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  • Lorax98 commented on TwoDudesMakingStuff's instructable Make a Waterproof Fire Starter22 days ago
    Make a Waterproof Fire Starter

    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)....

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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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  • Yellow Jacket Ground Nest Trap From 5 Gallon Water Bottle

    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...

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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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  • Lorax98 commented on danthemakerman's instructable Star Wars "The Force" Cap Catcher5 months ago
    Star Wars "The Force" Cap Catcher

    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 Speedometer1 year ago
    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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  • How to build an insanely bright LED flashlight!

    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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  • Lorax98 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Ultimate Fishing Rod Holder1 year ago
    Ultimate Fishing Rod Holder

    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 ne...

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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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  • How to Make Batteries From Spare Change

    Canadian pennies work great!!

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  • Lorax98 completed the lesson Let's Begin in the class Photography Class2 years ago
  • How to Make Batteries From Spare Change

    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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  • Lorax98 commented on Meglymoo87's instructable CURE Strep Throat (at Home!)2 years ago
    CURE Strep Throat (at Home!)

    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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