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  • How to Convert Portrait Video to Landscape?

    an even easier solution is the freeware software https://www.movierotator.com/index.htmlif all you want to do is rotate the videos bonus: this will convert input .mov files to .mp4 files on output (.mp4 are more universal in nature)

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  • Train Wild Birds to Exchange Litter for Food!

    Agreed Jeff, it's an awesome project and magpies are very smart birds. If the squirrels in my area are an example they would simply demolish the food container to get the peanuts - none of this learning to pick trash stuff 😎. I'd guess the half life of the container would be about 2 days.

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  • Concrete Rhubarb Leaf Garden Decor

    That leaf looks great! Question though doesn't the aggregate in the cement mix cause loss of detail? Wouldn't a mortar mix perhaps with a bit of mesh as reinforcement give more detail?

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  • Concrete Chessboard Planter

    great idea for an outdoor chess board! looks great too. to prevent the drainage hole bump in the forms one could cover the hole with a bit of making tape to get a smoother top and would also make the moulding less messy (no leaks).

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  • Homemade Edge Band Clamps

    nice job! - simple, effective, and inexpensive

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  • How to Make a Gimbal

    you got my vote - very cool project

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  • Reading While Standing - Adjustable Phone Stand

    very nice! I made something similar by recycling an old cassette tape case (remember those ?).The wood covers up some old lead tire weights to give the holder some heft and keep it stable. Sorry I do not have any build pictures.

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  • gcai_fwb commented on russm313's instructable Wooden Can Crusher
    Wooden Can Crusher

    very nice - I gotta build one for the garage

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  • Refrigerator Magnet Clock

    that is the COOLEST clock ! Brilliant - absolutely the winner

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  • gcai_fwb commented on makendo's instructable Backlit House Numbers
    Backlit House Numbers

    great idea and execution! Did you consider using solar powered LEDs?

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  • Carving Name on Pencil Lead

    Some fine detail work there requiring steady hands, but to clarify the "lead" in a pencil is not a metal it is actually a combination of graphite (a form of carbon) and clay - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencil

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  • gcai_fwb commented on sg19point3's instructable Travel Safe
    Travel Safe

    good idea - I'd change it a bit though - put your cash into a drinking straw, seal the ends of the straw (or use plastic wrap) ; cut end of the toothpaste tube, insert sealed cash and reseal the end of toothpaste tube with a heat source (soldering iron, hot knife, iron ,etc.) or fold over and hold close with binder clip. This allows the toothpaste tube to have the some heft if someone is curious and also if they open the cap, toothpaste will come out. May want to dedicate that tube as a decoy only :)

    then just crimp over the end and use the binder clip (or your hairpin) - I use binder clips all the time to keep the used part of the tube rolled up. What I'm getting at is the tube would be more 'real' i.e. why would you have an empty tube in your kit?

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  • gcai_fwb commented on Flintman's instructable Secret Pencil
    Secret Pencil

    just hope no one 'borrows' the pencil and it wanders off

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  • Password Protection Program

    good idea save I'm total garbage on solving Rubik's cubes

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  • gcai_fwb commented on Ertugrul_QAZ's instructable The Secret Notebook
    The Secret Notebook

    don't forget the B&R card :)

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  • How to Hide Your Door Key, Mistakes and Embarrassment. AKA Don't Ruin the Wife's Hatstand.

    where I live the racoons and squirrels would steal the hats :)

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  • Magical No Dip, One-Hand, Tri-String, Continuous Feed, Mega Bubble Wand

    Great instructable - love big bubbles! and the continuous feed wand is brillant bu

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  • The Valuable Coffee Jar

    CDN tire - wow so valuable! :)

    or the empty tube from inside of paper towel roll

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  • Perlite Traditional Pizza Oven

    great project! I can taste the pizza already :) - now I just have to build it!

    ps. the term for your pizza shovel is a pizza peel (why I do not know ) but really, your term, shovel, is much better and more descriptive! :)

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  • How to Make a Personal Mini Desk Fan Out of an Old Computer – Fits in Your Pocket

    Good idea but you might want to add some sort of screen/protector to prevent fingers from entering the fan area - even with only battery power those blades can cause significant damage to flesh - techie buddy of mine stupidly 'tested' to see if a fan was spinning resulting in the loss of a finger tip.

