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 (or…
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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. (more…)
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Cleanflight

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  That said, I was flying FPV and decided…
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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 the…
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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  magnets…
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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 outside,…
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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 because…
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Arduino

Quadcopter – Enhanced Lost Model Alarm

Just 24 hours earlier I built my first Lost Model Alarm.  Not being satisfied with good enough, I've built an enhanced version.  Of course, you could just buy one, but where's the fun in that?!  As mentioned in my original posting, I wanted the alarm to have multiple modes.  First, I wanted to be able to have it triggered while the TX is on using one of the available aux controls.  Second, I wanted it to…
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

Fix: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 – Won’t Charge

Let's cut to the chase. You have a Samsung Galaxy Tab and you are tired of  Googling for solutions trying to figure out why your Tab won't charge.  Hopefully this is the last place you have to look.   My tab is about 2 yrs old and over the past few months I started noticing it would not charge consistently.  I tried all the suggestions; using a different charger, swapping out the cable, disconnecting and re-connecting…
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Easy and Cheap DIY LED RGB Garden Glowies

In a few weeks, we'll have a new patio.  Like any new project I get into, I have to introduce a flavour of something DIY and electronic into the mix.  Like most guys, I'm planning for sound.  However, I'm also adding custom LED lighting to light up the armour stones, deck and pergola areas.  As part of the patio job, we are also planning on having a variety of plants and shrubs around the patio.…
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