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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 Inst…

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Stripped Knobs and Pulls
    Stripped Knobs and Pulls

    Despite the photo, I am having some difficulty visualizing exactly what you have, so I will offer some general things. Can you get a thin screwdriver or a butter knife between the knob and the surface below it? If so, apply a bit of pressure in the direction for removing the knob and hold that while you turn the knob in the normal direction for removing it. That may help you get it off. Are the threads on the shaft that holds the knob metal? Can you find or buy a replacement knob to screw back on? Or, can you slip a shim inside the hole in the knob that will tighten up the threads? Sometimes people put some JB Weld (epoxy) on the threads and push the cap back on. That works, but creates problems for the next person.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable 555 Capacitor Tester
    555 Capacitor Tester

    Thank you for the link to the free analog design book. There is a lot I do not know. I will take a look at reading it. I have too many books already begun, but not yet finished.

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  • Phil B's instructable 1/4 Inch Nut Driver 's weekly stats:
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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable 1/4 Inch Nut Driver
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    Thank you. It is solid. I have used mineral oil on a knife block because it is safe to ingest and gives the wood a pleasing darker color. A tool like this is likely to encounter motor oil in use, so it seems a reasonable easy and quick protective finisher. I like the slightly larger diameter of the handle for more leverage and a comfortable feel in the hand.

    Thank you. I looked on eBay, but found none.

    You could certainly do those things. But, they do not fit my needs.

    I searched for 1/4 inch nut driver. I thought that should be adequate. Congratulations on finding a better search string.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable 1/4 Inch Nut Driver
    1/4 Inch Nut Driver

    Thank you, Alex, for your comment. You have a very impressive assortment of Instructables you have published, all nicely done. It is nice to hear from someone in New Zealand.

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  • Make an Electric Motor Run Again

    Your question is beyond my abilities. You can find plans for converting a fairly heavy duty alternator to make a 115 volt generator, but the total wattage of the output will be somewhat limited. You can also configure an alternator to make a DC stick welder, but the size of the welding rod it can use will be limited..

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  • Curing 2-cycle Engine Problems

    I am simply offering information about a couple of problems not often mentioned in articles about 2-cycle starting problems. I am not a small engine mechanic. I have had very frew hot start problems, but there are articles you can easily find that discuss various causes. Those range from an improper oil-to-gasoline mixture to dirty passageways in the carburetor to a bad condenser on a points and condenser ignition.

    What I said about carbon build-up in the exhaust ports was not related to a hot start problem, but to restricted air flow that keeps the engine from developing full power. I did mention a problem with old fuel in which the oil did not lubricate as expected and the engine seized from friction after warming up.

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  • A Precise Table Saw From an Electric Hand Saw

    About the time I made this one I did see tables like you mention. They cost more than I wanted to pay and did not have features I included for very good accuracy. Thank you.

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

    Congratulations! I do not think you will have any problem with zincpest using copper.

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  • Make a Carbon Arc Torch for Your 220 Volt Stick Welder

    I do not know that I use mine well. But, it is a big help when I need it. Yours looks very good!

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw
    Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw

    That saw is newer than mine and some things are different, like an aluminum arm. You can download a manual for it at vintagemachinery (dot) org. It will be your best help. I would be very careful about dismantling things inside the arm. Someone did that on a saw more like mine and was having a very difficult time getting everything back in working order. My first suggestion would be to look for a removable plate directly above the column. Remove it and try to get penetrating oil into the area where the arm swings on the column.

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  • Fix a Frozen Concoction Machine

    I am sorry, but I do not. I used my intuition as best I could. I expect you have already done that. I did not need to get into the top and did not give it any thought. I hope all goes well for you.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Private Listening for Our TV
    Private Listening for Our TV

    Thank you for your comment and suggestion. It has been a while since I attempted this project. Unfortunately, some things changed shortly after I did it, and I have not needed to use it. I think the answer to your question about RCA jacks is that the outputs on our TV are digital, not analog. We do not have any RCA output jacks. An alternative to what I did would require a digital to analog converter in addition to a Bluetooth transmitter.

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  • How to Turn a Broken Plastic Gear Into a Free Steak

    It would be nice to make the electric knife work again, but it is not essential. Brass gears are available for sale on eBay. Once in a while I glance at them, but have not seen a match close enough, yet. Some are close.

