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I miss the days when magazines like Popular Mechanics had all sorts of DIY projects for making and repairing just about everything. I am enjoying posting things I have learned and done since I got my first tools. I enjoy studying the Bible and retired after 40 years as a Lutheran pastor. I like to dabble with some electronics projects. I have a wood lathe and a metal lathe, a radial arm saw, a router, and both a 220 volt stick welder and a gas shielded wire feed welder. I appreciate In...

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  • Sawsmith Radial Arm Saw -- Enlarge Arbor Hole on a Regular Blade

    Thank you very much for your comment. I am pleased to have been of help in even a small way. I am curious how difficult it was to find what was helpful to you. You made my day.

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  • Brush Blade for a Weed Trimmer

    I used the saw blade on my weed trimmer yesterday. The blade bound a couple of times. It stopped spinning immediately. There was no torque or deflection of the boom. It was a lesson to me to feed the blade into branches and trunks more slowly.

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  • Brush Blade for a Weed Trimmer

    Thank you. I am glad the spark plug socket worked out well for you. When yiu are not trimming growth the socket is still fully available to you for removing or installing spark plugs. That is a bonus.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable A More Compact Shaving Kit
    A More Compact Shaving Kit

    Thank you. I will need to use it for a bit of time to see if I like it. I think I will.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Cheap Fix for a Quartz Watch
    Cheap Fix for a Quartz Watch

    John,Thank you for the link. You have more experience with leatherwork than I do. The photo is a pocket watch movement with a turned walnut mount. I did this for a friend and it is hanging in a display globe on his desk. At that time I had gotten a slightly smaller movement and made a walnut mount for it. Both movements came from Klockit. They are quartz. But, I discovered the hard way they are not shock resistant. I had enjoyed mine until that day. There was a time when my only watch was an inexpensive pocket watch. I am contenting myself with a wristwatch for the workshop and one for dress.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Cheap Fix for a Quartz Watch
    Cheap Fix for a Quartz Watch

    John,A week or two after you posted this comment I noticed my current quartz dress watch was losing time. Recently it lost 30 minutes in a week. After my unsuccessful second fix on the previous watch that caused damage when I could not get the stem back in, I decided to use canned air without removing the stem. I did what I could To get air into the movement. That was more than four days ago, and the watch is keeping very good time.

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  • Rebuilding a Hydraulic Floor Jack

    Ajack does not get hot and accumulate burned residue. Most parts will wipe clean with a rag. Sometimes there was residue where oil dried out. A wooden popsicle stick cut off square makes a good tool for removing oil residue without scratching the steel.

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  • Rebuilding a Hydraulic Floor Jack

    There is one thing I learned that is worth knowing. Rebuild kits for hydraulic devices, even pneumatic devices, sometimes include two nearly identical O-rings, but one is slightly larger. One works, but the other does not. If an O-ring does not seem to fit, or the device does not seem to work, check for a nearly identical O-ring. A couple of years ago, my son-in-law rebuilt a nail gun. It did not work after rebuilding. He asked me to look at it. I replaced an O-ring with a nearly identical O-ring that was just a little different, and suddenly the nail gun worked just fine. I ran into something similar on rebuilding my jack.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Garage Door Does Not Close
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    Every garage door I have known has sensors. I think it is a matter of legality that there must be some way to keep an animal or a child from being crushed by the heavy door. Can you find a manual, perhaps on-line and check to see that it is designed to have or not to have sensors? If the device is equipped to sense resistance when the door goes down, there may be something sticking in the mechanism that keeps the drive from working, and that causes the door to reverse rapidly. Thee should be an adjustment on the unit to set the amount of resistance at which the unit reverses. A manual is very helpful with this, too. I am not a professional repairman and have not tried to troubleshoot a garage door opener in eight years.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Garage Door Does Not Close
    Garage Door Does Not Close

    Please work through my Instructable step by step. It includes several troubleshooting helps and charts or links to them. I do not repair garage door openers as a vocation and have not done anything with a garage door opener for almost ten years.

