I picked up my first copy of Mother Earth News. ( Absolutely loved it) It made me think what can we do in our homes and in our community to help the planet.
Topic by CrawdadMan
This machine burns energy year round. Is there or is there not another way to compost without a plug?
Topic by A good name | last reply
Hey, I´ve been reading a lot about green technology lately and while doing it I came across something that really surprised me - nuclear powered exit signs. I had already known that both cars and trains, for example, can be nuclear powered but I didn´t realize that an exit sign can use no electricity, even when it´s self luminous. Apparently it doesn´t require any wiring or batteries so I started thinking how I could make an exit sign myself. Btw, does anybody know anything about the regulations as far as the material used in fire exit signs is concerned?
Topic by protosign
NEW QUESTION: Should I grow food, or food and commodities (IE wheat, cotton, etc) Well, I grew vegetables last year, and the crop was a failure. Don't ask me why, since there were at least 20 things I did wrong, and on top of that, mother nature was pissed off at me. Well, I already have some ideas on how I'm going to make my farming more eco-friendly, but I'd like some more, some ideas I have are: No fertilizer (I grew organics last year too) collecting rainwater in buckets to use to water on drier days (I'm going to make a small shed which I can store the water for just such an occasion) Allowing bugs into my garden Also, I plan to compost all the plant waste (I also use my dog's "Waste" for fertilizer... weird, I know, but it works, and it means I don't have to use up plastic bags, or pick the stuff up. Plus, it's better in the ground being broken up than in the landfill taking up space) And some things I worry about are: Moving sand into the area. I hear that sand is better for beats and carrots, but I wonder if it would be a bad environmental change to move sand into the area. It's not a large area of land, but still. Please excuse me if I didn't make too much sense, I'm really confused right now... school is getting to me :(
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Paving the ecology foundation for our future generations… With technology advancement, population explosion and improved living standard come environmental issues: 1. Excessive unmanaged waste; 2. Increased water and air pollutions; and 3. Great resources and energy consumption .. Is this the world we want to leave it for our children to inherit? Follow me to learn more
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My family are getting chickens for our back garden and apparently chickens aren't very friendly sometimes. How do we train them to be more domesticated and tame?
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Christmas and new year is near. What have you prepared? hmmm … christmas and new year celebrations are usually synonymous with giving gifts to family, friends and people we love. Here are some tips for gift-giving is still ‘green’ in order to maintain sustainability of the planet more details : tips giving gift christmas and new year are environmentally friendly
Topic by ling-ling lia
It would be an eco-friendly generator:)
Question by nutsandbolts_64 | last reply
Plastic (or something like that) for the body or any light material that is easily shaped or molded using common tools/equipment. With functional steering wheel that allows left or right turn (How is this really implimented? And what type of material to use?). Pedal propelled...or anything green solution. Usable by a 1 to 3 year-old kid...like a prelude to the carting instructable.
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Hi: Why can't I download an instructable ? I am on a mac, have firefox, have cookies enabled and cannot log in. All I want to do is download an instructable that i like. Could you please explain what I need to do in easy to follow steps? I have searched your community forum but have found nothing that works. Maybe this is PC friendly not friendly to Mac issue? Thanks for your help. It is very frustrating as i enjoy this site but this problem could be a deal breaker. :-) Eileen
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THANKS SOO MUCH IF U CAN HELP! (don't forget, im only 13)
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I'm making a pair of shoes from scratch, but I am wondering if anyone knows what I should use for the sole/rubber part? I dont want to use premade parts, or take bottoms from other shoes. Anyone have any ideas? If at all possible I would like the material to be environmental friendly.
Question by Lizander | last reply
Thought these might make good tool organizers, mesh bags, or any potential items that would be practical, useful, and eco-friendly. Discarding these without clipping the rings has had a negative impact on wildlife by entangling them, so thought would try to put them to good use and save money. There are likely many gardening, art and craft applications for these also.
My husband and I have bought into a house with our adult children? Our portion in a mother-in-law type aprtment that is two stories. Kitchen/living area downstairs and 2 bedrooms dwnstairs. Total about 1800 sq. We want a heating/ac unit that will stand up to Louisiana's hot humid conditions that in low energy useage and eviormentally friendly. Any suggestions? we are replacing window units.
