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  • autotech1 commented on evanandkatelyn's instructable Simple DIY Flap Sander1 week ago
    Simple DIY Flap Sander

    Correction: it's actually the 36 second mark. I looked at the total time instead of the elapsed time.

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  • How to Build a Crosscut Sled With Flip Stop Block (+ Free Plans)

    I have seen a lot of sled designs that I like, but yours is the best of the best. I also like how you thoroughly explain how to measure the 5th cut to determine whether the fence needs to be adjusted and how much. Thank you for a great Instructable.

    I have seen a lot of sled designs that I like, but yours is the best that I have seen. I also like how you thoroughly explain how to measure the 5th cut to determine if and how much the fence needs to adjusted. Thank you for a great instructable.

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  • 10 MORE Woodworking Tricks the Pros Use

    Great tips! My wife and I make dolls beds; i do all of the woodwork and she does all of the sewing. I use 1/2" dowels for the feet and need to drill a hole in the center to attach them to the bed. I didn't have a drill press when we were making the first batch of beds, but I did drill a hole in a scrap piece of wood to hold the dowel for drilling the hole. None of my holes were centered in the dowel, but then again it didn't really matter because they aren't normally seen.BTW, you mixed up former and latter in the beginning of the article. It should be "This instructable is here to help you with the latter...". Former being first, in this case the hard work.

    Great tips! My wife and I have made doll beds; I do all of the woodwork and she does all of the sewing. I use 1/2" dowels for the feet and need to drill a hole in them to attach them to the bed. I didn't have a drill press when we first started making them, but I did drill a 1/2" diameter,1/4" deep hole in a scrap piece of wood to hold the dowel. None of the holes were centered, nor did they go through straight in the dowel, but then again the bottom of the feet aren't normally seen so it really didn't matter. I have a drill press now so my holes will be centered and straight through the dowels now. BTW, you mixed up former and latter in the beginning of the article. It should read "This instructable is here to help you with the latter...". Former being first, i...

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    Great tips! My wife and I have made doll beds; I do all of the woodwork and she does all of the sewing. I use 1/2" dowels for the feet and need to drill a hole in them to attach them to the bed. I didn't have a drill press when we first started making them, but I did drill a 1/2" diameter,1/4" deep hole in a scrap piece of wood to hold the dowel. None of the holes were centered, nor did they go through straight in the dowel, but then again the bottom of the feet aren't normally seen so it really didn't matter. I have a drill press now so my holes will be centered and straight through the dowels now. BTW, you mixed up former and latter in the beginning of the article. It should read "This instructable is here to help you with the latter...". Former being first, in this case the hard work.

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  • autotech1 commented on FrontierShed's instructable New and Improved Drill Press Table2 months ago
    New and Improved Drill Press Table

    I recently purchased a used drill press and upon using it the first time, I also found the table to be woefully inadequate. I want to build a new table for it, so I'm glad that you show how yours was made and I will be using it as a guide for when I build mine. I will also probably use your fence as a guide for the fence I build because your design is the best I've seen so far. I have a question; why did you stack six pieces of plywood between the table base and the table top? I was just wondering. Thanks for the instructable.

    Thanks, that answers my question. My drill is an 8" model so I'm sure I will have to make mine shorter. Again, nice job.

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  • autotech1 commented on Technopolis STREAM's instructable Macro Lens With Pringles Can2 months ago
    Macro Lens With Pringles Can

    The lens he used was a lens for an SLR or DSLR camera, he mounted it in reverse of how it would normally be mounted on the camera. When you look at the lens you can see the threads that engage in the camera body, and if you look at the second picture in the article, you will see a view of the lens that you would see when it's on the camera. The specs for the lens is printed on the outward facing side of the lens.

    The lens he used is from an SLR or DSLR camera. You can tell that it's reversed because you can see the threads that would engage in the camera body as they now face outwards. If you look at the second picture in the article you will see a view of the lens that you would see if it was mounted on the camera, it has the specs of the lens printed on it.

    The lens he used was a lens for an SLR or DSLR camera, he mounted it in reverse of how it would normally be mounted on the camera. When you look at the lens you can see the treads that engage in the camera body. If you look at the second picture in the article you will see the part of the lens with that you would normally see when it's mounted on the camera. It has all of the info about the lens printed on it.

    The lens he used was a lens for an SLR or DSLR camera, hemounted it in reverse of how it would be mounted on the camera by itself. Whenyou look at the lens you can see the threads that engage in the camera body,and if you look at the second picture in the article, you will see a view ofthe lens that you would see when it's on the camera. The specs for the lens areprinted on the outward facing side of the lens.