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  • How to Turn a Broken Plastic Gear Into a Free Steak

    A plastic gear very similar to yours failed on the Hamilton Beach Scovill 275A electric knife we received as a wedding gift more than 50 years ago. Replacement parts are not available, at least, not the gear. Your project is the best reason I have seen so far to be involved with 3D printing, but probably would not pay for an electric knife we use once or twice a year at the most. I have thought I would like to replace it with a brass gear, even if it meant a lot of careful filing by hand.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Belt Sander Mount
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    If I feel a need to further secure it, I will likely use C clamps on a table edge. Have you considered submitting a project as a published Instructable?

    What you have done is nice. I wanted to avoid a framework like you have done. I wanted something very simple and small that fastens securely very quickly and can be removed just as quickly.

    I did note I made the 3/4 x 3/4 square tube 13 inches long. The rest of the project was pretty much a matter of fitting things to the sander. I hope your sander is working out well for you. I got mine at a Sears Parts Depot as a factory refurbished unit back in the mid-1980s.

    I never had a vise with a large enough capacity until recently, but that is a reasonable way to handle an occasional need. I have thought about sanders with more of a knob handle and looked at some on-line. I suppose it might be possible to place paper over the opening and lightly press an impression on the opening. Then use that as a pattern to cut a piece of wood for each side that can fit inside the hollow opening of the knob-like structure. My hope was that what I did might give someone the idea of a simple crossbar mount that would suffice in place of a structure that engulfs the bulk of the sander.

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  • Router Base for Dremel Rotary Tool

    This is a photo of the router-style base I made for my Dremel tool. Notice the black circle I added. The bit extends below the bottom surface of the base enough to inlet the top surface of a piece of wood for a piece of 1/8 inch steel Even though I tightened the chuck, the bit worked its way downward over a very few minutes and that resulted in a deeper cut than I planned.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Crazy Good Sleep
    Crazy Good Sleep

    Thank you for your comment and for the links. I believe I connected electrical meters I own to my grounding wire, but decided any flow of electrons in the wire was too small to register on the meters. I read that Laura Konniver’s wire let current flow one direction only and decided that means it contains a diode. I assumed there was an advantage and the idea of wild electricity from various kinds of electronic noise made sense. I do remember that my wire broke one night at one of the leads coming out of the diode. I did not want to get out of bed and heat up a soldering iron, so I twisted it back together, bypassing the diode. I believed I noticed that my sleep was not as peaceful without the diode. My own subjective, non-scientific experience has found the diode a good addition. When I m…

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    Thank you for your comment and for the links. I believe I connected electrical meters I own to my grounding wire, but decided any flow of electrons in the wire was too small to register on the meters. I read that Laura Konniver’s wire let current flow one direction only and decided that means it contains a diode. I assumed there was an advantage and the idea of wild electricity from various kinds of electronic noise made sense. I do remember that my wire broke one night at one of the leads coming out of the diode. I did not want to get out of bed and heat up a soldering iron, so I twisted it back together, bypassing the diode. I believed I noticed that my sleep was not as peaceful without the diode. My own subjective, non-scientific experience has found the diode a good addition. When I make up a wire I always test it with the diode check function on my meter to be sure I have the polarity the way I want it. Current flowing through the wire to my body encounters a resistance around 600 Ohms, not one million Ohms. My subjective experience indicates to me that my wire with a diode is bringing electrons into my body. When I use the wire, I have more dreams that are quite vivid. That is an experience reported by others from what I have read. I have also experienced healing more rapidly than expected following surgery. I may have mentioned that. I also have some minor arthritis in my hands and sleeping with the wire has been effective keeping sharp pains from the arthritis subdued. Some of those pains were developing before I learned about earthing. I believe the wire has helped quite a lot. I realize much of this is my own subjective experience, but that is all I can offer.

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  • Router Base for Dremel Rotary Tool

    I improvised a router base for a Dremel tool. The vibration caused the tool to slowly come out of the chuck and that caused inaccuracies in what I was doing.

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  • Auto Battery Charger for 6 or 12 Volt Sytems

    I found one at eBay. The numbers on it are CES 67-1123 (SS4-12C3A).

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  • Welded Nail Christmas Tree Ornament

    Do an Internet search for “manger scene puzzle.” Look at the images. The individual figures tuck into one another as puzzle pieces. Separated they make a display of the usual figures. The frame of the puzzle probably makes the outline of a stall. Some paint the figures. Others leave them natural. Natural could be quicker to produce. Merry Christmas!

