Device to get rid of pesky pigeons on balcony?

Nothing that would permanently harm the pigeons (although it is tempting), but something that would scare the bejesus out of them. Maybe a motion sensor that would swing something to scare them.... maybe it woud play a predator sound when they got too close... the possibilities are endless. Please help!

Posted by irishchaos 8 years ago


How do I control the pesky flies in my yard?

My yard has been taken hostage by flies. Literally. We cannot go outside because they have waged war on us! They DO NOT go away. To sit and relax would be divine...unfortunately it's impossible to sit outside without divebombed by swarms of them. We have tried so many things...no dog feces, keep the yard cut and trimmed, etc. Is there a homemade remedy or solution that we can put on the grass to kill the larvae and/ or deter these pesky pets?! Please help! Our summer is fading fast as we are held hostage in our home! Thank you ever so kindly!

Asked by jlforrest74 8 years ago


Pesky cat and warm air heating sensor

Hi, My dear little cat takes great pleasure in warming her butt on our warm air vents. I was wondering if someone could help me design/build a little sensor that I could place on each warm air vent. It would need to look inconspicuous and keep the cat away from the vent (vibrate or buzz when she approaches? - dunno, you suggest). Thanks! G

Posted by muddywaters 7 years ago


Where can i get small toroids for magnetic core memory?

I have really wanted to do this but I could never find those pesky rings!

Asked by seanroberts 7 years ago


Pesky Teachers

First off... This isnt made to insult teachers, I just needed a title to beckon people to my question. The problem I have is that the teacher at my school have a new spiffy, Anti-Slacking Device, called LAN Schools. The teacher can monitor all computers in the classroom. It also has the ability to cut off internet access to a computer. So I can no longer play my beloved flash games. Long story short. Is there any way I can play flash games on my computer through a flash drive without using internet explorer or firefox?

Asked by Fizzxwizz 8 years ago


I finally figured out wordpress!

I finally figured out wordpress! It's actually a great tool to use. There are so many different things to do on it. Just the pesky photo uploader is buggy on my computer :( Otherwise it's great. Does anyone else have a wordpress? My wordpress

Posted by jen7714 7 years ago


how can i humanely stop cats pooping on my lawn? Answered

I have a problem with cats excreting on my garden since my own cat passed away. any tips on how to humanely deter the pesky poopers? its a shady side garden and a security light has had no effect. thanks.

Asked by secretshedfreak 8 years ago


Is this instructable eligible to enter in the Low & Slow BBQ Contest?? Answered

I entered this instructable in the Low & slow BBQ Contest. And after I read some more I am wondering if this is eligible to enter. Here is the link. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-keep-pesky-flies-away-from-your-BBQ/BTW I will give out best answer.Thank you Killer~SafeCracker

Asked by Killer~SafeCracker 8 years ago


Garmin nuvi suffers an untimely end

Help me save my Nuvi.  I was replacing a battery that would not hold a charge when the screen module slipped taking with it the flexible circuit connection to the main circuit board.  My attempt to revive the Nuvi is now on life support as I'm not sure if the connection is mechanical or uses some kind of adhesive... If anyone can shed light on this pesky problem it would be much appreciated. Thanks

Posted by zippidee 7 years ago


Pesky shift registers? Answered

I started working with 2 74HC595N to control 8x8 matrix, and found that instead of a dot it activates multiple rows. So I assumed this was due to my lack of knowledge about shift registers so I setup a simple scenario from arduino ShiftOut tutorial (single register chip and 4 LEDs controlled by number via serial input i.e. "one by one sketch". Thats when I found out that shift register has almost random values on its output pins. Some LEDs were on, some off before I started to controll them. After I turned on/off all 4 it strated to work as supposed to, but last pin retained "memory" of its state even if I reset Arduino.  So my question is, do I always need to initialize every pin of every shift register (and is there an example sketch), or do I have faulty IC? Edit: Added schematic (it's from http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/ShiftOut)

Asked by bratan 5 years ago


Carve and cast moulds

Hello I was wondering if anyone was interested in buying the molds I created to make the cast and carve chocolates in my instructable.  https://www.instructables.com/id/Carve-an-cast-chocolate-treets/ It means you don't have to go through the pesky business of carving or making our own molds to end up with some fun chocolates.. or you could use something like plaster and end up with some nice casts. 