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  • autotech1 commented on Left-field Designs's instructable 3D Printed Kitten Wheelchair3 months ago
    3D Printed Kitten Wheelchair

    I hate it when I see animals that have been injured. Fortunately they are more resilient that humans in some ways because they don't see other animals doing things in a "normal" way and think "Why can't I do that?" and they adapt to their handicap. But for those that are too young that the time it takes to adapt could place them in further danger, I am glad that there are people like you that can and do help. I have helped in the past by taking in two rabbits, (at separate times), one of which was abandoned; the other, the owner feared she would come home to a missing or dead pet because her parents hated animals. Kudos to you!

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  • autotech1 commented on BrittLiv's instructable Ozone Generator4 months ago
    Ozone Generator

    I am so glad that you put the warning about ozone being dangerous. As a retired automotive technician we used ozone generators in vehicles that had water intrusion into the vehicle interior and that wasn't repaired quickly enough to prevent the odors occurring. We ran the ozone generators for the recommended length of time, sometimes longer if the odor was especially bad, and when it was finished we opened all of the doors for a while to let it air out before we could start reinstalling the new jute, carpet, (new if needed), seats, etc back into the vehicle.

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  • autotech1 commented on jessyratfink's instructable Unusual Uses for Dryer Sheets4 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Dryer Sheets

    We also don't use dryer sheets, If you have an automatic dryer like we do, one that runs according to how wet the items are, dryer sheets can coat the sensor causing it so that it cannot detect the true level of dryness of the items in the dryer. Sometimes the sensor can be cleaned, other times it needs to be replaced. If your automatic dryer seems to be running longer than it should be, you may have an issue with the sensor. They will also leave a film on the filter screen that as it builds up will block air from flowing through it properly also causing long drying times. That's an easier fix though, just routinely wash the filter screen.

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  • autotech1 commented on tomatoskins's instructable Benchtop Disc Sander5 months ago
    Benchtop Disc Sander

    There's a reason why Harbor Freight tools are so inexpensive. You get what you pay for. As a professional automotive technician I was hesitant to buy any tools from them, but I gave it a shot with some ratchets. Sure they have a lifetime warranty on a lot of their hand tools. But when you're constantly having to fulfill that warranty it's not worth it. I was considering buying their bench sander, but a friend said not to because he is on his fourth one because the motor keeps burning out.

    For a first time attempt at building a tool, especially a power tool, you did a great job. If I can procure a 120 volt motor I will seriously consider building one for myself.

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  • autotech1 commented on evanandkatelyn's instructable Simple DIY Flap Sander5 months ago
    Simple DIY Flap Sander

    You're welcome. I'm sure either method works fine so I'm going to make a selection of them in different grits because my usual method leaves a lot to be desired. I usually wrap sandpaper around the inside of what I'm sanding and the put a wheel cylinder hone in it and spin it with my drill. https://www.amazon.com/T71791-4-Inch-2-Inch-Adjus...The problem with this method is the stones are so fine that they don't always grip the back of the sandpaper, but when they do the bore can't have any obstructions otherwise the wheel cylinder hone can come flying out.

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  • autotech1 commented on evanandkatelyn's instructable Simple DIY Flap Sander5 months ago
    Simple DIY Flap Sander

    They folded the sandpaper in half lengthwise so it has the business side of the sandpaper making contact all of the time. You can see it clearly at the 1:10 mark.

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  • Carving a Workshop Stool With an Angle Grinder for Alec Steele

    You did a really nice job with that! I hope he liked it.

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  • autotech1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Zip Ties5 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Zip Ties

    When cars had individual ignition cables, (aka spark plug wires), the heat from the engine bay over time would make the factory ignition cable guides/separators brittle. They would break sometimes when opening them to replace the ignition cables or if you had to move them from their mounts to gain access to whatever repair was being made Since I didn't have immediate access to the OEM parts, I would take cable ties, loosely wrap one of them around each group of ignition cables where it was needed, then I would take one less cable tie than there were ignition cables at that location, wrap them perpendicular around the first cable tie between each ignition cable, and then cinch them all up and cut off the excess. It made for a clean and more professional appearance as opposed to having t...

