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And we’re back with our twenty-ninth installment of Your Comments. Here are our favorites from the past week, from Makezine, our Facebook page, and Twitter.

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In response to Intern’s Corner: My First Faire, Manny Laracuente says:

It is moments like the one you had that makes me more intuitive to spread more knowledge so that we can have more Christmas days like the on you had at the faire.(P.S. I too haven’t gone to a faire yet but am going to Kansas City cant wait)^_^

In the piece on the Gorgeous 1940s Lathe Restoration, Fritoeata remarks:

His 10EE is a LOT cleaner looking than mine!
You simply cannot beat these 10EE’s for rigidity! They will pound the floor instead of chattering… they’re amazing.

In response to the How-To: Lily Pad Pool Warmers piece, user Nathan (@Moriash) has a novel idea:

Or to make it massively more complicated and expensive for little benefit (beyond cool points), make them hexagonal, to fill in the voids when the breeze close-packs them against one side of the pool. (What? You don’t have hexagonal hula hoops at your local Toys R Us? Suppose you could make do with PVC pipes, six 60 degree elbows each.) Maybe embed strong rare earth magnets in the sides, perhaps two magnets per side, with the north side of one magnet a few inches from the left end and the south side of the other magnet a few inches from the right end. Provided you kept them all with the correct face upward, that would tend to snap them into the close packed configuration as the sides slid past each other. Probably wouldn’t work so well in the curved pool, though. Very silly, and next-to-no concrete benefit to doing that, but it’s fun to think about.

In the piece RobotGrrl’s Heathkit Build Continues, glenn147 says:

Many Years Ago, in a Land Far, Far Away. This was the First Analog Meter, that I made at Home…

In the article How to Start a Tool Lending Library, Co-Founder of the West Seattle Tool Lending Library Gene Homicki responds to commenters:

dylanboyce, we found that a lot of people were less willing (scared even) to loan person to person, but are willing to donate tools, time and skills to a more formal library so they can be available for other people to use. Honestly, we get more tools than we know what to do with (ok, we know what to do with them – we sell the excess to buy more of what we need, or we donate them to other local tool libraries).

rageahol, it looks like they only loan out to community groups rather than individuals (more of the “tool bank” than “tool library” model). I’d love to see more tool libraries directly in SF, and a big part of the reason we created the “starter kit” and went a little overboard on the lending library management system, was to make it a lot easier to get started.

Like these comments? Be sure to sound off in the comments! You could be in next week’s column.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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