Cooler Spout Replacement

Cooler Spout ReplacementI make homebrewed beer and have been doing partial mash brewing lately.  The processes involves steeping malted barely in a 2 gallon beverage cooler then transferring, via the spout on the cooler, this wort to a brew pot to boil.  The spout on my beverage cooler didn’t have good flow and I had to keep the little button depressed while the hot wort flowed out and burned my finger.  Here’s how I fixed the problem.  Read on…

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Solar Cell Light Meter

solar cell light meterI recently got into pinhole photography and needed a light meter to calculate exposure times.  Light meter are ridiculously expensive and I figured there had to be a way to make one myself and it turns out, I was right.  I will walk you through how to make a light meter from a cheap battery tester and a solar cell ripped from a calculator.  You should be able to make one yourself for significantly less than $10.  Read on…

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How to Drill Glass

Drill glassHere is how to quickly and easily drill holes in glass.  In fact, you can drill a 1″ hole in a 10 gallon aquarium in under 3 minutes from start to finish!  I’ve tried several methods and the method I describe is by far the fastest and easiest.  All you need is an electric drill, some cheap modeling clay, and diamond drill bit.  I’ve also included a how-to video!  Read on…

Updated: 7 Nov. 2010

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Comment Spam

I decided to start keeping track of all the spam I get as comments to pages here on Makify.com.  I hope this can be helpful to anyone wanting to verify if a comment on their blog is spam.  Some of this spam can be pretty funny.  I’ve included the author’s name but have left out links otherwise the spammers win and we don’t want that.  I will continually update this page as I get more spam.  Read on…

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Bike Tire Belt

Bike Tire BeltI needed a new belt and had an old bike tire laying around so I decided to turn that tire into a “new” belt.  All I needed was a an old bicycle tire, a box cutter, a rubber mallet, a punch set, a rivet set, a belt buckle, and some rivets.  The belt looks great, performs well, and ended up being very inexpensive.  Plus, reusing materials is always a good thing.  A win-win-win!  Read on…

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Security Tag Removal

Security TagI got a dress shirt for my birthday but they forgot to take the security ink tag off of the shirt at the store.  This shirt was not stolen and I could have taken the shirt back to the store and had them remove the tag for me but, the store was far away and I thought I could remove it myself.  I will show you how I did it.  This general method should work for other types of security tags too.  Please, do NOT steal clothing.  Stealing is bad. Read on…

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Aquarium Lamp Stand

Aquarium Lamp StandI acquired a large, odd shaped, glass jar that I thought would make a cool aquarium.  Due to the strange shape, a traditional aquarium hood/light combo would not work on this aquarium.  I decided that a cheap aluminum 8.5″ clamp light would work well but I needed a way to hang it over the tank so I designed and build this simple wooden stand.  This lamp stand can be completed easily and cheaply.  Read on…

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