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  • gm280 commented on lmander's instructable Fire Extinguisher Inspection4 days ago
    Fire Extinguisher Inspection

    Yes we all walk by fire extingishers daily and usually never give them a second thought. I am presently looking to replace a few of ours now. I have to ask, why is there a zip tie on the removeable pin in one of the pictures? Doesn't that keep it from being used readily? I would certainly remove that zip tie at once.

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  • gm280 commented on dekeros's instructable Pallet Wood Mini Speakers4 days ago
    Pallet Wood Mini Speakers

    Nice project. And I bet they sound amazing as well.

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  • gm280 commented on OrangeT2's instructable How to Make a 3D Paper Origami Swan5 days ago
    How to Make a 3D Paper Origami Swan

    Not sure where you learned how to make this, or if you even designed it up yourself, but that is an amazing feat to see. Very nice project.

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  • Restore Rusty Wood Slide Clamps With Sandpaper & Grease

    I do something similar. If you remove the pin at the end of the rod, you can take the clamp apart and that makes it so much easier to clean and polish. I usually use a wire wheel on a bench type grinder setup and it removes rust, old glues and everything. Then you can either use grease or even some paste type wax to keep them rust and glue free. Nice project you posted. Bravo sir Bravo.

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  • gm280 commented on KenS12's instructable Eureka Puzzle5 days ago
    Eureka Puzzle

    I really like these type of puzzles and would sit there and work with it until I solved it. But instead I always look a the solution not having one here to play with. Nice project!

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  • Convert Airplane Noise Cancelling Headphones to Stereo Headphones

    You're close with your concept of how it works. It actually doesn't record anything. But what it does is hears the ambient noise via little microphones and just inverses it to add to the music or what every you are listening to. It can even just provide the inverse noise without any music playing. And therefore the nosie you hears is canceled with the inverse nulling out the noise at the same time. Usually it works pretty good. But don't think it removes all background noise. It can't do that, but it come close. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on tomatoskins's instructable Impossible Lock in Wood7 days ago
    Impossible Lock in Wood

    I realize what you did here. But it really isn't a puzzle at all. Meaning you can't take the lock out of the wood after you finish making it. So while nice to look at. It doesn't constitue a puzzle in my opinion.

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  • gm280 commented on How to Knot's instructable How to Tie an Angler's Loop8 days ago
    How to Tie an Angler's Loop

    I enjoy watching people tie different knots and the they look pretty easy to duplicate. My problem is, there are so many, I forget which knot is which when thinking about tying them. So I go to my usual and they work for me all the time. Why types they are is anybody's guess.

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  • Scracht Built Launcher Controller for Pyro Rockets

    Bravo, who doesn't like model rockets. I like the Estes versions better then water types as well. And I am working on a remote control launch type system. I've built wired setups pretty much like yours. But I was to try my hand a wireless setup. Good project you made all the same.

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  • gm280 commented on bcb10's instructable ATTiny EMF Detector11 days ago
    ATTiny EMF Detector

    Have you figured out how long it will run on that one button battery? Just wondering.

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  • gm280 commented on kevincarruthers's instructable Cedar Flower Box13 days ago
    Cedar Flower Box

    During my early wood shop class school days, I made a very similar flower box. And while it looks simple, every cut on my flower box has some type bevel. And the corners were even multiple bevels, as was the very bottom too. It came out great and got me an A+ in the class. But looking back, that was the most complicated flower box one could possible pick for a first woodworking project. I didn't have any cleats inside. Only side meeting side, all at angles and 45 degree mating sections...of course as angles. Your project brought back those memories.

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  • gm280 commented on Tim Boyat's instructable CNC Dovetail Joints14 days ago
    CNC Dovetail Joints

    Interesting concept. But knowing how complex it is to precisely set up anything dealing with CNC and knowing that every dovetail joint can be unique in itself, I'll stay with box or finger joints. I can make box joints with either a table saw or router. I also like the looks of both joints, but I really like the box or finger joints the best. JMHO Nice program though. Continue and make it work perfect.

