Instructables: exploring - photos - technology - reuse Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:24:07 PDT BLOX v1.01 Gazebo from Satellite Dish graydog111 This is a gazebo I made several years ago out of an old 10 ft fiberglass satellite dish when they became obsolete.  It was either do that or make it into a fish pond or the world's biggest birdbath.  I removed the dish from it's mount and dug holes and set the railroad cross ties.  I could have use...
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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:31:33 PST
Fix Old Clogged Cartridges shahbazali4u I have an HP Deskjet 1000 since 1.5 Yrs and I am still using original cartridges and they still work great. The problem with Inkjet Cartridges is that if you refill them with cheap ink they clog if you do not use them twice or thrice every week and sometimes this is not possible. I have found a solu...
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Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:34:03 PST
MY Instructables skhan87 I CREATED A STEERING WHEEL SET FOR PC GAMES i want to buy steering wheel set but I don't have money to buy those kewl Logitech steering wheel for pc games, I decided to create one using potentiometer for steering and my old pc controller . and now im enjoying my own steering wheel with any racing g...
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Tue, 3 Dec 2013 00:05:17 PST
Stereo Speaker Storage Cabinet kwiggins4 Turn your old wooden stereo speakers into storage cabinets. Ok folks, here is how you recycle old stereo speakers. I finally got around to doing the second one. Here they are. The cool thing is the speaker covers still attach to hide the contents. Now, just use whatever tool you need to remove the e...
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Tue, 29 Oct 2013 05:00:41 PDT
Ammo Can 12V Power Supply - Updated! Grunambulax This is a simple power supply.  I had some 12V batteries from an old alarm system and telephone backup system.  I simply wired them in parallel and wired in a power outlet and alligator clips.  I currently use the alligator clips to attach the batteries to a trickle charger.  When not charging I put...
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Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:19:33 PDT
Scrap Wood to Centrifuge Atakan Atamert I decided to recycle scrap wood and turn them into a powerful centrifuge. Making process is pretty straight forward, detailed info on pictures. Materials;    -Gearmotor with high rpm    -Size M Panel-mount Coaxial DC Power Jack    -SPST Switch    -Pipe Clamp    -Wire    -Scrap Wood    -Adjustabl...
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Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:51:37 PDT
Sugru cable construction hfxmakerspace Hooking up random electronics sometimes requires a bit of cable hacking. We soldered up a bit of a mess to get our ancient pen-plotter working. Tidying up and insulating the parallel plug was quick and easy with Sugru. The result looks much better than the mess of cables we started with.
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Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:03:41 PDT
Scraping together a laptop charger Eman72 I accidentally left my laptop charger in another city. Being a laptop addict, I needed my charger, so I made my own (sorta) An interesting thing to note: Since I was using my grandma's charger and my brothers extension, I couldn't actually do anything destructive to either piece. (This includes sol...
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Sat, 24 Aug 2013 20:19:38 PDT
Broken\missing switch on Jabra Bluetooth 530 headset y2kgtp I had a few year old Jabra headset that the power switch broke on.  It worked perfectly fine otherwise, it was just stuck in the "On" position all the time. It was past warranty, and Jabra does not offer a replacement part, so I simply took it apart (the case pries open if your careful) and noticed...
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Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:58:37 PDT
Destillation apparatus Mr.Hyde Every time I go to the Austrian Alps, I found these cool copper destillation apparatuses (apparati? ...whatever) and I really wanted to have them. Only problem: they cost about 500 euros as a minimum. So I thought: I can make that! Next thing I know I found myself buying copper pipes, a copper vase...
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Fri, 16 Aug 2013 02:56:47 PDT
Arduino board made Lego-compatible with Sugru P2P Lab Arduino board specially customized using sugru, so as to be Lego compatible. Sugru is placed at the bottom of the plastic base and a Lego baseplate attached on it.
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Wed, 24 Jul 2013 07:54:14 PDT
Nylon Snap Rivet Stylus for 3DS and other such devices Sazriel I just wanted to share this easy hack using nylon snap rivets, I had a bunch left over from a computer case setup, and a common pen to make you're own stylus. By removing the ink components and utilizing the rest of the pen, you get a nice solid handle for your homemade stylus. Using the insert pie...
