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  • dewey302 commented on JasonF205's instructable Faux Brick Walls3 months ago
    Faux Brick Walls

    Good point on liquid paint making the compound too runny. But the dry pigment ideal might work. I've used it in concrete and it works pretty well. Would require experimentation to get the right hues and colors. May turn out to be easiest and fastest just to do it the way you did originally.

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  • dewey302 commented on JasonF205's instructable Faux Brick Walls3 months ago
    Faux Brick Walls

    Very cool. And I liked Pumuggel's comment above regarding mixing color into the joint compound right from the beginning. You could make up small batches of compound each with slightly different color mix and then apply to alternating "bricks" as you go to create a natural variety of coloring. Great Instructable.

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  • Building and Improving the Harbor Freight 6x8 Greenhouse

    Thanks for letting me know. I hope the Instructable is helpful.

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  • dewey302 commented on dewey302's instructable Adaptive Tadpole Trike4 months ago
    Adaptive Tadpole Trike

    The photos here in the Instructable are the closest thing to "prints" that we have. The drawing shown in Step 2 will give you a fairly good idea of the front end and steering design and it is to scale so you may be able to use the proportions. Most of the measurements and cutting angles for the various parts and pieces are outlined in the text. Unfortunately, a lot of what we build is done using the "seat-of-the-pants" method along with sketches on a napkin. So we don't draw up elaborate blueprints. One of these days I suppose we'll have to get a little more professional. But as long as you apply the Ackerman Principals shown in step 10, your front steering should work properly no matter what exact measurements and proportions you use in the rest of the desig...

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    The photos here in the Instructable are the closest thing to "prints" that we have. The drawing shown in Step 2 will give you a fairly good idea of the front end and steering design and it is to scale so you may be able to use the proportions. Most of the measurements and cutting angles for the various parts and pieces are outlined in the text. Unfortunately, a lot of what we build is done using the "seat-of-the-pants" method along with sketches on a napkin. So we don't draw up elaborate blueprints. One of these days I suppose we'll have to get a little more professional. But as long as you apply the Ackerman Principals shown in step 10, your front steering should work properly no matter what exact measurements and proportions you use in the rest of the design. Sorry I couldn't be of more help on your request.

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  • dewey302 commented on dewey302's instructable Build a 7 Foot Nutcracker From Flower Pots5 months ago
    Build a 7 Foot Nutcracker From Flower Pots

    I use cheapo hair extensions and wigs from The Dollar Store. I just lay them over the head (the top planter pot) and then put the hat on to hold the hair in place. You can sort of adjust the hair length by how much you tuck up under the hat.

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  • dewey302 commented on dewey302's instructable $50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings7 months ago
    $50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings

    Don't know...I guess it depends on how long "eventually" is. I've been burning wood in mine for nearly 5 years. Even if it burned through next week (which it shows no sign of) these little grills only cost about $35 (the original cost $30). So no an outlandish investment. I'm guess rust will be the culprit before heat.

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  • dewey302 commented on dewey302's instructable Build a 7 Foot Nutcracker From Flower Pots7 months ago
    Build a 7 Foot Nutcracker From Flower Pots

    Very nice looking. Now you just have to put up with the long wait until Christmas season.

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  • dewey302 commented on dewey302's instructable $50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings9 months ago
    $50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings

    I'm not totally certain I understand your question. Are you intending to build an inner circle of tree rings inside your existing 36" fire pit ring? If so, you would need 6 sections of the 24" I.D. ring sections...that's assuming you are going two high.

    I don't think that will work using the tree rings pictured in the Instructable. These rings have a fixed radius and thus can only make a circle of one size. The smaller rings make a circle with a 14" diameter and the larger rings make a circle with a 24" diameter. If you try to put them around a 36" circle (or larger) they will not create a nice circle. Rather it will be a ring with a very wavy circumference. I suppose they could be set up that way but I would question the stability of that sort of ring.

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  • dewey302's instructable Rear Steered Adaptive Trike's weekly stats: 9 months ago
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  • dewey302 commented on tomatoskins's instructable Hot Pipe Wood Bending10 months ago
    Hot Pipe Wood Bending

    Very clever. And well explained.

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  • dewey302 commented on tatebullrider's instructable How to Build a Car Tire Unicycle10 months ago
    How to Build a Car Tire Unicycle

    I salute your terrific use of old, rusty and forgotten materials. Looks like a fun ride.

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  • Building and Improving the Harbor Freight 6x8 Greenhouse

    Here's a current shot of the shade material. As you can see, not hugely attractive but it serves the purpose. Material is held on with common plastic clamps (I buy them by the bag from Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon etc.)

    No I haven't. But I'll make a couple observations. I believe these "kits" change from time to time with somewhat different materials and components. Harbor Freight may even get them from different suppliers, and sometimes the parts and pieces my be of a different quality. Regarding your specific problem, can you see any actual evidence of rust or oxidation (may be a white or greenish powdery substance)? Also, where do you live? My thinking is that aluminum (the struts) and steel (possibly the bolts) at reacting to each other and eating away at the bolts. If you live in a salty air or high humidity area, this might hurry that process along. This is pure conjecture at this point but worth exploring. Might test a remedy by insuring the bolts are aluminum (they wi...

