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  • Cut Your Own Hair: Spend Zero-Dinero!

    Your vacuum cleaner may have some clogging of the hose or the machine is internally clogged? Or maybe you are using some kind of VERY small vacuum? It doesn't take much suction to get hair into that CD hole! I don't use the CD haircutting tool anymore. I just use a regular clippers and do a buzzcut. Anyway, It's fun to try new things. Keep trying and you will get it working.

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  • Garmin & Samsung Charger Reverse-Engineering

    I am working on this EXACT same problem trying to connect a data cable to make the Garmin boot up. I discovered the MINI-plug on my data cable does not even have an ID PIN at the connector!! I looked at ANOTHER mini-B cable I have... and it ONLY HAS PLUS and GROUND!!! no datapins.... no ID pins in the connector. I had to use a bright light and a big magnifier to look down into the connector end to see it. Using a "break-out" connector is essential to attempting to do this.

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  • I think there are cheaper versions of this such as the 4n38 opto coupler or the model PC817 optocouplers that I recently bought on amazon for only $7 dollars for a HUNDRED of them! I just watched to be sure to look for the kind that has an internal transistor, not an internal triac! Here is the link to the ones I recently bought https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K1PW21P/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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  • Repair Your Clogged Coffee Maker

    Hello mort.Sorry for the delay answering your question about fixing the coffee maker. I was not watching instructables much recently due to moved to florida. Sounds like your hose is clogged. All these coffee makers work pretty much the same. Just follow the instructable and read the comment section for ideas on what to do. good luck!

    Yes, I know what you are describing about the heating tube clogged with powdery mineral deposits. My father-in-law lived in an area where his coffee pot would clog like that about every 4 months! I tried to repair one, but failed. What they had to do was stop purchasing expensive coffee pots so they could throw it away after a few months of use. I don't know any way of cleaning it. I think drinking powdered ROCK can not be good for you. I suggest doing something about filtering your water .... at least the water you drink. Those "minerals" are in rock form, not bio-digestable form. That is what plants do. They convert rock minerals into organic minerals that our body needs. That includes calcium. Powdered oyster shell is not calcium. It is powdered ROCK. So, I belie…

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    Yes, I know what you are describing about the heating tube clogged with powdery mineral deposits. My father-in-law lived in an area where his coffee pot would clog like that about every 4 months! I tried to repair one, but failed. What they had to do was stop purchasing expensive coffee pots so they could throw it away after a few months of use. I don't know any way of cleaning it. I think drinking powdered ROCK can not be good for you. I suggest doing something about filtering your water .... at least the water you drink. Those "minerals" are in rock form, not bio-digestable form. That is what plants do. They convert rock minerals into organic minerals that our body needs. That includes calcium. Powdered oyster shell is not calcium. It is powdered ROCK. So, I believe the best solution is to get a water softener or filter capable of filtering out the rock minerals. If you coffee pot clogged after many years of use, maybe it isn't a big problem. The filter I use is called an "Alexa-pure" just like this one on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Alexapure-Pro-Stainless-Steel-Water-Filter-Purification-Filtration-Purify-System/373066390112?epid=17032164260&hash=item56dc7d5a60:g:BnEAAOSwmylezqcB There is another brand very similar called a "Berkey", which has a better name, but essentially the same thing for a little more money. Here is the Berkey: https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Travel-Berkey-Water-Purification-System-w-2-Black-Berkey-Elements/322121459351?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200520130048%26meid%3De10cb4ea661a4e9eac25994d7651f07f%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D323839795894%26itm%3D322121459351%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DSimplAMLv5PairwiseWebWithBBEV2bDemotion%26brand%3DBerkey&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 HOWEVER, you might want to build your own because they are simple to make (see videos on youtube). All you need to buy is the filter. Then get 2 five gallon food-safe buckets and a nozzle. Drill a couple holes and you are done. The filter isn't cheap, here it is from the alexapure company website: https://alexapure.com/collections/water-filtration/products/alexapure-pro-certified-replacement-filter There are many alternatives. I am not POSITIVE the alexipure will remove minerals. My brother uses a CONDENSING system that boils the water and condenses it that leaves behind a lot of mineral powder (he tells me)... like this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/4L-Water-Distiller-Water-Purifier-Stainless-Steel-Distilled-Purified-Home/303581431327?hash=item46aedd061f:m:mwNB5rMR9veOKrDc7brAJQw There are OTHER systems available now and some I am not familiar with because the market has changed. When I bought my system, those were the best options 5 years ago. I suggest to use these things as a starting point, and do your own research to find what solution suits your needs. Hope that helps.

