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  • Automotive Plastic Welding Repair

    Would this work for a large crack in a bumper, any ideas? Obviously getting the thing off in the first place will probably be a trial unless I can get access to the inside from underneath (...seems to be a thin outer skin over a load of expanded polystyrene filler, is the thing).Alternatives - hot glue gun (the "glue" itself might even be a similar kind of plastic?) having preheated the area with a hairdryer or careful use of a blowtorch? Polystyrene Cement as used in model aircraft kits (seems to be halfway between superglue and some kind of acetone-like solvent, bonds pieces together by acting both as a normal adhesive and by temporarily melting the edges somewhat, without heating)?And what even to do about the foam filler itself, which is slightly broken up now? drill holes...

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    Would this work for a large crack in a bumper, any ideas? Obviously getting the thing off in the first place will probably be a trial unless I can get access to the inside from underneath (...seems to be a thin outer skin over a load of expanded polystyrene filler, is the thing).Alternatives - hot glue gun (the "glue" itself might even be a similar kind of plastic?) having preheated the area with a hairdryer or careful use of a blowtorch? Polystyrene Cement as used in model aircraft kits (seems to be halfway between superglue and some kind of acetone-like solvent, bonds pieces together by acting both as a normal adhesive and by temporarily melting the edges somewhat, without heating)?And what even to do about the foam filler itself, which is slightly broken up now? drill holes and use zipties, hold it loosely together with duct tape, something else?

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  • MarkP176 commented on Pricklysauce's instructable Vehicle Key Safe2 months ago
    Vehicle Key Safe

    If you're driving along with this in place, something has gone very wrong. It should only be locked onto the van when it's parked AND you can't reasonably take the key with you.

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  • MarkP176 commented on ShiftyTips's instructable DIY Air Conditioner1 year ago
    DIY Air Conditioner

    (FWIW having windows open with a powerful fan blowing between them did jack-shiz because the air was too warm and too humid, and I just ended up having to stand directly in front of it to get any benefit. It certainly didn't cool the inside any, because indoors and out had achieved equilibrium... so as soon as you were out of the flow, or the fan was turned off, it was unbearably sweltering again)

    ^ now THIS *is* a valid use for the saltwater idea ... keeping frozen things from thawing out :) ... even if it doesn't exactly reach a four-star "deep freeze" rating (which needs 0'F, not 20~30'F), and so still reduces the safe storage time, it at least means you can use up the stuff in a controlled fashion over a week or two.

    Or just putting bleach in the ice...

    That's still useful, then. If you can stand to stay asleep and ignore the room warming back up, because your senses are dulled due to, well, being asleep, then you don't need the AC to keep running (same as how commercial systems often have a "sleep timer" mode where they only work for an hour or two then turn off for the rest of the night - and so do central heating systems, for that matter). But that slight reduction for the period whilst you're trying to get comfortable and nod off can be crucial.

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  • How to Instantly Tranfer Images Over Wi-Fi

    Or like... Dropbox ... or a plain old Samba LAN file / folder sharing connection if the phone supports it ... or a website that allows photo hosting, especially one that doesn't resize / reencode the original (Imgur, Picasa/Google Photos and Flickr are usually alright for that) ... or just use webmail ... or.......Yknow, anything where a/ sending photos back and forth isn't a totally integral, normal, built in part of the messenger app anyway and most people including my generally techphobic mother managed to figure it out without needing any help, and b/ the file gets transferred without any further degradation (so you're actually transferring the file, rather than sharing a photo). You may as well just upload them to a private album on Facebook after all, otherwise.Heck, Twitpic is li...

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    Or like... Dropbox ... or a plain old Samba LAN file / folder sharing connection if the phone supports it ... or a website that allows photo hosting, especially one that doesn't resize / reencode the original (Imgur, Picasa/Google Photos and Flickr are usually alright for that) ... or just use webmail ... or.......Yknow, anything where a/ sending photos back and forth isn't a totally integral, normal, built in part of the messenger app anyway and most people including my generally techphobic mother managed to figure it out without needing any help, and b/ the file gets transferred without any further degradation (so you're actually transferring the file, rather than sharing a photo). You may as well just upload them to a private album on Facebook after all, otherwise.Heck, Twitpic is likely as good if not better.I mean, thanks for sharing, but ... it does seem a bit like leading the blind to a cinema.

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  • MarkP176 commented on chrisnotap's instructable Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap1 year ago
    Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

    So,what I see here is a simple machine that produces free pets

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