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61  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Weird or Innovative Repairs, Catastrophic Failures on: January 27, 2014, 03:31:52 am
Hmm, Question, WHAT is in the door that requires a rats nest of wires?
Now that you have it under cover, keep welding...
Tom...... smiley

1980's electric window and door locks. You can roll down the passenger window and unlock the passenger door from the drivers side. The controller (a pair of relays...) lives in the center console usually, so the driver's side has all the wiring for the both doors, and the passenger side has the wiring for only the passenger door. I don't even want to think about how many wires would be needed for a 4-door SUV. The truck didn't come with electric windows or door locks, but I got the replacement doors for $50, so I couldn't pass it up. They were even the correct color under the blue paint.
62  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Weird or Innovative Repairs, Catastrophic Failures on: January 27, 2014, 01:30:51 am
I may be able to get a picture of the final product tomorrow, its supposed to be 30 degrees. Here's some of the ones I took to make sure I could put it back together:

I love it when i'm in the middle of MIG welding and it starts pouring rain.

Also, theres like a million potential uses for ratchet straps.
63  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Weird or Innovative Repairs, Catastrophic Failures on: January 23, 2014, 02:09:12 am
When the temperature is above 0 F, i'll have to take some pictures of my truck. The entire thing could be classified as either "Catastrophic failures" or "innovative repairs". I replaced the vacuum operated 4WD locker with a rear hatch "pop" cable. The high beam switch is now a toggle switch on my dash. The doors came off an SUV that was 6 years newer, so I built a power window/door lock controller in a project box and stuffed it under the glove compartment. The dome light was replaced with one of those 12v 5050 LED strips, with yet another toggle switch on the dash. The bumper rusted out, so I replaced it with a utility bumper off the same SUV that the doors came from. Its bolted to the frame with the brackets on backwards. When I got rear-ended, the bumper actually rotated instead of crunching. The bed supports rusted out, so I replaced them with steel C channel, making it look like it has a lift kit on only the back end. The vacuum system has so many holes in it I just gave up patching them with zip ties and duct tape. And lastly, the heater fan control doesn't work, so I control the blower speed by up-shifting or down-shifting to lower/raise the engine RPM.
64  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Project Management Software? on: January 22, 2014, 01:37:05 am
I just do all that in a google doc

Thats basically what i'm doing now. It works well, its just hard to keep track of project timetables without going and checking each project manually.
65  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Show us your arduino electronic work area, no matter how humble or grand. on: January 19, 2014, 03:12:56 pm
Not really, firstly it would not be convenient in our situation because having them at the current level is about right for other stuff. For example we plan to add a roof so the space between them is weather proof(ish). When done it will be quite a nice little protected area, if they were underground we would not get that.

So in our situation having them under ground doesn't suit, but there are other issues.

It would probably cost as much as again as the containers to dig the holes, and as much yet again to waterproof them and properly drain behind them. And at the end of the day they are no more secure because you still have to have the doors accessible. So all in all putting them underground is a major project, above ground is 2 hours work with a jack, 10 breeze blocks and $20 smiley

They would however be a LOT cooler, that would be nice.

And finally, the last nail in the idea's coffin, some wallabies have pretty much claimed the underneath of one container as there own and they spend a large part of the day relaxing there, I wouldn't have the heart to evict them smiley


Depending on where you live, excavation isn't that bad. If your property slopes off you can put in a daylight drain for almost nothing. The doors people put on these bunkers are usually 1" plate steel on both sides, with 8 inches of concrete and rebar in the middle. Thats a little more secure than a padlock on a shipping container.

That would kind of mess up the carport idea though.
66  Community / Bar Sport / Project Management Software? on: January 17, 2014, 01:16:44 am
I have finally reached the stage in my "business" where I need some sort of assistance with project management. Does anyone have any recommendations for software or systems for organization of  projects? I basically just need a nice interface where I can store project descriptions, files, dates, and customer info, with a "overview" that lists the project dates and status'. I'm not working on anything large enough to warrant something like Microsoft Project Pro...yet.

