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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable How to Eliminate BAD Smelling Hot Water 8 months ago
    How to Eliminate BAD Smelling Hot Water

    With most of the heaters I have seen there is a big hex head bolt somewhere on the top of the heater. It is actually a plug. Often the rod is attached to the plug so the entire things comes out when you unscrew it. Or, the rod is held in a bracket of some kind just below the plug. But most are permanently attached to the plug. You replace the rod and plug together.

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  • When You Have to Say Goodbye, How to Properly Bury a Pet.

    I believe they used to call that getting stoned. Of course that has an entirely different meaning today.

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  • Vyger commented on wholman's instructable Break Pack Toolboxes1 year ago
    Break Pack Toolboxes

    Really? And what about When then? Just when did who do what? Who cares why?

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  • Vyger commented on Meglymoo87's instructable Contemporary Nightstand Makeover1 year ago
    Contemporary Nightstand Makeover

    I have to give you credit for a well done effort. I usually consider damaged particle board furniture as not being worth the time to try and fix. I might have to rethink that. Good job.

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  • Vyger commented on Ginny Antonic's instructable Feral Cat Winter Shelter1 year ago
    Feral Cat Winter Shelter

    Here is a video for you to see.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Turning a Trashed Mobile Home Into a Shop1 year ago
    Turning a Trashed Mobile Home Into a Shop

    I will have some updates before to long. Things got slowed down by both a bad winter with a lot of snow, (I have a video of that), and now the heat. We made some progress this spring but the heat set in and it is just to hot to work outside now. Some things I did get done --- I had to replace the west side door with a better one. The door I had on there could not stand up to the wind and rain and snow. It blew open in the winter with the 45 MPH wind blasting against it and I had some pretty big snow drifts inside. Also it let a lot of rain in when we actually had rain so I took the door out and did some re-framing and put a better one in. We also patched a lot of the remaining holes in the floor. Anyway, stayed tuned, still working on things, I'm just slow.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Free Air Conditioning1 year ago
    Free Air Conditioning

    There are different kinds of well pumps. I know of some that are used for cattle watering that replace the old windmills. They are solar powered and basically run all day pumping a steady trickle of water into a holding tank. My pump is a 220 volt submersible pump that looks sort of like a torpedo. It fits inside the well housing and is suspended under the water level by the connecting pipe and some safety rope. One of the reasons for cycling the pump is that it takes time for the water to fill up the well casing after it has been drawn down. If you run the pump flat out like when there is high demand it draws out more water than the ground can fill back and the pump then starts sucking in air which is not to great as it causes vacuum gaps in the water supply. If you have a surface pu...

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    There are different kinds of well pumps. I know of some that are used for cattle watering that replace the old windmills. They are solar powered and basically run all day pumping a steady trickle of water into a holding tank. My pump is a 220 volt submersible pump that looks sort of like a torpedo. It fits inside the well housing and is suspended under the water level by the connecting pipe and some safety rope. One of the reasons for cycling the pump is that it takes time for the water to fill up the well casing after it has been drawn down. If you run the pump flat out like when there is high demand it draws out more water than the ground can fill back and the pump then starts sucking in air which is not to great as it causes vacuum gaps in the water supply. If you have a surface pump that relies on a vacuum to suck the water up it will quit if it gets vapor locked. A submersible pump PUSHES the water up from below so it is more efficient and reliable. Most pumps can pump much more than the capacity of something like a toilet flush. So they charge up a holding tank and then shut off until the water pressure drops. This way the pump only runs when needed. It is designed to work this way and is very efficient. The pumps are very reliable and rarely need to be replaced. All the electronics are located above ground and the parts in the control box are easily replaced. The biggest problem I ever had was from a mistake I made. You need to make an umbilical that the pump is suspended from with all the power cables and such. I left to much slack in my power line and as a result it stuck out and rubbed against the inside of the casing which after a number of years wore through and shorted out. The pump has no brushes so it doesn't wear out unless it gets water in the bearings . I tried to figure out if it added very much to my power bill and basically that answer is very little. The most I could tell was about $10 a month. last year I got hooked up to a rural water system that provides treated filtered water that originates from the river. The temperature is much warmer, around 60 deg and it does not cool as good as the well did. It is fantastic water, no rust in it, safe to drink, all that good stuff bit it is to warm to use for cooling. So now I am going to be hooking the well back up to the water cooler so I can get the colder water for cooling. The rules say I absolutely cannot hook the well up to the same system as the rural water. So I have to isolate it from the rest of the plumbing, but that is a minor issue.

