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201857ViewArduino Ethernet Tool
201857ViewArduino RC Car
201857ViewBuild Lawnmower Blade Sharpening Tool
201857ViewDesign & Build Alternative Power Window Switch
201857ViewInstall Electrical, Insulation, and Drywall
201857ViewPerform Lawnmower Maintenance
201857ViewQuadcopter (F-450) (Upgraded)
201857ViewQuadcopter (X600)
201857ViewQuadcopter (X600X)
201857ViewRepair & Rebuild Chicken Coop
201857ViewReplace Front Wheel Bearings on 2002 Ford Focus
201756ViewDesign & Build Antenna Tower
201756ViewVMware on Dell Server
201655ViewAttic Stairs
201655ViewBoat Dock Modification
201655ViewDesign & Build, and Fly Quadcopters
201655ViewGarage Shelving
201655ViewQuadcopter (Arduino)
201655ViewQuadcopter (F-450)
201655ViewQuadcopter (Wood)
201655ViewQuadcopter Design Plans
201655 Various Arduino Projects
201049ViewExperiment with Music Theory
200948ViewFinish 1600 SF Home Addition
200847ViewReplace Front Disc Rotors on F150 Pickup
200746ViewDesign and Build a 20 ft x 16 ft Carport Addition
200544ViewDraw Fence Plans
200544ViewImprove a 16 ft x 20 ft Accessory Structure
200342 Replace the Water Pump on F150 Pickup
200140 Restore the Interior of a 1993 Ford Pickup
200039ViewDesign and Print Perennial Business Cards
199837ViewDesign and Build a 1500 sq ft Accessory Structure
199837 Draw Plans for Network Cabling System
199635ViewBuild a Gravel Driveway By Hand
199534ViewDesign a Cargo System for F150 Pickup
199534ViewDesign a Truck Loading Dock Addition
199534ViewDesign Bridge Railings
199534ViewDesign the Grading Plans for a Private Lake
199534ViewDraw the Falsework for a County Bridge
199534ViewDraw the Shop Drawings for An Upscale Barn
199534ViewDraw the Shop Drawings for Stair Railings
199534ViewPerform Surveying As-Built on a Golf Course
199433ViewDesign Pond and Calculate Earthwork
199433 Install a Clutch in a Ford Ranger
199433 Replace Bearings in a V-6 Engine
199332ViewDesign Access Road to US Highway 60
199332 Design and Build a Residence Carport Addition
199231ViewChange the Differential Gears in a Ford Mustang
199130ViewDesign A Wood Deck
199130ViewPerform Contract Engineering Work For The US Navy
199130ViewPurchase Individual Components and Build a PC
198827ViewStudy Zoning Maps and Ordinances
198726 Procure a Company PC
198625ViewConstruction Punchlist Work in Los Angeles, CA
198524ViewMonitor Temperature with an Apple II Computer
198524ViewStudy Aviation and Fly 8.5 hrs with Instruction
198423ViewReplace Memory Chips in an Altair Horizon Computer
198322ViewBuild a Floating Dock at Lake Tahoe, California
198221ViewRemodel a of College Fraternity House
198221ViewTorque Wrench Design Project
198120ViewStudy and Memorize Rubik Cube Solutions
197918ViewRebuild and Sell a Ford 289 Engine
197918ViewRemove and Re-install Engine in a Ford Mustang II
197817 Install Automobile Sound Systems
197817 Observe a Skilled Mechanic Restore a '64 Ponitiac
197716 Learn Carpentry and Homebuilding
197716 Rebuild and Sell a Ford 351 Cleveland Engine
197615ViewAttend a Typing Class
197615ViewPlay Chess Daily
197615ViewStudy Photography and Darkroom Processes
197514 Construct Telephone Amplifier Kits
197514 Use an Electronic Calculator Extensively
197413 Build Electronic Projects with Electronics Kit
197413 Experiment with Speakers and Amplifiers
197413 Solve Cryptogram Puzzles
197312 Perform Parallel and Series Electrical Experiments
197211 Build an HO Scale Model Railroad Project
19709 Build LEGO Gear and Motor Projects
 
Arduino Ethernet ToolYear: 2018My Age: 57View
This project allows the user to control relays via a network interface.


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Arduino RC CarYear: 2018My Age: 57View
This was originally the Arduino `Robot` kit. I bought two more wheels & motors and an addition driver board. Also, I used the Mega board for more pins. I used the `gear` channel of the Spektrum RC to run in `auto-pilot` mode so that I could experiment with a GPS module and 9DOF module.


