want to install a glass insert in a steel exterior door the house is brick & the door is not standard size

Want to install a glass insert in a steel exterior door the house is brick & the door is not standard size

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Making my own Window exterior insulation panel insert

I have standard wood windows in our home where we should have spent the money and bought good, double-pane aluminums, but didn't so.... I need some advice. These windows I have are too new, to replace. There are small recesses on the exterior of the wood window frames where I want to insert permanent glass/plexiglass cover for insulation. I need advice on what framing I can use, similar to a poster frame trim where I can install it around the glass, then slide it into the window recess. I’d like to use an aluminum trim that is fairly narrow that would look good. I find framing trim that has slots I can slide the glass into, but what I’m finding is too thick. I only have about quarter inch I can insert to. Any advise?

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Exterior finish on a plywood canoe?

I am building a plywood canoe. I would like a waterproof, durable finish on the outside, and had the idea to spray it with truck bed liner. Thoughts?

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Exterior Wifi Super Antenna

I need to build a dish for a friend so he can get WiFi from about 200 meters. I have several dishes to work with my problem is the antenna will be at least 30 feet from the computer. I will use this linksys usb  i would like input on the idea of a usb to cat 5 to stretch the usb cable? should i power the linksys from a powered hub ? the build will be posted on instructables when done and i will give credit due. my parabolic gets about a 14 db increase from a WiFi usb thumb it just puts the thumb into the sweet spot of the dish and is not for the outdoors. I an open to any and all suggestions tomorrow i will post what my db are from the site .

Topic by bikerbob2005 


Turning a set of stairs into a heating element?

Hi All, My thought was this, I live in New England and of course there is a lot of snow and ice in the winter.  I am going to have an exterior stair that leads to the third floor of my house and keeping them snow and ice free in the winter will be  a major PITA!  I have looked at a lot of different heating products but none seem optimal.  I was thinking, after remembering small heating elements, similar to the coil you could just put into a glass of water to heat it, why couldn't I just turn the steps into a low temp heating element powered from the house's electricity? Is this totally absurd or should it be possible?  Any ides? TIA, Aaron

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Advice on making exterior more appealing.

I am in the process of renovating my house.  I have redone the porch with pvc balusters and columns but it still needs something and I don't know what it is.  Maybe the porch needs painted a different color or maybe shutters.  Im just not sure.  Anybody got any advice?

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What's the easiest way to repair the exterior of a clay chimney liner that is beginning to deteriorate?

The portion of my clay chimney liner theat protrudes above the main (brick) chimney is beginning to show signs of damage on the exterior, north side, where the clay looks to be friable in spots, such that clay chips could probably be easily broken away from the exterior surface.  Is there a good repair material available to fix this problem?

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How to put wood exterior on a round-top ShelterLogic shed?

The tarp on my 5-year-old round-top ShelterLogic shed ripped off. I would like to know how I could put wood on the exterior rather than buying a replacement tarp. I do not want to actually "build" a shed due to zoning laws and such. My thought was to attach C-clamps but unsure if this would work. Any ideas out there??? Thanks.  

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How can I repair water damaged exterior bricks?

Solid brick home has suffered severe winter with water damage causing some bad flaking and literal breakage of bricks in two places. Shallow damage in area of about 3' x 3' on outside of chimney; deeper, more severe damage affecting maybe six bricks in one corner near the ground where large chunks have cracked off. The house is painted brick, built in 1937 with a layer of brick outside, a layer of concrete, and then another layer of brick inside, so the exterior walls are brick clear through to the interior. There is some water leakage into the basement from the corner damage.

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Can an addition antenna be added to the ethernet connection on a router?

If an existing wireless router is set up with an exterior directional antenna, can another directional exterior antenna be used by connecting to the ethernet connections on the back of the router?

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any ideas on how to make exterior security type lights? maybe with christmas lights?Have no outdoor power outlet

Anyone have any tricks on making lights to go outside that will brighten up a dark area,using christmas lights?Have one outlet indoors that an extention cord can be run from.Or how to MAKE a solar powered light that will actually work??

Question by thumpergirl 


Laundry room with no exterior walls in need of a better dryer exhaust solution! Ideas?