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  • Vyger commented on orthonormal_basis_of_evil's instructable EMP Shopping Cart Locker1 year ago
    EMP Shopping Cart Locker

    Ten years later ----I have to say that I have never run into these type carts anywhere. Not even 10 years ago. Most of our store carts are in such poor shape they barely roll as it is. Considering their relatively short lifespan a system like this would not be worth it. The extra cost to the cart, the extra maintenance required to maintain the perimeter and the cost in terms of time for the employe to unlock them would make it a to costly option. Better to take the loss of a few of them going missing, cheaper in the long run. A much better solution appears to be having someone bring the carts in so they are not left all over outside.

    just get another cart. Ever had your cart stolen? I have.

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  • Vyger's instructable Making an Agate LED Nightlight's weekly stats: 1 year ago
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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Redneck Key Rack With Options1 year ago
    Redneck Key Rack With Options

    that is why I pre drilled the wood. Also old oak is rock hard to begin with. Made the holes a little smaller than the nails and diped the tips in a little wood glue so they would stay in place.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Beer and Cheese Bread1 year ago
    Beer and Cheese Bread

    Thanks for trying it and glad you liked it. I think my machine does do 2 pound loaves now that I think about it. I normally don't bother making anything smaller, one of those "if your going to take the time to do it, do it big" things. I suppose you can cut back on amounts if you keep the proportions and get a smaller loaf. As to the to much liquid, cutting the beer back to 10 oz would solve that. Like I mentioned, my flour is really dry and I have to add extra water to everything.

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  • Macro Photography Using Extension Tubes and Kit Lense

    By the way, if you download that first picture of the cats eye and blow it up you will see my hand and the camera with the lens in the reflecting. Sort of a self portrait.

    Extension tubes are handy but as you have found out do have some shortfalls. There is another possibility you might want to look into and that is simply getting a large magnifying glass. I discovered a number of years ago that if you get one big enough to fit over your lens the cameras auto focus will accommodate it and work with little trouble. They do make screw on lenses that screw onto the front of the lens just like a filter does. I have a set of those but for speed and versatility a simple magnifying glass works great. You can keep it in your pocket and have it available in an instant, just hold it to the lens. Almost all of the closeup's in this instructable use a lens. https://www.instructables.com/id/Spring-close-up-a...I don't have a current picture of the lenses or the mag...

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    Extension tubes are handy but as you have found out do have some shortfalls. There is another possibility you might want to look into and that is simply getting a large magnifying glass. I discovered a number of years ago that if you get one big enough to fit over your lens the cameras auto focus will accommodate it and work with little trouble. They do make screw on lenses that screw onto the front of the lens just like a filter does. I have a set of those but for speed and versatility a simple magnifying glass works great. You can keep it in your pocket and have it available in an instant, just hold it to the lens. Almost all of the closeup's in this instructable use a lens. https://www.instructables.com/id/Spring-close-up-a...I don't have a current picture of the lenses or the magnifying lens. I will try to get some if you are interested in seeing them.

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  • Vyger commented on makerandco's instructable Carpenter's Workbench Build1 year ago
    Carpenter's Workbench Build

    Relatively simple and effective and stable. To bad they don't make cars that way. And as another plus, easily modified to either match with more of the same or for some other specific purpose. In other words modular like.For assembling your top I have seen another technique used (I have never tried it yet) that might make assembly a little easier. What I have seen is to take some long threaded rods, the same stuff they use for suspended ceilings, and drill holes through all the boards and then put the rods through and use nuts to tighten it all together. Essentially a giant clamp except the rod is left in place to help prevent cracking or separation of the joints. You can recess the bolts into small holes in the wood and cut off the extra bar. From what I read it adds stiffness and spr...