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Build Lawnmower Blade Sharpening ToolYear: 2018My Age: 57View
Instead of buying new lawnmower blades, I designed and built a jig to hold the lawnmower blade at the appropriate angle for sharpening.


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Design & Build Alternative Power Window SwitchYear: 2018My Age: 57View
The window switch was broken on a 2002 Ford Focus with over 250,000 miles which prevented the driver window from operating so I devised an alternative method of reversing the polarity of the current to the motor.


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Install Electrical, Insulation, and DrywallYear: 2018My Age: 57View
Install Electrical, Insulation, and Drywall in a utility building.


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Perform Lawnmower MaintenanceYear: 2018My Age: 57View
Replace drive belts & lubricate self-propel gears.


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Quadcopter (F-450) (Upgraded)Year: 2018My Age: 57View
The Quadcopter Frame: F-450


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Quadcopter (X600)Year: 2018My Age: 57View
The Quadcopter Frame: X600


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Quadcopter (X600X)Year: 2018My Age: 57View
The Quadcopter Frame: X600X


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Repair & Rebuild Chicken CoopYear: 2018My Age: 57View
A wind storm blew the chicken coop across the open fields and needed repair.


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Replace Front Wheel Bearings on 2002 Ford FocusYear: 2018My Age: 57View
In addition to replacing the wheel bearing, it was necessary to replace the transaxle as well.


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Design & Build Antenna TowerYear: 2017My Age: 56View
Since I do not watch much television, I have rarely paid for content broadcasting. Consequently, over the years, I have built (or bought), then mounted, many types of antennas. This most recent antenna was published in Popular Electronics magazine.


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VMware on Dell ServerYear: 2017My Age: 56View
I have an Dell Poweredge 2850 Server with the VMware ESXi operating system installed and I have approximately ten (10) virtual machines configured that I use to experiment with different versions of Linux.


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Attic StairsYear: 2016My Age: 55View
These stairs are heavy-duty and are raised and lowered with an electric winch (1200lb capacity).


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Boat Dock ModificationYear: 2016My Age: 55View
 


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Design & Build, and Fly QuadcoptersYear: 2016My Age: 55View
Due to my background in photography, I became enamored with aerial photographs. However, prior to Radio-Controlled (RC) drones, there have been limited tools to photograph from high places, so when drones became widely available, I began to learn about them. Subsequently, I began designing, building and flying them.


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Garage ShelvingYear: 2016My Age: 55View
These shelves utilize the space above the garage door.


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Quadcopter (Arduino)Year: 2016My Age: 55View
This quadcopter contains two Arduino UNO project boards that preprocesses the RC transmitter signals before relaying them to the quadcopter ESCs in order to integrate GPS navigation.


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Quadcopter (F-450)Year: 2016My Age: 55View
The Quadcopter Frame: F-450


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Quadcopter (Wood)Year: 2016My Age: 55View
The Quadcopter Frame: Wood


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Quadcopter Design PlansYear: 2016My Age: 55View
Using AutoCAD, I designed the layout plans for quadcopters.


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Various Arduino ProjectsYear: 2016My Age: 55 
Most projects included interfacing Arduino UNO boards to quadcopter motors.


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Experiment with Music TheoryYear: 2010My Age: 49View
I have always been interested in music and music-related hobbies (such as dancing). I re-acquainted myself with reading music and playing basic melodies on the piano, then using `Finale` composer software, I wrote a score of melodies. (actually it was only 16... sorry for the pun)


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Finish 1600 SF Home AdditionYear: 2009My Age: 48View
My wife and I bought a house with 1600 SF of unfinished space. I am performing much of the work and also coordinating subcontractors.


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Replace Front Disc Rotors on F150 PickupYear: 2008My Age: 47View
Replacing the front disc rotors requires removal of the front hubs, so I replaced the wheel bearings also. This is fairly easy on a regular 2-wheel drive hub, but is more complex on electronic 4-wheel drive hubs such as mine.


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Design and Build a 20 ft x 16 ft Carport AdditionYear: 2007My Age: 46View
This project included drawing the plans in AutoCAD and obtaining the necessary building permits and inspections.


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Draw Fence PlansYear: 2005My Age: 44View
Our subdivision covenants require approval for architectural improvements, so I drew and submitted these drawings. We also used them for solicitation of proposals.


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Improve a 16 ft x 20 ft Accessory StructureYear: 2005My Age: 44View
When I bought a older house, there was an accessory structure that had a good frame and roof, but the interior was unfinished and needed some other repairs.


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Replace the Water Pump on F150 PickupYear: 2003My Age: 42 
In the course of maintaining my F-150 pickup, I replaced the water pump (once), the radiator (several times), and the heater core (several times).


