Can't reorder steps and pictures and can't move text boxes

Hello! Ever since the instructables went down a few days ago, I can't use any of the drag features. I can't reorder steps or pictures, and I can't move the little text box captions for photos. I've tried in several different browers, and I've deleted website data, cookies, and other stuff like that. Is this a website problem or something I can fix? Thanks

Posted by HavocRC 5 years ago

Help me wire CNC (stepper motor controller+driver)? Answered

Hello I just bought some stuff to begin building my 3axis(at first) CNC milling machine. I can'r figure out thw wiring/ connecting between the stepper driver and controller? It's connected to the computer with a DB25 connector ("plug") and the terminals are named: P1,P2,P3,P4,P5,....P15. Is there a way to know what is what? (please take a look at pictures) BTW. it's for running/controlling 3pcs. Nema23 stepper motors and I got a bigger driver to run a Nema34 stepper (supposed to be the spindle) hope you can help me, I'm in no rush, but it could be nice to see the motors running and such so I can make that work while I'm designing/redesigning/build the actual machine...

Asked by lordl9999 5 years ago

Program or script to change volume...? Answered

Another question that is way out of my league (woe is me).  I need (or rather want) a program, in either Java or VBs (if there's a better one like Python or something, that would be alright too) to change the volume of a Windows computer.  It would also be a good showcase of your skills to make it able to change the volume of a specific program or application.  The way I intend to use it is as if it were a function, rather than a program. So a different script will activate it (perhaps by writing it, which in Java I don't think is possible) and then set the volume and the program to change the volume of. If that can't be achieved, could it be made to read a text file (or something else) with two lines on it; the first the program, the second the volume. If the first line says something like none, It would change the volume of the whole computer. Hopefully I've given you a good enough description to make it clear exactly what to do. Thank you in advance.

Asked by Prof. Pickle 5 years ago

search/find help (little paper sliding lid box)

Darn, oh , darn... i made one before but cant find the instructions... it was a nice mini sliding lid paper box.. like an old fashioned matchbox.. with a little paper tab that attached the box to the lid.. and hid a little bug in it.. one side opened to show bug .. other side opened and tada... empty!! anyone know where instructions are..? pls and ty xo CT

Posted by DalaisLlama 5 years ago

Farewell my robot army

Dear Everyone (and you know who you are), The time we've spent together has been unforgettable and I think you're really swell, but I'm afraid it's time for me to move on now.  You've always been there for me, supporting my every effort, from cheeseburger salads and microwave cakes to turning Care Bears into a coat.  I love you for that. While in your tender, sometimes tempestuous, embrace, I've grown and blossomed from a green intern to the editor of your food and living channels, and you've rewarded me with your support, comments, and continuous inspiration.  But now it is time for me to spread my wings and move on to new territories.  I will always appreciate everything you've done for me.  I will still be here, lurking in the forums, popping up in your recent feed, featuring your awesome projects, and occasionally feeding you a new recipe of epically unhealthy proportions or gratuitously kitten-themed craft project.  So this is cheerio, but not goodbye. I hold all of you in my heart, and I am not going far.  You will find me just across the internet at, turning a new group of people's ridiculous concepts into ridiculously popular products and trends, just as we always have here. So be prepared for a stream of disco-fabric and other related Instructables as I transition into my new role managing the Thinktank division and test out new product ideas.  I promise not to stop making cupcakes, or putting bacon where it doesn't belong.  Be well, do good, and keep making awesome projects. All the best, Sarah

Posted by scoochmaroo 5 years ago

Help finding an appropriate relay for a 12v 50amp power source!? Answered

I need to control a 12 volt 50 amp power source with a relay via arduino, and the relay that I am currently using isn't rated for such a high amperage. I'm fairly new to electronics, and would appreciate the help! For reference, my current relay: songle srd-05vdc-sl-c

Asked by meanbean 5 years ago

printing recipes?

How can I print out the recipes on the allcasseroles website??  Some of the recipes look delicious; but, my computer is in one room and the kitchen in another and computer can't be moved to the kitchen becuz it's a desktop computer.  I would appreciate how to print them out for free...thanks

Asked by lanngrates53 5 years ago

Bd 241c VU meter from a 100 mA ammeter?