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  • How to Make High Power Led Dimmer+Dc Motor Speed Controller

    Oh yes, a PWM circuit with a 555 timer does it every time. I would use the MOSFET because their on time resistance is way lower then any bipolar transistor. And since the on resistance is so low, it can handle a lot more current without getting too hot as well. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on DonX-Developer's instructable YAPS 750 Power Supply20 days ago
    YAPS 750 Power Supply

    I applaud your interesting project. I did something similar to this when I was still working in an Engineering office/lab. We seem to need different voltages for so many projects but didn't have enough power supplies (variable of course) to cover everybody. So I built a power supply that had basically every voltage we ever would need in both positive and negative outputs and even variable as well. And since I did own a large bed LASER engraver, the front panel looked great. I used the typical LM78XX and LM79XX series voltage regulators for each output, and then the LM317 series for the variable outputs. Worked great. I like the fact that you used what you had without a LASER engrave to make your front panel. That shows initiative and making what you have, work. If you ever need to make ...

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    I applaud your interesting project. I did something similar to this when I was still working in an Engineering office/lab. We seem to need different voltages for so many projects but didn't have enough power supplies (variable of course) to cover everybody. So I built a power supply that had basically every voltage we ever would need in both positive and negative outputs and even variable as well. And since I did own a large bed LASER engraver, the front panel looked great. I used the typical LM78XX and LM79XX series voltage regulators for each output, and then the LM317 series for the variable outputs. Worked great. I like the fact that you used what you had without a LASER engrave to make your front panel. That shows initiative and making what you have, work. If you ever need to make another front panel, you can make your layout and then take it to most any trophy shop and they can LASER engrave your panel in whatever colors you want. Just and Idea. Nice project either way. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on tomasC62's instructable Make Your Own Front Panels26 days ago
    Make Your Own Front Panels

    See if I can explain this better. All a LASER engrave does is burns off what you don't want. In other words the black, in this case, lettering and shapes are just beneath the face color. You buy the LASERable material in whatever color you wish and even select what lettering and shape colors show through. I used this brushed aluminum metal looking face material with a black background. And the LASER burns off the face brushed aluminum metal looking material so you can see the engraved black. You can buy just about an unlimited assortment of panels and background colors. Your imagination is basically your limit. Do a quick search on LASERable material and have a look. And there are tons of places that sell that material. If you want neon green with purple letters and graphic, buy it. Ho...

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    See if I can explain this better. All a LASER engrave does is burns off what you don't want. In other words the black, in this case, lettering and shapes are just beneath the face color. You buy the LASERable material in whatever color you wish and even select what lettering and shape colors show through. I used this brushed aluminum metal looking face material with a black background. And the LASER burns off the face brushed aluminum metal looking material so you can see the engraved black. You can buy just about an unlimited assortment of panels and background colors. Your imagination is basically your limit. Do a quick search on LASERable material and have a look. And there are tons of places that sell that material. If you want neon green with purple letters and graphic, buy it. Hope that helps a little. If you have any more question, please let me know. I don't mine answering if I can.

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  • gm280 commented on Mount Oread's instructable Dryer to Heater 26 days ago
    Dryer to Heater

    Aren't you worried that water and a nice warm environment is a perfect place to grow bacteria? I would be extremely concerned about such a setup personally. But if this works for you, go for it.

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  • gm280 commented on TheresaJ19's instructable Easy Homemade Fire Starters27 days ago
    Easy Homemade Fire Starters

    Exactly what is the coffee grounds for? Seem wood chips or most anything else would suffice. IDK

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  • gm280 commented on tomatoskins's instructable Lathe Drum Sander4 weeks ago
    Lathe Drum Sander

    Interesting project. I have thought of building such a sander, but a stand alone version. I also thought about using PVC, but you really have to tread slowly truing up PVC. As you stated, PVC is not round, well not perfectly round anyways. So turning it can be tricky and I would think a scraper type tool would work better the a typical lathe cutting tool. I was wondering if a built up wood drum would be a better choice? Especially if you could turn that wood drum on a metal lathe that had a screw feed setup. IDK. Nice project either way.

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  • gm280 commented on androkavo's instructable SMD - Hand Soldering4 weeks ago
    SMD - Hand Soldering

    You touch on a few really very important things about soldering. And those things are, make absolutely sure the board runs are clean. We use to use an eraser to clean runs and leads as well. Then clean them with alcohol and let them air dry. Then don't touch any of the runs or part leads. Then tin the runners/pads on the board. Now you can tin the leads or make sure they are clean and ready to solder. Positioning the SMD is key to a quality joint. If you can hold the SMD part, the soldering is a breeze. Good project post with instructions. It takes practice, but isn't hard to do once you grasp the concept.

