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  • Remove Those Annoying Securtity Screws

    thats definately worth a shot, though I'd be worried about damaging the tip of the torx driver, I guess it depends how soft the screws are and how good your torx is. in the past I've had some success heating a piece of plastic with a lighter to melting point then molding the molten tip onto the screw to make a custom screwdriver

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on gibetto's instructable (UNS)TABLE Wooden Coffee Table20 days ago
    (UNS)TABLE Wooden Coffee Table

    a beautiful design. I wonder if you could save weight and wood, maybe reducing costs, by having the top half hollow. you could then maybe use the cut out of the higher layers as a layer for the lower half

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Luq1308's instructable Peltier-based Smartphone Cooler21 days ago
    Peltier-based Smartphone Cooler

    As I've never used a peltier unit I'm a bit confused by this build, in particular the wiring. As I understand it the peltier produces a current created by the difference in temperature from either side. if that is the case, why the need for external power, could the peltier not power the fan directly, and in doing so the temperature would regulate the speed of the fan, so if the phone heats up, the fan goes faster? For that matter if the peltier is not powering the fan, what is its purpose? Is it just used as a sensor to control the fan, which is powered externally?? Genuine question

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Milen's instructable Hack a USB Card Reader4 weeks ago
    Hack a USB Card Reader

    pick the best quality cord that you can spare for the best data transfer speed, it might also make sense to not have the cable any longer than you need

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  • Doctor’s Play Set Portable MP3 Player

    I've made up a little speaker using the same board, I drilled small holes in the pads for the buttons, making them into through hole connections, I found this made soldering much easier. It would have been nice to have had the headphone cable run through the orange tubing that the stethoscope had come with (or maybe a slightly longer one).All this little audio boards are great but the hastle is in finding the case for them so I love this

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Astrazhnikov1's instructable DIY Retro Bluetooth Speaker6 weeks ago
    DIY Retro Bluetooth Speaker

    why put the non working circuit back in place? surely it is just taking up space ( that could be used for batteries for instance) I'd also be worried about it interfering with the bluetooth reception. I think I'd be tempted to make an LED backlight for the radio frequency window.

    I realise the old board is completely disconnected, when I said interference I was really just refering to putting various metal objects beside the receiver could get in the way of the signal (see https://classroom.synonym.com/block-bluetooth-signal-17777.html ) but I guess it hasn't been too much of an issue

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  • How to Fix a Power Bank's Battery

    I like the idea of swapping out a battery and using the cicuitry of the powerbank but IMO you jump too quickly to the saw, pretty much destroying the case, with a bit of patience and the right combination of knife blades and plectrums you should be able to prise open the case without to much damage, making it reusable. Also I'm confused by the voltage mentioned, I thought a 18650 battery was 3.7v stepped up to 5v for the USB output by the powerbank circuit?

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    • Cheap, Double Sided, Grid-it Style Organiser Board
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  • oragamiunicorn commented on JB Maximiano's instructable Super Simple USB Charger Repair4 months ago
    Super Simple USB Charger Repair

    In my experience all that happens when you slit down heatshrink and then heat it is that it shrinks and falls off the cable, but I use cheap heatshrink without any adhesive so maybe that could be a factor. maybe sugru would be better for that situation?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on JB Maximiano's instructable Super Simple USB Charger Repair5 months ago
    Super Simple USB Charger Repair

    before you bind up your cable you need to check there is no exposed wire that could short out.also this fix is a bit like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted. It is always worth strengthening the cable from new before the damage has been done (though I admit it does normally spoil the look of a new cable)Personally I prefer heat shrink tubing whenever I can get it to work, often it wont fit over the connections though, headphone cables are easiest to work with as the connections are often almost as thin as the cables and the heat shrink slips over easily.

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  • Free Energy ? Charge Your Mobile Phone With a Hand Crank Generator

    can you post a schematic please?also can you clarify, by taking out the servo have you not just made a straight dc motor?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on seamster's instructable Industrial Scrap Coffee Table6 months ago
    Industrial Scrap Coffee Table

    really ingenious, I love wood and industrial metal together and this is done really well. I wouldn't have thought to re weld to make the legs, and the paintwork at the final stage really is a nice touch that brings it all together

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on dstoudt70's instructable Garden Tool Handle Care6 months ago
    Garden Tool Handle Care

    does the oil need to be the boiled sort or could you use standard linseed oil, I got the impression boiled oil was just for colour but I could be wrong on that.

