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Title: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on November 25, 2013, 12:27:52 am
13 Surprising Uses for Dental Floss Around the House.


1. Fix a Noisy Faucet. Can’t stand that noisy faucet? For a quick fix, tie floss around the spout so that it hangs down into the sink. Instead of nosily plopping on the bowl of the sink, the water will just crawl down the floss.

2. Hang Pictures. Sturdy dental floss is a great alternative to regular string or wire when it comes to hanging pictures.

3. Remove Stuck-On Photos. Don’t risk damaging your priceless photos. To remove photos that are stuck into albums, use a piece of floss to slowly coax them out.

4. Prevent Rope From Fraying. This is an old Boy Scout’s trick: to “whip” a rope, or prevent it from fraying, tightly loop the floss around the rope. Detailed instructions can be found here.

5. Give Plants Some Support. Climbing plants often need a little support. That’s where dental floss comes in — it’s a great material for tying plants to a trellis.
Earlier: Making European-Style Butter at Home is Surprisingly Easy


6. Slice Cake, Cheesecake and Cinnamon Rolls. Cut your cakes with magazine photo-perfect precision by using an unwaxed and unflavored piece of floss.

7. Precisely Slice Soft Cheese. ( Believe it or not, floss is often better at slicing soft cheese than a fancy cheese knife.

8. Lift Cookies off a Baking Tray. To transfer your still-warm cookies to a plate without them crumbling, carefully work a piece of floss under the cookie and painlessly lift them off.

9. Use as Kitchen Twine. Unflavored and unwaxed dental floss is a perfectly fine replacement for kitchen twine.
See Also: 4 Ways to Extend the Life of Green Onions


10. Re-String Broken Jewelry. Because it’s just so sturdy, dental floss is a really great substitute for jewelry string or wire.

11. Sew Better. Floss is a much sturdier fiber than thread is. So, if you really want your button to stay firmly in place, a little floss will really do the trick. It’s not just buttons, either, floss can easily repair tents, backpacks, and other heavy-duty outdoor stuff. (

12. Fix a Broken Umbrella. Don’t throw out that broken umbrella — fix it with floss! You don’t even need to sew anything (though that certainly would help) to fix it: simply tying the metal spines and the material together will work well, too.

13. Remove a Too-Tight Ring. It got on your finger, but how are you going to get it off?! Well, one good method is to tightly wrap your finger in floss, and then slip the ring right off.  (

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Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: Surly1 on December 08, 2013, 12:11:06 pm
Extraordinary. Learned a lot from this article.

LOVE this stuff.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on December 08, 2013, 03:00:58 pm
Thanks. I learned a lot too. I particularly liked the "floss to get a ring off" trick. It had never occurred to me.   (
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on December 16, 2013, 03:47:14 pm
Solar space heater

Home water distiller cheap

Title: 8 Ways NOT to Use Vinegar
Post by: AGelbert on December 30, 2013, 03:29:26 pm
Vinegar is a liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid (CH3COOH) and water. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria.

Distilled vinegar

The term "distilled vinegar" is something of a misnomer, because it is not produced by the distillation of vinegar, but rather, by the fermentation of distilled alcohol. The fermentate is then diluted to produce a colorless solution of about 5% to 8% acetic acid in water, with a pH of about 2.4.

This is variously known as distilled spirit or "virgin" vinegar, or white vinegar, and is used for medicinal, laboratory, and cleaning purposes, as well as in cooking, baking, meat preservation, and pickling.

The most common starting material in some regions, because of its low cost, is malt. In the United States, corn (maize) is the usual starting ingredient for most distilled vinegars, such as the Heinz brand.

8 Ways Not to Use Vinegar  8)

By Adam Verwymeren, Networx

Common household vinegar is one of those wonder products that people are always discovering new uses for. Whether you want to drive away dandruff, eradicate mildew, or keep bugs at bay, vinegar has been proposed as a solution to just about every problem under the sun.
But while it has a number of uses, vinegar isn’t always the solution, and on occasion it can be downright dangerous. Here are the top 8 ways not to put this miracle substance to work in your home.

1. While vinegar is good at cleaning many things, you shouldn’t confuse it with soap. Alkaline cleaners like dish detergent are ideally suited for lifting grease, whereas vinegar will have little effect on it. If you have a greasy cleaning job, reach for regular soap and leave the vinegar on the shelf.

2. You should never use vinegar on waxed surfaces. The vinegar will only strip the wax off, dulling the sheen on your nicely shined car. However, vinegar is a great option if you’re looking to remove an old coat of wax before you put down a fresh layer of polish.

3. Do not use vinegar on marble countertops or other stoneware, as it can cause the stone to pit and corrode, according to the Marble Institute.

4. Your smartphone and laptop monitor probably have a thin layer of oleophobic coating that limits fingerprints and smudges. Acidic vinegar can strip this off, so you should never use it to clean sensitive screens.

5. Cast iron and aluminum are reactive surfaces. If you want to use vinegar to clean pots and pans, use it exclusively on stainless steel and enameled cast iron cookware.

6. While both bleach and vinegar are powerful cleaning agents, when mixed together they make a powerful chemical weapon. Chlorine gas, the stuff used to clear the trenches in World War I, results when bleach is mixed with an acidic substance, so never mix them together.

7. While vinegar can be useful as an insecticide, you shouldn’t spray it directly on bug-infested plants as it can damage them. However, you can use vinegar’s plant-killing effect to your advantage by using it as a weed killer, as suggested by several people on Hometalk.

8. If you’re the victim of an egging, do not try to dissolve the remnants of this prank away with vinegar. Vinegar will cause the proteins in the egg to coagulate, creating a gluey substance that is even more impossible to clean up, says Popular Mechanics.

I also feel obligated to say that although vinegar is touted as a great way to remove mildew and mold, like bleach it only kills surface mold. Most mold problems are deeper than what you see on the surface, and your best bet is to kill them at their source (which is usually leaks and rotting drywall).

23 Ingenious Uses for White Vinegar
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Agelbert NOTE: Organic vinegar is normally made from apples, not corn. Considering that corn stock for vinegar is GMO corn, it is something to think about... :)

Title: Tips for Sharpening Yard Tools
Post by: AGelbert on April 28, 2014, 03:34:02 pm
Tips for Sharpening Yard Tools  (

Jenny Stanley



Still can’t part with that rusty old shovel you’ve had since 1970? Or how about that hand-me-down garden trowel that’s more like a workout aid than a planting tool? And let’s not forget those squeaky shears that give you blisters.

The good news is you don’t have to get rid of those crusty-but-trusty tools: You can restore them to their former glory with the following tried-and-true sharpening tactics.

Presharpening prep

 First you must get rid of dirt, grime and rust on the surface of tools before you can do any sharpening. Steel wool works great for this step. If you don’t have any on hand, try using a wadded piece of aluminum foil, a wire brush or a rotary tool with a wire-bristle attachment. Use a solvent to remove any lingering traces of rust.

Don’t forget about safety gear. Sparks can fly when you’re grinding metal, so wear eye and ear protection and flame-resistant clothing. Note that gloves are not recommended when using rotary tools or grinding wheels because they can get caught in the fast-moving parts.

File away

 Most single-bevel outdoor hand tools, such as classic and border shovels, trowels, spades, etc., can be sharpened with a flat bastard-cut mill file. (You can find this standard file at most hardware stores.)

Start by securing the tool to the work surface using clamps or a vise; the edge to be sharpened should be facing up. Press the file down and away from you along the digging edge in one steady motion. Use both hands on the file to help maintain a consistent angle (photo below). Pick up the file and continue sharpening in this same direction until a clean metal edge appears along the entire bevel. To prevent the file from clogging, dip it in water frequently. This will also help to cool and lubricate the tool you are sharpening. Gently sand off any burrs using medium-grit sandpaper.

The bevel on most diggers can be found along the back edge. To allow a longer filing motion, use scrap wood to prop up the tool you are sharpening.

For tools that work best with finely sharpened blades (pruners, shears, etc.), a honing stone or diamond sharpener will help you achieve more acute angles.

Shear sharpening by the numbers

Scour the blade surface.

Mark the beveled edges; follow the manufacturer’s original angle, so the shears continue to work properly. The marks will disappear as you sharpen.

Disassemble the shears. Starting at a high point on the blade, press a honing stone down and away from you along the beveled edge. Continue in this motion until you’ve achieved the desired sharpness. Apply a few drops of mineral oil for lubrication and quicker results.

High-speed honing

 Rotary tools, electric-drill attachments and bench grinders are speedier alternatives for sharpening outdoor hand tools. However, if you choose to use any of these high-speed options, be careful to avoid overshaping or overheating, which can ultimately weaken metal tools.

Most rotary tools have accessories designed specifically for cleaning, shaping, sharpening and deburring metal. Be sure to select one that will give you the most control when working with each tool. Once you’ve selected the appropriate accessory, clamp the tool you are sharpening to a work surface, turn on the rotary tool and gently guide it along the bevel (photo below). When a clean metal edge appears and you’re satisfied with its sharpness, remove the burrs and you’re done. Follow this same process if you’re sharpening with an electric-drill attachment.

Rotary-tool bits quickly grind metal edges sharp. Remember to hold the rotary tool steady as you sharpen to get a consistent bevel angle across the edge.

A high-speed grinding wheel (photo below) is useful for sharpening your most distressed outdoor hand tools, as it quickly reshapes dull and damaged edges. However, since it is stationary, it does require a little more skill to hold the tool you are sharpening at a consistent angle. Also, water must be applied frequently at the point of friction to avoid overheating.

When using a grinding wheel, the more pressure you apply, the faster you sharpen. Check your progress after each pass to avoid overshaping.

Whether you choose to hone your trusty outdoor tools using hand files, stones, rotary tools or high-speed grinders, you’ll surely keep them looking (and working) sharp for many years to come.

Preserve and protect

 After shaving years of wear and tear off of your favorite outdoor hand tools, keep them shipshape with these additional maintenance tips:

Clean tools after each use.
Lubricate all moving parts and beveled edges before storing.
Sand wood handles smooth and apply one or two coats of weather-resistant finish; replace broken handles.
Store your tools indoors and in a dry area.

What do you think about these tool-sharpening tips? Tell us in the forum, and then add a few tips of your own.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on April 30, 2014, 11:52:42 pm
Says the Handyman Club of America:
Trick Question About Ladder Injuries
Here’s the question: What are more than half of all ladder-related accidents among professionals related to?