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  • Phil B commented on Tape-structable's forum topic Leatherman PST

    I am ten years late, but I recently did an Instructable on an accessory for a PST to keep the bits from folding back on my fingers. It is called “Tool Lock for Leatherman PST.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Cheap Fix for a Quartz Watch
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    Thank you, John. It is good to hear from you. Somehow Instructables changed the way their page works and I now seldom see people I once saw often. There was more of a connection with others before. I miss that. I hope you are well and life is good for you.I “fixed” the watch in the photos a second time and that was one time too many. Something got in the way when I inserted the stem a second time and ruined that something. I am glad the Instructable helped you. Several times I have looked for something on Instructables that I really needed, but it did not exist. I had to figure it out for myself, but then published an Instructable on that topic myself. An example is an Instructable I did on making an electronic fly swatter work again.

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  • Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems

    Welcome to Instructables. I hope you will publish some things as time goes on, You tend to make some friends whom you will likely never meet in person, and they can be from other parts of the world. You have certainly checked the right things and know what you are doing. What you describe sounds like the engine is receiving far too much fuel. We all assume a new carburetor must be working as it should. I would be tempted to run carburetor cleaner through the old carburetor as well as I am able and try the machine with the old carburetor installed. Even those little 2-cycle diaphragm carburetors have a needle valve that is supposed to keep too much fuel from flowing into the carburetor. Perhaps the needle valve fuel metering system has missing parts or is stuck. I cannot point to any exa...

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    Welcome to Instructables. I hope you will publish some things as time goes on, You tend to make some friends whom you will likely never meet in person, and they can be from other parts of the world. You have certainly checked the right things and know what you are doing. What you describe sounds like the engine is receiving far too much fuel. We all assume a new carburetor must be working as it should. I would be tempted to run carburetor cleaner through the old carburetor as well as I am able and try the machine with the old carburetor installed. Even those little 2-cycle diaphragm carburetors have a needle valve that is supposed to keep too much fuel from flowing into the carburetor. Perhaps the needle valve fuel metering system has missing parts or is stuck. I cannot point to any examples of this happening, but, I also cannot think of another part of the system that allows too much fuel to flow through the carburetor. When you mentioned a backfire, I thought of spark timing, I had a 4-cycle mower that backfired and the flywheel key was partially sheared, which changed the spark timing, I wish you well. When you discover the problem, it will all make sense.

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  • How to Make a Leather Belt - DIY

    My wife has purchased belts for me. They all have one problem. The buckle has a finish that begins to wear off before long. A dozen years ago I bought a simple leather belt from a street vendor at a fair of sorts. Its virtue is that the buckle is solid brass. It will always be the color of brass. After eight years the leather was looking distressed. We had a Tandy leather shop nearby. I got a belt blank very similar to the original and attached my buckle. That blank had pre-installed snaps. In a few years when I want to replace the leather I may have to order a simple leather strap and use rivets from the hardware store to attach the buckle, but that would work for me, too. Thank you for your Instructable.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Mask Nose Hold Down
  • Fix a Frozen Concoction Machine

    It certainly sounds possible. It sounds like you are aware of the requirements. I would keep a watchful eye for potential shock hazards.

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  • Make an Electric Motor Run Again

    I do not know the answers to your questions. I believe a washing machine motor has a capacitor like the one in this Instructable, although it may be mounted away from the motor. The frame on such motors is often stamped thin steel spot welded in place. It can be tricky to get the shaft centered if you open the frame.

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  • Fix a Frozen Concoction Machine

    Welcome to Instructables, too! I see you just joined. Things on the web page have changed a little over the dozen years I have been connected to Instructables. Formerly it was easier to follow individuals. I regularly had exchanges of comments with half of a dozen or more people around the world and I counted them as friends. Now I almost never see anything related to them. I miss that. It is a nice site because of their “be nice” policy. When someone takes a bad tone with you, you can flag their comment and it is usually removed within a few hours. While safety is important, there are also the “safety Nazis” who find deadly danger in the most common of activities. Most of them have never published an Instructable of their own, but they know exactly what is wrong with your Instructable....

