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  • How to Bake Bread in a Crock Pot (Slow Cooker)

    How about putting the dough in directly--i.e., with no loaf pan? Possibly you could do it right away OR after a second rise. What do you think?

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  • obillo commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for WD-402 weeks ago
    Unusual Uses for WD-40

    Best thing s about WD-40: the new spray cap with its wonderful flex-hose nozzle is easily removed and will fit most other much better products, such as Boeshield T-9 and Corrosion-X.

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  • Small Pattern Welded "Damascus" Steel Kife (With NO Power Hammer)

    This seems to be pretty much everything an instructable should be, and it has an excellent result as well. Conmgratultyions!

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  • obillo commented on MauiMakes's instructable Spiral Staircase With a TON of Curves 1 month ago
    Spiral Staircase With a TON of Curves

    JeffS2, check the note at the bottom left of the comment box: "We have a be nice comment policy. Please be positive and constructive." You should try it sometime. People who mentioned safety were not 'bickering,' they were making an important point--physical safety--and obviously the creators of this lovely stair were already or were made aware of it, because they added the rail proposed by several here, myself included, rather than try to bribe the inspector, as you seem to suggest. Another problem for me is what appear to be extra-thick treads, which can be a trip hazard. And thanks again to DennisO22 becaue now we all know the difference between helical and spiral stairs, and can amaze and dumbfound our friends!

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  • obillo commented on a-morpheus's instructable Undead Pan1 month ago
    Undead Pan

    FYI, Cousances was a 500-year old French company now owned by Le Creuset, which uses the original molds and patterns. This may be an odd piece as the company was mainly known for enameled pots, and your appears to be plain iron. There are many collectors of old cast iron pots and your may be worth a goodly sum.

    Another FYI: Smooth interior is the hallmark of older cast iron, and it's what gave cast iron its reputation for superior heat retention (NOT conductivity). Modern stuff is nubbly-surfaced and I'm not sure why. Could be easier/cheaper to make; could be easier for modern cooks to use because it cools a little faster. As to value: yours is a "Cousances Cousances"--made by the original company, not made by LeCreuset, which puts its onw name on.

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  • obillo commented on beul's instructable PICKPOX1 month ago
    PICKPOX

    Adding divots or detents is a good idea. Also, why not offset or stagger clothespins to the left and then right and left again, like filie tabs?.Reading labels would be a cinch amd mmake snatching the wroing one, or two at a time, less likely.

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  • obillo commented on tlandrum's instructable Cob Bread Oven, Back Yard Sourced!1 month ago
    Cob Bread Oven, Back Yard Sourced!

    Tlan: As I noted earlier, this is a good explanation. One reason many people are confused about this is that most if not all adobe houses do not look as if they are built with adobe bricks. That's because, in all example I've seen, the house exterior is finished with a smooth layer spread over the bricks, as is done with stucco. Rest assured that behind this mask is a lovely wall of adobe bricks!

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  • obillo commented on MauiMakes's instructable Spiral Staircase With a TON of Curves 1 month ago
    Spiral Staircase With a TON of Curves

    Great salvage, great construction, thing of beauty. But dangerous! All helical (thank you, DennisO22!) stairs are risky but this one is especially so. Can't be sure, but the treads seem pretty narrow, significantly reducing one of the few precautions you can take on these stairs: always step on the outside of the the curve. Treads also seem extra thick, another hazard, if a lesser one. Please add a handrail. Relying on the center post or the wall to save you is fine--until you fall. Also it presumes you will always have both hands free. Kids should never be allowed near this thing. (Building inspectors, too, in most areas.)

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  • obillo commented on m1k3y's instructable How to Block/kill RFID Chips2 months ago
    How to Block/kill RFID Chips

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single mention of the word 'cancer' will almost immediately derail any discussion of anything into a welter of exaggerated charges and accusations, recriminations, personal attacks and venomous remarks. Sorry, but I'm not interested. Now this an excellent Instructable, but I am unwilling to do all the work required. What I want is a solution of the kind poetically known as 'quick and dirty.' So I ask this: is it sufficient to simply cut out some squares of beer-can aluminum and fold them around my passport and credit card, thereby enabling and disabling the chip as desired or required? This would be a nice easy solution for me, especially as I am pretty sure beer cans do not cause cancer.

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  • obillo commented on ucn's instructable Invisible Baby Gate2 months ago
    Invisible Baby Gate

    Just seems to me that a non-visible gate can be a danger. Any barrier ought to be visible so people know it's there.

    Ah--the visible borders should eliminate the risk, which to me was the possibility of expecting the gate to be closed when it wasn't, with a fall as a result.

