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  • jaxboy commented on 4DIYers's instructable How to Make Money Selling Lawnmowers 3 weeks ago
    How to Make Money Selling Lawnmowers

    The owners manual for most new mowers state that you should never use ethanol-containing gas in your mower. It is only a crony capitalism scheme that benefits corn farmers and hurts consumers. ALL legitimate research state that it hurts gas mileage and parts in the gas tank-to-engine path, cuts horsepower, and increases the cost of food and the cost to raise livestock. It costs $.80-$1.30 a gallon to buy non-ethanol gas. There is NO upside to ethanol in the gas except to corn farmers and the community around them.

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  • Automotive Plastic Welding Repair

    ABS welding is child's play. It produces a joint that is as strong as the original, and if done correctly, is almost invisible. Take small pieces, hopefully of the same piece from an unseen area, and put them in a glass jar. Immerse them in pure acetone (Available in Walmart for $1 in the finger-nail polish remover section, or in the paint remover section) until they turn into a slurry. Then, with some kind of applicator (I use a popsicle stick), gently pry the joint apart slightly and then apply the slurry, continuing all the way along the crack. Let dry for a day or so. A hair dryer aimed from semi-close by will aid in the acetone evaporating. If necessary, you might want to use an acetate-resistant syringe to dribble acetone along the front side to further seal the crack. According ...

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    ABS welding is child's play. It produces a joint that is as strong as the original, and if done correctly, is almost invisible. Take small pieces, hopefully of the same piece from an unseen area, and put them in a glass jar. Immerse them in pure acetone (Available in Walmart for $1 in the finger-nail polish remover section, or in the paint remover section) until they turn into a slurry. Then, with some kind of applicator (I use a popsicle stick), gently pry the joint apart slightly and then apply the slurry, continuing all the way along the crack. Let dry for a day or so. A hair dryer aimed from semi-close by will aid in the acetone evaporating. If necessary, you might want to use an acetate-resistant syringe to dribble acetone along the front side to further seal the crack. According to industry standards, acetone is NOT toxic.

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  • jaxboy commented on MikaelaHolmes's instructable Making Braided Leather3 months ago
    Making Braided Leather

    I always use Titebond wood glue, or similar. There is a glue made especially for gluing leather, called 'Fiebing's Leathercraft Cement' which has vinyl acetate in it. I just looked up the MSDS for Titebond, and it has butyl acetate as the bonding agent, so in essence, the purpose-made leather glue is the same as Titebond or other wood glue. Both are water soluble while wet, but pretty much waterproof when dry.

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  • jaxboy commented on themakeclass's instructable Create Your Own Guitar Effects Pedal4 months ago
    Create Your Own Guitar Effects Pedal

    I built the General Gadgets tremolo pedal in 2010, which I believe cost $60 then. Their cost was very close to what the individual parts would have cost from other sources, and they sell the circuit board and the parts separately, if desired. It works really well. Their correspondence concerning questions I had about the circuit were prompt, courteous and showed a deep understanding of the circuit. I was impressed with the company. The paperwork which accompanied the kit, about 6-8 pages, was thorough and with large pictures. There was a parts list, schematic, pictorial of the layout, and photos of how it should look. I had compared it to competing kits, and liked it best. No, I have no connection to them.

    He has the metal case covered with masking tape so that he could write the description, mark the hole centers and any other marking, and so while doing all the handling, drilling, etc, he wouldn't scratch up the case. It's a good idea for anytime you will be doing a lot of drilling and otherwise using metal in close proximity to metal that you don't want to or can't afford to be scratched.

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  • jaxboy commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Fix a Hole in Drywall5 months ago
    Fix a Hole in Drywall

    Anywhere from 5 min to half hour. I look at the color. Wet spacklingcompound is grayish; while dry, it is white. When it is nearly white orwhite, I lightly touch it with my finger. If it is cool and/or dents, itis too soon. If it feels firm, it is time to lightly rub with thesponge. You want to just get the surface even with the surrounding area.When the patch is bone dry, you can more vigorously "sand"with the dampsponge.

