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  • stessel commented on More Cowbell's instructable Charcoal Powered Generator - Gasifier2 months ago
    Charcoal Powered Generator - Gasifier

    "Long enough" can be less than 5 MINUTES for unconsciousness (followed shortly by death) with CO levels in the >400ppm (parts per million) range. If you are working with gas engines or any CO generator, OUTSIDE is the rule. Even an open garage door is not enough, we lost a chap here in Maine in his open garage. Our car, outside an open garage door, set off our CO alarm on the second floor because the wind was blowing it into the garage and through to the house. Be safe. Get a portable CO detector with a digital readout. They have 10 year batteries now. The life you save may be your own.

    "Long enough" can be less than 5 MINUTES for unconsciousness (followed shortly by death) with CO levels in the >400ppm (parts per million) range. If you are working with gas engines or any CO generator, OUTSIDE is the rule. Even an open garage door is not enough, we lost a chap here in Maine in his open garage. Our car, outside an open garage door, set off our CO alarm on the second floor because the wind was blowing it into the garage and through to the house. Be safe. Get a portable CO detector with a digital readout. They have 10 year batteries now. The life you save may be your own.

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  • stessel commented on NicK_RSA's instructable Watersaving: Shower Mixer Alternative2 months ago
    Watersaving: Shower Mixer Alternative

    This does not work with our "on demand" water heater. As soon as flow stops, it goes into a "shut down cycle". When you turn the flow back on, the "hot" water is cold for about 30 seconds until the "start cyce" gets thje temp back up. The temp goes from the hot water remaining in the supply pipe, to "street cold" (which in Maine is about 40 degrees!) back up to scalding in about 60 seconds. If you want to try this on an on demand heater, you may want to check its output behavior when you cut the flow from it.

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  • stessel commented on NicK_RSA's instructable Watersaving: Shower Mixer Alternative2 months ago
    Watersaving: Shower Mixer Alternative

    Have one on my shower at camp, works great.I'm surprised no one has mentioned the old hippie standard:"Save water, shower with a friend".

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  • stessel commented on dave5201's instructable How To Hide a Wall Wart Transformer1 year ago
    How To Hide a Wall Wart Transformer

    The phone signal and base power are low voltage so the two lines coming out of the same plate at the phone is not a problem, but the wall wart power going back under the outlet cover plate could, depending on how picky the inspector is. But there are combo low/high (120 volt) boxes. Then have the 120 outlet in the high voltage side of the box, and have the wall wart output (going to phone) go back inside the low voltage half of the box. Retired EE.

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  • stessel commented on Natalina's instructable Build a Soundproof Wall1 year ago
    Build a Soundproof Wall

    Look at soundown.com for foam/lead sandwich sound deadening sheets. Worked well on boats when I was in the marine industry. Also has lots of general info on sound control.

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  • stessel commented on M3G's instructable Wrong Size Wrench? No Problem!1 year ago
    Wrong Size Wrench? No Problem!

    Nice. I see some comments like how 'bout pliers, or go buy an adjustable. Using the right tool is always the best choice, but sometimes you are out in the Maine woods on a Sunday afternoon with a 5 mile hike and a 50 mile drive to a hardware store. A good craftsman can make a tool or part from materials available and get the job done. I still have some tools my Grandfather made. Can't even find tools like some of them today. Cheers from "Mr. Wizard". Bangor Maine

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