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Monthly Science: Bottled Water Evaporation

These emerged from a hidden corner of a basement shelf, where they’ve been sitting undisturbed for far too long:

I’ve known for a while that the… 225 more words

Home Ec

Amazon Packaging: Lack Thereof, Redux

Fortunately, it’s hard to damage an aluminum-body “tactical” flashlight:

A keyboard and cylindrical cell charger arrived intact, with absolutely no credit due to Amazon’s careful packaging: 60 more words

Home Ec

Kenmore Progressive Vacuum Tool Adapters: Second Failure

Pretty much as expected, the dust brush nozzle failed again, adjacent to the epoxy repair:

A bit of rummaging turned up some ¾ inch Schedule 40 PVC pipe which, despite the fact that no plumbing measurement corresponds to any physical attribute, had about the right OD to fit inside the adapter’s ID: 214 more words

Machine Shop

J5-V2 700 lm Flashlight: QC FAIL

So I picked up a J5-V2 Tactical Flashlight as a possible bike headlight, on the basis of a 750 (“max output”) lumen LED, zoomable beam, and use of standard 18650 lithium cells (rather than USB charging).  140 more words

Electronics Workbench

Cast Iron Pan Seasoning After Two Weeks of Use

After two weeks of more-or-less daily use, without any further seasoning:

The seasoning in between the scuffs & scrapes remains in fine shape. Running the Scotchbrite pad around the perimeter obviously wears the coating, but, on the whole, nothing sticks anywhere. 49 more words


Kitchen Spatula Search: Solved!

A Flint Arrow stainless steel spatula works exactly the way a spatula should:

That is, of course, a used spatula from eBay. It cost slightly more than the… 38 more words


Gilmour Garden Hose Y Valve: FAIL

Mary couldn’t unscrew either of the two outlet hoses emerging from one of the (many) Y valves in her Vassar Farms plot. After deploying the Lesser Vise-Grip from my bike toolkit to no avail, I brought a Greater Vise-Grip from the shop and applied brute force. 180 more words