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Nice project. - As for cost, LEDs are coming down fast. I've seen 60w equivalent screw in bulbs at "Dollar Tree" for, wait for it, one dollar! I replaced some failing 48" fluorescent tubes in my garage with LED tubes. (The type where you remove the old ballast and wire directly) I don't know when you wrote this, but in 2017, they are running as low as $5 each and were so much brighter that I only needed one to replace every two old ones. If you're really cost conscious and as OCD as me, you can make a spreadsheet that calculates lumens per dollar to find the most bang for the buck. - Color. I prefer cool white for task lighting, workshop, kitchen counter, etc. Warm white is a nice relaxing color good for the living room or bedroom. (Although my wife prefers warm for t...see more »Nice project. - As for cost, LEDs are coming down fast. I've seen 60w equivalent screw in bulbs at "Dollar Tree" for, wait for it, one dollar! I replaced some failing 48" fluorescent tubes in my garage with LED tubes. (The type where you remove the old ballast and wire directly) I don't know when you wrote this, but in 2017, they are running as low as $5 each and were so much brighter that I only needed one to replace every two old ones. If you're really cost conscious and as OCD as me, you can make a spreadsheet that calculates lumens per dollar to find the most bang for the buck. - Color. I prefer cool white for task lighting, workshop, kitchen counter, etc. Warm white is a nice relaxing color good for the living room or bedroom. (Although my wife prefers warm for the kitchen, and who am I to argue?!) Oddly enough, the color temperature specs are the opposite of how they are named, 4000 for war and 6000 for cool. Really?!) - Fastening: I consider the 3M tape you used to be overkill. That stuff is awesome, but I use staples, thumbtacks or hot glue to tack it in place. If you're careful, you won't poke holes in the electronics! One safe way is to bridge across the strip with something like a scrap of tie wrap and staple at the ends, maybe on the sides of the truss. - Versatility. I mounted my kitchen under counter strips on planks of thin plywood. They are loosely clipped in place and out of sight so appearance isn't critical. For power blackouts, I can pull them out, move to the living room and hook up to a 12 volt deep cycle battery. Mounting the strips less securely also makes it easier to replace if some go out. - Power supply: I have a box of old power bricks from retired computer equipment. Many of them are 12 volt. You can also find bins of these at thrift stores. They are good for smaller runs like kitchen counters.
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Nice job! 1. I would have to make this wider. One landing of an overweight cat would take this down the first day!2. On soft wood like that, the edges would dent easily. I would soften the edges with a router and corner round bit, or just running the sander over them. 3. I would put the slider feet closer to the ends of the feet.
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Were those diagonal cutters frozen tight? I have several tools like that that are rusted inside the joint. Naval jelly does not penetrate there. How does this do?
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Awesome. I have an old antique with eight inch platters that will do nicely for this!
How long did the grinding take?
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Options for the spike: Hardened concrete nail, old drill bit. Taper and sharpen on a bench grinder with a bowl of water to prevent overheating. I have one quickie awl made from an old philips screwdriver with a ruined tip that I ground down. Everyone has some of these lying around, right? But not as pretty as this. I have one I made with a rosewood handle that was hand shaped and finished with BC gunstock finish. Prettiest icepick in my kitchen drawer!
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This a good fun project, but be aware that citrus trees are usually composed of root stock with scions grafted on them to make a healthy plant that is true to the parent plant. Also, you never know what the fruit will be like when it eventually does bear. Random genetic experiments like this seldom produce fruit as good as the fruit it came from. If I was going to commit time, space and energy to a fruit tree, I would decide what I want and buy a grafted seedling from a reliable source.
Why would you think this is a good grafting stock? Or top scion? Let us know how the experiment comes out?
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The way I've used a screw extractor" Carefully drill into the screw, then gently tap the extractor into the hole and crank it out with a wrench. I didn't even know you could do it without a hole.
A switch would work. You could put motion sensing 3-ways at top and bottom of the stairs.
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What is the purpose of the notch in the blade? I've seen that in old knives before.
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Looks like a great recipe. I usually start with a little oil in the pan before the butter. That prevents the butter from burning. (I don't know if that matters if you're using fake butter.) I usually use real butter for better flavor, but it is a little more tricky when sauteeing with it. You say to add enough butter to cover the sprouts. That would take over a pound. Would it be clearer if you say, "enough to cover the bottom of the pan"?
