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  • Talking Washing Machine Interface for the Blind AKA 'SOAP'

    Well done sir!!! I have voted for your entry because when you make something for another person and succeed brilliantly, you get the vote! Do you realize that you could easily sell these through the institute for the blind? They offer any device that will help those with vision impairments to those that need them. You have an awesome business opportunity there. Don't worry about having shared this on Instructables, most people will not build this, and even less in your country, and None of them will be blind! You could make a big difference in People's lives. All you'd need is a model and make of the unit, and you could custom design it for the face of the model, and Bob's your Uncle! You could take orders at any pace you'd like, and you could also design it to work with both the washer...

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    Well done sir!!! I have voted for your entry because when you make something for another person and succeed brilliantly, you get the vote! Do you realize that you could easily sell these through the institute for the blind? They offer any device that will help those with vision impairments to those that need them. You have an awesome business opportunity there. Don't worry about having shared this on Instructables, most people will not build this, and even less in your country, and None of them will be blind! You could make a big difference in People's lives. All you'd need is a model and make of the unit, and you could custom design it for the face of the model, and Bob's your Uncle! You could take orders at any pace you'd like, and you could also design it to work with both the washer and the dryer, say with a switch the switches between then, with auditory notification, of course! Others could do the same in their areas as well, with your permission, of course. These can really make a big difference! Thank you for sharing this, and I congradulate you for this design and I hope you win this contest!!!

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  • Upside-Down-Right-Side-Up Tomato Planter

    Great Project! You've inspired me to go and plant myself a bucket filled with tomato plants, and I think I might do the same with a bucket but instead, of tomatoes, I will put strawberry plants in one. To think of having fresh strawberries all summer long, that would be awesome!!!! Thanks so very much for inspiring an old man to get off his butt and do some apartment gardening, A nice rail hanging planter would be useful for chives and green onions even celery would do well. Hmmm. I think I might be able to grow a whole bunch of stuff! thanks again! ;)

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  • OculumForamen commented on bonz1121's instructable Monster Energy Can Light5 weeks ago
    Monster Energy Can Light

    Good job with the instructable! and also thank you for sharing your idea with us! It's a great little DIY project. I was just wondering if you have used a scalpel to cut out letters and numbers? I live in an apartment and I can't use a compressor as a source of air, I do, however have a scalpel and extremely sharp and extremely pointed scalpel blades. They should work for such a project, yes? I will give it a try. All one needs is a sharp blade and a lot of patience, right? lol

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  • No More Chaos - Spice Drawer Organizer

    Great idea, Now I know how I'm going to make cutlery organizers for my cutlery drawer! No store bought organizers in my price range fit my drawers. I'm cheap, because I live on a limited income, so I love DIY projects like this! Thanks so much for the idea!!!

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  • OculumForamen commented on hombremagnetico's instructable Pocket Size Spinthariscope5 weeks ago
    Pocket Size Spinthariscope

    Interesting. here's what the Canadian Government has to say about Radiation from smoke detectors. "The radiation source in ionization chamber smoke detectors is sandwiched between metal foils, which keep the radioactive material well contained.The tiny amount of radiation that can be measured outside the unit does not pose any health risk. In fact, the average annual radiation dose a person receives from a smoke detector is 0.01 percent of the dose they receive from natural background radiation."I would pose that if you have detected amounts of radiation from an Ionization chamber smoke detector, I would report it immediately to your government for them to take action. My government strictly regulates all radioactive materials and perform over a hundred tests on these devices ...

