Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pumpkin Cider Batch #3

My supply of homebrew started running low. Since I did not want to attempt a full brew day in my new place, I opted to make an old holiday favorite... Pumpkin Cider! I used the same recipe from my first batch. Also using a different stove.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bicycle Stereo Rebuild

Part 1 - First Build
Part 2 - Sirius Stereo

Where we last left the original bike stereo, the top part had snapped off.
bike stereo broken
I'd realized the Sirius stereo still wasn't loud enough (and kind of awkward to fit on the bike), so I decided to finally add those angle brackets.
fixing old bike stereo design with angle brackets
One problem... the original stereo didn't exactly fit into my new larger basket, so it's time for a rebuild.  The good news is that the new basket will allow for a more compact design with the speakers right next to each other- therefore, more stable and louder as well.
old bike stereo configuration not fitting in new basket

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Taking Apart an Air Conditioner

I saw this old air conditioner sitting next to the dumpster and was considering taking it apart for some scrap alchemy action.  The problem was I didn't want to deal with the freon/refrigerant since I heard it's some pretty nasty stuff and probably illegal to release into the atmosphere.  A few days later, I saw that somebody else opened it up and cut off some of the copper tubing thereby taking the responsibility for letting out the freon off my hands... score, now let's take it apart!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Scrap Alchemy Prevails! New Foundry Sand Sieve

I had been planning to build a new sieve for my foundry sand, but due to unforeseen circumstances, it got delayed again. The first sieve I made was just some very thin plastic with a window screen stapled on it, but the plastic disintegrated.  The 2nd one was a metal one I bought at a garage sale for $1, but the holes were too small to let sand through at any decent rate.  I was planning to use some 1/4" chicken wire connected to a wooden hoop, but imagine my surprise when I found this on the side of the street 4 days later:
Hey, what's that?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

DO NOT EAT THIS PLANT!!!! (Castor Bean Poisoning Story)

I had seen this plant for years, growing just about everywhere they don't use lawn mowers.  It seemed logical that if they were letting this plant grow so commonly, that it couldn't possibly be harmful, and if it were, somebody clearly would've told me by now.  No words could've ever been so untrue.