That’s easy, you say. The answer is falling! (

Nope. This being a trick question and all, it turns out the correct answer is strains and sprains caused by repeated handling of heavy ladders. Moving these monsters can be the toughest part of your task, but things lighten up a lot with the new Little Giant Velocity 24-ft. Fiberglass Extension Ladder. This ladder is lighter than ordinary extension ladders, which reduces fatigue, improves maneuverability and prevents injuries. Also:

Red “warning” rungs remind you not to climb too high.  (

A balance-point sticker shows the best grasp-and-carry point. (

A pulley-rope system placed on the outside of the climbing zone reduces tripping.  (  Also, side-mounted pulleys reduce the force required to raise the fly section by 60 percent. (

Agelbert NOTE: Interesting info. But I have to ask, are these "idiot proof" measures going to work? Injuries occur when we become "idiots" (i.e. distracted). I don't see humans avoiding being distracted. It just happens. That's why when I do a job, my wife is watching me work. You see, I have, and always have had, a tendency to get distracted ("instant idiot" LOL!). So, I know of what I speak, so to speak.  :P  I have actually used ladders like the above made from aluminum to climb quite high inside bank buildings to (it's NOT what ya think!) apply reflective film to gigantic windows 12 to 18 feet tall and several feet across. They are light, worked well except for the rope being in the center back then and  those rotating feet with the rubber class are what saved my arse a few times ladders without those tend to slip when the angle isn't right on a floor inside a building.  ??? At the end of the day, your arse is dragging from moving the ladder around. Less weight (as long as there is no loss in ladder strength - I DO NOT WANT the rungs flexing under my feet!) have been welcome.  8) I Worked with scaffoldings too (easier but those are REALLY HEAVY compared with ladders). Their advantage is you just set them up once and roll them to the next giant glass panel until the job is done in a day or several. Then you take them down. If the job is big enough, scaffoldings can save time.

This is a church but ya get the idea... ;)

Title: LOW ENERGY cheap house supplementary lighting (Avoid turning most lights on).
Post by: AGelbert on May 03, 2014, 02:27:03 pm

A great way to light up several areas with only ONE light source (day OR night!).  ;D

BUT, doomers are free to rub sticks together to make light from fire for their UBERMENSCH, DARWINIAN SURVIVERS OF THE IMMINENT, HORRIBLE, DASTARDLY BUT "WELL DESERVED" (according to Dumbers - whoops - I mean Doomers, of course  ;D), "ZOMBIE" POPULATION DIE OFF.  (  (

Title: Moneral Oil versus Water: Light Transmisssion and High Heat Lense
Post by: AGelbert on May 03, 2014, 02:49:43 pm
Look Ma, no fossil fuels needed for LIGHT OR HEAT! And YEAH, you CAN (solar fresnel lense or dish concentrator) even make round glass shapes or hollow (cheaper!) LARGE glass lense shapes to fill with mineral oil and get 2000 F degrees PLUS as long as the sun exists. Once you have ONE lense, you can make a million of them!

But of course, practical reality never stops Doomers in their quest to rationalize (irrationally) our impending DOOM.
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Title: Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray: An Experiment in Optics
Post by: AGelbert on May 03, 2014, 03:00:02 pm
Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray: An Experiment in Optics


So you don't have access to your own rail gun or military space laser....but never fear, we'll use the 1000 Watts/m2 of free sunlight in your backyard!! But how?  ???

....A 13 square foot magnifying glass!  ;)

Seriously. A solid glass lens that size would be silly, but instead we can use a 4 foot wide Fresnel lens. You know, those clear, flat things with the ridges, you find them on overhead projectors and rear windows on some buses? The idea is pretty simple: a Fresnel lens is just a normal curved lens chopped into thousands of little rings, but just as effective.


Agelbert NOTE: Persons lacking knowledge of light concentration physics that assume industrial civilization requires fossil fuels for manufacturing of any and all metal alloys, glass, plastics, insulation, bricks, fiber optics, reflective film, mirrors, solar cells, wind turbines or WHATEVER will find the article depressing.   (
Title: Mineral Oil Refractive Index and CHEAP INDUSTRIAL level HEAT AVAILABILITY
Post by: AGelbert on May 03, 2014, 03:44:13 pm
For those who have forgotten why mineral oil is used with light microscopes:  8)

Immersion Oil

These lenses are designed to be used with cedar wood oil, a naturally occurring product from the tree. Its refractive index of approximately 1.52, is almost identical to that of the glass used for slides and coverslips. Synthetic oils have been formulated which are more stable, and can be obtained in various viscosities. Other fluids such as glycerine, and also mineral and vegetable oils work , but their refractive indices and dispersive powers vary somewhat from that of glass, and hence cannot be expected to elicit the best imagery from the specimen.

Agelbert NOTE: BUT, Mineral oil CAN replace GLASS as a cheap, plentiful, ubiquitous, never gonna run out, etc. lense material.  ;D

Title: 8 Helpful Uses for Vinegar in Your Pet Household
Post by: AGelbert on May 14, 2014, 01:21:01 am
8 Helpful Uses for Vinegar in Your Pet Household
Lisa Spector

May 12, 2014

While you might find white vinegar in the food section of grocery stores, there are also many great uses for vinegar beyond the kitchen. The ASPCA says vinegar is an environmentally friendly odor destroyer. If you have dogs, cats, fish or birds, you’ll find these tips very helpful. Several are from (

Want a clean birdbath? Scrub it with undiluted white distilled vinegar followed by a good rinse.
Does your cat scratch your favorite chair? Simply spray white distilled vinegar on the chair. Just make sure you test a hidden area first for discoloration.

Flies bothering your horse? Spray a mixture of water and white distilled vinegar around the horse area.

Did your puppy have an accident? Pair vinegar with baking soda. It goes a great job of getting rid of the stain and the odor.

Worried about your cat eating toxic plants? Just spray the leaves with a mixture of white distilled vinegar and water.

Want to get rid of deposits and water lines in your aquarium? Simply wipe it down with white distilled vinegar followed by a rinse. If you have stubborn deposits, you may need to soak overnight.

Did your dog get sprayed by a skunk? Wipe him with a half and half solution of white distilled vinegar and water, followed by a bath. Another alternative that works is the mixture of 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap.

Got cat litter odor? Pour 1/2 inch of white distilled vinegar in the empty litter box and swish it around. Let it stand for 15 minutes. (

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Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on May 16, 2014, 08:10:34 pm

This is from a European BLOG form a lawyer in Spain so don't get your dander up on the spelling. Damnant quodnon intelligunt   ;)

Title: Low-Maintenance Landscaping: Replace Your Lawn with Grass Alternatives
Post by: AGelbert on June 05, 2014, 09:27:15 pm
Low-Maintenance Landscaping:
Replace Your Lawn with Grass Alternatives  (


Cut yard work and save money  ( with low-maintenance landscaping. Replace your conventional grass yard with drought-tolerant, low-maintenance grass alternatives. 

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Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on July 29, 2014, 06:31:32 pm
I like toilet paper. I don't know how to make toilet paper. Do you?
Common mullein, a.k.a. "Cowboy toilet paper"

but when that isn't available:

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Title: Copper and Brass are more useful than Gold and Silver!
Post by: AGelbert on July 29, 2014, 06:32:42 pm
Quote from: AG
Both those metals are excellent disinfectants so, if eating utensils are made from them, can preserve your health. BUT, brass is a LOT cheaper and has an amazing quality.

Brass doorknobs disinfect themselves in about eight hours, while stainless steel and aluminium knobs never do. (

I had read that early settlers in the west used to put silver dollars in bags of milk to help preserve it, and that silver has disinfectant qualities, but did not know this about copper and brass.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on October 04, 2014, 01:31:50 am
What is a Good Way to Remove Furniture Scratches?

A good way to remove furniture scratches from wood is to rub a **** walnut over them. Scratches are typically most noticeable on wood if the outer finish was removed, making the lighter interior visible.

Walnuts naturally contain oil that can hide the appearance of scratches on finished wood furniture by darkening the exposed wood.   ;DWalnut oil is only contained on the inside of the nut; therefore, the shell must be removed before it can be effectively used for removing furniture scratches. After rubbing the walnut oil in the direction of the grain of the wood, touching it with your finger or a cloth can warm it and make it further penetrate the wood and hide the scratches.

More about walnuts :

Walnuts are thought to be among the oldest food grown from trees, dating as far back as 7000 BC.  :o


•An estimated three-quarters of the world’s walnut trade supply comes from the state of California, which also contributes to 99% of the US walnut crop.

Walnuts    ( are the healthiest of all nuts, in terms of nutrients that improve blood flow and lower cholesterol, according to findings from a 2011 University of Pennsylvania Scranton study. (

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on October 05, 2014, 10:06:42 pm
10 Unusual Uses for Pepper
Lisa Kaplan Gordon
September 15, 2014

Pepper does a lot more than spice up your salads and meat. The vitamin-rich spice, prized by ancients and moderns alike, has many health and household uses, too.

Pepper as Health Aid

Cayenne pepper

1. Decongestant: Cayenne pepper warms the body and stimulates the release of mucus, which helps unclog nasal passages and lets you breathe easier. Get a DIY recipe here.

2. Constipation relief: Cayenne pepper makes you feel hot, which provokes you to drink more water, which loosens stools. Mix a teaspoon of cayenne into a glass of warm water. Or, just add cayenne to soups and stews, which will also give them a taste kick.

3. Cough remedy: Cayenne can help loosen chest phlegm and sooth throat irritation. “Herbally Yours,” by Penny C. Royal, gives this recipe: Combine ¼ teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and fresh ground ginger with 1 tablespoon each of honey and apple cider vinegar. Take one teaspoon at a time as needed.

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4. Ear ache relief: Black pepper can soothe ear aches in adults. Spread ground black pepper on a flattened cotton ball. Roll the cotton back into a ball, and place it in the outer ear (not the inner ear).

Cayenne pepper

5. Sore throat cure: To relieve sore throats, mix 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 2 tablespoons of honey. Take a teaspoon of the mixture at a time.

Household Uses for Pepper

6. Insecticide: To get rid of garden gnats, mix 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper with 2 tablespoons each of dish detergent and vegetable oil. Add the mixture to a gallon a water, and shake. Transfer to a spray bottle, and douse infested plants. Repeat after rain.

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7. Plug radiator holes: Got a leaky radiator? Pour black pepper into your radiator to temporarily seal holes.

8. Deer repellent: Deer don’t like the stinging sensation of hot pepper and will learn to avoid plants sprayed with a cayenne/water solution. The stronger the better. Add a little liquid soap to the solution, which makes it adhere better to plants.

Cayenne pepper

9. Squirrel repellent: Mix cayenne pepper with bird food. The birds don’t mind the taste, and the Vitamin C in pepper actually improves their plumage. Squirrels, on the other hand, hate pepper and will avoid your feeder.

