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  • Warming Tea With Spices and Fruits

    "...Well, in fact, yes, we really heat tea with the addition of spices and fruits, because we brew it with boiling water..."Well, in fact, no. The above sentence is saying the tea is heated because of the addition of spices and fruits. This type of mistake makes little difference in causal language, however, it could cause much weeping and wailing in legal documentsThe sentence should say something like, " ...our tea with spices and fruits added is heated with boiling water..."

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  • Warming Tea With Spices and Fruits

    From the title I thought maybe you were warming the tea using the spices and fruits. I clicked to see what sort of chemical reaction would do that!

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  • 3D Printed Bike for Toddler (walking Bike)

    Great idea and instructable. To make it even stronger one might put reinforcement steel bar inside the frame when assembling it, if a way to center the bar could be found. Except that would make it pretty heavy so maybe not so good an idea.Have you weighed it?

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  • D.I.Y. Variable Capacitor

    Good for demonstration.Probably stable so long as it's not moved. But I've made something very similar using telescoping copper pipe and various dielectrics. It makes a huge difference in how the wires are routed. Also I believe the wires in your cap will twist as the capacitor is adjusted. That will change the capacitance. If the wires cross each other or go across the capacitor the capacitance will change 10-30 pF. My application was in tuning a transmitting antenna. So the cap had to handle RF power. Voltage in the thousands. And the capacitance needs to vary equally on both ends of the cap. So far as I know there is nothing out there to buy unless maybe surplus. I've probably made over 100 different alliterations of this design.

    Well, I'm not a troll, though I don't understand why you want me to make an instructable to be able to comment. I have no interest in making instructables and I am not going to do so, although any instructable I've commented on I have experience with. I suspect your intent is to discombobulate the issue and cast me in a bad light. Actually, I think the original purpose and intent of this site was as you've said. What I don't understand is why any comment is discouraged unless it's in support of the video. That does nothing to increase the usefulness of the instructable. Patting someone on the head and saying, "you were great" encourages mediocrity. Constructive criticism is necessary. Giving every instructable a "that's great!" is akin to giving out trophies f…

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    Well, I'm not a troll, though I don't understand why you want me to make an instructable to be able to comment. I have no interest in making instructables and I am not going to do so, although any instructable I've commented on I have experience with. I suspect your intent is to discombobulate the issue and cast me in a bad light. Actually, I think the original purpose and intent of this site was as you've said. What I don't understand is why any comment is discouraged unless it's in support of the video. That does nothing to increase the usefulness of the instructable. Patting someone on the head and saying, "you were great" encourages mediocrity. Constructive criticism is necessary. Giving every instructable a "that's great!" is akin to giving out trophies for everyone for participation. My comments are meant to increase the likelihood that the person who is going to "give it a try" will have a better chance of getting it right. Most Instructables on this site are very strong on getting the form of the instructable right and a little weak on theory.

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  • D.I.Y. Variable Capacitor

    Actually, I have a use for something like this, edKinMelb. But not many will! I do have some questions for the author. First, did you just put something together and then read the capacitance? I can find a formula for capacitance, it would depend on the area of the foil and the amount of separation. Also very much on the type of insulator used. My use would require the capacitance to very stable. Those loose wires just wouldn't work, so I would have to find another way to connect it. Even the path of the wires outside the capacitor will affect the capacitance greatly. And why did you not use copper foil? And the wires could be soldered. It's not hard to find and after going to the trouble-making the parts it would have been something to think about. Also, the use of double-sid…

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    Actually, I have a use for something like this, edKinMelb. But not many will! I do have some questions for the author. First, did you just put something together and then read the capacitance? I can find a formula for capacitance, it would depend on the area of the foil and the amount of separation. Also very much on the type of insulator used. My use would require the capacitance to very stable. Those loose wires just wouldn't work, so I would have to find another way to connect it. Even the path of the wires outside the capacitor will affect the capacitance greatly. And why did you not use copper foil? And the wires could be soldered. It's not hard to find and after going to the trouble-making the parts it would have been something to think about. Also, the use of double-sided tape is a question mark. Although there probably is a reason I can't think of a reason for this kind of capacitor except for radio transmission tuning, or tuning an antenna on transmit. The type and thickness of the insulating material are critical. Good idea for very few people, but needs work. Sort of a new slant on an old idea. Slide trombone capacitors have been used by radio antenna builders for many years.