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    Relatively simple and effective and stable. To bad they don't make cars that way. And as another plus, easily modified to either match with more of the same or for some other specific purpose. In other words modular like.For assembling your top I have seen another technique used (I have never tried it yet) that might make assembly a little easier. What I have seen is to take some long threaded rods, the same stuff they use for suspended ceilings, and drill holes through all the boards and then put the rods through and use nuts to tighten it all together. Essentially a giant clamp except the rod is left in place to help prevent cracking or separation of the joints. You can recess the bolts into small holes in the wood and cut off the extra bar. From what I read it adds stiffness and spring to the top. Might be something to try on your next one.

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  • Tabletop-to-vertical Convertible Chessboard

    White on the right and the queen goes on her own color, completely correct. It's always those types of little things that mess us up.

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  • Vyger commented on sinzu's instructable Optimized Wooden Bedroom for 2 Children1 year ago
    Optimized Wooden Bedroom for 2 Children

    An interesting use of the space. I made bunk beds for my kids when they were little also. Yours is a good design. BUT, now you need to start thinking about ways to expand it because for some reason those silly kids just keep getting bigger. It's a little annoying to accomplish what looks to be an ideal project and in just a few years time realize you now have to do something else completly different.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Free Air Conditioning1 year ago
    Free Air Conditioning

    Although this was published almost 10 years ago I still monitor it and I get notifications whenever someone puts up a comment. I always try to answer people. But I am having a little trouble understanding what you are asking about. You mention using the defroster but then talk about turning on the air-conditioner. This puzzles me especially since this Instructable is not related to automotive climate control in any way. So some suggestions come to mind: If you have a question related to car climate control you should either post it in the Instructables forum or post the question in the answers section which is located in the "explore" button at the top of the page. This will get you far more readers than posting here. Although this instructable still has a lot of new views th...

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    Although this was published almost 10 years ago I still monitor it and I get notifications whenever someone puts up a comment. I always try to answer people. But I am having a little trouble understanding what you are asking about. You mention using the defroster but then talk about turning on the air-conditioner. This puzzles me especially since this Instructable is not related to automotive climate control in any way. So some suggestions come to mind: If you have a question related to car climate control you should either post it in the Instructables forum or post the question in the answers section which is located in the "explore" button at the top of the page. This will get you far more readers than posting here. Although this instructable still has a lot of new views the audience is not nearly as broad as that in the forums. Next, after looking at your profile you are apparently pretty new to Instructables but your Google page shows that you have had a lot of activity in the commercial sector so again I am a little puzzled. Are you just trying to get some spam business going or is your question legit? I am not really sure at this point. So I need to give you a little advice about the site. As a member you are free to post an Instructable on most any topic that you want. That includes business related things. One of the major chainsaw companies has many instructional guides about safety and the use of chain saws. The videos are very instructional but they also include all of the companies products. That is fine because they are offering something of value to the Instructables community. You are free to do the same kind of thing. There are even plumbing companies that have how to videos of their products, again that is fine. What you can get in trouble for is intentional spamming, trying to get people to click on adds or something like that. That can get you banned from the site. A few years ago we had a huge problem with Chinese spammers putting up fake questions in the answers section. That has all been dealt with. So, use the site and your membership for what is intended and you should have good success. Of course maybe I am wrong about it all, maybe running your air conditioning in the winter in New Delhi is a normal thing. Still, ask about it in the forums if you really want help.