A little bacon fat helps, too, but there goes your "vegan" claim!
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I think you could make the marble holes more easily by cutting notches in the center piece of wood before gluing. Getting the lip angle just right would be a bit tricky, but you could clamp the three pieces together to test and tweak with a rasp accordingly.
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I've used a couple, but don't remember the brand. One difficulty I had on one was that I had to crank the bolts down pretty hard to squeeze it all the way to the floor.
I never use wax rings any more. When I did, I usually tore up at least one before getting the toilet seated right, and the bolts in place without falling out. There are new rubber rings that are reusable.
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Very nice. I plan to make something like this. What is the beam angle of the lights? Some of them are pretty narrow spots. Mounted that closely, it should be fine for the island area. They probably won't light up the counters very well though. You can get dimmable downlights too. That way you can get overpowered ones for when you really need it for cooking prep, but turn them down when just hanging around with tapas and wine. Color is also a consideration. I prefer "cool white" for task lighting, but some prefer "warm white". One change I want is to install the lights higher up in the fixture shining down through thin slats so the shine straight down, but doesn't make glare at an angle.
I think aquarium sililicone sealant is considered food safe(actually fish safe, but that should be the same)
Looks great! (but at first glance I thought it was an outhouse for your gnomes. I would scale it down a bit for path lighting.) I'm also trying to design some kind of path lights that don't fall apart like M@libus. Considerations: Light should shine down on pathway without blinding people walking toward it. Wiring connections: My system slowly died over a couple years as the wire connections got filled with dirt and corroded. I had put plastic cups over them and buried them but ants(?) carried dirt and moisture up into them. Next time I'm trying the waterproof silicone wirenuts. Solder is another alternative.
If I used regular wirenuts, I would fill them with silicone grease first, then wrap. I live in Florida, megahumidity! Those connectors with sharp spikes in them are less than worthless in a humid environment(inground). They might be okay under a deck with dielectric spray on them first. The main problem I see with wirenuts is that you have to cut the wire. I might try just stripping and folding over instead.
(burning man survivor) - I like the tennis ball idea(rocks will work, too. Plastic tarp clips are handy for attaching to a tarp at any point on the edge. - Housewrap makes a good cheap tent ground cloth(cut smaller than the tent, of course.) Just cut it a few inches smaller and lay it down before pitching the tent. It doesn't need to be tied. - Some say you should tie your tarps and tents with heavy rope. I prefer to use small string. Storm blows up, breaks string. Tent falls down. Tie on new string and put it all back up. When a big windstorm or thunderstorm blows in, SOMETHING will break!
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My thoughts after doing this on two kitchens:- I used flexible LED strips on one and LED bar lights for the other. It doesn't really matter that much what they look like because they are generally out of sight. The flexible ones can be stapled, glued or tacked in place. The bars can be supported by a wire or string loop. - I get LED units rated for 12VDC. They have their own regulators built in. I find 12 volt bricks in thrift stores for $2 to $3. Make sure the current rating is higher than the combined current of the lights. (I also plan to run battery power in the house from a solar charged battery for use in emergency or just to save power cost)- I have used ropelight for low glare lighting(very nice in a bathroom, mounted at the wall/ceiling. Some of these have an annoying flicker t...see more »My thoughts after doing this on two kitchens:- I used flexible LED strips on one and LED bar lights for the other. It doesn't really matter that much what they look like because they are generally out of sight. The flexible ones can be stapled, glued or tacked in place. The bars can be supported by a wire or string loop. - I get LED units rated for 12VDC. They have their own regulators built in. I find 12 volt bricks in thrift stores for $2 to $3. Make sure the current rating is higher than the combined current of the lights. (I also plan to run battery power in the house from a solar charged battery for use in emergency or just to save power cost)- I have used ropelight for low glare lighting(very nice in a bathroom, mounted at the wall/ceiling. Some of these have an annoying flicker that drives some people crazy. They will need an adapter circuit if this bothers you.- I put my lights on a motion sensor. This way you always have light when you enter the room and it always turns off when you leave.
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I've gotten a few of the waterproof floods. They came with a short pigtail with stripped wires. Instead of soldering a cord onto them, I opened up the housing, removed the pigtail and threaded a cord through the grommet, I used an old computer cord like you did with a diameter that would fit through the grommet. then you can wirenut or solder inside. This preserves the waterproof ability.
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