Posted by world of woodcraft 3 years ago


How to Manage my Library ?? 2 Questions

Question 1) I would like to do several Instructables. To separate the files needed for each I would think that my Library could have folders - but I see no way other than to clump all files together. Question 2) initially I uploaded 3 test files just to make sure I knew how to upload. Now I want to delete them but I see no option fordeleting files from your library. How to get rid of those pesky critters ?? Any help? Thanks

Posted by lifeson99 10 years ago


effective removal of home page pirate stuff..help

My poor pc is in trouble. I use XP. When i use internet explorer instead of my MSN and YAHOO page coming up i get this rubbish search engine called "searchme1000" coming up or one of those pesky ad things called "CELLDERADO::::" I am a bit of a low-tech guy but this has gone beyond a joke. I tried a website blocker but it does not work well. The offending software keeps trying. I hove Norton but it blithely lets the buggers in. the mouse is so angry he could...SQUEAK!!!

Posted by maninamousesuit 10 years ago


Valentines Day Contest

I doubt that I would ever have time to enter this contest but I'd thought I'd mention a flaw in the prize format for us pesky Canadians, and other potential areas of the globe as well.  I'd love to win a kindle fire, however they are not available to Canada.  Now I'm sure I could hack a work around for making the Kindle Fire function in Canada, but shipping directly from Amazon to Canada will likely be an issue.  Perhaps ship to instructables HQ and then ship privately to non-US winners (if there are any).  Or, offer a prize value, though I'd prefer the first sneaky work around.  Anyway, just something to think about, awesome second prize regardless.

Posted by iminthebathroom 6 years ago


does anyone know how to remove bubbles from the kitchen sink?

Do you know those pesky bubbles in your kitchen sink that always reside after you finish washing up the dishes? well i know them all too well and they never pop however much i poke them or blow on them or hair dryer them :( i had a look online and found a idea that you can tip ground pepper on the suds to pop them efficiently, but all it did was pop a couple of centermeters of the bubble monolith and now my sink smells like pepper :( does anyone have anyone ideas/experience as to how sove my bubbly problem?

Posted by sooie 4 years ago


Suggestions for super basic (free or inexpensive) software for drawing floor plans from scratch?

I'm old school.... T squares, canary paper, ruling pens etc.   I need a super simple drawing program that will let me draw lines to scale on a grid and give dimensions.  I don't need/want  to drag and drop, I don't need bells and whistles, 3D, landscapes, floor plans  etc etc. I've tried ProDraw and another trial program, but find I spend too much time trying to delete  all the 'helpful' extras like doorways - shades of that pesky paperclip 'helper' in Word.  I don't want to drag anything anywhere.  I just want to draw to scale on a computer.  There is a time crunch here, so easy like the original  MS Paint would be good. I have Adobe Elements 1.0  and love it.  If I could figure out how to make dimensional lines with it (is it possible??)  I would be set. Just thought I'd ask before dragging out the Clearprint.   Thanks.

Asked by mole1 3 years ago


Anyone Made/Thought About Making This? (MILES Tag)

Hi, I recently stumbled on the DIY Miles tag web site. For those of you who don't know MILES tag stands for Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System. It is used to train solders in combat, without that pesky thing that kept pooping up in live fire training: death. So, it basially looks like a really fun game of laser tag. All of the parts are obtainable on the site, assembled PCBs as well as just the PCBs and other various important parts. If you do enough digging into this small community of DIY laser-tag..ers you can find that they are apparently a very helpful bunch and there are lots of how-to documents. There are many documents out there I was wondering if anyone here had any ideas or if they had built one.Miles Tag "Official" Site: http://www.lasertagparts.com/mtdesign.htmWikipedia entry on MILES: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_Integrated_Laser_Engagement_System A Italian site on the subject (Some digging revels a part English site): http://www.lasertagitalia.itA Laser tag forum: http://www.laserforums.comTagger Construction: http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~leif/infratag/tag1_main.htmlCheck it out, I'm hoping to get some ideas as to how to make a case from anyone who care to give there 2 cents!-Gigman

Posted by gigman 11 years ago


Could one insulate their attic and/or walls with those stupid plastic grocery bags...safely and effectively, that is?

