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Making Ashoka’s Lekku And Montrals

My daughter wanted to go to book week dressed as Ashoka. Just to clarify for all the Star Wars uninitiated, Lekku are the fleshy ponytails that hang down and
Montrals are the sensory organs that sprout from the top head.

My Ashoka and Toothless
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Correct mounting techniques

My wife was complaining about the lack of WiFi reception when she was sitting on her outdoor lounge so I moved the WiFi access point in the shed up higher to give better range.

Secure WiFi access point mounting only requires 1 occy strap
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Lawn mower starting issues

I tried starting my good condition lawnmower I paid $2 for from the tender center 10 years ago and it just wouldn’t fire. I pulled out the spark plug to check for fouling but it looked alright to me.

One of the better condition spark plugs I have seen in my equipment.
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Trailer brake controller

We managed to find someone silly enough to lend us their caravan for a weekend away, the only problem is that we need an electronic brake controller in our car. After figuring out that I wanted a Redarc Tow Pro I found one on Facebook market place for $150 instead of $330 for a new one.

Tow Pro- I can’t help myself and pulled it apart first chance I had
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Teenagers break everything

This is what happens when you ask your teenage daughter to cut some cheese.

The knife that somehow broke cutting cheese
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Digital photo frame

Many years ago (circa 2005) I wanted a way of viewing all our digital photos so I came up with an idea of a digital photo frame. A laptop on the wall.

Donor iBook
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Carcam

I was stuck in line for COVID testing so I thought I would pull apart my carcam that was not turning on because of a stuffed internal battery causing to to get stuck in an infinite power cycle loop.

The Aldi brand Onix camera
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Mask too small

My wife went to the chemist to purchase some items and also bought a couple of fabric masks to be prepared incase we needed them. When she got back to the car she showed our youngest 4yo son who asked who they were for. She replied “for myself and daddy”, to which she got a puzzled look and he said “but it is too small for you, it won’t cover your bottom”

The mask that wouldn’t fit
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Smart LED modification

I wanted a smart LED light for my son so he could read in bed at night and I could turn it off remotely. The problem with it was at minimum brightness was still too bright so I want to find a way to make it duller.

The $7.50 bulb from Harvey Norman or 5 for $25
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Maximite Computer Kit

Our local Jaycar stockist Allan’s Electronics/ Vidcam closed down last week and were selling off some old stock cheap. I saw a kit called Maximite Computer Kit for $20 and purchased it.

The kit with all the components placed but not yet soldered