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on mrwonton's instructable Smartphone Macro Lens6 months ago
    Smartphone Macro Lens

    this is a really nice looking project, I especially love the leather touch, pity that you didn't mention it as I was wondering how you stop it from sliding about on the clip. if you just wanted to make a cheap and quick functional item you could probably replicate this in pvc pipe, heating gently to help with the bending of the clip part, i certainly wouldn't look as nice though.

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  • How to Make a Rad Concrete Coffee Table With Live Edge Cherry Slab

    I love the way you leveled the wood, I wouldn't have thought of using a router to take out the peaks like that. I guess it just personal taste but I'd be unhappy with the areas where the concrete seems to be crumbly where it meets the wood. I think I'd opt for an infill of clear, or possibly lightly coloured, resin to join the two surfaces. Also I wondering did you have to agitate or vibrate the concrete as it was setting to avoid air bubbles?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on borism-25's instructable Restoring 20 Years Old Bench6 months ago
    Restoring 20 Years Old Bench

    I restored a similar bench a few years ago, i wanted it a bit bigger than the original bench so extended the length of the woodwork. I found that there was too much flex in the slats, also however tight I got the bolts the arms were able to wobble. To fix both problems I put two batons of wood underneath the wooden slats that from the seat, I put these at an angle, forming a 'v'. Because there was now essentially a triangle, it was much more stable, and because the weight of whoever sat on it was spread across all slats, the flex was greatly reduced. just a note if anyone has a similar problem

    is the longer backboard a local style?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Justbtoo's instructable Concrete Weight Plates6 months ago
    Concrete Weight Plates

    I really like the idea of this, I've a few cheaper sand filled plastic weights and a few more expensive solid metal ones, I hate the plastic ones, too much bulk for too little weight. so I think these concrete ones are are great idea, and affordable. However, my concern with these concrete weights is that over time the hole will crumble and start to get sloppy. I'd like to see a metal pipe core with maybe rebar for strength. Also have you thought about painting on a soft rubber coating to protect surfaces? I was suprised that you didn't coat the mold with anything to help it release, did you have any problems?

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  • Small Component Storage From Ariel 3 in 1 Wash Pods Box

    really nice storage solution, my only concern would be that the ziplock might pop open and spill the contents.

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on LuLusWorld's instructable Clothespin Earbud Holder6 months ago
    Clothespin Earbud Holder

    that's a fair comment, I just don't like hot glue much, I think unless you need that instant stick then hot glue has little benefit. But you are right, this doesn't require a hugely strong joint.

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  • Versatile Volt, Ampere, and Power Meter

    the in and out markings spoil the look of the case, could you not adapt the 3d printing file for the case to have the words embossed?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on TueBjørn's instructable Simple Automatic Bathroom Fan6 months ago
    Simple Automatic Bathroom Fan

    Is there some sort of manual timed override? I'm thinking that as much as a fan removes moisture, it also removes odour.

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on nic.bryan.73's instructable PVC Toolbox Roof Rack6 months ago
    PVC Toolbox Roof Rack

    all your step 7 pictures are upside down

    weird, maybe flip them before you upload and see if it corrects?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on barclay5426's instructable Sculpted Oak Sofa7 months ago
    Sculpted Oak Sofa

    I just checked out the Holey Galahad on youtube, that looks brilliant, then I looked them up on amazon (uk) Wow, those things cost serious money. Looking a bit more I see they are a bit more affordable in the states, but still quite a chunk of change, are they hardwearing, I'd hate to buy one and have it wear out after a few hours

    beautiful, reminds me of a praying mantis somehow

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Amit_Jain's instructable Simple Side Table 7 months ago
    Simple Side Table