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  • Harvesting Sound Energy From Passing Cars

    How I long to see this developed to the point of practicality! Highways and subway lines produce sound in limitless volume.

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  • obillo commented on wold630's instructable 3 Ways to Crack an Egg3 months ago
    3 Ways to Crack an Egg

    I sometimes watch, with envy, the short-order cook in my corner bodega, who cracks dozens of eggs every morning for the two-scrambled-on-a-toasted-roll that begins lining up at about 6:30. With the bowl in his left hand and the egg in his right, he deftly taps the egg on the bottom of the bowl, whips it over the bowl and parts the shell halves just as you describe. As soon as the egg is in the bowl he drops the shell into the waste bin and grabs a fork. Three or four powerful stirs and the egg is scrambled. The left hand then dumps the contents onto the griddle and the cooking begins. It's a really beautiful demonstration of manual skill, and if I'm fifth or sixth in line, it passes the time with wonder.

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  • obillo commented on stvnishere's instructable Shou Sugi Ban Pine Cutting Board4 months ago
    Shou Sugi Ban Pine Cutting Board

    Thanks, I will continue using both beeswax AND petro stuff and let you know what I come up with.What do you think of teak as a possibility--either 'burnt' or not? I ask because I happen to have a supply at hand.

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  • obillo commented on Paige Russell's instructable Canning Fruit4 months ago
    Canning Fruit

    I'm going to put a mason jar of stuff in the top rack of the dishwasher to see whether I can get a vacuum the easy way. What do you think?

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  • obillo commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Vaseline4 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Vaseline

    The dollar-store cheap stuff is just as good as Vaseline brand. I've used it to protect wood surfaces and it's as good as beeswax or linseed oil.

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  • obillo commented on stvnishere's instructable Shou Sugi Ban Pine Cutting Board4 months ago
    Shou Sugi Ban Pine Cutting Board

    Very good! The ancient Romans used fire-=hardening on the piles they drove to support bridge abutments, and the process is undoubtedly even older. But will this pine really survive as a cutting board? As for mineral oil, I love it so long as its pure, but I will try the beeswax. I've used Vaseline or other petroleum jellies (totally edible) on knife handles, and that works well too. And I really enjoyed your long intro, even if you did use 'less' instead of 'fewer.' I'm familiar with a similar situation in which once-trustful folks now lock their car doors on Main St lest they come back after shopping to find the back seat filled with surplus zucchini.Having read all the comments I'd say almost everyone wants more long intros, hoping they'll be as good as this one.

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  • obillo commented on audreyobscura's instructable Easy Overnight English Muffin Recipe4 months ago
    Easy Overnight English Muffin Recipe

    These look pretty good. I recommend fork-splitting above knife-slicing, however. Will they be what I'm after, which is something close as possible to the Thomas' English Muffins sold at retail? Those re the only ones worth eating. The supposed replicants include Vernont Baking (fair), Pepperidge Farm (awful) Holsum (worse) among others.

    Now how about a recipe for BIALYS? For the uninitiated, a bialy is a bagel that has died and gone to heaven, but even Kossars on Grand Street in Manhattan doesn't make good ones anymore. And the ones made by Bell's of Brooklyn qualify (like their bagels) as a kind of culinary anti-semitism.

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  • How to Make an Olive Wood Cutting Board

    Thanks for the tip re SALT--never heard that before and it should solve a truly pestiferous problem. Unfortunately, these days it is probably neccessary to make a DIY board: those on the market today are generally poor, made with face-grain lumber that wears and warps very quickly (the old super-hard, super-tight-grained ROCK maple seem to be i very short supply. Sadly I have no access to olive--but I DO having a whacking great slab of teak. Do you think that would work?

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  • obillo commented on smurray2's instructable Cordless/Corded Drill4 months ago
    Cordless/Corded Drill

    Shouldn't it be possible to open the battery pack and replace the individual cells? A few years ago a neighbor did exactly that, saving his Sony Saio notebook by ordering the cells off internet, because he couldn't get a replacement pack except at an outrageous price.

    Follow-up to the above: Unfortunately that neighbor moved away and I now find myself in the same fix with the battery pack for my drill.

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  • obillo commented on AnkitM5's instructable Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Road Trip4 months ago
    Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Road Trip

    Thanks, Oilitright. I pat myself on the back for guessing that 411 means info (as in the bygone telephone years) but confess to being WAY behind the times re WVO, even though I've long thought something constructive could be done with it. Could WVO be used as home heating oil? That would be more appropriate to where I live: 1. in Manhattan no one needs a car [I consider owning one to be borderline criminal here] and 2) we've Ptomaine Wok storefront take-out joints about every 50 feet.