I have switched to some awesome reusable bags I bought at Office Depot that have a little bag that clips onto your purse or belt-loop. But I joke to the grocery clerks (when they look at me funny when I hand them the bags and say no more plastic) that if I bring home 1 more plastic bag I'm going to drill a hole in my wall and start stuffing them in for insulation...my question is...Could I Do That? Safely first of all, but also effectively? This would be a HUGE find if it is...We could hit a planetary Royal Flush...Reducing our energy consumption by cheaply over-insulating our homes (an option that would make it possible for poor folk to take advantage too) AND getting those pesky bags off our streets, out of our oceans thereby reducing pollution and halting the devastating effects they have had on the sea life, AND reduce the space they take up in our landfills, PLUS with this as an alternative to having to turning them in, the current backlog of "recycled" bags piling up because this economic down slide reduces the amount of these goods that China is importing to turn into future landfill occupants. So can it be done?

Asked by beingteri 9 years ago


12VDC to 9VAC - How to do it? Anybody?

Well, I've posted this in numerous places and no one seems to have a clue. Myself being electronically illiterate, still, with all the technology out there, you can't tell me this can't be done. I live off-grid. We all know how inefficient the inverter is. It's a huge drain on my battery bank, won't function when they get below a certain voltage, yet all my peripherals that operate directly from the battery bank, operate fine. That being said, I have been trying to come as close as possible to eliminating the inverters and I have two peripherals left: 1) cordless telephone and 2) modem The problem is that they run from that pesky wall charger/converter from 120VAC to 6.5 and 9VAC respectively. Now, notice these units run on LOW VOLTAGE AC, not DC. That is, they are powered by the AC. My guess is that inside each unit, there sits a rectifier converting it right back into DC. In fact, for the phone, I see no other way because it charges a NiCad battery.  So.... does anyone have an inkling as to an efficient way to convert 12VDCD to low voltage AC. Preferably variable, but not absolutely necessary. There is nothing on the market that I have found. So if you're looking for something to have to break into the electronics market with, here ya go. I'll bet there are hundreds of thousands 'off-gridders' who would want this technology.

Asked by basementsong 4 years ago


(newsletter) Laser Lighter, Cardboard Furniture, Climbing Gorilla...

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Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


What is the best way to grind glass, somewhat smooth? Answered

Now before you rush to write down an answer let me tell you the details! The chunk of glass is 28 inches wide by 28 inches long and 2.5 inches tall. Composed of 160 painstakingly cut strips of glass that have been glued together into a jumbo block. Now try as I might, when laminating things together of ever so slightly different size together you are going to get high and low spots - And yes, this would have been soooo much easier a job if I had smoothed out the rough edges before laminating - Pesky hind-sight. Unfortunately my planer doesn't seem to work so well on glass, who knew :) Anyway, I will post some pictures to give you an idea of what it is, that has to be ground down. First off • It does not have to be perfectly smooth • A mottled surface would actually be appreciated • It is not going to be a lens of any kind, all though light will be transmitted through it. I have the following tools, but first - No I am not taking it 1700km to have it kilned. No, the local glass shop seems to have less tools then I do, at least in this scale. • Angle grinders • belt sanders • orbital sanders - but really? On the back side I used the angle grinder, with a metal grinding bit. Not to bad really all though the edges were taking a pounding. This was prior to applying resin and woven cloth, to give the glass a bit of tooth and reduce the high edges. This is for an instructable I am working on.  

