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  • Altoidian commented on ThomasJ1's instructable Energy Efficient Tiny House on Wheels4 months ago
    Energy Efficient Tiny House on Wheels

    Your are welcome.

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  • Altoidian commented on ThomasJ1's instructable Energy Efficient Tiny House on Wheels4 months ago
    Energy Efficient Tiny House on Wheels

    State laws and building permits are completely different and much more relaxed for building on wheels than a fixed foundation. Anyone can build on wheels in their backyard. If you tried to build this unit as a fixed foundation home, the permitting and legal process would prevent you from doing it yourself without all sorts of permits, inspections, licensed contractors, and fees. The State wants formally drawn up plans by a certified architect (exorbitantly expensive) if you build on a fixed foundation. As for moving the home down the highway, as long as the trailer is licensed and can support the home's weight, there would be no problem. I would not use it as an RV, but, to move it to your location once or twice every few years is not going to be a problem as rigidly as it is built. If ...

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    State laws and building permits are completely different and much more relaxed for building on wheels than a fixed foundation. Anyone can build on wheels in their backyard. If you tried to build this unit as a fixed foundation home, the permitting and legal process would prevent you from doing it yourself without all sorts of permits, inspections, licensed contractors, and fees. The State wants formally drawn up plans by a certified architect (exorbitantly expensive) if you build on a fixed foundation. As for moving the home down the highway, as long as the trailer is licensed and can support the home's weight, there would be no problem. I would not use it as an RV, but, to move it to your location once or twice every few years is not going to be a problem as rigidly as it is built. If you planned on moving it more often, diagonal steel strapping can be installed to the studs- which is all factory built mobile home producers use - with even less rigidity to their walls and floor and that over far longer leverage moments over the central wheel systems.

    I was very skeptical when I started reading your Instructable. As an old home builder licensed contractor, commercial and residential (GB-98), I have put the pencil to these "micro homes" and found myself really challenged by them. They have some problems that are unique to them. I was particularly impressed with your insulation strategy. You get an A+ from me on that. Your solution to the waterproofing, choice of construction materials and proper ventilation for a small, airtight space gets an A. Layout is quite charming and your overall design with an excellent eye for aesthetics is another A+. You obviously did your homework and had some good helpers. I voted for your design as best overall.

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  • Recycled Wireless Door Lock (No Coding)

    Yes, I completely agree- I just enjoy the "bash" of it all. Taking junk and making stuff. It's all too much fun.

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  • Altoidian commented on lukealbertson96's instructable Animatronic Wheatley V2.05 months ago
    Animatronic Wheatley V2.0

    Well, Luke, that is one heck of a labor of love. I absolutely like it. Beautiful design, well engineered. And your record keeping is literally exhaustive. I also think your Instructable is one of the best, most professional, I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing. I thouroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Convert a Full-suspension MTB in to a Go-anywhere Ebike

    You, sir, are an engineer. What a fantastic project! I've wanted an e-bike for some years. I made a powered one with a weed eater engine a decade ago, but hated the noise and gas and smoke- Yuk! The only way to power one for real outings is electric and this design seems robust enough to meet the challenge. I probably will not build one myself. But, the idea you presneted and the engineering you displayed - I would say this is ideal. Thanks. Well done!

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  • Altoidian commented on Creativity Buzz's instructable Powerful Water Pump8 months ago
    Powerful Water Pump

    Seal from pressure chamber to motor shaft: I understand the vacuum in the shaft area while the impeller is rotating. However, on shut down, liquid will tend to leak back through the rubber seal, even though it is semi tight when the assembly is new. I suggest the rig be assembled in such a way the motor drives an impeller shaft through a coupling, keeping the motor some distance from the housing. This shaft could be eliminated with a longer shaft motor, or a belt drive of some sort removing the motor from the impeller chamber. Also, it would be helpful if the motor was located above the impeller housing, as in a vertical arrangement, thus preventing leaks at the shaft from running back into the motor. The design as is, is very well thought out for assembling a pump in a critical and pr...

