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  • Distill Vodka to Make Everclear

    I admit I never got decent results in anything over about 60 proof. I have a commercial water distiller, and it just boiled the vodka into the room. My guess is that the final distillation is extremely temperature-reliant. I gave up and just bought everclear.

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  • Kveik - Brewers Yeast Ring

    There is NO indication here that this has anything to do with brewer's yeast. It's a lovely bit of woodworking tho.

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  • NANKHATAI/NARAYAN KATAAR (INDIAN SHORTBREAD)

    Your recipe says "powdered sugar," but the pictures make it look more like granulated sugar. Could you clarify, please?

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  • goldenskyhook commented on mikecraghead's instructable Sand Sculpture
    Sand Sculpture

    I've occasionally watched sand sculpture contests on TV. Some of them appear to be using hairspray to help the process somehow. Are you familiar with this? Does it really help anything?

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  • Awesome project! Being a former home-schooler with an artist wife with mad watercolor skills, I've done similar projects before. I'd like to add, however, that you suggest latex or nitrile gloves on your "needed" list. All too many pigments and inks contain potential toxins, but even if not it just seems better to me to not spend the next few days looking like a paint rag as the ink on your hands oh-so-slowly fades.

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  • goldenskyhook commented on ejmastnak's instructable Save a Burned Pot

    A properly seasoned cast-iron pan would never reach this burned state, plus scouring and scrubbing like this will completely destroy the seasoning finish. I know some people get downright apoplectic about using detergent on a cast-iron skillet, but I've never had any trouble with that. I think the "no soap" rule dates from back when people used actual soap to wash dishes instead of today's modern dish detergents.

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  • These are lovely! Surely you're aware that Hawaiian lava rock is supposedly cursed? Legend has it that people who remove it from "da eye-leen" come to a bad end. I'm pretty sure, of course, that this is a myth perpetrated by the locals to prevent vandalism.

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  • Just to share with you, most born musicians also love to tinker with anything and everything to see if it will make interesting sounds of some kind. I can be insufferable if turned loose in a new kitchen, as I start tapping and blowing on every pot, pan, bottle, and cup!

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  • The cooling fans should take care of that just fine. On the other hand, one of the more common things that can cause print failures is drafts or inconsistent build plate temperatures. An enclosure like this can cure a lot of minor printer problems, and cut down the overall noisiness as well.

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  • I've used guar gum before, and I use Xanthan gum all the time for my gluten free baking, but I never thought of it for bubble juice. I also got something called "J-Lube" which is a powdered "veterinary lubricant." It's basically powdered KY, but vets sometimes need to lubricate a 3 foot long glove to reach into a large animal orifice or body cavity. It works quite amazingly, but the juice is kind of slimy. I make the 6 foot diameter bubbles at my grandkids' birthdays and the like.

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  • You mention "chemically treating" the glass on your next build, but you don't say anything about treating the plexi in this one. Did you do something to it, or does it just provide a surface for day-glo markers? Is that what you use to draw on this?

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  • While it's true that unsalted butter is best to start with, clarifying salted butter is a great way to remove nearly all the salt. The finished product actually tastes about the same as ghee made from unsalted.

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  • Could you give us a link to the scratch pound cake recipe you mentioned?

    But you'd still fold in the egg whites, right?

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  • This looks WAY cool. Am I seeing this right, that I would need a vertical, ferrous surface to use this?

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  • Also, just so you know, you can buy a butane-powered portable soldering iron that creates a small flame that heats a pointed tip, then cools down rapidly. Not as inexpensive as yours, but still quite cheap! https://www.amazon.com/Capacity-Flame-Butane-Soldering-Outdoor/dp/B01CDSRN74/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1546215658&sr=8-4&keywords=portable+butane+soldering+iron

    Your spelling and grammar are superb! GREAT job, especially since it's not your first language.

