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retired IBM (30+ yrs) & Lockheed Martin (12 yrs). Worked and traveled all over the world. Lived in Holland 3 years. Help mentor Explorer Post 1010 (find us online), ex pilot, model railroader, ferroequinologist, teach computer stuff at senior center, robotics classes to kids. Sport car enthusiast, like sailing, Sunday drives - any day it is over 60 degrees F, the top is down on the car! Invented electronic reading which lead to the Kindle, etc. Invented device to couple computer monit…
  • What Is the BEST Way to Paint MDF? - 9 Methods Tested

    Well done! I'm installing shelving in a closet. Because it is just storage, the finish isn't really important. So, saving all kinds of time and cleanup, I'm using contact paper.

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  • We recently cleaned our dryer and had the vent cleaned because clothes were coming out of the dryer with brown spots as though scorched. I recognized the spot pattern as that of the vent holes on the back of the dryer drum. They were clogged with lint and were a precursor to a fire. Although the lint screen was catching a lot of lint, we discovered that it was not going all the way down into its slot because dryer sheets were caught under it. The lint that escaped clogged the drum holes and the dryer vent pipes. I was going to use a drywall screw to grab the lint in each hole, but the good old shop vac did the job. The dryer vent runs 38 feet with five 90 degree bends, each of which was its own lint trap and it start with a flex tube (which many of the cleaner kits say "don't u…

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    We recently cleaned our dryer and had the vent cleaned because clothes were coming out of the dryer with brown spots as though scorched. I recognized the spot pattern as that of the vent holes on the back of the dryer drum. They were clogged with lint and were a precursor to a fire. Although the lint screen was catching a lot of lint, we discovered that it was not going all the way down into its slot because dryer sheets were caught under it. The lint that escaped clogged the drum holes and the dryer vent pipes. I was going to use a drywall screw to grab the lint in each hole, but the good old shop vac did the job. The dryer vent runs 38 feet with five 90 degree bends, each of which was its own lint trap and it start with a flex tube (which many of the cleaner kits say "don't use with".. We had a professional clean the vent and got much greater air flow out of the outlet flap. I thought of using one of the kits from HomeLowes (our favorite hardware word) but they can only reach 12 feet at most. Rather than buying three or four, and a vacuum cleaner or shop vac attachment, I went the professional route. It was worth the money. The amount of lint that came out was surprisingly large, especially because we had a professional clean the vent two years ago. So, be diligent and do preventive maintenance. Avoid any chance of a fire!

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  • Where in Seattle? I have a Dutch friend in Edmonds who would send them to me. dank u heel vell.

    I lived in Scheveningen 1974-1976 and loved stroopwafels but never encountered stroopkoeken; I wish I had. I finally found an importer into the US for stroopwafels but they had stopped importing them. Now, they are periodically available at Wawa (kind of like 7-11) stores in Maryland and Pennsylvania and I found them at Costco (a giant membership store chain) at Christmas. When they come again, I'll try and find the stroopkoeken from them. I don't cook so I'll have to enjoy them vicariously through your 'ible. It was very well done!

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  • The last paragraph says "here is a link ...", but where is it? I have a front loading clothes washer that when it is in the spin cycle, is as loud as a freight train (no kidding). I wonder if this stuff would reduce the noise.

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  • lschwartz commented on Matlek's instructable Mini Floating Shelf

    Very nicely done drawings! I think the videos should be much closer to real-time; they're hard to follow at this speed. Well done 'ible.

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  • lschwartz commented on mxx's instructable Unclogging Rust-Oleum Nozzle

    Somewhat similar is reuse of cans of spray foam insulation. Once used, the foam sets up in the nozzle and you can't clean it. The solution is to pull off the original nozzle and slide on a drink straw from McDonalds. Works like a charm.

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  • lschwartz commented on ShiftyTips's instructable DIY Air Conditioner

    FYI, before cutting the Styrofoam, spray a light coating of PAM where you are cutting. This will make removing the "dust" from the cuts easier because it prevents the static electricity accumulating on them.

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