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The first wall goes up!

Build a Makerspace – Part 2 – Walls going up!

So the day has come. Today is that day, and that day has arrived! Ok, enough stalling, grab a damn hammer.

After much planning and plotting and estimating and… Crap, I’m doing it again. Lets get to work.

If you have not read my first post as to why I am doing all this I recommend you do so, as this task will not be an easy one and will consume your weekends for several months (That is if you have gainful employment with requirements that force you off the job from 9-5 or so.)

We started our day with a serious trip to our local big box hardware emporium depot.

The List:

  • about 50 – 2″x4″x10′ lumber
  • 350′ of 12-2 electrical wire
  • 20 outlet boxes
  • 20 electrical outlets rated for 20 Amps
  • 2 shiny new 20 Amp breakers
  • 18 rolls of faced, – insulation with tabs
  •   5000 1/4″ staples
  • 1 DeWalt Heavy-Duty Staple Gun
  • a huge box of nail gun nails
  • rented a framing nail gun. (This is what puts the POWER in power tools. For once i did not feel like a weenie wearing safety glasses and ear protection.)
  • Bought 4 – 6″ recessed lighting cans and bulbs and cones
  • 1 Tyvek Coverall Suit (Insulation installation)
  • 3M Respirator with Valve (Insulation Installation)
  • Protective eye wear
  • One huge bottle of water, this is gonna be a big day.

In all this shopping trip took about an hour and a half. cutting deeply into my budgeted time for the day. However my father in law Don showed me how to pick lumber out that will make everything easier. Check each 2×4 for straightness and bow. dotty buy crappy lumber unless you want crappy walls. when it comes time to nail a wall together you will appreciate the time you spend here VERY MUCH!

We loaded it all into my SUV and his truck and off we went home. Load out sucked as i don not have a drive under basement we had to drag all the hardware to the basement from the first floor. This killed time and caused a sore back for certain. In the end we only got one wall completed…

Much more to come in Part 3!

SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) Battery pack for Vivitar 285HV

Time for Strobist problem solving 101!

If you are anything like me, you hate wasting money and time with AA batteries in your flashes. You probably also hate the long recycle times that you experience while firing your battery powered flashes. Well, I feel your pain. So I have built a battery pack for my Vivitar flashes that allows me to pump some big power into my little flashes. I have seen several DIY battery packs on the net and when attempting one of my own I combined much of what I saw and liked into my own design.

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Adding Bluetooth to your Acer Aspire One Netbook!

The other day I was surfing around on the net on my new Acer Aspire One and found the coolest hack for it over at Tnkgrl’s Website this hack was aimed at one of the few Achilles heels of the Acer Aspire One “no Bluetooth.” Now, granted it is easier than ever to get Bluetooth working on a laptop with Bluetooth dongles getting smaller and smaller however if you want to keep the exterior of your laptop clear of debris and use a mouse or perhaps tether with your cell phone you need to find another way. This is where the following hack comes in to play!

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