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I'm a refugee from Los Angeles, living in backwoods Puerto Rico for about 35 years now and loving it. I built my own home from discarded nylon fishnet and cement.

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  • Hand-powered WASHING MACHINE

    24tea translates as "two for tea". K24tea came across like some K240 tax form. Two for tea is better, especially if it comes with some fond memories attached.

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  • Hand-powered WASHING MACHINE

    Hi K24tea (cool handle for an accountant, or someone tax related),I appreciate all the thought you have put into clothes washing with muscle-based technology. Thanks for the update on the Village Technology handbook. Just to update you on my present system; I was often too lazy, doing one big load instead of two reasonable sized loads. With too much laundry, the machine didn't have enough room to move. I then cut away the pipes, leaving a couple of stubs of the vertical support pipe to possibly attach something to later. I tried washing by hand leaning in from the end of the tub, but that strained my back too much. Then I thought of working from the side of the tank, not the end. To take strain off my back, I made a padded chest rest that fit over the stub of pipe left sticking u…

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    Hi K24tea (cool handle for an accountant, or someone tax related),I appreciate all the thought you have put into clothes washing with muscle-based technology. Thanks for the update on the Village Technology handbook. Just to update you on my present system; I was often too lazy, doing one big load instead of two reasonable sized loads. With too much laundry, the machine didn't have enough room to move. I then cut away the pipes, leaving a couple of stubs of the vertical support pipe to possibly attach something to later. I tried washing by hand leaning in from the end of the tub, but that strained my back too much. Then I thought of working from the side of the tank, not the end. To take strain off my back, I made a padded chest rest that fit over the stub of pipe left sticking up (PVC and exercise pad foam material). That leaves me leaning in over the center of the tank, with my elbows reaching off to either side of center. The arms do all the work, and the hands are useful for moving the clothes around as you wash. The end result is that it the clothes get done with about the same energy expenditure as using the machine. It's much simpler, and you never have to replace ageing plastic funnels that break. Anyway, I am no longer using the machine shown in this instructable. My present system uses the old tank and a chest rest added on the side of it.

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  • The fake rocks are sacks sewn of fishnet, filled with trash, with the fishnet then plastered with cement (1:3 mix cement to sand). If water gets in through a crack, it should hopefully find its way out through a crack, or you could drill drain holes in them. I have never noticed the rocks being full of water; definitely not enough to fill the whole rock. The insulation fiber sounds like a good idea, except for the possibility that the wet cement might react with it during curing. Some fibers, like basalt, need buffering by some chemical to protect them from the caustic cement while it is curing. If you don't know about basalt fiber products, check out basalt rebar on Youtube. It also comes in chopped fiber, twine, and cloth forms. From what I have seen, it is a stronger fiber tha…

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    The fake rocks are sacks sewn of fishnet, filled with trash, with the fishnet then plastered with cement (1:3 mix cement to sand). If water gets in through a crack, it should hopefully find its way out through a crack, or you could drill drain holes in them. I have never noticed the rocks being full of water; definitely not enough to fill the whole rock. The insulation fiber sounds like a good idea, except for the possibility that the wet cement might react with it during curing. Some fibers, like basalt, need buffering by some chemical to protect them from the caustic cement while it is curing. If you don't know about basalt fiber products, check out basalt rebar on Youtube. It also comes in chopped fiber, twine, and cloth forms. From what I have seen, it is a stronger fiber than fiberglass is.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable BERRY PICKER

    I don't have ABS pipe available to me where I live.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable BERRY PICKER

    PVC pipe comes in 10 ft. lengths. If you need a shorter pole, cut it shorter. I doubt you would much need a longer pole, and a longer pole would be harder to transport in a car.

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  • Glad you liked the idea. Clothes pins can be modified in different ways to adapt to bigger brushes. Jaws can be extended by gluing the jaws of other pins to the outsides of them, for example. I imagine that could handle most big brush handles. I don't know what problem you would have with oil brushes, other than the exposed reservoir of solvent. Offhand, I would imagine a glass jar with a lid. Remove the lid and save it for storing the used solvent when you are not in painting mode. Most sediment should settle. Make a new lid out of something like rubber exercise floor mat material (type with interlocking edges is what I use.) Poke a small hole in the material to push your brush handle through from the bottom side, until the brush hairs are off the bottom of the jar. Friction …

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    Glad you liked the idea. Clothes pins can be modified in different ways to adapt to bigger brushes. Jaws can be extended by gluing the jaws of other pins to the outsides of them, for example. I imagine that could handle most big brush handles. I don't know what problem you would have with oil brushes, other than the exposed reservoir of solvent. Offhand, I would imagine a glass jar with a lid. Remove the lid and save it for storing the used solvent when you are not in painting mode. Most sediment should settle. Make a new lid out of something like rubber exercise floor mat material (type with interlocking edges is what I use.) Poke a small hole in the material to push your brush handle through from the bottom side, until the brush hairs are off the bottom of the jar. Friction with the rubber should hold the brush. The rubber should seal off vapor loss.It might get complicated with more than one brush, so maybe it's not the best idea. My mother used to store oil house painting brushes wrapped in plastic wrap in the freezer, to cut down on clean-up. I guess it worked. Some objected to seeing brushes in the freezer, though.

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  • I'm no expert on the different types of silicone. I used what I could get in local hardware stores for sealing windows, etc.

