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  • Phases of the Moon Wheel

    Thanks for this. It appears to be a great "hands-on" project that will teach as students construct. I do plan to add this to my classroom activities.Additionally, teachers (parents) may want to draw some arrows to indicate the procession of the moon from one phase to the next. In the case of this design, the arrows would show a counter clockwise progression of images. In other words, you should always turn the wheel counter clockwise to show the correct order of the moon phases.(When in doubt, remember that the light or dark part of the moon on the right hand side is growing larger all the time, until it covers the entire face of the moon; and then the opposite starts to grow from the right side of the moon)Also, if you (parents, teachers) have children out observing the moon in…

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    Thanks for this. It appears to be a great "hands-on" project that will teach as students construct. I do plan to add this to my classroom activities.Additionally, teachers (parents) may want to draw some arrows to indicate the procession of the moon from one phase to the next. In the case of this design, the arrows would show a counter clockwise progression of images. In other words, you should always turn the wheel counter clockwise to show the correct order of the moon phases.(When in doubt, remember that the light or dark part of the moon on the right hand side is growing larger all the time, until it covers the entire face of the moon; and then the opposite starts to grow from the right side of the moon)Also, if you (parents, teachers) have children out observing the moon in real time, be aware that it will take about 3 or 4 nights for the real moon to move from one phase on this device to the next. So, to see the whole lunar cycle, your children will need to go out and look at the moon twice a week (say... Wednesday and Saturday, or Tuesday and Friday) for 4 weeks.

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  • How to Catch Grasshoppers... for Pet Food.  a Grasshopper Trap

    As a lifelong exotic pet owner, I am worried about your choice of food for your chameleon.Wild insects have parasites. Yup, they can't get to the doctor to get de-wormed like our domestic pets, and many of those worms will just as happily live inside of your chameleon (or other pet). Insects purchased in a food store will be screened and treated so that they do not pass on any pathogens to your exotic pets.Now, that does not mean that this is not a great idea! This is a wonderful idea!! Especially if you are trying to get fish bait or feed free range animals (chickens, ducks, etc.)Also, if you are planning to cook your grasshoppers, then the pathogens get cooked (and killed) too. This makes the grasshoppers safe for anyone (yes, that includes you) to eat.A little salt & pepper after f…

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    As a lifelong exotic pet owner, I am worried about your choice of food for your chameleon.Wild insects have parasites. Yup, they can't get to the doctor to get de-wormed like our domestic pets, and many of those worms will just as happily live inside of your chameleon (or other pet). Insects purchased in a food store will be screened and treated so that they do not pass on any pathogens to your exotic pets.Now, that does not mean that this is not a great idea! This is a wonderful idea!! Especially if you are trying to get fish bait or feed free range animals (chickens, ducks, etc.)Also, if you are planning to cook your grasshoppers, then the pathogens get cooked (and killed) too. This makes the grasshoppers safe for anyone (yes, that includes you) to eat.A little salt & pepper after frying in some oil until crispy, and you are good to go. Just remember to pick off the back legs and large wings before you pop them into your mouth. Yum, just like popcorn.

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  • Secret Code Book Puzzle

    I can't imagine a 9 year old (or 90 year old) in the world that would not want to own that box!!This is an amazing project. If you are looking for suggestions, I would have placed the switches in the centers or bottom left corners of the illustrated boxes and ovals along the outer edge of the lid (with the remaining switches randomly on islands in the map), and the LED lights in the center of the circular inset and on one of the large countries of the map. No particular reason for this, except that people would then wonder if the images on the artwork were part of the puzzle.

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  • Kill a Wasp Inside Your Home

    Also works on giant spiders...Both inside and outside, as well as the one that just ran to the edge of the carpet and is now hiding in the crack under the baseboards.

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  • LED Cylon Scooter - 80s Larson Scanner

    I like it!I considered the same effect for the front of my truck (actually, more Knight Rider-esque), but the Highway Traffic Laws in Canada forbid red lights on the front of a vehicle unless it is police/fire/ambulance/etc. There is a similar statute regarding "flashing" or "moving" lights on vehicles.So, if you are a Canadian, take care.......

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  • Lorax98 commented on restryer's instructable Baby Mobile Deku Tree
    Baby Mobile Deku Tree

    Ummm... do you keep your baby in a dog kennel?

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  • These are great! I teach my outdoor education students how to make them and how to use them as part of their survival kit preparations. There is one general tip: when you want to collect lint from your dryer, sort your clothing into "natural" and "synthetic" fibers. The cottons and linens make excellent fire starters, but the synthetic fibers do not. Natural fibers burn easily, but the synthetic fibers melt into a black goo and often will not burn. Although polar fleece seems fluffy and provides a large quantity of lint, when heated it melts as it is made of recycled beverage bottles (plastic). I also caution against wool lint. It burns fine, but has a distinctive "burnt-hair" smell that is unpleasant to many people. Blue jeans, cotton towels, and cotton tees…

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    These are great! I teach my outdoor education students how to make them and how to use them as part of their survival kit preparations. There is one general tip: when you want to collect lint from your dryer, sort your clothing into "natural" and "synthetic" fibers. The cottons and linens make excellent fire starters, but the synthetic fibers do not. Natural fibers burn easily, but the synthetic fibers melt into a black goo and often will not burn. Although polar fleece seems fluffy and provides a large quantity of lint, when heated it melts as it is made of recycled beverage bottles (plastic). I also caution against wool lint. It burns fine, but has a distinctive "burnt-hair" smell that is unpleasant to many people. Blue jeans, cotton towels, and cotton tees work the best.If you have access to sawdust, it also works very well when mixed with parafin wax.

