Inexpensive Tools and where to Find Them

In the quest to make things we need tools. Some are expensive and some are not. I found a place to buy tools that is very reasonableNorthern Tool. This link, for example is for their brand of rotary tool. I've used this tool and it meets or exceeds a Dremel's capabilities, and no I don't work for them. I saw some designs for jewelry made from industrial junk and I needed a rotary tool. Since I'm a little short in the cash department right now I explored other avenues. Glad I did.

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IQ LIGHT, ECONOMIC MATERIALS TO MAKE THEM WITH?

TRIED PLASTIC MILK BOTTLES OK. HEARD ABOUT CAROLINA PAD WRITE ON /WIPE OFF BUT CANNOT LOCATE IT IN AUSTRALIA. CAN YOU SUGGEST ANYTHING ELSE.

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Old Bathroom Scales--what to do with it/them?

Just got new bathroom scale(s). What can I do with the old one(s)? It has analog not digital readout...and is it SCALES OR SCALE??? 

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Is there a way to curl headphone cords with out ruining them??? Answered

Hello all,,, I was just wondering if there is a way to curl headphone cords with out ruining them? Like melting the plastic or something...Hopefully we can use the help for my kids DS cords as well.

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Hydraulic Shocks - how to get/install/use them...?

I recently obtained a nice massage table for my wife (she does massage, studying to be an aesthetician too)... and it has a very nice feature; beneath the head-end of the table, there is a little lever, when depressed it raises from flat to about 60 degrees; and stops at any point in between as soon as the lever is released. And it stays there, even with most of my weight (250 pounds or so) pushing down against it. As soon as you press the little lever, it can be moved up or down again. I looked it over, and much of the mechanism is hidden, but I can see it relies on a (deceptively small) gas shock or hydraulic shock, like what is used in many car trunks and 3rd/5th door lifts for SUVs and hatchbacks. Though, obviously much stronger than those devices. So my question is, where can I find one of these things, and how does it come to be controlled by a little lever so that it can stop at any given point and bear a load without moving until the level is once again depressed? The main reason for my query is that the massage table is too narrow by far, and I plan on making a bigger one for her, with a few nicer features; but that is one I have no idea how to duplicate at the moment! Thanks!

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HELP! How can I get my bracelets organized so that I can see them & of course wear them?? Answered

I have a bit more than 10 bracelets made up of leagues and another bit more than 10 that are hard made. [can´t bend them] How can I organize them!? Actually I got them all spread out in a pencil box, not being able to see quickly what I've got! D: HElp! pleasee!! :D 

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How do I replant tomatoes without killing them? Answered

The instructions that came with the tomato kit said to plant *all* of the seeds, so I did.  I didn't expect all of them to grow.  So now I have a basket that's now overflowing with cherry tomato sprouts, and I'm worried they're too crammed in there. I'm also worried that if I try to transplant them to another container, they'll die! What do I do?

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Can gerbils eat carrot greens? If not, what to do with them?

My beloved gerbils Maui and Galaxy have eaten many strange things, and just today we pulled up TONS of carrots and were wondering if the gerbils could eat the greens. I've heard about bunnies eating them and stuff and wanted to know if they could eat them. Please answer as fast as possible!!! They are HUNGRY!!!!! Maui gerbil

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Paint laminate cabinets? Is this even possible? Maybe reface them?

I have almond colored with faux oak trim laminate cabinets in kitchen and baths.  Would like to update as I plan on selling fairly soon and don't want to invest a lot of $$.  My condo was build in the mid-80-'s and the cabinets look very dated.  I'm not very handy with tools but can manage the simple ones.  Thanks for any advice. Kahy

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I'm having headaches everyday; what could be causing them?

Ever since week 2 from the start of school, I've been getting headaches... and lots of it. From headaches, day 1, and a week thereafter, the headaches happened twice daily. Now it's week 3, and the headaches seem to be subsiding... a bit... Now I only get a few headaches every other day. What can be a viable explanation to this madness? In case this helps... I've limited my drinking of CocaCola since the past few months. I've started drinking water more often. I should be taking vitamins, but I forget to do so. What more is there? Yeah, we've received a lot of homework since school, day 2. Normally, I don't take in a lot of stuff just like that, but I was forced to do so under these circumstances. Perhaps, a combination of stress and vitamin deficiency? UPDATE: Headaches are subsiding now. Just a side note: it's as if everyone got headaches at the same time as I did. Multiple people received their dosage of headaches at roughly the same period. One of them was pregnant (understandable), the rest were college freshmen. I believe we can say that the headaches originated from a bit of "shock" from entering school (our homework instance rates upped by more than 100%!)

