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  • SaxyOmega90125 commented on theskashow's instructable Customizable Pack Frame8 months ago
    Customizable Pack Frame

    I can only see this being useful for reenactions or people who just really want to build their own pack. By the time you buy the materials and tools, you're going to spend as much as you would on a used backpacking bag which will be lighter and more comfortable.That said, it is neat to see a build of an early-style backpacking bag. The very first generation of recreational hikers who ventured into the Adirondacks in the late 1800s quickly found that the 'traditional' canvas rucks used by hunters and trappers at the time were simply uncomfortable, and the most industrious among them rediscovered the external frame pack, an ancient tool that may well predate human civilization itself. This looks very much like what the concept evolved into by the early 1900s when backpacking was slowly be...

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    I can only see this being useful for reenactions or people who just really want to build their own pack. By the time you buy the materials and tools, you're going to spend as much as you would on a used backpacking bag which will be lighter and more comfortable.That said, it is neat to see a build of an early-style backpacking bag. The very first generation of recreational hikers who ventured into the Adirondacks in the late 1800s quickly found that the 'traditional' canvas rucks used by hunters and trappers at the time were simply uncomfortable, and the most industrious among them rediscovered the external frame pack, an ancient tool that may well predate human civilization itself. This looks very much like what the concept evolved into by the early 1900s when backpacking was slowly becoming an actual hobby, and I have been told that handmade wooden frames like this could still be seen on the trail from time to time even into the '70s.

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  • Stitch Yourself Shut- Surgery at Home.

    Use povidone iodine to sterilize the cut and isopropyl alcohol to sterilize tools. Neither is very good at doing the other's job.Hydrogen peroxide is not useful in this context - the closest thing to a medical application it has is to remove fungus (ie black mold) from sensitive materials. Much like washing your hands in warm water, using peroxide to clean wounds stems from a myth perpetuated decades if not over a century ago.

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  • Add an auxiliary (MP3/Ipod) input to your car's stock radio

    aka_bigred is right, sort of. There is no easy, permanent way to do what you suggest. I assume you still use CDs because of the sound quality - I can't think of any other reason - so I see two options.The first is to use a decent portable CD player that can use a DC charger. If you want to make this somewhat more permanent and safer I'm sure you can figure out a way to mount it somewhere in your car, although if you want it to look good too you might have to get creative.The second is to rip your CD collection and use the files. If you go this route, I would recommend using a program called Exact Audio Copy to rip them as FLAC - if you're going to do something, do it right, and as a bonus even if you don't play them these files can be kept as a full-fledged archive for future use - and ...

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    aka_bigred is right, sort of. There is no easy, permanent way to do what you suggest. I assume you still use CDs because of the sound quality - I can't think of any other reason - so I see two options.The first is to use a decent portable CD player that can use a DC charger. If you want to make this somewhat more permanent and safer I'm sure you can figure out a way to mount it somewhere in your car, although if you want it to look good too you might have to get creative.The second is to rip your CD collection and use the files. If you go this route, I would recommend using a program called Exact Audio Copy to rip them as FLAC - if you're going to do something, do it right, and as a bonus even if you don't play them these files can be kept as a full-fledged archive for future use - and then use another program to copy and convert to mp3 en masse later if necessary. You can find more info on doing this sort of thing online. Then, play the files with an iPod Classic or some other portable player with a decent DAC (ie *not* most phones).

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  • SaxyOmega90125 commented on Rob O's instructable Modify a Tomahawk3 years ago
    Modify a Tomahawk

    Polyurethane is a bad finish for a handle, barring wall hangers. When your hands get wet or you use winter gloves, you'll have a bad grip, and if that hawk slips out of your hand you could end up seriously ruining your day.The best finish for a hawk or axe handle is a good penetrating oil. The usual is boiled linseed oil, cheap and easily found in Walmart, Lowes, etc. Tung oil is another option, but make sure you use PURE tung oil and not a blend.

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