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  • Wallythecat commented on High Voltage Fun's instructable Gas Bottle Hot Smoker1 month ago
    Gas Bottle Hot Smoker

    Very nice, a great design and reuse of old propane tanks. I have a friend who didn't ensure all the gas was out and started cutting with a plasma torch. The tank didn't blow, the the flame that came out the valve hole end burned and melted the socks into his feet. Days in the hospital for that one. I remove the valve using a socket I copied from a commercial one and an impact wrench. Some are still very stubborn, but eventually... I fill the tank with water and cut the first hole with a plasma torch and the tank still full of water. Rather be too careful than have feet with argyle tattoos burned in.

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  • Wallythecat commented on MadeByBarb's instructable Concrete Smiling Stones2 months ago
    Concrete Smiling Stones

    Too weird!, I love it. Just received my tooth mold from Amazon, that feels like a quality product. It's in the freezer full of water right now. But further down the road, I'm sort of seeing a Cheshire cat looking thing in my future. I love the inspiration. Thank you. . By the way, Amazon also has fang molds.

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  • Wallythecat commented on MaxPower1977's instructable How to Make a BBQ Burner7 months ago
    How to Make a BBQ Burner

    For longevity of the tube I would think holes better than the slits. The tubes burn out at the orifice and the more material there, the longer they will last. I have a drill press and that and a v-block make the hole drill easy. For me, this started with my gas stove which ceased being manufactured about a year after I bought it, about 25 years ago. About 8 years into this, the S-shaped burner tubes had just given up. No replacements available. I took the burner out to the shop and realized the tube was nearly identical in diameter to some scraps of steel conduit I had laying around. The tube only seems to burn in the straight runs, the loop ends are just fine, maybe because the heat is concentrated in the straight sections. I cut the bad sections out, drill holes down the condu...

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    For longevity of the tube I would think holes better than the slits. The tubes burn out at the orifice and the more material there, the longer they will last. I have a drill press and that and a v-block make the hole drill easy. For me, this started with my gas stove which ceased being manufactured about a year after I bought it, about 25 years ago. About 8 years into this, the S-shaped burner tubes had just given up. No replacements available. I took the burner out to the shop and realized the tube was nearly identical in diameter to some scraps of steel conduit I had laying around. The tube only seems to burn in the straight runs, the loop ends are just fine, maybe because the heat is concentrated in the straight sections. I cut the bad sections out, drill holes down the conduit matching the original hole diameter and spacing and welded the two together. Lasted for about 8 years and had to repeat the process. I have repaired gas BBQ's the same way and honestly haven't seen much difference in the life span of stainless vs. the conduit of a similar wall thickness. I don't think it's corrosion the causes the burnout of the tubes. Probably depends on the grade of metal. I figure the galvanizing burns off about as much as it's going to in the first hour or so of burning. Not something I lose sleep over. The savings over the years of keeping these things alive and working fine has been huge and satisfying.

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  • Wallythecat commented on Dan 65's instructable Tumbled Bottle Glass Mosaic Sliding Door10 months ago
    Tumbled Bottle Glass Mosaic Sliding Door

    Ingenious! I was telling my wife about your project. I've never used Weldbond, but I just ordered a bottle from Amazon and am looking forward to playing with it. Less expensive there than the box store down the street. Thank you for the inspiration. I can see using your idea in a number of places.

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  • Wallythecat's instructable A Long Handled Shaving Brush's weekly stats: 11 months ago
    • A Long Handled Shaving Brush
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  • Wallythecat commented on wordsnwood's instructable Epoxy -vs- Tshirt = Artwork1 year ago
    Epoxy -vs- Tshirt = Artwork

    Nice! I can just see my collection of '70's concert shirts displayed already. Great idea and inspirational.

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  • LiPo Battery Discharge Protection Circuit using  809/810 MPU Reset and CD4043BE S-R Latch ICs

    I really like the "After a few hours of frustration, I tried my hammer, but that also didn’t fix it, although it did reduce my options to just one; building a new sensor circuit." At some point it is just better to cut your loses and start over. I never thought of it as reducing options, I had previously just considered it a permanent fix to a specific problem. I have been enlightened. Thank you.

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  • DIY IR Remote Tester using TSOP1738

    Looks like fun. I just ordered the chips and the pc board. Should be putting one of these together in a couple weeks. Nice simple, useful project for a newbie like me. I've never messed with black pc board stock before. Looks like a good place to start. Thank you.

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  • Wallythecat commented on TahmidZubayer's instructable Arduino Basic Tutorial1 year ago
    Arduino Basic Tutorial

    My Arduino Uno kit showed up a couple days ago and I've been staring at it ever since. Downloaded the software and stared at it for awhile. This sounds like a great starting point tutorial. Hopefully the inspiration I need to overcome that "fear of the unknown" are fear of screwing up. Thank you for the time and energy you put into this.

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