Asked by iminthebathroom 7 years ago


Bedbugs treatment-friendly furniture hacks and projects?

Hi all, as an astute long-time reader of people's projects, I found some great ones to repurpose and reuse otherwise not-so-pretty, salvaged or thrift-store bought furniture. However, as I slowly gained confidence in my abilities and availability of products, I sustained my third treatment against bedbugs in less than a year. Nothing unusual in my town where the epidemics is out of control, but surely a time-waster and great source of tension between tenants and landlords. For those who have been lucky not to harbour this pesky little parasite, a treatment involves pulling every furniture from the walls, dismantling every piece that can, turning them upside-down, removing wall outlet plates, placing dirty laundry nearing the bed at the center of the room, waiting for the CPO to spray everything, leave a mess of a (inefficient) white powder everywhere, going outside the home for at least 12 hours, going back, pack everything and go to the laundry, come back and re-assemble the furniture. This is extremely time-consuming, but I got a hint from the CPO that could potentially save hours of work. Bedbugs don't fly or jump, and cannot climb on metal or plastic. Conversely, they are especially fond of wood to live and sticks their eggs on. Incidentally, wood is the most common material to make low-end Ikea furniture. Question is, considering current North American bedbug invasion, why is there no more bedbugs treatment friendly hacks, or at least a word of caution against getting anything used or of unknown origin? That would be as responsible thing to discourage the practice, as we already do about wearing safety googles when using a power tool. And second, why aren't there more hacks and projects with that in mind? As Tim Anderson wrote, most people have more time than money on their hands. Well, I have neither of those (nor a vehicle), and thus cannot participate at that time.

Posted by Cubytus 5 years ago


[newsletter] Rickroll Cake, Screen Printing, Gorilla Pod...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Apr. 24, 2008 Welcome back! We have lots of news for you today. New contest! It's spring and to celebrate we're having a Flower Contest. The flowers can be fresh, dried, painted, or even crafted so get going on a great flower Instructable now! Check out these cool Instructables! Portal/Rickroll Cake Two Internet fads combine to create the geekiest eating event ever. posted by Papersatan on Apr 20, 2008 Make your own Gorilla Pod This flexible tripod mimics the real thing for only a few dollars worth of parts. posted by benthekahn on Apr 22, 2008 Photo-emulsion Screen Printing Sometimes you need to get your message out quickly and cheaply. Here's how to print a ton of t-shirts and patches fast. posted by w1n5t0n on Apr 21, 2008 A radial drill press made from spare parts Make a radial drill press on your own and get a lot more freedom of motion for your money. posted by threesixesinarow on Apr 16, 2008 Helicopter Birthday Cake Make an epic birthday cake for the li'l pilot in the house. Comes complete with spinning blades! posted by dave spencer on Apr 23, 2008 Green Science Fair! April is Photo Month! Bake and decorate! Laptop Compubody Sock Make an eye-catching hoodie for your laptop to use in public spaces for warmth and privacy. posted by bekathwia on Apr 18, 2008 Isobaric Subwoofer Improve the low-end in your home audio setup with this home-built sub. posted by toastyboy on Apr 19, 2008 The iPillow Fall asleep listening to music without headphones or any pesky cords. posted by dardy_7 on Apr 16, 2008 How to get on Xbox Live with Dialup Enjoy all the downloads and updates of Xbox Live over the old dialup connection. Still not so hot for multiplayer, though. posted by Dr.Professor_Jake_Biggs on Apr 19, 2007 Measure the drag coefficient of your car Want to make your car a lot more fructification? The first step is knowing just how much drag it creates as it moves along. posted by iwilltry on Aug 31, 2007 Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


