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#21 Arathu

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 10:02 AM

Great thread...........I should have some goodies to drop in here as time permits.

Steam said: "Compressing flammable vapor in the pump can cause an explosion!" 

 

I submit that this IS the empirical observation which allowed the invention of the internal combustion engine. 


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Posted 10 January 2017 - 12:14 AM

Indeed! :)

But when the compressor head blows off,...Well... Not good!

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 01:17 AM

Absolutely..........I should have stated "satire" this is a NO NO for sure!  :cool: Head blowing off BAD! 



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:14 AM

This is not necessarily a "useful thing" but this is a DIY project by Colin Furze which you may have seen if you are into insanely creative individuals and their projects as I am.

 

A real Hover Bike! Made in a garage with a couple 2 cycle motorcycle engines:

 

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:25 AM

Here is a video of somewhat questionable quality, but the content is good.  If you can get yourself an old larger microwave oven that still works you can create a very simple kiln for doing small high temperature experiments. 

 

I would make 1 major modification, which would be to use a hole saw to cut a round hole into the top of the microwave itself and put in a metal stovepipe (it as to be metal as we are breaching the microwave box).  A metal screen (or perhaps 2 or 3) would be placed over the hole in the oven. 

 

Then this pipe should be vented away from the lab to expel fumes created during use.

 

The video shows how to make the actual kiln device that is set inside the oven.

 

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 03:34 PM

https://mycotopia.ne...manuals-part-2/

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 03:40 PM

And part 1 by Firerat

https://mycotopia.ne...of-diy-manuals/
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Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:13 PM

A most excellent and massive archive!

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 08:36 PM

Let's not forget Skunks awesome library thread! A most awesome collection of books, paper, journals, labnotes, diy, and too much else to list. Just go there and try not to use up all your memory downloading stuff! https://mycotopia.ne...thread-indexed/

Edited by SteampunkScientist, 14 January 2017 - 08:36 PM.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 04:11 PM

Just wanted to say this is an awesome thread, thank's for taking the time to post it.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:02 PM

Amateur Shaman... You have been a member since 2011. 6 years, and you have only posted 16 times! And your avatar is broken.

Just curious, but you should jump in with both feet! Become part of this thriving community! Welcome aboard.
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Posted 19 January 2017 - 11:13 PM

Extraordinary thread and i must say i am suspended in joy.

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 07:51 AM

Here is a cool video about a guy who loves building "Jigs" for his table saw to do all sorts of cool stuff.  This one demonstrates a variety of little jig ideas for created "Shims" and wedges.  It gave me an idea on how to build one where you could adjust the wedge angle, however his shown here only creates the same angled wedge each time.  Anyone who build things out of wood knows how often shims are needed! All the time.  And it is a great way of using up some scrap wood.

 

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 07:55 AM

Here is another video on making your own laboratory lab stands.  Now I already created a way of making lab stands that I think are superior and cheaper than these, as Iron plate cost a lot from big box stores - although if you have a metal scrap yard nearby that will greatly reduce the cost.  The only problem with stands that have a metal base is that many chemicals react with iron so be sure to paint these with a heavy coat of enamel paint!

 

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In case your curious, my thread on laboratory construction is here: https://mycotopia.ne...f-a-lab-thread/

 

Also, here is an awesome thread on Lab safety by our master topiate, Mr. Phineas_Carmichael: https://mycotopia.ne...-collaboration/


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 08:04 AM

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this thread is AWESOME!


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 08:17 AM

Thanks Cat!

 

By the way folks, especially those of us in the "Freest Country In the World" (note sarcasm) the USA, and also those of you who may hail from Australia... and no doubt lots of other places, it is illegal to "posses" certain things:

 

It is illegal to posses the following in Texas (and no doubt other states) in the USA without "proper authorization" - but no problem owning a 50 caliber long rand tripod mounted rifle.  Austriala has very similar rules on these same items so I wont list them twice:

 

Chemical precursor means:

 

Methylamine
Ethylamine
D-lysergic acid
Ergotamine tartrate
Diethyl malonate
Malonic acid
Ethyl malonate
Barbituric acid
Piperdine

N-acetylanthranilic acid
Pyrrolidine
Phenylacetic acid
Anthrancilic acid
Ephedrine
Pseudoephedrine
Norpseudoephendrine
Phenylpropanolamine
Hypophosphorous acid (by rule, TAC)
Red phosphorus (by rule, TAC)

 

Chemical laboratory apparatus means any item of equipment designed, made or adapted to manufacture a controlled substance or a controlled substance analogue, including:

 

a condenser
a distilling apparatus
a vacuum dryer
a three-neck or distilling flask
a tableting machine
an encapsulating machine
a filter, Buchner or separatory funnel

an Erlenmeyer, two-neck or single-neck flask
a round-bottom, Florence, thermometer or filtering flask
a Soxhlet extractor
a transformer
a flask heater
a heating mantel
an adapter tube

 

 

 

That's right folks, you better not get caught with an Erlenmeyer flask in your possession!