I want to make a VU meter from my 100 mA ammeter with my bd 241 c transistor. Is it possible in an easy way, or I 'm just spending my free time with my doing nothing? :D Please take into consideration that I'm a really beginner, so explain like this.

Asked by Gernerakos 5 years ago

What best operating software to run...?

I am about to open an Internet Cafe that will be using a thin client system, about 10 to 20 seat, and just one Dell 2650 server; what best operating software can I use with the Dell Server? XP pro, 2000, 2003, or what?

Asked by TechMan101 5 years ago

Does anyone know where to find a replacement part for an antique platform rocker?

I have an antique platform rocker that I need a replacement part for.  It is a cast iron arm at each end of a wood spindle.  Looking up online I found it may be called the "Lowentraut mechanism" and was designed in the late 1800's.  The rocker I have is in good shape but only has one of these cast iron arms and I am trying to find a way to get a 2nd one to complete the rocker and refinish it.  I am attaching a photo of the one arm that is on the rocker.  Any information on how to find a replacment part would be appreciated. 

Asked by artzyyfartzyy 5 years ago

Question regarding colour

Hi everyone! So here is another confusion in my mind.  I know that colours are a result of electromagnetic radiation in the visible spectrum interacting with our eyes.  The visible spectrum consists of 7 colours, abbreviated VIBGYOR. Now my question is, what are primary colours and secondary colours? And how come mixing of two colours produce an entirely different  colour? I expected that all 7 of them would be primary. But that is not the case.  Also, for illustrating the real world scenario from which this doubt crawled into my mind, consider that i have two pieces of translucent films, one blue, and other yellow. Now initially i place the blue film in-front of a white bulb, then it filters all other colours other than blue. Now place a yellow in-front of the blue, and there, you have green. What is the working principle behind this? How come the "blue" light turned "green" after passing through the yellow film?

Posted by charmquark 5 years ago

need welder/mechanic in london UK (go kart)

Hi guys, I am seeking for professional help to build a go kart. Welding and workshop would be needed. This is a project seeking to use biogas to power the engine. The vehicle I seek to build is a standing type of ATV. I've used the word go-kart simply because of the majority of parts I would be using is from go-karts. Please contact me if you are interested, paid work.

Posted by tesselar 5 years ago

My First Semester Drawings

Hello!            Every school semester there is some downtime when I just draw cars. I don't have my normal critics this year because I am at college now so I figured I would see what the instructable community thinks of my cars. If you like aerodynamics and fast looking cars you should like my style. Also as you can tell I made up a car company to put all my cars under called Veloci. If I do have that car company in the future that's what it would be called. Anyway more to the point let me know what you like or don't like about any of these and I will try making a better batch this semester! Thanks! JonnyBGood [Please note not all of these cars are finished drawings! Some I just ran out of the inspirational drive to finish them.]

Posted by JonnyBGood 5 years ago

Need help hacking lighted magnifier headband...

Hi! I have a headband magnifier for working with tiny models, and it has two lights on it, one on either side. Each is self contained with a switch and battery connectors for 2 AAA batteries, and a small incandescent bulb (see pic).  What I would like to do is hack this and make it use LEDs  I am "ok" with certain skills, like soldering and such, and have the tools.  I am hoping someone can tell me what LEDs I can use and resistors I might need to make this work within the existing housing.  Thank you!! 

Asked by kurtnotkirk 5 years ago

Best of Play 2013 announced ??

I was excited,  "Wow, the Best of Play for 2013 came out in February of 2013" Link:

Posted by sath02 5 years ago

Raspberry pi

Hello, I have to create webcam server system that consist USB web camera, raspberry pi. The system will function like this : 1. Raspberry Pi will take a pictures every 30 seconds. 2. raspberry pi have to send the pictures (MMS of the picture) to the owner mobile phone and email ID. i just want to ask several question. 1. can raspberry pi send MMS? i think i want to connect raspberry pie to the wireless broadband modem, so it will send MMS thru email. possible or not? or there is another alternative to do this thing? 2. Is there any chances owner can reply via mobile phone or email? how the owner mobile phone want to confirm back to raspberry pi? reply the email or what? i hope anybody can help me. and also can provide me any website link that can help me to understand more about all of this.

