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  • JamesA41 commented on Bruceaulrich's instructable Mic Surround for Recording Audio1 day ago
    Mic Surround for Recording Audio

    Great portability in your design! That's handy. Awesome!

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  • JamesA41 commented on wotboa's instructable Sound Card Tachometer1 day ago
    Sound Card Tachometer

    Neat... I'm going to plan on making this. I just installed Visual Analyzer which is overwhelmingly (at least at first) impressive and is free. http://www.sillanumsoft.org/ (I've used the spectrum analyzer and data in txt files to compare transmission cables with ADC & DAC combos)http://www.sillanumsoft.org/ZRLC.htm (I haven't tried this yet... looks neat though)

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  • Scratch Built Acoustic Absorbers for Bedroom Studio

    Awesome, I didn't realize Home Deport has acoustic foam. Two layers of drywall come to mind however for residential code... I forget if that code is in general or some places. Thanks for the link!

    Check out this instructable and this Hackaday for more detailed info on more effective builds I'm thinking (not that this one is bad... I have been wondering what the space foam material performance characteristics are and the instructable was well done):https://www.instructables.com/id/Mic-Surround-for-...https://hackaday.com/2018/12/14/build-your-own-ane...I thought this was kind of neat showing a room style with the wall also creative with a different material:https://www.instructables.com/id/Computer-Drawer/

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  • Making Aluminum Bronze: Melting Copper and Aluminum

    Hi, thank for producing the instructable... I needed the extra inspiration to move forward with my idea. I have experience with tig welding aluminum and magnesium alloys from back in high school since I wound up getting ahead of the class and started doing advanced work and government jobs (as they were called). We were warmed that the magnesium alloys can run away or something like that as I later learned about magnesium ribbons and thermite in college. I think most the alloys I welded were higher concentration of aluminum and the surface area to exothermic effect wasn't so high. Anywho... yeah... the nutrient idea was something I was thinking about since I advocate bio-equivalent health also. I'll have to read into and research to see if there is any data already and keep this t...

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    Hi, thank for producing the instructable... I needed the extra inspiration to move forward with my idea. I have experience with tig welding aluminum and magnesium alloys from back in high school since I wound up getting ahead of the class and started doing advanced work and government jobs (as they were called). We were warmed that the magnesium alloys can run away or something like that as I later learned about magnesium ribbons and thermite in college. I think most the alloys I welded were higher concentration of aluminum and the surface area to exothermic effect wasn't so high. Anywho... yeah... the nutrient idea was something I was thinking about since I advocate bio-equivalent health also. I'll have to read into and research to see if there is any data already and keep this thread and others posted when I get around to. Oligodynamic effect is interesting also when human nutrients especially or maybe silver since not toxic as much. More of a concern when heavy metals that are poisonous. Thanks again... keep us posted! Neat project.

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  • Making Aluminum Bronze: Melting Copper and Aluminum

    Wow... totally awesome timing to email this out! I was thinking two nights ago before I went to bed about casting projects since I was planning on recycling some aluminum for electronics modules cases and while at it making so practical items like door handles. This got me thinking about nutrients since I get distrubed manganese is so high in some supplements and why not more Magnesium (especially if you're not eating enough green vegi's). This turned into me wondering about Magnesium having the oligiodynamic effect as well as how would Magnesium and Copper alloys for handles and other systems from the perspective of human nutrient balance requirements mix and form. Would magnesium stabilize and not burn off in a lower melting point copper zinc melt or would it ignite? What ratios c...

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    Wow... totally awesome timing to email this out! I was thinking two nights ago before I went to bed about casting projects since I was planning on recycling some aluminum for electronics modules cases and while at it making so practical items like door handles. This got me thinking about nutrients since I get distrubed manganese is so high in some supplements and why not more Magnesium (especially if you're not eating enough green vegi's). This turned into me wondering about Magnesium having the oligiodynamic effect as well as how would Magnesium and Copper alloys for handles and other systems from the perspective of human nutrient balance requirements mix and form. Would magnesium stabilize and not burn off in a lower melting point copper zinc melt or would it ignite? What ratios can be obtained? Thanks for the great timing reminder to write this down and look into further.

    Neat, you've found natural kitty litter as a clay source also. The bags of the different types of bentonite aren't really that expensive... until like I realized in my situation there wasn't any local sources for sale and the shipping was well over 10 times as expensive. Next source if there is none to dig up from a local deposit... kitty litter.

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  • Sharpening Rotary Razor Blades - Safe and Simple Method

    Great idea that I am going to try to see the effect next time I shave if I can remember (need to work on that calendar remote sensing interface mirror). I usually dry tap or dry brush or blow out to clean... doing that over the trash. The tapping I do in the sink sometimes and wipe the sink with toilet paper before rinsing clean. Reminds me a gas turbine blades that seat themselves after burning in. Have to try to remember to place the same blades in the same positions also.

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  • JamesA41 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Make Your Own Headphone Amp26 days ago
    Make Your Own Headphone Amp

    Seeing this reminded me that I have a similar LM386 amp I started on not completed somewhere I can dig up maybe for an Active Antenna project I'm working on. Thanks for the reminder! Great idea also using a socket so you can test different amps too. I'm not for certain... though wondering if different amps would be impedance/resistance rated for best matching with the headphones.

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  • JamesA41 commented on fretters's instructable Computer Drawer4 weeks ago
    Computer Drawer

    Neat build. What would you suggest to line for prevent RFI/EMI? I was thinking lining the inside with 325 mesh stainless steel screen used in silk screening, copper foil or maybe even can use old computer cases that are the heavier duty which are the best shielded. A new aesthetic lining can be placed inside that or the interference lining can be painted too.Probably can use screen over the fans too and might not be a bad idea as a filter to keep cleaner longer term... though this system doesn't look like a workshop system that gets dirty fast.Guessing can even paint with conductive paint and thinking connecting the lining to the chassis ground.The bottom of the desk can be lined the same way and either purchased, or DIY, RFI/EMI gasket material can be placed on the desk bottom I'm th...

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    Neat build. What would you suggest to line for prevent RFI/EMI? I was thinking lining the inside with 325 mesh stainless steel screen used in silk screening, copper foil or maybe even can use old computer cases that are the heavier duty which are the best shielded. A new aesthetic lining can be placed inside that or the interference lining can be painted too.Probably can use screen over the fans too and might not be a bad idea as a filter to keep cleaner longer term... though this system doesn't look like a workshop system that gets dirty fast.Guessing can even paint with conductive paint and thinking connecting the lining to the chassis ground.The bottom of the desk can be lined the same way and either purchased, or DIY, RFI/EMI gasket material can be placed on the desk bottom I'm thinking to look better.

