DIY Heat Gun and Flour Sifter Coffee Roaster 2

DIY Heat Gun and Flour Sifter Coffee Roaster
    My wife wanted to get me a fancy coffee roaster ($350) and some green coffee beans for Christmas.  I told her to order the beans but not the roaster and I would make my own DIY roaster.  So after the kids opened their presents I built a coffee roaster using a flour sifter ...

The ultimate automation all-in-one Arduino, WiFi, touch screen, relays, audio, EEprom, PLC, IoT, realtime clock and more, fully integrated in a custom case for a ridiculously low price.

The ultimate automation all-in-one Arduino, WiFi, touch screen, relays, audio, EEprom, PLC, IoT, realtime clock and more, fully integrated in a custom case for a ridiculously low price.
I have several automation project to complete this year. During my research I ran across the Digital-Loggers.com Open Source WiFi PLC.  It sounded too good to be true.  This one device has all the functionality I need to complete each of my IoT projects. The digital-loggers.com Open Source WiFi PLC is the jack of all trades when ...

Google Calendar disables SMS notifications on June 27, 2015! But gmail filters provide a workaround.

I liked the SMS notifications that the google calendar provided.  I pay way more attention to SMS messages then I do email message.   So when Google disabled the SMS feature on June 27th 2015 I was disappointed.  However Google provides a hack via gmail with it’s forwarding feature and the email to SMS connection provided ...

Misumi USA: They are real serious about linear motion 2

Misumi USA: They are real serious about linear motion
Like many makers I took Misumi USA up on the $150 rebate for new customers earlier this year.  I ordered enough 2020 extrusions and smooth rods to build two RepRap Wilson TS 3D Printers.  When the large box arrived I was totally amazed at the care they took in packaging my order.  I am building a ...

Adding a Heatsink and Fan to your 3D Printers NEMA 17 Extruder Stepper Motor 3

Adding a Heatsink and Fan to your 3D Printers NEMA 17 Extruder Stepper Motor
The first thing I noticed about my new MakerFarm prusa i3 was that the NEMA 17 extruder stepper motor was getting very hot.  So I ordered a 40mm x 40mm heatsink and 40mm x 40mm x 10mm 12V fan from Amazon.com.  When I attempted to install the heatsink and fan I realized I needed much ...

One Hand Bed Leveling – MakerFarm Prusa i3 Captive Nuts

One Hand Bed Leveling - MakerFarm Prusa i3 Captive Nuts
I finished building my MakerFarm prusa i3 last night.  While calibrating the printer I started getting annoyed with the bed leveling.  Every adjustment required  an allen wrench on the top and a wrench on the bottom.  This was ok for the front two adjustments but the rear two were almost impossible due to the MakerFarm ...

DIY Reflector for Alzo 85 Watt CFL Oversized Bulbs

DIY Reflector for Alzo 85 Watt CFL Oversized Bulbs
The Alzo 85 Watt CFL bulb is so huge it won’t fit in most reflectors or clamp lamps.  I had been using 27 Watt CFLs for my photo light box but I was looking to brighten it up.  I ran across some references to the Alzo 85 Watt CFL bulb and it sounded like a ...

Scanning Directly to Evernote from the Brother ImageCenter ADS-2000 in Windows 6

Scanning Directly to Evernote from the Brother ImageCenter ADS-2000 in Windows
The Brother ADS-2000 High Speed Document Scanner is a great scanner for Evernote, but you would never know it! The Evernote scanning forums never mention it and the scanner documentation never mentions Evernote. In this tutorial I will show you how to configure the ADS-2000 one-button-scan feature to save to Evernote in Windows. It will ...

SpinRite 6.0 works even when it doesn’t!

A coworker brought in a dead drive.  We could recover the photos but only with a signature scan where the filenames and directory structures were lost.  I told him about the wonders of SpinRite 6.0 and we agreed to run it over the weekend. Around 4:30pm I went to his desk and he was gone ...

Why is there no Mini Cooper Clubman Rear Bike Rack… Sucker! 7

Why is there no Mini Cooper Clubman Rear Bike Rack... Sucker!
I needed a bike rack for my 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman S.  I could not understand why there is no Mini Cooper Clubman rear bike rack.  I was looking for a cheap “strap on the back” rack that I could take on and off easily.   But after a few days of research I found ...