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  • MattM370's instructable Fishing Rod Holder's weekly stats: 4 weeks ago
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  • MattM370 commented on MattM370's instructable Fishing Rod Holder5 weeks ago
    Fishing Rod Holder

    sorry, i didn't ask. screws? nails? i suppose either would work.i'd consider nailing/screwing through a cleat.

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  • MattM370 commented on jenmarya's instructable Faux Marquetry Backsplash2 months ago
    Faux Marquetry Backsplash

    wow!how long did it take you to do that?

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  • MattM370 commented on pi526's instructable Stone Garden Walkways3 months ago
    Stone Garden Walkways

    built something similar from the same form pattern 5-10 years ago. stretched from one gate on the south, around the house to the north gate. a few thoughts: 1) i saw a mention of being able to move the "stones". you can. i did. decided i wanted it wider, so took out part and widened the other part.2) i tried commercial concrete dye and didn't like it. mixing in or brushing it on. wasn't happy with either. found i could get free latex paint from the local hazmat disposal facility. made some very interesting colored "stones". some more natural than others. the mint green, not so much. just replace some of the water with water-based paint.3) borrowed a concrete mixer for the first phase, mixed the second in a poly "tray" with a hoe. seems like about the same a...

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    built something similar from the same form pattern 5-10 years ago. stretched from one gate on the south, around the house to the north gate. a few thoughts: 1) i saw a mention of being able to move the "stones". you can. i did. decided i wanted it wider, so took out part and widened the other part.2) i tried commercial concrete dye and didn't like it. mixing in or brushing it on. wasn't happy with either. found i could get free latex paint from the local hazmat disposal facility. made some very interesting colored "stones". some more natural than others. the mint green, not so much. just replace some of the water with water-based paint.3) borrowed a concrete mixer for the first phase, mixed the second in a poly "tray" with a hoe. seems like about the same amount of work. i'd do the tray before i'd borrow another mixer. just me.4) my path changes direction several times around a tree and a patio, so i learned that if you lift the form while the concrete is still pliable you can stamp it back in making odd shaped "stones" and allowing you to turn the corner.5) i laid the first batch on very irregular surfaces so some were thicker than others and uneven, which made re-laying them more difficult. laid the last batch on an old blue tarp. they were more regular.last year i decided it wasn't wide enough so i laid another row beside the first.most was created on the tarp and repositioned/mixed and "placed" next to the first. that also allowed me to mix colors to look more like "real" stones.some of my blocks were made with regular concrete premix, most were with sand mix, which works great sweeping it between the "stones" when they're in place and spraying water on. it sets up without mixing or troweling. it will crack, but that adds to the appearance of age.i might mention that a friend who borrowed the same forms and mixer that i did, made almost a small patio from the forms. think patchwork quilt...

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  • MattM370 commented on ThomasVDD's instructable Duct Tape Dispenser1 year ago
    Duct Tape Dispenser

    like Maurilio said, don't need cnc or 3d printer. this one's a couple steps down from the original and made from excess length from the legs of my attic ladder (explains the angle). it's right side up on my computer. don't know why it looks upside down when i upload it. glued and nailed on the other side, but screwed in on this side for refilling. cut another one from some treated 1x4s i made a fence out of. haven't assembled it yet. doubt it would be weather proof.

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  • MattM370 commented on Lazy Glen's instructable Fix Schlage Free Egress Locks1 year ago
    Fix Schlage Free Egress Locks

    OR you bought a door complete with lock and somebody gave you 3 old doorknobs that match the new one, you bought 2 other new ones, and found 3 different configurations: 1) denies egress until manually unlocked, 2) allows egress but remains locked or 3) unlocks upon egress. (yes, i like your word.) they're all Schlage, but the three brand new doorknobs from 2 different sources are not all the same, nor do the 3 old knobs from one person (though i don't know where they came from nor if they were on the same house nor bought at the same time nor from the same source.) behave the same.

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  • MattM370 made the instructable Inexpensive Garage Lights From LED Strips1 year ago
    Inexpensive Garage Lights From LED Strips

    Chapter 2:i departed again from this instructable...1) i used more expensive lights, waterproof, 5050, 120v, so they all just plug into a long power strip.2) they're in my garage, but my joists are covered, so i chose to put them corner to corner. this allows me to plug all of them into a single box rather than somehow accommodate multiple plug-ins along one wall. the effect seems to be to put more light in the center of the garage, which is where i probably want it, while giving more light to the corners than before. i still have two open plug-ins so can add a couple more strips if i want.3) the lights came with plastic U-clips and screws. i used those again directly into the sheetrock.4) intended to replace the light with a receptacle, but found it didn't fit so added a box & rece...