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    When cars had individual ignition cables, (aka spark plug wires), the heat from the engine bay over time would make the factory ignition cable guides/separators brittle. They would break sometimes when opening them to replace the ignition cables or if you had to move them from their mounts to gain access to whatever repair was being made Since I didn't have immediate access to the OEM parts, I would take cable ties, loosely wrap one of them around each group of ignition cables where it was needed, then I would take one less cable tie than there were ignition cables at that location, wrap them perpendicular around the first cable tie between each ignition cable, and then cinch them all up and cut off the excess. It made for a clean and more professional appearance as opposed to having the ignition cables loosely laying all over the place. I just wish they had had more colors than black or white, I could have made it quite colorful.

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  • autotech1 commented on diycreators's instructable How to Make a Simple Crosscut Jig 5 months ago
    How to Make a Simple Crosscut Jig

    I made the rip fence for my home made table saw based on your design because it was the best option for my needs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0R5rO1jJqM&t=10sWhen I build a crosscut sled I'll probably base it on your design too because it's designed to get the job done efficiently while taking up minimal space. I'll need to figure out a way to attach it to my miter gauge because mine doesn't have any holes to mount the sled and I don't necessarily want to drill into it either. I might just buy another miter gauge to use primarily with the crosscut sled. That depends on the cost of the miter gauge though.

    I made the rip fence for my home made table saw based on your design because it was the best option for my needs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0R5rO1jJqM&t=10sWhen I build a crosscut sled I'll probably base it on your design too because it's designed to get the job done efficiently while taking up minimal space. I'll need to figure out a way to attach it to my miter gauge because mine doesn't have any holes to mount the sled and I don't necessarily want to drill into it either. I might just buy another miter gauge to use primarily with the crosscut sled. That depends on the cost of the miter gauge though.

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  • autotech1 commented on Paige Russell's instructable 10 Unusual Uses for Baking Soda6 months ago
    10 Unusual Uses for Baking Soda

    When I was growing up my mom would have us use it to brush our teeth if we had run out of toothpaste. It didn't have a pleasant taste or feeling, but it did clean our teeth. I don't know if it was actually safe for our them using it full strength, but I now use Arm & Hammer® toothpaste exclusively when I brush my teeth.

    Taz-Hood, for the grease ants you could try mixing a little cooking oil, used or fresh, or grease from something you cooked with the baking soda and then put that out. If that doesn't work I have used Terro® liquid ant killer with great success when we have had the tiny ants in the house. Since they tend to congregate in walls and don't mind making an electrical outlet their home, (I had a GFCI outlet that kept tripping in hard rain and I eventually that ants were in an outside outlet box and they had built their nest around the outlet. The box was completely packed with them and their nest), they can be a huge inconvenience.

    Taz-Hood, for the grease ants you could try mixing a little cooking oil, used or fresh, or grease from something you cooked with the baking soda and then put that out. If that doesn't work I have used Terro® liquid ant killer with great success when we have had the tiny ants in the house. Since they tend to congregate in walls and don't mind making an electrical outlet their home, (I had a GFCI outlet that kept tripping in hard rain and I eventually found ants in an outside outlet box that had built their nest around the outlet. The box was completely packed with them and their nest), they can be a huge inconvenience.

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  • How to Clean the Inside of a Headlight

    I've poured rubbing alcohol in headlights, swished it around and then poured it out and had decent results. Unless you have the time to let them air dry or have access to compressed air to lightly blow into the housing, this is more time consuming and won't actually get them as clean as doing it your way. Rubbing alcohol shouldn't harm the plastic, but like you said, test it on an inconspicuous place before possibly damaging the headlamp. For those that have never changed a light bulb, handle halogen and HID bulbs from the base, not the glass, but if you do touch the glass, clean it with a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol to remove any oils from contact with your skin. The oils from your skin can shorten the life of the bulb and I've seen some that shattered, (inside the housing), when th...

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    I've poured rubbing alcohol in headlights, swished it around and then poured it out and had decent results. Unless you have the time to let them air dry or have access to compressed air to lightly blow into the housing, this is more time consuming and won't actually get them as clean as doing it your way. Rubbing alcohol shouldn't harm the plastic, but like you said, test it on an inconspicuous place before possibly damaging the headlamp. For those that have never changed a light bulb, handle halogen and HID bulbs from the base, not the glass, but if you do touch the glass, clean it with a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol to remove any oils from contact with your skin. The oils from your skin can shorten the life of the bulb and I've seen some that shattered, (inside the housing), when the lights were turned back on and they started heating up.

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  • autotech1 commented on ThomasVDD's instructable Hard Drive Sander6 months ago
    Hard Drive Sander

    I kept the power supply from each of the computers too.