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  • gcai_fwb commented on AMbros Custom's instructable Infinity Cube Table
    Infinity Cube Table

    Beautiful table - Nice job! Thank you for posting .

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  • Make a Glass Bottle Wind Chime

    Wow what a great project ! Don't know if I'll attempt it but I learned how to drill a hole in glass - I'll be using that to put holes in sea glass for my wife to make jewelry - didn't know about the water submersion. Thank you!

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  • Better Than the Chip Shop Chips!

    ps. do you know which type of potato you used? I know the ones in the bag! no seriously

    hilarious! and those chips look damn good too! got my vote :)

    thanks - Maris Pipers are probably a bit tough to get in Canada - I'll give it a shot with Burbank Russets instead - I cut them up into wedges, oil and season like your method (maybe add a minced garlic clove or 2) and grill them on the BBQ which is really good too if you want to try something different.

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  • Making a Plate From Recycled Plastic

    nice project - but few folks have access to:a) CNC machine capable of milling the mold b) plastic injection machine great idea if you are going to go into full scale production - 2-3 not so much

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  • Pizza Cutter From Discarded Saw Blade

    great idea and design - and the end product is beautiful - good job!

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  • Anyone Can Make an Authentic Pizza

    Hate to be picky but your spell checker missed Preperationthree times ! Spelling does count especially for teachers.

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  • gcai_fwb commented on jeff-o's instructable Pierogi Pizza
    Pierogi Pizza

    Well that certainly is a different take on fusion cooking/baking - don't know if my Polish Babcia would approve though :) - some things, pierogi being one of them, are sacrosanct.

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  • Cheap and Stylish DIY Concrete Pots

    really like the curvy bottle/jar shape :) - is it called Marilyn?

    a little wax or used motor oil also work well - basically anything that is slippery and not water soluble

    excellent idea! I'll add it to bag of tricks, thanks

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  • Use Your Phone As a Second Monitor

    nifty idea! would this work with a tablet too? I have a Fire Tablet gathering dust :) does it work for both iOS and Android?

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  • gcai_fwb commented on YukonJulie's instructable Easy Best Fit Mask
    Easy Best Fit Mask

    I agree Beth with that the pleats MUST face down else they act as particle traps.Also rather than use fabric marker to denote "inside" how about a coloured thread or something non-irritating - I for one would have a skin reaction to anything chemical against my face. The solution to this that I made was to use 2 different pieces of fabric to make the main tube, a little more sewing but effective.

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  • DIY Cookie Cutter - From Scrap Metal Offcuts

    Good idea!I'd add a drop of superglue (cyanoacrylate) in the crimp to keep it together. The cyanoacrylate is food stable. Or if you use copper sheet or sheet steel you could solder the joint. Copper btw is an antibacterial/antiviral substance but might be a bit soft for this application depending on it's alloy (was thinking one cut slit scrap 1/2 water piper and flattening it ).

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  • Cheap and Stylish DIY Concrete Pots

    Nice little instructable!Rather than drilling a drainage hole(s) simply put in small diameter form (foam plugs, short pieces of pipe/dowel/ be creative :) ) to create the hole - this also can act a support for you inner container. Also I'd assemble the entire formwork first and then fill with concrete rather than pouring the concrete and then inserting the inner form - more control over the final product.

    oops forgot - to get a smooth top edge vibrate the filled form to remove voids (or not if you want that texture ) lets the concrete setup a bit then trowel the top edge to desired texture

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  • How to Make Wooden Clamps From Scraps

    nice project! re the "stickiness" in the joints perhaps a quick rub with a bit of wax (candle) will smooth out the action? same for the jaw pads - may not even need the sanding

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  • How to Build an AC Cobra Replica

    Damn! shorted out the keyboard from drooling :) Lovely job - spectacular car !

