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What’s The Best Battery For My Project?

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While we are still a long way from rogue artificial intelligence enslaving the human race (at least I hope we are), the necessity for batteries remains largely the same. Batteries power most things in our lives. Phones, watches, cars, tools- all of these things are powered in some part by batteries.

Plug Your Headphones Right Into Your Desk

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Headphone jack. 3.5 mm. Aux port. It has many names, but serves one very important purpose. It delivers audio from our devices to our ears. If you frequently use your headphones from your computer, as a gamer or editor for example, your audio jack may not always be in the best spot. Maybe it’s at […]

Choosing the Right Soldering Tip

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Soldering is probably a lot older than you'd think. It dates back to at least 3,000 B.C. where the Sumer people of Mesopotamia used soldering to assemble their swords. Historically, soldering was used mainly for jewelry, cookware, and stained glass. Today it is widely used in electrical work and electronics.

Gorgeous Homemade Guitar Pedal Board

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So, you’re a guitarist right? That probably means you have at least a couple of effects pedals. Sure it’s simple enough to pack and unpack, plug and unplug each time you use them, but wouldn’t it be great if you just didn’t have to? That’s where a pedalboard comes in! If you aren’t familiar with […]

How to Find the Studs in Your Wall Without a Stud Finder

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So, you want to hang that new family photo in the living room, or set up that fancy mirror you got for a steal at your neighbor's garage sale. If the picture frame is light enough, you can probably get away with hanging it wherever it looks good, but most of the time you're going to need to find a stud. And no, I don't mean a tall, dark, handsome man who can solve all of your household problems with a Colgate smile. I'm talking about the vertical wood framing that holds up your entire house.

Grow Produce Indoors Year-round with an Aquaponics System

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First off, no that is NOT what we are growing here (yet)! Hydroponics is a plant-growing method that eschews soil for nutrient-filled water. The water can be infused with artificial fertilizers, or it can be a natural miniature ecosystem where fish thrive off the roots and vice-versa. Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers can be relatively […]

Should You Screw It or Nail It?

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Should you use a nail or should you use a screw? It's a question as old as time itself. Or, at least as old as woodworking. Or, at least as old as nails and screws. In order to answer this elusive question, we need to understand each ones' strengths.

Folding Workbench for Space-challenged Shops

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Not everyone has a massive shop to work in. It’s likely that, if you’re reading this, you probably have a bit of a space problem. Don’t we all! Whether we have to share our space with another person or a whole bunch of “we’ll get to it someday” storage items, we could all benefit from […]

December 3, 1994: Sony’s PlayStation Is Released In Japan

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Today in 1994, Sony released its game-changing (no pun intended) console, the PlayStation. It was released as part of the fifth-generation of consoles, with its main competitors being the Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn. With a library that included milestone games like Grand Theft Auto, Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, and Tomb […]

December 2, 1993: NASA Launches First Hubble Repair Mission

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Today in 1993, NASA launched the Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-61. The mission lasted just under 11 days and saw the installation of a new main camera, as well as various other repairs. The Hubble Space Telescope was originally launched on April 24, 1990. It remains in functioning order today and is one of […]