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4Instructables2,040Views5CommentsSomewhere on the american continentJoined July 31st, 2016
Just a guy who doesn't know when to quit, and is constantly in search of a solution to a problem that doesn't exist yet.

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  • mvsainz's instructable Budget Gel Pad Upgrade for Hearing Protection's weekly stats: 12 hours ago
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  • mvsainz's instructable DIY Armored Motorcycle Pants Upgrade's weekly stats: 1 month ago
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  • Repairing a Cordless Electric Percolator (similar to an Electric Kettle)

    This instructable actually ended up saving my "Bonavita 1.7-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Kettle - BV382517V"! Thanks!I had had it for a little over a year when it simply stopped heating. When I disassembled it, I was measuring voltage at everywhere but the resistance. I've never had any reason to take apart a kettle before, so I wasn't aware of the thermal fuse until I saw this DIY. An Ebay order and a week later the kettle was working like new again! Which was great because I love this kettle and it's discontinued.Two notes though.First, I wasn't able to find any info corroborating that thermal fuses have a polarity. And honestly, it wouldn't make too much sense to begin with, given that the heating element is powered by AC. That and the fact that fuses in gene...see more »This instructable actually ended up saving my "Bonavita 1.7-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Kettle - BV382517V"! Thanks!I had had it for a little over a year when it simply stopped heating. When I disassembled it, I was measuring voltage at everywhere but the resistance. I've never had any reason to take apart a kettle before, so I wasn't aware of the thermal fuse until I saw this DIY. An Ebay order and a week later the kettle was working like new again! Which was great because I love this kettle and it's discontinued.Two notes though.First, I wasn't able to find any info corroborating that thermal fuses have a polarity. And honestly, it wouldn't make too much sense to begin with, given that the heating element is powered by AC. That and the fact that fuses in general don't tend to be polarized (think car fuses) makes me think that the thermal fuse is non-polarized. If someone can point out that this is wrong and why, I'd be just as happy to know.The second is, if you want to avoid soldering the thermal fuse (and possibly tripping it or having to use a heat sink), what I did and what I'd recommend is cutting the connector off of a pair of crimpable electric connectors, or cutting in half a crimpable electric union, and that way you can use it to simply crimp the thermal fuse to the wire as it originally was with little hassle at all. And I doubt that type of person that repairs their coffee machine or kettle in this disposable age doesn't already have some crimpable electrical connectors laying around somewhere.

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  • How to Earn Instructables Achievements

    Does anyone have a rough idea of what percent of Instructables get Featured relative to the total number of Instructables that get uploaded?

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  • mvsainz commented on mvsainz's instructable DIY Armored Motorcycle Pants Upgrade1 month ago
    DIY Armored Motorcycle Pants Upgrade

    Actually, better than I would have imagined. One reason I used Keprotec instead of Cordura is that it is not coated (not waterproof), so it's actually pretty breathable and not hot at all. I'm wearing them right now laying on a couch, and there so comfortable that it's not even worth changing into something else. Honestly it would have been reasonable to expect them to be uncomfortable but that isn't the case.

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  • Installing a Garage Door Opener Wired to Motorcycle Hi-Beam

    schuitz's post sparked my curiosity enough to finally get around to learning the basics in Arduino, something I've had on my To Do list for a while. From your post I think I won't have major issues with the coding, but I'm having trouble seeing exactly how you went from the 12v on the High Beam to the 3.3v digital input. You mentioned a Schottky Diode, but I'm not sure how you are wiring it in this case. Some clarification on that would definitely help me simplify the project.

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