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  • Inexpensive garage lights from LED strips

    @firedesign the LED strips have nothing on them but dropping resistors and LEDs, they generate no noise that I can find on any of my radio receivers and CBs. I did have to decommission one of the switchmode power supplies I was using because it DID generate a horrible white noise hiss, but I think when buying these things at opp shops I was bound to get at least one faulty SMPS. There are also three-colour, data-controllable strips of some diode similar to WS-2811 LEDs that use digital controllers and/or Arduino to manage, and I imagine they could cause RFI with a badly designed controller circuit. Also, some of the colour-controllable LED light bulbs have rubbishy little controller circuits and they can generate RFI. But in my experience simple white LED strips are as silent as the pow...see more »@firedesign the LED strips have nothing on them but dropping resistors and LEDs, they generate no noise that I can find on any of my radio receivers and CBs. I did have to decommission one of the switchmode power supplies I was using because it DID generate a horrible white noise hiss, but I think when buying these things at opp shops I was bound to get at least one faulty SMPS. There are also three-colour, data-controllable strips of some diode similar to WS-2811 LEDs that use digital controllers and/or Arduino to manage, and I imagine they could cause RFI with a badly designed controller circuit. Also, some of the colour-controllable LED light bulbs have rubbishy little controller circuits and they can generate RFI. But in my experience simple white LED strips are as silent as the power supply you use to drive them and are ideal for the shack. Hope that helps.

    Great 'ible! I've done a similar thing, except that I used inexpensive inch wide battens as the base. Our hardware has them in 5m lengths, prepainted with white undercoat, and I cut them to 1 metre and 5cm lengths, then put a centred 1m length of the same LED strips on, the result is a "fluoro tube" type device I can glue to any surface or attach with nails or screws at each end, and wire as needed. I put them up just as you'd put up fluoros, and for places where I needed extra light I did simlar to what you did, and doubled up on LED strips. But we now have this lighting in the carport, the back veranda, the workshop, the kitchen, lounge, and dining room. Wife uses one over her usual crafting chair as auxiliary lighting, and I have a double-strip one over my kitchen bench and...see more »Great 'ible! I've done a similar thing, except that I used inexpensive inch wide battens as the base. Our hardware has them in 5m lengths, prepainted with white undercoat, and I cut them to 1 metre and 5cm lengths, then put a centred 1m length of the same LED strips on, the result is a "fluoro tube" type device I can glue to any surface or attach with nails or screws at each end, and wire as needed. I put them up just as you'd put up fluoros, and for places where I needed extra light I did simlar to what you did, and doubled up on LED strips. But we now have this lighting in the carport, the back veranda, the workshop, the kitchen, lounge, and dining room. Wife uses one over her usual crafting chair as auxiliary lighting, and I have a double-strip one over my kitchen bench and a single strip over the kitchen stove and another one over the sink area. Currently using similar supplies, but working on a better control system that will include wireless control and use the 12V solar battery so that (as a bonus) we'll also have power outage resistant lighting...

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  • Handcarved Native American Halibut Hook

    Being down under, I'm wondering if I can adapt this to local species. Where can I read up about the bait that was used in these, please?

    PS: Very enjoyable 'ible, it has me wondering what else I can make like this...

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  • teddlesruss commented on Pa Lemur's instructable 3D Printer Part Recycling Grinder7 months ago
    3D Printer Part Recycling Grinder

    Ah okay I'm sort of thinking ahead to when I (hopefully!) get a start in 3d printing myself, I know I'll be getting a few misprints to recycle. %) I've been pondering how to do that, then saw filament extruders, which led to shredders/cutters such as this one, and I was hoping to come up with a shredder design that was extremely simple to manufacture. If all my ducks line up in a row and I get as far as recycling old prints and plastics, I'll definitely make those design decisions part of my design process. TY by the way for your Instructable because it's definitely given me a good starting point.

