Converting Welch Allyn Otoscope & Opthalmoscope to “C” Batteries

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Like many small New England towns we don’t have curbside pickup for our trash, instead we bundle everything up and take it to the town dump on Saturdays. This would seem like an inconvenience but, also like many small New England towns, our town dump includes a “Swap Shop.”

No Such Thing as a Free Hot Tub

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We got our first hot tub at a garage sale for $50. We took it home and filled it up and found that the temperature controller no longer worked. The filter housing and skimmer also leaked because the plastic was cracked and the entire assembly had to be replaced.

DIY Powder Coat/Curing/Reflow Oven

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I found  a very clean, barely used toaster oven at the dump. I originally intended it for the kitchen but it turned out that the toast function timer was bad, so off it went to the workshop. I tried using it a couple of times for curing paint and

Studio Softbox Flash Ceiling Bracket

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One of the reasons I redesigned The Steampunk Workshop website is that I thought WordPress with it’s easier to use interface and more flexible authoring would entice me to publish more stories. But an important aspect to any story are good photographs and I don’t always (read rarely) want

Mold Rammer for Sand Casting

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Thor has his Hammer, I have my Rammer.

Cuisinart Top Interlock Repair

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We got our first Cuisinart in 1982. It served us well for more than a decade so when it finally gave up the ghost we purchased another one. We were dismayed to find that the new Cuisinart Custom 14 had changed the interlock on the mixing bowl and top. There was

Nightmare Blues – New from Aaron J. Shay

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Friend of SPWS Aaron J. Shay has released a new music video for his banjo-rock barnstormer “Nightmare Blues” just in time for Halloween! Described by one participant as what would happen “if Neil Gaiman art directed the ballroom sequence of Labyrinth at Burning Man,” this video follows a band as

Hexayurt for Burning Man

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Update: Well painting the yurt was a bad idea, at least using the paint to shield the tape from the sun was. For the most part it adhered very well to the tape, but after a week in the hot sun it lost flexibility and flaked off. We had

Hexayurt Swamp Cooler for Burning Man!

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My family is going to Burning Man this year! I've been twice in the past and there have been a few things about my experience that were less than comfortable. The biggest problem I had on the playa was sleeping during the hot days in a tent. Once the sun

Quickest Way to Clone Windows (and Windows Server) Disk with GPartEd

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A quick tech note from the day job some of you might find useful. GPartEd is a fantastic free tool for copying and resizing disk partitions, but cloning an entire Windows disk often requires tweaking boot sectors and records after the partitions are copied and this is not always easy or