    I spent hours removing hard drives from computers that my wife's ex employer wanted the discs destroyed for security purposes, taking them apart and salvaging what I wanted. As I disassembled them I tried to figure out how to get the motors to turn but I had no luck. I couldn't find anything on YouTube to help either. I wish that I had had this instructable then, because I ended up recycling all of the cases after I removed the spindles and magnets from them.

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  • autotech1 commented on smurray2's instructable Cordless/Corded Drill6 months ago
    Cordless/Corded Drill

    Since my comment I took apart my Li Ion battery and found out that it's much harder to repair than the Ni-Cad batteries I've done in the past. I never had a problem with Ni-Cad batteries, but the batteries were soldered to the connectors whether it was wires or flat metal bands, but these Li Ion batteries seem to be laser soldered so considering that I don't have access to laser soldering equipment, I'm not going to repair it.

    I'm not sure where you are located, but in the U.S. 3.6 volt lithium ion batteries are readily available and inexpensive so you could rebuild a battery pack inexpensively as I plan to do with one of my batteries. Just a thought.

    I'm not sure where you are located, but in the U.S. 3.6 volt batteries are readily available and inexpensive so you could rebuild a battery pack inexpensively as I plan to do with one of my batteries. Just a thought.

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  • autotech1 commented on Lftndbt's instructable ISteadii 2.0 - Image Stabilizing Unit6 months ago
    ISteadii 2.0 - Image Stabilizing Unit

    The lead sinker inside the ball puts 8 oz of weight, (.5 lb or 226.7 g), below the camera. When you hold the camera, the extra weight lowers the center of gravity of just the camera and considerably reduces camera shake. I hope this helps.

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  • autotech1 commented on timberanew's instructable Portable Benchtop Spring Pole Lathe7 months ago
    Portable Benchtop Spring Pole Lathe

    I really like your lathe and you made it without using a single power tool. I don't know if I would have the patience to do that so I applaud you for it. You are a real life Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the main character on NCIS, an American TV show. Along with some smaller projects he has built many sailboats in his basement.Maybe I will try this as I do want a lathe and they can be really expensive for a good one.

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  • autotech1 commented on JonneMila's instructable How to make a Bottle Prison9 months ago
    How to make a Bottle Prison

    Or better yet judicious use of JB Weld.

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  • How to build an insanely bright LED flashlight!

    I like this instructable and already looked up the parts for availability and costs to make one. Living in the US I had to copy and paste the description of the items once I opened your links to get the correct prices. The link for the bulb and the link for the lens and reflector returned pages stating "sorry we couldn't find that page". I found a 44mm lens with a 50mm reflector and a LOHAS 100w LED chip by searching for lens and reflector and then 100w LED bulb. Here are the links for anyone else wanting to build one. Keep in mind these are US prices.Lens and reflector: https://www.amazon.com/Reflector-Collimator-Hous...100w LED chip: https://www.amazon.com/LOHAS-White-Power-Energy-Saving/dp/B00CZ75TWA/ref=sr_1_4?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1486653164&sr=1-4&keywords=10...

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    I like this instructable and already looked up the parts for availability and costs to make one. Living in the US I had to copy and paste the description of the items once I opened your links to get the correct prices. The link for the bulb and the link for the lens and reflector returned pages stating "sorry we couldn't find that page". I found a 44mm lens with a 50mm reflector and a LOHAS 100w LED chip by searching for lens and reflector and then 100w LED bulb. Here are the links for anyone else wanting to build one. Keep in mind these are US prices.Lens and reflector: https://www.amazon.com/Reflector-Collimator-Hous...100w LED chip: https://www.amazon.com/LOHAS-White-Power-Energy-Saving/dp/B00CZ75TWA/ref=sr_1_4?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1486653164&sr=1-4&keywords=100w+LEDPoor nocturnal animals though, they probably went to bed hungry when you were testing your light! lol

    I like this instructable so I already looked up the parts for availability and prices to make one. Living in the US, once I opened the links I needed to copy and paste the description of the item to get the correct prices for me. Two of the links, the one for the bulb and the one for the lens and reflector returned pages stating "sorry we couldn't find that page", but I found a 100w LED chip and a 44mm lens with a 50mm reflector by searching for 100w LED bulb then lens and reflector.. I've included the links for anyone else looking for the parts, but keep in mind they are US prices.100w LED chip: https://www.amazon.com/LOHAS-White-Power-Energy-Sa...Lens and reflector: https://www.amazon.com/Reflector-Collimator-Housin...Poor nocturnal animals though, they probably went back to...