    'quote of paint' should read 'coat of paint'

    to help cut a straighter line with the jigsaw you can clamp a length of wood to the board, allowing you to run the edge of the jigsaw foot (rather than the blade itself) against that and get an easy smooth line. it isn't flawless as there is always a degree of flex in the jigsaw blade, but as long as you don't rush too much, you normally get a reasonable result

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  • WiFi Temperature Sensor Using 4Duino-24

    I could be wrong, but I think it is a typo, i would assume you need a microSD CARD and a microUSB CABLE. but i could be wrong

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on LuLusWorld's instructable Clothespin Earbud Holder7 months ago
    Clothespin Earbud Holder

    I like this design, but I'd use wood glue rather than hot glue for a stronger fix, it takes longer but should be better overall

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on ThomasVDD's instructable Rusty Wrench to Collet Spanners7 months ago
    Rusty Wrench to Collet Spanners

    these look very useful, definately worth getting the most use possible out of otherwise useless tools. personally I've no access to a 3d printer and so would have to opt for a wood handle, probably in a sandwich of three layers, with the middle layer being the thickness of the spanner. I might be tempted to go for a little bit longer in the handle, but I guess that depends on how much torque you feel you need. just a note on drilling metal, I always find it best to drill a small pilot hole and then work up to the size I want one size at a time, when ever possible with the help of a drill press, and with a few squirts of WD40 along the way to reduce friction heat.

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  • Guitar Pedal Board - Under $30

    This is a nice simple design, and for little bit more effort you could save yourself a bit of money and make this out of pallet wood.

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  • Broken Earphones to Your Most Treasured Pair for 99p and Some Easy Soldering

    Thanks for your responce about the resistance, I had assumed that you were just meaning to check for a printed ohm rating, but am I right in thinking you are checking with a multimeter? you mentioned a possible different resitance in the different speakers / ears, is this just as a result of wear and tear?

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  • Broken Earphones to Your Most Treasured Pair for 99p and Some Easy Soldering

    step 1 'Also check the resistance of the speakers. They should be around 16 - 64 ohms.' what am i checking for and what do I do if they are not in that range?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on brentzbell's instructable Fly Tying Station7 months ago
    Fly Tying Station

    I would burn in the logo before assembly, easier to access the board, and less of a disaster if the hot pen slips. Also I think a small lip on the board might help keep bits from falling off.I don't fish, so I'll never make this as is, but I can see me making a few other boards with a similar design.Thankyou

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on chienline's instructable Card Holder With Ejector7 months ago
    Card Holder With Ejector

    That is a beautiful, minimal, functional design.Maybe the step stick could be 3d printed?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on marven84's instructable Cheap Wooden Cam Holder7 months ago
    Cheap Wooden Cam Holder

    This is a nice functional project.I'd suggest the use of wingnuts and bolts for ease of adjustment, or better still, but less likely to be on hand, quick release fixing like you get on a bike saddle.Also I'd be worried about the bolts slipping, and the camera falling, so I'd suggest sprung washers to keep the tension up.As a last thought, as I was scrolling down to write this I saw this link https://www.instructables.com/id/GH5-Foot-Pedal-Sh... and I thought the two would work well together

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  • Air Filter (with Activated Carbon/charcoal)

    just wondering why having printed four holes that match up with the four holes on the fan you've not used those holes with four bolts but opted for cable ties instead, genuine question.

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Denise Flasz's instructable DIY Cheap, Chic and Modular7 months ago
    DIY Cheap, Chic and Modular

    Well, I doubt anyone will read this but here goes anyway. I just wondered, with the interlocking teeth, why not have the same number of teeth as holes (so one hole would have no side essentially) then the units could lock together and sit flat, with one going tooth up, the next hole up, if that makes sense?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Anupam_kris's instructable DIY Camera RIG7 months ago
    DIY Camera RIG

    's mounting' was a typo, i just meant 'mounting'

    a good solution for the budget, I wonder if you could mount a larger screen at the top of the rig to allow an easier view .s mounting a spirit level onto the frame might be a good for framing.