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  • gm280 commented on Bob-Bee's instructable Dark Wash Jeans to Light Wash Jeans4 weeks ago
    Dark Wash Jeans to Light Wash Jeans

    You do realize that soaking anything in bleach for that long also deteriorates the stitching as well. Just thought you would like to know.

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  • gm280 commented on tomasC62's instructable Make Your Own Front Panels4 weeks ago
    Make Your Own Front Panels

    John, we do have a large commercial LASER Engraver. And they are pretty expensive. However, the also make smaller desktop version LASER Engravers that would work perfectly for Electronic panel projects. Ours is a lager bed setup. But desktop versions will make pretty nice size panels as well. Here is a recently power supply panel I made. Nothing special, just a nice clean look.

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  • Arduino Color Sorter Project With Pc Control Application

    Nice project. I was wondering how close in shades is this RGB sensor capable of discerning? It always makes me wonder how close colors can be for the microcontroller/code/hardware to differencuaate.

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  • How to Make a Glass Bottle Cutter - DIY Wine Bottle Cutting Tool!

    The trick to cutting any type glass is to initially fracture the glass so it breaks at that fracture. Your project actually does just that. Nice. Oh, and carbide really isn't expensive. It is everywhere these days.

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  • gm280 commented on mr_fid's instructable Yet Another Balancing Robot!4 weeks ago
    Yet Another Balancing Robot!

    Interesting project. What clock frequency are you using? I ask because if you could increase the operating frequency, you could get it to stabilize with finer increments. And stepper motors with finer step capabilities would also help stabilize it smoother as well. But you've built a great project with such a minuscule microcontroller type setup.

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  • gm280 commented on xxreef's instructable Stable Router Table With Low Cost Wood4 weeks ago
    Stable Router Table With Low Cost Wood

    Nice project. It looks similar to Norm Abriam's router table he built years ago. I actually built his router table with some mods. Amazing what can be built on a solid router table. Once you build one and use it, you wonder how you did without one.

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  • gm280 commented on tomasC62's instructable Make Your Own Front Panels4 weeks ago
    Make Your Own Front Panels

    Nice project and idea. I do something similar to that using CorelDraw and make whatever I like. Then I LASER engrave that panel layout and attach to the project box. There is no limit to what you can do and how professional they can look as well. Thumbs Up!

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  • 600 Gallons Rainwater Irrigation System

    Nice idea for saving what would be run-off water. I see some people actually bury such things underground and then they are out of sight. But whatever works.

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  • gm280 commented on gauthierlerouzic's instructable DIY Bevel Tool for Jointer/Planer5 weeks ago
    DIY Bevel Tool for Jointer/Planer

    Okay, that makes a lot more sense to me now. I honestly couldn't grasp what you were trying to do with a jointer and your adapter. However, your idea going through a planter would work very well and a good idea.

    Not sure I follow along with your adapter. Are you sure you are building this for a "Jointer" and not a Planter? IDK

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  • gm280 commented on timpedyllinm's instructable How to Make Eggs5 weeks ago
    How to Make Eggs

    You have to start some where. And I think you will have more instructables to post as well. Nice simple complete instructions. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on SayantanM4's instructable DIY Relay Board5 weeks ago
    DIY Relay Board

    I guess I misrepresented my view. Obvious line voltage isn't used in this circuit to energize the relay. However, the relay contacts can be used for any (within its capability of course) AC or DC voltage and that does include typical line voltage. And with a few changes you could use line voltage as well to switch a relay. But that is another circuit design. Sorry some misunderstood what I was trying to convey. I'm sure it was my wording.

    I applaud you for using an opto-isolator in this circuit. That way there is no chance to have line voltages ever get to the controlling signal. I realize you are not using line voltage to energize the relay, but you easily could if you selected such a relay and still use the same setup.

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  • Make Your Own PCBs With JLCPCB

    When I was still working, we actually did this for our new designs after I prototyped them making my own PC boards. However, the cost really depends on the restate size and what you want on the boards. And if you are only wanting one or two, it really isn't cost effective because the price break usually doesn't start until you get 10 or more. It cost the PCB manufacturers the same for one or ten. And make absolutely sure you don't have any mistakes. Because they don't refund unless it is their mistake. But a good project anyways. It does show a method to make such things.

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  • gm280 commented on panzertractor's instructable Un-Bury a Fig Tree5 weeks ago
    Un-Bury a Fig Tree

    I never heard of anybody burying their fig trees every year. Isn't there a different way to both protect the tree and not bury it. Maybe you could build a Plexiglas shelter for it and forego the yearly ritual. Just seems like a lot of work.