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    Welcome to Instructables, too! I see you just joined. Things on the web page have changed a little over the dozen years I have been connected to Instructables. Formerly it was easier to follow individuals. I regularly had exchanges of comments with half of a dozen or more people around the world and I counted them as friends. Now I almost never see anything related to them. I miss that. It is a nice site because of their “be nice” policy. When someone takes a bad tone with you, you can flag their comment and it is usually removed within a few hours. While safety is important, there are also the “safety Nazis” who find deadly danger in the most common of activities. Most of them have never published an Instructable of their own, but they know exactly what is wrong with your Instructable.There was a time I wanted to be an electrical engineer. But, I felt God pushing me to become a pastor. I am also retired now. My son-in-law lives less than a mile from us. He and his father build automobiles, and he often needs some sort of jig or fixture he wants me to fabricate for him. I get a fair amount of problem solving related to making and fixing things.

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  • Fix a Frozen Concoction Machine

    Thank you very much for sharing what you learned. I am pleased you found a way to access the upper motor and able to get it turning again. After seeing the lack of information in their manual and the sparse list of parts available, I figured they do not want DIY mechanics getting into their machines. My philosophy is, “It does not work now. If I break it, it still does not work and I have lost nothing. But, if I can make it work, I have gained a lot, even if something cosmetic is damaged. What do I have to lose?” Hot glue sounds like a good closure. My son-in-law does auto body work and uses body putty for many things. I might have been tempted to fill some of the empty space with tissue paper and then cover it over with body putty. Then sand and paint it. Later, if you need to, you can...

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    Thank you very much for sharing what you learned. I am pleased you found a way to access the upper motor and able to get it turning again. After seeing the lack of information in their manual and the sparse list of parts available, I figured they do not want DIY mechanics getting into their machines. My philosophy is, “It does not work now. If I break it, it still does not work and I have lost nothing. But, if I can make it work, I have gained a lot, even if something cosmetic is damaged. What do I have to lose?” Hot glue sounds like a good closure. My son-in-law does auto body work and uses body putty for many things. I might have been tempted to fill some of the empty space with tissue paper and then cover it over with body putty. Then sand and paint it. Later, if you need to, you can break out the thin layer of body putty. Thank you again,

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Fix a Sink Stopper
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    Those assemblies are each a bit different depending on who made them. I think you could install what you have and have a big catch pan below to test if and where it leaks. As I remember, a replacement unit is not very expensive.

    Could you attach a photo of the ring so I know exactly whst you mean?

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  • Fix a Frozen Concoction Machine

    I am sorry, but I do not know the answer to your question. I would gently pry on those possible screw covers with the softest tool I can find, even if it is a popsicle stick.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Setting Up and Using E-Sword
    Setting Up and Using E-Sword

    I am not much help. I would check the FAQs. In the past I sent an e-mail to a contact address and got a response. A few things have meant I use e-Sword only infrequently now, and have not updated the version I have. (now retired from parish ministry with less need to prepare sermons, my Windows 7 laptop no longer supported by Microsoft, using an iPad for most of my needs, have other Bible software that suffices for my current needs)

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  • Make an Electric Motor Run Again

    Could you post a photo of your motor from the end? I removed the screws visible on the end plates of my motor. I removed the bolts that go through the motor and hold it together. I think I used a screwdriver and a hammer to drive the end castings away from the frame of the motor. I believe I was pretty much able to work the end castings farther and farther out toward the end of the shaft. You might have to strike the end of the shaft with a soft dead blow hammer.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable 3-piece DE Razor Baseplate
    3-piece DE Razor Baseplate

    It is great that you have an oxy/MAPP torch. Brazing would work, so long as there is not too much build-up of braze. I used a MIG wire feed welder and found I needed to watch out for cooling weld bead pulling things out of alignment. I have not looked much at single edge razors. But, I think you could make an SE razor. I might make a non-shaving prototype with balsa wood or sturdy cardboard just to work out the bugs in design. I am anxious for you to have a more suitable work space.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable 3-piece DE Razor Baseplate
    3-piece DE Razor Baseplate

    mrballeng does very impressive work. Thank you. I simply want things to work, regardless of appearance. It is not beautiful, but it shaves very well. I shaved a two day growth with it yesterday and got a wonderful Baby’s Bottom Smooth shave. That required good preparation, good technique, and the traditional three passes with touch-up. But, I am also 74 years old and my whiskers do not cut as easily as they did when I was much younger. One very rewarding thing is to get a great shave with a razor you made. I read shaving forum posts and see guys going into ecstasy about a new stainless steel razor that looks like a piece of artwork, but maybe later they report it gives them razor burn or does not give them a close shave. One you make can be customized over a relatively short time to sh...

