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344Instructables15,216,927Views4,973CommentsKnoxville, TennesseeJoined July 17th, 2008
I miss the days when magazines like Popular Mechanics had all sorts of DIY projects for making and repairing just about everything. I am enjoying posting things I have learned and done since I got my first tools. I enjoy studying the Bible and retired after 40 years as a Lutheran pastor. I like to dabble with some electronics projects. I have a wood lathe and a metal lathe, a radial arm saw, a router, and both a 220 volt stick welder and a gas shielded wire feed welder. I appreciate In... Read More »

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  • Phil B's instructable Picture or Shelf Hanging Fixture's weekly stats: 1 week ago
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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems1 week ago
    Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems

    Did you check through the engine for problems I mentioned, like air leaks? It sounds like the engine is not getting the right fuel at the right mixture in the right amount. Several things could cause that. Those include air not getting back into the gas tank through the vent in the cap, an obstructed fuel filter, a sticking float (although you likely have a pulsed carburetor with no float), proper mixture screw settings, and no air leaks at the carburetor and engine gaskets.

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  • Phil B commented on lucasstrigel's instructable Raspberry Pi Amazon Echo2 weeks ago
    Raspberry Pi Amazon Echo

    A note on the manufacturer's web page says their WiFi software is not yet perfected and they ask that a dongle be used until that is worked out.

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  • Phil B's entry Make an Electric Motor Run Again is a winner in the Make It Move Contest 2017 contest 2 weeks ago
  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Sharpen Your Drill Bits2 weeks ago
    Sharpen Your Drill Bits

    Thank you for the update.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Picture or Shelf Hanging Fixture2 weeks ago
    Picture or Shelf Hanging Fixture

    Thank you. I made something from real cherry once, and I was surprised that it did not take a dark color unless I stained it dark.

    Thank you. Mounting plates for some devices also sometimes come with a paper patter like that, but it is handy and clever to make your own when needed. A copier has always been a machine someone else has that is not really accessible to me for such needs.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Sharpen Your Drill Bits3 weeks ago
    Sharpen Your Drill Bits

    Most probably the angle on your bits is 59 degrees. That is pretty standard unless you have a very specialized bit. Although it is not generally recommended practice, you can sharpen bits on the side of the grinding wheel rather than on the circumference of the wheel. Can you temporarily mount your bench grinder on a riser of some kind?

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  • Phil B's entry Make an Electric Motor Run Again is a finalist in the Make It Move Contest 2017 contest 3 weeks ago
  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Sharpen Your Drill Bits3 weeks ago
    Sharpen Your Drill Bits

    Welcome to Instructsbles. I learned some minor things from my own use, particularly what is in step 11. Check the results you are getting as you go and make minor adjustments. Unfortunately, it is easy to grind away part of the tip against which the flute rests. I began with the directions included with the device and made common sense tweaks. From my side, the purpose of this Instructable was to record those so I did not need to reinvent the wheel after a long period of no use. Since posting this, I finally learned to sharpen drills by hand. It is not nearly as difficult as I thought. A couple of videos at YouTube were very helpful.

    Amazon does have it as a General 825 drill sharpener. Search for that. It is about $25 plus shipping, etc.

    Mine has a Sears Craftsman label on it and I bought it back in the 1970s, but it is actually made by General. I searched for General drill sharpener guide and found a listing at Zoro (dot) com for about $28 plus whatever for shipping and handling. You could probably also search eBay. Amazon did have them a couple of years ago. Lately, I have been sharpening drills by hand. It is much easier than I thought it would be. There are some helpful videos at YouTube.

    Mine has a Sears Craftsman label on it and I bought it back in the 1970s, but it is actually made by General. I searched for General drill sharpener guide and found a listing at Zoro (dot) com for about $28 plus whatever for shipping and handling. You could probably also search eBay. Amazon did have them a couple of years ago. Lately, I have been sharpening drills by hand. It is much easier than I thought it would be. There are some helpful videos at YouTube.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable An Improvement to a Dremel Tool1 month ago
    An Improvement to a Dremel Tool

    Thank you for the idea.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Easy CD Tower1 month ago
    Easy CD Tower

