building an antiquated house ?Cost?

New bldg materials outgas.  Old bldgs may have mold, outdated wiring, etc. What would it cost to build old school, but with some of the newer tech?  Get the best of both worlds. Perhaps build smaller than the McMansions typical of todays builders.

Posted by Toga_Dan 2 years ago

what should i build

I do not know what to build. people in the knexing community please help me plz:-)

Posted by cupcake43 7 years ago

is it possible to build a laptop for under 350 us dollars? Answered

Hi i was considering building a laptop but my price range $350 is quite small

Asked by funnyfoo0 8 years ago

What's cheaper to build- 1 story, 1 1/2 story or 2 story house? Assume all are about 2000 Sq Ft?

Looking into having a home built. Want to know which is easier to build thus cheaper to build.

Asked by 8 years ago

How to build electric kiln

Hi Everyone I am after building a flat bed electric kiln, can't afford the 3 to 4 thou for a new one, any experts out there. I'd like the bed to be around 1000 x 500mm. thanks paul

Posted by paulrock40 9 years ago

how to build a loud speaker with a speaker and a mic full step with circuit diagrams

Hello i want to build a loudspeaker with simplest things i have a electrical speaker with + and - terminals and a small mic with tow outlets can anyone figure out the way to to do this with the simplest method ??? i will be thankful to him.

Asked by ubdussamad 5 years ago

Build Counter

An additional feature that I would like to see would be a build counter. I know you can favourite things, but a lot of people dont actually get round to building these things so I'd like to be able to see how many people have actually built the item. For example, I built a lightbox table from one of the links; I left him comments telling him I built one, but I think it would be a cool feature if I could look at an instructable and see how many people have built it. You could even link to a gallery where people photos of their build.

Posted by Mr_o_uk 5 years ago

question on building a computer desk?

Hey, i'm gonna be building a simple desk for my computer. and i was just wondering if anyone knows what kind of legs i should use for it? also how should i attach the legs to it? bracket, nails, ect. its just gonna be 3/4"x 27"x50" piece of plywood. then i'm gonna make a monitor stand, and a keyboard tray. thanks

Posted by HTF 10 years ago

Build Yacht

Hi, my friends and I want to build a small yacht. We are beginners, so we don�t have previous experiences in building such things. I just graduated with Mechanical Engineering degree from Polytechnic University of New York and my other friend is a handy man and he had experiences in fixing boats and yachts, another friend has experience in Mechanical Engineering design industry, he graduated couple years ago. We want to build it from scrap materials, we are thinking to get an old boat or yacht now and use that material to build our. I found this website may be you have an opinion on this web site. We are looking for any good advises for the beginners, any good literature on that topic. Another big problem we don�t know where to build it. We are welcome enthusiasts like we are specially people who have some place to build it in our area (NYC, Long Island, New Jersey.)

Posted by Vopolh 8 years ago

Does anyone know where to find English instructions to build spacewarp 5000?

Can anyone assist me in finding an English translated instructions to build Spacewarp 5000.  I looked everywhere on the internet and even tried to translate it from Japanese to English.  I didn't get very far.. 

Asked by kmsear 7 years ago

what are we called ?

What are we called ? scavengers,mcguyvers? people who build odd usefull stuff out of junk. some computer guys call themselves geeks what are we?

Posted by jerry rigger 10 years ago


Every last Friday of the month is Build Day here at the office. Sometimes we all get bogged down with emails and spreadsheets and bugs and stuff, so it can be kinda hard to make something. Today I'm gonna spray paint a new robot on the door a la Amanda: The yellow might have to wait- I cant find it! I did find this great orange acrylic color so maybe I'll use that! update: RANDY HAD YELLOW ACRYLIC! 

Posted by ReneediCherri 5 years ago

What specific parts do I need to assemble a good quality crossover for my speaker setup.

