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  • BobH160 commented on YukonJulie's instructable Hike Like a Pro With These 6 Tips8 weeks ago
    Hike Like a Pro With These 6 Tips

    The Isle of Skye is one of the worst places during summer, I have the problem that I taste wonderful to them so I try to avoid going to places they inhabit but I found Avon, Skin so Soft works for around an hour or so before they decide to give it a taste although I am not sure they like citronella.

    If hiking in Scotland I would recommend a head net that extends to your ankles. Another item that is good is gaiters as they protect your legs from slips and insects like ticks that may be on plant leaves just waiting for you to pass.You find tick problems usually where animals like deer or sheep graze.

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  • BobH160 commented on nerdyKat's instructable Welding Plastics: Drill Bit Case3 months ago
    Welding Plastics: Drill Bit Case

    Have you thought about Polymorph, it is an easy material to work with but it's melting point is low so working with it can be a bit difficult as it melts when you try to drill it. It does though, make it easy to install fixings as you simply melt the spot and insert it. Also, you can handle it hot as it melts at 60C but I would wear some sort of glove though.The one difficulty I have found with HDPE is once it has been baked it is hard to get it to melt again. I suppose you could use both, the HDPE for the slide and the polymorph to fix it to the base.

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  • BobH160 commented on nerdyKat's instructable Welding Plastics: Drill Bit Case3 months ago
    Welding Plastics: Drill Bit Case

    Nice ingenious build. I have used HDPE for projects before when I wanted a small block of plastic but couldn't buy a small quantity. Simply by cutting a few milk bottles up to fit in a baking tray and cooking it until it melts (somewhere around 180-200C) when it cools it can be cut and drilled and is remarkably strong.

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  • Bergen Makerspace Transportable 3D Printer

    Here is a wee idea for you, I was thinking about it recently. When you go to the supermarket you have to find a coin or a token, remove it and put it in the trolley. What if you made tokens with a keyring tab so you don't have to remove it every time?

    I tried so many companies who were not interested in a one-off job, thanks for giving me the info. I suffered a heart attack at the end of last year and I stopped doing any work until I recover from it. I'll be in contact as soon as I start up again as I need a CAD drawing and prototype to present to Lakeland Plastics and others.

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  • Bergen Makerspace Transportable 3D Printer

    Wow, I don't think anyone could make a better instruction manual for this, tremendous effort.I would love a 3D printer but I took a look at the programming for it and could not get it to work for me as I found it so complicated. I had designed a product and wanted a prototype, spent hours working trying to get the design done with Autocad but eventually gave up. Luckily I have found a local college that can do all the work for me at a small cost. I can also get them to print them for me too so it solves all my problems. I suppose if you are literate with Autocad or similar then this project is ideal but my warning is, if you cant program or find someone that does you'll have somewhere nice to put your discarded clothes.

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  • BobH160 commented on JON-A-TRON's instructable Flip-Top CNC Table6 months ago
    Flip-Top CNC Table

    That table is bigger than my entire shed...lol

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  • BobH160 commented on Born_to_build's instructable Off the Grid Shed-cave6 months ago
    Off the Grid Shed-cave

    Thanks for this. I have been planning to do a wind and solar install for my garden and have been reading about all the bits but I am a visual learning person so seeing this gives me a better insight as to what I will actually need.

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  • BobH160 commented on mtairymd's instructable Rope Puzzle6 months ago
    Rope Puzzle

    I love this type of physical puzzle, they also infuriate me sometimes when I can remember how I did them. I found the Horseshoe/ring puzzle in a junk shop but it was separated so I put it back together so they wouldn't lose the bits, took me half an hour as I couldn't remember how I did it

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  • Building a Computer Desk / DIY Desk PC

    I could never make anything like this as your workshop is bigger than my house. I couldn't even make it in my shed as the desk is bigger than that too.

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  • BobH160 commented on jeff-o's instructable GroundFX Bed6 months ago
    GroundFX Bed

    I was a bit worried as I am of a larger frame but if I built this, for my own peace of mind, I would probably fix a couple of metal strips to the floor and to the bed and hide them under the carpet so the bed could attach and never move. But as I say that is only for my peace of mind as 3+somes can be a problem sometimes

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  • BobH160 commented on jryan7446's instructable How to Make Homemade Kinetic Sand 6 months ago
    How to Make Homemade Kinetic Sand

    Usually childrens play sand is much finer than building sand or beach sand

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  • Iron Man! How I Made My Own Metallic Piece

    If you want to make cheap silicone moulds you can do so by taking cheap silicone caulking and mixing it with lighter fluid (Naptha) in a 2 fluid to one silicone, mix to make a pourable silicone. Be aware of safety though, do it outside as the lighter fluid is highly flammable.Once it is set the fluid has evaporated off so it is much safer then.