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  • PIR Light Switch(or Any AC Device) Without Microcontroller

    If you elect to go the +5 VDC route, why not just remove it and both capacitors to save parts count? Just a thought.

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  • 40,000 Rolls of Film Developed From 50 Grams of Phenidone

    I realize what you are doing and talking about. But what are the real benefits over digital photos? Does the film actually have a greater density or resolution? IDK

    I get the distinct feeling you've taken my question the wrong way. I was honestly asking because I didn't know. Not trying to make any other suggestions or comparisons. But I got the answer and am satisfied all the same.

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  • gm280 commented on kannan uday's instructable Voice Activated Home App5 weeks ago
    Voice Activated Home App

    I applaud you for getting into the nitty gritty of the apps and circuitry to accomplish this. It isn't easy until after you figure it all out. At least that's how I see it. However, be mindful that anything you can do via any over the air situations, can also be hacked as well. So with that in mind, carry on. It sound great.

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  • gm280 commented on Tuomas Soikkeli's instructable Press / Brake and More..5 weeks ago
    Press / Brake and More..

    Very nice and well thought out project. I have a 20 ton press myself but am presently building a metal finger type brake for it to shape most every type metal I'll ever need. Never stick welded anything...yet. But I MIG weld everything. I do think I could maybe pick up on stick welding, seeing how it work. IDK. Nice build anyway.

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  • Free TV! the Makings of a Frankenstein Antenna

    Bravo sir, Bravo. I just happen to make 5 of those exact same antennas at least a year ago now and am enjoying 25 OTA FREE channels presently. And everyone is broadcast in HDTV format as well. Cost? Maybe a dollar for each antenna. I bought 10 balun transformers for less then $10 dollars delivered. So I am saying about a dollar total cost. Not bad if I say so may self. I dropped cable because I actually received the same stations, but even more of them, then I was paying for. A no brainer for me.

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  • gm280 commented on manroopthind's instructable 555 Timer - Laser Ray6 weeks ago
    555 Timer - Laser Ray

    Any project using a 555 timer chip has to be good. That is the most useful chip ever made, In my opinion. Nice project!

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  • gm280 commented on In The Kitchen With Matt's instructable Easy Egg Custard6 weeks ago
    Easy Egg Custard

    You could send some my way so I could try it and then offer a more accurate comment. I'll wait...

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  • gm280 commented on knifemacking's instructable Knife Making-Tanto Knife6 weeks ago
    Knife Making-Tanto Knife

    Nice build. There is always that special self satisfaction and pride when you make things yourself. Looks really good and I know you will enjoy using it as well. I've built a few myself and know the amount of work involved. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on AGENTREX8739's instructable Diy Poster Tube Rocket6 weeks ago
    Diy Poster Tube Rocket

    Creativity and ingenuity are the mother of invention. Nice use of otherwise discarded parts. Do post the flight when you do launch it. Thumbs Up!

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  • Make Your Own Connected Heating Thermostat and Make Savings With Heating

    I understand what you built and thoroughly and was wondering, has this actually lived up to the savings you spoke of? I ask because when you allow any heating system to be off for any length of time, when it does turn on, it has a harder time to heat up the air but also all the furniture and everything else in the area. So it seems to be counter productive in some instances. Just wondering if you actually used this and tracked the savings or losses over a long period of time.

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  • gm280 commented on MsMaoMaoz's instructable Evil Snowman6 weeks ago
    Evil Snowman

    Your transformations still impress me. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on abhilash_patel's instructable Make RC Planes Using A4 Size Papers6 weeks ago
    Make RC Planes Using A4 Size Papers

    Bravo sir, Bravo. I have flow RC aircraft for years and even taught RC flying to tons of people. If you go with a two channel setup like your first plane using rudder and elevator, you would help it fly better with more wing dihedral to the main wing section. If you go to two channels using ailerons and elevator, you can straighten the wings out some, but only if you know how to already fly RC aircraft. The dihedral helps beginning out a lot. And once you do get the plane built, check both the CG of the plane. It should be around the thickest portion of the main wing. Also check the balance point laterally. Balance it as close to level as you can get. And then weight the aircraft and see what the wing loading is. Nice project however it works out. As with most any sheet material, once y...

