• Superglue windshield repair?

    01/13/2020 at 08:39 7 comments

    I saw a post about a 'new product' for repairing a cracked windshield where the product wicked into the crack and filled it.  It looked optically transparent for the demo.

    The naysayers of the post were touting that you could use superglue to achieve the same effect.  

    Tried that...  It worked!  Mostly...

    So now begins the journey of finding a more suitable material, as close to the index of refraction of the glass as possible, and in my possession.  

    On hand so far I have....

    1. Superglue
    2. Gel coat nail polish primer (UV cure)

    I have a vacuum pump and the ability to make thingies to draw said material into the void of the crack.

    Let's do this..

  • Intermittent DC control

    01/03/2020 at 09:56 0 comments

    I recently needed a foot switch to control a DC load.  

    This was actually for a hot wire foam cutter I winged, and it worked great... as long as I did not let the wire heat for too long without actually cutting material.

    To mitigate the latter restriction, I added a foot switch.  By shorting across the plug on a stock intermittent AC foot switch, you then you get your switched output from the mains terminals on the cord end.

    Yes, a binder clip was sufficient for the current I needed.  :)

  • Biohacking Daren.

    04/30/2019 at 04:58 0 comments

    At the beach the other day and stuff started to go flying.  Reflexes got the better of me, but I didn't shoot the sheriff.  I tried to grab for the stuff just as it was going under a fence rail.

    I nicked the edge of the fence with the center two nails on my left hand.  Both nails split, and folded back.  OW.  I did catch the plastic bag I was grabbing for though.  Success?

    The split nails kept catching on stuff after that, and bending more.  More OW.

    So I super glue the split.  Not the fleshy bits, just the nail itself.  Super glue in the fleshy bits is bad.

    That lasted for about a day, and broke again while putting on a pair of socks.  Fail...

    I recalled how super glue reacts with paper fibre basically instantly curing. (it is exothermic, so be careful...)

    So I super glued them both again, but this time embedded a tiny bit of paper towel over the top to bridge the crack.  

    This worked so well, I'm here writing about it.  A bit of clear nail polish and the paper towel almost disappears too.

    I accidentally opened a can of soda with that fingernail today and didn't scream in pain.  I'd call that a success.