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Old 08-27-2011, 07:15 PM
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So I am forever and constantly tinkering around the garage and always seem to have some sort of diy project on the go. The only problem now is I'm running out of ideas of stuff to build and whatnot. So found this forum and thought I would ask opionions on what to do next. I am an aircraft mechanic , hunter and general outdoorsman with a love of ice fishing as well. So any ideas ?

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Restore old airplane, build furniture, hunt , drink beer, I'm on the drink beer paret right now
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I hit that issue on occasions. When I do I tend to focus on learning a new skill instead of producing something.

My next projects are aquaculture, building radios from scratch, and a fan di-pole that will pickup everything my reciever can listen to (0-30).
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My Dad did a lot of free repair work. He rebuilt bikes and gave them to local kids. I collected dead power tools which he fixed and then donated to charity yard sales. Lots of good carma recycleing stuff. Nothing like a good basket case to test/sharpen your problem solveing skills.
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Yep I am like that also love to tinker. Been out of work 3 weeks after surgery. So far put night sights on 3 weapons that didn't have them. Rebuilt or repaired 4 battery flash lights and two rechargeable ones. Reworked and smoothed out a 1911 I built that needed a little more TLC to be perfect. Reloaded over 300 rds of ammo. Going to Bass Pro tomorrow to find a night/fiber sight for a shot gun to give me something to do Monday. Next week it is rebuild the carb on the back up generator.Life's a beach when you are bored.
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Add on to your garage? When I get into the projects, tools multiply, and you gotta store 'em somewhere....
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upgrade current tools/equipment and acquire new ..... new stuff out there all the time ......

new capacity = new projects
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Get into ham radio...build your own antennas / radios. New skill plus fun tinkering
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a camping backpack wagon/cart













to me all of these the wheels are to small for off road terrain way to low of a wheel base. i think i would raise the height and slant the axle so the top of the wheels are slanted in just a little bit, so if one side is rolling over a rock the other side stays a bit more stable and helps resist tipping over.if it is rolling on a flat road the wheels are slightly on their side, not anything major just a little bit. this will help resist it tipping over off-road going over rocks and uneven ground

you also need mud guards so it doesnt sling mud all over your gear.

you can make this cart for hualing gear while your on foot or while rideing a bike
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Cryptkeeper, those are neat carts.
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My next projects are ... a fan di-pole that will pickup everything my reciever can listen to (0-30).
For receiving a fan dipole is un-necessary in 99% of the cases. A plain old 80 meter band dipole or inverted vee will do a decent job from broadcast band up to 30 MHz.

Yes, there will be a few places where the dipole length is an odd quarter wave multiple where the gain will be a bit less, but you're unlikely to notice the difference with a receiver.

One of the products my one-man business offers is a broadband active receive antenna (20 KHz - 30 MHz) that I designed and I regularly compare it with a wire 80 meter band inverted vee. The 80 meter inverted vee does a credible job based on my automated measurement system, involving some hundreds of thousands of individual signal level measurements.

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build one of those lawnmower engine generators like they talk about on epicenter.com. that should keep you busy a while, and be useful.
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+1 on the lawnmower generator
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We all have ran into that problem every now and then, I always just do a full deep cleaning of my tools, shop, truck, etc and usually it leds to me coming up with a new idea.
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build one of those lawnmower engine generators like they talk about on epicenter.com. that should keep you busy a while, and be useful.
Built one, it was a fun project for me and my son.
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Don't get into jeeps; I did a couple years back and now I've bought 4. But seriously, I love jeeps, I have had 2 Willys Jeeps, a CJ5 and a Wagoneer. They're more fun to work on and restore than to drive.
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