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  • Upcycle a Hard Drive Into a Clock

    And An excellent interface for an Arduino. The interface and programming might actually straightforward for someone with the requisite skill sets. Always an add-on mod for one of those completed clocks.Might want a dust case, shadow-box frame or classic bell-jar for the final assembly.Would this qualify as 21st century "Steampunk"?

    As the diabolical person that I am, I'd include a hidden proximity detector that activates "random seek" sweeps for the pick-up arms. Once every quarter-hour would be excellent, but surprising your guests as they get close enough to look at your handiwork would be incredibly satisfying, too.P.S.: Is there a way to edit out typos after I've posted a comment?

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  • Upcycle a Hard Drive Into a Clock

    An very difficult, but not unobtainable upgrade suggestion. Easy to suggest, nearly impossible to implement: Yup - everybody's a critic. Ha!Have the pickup heads perform a random seek at each hour (or quarter hour). Computer (or Big Ben) sounds are purely optional.Would make for the world's coolest Grandfather (actually Grandmother) clock!

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  • DaviDBCoe commented on bekathwia's instructable Soldering Clean Wire Splices1 year ago
    Soldering Clean Wire Splices

    I've been doing the exact same thing for 20 years. Right down to the three (3) pieces of heat shrink tubing, pre-soldering and staggering the splices (for compactness and as a fail-safe against a short circuit).It is wonderful to find that I am not alone with such ideas. And most excellent to know that this technique is, indeed, not as crazy as my co-workers have said in the past. I ignored them (mostly), but unsolicited criticism is something I really dislike.

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  • DaviDBCoe commented on wilgubeast's instructable 9 Unusual Uses for Toothpaste1 year ago
    9 Unusual Uses for Toothpaste

    Hiding small holes on white-painted walls with toothpaste is a very, very old Renter's trick. The goal is to draw the inspector's eye away from damaged areas, leaving entire walls looking just fine.I've been doing exactly this for years. Always get my full deposit back.As a Landlord, you'd need to edge-light each and every wall with a Halogen worklight to detect the small patched areas (they have a different sheen/reflectivity). You are certainly welcome to look for this kind of "repair" job, but you'd blow at least half a day for each apartment doing it. Then you'd need to actually prove it was the recent Tenant's toothpaste, and not a previous renter!Life is too short for that kind of Landlord effort (or Mendacity). You'd go broke in no time.

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

    Sorry to question your decades of experience, Billt2, but just what is a "Left Hand Drill Bit"? I haven't a clue and I've been fixing stuff for 59 years. You may be assuming that we all have the same experience and knowledge that you have, but some (most?) of us might not.Also: What is special or different about a "Left Hand Drill Bit" that makes it "The Most Effective Way" to remove a stripped screw? As Ag800Hans asked above: Would you please elaborate?

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  • DaviDBCoe commented on mtairymd's instructable How to Grow Popcorn Shoots2 years ago
    How to Grow Popcorn Shoots

    If the seeds have a Monsanto Patent, and you grow them to maturity, what you might get is a Lawsuit (which is partially true & partially snark). I know that is not a nice thing to say, but it was the first thing that "Popped" into my head!BTW - I think I'll try growing the shoots, too! And it might work just as well with bird seed such as Black Oil Sunflower, Millet, and so forth.

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