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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Replacement Ballast

ballast_rawSeveral years ago I needed to replace the ballast for the compact fluorescent bulb on a 13 gallon Nano Cube aquarium.  Looking around for replacement ballasts I discovered that they were quite expensive.  I had the idea to try to use the ballast from one of those screw-in fluorescent bulbs.  Well, It worked and since then, I have used this same process to power other compact and normal fluorescent bulbs.  Read on…

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This site was started in September of 2009 as a way for me to tell others about the various projects I do in the hope that I can help others make, modify, and fix stuff because that’s what I enjoy doing.

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