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I saw this homemade tow bar at a junkyard and took some pictures of it.  It’s built out of much heavier steel and supported better than most of the ones I have seen in use.

 

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IMG_3093I don’t know what sent this car to the junkyard, but it definitely wasn’t failure of the tow bar.

We have a hobby of taking things apart. You can learn quite a bit about how different things work by disassembling them. Additionally, the parts you scavenge can be utilized in other projects that may otherwise be financially unfeasible.

The difficulty arises when one attempts to store all of the various and sundry items that one inevitably accumulates from this hobby. Our current strategy is to photograph items, label them with a description and store them in large pallet sized tote. We have far more storage available on the property than we have under roof, so the tote option keeps them mostly safe from the elements and easy to recall by searching through digital image files. I have attached a handful of some of the items we have collected.

Any suggestions for what we might build with them?

Peltier cooler

Peltier cooler

Torroidal coil transformer

Torroidal coil transformer

Big screen TV projection lens

Big screen TV projection lens

Dual squirrel cage fan assembly

Dual squirrel cage fan assembly

Speakers, power supplies and controllers

Speakers, power supplies and controllers

12v DC pump

12v DC pump

Dual DC motor assembly

Dual DC motor assembly

Ink pump

Ink pump

AC capacitor start motor

AC capacitor start motor

AC capacitor start motor

AC capacitor start motor

Servo assembly with magnetic solenoid

Servo assembly with magnetic solenoid

Sony viewfinder from a Betacam

Sony viewfinder from a Betacam

A couple of scooter motors in the 350 watt range

A couple of scooter motors in the 350 watt range

Washer pump

Washer pump

Dishwasher motor

Dishwasher motor

AC geared motor

AC geared motor

AC motor with capacitor start

AC motor with capacitor start

If you’re into ham radio, you know how important the shack is.  A couple weekends ago I spent some time adding to and re-organizing my desk to make it more usable.

My shack has no HF (yet) and is primarily used for VHF and UHF ragchews, as well as for work during the week. I have setup antennas all over,  even in closets, however I like to be in the house while talking, and preferably not too shut off. This might be different if I were somberly chasing DX, but I wanted a place to sit down with the radio in the evenings and still be able to do other stuff.

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First off, the desk. This desk was an old organ last year. It didn’t work very well as an organ, plus no one played it. With all the innards taken out and a top added, it works pretty well as a desk. I like to modify things, so a nice looking desk means I can’t wire in an outlet, add a microphone clip or etc, but it still works well.

In the picture above I show my storage trays. Being a organ it has no drawers, but with a simple 1 by 1 along the back I am able to set in free standing trays to be pulled out when needed.

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A computer is becoming quite important in the shack (and everywhere else), plus it was an advantage to other things I do there (like writing blog posts). I started out with a 1998 HP, but between crashing every time I opened two tabs and being flat out slow, I upgraded to a slightly newer one (2003). Desktops from that era lasted forever, but for modern purposes they don’t always cut it. I don’t do too much with it, not running HRD or anything, but it still needs to load QRZ and the blog.

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A nice ancient alarm clock/radio goes well with the old lamp.

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This lamp is nice because I can adjust it as needed. I use an incandescent light bulb to avoid the interference of a CFL, plus it keeps things warm.

The radio…

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The radio is a basic baofeng with hand mike, always on the charge. Once in awhile the charger produces interference, but it usually cures itself. It has 36 feet of RG-58 feed line going to the solder free ground plane http://chickenroadlabs.com/2014/05/11/building-a-solder-free-ground-plane-antenna/ 15 ft off the ground.

It also has a handy county  map for my police scanning…

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Simple enough, and not the golden standard of shacks, this has what it takes to be well outfitted for ragchews. I will be adding a power strip on top  of the desk soon so I can plug things in to test them. One thing I didn’t mention is a comfortable chair :) Mine is ok, but it occasionally loses pressure and goes down 8 in.

 

 

Here’s a handful of pictures I took over the weekend:

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Chandelier converted to LED

Chandelier converted to LED

Cedar pergola with hanging LED chandelier

Cedar pergola with hanging LED chandelier

Rendering Fat Into Lard

Rendering Fat Into Lard

Cool Stiffel Lamp

Cool Stiffel Lamp

Adding A Line-In to A Bluetooth Speaker

Adding A Line-In to A Bluetooth Speaker

Tool Box Tray

Tool Box Tray

Rocking chair converted to swing

Rocking chair converted to swing

Fire pit

Fire pit

Chain link hinge

Chain link hinge

Boot scraper

Boot scraper

Lab testing oil

Lab testing oil

Tool box from old big screen TV parts

Tool box from old big screen TV parts

Pressure washing bark from cedar

Pressure washing bark from cedar

Bucket of bunnies

Bucket of bunnies

3 farm chairs made into a bench

3 farm chairs made into a bench

Making rabbit cages

Making rabbit cages