DIY: Complete Media System – PART 2 [Hardware and OS]

DIY: Complete Media System – PART 2 [Hardware and OS]

Want to build your own completely flexible and customisable, yet small and energy efficient home Media System? This is not a simple media server or NAS (Network Attached Storage), although it does that too. It is everything your run-of-the mill Linux server can do (routing? firewall? NAT? VPN? No problem!) plus a built-in Arduino! 

DIY Coolsculptor Freezes Fat with Cryolipolysis

Originally posted on Hackaday:
You’re probably wondering why [Eddy], pictured above, decided to clamp two CPU cooling blocks to his torso. We were a bit concerned ourselves. As it turns out, [Eddy] has managed to construct his own Cryolipolysis device, capable of delivering targeted sub-zero temperatures to different parts of the body using a technique…

DIY: Coolsculptor/FrankenSculptor – PART 4

DIY: Coolsculptor/FrankenSculptor – PART 4

This part concentrates solely on the controller and cleaning up the prototype wiring to increase the ease of use of the machine. The controller was created from scratch. The process used here was concept > breadboarding > prototyping/alpha > final beta > final product.So what does this involve? – The breadboarding stage is experimenting with … Continue reading

DIY: Coolsculptor (Cryolipolysis) codename: FrankenSculptor – PART 1

DIY: Coolsculptor (Cryolipolysis) codename: FrankenSculptor – PART 1

I’ve been working on building my own Coolsculpting device as Zeltiq are offering.It is a machine which reduces fat cells in the body. A video on it is below. The way in which it does this is explained in the patent, found here: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=5&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=zeltiq&OS=zeltiq&RS=zeltiq The patent says a number of interesting things about how it … Continue reading

DIY: Fire pit

DIY: Fire pit

One fine day we decided to go to a junk yard and pick up some odds-n-ends and build a fire pit. We found what looks to be clothes racks. The good thing was the base was made of stainless steel. The rest was coated to prevent rust. This worked well for us. So we bought … Continue reading

DIY: Car side mirror replacement

DIY: Car side mirror replacement

I broke my left side mirror (oops!) and needed to have it replaced. Buying from manufacturer costs 3 times the amount for one mirror. Instead, I ordered a set (left and right) online with the added ability of a motorized mechanism which allows the mirrors to fold in on their own when the car is … Continue reading

DIY: Building a new gaming PC

DIY: Building a new gaming PC

I finally decided to build myself a new PC. I haven’t played computer games since around 2005 or so. My brother was getting back in to gaming and I decided I would too, it’s a good release. Previously, I had a laptop with a docking station and two 22″ monitors. The laptop was getting a … Continue reading

DIY: Make and install air-conditioning cover

DIY: Make and install air-conditioning cover

I had a split-system air-conditioning unit installed in my garage (see previous blog post for installation of the wiring) and during installation my neighbor complained that the external unit is unsightly and will be too noisy for them along with the outrageous possibility that it may blow warm air in to their back yard! Well, … Continue reading

DIY: Fix a folding chair

DIY: Fix a folding chair

I stood on the chair and broke it…. oops. So here we are fixing it with a spare piece of MDF. Not the greatest fix considering it’s not water proof and it increases the weight of the chair substantially. But the chair was free and the MDF is an off-cut, plus the chair will be … Continue reading

DIY: Fix motorbike blinker cluster

DIY: Fix motorbike blinker cluster

My brother bought a motorbike recently. The bike was in good condition, but the blinker cluster was broken — It wasn’t able to ‘click’ properly to the left and sometimes it would not engage the indicator lights at all. My brother bought a used cluster from the dismantlers. It is in good condition, but ended … Continue reading

DIY: Cut-off saw shelf

DIY: Cut-off saw shelf

I was given a cut-off saw as a gift. The saw is very, very handy. But I have no where in the garage to put it! Because I dont use it as frequently as my other tools and most of the use of the saw is in the preparation (ie. the saw is only under … Continue reading

DIY: Replacing boat trailer hubs

DIY: Replacing boat trailer hubs

As part of the preparation for taking my boat down the coast (3 hours drive) I replaced the hubs on the boat trailer. The trailer had a nice overhaul almost a year ago. I made new brackets to stand on with checkerplating on it for launching and pulling in the baot. The hubs were really … Continue reading

DIY: Installing marine audio deck in to boat

DIY: Installing marine audio deck in to boat

My existing Kenwood deck is no longer working. This is the second Kenwood deck i’ve installed that has failed in 2 years. Each time it fails not long after the warranty period ends! So no more Kenwood for me. This time im installing a Clarion deck. The great thing about this deck is that it … Continue reading

DIY: Power Generator – Part 2

DIY: Power Generator – Part 2

Part 2 of my power generator project. Looks like this is going to be a multi-part project as it is taking longer than I thought. I am currently up to the stage of building the covering/casing for the generator. I plan to install sound-deadening material to quieten it down while running. The generator is tested … Continue reading

DIY: Fix caravan/camper trailer door

DIY: Fix caravan/camper trailer door

My parents bought a camper trailer almost 25 years ago. They still use it but it has been falling apart for quite some time now. Dad repairs what he can (which is most things), but the fold-down door he couldnt repair because it requires a special sort of flat (or flush) rivet of some sort … Continue reading

DIY: Fixing my Hakko soldering station

DIY: Fixing my Hakko soldering station

My soldering station stopped working. I love this soldering station, so I opened it up to see whats going on inside. The transformer contacts had come loose, so I tightened them and VIOLA! all good. But not longer after it stopped again and this time I couldnt fix it. Using my multimeter I tested for … Continue reading

DIY Power generator – Part 1

DIY Power generator – Part 1

DIY Power Generator Input: Fuel, in the form of petroleum Output: 12v DC and 240v AC electricity! While overseas in the Philippines I was very impressed by the way the locals improvised, modified and fitted existing engines inside their hand-made boats. The result is an inboard engine with an extended drive shaft (which comes directly … Continue reading

My first Car PC, from 1999!

My first Car PC, from 1999!

Blast from the past! I was going through some old photos and came across a set from back in 1999! Apologies for the sub-par pictures, some of them were taken with my first ever digital camera (an old Kodak camera. 2MP with a tiny LCD screen. The 4x AA batteries it used would barely last … Continue reading

Nintendo NES USB controller, from 2002!

Nintendo NES USB controller, from 2002!

Blast from the past! link to video of controller in use This particular project I’ve created quite a few years ago and posted it online on a different blog. The post ended up being featured on Hack-A-Day, Engadget, Gizmodo and a few other places which was great. I had hundreds (thousands? I stopped checking that … Continue reading

Outdoor home theatre projector stand

Outdoor home theatre projector stand

Aim: To create a stand for the outdoor projector. This is part of my new outdoor home theatre system. Some History: Recently I installed a home theatre system in my back yard. This was a suggestion from a friend of mine that I grabbed and ran with. Because I had most of the parts needed … Continue reading

Plant climber frame

Plant climber frame

Aim: To build a durable, wooden frame for our climbing plants to climb up on. Specifically our snow peas in our new vege patch. Maz wanted a wooden frame as any plastic/metal frames wouldnt suit the patch. So I decided to build one. Cost: ~$50 Duration: Just under 1.5 hours Method and Result: Conclusion: It looks decent. … Continue reading