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I currently work as a technical illustrator. In the past I've done everything from security, delivery, printing, managing a truck company as well as a variety of production jobs.
  • Thunderborn commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Zip Ties2 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Zip Ties

    This is a positive comment because it may save a life! The lamp idea is NOT a good idea because plastic zip-ties have a low melt point and plastic often gasses out before it starts to melt and you may not be able to smell these fumes. The accumulated ingestion of these fumes would be toxic. If you didn't know, a light bulb is a mini oven that can reach 300 degrees F. An LED bulb is still about half the temperature of an incandescent and in my opinion (as someone whose used many thousands and types of zip ties in industrial work), in the right circumstances enough to cause damage to a zip tie. Even long exposure to the sun (and cold) will damage a zip tie so zip-tie makers who claim they can withstand 185 degrees are really pushing it. From my experience (and I have a lot of it, in the p...

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    This is a positive comment because it may save a life! The lamp idea is NOT a good idea because plastic zip-ties have a low melt point and plastic often gasses out before it starts to melt and you may not be able to smell these fumes. The accumulated ingestion of these fumes would be toxic. If you didn't know, a light bulb is a mini oven that can reach 300 degrees F. An LED bulb is still about half the temperature of an incandescent and in my opinion (as someone whose used many thousands and types of zip ties in industrial work), in the right circumstances enough to cause damage to a zip tie. Even long exposure to the sun (and cold) will damage a zip tie so zip-tie makers who claim they can withstand 185 degrees are really pushing it. From my experience (and I have a lot of it, in the past I've literally spent 12 hours a day zip-tying stuff) they wouldn't last long at that temp. Generally it is good idea to NEVER put plastic anywhere near a heat source.

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  • Thunderborn commented on Moordikai's instructable Trail Camera Lock1 year ago
    Trail Camera Lock

    Nice idea but chances are if someone is going to take the $5 SD card they are also going to take something else if they can - especially if you are using your trail camera for security purposes anyway. I've dealt with the commercial metal boxes that don't fit a particular camera by modifying them. I had one that was too small and simply cut a couple sections off the open faced area and grinded the cut areas smooth with a Dremel. On another metal lock box that was too big I used some hard rubber and cut rectangles out and lined the inside of the box with them (using glue) until the camera would be held snug. I also used Sugru along the edge where the on/off button was to make sure nobody can just reach in their with something and power off the camera.

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