We cannot live without oil

We need oil from plastics to your car. If anyone begs to differ then please reply.

Posted by knektek 8 years ago

Cheap colorless oil?

I like making these snow globe thingies, or just oil and glitter in a bottle. They fall slower when you use oil rather than just plain water, and I saw someone recommend baby oil. However, its a bit expensive just for this use, especially the colorless one. So I'm looking for any type of oil I can use for this project, that is cheaper than baby oil. As long as its clear/colorless.

Posted by Mikki G.W 3 years ago

concentrating fish oils?

Is there a way to concentrate fish oils? or even an effective way to "harvest" fish oil?

Posted by ledzep567 10 years ago

Is algae oil suitable to be used as cooking oil ? Answered

Hi everyone, Is algae oil suitable to be used as cooking oil ? does it have any strange taste or odor ? what color is the oil ? I am not after biodiesel, i need to know if the algae oil is edible and suitable for human consumption.

Asked by Nick_Zouein 9 years ago

remove oil stains from driveway?

How to remove old oil stains from concrete driveway

Asked by 9 years ago

How is Lamp oil made

Everyone can show you how to make a lamp. I want to know how the lamp oil is made?

Posted by moonviper 9 years ago


Does anyone know how to filter it effectively to get rid off the fragance and the vitamin E? (well, baby oil's condutivity is 0 but I just want to effectively filter it to obtain pure baby oil ) (Note I leve in a remote location and the only cheap accessible choice is the baby oil and they do not carry any other) Your help is appreciated!

Posted by dejabox 10 years ago

how do i get air freshener oil out of a red leather purse (it leaked all over it)?

We had one of those plug in oil room fresheners from Bath and Body works. It tipped over one day while it was on the table and leaked all over my red leather purse. The oil didn't change the color but definately smells strong. I've tried cornstarch to absorb the oil but it doesn't work - it seems that the leather has completely absorbed the oil.

Asked by 8 years ago

I am building an oil cooled PC but I need help

Does anyone know how to filter it effectively to get rid off the fragance and the vitamin E? (well, baby oil's condutivity is 0 but I just want to effectively filter it to obtain pure baby oil ) (Note I leve in a remote location and the only cheap accessible choice is the baby oil and they do not carry any other) Your help is appreciated!

Posted by dejabox 10 years ago

OIL COOLING PC: I want to build it but I hit a wall

But, Does anyone know how to filter it effectively to get rid off the fragance and the vitamin E? (well, baby oil's condutivity is 0 but I just want to effectively filter it to obtain pure baby oil ) (Note I leve in a remote location and the only cheap accessible choice is the baby oil and they do not carry any other) Your help is appreciated! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP IN THE 1ST ROUND!

Posted by dejabox 10 years ago

BP. They had to drill a hole to make the oil come out right? Answered

Why can't they build a weight and tie some explosives to it and sink it into the hole they drilled? Would the hole not collapse upon it's self and seal up? Sorry about the grammar.

Asked by gummypaul 7 years ago

Old oil heaters?

Hello, just wondering if anyone could post any links or anything about old oil heaters. Not the pressure fed ignited furnace type, but the gravity fed ones with a simple carburetor. I have one in the garage that originally came from an old railway caboose. The previous owner (5 years ago) used to heat the garage with it but I haven't the foggiest how to clean, light, or maintain the thing. I'm sure if I take it apart I will be able to figure it out, but was just wanting to get and idea of what to do to it to maintain it. Thanks in advance!

Asked by Stew2 8 years ago

All-metal desktop fan - is it okay to use light oil on the motor spindle?

I have been given an all-metal desktop fan - the sort one uses to keep cool in the office during the warmer months. As there is a slight squeaking noise when it is on, is it okay to use light oil on the motor spindle at the point where the spindle enters the main body of the motor? Thanks for your time to read and reply.