Posted by chaitanyabysani 5 years ago

Unable to drag pictures and steps

Windows 7, google chrome. I'm unable to drag (change the order)  of pictures or steps. Is anyone else having this problem?

Posted by bajablue 5 years ago

How to fix error in title of my instructable?

I recently submitted my first instructable, "Easy But Addicting Garlic & Butter Snack Mix".  Before publishing it I spell-checked it twice and made good and sure that there were no typos or mispellings.  It has now been published, and there is a GREAT BIG TYPO in the title!!!  It appears this way: "Easy But Addicting Garlic & Butter Snack M&hellip".  This is not how it was submitted, and when I click on the entry the title appears just fine; it is only in the main page of Snack Food Contest entries that it appears wrong.  I have submitted 2 emails to the instructables team but keep getting automated responses that are of no help.  I can't seem to fix the problem in "edit" from my account, as it appears to be fine when I view it that way.  How did this happen, and how do I get it corrected?  Help!!

Posted by Orionhorse 5 years ago

"See All" button for be at the top of the mobile site as it is for your general site

It would be great to not have to scroll to the bottom of a page on a mobile device to then click the "see all" link and then scroll down through all the items again.  I also frequently find myself accidentally clicking on an image while trying to scroll, and when I hit the back button it takes me to the top of the page, requiring more scrolling and searching to find my previous location --- maybe it should open images in new tabs... TIA

Posted by poldim 5 years ago


How do I unsubscribe this newsletter? Since there is now a charge to download these projects I am no longer interested in even looking at what is available. It should have stayed free!

Posted by Larzag 5 years ago

I wonder if i can get enough energy from the piezoelectricity to charge a Mobile phone ?

Hey everyone :) my name is Basel , and Im a 16 years old guy , and im thinking of using piezoelectricity to charge an original mobile phone , and i want to know if i can do that , and if i can get enough energy ? im sorry because of my weak language because im an arab :D please help me :)

Asked by bahmaro 5 years ago

Circuit Design Questions - Voltage Drop Answered

Hi there, I'm working on a circuit which will include a 3v, .7Amp motor and three 20mA LED chips, with a maximum forward voltage of 3.8v. The whole circuit is intended to run off a 6v battery.In calculating resistance for voltage drop, I've figured out that resistance for the motor is 2.1 Ohms and then (by Ohm's Law Resistance = Voltage / Current) the resistance of each LED chip is 190 Ohms. Is this correct? It seems astronomically high.?

Asked by Zahv 5 years ago

Multi-port USB power supply

My wife and I charge our tablets and phones in a central location.  There are so many wall warts and not enough outlets!  I would like to have a single USB type of power supply that can charge at least 6 devices at the same time.  Each port should be able to supply 5 volts DC at 1 amp or better.  I've purchased two different 4 port wall warts and they just don't have the juice to get the job done.  Any ideas?

Posted by Tgrshaw 5 years ago

Why are car windshields laminated? Answered

Side and rear windows are tempered so that they shatter into relatively harmless chunks on impact. But windshields are laminated, so that even though they shatter, all of the pieces are kept in place. Why is this? It seems that if a laminated windshield shatters/spiderwebs and remains in place, it would completely obscure the driver's vision while he is trying to control the car. Additionally, if someone is thrown from the car, through the windshield, they would be cut by the glass shards that are stuck to the laminate. So why are windshields laminated, or more importantly, why aren't all windows in a car made of the same type of glass?

Asked by JamesRPatrick 5 years ago

Need help with stepper motor controlling

Hi guys, I'm trying to build a contraption based on 6 stepper motors, wich I need to control via a Raspberry PI. Since I'm no good with electronics and my friends who might help are unavailable this period, I thought I'd ask around here for some advice/help. I know I need drivers/controllers for the motors, but each kind of motor requires a different kind of driver (based on power consumption, on electronic specs etc.) The motors I'm planning to use are: 42BYGHW811 and 28bygh102 / 35BYG103 (choice made based on needed power at smallest possible dimensions), and micro-stepping is something I could really use, because I need as fine a rotation as possible. So, the questions are: 1. can you point me to the right drivers, to buy? or give me some pointers as to what parameters to look for in a driver for these motors? 2. if not, can you design and build one driver capable of controlling all 6 motors, or separate drivers, and able to also achieve micro-stepping, at a decent price? I'm planning to make this project of mine available as a kit for sale, in the future, once we see it working - so bringing aboard a guy who really knows this kind of stuff is something I'm also considering (as of right now, we're 2 guys involved: I'm the designer and the other guy is the mechanical builder - we still need the electronics guy and perhaps the programmer) Any ideas/feedback are more than welcome! Thank you, Eros