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    I like this instructable so I already looked up the parts for availability and prices to make one. Living in the US, once I opened the links I needed to copy and paste the description of the item to get the correct prices for me. Two of the links, the one for the bulb and the one for the lens and reflector returned pages stating "sorry we couldn't find that page", but I found a 100w LED chip and a 44mm lens with a 50mm reflector by searching for 100w LED bulb then lens and reflector.. I've included the links for anyone else looking for the parts, but keep in mind they are US prices.100w LED chip: https://www.amazon.com/LOHAS-White-Power-Energy-Sa...Lens and reflector: https://www.amazon.com/Reflector-Collimator-Housin...Poor nocturnal animals though, they probably went back to sleep hungry thinking it was daylight again while you were testing your light! lol

    I like this instructable and already looked up the parts for availability and costs. Living in the US I had to copy and paste the description of the items once I opened your links to get the correct prices. Two of the links, the bulb and the lens and reflector returned a page stating "sorry we couldn't find that page", but I think it won't be a difficult workaround to get those parts.Poor nocturnal animals though, they probably went to bed hungry when you were testing your light!

    I like this instructable and already looked up the parts for availability and costs to make one. Living in the US I had to copy and paste the description of the items once I opened your links to get the correct prices. The link for the bulb and the link for the lens and reflector returned pages stating "sorry we couldn't find that page". I found a 44mm lens with a 50mm reflector and a LOHAS 100w LED chip by searching for lens and reflector and then 100w LED bulb. Here are the links for anyone else wanting to build one. Keep in mind these are US prices.Lens and reflector: https://www.amazon.com/Reflector-Collimator-Hous...100w LED chip: https://www.amazon.com/LOHAS-White-Power-Energy-Saving/dp/B00CZ75TWA/ref=sr_1_4?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1486653164&sr=1-4&keywords=10...

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    I like this instructable and already looked up the parts for availability and costs to make one. Living in the US I had to copy and paste the description of the items once I opened your links to get the correct prices. The link for the bulb and the link for the lens and reflector returned pages stating "sorry we couldn't find that page". I found a 44mm lens with a 50mm reflector and a LOHAS 100w LED chip by searching for lens and reflector and then 100w LED bulb. Here are the links for anyone else wanting to build one. Keep in mind these are US prices.Lens and reflector: https://www.amazon.com/Reflector-Collimator-Hous...100w LED chip: https://www.amazon.com/LOHAS-White-Power-Energy-Saving/dp/B00CZ75TWA/ref=sr_1_4?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1486653164&sr=1-4&keywords=100w+LEDPoor nocturnal animals though, they probably went to bed hungry when you were testing your light! *_*

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  • autotech1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Homemade Sausage10 months ago
    Homemade Sausage

    Thanks for both suggestions. I neglected to thank you for the first one, sorry. I have yet to talk my wife into getting the mixer, even when a plain white one was on sale for a bit under $200.

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  • autotech1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Homemade Sausage1 year ago
    Homemade Sausage

    My wife can't eat pork and after reading this I now have a hunger for sausage, (thanks BTW), so I want to try making sausage using beef or chicken. All I have to do is talk her into getting a KitchenAid® mixer and the attachments. She's been saying no for the longest time so wish me luck! Thanks for the article.

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  • autotech1 commented on Shenzhen's instructable Carbon tape heated steering wheel1 year ago
    Carbon tape heated steering wheel

    Some of these instructables should be scrutinized very carefully before posting them for safety reasons. As posted above, steering wheel with air bags should not be removed before disabling the air bag system and allowing enough time for the system to power down from its reserve power. You did know that supplemental inflatable restraint systems have a reserve capacity built into the DERM, (diagnostic energy reserve module), didn't you? How else could an air bag be deployed in the event of power loss to the DERM? It amazes me that some of these instructables that should contain safety warnings don't.

    Some of these instructables should be scrutinized very carefully before posting them for safety reasons. As cbowers 18 posted, air bags have explosives in them in order to deploy the air bag. The propellant is Sodium Azide and it's actually solid rocket fuel, the same compound used by NASA to launch the space shuttle and other rockets. Amateurs should not even consider touching anything having to do with an airbag, but if they insist on doing so, the air bag module should not be removed before disabling the air bag system and allowing enough time for the system to power down from its reserve power. You did know that supplemental inflatable restraint systems have a reserve capacity built into the DERM, (diagnostic energy reserve module), didn't you? How else could an air bag be deployed...