Asked by kevinhannan 6 years ago

Oil: $100 per Barrel

Twas bound to happen - so why not open the new year with a new high?http://money.cnn.com/2008/01/02/markets/oil/index.htm?postversion=2008010212U.S. crude for February delivery jumped $4.02 to $100 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange before slipping to $99.42. The previous trading record was $99.29 set Nov. 20. Oil prices ended 2007 by gaining nearly 60 percent for the year, the largest jump this decade."This market is really gonna fly," Ira Eckstein, president of Area International Trading Corp, said from the NYMEX floor.In Nigeria, bands of armed men invaded Port Harcourt, the center the oil industry Tuesday, attacking two police stations and raiding the lobby of a major hotel, The Associated Press reported. Four policemen, three civilians and six attackers were killed. The Niger Delta Vigilante Movement claimed responsibility for the attack.At 2.1 million barrels per day, Nigeria was the world's eighth-largest oil exporter in 2006, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.Furthermore, the auto manufacturers are saying the new CAFE standards (35mpg for cars) are a very expensive goals. Mind you, there's cars 20+ years ago that exceeded this standard (CRX got in the mid 50mpg range).Futurama did elude to $100 per gallon of gas in New York city by 2012... How could they be wrong? :D

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago

NPR: $100/Barrel of Crude

This came up in another forum, but I heard the report too.... So today, there was a broadcast on NPR (yes, I admit that I listen to NPR :p) about a $100 per barrel crisis.... If you didn't know, a barrel of crude goes for about $93. Personally, I don't think it will cause a crisis - it's not as if it's going from $30 to $100 in a week. However, seriously, are the masses comatose? It's not like no one has been warning them of this - and the consequences nowhere near sustainable living. Arrrrr.... I've been saying it for awhile - if we don't regulate ourselves, nature is going to take the kind liberty of doing that for us (and that won't be pretty). Soylent Green anyone? I mean, I recently read that the average American will consume about 500,000 gallons of water per year... whereas some of the Nordic countries, consumption is around 17,500 gallons per person... By the way, the US has a very limited water store supply :/ US has 5% of world population... 25% of world total CO2 emissions. China, for example, has 22% of the world population - but only 15% of the world's CO2 emissions.... US has 5% of the world population - and 29% world CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. (china 14.5) What percentage of companies are considered sustainable (by Dow Jones sustainability index) in the US? A measly, 19.8% (UK: 68%).

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago

Can you varnish an oil-sealed garden table? Answered

I'm asking this for a friend, who's recently bought a garden table that needs to be oiled to keep it waterproof. Would he be able to varnish over the top of the oil, to save the regular re-oiling? Would the varnish take over the oil?

Asked by alffly 8 years ago

Help. How to Get oil out of quad? Answered

Me and my brother were trying to drain the oil and we magically screwed up. Now I cant warm it up so that the oil comes out because theres only half oil left in there. What do I do ?

Asked by CrawdadMan 8 years ago

How To Hack Oil Empires

Hey I play an Browser Based MMORPG called Oil Empires. I want to know if it's possible to hack it and if it is than how.

Posted by the_anaconda 10 years ago

Bacteria excrete oil

Looky!Scientists in sunny CA have genetically altered bacteria so they eat garbage and excrete crude oil. They plan to be in commercial production by 2011. Sweet!

Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago

How to make french fries without oil?

Please, some recipe maybe? :)

Asked by Plavi_andeo 8 years ago

What can I do with a bucket of petroleum oil mixed with a little mineral oil? Anything?

Can I filter out the mineral oil? Could this be useful for anything, or should I just throw away this bucket of slop?

Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago

Can you use incense oils in gel-candle making? Is there even a difference between the oils? Answered

I saw some oils at a hippie shop that could be used for incense, and I was wondering if they could be used in gel candle making, or if it wouldn't be considered safe. Thanks for the help.

Asked by kmilliron 8 years ago

Oil Central Heating - minimum amount Kerosene needed for testing it works

We have moved into a house with oil central heating that has not been used in at least 5 years and with no oil (Kerosene)at all in the tank.  We want to test if the boiler/oil burner actually works. Therefore we do not want to buy gallons of oil at the moment as we just want to test it to see if it works at all and then we can buy oil in the winter to save the expense now as it will not be in use now. A lot of companies have minimum orders however we were told we would just need a drum of oil in this instance to test it  - we are not sure if that would be enough. Is a drum of Kerosene enough? Where would we buy a drum of Keronsene? 

Posted by Synergy_12 2 years ago

oil press

Hey guys, I really would like to make an oil press (olive oil etc).  Now this seems to me to be something that is very makeable (could be wrong), something that doesn't need to be expensive as they currently are to buy?   has anyone made one that they can chuck me a link or want to try make one?  think it would be a pretty cool thing to add to the instructables community.  thanks.

Posted by DeVid3aN 4 years ago

How do I extract vegetable oil from algae?