    Thanks. The CDs are easy to grab and remove from the tower. Putting the CDs back into the tower requires a little more care, but it is not a problem. Once you get set up for the dado cuts, it is very easy to construct.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Garage Door Does Not Close1 month ago
    Garage Door Does Not Close

    Thank you for looking. Actually I have a very selfish motive. The next time I have a problem I can refer to my Instructable without doing all of the research again. It is also fun to benefit others now and then.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Support Bench Tools on a Workmate1 month ago
    Support Bench Tools on a Workmate

    Congratulations on your bargain purchase. They are very handy and versatile. Let your imagination flow, but also be safe.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable No Wiggle Handle1 month ago
    No Wiggle Handle

    Thank you. I trust your screw did the job.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Never Again Weld a Crooked Bead1 month ago
    Never Again Weld a Crooked Bead

    Thank you. It can be very difficult to see when using flux core wire. Now I have a gas shielded welder, and it is much easier to see where the weld seam will be. With thinner materials, especially, it works well to tack both ends of the weld. Then weld back to the tack a distance of about 3/8". Then weld back to that weld about the same distance. Repeat until the bead is complete. It is easier to see and the joint is not as likely to heat up and expand.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable The Radial Arm Saw -- a Guide of Sorts1 month ago
    The Radial Arm Saw -- a Guide of Sorts

    I am assuming you have a Craftsman saw like the one in the photos. As you know, the crank turns a shaft that goes to a set of gears to turn a threaded shaft inside the column. If the arm is already too high, the screw threads will disengage from the arm, but I doubt that is your problem. Are your gears stripped? Is a pin connecting a gear or the crank to the shaft sheared? To my mind it has to be one of those things. Also, make certain the wedge assembly that eliminates side to side movement of the arm is not too tight.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable My Table Saw From a Circular Saw Redone1 month ago
    My Table Saw From a Circular Saw Redone

    Placement of the saw between the front and back is a personal judgement call partially based on the size of plywood you have for the table. I looked at photos of commercial saws and opted for 2/3 in front and 1/3 behind. I am away from home, but think I have about 8" of table behind the blade. Many use outfeed rollers or an auxiliary table. I have tried recessing the top for the saw base. It can be time consuming to trim and fit, depending on the saw you are using. Then you may not be able to make minute adjustments so the blade is parallel to the miter gauge slots. Here is a good option: Mount the saw by making a recess in the table. Cover the table with pieces of 1/4" Masonite. Leave unfilled areas to make the miter gauge slots. Use recessed screws to secure the Masonite and...

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    Placement of the saw between the front and back is a personal judgement call partially based on the size of plywood you have for the table. I looked at photos of commercial saws and opted for 2/3 in front and 1/3 behind. I am away from home, but think I have about 8" of table behind the blade. Many use outfeed rollers or an auxiliary table. I have tried recessing the top for the saw base. It can be time consuming to trim and fit, depending on the saw you are using. Then you may not be able to make minute adjustments so the blade is parallel to the miter gauge slots. Here is a good option: Mount the saw by making a recess in the table. Cover the table with pieces of 1/4" Masonite. Leave unfilled areas to make the miter gauge slots. Use recessed screws to secure the Masonite and allow some adjustment in how they are secured to the table. You will have all of the adjustment you will ever need. Of course bar steel for the miter gauge will be 1/4" thick to match the thickness of the Masonite, but the bar can be 1" or more wide for extra strength. I hope all goes well.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable What Bible Should I Buy?1 month ago
    What Bible Should I Buy?

    The New World Translation is a Jehovah' Witness translation designed to support their doctrines. A Jehovah's Witness representative already argued what you are arguing. Its position that John 1:1 says the Word was "a god" goes against Blass, DeBrunner & Funk's Greek grammar. The sentence is still definite without the definite article because a 'be' verb is involved, which means the predicate nominative is definite without the definite article. "The Word (Jesus) was God," not "a god."

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable The Radial Arm Saw -- a Guide of Sorts1 month ago
    The Radial Arm Saw -- a Guide of Sorts

    It should work. Wear eye protection. I heard an eye doctor talking about trying to remove wires thrown by a wire wheel from someone's eye and how painful the embedded wires are. Maybe experiment with holding the wood to the wheel by hand. The first wire wheel I had was well balanced. Years later I had to replace it with an import that was badly out of balance. Try to get a good wheel. The bad wheel caused the motor carriage to knock on the saw arm and left a rough spot that causes other problems.

