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  • Tool Storage Carts With Folding Top!

    What supports the drop leaf when it's in the up position? Neither this instructable nor the youtube shows that.

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  • 85rocco commented on DanPro's instructable Mason Jar Kimchi
    Mason Jar Kimchi

    You're right, the lids are completely optional, there are lots of ways to accomplish the same effect. That said, the lids are inexpensive and anyone planning to ferment stuff on a regular basis will not regret the purchase. I paid $12 for 2 lids and 2 springs.

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  • 85rocco commented on DanPro's instructable Mason Jar Kimchi
    Mason Jar Kimchi

    Thanks for sharing, I always love to see what people are fermenting this time of year. Right now, I've got some curtido on the go and I'm trying a new (for me) set of fermentation lids for the first time. They're made by Ball, they're quite inexpensive and they include a stainless steel spring which replaces the weight to keep the veggies under the surface of the brine. I could see the springs being a problem with tender veggies like beans but for what I'm doing now, I'm really liking them.

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  • 85rocco commented on boredwombat's instructable Steamed Pasta
    Steamed Pasta

    Interesting but why? Is there some reason that this would be preferable to boiling it?

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  • 85rocco commented on Still_Life's instructable Hot Water Heater
    Hot Water Heater

    Interesting! Have you got any details concern the water heater element you used, brand name, source, etc. I've never seen one like that, all of the ones that I can find locally require a single large threaded hole.

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  • DIY Pocket Air Temperature Checker

    Nice project! Thanks for sharing. There are a lot of really cool directions you could take something like this, with a bluetooth or wifi capable microcontroller you could go with a 100% virtual display on your phone or other device and ditch the LCD display if you wanted to. There are also many options for the sensor with something like a BME280 sensor you get humidity and barometric data in addition to temperature, the possibilities are almost endless.

    If you do a remake, please share, I'd love to see where you take this.

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  • Water/Feed Level Indicators

    My reaction to this is much the same as Pierre's, well done!

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  • Build a Chamber Type Vacuum Sealer.

    Well done! This is the first time I've seen anyone make a diy vacuum sealer, a little surprising given the cost of the commercially available units.

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  • Easy Homemade Sauerkraut and Kimchi Recipe - in a Bag!

    Thanks for this!! I've been wondering about the viability of fermenting things like sauerkraut in vacuum sealed bags, I'd like to experiment with various flavourings and this seems like a really good way to make small test batches.

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  • Cool! Thanks for sharing. I've been thinking about doing something very similar even since I first heard of the BME280, my idea is to power it with an 18650 lipo battery charged by a solar panel and maybe swap out the arduino with an ESP8266 so that I could also read the device remotely over wifi.

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  • 85rocco commented on ElisesEats's instructable Garlic Aioli

    Yummy! I often make something very similar. I have elderly family members so I'm concerned about raw eggs so instead, I use the yolks from soft boiled eggs, it works just as well as raw eggs and has only a minimal effect on the taste. Also, I find it makes a big difference how you crush the garlic, crushing it until it's a very smooth puree gives the best results. One more thing, it's silly but it's a minor pet peeve of mine, this is aioli, calling this garlic aioli is redundant since aioli always, ALWAYS has garlic in it. If there's no garlic, it's just a favoured mayo.

    Yummy! I often make something very similar. I have elderly family members so I'm concerned about raw eggs so instead, I use the yolks from soft boiled eggs, it works just as well as raw eggs and has only a minimal effect on the taste. Also, I find it makes a big difference how you crush the garlic, crushing it until it's a very smooth puree gives the best results. One more thing, it's silly but it's a minor pet peeve of mine, this is aioli, calling this garlic aioli is redundant since aioli always, ALWAYS has garlic in it. If there's no garlic, it's just a favoured mayo.

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  • Pretty cool, and well executed. It's similar in concept to a rivet spacing tool. See https://youtu.be/H6SuHTHoRd0?t=95

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  • Okay so, creative use of available resources, nicely done.

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  • I'm curious, an MPU6050 seems like a very odd choice for a temperature sensor, it's normally used as an accelerometer, why did you choose to use it rather than something more conventional like a ds16b20.

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  • My point was that the BME280 (an upgrade of the BMP280 that you used) does all three, pressure, temperature and humidity, eliminating the need for the DHT11.

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  • Nice project! Just curious though, why two separate sensor rather than just a BME280?