10. Rodent repellent: To keep rodents from chewing on outside wires and cables, coat them with liquid pepper. Rodents will stay away in droves.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on October 29, 2014, 09:39:25 pm
Homemade Emergency Water Filtration Using All Natural Products If You Wish To Avoid Chlorine

Oregano, Charcoal, Limestone, Coconut Husks...

 In this video we see how to make a filtering device for water using only natural ingredients.

 Nextworldtv has not tested this method, and can not verify what level of contamination this device is able to remove, but it provides a starting point to experiment with if you are interested in being prepared to filter your own water in the event of an emergency.

 Instead of Clorox/chlorine this method makes use of: apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, oregano, charcoal, limestone, coconut husks used in different layers together with a soda container, cotton and a coffee filter.

 Several product substitutions are suggested in case you don't have these items on hand.

 Good to know if you don't want to use Clorox for emergency purification.

 --Bibi Farber

 This video was produced by Tina Cornely
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on December 02, 2014, 09:56:33 pm
Tiny kit for useful items that will be needed in an emergency  8).
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on December 11, 2014, 06:32:40 pm

Clean Water In An Emergency      (
This video shows how a simple, home made solar water distiller can turns salt water or dirty water into fresh drinkable water.

 All you will need is:

 --A plastic bowl
 --A cup
 --Plastic wrap
 --A rubber band
 --A rock or weight

 Whether your water grid goes down, or you are out camping, this is an invaluable tool to have to create clean water wherever you go.

 By this method, you clean the water of bacteria, pollutants, salt, flouride, and 99% of other contaminants.

It's AWESOME!  (
 --Celia Farber

 This video was produced by DesertSun on Youtube.

 Celia Farber is an investigative science reporter and cultural journalist who has written for several magazines including Harper’s, Esquire, Rolling Stone, SPIN and more. She is the author of “Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of AIDS” (Melville House Press/ Random House). Known for bold exposes of the pharmaceutical industry and related media cover ups, Celia Farber shines a spotlight on the very subjects that have been taboo for too long: What is Cancer? Does HIV cause AIDS? Do Vaccinations Cause Brain Damage? And many more...

 Visit her website at
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on December 31, 2014, 08:38:54 pm
Free HEAT, EXTRA OXYGEN and Toxin Filtration!  (

Just check out the zoning ordinances first. Many towns (RIDICULOUSLY  >:() do not allow a greenhouse to be attached to the house.

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on January 06, 2015, 07:42:58 pm
Don't pay $65 for an $8 heating element!

Watch the video for great info on how to wire the DC from a solar panel or wind turbine (WITHOUT needing a costly inverter  ;D) straight into a water heater.

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on January 11, 2015, 06:31:20 pm
PART 1: How to cut your electric bill in HALF (  (or more) BEFORE installing solar or wind Renewable Energy!

Tips on Lighting, shower heads, vacuum cleaning, bubble wrap for windows, phantom loads, ceiling fan blade direction change per season and humidifier use (55% relative humidity holds warm air better - furnace doesn't come on as often) included for the smart=frugal Homo SAP.

Great cost saving information!  (
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on January 11, 2015, 06:56:12 pm
PART 2: How to cut your electric bill in HALF: Keeping your Refrigerator at top efficiency  (
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on February 03, 2015, 06:46:52 pm
Finding studs with magnets. Notice how the framing of a window will show up too. ;D
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on February 07, 2015, 03:30:17 pm
How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on February 21, 2015, 12:40:36 am

Building the earthship way 

 If you're thinking about building a house, shed or other building, consider using a tire wall!

 It's a great way to upcycle old beat up tires and keep them from going to the landfill.

 In addition, they're super sturdy, effective and make for excellent insulation.

 This video will explain exactly how the process works.
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Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on June 10, 2015, 03:12:08 pm
Making good (

Repairing things is about more than thrift. It is about creating something bold and original


Philip Ball is a British science writer, whose work appears in Nature,New Scientist andProspect, among others. His latest book isInvisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen(2014).

The 16th-century Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyū is said to have ignored his host’s fine Song Dynasty Chinese tea jar until the owner smashed it in despair at his indifference. After the shards had been painstakingly reassembled by the man’s friends, Rikyū declared: ‘Now, the piece is magnificent.’ So it went in old Japan: when a treasured bowl fell to the floor, one didn't just sigh and reach for the glue. The old item was gone, but its fracture created the opportunity to make a new one.

Smashed ceramics would be stuck back together with a strong adhesive made from lacquer and rice glue, the web of cracks emphasised with coloured lacquer. Sometimes the coating was mixed or sprinkled with powdered silver or gold and polished with silk so that the joins gleamed; a bowl or container repaired in this way would typically be valued more highly than the original. According to Christy Bartlett, a contemporary tea master based in San Francisco, it is this ‘gap between the vanity of pristine appearance and the fractured manifestation of mortal fate which deepens its appeal’. The mended object is special precisely because it was worth mending. The repair, like that of an old teddy bear, is a testament to the affection in which the object is held.

A similar principle was at work in the boro garments of the Japanese peasant and artisan classes, stitched together from scraps of cloth at a time when nothing went to waste. In boro clothing, the mends become the object. Some garments, like the fabled ship of Theseus, might eventually be overwhelmed by patches; others were assembled from scraps at the outset. In today’s trendy Tokyo markets, the technique risks becoming a mere ethnic pose. But boro was always an aesthetic idea as much as an imposition of hardship.

Although quite different in their social status, boro and the aesthetic of repaired ceramics alike draw on the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi, a world view that acknowledges transience and imperfection. To mend a pot, one must accept whatever its fracture brings: one must aspire tomushin — literally ‘no mind’ — a state of detachment sought by both artists and warriors. As Bartlett explains in her essay ‘A Tearoom View of Mended Ceramics’ (2008): ‘Accidental fractures set in motion acts of repair that accept given circumstances and work within them to lead to an ultimately more profound appearance.’

Mended ceramics displayed their history — the pattern of fracture disclosing the specific forces and events that caused it. Indeed, earlier this year, a team of French physicists from the Aix-Marseille University demonstrated that the starlike cracks in broken glass plates capture a forensic record of the mechanics of the impact. By reassembling the pieces, that moment is preserved. The stories of how mended Japanese ceramics had been broken in the first place — like that of the jar initially spurned by Rikyū — would be perpetuated by constant retelling. In the tea ceremony these histories of the utensils provide raw materials for the stylised conversational puzzles that the host sets his guests.

For years, I have been patching clothes into a kind of makeshift, barely competent boro. Trousers in particular get colonised by patches that start at the knees and at the holes poked by keys around my pockets, spreading steadily across thighs with increasing disregard for colour matching. Only when patches need patches does the recycling bin beckon. At first I did this as a hangover from student privation. Later it became a token of ecological sensibility. Those changing motives carried implications for my appearance: the more defiantly visible the mend, the less it risks looking like mere penny-pinching. That’s a foolishly self-conscious consideration, of course, which is why the Japanese aesthetic of repair is potentially so liberating: there is nothing defensive about it.

This feels like rather a new idea in the pragmatic West. But things might be changing. Take, for example, the all-purpose mending putty called Sugru, an adhesive silicone polymer that you can hand-mould to shape and then leave overnight to set into a tough, flexible seal. As its website demonstrates, you can use Sugru for all those domestic repairs that are otherwise all but impossible, from **** toilet seats to split shoes or the abraded insulation on your MacBook mains lead. (Doesn’t it always split where it enters the power brick? And isn’t it exorbitantly costly to replace?) Sugru was devised by Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, an Irish design graduate at the Royal College of Art in London, working with a group of retired industrial chemists. Timemagazine pronounced it a top invention of 2010, and it has since acquired an avid following of ‘hackers’ who relish its potential not just to repair off-the-shelf products, but also to modify them.

It wasn’t so much that things stopped working and then got repaired, but that repair was the means by which they worked at all

Sugru doesn’t do its job subtly, which is the point. You can get it in modest white, but fans tend to prefer the bright primary colours, giving their repairs maximal visibility. They present mending not as an unfortunate necessity to be carried out as quietly as possible but as an act worth celebrating.

A similar attitude is found in the burgeoning world of ‘radical knitting’. Take the textiles artist Celia Pym, who darns people’s clothes as a way of ‘briefly making contact with strangers’. There are no ‘invisible mends’ here: Pym introduces bold new colours and patterns, transforming rather than merely repairing the garments. What Pym and the Sugru crew are asserting is that mending has an aesthetic as well as a practical function. They say that if you’re going to mend, you might as well do it openly and beautifully.

Their approaches also reflect another of the aesthetic considerations of Japanese ceramic repairs: the notion of asobi, a kind of playful creativity introduced by the 16th-century tea master Furuta Oribe. Repairs that embody this principle tended to be more extrovert, even crude in their lively energy. When larger areas of damage had to be patched using pieces from a different broken object, one might plug the gap using fragments that have a totally different appearance, just as clothes today might be patched with exuberant contrasting colours or patterns. Of course, one can now buy new clothes patched this way — a mannered gesture, perhaps, but one anticipated in the way that Oribe would sometimes deliberately damage utensils so that they were not ‘too perfect’. This was less a Zen-like expression of impermanence than an exuberant relish of variety.

Such modern fashion statements aside, repair in the West has tended to be more a matter of grumbling and making do. But occasionally the aesthetic questions have been impossible to avoid. When the painting of an Old Master starts cracking and flaking off, what is the best way to make it good? Should we reverently pick up the flakes of paint and surreptitiously glue them back on again? Is it honest to display a Raphael held together with PVA glue? When Renaissance paint fades or discolours, should we touch it up to retain at least a semblance of what the artist intended, or surrender to wabi-sabi? It’s safe to assume that no conservator would ever have countenanced the ‘repair’ last year of the crumbling 19th-century fresco of Jesus in Zaragoza — Ecco Homo by Elías García Martínez — by an elderly churchgoer with the artistic skills of Mr Bean. But does even a skilled ‘retouching’ risk much the same hubris?

These questions are difficult because aesthetic considerations pull against concerns about authenticity. Who wants to look at a fresco if only half of it is still on the wall? Victorian conservators were rather cavalier in their solutions, often deciding it was better to have a retouched Old Master than none at all. In an age that would happily render Titian’s tones more ‘acceptable’ with muddy brown varnish, that was hardly surprising. But today’s conservators mostly recoil at the idea of painting over damage in old works, although they will permit some delicate ‘inpainting’ that fills cracks without covering any of the original paint. Cosimo Tura’s Allegorical Figure (c. 1455) in the National Gallery in London was repaired this way in the 1980s. Where damage is extensive, it is now common to apply treatments that prevent further decay but leave the existing damage visible.

