Take a tour of Instructables!

There's so much cool stuff here, I thought people (new and old) might enjoy a guided tour.

Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. These awesome people make it all happen. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others; more history is here.

Instructables is the combination of a number of things. First, there are the Instructables themselves. These are step-by-step descriptions of things people want to share. They are educational, inspirational, and often replicable.

The Dachshund Wheel chair is my favorite. A passionate user shared something close to his heart, and has had a positive impact on many lives.

There's the whimsical: Magnetic Acrylic Rubik's Cube. And, of course, the whimsical inspired by the whimsical: Magnetic Rubik's Dice Cube. And, the plain ridiculous: How to Get a Free Yacht and its complete saga.

A cornerstone of what makes Instructables great is the comments. People ask questions, give praise, or offer improvements; this sets up a conversation between the project author and the community. Check out this cookie recipe where the author responds to a question about substitutions for someone who wants cookies now.

Many of the best Instructables have won one of our contests: Show Your Heart Valentine's Day Contest, Holiday Homemade Gifts contest, Take Thanksgiving to the Next Level contest, Halloween Project contest, and The Magnet Challenge.

Instructables has a lively forum for opinion and discussion. Really smart and talented people hang out here. Have a look at a forum topic on water tunnel testing complete with Reynold's number equations.

Finally, what really makes Instructables great is the community surrounding it. These are passionate people that want to share what they did and how they did it. In recognition of this, Instructables won the 2006 Wired Rave Award for industrial design. Instructables gave power to the individuals so they could positively impact the world. Also, check out some of the news articles about Instructables.

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Mr. Chango3 years ago
see i just found your site while surfin' the web and i faund it just amazing.
I think you ppl do a great job. I found very useful many of the articles and pdf docs that you share. I hope i can share something that can be as useful as it is for me.

Haris243 years ago
Hi this page is nice
Chrize3 years ago
I want to make a device that accepts voice commands(google calls it digital assistanance) searches the voice input in the memory which contains the command and then gives the output on the screen.......
eg.if I say 1+2 EQULAS......(here it should give an answer)........
how n frm where should I start?????
Kiteman Chrize3 years ago
You ought to start a fresh forum topic to ask this question.

CLICK HERE to start the topic.
tijaabo3 years ago
hey folks how i download ebook cuz he refuse me every time heeeeeeeeelp
Kiteman tijaabo3 years ago
eBooks are a pro feature.
Phumlani993 years ago
guys please help me out here, i wanna make or rather create an instruction manual for DIY flat pack Kitchen and BIC units.
Create an instructable on building them, then download the PDF.
wije4 years ago
Hi I am a business minded person .and specialized in appropriate technology.I feel most of the instructables are related to the same.Believe me,last 18 years I am in business buy selling creative products. I am open to help those who needs
Pozemku wije4 years ago
Hello! how are you, i do a lot of arduino, and i can do anything, if you have a business project in mind or an idea, tell me and i will make that true in arduino.

(Im business man too, i like forex market)
My friend is interesting at it,you can contact me and discuss.
yubah2002 wije3 years ago
hi can u help me to recall on how to devide this number?8/20?
coolfix wije3 years ago
One of my known source of poor women wanted to make a living by making paper bags,and paper covers used for paking,made from old magazines and news papers,they require marketing help,can u help.
Chrize3 years ago
I want to make a device that accepts voice commands(google calls it digital assistanance) searches the voice input in the memory which contains the command and then gives the output on the screen.......
eg.if I say 1+2 EQULAS......(here it should give an answer)........
how n frm where should I start?????
hacard3 years ago
Hola; Cordial saludo.

Seria posible que esta pagina la mostraran en español.
Loa temas son muy interesantes e instructivos, pero... desafortunadamente se encuentran escritos en ingles y es muy tedioso traducirlos.

Gracias por su atención.
Kiteman hacard3 years ago
Hello, Hacard, 
You may be interested in the comments on this topic: 

Hola, Hacard, 
Usted puede estar interesado en los comentarios sobre este tema: 

nachiketa3 years ago
What is the meaning of ' favorite' tag
When you 'favorite' something you can easily find it again in your You page, under the Instructables tab, then favorites
Oh ok ok
Hi,I want to make a tesla coil at home so I need some instructions to make one.
At the top of every page, there's a search box that says "let's make" in front of it.

