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  • jsadler1 commented on kools's instructable Tiny Dumpster House Trailer7 months ago
    Tiny Dumpster House Trailer

    I had an acquaintance that was a bit of a rebel and he was tired of working so much. He kidnapped a large dumpster, got it into the woods and turned it in such a way that the dumpster lids were now an awning. He cleaned it with great care. He got one of those canvas bucket showers and lived in that thing. He had about zero creature comforts but did well living in that dumpster.

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  • jsadler1 commented on aglepetsos01's instructable Homemade Pontoon Boat9 months ago
    Homemade Pontoon Boat

    These day the main feature of marine plywood is that it is not sanded. That allows resin to stay attached to the wood and sanding would ruin it. As you do not intend to glass the boat you would not be better to buy the marine ply at all. You will probably meet people who have a mess on their hands as a glassed boat is hard to repair, heavier and much more expensive. Keep it oiled and painted and it will last long enough. People who repair yachts go through hell in cutting away rotted areas that have been glassed. The firmness of a well built glass boat is vital in oceans and large bodies of water can get severe weather and pounding seas. Even then glass over foam panels seems to be far superior as the foam does not rot. You did a great job by the way and doing it with recycled materia...

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    These day the main feature of marine plywood is that it is not sanded. That allows resin to stay attached to the wood and sanding would ruin it. As you do not intend to glass the boat you would not be better to buy the marine ply at all. You will probably meet people who have a mess on their hands as a glassed boat is hard to repair, heavier and much more expensive. Keep it oiled and painted and it will last long enough. People who repair yachts go through hell in cutting away rotted areas that have been glassed. The firmness of a well built glass boat is vital in oceans and large bodies of water can get severe weather and pounding seas. Even then glass over foam panels seems to be far superior as the foam does not rot. You did a great job by the way and doing it with recycled materials makes it great. Now I wish I could get away with pulling a trailer on riding mower here would eat me alive for that. Yet I could build a rig that could be considered an electric wheel chair and use the sidewalks and it would be legal. So far no one has passed laws against towing a trailer with a wheel chair.

    People seem to rarely think about this but did you consider installing the barrels side to side instead of front to back? It just might make the barge easier to push around. It might make no difference if a trolling motor is used by if you strapped a tiny gas outboard of two or three horsepower it might make quite a difference as the side to side barrels would tend to lift the front of the barge and thus travel with a smaller bit of the underside in contact with the water. The other thing that I notice is that oriented strand board is great for wet and drying cycles such as in roofing but if long term immersion is encountered plywood is superior. In my area the worst part of the entire build would be in trying to buy quality, straight 2 X 4 lumber. The Home Depot 2 x 4s are of wretched ...

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    People seem to rarely think about this but did you consider installing the barrels side to side instead of front to back? It just might make the barge easier to push around. It might make no difference if a trolling motor is used by if you strapped a tiny gas outboard of two or three horsepower it might make quite a difference as the side to side barrels would tend to lift the front of the barge and thus travel with a smaller bit of the underside in contact with the water. The other thing that I notice is that oriented strand board is great for wet and drying cycles such as in roofing but if long term immersion is encountered plywood is superior. In my area the worst part of the entire build would be in trying to buy quality, straight 2 X 4 lumber. The Home Depot 2 x 4s are of wretched quality.

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  • jsadler1 commented on dekeros's instructable One Sheet Plywood Boat9 months ago
    One Sheet Plywood Boat

    I think you will find that silicone is not such a great idea. It tends to fail in boating uses. Perhaps a couple of tubes of a good marine caulk - adhesive would last a lot longer. Also instead of cutting half way through to bend a bit of steam or even boiling water on rags would make that plywood bend easily for you. The seat is actually vital as it helps keep the sides of the boat from collapsing inward. But you just might love to build an identical second unit such that the two can be easily clamped together thus forming a larger vessel.

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  • jsadler1 commented on Biotele's instructable Make a Ball Mill in 5 Minutes1 year ago
    Make a Ball Mill in 5 Minutes

    I would stay away from lead if you are making gun powder. That smoke that surrounds black powder ignition is not good for you. Fine particles of lead suspended in that smoke would be hell on your lungs etc.. i use a tumbler to get crud off of coins taken from the sea. Beach sand won't work well with water to do the job. But the sand at the oceans edge which is coarse makes a great scrubbing agent. Maybe some aquarium gravel would work to reduce some objects in size. Commercial media is often hell to work with.

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  • jsadler1 commented on prank's instructable Conduit Bike Trailer3 years ago
    Conduit Bike Trailer

    You might want to try a nylon type of nut with the steel threads. I believe they are called nylock nuts.

    I have lashed with inner tubes and they can be quite strong. Usually, you'll need more inner tubes than you would expect to use.

    In the US, it is usually called zinc shakes. It may be mild and a few minutes walking it off might do. But it can be quite serious and I am in favor of calling an ambulance just in case. I really doubt that anyone become immune to it. I suspect that most people who weld get smarter and use better ventilation after they get a mild dose of zinc shakes.

    Spring benders are used on the outside of small tubing to control the bend. The spring is the bender. For high-quality work, a mixture of water and a bit of dish soap is frozen inside a tube before it is bent. That keeps it round. Sand can be used but must be tamped down in the tube in such a way that it has no place to move about So it is best to seal the ends, then bend, then remove the sand. But the old time way may be the best way. Use caution and fill the tube with molten lead. When it cools make the bend. Then heat the tube to capture the melting lead into a container. Molten lead is best handled by adults who have some experience as you can be seriously injured or killed.

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