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  • zacker commented on MartinMakes's instructable Solar Pool Heater5 weeks ago
    Solar Pool Heater

    First off, Excellent job! I have a couple questions....What size was the pool this was made for? and how far did it raise the temp?My pool is 15 feet. it is an above ground, this time of year here in CT. the pool gets to about 74 F by the end of the day (about 3:30 pm.) From there it starts to drop.on the last few nights, it has been really cool out and in the mornings the pool is down to about 68 - 70 degrees, too cold for my blood. lol So I was wondering how much of a temp raise can i expect from this set up and how long does it usually take, I would try to put the solar collector in the direct sun and possibly make it rotatable to follow the sun around to keep in in direct light. early morning sun though is behind a huge tree and it doesnt poke through till about 10 am but from then...

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    First off, Excellent job! I have a couple questions....What size was the pool this was made for? and how far did it raise the temp?My pool is 15 feet. it is an above ground, this time of year here in CT. the pool gets to about 74 F by the end of the day (about 3:30 pm.) From there it starts to drop.on the last few nights, it has been really cool out and in the mornings the pool is down to about 68 - 70 degrees, too cold for my blood. lol So I was wondering how much of a temp raise can i expect from this set up and how long does it usually take, I would try to put the solar collector in the direct sun and possibly make it rotatable to follow the sun around to keep in in direct light. early morning sun though is behind a huge tree and it doesnt poke through till about 10 am but from then till about 6 pm, its right out in the open before dipping behind the house. One more thing, I do not have a roof to mount this too so it would be on a board that would be on about a 45 degree angle pointing to the sky. Also, what size tube would be the best? 3/4" or 1 or bigger? and would the thinner type "Hose" for a Sump pump work better than the more rigid black tube that you used? especially if I mounted it to a Board painted black? (Id also LOVE to box it in and put a piece of Glass or clear poly over it to seal in heat like they do with those solar food dehydrators...lol) So whats your thoughts?? Id appreciate any help or ideas. Thanks!

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  • zacker commented on MartinMakes's instructable Solar Pool Heater5 weeks ago
    Solar Pool Heater

    I know this is an old question but from everything I have heard, a solar cover does heat the water but only by a couple degrees and only about the first few inches from the top the rest of the water stays colder. I hear they work better to use to keep your heated water warm overnight though.

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  • Reclaimed Plywood Guitar With Scratch-Built Pickup and 3d Inlay

    cOOL..ILL HAVE TO GO WATCH... LOL THANKS!

    Such a cool build.. How's she play? You now need to make a video of it in use... lol great idea with the old hinge, I may make on for one of my guitars...lol It looks really cool!

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  • zacker commented on neslo63's instructable 4 PLY , No Problem !!5 months ago
    4 PLY , No Problem !!

    Whats so funny was that as soon as i saw this Instructable, i thought of "The Office"... lol

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  • zacker commented on Alpaca Studio's instructable How to Make an Apothecary Cabinet5 months ago
    How to Make an Apothecary Cabinet

    Very nice..great job cutting the Dovetails too! this came out really nice!

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  • zacker commented on Lftndbt's instructable ISteadii 2.0 - Image Stabilizing Unit6 months ago
    ISteadii 2.0 - Image Stabilizing Unit

    very cool... now find something round thats not a tennis ball and use that so it looks good too. im thinking about buying a "Ball Valve" or AKA, 1/4 turn valve from the hardware store, a 1-1/2" valve should do, then taking it apart and removing the steel (stainless Steel?) ball from it and attaching that to the camera! It should be a lot heavier than the lead sinker and a lot nicer to look at than the tennis ball! lol But this Hack is a great idea anyhow its made, thanks!

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  • zacker commented on DurhamWildlifeTrust's instructable Large Scale Charcoal Production7 months ago
    Large Scale Charcoal Production

    does this prodeuce the type of charcoal used in a black smith forge or is it the stuff youd barb que with ? or, are those both the same thing? lol and would the chunks of charcoal from my wood stove i take out everymorning be the same thing or different?? thanks!

    I find it kinda funny how so many of those who are so crazy about "protecting" the enviroment live in smog filled cities that are choked with traffic, all heated with Gas or Oil and the streets littered with garbage...not to mention the crazy amounts of wastes that are hauled off to area land fills from these cities yet, these enviromental warriorers will preach to people with wood stoves or wood furnaces or who burn the leaves and yard clippings about how we are hurting the Enviroment or the O-zone... lol Oh I also like hearing about being enviromentally responsible from people who live on the water along say an inlet who blow or rake their leaves into the water to get rid of them or who live on a pond or lake and cut their lawn right up to the waters edge and then fertillize...