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    Bravo sir, Bravo. I have flow RC aircraft for years and even taught RC flying to tons of people. If you go with a two channel setup like your first plane using rudder and elevator, you would help it fly better with more wing dihedral to the main wing section. If you go to two channels using ailerons and elevator, you can straighten the wings out some, but only if you know how to already fly RC aircraft. The dihedral helps beginning out a lot. And once you do get the plane built, check both the CG of the plane. It should be around the thickest portion of the main wing. Also check the balance point laterally. Balance it as close to level as you can get. And then weight the aircraft and see what the wing loading is. Nice project however it works out. As with most any sheet material, once you bend it, it gets more rigid and less flexible. Just physics.. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on fotovidx's instructable DIY 100W Led Flashlight6 weeks ago
    DIY 100W Led Flashlight

    WOW. Since wattage is voltage times amperage, I can only imaging the battery life isn't very long. If you are powering this with even a 12 volt source, that is well over 8 amps. I can't see any battery delivering that much current for long. Nice project, but it has to eat the power supply up quickly.

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  • gm280 commented on TheNecromancer13's instructable Tubing Roller-Bender From Scratch6 weeks ago
    Tubing Roller-Bender From Scratch

    Pretty intrgate project I'd say. I would love to see a video on how you use it and it works.

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  • gm280 commented on 4DIYers's instructable How to Rebuild a Starter Motor6 weeks ago
    How to Rebuild a Starter Motor

    I have the little 2.3L inline four. But I will tell you. I have put that little truck and engine through its paces over the years and it has performed spectacularly without exception. I isn't the fast or the quickest on the road. But it does hold it's own. I just installed four new shoes on it and those tires make it drive like new once again. Amazingly solid and sound still. No complaints.

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  • gm280 commented on W4KRL's instructable Dollar Store Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner7 weeks ago
    Dollar Store Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner

    I have used such soldering tip cleaning devices before. However, I like the sponge method myself. It is a personal preference I guess. But a moist sponge offers a unique situation that the metal cleaners don't. And that is the wet sponge initially cools the soldering tip while cleaning it and that turns on the heater element every time so that when you solder after cleaning the tip, it is on the up heat cycle and offers a better heat transfer. But like I stated. It is more of a personal choice. Your project is well worth the effort to make.

    I have been soldering for well over 40 years and never experienced any such cracking. And I've always used a wet sponge to clean the tip every time before soldering every connection. The NASA micro miniature certification soldering schools I've attended teach the wet sponge technique. So I used it ever since. But there is still nothing wrong with using a copper metal cleaning technique either if you like it and it works for you.

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  • gm280 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Display Frame With LED's7 weeks ago
    Display Frame With LED's

    Nice project. I was really hoping it was a real Luger pistol. But it looks great anyways.

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  • gm280 commented on tomatoskins's instructable Simple Roller Style Rolling Pin7 weeks ago
    Simple Roller Style Rolling Pin

    Nice project and the angled rolling pin was a nice touch. A simple off set turn gives it a helical look. And walnut and maple always makes for a great contrasting color.

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  • Air Cooled 2 Stroke Cylinder Head Using Shell Casting

    Interesting project. Looks like you modeled it off a Briggs and Stratton style engine.

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  • gm280 commented on parvgupta001's instructable DIY Electric Hand Warmer7 weeks ago
    DIY Electric Hand Warmer

    I realize you didn't use nichrome wire because of its higher resistance per length. However, resistance, in this particular project, is a good thing. Why? Because a lower resistance requires a higher current draw and will deplete the battery quicker. Secondly, nichrome wire offers higher heat then copper wire. So if you were to rebuild your project using nichrome wire, you could get higher heat output for a longer time. It is how electronics works. JMHO!

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  • gm280 commented on ReconDigital's instructable Custom Pick Up Truck Bed7 weeks ago
    Custom Pick Up Truck Bed

    I always said, where there is a will, there always is a way. Interesting project. Let us know how it works out over time.

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  • gm280 commented on ArcAiN6's instructable Arduino Based DRO for GRBL CNC Machine7 weeks ago
    Arduino Based DRO for GRBL CNC Machine

    Interesting. Is this just the read out section or is it an actual working unit connected to your CNC machine. And if it is a working unit prototype, what are you using for the sensors to read the X, Y and Z axis?

