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  • Snidely70448 commented on seamster's instructable 12 Unusual Uses for Nails2 months ago
    12 Unusual Uses for Nails

    Blow gun darts. Flatten one end with a ball-peen hammer, then cut a blade point with side cutters. Heat the shaft and melt it to a long piece of braided nylon cord. Cut off the cord and fluff out the end. Can be blown through a piece of 1/4 inch plywood.Flat tipped screwdriver. Flatten with and rough shape one end with a hammer (also work hardens the piece). Grind or file to final dimensions. Handle can be made by bending at 90 degree angle, or into an oval or round shape, or by inserting into a piece of dowel. Without the handle, can be used in drill to drive screws.Nails can be used as stock material for making pins, or bolts if you have tools for cutting threads, or for just about anything else.

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  • Snidely70448 commented on pfred2's instructable Make an Acme Tap6 months ago
    Make an Acme Tap

    Scary. I try to position the shield to protect me, though. When I think about it.

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  • Snidely70448 commented on shopbuilt's instructable Scary sharp on a budget6 months ago
    Scary sharp on a budget

    Harbor Freight is notorious for its products being inconsistent. I have had several and had no problems.

    Maybe it's because I pre-sharpen with a file, then finish with the steel?

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  • Snidely70448 commented on shopbuilt's instructable Scary sharp on a budget7 months ago
    Scary sharp on a budget

    http://www.harborfreight.com/4-sided-diamond-hone-...Best sharpening instrument of which I am aware.

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  • Snidely70448 commented on Mrballeng's instructable The Only knot you need to know. 10 months ago
    The Only knot you need to know.

    No weaknesses that I know of, where it can be used. It doesn't come loose under pressure, or bind where you can't get it undone onc pressure is released, A timber hitch is great for dragging timber.https://scoutpioneering.com/2013/02/12/favorite-pioneering-knots-timber-hitch/

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  • Snidely70448 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Simple Fire Piston10 months ago
    Simple Fire Piston

    All very interesting, but a complicated way of doing something simple. Carry a butane lighter - I always do.

    Slightly less than a liter. 946mL

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  • Snidely70448 commented on Mrballeng's instructable The Only knot you need to know. 11 months ago
    The Only knot you need to know.

    So, don't use it "in life threatening situations." I make a point of avoiding life threatening situations in any case. A bowline is useless for tying up the cord ends around a package. Are you confusing a square knot and a granny knot?

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  • Snidely70448 commented on hubertofliege's instructable Walk-in open air chicken coop11 months ago
    Walk-in open air chicken coop

    Weird sizing, but I guess the corner size determined the size of the coop. 2x4's come in 8', 10', 12' and 16' lengths.

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  • Snidely70448 commented on ambercollective's instructable How to Buy an Ex-Ambulance11 months ago
    How to Buy an Ex-Ambulance

    Our old '90 E-350, 8.3 liter, normally aspirated diesel gets about 15-16 MPG, but the newer models I cannot speak to.

    I own an ex-ambulance, have done so for 7 or 8 years. My family evacuated for Katrina in an '84 E-350 diesel van, which we later sold. A couple of years later my wife wondered what we would evacuate in if we had to do it again. I looked on Ebay and found the ambulance in Mississippi, a 1990 E-350 diesel. Dual tanks, about a 500 mile range. (For an evacuation vehicle, diesel is by far preferred because of limitations on sales of fuel. 10 gallons for gasoline, 50 for diesel, at that time. Also, diesel lasts better.)We haven't had to evacuate, so maybe it works as a talisman, warding off evil. We spend about $500/yr insurance, and have spent maybe another $5/600 per year on upgrades and maintenance. Call it $10,000 overall. IMHO, cheap at the price. My wife calls it the "tool ...

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    I own an ex-ambulance, have done so for 7 or 8 years. My family evacuated for Katrina in an '84 E-350 diesel van, which we later sold. A couple of years later my wife wondered what we would evacuate in if we had to do it again. I looked on Ebay and found the ambulance in Mississippi, a 1990 E-350 diesel. Dual tanks, about a 500 mile range. (For an evacuation vehicle, diesel is by far preferred because of limitations on sales of fuel. 10 gallons for gasoline, 50 for diesel, at that time. Also, diesel lasts better.)We haven't had to evacuate, so maybe it works as a talisman, warding off evil. We spend about $500/yr insurance, and have spent maybe another $5/600 per year on upgrades and maintenance. Call it $10,000 overall. IMHO, cheap at the price. My wife calls it the "tool box" or "the storage locker". Uncharitable. Anyway, I'd look first on Ebay, then keep an eye on Craigslist. US states usually have surplus sales - Louisiana does every month in Baton Rouge, as do US cities and parishes (counties), but not as often.

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  • It's Possible to Use the Angle Grinder As a Chainsaw

    Having seen what a broken chain can do, back before they had the hand guard that locked the chain in event of a break, I wouldn't THINK about trying this hack!

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  • Inexpensive garage lights from LED strips

    My bad. I stand corrected. What I remembered - incorrectly - as a decease in conductivity with temperature rise was the thermal expansion of aluminum causing a loosening of connectors and hence an increase of resistance at connections. It's made worse because aluminum oxide is a poor conductor, and aluminum oxidizes more than copper when exposed to air.

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