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  • There have been a few times when I have published something that has really taken off. They put it in the news letter and email it to everybody. 20,000 to 30 thousand views in one or two days. Dozens and dozens of comments and hundreds of favoriting. if that happens now with the new profile it will be awash with all that activity and virtually impossible to follow with page after page of stuff. It would be a mess.

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  • Just thought I would let you know --- the more I have used it the less I like it. The missing information does hamper getting to quickly know a member. For example I have often looked at the instructables that others have favorited to get an idea of what their interests are. If half of someone's favorited instructables are on Knex then its pretty easy to tell what their interest is. Also the same with the ones they are following. That information is not readily available anymore. I have actually come across some very interesting instructables that others have favorited that I looked at because of checking out what they were looking at. So, really not that crazy about the new lack of knowing anything. Have you heard any other feedback from anyone else??

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  • I was actually looking for any comments on the changes as I had not noticed much of a response to it. I did notice the update right away, but that was because I pulled up my profile to check something and kind of scratched my head and reloaded the page. Nope, must have been changed. Then I checked other pages to see if they had been changed, nope, just the profile. In truth I don't usually check that page. I always pull up my instructables tab because it lets you know somewhat if there is something trending. Like if comments are appearing or in the stats window if something spiked. What I do use profile pages for is to see what other members are doing. I almost always pull up the profile of someone asking a question before I even think about posting an answer. I also look at the prof...see more »I was actually looking for any comments on the changes as I had not noticed much of a response to it. I did notice the update right away, but that was because I pulled up my profile to check something and kind of scratched my head and reloaded the page. Nope, must have been changed. Then I checked other pages to see if they had been changed, nope, just the profile. In truth I don't usually check that page. I always pull up my instructables tab because it lets you know somewhat if there is something trending. Like if comments are appearing or in the stats window if something spiked. What I do use profile pages for is to see what other members are doing. I almost always pull up the profile of someone asking a question before I even think about posting an answer. I also look at the profile of everyone who posts a comment on one of my instructables and of course of someone who decides to follow me. I have mixed feelings about the changes. I have always wondered if there was some easy way to know who favored an instructable, now it is all listed. Kind of nice. So for ME being able to keep track of things it is a little easier. But for me to look at another persons profile it's not as good. Some of the background info is no longer mentioned. The interests and location, ( I guess the location one is still there just moved) lines are not displayed. In answering questions I think those are very important things to know. For example, someone asking a car question living in Israel is going to require different ideas as opposed to someone living in Detroit. But that info is not there anymore. Another thing that is missing is the list of the answers you give to questions. I used to be able to follow up on those right away by clicking on them in the list. That is gone. The list of contests won is kind of interesting. I had not remembered how many times I had come in as a runner up. Wow, thats a lot. You know you get a free year pro membership every time you win a contest. Really, 15 years, guess I don't have to worry about that running out. It is a little embarrassing though, It is kind of like getting a bunch of gold stars on your kindergarten drawings. ones that they said were a really good dog but you actually were drawing a horse. The big picture in the middle of a blank space at the top is a little empty. But then I remembered I am seeing it with out the adds. Are there adds there? Anyway, my overall feeling is that it might be all right but I think some of the other info needs to be added back in. Little changes that would be. Just give me a few tabs back, like being able to sort the instructables by views, just things like that. Always remember that it is a work in progress. I often go back and edit my instructables to fix some of the mistakes I overlooked. It has taken me years to notice some of my spelling mistakes. That is a little embarrassing too. We all keep trying. One of the things missing from my profile is the little blerb I wrote ---- When you stop learning and think you know it all is when you start dying.

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  • Vyger commented on TheCutlassKid's instructable LED "Vacuum" Tubes1 month ago
    LED "Vacuum" Tubes

    I was kind of thinking along those lines also. Since those are no longer being made it would be wise to conserve the ones that are left for things like vintage circuits that require them. There is a market for selling them still.

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  • 9 Unusual Tool Storage Methods for Your Workshop

    Just a thought --- While using strong magnets to hang screwdrivers is a nice convience you need to be aware that it can make the tips magnetic. This can be a nice thing but also a bad thing. I have magnetized some screwdrivers on purpose because it can really help with holding small screws while you try to manuver them into place. Most of the time this is not a problem. But there are some places that using a magnetic screwdriver can damage sensitive components. So you need to watch out for that. if a motherboard has directions that say not to use any magnetic tools around it you need to heed the warning.

