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I'm 75, retired, and my background is Draftsman, industrial mechanic, SCUBA diver, aircraft pilot and computer builder/repairer. Now, all I have is computing.
  • BigJRM commented on bobbycordone's instructable How to Dig Your Own Swimming Pool1 year ago
    How to Dig Your Own Swimming Pool

    This pool is only 5'-4" deep, 26'-8" long and 13'-4" wide. It is deep enough to swim in, but DO NOT DIVE! I think this is a perfect sized pool for swimming and for children to learn to swim. I think a rectangular pool is also the best shape. Your pool looks fantastic, you did an admirable job on the whole project. You also know where all the hidden structures are in case repairs are needed. I am sure you and your family will have many years of enjoyment using this pool. Thanks for posting this instructable!

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  • BigJRM commented on cesar harada's instructable Android Ocean Drifter1 year ago
    Android Ocean Drifter

    What an excellent concept. I live well inland in Canada and I can see it used in the inland great lakes system. I wish I was young enough to get involved in this kind of venture, but I'm sure your instructable will do a lot to inspire younger people to form groups or clubs and get involved. Only good can come from collecting this kind of data & knowledge!

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  • Easily Getting Rid of Dead Spots on Your Lawn, Effortlessly!

    Everybody's body is different and reacts to what we consume differently. I totally agree with you about trying different aids to find the aid that works for you. Although it may work well for you, it may not work at all for another person. That is not the fault of the aid, but the problem of a different body. I use acetylsalicylic acid, I can't use ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Although they are aspirin substitutes, they work on me in negative ways. Other people can't use aspirin. If you have medical problem that "modern medicines" (drugs) do NOT work well for you, research alternative cures to find one that will work. Just be aware, there are snake oil cures and sellers out there ready to take advantage of you. Be intelligent, not gullible. With some problems, there are NO CURE...

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    Everybody's body is different and reacts to what we consume differently. I totally agree with you about trying different aids to find the aid that works for you. Although it may work well for you, it may not work at all for another person. That is not the fault of the aid, but the problem of a different body. I use acetylsalicylic acid, I can't use ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Although they are aspirin substitutes, they work on me in negative ways. Other people can't use aspirin. If you have medical problem that "modern medicines" (drugs) do NOT work well for you, research alternative cures to find one that will work. Just be aware, there are snake oil cures and sellers out there ready to take advantage of you. Be intelligent, not gullible. With some problems, there are NO CURES or RELIEF!

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  • BigJRM commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 5 Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw2 years ago
    5 Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw

    Extremely great advice about safety! When using tools that use flame or generate high heat, safety precautions are most important. I have also used your method to remove steel bolts from cast iron and I can also attest to how well it works. Thanks for including it!

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  • BigJRM commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 5 Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw2 years ago
    5 Ways to Remove a Stripped Screw

    Why did I always use a wrench on the extractor's square end? An electric drill looks much easier. THANKS!

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  • How to Make a SKIBIKE | Complete Tutorial

    I've seen these used on the slopes. The bikers had short skis, about 18" to 24" on their feet for balance, control and braking. Otherwise, how do you stop? Anyways, this looks like a fun project with more fun when finished! At 75, I'm past this kind of fun, but I wish the rest of you the greatest of FUN!

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  • BigJRM commented on darbinorvar's instructable Concrete LED Light Cube2 years ago
    Concrete LED Light Cube

    For lighted concrete steps attach a piece of 1/2 inch plywood 2 inches shorter than the width of your steps on the middle, inside of each riser that is 1 or two inches wide. The part of this plywood against the form is the full 1 or 2 inches. The part that is not against the form is stepped back 1/4 inch all way around. After the steps are concreted, remove the forms and these pieces of wood that have now formed a recess for the lexan strips and LED lights. Attach the LED light strips to the lexan strips use chalking to adhere the lexan strips in place with the LEDs on the inside.Before concreting the steps, run 1/4 inch ID plastic tubing from the back of the plywood strips out the side of the form to protect the electrical wires delivering power to the LED strips.I'm always amazed at h...

