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by Sclass
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 169
Views: 41264

Re: Fixit Log

I actually bought the cheap plastic welder from Harbor Freight years ago. I plugged it in without hooking up and air supply and burned it out. I suspect I tripped a one time thermal fuse inside of it. I recall seeing a tag on the cord saying “Do not plug this in without airflow”. It occurred to me i...
by Sclass
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 169
Views: 41264

Re: Fixit Log

@horsewoman - that is an interesting lounger design. Why does it have wheels? Does it double as a cart? I have a couple of new fixes today. Face mask repairs and bread machine seal. I recall you had a bad seal in your bread pan so I thought I'd post up this fix. I started getting dark greasy streaks...
by Sclass
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Sewing simple cotton masks
Replies: 96
Views: 5263

Re: Sewing simple cotton masks

--but instead covered up the exhalation valve with a piece of tightly woven cotton fabric using an ~8" zip tie much like a band on a barrel to hold it tight. I went "one click" at a time on the zip tie fitting and refitting until I had a tight fit. It also worked on the 3M mask despite the "rounded...
by Sclass
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What are other people's reactions to your living frugally?
Replies: 43
Views: 1967

Re: What are other people's reactions to your living frugally?

Yeah I loved your post @Frugal. Find better friends. No friends temporarily is better than crap friends. I have a lot of judgey family and friends. At the end of the day they aren’t really friends. They suck as people. Seriously what kind of schmuck gets up in other people's business and tells them ...
by Sclass
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: What do you reuse/repurpose/upcycle?
Replies: 30
Views: 5488

Re: What do you reuse/repurpose/upcycle?

Thanks. It’s worth a try.
by Sclass
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Inexpensive way to sew thick stuff
Replies: 92
Views: 29354

Re: Inexpensive way to sew thick stuff

Thanks!
by Sclass
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: What do you reuse/repurpose/upcycle?
Replies: 30
Views: 5488

Re: What do you reuse/repurpose/upcycle?

Nice. I just bought some commercially produced leggings to keep thorns out of my socks. I was thinking of making something but I got a deal on the leggings/gaiters on eBay. $7 including shipping. I used to make my own for skiing but in those days technical outdoor gear cost a lot. I wish I had some ...
by Sclass
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Sewing simple cotton masks
Replies: 96
Views: 5263

Re: Sewing simple cotton masks

Cotton chiffon is apparently a good combination. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/what-material-is-best-for-homemade-masks#How-well-the-mask-fits-is-also-crucial The researchers found that a sheet of tightly woven cotton — of 600 threads per inch — plus two sheets of chiffon, made from poly...
by Sclass
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Inexpensive way to sew thick stuff
Replies: 92
Views: 29354

Re: Inexpensive way to sew thick stuff

I made some bags to organize my socket wrenches. I got tired of replacing the thick ziplock bags I currently use. Problem, I use these 3 mil ziplocks to store my deep sockets. They get cracked and torn and I regularly replace them. I decided I wanted something a little more permanent. https://live.s...
by Sclass
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Sewing simple cotton masks
Replies: 96
Views: 5263

Re: Sewing simple cotton masks

It just be what I needed to convince myself to spend $500 on a new 3D printer contraption even though I've managed to live without one for 44 years :) So far I've made "special parts" out of wood using my scroll saw (getting pretty good IMHO) but the inherent limitations of wood demands a certain m...
by Sclass
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Sewing simple cotton masks
Replies: 96
Views: 5263

Re: Sewing simple cotton masks

MSA is a good mask. From what I can tell they are not widely counterfeited like 3M. I did a similar thing last month and cobbled a Honeywell North 5500 mask I found for $25 on eBay with some P100 cartridges $8 on grizzly.com. I needed a size small for my wife. 3M stuff is hard to find. Be careful of...
by Sclass
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Garden Log
Replies: 789
Views: 183935

Re: Garden Log

Still have the agave rash. Looks bad but no longer itches. :lol: all I could think about after I stripped it to the big core was how I to use it for something alcoholic. It seemed like a big waste. Looks kind of like a 2’ diameter pineapple. Just like the image below. I watched a YouTube video on Te...
by Sclass
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Research on time wasted on interruptions?
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: Research on time wasted on interruptions?

This reminds me of a discussion of interrupt service routines in embedded processing. Not quite what you’re asking for but there is a relationship. When a processor goes off to service an interrupt routine it may only use a few cycles. But there is something called context saving and context restora...
by Sclass
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Garden Log
Replies: 789
Views: 183935

Re: Garden Log

Yesterday afternoon I removed a blue Agave plant my dad planted forty years ago. It was a tiny thing then and he said “hey Sclass, this is where Tequila comes from”. I think he stole it from some landscaping in LA. As of yesterday it was a towering 8’ monster with multiple spears to defend itself. I...
by Sclass
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Sewing simple cotton masks
Replies: 96
Views: 5263

Re: Sewing simple cotton masks

@tsch nice mask. I noticed the Filti is very easy to breathe through. It occurred to me that the outer layer of the mask serves for abrasion protection, structure and decoration. To protect the fleecy outside of the Filti, perhaps using another sheet of Filti just reversed so the shiny side pointing...
by Sclass
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Sewing simple cotton masks
Replies: 96
Views: 5263

Re: Sewing simple cotton masks

I’m treating my Filti masks as disposable. The only major cost is the time to sew one. I like the security of he sewn in panel rather than the filter pocket. Just a feeling, but I trust it to seal better than the sheet slipped in a pocket. As for cleaning I don’t plan on doing it. Contaminants will ...
by Sclass
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Sewing simple cotton masks
Replies: 96
Views: 5263

Re: Sewing simple cotton masks

Finally my shock cord arrived from China. It took 3 months and the pandemic is already nearly over. Not really, heh...the infection plots knocked my socks off this morning. Just when I thought it was safe out there. So I have my Filti for the inside, Walmart shopping bag for the outside, shock cord ...
by Sclass
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Feynman <3
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Feynman <3

I got inspired to climb into my loft and dig through some print books in boxes. My favorite Feynman books. Also saw this in a high school yearbook with a photo of Michelle. We went to school with Rodney King too believe it or not. I'll save his photo for another thread. History is just history. The ...
by Sclass
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Feynman <3
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Feynman <3

I wonder why your parents were suspicious of him. They knew him a little too well. The books and stories are a glimpse of reality. Reality was way more complex. He portrayed himself in a way that would maximize attention. The kind of schtick that kept his entourage of teenagers wide eyed in his hom...
by Sclass
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 169
Views: 41264

Re: Fixit Log

That’s great! I knew you’d get it. Yes that lever is plastic. But I think the one in your link is the wrong one. Maybe. :?: My recollection is it is more like a flat plate with a little dog leg bend in it. I was tempted to just trace mine out on a piece of aluminum plate or plexiglass sheet and cut ...