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How to Clean Scripto Vu Lighters

How to Clean Scripto Vu Lighters

Vintage Scripto lighters like the Scripto VU were made with a clear plastic fuel tank that held a photo, company logo or object that was seen through the body. A clean Scripto lighter shows the item clearly, but the plastic turns blurry or yellow from inferior fuel additives, and external stains and
How to Make Your Own Resistor (Science Experiment)

How to Make Your Own Resistor (Science Experiment)

A resistor is a device with electrical resistance that "is used in an electric circuit for protection, operation, or current control," according to Merriam-Webster. You can have fun making your own simple resistor for a science class experiment or to teach kids about electricity.
Type of Wood for a Cutting Board

Type of Wood for a Cutting Board

Choose wood for a cutting board on the basis of stability and durability as well as beauty. Many common woods will serve and nearly every region provides locally grown wood of good value for this purpose. Commercially manufactured cutting boards are not necessarily the best choice. Industrial produc
How to Figure the Daily Dominant Wind Direction

How to Figure the Daily Dominant Wind Direction

At any given moment, the wind is likely to be be blowing from any direction. There is, however, for most areas, a dominant daily wind direction. This direction is verified by averaging momentary wind readings at a given location throughout the day. The more readings taken, the more accurate the aver
How to Calculate the Distance for a Catapult Launch

How to Calculate the Distance for a Catapult Launch

Catapults can be effective weapons for throwing stones at or over walls, as was often done in the Middle Ages. Nowadays we don't use catapults in this fashion, but you can learn something about physics by calculating the distance a projectile travels using a model catapult.
Sources of Heat Energy and Electricity

Sources of Heat Energy and Electricity

Heat, or thermal, energy is caused by the movement of molecules within a substance. Electricity is caused by the movement of negatively charged electrons among atoms as they search for positively charged protons.
How to Know If Your Ty Beanie Baby Is a Girl or a Boy

How to Know If Your Ty Beanie Baby Is a Girl or a Boy

Most Beanie Babies are either male or female. All Beanie Babies have a name or title and a description printed on a tag. The name appears both on the cardboard tag and the cloth tag, but the description only shows up on the tag. If you do not have the cardboard tag any more, you can read the descrip
How to Troubleshoot a Howard Miller Clock

How to Troubleshoot a Howard Miller Clock

The Howard Miller company has been making clocks since 1926. Howard Miler himself was a German who was taught clock making by his father in the Black Forest. The company initially focused on chiming wall and mantel clocks, but also produced avante-garde clocks, which are collectible. Howard Miller i
How to Make a Photo Glass

How to Make a Photo Glass

Make unique photo glass gifts from glass products like pendants, plaques, tiles, wine glasses or drinking glasses using specialized slide decal paper made for non porous materials. This type of glass or ceramic decal is produced for both inkjet printers and laser printers and can be purchased in cra
How to Make a Fake Leg Cast

How to Make a Fake Leg Cast

If a fake leg cast is needed for a Halloween costume or a school play, use paper mache. Paper mache replicates the look of a plaster cast but is lighter, easy to apply, and uses inexpensive materials. Thin paper mache is easy to cut with strong scissors, and the surface can be sanded or painted as
How to Carve Stone Jewelry for Beginners

How to Carve Stone Jewelry for Beginners

A great carving project for beginners is making small pendants for jewelry. You can do this by selecting a small soft stone from a craft store and carving your own design into its surface. Don't be discouraged if it takes multiple tries to get it right; this small project is a great way to practice
How to Make RC Planes at Home

How to Make RC Planes at Home

Building an RC plane can be a fun activity for the entire family. Even if you've never built a remote controlled device before, you can do it using an at-home kit. These kits come with detailed instructions, which you should read to get a sense of your particular model's specifications. However, mos
How to Make a LEGO Train Table

How to Make a LEGO Train Table

Lego has been making a series of train toys and tracks for years, and as much fun as it is to build, set up and run your own railroad, it's also nice to have a more permanent location for the tracks. That way, you can play with the trains instead of building the world around them each time. For this
How Are Fossil Footprints Formed?

How Are Fossil Footprints Formed?

Fossil footprints are also called ichnofossils, or trace fossils. Fossil footprints can reveal the approximate weight of a prehistoric animal, how tall it was and how fast or slowly it moved. Scientists can determine whether the animal walked on two legs or four legs. The gait, or the way the animal
How to Make a Small Boat for an Elementary School Project

How to Make a Small Boat for an Elementary School Project

Your elementary-age child can design and build a small boat for a school project using items from around the house or by buying inexpensive items at a local hardware store. Creating a boat that will float and hold light- to medium-weight household items will have children applying math, science and
How to Convert From Java to PHP

How to Convert From Java to PHP

Java and PHP are two of the most used programming languages today. Although both technologies offer advanced functionality and dynamic portability, converting one to the other is not quite possible yet. The good news though is that Java and PHP classes can be integrated together to form efficient ap
How to Replace the Extractor for a Colt 1911 Pistol

How to Replace the Extractor for a Colt 1911 Pistol

An extractor is the metal slide on the top of the frame that you pull back to chamber a bullet. A 1911 pistol is a .45 APC caliber gun. This gun is simple to disassemble and work on, but is relatively expensive to customize because of the high demand for this model. Any 1911 owner will be able to co
How to Clean US Morgan Silver Dollars

How to Clean US Morgan Silver Dollars

Morgan silver dollars (named for coin designer, George T. Morgan) were minted from 1878 to 1904 and in 1921. While you might think a clean silver coin has more value than a dirty one, a shiny dollar is actually a warning sign to coin dealers and collectors to look for scratches that can be caused b
How to Make DVD Racks

How to Make DVD Racks

Homemade DVD racks are affordable and will match your personal design aesthetic. You only need readily available materials and basic tools in your home workshop to create a DVD rack for your collection. A simple design will give you an attractive solution to your storage needs. Afterall, you may hav
How to Recycle Storage Boxes

How to Recycle Storage Boxes

After you empty items from storage boxes, you are left with empty boxes that can clutter your garage or home. Whether storage boxes are plastic or cardboard, they can be recycled and used for other purposes in your home. Throwing away storage boxes is wasteful. Instead, turn them into objects that a