Presently i'm just using folders on a NAS with index files that describe the folder's contents. It works for organization, but lacks the "overview" aspect.
67  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Show us your arduino electronic work area, no matter how humble or grand. on: January 17, 2014, 01:06:05 am
That container is what they call a "new build", which means it's only done a single trip from China (presumably) to Oz. They cost more but are essentially brand new so worth it I think. That said we got this one for almost the same price ($3500) as a banged up container like the other one we have.

As we are often away security is an issue, but of course anybody with a grinder can get into a container in no time at all.


Have you considered burying them? Lots of people use these things as underground bunkers. It would be a lot more secure, temperature controlled, and generally not that expensive.
68  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Roomba for lego pieces? on: January 13, 2014, 12:22:50 am
Maybe a suction hose with a screen on the end can pick pieces up?

This was my first thought as well.

Put a section of heavy screen (the kind with 1cm x 1cm holes) behind a vacuum hose (a shop-vac would work well). Dust and small particles will get sucked through the screen into the machine, while bricks would stick to the screen. Then you just need a beam-break sensor or something in front of the screen to detect the bricks. A simple T fitting with a flap would work for gravity-dependent brick extraction. When the vacuum is on, the flap gets sucked shut, and seals. When a brick is detected, kill the vacuum motor, flap opens, brick falls out the bottom of the T (and into a bucket or something).
69  Community / Bar Sport / Re: What do you call a citizen of the United States of America? on: January 09, 2014, 09:20:36 pm
I prefer Maineiac.
70  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: 12 digit Keypad-controlled lock not working on: January 05, 2014, 03:13:48 am
Maybe sprinkle some Serial.println() statements in your code to see where its hanging up? I usually like to put a Serial.println(key) in my "if (key != NO_KEY)" statements. That way I know if the keypad is working, if its hooked up correctly, and what keys it thinks are being pressed.
71  Community / Bar Sport / Re: What do you call a citizen of the United States of America? on: January 01, 2014, 08:29:21 pm
Why does it matter?

It doesn't. Relax.

Do you get mad at people from the UK when they call themselves "European"?

I am from the UK, and would never describe myself as European, heaven forbid. In fact, if I had been born about 100km further south, I'd have been French. Shock, horror.

I've been relaxed this whole time, but thanks for giving me permission.

I think you missed the point of my post. I'm just wondering why people take offense to citizens of the United States of America calling themselves Americans. Its a name, not a declaration of war.
72  Community / Bar Sport / Re: What do you call a citizen of the United States of America? on: January 01, 2014, 12:34:56 pm
I usually go with the Aussie title "Seppo"

No I don't, just kidding.....

But I do often remind USA citizens that America is two continents. Also, as we saw above wrt to Mexico, the USA isn't even the only "United States" on the planet!

My current favourite- or perhaps given the context of this thread, favorite- is "Merkin"

I don't understand this sort of thing at all. Why does it matter? Do you get mad at people from the UK when they call themselves "European"?

Also, "America" is not a continent at all. There is a North America, and a South America, but "America" does not exist as a continent. People from the US, Mexico, and Canada are "North American". People from Brazil are "South American".
73  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Wireless printer/device server on: January 01, 2014, 12:19:43 pm
Ok, so look for something HP specific then.  Gotcha.

You might be better off building a small print server with a raspberry pi or Micro-atx board with an Atom/AMD APU. That would ensure compatibility, and you can use it for other things like basic file sharing/dns/backup/etc.
74  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Poor ad choice heading on: December 31, 2013, 04:21:53 pm
Hot is not a desirable quality in battery chargers  smiley

What if it doubles as a footwarmer?
75  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Ohm's Law... on: December 31, 2013, 12:27:52 am
... isn't a suggestion like speed limits.

And similarly, you get more leeway when its really cold out...
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