Posted by enicolau 5 years ago

Image upload not working

Is something wrong with the image upload?  I've tried both Firefox and Internet Explorer; it lets me select the images I want to post, but then when I click "Upload Files," nothing happens.  No errors, no warnings, no progress bar, and obviously no image uploads, just sits there. OS: Windows 7 Browser: Firefox Browser: Internet Explorer Java: 6.0.310 (Java 6 build 31) Flash: 11.5.502.146

Posted by PeoplesCar 5 years ago

Why do schools still collect aluminum tabs? Answered

So I found all the dialysis time pull tabs can "purchase" is not true. I also found it is the same aluminum as the can. Thus rendering a milk jug full @ well under $5 US.  Whats the point in schools spending all this effort to collect them? Thanks

Asked by onrust 5 years ago

Wood Stove feeding radiators

Hi, I'm hear again with a completely different question. Again, any help is greatly appreciated :) I installed a wood stove last year, and I'd like to install a coil to heat water and circulate it through my existing radiator loop. I was wondering if I could do it as in the image, I would install a new pump to circulate the water. I have a combination boiler, but I'm sure that doesn't really matter. The green circles in the diagram are to illustrate taps, that way I can close off the boiler when I have the stove on and vice versa.

Posted by dimmaz88 5 years ago

circuit diagram for a Epson cx4300 printer 9pin restter?

Looking to constuct a 9pin resetter for epson to921 series cartridge.Be carefull ,selling resetters for 9pin epson that are actually 7pin and dont work on 9pin devices.Thanks

Asked by jspeck 5 years ago

Which Arduino kit should I buy? And whats the difference between the types of Arduino?

Hello, I'm a beginner I want to learn how all this works? Plz suggest me some projects so that I can understand the use of basic components.

Asked by mswaleh 5 years ago

Meet a Newcomer

Good Wishes to all, This is Tim Boon. I am a new member of this site. I would appreciate any and all input, information, as well as recommendations. I am glad to be here, and look forward to sharing many discussions about different things with you all. Thanks and Regards Tim Boon

Posted by TimBoon 5 years ago

Can't the Raspberry Pi Multi-task?

I've seen a lot of tutorials showing how to do this or that cool thing with your Raspberry Pi, but I haven't seen any tutorials showing how to do several things at once with the device. For instance, is it even possible to control a stepper motor and servo motor all on one Pi?

Posted by BradysoBOT 5 years ago

Need info on an instructable.

I was reading the instructable for the LED rave glasses.  This one here: In the instructable as in this image: It seems as if everything is simply wired to the microcontroller.  Unfortunately, the wiring schematic was never added.  Is this LED matrix possible by just using the microcontroller as in the pic?  Would appreciate any word.

Posted by bernaserra 5 years ago

does anybody have free knex

Please email me at for adress

Posted by gabe999 5 years ago

Is there a glue that will permanently bond a polyethelene tarp and be waterproof ? Answered

I was looking for some type of glue that is fairly cheap and will toughly bond polyethelene tarp that i will use to make my homeade range tent it needs to hold well be waterproof and foldable to fold with the tent.

Asked by camping crazy 5 years ago

What should I need to know before I buy an air compressor? Answered

I understand that one advantage of air compressors is the number of tools that you can adapt to them. I would like to know the difference between an oil free air compressor and another. What size air compressor is perfect for home shop use? Thank you in advance for all your help.

Asked by blkhawk 5 years ago

Best IC Calculator Question

I am looking for a chip just like the ones used in any calculator that does multiplication addition and subtraction. THe device i am looking to build has to be as thin as a credit card have a 8 character segment lcd and only be able to do addition and subtraction. so i need to be able to have buttons" 1 to 0 + - and = and . "nothing more. i looked at some attiny ics but they require a another ic to drive the lcd. also the the data entered need to stay in if the power of the ic goes out. most calculators have only one ic, any idea what the best ic for this application will be? thank you in advance. i need something this small. Thank you

Posted by virgiltu 5 years ago

How do I make a printed hologram?