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  • Great Kids project!! I have one mod that keeps the floor cleaner...Cut the second from the bottom board 1" longer (the board right under the dispensing hole), and sand or cut a 45 degree bevel in the front edge. This piece sticks out so that the students can get their hands under the falling "beans" and they will not have to chase any across the tabletop and floor.

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  • You can reset all of the counters by using the Tech Menu.The Tech Menu is accessed by two different methods:If your printer has a numeric keyboard, Type [Menu] [#] [1] [9] [3] [4] [Menu].Choose [Data Setup] [OK], [Clear Counts] [OK], [1934] [OK]Scroll to the item you want to reset, and press [OK].Now power down the printer, unplug from the wall for 30 seconds, and replug/power.Your error message and warning light should be gone.If your printer does not have a numeric keyboard, you get to the Tech Menu by hitting these keys:[Menu] [Back] [<] [>] [OK] [Stop] [Menu]Use [<] [>] to choose [Data Setup] [OK] [Clear Counts] [OK].Use right arrow [>] and [UP] [Down} to scroll through the four password spaces and enter the required digits (1934).Scroll to the item to be cleared by usi…

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    You can reset all of the counters by using the Tech Menu.The Tech Menu is accessed by two different methods:If your printer has a numeric keyboard, Type [Menu] [#] [1] [9] [3] [4] [Menu].Choose [Data Setup] [OK], [Clear Counts] [OK], [1934] [OK]Scroll to the item you want to reset, and press [OK].Now power down the printer, unplug from the wall for 30 seconds, and replug/power.Your error message and warning light should be gone.If your printer does not have a numeric keyboard, you get to the Tech Menu by hitting these keys:[Menu] [Back] [<] [>] [OK] [Stop] [Menu]Use [<] [>] to choose [Data Setup] [OK] [Clear Counts] [OK].Use right arrow [>] and [UP] [Down} to scroll through the four password spaces and enter the required digits (1934).Scroll to the item to be cleared by using the [<] [>] keys, then [OK].Now power down the printer, unplug from the wall for 30 seconds, and replug/power.Your error message and warning light should be gone.There are videos on youtube that show you how this is done.Remember, this does not fix the problem or replace the worn component. It just stops the warnings and re-enables printing until you can make a real fix. Your printer will wear out and break down if you do not attend to required maintenance. In my opinion, if your printing is coming out looking good, why spend money to fix an un-problem. Start saving money for when the quality of the printing goes down or you get a real "break" down.

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  • The first time this happened to me, I purchase a kit with 2 "reset circutis". Each is just a couple of copper pads that you stick over the original copper squares. between the pads is a resistor, but it is not 56 ohm. The resistor in my kits are (yellow violet black gold gold) 47 ohm.I have now used both kits, and I would like to purchase some fuses to have on hand for the next time. My question is:Do I want 56 ohm or 47 ohm resistors, AND do I want 1/4 watt or 1/2 watt?Also, any ideas how to tell the wattage of the two resistors in the kits that I purchased?

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  • I teach Outdoor Education, and every year one or more of the students decide to make these for our bush camp. I have a BIG tip for them that will help anyone here as well.When harvesting dryer lint, you want lint from blue jeans, terry cloth towels, flannel/cotton sheets, or anything made of cotton. Although you may get more lint from a load of fleece hoodies, the fleece lint will melt into plastic blobs before it burns. Fleece clothing is made of fibers spun from recycled plastic, and so it melts before it burns. An additional note, wool lint also melts somewhat before it burns, and it has an odd smell (singed hair) while burning.One more: No lint? No problem!! Just cut 2-inch wide strips of corrugated cardboard so that the corrugations run across the strip (the width, not the length). R…

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    I teach Outdoor Education, and every year one or more of the students decide to make these for our bush camp. I have a BIG tip for them that will help anyone here as well.When harvesting dryer lint, you want lint from blue jeans, terry cloth towels, flannel/cotton sheets, or anything made of cotton. Although you may get more lint from a load of fleece hoodies, the fleece lint will melt into plastic blobs before it burns. Fleece clothing is made of fibers spun from recycled plastic, and so it melts before it burns. An additional note, wool lint also melts somewhat before it burns, and it has an odd smell (singed hair) while burning.One more: No lint? No problem!! Just cut 2-inch wide strips of corrugated cardboard so that the corrugations run across the strip (the width, not the length). Roll these strips tight, place into the egg carton cup, and allow to unroll/expand a little bit (you may have to trim for the correct length of strip). Now, fill each cup by pouring the wax down the little holes in the cardboard roll. These light easily and last a long time as well as the sawdust or lint cups.Ok, last tip, I promise, cotton/hemp/jute string or twine can be balled-up or cut-up and placed in the egg cups instead or lint. Try to leave some wax soaked string sticking up out of the wax so you can light it easier.

