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  • gcai_fwb commented on andyk75's instructable Mobile Data-Backup With Raspberry Pi 33 days ago
    Mobile Data-Backup With Raspberry Pi 3

    great idea and good execution - however a much simpler and less expensive solution, if you have a Android based phone is an OTG cable - see http://thetechieguy.com/an-absolute-must-have-the-...they cost ~$5+ on amazon (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=sear... or you can make one yourself - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEo_nJ3iUYI - start @ 1:30 for example I've used OTG to perform picture backups: -copy pictures to internal SD card on phone from the camera SD card -then copy from the internal SD to an external USB stick -if your internal SD card is big enough you can leave the pictures there giving you 3 copies of your pictures, else delete from the phone -extra bonus: if you have enough data bandwidth/roaming is to backup in the cloud from the phone

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  • gcai_fwb commented on Jack OAT's instructable Authentic Bavarian Pretzels2 months ago
    Authentic Bavarian Pretzels

    @ Jack Oat in case you're interested here's the unadulterated recipe that my wife usesbtw she stores the lye solution between batches (in plastic/glass) - it lasts a long time sorry no pictures :)My Pretzel recipe (Anne's),Yup, this version works - makes 16 pretzels an be doubled.Ingredients:2 lb flour 1.5 tsp salt 1.5 Tbsp instant yeast (yes this works, very reactive in warm oven!) 1.5 Tbsp honey 600 ml water Make a stiff dough and knead 5 minutes or until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 hr or until doubled in oven with light on (preheat oven to 150F to speed up). Prepare pans - grease pretzel rack (1/4c canola oil - brush grids with oil using pastry brush), put on old nasty baking sheet Divide dough into 16 pieces; roll out each into 2 ft snake fatter in centre; do pr...see more »@ Jack Oat in case you're interested here's the unadulterated recipe that my wife usesbtw she stores the lye solution between batches (in plastic/glass) - it lasts a long time sorry no pictures :)My Pretzel recipe (Anne's),Yup, this version works - makes 16 pretzels an be doubled.Ingredients:2 lb flour 1.5 tsp salt 1.5 Tbsp instant yeast (yes this works, very reactive in warm oven!) 1.5 Tbsp honey 600 ml water Make a stiff dough and knead 5 minutes or until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 hr or until doubled in oven with light on (preheat oven to 150F to speed up). Prepare pans - grease pretzel rack (1/4c canola oil - brush grids with oil using pastry brush), put on old nasty baking sheet Divide dough into 16 pieces; roll out each into 2 ft snake fatter in centre; do pretzel twist. Let dry on a cloth until a bit of skin forms - 1-2 hrs. Note: dry seam-side down first, then flip at 30min to seams up - that's the final side). Don't skimp on drying - the lye is thinner with a good skin.Pour lye into deep glass bowl, diameter of pretzel. Use protective gloves (blue ones good); use stainless steel metal slotted spoon (try plastic spatula); dip in lye very briefly, seam-side up, pressing down briefly to moisten top. Carefully transfer to grid. Use razor knife (try razor blade) to slit fat part of pretzel; sprinkle with sea salt. Put on pretzel rack - 8 fit closely, use 2 trays, 1 batch of 16 (possible to put directly on teflon sheets but the lye pools and is strong to the taste = yuck). Bake @ 400F for 10 min. Turn down to 350F for 20 min. or convection 350F for 14 min (yes this works) Makes 16. Lye: Add 1/4 c pellets to 4 c of water and stir to dissolve. Must be stored in glass or plastic; do not contact with metal or skin.

    yes lye the secret - it is the only way to make authentic German pretzels - all the others pale in taste and texture.I can get pretzels from a local bakery but at a stupid price ($1.25 each last time I looked) but my wife makes them following roughly the same process as above based on recipe sourced by my mother from the local baker in Germany.I made some custom baking grids from 1/4" hardware cloth and she uses a sacrificial set of baking sheets - see pics - once they are wrecked who cares as the product never touches the sheet (i.e. the pretzels are suspended on the grids) - she also dips the pretzels rather than brushing using the grids for dying before baking - secondary benefit of the grids is circulation of air during baking. Also for complete authenticity the fat part of th...see more »yes lye the secret - it is the only way to make authentic German pretzels - all the others pale in taste and texture.I can get pretzels from a local bakery but at a stupid price ($1.25 each last time I looked) but my wife makes them following roughly the same process as above based on recipe sourced by my mother from the local baker in Germany.I made some custom baking grids from 1/4" hardware cloth and she uses a sacrificial set of baking sheets - see pics - once they are wrecked who cares as the product never touches the sheet (i.e. the pretzels are suspended on the grids) - she also dips the pretzels rather than brushing using the grids for dying before baking - secondary benefit of the grids is circulation of air during baking. Also for complete authenticity the fat part of the pretzel should be slashed before baking after the lye has dried to expose the inner dough - looks nice :)

