. Personally I will not use this as I prefer a substance called 'Plus Gas'. It's better than WD40 in that it works faster and more effectively. It is roughly about the same sort of price but is a dedicated penetrating fluid rather than a catch all lubricant and penetrating fluid just in case :) The best way of working with any penetrating fluid is to soak the fitting over a number of days. Every few hours give it a little spray. Maybe heat the fitting first with a heat gun as this will draw some of the penetrating oil into the recalcitrant fitting. If this is done over a couple or three days it should (fingers crossed) make easing the screw out a lot easier. Nice little bike (I remember them from the 70's) and very good instru...

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    I note that you are using WD40 as a penetrating fluid. Personally I will not use this as I prefer a substance called 'Plus Gas'. It's better than WD40 in that it works faster and more effectively. It is roughly about the same sort of price but is a dedicated penetrating fluid rather than a catch all lubricant and penetrating fluid just in case :) The best way of working with any penetrating fluid is to soak the fitting over a number of days. Every few hours give it a little spray. Maybe heat the fitting first with a heat gun as this will draw some of the penetrating oil into the recalcitrant fitting. If this is done over a couple or three days it should (fingers crossed) make easing the screw out a lot easier. Nice little bike (I remember them from the 70's) and very good instructable, thank you :)

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  • Kevanf1 commented on Hazard™'s instructable Cracking Single Dial Combination Locks1 year ago
    Cracking Single Dial Combination Locks

    Despite what others have said I see where you are coming from with your argument. However, there is one very good reason for using this 'Instructable'. What if you or a friend forget what the combination is? Ok, you could use bolt cutters and destroy the lock :( Or use this method to relearn the combination and use the lock again. Or maybe not and just go and buy a decent keyed lock instead :)

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  • Kevanf1 commented on sixsmith's instructable Dirt Cheap Charcoal1 year ago
    Dirt Cheap Charcoal

    A friend and I used to be able to get both saltpetre and sulphur (called flowers of sulphur on the box) from a local chemist (pharmacy) back in the late 1970's. Yes, we too made black powder, though we didn't go quite as far as ball rolling it. This was of course in the UK as you may be able to tell from the different spellings :) We could certainly have done with this method of making charcoal though as we used to steal ours from art classes at school. Mind you, it being willow tree charcoal it was particularly fine stuff :) Great Instructable, well done.

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  • The simplest FM transmitter... Without coil/inductor

    Eavesdropping or spying on conversations in a different room or location. Place your morals in the box outside the door ;)

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