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    Seal from pressure chamber to motor shaft: I understand the vacuum in the shaft area while the impeller is rotating. However, on shut down, liquid will tend to leak back through the rubber seal, even though it is semi tight when the assembly is new. I suggest the rig be assembled in such a way the motor drives an impeller shaft through a coupling, keeping the motor some distance from the housing. This shaft could be eliminated with a longer shaft motor, or a belt drive of some sort removing the motor from the impeller chamber. Also, it would be helpful if the motor was located above the impeller housing, as in a vertical arrangement, thus preventing leaks at the shaft from running back into the motor. The design as is, is very well thought out for assembling a pump in a critical and probably (hopefully!) temporary situation. I like the simplicity, the easy construction with a minimum of precision tools, and the design would probably run for many hours reliably. Even as it is, if one were to be careful during shutdown and start up, I see no reason for much of a seal at the motor/impeller shaft. Proper care to dry the motor after use and keep it lubricated should prevent any real damage due to water or other non-corrosive or flammable liquids.I think this is really an awesome project that give valuable information for helpful products in cases of emergency.Thank you for posting this. It's a Good Instructable! I would have liked to see a photo of the finished impeller after it was attached to the shaft. How much vibration did it suffer in operation, etc. Do you have a video fo it in operation?

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  • Altoidian commented on New Water's instructable Water Purifying Solar Distillery10 months ago
    Water Purifying Solar Distillery

    Excellent Instructable and very well thought out design. I've made several "hasty" solar water stills, mostly with clear plastic for camping purposes. I really do like this design because it is easy to build, easy to clean (and you will need to clean it!) and it appears to me to be efficient in producing distilled water. I'm inspired to build one again on this design. Thanks for sharing it. JB

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  • Altoidian commented on DavidB685's instructable DHC-1 Chipmunk1 year ago
    DHC-1 Chipmunk

    I have been building RC models for almost 30 years and your skills are fantastic. I've thought about doing this but shied away because these little balsa strip rubber powered AC models are so fragile and re-engineering them to stand up to electric flight weight and stress seemed too much of a challenge for the reward. But, the beauty of your model and the intelligent re-design decisions you made have convinced me it's worth a try. Thanks for a really good instructable.

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  • Altoidian commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Vaseline1 year ago
    Unusual Uses for Vaseline

    When I was a kid we lived in a small town and the electricity would fail quite often. Sometimes my mother would make vaseline candles with small strips of cotton cloth and a jar lid. I can't remember exactly how she did it, but they put out good light.

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  • DIY Powdered Coffee Creamer Flamethrower!!

    The Zombie Apocalypse will be all over this.

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  • Altoidian commented on mtairymd's instructable Instant Insanity Puzzle1 year ago
    Instant Insanity Puzzle

    What a great project. My Nieces and Nephew will love it. And your instructable was excellent. I admire the quality of the instructable as much as the project you made. Thanks.

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  • Altoidian commented on NightHawkInLight's instructable Large Bore Vacuum Cannon1 year ago
    Large Bore Vacuum Cannon

    I jsut love this kind of stuff. I'm a ballistics nut, anyway. Enjoyed your Instructable. Nice!

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  • Altoidian commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 5 Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw1 year ago
    5 Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw

    Excellent Instructable. Some pretty good ideas there I had not been aware of. I also have used the screw extractors, successfully. I have never had to use the plug cutter idea, but would have in some situations had I thought of it. Great ideathat. I have used, for both my phillips bits and "regular" bit drivers the serrated bit for many years. They tend to prevent the nasty "slide out" or "cam out" that ruins screw heads. (one example ehre: https://www.amazon.com/80105-Phillips-ACR-bits-5-b...I also agree with several poster who recommend the impact screw driver. The most offensive is the flat head phillips heads that are either flush or recessed. There is no lip to engage with other means above the surface. I recently encountered a brake disc where I had ...

