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  • Messy But Efficient Way to Organize Your Bookcase

    Yikes. For raggedy old books for reference this works pretty well. I have a suggestion though that may also double the space without defacing or labelling the books. Double the rows. Most bookshelves will easily fit two paperbacks deep. So push the row of books all the way to the back, then put another row in the front. It's actually fairly easy to lift out a bunch of the front books at a time to see the ones in the back. Make more space by using adjustable shelves if possible and sorting by size. You can make a system of putting read books in the back, unread in the front. With trade paperbacks or hardbacks, this doesn't work usually. In some cases, I find stacking some books horizontally with the spine facing out can save space as well, depending on the shape and size, then place the ...

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    Yikes. For raggedy old books for reference this works pretty well. I have a suggestion though that may also double the space without defacing or labelling the books. Double the rows. Most bookshelves will easily fit two paperbacks deep. So push the row of books all the way to the back, then put another row in the front. It's actually fairly easy to lift out a bunch of the front books at a time to see the ones in the back. Make more space by using adjustable shelves if possible and sorting by size. You can make a system of putting read books in the back, unread in the front. With trade paperbacks or hardbacks, this doesn't work usually. In some cases, I find stacking some books horizontally with the spine facing out can save space as well, depending on the shape and size, then place the rest vertically.

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  • Biochemists Way of Baking Bread - Snuggle Up to Yeast

    I'm so happy to see so many instructables coming out of different corners of the world (with METRIC!). This is a lovely and detailed look at dough making. Just one suggestion for clarity, the text states 'whole corn' flour. For non-German speakers, this might be confused with flour from maize/corn, instead of being understood as 'whole grain' flour. Thanks for posting this. Now I can't wait to start playing with yeast! Vielen Dank!

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  • Easy Outdoor Cinder Block Benches

    This looks like a good and easy project. Do you think there would be any safety/stability issues for a single bench in a yard with sandy soil and no back wall/fence? Thanks for posting!

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  • prickly vegan commented on scoochmaroo's instructable Crispy Oven Baked French Fries1 year ago
    Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

    I don't have a microwave either. Maybe it's strange, but they take up a lot of space for so little use, and use a lot of energy. The only thing I miss it for is heating up cold coffee and melting chocolate. For this recipe, I imagine you can simply boil or steam the potatoes, as that is essentially what you would be doing with the microwave. Worth a try.

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  • prickly vegan commented on TraumaComet's instructable how to sugar-wax your legs 3 years ago
    how to sugar-wax your legs

    Just a tip, from what I've read, the direction of application and ripping matters quite a lot. According to several online sources, it is most beneficial to apply the wax in the opposite direction of hair growth, then pull off the strip/wax in the direction of growth. This helps to prevent ingrown hairs, and might be less painful. Worth a try anyway. Also, I find it less painful when doing small patches at a time. When you start running out of patience, you'll be happy to suffer more by doing larger patches. ;) And, no, I have no idea why people think this is gross. It's just hair, people!

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  • prickly vegan commented on belsey's instructable Sun & bug lotion: one simple solution3 years ago
    Sun & bug lotion: one simple solution

    I would like to see data to support these claims, but these points do make a lot of sense. People put on sunblock and act like they are invincible. When I don't use sunblock, I cover up and stay in the shade. If I put on sunblock, I feel a bit more protected and stay in the sun for probably too long. Makes sense that other people would think the same way. The second point is curious, but also perhaps sound. Most sunblock is full of parabens and copolymers and things I don't understand. These would effectively disallow the skin normal access to oxygen. Perhaps that is why i feel so sweaty when I use sunblock. However, I think implying that oil does the same thing is perhaps false. I do not believe a thin layer of coconut oil on the skin prevents the skin from 'breathing'. I would definit...

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    I would like to see data to support these claims, but these points do make a lot of sense. People put on sunblock and act like they are invincible. When I don't use sunblock, I cover up and stay in the shade. If I put on sunblock, I feel a bit more protected and stay in the sun for probably too long. Makes sense that other people would think the same way. The second point is curious, but also perhaps sound. Most sunblock is full of parabens and copolymers and things I don't understand. These would effectively disallow the skin normal access to oxygen. Perhaps that is why i feel so sweaty when I use sunblock. However, I think implying that oil does the same thing is perhaps false. I do not believe a thin layer of coconut oil on the skin prevents the skin from 'breathing'. I would definitely like to know if it is true, though! The last point about the skin making it's own sunblock, effectively, is interesting. I'd like more info on that as well. Sounds possible, but it would never be enough to keep me from frying!

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