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    I think the big issue for me is the different code bases -- HTML vs BBCode. It seems to mean that I'd have to completely reformat everything I've done. I'd prefer to invest time in creating something new, rather than just reformatting, so, for now, my contribution can be to add links to the wiki guiding readers to the worklog information.

    If the wiki were HTML-based, I'd edit my own stuff, based on the new usage.

    Ideally, there's a convertor out there somewhere that will move HTML to BBCode. I'll look around for that. Anyone know of such a tool?
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    not really a scrap source, but i bought some ABS plastic sheets, they are like 12x24 i believe from partsexpress

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdholtz View Post
    Ideally, there's a convertor out there somewhere that will move HTML to BBCode. I'll look around for that. Anyone know of such a tool?
    If you find one, let me know. i looked pretty hard about a year ago and came up with few results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiberoptic View Post
    If you find one, let me know. i looked pretty hard about a year ago and came up with few results.
    I Googled (and Binged) "html to bbcode", found several online converters, and also found that none of them could even resolve a bold headline. I wasn't impressed. A few were downloadable, but I got the impression I'd need some advanced programming knowledge.

    And so I guess I've temporarily aborted -- at least 'til I can get my carPC build in the car. Since summer's here, it's too bloody hot in Georgia to sit in the garage and do plastic welding. That means the bezel will have to wait 'til fall, which means I may have time to explore adding to the wiki (from the air-conditioned comfort of the house).

    I'd like to see the wiki really strong. It would a great tool for n00bs, and for old-timers, too, since every time we tackle a new skill, we're n00bs all over again.
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    If I go more than a week between working on something, I'm a n00b all over again...
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    Just an FYI, but if anyone is looking to do a project, and is in need of any HDPE, let me know... I can get virgin scrap of this all day long from my father. The tubing for geothermal loops is a high quality virgin HDPE, and they generate a fair amount of short (4-18") scraps of 3/4-2" tubing when installing them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thekl0wn View Post
    Just an FYI, but if anyone is looking to do a project, and is in need of any HDPE, let me know... I can get virgin scrap of this all day long from my father. The tubing for geothermal loops is a high quality virgin HDPE, and they generate a fair amount of short (4-18") scraps of 3/4-2" tubing when installing them.
    Thanks! That may be an interesting material for producing curves as I fit my PE bezel to the touchscreen. The Scion's dash is rounded, not linear, and all I have is 1/8-inch and 1/16-inch sheet stock. I'd been wondering how to generate nice curves without trying to mold it.

    I'd bet one or two 12- to 18-inch pieces would be all I'd need. I'm not at the point of producing the bezel, yet, but I'm getting close. I'll PM you when I get ready . . .
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    That's fine, and I'll start acquiring an assortment of lengths and diameters. Heck, for corners, the manifold fittings might even work as well. They have pretty much any fitting you can find at Homo Depot or Blowes in PVC, in the PE, with the exception that all fittings are female, since they are heat-fused, rather than bonded chemically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thekl0wn View Post
    . . . Heck, for corners, the manifold fittings might even work as well. They have pretty much any fitting you can find at Homo Depot or Blowes in PVC, in the PE, with the exception that all fittings are female, since they are heat-fused, rather than bonded chemically.
    I didn't realize those fittings were available in Polyethylene; I thought they were all PVC and CPVC. I'll check them out.

    I'm pretty comfortable with most of the bezel, but the surfaces around the screen had me concerned: how was I going to get a nice inside corner? This may help resolve that.
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    Just so we're clear, I meant that the selection of fittings in PE is vast... However, not at HD/L/M's... We actually don't have a local source for the fuseable joints, and have to order them.
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