Hey guys, I wanna inquire you about the specific types of capacitors, resistors and inductors that I need to assemble my crossover, I don't have the DIY kit, so I'm gonna build it myself. Thanks for the detailed response guys. Your help will be much much appreciated. :)

Asked by Dwight ReginD 1 year ago

gtx 750 ti 4gb or gtx 950 2gb for gta 5

So i need some help because my friend wants to build a pc with me but we cant decide between the graphics card 750 is cheaper and has more mEmory and gta needs a lot of graphics memory so i think 750 is better just nedd your advice please help

Asked by paul the maker 1 year ago


How much knex should I buy and be set. I usally dont use knex but after coming here for a while I figured i need to buy them. Im talking money worth.

Posted by redsox92 10 years ago

make something using nothing but things found at the dollar store Answered

 Making something using only things that can be bought in a dollar store. Is anyone up to the challenge?

Asked by andy55551 7 years ago

rebuilding a freewheel?

I have a Regina freewheel and i wanted to re-grease the bearings and make it all smooth again. im not sure on how to even start this process, i need help.

Asked by 8 years ago

Vivarium Wireing Help..

Hi im building a vivarium for my fat-tail geckos the standerd 1s boar me so i wont something diffrent so i need some help. The viv i have no problems with im already in the middle of the build its just the electrics i cant do. i have an idea it just seeing if it can be done or something neater or similer . At the minut im useing a plastic vivarium with items (3), (5), (6). But item (5) the manul timer is being use instead of item (2) The Microclimate day/night dimming Thermostat as the manual timer is a cheaper option and using it to turn the mat on and off to regulate the temp...... So what im trying to do is have Some thing like item (1) useing this as the main controller . This is what im after :Item (1),(2),(3)(4),(6) in 1 neat package well to run off 1 plug ... I was going to use a fan controller (pc) as this already has 3-5 small neat temp sencers and reads temps and the fan controller disply would looks cool and small and its 12v like the LCD lights ..and was going to use the the fan controller knobs to control White/Blue LCD Lights to turn then on and off ie:White for day and Blue for the night .and 1 of the other control knobs as my be a dimmer switch for the heat mat ...I think ive put that as id like it .. ( Sorry im dyslexics if spelling and dosent make sence in place's) Thanks hope some 1 can help . Oh im rubbish with electrics and forgot to mention that my viv is getting wall mounted as the need for 1 plug.

Posted by pioneer518 7 years ago

USB build!

What USB are you  building latey???? This is my newest usb thing that I have made!!

Posted by TSC 7 years ago

Where can I find the parts to build my own gaming console? And how would I make it? Answered

My friend and I are looking into building our own gaming consoles - he wants to build a handheld and I want to build a regular console. Does anybody know how we can achieve these goals? I know how to build a regular PC - I've built 2.

Asked by Dezerith 8 years ago

Teacher Builds a Tardis

Sillysparrowness, a self-described "German teacher with a leaning towards silliness," described the process by which she came to build a beautiful, obsessively finished Tardis. Enjoy... YouTube via BoingBoing.  

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago

Build Night Recap.

It's very hot here today in Instructables World HQ, so, for fear that too much thinking may melt my brain, I'll keep the build night recap short and sweet. Below are the picture from a very Robot-licious Build Night. Also! This Sunday in Dolores Park at 2 a group of people will be constructing a massive robot sculpture. Be there or be analog! (A special thanks goes out to all of you on the webcam telling me to hit myself. )

Posted by randofo 9 years ago

Instructables Build Night Returns! - 6/19

After an indefinite hiatus, Instructables Build Night returns! Starting June 19th we will be holding bi-monthly build nights at our brand spanking new San Francisco location.For the first meeting, bring whatever it is that you're working on, would like to work on or are thinking about working on! If you're not working on anything, bring yourself, and you can work on your social skills by interacting with some of the Bay Area's finest makers and shakers!We look forward to seeing you!The Details:Instructables Build Night - Thursday 6/19Building commences at 6:00 PMOur exact location:489 Clementina St. - 3rd FloorSan Francisco, CA

Posted by randofo 9 years ago

Where Can I Find Robot Matierials

Where can i find matierials in Australia to build robots

Posted by Matt9 8 years ago

Where to find plans ideas? Pm me if u got some

Ok, by now everyone is talking about how to build a quadricycle? The only problem is no one can find any plans or blueprints on how to build this machine. If u hvae any i mean ANY ideas on how to build a quadricycle just pm me or comment here and i will get back to u as soon as possible. Or u can email me at DONT BE AFRAID TO EMAIL ME I WILL TAKE ANY AND ALL IDEAS!!!!!