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    I find it kinda funny how so many of those who are so crazy about "protecting" the enviroment live in smog filled cities that are choked with traffic, all heated with Gas or Oil and the streets littered with garbage...not to mention the crazy amounts of wastes that are hauled off to area land fills from these cities yet, these enviromental warriorers will preach to people with wood stoves or wood furnaces or who burn the leaves and yard clippings about how we are hurting the Enviroment or the O-zone... lol Oh I also like hearing about being enviromentally responsible from people who live on the water along say an inlet who blow or rake their leaves into the water to get rid of them or who live on a pond or lake and cut their lawn right up to the waters edge and then fertillize their yards or use weed killers on the waters edge to keep the wedds / grass for spoiling their view! lol

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  • zacker commented on Plasmana's instructable How to Take Apart a Microwave7 months ago
    How to Take Apart a Microwave

    when discharging the cap in the Microwave, what is the best/safest way to do so? Is there an instructable on this? Also, talking about the ceramic things on the magnatron and about the dust causing cancer, would it be a good idea to try and fully wrap them in tape before messing around trying to get the magnets out? (i would probably just leve the magnets in iot and dispose of the whole thing...)

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  • zacker commented on fretters's instructable Computer Drawer8 months ago
    Computer Drawer

    Came out great and, I like the fact that it looks like you did most of the wood working in your home...lol I did that, when I was divorced, my Kitchen was my workshop...lol,lol,lol..

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  • zacker commented on JasonF205's instructable Milk Jug Skulls1 year ago
    Milk Jug Skulls

    THAT...Is Awesome! Geat idea and job and the Instructions were great too. i'll have to try this out. I wonder how thick of a plastic one can use? i have a heat gun, i wonder if it will soften up thicker plastic to make new fenders for a motorcycle?? Hmmmmmm....

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  • zacker commented on randofo's instructable Arduino-Controlled Robotic Drum1 year ago
    Arduino-Controlled Robotic Drum

    Cool...lol... thats pretty sweet! Now you need to build a robotic guitar! lol

    Awww Come on!!! I was so looking forward to hearing what this kit could do but there was nothing but a couple notes played in the video!!! Boooooo! I want to see it actually play a song, see what it could do ... Please post another video...lol

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  • zacker commented on badarsworkshop's instructable Bench Power Supply1 year ago
    Bench Power Supply

    pretty cool little power supply. i like it!

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  • zacker commented on bongodrummer's instructable Improved Stove Top Fan (from Junk) 1 year ago
    Improved Stove Top Fan (from Junk)

    yeah... maybe. the stove gets HOT! lol we run it on max because its a fireplace insert so we dont get the heat that you'd get from a free standing stove, we get just what heat the little blower motors under it push out... its a lot but more would be better... but then again, my fan was smaller and it was pretty close to the stove. a taller block my be the way to go .. lol

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  • Heat-Powered Stove Top Fan W/ Salvaged Parts

    yeah I guess maybe i should try it with a taller riser block...

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  • zacker commented on bongodrummer's instructable Improved Stove Top Fan (from Junk) 1 year ago
    Improved Stove Top Fan (from Junk)

    wow thanks for the link to this... pretty cool. And the heat from the stove doesnt melt your wires or motor? that was my problem... the heat rising off the stove just melted all the plastic in and on the motor.. lol but when it worked, it worked great.

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  • Heat-Powered Stove Top Fan W/ Salvaged Parts

    no i just basically gave up and moved on...lol i dont think i could make one that wouldnt melt..unless the motor is all steel with no plastic in or on it at all.

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  • Heat-Powered Stove Top Fan W/ Salvaged Parts

    Wow...this was a pretty cool version of these types of fans... i actually made one a couple years ago but my stove gets so hot it melted the plastic parts in the motor... lol but it worked pretty nicely for the ten or 15 minutes that it did work... lol

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

    I have the one that does the split points... i just cannot get the darned thing to sharpen a bit to save my life... lol I have had better luck doing them by hand on my grinder although the smaller the bit the harder it is to sharpen. I bought a cheap little sharpener from harbor freight that you attach to your drill and theres just a plastic sort of "guide" that you slide the dril bit into and sharpen one side then turn it and grind the other side. lol it works ok too , not great but for touching up a bit that you are using its good.