I have a dryer with an exhaust vent that could not possible exit my condo as it is in a stack in the very center of my unit; moreover, even with a crafty snaking of ventilation piping couldn't get it near an exterior wall.  As you can guess, when I dry my clothes the utility room turns into a sauna and all of my walls develop condensation from the hot air and water vapor the dryer is using and extracting.  Does anyone have any good ideas for how I could reduce the condensation build-up or even alleviate the problem?  I thought of making some sort of dispersal fan to cool the hot dryer air as it exits the dryer, but I am not sold on this idea.

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I have a rope light on an exterior staircase.w a 120 VAC timer. Lights stay on all night. Need motion & lite sensor. Answered

The lights need only come on at night and when motion is detected. Sensors need to be at the top & bottom of staircase. They need to stay on for as long as it takes a Senior Citizen to climb 15 stairs.

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How do I stucco a masonry block wall?

I need to stucco an exterior masonry block wall

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Engraving...suppose you had to engrave a corporate logo/name into something like a laptop exterior. ? Answered

It has to be portable and reasonably compact, since clients don't want said items leaving the building. Chemical etches are probably no-go. A cut-out mask and sandblasting works but isn't very portable and you've got the noise of the compressor. Ideally what I'd like is something sort of like CNC where an image can be loaded, and the machine then takes over the engraving process. Let's say .25 mm deep. I have some thoughts but wanted to put it out into the hive mind. I'm a 'keep it simple' guy, so if there's an easy way to do this, I'd like to hear about it.?

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Best LED colors for long lasting illumination w/ a CR2032 3V Lithium Battery?

An exterior installation where the temps are in the 20's.  Needs to last 7 - 10 days.

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What materials can I use to decorate a very boring car exterior that won't cut my gas mileage?

I have a honda civic hybrid.  It is so beige that I lose it in the parking lot.  Could I decoupage areas of the exterior (cut out photos, glue them on, and then put on a sealer)?  Use some kind of paint for free-hand decoration (if it isn't absolutely smooth, won't it cause wind resistance)?  Use spray paint (Rustoleum?) and stencils?  Cut out shapes from contact paper?  In the past, I've used magnets (fall off), bumper stickers (get raggy looking fast).

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Repositioning a basement toilet. Answered

 We have a basement 1/2 bath, and the toilet was roughed in in 1979 when the house was built.  For some reason the water lines were run on an exterior wall, so we have to shut off the water to the bathroom every winter.  I would like to redo the bath and move the water lines off of the exterior wall, but to do so I would need to turn the toilet 90 degrees.  Is this possible?  I specifically wanted to know if the bolts that are holding my toilet to the floor would be repositionable (as in are they set in the concrete?) because if they aren't it would prevent me from turning the toilet, I would assume.

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uses for an old Soft Tub (soft sided hot tub)?

We have an old 4 person Soft Tub that is missing its motor (broken). The lining is not in very good shape but the exterior of the tub is ok. Any thoughts on projects/uses for the tub?

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Screen printing - Should I use paint or ink?

 I will be printing identification and logo on steel newspaper racks that have been painted with a 25 year exterior latex paint. Is it realistic to expect good results using paint or ink? If the answer is ink, what type?

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Concrete stepping stones

I have made some concrete stepping stones (for decorative use in flower beds mainly) and have painted them to give them a detailed look. I used exterior paint,  Now I'm wondering what I should use to seal them to protect the paint from chipping and fading?

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How do I preserve a cardboard box so that it will last as a storage container for the tool that came in it?

The box interior has a shaped cutout (also cardboard) to hold the tool in place so the blade is protected. The box is non-corrugated cylinder board.  I need to preserve both the interior and exterior

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I want to build a heatpipe to move heat (30 watts/hr) from the interior of my refrigerator to the exterior of my house

during the winter. I am considering using a 1/2 copper tube capped filled with ethanol, water or acetone. I plan on Adding the fluid (how much?)to the open tube heating one end with a torch and soldering on the second cap to seal the tube and create a vacuum. any ideas would be appreciated.?

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Hi can I say using a nokia n95 phone utilise the lcd screen for a projector?

The idea is to open the phone up take off the baking from the lcd screen but still leave it linked to the phone. Link up a exterior light source  ie a bright led and use this to project light through the lcd screen then through a suitable lens? thanks Moray

Question by decameron 


Tritium encased in plastic: a few questions

My main question is, the Key fob being sold at  Deal Extreme, is it safe?   I seem to remember from one article that stated it is fairly safe as long as it remains exterior to the body (in other words, do grind it up and breath / snort it, and don't swallow it). Is that a fair (generally) statement? I am started to question some of the things I find and read at wiki-im-pedia     

Topic by Goodhart   |  last reply


Reid and Prince screw driver design?