Ever wonder what happens to those peach pits you throw out? No, I bet you don't, so here is an interesting new design utilizing the pits from peaches to create some neat flooring.http://www.luxist.com/2008/03/22/eco-friendly-flooring-made-of-peach-pits/Think "eco-friendly home design" and a lot of different options come to mind, but I'm willing to bet fruit pits as flooring isn't one of them.Alla le Roux feels differently however, and after being inspired by personal experience has started a business ( Stone Fruit Floors ) that designs and sells handmade flooring created out of peach pits. The pits are sanded down (to get rid of sharp edges and make them more comfortable to walk on) and set into the floor by hand along with glue, sand, and a resin mixture. The end result looks like a strange mix between hardwood, tile, and linoleum.Interesting... I'm not really sure what else to say about this!Check out the whole process here.Here is another gallery of the floorsSomeone has got to learn how to make these...will it be you? We can do it! Plus, you get the benefits of eating peaches!
Topic by Brennn10 | last reply
Feel free to use any of the tutorials on my blog - most are on instructables too! Reusable Crochet Washcloths: http://handmadebyannabelle.blogspot.com/2010/04/crochet-pattern-not-your-grandmas.html Reusable Crochet Coasters: http://handmadebyannabelle.blogspot.com/2010/02/great-crochet-coaster-comeback.html Reusable Rag Baskets: http://handmadebyannabelle.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-make-your-own-rag-basket.html Good luck! Annabelle
Topic by HandmadeByAnnabelle | last reply
My boyfriend is a vegetarian and so I bought a load of dried soya mince to help me make some low-cost, veggie-friendly meals. So far I've come up with a chilli, bolognaise sauce and Mexican taco filling. Other than that I just stick it in any ol' sauce to give it some bulk. Do any of you have any other soya mince recipes? Is there any other way of cooking it or is it just for adding to sauces? (Please keep in mind that it's the dried stuff!) Thanks!
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I've been thinking about redoing a bass guitar and I was looking into different stains when I came across this environmentally friendly wood finishing stain. So this stuff is hugely more expensive than most products out there and I really don't know much about it. And there really isn't that much information on it so I was hoping someone on here might have some experience using some of this stuff. Would this stuff work better than the chemical stains or is it just more expensive because its organic?
Topic by aninjaturtle | last reply
I'm creating a lamp for a product design project in school, and my aim is to make a portable, environmentally friendly lamp, so, in designing this lamp, I thought that it would be best to power the lights on a circuit. Can anybody show me how to make a circuit with several LED lights, where the circuit can switch between different colour LEDs every 10 minutes and the circuit has an integrated switch to turn the light on and off. preferably the circuit can run on a single AA battery, and is small, yet simple enough for a beginner to make. Thanks :)
Question by Cookie-Monster | last reply
hey friends, post your poems for reading and discussion, don't be friendly only harsh criticism welcome can't wait! I'll go first: Les makaga-couple packages, she spoke Sniffin my pure sport Sittin on me Les makaga-couple packages Of Raymond noodles baybee Eyein me like i’m crazy All low You need some chapstick, she spoke And it ain’t no joke My lips are chapter 2 Dried up like raisins
Topic by AndTheHuxtables | last reply
Found a few easy recipes for making green cleaning products... Anyone have more suggestions? "Americans spend millions of dollars a year on cleaning supplies. This spring, make your own cleaning agents with these recipes from EarthShare and EarthWays, two nonprofit environmental organizations. The recipes are friendly to the environment and to your bank account." Air fresheners: Simmer a small amount of cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves on the stove to give off a pleasant fragrance in your home. Glass cleaner: Mix 2 tablespoons of borax or washing soda with three cups of water for sparkling windows and mirrors. Carpet freshener: Sprinkle dry cornstarch or baking soda on your carpet and vacuum. Furniture polish: Combine 1/2 cup lemon juice to 1 cup vegetable oil, olive oil, or mayonnaise. Apply to rag. Source: ManageMyHome
Topic by DinaC | last reply
I made friends with a girl in my neighbourhood but she started acting funny when I started showing a friendly attention which she understood differently ,so she started pulling away so I chased I chase her but that wasn't my intentions so I called her and told her I liked her just as a friend ,that very evening I met her cousin who lived in the same house and since then I cant stop thinking of her(cousin) but things became tense between the two of them because of me and (cousin) had to pull away even ignoring my calls ....they live together ,school together ,they practically do everything together ,plus there are five other girls in the house...plss help me
Question by Helpmeplse | last reply
I'm looking to cast a fake monster tongue out of Alumisol Soft Plastic (Plastisol) for a costume. Obviously it will end up going in my mouth. I can't find any information anywhere about the food-safety of the solid compound. What I gather from the msds sheet is that it's non-toxic, but it's a little ambiguous. The retailer I asked couldn't find any information either. From what I can tell it's usually used to create soft rubber fishing lures, so I'd assume it's environmentally friendly with respect to not releasing toxins into the water, and its listed uses include special effects as well as medical reproductions (Of tissue). Has anyone used this type of plastisol in contact with food or the surface of your mouth before? All help is appreciated.