Posted by Howtobuild 9 years ago

Where can i find a decent "how to" for a robot tank?

I can find toy robot tank builds, but i want a how to for a robot tank that actually shows you how to build it and hopefully can withstand outdoors. Can anyone help?

Asked by acadena2 5 years ago

Build Party, 3/7/08

Projects from march seventh, 2008. The MIT Electronic Research Society does it again! Michael chops his bike! Amy makes a passive-dynamic walker! Two fluid dynamics grad students in a homemade-boat competition! Welding! The new lathe tools in action!

Posted by stasterisk 10 years ago

Can anyone give me instructions to build a machine to press a button of a phone?

I need to push a button on a phone every 60 seconds or so. But i cannot think of a design or how to make it work with a touch screen phone. any and all ideas and comments would be helpful.

Asked by BryanEast 5 years ago

Help for building a monster PC

Hi, I would like to build an awsome Pc, I have free access to an abandoned 2006 airport and all electronics stuff included!  The goal is to make a powerfull machine out unlimited resources. Sadly I don t have much experience in Pc making so I would need an experienced person to help me.  If you're intrested in exploring the opportunities of this project or need more info  please contact me!

Posted by Azparkour 3 years ago

Please share a good parts list for building a pc -- especially for gaming!

What processor, optical drives?  Which cases have some smarter, non-tool installation options?  Which have an extra small footprint, but still cool for the gaming we want to do?  What other pitfalls or smart shortcuts have you observed? Thanks for your brainshare!

Asked by valhallasmine 7 years ago

A decent How to for a Robot Tank

I can find toy robot tanks but i want to build a robot tank that can withstand being outside and preferably made of all metal, but that part is not mandatory? Can anyone Help please?

Posted by acadena2 5 years ago

LED Build Night at RevAmp

After having a huge success at our first Build Night at RevAmp and having many people turn up with great projects. The best out of which we found to be LED costumes as many people worked on it. We had two build nights The first day we had projects like LED Cube, LED lamps, LED flashers... and the next day we came up with an idea of making LED costumes and brought arduino into the  picture. The costumes were Bluetooth controlled and we later had a special android app developed to control the led. We had made 3 LED costumes at the end of the day. And we also practiced some cool led dance moves as the LEDs looked quite cool in the dark. After 2 days we all learnt new things and had fun with the LEDs.

Posted by ThisIsSteve 3 years ago

How Do You add the Whammy Bar?

How does it connect to the body

Asked by 8 years ago

What are the dimensions of a Les Paul neck pocket?

I am building a guitar and I need to know what the dimensions for the neck pocket should be. I will be using a Les Paul style neck from Warmoth, 24 3/4" scale. While your at it, could you tell me the dimensions for an EDS-1275 neck pocket?

Posted by VoodooWitchDr. 9 years ago

Will my cats be ok in the harsh NY winter?

I am moving from Miami to NY. My cats have never been outside though they try to get out every time the door opens. If I build them an insulated house, and put it inside the shed, will they be ok in the harsh winter?? (My mom is DEATHLY allergic)