 

Because of stupid laws like this, I got myself one of these: (which strangely enough is not illegal to buy in Texas, but is illegal to "have" - hmmm go figure).  BTW I do not live in Texas if you are wondering, I am just picking on them today because of all the states, they claim to be the most free. Ha!

 

 

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My favorite Erlenmeyer!


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 08:52 AM

Thanks Cat!
 
By the way folks, especially those of us in the "Freest Country In the World" (note sarcasm) the USA, and also those of you who may hail from Australia... and no doubt lots of other places, it is illegal to "posses" certain things:
 
It is illegal to posses the following in Texas (and no doubt other states) in the USA without "proper authorization" - but no problem owning a 50 caliber long rand tripod mounted rifle.  Austriala has very similar rules on these same items so I wont list them twice:
 
Chemical precursor means:
 

Methylamine
Ethylamine
D-lysergic acid
Ergotamine tartrate
Diethyl malonate
Malonic acid
Ethyl malonate
Barbituric acid
Piperdine


N-acetylanthranilic acid
Pyrrolidine
Phenylacetic acid
Anthrancilic acid
Ephedrine
Pseudoephedrine
Norpseudoephendrine
Phenylpropanolamine
Hypophosphorous acid (by rule, TAC)
Red phosphorus (by rule, TAC)

 
Chemical laboratory apparatus means any item of equipment designed, made or adapted to manufacture a controlled substance or a controlled substance analogue, including:
 

a condenser
a distilling apparatus
a vacuum dryer
a three-neck or distilling flask
a tableting machine
an encapsulating machine
a filter, Buchner or separatory funnel


an Erlenmeyer, two-neck or single-neck flask
a round-bottom, Florence, thermometer or filtering flask
a Soxhlet extractor
a transformer
a flask heater
a heating mantel
an adapter tube

 
 
 
That's right folks, you better not get caught with an Erlenmeyer flask in your possession!
 
Because of stupid laws like this, I got myself one of these: (which strangely enough is not illegal to buy in texas, but is illegal to "have" - hmmm go figure).  BTW I do not live in Texas if you are wondering, I am just picking on them today because of all the states, they claim to be the most free. Ha!
 
 
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That could be broken out into a whole thread of its own!
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Posted 20 January 2017 - 08:55 AM

Indeed PsyBear, indeed.  The stupidity of bureaucrats and so-called "law-makers" (as if they could make "laws") is mind boggling to behold. 


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Posted 24 January 2017 - 09:23 AM

Today's Useful thing:  Fruiting Chamber PF Cake stand from used CD's and DVD's...

 

If you follow the standard FC using the PF Tek, usually you are told to place the cake on a piece of "tin-foil" - which of course actually means aluminum foil.

 

The problem here is that mycelium is quite good at filtering and absorbing metals from the substrate on which it grows, and one thing we don't want to be doing is ingesting aluminum.  Aluminum gets into the brain and has been linked with Alzheimer's and other issues in the body.  So...

 

Old CD's and DVD's! They are plastic.  They can be wiped down with alcohol and cleaned of contaminates. They don't leach bad chemicals (at least at room temperatures).  They have a nice little hole in the middle for letting some humidity reach into the bottom center of the cake.

 

And now you can recycle those awful mix-"tapes" CD's you grandma made for you!


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Posted 30 January 2017 - 02:15 PM

A True and Cheap Laminar Flow Filter you can build yourself:

 

Many here, if you care to check on the various flow hood threads, have attempted to build much cheaper laminar flow hoods using a stack of a few 1 inch HEPA furnace filters, but unfortunately while they may filter out the bad things, they do not produce laminar flow like the 6 - 8 inch thick or thicker "True HEPA" flow filters do.  These filters alone can cost 300 -1000 bucks! Yikes!

 

That problem has been solved.  Enter "Plastic Cardboard" - known as "Coroplast" you can purchase an 8 foot by 4 foot piece of what is essentially White Corrugated Plastic Sheet that looks like "plastic cardboard".

 

You cut this into 8 inch wide strips and hot glue them on top of each other until you have a block the same size as your 1 inch HEPA filter.  Now all of the air will flow through those thousands of 8 inch long tiny tubes and exit them in perfect laminar flow. 

 

For a whole lot less money! 

 

Of course after you build your big block of "tubes" you will want to wash it in distilled water plus clorox, etc.  then place 2 or 3 1 inch furnace HEPA filters in front and "Viola!"

 

I am planning on doing this, after I get a few dozen other projects done.


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