Such rarefied instances aside, the prejudice against repair as an embarrassing sign of poverty or thrift is surely a product of the age of consumerism. Mending clothes was once routine for every stratum of society. British aristocrats were unabashed at their elbow patches — in truth more prevention than cure, since they protected shooting jackets from wear caused by the shotgun butt. Everything got mended, and mending was a trade.

What sort of trade? Highly skilled, perhaps, but manual, consigning it to a low status in a culture that has always been shaped by the ancient Greek preference for thinking over doing (this is one way in which the West differs from the East). Over the course of the 19th century, the ‘pure’ theorist gained ascendancy over the ‘applied’ scientist (or worse still, the engineer); likewise, the professional engineer could at least pull rank on the maintenance man: he was a creator and innovator, not a chap with oily rag and tools. ‘Although central to our relationship with things,’ writes the historian of technology David Edgerton, ‘maintenance and repair are matters we would rather not think about.’ Indeed, they are increasingly matters we’d rather not even do.

Edgerton explains that, until the mid-20th century, repair was a permanent state of affairs, especially for expensive items such as vehicles, which ‘lived in constant interaction with a workshop’. It wasn’t so much that things stopped working and then got repaired, but that repair was the means by which they worked at all. Repair might even spawn primary manufacturing industries: many early Japanese bicycles were assembled from the spare parts manufactured to fix foreign (mostly British) models.

It’s not hard to understand a certain wariness about repair: what broke once might break again, after all. But its neglect in recent times surely owes something to an underdeveloped repair aesthetic. Our insistence on perfect appearances, on the constant illusion of newness, applies even to our own bodies: surgical repairs are supposed to make our own wear and tear invisible, though they rarely do.

Equally detrimental to a culture of mending is the ever more hermetic nature of technology. DIY fixes become impossible either physically (the unit, like your MacBook lead, is sealed) or technically (you wouldn’t know where to start). Either way, the warranty is void the moment you start tinkering. Add that to a climate in which you pay for the service or accessories rather than for the item — inks are pricier than printers, mobile phones are free when you subscribe to a network — and repair lacks feasibility, infrastructure or economic motivation. Breakers’ yards, which used to seem like places of wonder, have all but vanished; car repair has become both unfashionable and impractical. I gave up repairing computer peripherals years ago when the only person I could find to fix a printer was a crook who lacked the skills for the job but charged me the price of a new one anyway.

Some feel this is going to change — whether because of austerity or increasing ecological concerns about waste and consumption. Martin Conreen, a design lecturer at Goldsmiths College in London, believes that TV cookery programmes will soon be replaced by ‘how to’ DIY shows, in which repair would surely feature heavily. The hacker culture is nurturing an underground movement of making and modifying that is merging with the crowdsourcing of fixes and bodges — for example, on websites such as, which offers free service manuals and advice for technical devices such as computers, cameras, vehicles and domestic appliances. Alternatively there is, set up by the design lecturer Daniel Charny and Sugru’s co-founder, James Carrigan, which documents fixes on film.

The mending mindset has taken to the streets in the international Repair Café movement, where you can get free tools, materials, advice and assistance for mending anything from phones to jumpers. As 3D printers — which can produce one-off objects from cured resin, built up from granular ‘inks’, layer by layer — become more accessible, it might become possible to make your own spare parts rather than having to source them, often at some cost, from suppliers (only to discover your model is obsolete). And as fixing becomes cool, there’s good reason to hope it will acquire an aesthetic that owes less to a ‘make do and mend’ mentality of soldiering on, and more to mushinand asobi.

29 May 2013

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Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on July 12, 2015, 02:35:31 pm
Super Basic Solar Lighting under $75

by lumpytrout

About: We are designer/builders making cool stuff and cozy mod cabins from recycled materials. We have a bunch of projects coming up so please follow us if you would like to see more recycled and energy efficient projects!

Location: Pacific North West

Joined: Apr 24, 2014


If you are looking for a simple, inexpensive but durable solar lighting setup for your shed or outbuilding then this tutorial is perfect for you. There are many tutorials on this site but we wanted to make our system as frugally as we could and still have a quality setup that would serve most people's basic lighting needs. Our total budget for this whole project was about $75 USD and I hope to get many years of maintenance free use from this system. I set up three lights because I love good lighting but this could easily be cut down to just two (interior and exterior) and would work great.

Full details with pictures of materials and step by step instructions:  (

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on July 26, 2015, 05:07:40 pm

How to Convert Water into Fuel by Building a DIY Oxyhydrogen Generator

Pictures and step by step instructions:
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on August 23, 2015, 05:44:36 pm
Build a High Performance FPV Camera Quadcopter
by Toglefritz

Far out!


This Instructable will show you, in detail, how to build a high-quality quadcopter for flying FPV and recording aerial photos/videos.

We all know humans can't fly. Our bones are far too dense and flapping our arms does not produce adequate lift to overcome the pull of gravity, but luckily we can use technology to give us the experience of flying. I'm not talking about flying in airplanes though, or a hang glider, or jumping out of airplanes, or using a zip line. We can actually use multirotor aircraft to give us the impression of flying using a technology called FPV. I think "flying" with an FPV-equipped multirotor is even better than flying with any of the aforementioned technologies though because multirotors are infinitely more agile. Flying with FPV is more like being a bird and less like being thrown through the air. It is an amazing, and very fun, technology.

This Instructable will show you how to build what I would categorize as a high-performance FPV quadcopter that can be used to take amazing aerial photos and videos. We will be using a top-of-the-line flight controller (the DJI Naza M Lite) and an excellent FPV system from Fat Shark, with the PilotHD camera for both recording video and delivering the FPV feed. We will also be using high quality motors and ESCs designed specifically for use in multirotors. Finally, we will be using a premium-quality Spektrum radio system. More about the parts list for this project can be found in the next step.

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on September 06, 2015, 02:58:50 pm
Would you like to be able to detect RF radiation? ( Here's how to build your own SNIFFER!  ;D
VHF-UHF RF Sniffer
by simpletronic

Step 6: Sniffer will detect RF radiation from many sources.    (





Complete Step by Step Instructions and Parts List:
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on September 20, 2015, 10:51:08 pm
Unusual uses for rice by jessyratfink  ;D


Rice is one of my all time favorite foods. I eat it with everything. If I can find an excuse to add rice to something I will. :D

But did you know that you can also use rice for all sorts of things around the house, too? Keep on reading to find out a few of my favorite unusual uses for rice.

Most of these unusual uses work best with plain white rice, but some can work with other varieties too. Though I suggest white rice since it's so cheap!

1: Save wet electronics


Probably one of the most classic uses for rice! If you've ever dropped your phone in water you're probably tried this trick. ;D

If you can turn the item off, do so. Dry the exterior of the item as best you can. If you can open it up and dry out the inside, that's a great idea too! For phones it's best to remove the battery and SIM card, too.

Place it in a ziploc bag or a container of rice and leave it for 24+ hours.

2: DIY heating pads


Another one of my favorite uses! Perfect for sprains and cramps and or even just a really chilly day. I always mess my neck up with too much computer work and embroidery, so I've made a long skinny one to go around the back of my neck. :)

You can either sew up your own heating pad or make one by filling a sock with rice. Then just pop in it the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute and enjoy!

3: Keep hand tools from rusting


This is really useful in humid areas! Back home in Kentucky this is done all the time - I've seen it in almost every workshop I've been in. If you have older hand tools that are susceptible to rusting, place them in a can of rice. (Sawdust can work too!)

This works especially well for pliers, screwdrivers and hammers.  ;D

It also keeps your tools within easy reach. Fancy.

4: Check to see if your oil is hot enough before frying


If you've ever been unsure about the temperature of your oil but you don't have a thermometer handy, rice is a good indicator. If you drop a couple grains of rice into your oil and they sink, it's not hot enough.

If the grains of rice pop back up immediately and begins to bubble, the oil is hot enough - normally around 350-360 F.

I say a couple because not all grains of rice will pop and float!

When I was doing this I just threw a ton of rice in there - puffed rice is delicious. DELICIOUS. So maybe just do that instead of frying something else.   ;) :D

5: Clean your coffee or spice grinder


One of my favorite uses! I think rice works much better than bread.

6: Clean containers with small openings

If you don't have a bottle brush around, rice is a great substitute.

Add a small amount of rice (perhaps a tablespoon?) into the container with a couple drops of soap. Add in some hot water and swish the rice around.

I clean my teapot like this all the time! I just put my thumb over the spout and hold the lid on while swishing the rice around.  ;D

7: Weight for blind baking


Blind baking is probably the way I use rice the most often. (Well, besides stuffing my face. I love rice.)

Both rice and beans and great blind baking weights.

To blind bake pastry, form the pastry in the tart or pie pan and then place a piece of parchment over the pastry. Pour in enough rice so that the pastry is completely filled.

Bake the pastry for half the required time and then take it out to check. If the pastry has gone lightly golden brown around the edges (like the photo above), you'll know it has set and won't go sliding down the side of the pan.

Use the parchment to transfer the rice from the crust into a container for later use. Once you've "baked" the rice, you can't use it to cook later, so I keep mine in a gallon mason jar separate from my eating rice.  ;D

Place the crust back in the oven to finish baking, and viola - perfectly blind baked pastry!

8: Makeshift knife rack  ( Agelbert NOTE: Since bacteria sort of like rice A LOT (I learned at a young age that you can keep thousands of paramecium happy with a single grain of rice!), I don't recommend this procedure unless you live in Antarctica (low humidity + seriously low temperatures).


I can't say how well this works as a permanent knife rack - but it's fantastic if you're just setting up your kitchen or if you just moved and find yourself without one.

Find a tall wide mouth container and pour in enough rice so the blades will be mostly covered.

The one caveat here is to be careful when putting the knives into the rice - there's not much to stop them colliding with the bottom of the container - so you can dull the tips if you're not careful.

Looks pretty awesome, too.

9: Slow release air freshener


This is perfect for closets or bathrooms - any small space where you want a little fragrance! This air freshener isn't strong enough for any large rooms, though. Tried it in the bedroom and it wasn't noticeable, but in a small bathroom it is.

Find a small glass container to put the rice in - I normally use between 1/4 and 1/2 cup. Add 10-20 drops of essential oils and mix well.

Place it where you want for a subtle and long lasting air freshener - just shake the container whenever you feel the smell is dying down - that will refresh it. :D

Just be careful to put these air fresheners high - out of small hands and away from pets!

