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  • Build an Irrigation System Powered by the Curvature of Space-time

    Have roughly similar ideas re watering plants in dry conditions. I use one of those 12Volt "Rule 360" bilge pumps with a 50 mm EVA foam disc fitted to the bottom of it. Remove the grate over the shower drain & the pump fits in nicely blocking off the drain. The pump outlet is fed through an elbow into 20mm pvc conduit & up to the window level. From there I use 20mm irrigation hose (thin wall black poly) to the garden. The hose snakes around the plants & ends up at another elbow with a 2' stub of pipe standing upright (to give some back pressure) I then went along & drilled a 3mm hole adjacent to each plant. Needs to be checked every month or so as hair etc does tend to block the holes.

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  • maintann commented on jfryar30272's instructable Tips and Tricks for Electronics8 months ago
    Tips and Tricks for Electronics

    Great Ibl One not too expensive diagnostic tool that is well worth having is a digital logic probe. Enables you to see activity on a test point. Not expensive on e-bay but not as common around as they were. (I've had mine for over 30 years & it's quicker to set up & use than a CRO for trouble shooting & you dont have to look away to see the result.

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  • maintann commented on Nikus's instructable 5 Simple Ways to Determine LED Polarity8 months ago
    5 Simple Ways to Determine LED Polarity

    Just a little advice to anyone using an analog meter ( I know old old technology) but the polarity of the leads is reversed to drive the meter. ie. Black is positive & red is negative.

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  • maintann commented on Francisco Moliner's instructable RC Boat10 months ago
    RC Boat

    long term waterproofness is MUCH better using epoxy boat building resins. Once any water gets through the polyester the resin loses it's grip on the wood. I know it costs more but....

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  • Yellow Jacket Ground Nest Trap From 5 Gallon Water Bottle

    Baygon powder is great on what we call European wasps. (look exactly like your yellow jackets) Approach the nest with care a bit bwefore sundown & sprinkle generously in & around the entrance. They carry the powder into the nest & they all die in a day or two.

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  • Emergency Shelters From a Poncho & Trekking Poles

    An even better layout in my opinion that I've used a number of times is to peg one side out close to the ground (on the side the wind is coming from). Use your poles or locally found sticks about 2' high at the mid points of the sides & 2 more poles or sticks & guys on the other edge to make a flat "roof" Stand your pack up in one end to fill it. Use grass clumps over twigs to make a bed if you haven't any black poly with you to raise you off the ground. If you do have a groundsheet make sure to build up the uphill edge with something to make sure runoff goes UNDER the sheet not over it. The closer to the ground you set it up the more nearly weatherproof it is.

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  • The single most effective way to get rid of a sunburn

    Had the misfortune at our first ever family camp to have the four year old pour boiling water right down the side of his leg. That's when I realised we were 2 hours from any hospital, miles from any residence, no large quantity of cold clean water, pre mobile phone & no first aid kit. Son went into shock. Soaked several tea bags in luke warm water & plastered the teabags on the burn site with toilet paper; wrapped the leg with more tp to hold in place then a 2 hour fast drive to an ED. The leg blistered badly but none of them burst. No infections, no complications & it healed well. Only thing was the skin at the scald site was darker for about 10 years!! Tannin really does work ( a proprietry burn ointment in my youth was called Tannafax

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  • Remove Seized & Stripped Screws from Motorcycle Engine Covers

    Ah soft Phillips Head screws on old Hondas. Brings back many memories :-) WD40 is not great for this but way better than nothing. Penetrene, Inox, CRC etc are much better. An impact screwdriver used properly will work on all undamaged screws. Replace any that are looking bad, use a nickel antiseize rather than a copper based one. (water around the combination of copper & aluminium leads to spectacular corrosion)Another tip: a pin point butane torch applied to the screw head while a wet rag on the surrounding casing will often work well too.Third tip; gasket sets can be hard to come by for these old bikes; reuse the old gasket but coat all mating faces with Permetex No3, wait 5 minutes & assemble. Use a torque wrench set to correct value. Traces of the Permetex will enter the sc...

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    Ah soft Phillips Head screws on old Hondas. Brings back many memories :-) WD40 is not great for this but way better than nothing. Penetrene, Inox, CRC etc are much better. An impact screwdriver used properly will work on all undamaged screws. Replace any that are looking bad, use a nickel antiseize rather than a copper based one. (water around the combination of copper & aluminium leads to spectacular corrosion)Another tip: a pin point butane torch applied to the screw head while a wet rag on the surrounding casing will often work well too.Third tip; gasket sets can be hard to come by for these old bikes; reuse the old gasket but coat all mating faces with Permetex No3, wait 5 minutes & assemble. Use a torque wrench set to correct value. Traces of the Permetex will enter the screw holes & work as antiseize & friction lock. The Permetex will also prevent the gasket sticking to the aluminium & fill those tiny imperfections on the mating surfaces. It cleans off completely at next disassembly with alcohol. Much MUCH better than using silicone.

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