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  • Change an Ignition Switch Without Removing the Dashboard

    I found an aftermarket keyless ignition module at Amazon. It was for a motorcycle and too large to fit this space.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Make an Electric Motor Run Again1 month ago
    Make an Electric Motor Run Again

    Thank you. Even the mystical sparky stuff operates by basic mathematical laws. It is also amazing how many people do find these Instructables when they need them.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Crack Open a Kindle Touch1 month ago
    Crack Open a Kindle Touch

    Try a butter knife, maybe even a sharper knife.

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  • Phil B's instructable Make an Electric Motor Run Again's weekly stats: 1 month ago
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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Make an Electric Motor Run Again2 months ago
    Make an Electric Motor Run Again

    Thanks you for your comments. I am glad my explanation was clear. That means a lot coming from someone whose job it was to write technical manuals for the USAF. I spent my work life explaining biblical material for ordinary people who do not have the advantage of technical tools and terminology that were part of my training to become a pastor. Early I heard a saying I liked and tried to follow: "If you cannot write your idea on the back of my business card, you have not thought enough about it yet." We recently moved our residence and are now very near to extended family who use tools powered with electric motors. Recently a 1 HP AC motor with a commutator and brushes quit. It had been rewound within the past year. I could find no flaws in the armature windings, but did find l...

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    Thanks you for your comments. I am glad my explanation was clear. That means a lot coming from someone whose job it was to write technical manuals for the USAF. I spent my work life explaining biblical material for ordinary people who do not have the advantage of technical tools and terminology that were part of my training to become a pastor. Early I heard a saying I liked and tried to follow: "If you cannot write your idea on the back of my business card, you have not thought enough about it yet." We recently moved our residence and are now very near to extended family who use tools powered with electric motors. Recently a 1 HP AC motor with a commutator and brushes quit. It had been rewound within the past year. I could find no flaws in the armature windings, but did find loose copper BBs from melted stator coils. I had hoped to find something simple I could easily repair myself. When I decided to write this Instructsble, I chose to limit myself to one type of motor very common in residential situations.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Forged Split Steel Cross Simply Done2 months ago
    Forged Split Steel Cross Simply Done

    Thank you. I struggle with getting the dimensions just right and find it safer to make it a little oversized so I can trim for appearance.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Make an Electric Motor Run Again2 months ago
    Make an Electric Motor Run Again

    Thank you for looking. It is also a good feeling successfuto use what you do know to reason out what you do not know.

    Thank you. Very early I learned to use those hand held neon testers. Now I usually reach for a meter first.

    Congratulations to you. I hope your friend is able to appreciate what you did without becoming jealous.

    Thank you for looking. It is also a good feeling successfully to reason out what you do not know from what you do know.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems2 months ago
    Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems

    Thank you. In my lifetime I have had many problems to solve and little money to pay others to solve them for me. The resolution was to learn what I could and solve them myself. The great thing about Instructables is that we can all share things we have learned or developed ourselves. Many people ask questions in the comment section just as you did. Others click on the member name and send a private message from the member profile page. If your question is related to a problem with a motor, check the previous comments to see if it has already been discussed. Otherwise, I am not a professional mechanic. I posted something fairly simple about a couple of problems I had that were almost never discussed. In the old days we bought manuals with troubleshooting charts and worked our way through...

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    Thank you. In my lifetime I have had many problems to solve and little money to pay others to solve them for me. The resolution was to learn what I could and solve them myself. The great thing about Instructables is that we can all share things we have learned or developed ourselves. Many people ask questions in the comment section just as you did. Others click on the member name and send a private message from the member profile page. If your question is related to a problem with a motor, check the previous comments to see if it has already been discussed. Otherwise, I am not a professional mechanic. I posted something fairly simple about a couple of problems I had that were almost never discussed. In the old days we bought manuals with troubleshooting charts and worked our way through the charts until we solved the problem. That is still a very good approach, except those charts are now on the Internet and accessible free of charge. I linked one in several comments below. Thanks.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Motor Made New McGyver Style2 months ago
    Motor Made New McGyver Style

    I think I got mine in 1994 or 1995. I had no problems until I knocked it over. The depth setting collar was plastic and I made one from metal. We were in Germany in 2000. I saw this drill press in several home workshops, but no brand name or country of origin. A friend passed a much heavier duty drill press to me and I have been using that, now.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Sharpen a Nail Clipper2 months ago
    Sharpen a Nail Clipper

    Thanks. I am glad it was helpful.

    somehow I missed your comment. Thanks.