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  • Poor Man's Electric Powered Standing Desk

    Thanks for sharing! I didn't realize there were hand crank standing desks. Man... the price point of this design almost warrants a little investigation for those that have time to fabricate their own for a profit or a better investment. This is a quicker, excellent design for those that don't have the time or work space to do metal fabrication work. I looked and these Skarsta are running around $250... the rest of the components add up the cost too ~$350 as noted... unless salvaged or we already have donor parts around. So, I'm thinking (actually what I thought was the design at first) purchasing some cheaper linear actuators for solar systems will bring the price point down considerably and the controls will be in place for remote and equivalent style. The "Switchable DC Moto...

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    Thanks for sharing! I didn't realize there were hand crank standing desks. Man... the price point of this design almost warrants a little investigation for those that have time to fabricate their own for a profit or a better investment. This is a quicker, excellent design for those that don't have the time or work space to do metal fabrication work. I looked and these Skarsta are running around $250... the rest of the components add up the cost too ~$350 as noted... unless salvaged or we already have donor parts around. So, I'm thinking (actually what I thought was the design at first) purchasing some cheaper linear actuators for solar systems will bring the price point down considerably and the controls will be in place for remote and equivalent style. The "Switchable DC Motor Linear Actuator Wireless Remote Forward Reverse" and the "Linear Actuator 20" inch Stroke Heavy Duty 12 Volt DC 200 Pound Max Lift 12V" are what I am looking at investing in for the truck cap. Probably will go with a 30"+ for the four corners of the cap. Then add square tubing for the legs stability and maybe bearing/bushing/lining material if you wanted to for a more rigid build. That material can probably be salvaged for free from treadmills, exercise equipment or even cost effectively from a salvage yard. We have the Boneyard here and other cities have similar from what I've found in my travels. Desks can be found for free online in my experience, i.e. Craigslist, Offerup, Letgo or cost effectively at the Goodwill or University Surplus Stores.Neat inspiration! Great Instructable. Thanks again!

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  • How to Build a Rear Bumper With Swing Out.

    Interesting latch design. Thanks for sharing the build details... looks awesome. I have the materials I salvaged from some treadmills and an Air Walker (not sure what brand... looks like Proform) that I think I am going to use for the truck (or last few years I've been wanting one as a kitchen cargo shell tail to lower drag on the Prius too). I'm thinking to make a shell to lower drag and keep the height around the top of the bed with extra height since I usually have a cap. The plan is to make a Mike Basich style topper with actuators in each corner and two for the back of cap to lower down to the bed top to reduce drag. For the walk through in the spacer/roll bar area I plan to have three hole ports for a rotor and antennas for communications and radio direction finding. I'm thin...

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    Interesting latch design. Thanks for sharing the build details... looks awesome. I have the materials I salvaged from some treadmills and an Air Walker (not sure what brand... looks like Proform) that I think I am going to use for the truck (or last few years I've been wanting one as a kitchen cargo shell tail to lower drag on the Prius too). I'm thinking to make a shell to lower drag and keep the height around the top of the bed with extra height since I usually have a cap. The plan is to make a Mike Basich style topper with actuators in each corner and two for the back of cap to lower down to the bed top to reduce drag. For the walk through in the spacer/roll bar area I plan to have three hole ports for a rotor and antennas for communications and radio direction finding. I'm thinking sticking with the aluminum cap material since I picked up another cap for free that I took apart for materials and don't need as heavy a load on top where at most I'm keeping the rack for loading above the solar panel if I need to haul longer materials. The plan is to keep the tailgate swing out, at least the bottom, to be the steel frame to be safe. I picked up a Millermatic 141 for this project (I have new or salvaged body panels to replace also)... how do you like the 200?

    Will do. I was almost thinking about buying a hardness tester also... then I saw how much they are. Will have to find where I can use one. Might do some load testing also just to see failure potential... if does fail... since looks like I have enough material for two at least. The pivot point construct and material on the Air Walker was what first got my attention.

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  • JamesA41 commented on TangLB's instructable Making of a DIY Flightcase5 weeks ago
    Making of a DIY Flightcase

    This design inspired me to think about making the under bed drawers for in between the wheel wells in the pickup that slide out when the tailgate is down to be made like this to be more modularized and worth more... if and when removed. Thanks for sharing!

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  • JamesA41 commented on AdventuresInJunkLand's instructable Fix Up an Old Laptop!6 weeks ago
    Fix Up an Old Laptop!

    Be really critical to make sure the ribbon cable is seated correctly and the other connection are seated. I've seen with the ThinkCentre's... an A70z in particular an issue with the RFI/EMI shielding tape needing to be removed from a set of wires since was grounding or causing some signal change to cause the backlight to not come on. You can test the backlight with a powersupply and see what the outputs are. I did find this link and am not sure if relevent as I was thinking maybe you need to replace the backlight inverter or backlight CCFL. https://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=122254Great instructable by the way AdventuresInJunkLand!

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  • W-GM Count - IoT (Wifi) for Radioactivity Monitoring

    Any ideas on low cost scintillation systems? Seems I recall United Nuclear had a cheap crystal eye piece (Spinthariscope)that maybe a webcam can be connected to to perform a more detailed analysis... though I'm sure a more advanced I guess sensitive scintillation tube and photomultiplier or detector can be found or improvised. I've wondered about 4K cameras since more cost effective now coupled with some sort of phosphor to perform the counting with something cost effective.

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  • JamesA41 commented on cecasill's instructable Magnetic Geodesic Planetarium 7 weeks ago
    Magnetic Geodesic Planetarium

    What material fabric did you use? Any suggestions on design... like maybe to make the fabric tighter?I was thinking if this stays out in the rain... would you use silicone in between the seems after and/or before you sew?Thanks in advance!

    Neat to see this style of Geodesic dome implemented on instructables. Also, interesting to see the style of covering quick release. Great job!

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  • JamesA41 commented on VinitN1's instructable Autoscope7 weeks ago
    Autoscope

    Wow! Excellent attention to detail. Interesting novel (to me at least) designed system. What an awesome resource for a great tool. Thanks for sharing!

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  • W-GM Count - IoT (Wifi) for Radioactivity Monitoring

    Awesome instructable and device... really system in general. Thanks for sharing. Would be interesting to be able to improve the capabilities to be able to detect specific elements isotopes. Are you aware of anything like this already or planning for in the future to be opensource?An open source database would be excellent as well as a device like the RadScout since I'd think U.S. Public Service funded equipment is required to be open source anyhow. https://www.federallabs.org/successes/awards/award...

    Great detail and system. Thanks for sharing. Any thoughts of creating a open source database and system for detecting elements isotopes like the RadScout that I think is supposed to be open source since Federally funded:https://www.federallabs.org/successes/awards/award...

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  • JamesA41 commented on 42Fab's instructable DIY Metal Chimney Cap for Historic Home7 weeks ago
    DIY Metal Chimney Cap for Historic Home

    Great detail as always and thanks for sharing!

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  • Stop Sweaty Hands and Feet With Sweat Fighter!

