Sunday, March 24, 2019

Let There Be Light! - Computer Lab Lighting

I initially bought these LED light bulbs to replace the ones in the chandelier at my house.  The only problem was, the threaded parts weren't long enough to screw all the way down into the light socket and complete the circuit (perhaps this is why they were on clearance at the grocery store). What's even more embarrassing was while trying to switch out the light bulbs, I broke one of the glass panels in the chandelier!
Having had to admit defeat, I had these light bulbs still, and needing some lighting for the computer lab under my loft bed, I bought a couple light fixtures to use them.  Not surprisingly, I had the same problem of the light bulbs bottoming out before reaching the bottom contacts.  This time, however, I was able to take matters into my own hands and put the sockets into the lathe and turn down some of the plastic.  Bingo! They worked!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Repairing The Tray

One of my favorite early projects on this website was the tray.  Though simple, it has proved to be very useful.
Check out the original tray post here
However, after 6 years of long and hard use as a dish rack, the wood panel started getting moldy.  Nasty!  Time to upgrade to metal!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Beer Battered Everything! Best Beer Batter for Frying Fish, Scallops, and Calamari -- Lent Special

I love fried fish, and I had been struggling to find a decent fry batter recipe for making it. I eventually found this incredibly simple recipe posted up on Paste Magazine, and after trying it out the first time with scallops, I fell in love. So now that it's Lent again, it's time to break out the fish!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Hitting level 85 Smithing IRL | Painting the Ingots

Back when I was visiting home for winter, I managed to snag the aluminum ingots that Diecaster_D cast in his foundry. Despite being great paper weights, I thought they could use a good paint job to actually look like something out of Runescape.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Brake Job from Hell featuring @vinnysvic

Today we are going to feature something a bit different.
My car, a 2005 Crown Victoria was due for a brake job. When braking, I would experience some vibration coming through the brake pedal upon being compressed. It wasn't a serious issue, but it had to be fixed eventually. In the past, I had done a brake job on my other car so this was not going to be my first rodeo. I had been procrastinating on doing this task for a while, but after helping out a friend with his car earlier in the same day, I decided to stop by AutoZone to rent a torque wrench to get the job done. I figure it was a good day to do the front pads and rotors and thought it shouldn't take too long, right?