    If all that is wanted is a custom capacitor then just cut a piece of double sided pc board, attach wire to each side, measure capacity and recut. If a 1in square is made first, measure capacity and calculate for what is wanted.

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  • Pegboard Tools Organizer

    Do those L hooks fastened to your plywood stay attached to the pegboard any better than ordinary hooks? I've done things similar to this about 35 years ago and found that the hooks still tend to fail.

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  • How to Make Pallet Wood Slab From Recycled Materials

    Congratulations, the first use of pallets that makes any sense. A person could actually make a tabletop this way. Given enough pallets one could pick and choose to match.

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  • LarryG7 commented on WilkoL's instructable Dual Trace Oscilloscope
    Dual Trace Oscilloscope

    If you remember I made the statement "that I couldn't afford to buy", I built the house because labor is about 1/2 the cost of a house. My labor was more or less free. AND it was at least the quality of anything a "professional" could have built for me. Fifty years ago I bought several ham radio transceivers. Collins, Icom and Kenwood. They were far better than what I could have built. There was no machine for RTTY nearly as good as what I could and did build. It could do what no commercial machine could do until the 1990"s. Of course today a computer decodes innumerable types of digital signal. Through none of this did I attempt to build the submodules to see how they work. They did work and I wanted to spend my time building something I could use. I…

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    If you remember I made the statement "that I couldn't afford to buy", I built the house because labor is about 1/2 the cost of a house. My labor was more or less free. AND it was at least the quality of anything a "professional" could have built for me. Fifty years ago I bought several ham radio transceivers. Collins, Icom and Kenwood. They were far better than what I could have built. There was no machine for RTTY nearly as good as what I could and did build. It could do what no commercial machine could do until the 1990"s. Of course today a computer decodes innumerable types of digital signal. Through none of this did I attempt to build the submodules to see how they work. They did work and I wanted to spend my time building something I could use. In the 70's there was no ham radio slow scan TV available. Pretty primitive today. I'll bet your TV you built was a Heathkit. The first ones were innovative, did you build each of the innovations separately before you tried the kit? Microwave, a kit I'm sure. Did you build the submodules to learn how they worked first? Laptop, come on, you used prebuild modules. So you like to learn about the inner workings of ADC's. That's great, but not a reason to publish an article since most folks learned they work 10 years? ago. You're wrong about wanting to publish your lessons on ADC's. They are like tubes long ago, transisters, battery charging modules, led drivers, and various other mudules. People need to know how to use them, not your wonderment on how they work in something they can use and can't buy. Your instructable was predicated on ego. You're getting old and living in the past. I like to know about the workings of bipolar npn and pnp transistors, j-fets, n-channel and p-channel mosfets, uni-junction transistors etc and when using one type is more appropriate to use than another. But if I spend time experimenting with them instead of just reading, I wouldn't have time to build anything with them. And again most folks just need to know what each does, not what material they were made from, or how each is physically different.

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  • LarryG7 commented on WilkoL's instructable Dual Trace Oscilloscope
    Dual Trace Oscilloscope

    I just think that building something like your dual trace is a lot like building another wheel. I would take the wheel and either improve it or build something that actually meant a better wheel or something beyond. ADC's are rather an old hat, today and really just a tool to use in a bigger context. I don't have time in my life to waste building something I can buy cheaper and better and use to build a useful or needed project I couldn't otherwise afford. My biggest fear is that I will waste time I could have used to impact my life or someone else's. Using ADC's no longer requires even understanding how they work. Just that they do. A little like it is not necessary to understand how a cordless drill works to use it. Or even a simple transistor. No one any longer cares how the t…

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    I just think that building something like your dual trace is a lot like building another wheel. I would take the wheel and either improve it or build something that actually meant a better wheel or something beyond. ADC's are rather an old hat, today and really just a tool to use in a bigger context. I don't have time in my life to waste building something I can buy cheaper and better and use to build a useful or needed project I couldn't otherwise afford. My biggest fear is that I will waste time I could have used to impact my life or someone else's. Using ADC's no longer requires even understanding how they work. Just that they do. A little like it is not necessary to understand how a cordless drill works to use it. Or even a simple transistor. No one any longer cares how the transistor works, just the results.

