Category Archives: Ideas

Pex vs Copper

This seems to come up every now and then in conversation.  I use copper pipes.  Almost everyone I know is switching to running PEX due to low cost and easy installation.  Here is my take on the situation. Copper Copper … Continue reading

Posted in Home and Homestead, Ideas | Comments Off on Pex vs Copper

Desk mods

My desk is also my workstation and I need to keep little fingers from my dangerous leaded electronic parts etc, so I gated it off.  Using a bit of ingenuity, an old refrigerator shelf, a junk piece of wood, and … Continue reading

Posted in Home and Homestead, Ideas, Personal, Projects, Upgrade | Comments Off on Desk mods

Hot Rod Tele – my way

I’ve been into Tele’s for a few years now and have always loved the wood grain look of the ash bodies with butterscotch finish.  I also am a huge fan of humbuckers, tele bridges (single coil slant bridge “plate”), brass … Continue reading

Posted in Hobbies, Ideas, Music | Comments Off on Hot Rod Tele – my way

I made a wooden guitar stand!

After not finding what I wanted in my local area (a guitar stand made of sustainable materials, made in the USA), I decided to build one myself.  I used 1″x 3″ pine boards and maple dowels along with some elmers … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, Hobbies, Home and Homestead, Ideas, Made in the USA, Music, Projects | Comments Off on I made a wooden guitar stand!

Digispark bike speedometer

Lately I’ve been thinking about doing an Arduino or similar based project.  I heard about the Digispark (which is basically a mini Arduino) from AwkwardEngineer.com and was intreagued.  I’m thinking of using a Digispark to drive a I2C 4×7 segment … Continue reading

Posted in Circuits and Electronics, Computers and Hardware, Hobbies, Ideas, Projects | Comments Off on Digispark bike speedometer

Updated LM317 fan controller

Posted in Circuits and Electronics, Ideas | Comments Off on Updated LM317 fan controller

12v Fan Controller v1.2

Posted in Circuits and Electronics, Ideas | Comments Off on 12v Fan Controller v1.2

New 12v Fan Controller

This is my latest fan controller, based off a LM317 regulator.  It can be adjusted from fan turn on at 64F and max speed at 131F up to turn on at 104F and max speed at 167F.

Posted in Circuits and Electronics, Ideas | Comments Off on New 12v Fan Controller

Fan Controller

This is a fan controller I worked on, based on the Temperature Controlled Fan I found online. In this version, R1 is a 10K NTC thermistor (shown in schematic at 20C, which is 12.5k).  Adjust R2 for the turn on … Continue reading

Posted in Circuits and Electronics, Ideas | Comments Off on Fan Controller

Wood stove upgrade

Things are never “good enough” in my head, or at least that’s what people tell me.  After only a single season of wood burning I’m already thinking about upgrading our wood stove and have come up with what I think … Continue reading

Posted in Home and Homestead, Ideas, Wood Heat/HVAC | Comments Off on Wood stove upgrade