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How to paint nerf sticky darts and still have them work?

I would like to "modify" my Nerf Maverick darts to make them look more "steampunky" but I would also like them to still be able to fire from said Maverick.

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do both the betta fish have to be the same breed to breed them? Answered

I bought a betta fish(male) and a female both of them were the cheap ones and i would like to breed them so help! oh and one thing my male betta is very nice because i put him in my tank with guppies,tetras.loaches,algea eaters,ect. and he never chased any of them ever.so i put my female in there and he never chased her and she never chased anyone.but now iset up a breeding tank so i would like to know if they have to be the same breed to breed them cause i dont know what breed they are.                                                                                                              THE PIC SHOWN IS THE KIND OF MALE I HAVE

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How do you take bottle caps and make them into a belt? Answered

I have a ton of old bottle caps that I wanted to adhere to a cheap belt. Any ideas?

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Is there a dry rub I can use on my dogs to "wash them"?

I have 3 dogs and it is a royal pain in my (2 surgeries on my back in 2 years) back to wash them. I see ads for a product that does that, but im sure its a combination of Baking Soda and some other items. Any ideas would be great.

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liquid motion timers (aka density timers/toys) What's in them?

You know those liquid motion toys you often find at places like Spencer gifts in which a denser liquid (usual bright colored) drips down onto a spiral and you can watch this discrete bubble ride on down? I'm wondering what's inside them and if its feasible to make your own. I've heard lots of things, that the clear liquid is usual a light oil and the colored part is water. I've heard the reverse, I've also heard that there is no water in these things that both are different oils.any help would be appreciated. if your still wondering what im talking about heres a place that sells them : http://www.officeplayground.com/spiraltimer.html

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Where can I find some used servos? What can I look for that has servos in them I can extract them out of.

I am looking for some servos to make some pan & tilts for my security camera system. I have 4 cams so I'll probably need about 8 servos right. Thank you

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How do I tell my best mate i love them?

I'm only 10 but i think i'm in love. I'm too shy to tell the special guy. Plus he's going out with my other best friend! How do I do it without affecting the relationship i have as friends between the boy and my best mate?

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My Axolotls have really bad markings on their skin, what's wrong with them???

Two of my Axolotls have some kind of open wound sores on their backs. One also has it on his tail. I have isolated them into the fridge in there own waters to help the healing process. The third axolotl that I have is still in the 30 gallon tank. She appears to have a sore forming also on the side of her. I am watching it very closely to see if it may be the water that's doing this to them. I tested the water for the temp. which is at 70 F this is a little higher than normal and as I have researched could also be a factor. have had them for about 4-5 months. We have recently moved changing the tank took about 3-4hrs to it moved and set back up. I kept 1/3 of the water to keep the bacteria. I honestly don't know what else to do. if anyone has any suggestions or knows what exactly is going on re-guarding my axolotls, ANYTHING please email me at ttorries12@yahoo.com. Thank You for the Support.

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How to send a gift to another kid in school without actually giving it to them? Answered

OK. So I have a box, a little bigger than a piece of paper. I want to give said box to somebody in 6th period on the last day of school. I have 5th period with said somebody, and they are usually pretty much last out of class. I want to give this box to them, but not actually be there, and I want it to be the end of the day. My original idea was to stuff it in their band locker... But... We won't be using those for the rest of the year. Then I thought, what if I was to beat said somebody out of class, run to their sixth period, and tell the teacher they left it in another class, all in time to make it out without them seeing me? I would probably have a timeframe of less than a minute to talk to this teacher, but I don't know... That would be cutting it pretty close, and what if they were the first out of the class then? Then I would be screwed. I may be able to convince a teacher to help me out, like maybe hold said somebody back on the last day to give me more time. I don't know. Any ideas?

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Can I take 20+, 12V DC Pre Wired 5mm LED Lamp's, put them in my garden lights and use a 12v car battery to power them?

I have a question, can I take 12V DC white Pre Wired 5mm LED Lamp and put them in my garden light housings, and run 20 of them in a row using the same wiring I have in the ground already? (the low voltage system uses 20, 4 watt bulbs rite now,) I would like to remove the transformer and run the LED's using my battery back ( 10, trojan T-105's, 12v setup) I have for my solar panel system. Thanks.

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What can I do with broken cellphones? Recycle them? Cannibalize them for parts?

I have several cellphones stored, I don't want to throw them away because i think they pollute. So... any ideas?