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    No I haven't. But I'll make a couple observations. I believe these "kits" change from time to time with somewhat different materials and components. Harbor Freight may even get them from different suppliers, and sometimes the parts and pieces my be of a different quality. Regarding your specific problem, can you see any actual evidence of rust or oxidation (may be a white or greenish powdery substance)? Also, where do you live? My thinking is that aluminum (the struts) and steel (possibly the bolts) at reacting to each other and eating away at the bolts. If you live in a salty air or high humidity area, this might hurry that process along. This is pure conjecture at this point but worth exploring. Might test a remedy by insuring the bolts are aluminum (they will not be attracted to a magnet if the aluminum). Also would be good to know if others have experience anything similar.

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  • dewey302 commented on RCEM's instructable Easy Ink Art for Everyone10 months ago
    Easy Ink Art for Everyone

    Clever. And very nice results. Thanks so much for posting this.

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  • dewey302 commented on Willys36's instructable Custom Car Seat From Scratch12 months ago
    Custom Car Seat From Scratch

    Great seat project. A whole bunch of good ideas to steal. Love the mini TV tucked in the side liner.

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  • Building a Custom Automotive Wheel From Scratch

    Willys36, great to see you posting your inventive creations here on Instructables and to catch up with an old Hotrodders.Com friend. Your long time dedication to the Mysterion project has really paid off. What a masterpiece. Cboy

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  • Make Sliding Barn Doors Using Skateboard Wheels

    If you are referring to the door I made in the O.P., I purposely did not include any photos of its construction since I would not recommend building a door the way I did...too much warping due to moisture and sun. The rollers work great...the wooden door construction - not so great. Win some...lose some.

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  • How to Bend PVC & Make Incredible Shapes

    Wow. I've been trying for years to figure out how to make smooth, permanent bends in PVC. I'll be trying this out for sure. Thanks for sharing your ingenious solution.

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  • Cost Effective Plastic-tub Wicking Beds

    For those concerned about the impact of UV rays on plastic you might try wrapping the tubs with weed barrier cloth (like what is used in this instructable to cover the rocks.) I've had good luck here in the Central Valley of California (read VERY intense sunlight) by shielding my plastic pots this way. It also helps prevent over heating of the root systems of the plants. Unfortunately, weed barrier is not the prettiest material and it can be a challenge fitting it around odd shaped containers...but it is functional. I've had plastic pots in the direct sun for five years or more with no obvious deterioration.

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  • dewey302's instructable Mini Fridge to Shop Cabinet's weekly stats: 1 year ago
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  • dewey302's instructable Phone Belt for 84 Cents's weekly stats: 1 year ago
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  • Whole House Fan Blows Away Our A/C Bill.

    Yes, we mounted the new fan horizontally in the ceiling hole we had already made. We had to do a little bit of framing and drywall work because the new fan was a slightly different shape than our old hole. BTW, the CX30BD2SP is still performing great.

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  • dewey302 commented on dewey302's instructable $50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings1 year ago
    $50 Fire Pit Using Concrete Tree Rings

    True, fire brick would be a better option assuming the brick is in direct contact with the flame and/or coals. Here, the fire is contained in the inner metal liner, the Weber grill. There is a generous air space between the inner circle of brick and the liner and the outer circle of brick is further insulated with a 2" layer of stone. There is also venting space between the upper and lower circles of brick so cool air is drawn in and exits at the top. I have many times tested the temperature of the inner circle of tree rings and have never had a time I could not place my hands or feet on the brick due to heat.

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  • Make Sliding Barn Doors Using Skateboard Wheels

    You might be right mid-life-crisis. I looked back at my original (2012) order from New Clue and they listed the wheels as "50mm Black Skateboard Wheels and Bearings Set - item #280722030363". So that is why I referred to them as skateboard wheels. I guess the bottom line is, if you are looking for a set of wheels, include skateboard wheels in your search.

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  • dewey302 commented on Stish's instructable DIY Notebook Stand/Cooler2 years ago
    DIY Notebook Stand/Cooler

    Very cool Where do I download the driver?

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  • dewey302 commented on dewey302's instructable $50 fire pit using concrete tree rings2 years ago
    $50 fire pit using concrete tree rings

    This seems to be a regional problem. HD stores carry the rings in some regions, and in others they do not. Some Home Depots will order the rings for you (you can get the sku and item numbers off the HD web site) to be delivered to that store. This can often take a long time for delivery, however, since they only send them when they are shipping other items to that particular store. Wish I had a better alternative for you.

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  • Building and Improving the Harbor Freight 6x8 Greenhouse

    Apply the UV plastic as shown in Step 6 of the Instructable.

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  • Building and Improving the Harbor Freight 6x8 Greenhouse

    My understanding is that the film on HF panels is only for protection against scratches and damage during shipping rather than a UV protective layer. I have also used high quality UV resistant panels for other projects. These come with a plastic film as well but it's purpose is to mark the outer (UV protected) side of the panel as well as protection during shipping. On higher quality panels, the UV protection is a part of the plastic itself, not a thin sheet over the top.

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