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on john pedersen's instructable Porcelain Tube Knife Sharpener7 months ago
    Porcelain Tube Knife Sharpener

    could you sharpen a knife on the lip of a porcelain flower pot?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on demeterart's instructable ARDUINO MUSIC PLAYER7 months ago
    ARDUINO MUSIC PLAYER

    If you are aiming to take on a project, and specifically use arduino, I'm sure this works fine. However if you are just looking to make a cost effective, functional mp3 stereo I'd suggest using this board https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-decoder-lossles... or something similar and (if you arent already connecting to an amped speaker as per this project) an amp board like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amplifiers-Board-PAM8403-... or similar. I've recently made a project based in these boards and a pair of salvaged speakers and I know it reads any mp3 files you throw at it (with no need to reformat to mono) through either the usb or sd card ports, and also bluetooth to a good range.Just another option, depending on what you want to get out of the project.

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  • Drill a Hole in a Glass Bottle

    A towel under the bottle wills make it easier to hold, you could even give it a bit of support (rather than super tight grip) with a bench vice.By putting a cork or rubber bung on your drill bit, when you get through the bottle your bump will be cushioned, minimising the damage. Of course you would get a cleaner hole with a drill press.Last time I cut a hole in a bottle I held the water around the hole with a bluetak or plasticine donut. It just makes sure you always have water on the hole

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on tjaap's instructable Faux Power Plug As a Switch7 months ago
    Faux Power Plug As a Switch

    Sorry, I don't really understand what you mean, what I've suggested ensures that the pins of the power plug are not at any stage connected to the pi, and the wire in fact only connects to the tactile switch mounted in the plug, can you clarify what mistake you mean?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on tjaap's instructable Faux Power Plug As a Switch8 months ago
    Faux Power Plug As a Switch

    I'd be worried too about it accidentally being plugged into a live socket. I was thinking that you could achieve the same effect by having a small tactile switch mounted within the plug itself, so that when it is plugged in the switch is pressed in, the connection made and the pi turned on.So the pins of the plugs are in fact completely inactive, and could be safely plugged into a live socket.

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Techgenie's instructable How to Make Battery Charger at Home8 months ago
    How to Make Battery Charger at Home

    if the charger modules turn themselves off when they are finished, why do you need the switches? surely the boards could just be wired in parallel?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on MrJonesEducation's instructable USB Floor Pedal Number Pad8 months ago
    USB Floor Pedal Number Pad

    as a male usb to male usb is not an everyday cable it would be a pain to replace if it was lost or broken. As such I would position the arduino so you plug directly into the onboard micro usb female, or if needed, extend out from the arduino with a short micro usb male to micro usb female lead in the case. That way you could use a standard android cable (micro usb male to standard usb male) to connect up the numberpad. BTW I love the wack a mole idea

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  • Make Custom Pegboard (3D Jig File Included)

    I thought the same, why print a jig, just use the pegboard as a guide. I also realised that without a drill press I wouldn't get a clean cut. So I thought, two aligned pieces of pegboard, with a frame of battening keeping them apart, would give me enough support to get a regular cut.

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  • How to Make an Ergonomic USB Mouse (Ergo Mouse) - Made From Styrofoam

    I see no reason that swapping out the battery would be too hard, just make sure it gives out the correct voltage and current, and bear in mind the requirements for charging.

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  • DIY Flexible Third Hand From Gorilla Tripod

    I had an alligator twist and break on my third hand recently, so I's suggest glueing something like a cocktail stick inside the stem of the clip for support. It shouldn't be any bigger than before so should still fit in the hole fine.

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  • How to Make a Pie Chart in LibreOffice

    thanks for this guide, very useful. I'd love to see the ilustrations cropped down a bit so that they appear bigger on screen.

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  • oragamiunicorn's instructable Bolts As Bottons (for Electronics)'s weekly stats: 8 months ago
    • Bolts As Bottons (for Electronics)
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  • oragamiunicorn commented on IOT_123's instructable IOT123 - CHARGER DOCTOR BREAKOUT8 months ago
    IOT123 - CHARGER DOCTOR BREAKOUT

