What NOT to do.

Not sure whether this is a contest idea, or just a philosophy, but the idea that we learn more from our mistakes rings true. 

Although it might be tediously long at times, I'd kinda like to see some -ibles that include the messy details of attempts that didn't quite work, what was learned, and how. Sometimes tangents xyz come out of an attempt to acheive abc. y'know- the happy accident. 

Examples?:
I was annoyed with Apple for making a keyboard with light grey lettering on white keys. I like to dim the lights, and am not really a touch typist. So, I photocopied the keyboard, increased contrast, and printed this onto transparent sheet with adhesive backing (available at a photocopy place. Fed-ex, kinkos, i don't recall)  Turns out that the ink on those copies is on the top surface of the plastic. After cutting out my qwerty stickers, I found that the ink wears off the surface.  Not only that, but after peeling the stickers off, the goo remains. (sigh)  

So, if u use this technique, put clear tape over the clear photocopy. I just bought a microwave with grey on black keys. I may havta explain to the copyshop why I'm photocopying my microwave. ;)

Any other examples?




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Toga_Dan (author) 2 years ago

years ago, when making one of my 1st knives, i cut the profile of the blade(a handy little 3 inch knife) ground the edge on it, then decided to drill holes in the handle. although it was clamped flat to the drillpress table, it came unclamped when the drillbit grabbed it. It was spinning on that drillbit, ready to take a piece of me. Scary. It could have come off and flown across the room at high speed.

drilling a hole.. if possible, do so while the material is long, and easily secured . When drilling wood, this also makes splitting less likely.

Toga_Dan (author) 2 years ago

years ago, when making one of my 1st knives, i cut the profile of the blade(a handy little 3 inch knife) ground the edge on it, then decided to drill holes in the handle. although it was clamped flat to the drillpress table, it came unclamped when the drillbit grabbed it. It was spinning on that drillbit, ready to take a piece of me. Scary. It could have come off and flown across the room at high speed.

drilling a hole.. if possible, do so while the material is long, and easily secured . When drilling wood, this also makes splitting less likely.

kelseymh2 years ago

There are numerous examples of "failed Instructables," though they don't generally get a lot of notice after the initial posting. Here's one of my own: Failed attempt at a tow bar for child's bicycle

My preference over a "complete fail" instructable is one with failures that have been overcome - "I started cutting it out with X, but the blade jammed too often, so I did this other thing and it worked well" - or that go back and correct flaws that show up later, like my own Pocket Siren.

JM19992 years ago

Back or white permanent marker, trace around the letters on the keyboard (mark the keys) and then cover with a piece of packing tape.

The letters should show up clearly and the tape will stop them from getting rubbed off.

caitlinsdad2 years ago

A magic marker and a whiteout fluid correction pen.

Two things I always use to mark up the indicators and powerstrips that have no light to indicate whether it is on or off. If you have ever put up an outdoor security light with multiple trips up and down the ladder, testing and waiting to trip the light, the molded in markings for adjustment just can't be seen so I go over the markings to increase the contrast.

As a safety tip, go around and mark up the pipes to show the kids and adults where the water main, gas, and electric box shutoffs are in case of emergency and mark up which way the lever is thrown or turned to shut off. And mark off the dates you install smoke-CO detectors/fire extinguishers to gauge their useful life.