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  • Building a Soil Sifter / Rotary Trommel

    This is BRILLIANT! I don't do much in my garden that would require this, but a smaller version would be fantastic for when I go to N. Carolina gem mining. We always bring back a trunk load of "dirt" from the mines to work with here. I have been using hand sieves to separate the dirt from the stones before washing to look for the rubies and garnets.

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  • caitd3 commented on AlissaSueK's instructable Growing Avocado Plants From Seed20 days ago
    Growing Avocado Plants From Seed

    I am using avocado fertilizer. It is easily available. The plant, now tree is at least 10 years old, probably closer to 12 years. I still have not gotten any fruit or flowers, but the info I have read says that they bloom Jan-March. Seems strange to be in the middle of winter, but by the end of Feb, we start getting quite warm here so I am hoping. Can't explain why it took so long, but it is now a good fifteen feet high and very beautiful.

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  • caitd3 commented on Renard_Bleu's instructable Tree Monster6 weeks ago
    Tree Monster

    This is too cool! I am heading out to get the beach balls right now. Got the perfect tree too!

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  • caitd3 commented on FancyNancyAnn's instructable Creamy Bourbon Caramels With Sea Salt2 months ago
    Creamy Bourbon Caramels With Sea Salt

    I love the caramels, but I am having a terrible time with the cellophane wrappers. I had to buy some cellophane bags for candy and cut them into rectangles. I could not find the lighter cellophane at either Michaels or JoAnn's. Did you have to order yours online? Maybe waxed paper would work better? I live where it is pretty humid most of the time and I had to let it set in a cold oven for a couple days so that it firmed up enough to handle. Best part of the whole project is eating the results. I have some honey bourbon I am going to try next, then rum, and then chambord...there are so many choices...Gran Mariner Thanks again for the instructable, and if you have a source for the wrappers, I sure would love to have it.

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  • caitd3 commented on FancyNancyAnn's instructable Creamy Bourbon Caramels With Sea Salt2 months ago
    Creamy Bourbon Caramels With Sea Salt

    Just finished making this. Now I have to wait 24 hours to cut and wrap. The cook's batch tasted great. I used Wild Turkey Rare Breed which is a higher alcohol content than regular Bourbon because it is what I had on hand. I used a larger pan to avoid the boil over problem when adding the bourbon/milk mixture. Alton Brown said on his show, that if it boils over, just use a bigger pot.....Worked great. I have some Wild Turkey Honey Bourbon to try next time. Only problem I had was I scorched a bit on the bottom of the pan, but I was careful not to get it in the pour. I use T-fal pans for candy because they don't need to be scraped to get the last bit. It just all pours out nicely, no spatula needed. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • caitd3 commented on FancyNancyAnn's instructable Creamy Bourbon Caramels With Sea Salt2 months ago
    Creamy Bourbon Caramels With Sea Salt

    WOW! I have a big event to go to in a week, and these are going with me. They are going to be the biggest hit of the weekend!

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  • caitd3 commented on ShakeTheFuture's instructable Make a Chain From a PVC Pipe5 months ago
    Make a Chain From a PVC Pipe

    This is super cool! I am going to try it for sure. Thanks. Great video too.

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  • caitd3 commented on diycreators's instructable How to Make a SOFA That Turns Into a BED5 months ago
    How to Make a SOFA That Turns Into a BED

    This looks like a great project, but I could not help but notice the framed art on the wall. Is that something else you made? It looks super interesting and would make a great project too. What are the circles made of?

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  • caitd3 commented on AlissaSueK's instructable Growing Avocado Plants From Seed6 months ago
    Growing Avocado Plants From Seed

    Many plants can be started from the original fruit. I have had luck with pomegranate, kiwi, Japanese Plum and dragon fruit so far. One never knows until you try.

    Thanks for the info. I live in Fla too, on the East coast. My tree is only about 12 feet high. I did not realize they got that big and I will keep it trimmed because of your note. No fruit yet, but we keep hoping.

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  • caitd3 made the instructable Growing Avocado Plants From Seed6 months ago
    Growing Avocado Plants From Seed

    We did this years ago. The result is a tree some 10-12 feet tall and it is beautiful. We haven't had fruit yet, but we keep hoping for the first crop soon.

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  • caitd3 commented on elewis03's instructable Cardboard Iron Throne Cat Bed6 months ago
    Cardboard Iron Throne Cat Bed

    Probably the best instruction directions I have seen in years! The photos are so good you could almost make it without the text. This is an amazing project. We make Kitty Houses with display boxes from our local retail club. We get the ones with open sides for the display and they serve as entry points. The cats love them. Cats are amazing friends.

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  • caitd3 commented on Troy Eckstein 's instructable Salad-bowl Banjo6 months ago
    Salad-bowl Banjo

    That is way COOL! Thanks for sharing.

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  • caitd3 commented on Boingo's instructable Making Bracelets From Recycled HDPE Plastic8 months ago
    Making Bracelets From Recycled HDPE Plastic

    You mentioned that cutting the HDPE into small pieces was difficult on the hands and arms. I have a Dremel scroll saw with a fine blade that is set up all the time in the workshop. It would make quick work of doing the cutting without the carpal tunnel or arm fatigue.

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  • Messy But Efficient Way to Organize Your Bookcase

    No, They are arranged by subject as much as possible. I have so many book cases, it is easy to have a whole length of one size arranged with all the say "big books on embroidery", and next to them the my art books etc. After a while, it is easy to know where they are. There are easily 1500 books in our collection, but they "live" in their designated spaces.