    Impressive system and cost effective design. I have XLHED and have no sudoriferous glands... only sebaceous glands where I have or had hair. Wondering the effect on the sebaceous glands. This will be interesting to share with those who have hyperhidrosis, i.e. I'll pass on to the NFED. Thanks for sharing!

    How do you know treatment is finished or the treatment protocol? Any references by chance? Thanks in advance.

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  • DIY 18650 Lithium Ion Cells Charging Grid

    Thanks for sharing this design. I've never seen the TP4065 module idea before. I wound up purchasing a small range of the multi cell higher current fault protected charge controllers to test out. This is inspiring to consider even using those range of modules. Thanks again!

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  • Cosmos Mariner: a Large Aperture Dobsonian Telescope

    Any plans on automating for tracking?

    Wow, speechless. Congratulations and excellent project detail! Thanks for sharing. Answered a question I had regarding bearing surfaces as I am making a smaller scale radio direction finding and radio astronomy telescope from one of the four offset dish/trough (DirectTV & DishHD) I plan to use for a more elaborate synthetic aperture phased array. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2815363061...I need (or at least prefer included) the optical range information also... so the Dobsonian is in the plan also. Thanks again for sharing!

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  • How to Make a 2 Liter Bottle Rocket Launcher

    Awesome! Inspiration to venture into this form of rocketry!

    Do you have any references to the best nozzle from your experience?

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  • JamesA41 commented on Penolopy Bulnick's instructable Molecule Ornaments2 months ago
    Molecule Ornaments

    Looks like fun! Neurotransmitter molecules caught my attention... so I had to read into more. Thanks!

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  • Arduino Polygraph Machine (Lie Detector)

    I personally feel that there is a "valid" lie detector method with lie detector system that can be validated holistically when considering the internal, boundary and external variables of the system including utilizing basic holistic system life cycle validation methodologies so that the hardware, software, documents (protocols, procedures, methods) and training is all validated/qualified with change controls documented from system design per user requirements on to decommissioning. I won't go into more details... however I do want to comment regarding using the IR method of detection. That is neat to see and thanks for sharing... very neat. When I worked on the FT-NIR system and other alternative technology materials test systems I stumbled upon NIR helmets being used with ...

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    I personally feel that there is a "valid" lie detector method with lie detector system that can be validated holistically when considering the internal, boundary and external variables of the system including utilizing basic holistic system life cycle validation methodologies so that the hardware, software, documents (protocols, procedures, methods) and training is all validated/qualified with change controls documented from system design per user requirements on to decommissioning. I won't go into more details... however I do want to comment regarding using the IR method of detection. That is neat to see and thanks for sharing... very neat. When I worked on the FT-NIR system and other alternative technology materials test systems I stumbled upon NIR helmets being used with methods in equivalent or less than equivalent to traditional MRI ways. There's not much info out in the World noting... though enough to "wow" many into creative insight into potential applications. That leads me into NIR methods like the Open Water Company envisions, though I don't recall work on polygraphs being pursued, for treating and diagnosing health conditions. These systems are like say a fingerprint analysis test tool. Yeah... a fingerprint analysis test tool doesn't tell us much until you have the fingerprint data from the tool, the fingerprint data from the tool from a large sample set, and ideally the population, in a relational database that can be used to develop and validate methods and the validated methods to qualify the test results. I also feel there are counter polygraph methods and methods to make variables attributes to effect polygraph examinations failure... even when there is no polygraph exam taking place. Neat project for sure!

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  • Audio Amplifier | Simple & Powerful

    Nice simple design. Interesting using a light bulb also as as resistor and thanks for explaining the details to an extent.

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  • JamesA41 commented on Mallymal's instructable Concrete & Wood IPad Holder2 months ago
    Concrete & Wood IPad Holder

    Neat, this would be handy to make into a stereo-microscope desktop boom system or even a USB Microscope boom since maybe some like me don't have the trinocular system. Might need some lead in the base though to add more weight depending on the weight of the microscope. Thanks for sharing!

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  • JamesA41 commented on Tdoe321's instructable Shattering Wine Glasses With Sound!3 months ago
    Shattering Wine Glasses With Sound!

    These would be fun to use as test samples given their name also: https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/59733847

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  • Upcycled Rocket Stove Griddle BBQ + Pizza Oven Attachment

    Hi there, I finally got up to the farm and just made it before sunset to take a quick video of what I have up there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2XFZZRIEdoThe somewhat looking LV design I made like the L design in my video is what has been placed in the fire brick surrounded by clay mixed with perlite minus the aluminum tape. The LV design I made worked so well... I never did test fire the L design I made... though still has stayed intact.

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  • JamesA41 commented on KJMagnetics's instructable DIY Induction Stove3 months ago
    DIY Induction Stove

    I was going to comment using a bike for pedal power and saw this and started thinking to make sure to use a flywheel to overcome the variability of the wind load... adding a large (maybe tire from a truck filled with cement) flywheel making sure to have a freewheel bike hub type connection for will help. Way cool instructable and I've never thought about before. Neat application and great to see a magnetic system.

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  • JamesA41 commented on Tdoe321's instructable Shattering Wine Glasses With Sound!3 months ago
    Shattering Wine Glasses With Sound!

    Sure there is a way. A parabolic trough might be even more powerful like maybe using one or two LRAD's where the difference frequency is in the sympathetic resonance frequency range and the amplitude is above the fatigue limit of the target.

    Awesome! Great instructable demonstrating the destructive powers of sympathetic resonance at higher than the materials fatigue limit or structural capabilities. Scary actually in some ways, thinking about the heterodyne capabilities (to increase range like how sound is hailed using ultrasonic, or other frequencies, to create the difference frequency in the target sympathetic resonance range with an LRAD) and pulse train or modulation capabilities that aren't as well disclosed until recently with the U.S. Navy research lab. I've theorized since the latest fiber optics work is focused on the smallest theoretical diameter of a laser based on the laser frequency... we don't have as much fiber optics communications. Kind of like instead of girls gone wild... defense contractors gone wild s...

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    Awesome! Great instructable demonstrating the destructive powers of sympathetic resonance at higher than the materials fatigue limit or structural capabilities. Scary actually in some ways, thinking about the heterodyne capabilities (to increase range like how sound is hailed using ultrasonic, or other frequencies, to create the difference frequency in the target sympathetic resonance range with an LRAD) and pulse train or modulation capabilities that aren't as well disclosed until recently with the U.S. Navy research lab. I've theorized since the latest fiber optics work is focused on the smallest theoretical diameter of a laser based on the laser frequency... we don't have as much fiber optics communications. Kind of like instead of girls gone wild... defense contractors gone wild seems so not as productive. Great instructable, thanks again for producing!

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  • JamesA41 commented on MisterM's instructable Casio Pi Portable CCTV Monitor3 months ago
    Casio Pi Portable CCTV Monitor

    I'm not familiar with the Pi. Looks like the Pi can be used for to find wireless cameras also with the correct software to scan camera IP's. Are you aware of any software that has this function? Would be neat to make this into a technical surveillance video sweep tool.

