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  • StuNutt commented on microstill's instructable Microstill7 months ago
    Microstill

    Cold liquid alcohol is not explosive, but with a still you are condensing the vapour (ie gaseaous) alcohol at round 175F / 80C. For many years I lived in a country where alcohol is banned - completely - but people would build their own stills and if a leak occurred where the alcohol was gaseous, and a source of ignition was near (some fools even used GAS burners to boil the mash!) then the resulting "very fast combustion" of the vapour (otherwise called an explosion) was catastropic. I recall several housing compounds where there were foundation slabs where houses used to be that people were using to distil alcohol (usually to around 85 or 90% ABV - twice the strength of whiskey or vodka.If it's legal where you live, and you obey the laws (where I am you can do it but can't s...

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    Cold liquid alcohol is not explosive, but with a still you are condensing the vapour (ie gaseaous) alcohol at round 175F / 80C. For many years I lived in a country where alcohol is banned - completely - but people would build their own stills and if a leak occurred where the alcohol was gaseous, and a source of ignition was near (some fools even used GAS burners to boil the mash!) then the resulting "very fast combustion" of the vapour (otherwise called an explosion) was catastropic. I recall several housing compounds where there were foundation slabs where houses used to be that people were using to distil alcohol (usually to around 85 or 90% ABV - twice the strength of whiskey or vodka.If it's legal where you live, and you obey the laws (where I am you can do it but can't sell it, I believe) But don't underestimate the fire/explosion risk!Also, there are 3 common alcohols which, depending on your mash source will appear in various peoportions, at slightly different temperatures:1 - Ethanol (the one you want) which gets you "high"2 - Methanol, which also gets you high but can blind you and poison you (dead!)3 - Isopropanol, which does not get you high but still results in death.Before you start making and firing up a still, check the laws in your country (people on this site, understandably, tend to quote mainlu US law), and then research carefully all of the complications and risks involved!(Good Luck!)

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  • Digital Wall Calendar and Home Information Center

    If that's the case, I'd suggest that you NEVER buy a cable assembly from that source again (they should not be supplying cables of these colours to USA, unless you have changed your "regulation" colours from the black/white/green that I (in England) have always known USA cables to be.I noted that you had said this step was not essential as there was clearance for the existing plug/socket, but put up my post in case there was somebody who preferred to copy your instructions anyway, or someone used that connection information for a different project.All Instructables writers need to beware that standards vary a lot throughout the world. A classic example was a design for a car-roof light-bar that may have been OK in USA, but which would have got the user pulled-over very quick...

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    If that's the case, I'd suggest that you NEVER buy a cable assembly from that source again (they should not be supplying cables of these colours to USA, unless you have changed your "regulation" colours from the black/white/green that I (in England) have always known USA cables to be.I noted that you had said this step was not essential as there was clearance for the existing plug/socket, but put up my post in case there was somebody who preferred to copy your instructions anyway, or someone used that connection information for a different project.All Instructables writers need to beware that standards vary a lot throughout the world. A classic example was a design for a car-roof light-bar that may have been OK in USA, but which would have got the user pulled-over very quickly in UK as it would have been confused with an emergency vehicle!Not to detract from your efforts though - a Great Instructible :-)

    If that's the case, I'd suggest that you NEVER buy a cable assembly from that source again (they should not be supplying cables of these colours to USA, unless you have changed your "regulation" colours from the black/white/green that I (in England) have always known USA cables to be.I noted that you had said this step was not essential as there was clearance for the existing plug/socket, but put up my post in case there was somebody who preferred to copy your instructions anyway, or someone used that connection information for a different project.All Instructables writers need to beware that standards vary a lot throughout the world. A classic example was a design for a car-roof light-bar that may have been OK in USA, but which would have got the user pulled-over very quick...

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    If that's the case, I'd suggest that you NEVER buy a cable assembly from that source again (they should not be supplying cables of these colours to USA, unless you have changed your "regulation" colours from the black/white/green that I (in England) have always known USA cables to be.I noted that you had said this step was not essential as there was clearance for the existing plug/socket, but put up my post in case there was somebody who preferred to copy your instructions anyway, or someone used that connection information for a different project.All Instructables writers need to beware that standards vary a lot throughout the world. A classic example was a design for a car-roof light-bar that may have been OK in USA, but which would have got the user pulled-over very quickly in UK as it would have been confused with an emergency vehicle!Not to detract from your efforts though - a Great Instructible :-)

    If that's the case, I'd suggest that you NEVER buy a cable assembly from that source again (they should not be supplying cables of these colours to USA, unless you have changed your "USA regulation" colours from the black/white/green that I (in England) have always known USA cables to be. If you'd somehow gotten a EU cable, and it came with the ground wire Blue, that is STILL wrong!I noted that you had said this step was not essential as there was clearance for the existing plug/socket, but put up my post in case there was somebody who preferred to copy your instructions anyway, or someone used that connection information for a different project.All Instructables writers need to beware that standards vary a lot throughout the world. A classic example was a design for a car-...

