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Mouse Livetrap (aka “Jerry’s Demise”)

I have the sneaking suspicion that a little mouse might dwell in the attic in the northern germany refuge… Faintly low, scratching noises can be heard from above at night and the cat is closely monitoring the ceiling from below for minutes. I’ll try to catch Jerry with this simple contraption and set him free on the fields near my house.

It looks like fresh from the scrap yard (well… it actually IS) and cost me nothing at all. The principle is widely available in loads of variations all across the internet but here’s how it works again.


Hammer Makeover

One of the rusty and scruffy tools that I found in the northern gemany garden was a small hammer with cracked pien. So I tried to restore it into a japanese-style hammer by just cutting the tip off and give it back some shine. This is the result (though I might have to replace the handle again).


Water Reservoir Overflow

Due to the overflow of our drainage cisterns in the northern germany refuge garden lately, we took measures for the future, one of them being the flushing and clearing of the overflow pipe and its outlet. It was nearly completely buried in debris and foilage and any water coming from it would either flow back or accumulate at the outlet.


Planing Stop

I came up with something completely new! Something never ever done before! I’ll revolutionize my woodwork and that of everyone who reads this! I made… (drum roll)… a planing stop! Such a lockdown is great for finally making some long postponed projects.


Water Level Indicator

I had some water damage recently in the northern germany refuge, due to a defective pump and a resulting overflow of the respective reservoir. So I came up with the idea of installing a water level indicator system to it, enabling me to have an eye on the filling level in the future.


Homemade Hand Sanitizer

In times of the Corona-Virus outbreaks all over the world, everybody is recommended to pay close attention to hand hygiene. Up to now, hand disinfectant solutions are still available without any problems here where I live, but I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up how to make some on my own in case of a shortage. Doing some research, I stumbled upon the WHO’s official formulation, which you can also download here. There are two versions published, but I’ll concentrate on one of them exemplary. Here’s the recipe:

 


Finding a LED’s Polarity

LED PolarityI needed this for a project that I’m working on at the moment (I can never remember it correctly…) I thought perhaps someone might find it useful.

More about LEDs on Wikipedia.


William-Shatner-Seat

I got the “William Shatner Seat” on my flight yesterday 🙂 Short version of an explanation: This is the seat where the crew has the best view on the wings, should the situation make it necessary. A full explanation can be found here.


Scallion Oil Noodles

This simple, yet flavourful recipe for chinese Scallion Oil Noodles is taken from here and as usual, I adapted it a little bit. I highly recommend to try it out! It’s easy and veeery delicious.


Gas Forge

I finally seized the opportunity to bring my gas forge back to life and try to harden some steel. It’s the predecessor of this Becma forge here and I can in good faith recommend it. I love the hissing sound and the bright colors.


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