DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

How To: Install FrSky DHT 8CH DIY Kit into Turnigy 9x

Given the help provided by others, I thought I’ pay it forward with my spin on the installation of the FRSky DHT 8Ch DIY transmitter in my Turnigy 9x Transmitter.   Before getting into the details, I’d like to credit RCModelReviews for Bruce’s how-to video  as well as for details on how to update the firmware of the D4R-II (to solve the PPM framerate issue).   Although this is primarily about the DHT DIY module...
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Electronics

Solder SmokeBGone – A DIY Fume Extractor

This is one of those DIY projects I should have done a long time ago.   I solder a fair bit and mostly use lead-free solder, but sometimes there are those projects where you need to use the bad stuff.   I cringe each time I do it and pop the gas mask on and bear through it.   I finally decided to do something about it . 10 minutes of DIY hacking and...
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

Prop Storage Using LEGO Technic Axles

I have a variety of 5040 and 5030 spare props.  The need for both CW and CCW props, makes for a mess when trying to find a replacement when you crash and need a new prop. Given I break at least 1 prop per flight (I’m learning flips these days!), I wanted a quick way to access either size or direction of prop.   Look no further to your LEGO Technic collection for axles...
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LEGO Robots

Quad Landing Gear Meets LEGO Shocks

After a few hard landings, the carbon fibre landing gear that came with the ZMR250 frame were done.    After researching different solutions, I gave the zip tie concept a try.  The solution entailed creating ‘loops’ out of zip ties and mounting them to the quad legs.  However, they sagged under the weight of the quad only a day or so after mounting them.  This caused the quad to be out of level – not a good thing...
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

CubCadet CC500 Electric Mower – LiPo Battery Conversion

I decide to go the electric mower route about 5 years ago.  I was hesitant as the 12V lead-acid batteries most electric mowers come with suck – and they are heavy.  At that time, the only better technology was Lithium Ion battery-based mowers, but they were very expensive.  I decided on the CubCadet CC500, which was a good balance of quality and price. It was a 48 Volt lead-acid unit.
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

Quads: Why you need Failsafe and a LOMA

I finally got my 250-sized quad ready to fly.    The last 2 things I did were to add a LMOA (Lost Model Alarm) and configure failsafe in Cleanflight.  Luck was on my side yesterday as Murphy’s Law kicked in when I took the quad out for it’s first full flight test in a nearby field.   Admittedly, I still consider myself a noob with much to learn…  That said, I was flying FPV...
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Arduino

IoT Garage Door Monitor/Opener with Finger Print Scanner

I’ve got a lot of stuff in my garage, and having 3 kids (one of them being me!) with forgetful minds, the garage door is sometimes left open over night.  I don’t really like that sinking feeling after waking up the next day to find the door was left open.  Between loosing valuables and critters that make a mess of garbage, I finally decided it’s time to take a stance!  I have an IP Cam mounted inside...
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

DIY Magnetic Bit Holder

I often need more than one bit when using drills/drivers for my projects.  The next question is often “where’s this bit, and where’s that bit”…   There’s a simple solution – use a magnet to stick the bits directly to the drill/screwdriver.  Although this idea is not new, I’ve been using it for years now and thought I would share it.   All you have to do is pick-up  some nickel-sized (approx 20mm) neodymium...
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

DIY Speaker Build

The ShapeOko has been sitting idle for a while, so I decided to take a stab at making my own speakers.  I wanted to do something small that I bring outside and hang on my pergola when entertaining guests on our new patio.  After perusing the web and checking out some speakers and online enclosure calculators,  I landed on a set of HiVi B3N’s (3″) and tweeters.  Given that they won’t be permanently mounted...
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

Logitech MX Anywhere Mouse – Fix That Click!

The Logitech MX Anywhere mouse is by far the best mouse I have ever had.  I currently have 2.  However, these mice have a common design flaw – the mouse button that is used most often (left in my case) for clicking dies after a while.  Maybe design flaw is a bit harsh. This is the only mouse that I have had for a long time and WANT to keep.  I don’t want another mouse...
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