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    Some of these instructables should be scrutinized very carefully before posting them for safety reasons. As cbowers 18 posted, air bags have explosives in them in order to deploy the air bag. The propellant is Sodium Azide and it's actually solid rocket fuel, the same compound used by NASA to launch the space shuttle and other rockets. Amateurs should not even consider touching anything having to do with an airbag, but if they insist on doing so, the air bag module should not be removed before disabling the air bag system and allowing enough time for the system to power down from its reserve power. You did know that supplemental inflatable restraint systems have a reserve capacity built into the DERM, (diagnostic energy reserve module), didn't you? How else could an air bag be deployed in the event of an accident when power to the DERM was lost? It amazes me that some of these instructables that should contain safety warnings don't. I shake my head in amazement and cringe every time I read one that deals with modifying a car in any way because I have seen and repaired many accessory installations performed by supposed professionals that either disabled or compromised a safety system that would have resulted in that system not operating properly or at all in case it was needed to avoid an accident or in the event of an accident.

    Some of these instructables should be scrutinized very carefully for safety reasons before they get published. As cbowers 18 posted, air bags have explosives in them in order to deploy the air bag, it's Sodium Azide, rocket fuel. The same stuff that NASA uses to launch the space shuttle and other space vehicles. Amateurs should not even consider touching anything having to do with the air bag system, but if they insist on doing so, the air bag module should not be removed before disabling the system and allowing sufficient time for the reserve power to power down. You did know that supplemental inflatable restraint systems have a reserve power built into the DERM, (diagnostic energy reserve module), didn't you? After all the ER stand for energy reserve. How else could any of the air bag...

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    Some of these instructables should be scrutinized very carefully for safety reasons before they get published. As cbowers 18 posted, air bags have explosives in them in order to deploy the air bag, it's Sodium Azide, rocket fuel. The same stuff that NASA uses to launch the space shuttle and other space vehicles. Amateurs should not even consider touching anything having to do with the air bag system, but if they insist on doing so, the air bag module should not be removed before disabling the system and allowing sufficient time for the reserve power to power down. You did know that supplemental inflatable restraint systems have a reserve power built into the DERM, (diagnostic energy reserve module), didn't you? After all the ER stand for energy reserve. How else could any of the air bags be deployed in the event of an accident where power to the DERM was lost for some reason?It amazes me that some of these instructables that should contain safety warnings don't. I shake my head in amazement and cringe every time I read one that deals with modifying a car in any way. I have seen and repaired many accessory installations that were made by supposed professionals that either disabled or compromised a safety system that would have resulted in that system not operating properly or at all in case it was needed to avoid and accident or in the event of an accident.

    Some of these instructables should be scrutinized verycarefully before postingthem for safety reasons. As cbowers 18 posted, air bags have explosives in themin order to deploy the air bag. The propellant is Sodium Azide, solid rocket fuel, the samecompound used by NASA to launch the space shuttle and other rockets. Amateursshould not even consider touching anything having to do with an airbag, but ifthey insist on doing so, the air bag module should not be removed beforedisabling the air bag system and allowing enough time for the system to powerdown from its reserve power. You did know that supplemental inflatablerestraint systems have a reserve capacity built into the DERM, (diagnostic energy reserve module),didn't you? How else could an air bag be deployed in the event of an accident...

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    Some of these instructables should be scrutinized verycarefully before postingthem for safety reasons. As cbowers 18 posted, air bags have explosives in themin order to deploy the air bag. The propellant is Sodium Azide, solid rocket fuel, the samecompound used by NASA to launch the space shuttle and other rockets. Amateursshould not even consider touching anything having to do with an airbag, but ifthey insist on doing so, the air bag module should not be removed beforedisabling the air bag system and allowing enough time for the system to powerdown from its reserve power. You did know that supplemental inflatablerestraint systems have a reserve capacity built into the DERM, (diagnostic energy reserve module),didn't you? How else could an air bag be deployed in the event of an accidentwhen power to the DERM was lost? It amazes me that some of these instructablesthat should contain safety warnings don't. I shake my head in amazement andcringe every time I read one that deals with modifying a car in any way becauseI have seen and repaired many accessory installations performed by supposed professionals thateither disabled or compromised a safety system that would have resulted in thatsystem not operating properly or at all in case it was needed to avoid anaccident or in the event of an accident.

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