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  • Making a Stock Tank Pool

    Note that the pool wasn’t all the way filled up in this picture. Also, stock tank drain plugs are 3/4”, so I screwed a 3/4” threaded plumbing port on (87¢), and attached the filter/pump input tube to that.

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  • Making a Stock Tank Pool

    I painted mine with epoxy paint, and put pool noodles around the edge. Also, my stock tank was a 25-year-old farmer’s Cow tank. It is made of the old, good steel. It had some light rust on the bottom, sun I painted it with Kilz (stain killer), to block the stain, then epoxy paint. Redirected the return tube to a water fountain.

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  • Making a Stock Tank Pool

    I hooked the pool filter/pump input to the stock tank drain hole (3/4”) with a piece of plumbing PVC, that was 87¢. Hooked the pump output to an old water fountain.

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  • How to Fix Corroded Battery Terminals

    By the way, if you want to avoid future corrosion, use Lithium cells. Sure, they are a lot more expensive, but they last for a really long time, and I have never had one of them leak like this. If the device is expensive, like Bose Bluetooth headphones, maybe throw a couple of Lithium cells in there. Cheap toys, just use whatever.

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  • Repurpose Old IPad As a Hands-Free Car Assistant

    I put hundreds of albums on my iPad (Original iPad). I play those albums through Bluetooth through the car speakers. Also, I can turn on my cellphone's hotspot, but I don't always do that. Most cell plans now will allow tethering, because they can then charge you through the nose, when you go over your allowance. You don't have to stream music if you don't have much of a data plan. Just have a bunch of music already on the tablet, like I do, and make sure to turn off the cell access to all the apps that you don't use while driving. That way, for example, it won't use 2GB of data updating email on your iPad, when you weren't going to read that email until you got home anyway.Another thing to consider, is that you can now buy third-party SIM cards for iPad 3G tablets, like from Cricke...

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    I put hundreds of albums on my iPad (Original iPad). I play those albums through Bluetooth through the car speakers. Also, I can turn on my cellphone's hotspot, but I don't always do that. Most cell plans now will allow tethering, because they can then charge you through the nose, when you go over your allowance. You don't have to stream music if you don't have much of a data plan. Just have a bunch of music already on the tablet, like I do, and make sure to turn off the cell access to all the apps that you don't use while driving. That way, for example, it won't use 2GB of data updating email on your iPad, when you weren't going to read that email until you got home anyway.Another thing to consider, is that you can now buy third-party SIM cards for iPad 3G tablets, like from Cricket or Boost, not just from AT&T. So you could actually turn on 3G, if you have that capability in your iPad, and are willing to pay $20/month for built-in Internet, right on your dash.

    Here's a funny story about Siri. Once, I told Siri to send my wife a text message: "I'M LEAVING NOW", when I was leaving work. Siri heard, and was getting ready to send the text: "I'M LEAVING YOU". I stopped it just in time!

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  • Repurpose Old IPad As a Hands-Free Car Assistant

    I did the same in my car, but with magnetic mounts. I have two thin metal plates that come with them, stuck to the back of the iPad. They have magnetic mounts that are as big as a Twix candy bar. Get two of those from Amazon, and stick them on your dash, adjacent to each other. Also, we have the same plates on the back of our cellphones and even my TomTom has a plate on it. I also have an Android Nexus 7 tablet with metal plates on it.When you get out of the car, just stick the iPad in your console or glove box.

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