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  • While this is an awesome project, I feel it's important to state that polygraphs do NOT detect whether someone is lying "with a high degree of accuracy." In fact, they are mostly used as psychological tools these days, mostly for intimidation. They are not considered admissible evidence in court, and can be easily beaten, or register multiple false "positives." I feel this is important, because someone is bound to try and use this thing to "test" their teenage kids, "prove" their spouse is cheating, or "determine" that their employee is stealing. Any of these scenarios would result in pointless pain and suffering for many people. So I will say this again. GREAT PROJECT. and LIE DETECTORS DO NOT DETECT LIES with any trustworthy degree of ac…

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    While this is an awesome project, I feel it's important to state that polygraphs do NOT detect whether someone is lying "with a high degree of accuracy." In fact, they are mostly used as psychological tools these days, mostly for intimidation. They are not considered admissible evidence in court, and can be easily beaten, or register multiple false "positives." I feel this is important, because someone is bound to try and use this thing to "test" their teenage kids, "prove" their spouse is cheating, or "determine" that their employee is stealing. Any of these scenarios would result in pointless pain and suffering for many people. So I will say this again. GREAT PROJECT. and LIE DETECTORS DO NOT DETECT LIES with any trustworthy degree of accuracy. It is interesting as a curiosity only.

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  • I'm very excited about this, but I'm worried about toxic fumes? Did you do any ventilating, or ???

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  • VERY nicely done! I wish half the Instructables I've read were as well-written. Keep it up, my friend! People appreciate being schooled so clearly and well.

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  • This is awesome! My wife has been an artist for over 40 years, and just recently sold one of her 3d print designs in an art show! She's been experimenting with different ways to create a "spine" for a 3d printed dragon, and this just might be the answer! I'm thinking one could design a tiny perpendicular groove in the piece, then use a piece of "stretchy" silicone elastic (sold for beading) pulled tight. That way, when the print is done, the elasticity of the string would just pull the pieces closer together and they'd form the "vertebrae" of the dragon! I'm excited! SHE'S excited!

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  • So, does this upload the entire file to the Raspberry Pi somewhere, or is it still reliant on accessing the file that's on the wifi connected computer? I've heard that having a computer directly connected can be problematic because of sleep mode, problems with the HDD, etc, and prints can die as a result. If this allows wireless uploading of the entire printer file to the module, I can see it would be tremendously useful. "sneaker net." Ha! Hadn't heard that one.

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  • Congratulations, and kudos to you for such an accomplishment! I want to add a slight spin on your statements, however. Not everyone can use the "calories in vs. calories expended" concept to successfully lose weight. There are a ton of current studies showing that this only works if you have won that particular genetic lottery. I know a lot of people who have had great success with it. I also know plenty of people (myself included) whose metabolism simply doesn't respond to just cutting calories + burning more. From what little we know from those studies, it has more to do with the endocrine system and how it affects metabolism. That's the problem, the studies show this, but they don't really know why or how to fix it. In my case, I've had best results from some of the diets tha…

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    Congratulations, and kudos to you for such an accomplishment! I want to add a slight spin on your statements, however. Not everyone can use the "calories in vs. calories expended" concept to successfully lose weight. There are a ton of current studies showing that this only works if you have won that particular genetic lottery. I know a lot of people who have had great success with it. I also know plenty of people (myself included) whose metabolism simply doesn't respond to just cutting calories + burning more. From what little we know from those studies, it has more to do with the endocrine system and how it affects metabolism. That's the problem, the studies show this, but they don't really know why or how to fix it. In my case, I've had best results from some of the diets that lean a little into the high protein thing without going all the way into the "Atkins insanity." I also have an observation regarding my own journey. I have tried Atkins and the like in the past, and I'm pretty sure that it causes permanent (or at least very long term) changes in metabolism, making you oversensitive to carb intake. It gimmicks the body to burn fat based on protein intake, but the nasty payback is that even a few simple carbs go straight to the waistline! You are absolutely correct that the calorie counting approach can work for many. I just worry that some folks could get horribly discouraged if they are like me and unable to get satisfactory results from all the hard work. I wish you well. Again, much to be proud of!

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  • There are literally thousands of different kinds of plastic, each with its own toxicity level, or amount of fumes. It just isn't reasonable to label all plastics as dangerous because you had a bad experience melting one particular kind. This 'ible is offering a great solution to a problem that exists in our very real world. I, too, use reusable bags whenever possible. That doesn't mean this isn't a great idea. In fact, it actually lessens the risk of some animal getting caught, since it reuses hundreds of these bags. I see these things flying around in the wind every day on the roads. I, for one, would MUCH rather see somebody using them to make backpacks or whatever. Until the day when we actually DO ban plastic bags, I applaud the efforts that find fun ways to reuse them.