Topic by SixFootBlue | last reply
Not too long ago, I saw a WONDERFUL RODENT "TRAP" from not too long ago.... It used a 5-gallon bucket with anti-freeze (coolant) at the bottom, and a ROD going through close to the to to of the bucket. A ROD ran through the two top holes, and a small "coke" bottle was hung OVER the bucket (how attached) and the bottle was 'GREASED' or baited with peanut butter, or other stuff RATS like. A stick (ramp) board led to the top of the bucket - turns out, the creature in question would go for bait, the center rod would spin, dumping him in the fatal coolant. Here in Florida, we have a screen porch that has entries and exits for our FRIENDLY critters (birds, squirrels) but I think this guy (BIG ONE) lives in our foliage. WE DON'T like him... Can you direct me to it? Thanks - Brian
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I just saw a couple of fun green-themed contests over at www.greenwala.com (an online green social network) -- maybe someone here will get lucky? I think there's something for everyone. Here are the different options:1. creatively reuse something that you would have otherwise trashed -- just submit a photo of your repurposed item along with a small description. 2. create an eco-themed t-shirt design 3. take a picture of you (or someone you know) hugging a tree 4. submit a video of you cooking your favorite healthy green recipePrizes include a $250 Whole Foods gift card, $250 in cash, a new digital camera, and an eco-friendly HP laptop and printer.Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests
Topic by elizahleigh | last reply
'Tis the season again for holiday shopping, and the hottest gifts will be found at The Crucible's Gifty Holiday Art Sale, this December 13-14th. This is probably the Bay Area's most unusual shopping experience. Where else could you find fabulous affordable handcrafted holiday gifts while experiencing art in action in a space where furnaces roar, sparks fly, and imagination runs wild? Food, demonstrations, performances, fun for all ages. The artisans donate a portion of their sales to support the arts education programs here at The Crucible, so by shopping at the Gifty shoppers support both local artists and arts education. Share this information with family and friends, and come on down to experience the holidays Crucible-style.Saturday & Sunday December 13-14, 2008 10AM 4PM For more info: http://www.thecrucible.org/calendar/gifty_08.htmlFREE ADMISSION Family FriendlyThe Crucible 1260 Seventh Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (2 blocks from W. Oakland BART)
Topic by plasmajan | last reply
While the color green has been the hue of choice for environmentalists and companies wishing to show that they care about nature, making a product green is actually toxic. Due to the difficulty of making a green dye and all the chemicals that are used, it contaminates anything it touches. So when a product is simply putting some green to make it look a little more nature-friendly, it's actually making things worse. Yay! From the NY Times: Take Pigment Green 7, the commonest shade of green used in plastics and paper. It is an organic pigment but contains chlorine, some forms of which can cause cancer and birth defects. Another popular shade, Pigment Green 36, includes potentially hazardous bromide atoms as well as chlorine; while inorganic Pigment Green 50 is a noxious cocktail of cobalt, titanium, nickel and zinc oxide. The Toxic Side of Being, Literally, Green
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
I am planning a baby shower for my friend and we are expecting about 50-100 co-ed people. We already have a place picked out and now all the details need to be planned. Please comment if you have any stories that you would like to share about a baby shower that you attended or hosted where things went wrong and how you think the "fails" could have been prevented or avoided. Post any definite no, nos! To add to that, if anyone has any success stories about baby showers that they have been to, please share what made them great. I still need great game, food, and center piece ideas for a large group. Post any must have's! The theme is underwater and we would like to have as many cheap and environmentally friendly things as possible.