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  • Retread Running Shoes With Upcycled Bike Tire

    great idea! - gotta try this with my old beater shoes that I use for garden work - the lugs would be very helpful btw rather than scissor a pair of tin snips (if you have them ) would do quick work of the bike tires - also I think I'll use by disc grinder to smooth/roughen off the soles and the tire pieces

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  • gcai_fwb commented on runciblefish's instructable Firenado Lamp
    Firenado Lamp

    great idea! simple and effective - will have to add to the projects list for the new garden love the "pet rattlesnake" reference (do many people have one of these ?? :)and the Hudson Bay blanket with the carrying bag

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  • Traditional Linzer Christmas Cookies

    These look great ! but a minor quibble I think these are more like Hilda Brotchen (umlaut on the o) than Linzer cookies - Hilda are shortbread based, Linzer traditionally been almond flour/meal based (could use other nuts too) - both taste just great!

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  • gcai_fwb commented on chienline's instructable M.A.P.S. Keychain
    M.A.P.S. Keychain

    I'm a complete newbie at 3D printing - when I took the layer height = 1.6 mm to the shop where I'm printing they went - aaah No! - maybe it should be .16mm ?thanks

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  • Dust Free Sanding Using a Storage Container

    Excellent idea - it's going in the 'to build' pile :)

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  • Nice and Cheap Cooking Bell Lid or Melting Dome for the Plancha and the BBQ

    Excellent idea! and thinking out of the box - thanks for the instructable.

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  • gcai_fwb commented on chienline's instructable M.A.P.S. Keychain
    M.A.P.S. Keychain

    great idea!I'm going to print a bunch of them for my family's Xmas tradition 'guess me' gift exchange :)

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  • How to Make Traditional Bavarian Pretzels in Four Easy Steps

    have to agree with mimikry - lye dipping is the traditional Bavarian method - baking soda doesn't cut it - perhaps re-title as "How to make non-traditional Pretzels"?

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  • Nice instructable - can't tell where in the world you're located but I'm guessing a temperate region (i.e. no winter ground frost). If you live in a place with ground frost you'll find your stones slowly sinking in the ground year over year which means you have to dig them up once in while and relevel OR you initially place them on a proper base of gravel/limestone screenings (minimum 4 inches /10 cm - more work now or more work later your choice. Also by putting in a support base you get much better drainage and levelling is easier.Speak from experience on this :).

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  • I'm guessing I shouldn't use my wife's microwave in the kitchen? :) Great i'ble - detailed and thoroughly illustrated - good stuff !

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  • Nice job! and it looks great - just the idea I need for finishing a planned 'stepping' stone walkway using one of these https://www.quikrete.com/athome/walkmaker.asp - I'm going to use the "country stone" pattern. ps. nice touch with the Kiwi slang - I'll have to dig out and reread my old Footrot Flats graphic 'novels' again

    Nice job! and it looks great - just the idea I need for finishing a planned 'stepping' stone walkway using one of these https://www.quikrete.com/athome/walkmaker.asp - I'm going to use the "country stone" pattern. ps. nice touch with the Kiwi slang 👍- I'll have to dig out and reread my old Footrot Flats graphic 'novels' again 😎

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  • agreed ! agr

    pls. ignore the 'agr' - it was supposed to be an emoticon but it got lost in translation - LOL buttons rule!

