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Which Projects should I instructablize? Answered

       Complete, yet undocumented:
1 Hero Steam Engine

2 Ice Bullet

3 Heated side mirrors (truck)

4 Camera launched from cannon

5 Easy ways to connect batteries without the "proper" battery case.

6 Disconnect anti-lock brake circuit when they start acting like it's icy even on dry pavement.

7 Bicycle turns a car alternator, generates power.

8 Firestarting reflector from space-blanket.

9 Modify an off-the-shelf night light which is designed to light when A) smoke alarm beeps  B) It's dark. I only wanted light when smoke alarm goes off.

10 Home-made rocket engine.

11 Augment gasoline with propane when auto fuel pump is crapping out.

12 Adapt lawnmower to cut very tall grass

13 Non slip surface for ramp.

14 Apple picker.

                    Some of these I still have around. Some, not.  Yet I might be able to dig up pics, or do line drawings + writeup. 
I numbered em to make it easy to reference items.

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Toga_Dan

4 years ago

15 fire extinguisher supplies windsheild washer fluid when pump quits

honda civic ex 2000 . one must remove bumper, turn signal, etc, just to access pump. no time fo that. empty out a fire ext. remove its guage. put schrader valve in its place. cut nozzle off ext hose, put barb connector there-.coupler-another barb connector-clear tubing out the sunroof, into the hood, barb connector to the sprayers. fill with fluid, pump it up. give it a squeeze. squirt,squirt. 2 hrs, $20 bang, done.

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phidgetsinc

4 years ago

My vote would be for 1 and 4, but they all look awesome.

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cammers

4 years ago

All great ideas Dan.

If I were to choose one; I'd like to see number 7. Bicycle powered generator. It would be nice to have a daily workout contribute to household power supply. And if made from readily available surplus parts it could be a great concept to share with our brothers and sisters in those parts of the world with limited access to electricity.

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Toga_Dancammers

Reply 4 years ago

i suppose that with LEDs, etc, it becomes more realistic. one interesting aspect of tech in 3rd world.. their 1st phone is often a cell, their 1st power oft photovoltaic. and, yes, the altrntr bike was just junk bits n pieces. tossed it together for autoshop class i was student teacher in. kids just didnt get concept of alternator. not from talkin bout it anyway.

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Kiteman

4 years ago

What a dopey question - post them all!

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Toga_DanKiteman

Reply 4 years ago

wish i had time. sometimes seems to take just as much time and effort to document and share as the project itself. so... trying to prioritize.

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Jack A Lopez

4 years ago

Can you tell me a little more about Project 8, the "reflector from space-blanket". I am guessing this involved making a parabaloid shaped reflector from thin shiny plastic sheet.

I tried something similar a while back. I attached a sheet of space blanket material to a metal trash can lid, using silicone seal. Then I used a vacuum pump to pull the air out, so the sheet got pulled into a concave shape.

This worked, kind of. I had a leak I couldn't seem to seal. Then I got distracted by something else, and that project got shelved indefinitely.

Actually you've got a lot of interesting sounding projects in that list, but I thought I'd ask about 8, first.

Specifically, what methods and materials did you use to parabolize your space-blanket?

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Toga_DanJack A Lopez

Reply 4 years ago

i had a shop vac with no motor, so i used the body of that much the way you used the trash can. wrapped electrical tape upside down around rim, such that it acted like double stick tape, applied space blanket, wrapped more tape, and used another vac to pull a parabola . i didnt care about leaks because the vacuum moves lotsa air.