Question by cheeriokate | last reply
I'd like to rig up a system which will automatically pull open the curtains in my bedroom at a preset time in the morning. The curtains open quite nicely by pulling on strings tied to their inside ends, and it'll be easy to run both those strings to a central location where they can be wound around some sort of motorized spool. So, what I need is a simple little motor (needn't be too powerful, I'd think) that can drive such a spool, and then some way to control it based on the time. Something as simple as a light switch timer, though, which merely switches a circuit on or off at a given time, isn't quite enough, because the motor will need to run for, say, 5 seconds to open the curtains and then stop. Ideally, it would be nice if there was a user-friendly interface I could use to set the time of the curtain alarm, and there should also be a way to just press a button to trigger the opening on command. Any thoughts? Thanks very much!
Question by baravelli | last reply
Hey guys I just wanted to share what I'm working on right now. I was going to see the community's feedback on it. Right now I'm making a semi compostable wallet. I'm making it from the new sun chips bags. Now I say semi cause I'm also using some clothe, tape and thread. So I was thinking and wondering, should I make a semi compostable or should I just go fully. meaning nothing but sun chip bags (Although probably still using some thread to hold it together) So please feedback. Positive if you can. I'm making it for fun and other reasons. One of my favorite reasons is if people ask why. I could tell them when I'm done with it, I can leave it outside and soon it will compost. I'm hoping to make it a green wallet, not the color but in the since of being earth friendly. Thanks guys, hope to here from you all.
Topic by Onkei
I am girl dong my final yr. 6 months back we had a training program. I got impressed with one of the trainer. But at that time I don’t know that I like him. After a month I found social site and we become friends. Then I wished on all occasions and also got replied from him. After that Both of us had friendly conversations. But passed three weeks he is not replying for any text r wishes of mine. In fact not even seeing my messages. Though we are in different places have contact only through social site, I don’t have contact number also. Am totally out of mind. I know am really missing him and I want make him as mine. I am serious about it. Say How to impress him who is in different place? .. what I should do so tat he should text me?... Friends suggest me some Ideas… Genuine comments please ...............
Question by Kivish | last reply
Years ago I saw a documentary about an African country which most villages and towns use bottled gas to cook. One guy had made a stove from an empty gas container that split water, using a car battery, into a usable flammable gas. It was very basic; the electrodes were nails and the amount of electricity it used was minute, (shown by a very dim bulb in part of the circuit); it worked very well, just like a normal gas stove. The guy had been kidnapped three times and his family threatened by the people who make their living from selling gas. Here was Trevor Baylis, (The man who, in 1991, saw a programme about the spread of Aids in Africa and set about developing the wind-up radio), with the guy using the stove to make a meal. Trevor Baylis was going to take this project on and allow everyone to have a very cheap and eco -friendly cooking fuel. I can't seem to find any info on it using Google....So my question is: Did this ever happen? Thank you.
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Check out the amazing Zelda: The Quilt of Power and Galaga Retro Arcade Quilt from Carolina Patchworks.I've had the Zelda tune running through my head for weeks now. Now up on Etsy.The Legend of Zelda may have introduced an entire generation to the joy of colorful worlds of monsters and heroes filled with melodies of bleeps and bloops, all contained in a little plastic box connected with wires to the TV.Bosses and Triforces, dungeons and new swords, secret doors and endless maps; these inspired fear and joy beyond anything a 256x224 set of pixels wavering on an ancient CRT had any right to do. Return to that world by way of a 64-by-64 grid of pixels emblazoned in all their low-resolution glory across a 100% cotton quilt. Octorok and Leever threaten Link amidst the rocky Overworld's bushes and water, as a Darknut patrols in his Underworld dungeon.- Approximately 64" square.- Made from 100% cotton fabric and batting.- Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.- Pieced and quilted by machine in smoke-free, pet-free, and geek-friendly home.via Evil Mad Scientist.