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  • Vyger commented on apapercraft's instructable Modular Honeycomb Shelves2 months ago
    Modular Honeycomb Shelves

    If you want to try it with wood here are some directions for that http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Shelf-Divde...

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  • Gnarly wood projects with Weird wood, Broken glass, LED's and Epoxy.

    HiI just added a step more on the olive piece. I improved it.Also have another piece in progress that I will add in the next few days.

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  • Gnarly wood projects with Weird wood, Broken glass, LED's and Epoxy.

    Thanks for the comment, I was beginning to wonder since there had been none up to this point. I am going to add another piece (a few more steps) that I intended to include but I am still waiting for the LEDs to get here. I am adding a blue to mix with the white, and maybe a green also. The mail is always slowest when your waiting for something. I had another piece made of cedar that I decided not to include because it just didn't look that good. The epoxy soaked into the wood and turned it very dark. So not all woods give the same result. I will have to try putting some mixed epoxy in the freezer. Right now I have been making small batches that I can use completely so I don't waste any. I worked for Skill in Chicago many years ago at one of their plants. Not anything close to resea...see more »Thanks for the comment, I was beginning to wonder since there had been none up to this point. I am going to add another piece (a few more steps) that I intended to include but I am still waiting for the LEDs to get here. I am adding a blue to mix with the white, and maybe a green also. The mail is always slowest when your waiting for something. I had another piece made of cedar that I decided not to include because it just didn't look that good. The epoxy soaked into the wood and turned it very dark. So not all woods give the same result. I will have to try putting some mixed epoxy in the freezer. Right now I have been making small batches that I can use completely so I don't waste any. I worked for Skill in Chicago many years ago at one of their plants. Not anything close to research, I was a foreman at a distribution and packaging plant. We had a small quality control lab there that I found to be really interesting. They did all kinds of crazy things. They would randomly pull finished tools out of the stock pallets and then "test" them. They would take them up to a balcony and throw them onto the concrete floor to see if they got damaged. One guy used to clamp them in a big vise and turn the power on to them and time how long it took for them to burn up. Basically they destroyed them to find out how much punishment they could take. Like hanging weights on the cords to see how much it took to rip it out of the housing. A job where you break stuff on purpose so you can report on what it took to break it. How cool is that.

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  • Vyger commented on akullerkann's instructable DIY LED Log Lamp2 months ago
    DIY LED Log Lamp

    And by the way, I thought that was a really nice looking piece. People actually try to get that effect by aging wood with fungus and moisture. The birch I have used like that has dried out very quickly with minimal splitting.You might find this instructable interesting :http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Hardwood-Fl...

    The markings in the wood are called spalted or spalting. It is caused by fungus but is considered to be very desirable as it adds to the character of the wood. Birch is one wood that is very susceptible to it. It does not make the wood softer or rotten, it just adds markings.

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  • Vyger commented on cobinrox's instructable Cutting Down a Tree in Pieces2 months ago
    Cutting Down a Tree in Pieces

    Oak trees have a much harder denser wood than something like a poplar so it can be more difficult to cut through the wood. Also they are a lot heavier, even more so if they are green (still alive). However the wood from them can be valuable since it is used for so many things. You should be able remove it yourself but it will take a lot of hard work because of the weight factor and the hardness. I think some of the negative comments on this instructable are from people who make their living removing trees and don't want people to do it themselves. I have been cutting down trees for many years and I am not a pro. I have done it for people in exchange for the wood, firewood, with the agreement that they take care of all the mess and small branches. There is probably someone who would be...see more »Oak trees have a much harder denser wood than something like a poplar so it can be more difficult to cut through the wood. Also they are a lot heavier, even more so if they are green (still alive). However the wood from them can be valuable since it is used for so many things. You should be able remove it yourself but it will take a lot of hard work because of the weight factor and the hardness. I think some of the negative comments on this instructable are from people who make their living removing trees and don't want people to do it themselves. I have been cutting down trees for many years and I am not a pro. I have done it for people in exchange for the wood, firewood, with the agreement that they take care of all the mess and small branches. There is probably someone who would be willing to pay you for the tree and take it out for you. People who run those small saw mills take trees like oak trees and turn them into lumber which sells for a premium. Oak firewood is one of the best there is although I hate to see good wood burned for heat, that is an option. If you get ambitious you can keep the wood and use it for your own projects. I wish oak trees grew here where I am. You might fine my instructable interesting.http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Hardwood-Fl...