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    Chapter 2:i departed again from this instructable...1) i used more expensive lights, waterproof, 5050, 120v, so they all just plug into a long power strip.2) they're in my garage, but my joists are covered, so i chose to put them corner to corner. this allows me to plug all of them into a single box rather than somehow accommodate multiple plug-ins along one wall. the effect seems to be to put more light in the center of the garage, which is where i probably want it, while giving more light to the corners than before. i still have two open plug-ins so can add a couple more strips if i want.3) the lights came with plastic U-clips and screws. i used those again directly into the sheetrock.4) intended to replace the light with a receptacle, but found it didn't fit so added a box & receptacle as near to the center as i could and still attach to a joist. chose to leave the incandescent for now. i can unscrew it, or put a plate over the box later if i decide to.a few notes:1) used warm white this time.2) i used 4 meter strips, which don't quite reach the corners.3) according to my research and calculations, of which i'm by no means certain, the lumen output one 3m/9-1/2' strip = one 4' T8 and about 1/5th the wattage. i think.a friend is using some of these LED strips for his basement workroom, and i'm hoping to use some as undercounter lights in the kitchen, though i'm having an issue getting enough light. so far.

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  • MattM370 made the instructable Over Garage Door Hidden Shelving1 year ago
    Over Garage Door Hidden Shelving

    i did something "similar" and my dad did this almost exactly. 50 years ago.the first picture is my version. i put storage over my workbench with a light under the shelf. there's not enough height above my garage doors to be of much use.my parents' garage is on the right, with storage over the doors that he built 50 years ago. i recently cleaned it all out to paint and "downsize". it isn't especially easy to get things in or out of it, and you run a risk if someone opens the door while you're up there.

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  • MattM370 commented on rhackenb's instructable Cardboard Savonius Wind Turbine1 year ago
    Cardboard Savonius Wind Turbine

    just read this, so haven't had time to try it, but...when i look at the pattern for the top and bottom, i see a square pattern for the "blades" inside the circle. might it be possible to just use two squares? and attach the "blades" offset on the sides? i hate throwing away odd little pieces of material.i know i have some 1/4" plywood that would make good blades. if i had a couple squares of thicker wood, i could screw the blades into that. should require a lot less cutting. but would it work? as well? or close enough...

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  • The Smallest Workshop in the World

    Obviously the "impossible" simply takes a bit more determination, creativity and ingenuity...if your workshop is an indication of what you build with it, i predict great success.i'm going to have to read thru this several more times.Thanks for the ideas.

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  • MattM370 made the instructable Inexpensive Garage Lights From LED Strips2 years ago
    Inexpensive Garage Lights From LED Strips

    thought i'd commented earlier, but they never showed up.i departed in quite a few ways from this instructable, but have been very pleased with the results...1) i used more expensive lights, waterproof, 5050, 120v, so they all just plug into a long power strip.2) they're in my basement workshop, not the garage.3) the lights came with plastic U-clips and screws, so i screwed those to the floor joists.a few notes:1) i'd agree that all cool white is a bit blue for me. should have alternated with warm.2) i used 3 meter strips, which don't quite reach both sides, i found it gives much more even light along that wall, but doesn't reach back into the rest of the room very well. or not as much as the fluorescents did. (FYI the before picture is a 3-bulb T8 fixture, with only two bulbs working) b...

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    thought i'd commented earlier, but they never showed up.i departed in quite a few ways from this instructable, but have been very pleased with the results...1) i used more expensive lights, waterproof, 5050, 120v, so they all just plug into a long power strip.2) they're in my basement workshop, not the garage.3) the lights came with plastic U-clips and screws, so i screwed those to the floor joists.a few notes:1) i'd agree that all cool white is a bit blue for me. should have alternated with warm.2) i used 3 meter strips, which don't quite reach both sides, i found it gives much more even light along that wall, but doesn't reach back into the rest of the room very well. or not as much as the fluorescents did. (FYI the before picture is a 3-bulb T8 fixture, with only two bulbs working) bad news is i'm more to forget to turn them off than i was the old lights. good news is, they take so much less electricity.3) according to my research and calculations, of which i'm by no means certain, the lumen output one 3m/9-1/2' strip = one 4' T8 and about 1/5th the wattage. i think.i'm now looking for the next place to put these, and i strongly suspect i'll find several.

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  • MattM370 commented on mikeandlauren's instructable DIY Powder Coated Yeti Cups2 years ago
    DIY Powder Coated Yeti Cups

    I appreciated the "vertical oven". been trying to figure out how to heat a guitar pickguard to flatten it, and didn't want to put it into the oven. Looks like I'm in the market for a garage-sale toaster oven. Then start looking for stuff to powder coat.btw, about 40 years ago, and before I believe it was called "powder coating" I heard of companies repainting metal desks in offices using a similar process, less the baking.btw

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  • MattM370 commented on Paige Russell's instructable 10 Unusual Uses for Pencils2 years ago
    10 Unusual Uses for Pencils

    when my kids left home i found myself with dozens of pencils in various states of use, mostly dull. i used them for spacers when gluing fake bricks to the concrete in my basement. just the right width for grout between the bricks. makes them look more "real"...

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