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  • David the R commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Book Safe With Lock1 year ago
    Book Safe With Lock

    I have no bookbinding skills at this point.

    Thanks for keeping a noble art alive.

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  • David the R commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Book Safe With Lock1 year ago
    Book Safe With Lock

    I carried a book safe in high school some 50 years ago, nice stash.BEFORE cutting up any old book though, go to Abebooks dot com (book exchange from 27 countries, millions of books) and check the possible value. I once bought a paperback for a dollar at a library and found that the cheapest available online was listed at $450.It is high unlikely to find such a book but a few moments checking online would be wise.Good job, nice lock too. Keep up the good work.

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  • David the R commented on gravityisweak's instructable DSLR Ring Light1 year ago
    DSLR Ring Light

    Great idea. ThanksDo a custom light balance before starting, if it matters, and you're ready to go!

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  • David the R commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 year ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    Plus, if you catch a really big fish……..

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  • David the R commented on Fishbum Frank's instructable Teardrop Trailer Aluminum1 year ago
    Teardrop Trailer Aluminum

    NIce job. Using a heavy duty trailer is a good idea.Clean, simple, useful, well done.

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  • David the R commented on Proto G's instructable Advanced Plasma Arc Speaker1 year ago
    Advanced Plasma Arc Speaker

    If you'd like to hear and see a band use similar speakers, check out ArcAttack on youtube.

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  • The Ultimate Wire Soldering Guide for Beginners

    Tabasco sauce works. Warm the metal, put it on and leave it for a minute or two. Be sure to rinse it thoroughly to avoid corrosion.

    In an emergency I use Tabasco sauce for cleaning stranded wires. By emergency I mean a wire that cannot be cut any shorter and something you need to fix now, like a connection on your old jalopy 100 miles from home. Warm the wire a little, put the Tabasco hot sauce on it, and wait a minute or two. It will clean it right down to the shiny copper. Rinse it completely to keep the sauce from eating it away.If you'd like to see how it works, take and old dirty penny and run it under hot water. Drip a couple of drops of hot sauce on one side, wait a minute and rinse it. Shiny metal.Put a tabasco sauce pouch in your emergency tool box where it won't get crushed.

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  • David the R commented on bwayne64's instructable 27 Led Light Mod1 year ago
    27 Led Light Mod

    That's why the DC adaptor is used and set to 4.5 volts.

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  • Start Your Car With a Rope (Dead Battery Life Hack)

    Note - The battery cannot be 100% dead on a car with an alternator, that is all modern cars, because the alternator requires electricity to generate it. If there is even the slightest click when turning the key, it's possible. If you are driving an old car, say 1960's and British, it has a generator which needs no electricity to generate electricity. Alternators have advantages like producing more current but generators have the advantage of needing no electric field to begin with.Good idea, I hadn't heard of it. Thanks.

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  • Quick and easy book safe/geocache container

    The easiest way to keep from drilling anything under a jig is to place a piece of scrap wood under the jig. Set the depth gauge deep enough to make it through the book.Nice work for a make-do rig, thanks.

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  • Make your own charcoal at home (Video)

    Charcoal is necessary for backyard blacksmithing or metal casting, regular wood coals and BBQ charcoal are not hot enough. I've met a few backwoods types that figure the knowledge might come in useful someday.With proper knowledge and precautions the gas can be gathered, filtered, and stored for later use the same way as propane although a propane device would need to be modified to use it. Look up 'wood gas generator'. You can use it in a car, motorcycle, generator, etc.NIce little introduction to converting one type of fuel into two others.Thanks.

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  • David the R commented on Vincent John's instructable Cardboard Paper Ring Clock 1 year ago
    Cardboard Paper Ring Clock

    What a cool clock, congratulations on a fine design. The cardboard rings are a big increase in mass over the original hands, does that affect the accuracy of the clock?Thanks for a great idea!

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  • David the R commented on Radioactive_Legos's instructable 48V Electric Flat Tracker1 year ago
    48V Electric Flat Tracker

    I remember seeing this when they built it 7-8 years ago. It looks good, I like the board track racer look.That said, it is extremely dangerous to over stress a bicycle frame far beyond it's design loads for speed and weight. It could easily come apart at high speed and most assuredly would come apart eventually if it was driven as a motorcycle. Looking like a motorcycle doesn't mean it IS a motorcycle. Also, since it has the horsepower of a motorcycle it would have to pass state inspection to license if you take it on public roads; brakes, lights, signals, frame all have to be up to snuff.Anyone considering this type of project would do better and ride safer by buying a suitably heavy used motorcycle and convert it. That way you have all the heavy duty components and legal necessities. ...

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    I remember seeing this when they built it 7-8 years ago. It looks good, I like the board track racer look.That said, it is extremely dangerous to over stress a bicycle frame far beyond it's design loads for speed and weight. It could easily come apart at high speed and most assuredly would come apart eventually if it was driven as a motorcycle. Looking like a motorcycle doesn't mean it IS a motorcycle. Also, since it has the horsepower of a motorcycle it would have to pass state inspection to license if you take it on public roads; brakes, lights, signals, frame all have to be up to snuff.Anyone considering this type of project would do better and ride safer by buying a suitably heavy used motorcycle and convert it. That way you have all the heavy duty components and legal necessities. At the very least have the frame built by a shop that builds motorcycles.I have seen complete motorcycles (300 cc and up) on Craigslist in good shape with a blown engine or tranny for as little as $300. Heed this warning! -Don't ever buy a vehicle without a pink slip no matter what the seller says. It costs about $10 in CA for a new one, you just go down to the DMV and sign a legal document that says you swear under threat of perjury that you legally own the vehicle free of any liens or tickets. It's that simple. If the seller says they just lost it or it's their uncle's car or whatever, ask them to go to the DMV and straighten it out. Any problems, simply walk away.What could be wrong? Vehicle was used as collateral for a loan and the bank owns it, unpaid tickets could be thousands of dollars, the vehicle is stolen, vehicle was used in a crime, vehicle was involved in a hit and run, etc.The flat track idea is really cool looking, it just isn't safe. Build something you'll feel good about riding.Best of luck.

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  • David the R commented on nickd561's instructable All in One Work Bench1 year ago
    All in One Work Bench

    Well thought out design. I am now thinking of straightening up the garage!Thanks.

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  • Portable, Solar 12V Battery Pack

    Top notch job! Looks good, practical, good capacity. You do quality work that looks professional and neat. I like the meter, too.The only thing I would do different is have the light on a gooseneck or swivel headed magnet with a switch for one LED or all of them. That way you could just point it and use what you need.Keep up the quality work!

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  • Deck of Cards in a Bottle (It's a puzzle!)

    I hope we don't see a flurry of non-Instructables dealing with dangerous puzzles. Gosh, guess how you build it and don't get electrocuted? It's a mystery.;-)

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  • David the R commented on oolala170's instructable How to make a copper reflux still2 years ago
    How to make a copper reflux still

    You can make 200 gallons a year of wine or beer without a permit as long as you don't sell it. I've made a lot of cases of wine and some beer, it's fun.

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  • David the R commented on oolala170's instructable How to make a copper reflux still2 years ago
    How to make a copper reflux still

    In the USA it is illegal to distill alcohol without a permit. If it used illegally for drinking the Feds can take your house or whatever property you were using as well as your still.Study up.

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