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  • 10 DIY Alternatives to Off-The-Shelf Electronics Components

    Awesome resourceful inspiration. Thanks for the idea with PVC... never thought of that. For heat sinks recycling video card or CPU ones seems handy also even if you cut them like you did. That is one of the items I find in free CRT's also though are more in the design like yours. Thanks again.

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  • Upcycled Rocket Stove Griddle BBQ + Pizza Oven Attachment

    Finally, got a decent edit of my first instructable up. Was having all sorts of technical difficulties. Thanks for the inspiration and words of encouragement! https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Dir...Once I get on the farm... I'll make photos of my rocket stove and share like I noted also. Thanks again man!

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  • JamesA41 commented on simpletronic's instructable VHF-UHF RF Sniffer4 months ago
    VHF-UHF RF Sniffer

    Basically, add a frequency counter directly when using or I am thinking coupled, like with a wire wound around a toroidal inductor/transformers ferrite core, to the antenna by having the antenna going through the toroid since is like a DIY directional coupler. There are some cheap frequency counters around $10-20 on eBay now. The Surecom SF-103 looks interesting. This was what I was planning on purchasing if I needed a smaller counter since seems best for the price: https://www.ebay.com/itm/151219799000

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  • Upcycled Rocket Stove Griddle BBQ + Pizza Oven Attachment

    For some reason the second video didn't paste the time point @ 8 minutes in is what I was referring to. Strange as that is in my Clipboard History also with the time. https://youtu.be/uIRTcmR6sSk?t=474

    I'm getting the urge to make silica glass and am thinking I'm going to go get the materials tomorrow to make some. I do have perlite and some sources to make carbon here and am wondering how that liner will hold up. I can use some silica glass also to seal some brickwork too at the house I'm working on. In regards to the stove design; just noticed a difference, in the intake can tube... I cut a section maybe 1/8-1/4 the circumference of a can and placed with a bend at the bottom piece (~2 pieces in length, the height of the can ea. trimmed for the intake length and less than the exhaust tube diameter) bent as a grate to get intake air to the area around the burn area at the base of the exhaust pipe combustion area with the other end running along the intake bottom as an air intake unde...

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    I'm getting the urge to make silica glass and am thinking I'm going to go get the materials tomorrow to make some. I do have perlite and some sources to make carbon here and am wondering how that liner will hold up. I can use some silica glass also to seal some brickwork too at the house I'm working on. In regards to the stove design; just noticed a difference, in the intake can tube... I cut a section maybe 1/8-1/4 the circumference of a can and placed with a bend at the bottom piece (~2 pieces in length, the height of the can ea. trimmed for the intake length and less than the exhaust tube diameter) bent as a grate to get intake air to the area around the burn area at the base of the exhaust pipe combustion area with the other end running along the intake bottom as an air intake under the wood bundle. I'm thinking a screen would be better or holes in that section to improve air circulation under and not just around. I like your design more since looks like is easier to clean. I have to keep in mind. They are amazingly more energy efficient than a fire. Thanks for the inspiration for the next build!

    Great resourceful use of materials. I started off with a bean (intake) and smaller diameter coffee can "LV" design also with an "L" built and never used. I recently placed mine in hard firebrick and filled in the gaps with a perlite clay mix that I was going to originally when scaling up use silica glass perlite to encase. The cut off saw got my attention too. Interesting reciprocating hacksaw like design. How were you thinking of doing refractory in the grill area? Like I wonder if a clay perlite liner wouldn't hurt or a bottom with silica glass and perlite? Maybe even a smaller layer of something like a finer an oxide with silica glass coating. Top layer or underside of the grill may hold heat better with a graphite and silica glass mix to form a silica ca...

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    Great resourceful use of materials. I started off with a bean (intake) and smaller diameter coffee can "LV" design also with an "L" built and never used. I recently placed mine in hard firebrick and filled in the gaps with a perlite clay mix that I was going to originally when scaling up use silica glass perlite to encase. The cut off saw got my attention too. Interesting reciprocating hacksaw like design. How were you thinking of doing refractory in the grill area? Like I wonder if a clay perlite liner wouldn't hurt or a bottom with silica glass and perlite? Maybe even a smaller layer of something like a finer an oxide with silica glass coating. Top layer or underside of the grill may hold heat better with a graphite and silica glass mix to form a silica carbide layer? Thanks for sharing!

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  • JamesA41 commented on darbinorvar's instructable Building a Modern Privacy Fence4 months ago
    Building a Modern Privacy Fence

    Neat instructable. I was planning on building a similar design using steel posts on a footing that went down below the frost line for here in Michigan (4ft+). I needed this depth at least for the height I required. I also was considering to save on steel wall... scrounging around for fields stone and building 4ft of the wall out of stone to add more strength too... if not at least around the posts. When I spoke to some of the farmers in the area... they mentioned like a farm or two in the area growing fruit or vegetables... that I'd want to consider going higher than 8ft and maybe even 10ft to prevent deer from jumping over which seemed really tall. I wound up working elsewhere for now and haven't gotten past the test bed plots at the farm for now... of course... which all get eate...

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    Neat instructable. I was planning on building a similar design using steel posts on a footing that went down below the frost line for here in Michigan (4ft+). I needed this depth at least for the height I required. I also was considering to save on steel wall... scrounging around for fields stone and building 4ft of the wall out of stone to add more strength too... if not at least around the posts. When I spoke to some of the farmers in the area... they mentioned like a farm or two in the area growing fruit or vegetables... that I'd want to consider going higher than 8ft and maybe even 10ft to prevent deer from jumping over which seemed really tall. I wound up working elsewhere for now and haven't gotten past the test bed plots at the farm for now... of course... which all get eaten or at least chowed on for the most part. I can see why my family did poultry, sheep and cattle last on the farm. :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  • Homemade Incandescent Light Bulb - 自作の白熱電球

    Awesome instructable and great detail that is comprehensible. Thanks for the photos and sharing. I wonder what are the details for the specifications to make the 100 yr+ lasting in operation light bulbs? Seems you have identified details to help the light bulbs last long already. Cool other designs also I see in one of the photos. Neato!I'm thinking you've seen before... though here is a link if not:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest-lasting_ligh...Here is another interesting use for a light bulb that I recently read about other than florescent (and I guess neon) bulbs being used as plasma antennas:

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  • Fixing a Monitor With a Breadmaker: AKA Don't Throw It Out!

    Way to go! I'm amazed how many free devices can be found on Craigslist, Offerup, Letgo and other site or places that are just a drive away and I've even seen where some advertise they'll delivery for free or a small fee. iFixit is a great reference for guidance on how to repair as I've tried to update some of the repairs I've made (jafinch78) as well as really poorly documenting on Youtube. Sometimes, the same repairs can be performed replacing diodes, transistors and maybe other components on other boards if not just determining which board is bad and swapping the board out kind of like replacing boards on a desktop or laptop computer. Keep it up. I happen to be at the library waiting for my Prius being serviced after just picking up a 50" Sony Bravia TV to repair and restore....