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Mon, 8 Jul 2013 16:20:52 PDT
Jackhammer Headphones Mr_Oliveira Broken sennheiser hd 201 turned into soundproof headphones. Yellow Peltor jackhammer about 20 €. Started by removing the earphone and desolder the cables. Then cutting the plastic platform to the size of the peltor. Drilled a hole in peltor,solder everything.Using some fabric from sennheiser,cover t...
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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:28:04 PDT
Repurposed 2.5" Hard Drive - Business Card Holder nomadillo So I usually have a number of hard drives laying around from customers set for the crusher. I happened to place an old 2.5" down by a stack of my new business cards and immediately saw the possibilities. I first removed the aluminum face plate from the hard drive, allowing a view of the mysterious ...
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Thu, 30 May 2013 09:20:19 PDT
Shaving cream scum workoutbuddy78 Problem Statement:  After using shaving gels, some residual gel continues to ooze out of the nozzle Over time it creates an unsightly collection of dried scum Solution:  Cut a 1.5" x 1.5" x 0.25" piece of sponge and place inside the cap After each use replace the cap and let the sponge absorb scum w...
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Wed, 22 May 2013 11:14:00 PDT
Macgyver's iPhone Audio Amplifer/Charging Dock GrissleFist                                       ***Please Vote for this in the MacGyver Contest if you like this instructable!!***   Picture this:    The stuff is about to hit the fan, the zombies are coming, fire and brimstone is raining down, and and your snack is stuck hanging off that spinny spiral thing...
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Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:01:59 PDT
Open a Harddrive, without using the right tools. chinnerz Recently i wanted to open up a few old hardrives i had sitting around so that i could use the platters and magnets for other projects. After seeing that they used 'tamper proof' or torx  i went and got my set of drivers. unfortunately, the smallest size i had was a size 10 and a harddrive has size 9...
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Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:23:31 PST
Mobile passive audio scottyvp I had been looking around a few web sites, looking for a device that would redirect the sound for my speakers on a couple of my mobile devices. There were many that looked nice and the costs were ranging fron 4.99 to 21.99. The designs looked pretty much the same, and I knew I could do one for c...
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Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:26:27 PST
Cassette Tape Square Card Reader Case wwear Trim the foam that comes with your square card reader and insert it in an old cassette case. Make small relief cuts for the spindle holders so it will close completely.
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Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:49:56 PST
Hooking up a laptop to an old school RF TV crysmoore Wanna hook up your Kinect or run a program like Processing on an old vacuum tubeTV but the only input you have are fork leads and screw terminals? This diagram and a couple of pieces of hardware will help you make some pretty cool projects. Depending on what kind of computer you have, will determine...
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Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:51:48 PST
How to recycle HDPE (milk bottles and caps) into usable sheet material Atomic Shrimp I discovered an easy way to recycle HDPE into small sheets of tough, rigid material, using a flat sandwich toaster. Here's a video of the process: And here's another showing various ways of working the plastic material: Source material can be found in the form of plastic milk bot...
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Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:03:08 PST
Decorative Christmas trees from recycled CDs Saad.cafeine Turn used DVDs or CDs into shiny Christmas trees Use a sturdy pair of scissors or a box cutter. The angles marked out are simplified right angled triangles, these can be adjusted to vary the tree shape.  The pieces are put together in alternating layers with a tiny drop of superglue  Each tree re...
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Fri, 7 Dec 2012 10:45:41 PST
What to do With Your iPhone 4 Otterbox Beltclip if You Have Upgrated to the iPhone 5. myargonauts So I decided to upgrade to (for better or for worse) the iPhone 5 from the iPhone 4. I also used the Otterbox case with my iPhone 4. Now with the new phone I could not use the case but with a few modifications I could use the belt clip. The first one gets mounted on the triple of the motorcycle so ...
