How to Recondition Batteries

Did you know that there is a way to bring back to life dead batteries so you won’t need to purchase a replacement? You can do this via a battery regenerator or otherwise known as a battery reconditioner, desulphator, or pulse conditioning device.

Also, I will show you how to properly clean off the things in our batteries that are causing the problems.

Through these, we can effectively restore the capacities of our lead-acid batteries, which would mean we would be able to extend their lifespan. Additionally, you must know, that the process of reconditioning is not the same as recharging. When you recharge a battery, you aim to restore the charge for just a limited amount of time. In reconditioning, you will bring the battery back to its full capacity.
So let’s get down to business.

Battery Reconditioning: How does it work?

Batteries that go uncharged for an extended period of time slowly become sulfated. This happens when lead-sulphur deposits then prop up on the lead plates inside the battery. As a result of this, the battery can’t fully charge to its initial capacity. This is where regenerators/reconditioners come in. They send through the battery high-frequency pulses of electricity that flake off and eliminate any built up sulfate. Keep reading and I will show you the regeneration process through these pulses in greater detail.

Through the application of higher voltages, you can dissolve the crystallized lead sulfate layer back into a solution. This running of a high voltage into a battery, however, would normally cause it to rapidly heat. This then giving in to the potential of an explosion via thermal runaway. That’s why a battery reconditioner uses just enough short pulses of high voltages to reverse the crystallization process of the sulfate.

Battery Reconditioning Guide: Why?

You can do this for economical reason or even open up a battery reconditioning business.
The stockpile of dead batteries in your garage could make for worthy candidates. You potentially could restore all types of batteries from the deep cycle/gel type to the usual car battery using these methods. While not all batteries are the same, the principles are the same.

Battery Reconditioning Guide

The first thing to do in the process of reconditioning your lead acid type battery that has sulfated due to old age or extended use would be an inspection of any kind of defects. These defects could hinder you from fully reconditioning your battery. They could have burnt connectors or melted plastic housing. Any physical signs that point as to why the battery does not work could prevent you from restoring it in the end.

However, if no signs appear, then using this method of battery reconditioning could potentially bring back your battery to life.

Warning: Be extremely careful when handling any chemicals. These batteries contain potentially harmful acids. They can cause irritation or worse. Proper clothing and protective gear are advised as safety when dealing with such chemicals. You have been warned. 

For this method, you will need lots of water and baking soda. You will start by washing thoroughly your battery. For any oils or stuck dirt, you may use a soft brush. For a really dirty battery, you can use soap to clean it. If you use baking soda, it will render any reacting battery acid harmless.

Through the use of a screwdriver, you will need to pry the covers off your battery cell. As a safety precaution from the battery acid, you ought to wear old clothing or an apron. Acid is known to quickly chew through clothing.

So set the covers aside. You can use a small vacuum to suck out any large specks of dirt. Remember to also not let any dirt get into the cells of the battery. Wipe the area around the holes of your cells with a damp paper towel.

Next, you must fill the cells with distilled water to a level just right above the plates. Be sure to use distilled water. Using tap water may corrode your battery. And car batteries usually have a plastic cover over the plates. You must fill your water up to above the plastic cover top. Using a small water bottle can help avoid any messy or shaky pouring of water. Do it slowly and prevent the water from overflowing.

Now, all you have to do is to recharge your battery. You can do so with a professional radiant energy battery desulfator or DIY Battery Restorer.

Battery Reconditioning Guide: Using Chemicals

Step 1. Cleaning terminals

You will need to get rid of any corrosion or dirt of your terminals.

Step 2. Checking voltage

If your battery does not read 12 volts, then you have a problem with a cell.

Step 3. Testing cells.

Test each cell of your battery if it is weak or bad. Each cell must get a reading of at least 2 volts.

Step 4. Battery load test.

For this step, you are to test the load of your battery. Be mindful when doing so.

Step 5. Hydrometer test.

This is akin to the battery load test. You are going to use the hydrometer for step.

Step 6. Adding chemicals.

If it is determined that the battery is available for reconditioning, we now add some battery reconditioning chemicals.

The battery will need to be charged for about 24 hours.

Battery Reconditioning Guide: Epsom Salt Method

The first thing you will need to do is determine if the battery would respond to the reconditioning proces. The voltmeter must show 12 volts. The sweet pocket would be around 10 and 12 volts but anywhere below, it could be a waste of time.