    I find these charge doctors really useful, and could be handy for a lot of 5v projects that don't have usb ports, so this breakout is great. Just a thought, it would be useful if you still had the usb functionality. if you had two male and two female connectors, you could extend out the usb connections to the edge of the case. Or I would imagine you could crack the case of the charge doctor, running wires out from the positive and negative of the onboard usb connectors to secondary usb connectors mounted to the new case (as well as the banana clips and pins).Also you could include some screw up terminal connections, for greater flexability.a really useful build, thankyou

    also, a weaker but cheaper and quicker way of doing things would be to dispense with the case altogether, just make up a lead from a female usb connector to two banana plug connectors, two terminal connectors, two pin connectors (and then repeat for the male usb). With a bit of hot glue and heat shrink for strain relief, I think these could be reasonably hardwearing, though obviously less so than the case mounted form. as a bonus, you can still use the usb doctor on its own

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on MAHESHVISHNOI999's instructable How to Make Mobile Speaker8 months ago
    How to Make Mobile Speaker

    sorry, I see from the end of the video that the board has a power switch built in

    I'd suggest wiring up the power last, I know small amp boards like this are easily damaged by shorts and miswiring, so by powering up last you have a chance to check over all your connection before any damage can be done. Also how about a power switch and a charging board for the battery? Also it would better desolder the input wires and then solder the jack lead direct to the board

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  • Cooper Decorator Momentary Switch

    19th feb 18 - no video

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  • Convert Airplane Noise Cancelling Headphones to Stereo Headphones

    I'm sure I'm missing somethig obvious here but what is the usb for? The power for the headphones is provided through the 3.5 jack as per any other headphones right? I'm unsure of exactly how noise cancelling works, I remember something about recording ambient noise and inverting the signal to cancel out that range of tones, so is that what is happening here, and is that element what is powered by the 5v of the usb? Just wanted some clarification for my own understanding, thanks

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on WillpowerStudios's instructable USB Hack9 months ago
    USB Hack

    this would look neater and be stronger if you had a larger piece of heatshrink going over the four joins

    how does the amps compare with your cable to the original cable?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on stillash's instructable Mario Warp Pipe Pencil Holder9 months ago
    Mario Warp Pipe Pencil Holder

    Nice project, but why not use white pipe?

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  • Cutting Bolts Without Damaging the Threads

    a neat solution, if I was cutting down a lot of bolts I'd give this a go, but I've never gone wrong slipping on a nut to the side of the bolt I want to keep, cutting, then when you undo the nut it tidies up any mishaping of the thread. so if i were following your method I think I'd still incorporate a nut on the template somewhere, perhaps mounted in the wood, or simply sitting up near the bolthead.

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on JeeHPark's instructable Transparent Alligator Clips9 months ago
    Transparent Alligator Clips

    maybe some heat shrink tubing / banding at the clips would give a little bit of colour for identification, without being too distracting.

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on bpoulton's instructable Building a One of a Kind Skateboard 9 months ago
    Building a One of a Kind Skateboard

    That looks excellent, but I think some resin could make it stronger

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on rachesv99's instructable Wireless Mouse Rechargable Mod9 months ago
    Wireless Mouse Rechargable Mod

    This is an interesting modI think a connector for a micro usb cable (as used on android phones etc) would be handier than the connector you've used. I don't know enough about it ether way, but do you not need a charge protection circuit to limit any risk of exploding battery?Can't help but feel that it would be easier to buy a rechargable battery and charger, or the sort with a self contained usb ( as per https://www.amazon.co.uk/BlueBeach%C2%AE-Rechargeable-Batteries-NH-AA-1450mah/dp/B01M4LEFVP/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1518096783&sr=8-2&keywords=usb+battery+aa ) would be a simpler fix, and no risk of damaging the mouse.I've always found my wireless mouse to be pretty good in terms of battery life, I think there are a lot of other household items (torchs for instance) that us...