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  • jaxboy commented on MaxPower1977's instructable How to Make a Coin Ring From a Quarter5 months ago
    How to Make a Coin Ring From a Quarter

    Very nice job! You have given me the bug, and I have ordered the necessary specific tools to make my own. I also use Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish, and love it. One bit of advice about it: you are using way too much polish! I have the same bottle I bought 10 years ago, and I use it regularly! A dab about twice the size of the lead on a sharpened wooden pencil is all you would need to polish that ring for each of the 2 polishing sets. I also use that polish to repair scratches on cd's and dvd's. Again, very complete and well explained 'ible.

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  • jaxboy commented on In The Kitchen With Matt's instructable How to Make Crepes5 months ago
    How to Make Crepes

    Nice job with your 'ible! I am almost a complete stranger in the kitchen, but I cook up a mean pile of pancakes. Crepes, actually. My recipe is essentially the same as yours. My daughter is gluten sensitive, so I just get a gluten-free mix. we cannot taste the difference between from-scratch and a good brand-name mix. I usually cook them on high, but lately have started using lower heat. I've found that the best way to get the right consistency of the batter is to mix with a fork in a measuring cup, using the fork to break up the clumps against the side, then adding milk as the batter thickens. It usually takes 5-15 minutes for the batter to reach the point where it stabilizes. I like the crepes so much better than American pancakes, as the pancakes can too easily get powdery and/or hea...

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    Nice job with your 'ible! I am almost a complete stranger in the kitchen, but I cook up a mean pile of pancakes. Crepes, actually. My recipe is essentially the same as yours. My daughter is gluten sensitive, so I just get a gluten-free mix. we cannot taste the difference between from-scratch and a good brand-name mix. I usually cook them on high, but lately have started using lower heat. I've found that the best way to get the right consistency of the batter is to mix with a fork in a measuring cup, using the fork to break up the clumps against the side, then adding milk as the batter thickens. It usually takes 5-15 minutes for the batter to reach the point where it stabilizes. I like the crepes so much better than American pancakes, as the pancakes can too easily get powdery and/or heavy in the middle. Too, the crepes are so light, and the flavor seems more delicate. I stack them on a plate as I make them, covering them with another plate to keep them hot

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  • jaxboy commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Fix a Hole in Drywall6 months ago
    Fix a Hole in Drywall

    Actually, kudos is the singular form, and it means "accolades", or a statement of praise. "Kudo" has also become acceptable, as so many people have used it that it has become a word, but "kudos" is the word that comes from the Greek word "kydos". Just a piece of trivia I learned a few years ago. By the way, this is a very good instructable; very well written and illustrated. I use the board backing method. I haven't sanded a drywall patch in probably 15 years. What I do is very carefully feather the mud to as close to even with the wall as I can, then just before it dries, I wipe the repair with a damp sponge, and if necessary, repeat the whole process. My patches are invisible after painting.

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  • jaxboy commented on mrstan's instructable Plastic Repairs (Gas Tank Example)7 months ago
    Plastic Repairs (Gas Tank Example)

    If the tank is ABS, you can use acetone and bits of ABS to make a slurry of liquid ABS in an airtight container. Then you can simply lay a piece of ABS over the hole and use the slurry to "glue" the patch in place. The slurry will dry as the acetone evaporates to form solid ABS that is as strong as the original ABS. I have done this to make boxes of ABS made by cutting and heating ABS sheets to form the box, then "gluing" the corners together.

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  • jaxboy completed the lesson Torch Soldering in the class Jewelry Class8 months ago
  • jaxboy completed the lesson You Stuck With It! in the class Glue Class9 months ago
  • Power in the Apocalypse (How to build a Wood-Gasifier)

    On the History channel, the series "Mountain Men", Eustace in the mountains of North Carolina ran his truck with a gasifier, and it enabled him to drive up some fairly steep hills carrying a medium-sized load. He used the truck to go back and forth to town when he had to purchase things. He had a saw mill, and used sawdust as his fuel, if I remember correctly.