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  • Where Marbles Come From --- It's not where you think

    Thanks. I have a couple of others I can recommend if you like a good chuckle. One is the latest one I put up : https://www.instructables.com/id/Redneck-Key-Rack-...And the other has been up for a few years: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Renew-Catn...Of course they are funny in my opinion, no accounting for what that might be worth though.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Redneck Key Rack with Options1 year ago
    Redneck Key Rack with Options

    Just a few pointers. These nails actually came from pallets and they were "removed" by burning the wood. The fire burns off any varnish or anti rust coating so they look a lot more weathered. You might try heating them up with a propane torch until they turn red so you can burn them clean. After that they should age in the weather really nicely. A second thing is to drill pilot holes for the nails. You can't really hammer bent over nails into hard wood, they just bend even more. So drill the hole for them, put a drop of glue in the hole and push them into place. Works really good if you use a bit size just a little smaller than the nail.Hope you have fun with your project. By the way, the nails are a lot stronger then I would have thought so they can handle even heavy items. ...

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    Just a few pointers. These nails actually came from pallets and they were "removed" by burning the wood. The fire burns off any varnish or anti rust coating so they look a lot more weathered. You might try heating them up with a propane torch until they turn red so you can burn them clean. After that they should age in the weather really nicely. A second thing is to drill pilot holes for the nails. You can't really hammer bent over nails into hard wood, they just bend even more. So drill the hole for them, put a drop of glue in the hole and push them into place. Works really good if you use a bit size just a little smaller than the nail.Hope you have fun with your project. By the way, the nails are a lot stronger then I would have thought so they can handle even heavy items. I would hesitate to hang coats on them though because the nail heads might punch through the fabric if someone grabbed one and yanked it hard.

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  • Vyger completed the lesson EL Wire in the class LEDs and Lighting Class1 year ago
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  • Where Marbles Come From --- It's not where you think

    Thanks. You should check through your stacks of firewood and see if you can find some with the core that's rotted. Now you have an idea of what they are good for. And maybe you can find someone's lost marbles. I know I have lost a few myself along the way. Always nice to hear from you.

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  • Vyger commented on tclamp's instructable Reclaimed Oak Night Table1 year ago
    Reclaimed Oak Night Table

    Hi, just thought I would mention something I recently discovered. Don't be to hasty to ditch the cracked and knotty wood. I found a way to turn it into really interesting things. https://www.instructables.com/id/Gnarly-Wood-Proje...Wood that I used to burn for heat (especially hard woods like oak) is now something I am on the lookout for. Adding some pieces into a project like this one would make it really distinctive.

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  • Vyger commented on Arctic-Monkey's instructable The Rainbow Fish1 year ago
    The Rainbow Fish

    You are inspiring me --- I just a had a few other ideas. First, what would you think about using a hole saw with a drill press to cut out smaller circles so you could make smaller fish. And what about trying some other things like humming birds, which are very colorful?

    Interesting idea and a nice effect. I like it.Did you use a silicone caulk or an actual glue? I am curious how well it holds together because it can be hard to get things to stick to CD's. Also with that much silicone it must have taken a while for it to cure and lose the smell. A smell I know well, as I use a lot of caulk and it can get a little overpowering. I imagine you had to keep the windows open when you were assembling it. Does it make an interesting reflection when the sun shines on it? I also like the 2 different patterns that you have. Have you tried others?

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Dremel fix for problem screws1 year ago
    Dremel fix for problem screws

    If what you are talking about is the little disks that look like a thin cutting stone yes they work fine also. They tend to be pretty fragile and sideways motions causes them to break but they will cut the screw top just fine. I found the reinforced fiber ones last a little longer. I have used the other ones for cutting slots in copper pipe but it always takes a few of them to do it.

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  • Vyger commented on DIYwithCaitlin's instructable Driftwood Candle Holder1 year ago
    Driftwood Candle Holder

    By the way, if you do somehow end up with a wax fire DO NOT throw water on it, it works the same as hot oil and will splash flames all over. Smother the fire with something like a soaking wet towel.

