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I really like that this project will be lots of fun to use after the fun of making it.
Regarding #12, stop the flow.Remove the crust from a slice of white bread. Shape the bread into a ball and push it into the pipe to form a temporary dam. Be prepared to solder reasonably quickly or you might need to get more bread. Later, when the water is turned on, the bread will dissolve. Worst case, you might have to rmove a strainer as described in #8.
That dragon is very creative and well done. You should contact the people at Maker Faire. I wouldn't be surprised if you get a special deal.
Very clear and well-written article.I especially liked the wording of the description of materials, for example, "Epoxy Putty, such as Bondo All-Purpose Putty." This gives a good example of what might be used, while suggesting that other materials might be substituted depending on what one is familiar with or is stocked by their favorite dealer. One minor correction: Bondo is a good family of products, but it is not "epoxy". It uses a polyester chemistry.
Very practical idea. If you need to make various rabbets and dovetails, you need a set with different blade widths. The collection could get really expensive. Once you have made one plane, get a set of chisels and make a set of planes.
How Baking Works
Science of Baking
Very low tech alternate solution, by my father-in-law:Hang a tennis ball on a string from the garage ceiling. Locate it so that when you are perfectly parked, it just touches the windshield directly in front of the steering wheel.
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Table Saw Class
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If you do a fair amount of work, or have a budget for "man toys", they are great to have. Mine justifies a place in my tool box because I use it a often for putting big screws in wood, for removing stuck screws on the machinery, etc.I mentioned the price up front so as not to raise false expectations. This kind of tool needs to be well made.
As others mentioned, the very best tool is an impact driver, if you can budget roughly 150USD. On the outside, they look like a drill. On the inside is a mechanism that forces the bit into the slot at the same time that it turns. After getting one, the times I strip a screw head has gone way down. And if a head does get a bit mangled, it is trivial to remove it and put in a new screw.The deluxe solution, a kit that includes both a drill and driver. Use one tool to pre-drill the hole (and possibly counter sink or counter bore). The pick up the other tool to install the screw.
Welding Tools and Materials
Welcome to Welding
The leaves of many herbs, for example oregano, can be easily stripped by holding the tip of the stem in one hand and sliding the fingers of the other hand along the stem pulling off the leaves. The "trick" is that one direction along the stem is much better than the other.
Electronics Crash Course
LEDs and Lighting Class
3D Printing Class