    I remember I tried that. What happens is, the water boils and shoots UP THE PIPE. It is attempting to go up up up into the coffee basket. But only SOME OF IT goes up the pipe. Because the valve is missing, some of the water falls back into the tank. So, it might work without it but it will take much longer to make coffee. The valve stops the water from falling back down into the tank. BY THE WAY, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I AM AMAZED AT HOW MANY PEOPLE BENEFITED FROM MY LITTLE COFFEE POT INSTRUCTABLE. THANK YOU ALL FOR SAYING YOU APPRECIATED MY WORK.

    Kerry, sorry i didn't answer your question, but I recently moved to Florida, and was not paying any attention to instructables for a long time. If the unit heats up, but no water boils, then it is likely clogged pipe just as described in my instructable. Unplug the unit, then don't be afraid to take it apart and TRY to fix it. Just be careful and don't work on it while it is plugged in. If you are not good at mechanical things, ask a friend to come over and help you. Promise him or her you will brew some gourmet coffee if you succeed.

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  • Repair Your Clogged Coffee Maker

    The valve allows the boiled water to go UP the tube... but it is not a constant flow. So the valve shuts..... causing the boiled water to not fall back down the tube. So the valve is needed to keep water going in ONE direction. Its a good idea to be very careful to not spill the dry coffee when putting it into the filter. That helps so you don't clog it up.

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  • I lived in Wentzville missouri for a while and out there they have VERY "HARD" WATER. It is just FULL of mineral deposits! While I lived there, I had cheap coffee pots and they would get absolutely clogged with mineral deposits INSIDE THE HEATING ELEMENT. The result is that NO WATER could get through the pipe. You can visually see it if you remove the plastic pipe off of the heating element. (Always unplug power first!!). Just look inside the pipe and if it looks clogged, it is ruined. The cure for this was NOBODY buys expensive coffee pots. They buy cheapy ones and just purchase another one when it gets clogged. Other than that.... simply make sure the water can flow through EVERY tube and spout. If it heats up, then it must be clogged somewhere.

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  • Your items are impressive. I wonder if automobile broken glass would work for the geode? Windshields break up into tiny pieces. I need my windshield replaced because it is cracked. Maybe I should save it and crack it up, store the pieces in a jar for later ART projects?

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  • I am an electronics technician (retired). I never heard of this method, and I like it a lot. One thing most people do wrong when their phone gets wet.... is they neglect to REMOVE the battery immediately. Most phones have removable covers, and removing the battery puts a STOP to the electrolysis between delicate conductors within the phone. That electricity flowing across the circuit board will EAT AWAY the delicate foil traces. So... first thing to do is remove the battery... then do your method ... I congratulate you on such a creative instructable.

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  • Very good idea. I worked at a company where we had to repair buttons on commercial telephones, and we used the conductive paint. The paint didn't always work either. I have fixed my share of remote controls, and sometimes they get really gummed up with sticky soda and candy sugary coating in the remote. As long as the BATTERY is removed, it is ok to run water over the whole DIS-ASSEMBLED circuit board and rubber button pads until all of that gunk is washed away. Be sure it is completely dry when re-assembling. I never thought about using aluminum foil, and I will give it a try next time. Great instructable.