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    Excellent Instructable. Some pretty good ideas there I had not been aware of. I also have used the screw extractors, successfully. I have never had to use the plug cutter idea, but would have in some situations had I thought of it. Great ideathat. I have used, for both my phillips bits and "regular" bit drivers the serrated bit for many years. They tend to prevent the nasty "slide out" or "cam out" that ruins screw heads. (one example ehre: https://www.amazon.com/80105-Phillips-ACR-bits-5-b...I also agree with several poster who recommend the impact screw driver. The most offensive is the flat head phillips heads that are either flush or recessed. There is no lip to engage with other means above the surface. I recently encountered a brake disc where I had to remove the stripped head flush recessed phillips left to me by some other "mechanic". Impact driver did the trick. Why the engineers insist on using cheap screws in expensive cars amazes me.that.

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  • Altoidian commented on ryan_p's instructable Streamlined 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand2 years ago
    Streamlined 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand

    I'm impressed. Excellent Instructable. Thanks.

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  • 6.3 kiloWatt Ground Mount Home Solar Array

    Excellent article/Instructable. Thanks. As a retired electrical contractor, I find your story quite accurate. Experience is the best teacher, but she can be a real b***ch when you don't do your homework. Your handling of the inspectors and authorities was masterful. I have seen so many dollars and man hours and stomach acid wasted by Contractors digging in their heels against the advice and authority of the local Inspection authority. My first and only response to comments, suggestions and criticism from the Inspector was, "Yes, Sir. I'll do that right away. Thank you." no matter how contradictory or expensive their "suggestions" were. As a result, they became my advocates, respected my projects above others and my projects always came in on time and under budget. So...

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    Excellent article/Instructable. Thanks. As a retired electrical contractor, I find your story quite accurate. Experience is the best teacher, but she can be a real b***ch when you don't do your homework. Your handling of the inspectors and authorities was masterful. I have seen so many dollars and man hours and stomach acid wasted by Contractors digging in their heels against the advice and authority of the local Inspection authority. My first and only response to comments, suggestions and criticism from the Inspector was, "Yes, Sir. I'll do that right away. Thank you." no matter how contradictory or expensive their "suggestions" were. As a result, they became my advocates, respected my projects above others and my projects always came in on time and under budget. So, you have given the "Selfies" some top notch advice. Well done! Thank you.

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  • Altoidian commented on MakrToolbox's instructable Zen Garden CNC End Table2 years ago
    Zen Garden CNC End Table

    This is just fantastic. I want one.

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  • Sunglasses From Cheap 3D Passive Glasses

    Good project, well written Instructable. I like it.

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  • Altoidian commented on Itsatrav's instructable Hex Nut D62 years ago
    Hex Nut D6

    Now, that's both clever and original. I've certainly never seen it before your Instructable. And I've lived around industry and machine shops all my life. Nice!

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  • Arduino Solar Tracker (Single or Dual Axis)

    Very nice. Clean, few parts and efficient code. I really like that in a design. I built a brushed motor solar tracker for solar photography some years ago that used basic code and a a basic stamp and dozens of parts, switches and complexity on top of complexity. It worked very precisely and never failed. But, what a doozy to calibrate since I was going for single millimeter precision. In the end, I dismantled it. Now, your simple design has given me cause to resurrect the idea since I see no reason your tracker can be as accurate. Thank you for an excellent Instructable.

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  • Altoidian commented on markee2's instructable simple Ni-Cd battery charger2 years ago
    simple Ni-Cd battery charger

    I like it. Quick, simple to make and simple to use. great Instructable, thanks.

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  • Altoidian commented on dannyk6's instructable Smart LED Window2 years ago
    Smart LED Window

    Oh, man. I really like this project. What a great idea.

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  • Altoidian commented on Mr.Fishers3's instructable Homemade Lightbulb2 years ago
    Homemade Lightbulb

    I like it. The dry ice method seems the most practical for filling the jar with CO2. It is easily available and you don't need any other devices. I would probably use a small bubble cup valve since no real pressure is involved. This valve is very similar or exactly like a beer or wine making bubble air lock valve. See here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-your-o...Just let the dry ice sublimate completely ...and then seal the hole where the "J' tube comes out of the jar lid. Another great source of pure CO2 is club soda. Hooking up a bottle of the carbonated water to the jar with vinyl tubing would be easy enough. Just let the gas in and flow out through alternate hole that is similarly sealed as a one way valve. CO2 is heavier than air and will not be easily displaced...