    My solution is to have book shelves adapted to specific sizes of books. We built in all of ours and had the luxury of picking a book and making the shelf to fit...all the other books of that size fit well too with no waste of space. In addition, I have utilized the space above closet and room doors to put an additional shelf. Our computer room has built in shelves on all 4 walls with the exception of our two computer stations. We even have a shelf above the length of the window. Someone else mentioned it is easier to spot books by color and spine. I agree. I have well over 1000 books, probably closer to 1,500 and this was our solution. We have built enough shelves to keep the books fairly well sorted by size and subject within size. Unfortunately we have run out of space for sh...

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    My solution is to have book shelves adapted to specific sizes of books. We built in all of ours and had the luxury of picking a book and making the shelf to fit...all the other books of that size fit well too with no waste of space. In addition, I have utilized the space above closet and room doors to put an additional shelf. Our computer room has built in shelves on all 4 walls with the exception of our two computer stations. We even have a shelf above the length of the window. Someone else mentioned it is easier to spot books by color and spine. I agree. I have well over 1000 books, probably closer to 1,500 and this was our solution. We have built enough shelves to keep the books fairly well sorted by size and subject within size. Unfortunately we have run out of space for shelves. A simple trick for building building bookshelves with level shelves is to pick a book the size you want for that shelf, put it at one side of the upright side, and screw (screws are stronger) or nail the shelf in place while sitting on top of the book with a 1 inch spacer sitting on top of the book edge to facilitate removal. Repeat on the other side and you have very level book shelves the height you need. Repeat for the next shelf until finished. Works great. We finally made jigs of the various sizes of books from scrap lumber to facilitate building.

    As I was writing that, it came to me that it would be a good instructable. I've done one so far on Polymer clay jewelry. I'll have to put it on my list of 's

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  • caitd3 commented on Whitney Fabre's instructable Pierogi - Potato Cheese Dumplings10 months ago
    Pierogi - Potato Cheese Dumplings

    Found the book. Empanadas & Other International Turnovers by George Zabriskie, 1984. Only one dough recipe, but it is just the basic dough. It is what you put inside that makes them yummy, whether baked, fried or boiled. I remember Mom used sauerkraut in some and potato and onion in others.

    I have heard a few other names also...by the way they are almost the same as the Chinese Wontons...same principle, and Empanada and Raviolis are other versions depending on the culture. Dumplings are nearly universal it seems. Somewhere in my library is a whole book on variations.

    ooooh! Powdered sugar! Great idea. I will try to find the title of that book. It was a small paperback with fantastic recipes. I will post it if I can locate it.

    Those were my Mom's favorite. I decided to make a dessert Pierogi one day. Mixed soften cream cheese and pineapple preserves together for the filling. Boiled them and topped with melted butter. Yummy. You could substitute your favorite preserves in place of the pineapple preserves. These desert Pierogi were always a hit.

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  • caitd3 commented on helijoc's instructable Dog Paws Stepping Stones10 months ago
    Dog Paws Stepping Stones

    I absolutely love this project. We will be doing this as soon as weather permits. We am going to make one change to the basic plan though, we are going to make hearts as the base instead of circles. This is to go along with the saying, Dogs (or cats) leave footprints on your heart). We will inscribe each of our departed best friends names on these and put them into our lawn as a remembrance of all the love they shared with us. For the Kitties, we are going to make 4 small Kittie foot prints on the heart.

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  • caitd3 commented on fretters's instructable Computer Drawer10 months ago
    Computer Drawer

    I work with wood a lot, but all the electronic connections leave me cold in the dust. I had problems with not enough drive space and the rest of the things you mentioned. My solution was to get a good USB hub and add external drives stacked on shelves above the Dell case. The shelves are ventilated with enough space between shelves to make sure they stay cool. Works for me, all the drives are readily accessible and I am currently up to 35 T. I would have been lost trying to do the electronics portion of this project, but the 2 high speed USB hubs solved my problem,

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  • caitd3 commented on ESSOMAR's instructable Cardboard Cat House With Scratcher11 months ago
    Cardboard Cat House With Scratcher

    Agreed. Not everyone has access to the tools like we do. For us this is simple, the pallet boards are already a good size. We cut each of the long slats into two pieces by cutting on either side of the supports...that way we avoid removing nails. We store that way and they are ready to go. For this project, they are already the perfect length. A band saw or even a sabre saw will make quick work of the cat head outline in the plywood and a rotozip will do the paw or smaller face very easily. It uses a rounded saw blade and cuts clean. This is a definite project for the spring when we can work outside. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  • caitd3 commented on ESSOMAR's instructable Cardboard Cat House With Scratcher11 months ago
    Cardboard Cat House With Scratcher

    I totally love it. We have been using display boxes from our local BJ's and turn them upside down on a carpet for our cats. They love them. Our main problem is we keep the boxes outside as one of our cats is feral and refuses to come in. I am going to try using recycled pallet boards for the sides and plywood for the front. With a removable top scratching board, it will be easy to clean the inside and change the bedding.

    Absolutely. The house would be under our roofed patio, but that is always a smart idea. I prefer a good polyurethane to do the job. Of course painting it to match the cat would be great too.

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  • caitd3 commented on snowbiscuit's instructable Surprisingly Difficult Puzzle1 year ago
    Surprisingly Difficult Puzzle

    I don't have a 3D printer, but love working with wood. I can see this made using circular curtain hangers and dowels with a wooden ball at the top of the big one.

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