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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Checkbook Register

checkbook-side-smallRecently I used up all the lines in my check register for my checking account.  You usually get a new one when you order new checks but I won’t need to order checks for a while and I didn’t have an extra register laying.  I went to several stores trying to buy a new register but I could not find any.  Then it dawned on me that I could easily make one from a spreadsheet.  This is how I did it and I’ve also included the file for download.  Read on…

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Disable Touchpad – Quick and Dirty Method

TouchpadI got a new laptop the other day and installed Debian Squeeze (“testing” as of this writing) with Gnome 2.26 as a second OS.  As I began typing, the cursor would occasionally jump to random spots causing havoc to my typing.  I hate touchpads in general so I use a USB mouse for all my mousing needs.  There are software solutions to this problem but I could not get any of these to work so I came up with a quick and dirty fix.  Read on…

Updated: 12 July 2010 (Software method)

Updated: 7 Nov. 2011

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Review: Craftsman NEXTEC 12Volt Lithium-Ion Drill

drill_inhand_smallThe NiCd batteries for my old Craftsman 18Volt cordless drill finally died and I have been unable to fix them (yet).  I figured out that a new drill would cost about the same as 2 new batteries so, I went shopping for a new cordless drill.  I did a TON of homework, checked out a bunch of different drills, and finally decided on the Craftsman NEXTEC 12Volt Lithium-ion drill.  What follows is my review of that drill after using it for several months.  Read on…

Updated: 23 March 2010

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Joule Thief in a Jar

jar_onIn this project I am going to show you how to make a joule thief and put it in a jar.  This joule thief is a simple circuit that will take an old “dead” AA or AAA battery and up the voltage enough to power an LED.  I use these as decorations and to completely drain batteries that are too “dead” to work in other devices.  Note:  The only unique idea here is to stick one of these circuits into a plastic jar.  The circuit is not mine. Read on…

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Spinner Lures

luresI was bored one day and did not want to pay $7 on a fishing lure that looks just like every other lure out there so, I decided to make my own.  All you need is some wire, some beads, a clevis, a hook, a spinner blade, and some creativity.  It is not hard to make a variety of different colored, shaped, and sized lures.  I can attest that these lures actually catch fish!  Read on…

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