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  • Sound Bending Machine - Intro to Circuit Bending

    You can install a heaphone jack. You would wire 1 lead of the speaker wires, to pin furthest from the hole, another wire from the center pin to the speaker, and a third wire from the ring or terminal closest to the hole of the jack, to the other terminal of the speaker, but not disconnecting the wire already going to it. Then when you plug into the jack, it disconnects the speaker and sends audio to your headphones or to your amplifier/stereo or computer line in jack or whatever your doing with it;.The audio will be at approximately line level.

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  • How to build an insanely bright LED flashlight!

    It would be cool to loop this project into one to use underwater for diving purposes, where that would be a more practical use. Perhaps someone will do that, as I can see these would serve well with diving and even just swimming.

    If you want to go for it here for $500 is the most powerful light I can find on Amazon. 12000 lumens.My question becomes, how legal these are to own, in that it could blind someone if abused. Also assume these would be illegal to use in any traffic as it might actually cause an accident when you shine it at a car.https://www.amazon.com/AceBeam-X65-distance-Flashl...

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  • kbouchard1 commented on dale1952's instructable Auto Fisherman Hook Setter1 year ago
    Auto Fisherman Hook Setter

    I see no difference in doing this versus using an ice fishing trap(s). So the legality of it seems pretty normal. Plus there is no guarantee to catch a fish with it, since the fish could still get away. What I do think is who would write a law that allows you to use 2 jig poles at the same time. How can you operate them, well yeah I guess you do have 2 hands. Laws here in Maine are that your limited to X number of traps, and still allowed to use fishing poles. I don't see it as a living but as a hobby, so the likely hood to deplete the lake of fish? Here the law is more focused in the number of fish your allowed to catch on a daily basis. If you hit your legal limit then you pack up for the day.

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  • kbouchard1 commented on Call Me Swal's instructable CNC Made From Garbage1 year ago
    CNC Made From Garbage

    I can see using either old floppy drives or cd drives. But since it is easier to obtain a CD drive guts, that would have been the logical choice these days. Also much more efficient, and easy to find ways to even using scrap electronics, to design with. Most CD sled motors are likely to use 3 volts or less, and have simply 4 leads so that they step by applying dc voltage for short intervals, alternating the direction by stepping into each winding, and then reversing polarity to go the other way. The challenge of using the onboard PCB is that CD drives PCB are surface mount based, and so would require possibly having to remove the IC that does the stepping and soldering to its possibly small pins without destroying it. Brining up the centronics printer port to logic levels is also a slig...

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    I can see using either old floppy drives or cd drives. But since it is easier to obtain a CD drive guts, that would have been the logical choice these days. Also much more efficient, and easy to find ways to even using scrap electronics, to design with. Most CD sled motors are likely to use 3 volts or less, and have simply 4 leads so that they step by applying dc voltage for short intervals, alternating the direction by stepping into each winding, and then reversing polarity to go the other way. The challenge of using the onboard PCB is that CD drives PCB are surface mount based, and so would require possibly having to remove the IC that does the stepping and soldering to its possibly small pins without destroying it. Brining up the centronics printer port to logic levels is also a slight challenge but can be done, you do have to send ACK bit to get the data to flow out, is about all. Many projects have been built around it. We built an entire lighting system using a Commodore 64 and a handfull of logic chips resistors and triacs.

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  • kbouchard1 commented on randofo's instructable Easy Jacob's Ladder1 year ago
    Easy Jacob's Ladder

    Have never built one, but is cool. If adjusted right, should be able to get it to be like in the movies, where the arc rises, and starts over from the bottom repeating itself over and over. Certainly a smart idea would be to build a plexiglass plastic cylinder as big around as possible. Keep it safer this way. I would however set it up to be that you can adjust the gap to experiment One could drill the ends of the rulers, attach plastic rulers, and have them sit in slots, that you can then adjust the gap to get best effects.

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  • kbouchard1 commented on darbinorvar's instructable Concrete LED Light Cube1 year ago
    Concrete LED Light Cube

    I might paint the concrete blocks sfter sanding them, masking off the wires and usb port. Also if you wanted to get complex you could use RGB light strips, and maybe mount 3 toggle switches into 1 side or even in the concrete and wire up to have color combinations, just a thought.

    You should be able to buy the light strips on Amazon or many other places, just google them. Most come in reels, depends on the price. You want to get the 5 volt types. RGB ones are more common, you just have to ground the RGB contacts and supply 5 V to the + contact. You cut them on the marked stripe, or cutting the solder lands in 1/2 to make them work properly. Duct tape will do if heat shrink tubing not available.