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    Interesting. here's what the Canadian Government has to say about Radiation from smoke detectors. "The radiation source in ionization chamber smoke detectors is sandwiched between metal foils, which keep the radioactive material well contained.The tiny amount of radiation that can be measured outside the unit does not pose any health risk. In fact, the average annual radiation dose a person receives from a smoke detector is 0.01 percent of the dose they receive from natural background radiation."I would pose that if you have detected amounts of radiation from an Ionization chamber smoke detector, I would report it immediately to your government for them to take action. My government strictly regulates all radioactive materials and perform over a hundred tests on these devices to make sure they are safe. the detector you tested should be reported immediately it might be a breech of the regulations the UK has on them. either that, or the Geiger counter you used is out of calibration, and they need to be calibrated. Also, Geiger counters have a limited service life and it is not recommended to use them after that date. myself, having used several geiger counters at University (Nuclear Medicine), it is highly likely that the latter is the case rather than the former, Since Americium is so expensive and labor intensive to retrieve from Nuclear reactors, I don't think someone is going to deliberately nor accidentally put too much Americium in a source for a smoke detector. Most School Geiger counters don't need calibration since the lessons taught are of a empirical nature, meaning it's just good enough to show that there is radiation coming from whatever it is they are testing. Things like that are heavily regulated and when rules a breached, it means laws have been broken and usually prison time enues, so no one is going to be negligent when metering out minute amounts of radioactive Americium 241. Most people I know also do not wish to harm others and when in such positions of employ, take extra precaution when working. Much like Nurses, doctors, Surgeons etc. do when they work to improve people's health. https://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/fact-sheets/household-smoke-detector.cfm

    I'm just going to leave this information here and a link to where it came from, in lieu of all the posts and concern about Radiation from Smoke detectors. This is what is said in the link: "Ionization chamber and photoelectric smoke detectors are the two most common types. Both work very well and are safe to use.There are no health concerns with photoelectric smoke detectors because no radiation is involved. Photoelectric smoke detectors sound an alarm when smoke particles scatter a beam of light in the detection chamber. They respond quickly to fires with lots of smoke.Ionization chamber smoke detectors contain a small amount of americium-241, a radioactive material. Smoke particles disrupt the low, steady electrical current produced by radioactive particles and trigger the det...

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    I'm just going to leave this information here and a link to where it came from, in lieu of all the posts and concern about Radiation from Smoke detectors. This is what is said in the link: "Ionization chamber and photoelectric smoke detectors are the two most common types. Both work very well and are safe to use.There are no health concerns with photoelectric smoke detectors because no radiation is involved. Photoelectric smoke detectors sound an alarm when smoke particles scatter a beam of light in the detection chamber. They respond quickly to fires with lots of smoke.Ionization chamber smoke detectors contain a small amount of americium-241, a radioactive material. Smoke particles disrupt the low, steady electrical current produced by radioactive particles and trigger the detector's alarm. They react quickly to fires that give off little smoke. Ionization smoke detectors expose people to a tiny amount of radiation—about 1/100 of a millirem per year. This is well below the background radiation level of about 360 millirems a year. If a smoke detector contains radioactive materials, a printed notice on the packaging will say so.Because of the long half-life of americium-241, the amount of radioactive material in an ionization chamber smoke detector at the end of its useful life will be about the same as when it was purchased. State and local requirements for disposal of ionization smoke alarms vary. Some States conduct an annual roundup of ionization smoke detectors similar to that for hazardous household chemicals. Others allow ionization smoke detectors to be thrown out with ordinary trash but recommend that used smoke alarms be returned to the supplier. Some States require that used smoke detectors be returned to the supplier. Check with your local solid waste district, hazardous waste program, or health department to find out the procedures in your area. All manufacturers of ionization smoke detectors must accept returns—when in doubt, return the detector. Return addresses are listed in the product warranty or use instructions.Smoke detector batteries should be disposed of as explained in What should I do with dead batteries?Health Issues: Radiation can cause cancer and other problems, including defects in unborn children. Radiation produced during normal use of ionization smoke detectors is so low it has no noticeable effect. If the ceramic chamber containing the radioactive material is removed and swallowed, exposure is about six times the desirable yearly exposure—still too low to cause acute health effects." https://www.fs.fed.us/eng/toolbox/haz/haz25.htm

    The radiation source in ionization chamber smoke detectors is sandwiched between metal foils, which keep the radioactive material well contained.The tiny amount of radiation that can be measured outside the unit does not pose any health risk. In fact, the average annual radiation dose a person receives from a smoke detector is 0.01 percent of the dose they receive from natural background radiation. this is an excerpt from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. further information can be found here: https://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/fact-sheets/household-smoke-detector.cfm

    I just found another possibility regarding your geiger counter and higher readings than background radiation. The long and the skinny is that geiger counters are not useful for accurately measuring low dose sources of radiation. here's the quote and the link to the page. "... when it comes to understanding some of the limitations of Geiger counters – it helps to understand that alpha particles have a lot more energy than do beta particles. It also helps to understand that radiation dose is a measure of the amount of energy that’s deposited by radiation in an object – more energy means more dose. So looking at this graph, we can see that high-energy radiation hitting a detector leaves a bigger signal than does low-energy radiation. Now look to the right, in the Geiger-Muller region ...