    Like I said in my other comment, I think some of the negative comments are comming from people who make a living charging several thousand dollars to cut down trees that could be easily done by by a homeowner. We are not talking about the trees that require a crane to lift the branches to keep them from falling on roofs, but ones your size are easily in the DIY realm.

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  • Make a Hardwood Floor that looks 3D from your OWN Trees

    Apparently I was not getting notices of these comments so sorry for the delay in answering. There are 2 different saws that I can think of that would work for cutting branches that size. I actually use one for cutting up small stuff for firewood. One of the miter saws with a 10 inch blade would work perfect. Harbor freight has one, a sliding one http://www.harborfreight.com/10-in-sliding-compoun...A little more than $100. I have one, its a good saw.Another choice would be a radial arm saw. You might be able to find an older used one. They have somewhat gone out of style in favor of the big miter saws.

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  • Vyger commented on cobinrox's instructable More Stuff to Make From Felled Tree2 months ago
    More Stuff to Make From Felled Tree

    Hi, Interesting projects.Just curious if you know the types of trees your working with? Different types have different properties and I have found that some work better for some things and not so good for others. So I was wondering. Although I have no need of a bra, one of my first thoughts was "splinters?"Something you might want to invest in if you haven't already is an electric chainsaw. You can get them pretty cheap and there is no need for all the problems with gas. CPO outlets has a really good selection. Here is a search result if you need it. https://www.cpooutlets.com/on/demandware.store/Sit...

    Thinking about it, I thought you might find this Instructable of mine interesting.http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-get-wood-an...The videos are a little long and not as high a quality as I would have liked but it is about getting wood.

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  • An easy and permanent fix for older car door seals.

    The main purpose of the threshold, as far as I know is to keep the seal from getting torn up from being constantly stepped on. It is likely that if you glue the seal in place it will last for a little while and then pull loose again. I would cut it at a spot where it is easy to expand it and then reseat it and see how much it has shrunk. You can use rubber cement or the stuff for repairing tires to glue in a small expansion piece. You will end up with a patched seal but it should fit tight again.

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  • Vyger commented on KarlJohanson's instructable Leveling a Greenhouse3 months ago
    Leveling a Greenhouse

    How do you get things polinated? I know plants like squash and cumcumbers need to be polinated before they will set fruit.

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  • How to Stack and Ventilate Firewood with Pallet Wrap

    You can do a simple science experiment to find the facts about this. Get some large cardboard boxes and run them through a shredder. (I shred cardboard all the time so a regular paper shredder with a 12 sheet capacity can do this). Using a scale divide up the cardboard into three piles. One pile is your control. It should be dry and free of any contamination. To the second pile add a measured amount of water and keep it in a plastic bag so the water gets dispersed evenly. After a day the cardboard should be damp but not wet. To the third pile add a lot of water, but not enough so that it will not burn. Now the hard part, get some instruments that can measure the amount of energy given off when the cardboard burns. Some of the others might have some good suggestions here as to what...see more »You can do a simple science experiment to find the facts about this. Get some large cardboard boxes and run them through a shredder. (I shred cardboard all the time so a regular paper shredder with a 12 sheet capacity can do this). Using a scale divide up the cardboard into three piles. One pile is your control. It should be dry and free of any contamination. To the second pile add a measured amount of water and keep it in a plastic bag so the water gets dispersed evenly. After a day the cardboard should be damp but not wet. To the third pile add a lot of water, but not enough so that it will not burn. Now the hard part, get some instruments that can measure the amount of energy given off when the cardboard burns. Some of the others might have some good suggestions here as to what to use. Finally burn each pile and calculate how much energy each produces. They all three have the same energy content to start with. What conclusion can you draw from your results?This would be a fun science fair project.