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why are my dress shirt buttons turning white when i wash them? Answered

I have some expensive dress shirts. i wash them on cold and put them in the dryer. it recommends washing on cold but says to line dry them. they are turning white and discolored. i have only washed them 3 times. could it be the dryer?

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how do you make origami claws? i really want to make them.

They are like cones but do not put ice cream in them!

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do they sell a devise to hold up a kitchen cabinet so that they will easier to instrall them?

Need a devise that will hold up kitchen cabinets when I install them. I will be working alone...

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does anyone know anything about tv av chords and where to put them? Answered

Red yellow and white dvd chords where do u put them in the back of the dvd which slot???

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i have over 1,000 pop tabs anybody interested in them for craft projects?

Hello i have been saving the pop tabs and i have over 1,000 anybody interested in them for a craft project?

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what should i say to someone that had someone close to them pass away?

I know someone that has a nonno he passed away

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I need under washer and dryer drawers. How can I build them? Answered

I have a front loading washer and dryer which I would like to have storage drawers underneath. Is there an instructable for that?

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Has anyone had the new Krylon Fusion paint totally crap out on them?

I messaged Krylon (Sherwin Williams) about it, and they said it wasn't normal, maybe a bad nozzle and they replaced the can, but the next can did the same doggone thing! Very frustrating!

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GLITTER SHOES. is there anye sort of finish to put on them that would help to keep the glitter on?

I read the glitter shoes instructable and thought it was ADORABLE! but im afraid that the glitter would fall of the shoes.. is there any sort of finish, sort of like modge podge but like for shoes? like an enamel to put over the top? thanks...

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what do you mount the solar cells to in the frame to support them without breaking?

I see you need spacing between your cells and the frame the cells are encased in. So what do you use after you have strung all the cells together and before it is mounted in the frame?

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How do I tell a close friend how I feel about them?

I really need some advice. There is this girl I really like, we have been really good friends for years now, but right as I got up enough courage to tell her how I feel and ask her out, my brother askes he out, and she says yes. They broke-up about five months ago; she said she didn't see that the relationship was going anywhere. Now that they ended it and it seems like it has been long enough to try to ask her out again, every time I try to hang out with her when it is just us, something always comes up either with my parents or hers. Can anyone give me advice on how to act on this, because it seems like a very delicate situation?

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Any good ideas for simple electronic projects for kids to teach them how to solder? Answered

When I was little I learned how to solder by building a heathkit. Sadly, they are no more. So what would be a good project for kids to build? I repaired an LED 'sword' for my 10 year old daughter this evening and she asked if I would teach her to solder. Of course! I would be so proud. But I need some good ideas for projects.

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What should I do to the bare light bulbs in the basement to make them pretty?

Its a very low ceiling. I have some translucent colored vellum (8.5x11). There are several bare lights. My housemates and I want to make a living area down there, there are some couches and a carpet. The walls are stone/concrete (unfinished). General decorating tips are also welcome. I was thinking about star shaped covers, or pin prick art, or something.

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Metal eyeglass arms have lost their coating, what to use to re-coat them?

Hi and thanks for reading my question. I wear reading glasses and have had some pretty good luck with a pair that I purchased at CVS approximately four years ago. The only thing that has went wrong is that the clear-coating, that used to cover the inside of the glass's "arms" has worn off, from the rubbing of the inside of the arms against my head as I put the glasses on and take the glasses off. Does anybody please have any suggestions about what I should use to re-coat the arms of my reading glasses? Thanks again for reading my question and thanks also to anybody that can please offer me any suggestion(s)! Dan

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Question about cleaning fish

Does anyone here just fillet them without descaling or gutting them?  I have descaled them first then fillet them but was wondering it is was wise to just try and fillet and not worry about descale or gutting them?

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Any ideas as to what to do with sweet gum balls??? My sister's yard is full of them?

Any ideas as to what to do with sweet gum balls??? My sister's yard is full of them?

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I want to paint this on the back of some area rugs to keep them from curling..... will it work?

I want to paint this on the back of some area rugs to keep them from curling..... will it work?

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How do I get rid of spiders in my home?? I'm terribly afraid of them? Answered

I live in a mobile home. At this time of year insects thrive. Unfortunately, I'm terrified of most insects, especially spiders. Lately, I've found spiders on the kitchen cabinets and counters. Any suggestions on how to repel them from being in my home?? I hate to use insecticides, but will if I have to. I prefer a more natural type of repelling them. Thank you. Linda D.

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