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    I just found another possibility regarding your geiger counter and higher readings than background radiation. The long and the skinny is that geiger counters are not useful for accurately measuring low dose sources of radiation. here's the quote and the link to the page. "... when it comes to understanding some of the limitations of Geiger counters – it helps to understand that alpha particles have a lot more energy than do beta particles. It also helps to understand that radiation dose is a measure of the amount of energy that’s deposited by radiation in an object – more energy means more dose. So looking at this graph, we can see that high-energy radiation hitting a detector leaves a bigger signal than does low-energy radiation. Now look to the right, in the Geiger-Muller region – in this region the high-energy radiation produces exactly the same signal as the low-energy radiation. So we can’t tell the difference between high-energy and low-energy radiation, which means that we can’t necessarily tell how much radiation dose a person was exposed to if we’re just measuring with a Geiger counter. This is one reason that we can’t always use a Geiger counter to measure radiation dose rate accurately. If a Geiger counter, for example, is calibrated to measure radiation dose rate from the radionuclide Cs-137 it will be right on the money as long as you’re trying to measure radiation dose from this nuclide. But what if you’re trying to measure radiation from cobalt-60 (Co-60)? Well, then you’re in a bit of trouble – radiation from Co-60 is twice the energy as radiation from Cs-137 so whatever your detector reads will be only half the actual radiation dose rate. On the other hand, a lot of radionuclides are lower-energy; in this case, your meter is going to read a higher dose-rate than is actually the case. The bottom line is that a Geiger counter will only give an accurate radiation dose-rate reading if it’s measuring the same radioactive material it was calibrated with. This is why Geiger counters aren’t always the best instruments to use to measure radiation dose rates." link here: http://www.ntanet.net/how-do-geiger-counters-work

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  • How to Obtain and Extract Americium

    It would be best to read this first, then post comments. the Americium is so little that it's output is .01 that of the Background radiation we all are exposed to every day of our lives. Here's what My government says about these devices: "The radiation source in ionization chamber smoke detectors is sandwiched between metal foils, which keep the radioactive material well contained.The tiny amount of radiation that can be measured outside the unit does not pose any health risk. In fact, the average annual radiation dose a person receives from a smoke detector is 0.01 percent of the dose they receive from natural background radiation."https://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/resources/fact-sheets/household-smoke-detector.cfm

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  • OculumForamen commented on Atharva Mandhare's instructable DIY Origami Lamp2 months ago
    DIY Origami Lamp

    I love it when people add Origami to their projects! I have practiced Origami for nearly thirty years now, and it has only been since the start of the 21st Century that I have noticed lots of young people practicing it as well. Origami is such a beautiful artform and to see it getting this kind of exposure, it just makes it a much broader known artform and people get involved in it. I wish that schools taught it just like in Japan! there is no Japanese person alive, who grew up in Japan that DOESN'T know how to fold origami models. It helps children in many ways that people don't understand. and there are too many to list here. Anyways, Great Job, it is Both Beautiful and elegant in design and truly captures the beauty of Origami! Fantastic Job!

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  • The Christmas Machine:  the Walkthrough

    This has to be a awesome example of a Father's Love for his children! I never had the kind of skill and knowledge base to do this kind of fun with my children, but I have always wanted to help my children learn and grow, I wanted to be a channel through which true knowledge flowed from me to them, and I have always done my best to be that for them! A Father's Love is so very much different than a Mother's. They need both to help them the best, but you sir, have exceeded all expectations as a "cool Dad"! Well done sir! I salute you! However, if you think your fun with your boys is over, you might be right, but when your grandchildren start coming, the fun you'll have them will beat the fun with your son, hands down! Being a grandparent is super awesome, so keep yourself fit a...