Type tesla coil in there, and then pick the result you prefer.
Lvdvgallery3 years ago
Just want to know if filling a wooden rain barrel with water will keep it from leaking?An old wine barrel.
If the barrel dried down too far the staves will have changed their shape and will have to be reshaped ( planed ) The hoops will need retightening and small imperfections between staves and between staves and the ends are usually patched with reeds Then the barrel has to be kept wet with sacking on the outside when not full of water or the same problem returns !
"Depends" is the answer. If it has dried out too much no amount of soaking will help. If it is just seepage when first filled then the wood should expand and close the gaps. Wish I could help more but going on my memory from the wood barrels at the farm when I was a kid.
fkuunang3 years ago
hi to anyone how looking at this message, i need you to tell me how i can join the freemason and secured my life and rich and famous .
happytobeme3 years ago
sounds like a nice site:)
mpenaman3 years ago
how do you make something and show it to people
How you make something is up to you (that's kind of the point), but take plenty of photos as you go, and then publish an instructable by hitting the "Create" tab at the top of the page and go from there.
cuznjun3 years ago
First day in, how can i edit a instructable that i have succesfully posted
When logged in, open the project of yours that you want to edit. On the right-hand side of the page will be author options, click edit
tigers583 years ago
I'm new to instructables, and I have some followers. So, what about followers? Do followers get automatic e-mails when someone posts a comment about the instructable, or when I reply to a comment? What about forums? Is there a handy list of forums on here someplace? And finally, for the time being, why isn't the word "instructables" in the text spell checker dictionary? :-)
When you post a new project, or start a new forum topic, they'll get an automated alert so they can check it out.

As for forums, click the "Community" tab at the top of the page - it's obvious from there.

You're welcome!
I'm new, and i have a question: Does anyone know if using an iPod for my photos will work out well?
As long as you keep them in focus, well-lit, and cropped as necessary, iPod photos are fine.
BdaSpidey3 years ago
I have just joined instructables. I started with a post on the FAQ for help with my car battery. Now that I have asked for help, what happens next? Do I get an email or do I just keep checking the forum?
If somebody replies to your post, you will get a note in your own Comments page, and you will get an email to the address you started the account with.
Kiteman Kiteman3 years ago
(Oh, and you ought to move the topic to "ride", then you will be more likely to get the right person adding a comment.)
Do I have to re-create the message and originate it in ride. I don't see how to move it.
If you go to your topic, there's a button to edit the topic - click that, and you should get the option of re-classifying it.
Thanks for advice. Not quite sure how to move it to "ride" but I'll figure it out.
colin,s3 years ago
thank you all
dushant colin,s3 years ago
weel come .......
crumpets4 years ago
Hello all,

I've just joined and from some of the comments it looks like fun.
I will be posting some of my recipes for food stuff that I have attempted to have a go at....some actually tasted good...after a few glasses of wine.
crumpets, I'm new here as well. I'm still trying to figure out how everything works out here.
Welcome aboard!
Welcome, one and all!
dushant Kiteman3 years ago
Looks good where's the recipe?
I'll post the recipe over the weekend, thanks for checking.
dushant3 years ago
hi! my name is dushant/sagar iam new at this site so pls help me to know more about this site nd iam going to post my new instructable on sunday so pls see it ..........
Well, I joined about four days ago, and even before I knew how to use the page I got answers to some of my questions. I like it already. As soon as my project is done, I will post an instructable. Glad to be here.
billiejoe3 years ago
A friend gave me a free 3 month promo code and I can not find where to enter it . Can someone please help me . Thank You
Moem billiejoe3 years ago
Hi BillieJoe,
Try here.
I am a Royal Ranger Boys Leader, always looking for age appropriate projects for boys ages 7-14 years old.

The Royal Ranger program is a mentoring program with an emphasis on building a solid relationship with God, and followed by adventures in HIS great outdoors.

I am looking for excellent ideas/projects to be used while hiking and camping. Projects that are old school rustic, simple, primitive and inxpensive are most welcomed. I personally enjoy projects like "home-made wood and alcohol stoves."

I welcome your ideas. Think back to your youth and help me come up with cool ideas to teach my boys an "unplugged" life outdoors.

Many thanks and God Bless.

Faith Walker
AT Thru-Hiker
We have an entire "Outdoors" section you will probably enjoy browsing, though I ought to warn you; we are a largely rationalist / secular bunch here, so very few projects are influenced by any deity.

(If you've got the brass for it, we do occasionally have some rather, er, robust discussions of a theological nature. Be prepared to be subject to quite knowledgable/enthusiastic cross-examination.)
Kiteman Kiteman3 years ago
Gah, forgot to add the link, sorry: http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-outside/

(I blame the time - it's ten minutes into Friday over here.)
raquelcmd3 years ago
pleas vote on my 2 year old baby for the halloween costume contes pleas and thank you come see the most beautiful bee you ever seen her name is ja,niyah shes 2 and her birthday is feb 16 ...............give her all the love u can thanks ag
Hi all,
This is youngkennyblade here some of you might recodnize my username from another site. That is true I am also a Kongregate member. i plan to post
stuff about

Soda (specificly mountain dew)

New era caps.