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  • gm280 commented on Jake_Makes's instructable Pink Knife (gift Fer' Me Sister)7 weeks ago
    Pink Knife (gift Fer' Me Sister)

    I always enjoy reading and seeing other people's knife building skills being how I've built a few myself. If you want some high carbon steel to make knifes out of, look at used lawn mower blades. Once their life usage is gone, the center sections make great knifes. I actually use such a wore out blade myself to build one and it came out amazing. Just an idea. Nice knife you built...

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  • gm280 commented on Tsanabe's instructable Flatbed Bicycle Trailer7 weeks ago
    Flatbed Bicycle Trailer

    Nice usage of discarded items. I've built trailers to pull behind ATV's using bike cycle rims. Amazing how much weight they can support. Only issue I had was when I over loaded the cart, the side forces when turning caught up with me. So bike rims work and can carry an amazing amount of weight. But be careful on side loads when traversing hills or slopes that increase side loading. But I have to say, ingenuity is the mother of invention and the best way to create things. Bravo sir, Bravo.

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  • gm280 commented on marciot's instructable Super Fast Analog Voltages From Arduino7 weeks ago
    Super Fast Analog Voltages From Arduino

    A very interesting and challenging project. Obviously you worked such things for a while. This doesn't look like a beginner's project. But Nice!

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  • Quick'n Simple Pulley Remover Tool From Scrap

    You are in the right hobby/career field I'd say. Improvising is the key to accomplishing anything. You made a successful pulley puller. Nice approach!

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  • gm280 commented on shawnf2's instructable Bathroom Minder7 weeks ago
    Bathroom Minder

    Interesting idea and concept. One other thing you can do that surely will work as well or even better. Set a timer on the water heater flow. Give it 20 minutes and then stop flowing hot water. I bet you they will leave the bathroom rather quickly. And you can use your timer concept as well. Electric controlled water valves are everywhere and not very expensive either. They are used in dishwashers, washing machines and even irrigation systems. Pick one and have at it. Problem solved.

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  • gm280 commented on MariaE38's instructable Bird Feeder - House Replica7 weeks ago
    Bird Feeder - House Replica

    Bravo sir, bravo. That replica looks amazing. Very nice project. I like your shingles a lot. Never would have thought to do them like that. I am sure the birds and surely will eat from it. But not so sure they will really appreciate your efforts. Thumbs Up!

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  • How to Make an Inverter at Home With MOSFET

    MOSFETs are always the better choice when designing such switching inverters. They have such a very low on resistance that they don't soak up the current from the circuit . And they run cooler as well. Did you measure the frequency of the circuit?

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  • gm280 commented on GizmoGuy347's instructable Pellet Fed Rocket Stove7 weeks ago
    Pellet Fed Rocket Stove

    Most interesting. I may be looking for something like that to heat my large work shop. Could you provide more data. Like sketches and such?

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  • gm280 commented on mtairymd's instructable Metal Wire Puzzle Solutions7 weeks ago
    Metal Wire Puzzle Solutions

    I always love such type puzzles. But those seemed really easy to solve even before seeing the solution(s). It just seemed obvious to me how they worked. But most make you think a little for the solution. I like them either way.

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  • Introduction to 8051 Programming With AT89C2051 (Guest Starring: Arduino)

    Every Microprocessor has its own instruction set. Once you learn that instruction set you can even program it via machine language. I used to do that back then. And there is so many thing you can do with such 8 bit controllers. Did the same with 6502 MPUs as well.

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  • gm280 commented on PotatoDemon's instructable Wire Fishing Hook8 weeks ago
    Wire Fishing Hook

    A few issues. If you really want to catch fish and keep them on the hook, you have to make some sort of barb or never let even an inch of slack line. Second, you can use a fie or sand paper to really sharpen the hook. I actually do that to store purchased hooks all the time to make them really sharp. Third, if you really want the hook to not bend with a big fish on, heat the hook up to glowing red and quench it in water (or oil). That tempers it but also can make it brittle so you have to weight the options.

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  • gm280 commented on stickmop's instructable Dash Cam Mount8 weeks ago
    Dash Cam Mount

    What do you record your video with? Is that built into the camera? And if so, how much time does it record? Also what is the resolution. I ask because I was interested in doing something similar. But it has to have a very good resolution to be useful, in my opinion.

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  • gm280 commented on Adamneareva's instructable Low Power Amplifier8 weeks ago
    Low Power Amplifier

    Amplifiers are so easy to make. And discrete components can be used to build one as well. But if you wanted a small package amp that works very well with very few components, try an LM386 IC and see how that works for you. It can be fitted into a really small package with lots of power. Even works great for a headphone amp.