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  • BobH160 commented on kentdvm's instructable Spring Water Collection System9 months ago
    Spring Water Collection System

    5000 gallons a day! I'd be building a shed to bottle all that water and be selling Spring Water.

    5000 gallons a day! I'd be building a shed to bottle all that water and be selling Spring Water or selling it to a water company.

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  • BobH160 commented on Attmos's instructable Say Goodbye to That Formica CounterTop!10 months ago
    Say Goodbye to That Formica CounterTop!

    One little tip, have a hairdryer or heatgun handy as that is a good way to ensure you don't get burst bubbles on the surface as it hardens. Use the heat gun as soon as you have spread it out, if you see any run the hot air over the surface quickly and it will burst the bubbles.

    It is because it is CLS the rounded edges are better for tolerances.

    You could use redwoods instead, really depends on how much you want to spend.

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  • Arduino Controlled Greenhouse (With Blynk As Interface)

    You beat me to it.I am planning a control system for my greenhouse and enclosed raised beds. I was given an automation system but I will have to get creative using it. I also intend installing grow lights as we get poor quality light most of the year. I plan to run the system from a large solar panel and wind generator. It will have 3 water butts, two for the greenhouse and one for the raised beds but all controlled through the one unit and hopefully only one pump.

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  • BobH160 commented on BobH160's instructable Soup Pots10 months ago
    Soup Pots

    They are also good for making omelets, break eggs into them, any seasonings put the lid tightly on, then shake.

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  • BobH160 commented on Penolopy Bulnick's instructable 14+ Unusual Uses for Mouthwash10 months ago
    14+ Unusual Uses for Mouthwash

    You could use it as floor cleaner....oh wait....that is what it was originally designed for and it was useless, then they tried it as a bathroom cleaner and it was equally useless, then some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to swill it around our mouths.

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  • BobH160 commented on MarcusW44's instructable Build a 3D Printed Curta Calculator10 months ago
    Build a 3D Printed Curta Calculator

    I love the 3D print instructables because I take one look at it and think.I wonder how you tell the printer how to make it, I have tried shouting at it but it didn't work.

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  • BobH160 commented on geotek's instructable Making Box Joints10 months ago
    Making Box Joints

    Because the H&S and EU think we are mindless morons who couldn't put a screw in without instructions and a two day training course.

    This was on a forum and it explains it well.The use of universal moulder heads, wobble saws and dado heads is forbidden on all woodworking machinery (table saw, router, shaper) used with hand feed. This is mandatory EU occupational safety regulation. So the newer table saws are manufactured with purposely short arbors.

    I checked it out. We cannot get them here as the H&S (as usual) would not give it a CE/Kitemark unless it had the short shaft which is too short for a dado blade stack. I suppose if you were engineering savvy you could make an extension but for real safety, I would ensure it is supported at both ends to give better balance, I would hate to think of two blades whizzing around your workshop.

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  • The MacGyver Bat Tumbler (Make a Crime Fighting Vehicle Out of Junk and Readily Available Items.)

    It is sad when these things happen. People don't realise that some things may not affect you immediately so you have to practise safety at all times. I know when you are so used to doing it you may forget to mention it as it is a routine we follow and sometimes forget others don't. I know all too well about safety as I worked in the business and have been affected by a silly accident that resulted in me getting injured in an explosion. It was a faulty unit but I didn't think clearly as I was in a hurry. I went into the kitchen to get the spare canister and it being a self-sealing unit I would be fine but it was faulty and gas hosed out as I unscrewed it. The room filled with gas and caught an ignition source from the pilot light on a gas cooker and it erupted trapping me in the room. I ...

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    It is sad when these things happen. People don't realise that some things may not affect you immediately so you have to practise safety at all times. I know when you are so used to doing it you may forget to mention it as it is a routine we follow and sometimes forget others don't. I know all too well about safety as I worked in the business and have been affected by a silly accident that resulted in me getting injured in an explosion. It was a faulty unit but I didn't think clearly as I was in a hurry. I went into the kitchen to get the spare canister and it being a self-sealing unit I would be fine but it was faulty and gas hosed out as I unscrewed it. The room filled with gas and caught an ignition source from the pilot light on a gas cooker and it erupted trapping me in the room. I got out but I suffered 30% burn and spent 7 weeks in hospital.I'm ok now and unless you were an expert you wouldn't know I had been burned as I made a remarkable recovery.