    Just spitballing here, but I wonder...If you were to place a flat, black surface out in the direct sunlight, and press these little guys out with a clear sheet of acrylic, you might be able to accomplish this with ZERO electricity. In sunny areas, such a surface will get HOT! I'm not sure of the exact temperatures, but I'll bet it's enough to do this project.

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  • I love this idea, but I'm totally addicted to liquid soap. Any idea how to modify this recipe to make liquid soap instead? I'm guessing just more water, but hey, what do I know?

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  • When you say you "added some glue" to the clay, do you mean you mixed the glue into the clay, or did you add it like a coating?

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  • This is a great concept, but it won't do much for soundproofing your space to outside ears. For that, you need a layer of extremely dense, preferably thick material. I've had good results with concrete paneling. Yes, the fiberglass will absorb some of the high frequencies, but the bass will go through the wall as if it were tissue paper. If you add a layer of concrete paneling on the back, then you'd have true soundproofing. Unless you have a very sophisticated amount of engineering skills, it doesn't make a huge difference to use "jagged" shaped surfaces. yes, there are some very expensive foam panels that do that, but they were developed by people with Engineering PhDs over MANY years of trial and error. Basically, all you need to do is have one dense layer to cut the bass, an…

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    This is a great concept, but it won't do much for soundproofing your space to outside ears. For that, you need a layer of extremely dense, preferably thick material. I've had good results with concrete paneling. Yes, the fiberglass will absorb some of the high frequencies, but the bass will go through the wall as if it were tissue paper. If you add a layer of concrete paneling on the back, then you'd have true soundproofing. Unless you have a very sophisticated amount of engineering skills, it doesn't make a huge difference to use "jagged" shaped surfaces. yes, there are some very expensive foam panels that do that, but they were developed by people with Engineering PhDs over MANY years of trial and error. Basically, all you need to do is have one dense layer to cut the bass, and one padded layer to control the mids and highs. Of course, you also want to make it look good, so the fabric is great for that. There's also something called "sound board" that's kind of like pressed felt but almost an inch thick. It comes in sheets similar to plywood or drywall. It's not terribly expensive.

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  • What exactly do you mean by a "low voltage motor?" I've got a couple of computer cooling fans around. Would those work? Pretty sure they're 12v. Some specifics would be nice as to how much voltage, current, etc. are generated by the heat exchanger.

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  • Greetings! VERY lovely first attempt! As for your grammar, I've seen plenty worse from supposedly native ES people. For some reason, many Americans seem offended by grammar and spelling, though I hate seeing how our language is degrading -- every error on the internet is multiplied a billionfold! Ah, but I digress - I have a question: Is this just reflecting from the glass of the windshield itself, or is there a "see-through' mirror involved? Will be interested to learn.

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  • OK, so I absolutely LOVE this, but I'm puzzled as to how manufacturing more plastic helps solve the "too much plastic in the world" problem?

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  • Interesting that you took the time to point out typos and spelling errors, while simultaneously typing "not pick" instead of "nit pick."

    Awesome Instructable! I'm totally inspired now! You actually inspired me to do a bit of research on the type of battery you're using. It turns out that this is a new and very unique type of Li battery called a "Lithium Titanate" cell. What I learned is that much of your safety information about Lithium batteries doesn't apply to this type. They are far more resistant to overcharging, highly unlikely to catch fire on overcharge, and can hold a full charge for very long periods without harming the battery. I've been looking for a cool storage solution for my 5th Wheel trailer, as I have a couple of solar panels I wish to hook up and it just feels a lot cooler to use these than boring ol' lead-acid batteries.I'm assuming that a simple voltage converter would allow me to step an arr…

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    Awesome Instructable! I'm totally inspired now! You actually inspired me to do a bit of research on the type of battery you're using. It turns out that this is a new and very unique type of Li battery called a "Lithium Titanate" cell. What I learned is that much of your safety information about Lithium batteries doesn't apply to this type. They are far more resistant to overcharging, highly unlikely to catch fire on overcharge, and can hold a full charge for very long periods without harming the battery. I've been looking for a cool storage solution for my 5th Wheel trailer, as I have a couple of solar panels I wish to hook up and it just feels a lot cooler to use these than boring ol' lead-acid batteries.I'm assuming that a simple voltage converter would allow me to step an array up to 12V without any hairy problems. Check Ebay, as there is an insane deal going on right now for very inexpensive cells of this type from someone who bought an unwanted batch of them from some factory that didn't want them anymore. Tesla knock-off here I come!