    The effect is really nice looking, it is a really good idea. I am a big fan of wood. However there is one more thing that I think you really need to do. And that is to get metal cups to fit into your candle holes. You need to have something to prevent the wood from catching on fire. Wood loves wax and will soak up the melted wax. When the wick burns to the bottom of the candle it WILL set the wood on fire and with the wax soaked into the wood it will burn very hot very fast. So the little metal cups that are made for the votive type candles are a must. I also thought about maybe coating the drilled cups with epoxy but that would burn eventually. I think the only thing that will really work is metal and even with that you could still get some chard wood but maybe not a house fire. Be c...

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    The effect is really nice looking, it is a really good idea. I am a big fan of wood. However there is one more thing that I think you really need to do. And that is to get metal cups to fit into your candle holes. You need to have something to prevent the wood from catching on fire. Wood loves wax and will soak up the melted wax. When the wick burns to the bottom of the candle it WILL set the wood on fire and with the wax soaked into the wood it will burn very hot very fast. So the little metal cups that are made for the votive type candles are a must. I also thought about maybe coating the drilled cups with epoxy but that would burn eventually. I think the only thing that will really work is metal and even with that you could still get some chard wood but maybe not a house fire. Be creative but also be safe!

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  • Fiberoptic New York Cityscape using Neopixel LEDs

    It's a little amazing that they had fiber optics and were using it for art before they had multicolor LED's. These color wheels were the only way that there was to mimic motion. I remember seeing them in advertising murals in bars and other places. This is a good upgrade for that. I will have to keep it in mind. You can still buy those fiber optic lamps on ebay. As I remember I think Spencers gifts used to sell them a lot.

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  • Vyger commented on john pedersen's instructable Dremel Handle1 year ago
    Dremel Handle

    I have found that when I use mine for extended periods of time it can get pretty hot. I end up using gloves because it can get that hot. So this idea would work for hewat also.

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  • Vyger commented on Alex Badillo's instructable Refillable Compressed Air Canister1 year ago
    Refillable Compressed Air Canister

    Do you know what the maximum pressure the can can safely hold? Since even little air compressors can produce over 100 PSI it would be good to know what the bursting pressure of the can is and then write on it with a marker so you don't forget. It is a good safty thing to do.

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  • Vyger commented on JackmanWorks's instructable Reclaimed Wood Mailbox1 year ago
    Reclaimed Wood Mailbox

    And -- It will keep the mail from being soggy on a rainy day.

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  • Vyger commented on JackmanWorks's instructable Reclaimed Wood Mailbox1 year ago
    Reclaimed Wood Mailbox

    You would be surprised what drunk drivers manage to do. However yes, this looks like a low speed limit residential street and not a highway. I believe the USPS regulations apply to streets over a certain speed limit, like 45 MPH. So something like this would not be a problem. I guess the point is check with your mail carrier before you buy or build a fancy mail box to be sure it is allowed because in some places it might not be. By the way, the highway department would not allow you to put a stone wall along the road unless it is far enough back from the pavement. It would have to be on your land and not the highway easement. They even cut trees down that are growing along the easement because they are a hazzard.

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  • Vyger commented on JackmanWorks's instructable Reclaimed Wood Mailbox1 year ago
    Reclaimed Wood Mailbox

    We used to be able to have nice designer mail boxes like these. The honey farm had an old hive box for one. Then the postal service gave us notice that we had to remove them or would not get mail delivery. Turns out they are considered to be a hazard on a highway. If a drunk driver looses control and goes off the road and hits one it can go through the windshield and possible kill them. So we have to have light, approved boxes mounted on break away supports. So now when the drunks run them down they can just keep going and take out an entire line of boxes while we are left to pick up the pieces.

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  • Vyger commented on Vyger's instructable Free Air Conditioning1 year ago
    Free Air Conditioning

    They now make very efficient solar powered water pumps for livestock watering stations. Cattle ranchers use them in remote areas to provide water for livestock. Drill or dig a well. Attach a solar powered pump and run it through a heat exchanger before giving it to the livestock. I didn't know India was having water issues, they usually have flooding problems there more often. The cost of running a water pump is usually much less than running a traditional air conditioner. I used my cooler all last summer, never plugged in an air-conditioner. Grew a big garden with the water and fed a lot of friends.