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  • The rebar is easy to bend by hand. If it is not, you can look for better mechanical advantage, like using a piece of pipe to extend your leverage at the end of the rebar.

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  • Go ahead and try it. It might work.

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  • It has been a long time since I did these. Glad you like them. They eventually broke on me and I replaced them with pieces of rubber floor mat somehow. I used the 100% RTV silicone. Some brands seem to end up stickier than others, but they tend to lose the stickiness over time. Play, experiment, have fun.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Bend PVC Pipe

    Much easier to buy the square PVC drain pipe that is available than to try to make it.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable BERRY PICKER

    Good job. I love the wood look.

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  • Thanks for the info.

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  • The standard colors for silicone are clear, white, black, gray (silver) and brown (bronze). For other colors you have to mix powdered pigments with clear silicone. The advantage to store bought colors is that you can extrude them directly from the cartridge. If you mix your own colors you have to mix them on a palette and then pack them back into a cartridge, or smaller syringe barrel. I have used the empty silicone cartridges as storage containers and dispensers for acrylic paints. Never tried repacking them with silicone. You can mix small batches of colorized silicone and paint it onto your base silicone for painterly effects, and to economize on pigments. Normal paints don't stick to silicone. You can paint with pigmented clear silicone, though. Silicone sticks to silicone.…

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    The standard colors for silicone are clear, white, black, gray (silver) and brown (bronze). For other colors you have to mix powdered pigments with clear silicone. The advantage to store bought colors is that you can extrude them directly from the cartridge. If you mix your own colors you have to mix them on a palette and then pack them back into a cartridge, or smaller syringe barrel. I have used the empty silicone cartridges as storage containers and dispensers for acrylic paints. Never tried repacking them with silicone. You can mix small batches of colorized silicone and paint it onto your base silicone for painterly effects, and to economize on pigments. Normal paints don't stick to silicone. You can paint with pigmented clear silicone, though. Silicone sticks to silicone. I was seeing dinosaur skeletons when I did this fish, but never got around to it. Hope you get to do the project. Share the results if you do.

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  • I no longer have these drums. I don't have any decibel numbers to give you. As I recall, they were loud enough to be useful. Sometimes larger diameter drums don't have the volume you might expect. They don't have to be square. Just get some material and make a set to get a feel for them, and to see if they are loud enough for you.

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  • Thanks. Good luck. The syringe tooters are the simplest place to start, but when you want to move up, try making a silicone rubber mouthpiece. https://www.instructables.com/id/Silicone-Rubber-T...

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  • Glad you like it. Every change you make to the body changes the sound, so tooters can create quite a variety of sounds, since you can stick them on all sorts of bodies. I put one on a trombone, and it sounded like a trombone -- except no need to use the trombone slide to make the melody.

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  • Hi Mina, Silicone sticks like crazy to some things and not so well to others. You mention the "sticky" surface, which tells me you are talking about fresh silicone, and you may be referring to silicone on the hands. Just wiping the best you can with a napkin, or rag is probably the best way. A thin film stays, but eventually wears off. On glass or metal, if it hardens up, you have to cut it off with a knife. Don't get it on your hands to begin with, if you can. Use tools, like a palette knife for working with it.

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  • I like your angle on this idea. I hope you get a chance to try it out sometime.

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  • Hi Ian, You are out of my ballpark here, but I would be tempted to shape the wheel directly, maybe carving the teeth with an x-acto knife into the edge of the wheels. Maybe you could drill the center hole, run a bolt through it as a shaft for a drill press chuck and file the wheel as it spins, to center the circle, and then sharpen up the knife as much as possible for the detail cutting of the teeth. Probably would take more time than it is worth, and might not work, at that. Good luck with whatever you try.

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  • This project came from a desire to have my head fit properly into the masks I make.

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  • You want me to count them for you? I wouldn't want to take away the fun of exploration you are having.

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  • You contemplate an experiment that I would not perform. I have no experience melting PVC, but I doubt it would get runny without first catching fire, especially if the escaping gasses are close to the flame. I imagine that, industrially, the viscous material is pumped into molds under pressure. You would probably be interested in this link. www.preciousplastic.com

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  • Try it to get a feel for how much working time you get. I color clear silicone with powdered pigments. Cheap powdered colors for cement can be found in some hardware stores. More expensive colors come from art supply stores. Mix them with the silicone on a palette with a palette knife. No paints stick well to silicone rubber. If you want to paint it you have to use clear silicone and a pigment.

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  • Thanks for the feedback. I'm here for free consulting if you need me.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable BERRY PICKER

    Sorry, not interested. You get handy with DIY hardware projects through practice. I want you to be handy even more than I want you to eat blackberries.

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  • Thanks HaydeeJ. Very nice of you to translate this for me.

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  • Is there a translator in the house? Good luck exploring the material. Have fun.

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  • The beaten path to your door starts where? Nice idea. Our rats are about twice as big, so might need another size bottle.

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  • Sounds pretty toxic, risky, and potentially damaging to the solar cells. It might not even melt to pouring consistency.

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  • I have been thinking of using a turned wooden mold and hammering over it to make tootophone bodies like horns. As far as the smaller features go, you can try hammering the foil over a quarter as an experiment. Crumpled foil has too much texture of its own, and hides the details. Put a skin of foil tape over it first and you can pick up a lot of the details. I don't think you can ever duplicate the details that cast metal can get using this technique, but sculptures you make with this technique do end up looking a lot like cast metal.

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