I've just seen the fantastic instructable on growing algae en-mass, and have a few ideas for it. However, does anyone know how to then extract the vegetable oil from the algae? Thanks :)

Asked by ohowson 9 years ago

Old oil heaters? Answered

Just wondering if anybody knows of any links or anything for the cleaning, maintenance, and lighting of the old free standing oil heaters? Not the kind with blowers and ignitors, just the basic ones that people used to use to heat their houses and such. I have one in my garage from an old railway caboose and would like to use it on occasion in the winter, but the only info I can find on the net is for oil burning furnaces... A totally different animal. Thanks in advance!

Asked by Stew2 8 years ago

PLastic to oil converter

Hello, One year later, I found that video on youtube about a japanese scientist who converted plastic back to oil : Source : http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/plastic-to-oil-fantastic/ I waited for a convenient version for home use but still the smallest system weight 50Kg (100 pounds I guess). For what I read on the subject it's a kind of catalytic pyrolysis (whatever it means for such a non scientist as myself...). As any of you have an idea on how to make this kind of system for everyday use?

Posted by hypelike 6 years ago

A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories - Peak cooking oil?

The interconnectedness of the world can sometime be striking. I noticed yesterday that Safeway, a west coast grocery store chain, has converted it trucks to biodiesel. Due to increased fuel-demand for things that were previously only considered foodstuffs, the cooking oils carried by the biodiesel-fueled trucks were probably significantly more expensive. In Malaysia, this has even idled some plants design to refine oils into biodiesel:Here on Malaysia's eastern shore, a series of 45-foot-high green and gray storage tanks connect to a labyrinth of yellow and silver pipes. The gleaming new refinery has the capacity to turn 116,000 tons a year of palm oil into 110,000 tons of a fuel called biodiesel, as well as valuable byproducts like glycerin. Mission Biofuels, an Australian company, finished the refinery last month and is working on an even larger factory next door at the base of a jungle hillside.But prices have spiked so much that the company cannot cover all its costs and has idled the finished refinery while looking for a new strategy, such as asking a biodiesel buyer to pay a price linked to palm oil costs, and someday switching from palm oil to jatropha, a roadside weed.from the NYT article A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly CaloriesAnd there's more: as more and more baked goods eliminate trans-fats, those fats are often replaced with palm oil, so the pastries carried by the biodiesel-fueled trucks are themselves consuming more edible oil. While this will increase the price to make and ship a snack cake in the US, it has much greater effect elsewhere. Since people in the developing world get such a large percentage of their calories from cooking oil, increased prices have caused riots:No category of food prices has risen as quickly this winter as so-called edible oils -- with sometimes tragic results. When a Carrefour store in Chongqing, China, announced a limited-time cooking oil promotion in November, a stampede of would-be buyers left 3 people dead and 31 injured.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

A/C Compressor Lubrication Help? Answered

I am almost completed an A/C compressor compressor.  I wanted an air compressor, and I decided to build one from an A/C compressor.  Before I finish it up, do I need to have some oil being fed through the system and separated before the tank, or can I run it straight with just air coming in and no oil? Thanks

Asked by Wesley666 7 years ago

Straightening old oil lamp glass shade metal ring?

The lamp is 19th century. The metal ring has bent over the years and the three spokes have come away. First need to unbend the outer metal ring, and then find a way to fix the 3 spokes (have tried soldering, without much success). If anyone knows how to repair this or someone capable of doing the job well, this would be very useful.

Asked by PaulS201 2 years ago

Why does spraying popcorn with oil (Pam) make it pop better in a paper bag? Answered

I'm still experimenting with popcorn microwaved in a paper bag. I tried putting the kernels in a dish and giving them a quick shot of Pam. Then I poured the lightly coated kernels into the bag.  They popped much better although it took slightly longer to start popping.  I don't understand what's going on.  Any explanations?

Asked by mole1 7 years ago

What should I do with a couple of empty 3l olive oil tins?

I have a couple of 3l olive oil tins (Same as here) and I don't know what to do with them. I need ideas guys! They are made out of about 0.5 mm steel and you can solder on to them. I have the tools to do practically anything with them, but I don't know what to do. Any ideas at all are appreciated.