8-Shot Deconstruction Round Concept

A long time ago, I looked at Mepain's 8-Shot Deconstruction Round Revolver, and I really liked the idea, but as all concepts, it didn't shoot far. Within 20 minutes the other day I had made a small, real-triggered pistol (cock+revolve+shoot) with 8 shots, where the firing pin hits a white rod off of a snowflake connector. This was meant to be a simple revolver for people with few pieces, or who just want a fun gun. At a 45 degree angle, I won't lie, it probably gets around 10-20 feet, depending on the wear and tear of your pieces. It won't win any wars, it is a simple sidearm so you can build more piece consuming firearms. I will have pictures up shortly. Edit: I've improved range by some number, and it is now more complex and piece consuming but more reliable, and the clip design has been perfected. Advantages over guns with magazines: - Never Jams. Ever. - Slanted handle with no magazine inside. No broken pieces or clumsy mag pushers in your way. - Bullets are spread out in a circle. It is very compact, especially if you use green rods instead of whites. - Detachable wheels. This means quick reload if you have extra wheels pre-built. - Easy trigger pull. You don't need a super-powerful rubber band to make it shoot far, so the trigger pull is smooth and easy. - Super easy to build. You don't need to be an expert in k'nex to know how this works. Because it takes up less space and pieces than a magazine, and the clip design requires no rubber bands (unless you really want auto-revolver) this design could easily be perfected and expanded upon to a rifle, or high-powered weapon. It uses one black Y-connector, for the trigger, and I'm sure there's another way to do it, but this is probably the best. I can't find my camera; when I do, I will have pictures up. Probably not instructions because the thing is easy to build from pictures and a pain to take apart, but I'll be answering questions frequently when it's up and posting helpful pictures to anybody who requests it. EDIT: Pictures here> https://www.instructables.com/community/TO67PH4GQ225YK9/. Click the "i" at the top-left to get rid of those pesky annotations.

Posted by DB2016 6 years ago


Solar Death Ray, Robot Foosball, Snow Cannon...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Dec. 27, 2007 Welcome back! The Laser Cutter Contest ends on Jan. 1, 2008. If you're still sitting on an amazing Instructable, submit it now to win a VersaLaser worth over $15,000! Don't forget to enter the Homemade Holidays Contest! Share your homemade holiday gift ideas through an Instructable, a Slideshow, or a Video, and win great prizes from CRAFT magazine! Check out these cool instructables! Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray: An Experiment in Optics So you don't have access to your own rail gun or military space laser....but never fear, we'll use the sunlight in your yard to instantly set things on fire! posted by DrSimons on Dec 26, 2007 Build a Microwave Transformer Homemade Welder Making a DIY welder is easy to do and it's pretty much FREE! If you feel comfortable playing with electricity, check this out.posted by stasterisk on Dec 24, 2007 Fix a stuck pixel on an LCD monitor Fix those pesky stuck pixels in just a couple of minutes and enjoy a fully functional monitor. posted by Line Master Jorbob on Dec 23, 2007 The Ambience Enhancer Listen to your music in style with this wondrous steampunk device.posted by Porkshanks on Dec 21, 2007 How To: Jailbreak your Ipod Touch 1.1.1 to 1.1.2 (Windows) Jailbreak your iPod Touch to add some custom applications. This is worth it for the instant messenger alone. posted by RTheaven on Nov 19, 2007 Just a few days left to win a $15,000 VersaLaser! The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! A simple way to get introduced to the Stirling engine. Unleash the power!posted by thecheatscalc on Dec 21, 2007 Build a Wind Harp!A wind harp is just what the name says, a harp played by the wind. You don't need lessons with this instrument, just a light wind will do.posted by botronics on Dec 26, 2007 Cheap secret compartment! Learn how to make a secret compartment that can be built into a bookcase, or some other piece of furniture. A sneaky lock keeps it hidden. posted by Hoverboy06 on Dec 21, 2007 Autonomous Foosball Table The robots are take over living rooms one foosball table at a time. Are you with them or against them?posted by eski on Dec 25, 2007 Pneumatic Snowball Cannon A lot of people make potato guns, but it's winter so let's shoot some snowballs instead! posted by cvxdes on Dec 18, 2007   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago