Bird Feeder Webcam

Bird Feeder Webcam

Our backyard is adjacent to a forest with a nice variety of wild birds. The boys and I decided to put up a new bird feeder this year, and we thought it would be neat to try and capture some patrons with a webcam.

April 12, 2015 |
Tags : bird feeder  DIY  webcam  ip-camera  bird 

3DRobotics DIY Y6 Multicopter Build - Phase 1

3DRobotics DIY Y6 Multicopter Build - Phase 1

I'm starting with a basic Y6 DIY kit from 3drobotics.com and a FrSky Taranis x9d radio that I ordered from Rangevideo.com. I printed out the instructions, checked out all the parts, and got organized. The instructions are pretty good, so I won't reiterate everything that is included in the instructions, just the minor points that I think might have been helpful.

October 29, 2014 |
Tags : Y6  DIY  multicopter  drone  kit  3DRobotics  Pixhawk  Iris 

How To Build A Utility Trailer

How To Build A Utility Trailer

I needed a trailer to haul around a snowmobile so I decided that I might get better use out of a general utility trailer instead of a snowmobile trailer. I checked the local trailer retailers and found that the going rate for a 5′ x 10′ utility trailer was around $1,300 Cdn. The trailers weren’t very strong and were made mostly from light angle iron. Always looking for a good project, I decided to build one instead.

March 15, 2014 |
Tags : utility trailer  free plans  welding  how to  project  tilting  atv  DIY  project  snowmobile  garage  autocad  make 

Alternating LED Flasher Circuit Project

Alternating LED Flasher Circuit Project

This is a great little project to do with your kids, grandchildren, students, etc. It is a small circuit that uses a battery to light up two alternating flashing LEDs. My kids who are five and seven loved working on it together in the garage. They enjoyed doing a project with dad, and learning about soldering and electronic circuits. They show their LED flashing circuit to everyone that comes to the house. So if you want something to do with your kids that involves some hands on ‘maker’ activity this is good for you. Also, if you have kids in a class or group of any sort such as scouts or summer camp and want a building activity, this project would be ideal for you.

March 1, 2013 |
Tags : build  circuit  distance learning  electronics  LED  flasher  home school  educational  DIY  kids  kit  make  science fair  science project  transistor 

Shallow Well Pump Rebuild Project

Shallow Well Pump Rebuild Project

As you may have read in my sandpoint well post, I have a shallow well pump that supplies water to my underground sprinkler system and some outdoor hoses. For several years this Mastercraft ¾ hp pump has done well for this application. At some point, the well lost prime though and the pump ran dry for a number of hours. The pump wouldn’t prime afterwards. I decided to open it up and see what the problem was.

June 15, 2012 |
Tags : well  water  driven point  shallow  pump  jet pump  irrigation  DIY  project  repair  fix  how to  sandpoint