    Well offhand, a house, and most of the furniture. I didn't build power tools out of wood. I didn't use pallet wood either. A ham radio transceiver. In the days gone by RTTY equipment and slow scan TV. The last two not impressive now and I would not build either since what is available commercially is much prettier and better. At the time I built it the RTTY equipment was state of the art. Now a computer does all the frequency conversions better, quicker and much easier. I used an oscilloscope on some of those projects. Didn't build it though.

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  • LarryG7 commented on WilkoL's instructable Dual Trace Oscilloscope
    Dual Trace Oscilloscope

    Well, it is a great instructable. Very thorough. But I don't understand why build one from scratch. Kits are available for as little as $15.00 with the case. Double trace? Get two.

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  • Underground Drinks Cooler

    Good instructable. It won't keep anything cool, however. The air in a shallow hole in the ground will be very close to the temperature of the air above the ground. Maybe even warmer depending on the seasons. The grass patch on the top will likely absorb heat and transfer it to the underground drinks. I think the writer of the instructable likely knows this. l

    Constant does not mean cold or even cool. That hole is not going to cool anything. You have to know this if you actually made that thing, why are you arguing? For one thing, as I said hot temperatures will percolate down through the grass cap.

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  • Ruler to Caliper (0.1mm Resolution!) - 3D Printed (Left Handed Version Included!)

    A good instructable and a good idea.Calipers are simple looking, but require some expertise to use. Some people that buy the inexpensive dial calipers are first time users and are often disappointed. They require some expertise to use in order to get the desired reaults. The "arms" are long and many people will just slide them down on an object and read the dial. One has to be careful to make sure the arms are not slanted. One common error is not to develop a touch using the wheel to tighten. If you don't pay attention and use the same pressure every time you'll get readings several thousands different. Then .001 is very small and the caliper faces and the object to measure must be wiped and kept clean. Dust can easily throw the readings off. Most of the first time user…

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    A good instructable and a good idea.Calipers are simple looking, but require some expertise to use. Some people that buy the inexpensive dial calipers are first time users and are often disappointed. They require some expertise to use in order to get the desired reaults. The "arms" are long and many people will just slide them down on an object and read the dial. One has to be careful to make sure the arms are not slanted. One common error is not to develop a touch using the wheel to tighten. If you don't pay attention and use the same pressure every time you'll get readings several thousands different. Then .001 is very small and the caliper faces and the object to measure must be wiped and kept clean. Dust can easily throw the readings off. Most of the first time users don't understand how to use them and get unreliable readings. Then they rail about the quality of Chinese calipers. They wouldn't get any better readings on a set of $150 calipers. I have a Harbor Freight digital caliper and two high dollar calipers. The Harbor Freight set is closer to dead-on than either of the expensive ones. They all three are about the same in looks and feel. When one goes to the trouble to make a tool usually by the time they get it finished they know how to use it. And they also treat their homemade projects better than commercial tools.

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  • Pallet Wood Pencils (1,000 of Them!)

    A great instructable on technique and construction.If anyone wants any pencils, just go to Walmart or an Office Supply store the month before public school starts. Some will be less than 10 cents each. Part of the problem people attribute to pencils not sharpening correctly is the sharpeners. Any pencil will get a very fine point by putting it in a drill and turning it against sandpaper. It works even better with a belt or disc sander.

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  • Mag?CUBE  : Magical Magnet-force Cube

    That's going to take a while to construct!

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  • Build a Step Stool in an Hour

    A suggestion only: Step stools need to be built with an eye toward safety. Overhanging edges are not recommended. Neither is a platform that is wider or longer than the footprint of the feet. Looks doesn't really count with a step-stool.

    A drill, and a jigsaw are pretty basic. One cannot make holes or cut a curve with a pocket knife. Any project or hobby is going to require some basic tools. A circular saw and a speed square can be substituted for the miter saw. Many without a shop have those items. Someone without a drill, jigsaw and circular saw is probably not going to be reading such an instructable.

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  • A Simple 3D Printed "Walking" Mechanism.

    You're telling me to be nice? My comment was about as neutral as it can get.

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  • A Simple 3D Printed "Walking" Mechanism.

    This is not an uncommon project. I would be imore impressed if you made the robot stand upright on two three jointed legs and walk as a human does.

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  • Hands-Free Wall-Mounted Hand Sanitizer Dispenser

    The idea of a no-touch dispenser sounds great. Except that several studies of where the most bacteria were in public bathrooms have shown that the place with the highest numbers was at the hands-free air dryers. So perhaps this solution isn't a solution after all. :)

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  • Do Windshield Sunshades Actually Work?