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  • Phil B commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for WD-402 months ago
    Unusual Uses for WD-40

    Thank you for this. In regard to concerns about WD-40 on skin to remove automotive grime, a teaspoon of olive oil works very well. Rub it in and then wash with soap and water. I have also used WD-40 to float metallic powder out of the one-way roller bearings on my NordicTrack ski machine to give the drive rollers new life. (Let them air dry before assembly of the machine.)

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Slime Your Presta Valve Bicycle Tubes2 months ago
    Slime Your Presta Valve Bicycle Tubes

    I believe I mentioned I was forced to ride through quite a few goats heads and I had green spots all over my tires where Slime oozed out. If that had been my first punctures, I could never have latched them all and would have had a 7 mile walk back home. But, my tires sealed and I rode home with no inconvenience. Also, in my experience Slime always gets onto the outside of the tire so that a patch will not stick. If it works for you, that is great. It has never worked for me.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Custom Pegboard Tool Hangers3 months ago
  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Improving a Hand Truck3 months ago
    Improving a Hand Truck

    Benjamin Franklin decided not to patent his ideas, but wanted them to be available for the benefit of all. Thank you for the compliment. Mostly, I did not want to be pulling up the strap each time I wanted to grab and move a box, like a slipping pair of pants without a belt.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable No Lathe Honey Dipper3 months ago
    No Lathe Honey Dipper

    Elmer's Caprpenter's Glue. Only the end pieces are glued.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Garage Door Does Not Close3 months ago
    Garage Door Does Not Close

    I do not regularly repair garage door opener systems, and can go a number of years between troubleshooting problems with one. When you say yours is new, does that mean it is freshly installed and not working, or does that mean it had been working, but now will not go down? I am guessing the door encounters some form of resistance it interprets as an obstacle it should not crush and it stops. Is something binding? Can you operate the door smoothly by hand when it is released from the opener linkage? While the door is released from the opener linkage does the linkage travel across its normal full range? Those are some things I would check.

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  • Phil B's entry Motor Made New McGyver Style is a winner in the MacGyver Challenge contest 3 months ago
  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems3 months ago
    Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems

    When it is on the ground the engine is probably at idle, but when you pick it up and swing it around, it is probably with more throttle. Is that correct? If so, swinging it around is not the only thing that is happening. The high side of the carburetor may not be properly adjusted, but the low side is. Look for the letters L and H by two mixture adjustment screws. L is usually open 1 1/2 turns from fully seated and H is usually open 1 turn from fully seated. Those are starting points. Fine tune it after that. It may also be that you have an air leak in the fuel system and the engine is experiencing fuel starvation when you apply throttle. Check screws for looseness. Replace the gaskets if more than ten years old.

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  • Phil B's entry Motor Made New McGyver Style is a finalist in the MacGyver Challenge contest 3 months ago
  • Phil B commented on JackmanWorks's instructable Adjustable Height Sit/Stand Walnut Desk3 months ago
    Adjustable Height Sit/Stand Walnut Desk

    Thank you for the espouse. It sounds like you did an excellent job. It certainly looks very fine.

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  • Phil B's instructable Motor Made New McGyver Style's weekly stats: 3 months ago
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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Motor Made New McGyver Style3 months ago
    Motor Made New McGyver Style

    It is entered in a McGyver contest.

    Your kindness is greater than anything I deserve.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Motor Made New McGyver Style3 months ago
    Motor Made New McGyver Style

    Thank you. It was one of those things that is not supposed to work, but it did.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Guest Welding Hood3 months ago
    Guest Welding Hood

    Thank you for the report. They look good.

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  • Did you remove the drive rollers from the shaft when you worked on them? If so, did you put them back so they slip on the forward stroke, but grab on the backstroke? And, did you dry the bearings inside the rollers before putting the rollers back on the shaft? Either fluid still in the bearings or putting the rollers on backwards would cause slippage (little or no resistance).

