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  • iFix8 commented on belsey's instructable Sun & bug lotion: one simple solution2 years ago
    Sun & bug lotion: one simple solution

    First, the pop-up cards. They could EASILY be enhanced well beyond those on the linked webpage by adding colored texture to the printout. It shouldn't take a lot of extra ink, that is, unless you feel that folks prefer the blank, uninteresting appearance. You could further offer to add family photos or pics of pets, or their house. Beyond this, I don't see why the idea couldn't become unique by making parts of them with a 3D printer, a process that would add actual depth to your designs. (The idea of a 'hinge' to replace the 'fold' is the only factor preventing the whole card being printed 3D style.) The 3D elements could be glued in place over the previously paper-only parts.Second, if you read the review by Consumer Reports, the SPF properties of many of these products are not where t...

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    First, the pop-up cards. They could EASILY be enhanced well beyond those on the linked webpage by adding colored texture to the printout. It shouldn't take a lot of extra ink, that is, unless you feel that folks prefer the blank, uninteresting appearance. You could further offer to add family photos or pics of pets, or their house. Beyond this, I don't see why the idea couldn't become unique by making parts of them with a 3D printer, a process that would add actual depth to your designs. (The idea of a 'hinge' to replace the 'fold' is the only factor preventing the whole card being printed 3D style.) The 3D elements could be glued in place over the previously paper-only parts.Second, if you read the review by Consumer Reports, the SPF properties of many of these products are not where they should be according to their claims. Many rated SPF 50 are actually SPF 30 or less. Some water resistant claims also turn out to be false. Most folks don't have a lab (who would've thought) to verify the claims. But I do see your point.

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  • iFix8 commented on belsey's instructable Sun & bug lotion: one simple solution2 years ago
    Sun & bug lotion: one simple solution

    Sex with a mosquito? I've never heard of such a thing. I'd call that micro-kinky, if not protuberously perverse.Just funnin' ya.

    Ooh, a hole in your argument right off the bat. The USDA doesn't 'discover' mosquito repellents.

    I wouldn't let anyone experiment with my skin condition, no matter how much they loved me, etc. There are many chemicals in our 'manufactured' environments and artificial food concoctions that increase the likelihood of a reaction, allergic or otherwise, and can promote weaknesses in our immune systems. There is lead in paint and water, flame retardants in household materials, chemicals in plastics and food, and all of the waste products that companies all around you are spewing into the air and water supply that are not only carcinogenic, but effect our systems in ways that are as yet unknown or misunderstood.Even the medical professions are at fault for giving us antibiotics and tests with radioactive chemicals, that, even if they don't directly cause us to be sick, the notion has bee...

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    I wouldn't let anyone experiment with my skin condition, no matter how much they loved me, etc. There are many chemicals in our 'manufactured' environments and artificial food concoctions that increase the likelihood of a reaction, allergic or otherwise, and can promote weaknesses in our immune systems. There is lead in paint and water, flame retardants in household materials, chemicals in plastics and food, and all of the waste products that companies all around you are spewing into the air and water supply that are not only carcinogenic, but effect our systems in ways that are as yet unknown or misunderstood.Even the medical professions are at fault for giving us antibiotics and tests with radioactive chemicals, that, even if they don't directly cause us to be sick, the notion has been inculcated into us that we can do things to ourselves if we're 'careful', and of course, use only 'natural' ingredients. It is precisely this nonchalant attitude in the nature of mankind that promotes this kind of destructive lack of concern, or wishful thinking, if you prefer.Most of the larger problems have to do with corporate profit, such as the lead in paint, which was known for years to cause many ill effects, yet the paint companies (like the tobacco companies later on) were only concerned about profit when they promoted its use. As far as fire retardants, the gov was at fault for thinking that it would help reduce injuries to firefighters. It was easier and cheaper than the alternatives. I only discovered the carcinogenic nature of them after I gave some flame retardant curtain material to a gerbil. He must have swallowed some of the chemicals while cramming his mouth with it to add it to his nesting area. Within a few months his little body was riddled with tumors and he died.Now of course, cell phone use has been linked to brain tumors, among other dangerous effects (need I mention texting while driving?). Again, profit-driven corporations reign supreme in their ability to avoid finding alternative methods of communication other than placing a microwave generator next to our brains. The effects of electromagnetic radiation on all of us is well proven in scientific studies, but those studies are often limited or the results are deemed not significant enough for all of us to be concerned about by publishing them in popular magazines.I could go on, but I'm diverging from the limited subject. I personally am more concerned about these other issues than the sun on my skin. I ride a bike and love the sun, and I don't use sunscreen. Maybe that will cause problems later on, but I have to have exercise, which is much more important than the possibility of skin cancer. I'm constantly sweating, heavily on sunny days, and that seems to be its own repellent because I don't seem to get very dark and after years of riding, I have very little signs of skin aging. Of course, any study that hinted that sweat was its own sunscreen would be drowned out by the advertising for sunscreen. I'm just glad to be getting rid of my bodies impurities and man-made pollutants in a very natural, healthful way.

