After seeing the price of a variable temperature soldering iron ($99!), I decided there had to be a cheaper way since I don’t need to use it every day. For about $15 total, you can get a Harbor Freight soldering iron and build this simple temperature control from bits from the home center. Step-by-step with tons of photos: http://tinyurl.com/kn52jo9 Cheers!
After a few weeks of essentially doing nothing but research (including bugging my master electrician father inlaw) about how to NOT metaphorically shoot myself in the foot I finally broke ground on the electrical supply to the new shed. Graciously my father offered his tiller and his own back to help me get the trench dug and the 40 feet of main line put into it’s permanent location in just under four hours…no idea how long it would have taken without the now 24 year old tiller t...
Powermatic 3520b Motor Controls Rewire I got my Powermatic a couple years ago.As I was researching its features I came across an article about removing the entire motor controller panel and putting it into a switchbox.I like that Idea much better than the factory on/off remote option. After a year and a half I finally got around to doing the job.Since a picture is worth a thousand words I decided to photo-archive the job.Also it’s easier than writing down which wire goes where.The...
Shop ProgressSo I successfully wired up my first circuit ever. It was so much easier than I thought, I can’t believe I’ve been so afraid of electrical work before. Anyways, I have 3 lights wired to a switch, and even down to 30 degree weather, they flick on instantly. If it gets really cold, the lights will still turn on, but it will take a minute or two for them to warm up and get super bright. I bought 0 degree fixtures because I knew it would get cold during the winter. Wi...
Iirration is the real mother of invention. I have a lot of stationary equipment stuffed in a large, detached garage work shop. The shop only has two 15 amp outlets, one on the back wall, the other on the ceiling for the garage door opener. I used to crawl around on the floor plugging and unpluggings tools in a tangle of heavy power cords. “What the hell doz zat goto??” Enter my unpatented PowerWacker! (Info-mercial moment!!!) Now, power is conveniently fed from the ce...
I’ve started designing my router table that I plan to build. The idea is a conglomeration of other router tables I’ve seen. Overall dimensions are 35” wide, 35” high, 22” deep. Tabletop will be 37 1/2” x 24 1/2”. The 2D figure in the model is roughly 5’ 11” (my height) Construction will be out of 3/4” birch plywood. Face frames and tabletop edge banding in something solid like maple or walnut. Table top will be 3/4” MDF o...
Ok, as some of you know or gathered from my electrical questions, I have been upgrading my shop once again. When we had our new deck built this summer, I had the electrician run a 40amp sub panel to my shop. You can read about it here. When all was said and done I ran a dedicated 20amp circuit to the DC and 2 independent 20 amp GFCI circuits (about 10 pair of duplex outlets) around the shop. I debated about how high to mount them. I know 48” is fairly standard, however, i do not hav...
I just had my breaker box upgraded yesterday. I was recently gifted with a used 4 seater hottub and have been busy with a few projects surrounding that (one being my first ever concrete pour of a 7×7 slab. Thank God for good friends…). I needed a 220 installed and my old box was totally maxed. I have lived in this house for 8 years now and had to undo a good amount of damage of one of the DIYers that lived here previously. I had replaced nearly all the light switches and electri...
normally if you want to add lights to a shop you just add them in off the circuit breaker, but that would be the sensible thing to do. unfortunately i cant do that the breaker is too small on my house and i cant afford to have a new one put in. for my machines i use an extension cord from the house but my circuits can only handle so much load before they go so i cant have much more light than a single bulb shop light and if the circuit blows i have no lights and a running machine. enter ...
I do my woodworking in the garage and when I started it only had a single 15 amp 110 volt circuit, two light bulbs, and garage doors that were low enough that I bumped into them constantly whenever I moved boards around. Most of us have been there at one point and it worked well enough for me but last summer I was sidelined from the shop while my collar bone was healing (doctor’s orders – no woodworking) so I figured I might as well use the ole’ woodworking budget to have...
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