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Restore the Interior of a 1993 Ford PickupYear: 2001My Age: 40 
In Jan-2001, I purchased a F-150 pickup truck that had 110,000 miles. It needed some maintenance and cleaning so I installed new brake pads, shocks, spark plugs, engine drive belt, distributor cap and rotor as well as the oil. Also, the to clean the interior, I removed everything except the dashboard and thoroughly cleaned all the parts and re-installed them.


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Design and Print Perennial Business CardsYear: 2000My Age: 39View
Before the internet became ubiquitous, people would need to re-print their business cards each time their contact information changed. I created a business card design that stands the test of time.


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Design and Build a 1500 sq ft Accessory StructureYear: 1998My Age: 37View
When we moved into a new house, we needed some extra storage space. I designed an wood-frame accessory structure with a concrete foundation and I framed it entirely by myself (including the roof trusses). I hired someone to perform the concrete work on the foundation and also the roof shingles.


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Draw Plans for Network Cabling SystemYear: 1998My Age: 37 
During the internet revolution, the US Postal Service upgraded all post offices with network cabling. While I was working at the main post office in Springfield, Missouri, I supervised the installation of thousands of feet of category 5 cable and fiber optic cable, along with approximately 800 outlets including the patch panels. Afterwards, I drew the as-built plans.


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Build a Gravel Driveway By HandYear: 1996My Age: 35View
 


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Design a Cargo System for F150 PickupYear: 1995My Age: 34View
I was performing survey work and needed a system to carry the equipment, so I designed a system of cargo containers.


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Design a Truck Loading Dock AdditionYear: 1995My Age: 34View
A local warehouse had a narrow driveway access, so the owner asked me to create design plans to build an angular loading dock.


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Design Bridge RailingsYear: 1995My Age: 34View
I was working for a construction company that built bridges. One project was to improve some pedestrian bridges with handrails at a local park (Sequiota Park, Springfield, MO). I created the shop drawings that were used to fabricate the railings.


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Design the Grading Plans for a Private LakeYear: 1995My Age: 34View
I have experience with surveying and earthwork so I performed the surveying for the existing topography, then created the grading plans for the lake.


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Draw the Falsework for a County BridgeYear: 1995My Age: 34View
While working for a construction company that built bridges, I drew the plans and performed the structural calculations on several bridge projects.


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Draw the Shop Drawings for An Upscale BarnYear: 1995My Age: 34View
 


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Draw the Shop Drawings for Stair RailingsYear: 1995My Age: 34View
These stair railings are at Parkview HS in Springfield, Missouri.


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Perform Surveying As-Built on a Golf CourseYear: 1995My Age: 34View
A golf course near Branson, Missouri, the `Top Of The Rock`, has many retaining walls and small bridges. I performed some of the surveying as-built measurements.


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Design Pond and Calculate EarthworkYear: 1994My Age: 33View
Many landowners in the Ozarks want to improve their property by digging ponds. This was one example.


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Install a Clutch in a Ford RangerYear: 1994My Age: 33 
When my Ford Ranger needed a new clutch, I decided that I would use the opportunity to pull the engine and transmission to thoroughly clean it since the valve gaskets had been leaking for years. The first step was to reinforced the main ceiling joist in the attic with a steel beam. Once reinforced, I used a hand winch to lift the engine and transmission from the vehicle. After cleaning, I replaced the clutch and the valve gaskets and then re-installed the assembly.


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Replace Bearings in a V-6 EngineYear: 1994My Age: 33 
I had a Ford Ranger pickup that needed new crankshaft and rod bearings so I loosened the engine mounts, raised the engine several inches with a winch, removed the oil pan, and replaced the bearings.


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Design Access Road to US Highway 60Year: 1993My Age: 32View
A client of mine had a parcel of property adjacent to US Highway 60 in Rogersville, Missouri. I designed and drew the access plans for the access road.


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Design and Build a Residence Carport AdditionYear: 1993My Age: 32 
When I first moved to Missouri, I designed and built a carport addition for my brother-in-law.


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Change the Differential Gears in a Ford MustangYear: 1992My Age: 31View
Still a Mustang enthusiast in 1992, I purchased a V-8 model and after driving it for several months decided that I wanted better low-end performance so I replaced the differential gears.


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Design A Wood DeckYear: 1991My Age: 30View
One client wanted me to design a wood deck and produce the construction plans.