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    mrballeng does very impressive work. Thank you. I simply want things to work, regardless of appearance. It is not beautiful, but it shaves very well. I shaved a two day growth with it yesterday and got a wonderful Baby’s Bottom Smooth shave. That required good preparation, good technique, and the traditional three passes with touch-up. But, I am also 74 years old and my whiskers do not cut as easily as they did when I was much younger. One very rewarding thing is to get a great shave with a razor you made. I read shaving forum posts and see guys going into ecstasy about a new stainless steel razor that looks like a piece of artwork, but maybe later they report it gives them razor burn or does not give them a close shave. One you make can be customized over a relatively short time to shave just the way you want it to shave. I do apologize that a welder was needed. I very well know everyone does not have a welder. That is why I also offered an Instructable on making a razor from PVC. Thank you for your interest and your comment.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable 3-piece DE Razor Baseplate
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    It works quite well. The baseplate I described is intended to be paired with a top cap from another Instructable I linked. I have not tried it with a top cap from a commercially produced razor head. I have used it as my daily shave razor and managed to get a very smooth shave without nicks or irritation. I also adjusted the round rod safety bars a couple of times to make the razor more aggressive. Since, I decided it was too aggressive and it is now a little milder. Since, I have made one I like even more from 1/8 x 1 inch scrap aluminum bar and a stainless steel screw from a local hardware store. See the photo. The handle shown is from a Merkur 23C. After I bought the Merkur, I learned about zamac rot. I also began to feel the Merkur was too mild and shimmed it with plastic from the li...

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    It works quite well. The baseplate I described is intended to be paired with a top cap from another Instructable I linked. I have not tried it with a top cap from a commercially produced razor head. I have used it as my daily shave razor and managed to get a very smooth shave without nicks or irritation. I also adjusted the round rod safety bars a couple of times to make the razor more aggressive. Since, I decided it was too aggressive and it is now a little milder. Since, I have made one I like even more from 1/8 x 1 inch scrap aluminum bar and a stainless steel screw from a local hardware store. See the photo. The handle shown is from a Merkur 23C. After I bought the Merkur, I learned about zamac rot. I also began to feel the Merkur was too mild and shimmed it with plastic from the lid of a margarine container. I made the baseplate for the aluminum razor so it was far too aggressive. Each day I removed a little aluminum from the blade riser support with a stroke or two from a file. After four days it felt right on both sides. I get better shaves with the aluminum razor than with the Merkur, and I do not take it apart to dry it. It is very low maintenance. I dismantle the steel razor and dry the parts after each use. i have not done an Instructable on the aluminum razor because I described how I made it at a shaving forum (Badger & Blade), and they claim to own what is posted there. But, it was done in a very low tech way with a hand file until it felt right when I shaved. I did use my Merkur as a rough pattern. I made another razor that also shaves very well and can be as aggressive or mild as you want. It is made from 1 1/2 inch PVC for the baseplate and the top cap is from 3/4 inch steel thinwall electrical conduit.It can be difficult to get three holes lined up with precision for aligning the razor blade. I eventually made a jig that solves the alignment problems very consistently on the aluminum razor. The aluminum razor is my favorite and it does an excellent job. But, the steel razor is not far behind. I have recently begun to use a heavier handle on the steel razor for better balance. That heavier handle is also described in another Instructable.

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  • Car Battery Goes Dead After a Few Days

    As I mentioned in step 2, they call it a memory fuse.

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  • Rebuilding a Hydraulic Floor Jack

    I understand. My life situation has changed. I am retired with a car that gets about all of its service at the dealership. We moved across the country and I left my floor jack with a brother-in-law. Here there is a son-in-law who will lend me a floor jack when I need one, but that has not happened. But, it is something you can check on your bucket list.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Better Sound From Echo Dot
    Better Sound From Echo Dot

    You do get a better sound. The answer to your question will always be subjective and difficult to answer for another person. Improvise something to give your Dot more resonance and see what you think.

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    Was the gash due to a tool on a PST folding back on you? In any event I am sorry to hear that happened to you. I wish yiu a speedy recovery.