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    Way to go! I'm amazed how many free devices can be found on Craigslist, Offerup, Letgo and other site or places that are just a drive away and I've even seen where some advertise they'll delivery for free or a small fee. iFixit is a great reference for guidance on how to repair as I've tried to update some of the repairs I've made (jafinch78) as well as really poorly documenting on Youtube. Sometimes, the same repairs can be performed replacing diodes, transistors and maybe other components on other boards if not just determining which board is bad and swapping the board out kind of like replacing boards on a desktop or laptop computer. Keep it up. I happen to be at the library waiting for my Prius being serviced after just picking up a 50" Sony Bravia TV to repair and restore. Nice because this is a 120Hz refresh rate 1080p system also. We can even take the older plasma TV's with metal cases and retrofit with LED/LCD screens and there is room for more than one computer motherboard to fit with a KVM switch so the system can be made to have the case as a heat sink with added heat sinks if required, a power supply mounted on if doesn't fit inside and be all in one systems wall mounted with bluetooth mouse and keyboard. Just a thought for creative inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

    I forgot to mention Fixya (www.fixya.com), Babcaps (https://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=25836) and just Google searching and researching videos even can find leads and methods to check the specific makes and models of TV's and maybe other devices since reads like there was a period of fake or really low quality capacitors coming in the U.S. from a period of time.

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  • JamesA41 commented on joebuild's instructable Compost Tumbler Sifter5 months ago
    Compost Tumbler Sifter

    Neat idea for sure. I've been thinking about making a classifier over the years, more for aggregate, and this got me thinking about doing the same though with a metal or maybe plastic barrel if I need extra support. Great inspiration for cleaning topsoil also. Seems like your design will work up to a certain rock size. Thanks for sharing!

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  • JamesA41 commented on Rundhall's instructable Pocket Power Supply6 months ago
    Pocket Power Supply

    Nice compact design. I've thought about doing the same using the SEPIC Cuk 12V 5V -12V -5V 3.3V Mini Power Supply. Thanks for the inspiraction.

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  • JamesA41 commented on theskashow's instructable Customizable Pack Frame6 months ago
    Customizable Pack Frame

    Great call. I have an aluminum frame pack (technically was my brothers and not sure what happened to mine that I last used for hiking Isle Royal in my early teens) where I actually used a really luxury padded golf club back strap as the hip belt pad. Smart idea in making the pack ergonomic in design to contour the users profile with a hip belt attachment system and even a lower back pad. Shoulder strap extra padding is nice also as well as the chest click to be able to put tension on the shoulder straps at the chest level.

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  • Let's Build Your Simple Dome With "PLLWS"!

    Your welcome. Seems like a patent able idea also and way more simple. The idea has me thinking about using wattle to weave between the poles and then clay to make walls. Technically, I was even thinking if the clay is thick enough... a large kiln could be constructed in this way where the whole structure is fired and then buried even to insulate more. Thanks again, way awesome!

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  • JamesA41 commented on theskashow's instructable Customizable Pack Frame6 months ago
    Customizable Pack Frame

    Great job. Neat seeing a project that is practical that can with materials we can harvest out in the woods also. I've been wondering about using carbon fiber golf clubs for projects other than antennas, masts and frames and this gave me an idea for their use.

    Haven't figured out the best joint yet. I was thinking maybe 3D printing connection cores and vacuum carbon fiber resin heat cure over. I've seen done with compressed air pressurized to be rigid inner bladder cores also, though would need to be such small diameter, I'm not thinking is as feasible. Might be easier with wood cores (should add strength with resin) and just using tape to compress the carbon fiber resin instead of using a vacuum.

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  • Let's Build Your Simple Dome With "PLLWS"!

    Neat design. I've never seen this method before. Thanks for sharing. I'll post this here also since this is another novel method for connecting that I've seen for larger domes, though not as environmentally friendly as yours is:Here is a neat video on types of domes that came to mind when I saw your instructable:

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  • JamesA41 commented on sun.'s instructable Ultralight Foldable Backpack6 months ago
    Ultralight Foldable Backpack

    Is cool, not sure if random or not, that the latest instructables email notes this silicone method to waterproof that I have the silicone literally on my bench for some boots, sandals and gloves repair. The mouse over link method isn't co-operating for some reason: https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Waterproof-Clothing/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=emailWondering how would work to waterproof nylon or polyester fabric materials also. Interesting methods using wax in the comments also.

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  • JamesA41 commented on sun.'s instructable Ultralight Foldable Backpack6 months ago
    Ultralight Foldable Backpack

    I thought this was made at first glance with silpoly ripstop... though is a nylon ripstop. Have you ever worked with silpoly since more waterproof I've read if you find the quality material? Any advice if so? Thanks in advance and nice project.

    Hi ya, your very welcome. Thanks for sharing the design and intricate detail, that is great inspiration. I had to look at what the material name was before I commented, since I was thinking polysil. That name looks like something different. Thanks for the link. I'm not finding the supplier online I ordered from when I ordered the closest to coolmax material, poly lycra, I found when I was making a warm weather sleeping bag cocoon and for the silpoly possibly a bivvy sack and more recently a canopy for tailgating/camping with the back of the hatch or cap open. Wound up using the polylycra for curtains in the Prius also since had the UPF50+ rating. Here is a link to what I found on Google for the latest silpoly material and they have ripstop nylon also and ship international. I do rec...

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    Hi ya, your very welcome. Thanks for sharing the design and intricate detail, that is great inspiration. I had to look at what the material name was before I commented, since I was thinking polysil. That name looks like something different. Thanks for the link. I'm not finding the supplier online I ordered from when I ordered the closest to coolmax material, poly lycra, I found when I was making a warm weather sleeping bag cocoon and for the silpoly possibly a bivvy sack and more recently a canopy for tailgating/camping with the back of the hatch or cap open. Wound up using the polylycra for curtains in the Prius also since had the UPF50+ rating. Here is a link to what I found on Google for the latest silpoly material and they have ripstop nylon also and ship international. I do recall, there was debate over quality and somewhere a review of a few different brands where only one was really waterproof. I've recently thought about using for canoe spray skirts also instead of a heavier marine canopy material. Great instructable.Thanks again for the insight.

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  • JamesA41 commented on zimitt's instructable Spot Weld Plastic6 months ago
    Spot Weld Plastic

    Looks great, good ideas and advice. I've used aluminum duct tape on the opposite side welded to hold together and reflect heat.Is interesting to see some instructables and youtube videos where plastic bags, PVC pipe, and now milk jug material is being recycled and re-used into different forms. Either using a heat gun and press or heated press to make flat sheets and form or filling tubes with sand and shaping... these different methods are interesting and I'd like to try one of these days. I have personally found plastic welding a more common go to method rather than an adhesive now days. I picked up a cheap harbor freight plastic welding kit to repair the Prius bumper guard and fender after a coyote, then deer about a week later, impact and ultimately decided my old wood burner or ...