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  • gm280 commented on kinte ryder's instructable Knight Rider Circuit8 weeks ago
    Knight Rider Circuit

    Oh my, I some how over looked it. Sorry, but that makes a lot more sense to me now. Thanks for pointing that out. Also a great idea so if you want to lengthen the time delay, you do it in one place.

    Not familiar with the syntax of the Arduino code, being I have never ever programmed one, where is "timer" described in the code? I see you calling that function both for the LED on,and LED off times, and was wondering if that was an internal function or you made a call to a subroutine you wrote. And how much time does it wait? I have programmed so many other Microprocessors and Controllers before, but not yet an Arduino.

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  • gm280 commented on TheRaspberryPiMachine's instructable Simple HDTV Antenna!8 weeks ago
    Simple HDTV Antenna!

    I can absolutely verify that I live in a mid-size town area on the outskirts and I have built antennas and get 25 HDTV stations for free. And there are no ghosting or such. Admittedly when a really bad heavy storm comes through, we loose a few momentarily, but since it cost ZERO, who cares. No cable for us for years now. Why buy when you can get it for free.

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  • gm280 commented on Kesselwagen's instructable OpenVFD: 6-Digit IV-11 VFD Tube Clock8 weeks ago
    OpenVFD: 6-Digit IV-11 VFD Tube Clock

    Very nice and interesting project. WHo doesn't like nixie tubes.

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  • gm280 commented on Garagem Fab Lab's instructable Peristaltic Pump8 weeks ago
    Peristaltic Pump

    Seems like you did you homework on this project. Very nice design and execution. And the nice thing about this type pump, is it can pump almost any liquid to include acids, without any issues with corrsion. Thumbs Up!

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  • Turn an Old Hatchet Head Into a Bearded Hatchet

    Very nice project. Your tutorial was well written and pictured. Did you have any issues removing the web section at the head of the ax? I was wondering if that made the ax more susceptible to breaking or even loss some weight in the cutting ability? Either way it came out really nice and the handle section was equally well done.

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  • gm280 commented on HARSH67's instructable Diy Lab Power Supply2 months ago
    Diy Lab Power Supply

    Oh yea, those old ATX power supplies had some pretty stout current capabilities. And they would make a really nice shop power supply. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on wallabyj's instructable All Terrain Knee Walker for Broken Ankle2 months ago
    All Terrain Knee Walker for Broken Ankle

    And how do you use your knees to make it work. IDK

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  • gm280 commented on Frutco's instructable Light From Heat Energy for Under $52 months ago
    Light From Heat Energy for Under $5

    I've said it before and will say it again, if you ever find a good way to convert heat to electricity, our entire Earth energy problems will be forever solved. Just think how many BTUs the Sun supplies to the Earth every day to warm it at least 30 degrees each and every day. Imagine the power we could generate. I say you guys need to keep studying and who knows, you may come up with something great one day. You never know.

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  • Handcrafted 100-piece Segmented Cutting Board!

    I suggest you research a good cross-cut table saw setup. It is a lot easier to see a video about that then to try and explain it. But it is so easy to do and will yield exact precise cuts every time. You will still get very precise cut each time.

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  • Keypad Interface With 8051 and Displaying Keypad Numbers in 7 Segment

    Once you understand the total capable instruction set for this chip, it is wide open as to what you can program and do. Learning to write code for it is always interesting as well. Nice tutorial...

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  • gm280 commented on millerman4487's instructable Arduino Retro Game Controller (Atari)2 months ago
    Arduino Retro Game Controller (Atari)

    If I remember correctly, and that is a big if, the connector on the ends of the Atari controllers were standard DB9 connectors. So you easily could have made patch cables keeping the controllers intact in case you ever wanted to reuse them. I actually still have a setup myself. But since there are making a come back (sort of) I will just clean it up and try it again. We got a ton of games as well.

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  • User Constructed Lithium Battery Powered Soldering Iron

    I really like this project. Makes me think about building one for fixing the low voltage LED lights I have around the house. Seems there is always some flaky connection I have to solder and I usually run long extension cords for that effort and use my Weller WES51 station setup. Looks like you could parallel more then one 18650 battery to offer longer usage. I would also use a current limiting resistor on the white LED. I am surprised it hasn't popped open on you yet. It is connected in a direct circuit with the battery. And since the LED takes a lower voltage then the battery voltage, a lot of wasted current is flowing through that white LED. Just a thought.