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  • Add Battery Test to a Multimeter

    Thank you. You make a good point. I do usually check. My nominal 370 Ohm resistor came in at 367 Ohms.

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  • Tool Lock for Leatherman PST

    Thank you. I hope you and others can use it.

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  • Tool Lock for Leatherman PST

    Thank you. I have had my PST more than 30 years. You could say it is about time I develop a fix.

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  • Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems

    Are the carburetor screws set properly? The “H” screw should be open from fully seated approximately one turn. The “L” screw should be open from fully seated approximately 1 1/2 turns. Be careful not to use too much force when seating the screws. Be very gentle.

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  • Make an Electric Motor Run Again

    This motor ran fine when it first came to me. A few months later it did not run. The centrifugal switch must have been on the edge. I worked on another electric motor not long after posting this Instructable. The centrifugal switch on that motor also had a problem. I am beginning to think that is the weak link.

    I think I used a puller and it yielded quickly without much stress to the pulley. I certainly did not damage the pulley.

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  • Thank you for your comment. I am glad your machine is smoother and more like new, now. Something changed during storage. Perhaps humidity caused a little surface corrosion to set in. There should not have been residue from lubrication. Anyway, you have flushed the one-way bearings and they work better now. I enjoy seeing other people solve what could have been expensive problems simply and inexpensively.

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  • Search the Septuagint in E-Sword

    Somehow, I am not able to go to your other comment. HOT+ is an edition of the Hebrew Old Testament. The plus sign indicates it is keyed to Strong’s numbers. Shortly after I posted those Instructables on e-Sword the downloading of modules changed. In the new way there is a Download tab among the choices across the top when the program is open and in use. click on it to make your selection. Previously a user would download a module and then install it. Because I am retired I use e-sword less often and am now less familiar with it. I also use an iPad a great deal and it does not have e-Sword. I hope this helps some.

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  • I favored a stationary bicycle, but it does little for one’s upper body. A ski machine makes your whole body work.

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  • Thank you for your comment and congratulations on getting your ski machine functioning well again. My friend NordicDanny does not like WD-40 on the drive train of a ski machine. My original suggestion was Liquid Wrench, but someone made WD-40 work. Blotting out liquid is important. You can always repeat the process if you have any problems. Notice above a link to an Instructable I did on how to use a simple bicycle speedometer to replace a NordicTrack computer. It also suggests work arounds for heart pulse and calories burned.

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  • Rebuilding a Hydraulic Floor Jack

    I am no help. Sorry.

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  • Broken Welder Experiment Part 2

    A guy who does welding videos on YouTube puts copper mesh in a less than idea grounding situation between the jaws of the clamp and the steel to make a better contact. I once added aluminum bar to a similar ground clamp to improve the contact. I wish you well.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw
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    You can certainly try aluminum or steel on the edge of the table piece as needed. I know it is sometimes hard to find metal pieces that are actually straight. You can also add a screw to the table piece where it wants to rise. Leave it a little less than tight so it can move to tighten the fence, but tight enough that it cannot rise. You would probably need to countersink the head so it is not in the way of anything.

    Welcome to Instructables. I think I would try to restore use of the screw clamps that came with your saw, if at all possible. If the new rails are too short, can you cut and drill a short of angle iron of similar size to the rails and bolt them to the side of the saw’s base? I do not think you want to make the piece behind the fence narrower (cut the table short). The blade needs to behind the fence when the motor is pushed toward the column, and for that the pieces behind the fence need to be as wide as they are. When my saw was new, the table piece was only 3/4 inch thick, but it also has a rise in it that I always had to work around. My new table is 3/4 inch MDF, but it is not perfectly flat, either. I hipe some of this helps.

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  • I had to dig a little to find a way. It seems like it was easier in the past. The Instructables page has been redesigned a few times. Go to his page here: https://www.instructables.com/member/NordicDanny/ and click on Message.

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  • You want to talk to Instructables member NordicDanny. He knows about every model NordicTrack ever made. Send him a private message.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Learning to Weld
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    Thank you for looking. Since posting this Instructable, I made the toy Mack AC truck and the toy steam shovel to go with it for my grandson. I entered the steam shovel in a metal working contest at Instructables and won a 120 volt Miller MIG welder. (I did Instructables on both.) The two toys were made with the flux core welder, which I have now sold to a friend. I am posting this to illustrate that once you start learning to weld, you never know where it will take you. Now I am also making and repairing things for my son-in-law’s auto body shop.