I have worked in the automobile repair industry for nearly 50 years and to the best of my knowledge, the reid and prince screw driver was originally designed and used by the european manufacturers. I state this in the form of a question and would like to know for sure.   I have found the posidrive design is mostly used on mechanical items(under the hood) and the standard philips is typically used oninterior and exterior trim  

Question by mad mech   |  last reply


steel framed basement windows..

I have a window well that constantly fills up when it rains and it has done so for years to the point it has rusted the steel frame that holds the window in addition to the actual window..I have dug out the well to one foot below exterior sill but it still fills up and leaks in the rusted window frame...There are window well covers and gutters are clean and downspouts rerouted as far from the well as possible,Any ideas on how to fix?????

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Anyone know how to turn titanium?

I've found a few instructables here for making titanium rings which have been great.  The only problem is, I have no idea of the feeds/speeds, especially when boring the interior of the ring. I successfully was able to find the right speed and feed today for cutting the exterior, and was able to cut a piece off the bar stock.  If anyone knows anything that would help, it would be much appreciated.  Thank you

Topic by Caleb48kb   |  last reply


tincloth?

If the oil/wax mixture was applied as, waterproofing for a permanent exterior canvas surface (large tent), would the summer heat, up to 40+ degrees destroy the finish and need to be re-applied every winter? also any other ideas would be greatly appreciated, I thought oil based paint would become brittle, and im not sure if I can thin silicone to apply with a roller, someone mentioned shellac but I read that it is no good outside, and as I have quite a large area and many tents to do, any ideas thanks.

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Here's the CHALLENGE

Most of the mechanical stuff I dream up I can put together. I plan on submitting an Instructable in about 3 or 4 months. But I'm not so great electrically. So of course one of the things that I'd like to do, but find to be insurmountable is an Instructable for a digital camera that will monitor the exterior surroundings of my car for as close to 360 degrees as possible while I drive and while I'm parked AND be concealed AND be able to record all of the events for 24 hours. I'm sure someone out there would know how to do this.

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Whats the appropiate paint/substance used for waterline painting

A recently constructed 24' hull (plywood on frame, 3 sections) that belongs to a set of outriger cannoes now need a coat of paint for the already marked waterline. the boat has yet to be primed. im thinking  "couple layers of regular exterior paint should do it" but it'd be a shame if i did'nt ask all you satly's here at instructables what you thought. (priming under way)

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Sad News Proffesor Snape has passed.

"Severus Snape is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is characterised as a person of great complexity, whose coldly sarcastic and controlled exterior conceals deep emotions and anguish." Wikipedia  Actor Alan Rickman, Snape in Harry Potter films, dies at 69. https://www.google.com/search?q=professor+snape+actor&biw;=1550&bih;=746&source;=lnms&tbm;=isch&sa;=X&ved;=0ahUKEwj31pf7larKAhUINT4KHTdRBq0Q_AUIBigB&dpr;=0.8

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How can I create a mold for a large concrete pot ( greater than 1.5 by 1.5 metres) ? Answered

I wanted to have series of pots next to a deck . Rather than just square,I wanted to have something like half a sphere drawn up; maybe a better way to describe it is a cone with the point cut off and inverted. I could make an internal mold with heaped wet sand , but how can I mold the walls for consistent thickness, reinforcerd with wire and asmooth exterior The problem is to create a pourable mold in an interesting shape.

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Plumbing Help

Help! We just moved into a new house and the water pressure seemed pretty high, especially at the bathroom sink (it sprays everywhere when turned on full).  I tested the pressure at an exterior hose bib and it measured at 81 psi.  It also measured at 79 psi at the cold water supply valve for the washing machine.  I sent the pictures listed here to my father-in-law, who seems to believe that I can adjust the pressure with the current plumbing system.  I looked everywhere for a pressure regulator in the line, but couldn't find one.  The only thing I can think of is that he believes the gray valve above the meter is a glob valve and can be used to throttle down the pressure.   Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: dipole HD antenna?