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  • Phil B commented on JackmanWorks's instructable Adjustable Height Sit/Stand Walnut Desk4 months ago
    Adjustable Height Sit/Stand Walnut Desk

    It is very attractive and nicely done. Can the long pieces on the top expand and contract across their width with changes in humidity without restriction from the pieces across the ends of the long pieces or the pieces screw to the underside?

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems4 months ago
    Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems

    The engine is not getting enough air when the air filter is in place. Removing the filte increases the air flow. I am assuming you have a filter that uses a pleated paper element. (Some engines in the past used an oil bath filter in which the air had to pass through a reservoir of oil, which trapped the dirt.) Try replacing the filter with a new one. Conceivably you might have too much fuel getting into the engine because of a rich mixture or a heavy float in the carburetor (unless your carburetor uses a pulsed diaphragm rather than a float). In that case removing the air filter also manages to restore the proper air to fuel ratio. If it has been quit a while since you replaced the filter, try that. (Some air filters are a piece of foam soaked in oil. Those also need to be cleaned in so...

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    The engine is not getting enough air when the air filter is in place. Removing the filte increases the air flow. I am assuming you have a filter that uses a pleated paper element. (Some engines in the past used an oil bath filter in which the air had to pass through a reservoir of oil, which trapped the dirt.) Try replacing the filter with a new one. Conceivably you might have too much fuel getting into the engine because of a rich mixture or a heavy float in the carburetor (unless your carburetor uses a pulsed diaphragm rather than a float). In that case removing the air filter also manages to restore the proper air to fuel ratio. If it has been quit a while since you replaced the filter, try that. (Some air filters are a piece of foam soaked in oil. Those also need to be cleaned in soapy water or a solvent and oiled. Drip some oil onto the foam and squeeze it in your hand a couple of times to spread the oil out through the filter.)

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Auto Battery Charger for 6 or 12 Volt Sytems4 months ago
    Auto Battery Charger for 6 or 12 Volt Sytems

    I am guessing there may be an internal short in the transformer that causes it to be less efficient. If that is the situation, extra heat in the battery charger could be expected. You could check two things. One would be the input current on the lines or mains. It would be higher than what the label says. Look at the label to see how many Amps. or Watts the unit is supposed to consume and check what it actually consumes. The other check would be for any leakage between between any of the leads and the frame of the transformer. Or, a connection on the secondary side may be presenting a high resistance that is dropping the output voltage. The resistance could be corrosion or oxidation that you cannot see without taking a connection apart, especially if it uses a bolt or a screw. Thank you...

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    I am guessing there may be an internal short in the transformer that causes it to be less efficient. If that is the situation, extra heat in the battery charger could be expected. You could check two things. One would be the input current on the lines or mains. It would be higher than what the label says. Look at the label to see how many Amps. or Watts the unit is supposed to consume and check what it actually consumes. The other check would be for any leakage between between any of the leads and the frame of the transformer. Or, a connection on the secondary side may be presenting a high resistance that is dropping the output voltage. The resistance could be corrosion or oxidation that you cannot see without taking a connection apart, especially if it uses a bolt or a screw. Thank you for looking. As I said I am only guessing at possibilities.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Three-Way and Four-Way Switches--How They Work4 months ago
    Three-Way and Four-Way Switches--How They Work

    Below a man from New Zealand commented that 3-way switches are wired differently there. Yet, after I found an example of a circuit used there, basic key features are the same. And, my father did electrical work. He sometimes spoke about a "hot 3-way." You can search and find diagrams of how they were done, but, they are now illegal because current feeds back through another circuit and can give shocks when you think everything has been turned off, but is not really off.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Circular Saw Rip Guide--My Version4 months ago
    Circular Saw Rip Guide--My Version

    That is a good idea. My shop has also usually been a garage with two cars parked in it, too. Any wall space has many things of various lengths standing against it or it has pegboard with hooks on it.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Forged Split Steel Cross Simply Done5 months ago
    Forged Split Steel Cross Simply Done

    Thank you very much for the link to your video. I learned a couple of very useful things from you.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Auto Battery Charger for 6 or 12 Volt Sytems5 months ago
    Auto Battery Charger for 6 or 12 Volt Sytems

    I am no expert, but what you propose sounds like it should work.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Forged Split Steel Cross Simply Done5 months ago
    Forged Split Steel Cross Simply Done