10 by Agelbert: Replacement for bee bees

When you run out of these:

(, you can get your brother good with some rice pellet replacements!   (

Mandatory safety precaution:
Make sure you kids that try shooting each other with rice have glasses on, okay?  (

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on September 26, 2015, 12:44:42 am
$10 Smartphone to digital microscope conversion!
 by Yoshinok




The world is an interesting place, but it's fascinating up close.  Through the lens of a microscope you can find details that you would otherwise never notice.  But now you can.

This instructable will show you how to build a stand for about $10 that will transform your smartphone into a powerful digital microscope. This DIY conversion stand is more than capable of functioning in an actual laboratory setting. With magnification levels as high as 175x 375x Edit: with the addition of a second lens magnification can be as high as 375x, plant cells and their nuclei are easily observed! 

In addition to allowing the observation of cells, this setup also produces stunning macro photography.

The photos in this instructable were taken with an iPhone 4S.  Watch the video below for a quick overview of the project!  (

The cost of this project is just $10 (not counting the smartphone), and it only takes about 20 minutes to build. You can be viewing cells with your smartphone within the hour!

Materials required:
 3x 4 ½” x 5/16” carriage bolts
 9x 5/16” nuts
 3x 5/16” wing nuts
 5x 5/16” washers
 ¾” x 7” x 7” plywood  -- for the base
 ⅛” x 7” x 7” plexiglass  -- for the camera stage
 ⅛” x 3” x 7” plexiglass  -- for the specimen stage
 Scrap plexi (~ 2"x 4") for specimen slide (optional but useful)
 laser pointer focus lens (use two for increased magnification)
 LED click light (necessary only for viewing backlit specimens)

 Assorted bits


Lenses: If you don't have a laser, these lenses have produced comparable results:
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on September 27, 2015, 08:48:09 pm
Ultimate Night Vision Headlamp - 500+ lumens with only 8 watts

by MonkeyLectric

The 507nm LED Night Vision Special!

Headlamp flashlight technology takes a quantum leap!
You can have it all: * Intense brightness * Lightweight * Long life * Low cost * Rechargeable * Unbreakable * Small * Waterproof * Unique shocking turquoise color

Race proven! I put the light to the ultimate test by competing in the Gold Rush 24-hour Adventure endurance race in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Many of the other competitors had $500 HID lamps from NiteRider, Light & Motion, etc, yet throughout the race nearly everyone that saw my light commented as to its extreme brightness or asked where they could get one. It was that much brighter than anything else.

 brightness: 500+ lumens / 7 million+ mcd @ 15 degree
 weight: 120 gram headlamp + 60 gram electronics + 280 gram battery pack = 460 gram total
 cost: $60 including batteries
 lifetime: 3, 6, 12, 24 hours (4 brightness settings)
 size: headlamp portion 5cm x 5cm x 2.5cm
 rechargeable: Ni-MH or Lithium-Ion batteries (your choice)
 unbreakable: LED technology

 - Cyan (or Green) high power/high efficiency LED's
 - high-transmittance TIR lenses
 - high-efficiency DC/DC step-down converter

 None of this was possible just a couple years ago, but now it can be done easily with inexpensive components you assemble yourself!  ;D

 i've got several other power-LED instructables too, check those out for other notes & ideas.

This article is brought to you by MonkeyLectric and the Monkey Light bike ilght.

Step 1: What's so special here?

Your eye! Remember back to biology class - your eye has "rods" and "cones". these are the sensing cells in your eye that detect images. the cones are your daylight & color vision, but they are less sensitive than the rods. Now the part you didn't learn in school:

(1) The rods are about 2.5 times more sensitive to light than the cones. That's why they are your night vision.

(2) The rods and the cones are not equally sensitive to all colors (wavelengths) of light. The wavelength of maximum sensitivity for your rods is 507nm, or blue-green. Why? Moonlight is more bluish than sunlight. The color of maximum sensitivity for your cones is 555nm green, about the color of plants. (more info)

To get the best possible vision at night, we'd like to build a lamp that puts out the most light at the 507nm that our rods are most sensitive to. This gets us the best vision at night for the least power used. If we had a white light instead, it would take much more power to get as much visibility.

Thanks to our friend the LED, this weird pure turquose light is possible! The latest LED technology is much more efficient than a standard light bulb to begin with, but using the special turquose color gives us even much better night vision than white, and is more efficient than even the fanciest HID lights.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on October 11, 2015, 08:16:38 pm
Quote from a friend in Australia who wishes to remain anonymous and my reply:  (

Hello agb

I want to discuss this with you since i know u have open mind to and researched such phenomena. I will tell in detail and later try and take fotos and measure distances to be more precise.  Yesterday was Sunday,  Myself and Junior had spent the day working on a 63 EJ Holden (a medium size   local GM car)  in my garage.

The water  pump that takes water from the main tanks to the header tank up high for gravity water pressure hasnt been working and I havent had it fixed because if i take the pump out i will have no water, because  i have the water  still running through the pump into the house pipes. I plan to get an electric pump instead,  jyst been too busy to sort it out. I have enough water running out of taps,  but not with enough pressure to have a shower. For that reason,  after working on the car all day,  we went down into town to use the coin operated shower at the park which is a public RV campground. I took the dog also because lately i have not been well since that moron caused me to swallow petrol and i dont feel energy to ealk the dog, so I decided to tie the dog to the side of the pickup to let him run for a mile as he spends the day on a chain fixed to a long cable it moves along,  he likes more exercise.

So it was roughly 8.30pm when we were heading home and i was tying the dog to the side of the pickup to run the last mile to home. when i did that i noticed a whitish light over a hill,  i thought there must be someone in a 4wd back there with powerful headlights and spotlights. I got in the truck and said for a joke 'theres a ufo over there' .

Let me explain the geography/topography. there is a river valley with a highway and rarely used train line for coal running more or less along the river. The elevation at the town,  flat level is 250m according to the altimeter in the truck. There are mountains on either side. See if u like Ben Lomond rangeon the north side at 1000m and Douglas Apsley range on the south side of Esk river at maybe 600m. But before the mountain ridge there are smaller hills that extend out into the valley If u know what i mean. So as i was beginning to head uphill but on a gradual slope for about half a mile I have a hill on my left at 350 m elevation and a bigger hill on my right that is bigger and longer and at least 400m elevation. I can see that the land is cleared at up to about 350m on that hill but on the other side where the light came from it could be cleared further in. The light was not behind the lower cleared section but the higher part that would be 400 to 450m,  the side i was looking at that is not cleared is steep,  but on the other side if it is more flat it is probably cleared. I am labouring this point because a ufo would need a clear field to land but could only hover over a forest.

So of course junior wanted to see and looked although he was on the wrong side to see as well as me, as we looked at the light it got weird. That was no vehicle or shooters with spotlights. There were beams of light in an angle upward,  but not straight up vertical, neither 45o but more upright than that. The beams were rotating around but glowing variably in brightness and speed. There were no different colours only white. The best description is like a crown.

I wanted to stop and watch but there were too many sheep and cows around and the dog would have started barking at them if i stopped. I jnew that further up i could get a good look at the same place from higher though not as high as the hill the lights were behind, but further away and there were no livestock there,  so i did that. At first i couldnt see anything then it went again  , lit up bright like a crown, and junior insisted i go back to the truck even though i wanted to keep watching.

So i went home and dumped the dog and headed quickly back down,  this time as close as possible to the nearest fence and field. For a while i saw nothing except one single beam of light only for a second,  then there was a light moving in that field and i thought at first it was a person out there with a spotlight from the nearest farmhouse because we were there. Then the light was in the field on the opposite  side and it moved very quicklythrough that  field. Because i was now on the wtong side to see it well ,  i didnt see but junior did,  and he said it moved away very fast in the same direction dissapeared.

This light that was not over the hill is more puzzling. If it was a spotlight from the farmhouse checking who is out there,  why did it never shine at us?  If it was a light from the house that was checking the field on the left and then on the right it should have crossed us where we were,  unless somebody checked one field then turned it off and then checked the other field. But i need to experiment myself tonight to see if i can replicate what it looked like from the same distance. The reason is that this light moving quickly in one field then the other was not really long with an obvious starting point,  like a long cone of light. Instead it was more like a length of light about 40m long and taoering down at either end,  never staying in one spit long enough to see properly.

After that we waited another 20 minutes and saw nothing more.

Well, it looks like UFO activity, all right. The lack of noise is always an indicator that no military activity is producing  the lights. Light diffuses rapidly from the distance of the source. The beams you were seeing could not have been coming from far away. So something THERE was producing them without noise. The only thing remotely similar is one of those rock concerts that make light shows that look somewhat like a crown of lights at varying angles above 45 degrees from a distance. And that was OBVIOUSLY not the case here.

As to why the search light you mentioned didn't pass over you, maybe it was just trying to track the light beams and ignoring anything else out there.

I have read about some very strange light phenomena before earthquakes, but since your dog was not agitated that possibility must be ruled out as well.

I would say you had a close encounter. And when one happens, it usually means there will be more for a few months. Keep your camera ready. Maybe you can get some good film of one of the vehicles that is the source of those lights.

I read with interest about your water pumping issues. I had some problems with flooding a few years back and came up with an invention (that I never actually manufactured because my wife went out and bought an electric pump) that is a very robust type of peristaltic pump mechanism. Since you are handy with machinery, you might want to have one of these around. If your water pressure is too low, you can use this mechanism with a hose to your shower head or your main tank in times of need.

Unlike a normal peristaltic pump, there really isn't anything on it that wears out except the hose that is being squeezed by it and the small electric motor from a drill that powers it.

The sprockets used are very tiny. They are the smallest ones on a three speed bicycle next to the rear wheel.

Here's the design. I'm sure you could improve on it to make it simpler and cheaper:

It would make a nice back up and you could possibly run it manually with a bicycle instead of an electric motor.

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on November 26, 2015, 02:46:35 pm
( cap lights!
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on November 26, 2015, 02:51:52 pm
Dashboard lights hack.  ;)

For the truly "curious", go here:

I am IN NO WAY recommending you do any of these things if they are illegal to do. What you do, is up to you.

I just print this stuff for information purposes only.  8)
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on November 30, 2015, 07:33:06 pm

Technological disobedience  (
The benefits of isolation    (

We rarely run programs in foreign languages, but the content on this one is so unique and thought provoking, we decided to go ahead.

 Besides, there are English subtitles.  ;D

Cuba has been cut off from the corporate world for many decades.