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  • In your "STEP 1" you should have mentioned to be careful to select a book that has no monetary value AND no literary value! It looks like you used a dictionary, which is a good choice. Many instructables use old books that are drilled or otherwise destroyed, and 2 of the instructables FAILED to investigate the book title on Amazon or Ebay. One book was a RARE science fiction book that LOOKED worthless, but was actually rare! It was worth $600 dollars on Amazon. Another instructable used a 5 star rated large print book that was selling for $150 dollars on ebay! Just a note for anyone wanting to destroy a book: PLEASE don't destroy books that are highly rated 5 stars, or that are worth hundreds of dollars! That would be making a DESTRUCTABLE.... not an instructable!

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  • framistan commented on guythebuilder's instructable Secret Book Hole

    I like the idea of your instructable. It is very clever... , but would caution anyone doing this to be very careful of the book they choose. This book looks like a large print edition the book titled, "Younger Next Year For Women." That book, in the large print edition, sells for $150.00 on ebay right now. Also, this book is a highly rated book having 4 and a half stars! There are many books that have no money value and no literary value that could be used. Old encyclopedias might be one option. Be sure to research the book on amazon and ebay before destroying it. One guy destroyed a book that I looked up and it was an EXTREMELY RARE science fiction book that was selling for $600 dollars on Amazon!

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  • I like this instructable, and I am going to make one similar to yours, but maybe a little larger. Also, I will be more careful than you were to research the book I will destroy. The book you used is rated 5 stars on Amazon. One reader said it was an "excellent book" and it was the book that inspired him to become a life-long reader. The dollar value is also important to look at. One instructable used a book (not your instructable) that looked worthless, but in fact it was a RARE BOOK selling for 600 dollars on Amazon! So I will be careful to use some book that truly has no value. I like your instructable, and I learned how to make the sewn-in-pages by looking at how you did it. Thanks for posting this it is excellent!

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  • framistan commented on Stan1y's instructable Commercial Spool Adapter

    Some old machines like that one are worth several HUNDRED dollars!! Check out what they are selling for on ebay if you ever get the idea to trash it. My brother used to search for people pitching them, and then sell them for BIG BUCKS.

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  • I saw a quotation on a grade-school wall. It said, "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." Dorothy Parker (kids that are curious will not ever get bored.

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  • I have done temperature measurements at various depths underground. I have found that the temperature underground is about 60F. This is WARMTH. If your outer foundation is exposed to the cold air, then the brick foundation could be 10 or 20 degrees F. If the styrofoam is placed on the wall... PLUS extends underground a foot or 2... then the 60F heat underground helps to "warm up" the wall a little bit. I like your idea and I think it would help keep the home warmer and I suggest you extend the styrofoam a foot or 2 below ground. Otherwise, the COLD temperatures are still getting into the wall at the ground level. Then pile up dirt against the wall as high as you can will help also.

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  • framistan commented on s0ramble's instructable Fake Book Case

    I suggest being VERY CAREFUL of what book you choose to do this to. On one instructable I noticed someone made a LAMP out of old books. One of the books he used was just a worthless looking science fiction book. I looked up the book on Amazon.com, and found out the book was very RARE, and they were selling on Amazon for $600 dollars EACH! Once... when I was a youngster, I ruined an old crummy book in this way.... and a few years later I was sorry I did it because the book had belonged to my father, who is passed away now. I wish I had that book back. It had no money value, but my father gave it to me. I made a mistake using that book. Some books have no value to one person, but another person would treasure it greatly. I'm just saying to be careful... very careful what book you…

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    I suggest being VERY CAREFUL of what book you choose to do this to. On one instructable I noticed someone made a LAMP out of old books. One of the books he used was just a worthless looking science fiction book. I looked up the book on Amazon.com, and found out the book was very RARE, and they were selling on Amazon for $600 dollars EACH! Once... when I was a youngster, I ruined an old crummy book in this way.... and a few years later I was sorry I did it because the book had belonged to my father, who is passed away now. I wish I had that book back. It had no money value, but my father gave it to me. I made a mistake using that book. Some books have no value to one person, but another person would treasure it greatly. I'm just saying to be careful... very careful what book you choose.

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