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    This is an interesting modI think a connector for a micro usb cable (as used on android phones etc) would be handier than the connector you've used. I don't know enough about it ether way, but do you not need a charge protection circuit to limit any risk of exploding battery?Can't help but feel that it would be easier to buy a rechargable battery and charger, or the sort with a self contained usb ( as per https://www.amazon.co.uk/BlueBeach%C2%AE-Rechargeable-Batteries-NH-AA-1450mah/dp/B01M4LEFVP/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1518096783&sr=8-2&keywords=usb+battery+aa ) would be a simpler fix, and no risk of damaging the mouse.I've always found my wireless mouse to be pretty good in terms of battery life, I think there are a lot of other household items (torchs for instance) that use batteries much quicker and so would benefit more from this kind of battery mod.Thanks for sharing,

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Creativity Buzz's instructable Speed Up Laptop / PC 9 months ago
    Speed Up Laptop / PC

    Surely step 1 is to make a disc or usb of your operating system, otherwise you have a newly upgraded brick

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  • 3 Ways to Upcycle McDonalds Happy Meal Toys

    love the bookends, but I would have preferred them in green rather than the wood finish.

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on awall99's instructable Movable Action Camera Holder9 months ago
    Movable Action Camera Holder

    nice build. If you need to use a clamp, I'd opt for a screw g clamp for strength.

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  • Articulated Camera Swing Arm - IKEA Hack

    maybe you could wire up that cable to supply power to the camera?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on vicky selva's instructable Electric Bell9 months ago
    Electric Bell

    can you gut the bike bell and mount the motor inside for a neater, if more complicated, design?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Ansif's instructable Soldering Stand ONLY 3 Joints9 months ago
    Soldering Stand ONLY 3 Joints

    I think having the clamps fixed like this is too limiting, perhaps you could use a bar of meccanno style metal (ie. regular holes along the length) to attatch the clamps as you need for a more versitile tool

    does it need to be 12v, a 5v fan could run from usb power, so potentially a powerbank (or of course a wall charger)

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on ultraayush's instructable Improvised DC Vibration Motor9 months ago
    Improvised DC Vibration Motor

    this is like the rumblers you find in games controllers

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  • Modular Handsfree Phone Holder From Paper

    I think this would work better in pvc pipe, for durability

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  • Make a Wing Bolt From a Plastic Bottle

    I use wing nuts much more than wing bolts, luckily this technique can be used to make them both. I don't think I'd bother to cut down the plastic it was molded, more plastic means more grip? I like the suggestion of using this as an emergency wrench to undo bolts. Thankyou

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Saurav Chakraborty's instructable OTG Charging Cable10 months ago
    OTG Charging Cable

    Does anyone know, if you leave two phones plugged in like this for a few hours or longer, will they even out in charge? I'd imagine you get to the point where they both start to drain each other?

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  • Multi-Use Bendy Phone Charging Cable

    Personally I wouldn't take off the plastic covering / sleeve of the cord, unless you were really struggling to get the paracord to fit over it, a thicker cable is less likely to kink or crush and become useless.Even if you need to take the plastic sleeve off, I'd definatelly leave the foil sleeve on, as it gives sheilding from interference and it keeps the cables tidily together, it doesn't take up any space really, why take it off?

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  • No Solder Nylon Wrapped Phone Cable!

    yeah this works well with paracord, I covered my sister's speaker wires and antenna cable with paracord so it is invisible against her walls, works amazingly well.

    I did this a few days ago, after finding 30 metres of rope for £2.50. it worked brilliantly for a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable. But I couldn't get it to open up enough to get over either a micro or mini usb connector. I then tried to use the rope to sleeve a long (ish) mains extension cable, about 3.5 metres, but struggled to take the core out of it, by the time I'd got there, the hollow sleeve that I was left with so torn up it looked like it had been attacked by a cat. Its odd, I've made previous cables using a shoe lace using the same method and it's gone fine. Anyway, if you want to give this technique a go (and when it works it looks great and means your cable collection isn't all black, hard to distinguish one from the other) just have good look at the rope first, the s...

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    I did this a few days ago, after finding 30 metres of rope for £2.50. it worked brilliantly for a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable. But I couldn't get it to open up enough to get over either a micro or mini usb connector. I then tried to use the rope to sleeve a long (ish) mains extension cable, about 3.5 metres, but struggled to take the core out of it, by the time I'd got there, the hollow sleeve that I was left with so torn up it looked like it had been attacked by a cat. Its odd, I've made previous cables using a shoe lace using the same method and it's gone fine. Anyway, if you want to give this technique a go (and when it works it looks great and means your cable collection isn't all black, hard to distinguish one from the other) just have good look at the rope first, the shoelace I used had a much finer finish, more threads in the weave, and it worked much better. Also I'd rub the rope about a bit, see if the threads look like the'll snag and pull, if it does, avoid.Good luck !!

