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  • Taz-Hood commented on Paige Russell's instructable 10 Unusual Uses for Baking Soda6 months ago
    10 Unusual Uses for Baking Soda

    Thank you so much for adding this important information!

    Rob, I never heard of that, but of course it makes perfect sense. Thank you for the tip! I'm checking my battery today. Question: Would car wax work as well as Vaseline (I just don't have a jar on hand at the moment)?

    Right! Thank you for this suggestion!

    Where does one buy gypsum? Is it a poison? And what does the flour do? We had a mice invasion a few years ago and just kept trapping and releasing them. More than 40 in one season! They got into drawers and peed and pooped on my wife's fine fabric collection -- what a mess. Also, if you know, what is gypsum? Thank you!

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  • Taz-Hood commented on dpeach's instructable LED Trunk Light Upgrade6 months ago
    LED Trunk Light Upgrade

    MrPapaya & GKornbluth & DPeach: Thank you all so much for the eBay search suggestions. If you scroll down on that 310584712863 listing, there is a HUGE amount of information about LED lights that would be useful for starting any LED project. And, DPeach, many thanks for offering this nicely documented and well written Instructable. It gives me the confidence and assurance I need to believe I could actually take on a LED project on my own without making a mess of it. This is one of my favorite Instructables ever. You really are a "peach," kind sir.

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  • Taz-Hood commented on dpeach's instructable LED Trunk Light Upgrade6 months ago
    LED Trunk Light Upgrade

    MrPapaya: Could you provide links for the pre-wired (with heat shrink reinforcement) 12 inch LED strips and adaptors for the plug-in bulb receptacles? Thank you very much!

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  • Taz-Hood commented on wannabemadsci's instructable Super Horn (Person-Powered Truck Horn)10 months ago
    Super Horn (Person-Powered Truck Horn)

    This is too much work for an old man like me, but I think your design and Instructable are completely brilliant! Wow! If you (or any of your readers) are still in school, this could serve as the basis of an award-winning science project for sure. I'm completely blown away. When I was in school, I played trumpet in the pep band and was always looking for new ways to make impressive sounds. One I named the "Trippet." At the climax of a song, I'd put my trumpet mouthpiece on a thrift-store trombone, stand up and finish on an impossibly high note. Way across the arena, the competing band had no idea how a trombonist could play so high (and in tune, of course)! Your truck-horn idea puts a lung-powered high-decibel noise maker into the hands of the intelligent and skilled builder. I...

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    This is too much work for an old man like me, but I think your design and Instructable are completely brilliant! Wow! If you (or any of your readers) are still in school, this could serve as the basis of an award-winning science project for sure. I'm completely blown away. When I was in school, I played trumpet in the pep band and was always looking for new ways to make impressive sounds. One I named the "Trippet." At the climax of a song, I'd put my trumpet mouthpiece on a thrift-store trombone, stand up and finish on an impossibly high note. Way across the arena, the competing band had no idea how a trombonist could play so high (and in tune, of course)! Your truck-horn idea puts a lung-powered high-decibel noise maker into the hands of the intelligent and skilled builder. It is SO MUCH BETTER than those tacky compressed-gas-can air horns people sometimes bring to a game. Go lung power!

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  • Taz-Hood commented on prototype_mechanic's instructable Nixie Watch Prototype_C11 months ago
    Nixie Watch Prototype_C

    I'm so sad for you that your SSD failed. This is one of the coolest watches in the whole world and totally unique. I also really like the Steampunk versions you built using five (?) Nixies and three leather straps. They are very bold and beautiful as well. Great work! Your solid aluminum Nixie watch should someday be on display in a major museum. Is it for sale? I'm sure I could not afford one, but I think a well-off watch collector would LOVE to have it. Thank you for sharing this Instructable. You are a design genius!

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  • Taz-Hood commented on SpecificLove's instructable Survival Whistle from a Soup Can11 months ago
    Survival Whistle from a Soup Can

    Brilliant! When you're lost in the woods, it is common enough to come across other campers' discarded cans (shame on them), and this would really help! When I was 18, I went into the Sierras by myself and opened cans with my pocket knife (today I would use a lightweight military-type opener instead). This was before freeze-dried food was readily available. Aside: I wonder if holes made with the point of a knife would work by turning the knife like a drill? Do the holes need to be round to work? Back on topic: Usually, finding an old nail is likewise not that difficult, as people tend to pound them in to trees (again, shame on them), but getting one out of a tree might be tough. I too cannot whistle using my fingers, so this could be a life-saver. Of course today I wouldn't think of hiki...