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  • kbouchard1 commented on ValentinJ2's instructable ESP8266 wifi switch1 year ago
    ESP8266 wifi switch

    Cool project. Some savings might be to use breadboard instead of the cost of plated PCB. Do not see need for terminal strips, just solder directly as you are not interfacing to other projects. As suggested to put IN4001 diode and maybe capacitor of small value to remove spikes, which could kill the transistor. Stripe end to positive voltage feed. If there are 2 outputs, how about adding second relay, resistors, diode and transistor to have 2 outlets thus able to control 2 lamps or devices at same time. Adding a fuse to the output to prevent overloads and for safety. If space is not a consideration, repurposing a cell phone charger works great for a source of 5 volts and also may provide a led to indicate basic power. Can the software be made for time delay? That would be useful to make...

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    Cool project. Some savings might be to use breadboard instead of the cost of plated PCB. Do not see need for terminal strips, just solder directly as you are not interfacing to other projects. As suggested to put IN4001 diode and maybe capacitor of small value to remove spikes, which could kill the transistor. Stripe end to positive voltage feed. If there are 2 outputs, how about adding second relay, resistors, diode and transistor to have 2 outlets thus able to control 2 lamps or devices at same time. Adding a fuse to the output to prevent overloads and for safety. If space is not a consideration, repurposing a cell phone charger works great for a source of 5 volts and also may provide a led to indicate basic power. Can the software be made for time delay? That would be useful to make it serve as a entry way lighting, or sleep timer for any room.

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  • Bluetooth Door Lock (Arduino)

    Would not work to put a spring on the lock to unlock when off. Reason the servo is designed to stay in position, gears inside would not permit it to move. So it needs to actually move to unlock and move to lock. Battery backup, will work fine, use 3 1.5v batteries will be a bit low 4.6 volts, but then put a 1A diode from the battery pack, to block adaptor ability to charge the batteries, thus prevent them to explode. When on AC it will never drain them. However it still does not unlock the door. My other concern with the entire project, is if the door ever shifted due to hot/cold and the lock got stuck, then well. So how about using a spdt relay in place of the servo, that operates a solenoid to lock and unlock the door. Also I have to conclude that the cost of the arduino and bluetooth...

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    Would not work to put a spring on the lock to unlock when off. Reason the servo is designed to stay in position, gears inside would not permit it to move. So it needs to actually move to unlock and move to lock. Battery backup, will work fine, use 3 1.5v batteries will be a bit low 4.6 volts, but then put a 1A diode from the battery pack, to block adaptor ability to charge the batteries, thus prevent them to explode. When on AC it will never drain them. However it still does not unlock the door. My other concern with the entire project, is if the door ever shifted due to hot/cold and the lock got stuck, then well. So how about using a spdt relay in place of the servo, that operates a solenoid to lock and unlock the door. Also I have to conclude that the cost of the arduino and bluetooth module factor in may outweigh the cost of the whole project.

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  • Make Your Own Simple & Cheap Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    The amplifier is 3 watt but so are typical low cost computer speakers. Some are marked on the magnet back of the speaker as to what rating they are.My plan is to just use the speakers themselves, by mounting everything inside 1 or both if space is a problem. Just plug the old USB cable *(if they are that type)* for charging them, and use the speakers amplifier and hook it up to the bluetooth unit.Options are wide open. I have a pair of bluetooth stereo headset. I just need to put pushbuttons (5) on the case and solder in place of the ones that are on the board. Then also mount the microphone into a hole as these ones function to answer a phone call as well. They even have a play pause next track last track functions making it even better. So all I need to purcahse in my case is batterie...

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    The amplifier is 3 watt but so are typical low cost computer speakers. Some are marked on the magnet back of the speaker as to what rating they are.My plan is to just use the speakers themselves, by mounting everything inside 1 or both if space is a problem. Just plug the old USB cable *(if they are that type)* for charging them, and use the speakers amplifier and hook it up to the bluetooth unit.Options are wide open. I have a pair of bluetooth stereo headset. I just need to put pushbuttons (5) on the case and solder in place of the ones that are on the board. Then also mount the microphone into a hole as these ones function to answer a phone call as well. They even have a play pause next track last track functions making it even better. So all I need to purcahse in my case is batteries, charger unit, and possibly a voltage converter, The last item I may not need. Then also a switch to allow for powering it on and off etc.After completion I will post sources to those who might also want to DIY this.

    I am thinking of doing this but to just use my 2 speakers instead, I have a couple of computer speakers, that are USB powered and I have a bluetooth stereo headset that come apart. I plan to interface it to the speakers amplifiers. Then it is a matter to convert the voltages from the batteries down to what the bluetooth board needs needs, and discard its old batteries which I think are I have a couple of other ones. All USB powered, So then just a matter of installing all the electronics, batteries. I will also post images of the final creation. It Ho etc. Am not sure wh

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