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  • MacGyver9 commented on MacGyver9's instructable Improving Your Thermacell4 weeks ago
    Improving Your Thermacell

    I still see Celebration Spot-On advertized on Amazon, so I maybe Celebration Spot-On may not apply to the Amazon ban in this cae. I still use Celebration Spot-On on my mats. According to the packaging, once it has dried it is no longer toxic to most animals. However, I wouldn't let a child play with the mats anyway because who knows what they might do with them.

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  • MacGyver9 commented on juniortan's instructable Travel Door Lock2 months ago
    Travel Door Lock

    I made on of these a while ago, and found I had better results by bending the "wedge" portion into a "U" shape. The wedge portion is then used upside down from the video. It prevents falling out of the "lock" if the door is forced back-and-forth.I also saw one designed using an old butter knife in place of a fork. It took more work to cut out a slot for the wedge, but was a bit sturdier. However, I've found that using a fork has worked just fine. "To each his own" as the saying goes...I still carry my fork version after a couple of years. On one trip when I left it at home by mistake, I bought a fork from a dollar store and made one using a multitool I usually carry. Fairly easy to make in an emergency, but just be careful of sharp edges in this c...

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    I made on of these a while ago, and found I had better results by bending the "wedge" portion into a "U" shape. The wedge portion is then used upside down from the video. It prevents falling out of the "lock" if the door is forced back-and-forth.I also saw one designed using an old butter knife in place of a fork. It took more work to cut out a slot for the wedge, but was a bit sturdier. However, I've found that using a fork has worked just fine. "To each his own" as the saying goes...I still carry my fork version after a couple of years. On one trip when I left it at home by mistake, I bought a fork from a dollar store and made one using a multitool I usually carry. Fairly easy to make in an emergency, but just be careful of sharp edges in this case.Nice instructable!

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  • MacGyver9 commented on RicardoD's instructable TRAVALERS NOTEBOOK COVER3 months ago
    TRAVALERS NOTEBOOK COVER

    Just voted! Wonderful design and Instructable. Another great use for an arbor press. My wife has asked me to make her one of these for her personal journal. Thanks for the clear instructions and 'clean' pattern!

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  • MacGyver9 commented on MacGyver9's instructable Travel Commode (Port-A-Potty)7 months ago
    Travel Commode (Port-A-Potty)

    Thanks for the nice comments. One of the things I didn't mention in the initial Instructable was that I bought a portable privacy tent to go along with the portable commode. Mine is the KingCamp Portable Pop Up Privacy/Privy/Dressing/Changing (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015WF7E0Q?psc=1 ). I rarely have a need to anchor the tent to the ground and the tent is nice when there are unexpected rain showers. It is easy to fold up with a little practice, and there are a few different methods that will work. The method I use is like the following:I'm a bit taller (6 foot 1 inch) than the lady in the demonstration, so here are a couple of things I do different. First, be sure to hold the tent against your stomach when you start. Next, when bending the tent over to the ground I put a foot on tent...

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    Thanks for the nice comments. One of the things I didn't mention in the initial Instructable was that I bought a portable privacy tent to go along with the portable commode. Mine is the KingCamp Portable Pop Up Privacy/Privy/Dressing/Changing (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015WF7E0Q?psc=1 ). I rarely have a need to anchor the tent to the ground and the tent is nice when there are unexpected rain showers. It is easy to fold up with a little practice, and there are a few different methods that will work. The method I use is like the following:I'm a bit taller (6 foot 1 inch) than the lady in the demonstration, so here are a couple of things I do different. First, be sure to hold the tent against your stomach when you start. Next, when bending the tent over to the ground I put a foot on tent to hold it -- it makes it easier to finish the bend. The process only takes about 30 seconds to fold up and put in the bag.

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  • MacGyver9 commented on Klaas-Pieter's instructable Altoids Mini Survival Kit10 months ago
    Altoids Mini Survival Kit

    Looks like a Leatherman Squirt PS4 might be about the same size: https://www.amazon.com/Leatherman-Squirt-PS4-Multitool-Black/dp/B0032XZW9G/ref=sr_1_1/135-0114257-4471932?ie=UTF8&qid=1508706769&sr=8-1&keywords=leatherman%2B-%2Bsquirt%2Bps4&th=1Leatherman Squirt PS4 Folded dimensions: 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 1/2" high

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  • MacGyver9 commented on MacGyver9's instructable Improving Your Thermacell10 months ago
    Improving Your Thermacell

    Yes. In the section on refilling I mentioned "...the refill can tip has to modified (which usually makes the tip easier to break when using). This can be troublesome when in the back-country you need to refill and someone breaks the only butane refill tip you have with you (actually happened)..." To reduce the OD I used fine emery cloth to keep the profile of the tip as smooth as possible for a good seal. However, after sanding the tip will be thinner and more prone to breaking.