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    Looks great, good ideas and advice. I've used aluminum duct tape on the opposite side welded to hold together and reflect heat.Is interesting to see some instructables and youtube videos where plastic bags, PVC pipe, and now milk jug material is being recycled and re-used into different forms. Either using a heat gun and press or heated press to make flat sheets and form or filling tubes with sand and shaping... these different methods are interesting and I'd like to try one of these days. I have personally found plastic welding a more common go to method rather than an adhesive now days. I picked up a cheap harbor freight plastic welding kit to repair the Prius bumper guard and fender after a coyote, then deer about a week later, impact and ultimately decided my old wood burner or soldering iron were just as effective and maybe more durable as the harbor freight iron bent over time. Funny, is after the deer impact I decided to use high temp glue gun as a quick fix that is still holding strong since I had an inverter and glue gun with me. I do touch up now and then the clear heavy duty packing tape to lower drag and as a backup binder.Using the same type material is definitely the way to go. I use more a method like I learned with metal welding and in some cases use a wire mesh (stainless steel preferably or aluminum works too) to iron into the seam if more strength is needed. Other times I'll try to wake some plastic from another area not noticeable and melt into the area to build up more if a weaker spot since maybe was why cracked. For the Prius, I went to a self service salvage yard to find more material. I use the heat gun to form back into shape and then as I mentioned above to weld the seams together.

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  • JamesA41 commented on jessyratfink's instructable How to Make a Friendship Bracelet7 months ago
    How to Make a Friendship Bracelet

    I was cleaning out my old room I made in the basement in high school and threw out some of the bead making (I kept the choker jig for some reason), bracelet and craft stuff. There was a period where I had to learn every hobby and craft, including what the ladies were doing (there were a few experiments I didn't try for sure that are just for the girls).

    Seems like I'd use a thumb tack for these style bracelets or tie to something and jam in the desk since I'd make in class sometimes. I forget what age range... like junior high maybe?

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  • JamesA41 commented on anamarcondes's instructable USB FOAM CUTTER - USB STYROFOAM CUTTER7 months ago
    USB FOAM CUTTER - USB STYROFOAM CUTTER

    Neat idea for a portable cutter. Would be interesting to do the math to see what the size limits are for what can be made now portable with the newer lithium battery packs since are lighter.

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  • JamesA41 commented on valentinepeter's instructable Portable Demand Use Hot Water Shower7 months ago
    Portable Demand Use Hot Water Shower

    I camped out of my Prius a bunch and still do on occasion... thankfully, I have no sweat glands and not much for sebaceous... though do have where I have hair so I can get away with towel wash. I was thinking making one of the flat black painted solar PVC pipes that can be pressurized also with a bike or whatever pump if I have a partner camping though. I did think about this idea also, though more-so for the farm to preheat the water since a girlfriend of mine uses on their farm for cold weather water preheating when the solar preheating pond isn't hot enough. Neat design and thanks for sharing. Be careful with the tanks if you refill since I think a brass safety cap needs to be designed and marketed since I've found even new tanks can leak.

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  • JamesA41 commented on Niko_96's instructable Rewinding 3 Phase Motor7 months ago
    Rewinding 3 Phase Motor

    Awesome, thanks for the detail!

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  • DIY Grid Tied Inverter (doesn't Feed the Grid) UPS Alternative

    Great article and fun project. Interesting seeing similar kit used over there (I'm in the U.S.). I just invested in some SunPower solar panels where the vinyl was peeling/bubbling, the Victron 75/15 with integrated bluetooth plus bought one of the cheapo CPT-LA10 for the SunPower solar cells I picked up cheap due to a lower grade look to make some lower voltage panels. Wondering about making a system to relay the bluetooth data to wifi or cell. Probably an app is on the market or might be a custom app opportunity to use a cellphone as a relay so can transfer via wifi and even GSM/CDMA/TDMA/et.al/.I've also been wondering about running copper coils or a heat transfer plate behind some panels or custom panels to transfer the heat to pre-heat water. Ever seen that over there or know an...

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    Great article and fun project. Interesting seeing similar kit used over there (I'm in the U.S.). I just invested in some SunPower solar panels where the vinyl was peeling/bubbling, the Victron 75/15 with integrated bluetooth plus bought one of the cheapo CPT-LA10 for the SunPower solar cells I picked up cheap due to a lower grade look to make some lower voltage panels. Wondering about making a system to relay the bluetooth data to wifi or cell. Probably an app is on the market or might be a custom app opportunity to use a cellphone as a relay so can transfer via wifi and even GSM/CDMA/TDMA/et.al/.I've also been wondering about running copper coils or a heat transfer plate behind some panels or custom panels to transfer the heat to pre-heat water. Ever seen that over there or know any reasons why not to? I've even seen some using earth batteries using salvaged metal, i.e. copper and zinc/galvanized in PVC pipe. Probably can do the same with nickel and iron or other dumpster/scrap yard metals.

    Thanks, good call. Yeah, the factory premade are so much more the way to go. I guess on instructables and watching the videos I linked below with someone sharing there earth battery solar system with me recently... I commented. I made the comment on this link: Here's the link to the original "How to Make it" video. https://youtu.be/aCCK132OIGAHere's my comment:I didn't know desertsun02 made an earth battery also, thanks for sharing. Way neat... though must be more challenging in the desert to maintain compared to other soils. Kind of like ground plane differences in dryer soils. Here is are some examples of different uses and scales:Integrated with solar system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI_Kdj1Bb_k Large voltage example (~175V): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffb...

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    Thanks, good call. Yeah, the factory premade are so much more the way to go. I guess on instructables and watching the videos I linked below with someone sharing there earth battery solar system with me recently... I commented. I made the comment on this link: Here's the link to the original "How to Make it" video. https://youtu.be/aCCK132OIGAHere's my comment:I didn't know desertsun02 made an earth battery also, thanks for sharing. Way neat... though must be more challenging in the desert to maintain compared to other soils. Kind of like ground plane differences in dryer soils. Here is are some examples of different uses and scales:Integrated with solar system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI_Kdj1Bb_k Large voltage example (~175V): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffb78oXeiGISmall voltage with operating example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LubSVJAmjg8&t=72s

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  • Convert a 1980s Video Camera Into a Real-Time Polarimetric Imager

    Awesome prutchi. Amazing the high quality optics and older components available now at really reasonable prices and are able to be worked on without a stereomicroscope or other micro machining tools. I think using the newer sensors on the older optics is neat and I've done so to make an DSLR (logitech C920 webcam using CS adapter to Minolta lens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nESATVNA33o as well as polarizing, UV-Vis and IR filters) and just yesterday received the microSD card for the parts ~$40 Hero Session (I think there are few more for ~$54) that is working that I am planning to convert to DLSR. I've not seen anything like you have done before and is really neat. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • JamesA41 commented on MaxPower1977's instructable Portable Camping and Surfing Shower10 months ago
    Portable Camping and Surfing Shower

    Awesome idea! I've read about this being used for kids with hypohidrotic or anhidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (can't sweat). Neat idea to use as a shower also. Please advocate the use for those that don't sweat and maybe even wouldn't hurt athletes and the elderly or others during heat waves. Some do die from overheating. Thanks for sharing!

