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  • mikes4222 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Magnets3 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Magnets

    Thanks for that info, scoop. I use speaker magnets on all my water lines, and my house is cleaner as a result. I also covered smaller ones with pure silicone and dropped them in each toilet tank, and the scale deposits just melted away. I put one under a (metal) evaporative cooler, and the calcium deposits just fell off after softening up. I made one after studying a commercial model in the 80's, and have been telling folks about them since. I live in Tucson, Arizona, and our water is extremely hard, and the magnets help a lot. Thanks again, and don't let the naysayers get to you. We as a people have forgotten a lot, and we don't even know what we don't know.

    It does work to condition or soften the water, I saw it myself. Decades ago, a man came to our door selling magnetic water softeners at about $150.00 apiece, and my mom was interested in wasting money, so after studying his magnet, I sprung into action and made one on the spot out of spare parts. I took an old 4" speaker magnet and put it in a PVC end cap with some sand inside to seat the magnet so that it was just level with the top, wrapped some friction tape around the magnet and stuck it in the cap, with the coil side facing out, and covered it with some melted wax to waterproof it. I then took a large hose clamp and drilled two self-tapping metal screws into the clamp, and then into the back of the cap, so it could be connected to the incoming water supply line outside. I then...

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    It does work to condition or soften the water, I saw it myself. Decades ago, a man came to our door selling magnetic water softeners at about $150.00 apiece, and my mom was interested in wasting money, so after studying his magnet, I sprung into action and made one on the spot out of spare parts. I took an old 4" speaker magnet and put it in a PVC end cap with some sand inside to seat the magnet so that it was just level with the top, wrapped some friction tape around the magnet and stuck it in the cap, with the coil side facing out, and covered it with some melted wax to waterproof it. I then took a large hose clamp and drilled two self-tapping metal screws into the clamp, and then into the back of the cap, so it could be connected to the incoming water supply line outside. I then presented my copy to the salesman, who was flustered as all heck. Mom did buy one of his devices, to compare it against what I made, and they performed alike. I put mine on the incoming water line to the house, and waited a few weeks for the results. The hard water stains in the sinks and shower started to decrease, and eventually stopped forming. At a place I was renting, there was a side-draft evap cooler with hard white calcium scale clogging the vents, and it wouldn't come off easily. I put a large speaker magnet under the bottom, near the pump, and waited. One day a few weeks later, I looked at the cooler and notice that the calcium deposits had fallen off the pad vanes and formed neat little piles on the ground under it. I put one on my family's pool filter on the water line returning to the pool, and noticed a gradual improvement in the water. The black and yellow algae that had plagued the pool for years was gone for good.I put one on the cold water line to the water heater, covered two magnets with silicone and dropped them into the toilet tanks, put one on each shower line that comes out of the wall, and the stall stays relatively clean with almost no effort on my part. A repairman had commented on how clean the inside of our dishwasher was, as he replaced a worn part. I made some for friends, and they gave me reports of things like their clothes washers unclogging to their stainless steel sinks being spot free, so YES, they DO work.

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  • Jedi Force Gestures Based Home Automation (with Smartwatch)

    Do you realize the huge market for this? I can see this being used in healthcare, worn by handicapped/ paralyzed people who can now control every aspect of their homes with a simple wave of the hand! You should really think of either developing this for sale to the public (with crowdfunding) or outright sell it to a manufacturer.

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  • mikes4222 commented on Make it Extreme's instructable Extreme Scissor Lift Shoes11 months ago
    Extreme Scissor Lift Shoes

    Have you considered using work boots? They would give you added stability, and keep you from getting massively sprained ankles. You might want to try ski boots, as they have the quick release feature and are very sturdy.

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  • Fix an Air-O-Swiss AOS 7144 Humidifier (no mist problem)

    What type and size of Torx bit did you use to open the case? I have a small 12 pc "star" set, and none will work. Thanks for the instructable.

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  • mikes4222 commented on AUGUSTO VJ's instructable EMERGENCY PHONE CHARGING HACK1 year ago
    EMERGENCY PHONE CHARGING HACK

    You could connect several 9v batteries together (neg to pos) and get more charge out of them. It would even work with nearly-dead batteries.

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  • mikes4222 commented on CBGjr's instructable Screened Solar Air Heater1 year ago
    Screened Solar Air Heater

    My car interior heats up to over 200 degrees F when it sits parked with the windows closed. I have been entertaining ideas about installing some thermocouples to trickle charge the battery when it's parked.

    I was going to use something like this to provide heat for a clothes dryer. I would just install it on the roof above the laundry room and run an insulated vent hose to an air intake on the dryer, which I would then use on the "Air fluff" setting.

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  • mikes4222 commented on JenniferBerry's instructable Urine Tanned Salmon Leather1 year ago
    Urine Tanned Salmon Leather

    Antioch, with your chin pubes and hair lip, (which by the way is described as a GOATEE), YOU more resemble a goat than myself, who I refer to as a MAN. and in my book, fire is best quenched with a healthy dose of urine. By the way, the town of Antioch is located in TURKEY. Also, you should get yourself checked for a UTI, also known as a Urinary Tract Infection, since your behavior seems way off of reality, a symptom of infection. BTW, I hate hand sanitizer.

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  • mikes4222 commented on JenniferBerry's instructable Urine Tanned Salmon Leather1 year ago
    Urine Tanned Salmon Leather

    Try using strong TEA to tan leather or fish hides. It works, and is far less gross and disgusting. http://www.taxidermy.net/forums/FishTaxiArticles/0...

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