    Yes. Since I only need one good refillable cartridge per outing and an extra as a spare, I just bought two of the torches when they went on sale. I had been using the Harbor Freight ones before that. I usually just take along a butane refill can and refill the cartridges when needed.

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  • MacGyver9's entry Travel Commode (Port-A-Potty) is a winner in the Travel Contest 2017 contest 1 year ago
  • MacGyver9's entry Travel Commode (Port-A-Potty) is a finalist in the Travel Contest 2017 contest 1 year ago
  • MacGyver9 commented on Andrews-Design's instructable Leather Valet Tray/Pouch1 year ago
    Leather Valet Tray/Pouch

    Looks similar to the MAXPEDITION FTV Folding Travel Valet (a redesign of their earlier version called the "Tactical Travel Tray"). We've used ours a lot when traveling and they are quite handy - easily fit in travel cases and makes it easy to find things when traveling. Nice leather work on your version!

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  • MacGyver9's instructable Travel Commode (Port-A-Potty)'s weekly stats: 1 year ago
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  • MacGyver9 commented on mattrush's instructable Multitool Glass Breaker1 year ago
    Multitool Glass Breaker

    Alas, I tried with one of the tips I made but it was too soft to shatter the side window glass like my other carbon tips. Looks like it needs to be carbon tipped to be strong enough for the car window glass. A carbon tip takes very little effort compared to the non-carbon tips.

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  • MacGyver9 commented on mattrush's instructable Multitool Glass Breaker1 year ago
    Multitool Glass Breaker

    I bought my Skeletool CX quite a while ago because it was configured the way I wanted. When the RX version became available with this bit I thought I'd just wait for the bit to become available separately as well (wishful thinking?) I've waited a long time already, so now I'll just convert one of my tips just like you did. Many thanks for this idea!

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  • Light Weight Tripod Camera Slider for DSLR

    The tripod is a Promaster T525P.

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  • Camp Commode(potty) made for less then $10.00

    Thanks for this Instructable!We needed a portable commode for working in a rural area, so I scanned the Instructables and found this one. Tweaked the design a little to our needs and thought I'd pass along the changes for anyone else that likes it. The tweaks were: 1) use an extra screw on the front to mount the seat, 2) swap one of the elbow joints for a 'T' joint under the front seat to add a removable toliet paper roll holder, and 3) adjust some cut lengths to still only use one 10 foot PVC.Attached photo shows how it looks assembled & unassembled. Figure 1 shows without the toliet paper holder attached, Figure 2 with toliet paper holder attached, and figure 3 shows the basic profile when transported. It can still fit in a 5" x 15" x 17" soft bag or a 5" x 16&...

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    Thanks for this Instructable!We needed a portable commode for working in a rural area, so I scanned the Instructables and found this one. Tweaked the design a little to our needs and thought I'd pass along the changes for anyone else that likes it. The tweaks were: 1) use an extra screw on the front to mount the seat, 2) swap one of the elbow joints for a 'T' joint under the front seat to add a removable toliet paper roll holder, and 3) adjust some cut lengths to still only use one 10 foot PVC.Attached photo shows how it looks assembled & unassembled. Figure 1 shows without the toliet paper holder attached, Figure 2 with toliet paper holder attached, and figure 3 shows the basic profile when transported. It can still fit in a 5" x 15" x 17" soft bag or a 5" x 16" x 17" hard-sided enclosure.Parts list:(1) 10 foot schedule 40 PVC(7) 1" elbow joints(5) 1" 'T' joints(1) 1" end cap(4) 1/4" x 2 1/2" screws (4) 1/4" flat washers(4) 1/4" lock nuts(1) toliet seat (see tip below)PVC primer & cementCut 10 foot PVC as follows:(6) 11 1/2" (8) 5 1/2"Remaining 7" will be used for the removable toliet paper holderCement same pieces as in original Instructable. For the toliet paper roll holder, cement the end cap to the 7" piece of PVC -- do not cement the toliet paper holder to the 'T' joint under the toliet seat.Tips: 1) The toliet seat will determine how heavy a person can be that can safely use the commode. I used a hard/solid plastic toliet seat and it was adequate for people up to at least 250 lbs. We didn't have anyone heavier to test it with at the time, so it might actually accomodate someone heavier than 250 lbs.2) The commode assembles easily, but may be difficult to take apart. As it gets used over and over the uncemented connections may tighten considerably.

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