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    If that's the case, I'd suggest that you NEVER buy a cable assembly from that source again (they should not be supplying cables of these colours to USA, unless you have changed your "USA regulation" colours from the black/white/green that I (in England) have always known USA cables to be. If you'd somehow gotten a EU cable, and it came with the ground wire Blue, that is STILL wrong!I noted that you had said this step was not essential as there was clearance for the existing plug/socket, but put up my post in case there was somebody who preferred to copy your instructions anyway, or someone used that connection information for a different project.All Instructables writers need to beware that standards vary a lot throughout the world. A classic example was a design for a car-roof light-bar that may have been OK in USA, but which would have got the user pulled-over very quickly in UK as it would have been confused with an emergency vehicle!Not to detract from your efforts though - a Great Instructible :-)

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  • Digital Wall Calendar and Home Information Center

    AUTHOR ! What country are you from ????The mains wiring in step 4 could be LETHAL !The wire used for the mains supply appears to be standard European colours (EU colours are completely different in the American system) but you are using the BLUE wire to solder to Earth/Ground on the centre pin on the circuit board and as (European standard) this is NOT Ground. If the plug end of a European sacrificial cable is connected according to standard (as it would be) you are connecting NEUTRAL of the plug to Ground on the board, and GROUND on the plug to Neutral on the board.Wile this in itself is not necessarily dangerous (depending on your house wiring) a very simple additional mistake, which often goes unnoticed, of a Live / Neutral crossover somewhere would leave the ground of the display ...

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    AUTHOR ! What country are you from ????The mains wiring in step 4 could be LETHAL !The wire used for the mains supply appears to be standard European colours (EU colours are completely different in the American system) but you are using the BLUE wire to solder to Earth/Ground on the centre pin on the circuit board and as (European standard) this is NOT Ground. If the plug end of a European sacrificial cable is connected according to standard (as it would be) you are connecting NEUTRAL of the plug to Ground on the board, and GROUND on the plug to Neutral on the board.Wile this in itself is not necessarily dangerous (depending on your house wiring) a very simple additional mistake, which often goes unnoticed, of a Live / Neutral crossover somewhere would leave the ground of the display (and anything connected to it) at FULL MAINS VOLTAGE.I thoroughly recommend that anyone removing the original mains wiring and replacing it in this way is fully aware of local wiring regulations and colour codes. If not, then don't mess with it, just use the original wiring.

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  • StuNutt commented on bhvm's instructable DIY LED Car Grille Glow Lights1 year ago
    DIY LED Car Grille Glow Lights

    I read this article while researching a plan for an under-shelf light for my desk (!). Your car looks way cool, but one small warning . . . . You mentioned selecting a colour for the lights, but beware. Depending on the country you live in this may vary, but here in UK it is illegal to show a red light at the front of the vehicle. A yellow / orange light is probably acceptable in most countries as long as it is not flashing if you are moving (and could be confused with turn signals on front or rear) and other flashing colours are illegal (blue can appear to be police, fire, ambulance. green could be a doctor on a call). NEVER put a white light on the rear if you want to make your boot / trunk look cool!A very good "ible" though and I'm tempted to look into putting a (flas...

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    I read this article while researching a plan for an under-shelf light for my desk (!). Your car looks way cool, but one small warning . . . . You mentioned selecting a colour for the lights, but beware. Depending on the country you live in this may vary, but here in UK it is illegal to show a red light at the front of the vehicle. A yellow / orange light is probably acceptable in most countries as long as it is not flashing if you are moving (and could be confused with turn signals on front or rear) and other flashing colours are illegal (blue can appear to be police, fire, ambulance. green could be a doctor on a call). NEVER put a white light on the rear if you want to make your boot / trunk look cool!A very good "ible" though and I'm tempted to look into putting a (flashing) amber light behind the grille of my Ford Focus for volunteer work in my emergency role and parked at the site of an incident :LOL:

    I read this article while researching a plan for an under-shelf light for my desk (!). Your car looks way cool, but one small warning . . . . You mentioned selecting a colour for the lights, but beware. Depending on the country you live in this may vary, but here in UK it is illegal to show a red light at the front of the vehicle. A yellow / orange light is probably acceptable in most countries as long as it is not flashing if you are moving (and could be confused with turn signals on front or rear) and other flashing colours are illegal (blue can appear to be police, fire, ambulance. green could be a doctor on a call). NEVER put a white light on the rear if you want to make your boot / trunk look cool!A very good "ible" though and I'm tempted to look into putting a (flas...

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    I read this article while researching a plan for an under-shelf light for my desk (!). Your car looks way cool, but one small warning . . . . You mentioned selecting a colour for the lights, but beware. Depending on the country you live in this may vary, but here in UK it is illegal to show a red light at the front of the vehicle. A yellow / orange light is probably acceptable in most countries as long as it is not flashing if you are moving (and could be confused with turn signals on front or rear) and other flashing colours are illegal (blue can appear to be police, fire, ambulance. green could be a doctor on a call). NEVER put a white light on the rear if you want to make your boot / trunk look cool!A very good "ible" though and I'm tempted to look into putting a (flashing) amber light behind the grille of my Ford Focus for when stationary in my volunteer work and emergency role and parked at the site of an incident :LOL:

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