    Thank you for looking. It is really not difficult to make these, and you do not need fancy or expensive tools. The unique look happens when you unfold the steel while it is hot, first the arms and then the top. Because of how the steel has been slit the diamond opening appears as does the twisting in the connecting sections around the diamond opening.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Forged Split Steel Cross Simply Done5 months ago
    Forged Split Steel Cross Simply Done

    Thank you for looking and for your comment. I thought the same the first time I saw one. The good news is that anyone with a little patience and a few basic tools can make one, too. A forge and blacksmithing experience are nice, but not really necessary.If I were making one for a lady, I would make it a little smaller. The size of my final copy is about right for a man. If I were making one for a pastor to wear while leading worship, I would make it just a little larger, maybe 3 1/2 inches high.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Improving a Welder Ground Clamp5 months ago
    Improving a Welder Ground Clamp

    Thank you for your comment. Aluminum is an excellent conductor. As you know, there was a period of time when aluminum wire was used in place of copper for household wiring, until it was realized screws at terminal points with aluminum wire tended to work loose, generate extra heat, and cause fires. Cables from a distribution transformer to a meter mast are still often aluminum tri-plex cable, and have been for more than 50 years.While a pointy surface may dig in better than a flat surface, a pointy surface also has less contact area than a flat surface. I used this ground clamp modification almost seven years and never sensed reduced conductivity. I did have a factory issue steel stamped battery charger clamp on a 230 volt AC stick welder. The welder's performance increased in a noticea...

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    Thank you for your comment. Aluminum is an excellent conductor. As you know, there was a period of time when aluminum wire was used in place of copper for household wiring, until it was realized screws at terminal points with aluminum wire tended to work loose, generate extra heat, and cause fires. Cables from a distribution transformer to a meter mast are still often aluminum tri-plex cable, and have been for more than 50 years.While a pointy surface may dig in better than a flat surface, a pointy surface also has less contact area than a flat surface. I used this ground clamp modification almost seven years and never sensed reduced conductivity. I did have a factory issue steel stamped battery charger clamp on a 230 volt AC stick welder. The welder's performance increased in a noticeable way when I replaced that clamp with a commercial cast bronze clamp. That experience led me to this modification. I would say part of the equation is also a surface on the piece to be welded that is clean and free of contaminants, although there have been times when I did not clean the surface on the work piece before applying the ground clamp for a weld. I have also tightly applied a Vise-Grip pliers to an irregular work piece and attached the ground clamp to the Vise-Grips. That works very well, especially where there is a painted surface on the work piece and I do not want to burn it any more than necessary. In place of aluminum bar, a person could also flatten some copper tubing used in plumbing. But, the aluminum has worked very well.

    I have read about joining car batteries in series for an improvised welder, but usually for a quick emergency repair to an off-road vehicle.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Improving a Hand Truck5 months ago
    Improving a Hand Truck

    I also used this to hold some pieces of furniture to the handcart. Joining the hooks as you suggest means they do not lie flat against the surface of the furniture, but present something that can make a dent.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Fountain Pen Problems5 months ago
    Fountain Pen Problems

    Thank you for your comment. I wish I could say the information about nib to feeder clearance was my own, but it was borrowed as I indicated. I am glad it was useful to you. It is such a great feeling when something did not work, but you are able to make it work better than ever at little or no expense.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Improving a Hand Truck5 months ago
    Improving a Hand Truck

    Thank you. As I mentioned, we will load our rental truck very soon. Anything I could use to make a nice hook and the tools to make it are already packed and inaccessible. A nice hook will need to wait until later. This is the very best I can do for now.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Whittled Hooey Stick5 months ago
    Whittled Hooey Stick

    if you look at the last step, I linked a video that shows what it does.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Improving a Hand Truck5 months ago
    Improving a Hand Truck

    Thank you for your comment. Almost everything moved with the cart is boxed. I had thought about carpet for a cushion, but we have already boxed most of our normal raw materials. It is like living in a hotel room. We are signed up for our own rental truck. My barber talked about the Pod her boyfriend used. He did not like waiting for a truck to load the Pod and go on the road after the Pod got to their yard.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems6 months ago
    Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems

    I am not trained and have not been employed as a mechanic. I did once run a 2-cycle engine with properly mixed fuel that had become too old. In your case, there was not enough oil in the fuel mixture for the engine's requirements. The two situations are roughly the same. My engine seized up after a few minutes. I did some searching on the Internet. The solution was to squirt a teaspoon of thin oil into the spark plug hole and turn the engine slowly in one direction only with a long wrench on the flywheel nut until it broke free. It is not a guaranteed cure. In my case, it did work. It depends on how much damage was done. My engine seemed to work normally after it broke free.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Whittled Hooey Stick6 months ago
    Whittled Hooey Stick

    I downloaded and read about half of the German PDF linked in the Harvard link. "Hui" would be a good German way of phonetically spelling "hooey." I do not know if you read German, but the article spent most of its time on theoretical explanations of why strumming vibrations create rotational movement and possible explanations from physics.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Whittled Hooey Stick6 months ago
    Whittled Hooey Stick

    The Wikipedia article uses Gee Haw Whammy Diddle, but gives several other names, too. Thank you for the Harvard link. Over the weekend I took it for show and tell with a woodworking group. None of them seemed familiar with one. Thank you, again.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Whittled Hooey Stick6 months ago
    Whittled Hooey Stick

    The video linked in the last step tells about a "trick" I did not know. Even at that, I have found ways to hold it so that I can usually make the spinner turn in one direction. Sometimes I can make it reverse direction by changing the angle at which I hold it and at which I hold the rubbing stick (probably not authentic terminology).

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Auto Battery Charger for 6 or 12 Volt Sytems6 months ago
    Auto Battery Charger for 6 or 12 Volt Sytems

    If you want to use this as a DC power supply, a 1000 micro-farad capacitor is needed to smooth the ripples. But, I read that a battery charger works better when the current is not completely smooth.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Secure Padlock6 months ago
    Secure Padlock

    Someone said every bicycle weights 50 pounds, or about 23 kg. A clunker no one will steal weighs 50 pounds. A carbon fiber super bike weighs 15 pounds, but you need a 35 pound lock to protect it. So, every bike weighs 50 pounds.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Auto Battery Charger for 6 or 12 Volt Sytems6 months ago
    Auto Battery Charger for 6 or 12 Volt Sytems

    I believe you can. The inverter should have enough wattage to power the current draw of whatever you are using. So, a 3 Ampere current draw at 150 volts would require an inverter capable of handling 450 Watts or more. (Volts x Amperes = Watts)

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Secure Padlock6 months ago
    Secure Padlock

    Thank you for looking and for your comment. I have been able to examine a truck like the one we will have. The area on the door handle a padlock must fit is 1" thick, which means the padlock needs a shackle with 1" of clearance when closed. A shorter shackle than this one has is too short to fit. One video I linked shows a man with a 42" bolt cutter trying to cut the shackle on this lock. He needed a concrete floor to brace against, as well as using both hands and both feet--not possible on the end of a truck. Even then he was barely able to do it after several minutes of very hard effort. A 42" bolt cutter is difficult to conceal without notice from someone. Anything shorter is unlikely to work.

    No security measure will always keep everyone out. Again, most break-ins are crimes of opportunity for which there was no advance planning, and most people do not carry a battery powered angle grinder with them. An angle grinder also makes a lot of noise that draws unwanted attention. The object is to provide enough security that a would-be thief moves on to an easier target. It is a little like the joke about the man who put on running shoes in case he and his companion were attacked by s lion, the companion said he would not be able to outrun a lion, even with running shoes. The man replied he did not need to outrun the lion, only outrun the companion whom the lion would catch while the man with the running shoes would escape.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Fountain Pen Problems6 months ago
    Fountain Pen Problems

    Thank you for your comment. Welcome to Instructables. You are the first to claim I saved your university career. You sound smart and resourceful enough to have made it without me. I wish I had thought of the things you found helpful, but I borrowed them from someone else and assembled them in one place.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems7 months ago
    Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems

    First, I have never been trained or employed as a mechanic. A wet plug indicates too much fuel is reaching the combustion chamber. Could your carburetor have a sticking or a heavy float? ("Heavy" is relative. I had a carburetor with a plastic block float. After 7 years it had absorbed enough gasoline to be "heavy," even though it still felt very light in my hand.)

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