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2Instructables420,591Views1,203CommentsGeorge West, TX and San Antonio, TXJoined May 3rd, 2007
I was an engineer for the Air Force for 28 years and did land ownership research across Texas for several years. Now I am a field appraiser for a tax district.

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  • Turn a Toy Gun Into an Awesome Prop Weapon!

    You inspired me. I started with a $3.00 dart gun from the grocery store. Painted with Rustoleum Silver Metalic (left side) and Bronze (right side). Aged the left with black and dark brown acrylics. Highlighted the left with silver Sharpie and right with Gold Sharpie. Will be aging the right side with the brown to start and see where that goes. Final will be Rustoleum clear coat. Thanks!

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  • dchall8 commented on mmchenry's instructable Reforming Soap Scraps1 month ago
    Reforming Soap Scraps

    Back in 2007 the MicroPlane brand was the only one that had a zesting quality blade. I believe there are others now. Look for the finest grater you can get at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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  • dchall8 commented on diycreators's instructable How to Make a Fire Bowl1 month ago
    How to Make a Fire Bowl

    If you make another one, pull the concrete out of the bowls right after it sets, and then sand the top flat. Concrete that has not hardened completely is much easier to sand.

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  • dchall8 commented on degrooty's instructable Laser Cut Stones1 month ago
    Laser Cut Stones

    I get the idea of hiding a spare key, but I don't get the idea of granting unlimited and forever access to anyone who has a memory or has a camera on their cell phone.

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  • dchall8 commented on zposner's instructable Hose Revival1 month ago
    Hose Revival

    gm280 has the start for stopping leaks. Brass is a funny metal, and all hoses and faucets come with brass parts. When you get a leak in a brass fitting, the water will erode the brass where it is leaking. I wasn't trying to demonstrate that concept, but I ended up eroding an expensive, solid brass, Sears Craftsman female fitting just 30 minutes after using it for the first time. I didn't even need a magnifying glass to see it. I could see it and feel it with my fingernail. So if you are going to use brass, use the hose washer and tighten it. Also make sure the male sides of the fitting are PERFECTLY flat across. This starts with the hose bib and goes to the ends of the hoses. In order to ensure they are flat you can use a file to flatten or do what I do. I cut off the ends and...

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    gm280 has the start for stopping leaks. Brass is a funny metal, and all hoses and faucets come with brass parts. When you get a leak in a brass fitting, the water will erode the brass where it is leaking. I wasn't trying to demonstrate that concept, but I ended up eroding an expensive, solid brass, Sears Craftsman female fitting just 30 minutes after using it for the first time. I didn't even need a magnifying glass to see it. I could see it and feel it with my fingernail. So if you are going to use brass, use the hose washer and tighten it. Also make sure the male sides of the fitting are PERFECTLY flat across. This starts with the hose bib and goes to the ends of the hoses. In order to ensure they are flat you can use a file to flatten or do what I do. I cut off the ends and replace them with plastic fittings. Plastic fittings are always flat, and plastic does not erode if it isn't tight enough. I also use #15 O-rings instead of flat washers for all my female ends.

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  • dchall8 commented on MadeByBarb's instructable DIY Concrete Faux Geode Lamp2 months ago
    DIY Concrete Faux Geode Lamp

    Good project. There's probably a (more expensive) way to do that with modeling clay if you don't want to get dusty.

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  • dchall8 commented on fannybekker's instructable Homemade Slime6 months ago
    Homemade Slime

    If you leave this out, will it harden?

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  • dchall8 commented on RoddyTheGreat's instructable Penknife Grip6 months ago
    Penknife Grip

    After many years, how is the Sugru holding up? Have you had to replace it?

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  • dchall8 commented on AndrewK68's instructable Fixing Frosted Chalked and Faded Headlights11 months ago
    Fixing Frosted Chalked and Faded Headlights

    I used clear Rustoleum after the fine sanding. That truly is the secret. Well done.

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