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  • Broken Welder Experiment Part 2

    Inexpensive $100 flux core welders usually produce only an AC welding current, but flux core wire needs DC current to make a suitable weld. Some users add inexpensive rectifier bridges imported from China and sold through places like Amazon. It is not a perfect solution, but does make quite an improvement. Further, with flux core wire the electrode gun needs to be set to negative polarity while the ground clamp is set to positive polarity. Flux core welding can do a very good job and is preferable to gas shielded MIG welding in some situations. But, flux core welding produces lots of smoke and it is difficult to see what you are doing. A fan to blow the smoke away from the weld while you are welding helps a lot, as does good light on the weld area. Flux core wire burns hotter than MIG w...

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    Inexpensive $100 flux core welders usually produce only an AC welding current, but flux core wire needs DC current to make a suitable weld. Some users add inexpensive rectifier bridges imported from China and sold through places like Amazon. It is not a perfect solution, but does make quite an improvement. Further, with flux core wire the electrode gun needs to be set to negative polarity while the ground clamp is set to positive polarity. Flux core welding can do a very good job and is preferable to gas shielded MIG welding in some situations. But, flux core welding produces lots of smoke and it is difficult to see what you are doing. A fan to blow the smoke away from the weld while you are welding helps a lot, as does good light on the weld area. Flux core wire burns hotter than MIG wire, but still has a difficult time with steel as thick as 3/16 inch or about 4.75 mm. You can give your welder a power boost by preheating the weld area with a propane or MAP gas torch.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Marker Pen Compass
    Marker Pen Compass

    Thank you for looking. About ten years ago I was shooting for fun and found pistol target files you can open and print oncopier paper. I do not have the URL.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw
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    I am not sure, but I am guessing you cannot tilt the motor to cut an edge at a bevel. If that is correct, I would suspect corrosion on the mating surfaces between the parts. I would try letting penetrating oil soak into the assembly. Maybe tao gently on it periodically to break possible corrosion while the oil is soaking in. If you would like, add a photo to be sure we are talking sbout the same thing.

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  • Change an Ignition Switch Without Removing the Dashboard

    It has been several years since I did this. I wish I could be more help, but I no longer even have that car. It must have been fairly intuitive. You also must have a problem I did not encounter.

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  • Rebuilding a Hydraulic Floor Jack

    I do not remember many details from rebuilding this jack eight years afterward. One commenter rebuilds hydraulic jacks professionally. Perhaps he can give you more help. He is Skipper333333.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Fountain Pen Problems
    Fountain Pen Problems

    It sounds like poor nib to feeder fit. See the text of the Instructsble for a fairly easy fix.

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  • Enhance This Inexpensive NCVT

    You are welcome. I really want to try this modified NCVT on LED lights for a Christmas tree. I have a Klein Tools NCVT I thought I had ruined when the batteries corroded, but I used a Water Pik water flosser for cleaning teeth to spray away the corrosion. I waited for it to dry thoroughly and it works again. The Klein has a lower voltage function. It would be a bonus if I can troubleshoot LED Christmas lights with it. As relates to safety concerns raised by some, I personally have never used this NCVT to test anything with more than 120 volts. You write your name with letters from the Cyrillic Alphabet, which means you may live where 220 volts is standard line voltage.

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  • Solderless Electrical Connector

    Several people have made comments virtually identical to yours. Yes, a ground rod clamp is very similar, although huge by comparison. I am familiar with splitbiolts. This fits more neatly in closer quarters and can be attached for my needs with a screwdriver and my fingers. A splitbolt requires two wrenches or a wrench and a hefty pliers. As I mentioned to someone else, a wire nut would require me to remove a copper wire from the screw on a switch, straighten it, attach the wire nut, then remove the wire nut and bend a new loop for the terminal screw so I can attach it to the switch again. I knew exactly what I wanted and needed, and I made exactly that. Remember, this is designed for a test that lasts minutes. The only electrical power involved in the test is the equivalent of two or t...