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  • Ruger Mark III Pistol Take Down and Assembly

    Thank you for sharing. It will likely be helpful to some. I will try it.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Maglite Switch Replacement
    Maglite Switch Replacement

    Kristin,Thank you for your comment. Welcome to Instructables. I recently saw something about someone buying up old Maglites that do not work and doing something useful with them. So, apparently there are available Maglites in need of repair. It has been eleven years since I put a switch into the one shown. That replacement switch has worked longer than the original and continues to work. We keep the Maglite in a small closet near our breakfast nook and I use it often. Most people I encounter at Instructables are very friendly. In past years it was easier to have more regular contact with a few people one came to know. In the last few years the way the site works has changed and I do not often see people I might have come to know. I hope you find useful things and helpful people here.

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  • A Deck Chair Made From Pallet Wood Leftovers

    Your chair is well done. I was curious to see how you deconstructed the pallets. A few days ago someone gave me a pallet and I needed to use it to make something rather unfinished. The photo shows my quickly improvised tool for removing boards from a pallet without splitting them. I used some old rusty rebar I had. But, it worked very well. A few years ago several people posted Instgructables on making these tools in various slightly different designs.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Automatic Center Punch Fix
    Automatic Center Punch Fix

    There is nothing electronic in this Instructable. What did you mean?

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable EVERYONE Needs a Multi-Meter
    EVERYONE Needs a Multi-Meter

    I am not certain I know what an automotive multimeter is. I assume it can read lower DC voltages, but not AC voltages. Can it read Ohms? If so it can be used to check water heater elements. If it reads only DC voltages, you could add a 9 volt battery to the circuit and use it as a continuity tester. A good element would show a voltage reading, but a bad element would show no current flow. You may also want to check for current flow between terminal screws and ground.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable EVERYONE Needs a Multi-Meter
    EVERYONE Needs a Multi-Meter

    Thank you for looking and for commenting. Multimeters can be very useful to someone in an average household setting. I tried to present helpful things from my own experience.

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  • Phil B commented on jeanluc83's instructable Filing Machine
    Filing Machine

    Very impressive!

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  • Flashing LED Refrigerator Light

    We all do what we can with what we have. I am satisfied and happy to have avoided a service call.

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  • Repair Broken Cast Iron Part for Classic Car

    I have a book on welding for farmers and ranchers from Forney. One method they suggest for welding cast iron is to weld it as if it were mild steel and then pound on the weld joint with a hammer until the weld area is cool enough to hold in your open hand. I have done this with several things and none have broken. My pounding has been only moderately aggressive.

    I think the instructions may have been to pound on both sides of the weld joint. But, sometimes that is not possible and I have also had good results simply pounding on the joint, itself.

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  • Support Bench Tools on a Workmate

    Thank you for your comment. I have not seen that book.

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  • Westinghouse Mobilaire Motor Rewind

    I simply asked if the motor has a six-sided frame, or if it is round.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Key Wallet Improvement
    Key Wallet Improvement

    Thank you for the links. I looked again at my key wallet while using it today and noticed I did need to make at least one wire ring egg-shaped to make everything fit. That could be a problem yet to be solved with the split rings.

    Thank you for your comment. I thought I had mentioned what you suggest, but it is not there, so I did not. They are called split rings for a keychain. We have a couple in the house, but a smaller diameter than I usually see would be preferable. Those exist, but I do not see them in stores.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Sturdier Dryer Door Handle
    Sturdier Dryer Door Handle

    Thank you. My wife continues to appreciate this door handle, and it continues to function as hoped. My son-in-law does auto body work. He told me to let him paint it. He gave it professional auto body treatment and it is nicer than my usual less discriminating standards. I looked at your personal information on Instructables. I remember a story from elementary school about Eli Whitney. He also liked to take things apart and did that with his father’s expensive turnip watch while his parents were at church. He did manage to get it back together and working before they returned home. It may have been a longer church service than we are accustomed to with longer and slower travel times. Five or so years ago I was concerned about showing projects that involve welding because not everyone has …

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    Thank you. My wife continues to appreciate this door handle, and it continues to function as hoped. My son-in-law does auto body work. He told me to let him paint it. He gave it professional auto body treatment and it is nicer than my usual less discriminating standards. I looked at your personal information on Instructables. I remember a story from elementary school about Eli Whitney. He also liked to take things apart and did that with his father’s expensive turnip watch while his parents were at church. He did manage to get it back together and working before they returned home. It may have been a longer church service than we are accustomed to with longer and slower travel times. Five or so years ago I was concerned about showing projects that involve welding because not everyone has a welder. I began to get over that when more people seem to have welders and suddenly there are also lots of projects that assume most people have a laser cutter or a 3-D printer. I do not have either.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable 555 Capacitor Tester
    555 Capacitor Tester

    Thank you for the link. I downloaded the whole magazine. The projects are interesting, even if dated and characteristic of their time. The article seems to be the same one I saw in Dutch. (I can read German, and there are frequent similarities.)