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  • True,since those occurred in the past. If you take the effort to reprogram your subconscious, it actually COULD help in NOT getting future bruises. contrary to popular belief, your past needn't predict your future. you could just choose how coordinated you are,and your body will comply.

    What seminar? sounds a bit like PSI seminars.

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  • Having a hard time understanding why rice is a problem, but salt (food,) sawdust (trees - precious natural resource,) or paper (see sawdust) are ok? Of these items, rice is probably the easiest on our planetary resources,and can be reused hundreds of times.

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  • This is a GREAT 'ible. I saw a design in Mother Earth News, back in the Seventies that used this exact concept, though it used a much larger piece of plastic, set up like a pup tent, with a flat black tray in the bottom. The fresh water would run down the sides of the tent, going around the edges of the pan, and drain into a large container. It could distill something like 1/2 gallon to 2 gallons per hour, depending on how much sun was available, exterior temperatures, etc. This is most definitely a viable process and could be scaled to provide community-level water supplies.

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  • Great instructable, however I would have LOVED for you to include links to the products on Amazon, or wherever.

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  • Great recipe, but just to point out, "boric acid" IS borax. so this isn't actually "without borax." Probably harmless anyway.

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  • Great instructable, except that is not a fresnel lens. It's a standard refracting lens. Fresnel is made by layering transparent flat sheets of glass, plastic, etc. to focus the light.

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  • So I definitely see the "fun" part, but where does the "profit" come in? Is there some sort of market for such data, or were you just using a figure of speech in your title?

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  • "all knock-offs" eh? Interesting to make that firm decision based on a few bad experiences. As an active Etsy seller, I can conclusively say they are NOT "all knock-offs."

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  • Pretty sure that's a fire extinguisher mount. Looks like you might need one someday!

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  • You can smooth a lot of prints by using an acetone vapor bath. You need VERY LITTLE HEAT to get acetone to vaporize. Though it's not a carcinogen, it's certainly not healthy to inhale them, so use excellent ventilation, or do outdoors. A standard heating pad underneath the jar is PLENTY. The prints will be sticky at first, so you need to not touch the smooth surfaces and wait for it to cure for a day or two. You can even get a mirror finish sometimes if you are careful and patient.

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  • I love this, but i have a small safety concern. Please make sure you DO find out which wood you are using! Some hardwoods are toxic,some lethally so. This is even more important if you are burning things in it.GREAT build!

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  • goldenskyhook commented on knopfling's instructable Pop Out Eggs

    Yes, protractor is the correct name for that object.

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  • Sorry, disagree. Turps is for thinning oil paint and varnish. Silicone is water/alcohol based, and that is the one you want to use to dilute silicone. Mineral Spirits in the states is pure Methyl Alcohol.

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  • Approximate cost? Awesome idea!

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  • I used to busk on the streets of San Francisco, CA, MANY years ago. I was a sax player, so no amp needed! There was a duo, however, that used a boombox for a guitar amp, though I think they found some way to drive the stereo channels inline, so the left side would be the preamp, and the right would be post. LOTS of "crunch" (distortion) which sounded cool.

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  • goldenskyhook commented on marcus2015's instructable Make your own lye

    There's another reason Lye is hard to get.It's a key ingredient in bathtub Meth. The DEA Doesn't want you breaking bad. Same with pseudoephedrine.

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  • OK folks -- My area of research is in the psychoactive effects of ETOH, but I also know a bit of the chemistry. Of COURSE, if you're being exceptionally anal about it, it's not quite 95%. It's perfectly reasonable to call it "Everclear." It will work FINE for the uses suggested, as well as being an excellent mordant for certain dyeing procedures using natural plant substances for the pigment. It is entirely possible to get methanol when distilling from mash, but there is NO methanol in a bottle of commercial vodka. Incidentally, NO amount of ethanol will cause blindness. Spinning, blurring, double vision, etc. on a temporary basis, yes certainly, but the blindness is strictly relating to methanol.

    Ha! I just realized that my first line suggested PERSONAL research. Well, YEARS ago I was still performing my "liver studies" but I have been sober for 30 years. I was referring to scholarly research, as part of my BA in Psychology with a concentration in Advanced Alcohol and Drug Studies.

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