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  • Taz-Hood commented on inspiretomake's instructable Meteorite Ring1 month ago
    Meteorite Ring

    Brilliant! Sometime down the line you may want to consider re-shaping it into a "comfort" band contour, which is less likely to catch on things and easier on the finger in the long run. And as for questions about rust, once it is etched and cleaned, you always have the option of coating it in a clear-coat (is there such a thing as clear epoxy?), both to prevent oxidation and to help prevent chipping and breaking, although chipping seems extremely unlikely with all the cutting you have already accomplished to make it into a ring. Keep in mind that as you get older you will not be able to remove the ring from your finger, so a "comfort" profile is nice to have. (I haven't been able to remove my wedding band for the past 10 years.) I don't know what monetary value you w...see more »Brilliant! Sometime down the line you may want to consider re-shaping it into a "comfort" band contour, which is less likely to catch on things and easier on the finger in the long run. And as for questions about rust, once it is etched and cleaned, you always have the option of coating it in a clear-coat (is there such a thing as clear epoxy?), both to prevent oxidation and to help prevent chipping and breaking, although chipping seems extremely unlikely with all the cutting you have already accomplished to make it into a ring. Keep in mind that as you get older you will not be able to remove the ring from your finger, so a "comfort" profile is nice to have. (I haven't been able to remove my wedding band for the past 10 years.) I don't know what monetary value you would put on such a ring, but I'd estimate about $5,000. Thank you so much for taking us through the process, and congratulations on your engagement! You'll be wearing a ring that is literally billions of years old. Very few men can say that (women get to wear diamonds, after all).

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  • Taz-Hood commented on dannyk6's instructable Smart LED Window1 month ago
    Smart LED Window

    *Translucent* plastic!

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  • How To Tattoo a Knife Blade w/ (Proper) Metal Etching

    Thank you, Alex, for a very cool experiment and Instructable. Would one of you smart people be kind enough to explain why this works (especially with something as hard as stainless steel)? Is it like reverse electro-plating, with the knife's molecules being transferred to the sacrificial fork? Would this ruin the temper of the blade? (That last question is pretty stupid, I realize, but I just don't understand the chemistry or physics of this, and I would not want to ruin a $300+ Busse knife.) It is amazing that you are getting such a deep etch with just table salt for an electrolyte (?) and a "transistor radio" battery for a power source. (You have to be pretty old to remember that 9V batteries were developed to power small, plastic, pocketable transistor radios, which were al...see more »Thank you, Alex, for a very cool experiment and Instructable. Would one of you smart people be kind enough to explain why this works (especially with something as hard as stainless steel)? Is it like reverse electro-plating, with the knife's molecules being transferred to the sacrificial fork? Would this ruin the temper of the blade? (That last question is pretty stupid, I realize, but I just don't understand the chemistry or physics of this, and I would not want to ruin a $300+ Busse knife.) It is amazing that you are getting such a deep etch with just table salt for an electrolyte (?) and a "transistor radio" battery for a power source. (You have to be pretty old to remember that 9V batteries were developed to power small, plastic, pocketable transistor radios, which were all the thing in the '50s and '60s. LOL) Also, would this work on any metal, and why does the negative (fork) have to be the same type of metal? My favorite element is tungsten, and it would be fun to etch some of my less-than-show-quality pieces with the word "Tungsten" and/or "Wolfram" and its symbol in the Periodic Table, "W." I've got some pure tungsten anodes from movie theater projection bulbs (thank you, eBay) that I could use for the sacrificial side of the process. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer in better understanding the process and whether this would work on a big ol' chunk of tungsten! I truly appreciate it.

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  • Taz-Hood commented on keokg2's instructable Wifi Extender1 month ago
    Wifi Extender

    Thank you so much for your kind reply. You're extending your WiFi reception (not broadcast). Now the re-purposing of the satellite dish makes perfect sense. With increasing numbers of public WiFi hot spots, from coffee shops and colleges to municipal parks and libraries, a person could use your Instructable to get online in areas with a weak but still viable public signal. In our area, that could potentially save students and other people with limited resources as much as $50 a month for broadband internet access, all without breaking the law. Brilliant!

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  • Taz-Hood commented on keokg2's instructable Wifi Extender1 month ago
    Wifi Extender

    Please forgive my ignorance, but is your design directional (i.e., does it work best in the direction the dish is pointing)? If so, what is this device's primary purpose? Twenty years ago we were all eager to share our WiFi with our neighbors and were happy to let strangers use our bandwidth; today we're afraid some pervert is going to park in front of our houses and download nasty stuff using our IP address. How things have changed! Anyway, I just don't get what a sat-dish-based WiFi extender will do for you. I'm sure the answer to this must be obvious to most readers, but I'm curious and (in this case) completely clueless. Don't be too hard on me! And a sincere "THANK YOU" for all the time and effort you put into developing this Instructable. I'm all for re-using and re-purp...see more »Please forgive my ignorance, but is your design directional (i.e., does it work best in the direction the dish is pointing)? If so, what is this device's primary purpose? Twenty years ago we were all eager to share our WiFi with our neighbors and were happy to let strangers use our bandwidth; today we're afraid some pervert is going to park in front of our houses and download nasty stuff using our IP address. How things have changed! Anyway, I just don't get what a sat-dish-based WiFi extender will do for you. I'm sure the answer to this must be obvious to most readers, but I'm curious and (in this case) completely clueless. Don't be too hard on me! And a sincere "THANK YOU" for all the time and effort you put into developing this Instructable. I'm all for re-using and re-purposing whenever we can, and surplus satellite dishes are a blight. Keep up the good work!

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  • Microsoft Surface Hub on the Cheap: Touchscreen Coffee Table

    Excellent idea! So many museums and "Discovery Centers" need something like this, especially for use by children. Is there a reason you cannot use the tempered glass that comes with the coffee table instead of 1/4" Plexiglass? Does a "10-point" IR touch frame provide sufficient resolution to use Windows 10 and other programs with smallish icons? What about "swiping" the screen or using two fingers to enlarge a document or image? What do you recommend for venting the installed TV to avoid heat build-up? Could your design be wall-mounted instead? Thank you so much for this excellent Instructable and for answering my questions!

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  • Taz-Hood commented on deba168's instructable DIY All in One Solar Power Pack1 month ago
    DIY All in One Solar Power Pack

    I love your video, even with the sound off (my wife is still asleep beside me in bed). Some Instructables don't show the adjustments you have to make as you go: the cutting, soldering, shrink-tubing, using a file to get things to fit, use of the hot glue, and so forth. Speeding up the parts that didn't need real-time documentation but still needed to be shown was a brilliant feature! Not only did I watch the whole video, but it seemed like only about 3 minutes passed. You, kind sir, are a very talented teacher and video artist/editor. My only other thought was that this briefcase power station is probably not something you'd want to try to take through airport security. Hahahaha! You'd miss your flight for sure! Thank you for a great Instructable.

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  • Taz-Hood commented on jleslie48's instructable Portable rocket stove about $25 2 months ago
    Portable rocket stove about $25

    Thank you very much for this enjoyable and clever Instructable! I have to ask a trio of stupid questions, so please forgive me. What is a "rocket stove"? Would it be improved with the addition of a small, battery powered fan? Could this be scaled down for a stove to take backpacking? Thank you!

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