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  • obillo commented on AnkitM5's instructable Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Road Trip4 months ago
    Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Road Trip

    Pardon my ignorance, but what's WVO?

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  • End Grain Cutting Board (with Hand Cut Inlay)

    I'm used to thinking of pine as a softwood--is it really good for this application, even as end grain? I'm concerned about durability in the face of hard use. Howe is it holding up?

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  • obillo commented on How Do You - DIY's instructable Polishing Bottle After Cutting6 months ago
    Polishing Bottle After Cutting

    I used to use emery cloth in various grades and found it worked very quickly.

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  • Mini-Survival Knife Made From an Old Saw Blade - Jimmy Diresta Inspired

    This site desperately needs a place for users to offer GENERIC suggestions on what to make, where to find free materials, etc. It doesn't have one so I'm commenting here because Instructor Alex2Q is close to what I now offer: Cuisinart blades are being replaced by the millions because some have developed cracks at their rivet holes. If you can get any that are about to be tossed, the two blades are easily removed and easily--by a clever Instructors such as Alex2Q--made into a pair of handy serrated-edge knives.

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  • obillo commented on poza's instructable Knife Made From Old Steel6 months ago
    Knife Made From Old Steel

    This site desperately needs a place for users to offer GENERIC suggestions on what to make, where to find free materials, etc. It doesn't have one so I'm commenting here because Instructor Poza is close to what I now offer: Cuisinart blades are being replaced by the millions because some have developed cracks at their rivet holes. If you can get any that are about to be tossed, the two blades are easily removed and easily--by a clever Instructors such as Poza--made into a pair of handy serrated-edge knives.

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  • obillo commented on IDEAforWOOD's instructable Knife Made From Old Saw Blade6 months ago
    Knife Made From Old Saw Blade

    This site desperately needs a place for users to offer GENERIC suggestions on what to make, where to find free materials, etc. It doesn't have one so I'm commenting here because this Instructor is close to what I now offer: Cuisinart blades are being replaced by the millions because some have developed cracks at their rivet holes. If you can get any that are about to be tossed, the two blades are easily removed and easily--by a clever Instructors such as this one--made into a pair of handy serrated-edge knives.

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  • obillo commented on tlandrum's instructable Cob Bread Oven, Back Yard Sourced!7 months ago
    Cob Bread Oven, Back Yard Sourced!

    That's seems right. Good explanation.

    Actually, Oncer, cob is much different from Wattle & Daub (whixh is also a great name for a firm of lawyers representing parrots & people with double chins). Wattle is a woven mesh of skinny saplings and such. After it's in position, the daub is applied, hence W&D is the ancestor of lath & plaster. Cob is made of soil, clay, straw and perhaps other squishable materials; they are bunged together into a moldable condition that doesn't require wattle or other supporting structure. In short W&D is one material applied to another, and cob is one material that is molded rather than applied. Both are excellent building materials, used within their limits.They are literally dirt cheap and like adobe and rammed earth they are being revived to some extent by sustainable builde...

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    Actually, Oncer, cob is much different from Wattle & Daub (whixh is also a great name for a firm of lawyers representing parrots & people with double chins). Wattle is a woven mesh of skinny saplings and such. After it's in position, the daub is applied, hence W&D is the ancestor of lath & plaster. Cob is made of soil, clay, straw and perhaps other squishable materials; they are bunged together into a moldable condition that doesn't require wattle or other supporting structure. In short W&D is one material applied to another, and cob is one material that is molded rather than applied. Both are excellent building materials, used within their limits.They are literally dirt cheap and like adobe and rammed earth they are being revived to some extent by sustainable builders. Pretty soon we'll be seeing hay-bale houses again. I think some still exist in the prairie states, which had Great Plains grass by the long ton and damn few trees.

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  • obillo commented on tlandrum's instructable Cob Bread Oven, Back Yard Sourced!7 months ago
    Cob Bread Oven, Back Yard Sourced!

    Cob is great stuff. In England, many medieval houses are built of it and they're still standing today. As for venting, future builders will do well to find a real pizzeria with a wood-fired oven to see how it's vented. When such is at cooking heat, the flames do a mesmerizing slow waltz, the wood burns very slowly and the inside of the oven is coated with white ash. There is usually a closure to the front--just a simple flat piece of metal, not a hinged door, which is used a control venting.

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  • obillo commented on Dan 65's instructable Tumbled Bottle Glass Mosaic Sliding Door7 months ago
    Tumbled Bottle Glass Mosaic Sliding Door

    Good stuff can come from auto-glass shops. Busted windshields often produce zillions of cuboid crystalline fragments, useful in many way. I paved my fish tank with them replacing the drab gravel. Someone more creative, like Dan65, will find even better uses.