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  • iFix8 commented on belsey's instructable Sun & bug lotion: one simple solution2 years ago
    Sun & bug lotion: one simple solution

    The only 'source' of incredulous bs is the bs'er. Sunscreen does not cause or even aggravate or accelerate skin cancer, but it does apparently open up a can of ignorance.Skin cancer has always been around. The ancient Egyptians considered light skin more attractive than dark skin, and came up with several potions to help prevent a tan and heal damaged skin. The Greeks used olive oil.Until around 1929, tans were rare because up until that time, tans were eschewed as a sign of someone who worked outside, and not associated with the leisure class. Far less outdoor activity was indulged in, and when it was, much more clothing was generally thought necessary for modesty, etc.After 1929, tanning became a sign of health and beauty, and hence the clothing became for outdoor activity became much...

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    The only 'source' of incredulous bs is the bs'er. Sunscreen does not cause or even aggravate or accelerate skin cancer, but it does apparently open up a can of ignorance.Skin cancer has always been around. The ancient Egyptians considered light skin more attractive than dark skin, and came up with several potions to help prevent a tan and heal damaged skin. The Greeks used olive oil.Until around 1929, tans were rare because up until that time, tans were eschewed as a sign of someone who worked outside, and not associated with the leisure class. Far less outdoor activity was indulged in, and when it was, much more clothing was generally thought necessary for modesty, etc.After 1929, tanning became a sign of health and beauty, and hence the clothing became for outdoor activity became much more revealing. Around this same time the first commercial sunscreen was developed by a chemist named Eugene Schueller, who went on to start L’Oreal.Around 1935, the risk of skin cancer was around 1 in 500; it is now 1 in 55, a 900% increase, and it wasn't due to sunscreen.Just a moderate sun exposure to the face, arms and legs, averaging 5–30 minutes twice per week is sufficient to produce ample Vitamin D. Over-exposure can actually cause of break-down of Vitimin D.The whole point of my earlier comments is that sunscreen and bugscreen are factors I consider of primary concern to my health. I am no more likely to make my own, (and even if I did, promote it) or entrust my health to a DIY project than I would make my own fire extinguisher. But that's me. Your mileage may vary.

    I appreciate a good DIY solution that saves me money, saves the environment and maybe helps me learn a few things, but I have to put limitations when it comes to my personal health and safety. You may be spot on with your concoctions for a sun screen - bug repellent combo, but I'd have to defer to a 'higher' authority, such as Consumer's Report. The July 2016 issue contains an in-depth article on sun screens that lambastes many professionally produced, brand name products as erroneously labeled, or should I say, falsely labeled, to perform at a particular level, because they perform at half or less the effectiveness they claim.One of the highest rated sun screens is Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50 (Walmart) at only $ 0.50 per oz. Your concoction may approach that level of cost, but I'd s...

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    I appreciate a good DIY solution that saves me money, saves the environment and maybe helps me learn a few things, but I have to put limitations when it comes to my personal health and safety. You may be spot on with your concoctions for a sun screen - bug repellent combo, but I'd have to defer to a 'higher' authority, such as Consumer's Report. The July 2016 issue contains an in-depth article on sun screens that lambastes many professionally produced, brand name products as erroneously labeled, or should I say, falsely labeled, to perform at a particular level, because they perform at half or less the effectiveness they claim.One of the highest rated sun screens is Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50 (Walmart) at only $ 0.50 per oz. Your concoction may approach that level of cost, but I'd still prefer to trust the health of my skin to a inexpensive, readily available and proven product.The same issue covered bug repellents, and of the top brands that would protect someone from the Aedes mosquito that can spread Zika (worst case scenario), Repel Lemon Eucalyptus (30%) warded off Aedes mosquitoes for 7 hours, and is safe for pregnant women and children. I think $1.88 per oz is reasonable for exceptional protection from just about anything bugs can throw at me or my family.

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  • iFix8 commented on fluffydragon's instructable Fix a Solofill k-cup2 years ago
    Fix a Solofill k-cup

    I don't understand why everyone wants to make this simple brewing system more complicated. To make it simpler and cheaper, just follow the lead of every other drip-brew coffee maker you've ever used: Buy some regular white coffee filters that cost a penny or two apiece.Lay one out and drop in a couple teaspoons of your fav brew. Pick it up as you gather the sides together and drop it into any generic Keurig K-cup holder that will conveniently hold it pressed down into it.When it's done, just hold the K-cup holder over the waste basket, give it a shake and gravity will make sure the rolled up grounds and filter fall out cleanly leaving no grounds of any sort. C'mon people, this machine is simply dispensing one cup per use, and nothing is preventing you from using the old filters or causi...

