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EVERYTHING can kill you. Something probably will. This site is a personal journey of discovery. I take stuff apart to learn how it works. I put stuff back together to see if it still does. I break stuff all the time. I fix it most of the time. Sometimes I successfully modify to do something else or do something better. Sometimes I end up with a head of trash. Most of the time I use appropriate protective gear. Sometimes I don’t. I have the scars to prove it.

Here’s my point. I’m giving you permission to open stuff up and see what makes it tick. I’m NOT giving you permission to be an idiot about it. Fer chrissake, don’t try to see what makes a hair dryer work when you’re sitting in a bathtub full of water. YOU WILL DIE!

Remember the following, but certainly not all-inclusive guidelines.

ELECTRICITY KILLS. Respect it. If you don’t know how to properly respect electricity, don’t mess with it.

MESSING WITH STUFF IS DANGEROUS. Parts can fly off. Things can explode. You’ll encounter sharp edges and pointy bits. You will bleed all over something. You’ll likely burn yourself with some caustic chemical along the way. You may encounter dangerous fumes that can kill or hurt you.

 

MAKE SURE THE POWER’S OFF BEFORE YOU MESS WITH IT. If you don’t know how to make sure the power’s off, you probably shouldn’t be messing with it.

MAKE SURE THE CAPACITORS ARE DISCHARGED. Is that greek to you? You’re probably not ready to mess with it.

PAY ATTENTION TO WARNING LABELS. If you don’t understand the warning labels, you’re probably not ready to be messing with it.

USE APPROPRIATE PROTECTIVE GEAR. If you don’t know what the appropriate protective gear is, you’re probably not ready to be messing with it. ¬†

Most importantly, USE COMMON SENSE. ‘Cause here’s the deal: I’m just some yokel on the internets. If you choose to do anything suggested on this site and suffer disastrous consequences, you’re likely to lose an eye, and contrary to popular belief, that’s not really when the fun starts. Just because I’ve made some of the crap I’ve made doesn’t mean that I did it the safest way, and I was probably lucky that I didn’t sever my femoral artery in the process. I’m not saying you should¬†undertake any of these projects or portions of them. If you do, that’s your choice. It’s up to you to take responsibility to do the appropriate research, take the appropriate precautions, and take the appropriate steps to be SAFE and LEARN something. You will screw up, like I have many times. But those are the consequences of choosing to explore the tools in our lives and figure out how to make them better.

Above all, HAVE FUN!

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