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  • Buying and Maintaining a 20 year old bandsaw

    I just bought a used band saw that had not been used in several years. I turned it on to be sure it ran, and it was very noisy. The first thing I did was look up the owner's manual on the internet and download it. I can't stress enough how important this is. It gave all the measurements for setting the machine up as though you were unpacking it as a new machine. Every one of the adjustments on my machine were wrong. I set up each adjustment according to the manual, and cleaned out all the sawdust as I went. After I was finished, when I turned it on, you could hardly hear it run, it was so quiet! The manual also told me how to tension each size blade and other general operating tips. There are several sites that offer these manuals free. Do yourself a favor and download the one for your ...

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    I just bought a used band saw that had not been used in several years. I turned it on to be sure it ran, and it was very noisy. The first thing I did was look up the owner's manual on the internet and download it. I can't stress enough how important this is. It gave all the measurements for setting the machine up as though you were unpacking it as a new machine. Every one of the adjustments on my machine were wrong. I set up each adjustment according to the manual, and cleaned out all the sawdust as I went. After I was finished, when I turned it on, you could hardly hear it run, it was so quiet! The manual also told me how to tension each size blade and other general operating tips. There are several sites that offer these manuals free. Do yourself a favor and download the one for your machine.

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  • jaxboy commented on HoracioP3's instructable LED bonding manually1 year ago
    LED bonding manually

    This reminds me of when I was in the USAF in the 1970's, working in an electronics depot in Germany. My job was to fix the unfixable, things like obsolete, out of stock parts that couldn't be ordered any more. Parts were shipped from all over Europe for me to try to fix. One of the things I did was to repair computer circuit boards for an old weird UN radar installation. The circuit boards had miniature ICs spot-welded into place instead of being soldered! Imagine the fun I had, grinding off the leads of the bad IC without ruining the runs, then spot welding the new IC into place. There were 10 leads to a side, and the ICs were 3/4" long, with the spacing one lead wide. I did this with only a standard desk magnifying lamp, a standard Dremel, and standard Dremel bits! I can tell you...

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    This reminds me of when I was in the USAF in the 1970's, working in an electronics depot in Germany. My job was to fix the unfixable, things like obsolete, out of stock parts that couldn't be ordered any more. Parts were shipped from all over Europe for me to try to fix. One of the things I did was to repair computer circuit boards for an old weird UN radar installation. The circuit boards had miniature ICs spot-welded into place instead of being soldered! Imagine the fun I had, grinding off the leads of the bad IC without ruining the runs, then spot welding the new IC into place. There were 10 leads to a side, and the ICs were 3/4" long, with the spacing one lead wide. I did this with only a standard desk magnifying lamp, a standard Dremel, and standard Dremel bits! I can tell you, my eyes were tired at the end of the day!

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  • DIY Hot Wire Cutter for Plexiglass, Cardboard and Foam

    Most "wall warts" are DC already, and 12 volt ones are really common, so it would be simply a matter of substituting the "wall wart" for the battery. Actually, it doesn't make any difference whether the voltage is AC or DC; it will still heat the wire the same. The actual voltage out of a "wall wart" depends on how much load it has on it, too. Trial and error is the name of the game.

    You're right. I forgot the current drain on the "wall wart". You would need a pretty good sized one (high amp rating) so you didn't overheat it.

    I'd like to know the resistance of the wire you used, so I could effectively choose my wire. Is the coil from a defunct hair dryer a good choice? Taking the resistance at each place you put the alligator clip for the different materials would make it easy to set the appropriate temperature, instead of guessing each time. Alternatively, to get elaborate, you could attach wires at the different places on the wire for each material, then connect the alligator clip there.

    Most "wall warts" are DC already, and 12 volt ones are really common, so it would be simply a matter of substituting the "wall wart" for the battery. Actually, it doesn't make any difference whether the voltage is AC or DC; it will still heat the wire the same. The actual voltage out of a "wall wart" depends on how much load it has on it, too. Trial and error is the name of the game.

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