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This is my first actual post though I've loved the site for a long time now. Anyhow I have two new cats, beautiful friendly, I love them to bits. The only trouble is they are very dark furred and there's been a couple of times they've hidden in plain sight. Me and my fiance are both worried about stepping on them I thought some glowing type collar would be cool. I've been searching the web for an answer and I can't really find anything so I decided to make one of my own. I have limited experience with electronics, I saw the post with an ewire I think it was called collar for dogs. I should be able to figure that out however the cat collar would be much smaller and I don't think it would comfortably sport the battery unit. I ditched the idea of glow in the dark paint (flaking and the cats probably wouldn't appreciate the fumes). I considered some glow-in-thedark hot glue.. but I don't know how to do that without making a collar look lik ea stiff, plasticy, mess. Maybe weaving some of the glow in the dark plastic laces into a collar kinda like the paracord bracelets? Anyone have any other ideas? Anyone heard of some glowing material or even glowing material dye? Thanks :)
Topic by sbabb | last reply
Saving the planet and saving money, all while getting to where you need to go? The secret: green transportation. These Instructables show you how to travel to your next destination in a more environmentally-friendly way. Solar Powered Tricycle This solar-powered trike, a Judges' Prize winner of the Park Tool Bike Month Contest and a Second Prize Winner of the Discover Green Science Fair Contest, can go short distances without emitting any pollutants and never needs to be plugged in. Electric Motorcycle If you want to convert an existing motorcycle into an electrically-powered one, you can try this 96-volt version--or you could opt for a different 72-volt model. Electric Scooter Upgrade Superpower a small electric scooter into a fast, furious traveling machine with this detailed power upgrade. Green Helmet Green transportation doesn't have to be limited to your vehicle: this LED, all-weather helmet runs on solar power. Bike Generator Biking is already a great way to travel, but it can be even more green if your bike lights are powered by your wheels as you move. Biodiesel Processor Instead of traditional fuel, biodiesel reuses waste oil and turns it into diesel. This biodiesel processor will help you successfully make your own biodiesel. And, of course, you can always create a new way (and Instructable) to travel without hurting the environment.
Topic by joshf | last reply
Hi, any of you clever guys has a bit of an advanced DIY knowledge of large vivarium building? I am looking for a but of inspiration/tech tips but if anybody loves a challenge, this is what I will be building. Its for my anacondas and it will need to have these specifications: - to hold humidity in/ have waterproof surface on the inside - definitely for the floor - to hold heat in (any ideas of non-toxic heat insulating/reflecting material that is not too thick?) - be fairly light for the purpose of ocassional moving - it needs to be designed with possibility of dismantling for moving in mind, using screws and similar rather than glue etc - to use as much of environmentally friendly materials as possible (ie solvent free etc) - glass doors at the front, all the other sides dont need to be see-through - economical to build - required dimensions: 31 cm tall x 47 cm wide x 204 cm long (front side with the 2 glass doors on hinges, with a partition in the middle 10 or more cm wide) I would be open to innovative materials/ approaches, the main criteria are re-assembly, reasonably low cost and non-toxicity Thanks to everybody for your ideas! In the photo you can see the right half of their present vivarium made of marine plywood. The cage dimensions are (in cm) 61 x 63 x 216.