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  • Great Idea! Those Yellow Jacket S-O-Bees really get agressive this time of year. They also fly around drunk from the juice in the fallen fermenting fruit they eat.Just a note: This would not work if you were trying to relocate honeybees bees. There is only one egg laying queen in each honey bee hive, and if you do not collect that queen when you try to relocate the hive, the workers will try to find their way back to the original location, or die. The queen would also probably die in the original location, depending upon how many worker bees you take away for relocation.Honey bees are incredible insects, capable of communication. They utilize a "dance" (sign) language to speak to each other. Unlike agressive wasps, bees will usually keep to themselves unless they feel the hive i…

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    Great Idea! Those Yellow Jacket S-O-Bees really get agressive this time of year. They also fly around drunk from the juice in the fallen fermenting fruit they eat.Just a note: This would not work if you were trying to relocate honeybees bees. There is only one egg laying queen in each honey bee hive, and if you do not collect that queen when you try to relocate the hive, the workers will try to find their way back to the original location, or die. The queen would also probably die in the original location, depending upon how many worker bees you take away for relocation.Honey bees are incredible insects, capable of communication. They utilize a "dance" (sign) language to speak to each other. Unlike agressive wasps, bees will usually keep to themselves unless they feel the hive is threatened. If they bother you, a local exterminator will have the phone number of a bee keeper who will come and remove them for free. They will move the entire colony to a commercial hive operation.

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  • Cool!Gave me an idea for a modification. How about a series of magnets too weak to actually "capture" the cap, but strong enough to pull it in a sideways arc as it falls. If we make the backboard twice as wide, with all the extra space to the left of the opener, and attach the magnets just right, it would look like the action figure is repelling the cap with the "force" in order to make the cap fall in a hole/cup in/on the frame to the left of the vertical from the bottle opener.Hmmm, now I need to find those spare fridge magnets.....

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  • Lorax98 commented on Tiobel's instructable GPS Speedometer

    Great Idea. Even when operating normally, vehicle speedometers are notoriously inaccurate. In Canada, mechanical speedometers can be off by 10% before becoming an equipment violation. Digital speedometers can be off by 4%. If you change your tires, your digital speedo is not accurate any longer. Your home built device is always accurate.I do have some questions. Is the speed shown accurate in the third (elevation) dimension? Is the GPS using 2D or 3D math to calculate the speed? If I am traveling 60mph up a 20% grade (ideal example), would the GPS show 60mph, or only the horizontal portion of the velocity vector (54.8mph)?

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  • Boy, us Canadians wish we could get those prices. Here is the same $200 USD flashlight on Amazon.ca for over $800. Canadian retailers are insane.https://www.amazon.ca/Olight-Marauder-9000Lumens-Flashlight-Flashlight/dp/B01N2V5JXG/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1486685141&sr=8-6&keywords=Olight+X7+Marauder

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  • Great Idea!Here in Southern Alberta (Canada), sandy shorelines are very rare. In fact, you are usually standing on a clay and gravel bar if you are near the water. Trying to hammer plastic pipe into this stuff is a useless proposition. So, I propose a little "add-on":24" long rebar 5/8" diamater (cut at 45 degrees on one end and 90 degrees on the other)12" PVC pipe with slightly greater than 5/8" inside diameter2 or 3 hose clamps (use steel, not dollar store)PVC adhesiveAttach the 12" PVC along the bottom section of your rod holder. Use a little adhesive and the 2 or 3 hose clamps. This gives a sleeve for the top of the steel rebar.Now, pound the 24" of rebar into the clay/gravel until about 12" is sticking out of the ground, and slide the new …

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    Great Idea!Here in Southern Alberta (Canada), sandy shorelines are very rare. In fact, you are usually standing on a clay and gravel bar if you are near the water. Trying to hammer plastic pipe into this stuff is a useless proposition. So, I propose a little "add-on":24" long rebar 5/8" diamater (cut at 45 degrees on one end and 90 degrees on the other)12" PVC pipe with slightly greater than 5/8" inside diameter2 or 3 hose clamps (use steel, not dollar store)PVC adhesiveAttach the 12" PVC along the bottom section of your rod holder. Use a little adhesive and the 2 or 3 hose clamps. This gives a sleeve for the top of the steel rebar.Now, pound the 24" of rebar into the clay/gravel until about 12" is sticking out of the ground, and slide the new sleeve addition over the rebar. Now you have the same great rod holder with the ability to fish on almost any substrate.

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  • Well, here in Canada the Royal Canadian Mint stopped producing pennies a couple of years ago. Now we can't build penny batteries.............Nice science demo instructable.

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  • Seriously, see a doctor. Take the pills for 10 days (not just until you feel better). Make your family and friends do the same when they have strep. Heart damage is not fun.Hey Instructables, this one needs to go!!!

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