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Tue, 4 Dec 2012 22:31:50 PST
Re-purpose your old digital camera for macro-photography atepinkrose I accidently discovered this.  So if you have a broken camera somewhere maybe this could work. Gently twist and turn the upper lens, while pulling till it comes off.  Voila!  You should be able to take awesome magnified photography. During the removal of the upper lens, only a previously broke...
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Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:23:08 PST
Power PSP Using AAA batteries cgmalantonio I found my old PSP when cleaning my room and decided to see what i could still do with it. My battery was completely shot and therefore i couldn't update it to play any games on it (Fat Princess :) best game ever). I decided to take the battery apart and see what i could do to get it working again. ...
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Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:00:13 PST
PSU to electronics power hub hack ahelm3 I took a psu from an old computer and turned it into an electronics power hub. It comes complete with a 12v car charger, usb charger, and hobby electronics terminal. DISCLAIMER: Do NOT open the psu. The internal components have enough voltage and current to severly injure you!! I hold no responsibi...
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Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:58:05 PST
Coffee stirrer chaingun Remington900 i dont know much about instructables, this will be my first one, but this is a coffee stirrer minigun supplies 7-coffee stirrers 4-tiny rubber bands (i used the ones that go on my braces) 1-battery (i used 3.7v li-ion from a phone 1-electric motor (i got from old cd player) 1-cotton swab (as my stir...
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Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:31:44 PDT
Picture frame out of old Hard Disk and CD Kawthar Xoubi Hi :) this is very simple DIY that I tried while ago and finally only now got the chance to share it with you all, hope u like it! the images are pretty much self-explanatory and what i needed for this project is the following: •Old Hard disk •Old CD •electric copper wire •screw drivers •super glue...
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Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:48:17 PDT
Up-Cycled Coffee Table Reeces pieces This was a project of taking a discarded item and upcycling it to create a completely different product. This was an interesting and low cost DIY project. 
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Tue, 18 Sep 2012 02:02:48 PDT
Floppy Disk Lampshade Technohippy My first instructable so please be kind!! Trying to find something new to do with floppy disks, everyone has seen the pen pots and courier bags. I was determined to do something different, so here's my take on a lampshade... floppy style! You will need 17 floppy disks a drill and a 3 or 4mm drill ...
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Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:29:04 PDT
9V Battery Snap Connector from Scrap UConTroll Next time you have to replace a 9V battery, UpCycle it before you recycle it.  I'm always building battery operated devices and never have enough battery holders or connectors around.  But I've found a quick and simple way to make 9V Snap connectors from discarded batteries. 1 - Carefully remove th...
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Mon, 20 Aug 2012 06:49:10 PDT
Simple Jacob's Ladder Higgs Boson Here is a very simple jacob's ladder you can make using a neon sign transformer (non GFI) and some stuff around the house. Jacob's ladders are very interesting and fun to make and use. First the Safety. Do not touch the electrodes of the ladder during operation and be very careful with your power s...
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Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:45:47 PDT
ways to get magnet wire! tesla man Beleive it or not, there are actually many things you can get magnet wire from. What is magnet wire? Magnet wire is a thin (usually around 20-30 AWG) wire that is used to pass electricity through to produce a magnetic field. Notice though, that some of the things on this list (marked with a "*") cou...
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Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:22:50 PDT
Single core wire dispenser nadned So I had 5 meters of an 8 core wire  (Cat5 I think) and striped it down to the wires cause I needed some wire to prototype on my arduino, but after stripping it I was stuck with 40 meters of lose wire an nowhere to keep it.  So I then thought I need something to store this in, after looking around ...
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Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:18:34 PDT
Desktop Fan icecats      Does your laboratory get hot and humid while you are experimenting? Are you sweating from the effort of soldering a joint together? If you answered yes, then it sounds like you are in need of this desktop fan made from a computer fan. Faced by the heat in my room while working on projects, I tr...
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Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:45:58 PDT
AAA battery holder joshmt2012 To hold batteries for my projects i have built holders out of old chapstick tubes first pull out all the insides bend two paper clips into spirals make a hole in the cap place one paper clip in each end hot glue the paper clips in place you are now done
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Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:46:48 PDT
Free 9 volt battery clip joshmt2012 I use 9 volt batteries to power a lot of my projects so its nice to have a battery clip to connect to them I get all of mine from dead 9 volt batteries and it only takes a minute to do First you start by pulling back the metal edge around the top with a pair or pliers After you have the top...