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    Brilliant! When you're lost in the woods, it is common enough to come across other campers' discarded cans (shame on them), and this would really help! When I was 18, I went into the Sierras by myself and opened cans with my pocket knife (today I would use a lightweight military-type opener instead). This was before freeze-dried food was readily available. Aside: I wonder if holes made with the point of a knife would work by turning the knife like a drill? Do the holes need to be round to work? Back on topic: Usually, finding an old nail is likewise not that difficult, as people tend to pound them in to trees (again, shame on them), but getting one out of a tree might be tough. I too cannot whistle using my fingers, so this could be a life-saver. Of course today I wouldn't think of hiking cross-country in the woods without carrying at least minimal survival items in my vest, especially a couple of trash-compactor or large garbage bags which can make an excellent vapor-barrier shirt for warmth and/or a good raincoat if caught in a storm. Remember that the majority of people who die each year from "exposure" (hypothermia) do so by getting wet in 50 degree fahrenheit weather, not in snow or ice storms. Knowing how to stay dry and warm is essential. Knowing how to create an emergency whistle like this can greatly increase your chances of being found by rescue personnel or other hikers. Thank you for creating this wonderful Instructable. Everyone who enjoys hiking should learn how to do this in case they forget or lose or break their emergency whistle.

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  • Taz-Hood commented on dave5201's instructable How To Hide a Wall Wart Transformer11 months ago
    How To Hide a Wall Wart Transformer

    DennisT33 - Thank you very much for your kind and helpful reply. Now that I know more (thanks to you and Jim the Soundman), I'm less freaked out and feel that I can fix both holes in the wall with a hand saw and proper boxes and add outlets (in one case) and a blank cover to the other. I appreciate your time and patience with my inexperience. I can do this!As for hiding wall warts, I've always just used a power strip that can be placed on the floor, behind some equipment, or under a desk. For more sensitive installations, I use an uninterruptible power supply instead of a power strip.

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  • Taz-Hood commented on dave5201's instructable How To Hide a Wall Wart Transformer11 months ago
    How To Hide a Wall Wart Transformer

    DennisT33 - Thank you for your reply. I wasn't very clear in my terminology (or understanding). Two of the indoor light fixtures that the former owner installed just had Romex coming out of holes he cut in the sheetrock without boxes, which he then spliced into the leads of the light fixtures he installed. When I removed the unneeded lights, one a motion-activated double spotlight at the top of the bedroom stairs (he thought it would make a good "security light") and the other an under-shelf fluorescent light for a desk that is no longer there, I am left with two crude holes in the wall with stripped Romex sticking out. I taped the bare wire ends so they wouldn't short, but is there more that I can do? Should I cut off the bare wires altogether and do something with the ends o...

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    DennisT33 - Thank you for your reply. I wasn't very clear in my terminology (or understanding). Two of the indoor light fixtures that the former owner installed just had Romex coming out of holes he cut in the sheetrock without boxes, which he then spliced into the leads of the light fixtures he installed. When I removed the unneeded lights, one a motion-activated double spotlight at the top of the bedroom stairs (he thought it would make a good "security light") and the other an under-shelf fluorescent light for a desk that is no longer there, I am left with two crude holes in the wall with stripped Romex sticking out. I taped the bare wire ends so they wouldn't short, but is there more that I can do? Should I cut off the bare wires altogether and do something with the ends of the Romex (do they make plastic "caps" for Romex)? Should I shove the Romex back into the wall and figure out how to patch the two holes in the sheetrock, both of which are too large just to spackle and paint over? Both "circuits" (who knows where or how he spliced in) are currently switched. Should I remove the switches and try to pull the Romex out of the wall from where the switches are, or is that too dangerous and complicated? Thank you for your help!

    Thanks for the advice, Jim. Will do.

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  • Taz-Hood commented on dave5201's instructable How To Hide a Wall Wart Transformer11 months ago
    How To Hide a Wall Wart Transformer

    We bought our house almost 22 years ago, and the previous owner was an avid DIYer, installing switches and outlets and phone lines all over the place (sometimes just wires going to lighting fixtures directly without outlets in two cases). Oi vey! So what to do? I would love to have the whole house re-wired properly with several dedicated circuits for the components of our stereo and home theater systems, but I shudder to think what it would cost. In the meantime, is it a big deal to replace the regular outlets he added with GFCI outlets? Also, our living room is such that there is no accessible attic space, so could an electrician run seven or eight new, dedicated circuits along the *outside* of our house to reach the wall where most of our TV and stereo equipment is located?

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  • How To Make A Bright LED Panel For 20$

    Light coverage falls off by the square of the distance. (Someone PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong or not saying this correctly!) Thus, a single panel won't light a rink; you'd potentially need dozens of them. You can see a light from 10 miles away, for instance, but you cannot read by it. And because of this phenomenon, for an alternative to dimming, you can adjust the amount of light by moving the panel closer to or farther from your subject (e.g., when lighting a static portrait or a video interview). LED light panels for photography are so darn expensive; I'd love to be able to build my own.

    Thank you for this tutorial! I truly appreciate it.

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  • Taz-Hood commented on inspiretomake's instructable Meteorite Ring1 year 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...

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    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 year 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...

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    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 year 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 year 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...

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    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 year 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 1 year 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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