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  • Cool project. I do hope you'll correct the amazon links in you list of components as they all point to the same item.

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  • That would depend on the foaming agent used to expand the polystyrene, many years ago, certain hydrocarbons were used but those have been phased out because they were found to deplete the ozone layer, in recent years other non-toxic expanding agents have been used instead so if the styrofoam is less than 20 years old, it's probably relatively safe.

    There are a number of people on youtube that have strapped an orbital sander to a bucket with bungee cords and use that as a parts washer, the same technique might work to accelerate the dissolving process.

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  • I'll be keeping an eye on that github page, the first item of the TODO list there, is exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for, i.e. a momentary push button rather than a toggle on/off button.

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  • Good stuff! I'd like to do something rather similar except I want the Pi to create the hotspot then log on to that hotspot with my laptop or mobile device and control the Pi via vnc or ssh.

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  • That sugar device is pretty cool. If I'm reading everything correctly, it takes accepts a generic PWM input and outputs phase angle controlled AC at mains voltage. Is that correct?

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  • Even though I use the u8glib library and will likely continue to, I love seeing bare bones stuff like this, Good job!

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  • Just curious, why multiple sensors rather than an all in one sensor such at the BME280?

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  • I couldn't agree more, and in addition to that, the way it has been presented, it could easily be used as a jumping off point for any number of different projects. Thanks for sharing!

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  • I'm wondering the same thing.

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  • I'm in Canada and we can't get the real MAPP here anymore either but the MAP-Pro (99.5% propylene) that replaced it gets hot enough. I have a friend that's a mechanic and he hardly ever uses his oxy/fuel set up any more, he finds the hand held map-pro torch with ignitor more convenient.than the oxy/fuel torch with the large tanks and hoses.

    I'm in Canada and we can't get the real MAPP here anymore either but the MAP-Pro (99.5% propylene) that replaced it gets hot enough. I have a friend that's a mechanic and he hardly ever uses his oxy/fuel set up any more, he finds the hand held map-pro torch with ignitor more convenient.

    My "go to" thing for stuck nuts or bolts is a torch. You don't need an expensive oxy-acetylene torch either, any torch that is capable of using MAPP gas will do (propane's not hot enough), I'm partial to the one with a built-in piezo lighter. The method is heat the nut to red hot, shock cool with water, reheat and spin off the nut while hot. Works almost every time even with bolts that are very severely corroded.

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  • 85rocco commented on doctek's instructable Cheap, One Chip Arduino

    I used to do stuff like this but now I don't bother as I can buy a pro mini for less than a 328P. I'm happy for the convenience however I'm a little sad as well, I think we risk losing something when things are too convenient.All that aside, excellent detail, great job.

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  • Like a few of the other people that have commented, I too am wondering about your choice of components. A different esp module such as the esp-12 would have allowed you to eliminate the Arduino and similarly, a Bosch BME280 sensor has pressure, temperature and humidity sensor all in one very small package, that would have allowed you to eliminate the DHT11.

    Like a few of the other people that have commented, I too am wondering about your choice of components. A different esp module such as the esp-12 would have allowed you to eliminate the Arduino and similarly, a Bosch BME280 sensor has pressure, temperature and humidity sensor all in one very small package, that would have allowed you to eliminate the DHT11. Why did you select the particular components that you did?

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  • Just curious, have you measured the actual capacitance range of your sensor? I just constructed a capacitive fluid sensor, a really quick and dirty one using a strip of 3mm coroplast, aluminium foil tape and some waterproof sealing tape. I did this as a proof of concept, the sensor is 18" long, the capacitance measures 0.3 nF when dry and just over 2.0 nF in 9" of water. I'm wondering how that compares to a sensor like yours.This instructable motivated me to get started with this. Thanks.

    Just curious, have you measured the actual capacitance range of your sensor? I just constructed concept capacitive level sensor using a piece of 3mm thick coroplast, aluminum foil tape and some waterproof sealing tape. I made it sort of as a proof of concept, it's about 18" long, the capacitance when the sensor is dry is 0.3 nF and when it's in 9" of water it's a little over 2.0 nF . I'm wondering how that compares to a sensor like yours. I haven't connected it to an arduino yet, that's my next step.This instructable motivated me to start working on this. Thanks.

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  • The torch you recommend is an excellent choice. I've got the same torch, for many years I used an inexpensive propane, they work well enough but the trigger start MAP torch is much nicer to use, I'm never going back.

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