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    I don't understand why everyone wants to make this simple brewing system more complicated. To make it simpler and cheaper, just follow the lead of every other drip-brew coffee maker you've ever used: Buy some regular white coffee filters that cost a penny or two apiece.Lay one out and drop in a couple teaspoons of your fav brew. Pick it up as you gather the sides together and drop it into any generic Keurig K-cup holder that will conveniently hold it pressed down into it.When it's done, just hold the K-cup holder over the waste basket, give it a shake and gravity will make sure the rolled up grounds and filter fall out cleanly leaving no grounds of any sort. C'mon people, this machine is simply dispensing one cup per use, and nothing is preventing you from using the old filters or causing you to make the process more expensive or difficult than before. This is about as simple and easy as it will ever be (unless you can get someone else to do it for you) and it works every time. The primary disadvantage of a lot of the ideas posted on here and elsewhere is that they can actually mess up your expensive machine and possibly cause some minor health issues by allowing grounds to go back up into the top of the machine where they sit, collecting bacteria, effecting the flavor of the brew and reducing the flow of water. Even the K-cups that you purchase from Keurig can add to this problem because there is no filter keeping them from being drawn up into the tubing. This is caused by the fact that as the needle is resting in coffee and floating grounds just before the water stops being pumped into the K-cup. When the pump stops, there is a natural occurrence of a vacuum as the water draws back up into the tubing. Of course, any grounds that are floating in the coffee near the needle are sucked back into the tubing also.This is a problem that wasn't addressed by the engineers who designed the Keurigs, and I think it should have been addressed well before now, probably by a good ol' law suit. Maybe someone can make an instructable for filing a class action suite? (By the way, why does the spellchecker for this site give an error for the name of the site? Can't you just add it to the spellchecker for future reference? I mean, you seem to have spent extra time to add the fancy text enhancement feature, so why not rectify this minor, but annoying detail?)

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  • Make your own Eco-friendly soldering flux

    Sorry, I thought I'd answered you. Since flux basically turns to acid when heated, and the acid is what de-oxidizes the metal, I figured I'd just go with a cheap, weak acid that was readily available. There may be a lot of these around, but I chose the one acid that is safe, readily available and found in a lot of foods, probably one or two that you've had this week -- phosphoric acid. It is found in many foods because it slows the growth of molds and bacteria, so not only does it add the zing to soda pop (not citric acid, as you might have thought), but it keeps the sugary treat from becoming a bacterial soup. Got to maintain those profits!You can get it online, but it is only $15 per gal at Home Depot under the label, KleanStrip Prep & Etch, for cleaning and etching cement floors,...

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    Sorry, I thought I'd answered you. Since flux basically turns to acid when heated, and the acid is what de-oxidizes the metal, I figured I'd just go with a cheap, weak acid that was readily available. There may be a lot of these around, but I chose the one acid that is safe, readily available and found in a lot of foods, probably one or two that you've had this week -- phosphoric acid. It is found in many foods because it slows the growth of molds and bacteria, so not only does it add the zing to soda pop (not citric acid, as you might have thought), but it keeps the sugary treat from becoming a bacterial soup. Got to maintain those profits!You can get it online, but it is only $15 per gal at Home Depot under the label, KleanStrip Prep & Etch, for cleaning and etching cement floors, etc. It needs to be diluted with alcohol, of course, which means it is even cheaper than $15 per gallon. Try it on a circuit board to see if it is diluted enough. If it doesn't eat away at the coating on most circuit boards, it should be fine, but you can always clean away the acid after you're done soldering, just as some like to do with flux.I've mixed my own flux with pine resin, and that stuff is super sticky and not fun to use. It really has to be diluted. But why bother if phosphoric acid does the job without the complications? I've also filled cheap markers to use as flux pens. Dip your wick in it and it becomes super wick! It's wick'ed stuff.

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  • How to Make a Spray Bottle That Works in any Direction/Position

    Since you asked... The mouse was from Flint, Michigan, and had lost one to the ill effects of lead in the water. The roaches, as would be expected, seem to have weathered the lead pollution better than any other life form because they have developed lead skin; they can literally plow head first through old drywall and they are very hard to kill. The mouse had broken teeth from trying to chew on them.I hope that was the extent you're interested in mouse balls.

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  • iFix8 commented on EPL's instructable Clean a Computer Mouse2 years ago
    Clean a Computer Mouse

    There's no substitute for opening the sucker up to get at all the gunk from dead skin, hair, the corpses of dead Liliputian creatures, etc. The hard part is taking off the gummy plastic feet/pads that usually hide the screws. They don't always go back on very well, or they get so badly damaged they are nearly hopeless to use again. I'd love to know a great idea for replacing lost or messed up feet/pads.

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  • Homemade Eco-friendly Simple Window Cleaner

    Doesn't rubbing alcohol contain extra 'stuff' (coloring, scent, etc.), so it probably won't be 'streak free', at least not without a lot of excess rubbing? I don't know about you, but I can get real window cleaner that has vinegar (no alcohol smell) for $1 locally, and I know it doesn't leave streaks.

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