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Perform Contract Engineering Work For The US NavyYear: 1991My Age: 30View
For several years I performed engineering work for the US Navy at Mare Island Naval Base at Vallejo, California. During that time, I traveled to several naval bases including:

Mare Island, California
Oxnard, California
San Diego, California
Stennis, Mississippi
Adak, Alaska
Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
Sigonella, Italy

I also had the opportunity to visit Washington DC.


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Purchase Individual Components and Build a PCYear: 1991My Age: 30View
When I was ready to purchase my first PC, I wanted to take the opportunity to learn more about the hardware so I arranged with the vendor to deliver all of the cards and components in their original packaging. I then assembled the PC myself and then configured the system BIOS, the CONFIG.SYS and the AUTOEXEC.BAT files.


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Study Zoning Maps and OrdinancesYear: 1988My Age: 27View
While working as a surveyor, I studied the local zoning maps and ordinances for Woodland, California. As well as legal principles of property boundary.


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Procure a Company PCYear: 1987My Age: 26 
Back when the IBM PC was the industry standard, our office was ready to begin using LOTUS 123, but we needed a PC first. Since PCs cost nearly $10,000 at the time, choosing which brand and which peripherals to puchase was a significant responsibility. I thoroughly analyzed all of the currently available PCs, their options, and their prices. We ultimately purchased one of the first Compaq 286 desktop units and we were very satisfied.


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Construction Punchlist Work in Los Angeles, CAYear: 1986My Age: 25View
I worked for a large construction company (Turner Construction Company) doing various engineering projects including final inspections for contract compliance (punchlists). I worked in the Los Angeles Office and one of the buildings that I inspected was known (at that time) as the Burbank Tower.


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Monitor Temperature with an Apple II ComputerYear: 1985My Age: 24View
My Mechanical Engineering senior project consisted of using an Apple II computer to monitor the temperature of a swimming pool for a 48 hour period. The computer was equipped with two special peripheral cards. One card was a clock (these days it's hard to imagine a PC without a built-in clock) and the other was a digital/analog card. I connected the A/D card to 16 thermal sensors and wrote a program to monitor and record the temperature for each sensor at regular intervals.


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Study Aviation and Fly 8.5 hrs with InstructionYear: 1985My Age: 24View
During my senior year in college, a fraternity brother of mine began taking flying lessons. He had already obtained his marine license so much of the navigation material was very similar. I took some lessons myself and logged 8.5 hrs.


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Replace Memory Chips in an Altair Horizon ComputerYear: 1984My Age: 23View
The Altair Horizon was one of the early PCs. A fraternity brother of mine had a grandfather who was and Electrical Engineer and had experimented with the computer for years. When his grandfather passed, he asked me to help him learn how to use it. The memory boards were covered with 64 memory chips each and some of the boards produced errors. Using hexidecimal arithmetic and the CP/M MEM command, I determined the address layout of the boards by removing a chip from one of the boards that was working correctly and was able to replace the malfunctioning chips.


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Build a Floating Dock at Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaYear: 1983My Age: 22View
A fraternity brother of mine earned his marine license and for several summers worked for the Ski Run Marina in South Lake Tahoe, California. One summer, I worked there also and we built a 40ft x 40ft floating dock that was positioned approximately 200 feet from the shore to launch and land people that wanted to ride the parasails.


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Remodel a of College Fraternity HouseYear: 1982My Age: 21View
During college, our fraternity moved into a new house. However, the old house did not sell immediately and was transformed into a boarding house in the interim period. To obtain a use permit from the city, the house required some significant remodeling. I spent three summer months making the changes required by the city.


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Torque Wrench Design ProjectYear: 1982My Age: 21View
One project of my college coursework was to design a special torque wrench. The instruction was known as very tough and my fellow students were astonished when he awarded me a perfect grade (100%) on the project. One of the reasons for this was my use of a Fortran algorithm that I wrote to calculate the shape of the jaws.


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Study and Memorize Rubik Cube SolutionsYear: 1981My Age: 20View
During the height of the Rubik Cube popularity, I also became fascinated with the puzzle. And although I figured out how to solve two of the three levels, I sought help with solving the third. I purchased a book that described the algorithms for solving the third level, I memorized them, and subsequently became the only person in my fraternity who could solve the puzzle which I did upon request (usually at parties) for years.


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Rebuild and Sell a Ford 289 EngineYear: 1979My Age: 18View
I was interested in upgrading the engine in my Ford Mustang II, so I purchased the engine block, heads, and all other engine parts individually, arranged for a machine refurbish them, and then I assembled the engine. However, I sold the engine to another Mustang enthusiast instead of installing it in my Mustang.


