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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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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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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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