Heat a half quart of distilled water to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, dissolve 7 or 8 ounces of Epsom salts in the water.

Remove the cell caps of your battery. If they were sealed, find the shadows plugs that would cover the cells of your battery. These you must drill through.

Then, drain the fluid out of the battery. Furthermore, use a plastic funnel to pour enough of your Epsom salt solution. This is so that you can have each cell of the battery properly filled.

Insert the plastic plugs into the drill holes. Replace the battery caps and then shake your battery so that your Epsom salts are well spread out.

DIY Vertical Herb Garden

Herb gardens can be a fun and easy step into the world of gardening.

Unfortunately, not everyone has an abundance of outdoor space for gardening.

Our solution to this problem? A space-saving, indoor-friendly, hanging herb garden.

To create your garden, you need not go and buy and expensive indoor herb garden kit.

This easy DIY turns a few easy-to-find materials into a great indoor herb garden planter that can fit in even the tiniest of spaces.

This is also a great idea if you’d like to master indoor gardening so that you have fresh herbs no matter the season!

 

Materials:

Cut your boards and drill holes for rope and pots:

Sand your boards:

String rope and hang your garden:

Secure your boards with zip ties:

Place your plants and enjoy the finished product!

This Is How You Make Your Own Flamethrower!

This particular flame thrower is made to fit in a normal backpack, keeping your arms and hands free for throwing flames while using it!

With an air compressor, a diesel nozzle, a fuel tank, some hose, and some fittings, you’ll have a flame thrower capable of running off of tiki torch fuel.

Here we have the step by step instructions, but you can find the full video instructions at the bottom of this post.

Step One:

Start with an air compressor. You’ll want to remove the regulator, and fill in the space left behind with a brass plug.

 

 

Step Two:

Tap a hole in the bottom of the compressor to add fittings.

 

Step Three:

Your fittings should look like this with the correct valves.

 

 

Step Four:

Run a host from the valve and fit the end with an internal check valve.

 

 

Step Five:

Connect the internal check valve to a diesel nozzle.

 

 

Step Six:

Remove the spout and add a pipe running down to a tip and hose as pictured. The tip and hose will run the fuel for your flame.

 

 

Step Seven:

Run a hose with a nozzle to a fuel tank tapped with a valve and fitting like this. Fill up your tank with tiki torch fuel. Add valve along the hose to better regulate your fuel.

 

Step Eight:

Spark up and start throwing flames! You can adjust with the nozzles on the hose. The whole rigging will fit neatly into a backpack.

Learn How To Make Your Own Propane Torch!

If there’s one word that can describe us as DIY-ers, it’s “resourceful.”

It’s almost like our minds just work a little different from everyone else’s. We’re constantly looking for ways to make use of everyday items, to work with our hands and build something useful.

Today, I have stumbled across this cool video on how to make your own propane torch. Check it out!

DIY Air Conditioner (Very Easy To Make!)

With spring here and summer just around the corner, its time to start preparing for high temperatures.

Heat waves cause serious illness and kill people in cities every summer.

Whether the cause is power outages or lack of access to air conditioning, people fall victim to the heat.

Even in less dire circumstances, being stuck without air conditioning in the summer can be extremely uncomfortable.

With the know how provided by this DIY, you can find quick relief and ensure your safety from dangerous heat waves.

 

Supplies:

Large Ice Chest

Ice

Water hose and access to running water

2 lengths of 1/4 inch vinyl tubing

1 length of 1/4 inch copper tubing

2 hose clamps

Box fan

 

Step 1.

Fill up your biggest and most insulated ice chest/cooler with ice and water. Either place it in a high place or stack up some crates, boxes, to create a sturdy platform for you cooler to sit on. When you’re all set up, run a water hose into the cooler and leave it running.

 

 

Step 2.

Connect a length of 1/4 inch vinyl tubing and 1/4 inch copper tubing with a hose clamp. Submerge the vinyl end of the tubing into your filled ice chest, weighing it down under the water with a small weight tied around the tube.

 

 

Step 3.

Connect your copper tubing along one end of a box fan, running side to side along the face of the fan leaving a little space between the rows of tube. Fix into place with zip ties. This will create your “radiator”.

 

 

Step 4.

Warm air enters the fan, passing over your copper tubing full of ice cold water, causing the air to cool before continuing through the fan onto the other side.

 

 

Step 5.

Cool air pumps out of the fan, creating air conditioning.

