Besides playing with kids... Incl. the snap together electronics game
_Snap Circuits_... (highly recommended)
One thing was that I bought a super duper nice toolbox for my older
kid (craigslist). He is awed by it and I think that it will serve him
well, especially when he grows up. It has four pull out drawers and a
big top compartment. We put it on casters so that he can move it around.
Another was putting an hourmeter on the compressor motor. Now I know
how many hours it actually pumped air. I'd like to know the ballpark
for oil changes in a splash lubricated compressor, in terms of
run hours. Any ideas?
The last thing was making a whole house phone switch. A little switch
in a black box on the living room wall turns off all land lines. It is
very handy because phone calls wake up kids and even ourselves when we
want to have a nap. No more annoyance. We had too many land lines to
switch off by hand (and those "smart" phones start making annoying
sounds when they are switched off)
In both of the last instances, I used little black rectangular ABS
plastic enclosures made by Serpac, from McMaster. Highly recommended.
Not really an accomplishment, but I scrapped 520 lbs of worthless
electric motors and I am quite happy about it.
15 years ago