Question by Khanga | last reply
The cover story of WIRED this month has been published online and you can read their 10 "heresies" about the environment. They're clearly trying to shake things up by telling people stuff that sounds so wrong, but is obviously right according to them.The gist of WIRED's philosophy is that it's all about the carbon dioxide emissions and that every discussion should be framed entirely by this. After that setup, each article is a quick hit against some supposedly sacred cow.The full list of articles is below and here's a response from ecogeek that continues the discussion. So what do you think?Live in Cities: Urban Living Is Kinder to the Planet Than the Suburban LifestyleA/C Is OK: Air-Conditioning Actually Emits Less C02 Than HeatingOrganics Are Not the Answer: Surprise! Conventional Agriculture Can Be Easier on the PlanetFarm the Forests: Old-Growth Forests Can Actually Contribute to Global WarmingChina Is the Solution: The People's Republic Leads the Way in Alternative-Energy HardwareAccept Genetic Engineering: Superefficient Frankencrops Could Put a Real Dent in Greenhouse Gas EmissionsCarbon Trading Doesn't Work: Carbon Credits Were a Great Idea, But the Benefits Are IllusoryEmbrace Nuclear Power: Face It. Nukes Are the Most Climate-Friendly Industrial-Scale Form of EnergyUsed Cars - Not Hybrids: Don't Buy That New Prius! Test-Drive a Used Car InsteadPrepare for the Worst: Climate Change Is Inevitable. Get Used to ItCounterpoint: Dangers of Focusing Solely on Climate Change
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
I'm currently working on a coffee table inspired by https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Coffee-Table-From-Reclaimed-Wood, and I need to help figuring out how to treat the wood. I love the way the table in the instructable turned out, so something similar would be great. basically I want to emphasize the natural beauty of the wood, not cover it up with color. But I would like the final product to be a bit darker than what the wood is right now. I'm considering oil or water-based stains, danish oil, and other similar products, but I know very little about them. Do I want a stain? Is Danish Oil the same thing as a stain? As far as I can tell, the product in the instructable was water-based, semi-gloss, but doesn't have a color on the label, so it must be a clear coat? It definitely darkened the wood, but perhaps that's normal for a clear coat? Other considerations: I would love for this to be as easy as possible, and environmentally friendly. If we can keep fumes to a minimum that would be great. :-) I also don't want anything that looks glossy as I think that looks kind of fake and doesn't keep with the spirit of the natural wood. I'm totally lost, so please help me out if you can. I'm happy to answer clarifying questions! Thanks in advance! Josh
Topic by joshme | last reply
Instructables editors are really fighting for their step-by-step how to make format, and I can understand them, cause it's after all distinctive feature of a site. But at the same time I'm having a hard times at dealing with my frustration over... I guess, life in general , so after trying to post this thing as an instructable (unsuccessfuly even after adding photoes of my pets as step 1 and 2) I had no choice but to publish it here. So here we go, uncut directors version with cats and dogs. Just want to share the idea, since I'm not going to replicate this old project any soon and thus making a propper instructable. So, plastic crates are nice way to store things, but they look not very interior-friendly for most living... interiors. But you can upgrade their apperance using some old t-shirts for prise of couple of hours of tedios work... I meant, exiting crafting. Well, ok, while I like the result I got, the process itself is not something I want to repeat ocasionaly. But, anyway, I believe, you'll be abe to decide for yourself. The process consists mainly from two operations: 1. Cutting t-shirts into strips: use scissors and cut them as a spiral starting from the bottom. Sleaves will produse shorter pieces, and the even shorter strips from remaining cut-offs can be used for wrapping handles. ...And since Instructables editors don't tolerate 1 step instructables, this is my dog on the photo, from when he was younger. 2. Weaving strips into the crates: most of those plastic crates have grid-like structure filling the main frame. Use openings in the grid to put strips in and out. Take a time to think through of the weaving pattern you want to achieve and the sequense of actions before doing something - it's much easyer than undoing and redoing things. Do not use very long pieces of strips since it's not very convenient weave like this. Tie new sections to the previous ones and hide knots inside the crate (I used knots as a decoration on the white and red one, but I'm not sure if I like it). It may look a bit messy inside. ...and this is my cat, from when she was alive... and quiet possibly, possessed. It takes roughly 2 medium size t-shirts for one crate of this size (the photo). It doesn't matter if the shirt has some printing on it since the edges of the cutten strips tend to curl to the face surface of the fabric leaving the image not visible in the result. I guess this is it, thanks for the attention and have a nice crates.
Topic by Waldemar Sha