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable 555 Capacitor Tester
    555 Capacitor Tester

    Captain Simon gave the magazine and the issue in his initial comment. Elektor, July/August 1977.

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  • Wire Straightener / Drahtrichtgerät

    Nie vormals sah ich eine solche Maschine. Ich habe diese Methode nicht probiert. Aber, bei YouTube gibt es Videos für ähnliche Maschinen die aus Holz oder Stahl gemacht sind. Das würde nett für alle die keinen 3-D Drücker haben.

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  • Westinghouse Mobilaire Motor Rewind

    I sent a private message to you.

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  • Auto Battery Charger for 6 or 12 Volt Sytems

    I am not an authority. However, you could probably use a voltage regulator chip configured as a current limiter. I rfemember seeing such a circuit in a bok long ago. You can probably find a circuit diagram on-line. You might need a heavier version of the regulator chip and you might need an aluminum heat sink to dissipate some of the energy.

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  • Rebuilding a Hydraulic Floor Jack

    Thank you. That is what I expected you have. I suppose you could also try to collect names of jacks using those gesrs and inquire of them to see if the gears are available as replacement parts.

    I do not know if you intended to attach a photo. I do not see a photo. But, I also do not have any idea where you might get a gear wheel. My suffestion would be to inquire at junk yards or consider trying to make a replacement by hand. I apologize that I cannot be of further help.

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  • How to Build Your Very Own Cornhole Game Set.  (Also Called Throwing Bags or the Beanbag Game)

    I am commenting thirteen years after you posted this. Our grandson has a birthday party in a few days and wants to play this. I do not have a six inch holesaw, but want to use something more consistent than guiding a saber saw by hand. I am planning on making a trammel point I can use with my router to cut a round hole six inches in diameter.

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  • Make an Electric Motor Run Again

    The capacitor is rated at 125 volts and 60 cycles. Its value is 210 - 260 microfarads. It was made by General Motors Corp. in Dayton, Ohio and is number 316828. You will likely have to purchase a cylindrical capacitor rahter than a flat capacitor, and that will necessitate some alternative plans for mounting it.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable EVERYONE Needs a Multi-Meter
    EVERYONE Needs a Multi-Meter

    Kevin,Thank you for your report back. A multi-meter is a very handy thing to have. Most of the time you will use it for very basic things. But, it will help you find problems and get things working again. Often those will save you lots of money compared to calling a technician for a service call. Plus, you can be functioning again in a couple of hours rather than waiting days for someone to come. By the way, another test you could have done involves one of those non-contact voltage testers (NCVT). You could connect one of your #12 wires to a known hot wire carrying 120 volts. Then use the NCVT to see which of your wires is hot at the other end. Because you are dealing with hot wires, you would need to take some precautions. In another Instructable I mentioned that I bought a go…

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    Kevin,Thank you for your report back. A multi-meter is a very handy thing to have. Most of the time you will use it for very basic things. But, it will help you find problems and get things working again. Often those will save you lots of money compared to calling a technician for a service call. Plus, you can be functioning again in a couple of hours rather than waiting days for someone to come. By the way, another test you could have done involves one of those non-contact voltage testers (NCVT). You could connect one of your #12 wires to a known hot wire carrying 120 volts. Then use the NCVT to see which of your wires is hot at the other end. Because you are dealing with hot wires, you would need to take some precautions. In another Instructable I mentioned that I bought a good brand name NCVT, but using it is a pain. I bought a cheapie NCVT and lowered the value of the resistor that is its antenna to get better sensitivity, and it works great. Some warned me it is no longer safe for testing 440 volt wires, but I do not do that, anyway.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable EVERYONE Needs a Multi-Meter
    EVERYONE Needs a Multi-Meter