In the process, it's created countless "unauthorized" technical workarounds that solve all kinds of problems.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on February 14, 2016, 03:58:43 pm

DIY Coin Cell Battery Charger for 0.3$
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on August 10, 2016, 03:25:23 pm
How to do a Western Union Splice

by deluges

This is the solder splice that offers the least resistance I've ever found : less than a hundred micro ohms!  :o   ( My Ohmmeter doesn't read less than that, so I'm happy with it.  :D

It's quite easy to do and offers great mechanical resistance for virtually no electrical resistance. :)

First you want to remove a good 5 cm (2 inches) of insulant on the wires, then twist them on themselves to make a single thick brand.

There's a great scheme here that came from wikipedia and sums up the following:

1) Fold in the middle and give one or two turns

2) Wrap tightly around the other wire using pliers or your fingers if you feel strong today


Several Pictures at link:    (
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on October 30, 2016, 04:55:28 pm

10 Unconventional Ways to Use Old Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls Around the House

Libby Baker   
October 30, 2016  59 Comments  (numerous links in article at main link)

Toilet paper and paper towels: great household tools, but there just really aren’t many desirable eco-friendly substitutes in a green living household, besides outfitting your bathroom with a bidet. It helps to be conscious of your toilet and paper towel consumption, of course. And forgoing the lotioned, cushioned, perfumed brands for unbleached and recycled paper will help. But you can also minimize your contribution to the landfill by recycling the rolls from your toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Here are some great, unconventional ways to reduce and reuse:

1. Cord Holder

Don’t buy plastic contraptions to keep your cords from becoming tangled. Make your own ridiculously easy recycled cord holder with the cardboard tubes from toilet paper or paper towels. And you can fancy it up with wrapping paper — perfect for saving those tiny leftovers not quite big enough to wrap a gift.  Use this trick for keeping string lights from becoming a tangled mess!

2. Green Seedling Greenhouse

I love the idea of recycling products made from trees back into the garden. The diameter of a paper tube is the perfect size for sprouting seedlings! Why not make use of that leftover plastic produce container to make an ideal seedling greenhouse! You can just plant these Toilet Roll Seed Starter pots right into the ground. The cardboard will decompose as the plant grows.

3. Plant Protectors

Once those seedlings are growing strong in the garden, keep them safe from bugs and critters by making Plant Protectors. You can also place tubes around the base of young trees to keep them safe and provide support.

4. Bird Feeders

Don’t forget the critters who help with pest control in the garden! You can attract birds to your garden by keeping a source of food, like these awesome bird feeders made from toilet paper tubes, hanging on your trees during the lean winter months!

5. Napkin Rings

You may have already ditched the paper napkins for reusable cloth napkins, and now you can make them even prettier with these upcycled napkin rings made from leftover fabric scraps. Or, use up leftover yarn by wrapping the cardboard tube to make these cute napkin rings.

6. Art

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to redecorate your home! Get creative and make your own decor out of things you already have. Spruce up a boring old wall clock or make visually striking picture frames by adding scrolls made from recycled cardboard tubing, or make a faux iron gate to add interest to your walls. Better yet, make your own artwork by using foraged branches and cardboard tubes. Or just create cardboard tube art directly on the walls! How about a beautiful bouquet of cardboard thistles in a vase on your table? Let your imagination go wild!

7. Knitting

Got a knitting hobby and too many needles? Keep track of them all by storing them according to size in leftover cardboard tubes. Spool skeins into balls around tubes to keep yarn from getting tangled. You can even use the tubes and some popsicle sticks to make your own Spool Knitter!

8. Gift Boxes

Never buy fancy gift boxes again! Make your own with this easy Cardboard Tube Pillow Box tutorial.

9. Tabletop Goodies

Protect your table tops by making beautiful and delicately scrolled drink coasters.  Or just cover the whole tabletop with this table runner.

10. Eyeglass Case

Cardboard tubing is the perfect size for one of the most important accessories for those of us who wear glasses: eyeglass case! Make your own fabric covered eyeglass case with this no-sew tutorial!

What ideas do you have for ways to reuse these little cardboard tubes?
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on November 24, 2016, 06:33:01 pm

From Firewood Log to Bowl (First Woodturning Project)

by craftedworkshop in woodworking
I turned this chunk of firewood log into my first bowl on the lathe. This is my first ever woodturning project, and most certainly won’t be my last. Turning is one of the most rewarding woodworking skills I’ve learned thus far, and now every log I see seems to contain a hidden bowl. To see this process in action, check out the video above!

Now, on to the steps!


Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on January 30, 2017, 08:20:06 pm
Why Does Everyone Put Their Pots and Pans under the Stove?

You know that drawer underneath the oven, where you throw all the saucepan lids, cookie sheets, and muffin tins? Manufacturers say that it's actually a warming drawer, and you’re supposed to be using it to keep hot foods at serving temperature, especially when you’re making an elaborate meal for a lot of guests. Who knew? However, it’s important to know that this drawer isn’t designed for cooking food, just for keeping it warm after it comes out of the oven.

Kitchens of the past:

⦁   The first cast iron stove was invented in 1795 by Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford. It had a single fire source and the temperature could be regulated for several pots at the same time.

⦁   The first commercial gas stove, designed by James Sharp, hit the market in 1834. The gas stove was easier to regulate and required less upkeep than wood or coal stoves.

⦁   Electric stoves were first used in the 1890s, following the introduction of home electricity. The Amana Corporation, a subsidiary of Raytheon, introduced the first microwave in 1967, but the high price and the public's fear of radiation delayed its acceptance.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on April 25, 2017, 01:50:39 pm
Intel i5-7xxx are quad core, but then they probably use too much power to be run fanless, so this is likely something new.
There are plenty of Intel boards with quad core on them, and if you open it up to all AliExpress, there must be thousands.
Anyway, quad core isn't THAT important until you want to run VirtualBox, then the cores and the RAM have to be shared out.

As far as those prebuilt Micros are concerned, what do you think would be adequate configuration? 

For doing what?

the i5/4010U.  How does that processor stack up overall IYHO?

No idea.

8 Gigs RAM/128 Gigs SSD.

If you've got that much data to store I'd be surprised.

Do these things come with Linux pre-installed?  What Linux?  If not, then you are going to have to learn how to install stuff.  That's not "pro" stuff.  Diagnosing problems and fixing software is pro stuff.

Forget I ever asked.  Your expertiese is not proving very helpful here.


Yup.  :coffee:

RE, Palloy's instructions for the Virtualbox running of Linux inside windows are okay but they lack something important. I researched all this a couple of years back and got reliable instructions from Ask Leo on how to do this. The problem is that defending Linux from hacking in general and malware in particular can be tricky. Norton does that, of course, but, at least according to Ask Leo, retail security software is NOT rock solid on Linux but is extremely reliable on Windows. Since I have (reluctantly) been forced into windows10 with my i3 new Dell Inspiron machine, I received the unexpected pleasant surprise of not being a target of the NSA malware recently being used to hack windows versions  :emthup: :icon_sunny:  (Palloy posted here on it recently - It's an article in the Intercept).

At any rate, security is NUMERO UNO for me. And I don't want to even try to keep up with the hackers out there. So, I pay Norton about $84 a year to do the heavy lifting while I continue to use CFS in dealing with e-mails and suspicious web sites. Norton has been good to me. They have saved my arse on several occasions over the last DECADE.  :emthup:

Linux has a lot of attraction for me but I never got around to that Virtualbox testing of it. Maybe someday.

When I had a total disk failure two computers ago, I was able to run Ubuntu from a CD to shop for a new computer with a dial up backup I still had. I no longer have dial up (I save $19.95 a month by not having it  :icon_mrgreen:) so that is no longer an option.

The last time my hard disk failed, I was STUCK without a computer to shop for a computer so I had to do it by phone (UGH!).  :P

Yeah, I should have a backup hard disk with an image of my operating system to avoid that, but I haven't gotten around to that yet. Hopefully, I'll get one this summer. (

Hope this helps you, RE.  :icon_sunny: I'm certain Palloy will, of course, not be impressed AT ALL.  ::)

Well, I'm impressed with your commitment to security.   :emthup:

Norton (now Symantec) AntiVirus does run on Linux, but since they charge for it and it's not open source, Ubuntu doesn't make it available, and nobody would use it.  ClamAV is the recommended free and open source solution.  Symantec SAV has to be a complete re-write of the Windows version, because the arrangement of the file system on Linux is completely different from Windows (no C:\  at the top of the hierarchy of directories, no Registry, etc).  99% of all viruses are written to target Windows machines, and won't run at all on Linux. 

Even if someone were to write a virus specifically for Linux, and sneak the file into the file system somehow, it could only run under your user's account, and so would only have access to that part of the file system that you own - /home/palloy/  (being equivalent to C:\Users\palloy\ ).  So it could trash your files, but it couldn't trash other users' files, or the OS itself, which belongs to "root". 

And you DO have a backup of your files, don't you? - yes, of course I do, every day at 01:00 am.

Suffice to say that in 5 years of Linux, on what is now 5 machines, I have never even been warned about a virus, let alone been infected by one.   :icon_sunny:

6 machines if you count my Android smartphone, but I rarely switch it on, and NEVER let it talk to the other computers on the home network, because I don't trust Android and because the Android version is no longer supported.  :(

Ubuntu is owned by Canonical, who I suppose make their money by providing paid technical support.  However the Linux community experts provide free support at places like AskUbuntu, StackExchange, etc.

Well, I haven't gotten around to total image backups although I think that would be ideal. What I do, since I'm too cheap to get another hard disk or even a solid state USB disk on a stick to put a recovery thing on, I take my CDs and copy my NEW document and picture files, current screenshot of desktop with programs list, favorites list, names of latest program additions and new sketchup graphic files I've doodled in my spare time to it in compressed form once a month.

If the hard disk dies before I make my recovery thing, I'll just have to wing it.  :P

Having a tiny forum also provides me with a second backup to my pictures and screeds that won't perish with my hard disk. I do not trust the cloud and will never store zip on it. Yes, I know the gooberment, microsofty, my server and the NSA knows every keystroke I have ever made and has stored all my activity since I was born (on the internets), but they don't like to admit that.  :evil4:

So, I do what I can.   8)
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on August 01, 2017, 07:05:04 pm
Agelbert NOTE: A BLDC Motor is a Brushless DC Motor. Old PC disk drives and ceiling fans have BLDC motors.  8)

Make a Powerful Generator From a Dead BLDC Motor

by omars2   ( electronics


In this instructable, I'm going to teach you how to convert a dead Brushless DC motor into a powerful 3-phase energy generator.

The process is really simple and after going through this instructable, i am sure you will be able to do it for yourself.

