DIY projects for the end of summer

By Rob Dunn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

It is nearing the end of summer, and I was thinking about a few projects that I could work on to keep me busy until the holiday season. I love re-purposing old stuff, and just working on DIY projects in general. Here’s a few that have piqued my interest:

Project #1: Convert existing Halogen bulbs to LED in order to reduce power consumption

Project #2: Minty Boost battery pack for USB-powered devices

Project #3: Make my own Tom Servo from Mystery Science Theater 3000

Project #4: Make a kick-ass costume out of cardboard for Halloween, since I’m too cheap and original to buy one

How crafty are some of you? Do you have any great DIY projects that you are working on, or maybe you’ve already done something that is cool enough to share? Comment away!

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16 Responses to DIY projects for the end of summer

    • Haha – oh my goodness, that is a total geek belt…even though I want one, my wife would never let me wear it in public.

      Nice work!

      • When I get home from vacation I'm adding a #! to the part of the belt that hangs out when I wear it. :P

        Oh come on, Kiltak, you know Tux would complete it. There really needs to be more Tux accessories available. One of my friends made an Ubuntu flag for the Ubuntu Live Conference in Oregon and said he'd make me one for my birthday, but since he only got as far as "i thought of what to get/make you" in his first IM i said "tux belt buckle?" and so now he's thinking about that one ^_^ If anyone knows how to cast metal… there's a few people saying things like "tux earrings" and "BSD demon ring"

  1. I made a timer tied to a relay that I hooked up to my furnace – I used an off the shelf digital timer with up to 10 presets for the "brain"

    We have an oil burner that left to its own devices will turn on all day/night when the boiler temp gets below minimum.

    So I interrupted the burner at its own relay and set the timer box to only be on when people are awake and might need hot water. – maybe 6 hours per day.

    Managed to save 75% or more on the first month of oil use that way.

    course in the winter I'll have to change timer settings.

    best of all I put the whole works inside and old Multiplexing com port printer sharer – so Recycling old IT junk made a score too

    Rob

    • Yeah the old metal cases for those printer switchboxes I think would make good project enclosures. Over the years (before I became the way I am today), I would toss these away…to think how many projects I could have packed into those!

  2. I made a timer tied to a relay that I hooked up to my furnace – I used an off the shelf digital timer with up to 10 presets for the “brain”

    We have an oil burner that left to its own devices will turn on all day/night when the boiler temp gets below minimum.

    So I interrupted the burner at its own relay and set the timer box to only be on when people are awake and might need hot water. – maybe 6 hours per day.

    Managed to save 75% or more on the first month of oil use that way.

    course in the winter I’ll have to change timer settings.

    best of all I put the whole works inside and old Multiplexing com port printer sharer – so Recycling old IT junk made a score too

    Rob

    • Yeah the old metal cases for those printer switchboxes I think would make good project enclosures. Over the years (before I became the way I am today), I would toss these away…to think how many projects I could have packed into those!

    • Haha – oh my goodness, that is a total geek belt…even though I want one, my wife would never let me wear it in public.

      Nice work!

      • When I get home from vacation I’m adding a #! to the part of the belt that hangs out when I wear it. :P

        Oh come on, Kiltak, you know Tux would complete it. There really needs to be more Tux accessories available. One of my friends made an Ubuntu flag for the Ubuntu Live Conference in Oregon and said he’d make me one for my birthday, but since he only got as far as “i thought of what to get/make you” in his first IM i said “tux belt buckle?” and so now he’s thinking about that one ^_^ If anyone knows how to cast metal… there’s a few people saying things like “tux earrings” and “BSD demon ring”

  3. I'm not much of a Do-It-Yourselfer; however, I did get to do one really cool thing! I appeared on an episode of Complete Fix It on the DIY Network. I repaired hardwood floors in my own home! :)

  4. I’m not much of a Do-It-Yourselfer; however, I did get to do one really cool thing! I appeared on an episode of Complete Fix It on the DIY Network. I repaired hardwood floors in my own home! :)