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  • Spool Gun Handheld Wirefeed Welder Powered by Car Batteries

    lol... yeah i took out my little HF Stick welder to mess with it some more. I did get a "Better" weld... Meaning that the two pieces I welded together actually stayed together when I beat on it with a hammer..lol but the weld looked horrible. And when I say horrible, I mean HORRIBLE lol I do like the little wire feed HF welder but man... I'd much rather have a proper Mig with the gas set up and all that.. I really need to have a 220v line run out to the garage so I could get a proper welder set up!

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  • zacker commented on 陳亮's instructable Scan Photo With Your Mobile Phone2 years ago
    Scan Photo With Your Mobile Phone

    cool... let us know the outcome and take lots of pictures!

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  • zacker commented on -BALES-'s instructable The Zipper Snare Drum2 years ago
    The Zipper Snare Drum

    awesome work... love it.

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

    i bought a drill DR and all i can say is, it sux. no matter how hard i try i cant get a good sharpening from it. lol

    id say use the fine... youre only trying to sharpen the bit. the coarse wheel would be more for re shaping... or if you were starting with a bit with no edge on it. then again i could be totally wrong but i dont think i am if its anything like sharpening wood turning tools...lol

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  • Spool Gun Handheld Wirefeed Welder Powered by Car Batteries

    can this be made to run off of 110v house current? it would be great to just plug it in and use it without haveing to store car batteries and keep them charged.

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  • zacker commented on Mr.Hyde's instructable "Knalpot" Fire pit2 years ago
    "Knalpot" Fire pit

    you can buy Stainless Steel pipe nipples and then buff them to a nice shine and use those for the legs too.

    When I read the original post, I didn't even notice the "For EG" or "Sowing Machine" I just read it and it said exactly what it said... "For Example" and "Sowing machine" ( said, sewing machine) I didn't even notice the grammar and spelling mistakes. What I am saying was I understood completely what the OP was saying...lol So, is there really a "Sowing machine" as well as a "Sewing Machine"?

    thanks! Ill have to keep my eyes and ears open for someone dumping one of those Machines!

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  • zacker commented on M3G's instructable Wrong Size Wrench? No Problem!2 years ago
    Wrong Size Wrench? No Problem!

    lol thanks. it was a great show... funny as hell.

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  • A Cabin in the woods...a work in progress........

    nice... my property here in the North East is all ledge and you cant dig a hole anywhere without hitting some boulder or something...lol You should have seen me trying to hand dig the post holes for a split rail fence, I dug up more rocks... its no wonder why there are so many rock walls in the woods around here. I couldn't imagine being a farmer back in the day using horses to plow fields full of stone! Great job so far on the Cabin..its an inspiration!

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  • Learn To Do Aluminum Sand Casting

    very cool video. I have to try and find some of that sand... can I use dirt from my yard? I used it for casting a few cement garden containers for my wife..it worked ok but I didn't have to handle the forms so I don't know if after packing it down, if it would stay in he flask if I moved them around too much..lol it did pack pretty good though. Its kind of clay like but sandy.

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  • Recycling A PC Internal Card Reader - Make it External & Portable

    ...sure is. Hopefuly it will help someone else out of a jam!

    Thanks for the reply.. yeah I tried most of that then thought, "you know what? its easier just to go buy a multi card reader and be done with it!" lol

    Thanks for the reply.. yeah I tried most of that then thought, "you know what? its easier just to go buy a multi card reader and be done with it!" lol

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  • zacker commented on romanursuhack's instructable How to Unlock Your Car in 30 Seconds3 years ago
    How to Unlock Your Car in 30 Seconds

    While I admit I WAS sucked in by the first Pic, I did watch the whole video waiting for it to get to the part where you put the string into the key hole but it never happened. It didn't really bother me though. I guess those Court ordered Anger Management classes really did work after all!

    Doesn't this site have a "Be nice" policy? I thought it did but it could just be from a beautiful dream I had where everyone on the internet weren't such snarky know-it-all's all the time! lol

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  • zacker commented on velacreations's instructable Solar Food Dryer3 years ago
    Solar Food Dryer

    with all the trays loaded and the unti in the sun and the temp inside it at 130... how long does it take to dryout the fruit? (apples)

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