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  • teddlesruss commented on marcus2015's instructable Make your own lye8 months ago
    Make your own lye

    Wood ash lye was used to process olives, which makes sense, they had the wood, used cooking fires, and therefore had plenty of ash. I'd do this as a self sufficiency exercise, not just for olives but also because lye can be used as a sterilising wash that also happens to dissolve lipids, i.e. not bad for cleaning down a processing area. Also, try getting hold of NaOH in sufficient quantities for cleaning, processing, and soap making without getting suspicious sideways glances from the supermarket staff... %)

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  • teddlesruss commented on Pa Lemur's instructable 3D Printer Part Recycling Grinder8 months ago
    3D Printer Part Recycling Grinder

    Just one more thought - make the LH fixed cutters a 180deg rotation of the RH side then you get two cuts per rotating cutter. (It shouldn't matter if material gets cut on the upwards side and falls back down with the next down rotation, should just make for better throughput, yes?)

    Should mention I have respiratory issues so sustained efforts like filing are problematic hence I always look for the easier ways to do things. And I want to do 3D printing and recycling/reclaiming so this kind of 'ible is very interesting to me.

    Just wondering if the blades could be short lengths of flat with just an angled cut at each end and a small recurve near the cutting end to trap the material being ground sort of like: /````````````/ (centre hole &/,,/````\,,,,,,,\ key etc here)(only one end shown, rotate flat stock 180deg and repeat)That way you can just cut each end exactly the same, even use perhaps an angle grinder and a template to get to the approximate shape and finish with files and lapping.Keep the fixed cutters shape pretty much as it is, and the suggestion of mesh to screen the shreddings is a great one too as it would save a lot of material going through multiple times when it's already fine enough. I think the cam shapes of the dual cutter grinders are for shedding of the input material from the under...see more »Just wondering if the blades could be short lengths of flat with just an angled cut at each end and a small recurve near the cutting end to trap the material being ground sort of like: /````````````/ (centre hole &/,,/````\,,,,,,,\ key etc here)(only one end shown, rotate flat stock 180deg and repeat)That way you can just cut each end exactly the same, even use perhaps an angle grinder and a template to get to the approximate shape and finish with files and lapping.Keep the fixed cutters shape pretty much as it is, and the suggestion of mesh to screen the shreddings is a great one too as it would save a lot of material going through multiple times when it's already fine enough. I think the cam shapes of the dual cutter grinders are for shedding of the input material from the underside as far as I've been able to work out and a single cutter grinder probably doesn't need that - and it would save a lot of filing if it was possible.

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  • teddlesruss commented on ShakeTheFuture's instructable 8 Pool Noodle Life Hacks & Diy's9 months ago
    8 Pool Noodle Life Hacks & Diy's

    Here's another use - thread cargo tie-down straps through two noodles, open the car doors, pass the strap through the car with the noodles on the roof, one by the rear doors one by the front doors - you have a padded roof rack like the ones you have to pay heaps for at the auto accessories shop. (Do open the doors first or you'll tie your doors shut. But once the straps are tightened, you can close the doors and the straps will be trapped from sliding back and forwards. Suggest putting one roof rack as far forward as your door frames allow, and the other as far back as possible,)Your car roof can take a lot of weight provided it's spread across by padding such as a pool noodle roof rack. I've used a pair of these on the roof of the car to move a fairly large table. If the table had been...see more »Here's another use - thread cargo tie-down straps through two noodles, open the car doors, pass the strap through the car with the noodles on the roof, one by the rear doors one by the front doors - you have a padded roof rack like the ones you have to pay heaps for at the auto accessories shop. (Do open the doors first or you'll tie your doors shut. But once the straps are tightened, you can close the doors and the straps will be trapped from sliding back and forwards. Suggest putting one roof rack as far forward as your door frames allow, and the other as far back as possible,)Your car roof can take a lot of weight provided it's spread across by padding such as a pool noodle roof rack. I've used a pair of these on the roof of the car to move a fairly large table. If the table had been heavier I might have made another pair of these and put them across the roof at two more points closer to the centre of the roof to spread the weight out a bit more.

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  • teddlesruss commented on verdelj's instructable I2C LCD Controller (the easy way)9 months ago
    I2C LCD Controller (the easy way)

    I found that the white boxes were a result of the contrast control being set wrong, once I figured that out it worked for me.

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