Category Archives: RANDOM

Weaponized PVC Pipe Fail

tripple walled pvc pipe about to fail

No we’re not talking about a double barreled or bolt action potato gun.  They were both cool projects, but I’d consider them successes.

Here’s my experiment on making a tripple-walled piece of PVC pipe that you can, um, smash stuff with.  I put kerf cuts in it as seen here to make it look cool, and so that it doesn’t hurt your wrist if you’re doing a lot of smashing.  At least that was the idea, check out the video to see how it fares against the fearsome ginger ale can! Read more »

More Cheap Component Finds

dollar-store-components USB LED, earbuds, batteryI’m generally on the lookout stuff to break, modify, or otherwise use in my projects.  I recently obtained a few hackable items that I thought were pretty cool for not much money ($3.00 + tax).  As usual, many of them are from the dollar store like the components on the right.  The USB LED light I’m not sure what I’ll do with it, but it looked cool.  The earbuds could be used with my insulated headphones since I ripped out the original mono plug in my latest hornet altercation, and the CR2032 3 volt batteries could be used for more throwies (here’s my “ultimate throwie” design).

I was also given some other interesting components by a relative who knows that I like to build stuff around the house.  These included a clock with a temperature and humidity gague, a package of solar LED “path lights,” (similar to these lights from Amazon) and some assorted cables.  These lights are generally used to light a driveway or other path around the house, but I immediately though of using them for “solar throwies” or something similar.  I’ll do a post on the results of my experiments a bit later.  For now, there are some pictures of my latest haul after the “read more” thing. Read more »

Nalgene Bottle Warmth Hack

Is it cold out?  Has your Heat Pump heating coil decided to break?  If you have a Nalgene bottle (or just have one shipped overnight from Amazon), a sock, and a microwave or other method of heating water you’re in luck!*

nalgene-hot-water-bottle*Ok, you’re not exactly “in luck,” but this might help you keep a little warmer at night.  That picture should give you the general gist, but read on for some more pictures and explanation! Read more »