 I noticed in Home Depot 4' x 8' sheets of metal lathe used for putting stucco on housing exteriors.  It was cellular with each cell being an elongated hexagon approx 5/8 inches in length.  The long sides of each cell had been bent at 20-30 degrees (guess) to provide a cavity based substructure for the stucco.  My thoughts went to the fractal antenna posted by williamruckman  on Jan 3, 2009.  An interior attic roof would provide an invisible and safe location similar to the entry point for a dish cable.  The lathe could be shaped virtually without limitation for tuning.  Thoughts??  VR?

Question by von rad   |  last reply


Framing longer walls for garage/shed.

Most DIY sites give instructions using 8ft or common lengths available from any local supplier illustrating walls using standard lengths. I want to make a garage 16ft x 22ft and do not know how to span across the 22ft section to make a full length wall using more than one board. One to two windows per wall and one exterior door with a gambrel roof, I thought this would be relatively easy but apparently not for a novice carpenter. I just finished pouring my own concrete slab thinking the internet provided free plans would be enough but I am stalled without better knowledge.

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How to deal with sap in christmas tree trunks you want to use

I had an idea to re-use the trunks of Christmas trees my neighbors are throwing away. I sawed off the thick part of the trunk and removed the branches from it. But now I have lots of oozy sap that makes the wood sticky and unpleasant. Any suggestions on what to do? If I stain it or coat in polyurethane will that prevent more sap from oozing out? Ideally i want to slice one trunk into coasters/trivets, keeping the exterior bark intact. The other trunk might become the base for a side table or something similar. Or maybe I'll just hollow it out like a cup and use it as a pencil holder. Thanks for your help! Josh

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My chemistry textbook was right all along!

As reported in Physics World today, a team of Swiss and Dutch physicists have developed a novel tip for an atomic force microscope (AFM) using a single carbon monoxide molecule. The tip is stable enough to image individual atoms and bonds within molecules.The first image below is from the group's AFM of a single pentacene (C22H14) molecule on a copper (Cu(111)) substrate. The second picture shows the conventional chemical structure diagram (the vertices are carbon, and one hydrogen hangs off of each exterior corner), and the third is a "ball" model, with carbon atoms in black and hydrogen in white. As discussed in the article, the whole molecule is just 1.4 nm long, with a spacing of 0.14 nm between adjacent carbon atoms.The paper is out in today's Science, but it's pay-per-view.

Topic by kelseymh   |  last reply


house airconditioning pipe insulation smells like burning truck brakes?

I smelled "burning rubber" in my garage; noticed that rubberized insulation on pipes leading outside to the a/c compressor was worn, aged, and peeling. (20 yr old pipes) Question: Does a/c pipes get hot, causing enough heat to melt insulation? The pipes run thru the exterior wall, up and into the garage, to the central air unit. Is the insulation only outside, or the entire length of pipes? Is this repairable or should I call an expert (that will probably charge me an arm and a leg!!) What type of fix-it material do I buy? Can I get this at Home Depot or Lowe's? Why am I smelling it in the first place and where is the smell coming from?? Can this cause a fire!! Thanks.

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Help with Panasonic 28.8v rotary hammer drill?

One day i was working on a house where i was fixing wood fibre board to the exterior of the house. i was drilling quit alot , 20-30 minutes periods over a 8 hour day. well after a few days, my Panasonic hammer drill started smelling quite unusual. like electrical burning smell. the hammer drill lost power and altough it still worked and the end was still spinning, it was pritty much unusable. i was seeing if anyone could give me any help as to what is wrong with it as im in dire need of it at the moment and i paid too much money for it just to throw it away. any help would be great. thanks

Question by AshK10   |  last reply


Coffins, Death, and Floral Prints

I've been thinking a lot about coffins lately.  I went to my grandmother-in-law's funeral back in May, and I've seen that episode of "King of the Hill" in which Hank and Peggy build their own coffins.  Building coffins seems like a good "Date Night" type of activity, but what kind of coffin?  Coffins range all over the place!  There's aluminum, wood, shiny, matte, burlap sack, wicker, Cadillac...  I don't even want to get into tombstones.  Phew!  I think I want a nice shabby chic one with a large floral patterned cotton interior and a white washed beadboard exterior although I am a bit taken with these. Thoughts?  What do you want for a final resting container? (If you just want to be burned, compressed, dissolved, stuffed, or donated, don't bother replying.)