The absence of brushes in them makes it unique when compared to other generators because its efficiency is much greater than the brushed ones that undergo losses because of the friction.

When a bldc Motor motor stops working.It is usually it's driving circuit that dies.


Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on September 18, 2017, 11:16:31 pm
Why Are Ice Cubes Often Cloudy?
 ( (

Tap water typically contains benign impurities such as lime, calcium, fluoride, nitrates, magnesium, and other organic elements. When water freezes, it hardens from the outside in, and those impurities are pushed into the center of the cube, causing the ice to have a cloudy appearance. However, boiling the water first will remove most of the impurities and provide clearer ice.

Ice, ice, baby:

Using bottled water that has been purified using a reverse osmosis process, or another type of distillation, will also improve ice cube clarity.

Cloudy ice is also related to how quickly the water is chilled. Most home freezers cool very rapidly, and tiny air bubbles (actually, dissolved air) get trapped before they can dissipate.

High-end restaurants use systems that freeze pure water slowly, in layers, so that air bubbles have plenty of time to escape.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on September 27, 2017, 05:54:34 pm
Garage Tear Down Procedure  (
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on October 09, 2017, 06:53:55 pm
Making a Powerful Generator From a Blender Motor DIY


In this instructable, i will teach you how to transform a 220 volts Blender motor into a powerful generator without any additional circuit.

Blender Motors are actually the universal Motors which are capable of operating at both AC or DC inputs.

High power DC Motors are really difficult to find at home but the Blender motors are easily available almost everywhere and from that point of view, this project is of great importance.

Since they operate at high voltage therefore they also generate high voltage of 200V to 300V.

Step 1: Requirements:

mobile charger/laptop charger
48 volts to 220 volts inverter
1-Universal motor
jumper wires
bulb connectors

Step 2: Connections:

The above Universal motor has four wires.Two wires both black in colour are for the armature while the other two wires black and red are for the field.

Now take a laptop charger and measure its output voltage with a multimeter. I have used a 19 volts laptop charger though you can use any voltage range from 5 volts which is for a mobile charger to 20 volts which is usually for the laptop chargers.

Connect the two output wires from the laptop charger to the field wires of the universal motor irrespective of the polarity.

Once you do that, the field winding gets activated.Now take an inverter and connect it to the armature terminals of the Universal motor.

To the output 220 volts or 110 volts side of the inverter, connect the load bulb.

Now take the plastic thread and wound it around the shaft of the Blender(universal) motor.

Step 3: Testing:

After your completed the previous steps, all you have to do is hold the Universal motor with one hand and pull the plastic thread as fast as you can with your other hand.

You should see your bulb glowing brightly.

The maximum voltage that i could achieve with the hand generation test was 122.8V DC as can be seen in the picture.

The maximum power that it can generate should be 200W though it depends a lot upon the mechanical rotation and the power fed to the field.

To understand it better please watch the video here. *

* At the following link you will find complete videos explaining all the procedures discussed above: (
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on October 20, 2017, 06:57:09 pm
How to make a powerful DC motor using 120 screws , science school project 2017


American Tech

Published on Oct 9, 2017

A simpler version:
how to make a powerful DC motor using screw and CD panel


American Tech

Published on Jul 8, 2017

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on December 21, 2017, 02:15:36 pm
Make a "Marble" Table From Concrete W/ Torched Wood Base by Modustrial Maker in furniture

I am a DIY hobbyist who loves making things, especially with wood and concrete ( and recently, LEDs). Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more builds: Follow me on Instagram: Check out the Modustrial Maker website for more info on my builds:


 made a coffee table top from concrete, that looks like marble (at least to me). The top is made using a glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) ready-made concrete mix  (, which is pre-cast in a melamine form. I separated out batches of different colored concrete (from white to dark grey), mixed them together in the form, and then swirled them together by hand to get the marble-like appearance.

I also used an ancient Japanese technique called “Shou Sugi Ban” to make the base for the coffee table. I used a modernized version of shou sugi ban, employing a propane torch to char the outside of the wood. The charred wood is natural way of protecting the rest of the wood, and when finished with a penetrating oil, such as Danish oil, provides a durable surface. This technique works well on any open-grained wood, such as Douglas fir, pine, and cedar. I used inexpensive 4x4 Douglas fir lumber from my local big box store.

Full DIY article with several pictures and detailed instructioins:
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on January 01, 2018, 02:34:59 pm
Nice Short Tutorial Video on Radiation

I do NOT recommend anyone exposing themselves to gamma photons like this fellow in the video does. (

The above video comes from a DIY article on making a Portable Radiation Detector:    (
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on January 06, 2018, 02:32:48 pm
Keep a Clean House With Nontoxic Cleaners
January 06, 2018 • 93,160 views

Story at-a-glance

֍ Commercial cleaners emit toxic chemicals that may cause headaches and respiratory difficulties, organ damage and cancer

֍ You can clean your home effectively and safely using natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, coconut oil, lemons and castile soap

֍ Essential oils can be added to all of your homemade cleaning supplies and laundry detergents for an extra antimicrobial boost

֍ Ditch synthetic air fresheners and scented candles for an aromatherapy diffuser, which smells wonderful and has therapeutic benefits

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on January 07, 2018, 06:33:33 pm

15 Cooking Tricks Chefs Reveal Only at Culinary Schools


Published on Dec 2, 2017

Bright Side found out 15 simple but effective cooking tips every foodie should know. These secrets will help you to make your dishes taste just as great as Gordon Ramsay's (or even better!).
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on January 07, 2018, 07:30:58 pm

15 Cooking Tricks Chefs Reveal Only at Culinary Schools


Published on Dec 2, 2017

Bright Side found out 15 simple but effective cooking tips every foodie should know. These secrets will help you to make your dishes taste just as great as Gordon Ramsay's (or even better!).

A decent primer for the beginner, but nothing new in here for me.


I was pretty much up on most of the info except for the wine brine soaking, the water in the oven to make a crust lighter and the drying out boiled potatoes to get fluffier mashed potatoes.  8)
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on February 03, 2018, 11:14:13 pm
Our Geodesic Dome Connector - How it Works! 💫

Zip Tie Domes

Published on Dec 25, 2017 - This video is about the design and fabrication of the Zip Tie Dome Geodesic Dome Connector / Geodesic Dome Hub.  This Geodesic Dome Connector is very easy to use and allows the construction of a Geodesic Dome without the use of tools and in a minimal amount of time.  The video describes the patented locking collar that surrounds the Geodesic Dome Hub, and how this outer collar controls the axial angles of the struts to create a much stronger geodesic dome than other types of Geodesic Dome Connectors.( The video also describes how this is the only geodesic dome connector that can handle struts made out of non-standard size struts, such as metal rebar for concrete domes, or geodesic dome struts made from wooden dowels. This geodesic domes connector also works for building domes made from bamboo and other non-standard size struts.  🌟

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Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on March 17, 2018, 04:32:51 pm
Agelbert NOTE: View this Great Example of Mechanical Advantage with Pulleys.  8)

Uprooting a tree using a 45 to 1 pulley system
Scott Moszkowicz   1,242,979 views

Published on May 21, 2016

This is part 2 of my project to remove a back leaning tree. This tree needed to be removed in this manner. I am pouring a cement slab right where this tree was. Using a chain saw or even digging it out would not have completely removed the roots. Not removing the roots (over time) would decay and cause the ground to sink.

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on March 17, 2018, 05:44:57 pm
Agelbert NOTE: View this Great Example of Mechanical Advantage with Pulleys.  8)

Uprooting a tree using a 45 to 1 pulley system
Scott Moszkowicz   1,242,979 views

Published on May 21, 2016

This is part 2 of my project to remove a back leaning tree. This tree needed to be removed in this manner. I am pouring a cement slab right where this tree was. Using a chain saw or even digging it out would not have completely removed the roots. Not removing the roots (over time) would decay and cause the ground to sink.
My science teacher daughter loves pulleys and has a whole demo set-up she put together for her students. I'll have to share this one wit her. Awesome.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on March 17, 2018, 06:42:21 pm
My science teacher daughter loves pulleys and has a whole demo set-up she put together for her students. I'll have to share this one wit her. Awesome.

It would have gone a lot faster if he just used some dynamite.   ;D


Glad you liked it, Eddie.  (

RE, always wanting to do things FASTER is what got us into the mess we are in totday. And dynamite harms the soil. Using pulleys is the most environmentally sustainable way to engage in brute force actions like uprooting a tree.

It was a JOKE AG.  ::)

You will note though he is still using an FF powered winch to yank the ropes.  You can hear it in the background.


Okay. ;D  Yeah, I noticed that about the winch.  ;) But an electrical winch would have done the job just as well.

You couldn't set up an electric winch there, at least not straight solar.  Too many trees around, not enough sunlight hitting the ground to power the winch.  Similarly, not enough wind to power wind turbines when there are so many trees blocking the wind.

If you have a big enough portable battery bank you might do it, but that would be outrageously expensive, along the lines of the systems that DB sells and sets up.  This is out of the range of most people, you and me included there.

Dynamite comes cheap, and it really doesn't damage soil all that much.  It actually blows a lot of nitrogen into the soil.


I didn't say a thing about a solar powered winch. All tow trucks use an electric winch. Yeah, the source of energy ends up coming from fossil fuels, but the point is that electric motors, because of their instant and high torque performance, are the best type of motor for a winch. In fact, nearly all pulley applications (e.g. elevators) in modern society are applied with electric motors. Yeah some of the big cranes are fossil fuel powered but that is changing. Electric motors are better for use with pulleys. I had a friend who was an electrician on an oil platform in the ocean. They use LOTS of electric motors on those platforms because internal combustion engines have a bad habit of destroying clutches when used to lift heavy objects. Electric motors do not burn clutches simply because they do not need clutches.

The nitrogen compound that dynamite puts into the soil is not the same as the same as that contained in chemical fertilizers. If you want to believe the soil microbiota "benefits" from an explosion, then I will have to disagree with you. Killing thousands to millions of microbes in a blast won't improve their appetite for fixing nitrogen so plant life can benefit from access to nitrogen.

All that said, since this guy just wanted to pour a concret slab where the tree used to be, he certainly could have used dynamite. The concrete slab is the end for that area of usable soil.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on March 27, 2018, 08:19:08 pm
WorkshopWoodworking by fixthisbuildthatFollo

In this Instructable I'll show you how to make an Epoxy Waterfall River Table. It was my first time using epoxy and my first time welding, so I had a lot of fun with this one. Hope you enjoy the project!

Article with project details:
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on April 16, 2018, 06:31:39 pm
iDscovery Channel's How It's Made 📺 - Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Products


ACH Foam Technologies, Inc.