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    This has to be a awesome example of a Father's Love for his children! I never had the kind of skill and knowledge base to do this kind of fun with my children, but I have always wanted to help my children learn and grow, I wanted to be a channel through which true knowledge flowed from me to them, and I have always done my best to be that for them! A Father's Love is so very much different than a Mother's. They need both to help them the best, but you sir, have exceeded all expectations as a "cool Dad"! Well done sir! I salute you! However, if you think your fun with your boys is over, you might be right, but when your grandchildren start coming, the fun you'll have them will beat the fun with your son, hands down! Being a grandparent is super awesome, so keep yourself fit and healthy, because Grand children who grow up with a healthy relationship with their grandparents become more adjusted and more stable in our society, because they learn love and respect for their elders and that they also learn that grandparents are a deep well of stories inside them so when they come over for sleepovers, telling them bedtime stories from your life is an awesome way to send them to bed! Yes sir, grandkids are awesome, can't get enough of them!!!

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  • OculumForamen commented on jfarro's instructable Mini Magic Mirror for Under $60 USD3 months ago
    Mini Magic Mirror for Under $60 USD

    Great Instructable bro! The result is really cool! Is there a way to change the color of the display screen to black instead of blue? The screen is still slightly visible with the screen having a blue background. Other than that, it's a superb idea! You could even put in on the side /top or bottom of Larger mirror hanging on the wall!

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  • Pi-Powered Thermal Printer Camera

    Your instructable is really good, one thing though, you don't have the Pi camera listed in the parts. Are they including a Pi camera when you buy a Pi 3B or 3B+? I'm also fairly sure you could use a Pi 2B+ and a 3rd party touch screen, you would just have to make sure you have the Drivers, right? Let me know if I'm in error on this. Love the way you set up the camera. You could have the camera connected by wires to the printer, say in a case with a cover? So you can take pictures with the Pi and camera assembly, and the printer is in it's own case protected from the elements while it print thems off?

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  • OculumForamen commented on brownewepr's instructable Cardboard Pen1 year ago
    Cardboard Pen

    Just to add to what AeroSpaceWatercraft has said, you can go to a local Medical supply store and buy yourself syringes of the size and shape you need, but you can also get the metal needle section used to pennetrate the skin for injections, this will allow you to inject each and every flute with the resin, and for basically pennies per piece you don't have to worry about thowing them away after you're done. Also maybe try doing a number of sections of cardboard but don't epoxy them together, but do that later, after each flute in the cardboard has been filled. Then place them in your blank molds and do as you did before. However, this may make the project so overwhelming that it isn't worth it. you may also get a lot of people under valuing your results because they don't know how hard ...

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    Just to add to what AeroSpaceWatercraft has said, you can go to a local Medical supply store and buy yourself syringes of the size and shape you need, but you can also get the metal needle section used to pennetrate the skin for injections, this will allow you to inject each and every flute with the resin, and for basically pennies per piece you don't have to worry about thowing them away after you're done. Also maybe try doing a number of sections of cardboard but don't epoxy them together, but do that later, after each flute in the cardboard has been filled. Then place them in your blank molds and do as you did before. However, this may make the project so overwhelming that it isn't worth it. you may also get a lot of people under valuing your results because they don't know how hard it is to do! You might want to try other methods to use cardboard, say....like a paper maker does, and reduce the cardboard to a pulp and then mix it with resin that way, etc. etc.. Just making a suggestion. but your idea is really a good one, and the result seems to be quite striking, keep up the great work! I've made pens with a lathe many times and I know the work that goes into such projects, especially when things don't go as planned.

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  • Retro RPi 3.5" Touchscreen Housing

    Hey guys, didn't your Mothers teach you to nnot say anything at all if you haven't anything nice to say?!? You just pop up and say, "Change your title!" And who are you, to just show up and demand such a thing? He has made this instructable, nnot you, annnd if you don't like what he's titled it feel free to keep it to yourself! Right now all of you who told Anders644PI to change his title sound like a bunch of internnet trolls! The rules of this place are, if you haven't anything good to say, don't say anything at all. So he will change his Title when an Instructables Admin asks him to do so, not some schmuck or schmucks telling him to do so from the comments section. More like the peanut gallery! Anders644PI, you keep makinng th8ings the way you want to make them and call it ...