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  • gm280 commented on knifemacking's instructable Knife Making-micarta Tutorial2 months ago
    Knife Making-micarta Tutorial

    You could also do this with clear polyester resins and do the same thing. Nice idea either way. The color combinations are endless.

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  • gm280 commented on 4DIYers's instructable How to Polish Old Rust Stained Chrome Wheels2 months ago
    How to Polish Old Rust Stained Chrome Wheels

    Nice before and after shots. Yes, once the chrome gets rusted pitted, you have to stay after them on a regular schedule or the rim will continue rusting 'til it is beyond help.

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  • Handcrafted 100-piece Segmented Cutting Board!

    For 14 years old, you are well on your way to becoming a great woodwork in my opinion. You should be extremely proud of your project. It really is a nice piece of woodworking.

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  • Handcrafted 100-piece Segmented Cutting Board!

    Very nicely done. Some people have no idea how much effort it takes to get things like this precisely cut to match up properly. But you did a great project. I would like to make one suggestion for safety reasons. When you cut such things on a table saw, make your cut off piece be opposite the fence and not between the blade and fence. That way there is no possibility for it to catch and sling back at you. But you did a very nice project. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Willys36's instructable Cast Aluminum Intake Manifold2 months ago
    Cast Aluminum Intake Manifold

    Sounds like you did your homework. I have to ask, did you flow test the manifold after casting to verify your results? And the most obvious setup would have been individual runners with single barrel carbs mechanically synced together. Did you consider that option? Either way, nice project.

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  • gm280 commented on henryedenson's instructable Pheasant Tail Nymph Variant2 months ago
    Pheasant Tail Nymph Variant

    The number of times I almost bought a tying vice... But I don't usually fish with tied flies, I do use crappie type jigs that I also make and tie. And I looked and search fly tying vices for a long time and almost bought one. One day I will. Nice project though...

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  • gm280 commented on YAASHIA's instructable Semiconductor Curve Tracer2 months ago
    Semiconductor Curve Tracer

    I used to use curve tracers back in the days that were home made and used with a O'scope. They would instantly display the component's curve of the P/N junctions or resistor line and capacitor oval. And you could work through a circuit and find shorted and opened components still in the circuit. Then they bought commercial versions of curve tracers that did the exact same thing in a nice package. The difference I see with your setup is it displays the curve for you to print out. But it isn't an instant view as you check the parts. Nice idea for a very interesting plot though.

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  • gm280 commented on Tigermouse's instructable Todlers Tools2 months ago
    Todlers Tools

    This brought back some memories for me. My grandson, when he was very very small, took his plastic tools and while we were rebuilding a transmission, he literally removed the nuts on the roll around table in the shop. He knew enough to do the lefty loosey, righty tighty issues already at that young age. And when we seen what he did, we told him to put the nuts back on...and he did.

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  • gm280 commented on DOliverSD's instructable Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament2 months ago
    Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament

    That is neat. Brings back the days in my youth that I did sleigh ride down frozen streets, blocked off just for sleigh riding.

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  • gm280 commented on Erwin-ScrewedUp's instructable Simple Plywood Screwed-Up Coffee Table2 months ago
    Simple Plywood Screwed-Up Coffee Table

    Be careful, woodworking start out this way and avalanches with more and more tools and equipment. But isn't it fun to build things...

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  • gm280 commented on antjennik21's instructable Cinnamon Rolls2 months ago
    Cinnamon Rolls

    If you have any extras, send me a dozen or two and I can evaluate them much much better and can make a more accurate comment. I will wait for them...

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  • gm280 commented on adhith94's instructable DIY BELT SANDER2 months ago
    DIY BELT SANDER

    Nice to see ingenuity at its best. Making things you need is always an option. Nice project.

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  • gm280 commented on kamil47's instructable Mailbox and Garage Door Notifier2 months ago
    Mailbox and Garage Door Notifier

    Just wondering if you receive a garage door open signal, do you have a remote close option to close it from the house? That would be nice so you don't have to go out and manually do that. Interesting project.

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  • gm280 commented on xwania's instructable Japanese Inspired Retro Stool2 months ago
    Japanese Inspired Retro Stool

    Coordinating accent wood always makes most any wood project shine. Nice piece. Bravo sir, Bravo.

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