Published on Dec 17, 2010

Learn how expanded polystyrene (EPS) products are made by the industry's leading manufacturer, ACH Foam Technologies.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on July 06, 2019, 06:10:49 pm
Can we blow off these PEX fittings? Sharkbite vs Viega vs Uponor

Matt Risinger
Published on 🎄 Dec 25, 2018

I was wondering the other day how much pressure a PEX fitting might withstand before it pops off, so I had Jordan make me a test rig!  In this video we are testing Sharkbite Push To Connect fittings, Viega fittings, Uponor fittings, and two types of crimped Sharkbite PEX fittings with a rig that goes up to 14,000 psi!  The results sure surprised us.  Enjoy this special Christmas edition of The Build Show!

-Matt Risinger
Risinger & Co in Austin, TX
Instagram @RisingerBuild
Category People & Blogs

Agelbert NOTE: I believe my home water lines are PEX A. I just want to say they are GREAT pipes 👍. My pipes froze one January here in Vermont and they did not burst or leak after they were thawed by a service that did the job the next day. That was over 4 years ago. We still have no leaks. My Manufactured Home is now 19 years old. 8) I have crimp fittings but if I ever have to raplace or modify my pipes, I will use Sharkbite fittings because they are HUGE time savers.


PEX vs COPPER vs CPVC plumbing pipes

Copper vs Pex vs SharkBite - Freeze Testing

Title: DIY Microwave Kiln | Fuse Glass in Your Microwave By ShakeTheFuture in Metalworking
Post by: AGelbert on July 14, 2019, 05:46:16 pm
DIY Microwave Kiln | Fuse Glass in Your Microwave (

By ShakeTheFuture in Metalworking


In this Instructable, we'll look into way to make a microwave kiln.

For those who don't know what is a microwave kiln, here is a quick introduction.

Microwave kiln is a kiln that you can put in your regular microwave oven.

It does not use a wire heating element or gas to heat up. Microwave kiln is covered with silicon carbide.

Silicon carbide absorbs microwaves and turns them into heat.

Microwave kilns are usually used to fuse glass.

You can turn broken glass into amazing jewelry.

There is so much more that you can do with microwave kilns.

I use a microwave kiln to burn out Wax or Pla from plaster molds. It works very good.

You can also melt metals, but more on that in another Instructable, since there is much better way to do it by using the same principle.


► Sodium Silicate
► Silicon Carbide
► Ceramic Fiber Blanket/Kaowool
► Scale
► Mist Spray Bottle
► Sugru
► Blow torch
► Plaster of Paris or Any other Plaster

Step 1: Making a Plaster Ring

Full Instructions: (
Title: Duct tape was the only one that "failed reliably and often quite catastrophically." 😀
Post by: AGelbert on July 23, 2019, 06:28:18 pm

Is Duct Tape Actually Used for Sealing Air Ducts? (

William Shakespeare's Juliet famously asked, "What's in a name?" to argue that it doesn't matter what you call something: It is what it is. But Juliet never had to repair air-conditioning vents. If she had, she might have learned what a scientific study found out over 20 years ago: Duct tape doesn't work on ducts.

In fact, according to the results of the testing done at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, of the 33 types of sealants tested on the leaky joints on a wall of joined ducts, duct tape was the only one that "failed reliably and often quite catastrophically." ;D

The study included numerous varieties of duct tape, as well as materials such as injected aerosol sealants and plain old clear tape. Although duct tape came in last for sealing leaking ducts, it remains a popular tool for a huge range of other uses, from sealing bags and removing lint ( to killing warts ( and constructing your own wallet. :D

The tale of the duct tape:

► Duct tape was developed by Johnson & Johnson as a way to better seal ammunition packages and repair equipment during World War II.

► Duct tape is sometimes called "duck tape" because of its ability to repel moisture, just like the feathers on a 🦆 duck's back.

► The amount of duct tape sold every year could stretch beyond the 🌚 moon or wrap around the 🌎 Earth more than a dozen times.

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on August 11, 2019, 02:16:30 pm

This project will show you how you can make a simple compass with duct tape, a cork, a needle and a magnet: a floating needle compass.

The benefit of this duct tape design is that the this compass can be rolled and stored neatly when not in use, a duct tape collapsible compass; how cool is that?  (

Duct Tape Compass (

Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on August 11, 2019, 02:59:01 pm
The flame sensor is a module that detects the infrared (IR) radiation that comes from a fire 🔥, the Sun (, and other sources of heat.

Thanks to controller boards such as Arduino, sensors are easy to use and affordable (, which makes them very attractive as an educational resource. This lnstructable aims to bring teachers closer to the didactic use of low-cost sensors in the Physics class. We will offer examples of practical activities in which sensors are used as a tool to illustrate physical concepts, to show the relationship between magnitudes in a practical way, or to take measurements in laboratory activities.

Low-cost Sensors in the Physics Classroom (
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: Surly1 on August 15, 2019, 06:44:20 am
BTW, this whole thread is a little gem.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on August 15, 2019, 04:12:09 pm
BTW, this whole thread is a little gem.

Glad to be of service. (
Title: Make a Super Comfortable Office Chair ✨ from a Car Seat 😎
Post by: AGelbert on December 05, 2019, 07:51:11 pm

Full step by step Instructions with pictures: (  8)

Title: Re: Make a Super Comfortable Office Chair ✨ from a Car Seat 😎
Post by: Surly1 on December 06, 2019, 09:05:29 am

Who thinks of stuff like this? Incredible!
Title: Here's an idea that occurred to me to save a bundle on a metal roof.
Post by: AGelbert on December 06, 2019, 03:24:18 pm

Who thinks of stuff like this? Incredible!

( The thing is that there are lots of high costs associated with furniture in our society that people who are observant can avoid without sacrificing any quality whatsoever. Every overpriced piece of merchandise is that way because it is hyped with lots of snazzy ads to consumers. Office chairs are just one example of people paying too much because they are lulled into buying brand. Car seats have far more form and function engineering designed into them simply because we-the-people paid for Government funded research for a seat we are at times forced to spend hours in, and will be in if the car crashes. WE paid for that quality plus comfort. Why pay more? ;D While it is true that most of them aren't Recaro seat quality, almost all of them are a better deal than a typical office chair, both in price and comfort. (

There are lots of super cheap, high quality discarded items out there that can be effectively used for other than the originally intended commercial purpose, thereby saving the person thinking outside of the hype box lots of money. (

Here's an idea that occurred to me to save a bundle on a metal roof. The gage on aluminum soda or beer cans is actually thicker, and thus more weather resistant and durable, than typical 16 inch wide standing seam metal roof sections! If a person put a lot of half beer can shells together (see graphic below from a 3D Sketchup file I made), they could have an excellent roof at a very low price.


It's basically the same idea as terracotta roof tiles (, but in aluminum, which is much, much lighter AND better able to handle impacts from storm debris without cracking or breaking. (

The main costs will be in labor (in addition to the lengthy process of obtaining discarded soda or beer cans, even for a 1,100 sq, ft. small roof like mine, it would take weeks for one person to cut the cans to correctly sized half shells and prepare them with the right interlocking bends), extra hardware (screws, nuts, bolts, washers) and the all weather aluminum adhesive (E-6000 has a good reputation) needed to keep the overlapping joints from shell to shell from leaking. I'm too old to put it in practice but a young person with lots of energy may want to give it a shot.

Here's a graphic of my proposals for my 19 year old roof (that went another summer without being replaced  :P). Maybe next year... (

Title: How to ensure your LED lights last as long as possible 🌞
Post by: AGelbert on February 14, 2020, 05:53:44 pm
Why do new LED house light bulbs burn out so quickly in comparison to older house lighting types?   ( (

Loring Chien (, I know about light bulbs as electrical components

Answered March 24, 2018

Well they’re not supposed to. Under laboratory conditions LEDs will have a lifetime maybe 50 or 100 times that of a filament bulb. 👍


However, many LED bulbs underperform their predicted lives because they are allowed to get too hot. This is perhaps because they are installed in tight areas with no air circulation.


While old incandesents run very hot and dissipate a lot of power, paradoxically LED dissipate 1/5 the power but they cannot take heat like an incandescent. 📢 It shortens their life drastically. 👀

Another reason for LED underperforming lifespan-wise is that the circuit design is poor - using perhaps too cheap components that allow the supporting system circuits in the bulb last only a short time. Obviously a 100,000 hour LED paired with a 10,000 hour circuit cannot get the full 100,000 hours out of it.

Looking at the LEDs in my pantry, I have one brand that say 15,000 hours, one that says 11,000 hours and one that says 2000 hours. I think the latter only cost a buck though. Nonetheless, predicting these lifetimes is a difficult thing to calculate as well as to prove for the consumer.

Still incandescents typically were around 750-1000 hours lifetime.

Title: Re: How to ensure your LED lights last as long as possible 🌞
Post by: Surly1 on February 16, 2020, 08:14:25 am
Why do new LED house light bulbs burn out so quickly in comparison to older house lighting types?   

Because if the manufacturers build them optimally to spec, you wo0n't buy as many.

Cars, refrigerators, light bulbs. Good for the economy. Shut up and spend.
Title: Re: Homebody Handy Hints
Post by: AGelbert on February 16, 2020, 12:46:50 pm
Why do new LED house light bulbs burn out so quickly in comparison to older house lighting types?   

Because if the manufacturers build them optimally to spec, you wo0n't buy as many.

Cars, refrigerators, light bulbs. Good for the economy. Shut up and spend.

I get that about the planned obsolesence thing the 😈 Bernays Bunch of Capitalist greedballs came up with in the 1920s to keep the factories going full tilt, no matter how much pollution was, and still is, produced in the process.

However, LED lights really do last up to fifty times as long as an incandescent bulb, as long as they don't overheat. Placing LEDs in a wall enclosure with no air circulation will shorten their lifespan considerably. It is little wonder that they don't warn people about that. As you said, they want us to spend, spend, spend. Critical thinking skills are not encouraged.

The incandescent bulb originally did last about as long as a good quality LED light system does now, but they modiified the filaments so they would burn out much sooner due to the Capitalist planned obsolescene thievery. A movie was made detailing how this unethical thievery was carried out. Most people have been propagandized to believe the story about the deliberately shortened incandesent light bulb lifespan (MTBF - mean time between failure) is a "conspiracy theory". It was a real conspiracy to make a lot of money ( off of we-the-consumers. They took all of us to the cleaners for over 80 years. >:(

LEDs, like the Tesla EVs, are designed to last and last. ( That's why Capitalists hate them.