Asked by sockless 7 years ago

is it safe to store lithium metal in alcohol to stop oxidization? Answered

hello, i extracted some lithium metal from some new lithium batteries i bought at a second hand shop really cheaply . ive extracted the metal from one, but now, after placing it under vegetable oil to store, then putting in water, the vegetable oil works too well seperating the lithium form the water, making small lithium combustion reactions very difficult and i really want to show my friends the marvels of lithium on water, so i want to know, is it safe to store lithium in methylated spirits, or some other hydrocarbon that will evaporate away really fast , and not inhibit the lithium's reaction with water, like canola oil does? clean lithium usually combusts when i put it in water , and the reaction is quite fast. but when i put oily lithium in water, the same does not happen, the reaction is slow, and no combustion occurs unless i use my jet lighter.

Asked by oldmanbeefjerky 7 years ago

Power the American nation with waste food!

A new study shows that the energy used to produce the food wasted by Americans is greater than the energy stored in the oil and gas reserves around US shores. The situation is probably worse than the study suggests, since the only data available on wasted food was from 1995, when 27% of all food was wasted.  Since then, food prices have fallen, and waste has probably increased. Michael Webber and Amanda Cuellar at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin calculate that this is the equivalent of about 2150 trillion kilojoules lost each year. That's more than could be gained from many popular strategies to improve energy efficiency. It is also more than projections for how much energy the US could produce by making ethanol biofuel from grains. Obviously, Americans (and every other similarly-wasteful society - we're just as guilty in the UK) should be doing their level best to reduce their wasted food, but it also strikes me; there is gold in them thar bins. Rather than persuade hundreds of millions of lazy "Westerners" to change their ways, why not exploit them?  Why not make money off them (or at least, save your own energy costs)? We already have a bus driving around for free, and a car running on garbage.  Can you come up with a house-hold scale scheme? Could you cut your energy bills to zero, just by collecting other people's garbage for them? Could you set yourself up as a supplier of motor fuels (gasoline or diesel replacements?  methane?) Come on, iblers, do your thing! New Scientist article Oil data The study itself. (I have attached a PDF of the study, if you're interested.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago

Oil to Wax?

Hello! There is a home way to turn vegetal oil into wax? Or in any solid form that can be used to make candles? I want use the oil in candles, but I have fear of an accident with the "common" oil candles. Thanks for your time!

Asked by infob 6 years ago

A third liquid that will not mix ?

I've made an oil dropper/hourglass, i have used water and (olive)oil because they will not mix. is there a third liquid that i could add without it mixing with the oil or water ?

Asked by rabarbarbaar! 5 years ago

skateboard bearing lubrication?

Can i use gear oil on my bearings for my skateboard?the oil is thick 80w 90 thanks.

Asked by sharlston 7 years ago

how do you extract oil from algae ?

Well been reading that algae is a renewable fuel but I can't see how ? So how do you get the oil that is discussed out of the algae? Is it one of these non sustainable horribly expensive and hideous to the environment jobbies that we are told will save the world?

Asked by strangebike 9 years ago

What types of oil can be used for high voltage transformer insulation?

I am modifying microwave transformers for a higher voltage to drive a Tesla coil and I need to know what kind of oils for example vegetable or paraffin can be used for high voltage insulation in the transformer to protect it? To what voltage will it insulate?

Posted by The MadScientist 7 years ago

I just bought a vw golf and it cut off going down the road with an oil and battery light. Anyone familiar?

I just bought a 95 vw golf and had a problem going down the road, she cut off and an oil and battery light came on. I replaced the battery and topped off the oil, is there any more I should check? Anyone familiar with this vdub problem? thanks

Asked by r_eskew1989 7 years ago

Would hot oil work to free a rusty siezed bicycle chain and other small parts?

I'm just curious but how effective would hot cooking oil be to free up a seized cycle chain and other small rusted parts? I've searched around and can only find info on engines and cast iron pots and thats not what I'm looking for. Its also an idea for another use for an old electric fryer thats seen better days but still works.

Asked by CyberR 1 year ago

Kite photographing the BP oil spill

GrassrootsMapping.org is a group of people who are documenting BP's oil spill with cameras held aloft by kites and balloons. Sometimes they even get a ride on a plane. All of the images produced with this method will be going into the public domain. It's cool stuff and the images are far better than anything else out there. To keep the project going and cover the costs, they've set up a page on kickstarter to ask for donations. They've already passed their initial goal of $5,000, but it's a good cause and I hope they get plenty more than that. I pledged some money and wish them all the best.

Posted by fungus amungus 7 years ago