How To Make Waterproof Fire Starters

Suppose you’re out on a hike or a hunt and you get stranded by weather and you have to just hunker down and tough it out. How do you start a fire to keep warm? Well here’s a great solution I learned from my Dad. He was an avid hunter and fisherman in the Adirondack mountains where I grew up and he showed me this when I was a teenager. These waterproof fire starters are easy to make and can be easily stashed in a back pack or jacket. No matter how wet they get they’ll still be ready to start a fire.

Follow along now as I show you how to make them.

Keep on hackin… and stay warm!

1960 Zenith Stereo Restoration Part 2

I received the tubes, a new phono cartridge and needle this week! After installing everything the sound was definitely better but the right channel is still louder than the left one. I pulled the amplifier chassis out and tested the capacitors. These capacitors are of the older paper wound variety and they have a tendency to dry out and fail. After I tested three with the results being bad I decided to just replace them all.

I started looking for these capacitors on the internet and found it hard to find them. They’re non polarized high voltage caps with the leads in an axial configuration meaning they have a lead on each end like a resistor. After searching long enough I found them on the Allied Electronics website. I’ve ordered them and should have them all in a couple weeks. Some were on back order.

In my searching I found several good sites about vintage electronic repair:

Antique Radio

Antique Electronic Supply

Just Radios

The last half of this weeks video explains how a phonograph produces sound from a needle in a groove on a record. For a more in depth explanation visit this page:
Record Technology

needle in record groove

I hope you enjoy this video and come away with an appreciation for this wonderful old technology that all of us older folks grew up with.

Keep on hackin!

1960 Zenith Stereo Restoration Part 1

Last year I was given a bunch of vintage electronics and in the pile was a Zenith console stereo from 1960. It actually worked but needed a tune up. I stashed it in our shed for the summer while I worked on other things but now that I seem to be stuck inside due to the cold weather I figured it was time to haul it out and restore it.

After some testing I discovered that a few tubes were in need of replacement. I found the ones I needed on Ebay along with a new phono needle and cartridge.

Follow along now as I take you back in time to 1960.

Enjoy the video and…

keep on hackin!