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    Hey guys, didn't your Mothers teach you to nnot say anything at all if you haven't anything nice to say?!? You just pop up and say, "Change your title!" And who are you, to just show up and demand such a thing? He has made this instructable, nnot you, annnd if you don't like what he's titled it feel free to keep it to yourself! Right now all of you who told Anders644PI to change his title sound like a bunch of internnet trolls! The rules of this place are, if you haven't anything good to say, don't say anything at all. So he will change his Title when an Instructables Admin asks him to do so, not some schmuck or schmucks telling him to do so from the comments section. More like the peanut gallery! Anders644PI, you keep makinng th8ings the way you want to make them and call it anything you like, you have the God-Given right to do so! I think your build was particulary cool, because it actually resembled a TV I once owned! I totally appreciate the irony of having a microcomputer in the shape of an old TV (which is what I used to hook up my console games to when I was a teenager! Making it even more appropriate, because no one would be able to use those old console games without a TV being involved!) so full points for your build dude! and when someonne starts to criticize your work for no good reason, is usually because they are jealous. My challenge to people like that is to tell them to build their own, that way they can name it whatever they want, but your Name/Title is what you chose, why should you change it? keep building my friend!

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  • OculumForamen commented on mkontraros's instructable Leviathan Miniature - Halloween1 year ago
    Leviathan Miniature - Halloween

    Dude! This is an amazing Sculpture! If you are not making a living off of your woirk, you could very easily start supporting yourself with your artwork! thre is a huge market for thiss kind of art!!! I strongly urge you to look into it and see how well your work is recived! Just...Wow!

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  • 15600mA Power Bank @ Just Rs.370 ($6)

    No problem. There is another instructable that goes over balancing 18650s, but I can't remember who it was. It might have been on you tube also, but you need a special electronic device that I don't have. I have seen Litium cells fail, and there is no way that I was going to carry 4 of them in my pocket! Even being close to one when it fails is a bad idea! So yeah, be careful witth those used cells! But the kit you bought is totally cool, I may order one too, if you can convert them to use NiMH or NiCad AA batteries. I just need to mention that even new cells should be balanced to make your project function at peak performance, so, that is what stops me from using them.

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  • 15600mA Power Bank @ Just Rs.370 ($6)

    I have a few 18650's around my mess of a shop, but I have to say that I use NiMH rechargeable AA battteries in my Power Bank. I have been using them for some ttime, and I haven't experienced any problems or significant loss of recharge time over the last two or so years. This is a much safer alternative to lithium cells like the 18650. Especially if the lithium cells are used, there can be some serious problems with used 18650s, and keeping a power bank in your pocket or in a back pack can result in serious injury to you or others near you. Because of this, I stayed with the rechargeable AA batteries and making a power bank out of them is super easy, since once the power bank is condstructed, you can use regular AAs in it if you run out of rechargeable power. If you make the above proje...

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    I have a few 18650's around my mess of a shop, but I have to say that I use NiMH rechargeable AA battteries in my Power Bank. I have been using them for some ttime, and I haven't experienced any problems or significant loss of recharge time over the last two or so years. This is a much safer alternative to lithium cells like the 18650. Especially if the lithium cells are used, there can be some serious problems with used 18650s, and keeping a power bank in your pocket or in a back pack can result in serious injury to you or others near you. Because of this, I stayed with the rechargeable AA batteries and making a power bank out of them is super easy, since once the power bank is condstructed, you can use regular AAs in it if you run out of rechargeable power. If you make the above project with used 18650s, make sure that they are balanced with the others, or you run a higher risk of failiure. Just sayin', other than that, this is a cool project, it would be worth it to use new cells in it, that way it will have a good long life. Adafruit industries has excellent cicuitry for power banks.

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  • Led Movie Projector Hack/Mod (runs Cooler and With Less Noise)

    This is how companies make money. Society has been one of a "throw it away, when it breaks and go buy a new one" Mentality for some time. The best way to combat this is to return the item for a new one, but it seems that people can't be bothered to keep the model they bought; nor are they happy to spend the time doing it, but they don't mind spending more money to but a new model! The company that makes these things is at a bit of a impasse. They have to use decent quality products, but they don't want their item to last that long in their business model, so they use good quality components, but then they do this kind of thing. They increase the power to the led but run the fans at max to keep it cool, because they know that as their life goes on, they will eventually slow dow...

