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Roy Hinkley

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since Jan 22, 2011
S. Ontario Canada
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Recent posts by Roy Hinkley

Great tool. Used one a lot as a youngster.
We took apart a wood frame greenhouse nail by nail to reassemble elsewhere without damaging the glass panes or the frame.
The slide is meant to drive one hook below the level of the nail head.
2 months ago
My father had a box of broken glass he used as shaves held perpendicular to the work.  Try it... carefully...
2 months ago
These are awesome.  Everyone has asked for the recipe I found online.

5 seed crackers

   1 cup sunflower seeds
   3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
   1/2 cup chia seeds
   1/2 cup sesame seeds, (I used a mix of black and white sesame seeds)
   1/4 cup flaxseed, (linseed)
   1 tsp salt
   1 1/2 cups water
   1 tbsp dried herbs of your choice, ( thyme?)
   1 tsp chilli flakes, (optional)...NOTE .....this seems a lot.. I used 1/4 tsp powder


   Preheat oven to 170C (340F) fanbake.
   Mix all ingredients together and leave for 10-15 minutes for the seeds to soak up the water.
   Give everything a good stir, then split the mixture over two lined baking trays and spread thinly. The ideal thickness is about 3-4mm(1/4" or less) . Too thin and the crackers will be very fragile, too thick and they'll be more like a seed cookie than a cracker.
   Bake for one hour (switching the trays around halfway through), or until golden brown and crisp. If they don't feel crisp after an hour, return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
   Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then break into irregular shards or cut. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition information
Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.1g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 15.4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 238.8mg | Fiber: 6.4g | Vitamin C: 1% | Calcium: 16% | Iron: 19%
2 months ago
Vaping made quitting easy for this 40 year smoker.  I needed something in my hand..
3 months ago
For those without the resources or ability I have seen these little solar fans that hang on your car window when parked for a bit of ventilation. Could probably adapt something like that to work too.
3 months ago
Here is the M8 coupling nut on the left, part of the threads drilled out. OEM nut right.
4 months ago
10 feet!  I was wondering if my 4 feet was worth the effort.  Good luck to you sir!
4 months ago
I always thought the best way would be to dig a trench till you find moist sand, then stand logs in the trench to a foot below the surface and fill.
All the water wicking channels in the log are lengthwise and it should wick the moisture up to the other end of the log.... in theory.
4 months ago
@ Thomas  - The Ego saw is a great product. Very happy with it. Battery life is surprisingly good (in fairness though it has half the kerf of a standard saw). My only complaint would be the oil level window. ... useless.

The Ego is not designed to accept any standard blade as the trimmer head supplies cooling air for the head mounted motor (I think).   I'm not familiar with your trimmer, sorry.
All these electric trimmers are lighter duty than the gas ones so we need to be careful not to overstress their capacity. String is forgiving when you hit something solid.
I originally bought a grass gator (with the 3 pivoting plastic blades) but it isn't going to cut the saplings I'm dealing with so I rejected that pretty quickly.  A pivoting blade type head isn't a bad idea though when you run into solid objects.

I've watched vids of blades on trimmers and they take such a big bite they're barely controllable. This design seems to limit the cutting depth for each tooth so I'm thinking less stress when you hit those thumb sized saplings.
This mod should allow me to use any blade with a 1" hole. If need be another spacer could be made for other sizes.
4 months ago
I bought one of these trimmers and I'm very happy with it but it falls just a bit short on the light brush. I wanted to try some kind of a bush blade. The hardware is (for the most part) easy to find.

In the background is the blade I chose. It has a 1" hole.
1. Looking at the trimmer it looks like these vanes are to cool the motor - we'll need that feature. This means you're going to have to sacrifice a trimmer head to make this work. After buying a new one I went to work on the old.
2. OEM hardware
3. 1/4" fender washer (1" OD)
4. 1/4" fender washer bored to 5/16 ID NOTE: It was just a shade bigger than the 1" OD needed. I snugged the washer on a 5/16" bolt, chucked that in a drill and ran it over a file until it was a snug fit.
5. 5/16 shoulder washer (thicker than the OEM part, same OD)
6. (not shown here) 5/16 fender washer - greater than 1" OD.

Need to cut off all of the string head but the base. This initial setup was wrong. You need to cut on the line in the pic removing about half of the raised boss just below the square hole.

I shouldn't have to remind you that the number of fingers you have should be the same before and after you complete this step.

Now you have this and the center section needs to be brought to the same height. Sandpaper on a flat surface and work carefully, rotating often, checking for square. If this isn't square your blade is going to wobble. Take your time.

Brought down to the same height as the 5/16 shoulder washer. (#5)

Assemble with the cut trimmer head, the spacer, 5/16 fender washer(6) and ..... there isn't enough thread engagement. Especially with the flatted shaft.
You could cut away half of the hex portion of the OEM fastener and you might get enough thread....
You could also space some washers and use a nut and locknut....
I think the best option here is a coupling nut. You would have to bore into it a bit for the unthreaded part of the shaft but you would get the most thread engagement and protect the threads as well.

This is an 8mm thread on the shaft same as a standard M8 bolt.
When I can test it I'll post something but for now it runs straight and true with no vibration.

4 months ago