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    Several people have made comments virtually identical to yours. Yes, a ground rod clamp is very similar, although huge by comparison. I am familiar with splitbiolts. This fits more neatly in closer quarters and can be attached for my needs with a screwdriver and my fingers. A splitbolt requires two wrenches or a wrench and a hefty pliers. As I mentioned to someone else, a wire nut would require me to remove a copper wire from the screw on a switch, straighten it, attach the wire nut, then remove the wire nut and bend a new loop for the terminal screw so I can attach it to the switch again. I knew exactly what I wanted and needed, and I made exactly that. Remember, this is designed for a test that lasts minutes. The only electrical power involved in the test is the equivalent of two or three AA batteries.

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  • Solderless Electrical Connector

    By “isolated” did you perhaps mean “insulated?” A splitbolt connector is not insulated initially, but is before everything is closed up. As I said, my intention for this is a temporary test lasting a few minutes and done at the voltage of two or three AA batteries.

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  • Solderless Electrical Connector

    Thank you. My Instructable did not show a new design I developed, but my copy of an old connector design no longer available anyplace I can find. I simply replicated it with what I have and can do. There is no danger someone will use a quantity of these in household wiring because time and effort to make even one is too much. Wire nuts are much less expensive. But, for what I needed to do, this connector serves better than anything else I know. This is not the first time someone told me something I use safely is dangerous and should not be presented in the field of ideas.

    A few years ago I knew a guy who had worked as a plant electrician. He and some others were on a tour in Hungary, if I remember correctly. They were watching a local electrician wrestling a cabe probably about 4/0 into a lug. It was not going. He pulled out a side cutter pliers and snipped off a couple of strands so it would fit. The electrician grinned sheepishly at the American visitors. They smiled knowingly back at him. They had all been there and done that. You are right. This connector I replicated could be used for various non-electrical things.

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  • The Radial Arm Saw -- a Guide of Sorts

    I replaced motor bearings in my RAS back around 1985. Sears wanted around $8 each. A local bearing shop sold me the same size bearings for about $6 each. A couple of years ago I replaced a very similar bearing on a NordicTrack ski machine, and prices have really escalated. On occasion I have gently pried the seal off of one side of the bearing and added wheel bearing grease. Then I gently used a hammer to make the seal as much like new as possible and nudged it back in place. That does not work if the bearings are rusty or pitted. Do you know the trick of cutting two squares of thin plywood or Masonite about 12 x 12 inches? Put one on top of the other and trim edges simultaneously for the best square corner you can make. Then flip the top one over and slide them together against a strai...

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    I replaced motor bearings in my RAS back around 1985. Sears wanted around $8 each. A local bearing shop sold me the same size bearings for about $6 each. A couple of years ago I replaced a very similar bearing on a NordicTrack ski machine, and prices have really escalated. On occasion I have gently pried the seal off of one side of the bearing and added wheel bearing grease. Then I gently used a hammer to make the seal as much like new as possible and nudged it back in place. That does not work if the bearings are rusty or pitted. Do you know the trick of cutting two squares of thin plywood or Masonite about 12 x 12 inches? Put one on top of the other and trim edges simultaneously for the best square corner you can make. Then flip the top one over and slide them together against a straightedge. Look for any signs of a “V” opening that indicates a slight inaccuracy.

    Congratulations on getting a good saw at little cost. Your problem reminds me of the six sided end tables I made for my wife about forty years ago. No matter what I did I could not get six equal corners. Each corner was imperfect by a tiny, tiny part of a degree. Like you, I cut one corner and then used that cut as the basis of the next cut. My tiny error became cumulative and compounded itself by the time I got to the sixth cut. I had even used a feeler gauge to bump the arm a few thousandths of an inch in search of a more accurate cut. I finally gave up and cut the final miter for the solid pieces around the six sided top to fit rather than according to the proscribed number of degrees in the ideal corner. The error is not large enough to be noticed by anyone. I think what you are exp...