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  • The MacGyver Bat Tumbler (Make a Crime Fighting Vehicle Out of Junk and Readily Available Items.)

    Nice job.Only one thing should be mentioned about fibreglassing, the chemicals can be extremely dangerous if not handled correctly. Always wear a mask for fumes.Always work in a well-ventilated place.A friend who has worked on StarWars, with NASA and builds wings for Drones in his workshop, is a composite expert and he told me about a guy who drowned. He had been working in a confined space, fibreglassing, finished and was walking home when he collapsed and fell into the river. Never underestimate the power of these chemicals, the effects can creep up on you, so stay one step ahead.

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  • BobH160 commented on BobH160's instructable Soup Pots11 months ago
    Soup Pots

    I make stews, soups cool ices, ice cream etc and freeze it in them also good for bolts, nuts, screws, spiders, creepy-crawlies etc.

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  • BobH160 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses Ziploc Bags11 months ago
    Unusual Uses Ziploc Bags

    Now your mum knows where you keep your stash....lol

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  • BobH160 commented on Karebears's instructable 21 Unusual Uses for Pool Noodles11 months ago
    21 Unusual Uses for Pool Noodles

    If you were camping it could also be used as a pollow.

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  • BobH160 commented on Natural Nerd's instructable Mini Fridge for a Camper Van or Desktop!11 months ago
    Mini Fridge for a Camper Van or Desktop!

    Absolutely brilliant, I like the lights you installed, they made all the difference. A tool you may be interested in is a Blind Rivet Nut gun it rivets nuts into a material to provide a simple method of attachment. The problem with the cooling units mounting and leaving a space could have been alleviated by using adhesive PU closed cell foam tape.You did a great job, very professional and liked that you wore a mask for protection when using adhesives that give off fumes. 5 stars

    ps, when using fans and have to work out the number of holes to drill. Take the area of the fan blade housing as that is the sqmts it will move and drill enough holes to equal that area. Hope that helps.

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  • BobH160 commented on eamonwalshdiy's instructable DIY Patio Heater/fire Pit11 months ago
    DIY Patio Heater/fire Pit

    If it is N. Ireland then it will and I would suspect that came from the EU too so that would also be Eire.

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  • BobH160 commented on Karebears's instructable 21 Unusual Uses for Pool Noodles11 months ago
    21 Unusual Uses for Pool Noodles

    Cut them into 18" lengths and fix them loosely together with para-chord. If you are going for a walk stick them in your rucksack then if you want to sit down for a rest or to enjoy a view but everything is cold or wet, lay it out and you can enjoy a warm dry bum.

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  • BobH160 posted an instructable Soup Pots11 months ago
  • BobH160 commented on eamonwalshdiy's instructable DIY Patio Heater/fire Pit11 months ago
    DIY Patio Heater/fire Pit

    I have to warn you that doing this in the UK is illegal!We are not allowed to use empty gas cylinders at all for anything but their intended use, if you are found using one a prosecution may be sought against you.

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  • BobH160 commented on wold630's instructable Simple PVC Birdhouse11 months ago
    Simple PVC Birdhouse

    Squirrels may also chew the para-chord and drop the birdhouse to the ground. If you have many squirrels I would suggest using chain instead of para-chord. I had large bird feeders (14Kgs)that could only be accessed by birds who could hang upside down, it gave the small birds first choice and the large ones learned to let the small birds feed and discard the seed they didn't want. Unfortunately even though it was suspended by 6 mm rope the squirrels still chewed through it so I replaced them with chain, that worked.

    It would depend on the size of the hole you cut in the face.

    Buying a very small CCTV camera would be better as you wouldn't have to disturb the birds when they have chicks as this could make them abandon them. They can be purchased relatively cheaply now and Youtube or here will tell you how to use them.

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  • BobH160 commented on jason_5hundy's instructable Cinder Block (CMU) Offset Smoker11 months ago
    Cinder Block (CMU) Offset Smoker

    Really good idea as I have been thinking about building a smoker as we do not get the variety of choices here as in N. America where I first used one. I'm not convinced about using wood for the lids though, perhaps a thin steel sheet would be better.

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  • BobH160 commented on BeachsideHank's instructable Easy Nicad to Li Po Drill Conversion11 months ago
    Easy Nicad to Li Po Drill Conversion

    I would use heat shrink for the terminals as unlike adhesive tape they will not be affected by heat that could make then drop off, only make them tighter.

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