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  • Simplest 12V to 220V DC to AC Power Inverter DIY

    Hate to spoil YOUR fun. Can you explain how one would run a modern LED or CFL 120VAC light bulb from a 12V battery without an inverter?K, thnx, bye.Please don't try suggesting an incandesant again, that is a horrible waste of energy.

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  • Make a Wing Bolt From a Plastic Bottle

    A lighter should suffice and the rotary tool would only be needed for aesthetics, unless you are in a really tight situation, in which case this might not work anyways. Good points, but if in a true emergency, work with the tools you have available to get the job done.

    "Did it just so I would remember the exercise when I need it next time."That is a great idea! I often read things like this but forget about it when the time comes, a practice run to cement it to memory would certainly help.

    Excellent instructable. This will definitely come in handy as I always try to reuse before I recycle and plastic bottles are a prime candidate.

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  • Build a Hidden Qi Wireless Phone Charger!

    I know this is late, but maybe it'll be helpful to someone else, I always remember this: "Voltage is forced, current is drawn.". A 4A, a 12A, a 500A power supply is just fine, so long as your voltage is in check. Overdoing it on max amperage is usually a good thing if you are building something based off an instructable. A good way to think of it is a bench-top power supply will likely be able to deliver 1.5-120, maybe as high as 480 volts, and usually at amperages of 80-0.5, depending on the voltage and how the rails are set up.

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  • DakotaLally made the instructable No More Roaches2 years ago
    No More Roaches

    You will not believe the non-sense a pest-control guy just told me!We just got out quarterly pest control service at our apartment complex. The building has a pretty serious German cockroach problem, I have been trying to defend my unit for over a year now. I didn't keep good records, but over time the population has grown and dwindled, or moved on and returned, however you want to put it. After they repaired a cracked drain pipe in the kitchen(gaping crack 3-4ft long in large iron drain), they virtually dissapeared. I had also treated most baseboards in the unit with boric acid. They were gone so long I let down my guard a bit, and over time, swept up all the remaining acid (it was like 6 month old by now). Sightings fell so low I actually was able to keep a log of size, location...

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    You will not believe the non-sense a pest-control guy just told me!We just got out quarterly pest control service at our apartment complex. The building has a pretty serious German cockroach problem, I have been trying to defend my unit for over a year now. I didn't keep good records, but over time the population has grown and dwindled, or moved on and returned, however you want to put it. After they repaired a cracked drain pipe in the kitchen(gaping crack 3-4ft long in large iron drain), they virtually dissapeared. I had also treated most baseboards in the unit with boric acid. They were gone so long I let down my guard a bit, and over time, swept up all the remaining acid (it was like 6 month old by now). Sightings fell so low I actually was able to keep a log of size, location, time of day, if there was any potential lure (3/22-4/28, I saw five roaches, two were tiny babies).About two weeks ago, after extreme rain hit the area(but I don't think that was the cause), they came back with a vengeance! Full size adults, pregnant females, sightings of 2-3 roaches per day! I have since thoroughly cleaned my entire apartment and treated all baseboards with boric acid(except bathroom, I mop daily with pine-sol).When they came for routine pest control, I pointed out the boric acid and asked if it would interfere with his spray, if so, I would sweep it up. This dude told me that it wouldn't affect his spray, but that it wasn't very effective either, and that his supervisors have told him that it is bad for your lungs to treat with it. I know you dont want to breathe it, but I asked to confirm it wouldn't just waft in the air by sitting near the baseboards. He told me "I cant really smell it here, so it shouldn't be a problem". WTF? I have accidentally inhaled small amounts during treatment, it has no damn smell at all, of all the products out there, i'm certain boric acid is one of the "safer" options. He also claimed that as soon as they walk through his spray they will die. BS! I am confident that all of his rhetoric was nothing but lies that spread in the industry to protect their own self-interest and income. Im not saying pest control service is a scam at all, but for roaches, the boric acid community has another follower.

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  • DakotaLally commented on Black Beard Projects's instructable Blacksmithing Forge2 years ago
    Blacksmithing Forge

    I wondered about the ashes too, but the shape of the tubing should prevent anything from getting to the motor.What really should be taken into consideration is the air-flow itself, optimizing it to spread the oxygen to all the coals, and balance it so there aren't sparks and cold spots.

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