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Remove and Re-install Engine in a Ford Mustang IIYear: 1979My Age: 18View
After building the 289 engine, I removed the stock V-6 engine from a Ford Mustang II with the intent of installing the 289. I later decided not to do this and I sold the 289 instead.


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Install Automobile Sound SystemsYear: 1978My Age: 17 
Since I had worked with speakers and sound systems earlier, I installed automobile sound systems for several friends (and in my own automobiles).


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Observe a Skilled Mechanic Restore a '64 PonitiacYear: 1978My Age: 17 
A close childhood friend excelled in automotive shop and became quite skilled with many tools. I spent many nights in his parent garage as he restored a 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix. He focused special attention on techniques for obtaining maximum horsepower from the engine and drivetrain which included balancing and blueprinting the engine, a high-performance automatic transmission, and a positive traction differential. He is now a highly-paid technician in Silicon Valley.


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Learn Carpentry and HomebuildingYear: 1977My Age: 16 
My father is a General Building Contractor who performed the majority of the carpentry work himself. From an early age I was exposed to tools, materials, and construction.


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Rebuild and Sell a Ford 351 Cleveland EngineYear: 1977My Age: 16 
As I approached driving age, my interest focused on automobiles and I took a liking to the Ford Mustang. One of the most powerful Mustang engines was the 351 Cleveland engine known for its oversize heads, valves and intake ports. I purchased the engine block, heads, and all other engine parts individually, arranged for a machine refurbish them, and then I assembled the engine. I then sold the engine to another Mustang enthusiast.


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Attend a Typing ClassYear: 1976My Age: 15View
One year while choosing my class schedule, I had an open time period that was optional since it was the last class of the day. I wanted to leave it open since there weren't any classes that interested me. When they suggested typing, I asked, `What will I ever use that for?` They responded, `You may have to type a paper in college someday`. Well, I took the class. Although at that time none of us ever expected typing to play such an important role in my life, my parents decision has come to be quite beneficial.


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Play Chess DailyYear: 1976My Age: 15View
For several years I played chess daily which helped develop my logical thought patterns.


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Study Photography and Darkroom ProcessesYear: 1976My Age: 15View
Pictures that I photographed of lightning were published in a local daily newspaper with a circulation of 20,000.


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Construct Telephone Amplifier KitsYear: 1975My Age: 14 
Radio Shack was just around the corner from our house and I visited there often. One kit I built was an amplifier that had a suction cup that could be placed on the telephone receiver that would amplify the conversation over a speaker (like a speakerphone, but back then those were very rare). It wasn't long before I had connected the speaker output directly to a tape recorder.


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Use an Electronic Calculator ExtensivelyYear: 1975My Age: 14 
My father bought me an early Texas Instruments calculator which had an LED display which could be seen well in the dark. At night, when I before I fell asleep, I would sometimes run calculations. I noticed that if the plus key was repeatedly pressed, the number in the display would double. I used to like to start with one an notice the quick progression to an enormous number. I also became very familiar with the numbers of that progression (1,2,4,8,16,32, etc.) which later were useful since they are the basis of the number systems used by computers.


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Build Electronic Projects with Electronics KitYear: 1974My Age: 13 
Seeing that I had an interest in electricity, and to keep me from rewiring the family stereo and television, my father gave me a Radio Shack 200-in-one kit. This kit contained all of the basic electronic components and which could be connected to created 200 differents electronic circuits.


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Experiment with Speakers and AmplifiersYear: 1974My Age: 13 
I had quite a collection of discarded electronic devices and I used to salvage the speakers and potentiometers (volume controls) from all of them. I would then connect them in a variety of ways to a variety of devices.


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Solve Cryptogram PuzzlesYear: 1974My Age: 13 
For several years, I would solve the daily cryptogram puzzle in the local newspaper.


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Perform Parallel and Series Electrical ExperimentsYear: 1973My Age: 12 
While vacationing one year, an uncle of mine gave me a book on the fundamentals of electricity he had received during his Army basic training. He also gave me some batteries, wire, switches, and flashlight bulbs which I connected together in a variety of configurations.


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Build an HO Scale Model Railroad ProjectYear: 1972My Age: 11 
This was another project which helped develop my mechical and electrical skills when I was young.


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Build LEGO Gear and Motor ProjectsYear: 1970My Age: 9 
When I was young, I was fortunate enough to receive LEGOs as a gift and they quickly became my favorite toy. For many years I was to continue to receive LEGOs at every gift-giving occasion. I am very grateful to my family for these gifts because besides my enjoyment playing with them, I believe that they helped me to develop basic engineering skills which have become so important now.


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