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  • Converting an Old Radio Into a Spotify Streaming Box

    I had a good friend die who got careless working on a guitar amp. Do I need to say more? That's "he died" as in "dead" at age 30. Left behind a widow. Please learn the safety protocols and practice them even if you think they are stupid and don't apply to you.

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  • brian32768 commented on WhyyNot's instructable 3D Printed Portable Bladeless Fan1 year ago
    3D Printed Portable Bladeless Fan

    By impeller you mean like Roots supercharger? (They have a great animation on Wikipedia) You should print one! and let me know how that turns out :-)

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  • brian32768 commented on WhyyNot's instructable 3D Printed Portable Bladeless Fan1 year ago
    3D Printed Portable Bladeless Fan

    Thanks for that link. I wish they had torn it down.Dyson is 3% science and 97% marketing. It appeals to me because it appears magical but at the end of the day it just moves air around. Does it use less power to move the same amount of air as a conventional fan?

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  • How to Make a Drop Down TV Lift in Under and Hour for Under $350

    I can't see the step where you hooked up video or power to the TV?

    Which step was the one that took under an hour? ;-)Stick some sash weights on the end of the cable to counter balance the weight of the screen and then just put a little handle on the bottom of the screen holder. Ditch the linear actuator and the remote control and reduce cost by 3/4 or more if you scrounge the parts.You lose cool factor but it will be reliable and simple to build and quick and easy to operate, especially after your cat knocks the remote down the sink and you can't find it. I have wind up windows in my car (had to special order it to get them) and then again I don't actually own any TV's either. :-O So you might not want to listen to me. :-) Cheers

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  • brian32768 commented on Phil B's instructable Circular Saw Rip Guide--My Version1 year ago
    Circular Saw Rip Guide--My Version

    I cut one narrow and one wide side figuring it would be more versatile. I found that using the narrow side allows the saw to rock up and down since most of the saw's base is unsupported. (That is, only the section between the blade and the edge of the base is supported by the guide). With care I can use it but when I do a new version I will make it wide on both sides. Or maybe I will use one side for my router as you suggested.

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  • brian32768 made the instructable Circular Saw Rip Guide--My Version1 year ago
    Circular Saw Rip Guide--My Version

    It took longer to read your article than to build and start using a quickie version of your guide.I can't go to the store today so I built a small version using 1/4" hardboard from the back of a scrapped kitchen cabinet and a 4' scrap of MDF trim. Total cost $0.00. Time saved? Invaluable. Until now I have been using just a ruler and an MDF trim scrap. This works but takes at least 3x as long.As soon as I can I will get a sheet of hardboard and do permanent 48" and 96" versions. Here is a photo of my scrap version. That Workmate was a $20 Craigslist find.Thanks for the other person's suggestion of pointing the clamps down and putting the extension cord over my shoulder.

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  • brian32768 commented on danielrpirun's instructable WOODEN WIFI SPEAKER2 years ago
    WOODEN WIFI SPEAKER

    Looks great, I love the idea of using a Chromecast instead of just bluetooth. Better audio and currently when I walk between my laptop and bluetooth audio adapter I get dropouts!"Samba strips" must mean thin hardwood boards. Since you are covering it up anyway, I'd be inclined to use MDF (medium density fiberboard) instead of plywood. I'd also fill the boxes with glass fiber instead of just lining with foam. Interesting where you found that transformer.

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  • Car Wheel Bicycle - the Learn to Weld Project

    BRAVO! Cool bike.A friend used old Hoosier racing tires that had a rounder cross section for projects like this. I bet if you go find the local oval dirt track you will probably find racers who want to get rid of stacks of "worn out" tires. "Worn out" to a racer means "still usable on a bicycle forever more". You could also check racing tire dealers. I am not sure exactly what his tires were used for but they were much lighter and squishier than street tires, perfect for this kind of project. You could ride over curbs and not feel a thing. It was like riding on big air pillows. The round cross section means when you turn the tire contact patch does not change from a patch to a line when the tire goes onto the "shoulder" so handling is more consist...

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    BRAVO! Cool bike.A friend used old Hoosier racing tires that had a rounder cross section for projects like this. I bet if you go find the local oval dirt track you will probably find racers who want to get rid of stacks of "worn out" tires. "Worn out" to a racer means "still usable on a bicycle forever more". You could also check racing tire dealers. I am not sure exactly what his tires were used for but they were much lighter and squishier than street tires, perfect for this kind of project. You could ride over curbs and not feel a thing. It was like riding on big air pillows. The round cross section means when you turn the tire contact patch does not change from a patch to a line when the tire goes onto the "shoulder" so handling is more consistent.

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  • brian32768 commented on carl5blum's instructable Triple Your Tool Storage Space!2 years ago
    Triple Your Tool Storage Space!

    I love the idea of cutting holes to hang the hammers. Good use of negative space.You can definitely have too many tools. Wait until a few relatives die and leave you their collections... so many of my tools now have some sentimental attachment that working in my shop is like spending time with my family.

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  • brian32768 commented on deba168's instructable Smartphone Controlled Arduino Rover2 years ago
    Smartphone Controlled Arduino Rover

    You just asked: "Can I use the Arduino Uno as a development board, program the ATmega328P in the Uno, and use it in my own circuit board? Also for my project I want to use the internal clock, not the crystal clock used on the Arduino." I have not personally done this but the process is explained in detail here: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/ArduinoToBreadb...In the context of this "rover" project, the author could have chosen this approach to get rid of the Arduino on the rover itself. If you are making one robot, using the Arduino might make sense, but if you are building many copies, you would be able to reduce the cost per unit by a few dollars.

    I think the Arduino ecosystem is great, I have been playing with a multi-function shield lately. But I also find it very satisfying to be able to program a bare 8 pin processor (in C not assembler) (I use PIC) to make tiny projects work.

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