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  • Wallythecat commented on MaxPower1977's instructable How to Make a BBQ Burner1 week 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...see more »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 Door3 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: 4 months ago
    • A Long Handled Shaving Brush
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  • Wallythecat commented on wordsnwood's instructable Epoxy -vs- Tshirt = Artwork5 months 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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  • Wallythecat commented on MakeStuff_MS's instructable DIY IR Remote Tester using TSOP173811 months ago
    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 Tutorial11 months 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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