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    Congratulations on getting a good saw at little cost. Your problem reminds me of the six sided end tables I made for my wife about forty years ago. No matter what I did I could not get six equal corners. Each corner was imperfect by a tiny, tiny part of a degree. Like you, I cut one corner and then used that cut as the basis of the next cut. My tiny error became cumulative and compounded itself by the time I got to the sixth cut. I had even used a feeler gauge to bump the arm a few thousandths of an inch in search of a more accurate cut. I finally gave up and cut the final miter for the solid pieces around the six sided top to fit rather than according to the proscribed number of degrees in the ideal corner. The error is not large enough to be noticed by anyone. I think what you are experiencing is just part of life in an imperfect world with normal workshop tools. If I were doing your project, I would likely cut the first 90 degree corner as a crosscut. Then I would set up for rip cuts. I would use one side against the fence to cut the parallel cut opposite it. Then I would turn my piece a quarter turn and use the side cut by the crosscut to rip its opposite parallel side. You may still have a minuscule error, but it will not be compounded.

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  • Solderless Electrical Connector

    For my need on this project a ground rod clamp is far too huge. The other lug is much closer. Someone else suggested that, too, but the mounting tang gets in the way and runs the risk of making contact with something that compromises the test I needed to make. Yes, I could cut it off. You have probably never seen the SE connectors I remember and tried to replicate. That is what I wanted and needed, not something else. The SE connectors I remember came in different sizes. The smallest would hold probably three 14 gauge wires at maximum. The size for 12 gauge wire would hold three or four of those at maximum. The size for 10 gauge wires probably held a maximum of four bare wires. My need is for something I can assemble for a short rest at 4.5 volts DC and then easily dismantle. A crimp co...

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    For my need on this project a ground rod clamp is far too huge. The other lug is much closer. Someone else suggested that, too, but the mounting tang gets in the way and runs the risk of making contact with something that compromises the test I needed to make. Yes, I could cut it off. You have probably never seen the SE connectors I remember and tried to replicate. That is what I wanted and needed, not something else. The SE connectors I remember came in different sizes. The smallest would hold probably three 14 gauge wires at maximum. The size for 12 gauge wire would hold three or four of those at maximum. The size for 10 gauge wires probably held a maximum of four bare wires. My need is for something I can assemble for a short rest at 4.5 volts DC and then easily dismantle. A crimp connector is not an option.

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  • Custom Tape Dispenser

    Very nice! If the epoxy on the short piece of bandsaw blade that tears the tape ever lets go, it is possible to drill a hole in bandsaw blade metal, which would allow you to use a screw or two.

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  • Solderless Electrical Connector

    It seems some folks look at a photo or two without reading more than a headline caption or two and then react. When I comment on someone’s Instructable I reread it several times before I comment to be sure I have understood it and to be sure the author has not already covered my concern. i considered something like what you suggest, but needed a connector that fits more tightly around a couple of wires.As concerns potential for harm, I muse to myself about comments people would make if someone invented knives for the first time and posted an Instructable on making and using a knife. The super safety advocates would be horrified about all of the injuries that could result.

    Thank you. As concerns a lack of insulation, split bolts are not insulated initially, but are when the job is done. With the original version of these connectors and with split bolts we covered them quite well with rubber tape and then covered that with cloth friction tape or with plastic electrical tape.

    What many call wire nuts I always called Scotchloks. I always preferred those made by Scotch. What are they but a steel spring covered with a plastic insulator? Some are even bare without any insulation. They provide an iron/copper joint. Perhaps the spring is coated, but there is a lot of abrasion while twisting them into place on a cluster of copper wires. They have been in use for decades, but I have never seen or heard of any rusting or failing because of rust. Did you notice I said I needed this for a temporary connection so I could make a low voltage DC test?

    Please tell me exactly what is unsafe about this connector? It is an exact replica of the copper SE connectors that were in wide use at the time wire nuts came into broader use, except that this one is made from steel. Those copper SE connectors were UL approved. Thank you for recognizing I said I am using this for a temporary connection on a circuit powered by the batteries in an Ohmmeter.

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  • Solderless Electrical Connector

    You do realize I am using this on a low voltage DC test for continuity? After reading your comment, I think about the lugs in a circuit breaker panel. Those I have seen have screws mating with wire, often stranded wire.

    What you saw at Home Depot is not the same. Please read the Instructable again slowly and carefully. I think you missed how I use these. I use these with only battery power from my Ohmmeter.

    Thank you.

    I have used split bolts. This is not a split bolt connector.

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