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  • caruncles commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Fix a Hole in Drywall5 days ago
    Fix a Hole in Drywall

    I keep some mesh bags that fruit and vegetables come in. I cut a piece bigger than the hole and mud it. With needle nose pliers, I grab it in the middle and push it through the hole, then pull some of it back out just enough to hold it in place while the mud dries on the inside of the wall. I go and do something else while the mud dries. I'll come back and finish it. It might take a couple of times to get it pretty, depending how big the hole is. However, I like your method better. I would certainly consider it in a place where there will be high visibility, because it looks like a cleaner patch. Good Job!

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    I did this a couple weeks ago. However, I just pulled the stopper up from the top and all the gunk was there. I have a septic tank, so I didn't flush it. I dumped it in the flower bed on the back 40. Yea, aligning that stopper up with that lever is the hard part. Until I "discovered" this is where the clog really is and not in the P-trap, I wanted to replace the built-in stopper with a free-moving strainer and plug. However, this is not that hard after you've done it once, AND mine caught a lot of gunk.

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  • Bottle Cutting With a Soldering Iron

    I appreciate the idea but I'm afraid I don't have that much patience. I remember when we were kids, and didn't have a glass cutter, we would soak twine in some kind of fuel then wrap it around the bottle where we wanted the cut, then light it. It wasn't always perfect, but It worked most of the time.

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  • caruncles commented on tguck32's instructable How to Temper Steel3 weeks ago
    How to Temper Steel

    Good presentation! However, if you are forging something more valuable you need to quench in oil. Cooling the metal too fast can cause it to crack or de-laminate, especially if you forge different pieces together. I like the mini-forge!

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  • caruncles commented on SpecificLove's instructable Survival Whistle from a Soup Can2 months ago
    Survival Whistle from a Soup Can

    the bottle cap needs no modifications. Hold the the thumbs together. Place them over the cap leaving a little V above the knuckles. Put your lips on the knuckles and blow. You can master it in less than 5 minutes. As said, keeping a bottle cap in your pocket is about as easy as it gets. This also works with half a hickory nut shell. This whistle is very loud. All that being said, I'm going to try the can thing just to say I did.

    If you can't make the whistle, beat on the can like a drum. Use the shiny parts for a reflector (if the sun is shining).

    Yep, white oaks are a good size. Hickory nuts work too.

    depends on at what age you consider a "kid" and what you've taught them. I was carrying a pocket knife when I was 7 years old. I was taught how and when to use it.

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  • Start Your Car With a Rope (Dead Battery Life Hack)

    I'm really surprised anyone could do this. I was a shade tree mechanic in my teens and 20's and had several manual trans cars and had a lot of experience pushing (with people and with another vehicle). It's very hard to turn that engine over, much less with the transmission connected to it. Having said that, with the little bitty engines in some little bitty cars nowadays, It must be possible. I'd bet it can't be done on 6 or 8 cylinder engine.

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  • caruncles commented on dcshoeco33's instructable simple electronic ignitor8 months ago
    simple electronic ignitor

    I've been interested in making something like this, but would need to make a spark to set off a black powder charge. However, I think it would need some type of step-up transformer like an engine coil (DC). This application would be for large, too-far-to-run, explosives that require a wire directly to the blasting cap/charge. Your "ible" is cool, but I wouldn't want to haul all that around just to light firecrackers or mortars. A 3-pack of Bic lighters from the convenience store for $1.50 seems much more convenient. Still, keep up the good work!

    in serial. Pos-neg-pos-neg-pos-neg. probably need to solder them. This is how your cordless, rechargeable, power tools work. The batteries in them are usually "sub-C" batteries wired in series.

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