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  • JamesA41 commented on Anupam_kris's instructable DIY Camera RIG10 months ago
    DIY Camera RIG

    About 15 years back when I lived next to Saugatuck and was into photography way more and being motivated to get into shooting video, I was going to make something similar (I wound up making a dual grip shoulder rig with a counter balance battery behind me out of 80/20) and a little boom mount over the camera for audio and potentially lighting. The idea of using PVC is great. Can dampen motion a little also. The idea like you have and I was contemplating was more a reverse backpack style or backpack with front mounts for more a gyro like mount where there is one more axis to pivot to be level with the horizon and the whole rig hangs from the part that I never got around to finalizing. I thought two fishing poles over each shoulder with lines down on each side or hanging from one ove...

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    About 15 years back when I lived next to Saugatuck and was into photography way more and being motivated to get into shooting video, I was going to make something similar (I wound up making a dual grip shoulder rig with a counter balance battery behind me out of 80/20) and a little boom mount over the camera for audio and potentially lighting. The idea of using PVC is great. Can dampen motion a little also. The idea like you have and I was contemplating was more a reverse backpack style or backpack with front mounts for more a gyro like mount where there is one more axis to pivot to be level with the horizon and the whole rig hangs from the part that I never got around to finalizing. I thought two fishing poles over each shoulder with lines down on each side or hanging from one over head hook basically from bungy cord if not directly mounted on my chest... though I like the counter balance ability behind your back. Your design is similar basically... other than if shooting higher up from the ground you can use a longer arm for the balance weight that will help smooth motion and adding another "U" piece with the end mounted with 90 degree ends facing in where your existing bearing go with a bearing pivot point at the middle/bottom of the "U" with a "T" piece to level out horizontal motion. Then mount to your bracket and if long days of filming... the pack options help even more to buffer body movement and balance the load to distribute more comfortably. Neat to see. I haven't seen much for booms or rigs on here.

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  • JamesA41 commented on audreypeer's instructable Low-Cost Research Glove Box10 months ago
    Low-Cost Research Glove Box

    Awesome! I'm guessing this is for something biological work as I am thinking one of the above was thinking regarding organic/inorganic/organo-metallic chemistry when thinking about pressure and inert atmosphere purge. Thanks for sharing! I do wonder if there is a pressure concern for optimization also with biologic work which gets me thinking maybe even running a vacuum on the inside to make sure all the VOC's have evacuated the materials after built prior to using to be safe to avoid cross contamination.

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  • Outdoor Kitchen - Casting Concrete Worktop With Curved Edges

    Awesome build. I'm thinking I might copy this design with field stone facade for the base face. I was wondering about using sheetrock or fiberboard instead of plywood underneath since making at camp. Any thoughts, suggestions and/or concerns?

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  • JamesA41 commented on bennelson's instructable Ammo Can Solar Power Supply11 months ago
    Ammo Can Solar Power Supply

    Neat project! I just ordered two ammo cans from eBay about two weeks ago. two(2) Fat 50 (SAW) Ammo Can Box Used Empty - Very good condition US military Planning on making a rocket stove with one and something electronics project related with the other. Now I have some inspiration as this can be coupled with a radio kit with the right solar panels or use the radio with the solar panels disconnected (have to see what the charge controller adds for noise). Since someone asked the question above, I was thinking using with Lithium INR batteries or salvaged laptop Lithium batteries.Thanks!

    Yes, however, you need to make sure you use a charge controller for lithium ion batteries or any battery chemistry you want to use. This will assure optimal life cycle and use of your batteries. Keep in mind also, with lithium ion batteries over protection fault circuitry is needed unless maybe INR or LiFePO4 style.

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  • JamesA41 commented on Creativity Buzz's instructable Bicycle Mobile Charger1 year ago
    Bicycle Mobile Charger

    Way economical super simple design that can be made with salvaged/re-used parts with the right motor/gearing I'm thinking. You can even add the TP4056 and a battery like in this design for a buffer controller circuit: https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solar-Battery-Charger-1/

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  • JamesA41 commented on Tarantula3's instructable DIY - Solar Battery Charger1 year ago
    DIY - Solar Battery Charger

    Super simple design. Cool!

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  • JamesA41 commented on Thingking's instructable Water Saving Toilet-Mounted Basin1 year ago
    Water Saving Toilet-Mounted Basin

    Awesome idea to save water... though I would consider adding a step to leave the main water off until done using the sink or an additional easier to reach main water line to the toilet valve so you can turn on to flush if the waste water isn't filling the toilet water tank. Then you are really saving water use that would normally go down the drain. Being directly above the toilet also, I am thinking if I do something like this is using an oligiodynamic effect type material like maybe a copper sink to help sanitize the area also along with something to sanitize with an extended release in the toilet water tank. Great intent I'm thinking!

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  • JamesA41 commented on Martian Taylor's instructable Make Your Own UFO Balloon-kite!1 year ago
    Make Your Own UFO Balloon-kite!

    Totally awesome!!!

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  • JamesA41 commented on Bob-Bee's instructable Gloves From Old Sweater1 year ago
    Gloves From Old Sweater

    Your very welcome. Thank you for sharing your works, they are great inspiration. You reminded me also of my really cold weather glove liners and the gauntlet like ski glove shell that goes over that I am about to restore, where the rubber cracked, using silicone. Where like we can make ski like gloves or mittens as the waterproof shell to go over your design. Looks like with the ski gloves there is the palm and back of hand outline pattern and then another side ~17mm piece of material that goes from the side of the hand beside the fingers all around. Maybe can be made from old leather purse material salvaged or cordura/denier backpack or suitcase material?I was also thinking that a mylar emergency blanket material layer sewn, or silicone adhesive bonded on the inside can help, as I'...

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    Your very welcome. Thank you for sharing your works, they are great inspiration. You reminded me also of my really cold weather glove liners and the gauntlet like ski glove shell that goes over that I am about to restore, where the rubber cracked, using silicone. Where like we can make ski like gloves or mittens as the waterproof shell to go over your design. Looks like with the ski gloves there is the palm and back of hand outline pattern and then another side ~17mm piece of material that goes from the side of the hand beside the fingers all around. Maybe can be made from old leather purse material salvaged or cordura/denier backpack or suitcase material?I was also thinking that a mylar emergency blanket material layer sewn, or silicone adhesive bonded on the inside can help, as I've seen done with ski boots for really cold weather. Maybe this is better done to shell material before sewing.