 

 

Step 6.

Take the end of your copper tubing and run it out and away from your fan, then add another length of vinyl tubing with a hose clamp. This will be your outflow. Either run it outdoors, somewhere with a sink, or somewhere you can use the water…

 

 

Extra Tip:

This whole operation relies on gravity! That’s why your cooler is propped up  somewhere high. Therefore, your outflow must remain lower than your cooler at all times. Once you’re all set up, create suction on your outflow to get the cold air pumping and the air conditioner working.

 

Make Your Own Antiseptic Ointment

For treating minor cuts, scrapes, abrasions etc, most people will reach for the Neosporin or some other antiseptic ointments.

These are great items to keep in your first aid kit, but hold on just a second before you rush out the the pharmacy to stock up on these…

Did you know that instead of wasting $5 to $10 on ointment, you can make your own antiseptic from scratch?

This homemade antiseptic ointment is packed with germ-killing properties that will help treat those everyday minor cuts, scrapes, and abrasions you might have, and best of all, it’s really easy to make.

Supplies:

            • 1 1/2 ounces beeswax, grated
            • 1 cup olive, almond, or coconut oil
            • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
            • 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil
            • 20 drops lavender essential oil
            • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Ointment Recipe Directions:

1. In a small pot, and melt the oils (except the lavender and lemon essential oils) and beeswax using low heat.

2. Remove pot from the heat and add Vitamin E oil, lemon, and lavender essential oil. Stir with a chopstick or a small wooden spoon.

3. Pour the mixture into a small sterilized jar (or a mason jar). Then let stand and cool on the counter.

4. Store it in a dark cool place.

When you get a cut, scrape or abrasion, use this ointment as needed on the wound.

It should keep for roughly 5 years.

How does it work?

The antiseptic properties include:

        • Tea tree oil: antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial
        • Lavender: analgesic (pain relief), antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial
        • Lemon: antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial

DIY Outdoor Toilet

When nature calls, a DIY outdoor toilet can really save your ass.

This DIY outdoor toilet is great for a weekend camping trip.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Start with a 5 gallon bucket, heavy duty trashbags, a pool noodle, and toilet paper.

2. Remove the bucket’s handle and drill a small hole about 3 fingers from the connector port.

3. Thread the toilet paper onto the handle and connect it to the new connector port.

4. Line the bucket with trash bags.

5. Cut a three-foot piece of pool noodle, then carefully cut a slit down the middle lengthwise.

6. Attach the pool noodle to the rim of the bucket.

7. Drill another small hole near the handle, then use a small bungee cord to keep the handle lifted away from the bucket. This will make it easier to unroll your toilet paper.

8. Your bucket is ready to use!

Check out the full video tutorial here

How To Make Your Own Vaporub

Today I’m going to show you a cool recipe on how to make Vaporub in your home.

This is so damn easy that it is almost embarrassing.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil ( I use Tropical Traditions but any brand will work)
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Cedarwood Essential Oils

Instructions

Put your coconut oil in a bowl and add the essential oils.  Get out a fork or whip and mix them together until light and fluffy.  If your home is on the cool side, the coconut oil will be quite firm and whipping it up a bit will soften it nicely.

Note that if you have the luxury of time, put the jar of coconut oil in a pan of hot water on the stove and leave it there until it melts.

I did not have the luxury of time so I used my stick blender to whip up the coconut oil and essential oils and was pleased with the results.

When your Healing Vapor Rub is soft, fluffy, and to your liking, transfer it to a small, clean jar and you are done.

That’s it.  Were you expecting something more difficult?

How to Use DIY Healing Vapor Rub

Generously rub your DIY Healing Vapor Rub all over the chest and neck area every three to four hours.  Also rub some on the bottoms of both feet.  If stuffiness is a problem and is making breathing difficult, put a little dab on the upper lip to help clear the nasal passages.

DIY Powerful Slingshot

Have you ever wanted to make your own powerful slingshot?

Today’s tutorial will show you how.

Check out the DIY slingshot tutorial below.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Start off with a half inch PVC tubing and some sprinkler fittings.

2. Once you attach all the pieces, the frame of your slingshot should look something like this.

3. Put the pieces together.

4. Use spray paint or duct tape to give your slingshot a custom look.

5. Use an exercise band to create the sling.

6. Make a launching pouch using duct tape.

7. Your finished product will look something like this.

For the full tutorial check out the video here.