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    This is how companies make money. Society has been one of a "throw it away, when it breaks and go buy a new one" Mentality for some time. The best way to combat this is to return the item for a new one, but it seems that people can't be bothered to keep the model they bought; nor are they happy to spend the time doing it, but they don't mind spending more money to but a new model! The company that makes these things is at a bit of a impasse. They have to use decent quality products, but they don't want their item to last that long in their business model, so they use good quality components, but then they do this kind of thing. They increase the power to the led but run the fans at max to keep it cool, because they know that as their life goes on, they will eventually slow down and the LED will burn out. This is what we call Engineered Obsolescence, and it is the business model of many many companies! Thank Goodness that there are people like you, nume1977, who can trace electronic circuts and understand what is going on inside, and make improvements to it, thereby defeating the incorporated Failures built into the system. I am not under any illusions, if a recular citizen can trace an easy problem with something like this projector, that this company is guilty of only making a mistake. No way, the did it deliberately! Thank you nume1977! do you have a blog or vlog that you normally do on you tube if so I'd like to subscribe to it!

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  • Wearable Iron Man Arc Reactor

    well done! I think that your ARC reactor is one of the best ones I have seen. The wire wrapping is an nice added touch, the more detail you add, the more realistic the unit will be! You deserve to be given lots of attention for this project because the effort you put into it and the overall effect it has!

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  • How to Build a Raspberry Pi Smart Mirror!

    I have a screen from my mother's old Laptop, and it would be perfect to make one of these! Thanks so much for the 'ible!

    It would be nice to have a nice sultry voice to say special Phrases that match a number of sayings for the screen. That would make it great for my wife. Now if I could just get Benedict Cumberbatch to be the voice of the Raspberry pi then I could sell millions of these! My wife would be Customer #1 ! LOL

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  • DIY Kitty Crack:  Ultra-potent Catnip Extract

    I intend to distill catnip for the purpose of creating insect repellant, since I am Immunosupressed due to a liver transplant, I need to keep away ffrom Mother Nature's flying dirty needles! With the small amount of distillate that you have created, how much repellent would that create? I have no idea what the concentration level I would need to create so that I could use it as a spray repellent. Do you have any ideas on that?

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  • OculumForamen commented on EvgenR's instructable Sith Acolyte's Mask1 year ago
    Sith Acolyte's Mask

    Wow! These look great! Keep up your talent, and take it as far as you can! You have a gift....use it and make it earn you a living. I would love to see what you can do in five years!

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  • OculumForamen commented on Darthorso's instructable Plastic Bottle Mosquito Trap1 year ago
    Plastic Bottle Mosquito Trap

    Yes, actually. Google it. Catnip contains nepetalactone, which is 10 times more effective as a mosquito repellant than DEET. DEET disolves car paint! I used it every day when I was a teenager riding with my dad for work, and it softened the paint on the inside door sill where I always rested my arm, to the point I could scrape it off with my fingernail and it would take it right down to the metal! If you use a lab still and a hydro bath condenser, you can harvest the oils from the cat nip, and add it to a cream or a water spray and use it that way. Just growing catnip and rubbing it on yourself will not work. It's really not that hard, you just need to know the basics and have the components for a lab still. :)

    Ah...but did you destill it and concentrate it using a hydrobath condenser? Once you capture the unadulterated, concentrated form of catnip, I'm not sure if it's an oil or a hydrous solution of some kind, but deet has been proven to be 1/10 as effective as DEET. My previous number was wrong, I had mis-remembered. Google it, I'm gonna try and find the lab aparatus I need to harvest the Nepetalactone ( the essential oil in catnip). I need to keep away from Mosquitos as much as possible, I'm immunosuppressed. That way I can keep away from Mother Nature's dirty needles!

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  • Special Grilled Cheese Sandwhich

    I've been doing this kind of thing with bacon and eggs for years, but I must admit I never thought of mushrooms and spinach! What a great idea! Gonna make it! :)

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  • OculumForamen commented on pharris16's instructable Leaf Box1 year ago
    Leaf Box

    This is perhaps one of the most beautiful little "chest of drawers" I have ever laid eyes on! Your inginuity and execution are amazing! Whoever you made this for....I bet they show it off every chance they can get. Have you entered this item into carpentry contests? If not I urge you to do so, this is that good of a project! You must have many years of carpentry experience.