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  • Goophene: Hypersensitive Graphene Sensors

    I was thinking thinning the 100% silicone with mineral spirits prior to mixing additives (like graphite/graphene) similar to this instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Waterproof-C...This instructable reminds me of a Goophene version of this website if any reader hasn't read (way worth checking out): http://produceconsumerobot.com/biosensing/

    I wonder if 100% silicone found in like caulks can be used to not only waterproof clothing... embed the sensors more reliably in clothing and be more cost effective than the fabrics I've seen are on the market now? Awesome instructable, way to show all the applications and details. I'd vote for this for sure if there was a prize category noted.

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  • JamesA41 commented on xxreef's instructable Easy and Cheap PCB Milling1 year ago
    Easy and Cheap PCB Milling

    Great overview and of process and way to use off the shelf components to build CNC. Neat how you can make an Arduino basically from an Arduino other than the electronic components themselves of course.

    At least, I have that thought after watching this that using the Arduino as an ISP to program the copy of the Arduino used in the design. Price of Arduino isn't so much though and may be more cost effective to save time and buy another for specific use. I wound up downloading Fritzing again and copied over, upgraded and downloaded the latest libraries. Am going to actually use now. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Grazie per l'ispirazione!

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  • JamesA41 commented on wannabemadsci's instructable Failed Car Alternator Work Around1 year ago
    Failed Car Alternator Work Around

    What is practical and actually, not that humorous is, may increase the efficiency of the vehicle is like how this is performed though maybe no on the floorboard with a non SLA/AGM battery. Say a hypothetical situation being experienced in the instructable is you don't have time to charge the battery, the trolling motor battery is charged, you have jumper cables, you need to get to work or somewhere one time. This will work. To perform the energy efficiency method, you can mount the battery in a more secure location with a safer battery and run the wires to be most efficient. Then create some sort of charger system so when you are at a location where you can charge, you can charge the battery. Then you have the added advantage of not using the alternator to cause more drag on the dri...

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    What is practical and actually, not that humorous is, may increase the efficiency of the vehicle is like how this is performed though maybe no on the floorboard with a non SLA/AGM battery. Say a hypothetical situation being experienced in the instructable is you don't have time to charge the battery, the trolling motor battery is charged, you have jumper cables, you need to get to work or somewhere one time. This will work. To perform the energy efficiency method, you can mount the battery in a more secure location with a safer battery and run the wires to be most efficient. Then create some sort of charger system so when you are at a location where you can charge, you can charge the battery. Then you have the added advantage of not using the alternator to cause more drag on the drive train. Seems I read about someone in their truck doing this years ago to max out efficiency of their V8 or diesel. I forget. They decided to not use the alternator. Next would be not using the fan and going with an electric fan system... though many newer makes and models do this already. I was looking at a Dodge Viper fan or Lincoln I forget which model fan for my Dodge Ram 360 V8 at one time and doing a "selectable" alternator option similar to the A/C electric clutch that I never moved forward on as I have other projects. I was thinking I could use a bearing on the shaft with back plate and a pin also as a manual get out and do it method to.

    I meant to say above "...need to get to work or somewhere ON time."Neat instructable also. Something I didn't expect to see on here. Thanks for sharing!

    One final note is I just realized this may actually lower the signals noise on my Dodge Ram I'm modifying out to a radio direction finding (RDF) patrol camper rig. Like this design though with a long bed and not extended cab: http://www.theshelterblog.com/mike-basichs-custom-snowchaser/I'm going to have to investigate doing this again. I am already have two more deep cycle batteries to add with a backup switch to be able to start if the starting battery fails as well as DC and AC chargers. I was going to mount the solar cells permanently though was reading there is more AM noise from the solar cells or at least that is what Toyota noted with the Prius solar roof panel design to charge the main battery.

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  • BalloonSat Stabilization With Compressed CO2

    Since the toxic thrusters are a no go... I was wondering if there can be a light enough package to mix say powdered metal and an acid to create the gas. You'd think maybe an auger as the metal powder valve going into a volume of acid with maybe a scrubber, though probably not needed. For more pressure either the exhaust size can be made smaller or some sort of pressurizing container in between. Not sure if practical due to mass... though is a healthier cleaner way than hydrazine methods. I was almost thinking the same to produce ammonia... though that would be grosser than hydrogen. Seems mass is more also if using other chemicals and gases.I like the ideas of piping from the balloon also... never heard of that.

    A more energenic method would be to use a highly controlled nitrogen release from a similar auger valve (with some sort of combustion chamber check valve design) with an azide or like airbags or primers have. I was thinking about this for another application recently. You'd need a heating coil though to ignite or something mechanical (may be lighter method).

    Way awesome by the way. Really cool project and detailed instructable. Thanks for sharing!

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  • JamesA41 commented on seanhodgins's instructable Arduino Geocache Locator1 year ago
    Arduino Geocache Locator

    Way awesome! Great detail too! Thanks for sharing.

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  • JamesA41 commented on Danger is my middle name's instructable Monkey Hut1 year ago
    Monkey Hut

    This is a neat design, especially if you have the extra pipe lying around.I've built before for hoop house greenhouse use as well as with electricians conduit though don't have photos I can find just yet. The next one I want to build I was thinking about using re-bar throughout the whole length since I am planning a more permanent structure. I read about this style for greenhouses since heat can be an issue and help prevent deformation over time if permanent.I was also thinking pouring a pea gravel or mortar fill down the tubes also to make rigid.For a solid cover design, then the more challenging aspect would be stucco or shotcrete over the maybe burlap cover. I haven't determine this last step yet. I was thinking can use spray foam also and a stucco over that. I've been wanting to...

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    This is a neat design, especially if you have the extra pipe lying around.I've built before for hoop house greenhouse use as well as with electricians conduit though don't have photos I can find just yet. The next one I want to build I was thinking about using re-bar throughout the whole length since I am planning a more permanent structure. I read about this style for greenhouses since heat can be an issue and help prevent deformation over time if permanent.I was also thinking pouring a pea gravel or mortar fill down the tubes also to make rigid.For a solid cover design, then the more challenging aspect would be stucco or shotcrete over the maybe burlap cover. I haven't determine this last step yet. I was thinking can use spray foam also and a stucco over that. I've been wanting to spray foam over a large tent and make a swedish style underground dugout style cabin root cellar. That is where I got this later idea.

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  • JamesA41 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Easy Waterproof Clothing1 year ago
    Easy Waterproof Clothing

    Right... thanks for the link. I was just noting though that the GE 100% Silicone notes the vapors and the other White Lightening brand doesn't note and only has warnings. I think I'll check if I can find the MSDS to see a quantitative or qualititative formula or otherwise use the paint thinner mineral spirits (I have some paint thinner and have to see what it contains).

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