    I should have included this in the Instructable. Get ahold of a spool of light plastic covered wire around 18 to 22 gauge in size. The spool should contain enough wire to reach both ends of your underground run. Connect one end of the light gauge wire to one of the #12 conductors with no power in the circuit. Go to the other end of your run and set your meter to a range around 2,000 Ohms. Connect one meter lead to the light gauge wire. Touch each of the #12 wires with the other lead and notice which #12 wire indicates a pathway for electricity. Repeat this process with at least one of the other #12 wires. The third will be identified by default after the others have been identified. The Continuity setting on a meter would seem ideal for this, but that setting does not work if more than ar…

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    I should have included this in the Instructable. Get ahold of a spool of light plastic covered wire around 18 to 22 gauge in size. The spool should contain enough wire to reach both ends of your underground run. Connect one end of the light gauge wire to one of the #12 conductors with no power in the circuit. Go to the other end of your run and set your meter to a range around 2,000 Ohms. Connect one meter lead to the light gauge wire. Touch each of the #12 wires with the other lead and notice which #12 wire indicates a pathway for electricity. Repeat this process with at least one of the other #12 wires. The third will be identified by default after the others have been identified. The Continuity setting on a meter would seem ideal for this, but that setting does not work if more than around 300 Ohms is present in the run, and you can easily get a faulty indication. I have solved several problems this way.

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  • Fix a Frozen Concoction Machine

    When you speak of the plastic gear you cannot remove, I assume you have in mind the nylon pulley for the cogged belt, both of which are shown in my drawing at Step 3 related to the blender drive. It has been four years since I had to work on this machine, and I do not remember any exceptional efforts to remove the nylon pulley. All I can suggest is sliding something under the pulley (if possible) that can lift on both sides of the pulley to even out the stresses on the pulley. That might mean cutting a “U” shaped hole out of a piece of sheet steel to make your own tool.

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  • Westinghouse Mobilaire Motor Rewind

    I used some 18 gauge wire (single conductor, stranded) for connections to the enameled wires. I arranged the connections so only one is located between any two motor poles. I used crimp connectors and added soldering. I put some heat shrink tubing over each connection. The insulation on the 18 gauge wire is safe to 95 degrees Centigrade. I checked and I believe the heat shrink tubing is about the same. Nomex paper separates the connections from the motor frame. I could have put extra paper around the connections, had it been necessary. Check for shorts between wire ends and the steel motor frame. You should have no problem. Just take some normal precautions, should you need to rewind your fan motor.

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  • Westinghouse Mobilaire Motor Rewind

    From what I read, many of them were made and sold. They are popular with people who collect old fans, and bring upwards of $200. Enameled wire insulation breaks down over time and the turns of wire on a motor eventually short out. A person is supposed to be able to raise and lower the fan itself, but most say the mechanism is stuck and they cannot raise or lower them. We have found we needed to get some oil into the oil holes on the front and back of the motor. I made a tube from brake line and I can extend the reach of an oil can with some precision with it. As I understand it, the bronze sleeve bearings are surrounded by felt blocks that are supposed to ooze oil over time. This one was slowing a little in speed and then catching up. Since we got more oil into the bearings that seems to …

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    From what I read, many of them were made and sold. They are popular with people who collect old fans, and bring upwards of $200. Enameled wire insulation breaks down over time and the turns of wire on a motor eventually short out. A person is supposed to be able to raise and lower the fan itself, but most say the mechanism is stuck and they cannot raise or lower them. We have found we needed to get some oil into the oil holes on the front and back of the motor. I made a tube from brake line and I can extend the reach of an oil can with some precision with it. As I understand it, the bronze sleeve bearings are surrounded by felt blocks that are supposed to ooze oil over time. This one was slowing a little in speed and then catching up. Since we got more oil into the bearings that seems to have ceased. I did use an infra-red non-contact thermometer to check the heat rise. Temperatures I could read after about 15 minutes of operation were around 37 degrees Centigrade, which is not much at all. Anyway, if you can rewind your own motor, you can have a new fan at a very reasonable cost.

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  • Westinghouse Mobilaire Rewind

    Vielen Dank. Es freut mich dass Sie mein Instructable probiert haben.

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  • Brush Blade for a Weed Trimmer

    I apologize that I did not see this earlier. Nothing is thrown by the blade. There is not enough torque to throw anything.

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  • How I Made This Shop Chair Using Chain and Scrapwood

    I apologize. I had copied and pasted the photo. It worked when I did it and was still there later. This time I followed the usual process for adding a photo.