    No not screen framing.PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT use anything ALUMINUM around lye - it reacts quite violently and creates hydrogen gas - very combustible.- same reason putting anything Aluminum through the dishwasher causes that article to get totally discoloured - there's a bit of lye (sodium hydroxide NaOH) in the dishwasher detergent. now to answer your query - well scrounger that I am I had some leftover corner bead from a drywalling project so I cut that down and then hammered it flat sandwiching the hardware cloth - the rectangle is sized so the inside exposed grid is close to the size of the sheet - it sorta locks - no great accuracy :)after making them I scrubbed them throughly and then baked for a while at 450 or so - clean as they are ever going to be.if you have access to a sheet m...see more »No not screen framing.PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT use anything ALUMINUM around lye - it reacts quite violently and creates hydrogen gas - very combustible.- same reason putting anything Aluminum through the dishwasher causes that article to get totally discoloured - there's a bit of lye (sodium hydroxide NaOH) in the dishwasher detergent. now to answer your query - well scrounger that I am I had some leftover corner bead from a drywalling project so I cut that down and then hammered it flat sandwiching the hardware cloth - the rectangle is sized so the inside exposed grid is close to the size of the sheet - it sorta locks - no great accuracy :)after making them I scrubbed them throughly and then baked for a while at 450 or so - clean as they are ever going to be.if you have access to a sheet metal brake you could make up a strip of thin galvanized metal - again bending over and hammering flat.also when using the grids they are given a healthy brush of vegetable oil so over time they have "seasoned" - after use they get tossed in the dishwasher along with the sacrificial sheets - done!

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  • gcai_fwb commented on shapespeare's instructable Metric Bread2 months ago
    Metric Bread

    great instructable - thanks muchly for the tip re the 1/4 steel plate instead of pizza stones - did you season it like a cast iron skillet? I'm guessing the plate would work on a gas grill too? certainly could get higher temperatures

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  • Simple, Low Cost and Accurate Stepper Motor Driver

    100% agree - ditched an old bathroom fixture last week - this week the parts would have been useful to fix the new leak :)

    great little project btw!

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  • gcai_fwb commented on matthew3838's instructable Attach Iphone to a Tripod2 months ago
    Attach Iphone to a Tripod

    you could use a 1/2-20 nut instead of the camera insert

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  • gcai_fwb commented on loboat's instructable DIY Small Metal Camera Tripod2 months ago
    DIY Small Metal Camera Tripod

    neat little tripod! a little late perhaps but the "kodak" screw you refer to is really a 1/4 - 20 standard thread (SAE) - common as dirt in North America but good on you for the work you did recreating it

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  • Clear Sink Clog - FAST, NO BUCKETS, NO CHEMICALS

    I vote with Bray58 - not so much the composting but keeping any gunk out of the downstream system - and let's face into every life a "yuck" must come :) - wear disposable gloves! btw I find a retrieving tool (claw on end of wire) like this https://www.amazon.com/GearWrench-2391-Flexible-Re...to work very well - but at the dollar store much cheaper and you want the cheapest of the cheap for this job

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  • gcai_fwb commented on addictedToArduino's instructable Easy 2x4 Electronics Enclosures2 months ago
    Easy 2x4 Electronics Enclosures

    just note that when using wider stock make sure it's been completely dried (old scrap that's been lying around a while)framing used in construction tends to have moisture content which could cause cracking when it dries out particularly in the thin sections.

    nice job - seems some people get hung up on holes (or wholes) and/or the lack thereof - please that's what drill bits are for :)was going to suggest if bigger enclosures are required stock lumber comes in bigger sizes too - 2x6 2x8 etc

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  • gcai_fwb commented on geekrex's instructable $10 DIY Dremel /RotaryTool2 months ago
    $10 DIY Dremel /RotaryTool

    very creative but I can buy a 80 pc rotary tool kit from Harbor freight for $10 so why would I spend more $ and my time to make this? just wondering?

    thnx for the input - I was just curious - not intended to negative

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  • gcai_fwb commented on Moem's instructable Making Fake Sea Glass at Home2 months ago
    Making Fake Sea Glass at Home

    domain has expired :(

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  • Concrete 3 Watt LED Light W/ Walnut & Balloons!

