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  • oakland1000 commented on SusanYoung1982's instructable Teardrop Camper Made of Wood4 months ago
    Teardrop Camper Made of Wood

    Yeah. I wouldn't use a bungee cord. Perhaps, either build a metal or wood support structure, or even a steel cable with springs.

    Congratulations on doing something I've had on my "to-do" for about 5 years now. I've learned a lot from your writeup and I appreciate your work here. You have given me food for thought! It makes me think that my idea of making a cube instead of the "sexy" curves of a teardrop might be better as it would avoid a lot of work in forming those curved surfaces. Yep a boxy structure might be easier to assemble with more confidence on the structural integrity -- short of making a triangular pyramid! One thing I couldn't understand is the need for a T-bar the length of the frame. Did the trailer manufacturers think the HF trailer was weak longitudinally and had to beef up the included frame-- if so, I'm glad to know that as I was thinking of using a HF trailer, to...

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    Congratulations on doing something I've had on my "to-do" for about 5 years now. I've learned a lot from your writeup and I appreciate your work here. You have given me food for thought! It makes me think that my idea of making a cube instead of the "sexy" curves of a teardrop might be better as it would avoid a lot of work in forming those curved surfaces. Yep a boxy structure might be easier to assemble with more confidence on the structural integrity -- short of making a triangular pyramid! One thing I couldn't understand is the need for a T-bar the length of the frame. Did the trailer manufacturers think the HF trailer was weak longitudinally and had to beef up the included frame-- if so, I'm glad to know that as I was thinking of using a HF trailer, too. The other option is to use their smaller trailers. Your description gives one some concern about the structural integrity of a HF trailer frame. Maybe a salvaged boat trailer might be better. Yep, you have given me a lot of thinking to do -- I hope it doesn't scare me too much to not do this -- but I have been thinking of buying one from a professional teardrop maker because of the fear of one of these falling apart piecemeal along the road! Thanks for all your work!

    Well, you see, Kansas is land-locked and with so few navigable lakes, marine batteries are bound to be expensive because of all the inventory time on the shelves.

    Yeah. I was thinking it may be advisable to fashion a replaceable, painted aluminum sheet skin on the curves. Luan may be nice and grainy looking but I'd be worried about water infiltration unless you can coat it with marine varnish, waterproof polyurethane and plug up all the seams and edges.

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  • oakland1000 commented on manuelmasc's instructable HDPE Blocks From Plastic Bottles1 year ago
    HDPE Blocks From Plastic Bottles

    Note: I don't thnk this stuff will end up in a landfill if the community has a recycling community that takes in items marked with a #2 and recycling mark.

    Sounds interesting to do but I'd be worried about the fumes created in a house.Also, is there an easy way to make a plastic board for re-doing a porch? I wonder if its as good as the stuff they sell at Home Depot and how much one would need to create one of those boards.

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  • Build a Custom Camper Gypsy Wagon!

    It does look sturdily built, indeed!! But, I was wondering if the crescent trim you put on the front should not be mirrored on the backside to strengthen the joists (admittedly already strong 2X4s) and prevent a sudden wind from lifting and peeling back the aluminum roofing from those joists. I absolutely agree the roof overhang had to be in the back where you can sit outside under a light rain. Great work!!!

    Did you ever draw plans with some measurements ? That would really be helpful. I tend to make drawings that I modify based on available lumber or parts of standard size. I adjust the size based on what is available, the cost, and the cutouts that can be made from those standard sizes where I can reduce waste or unused supplies. One other replacement for those large aluminum sheets for roofing may be flashing and use of tinman folds where you insert seams so that they are ABSOLUTELY waterproof. Beautiful job!!!

    This is a beautiful trailer and love the use of 2X4 though I tend to agree that i may be a little overkill when 1X2 may do. Perhaps 2X4 at the corners and 1X2 in between gives more space inside. But I love the strength that was built into this little shed on wheels.

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  • Illuminate Lightbulbs Wirelessly: DIY Slayer Exciter

    These are good questions. I wonder how much power loss there is and whether you can build a heater this way. What if I wanted to make use of some otherwise dead 48" florescent tubes mounted around a 48" long tesla coil. I wonder if you can direct the EM field in one direction to optimize lighting. Has anyone been able to do calculations to see if it makes economic sense to build and use one of these?

    I'm not sure I understand the comment. I thought Tanner built a Tesla coil to create the oscillating EM field to drive his fluorescent? Did I miss something here?

    WHAT A FANTASTIC IDEA! STEALING POWER FROM THE POWER COMPANY. i WONDER HOW MUCH POWER YOU CAN TAKE BEFORE THEY NOTICE AND SEND THE POLICE. :) If I lived next to one of these, I'd put up Faraday cage around the house, then power with a flatbed mounted humongous Tesla coil sitting under the right of way connected to my house.

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  • oakland1000 commented on taifur's instructable Convert $2 LED Lamp to $50 Smart Lamp2 years ago
    Convert $2 LED Lamp to $50 Smart Lamp

    I think Namora was referring to an GLASS incandescent and you are referring to the plastic LED bulb which can be cut or wiggled loose with a cutter.

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