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Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:05:00 PDT
Geeky Art - Old Motherboards in Ikea RIBBA Frame justinification   I had a couple of old motherboards and PC components lying around. Since they were rather colourful and I had a plain wall to decorate, I decided to have them framed.  Unwilling to have a custom frame made for them, I headed down to Ikea where I found 520 x 520mm RIBBA frames (Article Number: 6...
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Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:15:01 PDT
Reuse old power station for your projects SpMcqueen use power station for your projects by hooking up all your tools to make your projects quicker and easier
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Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:53:10 PDT
Project La Huaca incagarcilazo This project shows a house, which it is ecological designed. The house is made of recycling bottles (PET), filled with sand. Solar energy is the main provider of energy at all. They are panels also using the PET bottles. For lighting in the house is used PET bottles filled with clean water and bleac...
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Mon, 4 Jun 2012 03:15:10 PDT
Garage door server using random upcycled electronics processedmeat First of all, a big thanks to all the countless people that I learned from who put their projects on this website.  It's definitely opened a whole world up to me.  Before this I would have never used a soldering iron, or a multimeter, or gone to get resistors and switches from those Radio Shack draw...
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Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:09:00 PDT
LED Lantern Elemental LED Hi, this is Dan Nelson, the creative engineer at Elemental LED. For this month's employee DIY project, I decided to use some e-waste to make a lantern. I've always liked the polished aluminum housing that some of our 12V drivers have, and when one of these turned out to be faulty, I was stoked. In a...
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Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:17:02 PDT
Cardboard tube Map Holster Misac-kun Hello everyone! i made this map holster with a cardboard tube i has laying around. it came from a mail to the lan house i used to work! the tube came just in time, i was in need for something to keep my pepers safe without folding em' just wanted to share it and if i find one more, i will be doing ...
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Mon, 16 Apr 2012 05:21:09 PDT
Making figures out of your Recycle Bin - DIY Kawthar Xoubi Hi, This one is about recycling small parts of my old CD drive along with the small thingy that must be inserted in the fluorescent- tube -lights to work … my father calls them something like "Tasters or Starters" I think… and it is also about turning garbage into cool little figures, games, work d...
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Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:46:03 PDT
Old Phone Toy Intercom Device wannabemadsci This Photo Instructable shows how to use two old phones as a cheap intercom between Point A and Point B.  Might be useful between the house and the shop, between the treehouse and the fort, between your kids' rooms, etc. This was originally build for my grade-school girls to talk to each other on t...
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Wed, 29 Feb 2012 06:42:30 PST
How To Take Apart Your Printer (Scanner/Fax) parkingShark The following takes you through the process of taking apart a printer/scanner/fax with enough caution to capture useful parts for the sake of sustainable re-use.  Basically, once you have broken it down, you will be able to use the motors, gears, and whatsits for use in creating anything you can ima...
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Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:16:33 PST
conduit tester charles eletro 2012 how to create a homemade conductivity and easy Montage
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Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:23:15 PST
Find That Resistor Fast....Onother use for a redundant CD storage box ProBodger Started my spring-cleaning early and was getting rid of old, redundant PC cover CD's (remember them). Well I suddenly found myself with and empty CD storage box. Now what could I put it to use...... well! I am forever trying to find a resistor of a certain value; resistors tend to end up ever...
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Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:20:35 PST
Electrosaurus dlemke Something I put together out of spare parts, most unusable. The part that got me started was the heatsink, which looked like a vicious mouth. I added a few things to give it a body, like the mid-section, which is a box used to isolate a step-motor in a printer, and is also where I got the spring use...
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Sun, 1 Jan 2012 02:48:46 PST
Emergency Fan Power Unit (EFPU) MrJentis Hey guys. This is a cool fan project that I did in the summer of 2008 that I called the EFPU. It was built with the main purpose of serving as a backup system for personal cooling and as a night light in the event of a power failure which happens quite frequently especially during the night. Having ...
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