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  • How to Stack and Ventilate Firewood with Pallet Wrap

    I just thought of a fantastic user name, thanks to a phrase from you:Chuck Random

    I should get a hat like that for my assistant.But then I suppose I should get an assistant first. "Help Wanted ---- special assistant to Phil Hat, cousin of Phil Random. Must be good at wrapping things up."I'm sorry. I must be in a punny mood today.I have been cutting logs all week now. I have had 6 flat bed trailers of trees dropped off last week. A friend is helping to clear trees out for a new fence on a property by a golf course. They have been yanking them out of the ground with a front end loader and stacking them on the trailer root ball and all. It's a big mess now. Kind of like a giant was weeding his garden. But some of it is really good wood, and free is always a good price.

    And he could have a brother:Phil Random

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  • Vyger's entry Turning a Trashed Mobile Home into a Shop is a finalist in the Trash to Treasure Challenge contest 4 months ago
  • Vyger commented on JustinLovesTheTech's instructable Retro Floppy Wall4 months ago
    Retro Floppy Wall

    Hey, did you ever think about going 3d? Make a sculpture or even just a card castle.

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  • Vyger commented on carl5blum's instructable Triple Your Tool Storage Space!4 months ago
    Triple Your Tool Storage Space!

    One idea I had and am still kicking around is to make peg board pull out "shelves". Use some medium duty drawer glides but stand the drawer up on its side instead of laying flat and put the peg board in the middle so you can get to it from both sides. I also thought of using door hinges like what you did, somewhat like the displays of various paneling that you see in stores. But this idea might take up less space. With the drawer idea you could basically make a cabinet that the drawers pull out of, kind of like a sideways drawer unit. In computers its called rack mounting. You have rack unit that is a cabinet and the "blades" just slide in and out. However there are drawbacks to every idea. I can just see myself trying to open a jammed drawer because something fe...see more »One idea I had and am still kicking around is to make peg board pull out "shelves". Use some medium duty drawer glides but stand the drawer up on its side instead of laying flat and put the peg board in the middle so you can get to it from both sides. I also thought of using door hinges like what you did, somewhat like the displays of various paneling that you see in stores. But this idea might take up less space. With the drawer idea you could basically make a cabinet that the drawers pull out of, kind of like a sideways drawer unit. In computers its called rack mounting. You have rack unit that is a cabinet and the "blades" just slide in and out. However there are drawbacks to every idea. I can just see myself trying to open a jammed drawer because something fell off, went to the bottom and got stuck between the back of the drawer and the front. Yep, and I will wonder, "why did I ever decide to try this?" Probably will try it anyway.

    Keeping organized while still working on things has always been a challenge to me. I suppose it's partly due to not wanting to put things away until I finish a project and then not finishing the project right away. Having better storage would help with that. The one big problem I have had with custom storage is that as soon as I get it done then it get more tools and out grow the custome space. I have never found a solution for that.

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  • Automated Solar Hot Water Power Shower using Black Plastic Pipes

    Wow, grand prize, not bad. Now you can cook and shower and be ready for a pick-nick all at the same time, as long as the sun is shining.Lately all I have been getting is T shirts.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Turning a Trashed Mobile Home into a Shop4 months ago
    Turning a Trashed Mobile Home into a Shop

