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  • charliewinters commented on tanner_tech's instructable DIY Induction Heater2 months ago
    DIY Induction Heater

    Pretty much a coffee pot already. When you take a coffee pot apart, you will find a single loop of material with a tube attached that heats the water as it passes through, and heats the plate at the same time.

    I was thinking about that as I looked at it too. The coil will work without the tube. The heat of the object inside will heat the pipe, and if you drop that little red hot piece of metal in there, you will be burning pvc easily. I don't know if a piece of copper pipe would work better, but iny mind it might be worth the experiment/experience.

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  • charliewinters commented on frEmn's instructable Repair Mouse With Double Click Problem7 months ago
    Repair Mouse With Double Click Problem

    I followed this instructable to repair my clicker. The first time I did it, I kind of bent my tab, and it worked for about two weeks, before it started double clicking again. I then did it again, and it works like new.I used the smooth handle of a nail file (anything flat and smooth piece of metal would work) to flatten out the spring clip as much as possible.I was able to place it on there with my fingers, but I was also using a dental pick in my left hand to help guide the other side on. I found it much easier the second time to use a pick tool (anything pointy, and thin diameter would work). After I used the pick to position it, I slid the pick in between the curved part, and the flat part, and applied downward pressure to push it into the groove that holds it.The whole thing was...

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    I followed this instructable to repair my clicker. The first time I did it, I kind of bent my tab, and it worked for about two weeks, before it started double clicking again. I then did it again, and it works like new.I used the smooth handle of a nail file (anything flat and smooth piece of metal would work) to flatten out the spring clip as much as possible.I was able to place it on there with my fingers, but I was also using a dental pick in my left hand to help guide the other side on. I found it much easier the second time to use a pick tool (anything pointy, and thin diameter would work). After I used the pick to position it, I slid the pick in between the curved part, and the flat part, and applied downward pressure to push it into the groove that holds it.The whole thing was slightly curved after doing that (same with the first time), so I use the pick to pull upwards on it in various places until it looked pretty flat. Once it looked good, I put the covers back on using a piece of tape stuck to the outside to hold the button in, as well as hold the cover. By holding the tab of tape, I was able to put it back in without trying to squeeze my fingers into the tight space. Once it was lined up over the bottom half, I was able to use my other hand to press it onto the base to lock it on. Very simple.I enjoyed your instructable. The images are descriptive. I suggest you take notes from the comments here, and rewrite a little of the text to make it even better though. The process can be simplified.A footnote for everyone else. Be aware that there may be screws hidden under the stickers. Do not try to force your mouse apart. It should come apart easily. If it doesn't, take something and slide it over your sticker until you feel it give a little. The screws will be hidden in the dimples.

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  • Bottle Cutting With a Soldering Iron

    Doesn't necessarily need to be a wire. It could be a plate.

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  • charliewinters commented on Leperello Mikesiah's instructable Make A Guitar Pickup10 months ago
    Make A Guitar Pickup

    If you're using steel bolts/screws, you can smack them against a big magnet, such as a speaker magnet, and they will become somewhat magnetized. Doing so before you put them in the pickup might make the pickup work a little better? I haven't tried it, just a thought.

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  • charliewinters commented on mage2's instructable Heatgun Desoldering1 year ago
    Heatgun Desoldering

    If you're going to use this method, be careful to not overheat it. It is easy to do, and those fumes are not good to breathe.

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  • Stop using Ferric Chloride etchant!  (A better etching solution.)

    Best to do your mixing in a glass/pyrex container, and then transfer it to the plastic storage after it has cooled.The last time I made enchant, I did it outdoors in the middle of an adjacent field, in glass, and with a face mask because you don't want to be breathing that hydrogen, and the chance of an errant spark/flame is less likely.When you're done making it, you can slowly funnel it into a plastic jug inside of a bucket (in case it tips over while you pour it). This stuff will make any metal in the room rust quickly if left open, or is stored in an improper container. I have my last batch stored in a yard/pool container with a flip top lid, along with the leftover acid I used to make it.One day I tossed a few scraps of stainless steel in the box for some reason or another. When...

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    Best to do your mixing in a glass/pyrex container, and then transfer it to the plastic storage after it has cooled.The last time I made enchant, I did it outdoors in the middle of an adjacent field, in glass, and with a face mask because you don't want to be breathing that hydrogen, and the chance of an errant spark/flame is less likely.When you're done making it, you can slowly funnel it into a plastic jug inside of a bucket (in case it tips over while you pour it). This stuff will make any metal in the room rust quickly if left open, or is stored in an improper container. I have my last batch stored in a yard/pool container with a flip top lid, along with the leftover acid I used to make it.One day I tossed a few scraps of stainless steel in the box for some reason or another. When I came back several months later, most of the stainless steel is rusted on the surface. There isn't much plating left.Before I started storing the acids outside in their own container, the vented caps would allow the acid into the air, and my tools were rusting like crazy from the open air.