    Dinosaur Eggs! I know a kid who is obsessed with dinosaurs - this will make a great gift - thanks! hmmm! will have to think how to get a small dinosaur (stuffie or model) inside the egg.

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  • gcai_fwb commented on Aerynna's instructable Bottle Cap Tray Table With Grout and Resin2 months ago
    Bottle Cap Tray Table With Grout and Resin

    Super looking table! Well done! looks like I'm going to drink a lot of beer :)In your comments you note using a plastic card to compact the grout. I've used a stiff rubber squeegee when doing mosaic work with good results, it let's you work the grout firmly into the gaps.I was thinking another option (for your next table) would be to glue each cap separately being careful to keep the glue under the cap edge (you'd only need a small dab) so can't be seen and then filling the void between the caps with resin (i.e. replace the grout with resin) - would give the effect of the caps floating in liquid (sort of :)I'm thinking I might do this with my collection of foreign coins instead of beer caps.

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  • gcai_fwb commented on WoodPlusMore's instructable Articulated Utility Arm3 months ago
    Articulated Utility Arm

    Great idea and equally great instructable ! I have all those scraps - now just find the time make the project :)

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  • gcai_fwb commented on jim_chung's instructable Jim's Rising Chair 4 months ago
    Jim's Rising Chair

    Beautiful build! Looks a little chilly for outdoor reading though :) Loved the bunny too!

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  • gcai_fwb commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Make Coiled Wire5 months ago
    Make Coiled Wire

    very similar to https://www.instructables.com/id/Coiling-a-USB-powe...I've "coiled" almost all my electronic cables (USB, power, earphones, mics) with varying degrees of success - some the cable sheaths "hold" the shape better than other in my experience. Overall a worthwhile exercise for neater cables.

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  • gcai_fwb commented on Survivorchick 's instructable How to Make Tender Beef Jerky7 months ago
    How to Make Tender Beef Jerky

    looks yummy!couple of ideas when I've made jerky- I used 1/4" hardware cloth to suspend the meat - cut it big enough to rest on the rim of the tray- I found my oven wouldn't keep a constant temperature at low levels (165 F) so I used 2 incandescent 100W light bulbs in a bulb holder switched with a dimmer switch to heat the oven - dimmer allowed very precise temperature control - bonus significant reduction in electricity used :) (200W vs 3000W)

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  • gcai_fwb commented on innerbubba's instructable 60-minute bookcase9 months ago
    60-minute bookcase

    after I hope ! :) One wants to keep all digits attached - better safe than sorry

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  • gcai_fwb commented on chrisnotap's instructable Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap11 months ago
    Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

    so that's where they learned to build monn rockets :)

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  • gcai_fwb commented on ASCAS's instructable DIY Portable USB Solar Charger ($20 - 4 Ports)11 months ago
    DIY Portable USB Solar Charger ($20 - 4 Ports)

    and what do those (coffee water pillows) have to do with technology? Seems to me you can't differentiate between camping and a hotel stay. And yes I can ( and have) make fire by rubbing 2 sticks together.

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  • gcai_fwb commented on Matlek's instructable Magnetic connectors for batteries11 months ago
    Magnetic connectors for batteries

    hey give matlek some slack the ible was about making the Magnetic Connector - not what it is connected to - I going to use them for a completely different connection than a USB connector@matlek - Great idea and execution - kudos - simple ideas are always the best

    no deal there :)

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  • Cleaning Rust Off of Tools Without Harsh Chemicals

    8 fluid ounces in a cup or use 250 ml = 1 cup

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  • gcai_fwb commented on Romain7333's instructable 3$ Disk Sander12 months ago
    3$ Disk Sander

    Great instructable!Gave me an idea to use my ancient 120V drill as a disc sanderbuild a cradle for it similar to your design; chuck a disc sander paper holder into the drill clamp it in the cradle and bob's your uncle - can even use the variable speed feature of the drillthanks for the idea

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  • Pull Wooden Fence Posts Set In Concrete WITH NO DIGGING!

    why risk collapse - use axle stands for the car support

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