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24 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Four

Using 6mm thick flat aluminum bar, we made four brackets which were attached to the chimneys either side of the house and between these, two lengths of 25mm x 4.2m square aluminum bar were fitted to act as supports for the...

19 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Three

Using 35mm square aluminum bar, we machined a slot into the bar and cut it into 30mm wide brackets which where drilled and tapped to take M5 bolts. Four of these brackets will be bolted to the panel base boards and this will...

10 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part Two

Two coats today of Dulux Trade Weathershield Preservative Basecoat to seal the wood, this needs 48 hours to dry and then the panels will be painted with exterior gloss and the glass ordered. The photo below shows the panels...

09 MAY 2009

Mk2 DIY Solar Panels Part One

After purchasing further solar cells from the USA via ebay, We are building four new weather proof outdoor solar panels which should supply around 320w which should be enough energy to run the household lighting circuit and...

07 MAY 2009

New gallery section

I have added a new custom gallery to the blog which you can access via the Gallery link on the top of each page or on https://www.briandorey.com/gallery/

22 FEBRUARY 2009

Time lapse video

Went out for a drive today with my Canon Eos 5D in the car and did one frame every second which was then converted into a time lapse movie http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3321437

18 FEBRUARY 2009

Google sitemap generator

Below is the code to make an .aspx page written in C# which scans all folders on a website and generates a xml site map which google can read for all .htm or .html pages. If you want to add other file types, edit the in...

16 FEBRUARY 2009

The closure of swanageforum

The closure of www.swanageforum.co.uk As the designer and webmaster of the Swanage forum, I thought it was about time that I put the record straight to why I pulled the site before any more rumours appear like the one...

24 JANUARY 2009

2009 updates

Some updates to the about me page!  In summer 2008 I had the chance to try some HD video recording kit and green screen for a web project and that got me hooked with video editing and production. After buying...

12 DECEMBER 2008

Solar Power Project Part 4 Mains electricity from the sun

The solar panel has has a pair of 60 amp wires which run from the apex of the roof to a first floor cupboard where the battery, charge converter / controller, inverter and relay switch box is situated. The picture below...

16 NOVEMBER 2008

aluminum imac hard drive upgrade guide

Aluminium iMac Hard Drive upgrade guide Upgrading the internal hard drive in a 2007-2008 Apple iMac to 1.5TB The following guide provides step by step instructions on how to disassemble and upgrade your Apple iMac 20" or...

07 NOVEMBER 2008

Final Cut Pro First Attempt

After buying a Canon XH A1 camcorder a couple of months ago, I finally got round to buying the hardware and software to let me edit the hd video footage it generates, by buying a Mac Pro and a copy of Final Cut Studio 2 last...

18 OCTOBER 2008

Solar Power Project Part 3

After the sealant and paint had dried the mounting brackets were fitted to the back of the panel. The ridge tiles on the roof were then removed and the panel screwed to the main wooden beam across the middle of the roof. The...

13 OCTOBER 2008

Solar Power Project Part 2

After waiting a day for the painted baseboard to dry, I fitted the solar cells to the board today and soldered interconnecting wires to join them all together in series. Under artifical light the output from the panels was...

11 OCTOBER 2008

Solar Power Project Part 1

After sourcing 50 solar cells from the USA via ebay, I am building a weather proof outdoor solar panel array which should supply enough energy to run the household lighting circuit. Started work today on building the panel...

29 SEPTEMBER 2008

RC Bike Project

Custom 5th Scale RC Bike Project The development of a custom built 1/5 scale radio controlled electric motorbike using a carbon fibre chassis and adjustable pivot suspension unit. The design was made using adobe Illustrator...

29 JULY 2008

Watercooled Xbox 360

Watercooled Xbox 360 - First watercooling project to make an Xbox 360 much quieter. Materials Used: 6mm Copper Plate for heat block Feser One Cooling Fluid - UV GREEN 3/8 Clearflex 60 Hose 12V Laing DDC-1T...

14 MAY 2007

External Button Connections

External Connections for Xbox 360 Steering Wheel buttons and gear shifters Adding six external phono plug connections for joypad buttons and gear shifter pads on the Xbox 360 wheel. These are to connect external gear shifters...

15 DECEMBER 2006

Steering wheel bearings upgrade

Changing the default plastic bearing in the official Xbox 360 steering wheel to a sealed cartridge bearing. Parts Required: Xbox 360 Steering Wheel Sealed bearing race, 45mm internal, 75mm external, 16mm high....

10 JUNE 2006

X1 Project First case change for a classic Xbox games console

X1 - Fitting the standard xbox games console into a commercial CD player case. The donor Xbox The CD Player case with all the insides removed. The xbox dvd drive with the casing removed to fit in the new...

09 JUNE 2006

X2 Custom case built to make the Xbox console as small and quiet as possible

X2 - Custom case built to make the Xbox console as small and quiet as possible. This case was built using aluminium and perspex for the top panel. [more] The milling machine being unpacked. The motherboard mod...


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