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

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I built and installed this today. Total cost was $12.99 since I had a spare turnbuckle. Insurance against pulling up the stem plate, priceless for $tingy Sailor.

To read the full description, visit my blog at the address in my signature. It'll be the latest post for a while.
Is there a reason you opted against this?



[EDIT: Oops, never mind, I see on Catalina Direct that yours is a much easier install.]
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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I built and installed this today. Total cost was $12.99 since I had a spare turnbuckle. Insurance against pulling up the stem plate, priceless for $tingy Sailor.


To read the full description, visit my blog at the address in my signature. It'll be the latest post for a while.
Cool blog but really annoying to read. Because the scrolling pictures on the top are all different sizes, the text keeps moving up and down as the pictures change. At least on my browser.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Barquito,
Thanks. The blog gives me more options than putting the info here and is a good way to put it all in one place for posterity. The best is yet to come.

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I'll look into it. What browser and version are you using? The slideshow shouldn't affect your reading and it certainly doesn't do that for me.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I had the same problem from the Home page. I think there was another page with your projects that didn't have the slide show that didn't bounce around. I use the latest Firefox.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I use Firefox and it jumps around a bit for me. Good blog - that Iron Out is a good tip - I'll have to get some.

Autosol is a better metal polish than Flitz. It's a cream and has always done very well for me. Buy the can though, not the tube.

It's pretty expensive as well but worth it IMO.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Thread drift warning......

From the blog site - This Old Sailboat.

"I keep a bottle of it around to treat our water softener for iron oxide buildup."

How do you get it into the softener?
How do you know where it goes in the softener?
How long do you leave it?
How do you flush it?
Etc.

Thanks.

PS. Using Chrome reading is hard due to the jumping around as mentioned earlier.

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

Thanks for the browser input, guys. The Wordpress theme that I use is "responsive," meaning it will adapt the page layout to fit the browser window. The pics in the slideshow might not all be the same size, which could cause the page to readjust with each slide. This might only be happening with certain browsers or screen resolutions. I'll try to reproduce it here.

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The Iron Out in the softener was recommended by the guy that installed our softener (I must confess that I didn't install it myself). I put it in the salt pellet tank, one capful on top of each bag of pellets when I add them. It dissolves in the brine that regenerates the media and gets flushed out when the media is rinsed. Makes a big difference with our water, which has very high iron content. No rust stains in the sinks, toilets, etc. and no buildup in the water heater and plumbing.
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I use latest firefox. Just checked with IE and it's the same thing. I suggest you resize all the pictures to make them all the same.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

All,

It should be fixed now. They weren't all the same size and orientation. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Low buck chartplotter!

Ok, the low-buck project is really just a wooden tablet holder that turns my tablet into a chartplotter (EarthNC marine charts works really well on Android).





For about $20 in red oak from Lowes/HD you can make this:
1) 4' length of nominal 1x2 for the "L" brackets (or 1x3 if your tablet has a thick case around it)
2) 2' length of actual 0.5" x 6"

Steps
1. measure and cut the back plate, I made mine 1/8" longer than the longest dimension of the tablet - this allows it to slide in and out handily and yet be snug enough not to fall out unexpectedly. For the other dimension I made mine 3/4 higher than the tablet width.
2. Using a router table or table saw, turn the 1x2 into an L-bracket. Cut out a depth of 3/8" (approx half the 1x2 depth), up to 3/8" from the edge.
3. Cut that L bracket into 3 pieces, to fit the sides and bottom of the backplate.
4. Using Titebond III wood glue, glue and clamp the longest piece to the backplate. Make sure the L bracket forms a retaining lip in front of the plate.
5. After that has dried for 12+ hours, clamp and glue the side L brackets forming a retaining lip around 3 sides of the backplate.
6. Drill holes through the side to allow the charging cable to reach the tablet
7. Using forstner bits, drill a "keyhole" to securely hang the holder on a screw mounted in the bulkhead.
8. Sand and varnish.

If you have any questions let me know.
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