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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Want some mood lighting that doesn't look too cheesy for those warm summer evenings drinking wine in the cockpit?

Start with one of these solar garden lights. And it has to be this one. This is the only one I have seen that doesn't look like you made it from a $5 garden light (Although it does cost $5 at Canadian Tire, unless you get it on sale. Then it's $3.


Remove SS post, cut off 3/4" long plastic stud/post adapter. Make it flush if you can so it can sit on a table if desired. I used a sharp utility knife.


Drill small holes into the top of the SS cover. 180 degrees apart is good. I even made sure the square solar top was at right angles to the holes? It's the kinda guy I am I guess.


Add a copper or even SS wire, bent strategically, to hang it from. Use a clip or an S hook to hang it under the bimini or from a life line or where ever. Your friends will think you spent $40 for a fancy SS boating light.
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These are nice to hang around your pergola or gazebo or whatever at home too. Just make sure they can get some sun during the day.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

This isn't really any one particular project, but this is MUST HAVE for any quick turn low-buck projects: Instamorph (Polycaprolactone), or shapelock, friendly plastic - there are a number of brands. It is a non-toxic plastic that you can form yourself by hand. Simply place it in hot (NOT boiling) water for a few minutes and once it turns from white to clear just shape the plastic any way you want.

Need a wrench you don't have? Well, form a diy wrench in-place over the fitting with instamorph.

Google it, it's pretty amazing stuff. You can tap it and drill it (slowly), but sanding doesn't work well (it heats up and gets soft). Since you tend to form it by hand the results often don't look very good, but it is functional.

I haven't used it for much more than making a little holder to keep a specific allen wrench near a fitting that needs it often. However, it's the kind of thing I'm glad I keep on the boat in case I need something when underway and Lowes or West Marine is unreachable.

The following pics are from the web to give you an idea of what it can be use for in a pinch.

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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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This isn't really any one particular project, but this is MUST HAVE for any quick turn low-buck projects: Instamorph (Polycaprolactone), or shapelock, friendly plastic - there are a number of brands. It is a non-toxic plastic that you can form yourself by hand. Simply place it in hot (NOT boiling) water for a few minutes and once it turns from white to clear just shape the plastic any way you want.

Need a wrench you don't have? Well, form a diy wrench in-place over the fitting with instamorph.

Google it, it's pretty amazing stuff. You can tap it and drill it (slowly), but sanding doesn't work well (it heats up and gets soft). Since you tend to form it by hand the results often don't look very good, but it is functional.

I haven't used it for much more than making a little holder to keep a specific allen wrench near a fitting that needs it often. However, it's the kind of thing I'm glad I keep on the boat in case I need something when underway and Lowes or West Marine is unreachable.

The following pics are from the web to give you an idea of what it can be use for in a pinch.

and where do get that product?????
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Instamorph

Skip to 4:50 on the video.


It's on eBay too.

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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Parts bins, tool drawers, tape storage, hardware storage. These little snap closed flat clear plastic tubs have become very useful to me. From displaying small tools in an easily accessed "drawer" to containing the parts when I am rebuilding a carb to storing butyl tape flat and clean to providing me with convenient collections of abrasives and /or an epoxy reppair kit. AND THEY STACK! Thank you Sara Lee sugar ham and turkey ham.

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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Shock cord hooks.

These little gems turn 1/4" shock cord into quickly adjustable, any length bungees without any knots. I buy both 1/4" shock cord and the "crab pot hooks" at a marine store that serves commercial fishermen. I shared these in a post on tarping the boat. The hook fits a grommet. The shock cord fits into a compression slot. Stretching the shock cord allows it to "snap" into the slot.

A 50 pc. bag is about $10.00. They last forever.

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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Nice table. I simply bought a folding table with a fake marble top that actually fits nicely in the cockpit and folds nicely into the locker.
Also had a "bimini top" made that goes over the boom, I don't normally use the main, and ties down to existing hardware. Will provide pics of both soon as I get them .
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Downeast - cut your shock cord with a heated blade and it won't fray like that.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Downeast - cut your shock cord with a heated blade and it won't fray like that.
Yup! Most times I do, Deah! Thanks.

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