    This is a very late comment, but perhaps you've investigated further. Obviously the dash is going to be cooler, but what about placing the thermometer in the seat of the vehicle. How much cooler there?

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  • 200 Foot Outdoor Staircase Made From Pallets

    Anyone old enough to need stairs would also need a handrail. Looks like a lawsuit in the making to me.

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  • Make a Pocket Watch From a Wristwatch

    Well, not quite a pocket watch. Every pocket watch I have seen or seen a picture of has a case with a lid or cover.

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  • LarryG7 commented on Makerneer's instructable Caveperson Steak!
    Caveperson Steak!

    The argument between charcoal briquettes and lump charcoal is about the same as the argument about salt and sea salt. Much ado about nothing.

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  • Urban Rooftop Ham Radio Antenna

    First, check to see if that electrical conduit connects to the ground. It probably doesn't and would be worthless as a ground. VHF and UHF radios seldom cause interference with the neighbors. If you get a licence upgrade and operate HF then you'll need to start worrying about interference. By then you would likely know what to do. Just use a good antenna with good coax and the interference mentioned by others is a non-issue. If you buy a good antenna with certified ham radio equipment VHF and UHF radio should present no problem with rf. It should operate just the same as the bare radio with an attached antenna. Those warning you about rf with VHF and UHF are just exercising their typing fingers.

    I'll second this. A lightning strike will take the antenna out and any radio that is attached to it. A large lightning strike will also take out some or many other devices connected to the power grid of the building. Remove the antenna coax from the radio when not using the radio.

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  • Converting an Old Whiskey Barrel Into a Dog Bed

    Considering the cost of used whiskey barrels that must be a VERY special dog.

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  • Solder Electronic Components on Aluminum

    Very useful technique. Since there are many cases where this would be useful commercially and it is not used I suspect some problems. Mainly the chemicals reducing the electrical conductivity of the joint. And I also suspect the conductivity would degrade over time. Anyone know?

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  • Simple Wooden Stool - My Wife's First Project | Surprise DIY Woodworking Workshop

    I'm a conservative male about as far from the left as possible but wifey is misogynistic. Implies ownership.

    Good job. Very good looking stool, useful and great reason for making it.My own opinion is that appliances meant for someone to stand on them should be as tip proof as possible. Standing on the edge of that stool could easily tip it since the edge is outside the perimeter of the feet. I understand it was a lot easier to make that way for a first project. For a foot stool the legs should probably be canted outward so that the feet are outside the perimeter of the stepping surface.

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  • DIY Cardboard Pangolin | Sculpt an Armoured Animal With Recycled Card

    Tell that to the people that do the trafficking, not me. The Chinese eat them, use the scales as medicine. Do you know what a wet market is? Live animals, dead animals, skinned animals and skinned and gutted animals. And pangolins. Because they want to use the pangolin, 200,000 people so far have died. Covid-19 is not the only virus to be transferred from animals to people. Try Sars and Ebola.

    Ah...how nice. You made a symbol for the creature who's trafficking likely caused in excess of 200,000 deaths.

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  • Time Measure (Tape Measure Clock)

    Good instructable. "This is solved by taking apart a 12V power supply and attaching a buck converter to spit the voltage. Then, run four long wires (Vin for the stepper, Vin for the board, and ground for each) to the measuring tape. " This is not logical. Sounds like the 12v power supply didn't have a clean output. The buck converter made better DC voltage.

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  • 3D Printed Blast Gates for Dust Collection

    Nice looking and well done. Can you approximate the amount of time it took you to write the STL files? And the dollar amount of the materials.

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  • Christmas Trees From Pallet Wood | Holiday DIY

    Finally something I might make with pallet wood. I can throw it away in a couple of weeks.

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  • LarryG7 commented on Lorddrake's instructable Battery Organizer

    You must have a lot of extra time on your hands! Good explanation of how to develop a procedure to make the different size holders. But now you have to remove the batteries from their packaging and put them in the holders.

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  • Yes, I saw in one of your pictures on one limb how it worked perfectly.

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  • Since you had the tools to grind that hammer down, why not just grind an edge on the hammer?

    Since you had the tools to grind that hammer down, why not just grind an edge on the hammer?

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