Tech stuff

and I might post some nerf stuff too.

Still working on an avatar though.

mary=g3 years ago
Hi I am new to this site & have no ideal what I am doing I came on
here looking for some inf. on spider plants & was amased & how much they gave me & had it in no time. thank you.I like cooking & gathing recipe so I will
try to fine some.
Kiteman mary=g3 years ago

Don't forget, as well, that you can post your own projects - remember to take lots of photos as you go.
jht1003 years ago
I'm a soon to be retired chemist, just joining on.
Hopefuly "instructables" will help keep me creative once I take that step.
Kiteman jht1003 years ago

We'll be looking for some interesting projects that exploit your skill-set.
tengs4 years ago
can anyone tell me abt this..i din understood anithing..jz signed in!!!
maybe you can make the clothes as you wear or how pictures can look very fashionable
For all we know she's a professional welder, mechanic or programmer...
Moem tengs3 years ago
Please scroll to the top and read the posting you just replied to. It should help a lot.
cheetahgirl3 years ago
who knows how to save an instructable while your working on it but cant finish it?
The 'save' button does exactly that. You can edit it as often as you like, and then publish it when you feel it's ready.
hotgasser3 years ago
Hi everyone I am new here and I am wondering how to post the things you make onto the site. I will love any help provided. Thanks (:
Moem hotgasser3 years ago
Look for the 'create' menu in the top bar, it will answer all of your questions.
DRAS3 years ago
Hi Friends hope all Enjoying site n making full use of it.i am new to this site and it very useful for me.most grate thankful instructables for giving more useful information.............10x
grayguy DRAS3 years ago
good website
dragonfly554 years ago
Lemon Juice & Salt! Lemon Juice & Salt!! What a Revelation!! I am new to instructables, finding you by chance or determination, am certainly happy I did! We were having a terrible time finding a solution to a mishap of rust on a full load of white wash. Every site we scanned indicated there was no real chance at saving our clothing, which was rather heartbreaking as to some of the items in it. Then you appeared on our screen!! What an amazing discovery!! Never before have I seen such an easy solution to such a difficult problem. My family & I thank you, tip our hats to the originator of the cure, & may all those with rust on their clothing - soak them in thick, salty, lemon juice, & bake them nicely in the hot sun for an hour or so, to see the miracle appear! Dragonfly55
AshleighLm4 years ago
Hi all. This site is amazing! I'm wondering if there are any cool pages for adding to nonelectric scooters. Got two toolboxes, a leatherman, two pocket knives and a treehouse and I'm ready to get going.

When you say "non electric scooters", you mean like the Razor scooters? You can try here
Yes I mean Razor scooters. Thank you.
prisha4 years ago
hello im new to this site nd i love itt
Hello every body,I just registered :)
Hello and welcome to the community! We're a very friendly and helpful group here, so feel free to reach out if you need help navigating the site and posting.
sharathspl4 years ago
make this site as free site so that many people will be benefited
Moem sharathspl4 years ago
You got your wish. It's free!
How do i favorite/save an Instructable that i would like to view later?
At the top of the page, there's a button you can hit.
rajan1434 years ago
I am very much thankful to this sites which helps me to do something in life.. n i have now keen interest to do big one....Those who shares their knowledge and inspires us to do that i say "Thank U" from the bottom of my heart.....
Hey guys i want to make a gyrocopter that run successfully ..... n i want ur help..so, please help me from this forum....
You'd best start a new forum topic to get answers for this one.
tr2n4 years ago
Great website,always having a nosy so decided to join.
Kiteman tr2n4 years ago
how do i get a profile pic?
If you click on the "You" button at the top of the page, then look to the left, you should see a button that says "change image".

Click that, and you'll be able to upload an image.
rshortell4 years ago
just received assistance with a login difficulty never in my net lifetime have I gotten such fast straight forward courteous service from anyone!!!!
jerrylong4 years ago
hi ,everyone ,i just register it
eastomjac4 years ago
glad to have found this site.ive got a lot of exploreig to do.ive already conquered 1 project with the info here.cant wait for more.
riya31205 years ago
Hi All!!! I just logged in this site....gud to be here!!!!
Yobs4 years ago
haha ! EUREKA ! all u I's staff  here are so cool really !
jsvstx4 years ago
the instructables is so cool!
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