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  • obillo commented on acoens's instructable 9 Alternative Storage Ideas9 months ago
     9 Alternative Storage Ideas

    You've done some terrific things here. Here's an idea that's more of a 'next time' project, because it looks as if it would be tricky in your kitchen. Anyway, every kitchen counter offers a large area of salvageable space--underneath. That's where counters and cabinets sit on an item called the toe kick: the platform on which cabinets etc sit is about 5" high; it's recessed about 5" also so there's room for your toes when you stand at the counter. The pedestal can be built or rebuilt to support the counter and still have (depending on cabinet size) one or two shallows drawers installed. These drawers can be simple ones that simply slide on the floor if you bottom them with teflon. What can you put in a 5" drawer? Pie plates, pizza platters, lasagna bakers--all sorts of s...

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    You've done some terrific things here. Here's an idea that's more of a 'next time' project, because it looks as if it would be tricky in your kitchen. Anyway, every kitchen counter offers a large area of salvageable space--underneath. That's where counters and cabinets sit on an item called the toe kick: the platform on which cabinets etc sit is about 5" high; it's recessed about 5" also so there's room for your toes when you stand at the counter. The pedestal can be built or rebuilt to support the counter and still have (depending on cabinet size) one or two shallows drawers installed. These drawers can be simple ones that simply slide on the floor if you bottom them with teflon. What can you put in a 5" drawer? Pie plates, pizza platters, lasagna bakers--all sorts of stuff that you don't use very often but still need from time to time. This would be especially easy to do with IKEA-type cabinets, which sit on short legs and are fronted with a 'kick plate' that fastens to the legs with spring clips. I had actually planned to do this for our own IKEA kitchen renovation, bu then IKEA-Brooklyn screwed up our order so badly that we just cancelled the whole thing.

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  • End Grain Cutting Boards from Scrap Wood How-To

    Lovely piece of work! But I don't have a shop full of scraps I wonder whether oak would be acceptable? Here in Manhattan there are pallets by the long ton and many have oak stringers.

    Thanks for the warning. I hadn't thought of that since so many of the pallets lately look so clean and new.

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  • obillo commented on djpolymath's instructable Carpenters Mallet10 months ago
    Carpenters Mallet

    Old-time tools often had different names, depending on who used them. I've often seen this mallets w/slanted faces called a wheelwright's mallet. The slanted faces were a convenience in knocking together the FELLOES -- sections of a wheel's outer rim. The carpenter's mallet I won at a yard sale years has the slide-out handle (to fit into a tool-box) but the usual cylindrical head. I can see this instructable with cause recycling of many a shipping pallet.

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  • Cleaning Rust Off of Tools Without Harsh Chemicals

    Well at least WD-40 cans don't explode any more, as they did back in the '90s.

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  • obillo commented on Meglymoo87's instructable 18 Unusual Uses for School Glue10 months ago
    18 Unusual Uses for School Glue

    Bare wood sucks moisture out of glue. The 50-50 prep applcation seals the wood.

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  • obillo commented on Jayefuu's instructable Easiest Cupboard Pan Lid Organiser10 months ago
    Easiest Cupboard Pan Lid Organiser

    Peel-off adhesives stick better if the area is wiped w/alcohol first and both area and stuckum are warmed w/hair dryer or even a wet washcloth (esp when applied to smooth surfaces). That said, the hooks I've bought from dollar stores usually fall off within a few months, and I've given up on them. If I WERE to use them for lids, esp glass ones, I'd drill a hole in each and secure with a tiny wood screw--1/2 inch max. OR: use cup hooks. I'd also put the heaviest lids closer to the hinges--the doors on most cabinets are just laminate-covered slabs of glued wood chips, very susceptible to weight pulling down on the hinges. Those are glass lids--heavy--not light metal.

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  • obillo commented on MadScienceHacks's instructable $2 vacuum sealer Life hack10 months ago
    $2 vacuum sealer Life hack

    Nice piece of work, but I just use a plastic soda straw. I close the bag 99% with the straw inserted in the opening, preferably in the middle of the closure. That lets me press both sides of the bag for a close fit against the straw. I usually press down on the bag to expel most of the air, then suck out the rest, pulling out the straw and sealing the rest of the closure simultaneously. It's a little tricky (esp. getting 'traction' with which to extract the straw), but a little practice yields excellent results. As for cost of materials (straws are free for the asking at any deli) and ease of storage, the benefits are obvious.