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Smells in the Basement

I have multiple smell problems in my basement.  A bit of information to assist: The floor is a concrete slab The outer walls are made of cinder block About 80 percent of the outer walls are under ground (on the outside of the house) There are two rooms in the basement, a laundry room and a finished room (currently used as a bedroom) It is bare cinder block wall on the exterior wall in my laundry room It is drywall over wood frame wall against the cinder block (with fiberglass insulation) in the finished room The laundry room has some bare concrete and some vinyl stick on tiles as a floor The finished room has concrete slab (unpainted and untreated)  covered with carpet padding and then carpet The carpet in the finished room is about four years old I have had the entire basement tested for mold. mildew, etc. with the results showing none. I am not sure when the house was built. Our house is near Annapolis, Maryland The two smell issues are as follows: The laundry room always has a pretty strong musty smell.  In the winter when it is cold, the smell is not as strong.  As the weather warms up the smell gets stronger and stronger.  I have read that the warm weather draws moisture into the basement threw the walls creating the smell and that a dehumidifier will eliminate.  Dehumidifier removes a lot of water daily and may help a bit with the smell but does not get rid of it. The finished room has an odor problem that does not seem to be in the entire room but is certainly present in one corner of the room where the two exterior walls meet.  The smell is not really strong on the walls but pretty strong in a 4X4 section of the floor in the corner.  My wife smells it all of the time, I can smell it when I put my nose top the carpet.  My wife ha a nightstand near that corner and can smell the odor in cloths that she keeps in the nightstand.  This section is in the right corner of the room.  In the left corner of the room, we have a 4X8 walk-in closet.  She smell the odors from both rooms in the walk-in closet and also smells it in her clothes that are in there. Any help with either of these issues would be greatly appreciated.  

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Improving Signal of FM Transmitter

I recently bought the C. Crane FM transmitter. I have not had much luck with it even after turning up the pot as described on the internet. However, I am not giving up yet. Below are some possible things that I have thought of to improve the sound quality of the radio at a distance from the transmitter. 1. run wire from the antenna of the FM transmitter to the ductwork in my house. I already tried this. I had better luck attaching the wire to the exterior of the ductwork in my basement rather than the interior of the ductwork. 2. create some sort of repeater(s) to get around walls. This device would have to be a receiver/transmitter. 3. create my own FM transmitter with the best parts that I can find. 4. Use a homeplug system. Your suggestions are much appreciated. I don't know a darn thing about electronics so if you have any recommendations for good books that would be nice.

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Has anyone used Rustguy or zero-rust converter products?

I am looking for a fast and easy product for my volunteers to use on a steam engine that is being restored and wondered if these products are any good and worth the $$$ they charge? These products seem to be an improvement over the gloping on of the Naval Jelly and hundreds of man hours of wire brushing and sanding, priming and painting... Just wanted to know from an outside source if these are good and effective so I can recommend them to the Board of Directors and not end up looking like a jerk... They already think I don't know much because I'm younger and a girl! For example, I am still trying to convince them that the engines on static display would look nicer for longer if they used an epoxy based paint instead of exterior house paint! I appreciate any thoughts you have on the two products listed, if you know anything about them! Thanks!

Question by ALMOSTATILLSON   |  last reply


Does anyone know how to make piezo triggered Kick drum light?

Does anyone know how to make piezo triggered Kick drum light? One that lights up the inside of the drum when hit? I want to make one for my drummer. I plan to use the flexible strings of LEDs I've seen available to line the inside of the front kick drum head. Then some how wire up a piezo (either mounted in the shell or on the drum head itself) trigger so it flashes when he uses the kick pedal. There are some vents to feed wires through so if an exterior power source is necessary, thats not a problem. I know it will need power of some sort ha, but batteries are preferable. If anyone could help me with a circuit and/or a list of components that would be great! Thanks in advance!

Question by jetbones   |  last reply


Labrador has strange phobia of unusual floor surfaces? Answered

Does anyone has an explanation? My labrador is in perfect health; no balance problems; he leaps fences and is not timid in any way. A few years ago when we laid down slate floor tiles on the entire diner and kitchen area he seems  worried about walking on the kitchen area and avoids it or approaches it very gingerly, bowing low as he does so; it's as if he perceives it as a deep hole . He will, however, totally forget about this fear if he can get to the cat's food but otherwise it is very hard coaxing him onto the tiles in the kitchen only. My friend's  exterior  landing and staircase has a mottled pattern; he just couldn't walk on it and refused to come down it; he had to be carried. So, none of this is a problem at all, but I'm just curious to see if anyone has encountered anything similar? Thanks.