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    I like it. The dry ice method seems the most practical for filling the jar with CO2. It is easily available and you don't need any other devices. I would probably use a small bubble cup valve since no real pressure is involved. This valve is very similar or exactly like a beer or wine making bubble air lock valve. See here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-your-o...Just let the dry ice sublimate completely ...and then seal the hole where the "J' tube comes out of the jar lid. Another great source of pure CO2 is club soda. Hooking up a bottle of the carbonated water to the jar with vinyl tubing would be easy enough. Just let the gas in and flow out through alternate hole that is similarly sealed as a one way valve. CO2 is heavier than air and will not be easily displaced once the jar is filled even if all you have is a small hole in the top of the jar lid. once the CO2 is flushed in, just seal the hole with JB weld or even solder. I enjoyed your easy to follow explanation and detailed list of supplies and tools. Great job.

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  • Altoidian commented on PrimaryMorse's instructable Laser Cut Jack o Lantern2 years ago
    Laser Cut Jack o Lantern

    I am blown away. Fantastic job. Beautiful, too. Very creative and the style is super interesting. I never would have thought a laser cutter could do this. Honestly, you have inspired me to use mine in different ways too.

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  • Altoidian commented on MrJonesEducation's instructable Frankenstein Light Switch2 years ago
    Frankenstein Light Switch

    Pretty cool. I would probably add some fake copper contacts and a Gothic lettered sign above it that says, in German, of course, "Main Switch" ("Hauptschalter").You did a great job on the finish and design. I like it.

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  • Grow Ten Tons of Organic Vegetables: Leeks, Onions, Potatoes, Broad beans, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sweetcorn, Courgettes & marrows, Sugar beet, Beetroot, Carrots, Swede, Kale, Calebrese & Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, rhubarb & Strawberries

    Just a great Instructable. It defines for me why we have professional farmers. A friend of mine and his new wife decided to try living "off grid" and tried this scale of farming in Colorado. They lasted three years. He had a good inheritance to buy all the equipment, good land, nice home. He said the only thing he could not buy was the knowledge of how to farm. He lost a significant part of his fortune. Farming is what my family did successfully for generations. But, with the coming of the corporate farms, they were no longer able to compete and the large family farm in Missouri was broken up in the late 50's In my mind, farmers are required to have a knowledge base greater than any Doctor or engineer. And most of what they must know comes only through years of hard scrabble e...

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    Just a great Instructable. It defines for me why we have professional farmers. A friend of mine and his new wife decided to try living "off grid" and tried this scale of farming in Colorado. They lasted three years. He had a good inheritance to buy all the equipment, good land, nice home. He said the only thing he could not buy was the knowledge of how to farm. He lost a significant part of his fortune. Farming is what my family did successfully for generations. But, with the coming of the corporate farms, they were no longer able to compete and the large family farm in Missouri was broken up in the late 50's In my mind, farmers are required to have a knowledge base greater than any Doctor or engineer. And most of what they must know comes only through years of hard scrabble experience.Thank you so much for your very delightful and well done Instructable.

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  • Altoidian commented on mrehan.elshehawy's instructable Make your own mini studio 2 years ago
    Make your own mini studio

    I love this Instruct able. Well written, too. I often do small projects like this and a low cost, easy miniature studio is perfect for them. What's strange is, your LCD/Arduino project is one I am working on right now! Thanks!

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  • Altoidian commented on Harrison_89's instructable DIY Soft Robotic Tentacle2 years ago
    DIY Soft Robotic Tentacle

    I can see a hundred uses for this. I make small props for independant movies and this can really be a useful bit of tech I'll add to my skill set. Thanks so much.

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