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  • Student hacks: Sub zero any drink in 60 seconds with this gadget

    How well does this work with glass bottles?

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  • obillo commented on Meglymoo87's instructable 18 Unusual Uses for School Glue10 months ago
    18 Unusual Uses for School Glue

    Before gluing pieces of bare wood, paint surfaces with 50-50 mix of glue and water. Let dry, then glue as usual. Makes a stronger bond.

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  • obillo commented on Von Malegowski's instructable How to Cut Glass Bottles1 year ago
    How to Cut Glass Bottles

    There is a commercially available bottle cutter--dating from the early days of Whole Earth Catalog and easily home-built once seen--that is based on Step 2 (rotate glass cutter around bottle). It will work on square bottles, though it's a bit tricky. The great thing about this cutter (which you can find with a little Googling, or at craft stores) is that it breaks the bottle apart by gentle tapping from the inside, using a long metal rod with bent end for tapping.No matter what system you use, you have to smooth the cut edge for safety. Use fairly coarse emery cloth, rolled into a cylinder, and 'file' inside and outside edges at about same angle as when using your nail file.

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  • obillo commented on sjowett's instructable RetroPie Arcade Cabinet (Cocktail Style)1 year ago
    RetroPie Arcade Cabinet (Cocktail Style)

    My favorite was a game called Galaxy. It became my favorite when, during hard times in the mid-80s, the one at my local theater broke down and had a sign hanging on it that said "Galaxy Is Out of Order." 'Nuff said!

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  • obillo commented on smurray2's instructable Chemical Free Sink Clean1 year ago
    Chemical Free Sink Clean

    Thanks, smurray! Re baby oil: I don't worry about it myself; it's just mineral oil, which is edible (occasionally used as a laxative) w/a little fragrance added.

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  • obillo commented on smurray2's instructable Chemical Free Sink Clean1 year ago
    Chemical Free Sink Clean

    Will this work on stainless knives? I've noticed that over time a kind of cloud appears on my knives--even the top-quality ones--and it's hard to get rid of. I've used Barkeeper's Friend but it's some kind of wicked acid and nearly impossible to rinse clean. FYI, the could appear exclusively on brushed stainless, not on mirror-finished knives.

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  • obillo commented on djpolymath's instructable Knife Sharpening1 year ago
    Knife Sharpening

    In my experience the use of the steel is extremely important. If you use it each time you use the knifde you can go a long time between actual sharpenings.

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  • obillo commented on vreinkymov's instructable Old Belt Knife Strop1 year ago
    Old Belt Knife Strop

    Re toothpaste--are you specific abiut the whitening kind? Either way, gel or actual toot PASTE?

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  • obillo commented on matt392's instructable Foam Handle for Bag from Pipe Insulation1 year ago
    Foam Handle for Bag from Pipe Insulation

    Good work. The only brand I know for this stuff is FrostKing. I've used it to thicken the shaft of my kayak paddle. By the way, m ake another one but line the inside with tape and don't close the thing. That way you'll have a nice slip-on handle for heavy grocery bags.

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  • obillo commented on deluges's instructable Make a pipe from a branch1 year ago
    Make a pipe from a branch

    Nice work! How long before the branch was properly seasoned (dried)? Did you dry it bark-on or bark-off? Let me (us) know and I'll be looking for windfall branches in the park after the next storm.

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  • The Pallet Bible: Finding, Inspecting, and Dismantling Pallets

    I did this a couple of times, and it was a lot of work, effective only because it eliminated breakage. I suspect that pfred2's breaker will be the answer to many prayers.

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  • obillo commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 11 unusual uses for straws1 year ago
    11 unusual uses for straws

    Been dong thtaa for years now, often with success equal to professional vacs. But I always put the straw in the middle of the bag: I find it easier to get a close fit around the straw that way--the end of the bag doesn't work so well for me. Also, I evacuate most of the air by pressing the bag with my hands, then suck out the last little bit.

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  • DIY Hot Wire Cutter for Plexiglass, Cardboard and Foam

    Can you adapt this to use one of the mini transformers that come with every piece of personal electronics these days? Highest output I've seen is 9v, maybe not enough. But using one of these things would be great--there are zillions of them all over the planet. I've seen them in the trash; at thrift stores for 50 cents, and have at least a dozen at home.

    Altenatively, is there a way to make a cutter that's powered from ordinary house current, moderated by a transformer?

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  • Make Your Own Dead-Blow Hammer! | DIY Woodworking Tools #7

    Please explain the physics involved. I've used lots of dead-blow hammers and ALL have been filled with shot, which absorbed--deadened--the dread bounce-back.

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