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  • Make Your Own Foam Grips for Drop Handlebars

    Thank you. I should also say the foam broke down after some use and did not have the same feel. Perhas I should have reduced the diameter of the foar used to insulate pipes for condensation instead of foam from a pool noodle.

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  • The Radial Arm Saw -- a Guide of Sorts

    It was sold as a JC Penney router about 1974 when they had a tool department in their stores. I believe it was actually made by Skil.

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  • Recycled Lawn Mower Engine.

    Those motors depend upon the spinning blade to balance the motor like a flywheel. It is difficult to use them for another purpose without something to keep them smoothed out.

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  • Display Case for a Military Honors Flag

    Thanks. We no longer have them. Our kids are out of school. We moved a couple of times. We are getting older and downsizing.

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  • Refurbishing Drive Rollers for a NordicTrack Ski Machine

    Thank you. It is good to hear this was beneficial. A friend repairs ski machines. He is struggling to find a dependable supplier for new drive rollers. He likes to give his customers a “new” machine from one end to the other. I am someone who just wants a machine that works. Flushing the old rollers does not bother me. The original version of this saved by you has the same information, but over time I argued with myself over the best way to present it and what to include or omit. The orange strap is from some nylon ratchet hold downs I got at Home Depot, I think. The strap was an inch wide. I used a hot knife cutter I improvised to narrow the strap to about 3/4 inch. I did see in a NordicTrack manual that the leather friction pad under the drum can be washed with soap and water to remove …

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    Thank you. It is good to hear this was beneficial. A friend repairs ski machines. He is struggling to find a dependable supplier for new drive rollers. He likes to give his customers a “new” machine from one end to the other. I am someone who just wants a machine that works. Flushing the old rollers does not bother me. The original version of this saved by you has the same information, but over time I argued with myself over the best way to present it and what to include or omit. The orange strap is from some nylon ratchet hold downs I got at Home Depot, I think. The strap was an inch wide. I used a hot knife cutter I improvised to narrow the strap to about 3/4 inch. I did see in a NordicTrack manual that the leather friction pad under the drum can be washed with soap and water to remove the old embedded oil. I have not tried that, but may one day. I also made an adaptation not shown. An old washing machine had four short, but strong springs that suspended the washing machine drum. I am using one of those on my NordicTrack to tension the nylon belt. But, I also made a tensioner with a wheel that allows me to dial the tension I want while using the machine. I would like to do an Instructable on that, but want it to be something someone with a few basic woodworking tools can make. The one I made for myself is steel and there was some welding. Because the spring is so sturdy I leave the tension on it all of the time. I have not replaced the arm cords on the drum, yet. I did buy some nylon cord at Lowe’s, but have not tried it to know if it stretches. It seems like it would not, but I do not know for certain. I am using an iPhone as my audio player, now. I made a holder for it from some steel sheet. That holder can also mount on a camera tripod so I can take a photo with both of my hands in the picture. I have what is left of an old nightstand lamp hanging on the wall near my head. The lamp in that fixture has a built-in Bluetooth speaker and the audio from the iPhone plays through the speaker in the lightbulb. I admire your persistence in using the ski machine regularly. Thank you, again, for the feedback.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable 555 Capacitor Tester
    555 Capacitor Tester

    Thank you for the comment. It is handy to know a monostable multivibrator circuit can be used as a capacitor tester. If you try one and there is an omission in the schematic, you can easily try another.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable Crazy Good Sleep
    Crazy Good Sleep

    Yes, I am still grounding. I turned 75 last month. I believe it keeps some twinges of arthritis tamed down. And, I believe it has kept me from dizziness and vertigo that is not uncommon at that age. Since you read Clint Ober’s book you may remember sleeping grounded tends to make for very vivid dreams, and I usually have those. I have also noticed I am getting by on a bit less sleep than I used to think normal. There are some things I had hoped would be better, but are not yet. Thank you for your inquiry. As concerns something indoors without wires, walking barefoot on concrete is supposed to be a good way to ground, too. That would mean a garage floor. I do not have any experience with that.

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  • Rebuilding a Hydraulic Floor Jack

    I am sorry, but I am unable to offer more help.

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  • Phil B commented on Phil B's instructable 555 Capacitor Tester
    555 Capacitor Tester

    There are quite a few circuits on-line for people to build, even though the electronics hobbyist magazines have largely disappeared. I am surprised a capacitor tester based on a 555 IC is very rare now. It seems like it would be a very popular item. Thank you for looking and for commenting.

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