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  • Philbert D commented on rschoenm's instructable 3D Printed Gadgets for Woodworking4 months ago
    3D Printed Gadgets for Woodworking

    Excellent, practical collection. Allows me to justify both melting plastic and creating sawdust at the same time. I've purchased several of these items over the years and this will allow me to expand my collection of them for much less money while having much more fun. Thanks.

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  • Wooden Clock Out of Recycled Skateboards

    Ingeneous to think of using recycled skateboard wood 'sandwich' for the great contrast without the tedious glue-up that would have otherwise been necessary. The result is something you'd have to work very hard to achieve conventionally. Great vision, great technique. I'm looking for skateboard decks in my garage and will be building this.

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  • Philbert D commented on Madebymitch's instructable Elevated Garden Planter1 year ago
    Elevated Garden Planter

    I like the idea of (galvanized) screen beneath the fabric. Virtually all the designs I've seen use a complete floor or inserted container(s), both with drilled holes. This is a lighter, easier, less expensive technique and is definately strong enough while still having good drainage. I'll be using method in mine.

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  • Philbert D commented on More Cowbell's instructable Easy Generator to Home Hook Up1 year ago
    Easy Generator to Home Hook Up

    JeffT133: I left a tip on More Cowbell's entry before I saw your comment. Your (non-oddball) Westinghouse manual has more info on this subject than I've previously seen, and addresses the exact point of my tip. From what I understand, the ground-to-neutral bond needs to be broken, either at the generator, or with a three pole transfer switch. I added a (labeled) switch to my generator, but if it is only to be used for home emergency power, your manual's technique works fine, although the picture makes it look like the neutral jumper isn't fully removable. If that's the case, insulate it once disconnected.

    Great write up. I feel steps 6 & 7 of your startup procedure should be before step 4 - the breakers should be off before connecting your extension. You do not know what is happening 'upstream' from you and could introduce power to lines currently being worked on.I have an almost exact setup to yours (with a pair of load meters added) and, except for the above mentioned step-order change, virtually identical startup procedures. One thing I discovered during my research on this method was the vague definitions and codes regarding portable generator grounding. Several authoritative sources have said (to paraphrase):"The only way you can use an interlock kit legally is if the generator has a floating neutral. Otherwise, you need a manual 3 pole transfer switch (or a disconnected gr...

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    Great write up. I feel steps 6 & 7 of your startup procedure should be before step 4 - the breakers should be off before connecting your extension. You do not know what is happening 'upstream' from you and could introduce power to lines currently being worked on.I have an almost exact setup to yours (with a pair of load meters added) and, except for the above mentioned step-order change, virtually identical startup procedures. One thing I discovered during my research on this method was the vague definitions and codes regarding portable generator grounding. Several authoritative sources have said (to paraphrase):"The only way you can use an interlock kit legally is if the generator has a floating neutral. Otherwise, you need a manual 3 pole transfer switch (or a disconnected ground/neutral bond somewhere between the service box and the generator). Being a non-SDS (Separately Derived System), the NEC requires that no neutral to ground bonds exist load side of the service equipment. Technically, in order to be code compliant, it needs to be determined if the neutral and ground are separated at the generator."I installed a switch on my generator and connected its outlet's neutral(s) and a jumper to the original ground tie point (see image for original neutral-ground bond). I can now select between a 'floating' neutral, where the grounded-at-the-box neutral is provided by my breaker box wiring, or a 'tied' neutral, which uses the generator frame as ground (which, again, supposedly requires a ground rod to be attached).The SDS requirements for portable generators appear to have been generally overlooked since so many are sold to customers like ourselves who want to use them as emergency home supplies, which wasn't their original intent.Once again, great, informative submission.Still, with this method, I turn on all breakers but my A/C units, then make sure I turn off consumers in a room I'm leaving so I can turn them on in the next room.

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  • Philbert D commented on advaym's instructable How to Photograph the MOON2 years ago
    How to Photograph the MOON

    Good info, especially the shutter speed/aperture.One comment - on several occasions, you mention something to the effect that a DSLR will somehow automatically take better quality pictures than other types of cameras. If you were meaning that a 100% automatic camera would have limitations due to its lack of settings, that's applicable. If, on the other hand, you're trying to say that the something about a DSLR's imaging capability is inherently superior to other types of cameras, that's unsubstantiated. A high end adjustable "point and shoot" with a good, name brand lens system will produce higher quality images than an inexpensive DSLR. A DSLR is desirable for a number of reasons, but absolute optical quality is not necessarily one of them.

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