Asked by Bree429 9 years ago

is what i have decided for my computer build everything compatible? Answered

I decided to buy the core parts my custom cheap computer, that i plan to upgrade with better parts. but if i want to save money in the long run and not have to buy totally new parts for a building a decent computer. will these parts i choose will work together? the top parts are the bare essentials for my build, excluding the parts i already have in my old tower computer (case, 300W PSU, monitor, and keyboard, mouse, WiFi adapter {maybe read bellow}) MOBO:---ASRockZ77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ATX Intel Mobo----------------------$140 CPU: -----Pentium G620 (lga-1155)-------------------------------------------------------------------$64 RAM:-----G.SKILL Ripjaws X-Series 8GB DDR3 RAM Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL---$40 i plan to get these parts after i get the initial build working. if i am unhappy with the above specs i will upgrade. my parents want me to build a cheap $250 computer first to see if i am up to the challenge.  so i want everything i listed to work well together. so far i have worked out everything except the power supply cables (if it will power everything listed and crossfire/SLI for future improvement.) PSU:------OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply---$50 after rebates CPU:------Intel i5 3570K-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$220 GPU:------either a gtx 660, or a Radeon 7870.-----------------------------------------------------$230.00 ish CASE:----Cooler Master Computer RC 430 KWN1/dp/B003O8J11E---------------------------$46 HDD:------unsure. whetever i get my hands on in the future. it will be 7200 RPM or better, maybe a cheap ssd as for the GPU any recommendations? i want something within $250 and will play games on high settings with no problem, and dual monitor setup. i think this GTX 660 it seems to be slightly better than the radeon 7870, and cheaper. i might go with this. is it a good idea to get a CPU that has the 'K' at the end, i know this means it is overclockable bacause it is unlocked. but it it worth it to pay the extra 20 for a faster stock clock speed, and HD 4000 graphics? compared to the i5 3550? p.s. i will delete parts of my question(s) that have successfully been answered by you and the community.  thank you everyone who helped me out with this. i have to give credit to:  mpilchfamily, Willard2.0,  and bwrussell have been very helpful. i cant wait until i start building!

Asked by -max- 5 years ago

Instructables Build Nights!

Instructables is pleased to present the first in a new series of Thursday Build Nights here at our San Francisco HQ!These are small-group sessions focused on specific projects - you MUST RSVP to attend, as we can only handle a certain number of participants. Registrations will be handled on a first-come basis. We're starting with a bit of craft/tech crossover, and plan to run sessions on a variety of topics.October 2: Intro to Chain Mail with SpiderOctober 23: Halloween open build night.See the descriptions below for details, including things to bring and/or materials fees. To sign up for one of the sessions, simply private message Christy with your name, email, and phone number. We hope to see you there!October 2: Beginning Chainmail with SpiderLimit: 10 participants (confirmed RSVP required)Materials Fee: $10 Start Time: 7pmProject is a European 4-in-1 chainmail bracelet. I'll teach 4-in-1 because it's the most widely useful chainmail weave. Students can use this same weave to make jewelry, armor, sculpture, lampshades, iPod cozies, etc... The materials fee is $10, which covers copper jump rings and clasp, plus the loan of appropriate pliers. I'll bring other goodies for people to look at, and I'm happy to answer any and all chainmail-ish questions.Additional kits and tools will be available for purchase after class.October 23: Halloween Costume & Decoration Open Build NightLimit: none, but please RSVPMaterials: Bring your own!Time: 6pm-9pmWe'll be working on our Halloween costumes and decorations -- bring your work-in-progress along and join the fun! We've got plenty of floor/table space, a couple of sewing machines and other useful tools, and enough skill and imagination to share. It's always easier to get excited about your project when you're working with a group. Please RSVP so we know how much snack food to acquire, and how much of the office to clean up. We'll kick you out at 9pm, or when the last Instructables staff member has to head home.

Posted by randofo 9 years ago

I have three old out of date cpus and im trying to use them to make at least one half way desent machine. Any tips?

Need to know what parts are needed and witch arnt. Primarily need internet and writting software

Asked by baen 6 years ago

OK that's it. What do you want me to build?

I'm getting a knex bucket from my friend cheap tomarrow (or maybe today if the forum shows up late like always...) and so I'll have enough pieces to fufil most requests. I still have my "will replicate any gun" thread going so check that out if you want me to make a certain gun. I just really need to build something. I'm also itching for making some new innovative design so I need ideas. Tell me exactly what kind of gun you want (shotgun, sniper, sidearm?) and I'll see what I can do. I also want to get more videos up on youtube. (masterofthelines -check me out later on this summer to see what I'm up to. Hey maybe you'll eventually meet who I am under "TheDunkis") So yeah tell me any details but for the love of god IF IT INCLUDES ANYTHING ABOUT FULL AUTO I'M JUST GOING TO FLAT OUT IGNORE YOUR POST AND POSIBLY YOU FOR THE REST OF MY TOPIC. OK just had to get that out of the way. And I doubt I'll think of any new semi auto ideas but feel free to mention any other ideas you think might be possible. Oh yeah tell me does anyone right now feel interested in another M4 that both looks good and has a good working magazine and rail system? I made one before but ran out of pieces so I might rebuild it again. I found out most guns here can either look good and not be the best or they can work awesomely...and not look the best. I know most of my guns aren't the greatest quality and that's why I'm trying to improve and at least mine worked for the most part. ~TheDunkis~