    I'd suggest getting the 3 to 1 ratio heatshrink, it is more expensive and harder to find, but will shrink down more. I am using up a jumbo pack of 2 to1 heatshrink at the moment, it's great stuff, but I always want it to go a little tighter, also I often find I'm heating longer than is ideal, just to get every last millimetre of shrink.

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  • How to Make a Portable Waterproof Speaker

    That's an interesting project, I wouldn't have thought of a completely sealed case for a speaker / stereo. Why are the two speakers so close together when you could have spaced them on the edges of the case? If they need to be so close could you not safe a bit of money and had it as a mono setup? I'm interested by the full range speakers in this setup, I think I'd want to hear them in person, it is always so heard to tell audio quality through youtube. Thanks for sharing this build

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on eludemann's instructable Cable Management System10 months ago
    Cable Management System

    this looks good, though I have to point out that the cable clips you've made out of sugru are readily available in rubber much cheaper. None the less this is a neat and simple organiser

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on ShakeTheFuture's instructable The Mighty Button | Sugru10 months ago
    The Mighty Button | Sugru

    if you just disconnect the main two mouse buttons and the wheel, then you have a ready made case?

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  • App-controlled Alphabet Board Inspired by Stranger Things

    sorry, I realise now that the leds are multicolour / rgb contollable.

    very very cool, I'd change a couple of things though, just to make it really match the look of Stranger Things - the lettering and the run of the lights is a bit neater than in the show, it all needs to be a little less perfect, with that in mind, I'd swap out the neat black frame for a wood frame with that red toned varnish, also maybe add a bit of age and staining to the wallpaper. Lastly the show seems to have a randomly multicoloured string of lights, where yours seem to be more of a rainbow / spectrum. Undeniably a very cool project, I think if you got the look just right you could have them for sale with a good profit.

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on btidey's instructable Two Way Speaker Switch10 months ago
    Two Way Speaker Switch

    This looks neat, though I think I'd prefer all the speaker connections at the rear, either in a row of twelve, or three by four.I've used a similar, shop bought, switch, again passive, feeding from a single source (stereo) that can go to either speakers A, Speakers B or both A and B. Can this set up be wired that way. To premept any questions, yes when you have both speakers on the volume does dip slightly, though not by much.

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  • Kawai Tsugite - Amazing Three-way Japanese Joint

    this is a beautiful joint, and certainly a talking point. Does it serve any practical purpose?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Zip Ties10 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Zip Ties

    really not sure about using cable ties on tyre, in particular the idea of only having a front brake, if you brake hard with only front brake you are going to be thrown forward over the handlebars, or you'll jack knife the back of the bike and loose control

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on NickiW's instructable Goblet of Fire - Harry Potter10 months ago
    Goblet of Fire - Harry Potter

    I'd like to see a moving flame, like the disco flames you see, essentially red fabric blown by a fan. I found this link, but I think it could be done better https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQvaXCsdS8M

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on gravitino's instructable Personalized Lapdesk10 months ago
    Personalized Lapdesk

    I'd definitely be interested in seeing one made for travel. Would you use a foldable board, or just keep it smaller? Maybe an inflatable camping pillow for the underside?

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  • oragamiunicorn commented on Stamatis K's instructable Concrete Lamp (5)10 months ago
    Concrete Lamp (5)

    I love the look of this lamp and the others you've made, but I can't help feeling the cable lets them down. I'd suggest either something that matches the industrial look of the concrete (say some orange outdoor type cable) or some cloth covered cable (following one of the various instructables like this https://www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk-USB-cab...)BTW - what do you mean by water sanding, is it just as simple as moistening the surface before you use sandpaper, what is the purpose?Thankyou

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  • DIY Solar Powered Phone Charger Under 5$

    I've read elsewhere that when a solar panel is in shade the effect is reversed and actually can draw power from the battery. is this the case here or does the IC7805 stop this?

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