Hi all, I found this really 80s button with a cute little eye holograph that blinks. Could anyone suggest how I could reproduce these? I love the fact that the 'resolution' (or the line spacing) isn't very fine and particularly want to incorporate that. Would love your ideas. Thanks!! Here's the original:

Asked by jarris 5 years ago

I need help with an electrical schematic

I'm working on a project where you press a normally open button that lights an amber light (represents Master), this button then lights other buttons that are lit green (represents Slave). The accompanying schematic should be fairly clear and also repeats this question. What I want to have happen is when you press one Master, the corresponding Slaves light. Release it and the board goes dark. Then if you press one of the other buttons in the Slave category, it becomes the new Master and lights up other corresponding buttons. I'm sorry if it's confusing. The project is a flow chart of sub-subsystems that when completed link to a larger tab, then that tab links to another set of subsystems finally culminating to a final result.

Posted by javajunkie1976 5 years ago

if you had only one week to live?

If you had only one week live to live what would you do, what would you say, who would you tell.

Posted by ThePregergater 5 years ago

I need some help finding the best way to make a lightweight heater. Lots more info in details! Answered

So for one of my classes we work with a random company to solve some sort of problem that they have.  It’s an engineering class so the problems are all solved with physical things that we have to design; I just thought I should be clear that we weren’t solving financial problems or anything like that.  Anyways, my project has to do with keeping water in a tray (48mm x 60mm) at a certain temperature for a period of a couple of hours.  The water needs to be held constant at any temperature between 20 and 40 degrees Celsius.  My first thought was to use NiChrome wire to heat it but I don’t know how well that would work at lower temperatures so then I thought to use etched pcb as a heater but I’m not sure if I could get enough resistance from so little space.  The other restriction I’m facing is that you must be able to see clear through the center of the tray and whatever I’m using to heat it (lets just say a hole 1cm x 2cm must be left in the center) which reduces the resistance I could get from pcb even further given there is less area to run traces.  The heating apparatus must be as light as possible and I feel like electronic heating is my best bet since it is the easiest to control.  If you have any suggestions or think that my ideas are dumb or anything just let me know.  I’m happy to get any input here.  THANKS!

Asked by camtheman1283 5 years ago

The Great Challenge! Answered

TO ALL USERS OF INSTRUCTABLES.COM!!! I have a challenge for You! Will there be anyone that will be able to combine AR Drone (or simillar) with the EMOTIV (or simillar) EEG Headset? I'd like to see that becoming a REAL WORKING PROJECT!

Asked by smithy.exe 5 years ago

knex mods


Posted by knex dude 2000 5 years ago

Battery life indicator for 1.5V battery source

Hi guys, I want to make a simple battery life indicator for a device running from a 1.5V battery source. I would just need a red/green LED to light when the Voltage is above a certain limit (say 1.2 V). and to turn off once the limit is reached.. Is there any simple circuit that enables me to do this?

Posted by kurtselva 5 years ago

How to make an email sending program in visual C++?

Hi Instructables!      I want to make a program in visual C++ express 2010 that can send emails to any address from any address. Can you please tell me a sample code that can do this. Also please define what is the work/function of different commands or codes, whatever you want to call them, present in it if you will. Thank You,

Asked by Wisaam 5 years ago

Just click this sentence now.

So there is no reason at all for this forum so why are you even reading it. Just kidding there's a reason for everything. Okay so if you replay to this then i will get and email saying that i have a new comment on instructables. I have never had more that like 16 new emails at once because i check it quite frequently. so i ask that you reply because i thought it would be funny to get so many reply's that i have like at least 80-100 new messages. thank you for your consideration. (hunger games reference)

Posted by ThePregergater 5 years ago

Eos t3i power adapter

I just bought my first real camera. The canon t3i. I want to order an ac adapter for the unit. The one made by canon, is 69  bucks, but i have seen other branded ac adapters for 14.99 of course this raises all kinds of questions, is the canon overpriced? Probably.  Is the chaper brand going to harm my camera? I dont know. Maybe some of you can shed light or convince me to buy the OEM ac adapter.... 

Posted by SlickSqueegie 5 years ago