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  • OculumForamen commented on Kruzman's instructable Altoids Tin Fire Starter Kit1 year ago
    Altoids Tin Fire Starter Kit

    Years ago my mother and sister had gone on a trip, and they had an incident that made them need fire to be able to cook and eat something, and from then on My Mother has asked me to make sure I have a fire kit in my car. I always do! These are a great labor day gifts for us Canadians, since that's when our winter usually starts! making your own fuel is actually a better idea because you know how they work and can make more as needed with only minimal supplies. There are other instructibles that teach how to make your own longer burning fuels to make sure your fire get started!

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  • OculumForamen commented on Darthorso's instructable Plastic Bottle Mosquito Trap2 years ago
    Plastic Bottle Mosquito Trap

    A friend oof mine used to take Garlic capsules, one every day during insect season, and he swore by it, and I did notice that he suffered FAR fewer bites than I did, when we went fishing. I live in Canada, and I can tell you that the Mosquitoes in the North are the territory's official Bird! We tried to use AA installations to control the Mosquito population, but last year they flew off with one of our guns, so we have abandoned this idea! LOL Seriously though there are a number of herbs that work as a mosquito repellant. The most powerful of them I have heard, is actually Cat-Nip! If you own cats, though, that would be a serious problem. Cat-nip in it's concetrated form, is on order of 100X more effective than DEET!

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  • OculumForamen commented on B19EED's instructable DIY Audio Sound Station2 years ago
    DIY Audio Sound Station

    Nice! Great use of lights and switches! Well done!

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  • 8 Planet Motorized Orrery - 3D Printed

    I love this I have always wanted one of these when I was a kid. to see it built with 3D printing is just great, to know that we can make such things in the comfort of our own homes is wonderful! I just have to say one thing. Your planets are rotating around the run in the Wroong direction. All of the planets in our solar system revolve around the sun in a COUNTER-CLOCKWISE direction. Venus and Uranus are correct, but the other planets are incorrect. However, since I didn't go through all the pain and trouble of making this, so I have no idea how much more complicated it would make this model. Having two of the planets rotate in the opposite direction.....how would that be done? Still an excellent model!

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  • Making a JAMMArcade With Raspberry Pi (1-player)

    I wish I could afford to do this, My kids would gobble this thing right up!! I have a Raspberry Pi 2B it will still do the job right?

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  • Making Wax-resist Eggs (Pysanky) in Soft Brown Shades

    You can use the wax to help with the egg. After you blow it out, seal one end with wax, then fill the egg with water and then seal the other hole, and then it will sink to the bottom of your dye can. You can use a few drops of vinegar to erase the spots where the wax plugged the holes later when the eggs is finished. Nice work Phemy! The eggs look great!

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  • OculumForamen's entry Mennonite Classic White Bread is a winner in the Bread Challenge 2017 contest 2 years ago
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  • OculumForamen's entry Mennonite Classic White Bread is a finalist in the Bread Challenge 2017 contest 2 years ago
  • OculumForamen commented on SimplyA's instructable Sega Genesis Mini Classic2 years ago
    Sega Genesis Mini Classic

    Can a Raspberry Pi 2B handle this build? That's all I have right now and I was trying to make it into a master system that plays EVERY retro game out there, regardless of the system it came from. I haven't been able to build it properly so I would be happy to make it play ANY Sega game ever!!!!! Sega was pretty much the leader in games anyways.

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  • Making Kubotan Pens - No Lathe Pen Challenge

    I really Like the one with all the divets you put into it! That one looks the nicest. I do agree with Jeanluc83, when he says gluing in the pen insert will cause difficulty in the future. There are Many different pen refils out there, and they would serve much better. But this is the whole idea behing the instructibles! Someone posts their project and another can make it in the way THEY want to! Great job Alex 2Q! I really want that diveted one! gonna have to try making one now! Thanks!

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  • OculumForamen commented on OculumForamen's instructable Menonite Classic White Bread2 years ago
    Menonite Classic White Bread

    Fresh made bread is always great, especially from a Bakery! Cultural based businesses are fabulous ways to try out food from other cultures, and maybe find a new favorite! Thanks!

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  • OculumForamen commented on Darthorso's instructable Easy Handmade Manitoba Bread2 years ago
    Easy Handmade Manitoba Bread

    The biggest problem with baking your own brread is that it tastes so good, that it never lasts! I have to bake bread in larger batches because my children will devour at least two loaves within 24 hours maybe three! LOL Great recipe Darthorso! I hope you win the contest!

