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  • How to Sharpen Used and Dull Drill Bits (By Hand!!)

    As apprentice to an Austrian toolmaker 35 years ago, I was taught to use this method. Good to refresh on the geometry though- been doing it so long by eye I'd forgotten the numbers.

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  • DIY Home Automation with ESP8266 (Linknode R4) and Amazon Alexa

    Interesting article, thanks. I guess for $10 the Linknode R4 is a convenient alternative to assembling the same components on a breadboard? I like the addition of Alexa to your project as it was my first exposure to that device.I notice that in your sketch where you control the lights and outlets the //comments all refer to relay one which is a bit confusing.

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  • Arduino Solar Tracker (Single or Dual Axis)

    Thanks but mounting 20 panels to a slew ring drive on a pitched roof is not at "easy".

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  • Arduino Solar Tracker (Single or Dual Axis)

    Very clearly written project; I will build one of these with my son. I have 7kw of roof top panels and this seems like a complicated thing to accomplish on a pitched roof. Plus I'm sure that in doing so I would void my system warranty- though I'd love to increase efficiency. Thanks!

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  • tractorman1960 commented on MadeleineDouglas's instructable How to Choose Lumber2 years ago
    How to Choose Lumber

    Nice job. I like where you say to sort and re-stack your discards. One minor correction, a surfaced 2x4 is 1-1/2 thick, not 1-3/4.

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  • tractorman1960 commented on HaleyP5's instructable Haley's Teardrop Camper3 years ago
    Haley's Teardrop Camper

    As a father and a professional woodworker I especially enjoyed reading about your project. Home schooled by any chance?I bought the same trailer about a month ago and have fantasized about a similar project though I don't have the time and it will be used for hauling alfalfa for my daughter's dairy goats. I found a great Sketchup design tutorial on youTube for anyone thinking of building a Grumman teardrop Good luck, Haley. I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding work of your choosing!

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  • tractorman1960 commented on NorthWind's instructable How To Clean Out Long Dryer Vents3 years ago
    How To Clean Out Long Dryer Vents

    Our gas dryer stopped heating last week so I pulled it apart to investigate. With the helpful DIY videos at repairclinic.com I quickly found the problem. It was the re-settable high temp snap switch mounted on the outside of the fire tube. When this thing pops it usually means the vent is clogged with lint. I knew I was years overdue to clean the vent and some time ago bought one of those 12' segmented clean out brushes that I was amazed to finally locate in my workshop. I attached it to my cordless drill and fed it in the vent discharge. It worked well but wasn't long enough so I had to get in the crawl space and remove a pipe section to get the rest of the run. Our machines are stacked and in an impossibly tight spot to use the method described in this instructable but it gives...

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    Our gas dryer stopped heating last week so I pulled it apart to investigate. With the helpful DIY videos at repairclinic.com I quickly found the problem. It was the re-settable high temp snap switch mounted on the outside of the fire tube. When this thing pops it usually means the vent is clogged with lint. I knew I was years overdue to clean the vent and some time ago bought one of those 12' segmented clean out brushes that I was amazed to finally locate in my workshop. I attached it to my cordless drill and fed it in the vent discharge. It worked well but wasn't long enough so I had to get in the crawl space and remove a pipe section to get the rest of the run. Our machines are stacked and in an impossibly tight spot to use the method described in this instructable but it gives me ideas of how to adapt it with cleanout wye fittings in the crawlspace. Lesson learned- clean that duct regularly, whatever it takes! Then reward yourself with a cold one :D

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