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  • Disassembling a CD/DVD reader and reusing its parts

    I always disassemble them for some reason. I've got a box full of misc dc motors that came out of printers, cd/dvds, and laser units, among other electronic parts.Interested in taking some off of my hands, get in touch with me, and we'll work something out. I'd like to get rid of them all by the box at the moment actually because I have too many other things going to put them to use.

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  • Make 4 Useful Things From 9V Dead Battery

    Not really a response to you, but your comment inspired my thought.I don't recommend it, but I've put my finger right on a hot main to prove a point with a live 470v main. If you are not grounded on your body elsewhere, and have good boots, it's not going to kill you. IF YOU ARE NOT GROUNDED. That's the important part. Ground out, and you're not going to be a happy camper if you survive.I am an ex-electrician. I can attest to working live wires, and surviving, yet having them blow up when the tip hits ground due to incorrectly labeled breakers. I've been shocked more times than I can count. The worst feeling of them being an overloaded, and unbonded neutral wire (yes, the white wire can shock you on older or inproperly installed services that are not up code).No matter how well y...

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    Not really a response to you, but your comment inspired my thought.I don't recommend it, but I've put my finger right on a hot main to prove a point with a live 470v main. If you are not grounded on your body elsewhere, and have good boots, it's not going to kill you. IF YOU ARE NOT GROUNDED. That's the important part. Ground out, and you're not going to be a happy camper if you survive.I am an ex-electrician. I can attest to working live wires, and surviving, yet having them blow up when the tip hits ground due to incorrectly labeled breakers. I've been shocked more times than I can count. The worst feeling of them being an overloaded, and unbonded neutral wire (yes, the white wire can shock you on older or inproperly installed services that are not up code).No matter how well you trust your partner, always test the wires with your meter/ticker. Always question your ticker. They're handy, but I've had several that would chirp on dead wires, and not chirp on live ones. When in doubt, get the meter out.

    I wouldn't say it hurts, but it is unpleasant. To me, it's like tasting something very bitter.

    For me, it was a paper clip in a socket. I stuck it in, and watched it vibrate. Touched it, and the circuit popped. I was maybe 4.

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  • How to vacuum seal a mason jar

    As far as sealing the tube to remove the valve, I would reckon that one could use a very hot pair of pliers to crimp the hose melting the end together. Then you could cut off the tube above the crimp.Another option would be to make the valve flush with the lid by turning it down sideways so that it is as near flush as possible. Then you could glue on a ring to the lid that allows the jars to be stacked.If you get some funding to do it, it would be easy enough to design a lid that could be mass produced all in one piece of plastic to simplify it. Just hook it up to your vacuum pump/syringe, and viola. Vacuum sealed jar.As far as storing any food stuffs, it is highly recommended by food safety professionals that one should not store food in a dry pack jar. This could be useful for a...

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    As far as sealing the tube to remove the valve, I would reckon that one could use a very hot pair of pliers to crimp the hose melting the end together. Then you could cut off the tube above the crimp.Another option would be to make the valve flush with the lid by turning it down sideways so that it is as near flush as possible. Then you could glue on a ring to the lid that allows the jars to be stacked.If you get some funding to do it, it would be easy enough to design a lid that could be mass produced all in one piece of plastic to simplify it. Just hook it up to your vacuum pump/syringe, and viola. Vacuum sealed jar.As far as storing any food stuffs, it is highly recommended by food safety professionals that one should not store food in a dry pack jar. This could be useful for all sorts of dry supplies though.

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  • How to salvage a DVD Drive For Free Parts

    Me too. I picked the habit up from my grandfather. He had a cabinet about 8'x6'x3' (HxWxL) with shelves full of coffee cans loaded with salvaged hardware at his shop. His garage was like a parts warehouse. We almost never had to buy a bolt, nut, screw, etc.If you look at that those motors, hardware, brackets, as money saved... you're rich in a way. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Not to mention the melt down value of all of it if ya ever have to leave it behind and can't find a buyer.Those guys that own those huge junkyards are worth millions in scrap metal alone. But an intact part can worth so much more than an ingot. Especially when that part is no longer manufactured.

    If you do not need the face of the unit, stick a flat screw driver in the front of the tray, and pry. It'll snap right off, and then you can pop the face of the unit off before disassembling it. I've found that to cut down on my disassembly time significantly.

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