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  • Honeycomb Beehive Toy Shelves - With CNC Help

    Good point and good solution about the support to fasten them to the wall. I was thinking about that when I first started reading because there have now been big recalls on furniture that can fall over on kids who climb on it.You mention that it is pretty heavy. I ran into that problem when I was planing to make some storage dividers. I figured out a way to use less wood. You might find it interesting to look through it.https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Shelf-Divde...

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  • Vyger commented on JeremyCon's instructable Mangalore from 'The 5th Element'1 year ago
    Mangalore from  'The 5th Element'

    Is this the one that does the negotiating? Or do those ones get a special medal?

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  • Small Wooden Dining Table With Fluorescent Corners

    I like it, simple yet elegant in its own way. I would have been tempted to cover the entire top with epoxy resin that way it would all flow together. You still could if it looks like there might be a problem with spills and such. I find it interesting that you made the frame first and then filled in the middle. It's harder to do it that way.

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  • Vyger commented on TheCutlassKid's instructable LED "Vacuum" Tubes2 years ago
    LED "Vacuum" Tubes

    I was kind of thinking along those lines also. Since those are no longer being made it would be wise to conserve the ones that are left for things like vintage circuits that require them. There is a market for selling them still.

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  • 9 Unusual Tool Storage Methods for Your Workshop

    Just a thought --- While using strong magnets to hang screwdrivers is a nice convience you need to be aware that it can make the tips magnetic. This can be a nice thing but also a bad thing. I have magnetized some screwdrivers on purpose because it can really help with holding small screws while you try to manuver them into place. Most of the time this is not a problem. But there are some places that using a magnetic screwdriver can damage sensitive components. So you need to watch out for that. if a motherboard has directions that say not to use any magnetic tools around it you need to heed the warning.

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  • Vyger commented on apapercraft's instructable Modular Honeycomb Shelves2 years ago
    Modular Honeycomb Shelves

    If you want to try it with wood here are some directions for that https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Shelf-Divde...

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  • Gnarly wood projects with Weird wood, Broken glass, LED's and Epoxy.

    HiI just added a step more on the olive piece. I improved it.Also have another piece in progress that I will add in the next few days.

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  • Gnarly wood projects with Weird wood, Broken glass, LED's and Epoxy.

    Thanks for the comment, I was beginning to wonder since there had been none up to this point. I am going to add another piece (a few more steps) that I intended to include but I am still waiting for the LEDs to get here. I am adding a blue to mix with the white, and maybe a green also. The mail is always slowest when your waiting for something. I had another piece made of cedar that I decided not to include because it just didn't look that good. The epoxy soaked into the wood and turned it very dark. So not all woods give the same result. I will have to try putting some mixed epoxy in the freezer. Right now I have been making small batches that I can use completely so I don't waste any. I worked for Skill in Chicago many years ago at one of their plants. Not anything close to resea...

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    Thanks for the comment, I was beginning to wonder since there had been none up to this point. I am going to add another piece (a few more steps) that I intended to include but I am still waiting for the LEDs to get here. I am adding a blue to mix with the white, and maybe a green also. The mail is always slowest when your waiting for something. I had another piece made of cedar that I decided not to include because it just didn't look that good. The epoxy soaked into the wood and turned it very dark. So not all woods give the same result. I will have to try putting some mixed epoxy in the freezer. Right now I have been making small batches that I can use completely so I don't waste any. I worked for Skill in Chicago many years ago at one of their plants. Not anything close to research, I was a foreman at a distribution and packaging plant. We had a small quality control lab there that I found to be really interesting. They did all kinds of crazy things. They would randomly pull finished tools out of the stock pallets and then "test" them. They would take them up to a balcony and throw them onto the concrete floor to see if they got damaged. One guy used to clamp them in a big vise and turn the power on to them and time how long it took for them to burn up. Basically they destroyed them to find out how much punishment they could take. Like hanging weights on the cords to see how much it took to rip it out of the housing. A job where you break stuff on purpose so you can report on what it took to break it. How cool is that.

