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I F***ing love Sugru :D

Yep I just cannot emphasize enough just exactly how brilliant Sugru is.
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It feels, handles and shapes its-self just like play dough. But when it has cured, it has all the awesome properties of rubber.

Car key

Just when you think you have run out of ideas, you find something else that can be fixed with it.

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So here are just a few of the things i used Sugru for.

Antenna seal

There seem to be no limits. 😀

Rubber feet

None at all. ^^

Shisha

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Quick and easy Hack: April

Here’s something I didn’t expect to work.
While i was preparing a meal that you cook in a bag it got torn.

I sealed the tear with some packing tape and thought: “What the heck” if it fails.

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But to my surprise the tape sealed off the tear.
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And the meal?

Delicious 😉

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Call me the Keymaster ;D


After almost 13 years of service my car’s ignition key decided to do this…

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Luckily however it didn’t break in the ignition or the door lock.
So I went to a local key maker to have to have a copy cut.

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I could have used the spare but you can probably guess why it is the spare. ;D

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The key maker however made me aware of something i never had thought of.

My car had an immobilizer…

I could unlock the car even put the copy in the ignition. But as soon as i turned the key I was greeted with this light on the dashboard.

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The key maker was kind enough to give me the copy free of charge as a means to at least get into my car.

I sat in my car. Both broken key and copy in my hand. And there I had an idea.

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“What would happen if I used the copy in the ignition, and held the originals handle at the lock at the same time?”

I held the key at the ignition, turned the copy in the lock and my car sprung to life.

I could put my original key in my pocket and drive home.

On the way I started to come up with an ideal way to fuse my old car key handle to the new copy.

If you are asking yourself: “Jeez. Why did you not just go buy a new one from your dealers?”

The answer is simple. It would have meant waiting days for my key to arrive as they would have to code a new key cut it and send it to my dealers.

And after all that fun I would get to pay the “dirt cheap” sum of 40€…..

So why do all that, when all I need to do is to transplant the chip in to the copy?

So here is how I did it:

1. Use a hacksaw for metal to cut off the remaining half of the broken key. Cut as straight as possible.

2. Cut the loop off of the copy and make sure that the remaining handle is nice and even.

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3. Using a two-part adhesive, fuse the handles together. Use play dough to keep the segments in place and to keep the resin in check.

I finished off by adding some plasti dip to the handle to give it a more unified look and to seal the whole thing off a little more.

Aaaaand it works. What more would I want? 😉


Adding a wine fridge to BEKVÄM

This hack is relatively easily explained.

Step 1: Build BEKVÄM according to plan but leave out the middle shelf.

Step 2: Measure the height of the Caso WineCase 8 wine refrigerator.

Step 3: Install the middle shelf using angle brackets.

Step 4: Tilt the BEKVÄM cart on its back and CAREFULLY slide the fridge in place.
(It’s a tight fit, but it fits 😉 )

Step 5: Add your selection of wines, turn on the fridge and enjoy.


The Projection Project

Just thought I’d share the first project I collaborated on at Hackerspace Bielefeld.

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It’s a overhead projector with a screen turning it into a video projector.

I’ll be adding content to the website of our hackerspace as well, as soon as my user account gets activated by our administrator 😉

In the meantime here is a short video to show it functioning.


Another quick and easy hack.

What do you get in five minutes when you combine

this broken lighter….

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with this metal weight….

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and this clamp….

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using strong hot glue?

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How about a helping hand? 😉

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