    Some areas of the floor are still relatively sound. I was tempting to just replace it all but instead what I am doing is putting down a layer of 7/16 waferboard that will give a uniform surface. It will incorporate all the patches and the particle board together. We have already done a section of the floor this way and it is working out good. Glued and screwed to the other floor and the joists all the softness goes away. On top of the particle board we are going to put another layer. Current plans are for pallet boards that I have been salvaging to be made into "tiles" and then stapled down. We have to try a section first and see how it looks and works. Insulating the floor is going to be another fun pain in the back job. That insulation is all in really bad shape and needs t...see more »Some areas of the floor are still relatively sound. I was tempting to just replace it all but instead what I am doing is putting down a layer of 7/16 waferboard that will give a uniform surface. It will incorporate all the patches and the particle board together. We have already done a section of the floor this way and it is working out good. Glued and screwed to the other floor and the joists all the softness goes away. On top of the particle board we are going to put another layer. Current plans are for pallet boards that I have been salvaging to be made into "tiles" and then stapled down. We have to try a section first and see how it looks and works. Insulating the floor is going to be another fun pain in the back job. That insulation is all in really bad shape and needs to be removed and redone. I have been researching as to what to do with it. I have thought about spray on foam. Just get a big kit and foam it all. But foam has a lot of drawbacks. It's expensive, even in a DIY kit. It keeps moisture in the wood so it can cause rotting. It can also catch fire easily which is why it is supposed to be used in an enclosed environment. I am not currently planning on putting skirting on the trailer. Having the trailer open underneath makes storage space for stuff. But with it being open the smallest grass fire could light the foam on fire if I used foam. My current Idea is to use fiberglass batts with a membrane on the bottom. They make a fabric, sort of like house wrap, that is intended to be used to seal the fiberglass. It is now being used in crawl spaces to close up the floor and yet still allowing it to breath. I was just looking and reading about it, It is reasonable in price and if I put that in it would protect the fiberglass from wind and maybe mice.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Turning a Trashed Mobile Home into a Shop4 months ago
    Turning a Trashed Mobile Home into a Shop

    One of the fun things about using a tractor is they fall under special exceptions in terms of vehicle traffic. Because of the need of going from one field to another, farm implements are given special use of the roadways. Depending on the circumstances the use of flagers is sometimes required. We had flag cars both ahead and behind so we were careful to do it correctly. Insurance is needed but the license and bonding are not. In fact sometimes young kids are allowed to operate the machinery depending on the parents judgement. The simple fact is you don't need a drivers license to drive a farm tractor.

    Because there is going to be a counter there, I wanted a lot of outlets for all those little things like battery chargers. I hate using those power strips and this is a way around that. I am going to have a wireless access point there, possible a NAS unit and maybe even a computer with a monitor. So having a few outlets for low power things was a better idea than having one outlet with power strips. Keep in mind that is a 20 amp line, not the usual 15 amp. The outlets at the top are going to be for LED lights.

    Yeah, I was advised that I need more GFCI's. However because I am using them where they are not actually required (around sinks and water sources) I can put them in as I am able (or remove them altogether also). Since I am using 20 amp breakers and 12 gauge wire, 20 amp GFCI's are required and they are quite a bit more expensive than the standard 15 amp ones. I will be picking them up when they go on sale, it is on my shopping list. The ground bar in the main box is connected to the trailer frame so that is good. However, one thing I do need to do is get a proper grounding rod since what I have is not adequate. I am working on that to. Usually it's grounded through the water pipes, but since I took those out I have to add in a connection.A tractor has a very tight turning radius and t...see more »Yeah, I was advised that I need more GFCI's. However because I am using them where they are not actually required (around sinks and water sources) I can put them in as I am able (or remove them altogether also). Since I am using 20 amp breakers and 12 gauge wire, 20 amp GFCI's are required and they are quite a bit more expensive than the standard 15 amp ones. I will be picking them up when they go on sale, it is on my shopping list. The ground bar in the main box is connected to the trailer frame so that is good. However, one thing I do need to do is get a proper grounding rod since what I have is not adequate. I am working on that to. Usually it's grounded through the water pipes, but since I took those out I have to add in a connection.A tractor has a very tight turning radius and they are amazingly maneuverable. We only ran into a problem when we pulled off the highway onto the property. The trailer was to long and tried to be a bridge across the borrow pit. Wheels off the ground and back end sitting on the embankment. The solution was simple, the driver just geared down and drug it down the hill. We took out a little grass and the last metal cross beam developed a smile with a turned up end. My sledge hammer fixed that. The driver parked it to within an inch of where I asked him to. I was impressed.

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  • The Beautiful Cutting Board....I ruined

    I see that this was posted a few months ago so you may still thinking about this and how to fix it. Anyway there is a way to save this. You can cut an inlay strip. First you would need to clean up the notch you may by using a table saw. Make nice straight cuts and widen it to cover up any mistakes. Then cut a wide enough strip of wood to fill the gap. It can be the same wood or any other that would look good. Use lots of glue and fill in the gap with the strip. Then use a plane or a chisel to shave it down after it has dried.

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