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  • Vyger commented on akullerkann's instructable DIY LED Log Lamp2 years ago
    DIY LED Log Lamp

    And by the way, I thought that was a really nice looking piece. People actually try to get that effect by aging wood with fungus and moisture. The birch I have used like that has dried out very quickly with minimal splitting.You might find this instructable interesting :https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Hardwood-Fl...

    The markings in the wood are called spalted or spalting. It is caused by fungus but is considered to be very desirable as it adds to the character of the wood. Birch is one wood that is very susceptible to it. It does not make the wood softer or rotten, it just adds markings.

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  • Vyger commented on cobinrox's instructable Cutting Down a Tree in Pieces2 years ago
    Cutting Down a Tree in Pieces

    Oak trees have a much harder denser wood than something like a poplar so it can be more difficult to cut through the wood. Also they are a lot heavier, even more so if they are green (still alive). However the wood from them can be valuable since it is used for so many things. You should be able remove it yourself but it will take a lot of hard work because of the weight factor and the hardness. I think some of the negative comments on this instructable are from people who make their living removing trees and don't want people to do it themselves. I have been cutting down trees for many years and I am not a pro. I have done it for people in exchange for the wood, firewood, with the agreement that they take care of all the mess and small branches. There is probably someone who would be...

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    Oak trees have a much harder denser wood than something like a poplar so it can be more difficult to cut through the wood. Also they are a lot heavier, even more so if they are green (still alive). However the wood from them can be valuable since it is used for so many things. You should be able remove it yourself but it will take a lot of hard work because of the weight factor and the hardness. I think some of the negative comments on this instructable are from people who make their living removing trees and don't want people to do it themselves. I have been cutting down trees for many years and I am not a pro. I have done it for people in exchange for the wood, firewood, with the agreement that they take care of all the mess and small branches. There is probably someone who would be willing to pay you for the tree and take it out for you. People who run those small saw mills take trees like oak trees and turn them into lumber which sells for a premium. Oak firewood is one of the best there is although I hate to see good wood burned for heat, that is an option. If you get ambitious you can keep the wood and use it for your own projects. I wish oak trees grew here where I am. You might fine my instructable interesting.https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Hardwood-Fl...

    Like I said in my other comment, I think some of the negative comments are comming from people who make a living charging several thousand dollars to cut down trees that could be easily done by by a homeowner. We are not talking about the trees that require a crane to lift the branches to keep them from falling on roofs, but ones your size are easily in the DIY realm.

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  • Make a Hardwood Floor that looks 3D from your OWN Trees

    Apparently I was not getting notices of these comments so sorry for the delay in answering. There are 2 different saws that I can think of that would work for cutting branches that size. I actually use one for cutting up small stuff for firewood. One of the miter saws with a 10 inch blade would work perfect. Harbor freight has one, a sliding one http://www.harborfreight.com/10-in-sliding-compoun...A little more than $100. I have one, its a good saw.Another choice would be a radial arm saw. You might be able to find an older used one. They have somewhat gone out of style in favor of the big miter saws.

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  • Vyger commented on cobinrox's instructable More Stuff to Make From Felled Tree2 years ago
    More Stuff to Make From Felled Tree

    Hi, Interesting projects.Just curious if you know the types of trees your working with? Different types have different properties and I have found that some work better for some things and not so good for others. So I was wondering. Although I have no need of a bra, one of my first thoughts was "splinters?"Something you might want to invest in if you haven't already is an electric chainsaw. You can get them pretty cheap and there is no need for all the problems with gas. CPO outlets has a really good selection. Here is a search result if you need it. https://www.cpooutlets.com/on/demandware.store/Sit...

    Thinking about it, I thought you might find this Instructable of mine interesting.https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-get-wood-an...The videos are a little long and not as high a quality as I would have liked but it is about getting wood.

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