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  • F. BrianH commented on seamster's instructable How to Make a Bike Repair Stand6 months ago
    How to Make a Bike Repair Stand

    Pro-bike mechanic tip - never clamp to the tubes of a bicycle, always clamp to the seatpost. The tubes of high end bicycles are 'butted' (thinner in the center) to lighten up the frame and can buckle under clamping while still allowing enough material at the joints for strong brazes/welds. Seatposts however are designed to be clamped (by the bike and a repair stand.) So shortening up your clamping surface (the angle iron) could make your stand more versatile by allowing you to more easily clamp to bikes with less seatpost exposed. Keep the Le Champion original! There are enough fixies in the world already that were bodged together from great classic bicycles.Well done, excellent use of 'found' materials in making a very usable bike clamp and stand.

    Pro-bike mechanic tip - never clamp to the tubes of a bicycle, always clamp to the seatpost. The tubes of high end bicycles are 'butted' (thinner in the center) to lighten up the frame and can buckle under clamping while still allowing enough material at the joints for strong brazes/welds. Seatposts however are designed to be clamped (by the bike and a repair stand.) So shortening up your clamping surface (the angle iron) could make your stand more versatile by allowing you to more easily clamp to bikes with less seatpost exposed. Keep the Le Champion original! There are enough fixies in the world already that were bodged together from great classic bicycles.Well done, excellent use of 'found' materials in making a very usable bike clamp and stand.

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  • 6.3 kiloWatt Ground Mount Home Solar Array

    A couple of other factors that influence production that I didn't see you mention are average daily temperature and precipitation. Even in areas like NY (where I live) which don't appear to be favorable to solar production when you look at hours of sunlight, we are still incentivising solar installations. Solar panel production improves with lower temperatures and precipitation helps keep panels clean. I have a friend who lives in Arizona and his % production is lower than mine when you correct for hours of sunlight because my panels operate at a lower temperature and on average are cleaner because the regular precipitation washes them off. Overall he has significantly more hours of sunlight, so that pushes his overall production beyond mine, but not by enough to disincentivize me from...

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    A couple of other factors that influence production that I didn't see you mention are average daily temperature and precipitation. Even in areas like NY (where I live) which don't appear to be favorable to solar production when you look at hours of sunlight, we are still incentivising solar installations. Solar panel production improves with lower temperatures and precipitation helps keep panels clean. I have a friend who lives in Arizona and his % production is lower than mine when you correct for hours of sunlight because my panels operate at a lower temperature and on average are cleaner because the regular precipitation washes them off. Overall he has significantly more hours of sunlight, so that pushes his overall production beyond mine, but not by enough to disincentivize me from putting up panels!

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  • F. BrianH commented on StephanP1's instructable Coffee Table Made Form a Single 2x42 years ago
    Coffee Table Made Form a Single 2x4

    Not sure where you are finding a 2x4 that is 2"x4" unless you are getting one from a local mill. Most finished or unfinished 'dimensional lumber' labeled as a 2x4 is actually closer to 1 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (38 mm × 89 mm) here in the USA.

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