Make your own Dirty Electricity Filters!

Sco-DE Dirty Electricy FiltersSo you want to prevent Dirty Electricity, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on filters? No problem!

With a few tools and some parts, you can DIY your own DE filters that perform just as well as pre-made Greenwave or Stetzerizer filters.

I made 14 additional filters and saved a TON of money.

Just be aware that you should probably have some experience soldering and working with 120/240V AC equipment.

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How to fix an alternator and save big $$

DIY Alternator Repair!Raw materials, parts, even cardboard – everything’s in short supply these days!

So, what do you do when your alternator is dying and you can’t even find a new one?

Why, you repair it yourself!

While it may seem like this is way beyond your ability, it turns out it’s not so difficult.

With a few tips and a bit of patience and persistence, you can DIY your alternator back into like-new working condition!

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3 methods to print an image on multiple pages

Print a pic on multiple pagesSometimes, you just need to Print Big.

Historically, this was done with Microsoft’s Paint application. But recently, they noted that Paint will be getting an update.

If recent Microsoft ‘innovations’ are any indication, they’ll remove this terribly useful feature.

What are we supposed to do then?!

It turns out you already have 2 other methods to turn a photo into a giant multi-page poster. You just don’t know it yet!

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Fluorescent to LED conversion made easy!

Most lighting these days uses LEDs. They’re super-low power, provide good light, and last a long time.

But you probably still have some fluorescent lights left.

If you’re like most people, you haven’t quite gotten around to replacing them with LED tubes. You really should replace them though since LED tubes use much less power than fluorescent ones.

The trouble is, it’s complicated. There many types of fluorescent fixtures and rewiring is often required.

So, how do you make it as easy as possible?

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How to fix “WMVCore.DLL is missing” error

WMVCore.DLL errorUpon upgrading Windows 10, you may get a lovely error about WMVCore.dll being missing.

Alternatively, you may get the same error when trying to load a particular program.

The short version is that WMVCore.dll is a key component of the Windows Media Library.

It’s a file that more or less allows playing media files.

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to restore this missing file and get back on the road!

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How to fix tech problems without a baseball bat

Solve Techie Problems like a Pro!Everyone has annoying technical problems.

It’s just part of Computerized Everything these days.

Usually, we tend to become aggravated when these problems occur… But what if we didn’t have to?

What if you could solve your own techie issues with a minimum amount of frustration – and in record time?

If that sounds like a plan, join me for the best techie tip yet!

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Dark Welder 2: My DIY battery tab spot welder

Dark Welder 2: My battery tab spot welder!After the failure of my $16 battery tab spot welder, I saw Kevin Dark’s DIY version.

But it wasn’t exactly what I needed, so I decided to build a modified version.

The Modified Dark Welder, or Dark Welder 2.0, has a foot switch that triggers a precise welding current pulse that is always the same length of time – no matter how long you hold down the button.

And in my new version, the button is now a foot pedal to keep your hands free.

The best part is: IT WORKS!

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The $16 battery tab spot welder

The Amazing $16 battery tab spot welderI’ve been looking for a cheap battery tab spot welder for 18650 lithium-ion cells for awhile now.

The usual ones just aren’t worth the cost. For example, for half the cost of a welder, I could buy at least 2 brand new power tool battery packs.

Enter the $16.99 Portable Mini Spot Welder!

At that price, it was worth a shot…

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No more WiFi, Part 4: Wire and test your house network

No more WiFi: Connect and test!This video is a continuation of Part 3!!

What happens if you want to set up a home network, but you already have existing Ethernet cabling and wall jacks?

While it may seem simple, it turns out that you need to do some investigation first.

In Part 1 of this video, I described the different types of patch panels you may find in your home, how they work, and how you will use them (or not).

In this video, I’ll show exactly how to connect everything!

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No more WiFi, Part 3: All about existing house wiring

No more WiFi: All about existing house wiringWhat happens if you want to set up a home network, but you already have existing Ethernet cabling and wall jacks?

While it may seem simple, it turns out that you need to do some investigation first.

In this video, I describe the different types of patch panels you may find in your home, how they work, and how you will use them (or not).

It’s worth noting that if you only have twisted-pair phone cabling (often called PTT-298), you CAN use that wiring for 100 Mbps Ethernet – but not for Gigabit+ speeds.

Fortunately, most homes these days have Cat 5e or higher cabling, so that part shouldn’t be a problem…

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