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    For lighted concrete steps attach a piece of 1/2 inch plywood 2 inches shorter than the width of your steps on the middle, inside of each riser that is 1 or two inches wide. The part of this plywood against the form is the full 1 or 2 inches. The part that is not against the form is stepped back 1/4 inch all way around. After the steps are concreted, remove the forms and these pieces of wood that have now formed a recess for the lexan strips and LED lights. Attach the LED light strips to the lexan strips use chalking to adhere the lexan strips in place with the LEDs on the inside.Before concreting the steps, run 1/4 inch ID plastic tubing from the back of the plywood strips out the side of the form to protect the electrical wires delivering power to the LED strips.I'm always amazed at how ONE idea presented in an IBLE expands to create many useful themes. I too thought this a fine IBLE and so too the different themes presented. The "Constructable Community" are a fine group of people, My hat is OFF to you!

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

    Yes, a brilliant idea! My old computer room in the basement could have used this a few years ago, but now it is a storage room. Our cold storage room could use this treatment, if the light gets left on, hardly any heat will be added. It is just a GREAT ible!As for different color temperatures, those 15 foot LED strips come in different frequencies to suite your imagination. I bought 2 strips a couple of years ago to light our basement stairs. To test the concept for my wife, I ran a 30 ft. LED rope light up the four half flights on a back split. She loves it, doesn't want it changed, it stays on all the time now. So I still have the 2 light strips to use for this kind of PROJECT! THANKS A LOT!

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  • BigJRM commented on In The Kitchen With Matt's instructable Easy Thick Fluffy Pancakes2 years ago
    Easy Thick Fluffy Pancakes

    to kivajiva - For your information: chemicals are a mixture of elements. There are a lot of very GOOD natural chemicals. When you refer to chemicals with a negative connotation, I think you are referring to man-made chemicals, specifying which chemicals may slant your comments less harshly to the rest of us.Kitchen With Matt: As for the pancakes - I love them (I haven't tried yours yet). Perkins restaurants make their pancakes with buttermilk. Those pancakes are light, fluffy, moist and tasty. Pancakes I'v had at the Husky House are light, fluffy, dry and, actually very dry. I think most recipes are a starting point to experiment or tweek. If I try your recipe, I think I'll substitute buttermilk. I think all who contribute their instructables contribute a special service to the rest of ...

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    to kivajiva - For your information: chemicals are a mixture of elements. There are a lot of very GOOD natural chemicals. When you refer to chemicals with a negative connotation, I think you are referring to man-made chemicals, specifying which chemicals may slant your comments less harshly to the rest of us.Kitchen With Matt: As for the pancakes - I love them (I haven't tried yours yet). Perkins restaurants make their pancakes with buttermilk. Those pancakes are light, fluffy, moist and tasty. Pancakes I'v had at the Husky House are light, fluffy, dry and, actually very dry. I think most recipes are a starting point to experiment or tweek. If I try your recipe, I think I'll substitute buttermilk. I think all who contribute their instructables contribute a special service to the rest of us by providing ideas to get us moving in new and different directions. So, Kitchen With Matt, THANK YOU very much for your wonderful recipe and cooking instructions.

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  • How to Make a Dehumidifier (Thermoelectric Cooling)

    Great project! I think the best part is that these instructables catch our minds and get us thinking. I love to read the comments which show how much they get us thinking and how much added knowledge they provide. To RCLIFEON: this is a great instructable, I enjoyed reading and undertanding it. To COMMENTORS: thank you for your thoughts in expanding the knowledge of this instructable.

    I beg to differ. Air is a thermal insulator and water is a thermal conductor. Example: enter a freezer locker at -20F and no blower wearing a snow mobile suit. Now try a pond at 32F with a snow mobile suit. You will last only minutes in water! If you stay in 90F water long enough, you will get cold.

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