How do I get started?

I've been looking around on here, and all i can find is Arduino stuff and stuff I don't have the money for. I'm a teenage American, I can't solder, and i don't have much wood, aluminium, or other construction supplies around to make things with, nor do i have construction skills or tools. I'm almost always without money, and I don't have a 3-Dimensional Printer / CNC machine / Hobby Club / TechShop / New-Wave Technology That's Required For This 'ible / Computer Program That Costs Lots Of Money/ Arduino or equivalent / Scrap Materials. Pretty much the only thing i could do decently is QBasic, which is hard to find inspiration for, and smashing things with a hammer. Now that I think about it, it's hard to find inspiration or a need for anything.

All things considered, how do I get started making Instructables on this site, and are there any good beginner projects that use ordinary household materials or very simple beginner programming languages?

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Ha ha ha. Nice troll.
Fred_Sanford (author)  steveastrouk4 years ago
No, I'm serious dude.All I want is some beginner projects that don't require materials tat cost a lot of money. It's hard to find them with all this Arduino stuff going on or that C123 or whatever it's called. If you're wondering about my username, I just like Sanford and Son.
Click on my user name - a large part of my portfolio is based of scraps and recycled materials.
Fred_Sanford (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Thanks Kite, that's just the kind of stuff i was looking for.
Fred_Sanford (author)  Fred_Sanford4 years ago
I just had an idea, maybe have the web admins implement a difficulty level thing and add that. Have it ask during the making of an instructable "What is the difficulty level" and add that to a filtering system.
That already exists - when you publish a project, there are sliders to indicate the price & difficulty.

It is a regular request to be able to use that data when searching or sorting.
Y'know we should really enquire as to how that information is used at some point, it must be kept somewhere... If it's accessible it could be jury rigged...
I really don't think it is used. I've never heard anybody at HQ even mention it.

That's a shame, really, as sorting by price & difficulty seem like obvious functions on a site like this.
They seem to reset when you go to the publish bit of editing, I can't tell if the info is even saved, though I find it unlikely it's not somewhere...
Food ibles rarely need lasers or arduinos.
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