    The quality of the Flour makes a HUGE difference in the bread. Freash milled flour is great. My Family bought an electric Steel grain mill, so that we could all use it when we need. Each of the Children's families have a food storage, and included in that storage are sacks and sacks of Wheat, ready to be ground up! Man that is some good bread! It's funny what each culture uses for their baking. You mention olive oil, but my family never had any real access to olive oil, way back in the day, so we used what we had lots of, and that was Butter or Lard. You'd be pleasantly suprised how good a loaf of bread Lard can make! however, we used butter most times.

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  • OculumForamen commented on Tuomas Soikkeli's instructable Stainless Scoop2 years ago
    Stainless Scoop

    Of course, you're correct! I have some old Stainless steel piping used in an old Dairy Farm. It's clean and was only used for water. I couldn't imagine using a steel pipe that maybe might have been used as a oil pipe for an engine or something like that! Yuke! you'e never get that stuff out! LOL

    Once again, well done! The carving on the barrel of the scoop finishes the tool off. It's a fine piece of work, and I'm envious of all the tools people have that they can make all this stuff! I have Some tools, but Not the kinds that would allow me to make this water scoop. I had a friend here that was from Finland and he was a great friend! A great guy, and I've met others as well. Finlanders are an awesome bunch of people! I'm also especially glad to hear how your nation absolutely SPANKED the Russians during the second great war! Proving quality beats out Quantity every time!!! ;)

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  • OculumForamen commented on Tuomas Soikkeli's instructable Stainless Scoop2 years ago
    Stainless Scoop

    Great work! I really like the scoop, I think I would use it more in the kitchen, but it looks great! I like the engraving you've done as well! What did you use to engrave the scoop? A small rotary tool?

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  • OculumForamen commented on kludge77's instructable Secret Wood Bowl DIY2 years ago
    Secret Wood Bowl DIY

    There are special tools turners use, that can make it possible to get sometimes three and four bowls from a larger peice of wood. They exist, and they are expensive, but they can make a set of bowls from the same blank. Don't know the name of them though. Try Lee Valley tools, they carry all kinds of wood turner delights!

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  • OculumForamen commented on Lustthall Workshop's instructable Making a Kriegsmesser2 years ago
    Making a Kriegsmesser

    Nice Job! My Great Grand Father was a traditional Blacksmith, I wish I could have learned some of the skills he had! Unfortunately I am not physically able to do such things. But I love watching others use Blacksmithing skills! I've gone to blacksmith competitions just to watch them hammer and heat! Great work and thanks for the 'ible!

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  • OculumForamen commented on deba168's instructable 3 Useful Things From an Old Laptop2 years ago
    3 Useful Things From an Old Laptop

    I was watching your video and was tearing down a moninter I took from my Mother's old laptop. I think I might want to use it as a screen for a blue-ray disc drive from a PC! Great Idea Mate! Thanks for the push! Soon My children won't want to try using my computer, they'll want the gadgets I make!

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  • 5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)

    Nice set of stitches dude!!! I've sliced my hands open so many times, I could have taught myself the complete anatomy of the Human hand without any help from a professor! Consider it a beauty mark from living the Life of a Man who loves tools! Great work on the knife BTW! The most important part of the knife is it's edge, keep your knife sharp and it will never let you down when you really need it!

    I wish I had seen this instructible over the summer, I replaced the front rotos on My wife's car and they weren't cross-drilled! I could have made at least three from each rotor! I could just go to a mechanic shop and ask for an old brake rotor, they'll show you to the scrap metal bin, where you can find a glut of brake rotors of various sizes and shapes. I think I need to talk to a friend who owns a Lazer cutting business, He could cut the knife blanks out in a jiffy, and you could maybe create a few designs and get to work with building some "prototypes" of knives that no one else will have!

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  • OculumForamen commented on Asier Marzo's instructable Acoustic Tractor Beam2 years ago
    Acoustic Tractor Beam

    I do not have the equipment to build this exceptional piece of technology, but the implications of this device are staggering! I have seen technology that was so much fantasy. None of it was real, and now, we can build a tractor beam at home with just a few circuits and some parts from on-line! Thank you for posting this, thanks for sharing your work! I can say that I have seen many things that were simple fiction, come to reality. However, a Tractor Beam? That's totally AWESOME!

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