Posted by TheDunkis 9 years ago

I'm modding an old tape player aux amp (5w) for guitar. I'm having trouble with understanding basic tube circuitry.

Should the signal go from input to 12ax7 grid1(pin 2), then plate/cathode1(pin 8) to gain pot back to grid 2(pin 7) and then output from plate2(pin 3) to Volume,tone control stage then on to grid1 of el84 power tube? Thanks in advance, Terry

Asked by 9 years ago

Are your eyes better than mine?

I've been watching and re-watching this video of a kite flying (I can't make Vimeo embed). It's based on the tetrahedral kite, a tried and tested design.  In my experience, kites like this have amazing stability and huge amounts of lift.  This thing should have needed a serious effort to restrain. But it only gets a few feet off the ground, and then only just. The huge banner will have something to do with it, but not a lot. I've squinted at the video of it in flight, and I may be imagining it, but are a lot of the triangular cells the wrong way round, contributing no lift at all, just a lot of drag? Can you have a look, and see if you can work it out?

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago

Kitewife, she says YES!

Many years ago, my father rallied a Mini.Twenty-three years ago, I learned to drive in a Mini.Twenty-two years ago, I had my first crash in a Mini.I courted Kitewife in a Mini.Now, after literally years of subtle hints, requests and outright begging, Kitewife has agreed that I can have another Mini. A proper one, not a BMW.OK, this isn't going to be instant, probably months away, but I am uber-excited about it, so I thought I'd come a and brag about it.All I've got to do first is fix up the Megane to a saleable state - replace the spoiler, the wing mirror, buff out the scratches, pull out the dent in the door, then sell it, then raise about a grand extra ...... ah, what the heck, she said yes!

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago

First project, Need help with materials selection :)

Hey everyone! This is my first post here and I hope someone can give me a hand, or I can contribute in the future.  For now I need some expert opinions.  For a project in school me and my partner came up with the idea of making our own air filtering baby canopy.  I made a drawing of what I imagine it would look like.  I just for the life of me can't come up with an idea to make the frame out of. Here's an image so you can see what I'm talking about... (side) (top) So I'm pretty sure I can make the base and the supporting frame out of 1/2inch PVC pipe with 45degree elbows.  The electrical and fan for the filtration unit and netting we have have sorted out already. For the life of me, I cannot figure out what to make the "filtration unit" out of.  It needs to be a shell basically so I can fit the filter and fan inside.  First I thought maybe use thin aluminum sheet metal and form it to a desired shape.  (I've even found stuff for air conditioning ducts that is almost in the shape and size where it would work for a prototype.  I even had an idea of using foam.  Use a foam cutting tool to make a top and bottom piece, paint them with an acrylic coating to harden it.  Then gluing the top and bottom piece. *Any idea what I can use to make some sort of "box" that doesn't look like junk to hold my internals? Also, taking any ideas of how I can make the folding joint for the supporting arches.  I was thinking maybe just making them less wide than the frame, so they can be lined up towards the center, and drill a hole through them and bolt them.  Any comments? If you've made it this far in my post, thank you!  And I look forward to any of your craft ideas. tl:dr; What material can I use to make a "shell" of a desired shape that can hold electronics and stuff? -Mike

Posted by de312 6 years ago

Strawbees build event

We have scheduled the Strawbees build event for May 14, 2015:

Posted by Tanju-B 3 years ago

What is the cheapest way to build a desk?

I only have basic tools, too.

Asked by Queenoftheknownuniverse 8 years ago