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  • I "get it" however if you presented me with your MB pen to sign I'd think the exact opposite of you intent - rather than "shows class, style, professionalism, success, etc."I'd be wondering why you think that this pricey pen would influence me? Substance is what counts not flash.btw I could easily afford multiple MBs if I wanted but I don't like facades - flashy cars, Rolexes, high end suits etc. - they all make me think what is being compensated for? Suggest you read "The Millionaire Next Door" by Stanley

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  • Excellent use for the empty Bustelo can after you've enjoyed the coffee (my fav) :)

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  • gcai_fwb commented on 3D-NM8OR's instructable Kayak Step Cart

    just what I was looking - excellent double use of an everyday time - great creativity!

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  • neat little bit of origami!since you seem to like erudite phrasing :) EDC is actually an initialization (sort of) rather than an acronym - acronyms are spoken as words rather than spoken as a series of letters examples:NASA - acronym TLA - initialization even though it stands for Three Letter AcronymIBM - initialization - a company where all projects must have a TLA as a first order of business - at least in my experience CICS (anachronism I know) is an acronym in Canada (pronounced "kicks") and an initialization in the USA - why I do not know - cultural? (Customer Information Control System)SQL another weird one - either 'sequel' or S Q L WYSIWYG - definitely acronym keep folding paper :)

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  • gcai_fwb commented on memestra's instructable Herb Garden Planter

    very nice solution - can't show to my wife or she'll want one too! :)

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  • what a hoot! maybe to assuage all the naysayers you could mount it on the back and have a pusher prop instead of a puller - see the many "propellers" made to mount on trailer hitches

    hmm wonder how the Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy fairs?so if you're in the UK don't build one

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  • gcai_fwb commented on diamondemb's instructable Making a Junkbot

    Rarely! since I do the laundry I check my pockets :) Keep up the great creativity!

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  • gcai_fwb commented on diamondemb's instructable Making a Junkbot

    Very imaginative creations - bravo! ps. I pick up random found fasteners too! :)

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  • gcai_fwb made the instructable Simple Hard Drive Clock
    Simple Hard Drive Clock

    Good job - Newer version of the ones I made years (10+?) ago :) I wanted to retain the circuit board so I sourced older thicker HDDs to hide the clock mechanism.

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  • Hi DaveS191 - see my comment above(below?) re keyless car. To my knowledge all seemingless keyless fobs do actually have a physical key hidden in the fob to be used when the fob battery dies.

    hi JohnW51 - I'm not familiar with your car exactly but if there is a key there is a keyhole - it may be hidden under a trim piece near/on the door handle - looking in the manual should solve the mystery - failing that the Nissan dealer may be able to help (YMMV) :)

    Great to see other people have had the same good idea and variations on the same. I really like the undercoating camouflage idea. I ran into a bit of an issue with my new vehicle - RFID key fob keyless ignition - no way to hide that lump - also it is battery driven so one does not want to expose it to the elements. Surprise - the fob has a physical key which pops out - great - hide the spare physical key outside on the car and then hide the electronic fob inside the car (with the battery removed but close by - car will not lock if the fob is inside the car) - problem solved. After all this brainstorming I found out my car has a PIN function to access the car without a key! Mind you it was buried on page 300+ something of the 500+ page manual(!) and the service guys had no clue when I aske…

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    Great to see other people have had the same good idea and variations on the same. I really like the undercoating camouflage idea. I ran into a bit of an issue with my new vehicle - RFID key fob keyless ignition - no way to hide that lump - also it is battery driven so one does not want to expose it to the elements. Surprise - the fob has a physical key which pops out - great - hide the spare physical key outside on the car and then hide the electronic fob inside the car (with the battery removed but close by - car will not lock if the fob is inside the car) - problem solved. After all this brainstorming I found out my car has a PIN function to access the car without a key! Mind you it was buried on page 300+ something of the 500+ page manual(!) and the service guys had no clue when I asked about it - now I just hide the fob (sans installed battery) inside the car. The service guys solution was to call emergency road service - great except I frequently go to remote enough places that there is no cell service and a lost key would not make for a great day. @ Disneywizard - excellent idea re the plastic key - my solution was to get a physical key cut ($1.50?) and hide that outside the car while hiding the spare RFID key inside the car. Even if a thief found the outside key it would only get them as far as the car interior.

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  • $5 for a piece of scrap pipe - a bit steep don't you think?

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  • this looks like fun - will have to try with my nieces :)

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  • Wow! detail plus - excellent 'ible - I'm new to the 3D printing area and this 'ible answered many of my questions with the bonus of being a project with useful end product as I use single razors frequently. One request though is it possible to get a .stl file for medium with finger rest and no knurling? thanks in advance

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  • gcai_fwb commented on dtextor's instructable Backpack Webbing Hack

    Great hack! I've implemented it on all my loose straps. However I made one slight change by using a square (reef) knot to tie the shock cord and then pulled the knot into the channel at the end of the strap - gives a slightly neater appearance (see pictures) - thanks for the great idea!BTW - you could use paracord instead of the shock cord if you don't want to use the roll up feature.

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  • the Arizona iced tea ( I think ?) or similar would fit the "tall' requirement :0 btw part of the reason the can bottom is concave is that the can body (sides) are extruded into shape from an aluminum disc which ends up as the bottom - a very specific aluminum alloy is used

    Very cool castings! I'm guessing the biggest expensive was the 10 cent deposit on the that fine Canadian brew beer can :)

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  • Nice job! I've attached photos of the clock that has graced my desk since 2001. It is one of dozens that I made until I ran out of my supply of that style of hard drive. The drives (old IBM - 20- 40 Mb !) were well suited to hiding the clock mechanism so I used a simple friction fit bracket to hold the mechanism. Also it let me show the circuit board on the back - on the original drive the components faced in. As for data wiping, once those platters are out they are unreadable to mere mortals; if your drive contains data that sensitive it should probably be destroyed rather than recycled/reused or use the built in magnet to really mess it up :).

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  • Kudos to you for providing for your uncle with such dedication - great project, superbly executed!

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  • :)

    I use a slightly different method :Wrap cord on pipe as you do but use masking tape to secure the ends. I use a stainless steel pipe sourced from the scrap bin a little smaller diameter than a pencil. I then use my heat gun on low to gently, moving the wrapped coil through the heat gun output, heat the wrapped cord, usually use the finger touch test - if I grasp the coil for more than 3-5 seconds its not warm enough - then let it cool and reverse twist the coil as mentioned by othersworks for me :)

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  • gcai_fwb commented on Romain7333's instructable 3$ Disk Sander

    I use glue - old school :)

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  • Kipkay's video forgot to loop the zip tie through a non-moveable part of the luggage (eg. handle or attached D-ring). This would prevent the zipper pulls from being manipulated around as per his video re-closing the zipper - use 2 zip ties if needed. Also it's a good idea use the weirdest colour you have (fluorescent pink is good) - chances are if someone cuts your zip tie they wouldn't have the same colour to replace it (i.e. don't use black or white). Best solution just pack you dirty clothes - thieves generally will not steal those :).

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  • great idea and good execution - however a much simpler and less expensive solution, if you have a Android based phone is an OTG cable - see http://thetechieguy.com/an-absolute-must-have-the-...they cost ~$5+ on amazon (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=sear... or you can make one yourself - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEo_nJ3iUYI - start @ 1:30 for example I've used OTG to perform picture backups: -copy pictures to internal SD card on phone from the camera SD card -then copy from the internal SD to an external USB stick -if your internal SD card is big enough you can leave the pictures there giving you 3 copies of your pictures, else delete from the phone -extra bonus: if you have enough data bandwidth/roaming is to backup in the cloud from the phone

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  • @ Jack Oat in case you're interested here's the unadulterated recipe that my wife usesbtw she stores the lye solution between batches (in plastic/glass) - it lasts a long time sorry no pictures :)My Pretzel recipe (Anne's),Yup, this version works - makes 16 pretzels an be doubled.Ingredients:2 lb flour 1.5 tsp salt 1.5 Tbsp instant yeast (yes this works, very reactive in warm oven!) 1.5 Tbsp honey 600 ml water Make a stiff dough and knead 5 minutes or until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 hr or until doubled in oven with light on (preheat oven to 150F to speed up). Prepare pans - grease pretzel rack (1/4c canola oil - brush grids with oil using pastry brush), put on old nasty baking sheet Divide dough into 16 pieces; roll out each into 2 ft snake fatter in centre; do pret…

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    @ Jack Oat in case you're interested here's the unadulterated recipe that my wife usesbtw she stores the lye solution between batches (in plastic/glass) - it lasts a long time sorry no pictures :)My Pretzel recipe (Anne's),Yup, this version works - makes 16 pretzels an be doubled.Ingredients:2 lb flour 1.5 tsp salt 1.5 Tbsp instant yeast (yes this works, very reactive in warm oven!) 1.5 Tbsp honey 600 ml water Make a stiff dough and knead 5 minutes or until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 hr or until doubled in oven with light on (preheat oven to 150F to speed up). Prepare pans - grease pretzel rack (1/4c canola oil - brush grids with oil using pastry brush), put on old nasty baking sheet Divide dough into 16 pieces; roll out each into 2 ft snake fatter in centre; do pretzel twist. Let dry on a cloth until a bit of skin forms - 1-2 hrs. Note: dry seam-side down first, then flip at 30min to seams up - that's the final side). Don't skimp on drying - the lye is thinner with a good skin.Pour lye into deep glass bowl, diameter of pretzel. Use protective gloves (blue ones good); use stainless steel metal slotted spoon (try plastic spatula); dip in lye very briefly, seam-side up, pressing down briefly to moisten top. Carefully transfer to grid. Use razor knife (try razor blade) to slit fat part of pretzel; sprinkle with sea salt. Put on pretzel rack - 8 fit closely, use 2 trays, 1 batch of 16 (possible to put directly on teflon sheets but the lye pools and is strong to the taste = yuck). Bake @ 400F for 10 min. Turn down to 350F for 20 min. or convection 350F for 14 min (yes this works) Makes 16. Lye: Add 1/4 c pellets to 4 c of water and stir to dissolve. Must be stored in glass or plastic; do not contact with metal or skin.

    yes lye the secret - it is the only way to make authentic German pretzels - all the others pale in taste and texture.I can get pretzels from a local bakery but at a stupid price ($1.25 each last time I looked) but my wife makes them following roughly the same process as above based on recipe sourced by my mother from the local baker in Germany.I made some custom baking grids from 1/4" hardware cloth and she uses a sacrificial set of baking sheets - see pics - once they are wrecked who cares as the product never touches the sheet (i.e. the pretzels are suspended on the grids) - she also dips the pretzels rather than brushing using the grids for dying before baking - secondary benefit of the grids is circulation of air during baking. Also for complete authenticity the fat part of the …

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    yes lye the secret - it is the only way to make authentic German pretzels - all the others pale in taste and texture.I can get pretzels from a local bakery but at a stupid price ($1.25 each last time I looked) but my wife makes them following roughly the same process as above based on recipe sourced by my mother from the local baker in Germany.I made some custom baking grids from 1/4" hardware cloth and she uses a sacrificial set of baking sheets - see pics - once they are wrecked who cares as the product never touches the sheet (i.e. the pretzels are suspended on the grids) - she also dips the pretzels rather than brushing using the grids for dying before baking - secondary benefit of the grids is circulation of air during baking. Also for complete authenticity the fat part of the pretzel should be slashed before baking after the lye has dried to expose the inner dough - looks nice :)

    No not screen framing.PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT use anything ALUMINUM around lye - it reacts quite violently and creates hydrogen gas - very combustible.- same reason putting anything Aluminum through the dishwasher causes that article to get totally discoloured - there's a bit of lye (sodium hydroxide NaOH) in the dishwasher detergent. now to answer your query - well scrounger that I am I had some leftover corner bead from a drywalling project so I cut that down and then hammered it flat sandwiching the hardware cloth - the rectangle is sized so the inside exposed grid is close to the size of the sheet - it sorta locks - no great accuracy :)after making them I scrubbed them throughly and then baked for a while at 450 or so - clean as they are ever going to be.if you have access to a sheet met…

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    No not screen framing.PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT use anything ALUMINUM around lye - it reacts quite violently and creates hydrogen gas - very combustible.- same reason putting anything Aluminum through the dishwasher causes that article to get totally discoloured - there's a bit of lye (sodium hydroxide NaOH) in the dishwasher detergent. now to answer your query - well scrounger that I am I had some leftover corner bead from a drywalling project so I cut that down and then hammered it flat sandwiching the hardware cloth - the rectangle is sized so the inside exposed grid is close to the size of the sheet - it sorta locks - no great accuracy :)after making them I scrubbed them throughly and then baked for a while at 450 or so - clean as they are ever going to be.if you have access to a sheet metal brake you could make up a strip of thin galvanized metal - again bending over and hammering flat.also when using the grids they are given a healthy brush of vegetable oil so over time they have "seasoned" - after use they get tossed in the dishwasher along with the sacrificial sheets - done!

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  • gcai_fwb commented on shapespeare's instructable Metric Bread

    great instructable - thanks muchly for the tip re the 1/4 steel plate instead of pizza stones - did you season it like a cast iron skillet? I'm guessing the plate would work on a gas grill too? certainly could get higher temperatures

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  • 100% agree - ditched an old bathroom fixture last week - this week the parts would have been useful to fix the new leak :)

    great little project btw!

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  • you could use a 1/2-20 nut instead of the camera insert

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  • neat little tripod! a little late perhaps but the "kodak" screw you refer to is really a 1/4 - 20 standard thread (SAE) - common as dirt in North America but good on you for the work you did recreating it

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  • I vote with Bray58 - not so much the composting but keeping any gunk out of the downstream system - and let's face into every life a "yuck" must come :) - wear disposable gloves! btw I find a retrieving tool (claw on end of wire) like this https://www.amazon.com/GearWrench-2391-Flexible-Re...to work very well - but at the dollar store much cheaper and you want the cheapest of the cheap for this job

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  • just note that when using wider stock make sure it's been completely dried (old scrap that's been lying around a while)framing used in construction tends to have moisture content which could cause cracking when it dries out particularly in the thin sections.

    nice job - seems some people get hung up on holes (or wholes) and/or the lack thereof - please that's what drill bits are for :)was going to suggest if bigger enclosures are required stock lumber comes in bigger sizes too - 2x6 2x8 etc

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  • very creative but I can buy a 80 pc rotary tool kit from Harbor freight for $10 so why would I spend more $ and my time to make this? just wondering?

    thnx for the input - I was just curious - not intended to negative

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  • Dinosaur Eggs! I know a kid who is obsessed with dinosaurs - this will make a great gift - thanks! hmmm! will have to think how to get a small dinosaur (stuffie or model) inside the egg.

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  • Super looking table! Well done! looks like I'm going to drink a lot of beer :)In your comments you note using a plastic card to compact the grout. I've used a stiff rubber squeegee when doing mosaic work with good results, it let's you work the grout firmly into the gaps.I was thinking another option (for your next table) would be to glue each cap separately being careful to keep the glue under the cap edge (you'd only need a small dab) so can't be seen and then filling the void between the caps with resin (i.e. replace the grout with resin) - would give the effect of the caps floating in liquid (sort of :)I'm thinking I might do this with my collection of foreign coins instead of beer caps.

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  • Great idea and equally great instructable ! I have all those scraps - now just find the time make the project :)

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