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I bought one of the Harbor Freight 4 camera video surveillance systems to keep an eye on my driveway and yard.

Two problems arose. 1. Cable distance. "Tech support" says the 'cables' can't be more than the 60' that comes with the system because of loss of signal...( obviously never heard of Instructables.com)....The wires in question are very thin <1/8" with RCA and power connector on one end, BNC and power connector on the receiver end. Can I adapt the RCA camera up to exterior coax and run a larger 12V power cord alongside the coax, then convert the video signal back down to the BNC connector and achieve a 'boostable' signal? 2. I have solar panels and 12 volt batteries throughout the property, sheds and garage. Would I be able to just power the camera locally instead of running a power cord from the receiver power supply to the camera?     And.. what's a BALUN? Thanks

Question by GrumpyOldGoat   |  last reply


Calcium Chloride Corrosive Effects

I know that calcium chloride can corrode metal, but does it require direct contact or can it generate fumes that could corrode?   Here's the issue:  I have a wood stove and I place a container of Damp Rid inside over the summer to absorb moisture.  It looks like the Damp Rid plastic container had a small crack, so moisture passed through the calcium chloride and through the container and through the back of the stove After a while I noticed a pool of water behind the stove.  I traced the problem back to the Damp Rid container, cleaned up the moisture inside and outside the stove, and replaced the Damp Rid.  At the same time I noticed areas all over the exterior of the stove where the finish was coming off, areas that were not in contact with the water.  In fact, at least one section of the stove that had direct contact shows no sign of  a problem. I'm trying to discover if the calcium chloride caused the problem, or if it's something else causing the damage.

Topic by corgaff 


Restore an old steam trunk

This is a quick CALL FOR HELP regarding the restoration of an old steam trunk. The idea is to convert it into a stylish coffee table and storage space and I could really use your suggestions on how to strengthen it's construction and embellish it's exterior. With your help I'll go forward with the plans and publish my progress here. The timeline is also important since the trunk occupies considerable space in our little apartment, so ideally I would like to finish all the woodwork within the next couple of weeks (until beginning of May 2012). The exterior and small touches could wait. HOW I FOUND THE TRUNK I found the trunk next to our dumpster 2 days ago and I just couldn't believe it - Who would throw away such a beautiful thing? - Was I such a good boy that Garbage Santa gave me this gift for Passover/Easter? I hauled it to our flat - my wife asking me what did the cat drag in this time.. (she just loves it that pack our home/car with stuff I find) she couldn't believe her eyes when she saw it. Since we live in a flat with almost no storage space it's very difficult to put together all the needed materials for this project, plus, I insist on doing it with recycled wood (what I find lying around) so to minimize costs. Requirements: @ The trunk should be sturdy (kids might climb on it at some point, ~20kg on the lid). @ It will probably hold a big pile of magazines (10 - 40 kg on the bottom), pillows/blankets. @ I want to add 4 or 6 casters to the bottom so it'll be more mobile. @ I think there should be additional internal support where the leather handles are so when they're pulled I won't be standing with one side of the trunk in my hand. Materials: - Wood - I currently have a solid pine wood dresser in my car, ready to be disassembled for it's beams (?) - OSB - there is some around where I work, 10mm thick. I'll try to find any more materials you'll suggest. Tools: - Drill (and screws) - Glue gun - Staple gun - Carpenter's glue - Hammer - Oxalic acid - Will need to finally buy a Gigsaw.... Trunk internal measurements: Length - 980mm Height - Box - 485mm, Lid - 105mm Depth - 559mm The trunk's side thickness is about 7-8mm made of ply wood covered with black leather. I has seen better days, but it's in relatively good condition. We were thinking of gluing the black surfaces with some sort of bright colored wallpaper (leaving the black leather lining with pins visible) so it would give it some sort of lightness - less bulky. I was also thinking of maybe gluing some sort of fabric with a cool vintage design, but it seems like a lot of work making it look good, stretched with no wrinkles, excess glue... plus it'll probably gather a lot more dust than a wallpaper (I'm allergic). There are two issues that concern me: 1. A fear that this current design isn't strong enough for a clumsy family. 2. I want to attach the corner supports and lid OSB without needing to drill the exterior (too much). I thought of using a lot of glue, but I'm not sure it's the best way to go. What do you think? I'm also attaching this design in Google SketchUp.

Topic by Mr.Bahur   |  last reply