Quotes and Junk!!!!!!

What is your favorite quote. It does NOT have to be your own.

Posted by grundisimo 8 years ago

What To Do?

I don't know what to do with all this junk I found. Well, not all of its junk, but whatever. Here's the list. -Walkie Talkies with charger -iPod USB cable(Don't have the iPod) -Speaker with wires cut -Old digital camera -Kodak Pony 135 camera -Pentax (program plus?) camera with flash, case, and three lenses. -Squire amp. If you have an idea or have a link please share.

Posted by chardster 10 years ago

If I'm making a garage junk band drum set (a-la Fat Albert Gang), what would make a good cymbol? Answered

I recall the plastic rulers from the 70's & 80's having a good clatter to them when dropped on a desk, but all the new ones are softer plastic now. I've also tried bonking stuff like pot lids and trays at local Goodwills, but none seem to sound right. Any el-cheap-o suggestions? Thanks.

Asked by Tard_Boy 8 years ago

What can i do with lots of rubber tires?

I have come across a pile of deserted rubber tires.  I'm not sure what they were originally used for but they are fairly high quality. to be clear, these are just the rubber part, no rim.  There a bunch of different kinds but most are over 20 in. in diameter and the width is about 6 in. For what could i possibly use these?

Asked by cavaliere 8 years ago

Guitar recycling

My well-meaning parents bought me a half-size acoustic guitar as I was adding to my collection. Bad news is, it's useless. It not only has no adjustable truss rod but, as far as I can tell, no neck reinforcement whatsoever, so it's slowly turning itself into a slide guitar. The intonation is so far out that, despite all the useful guides, I despair of bringing it anywhere near something playable, even if I knew what key it was intended to be tuned to (it feels close at a G or an A, but it's still so far out it's crazy). Even if I could fix all of the above, the keys are so loose that three seconds of playing loosens the string anyway. Help! What can I use an unplayable guitar for? :D Should I strip it for parts? Should I turn that lovely sound box into a drum? Turn it into a table? I need inspiration! I'm the kinda gal whose favourite guitar was rescued from a sidewalk, so I don't want it to die; but despite its shape, it's not a guitar. :(

Posted by fireflyfae 7 years ago

Dear Newsletter editor.

Hi... This is an open letter.. made with a new id which i will never use again.. i promise you that my sole intention is for instructible to be better. Lately it's been very difficult for me to follow the one rule "be nice policy"... I'm still trying very hard... It's been made very hard by the newsletter editor, or whoever's job it is to choose which instructible to feature..  It's like you just choose randomly (or is this the case???), some times it's such a ridiculous ible that i can't hold my self much longer.. I want to be nasty in the comments of the ible.. But it's not the ible's writer's fault..  S/he's just making and sharing what s/he wants and i wouldn't even open the ible if it wasn't featured!!! To me, featuring means that you think it's a really nice piece and everyone should have a look at it.. it's brilliant! it's new!! it's unique! A little screening should be done prior to featuring.. Featuring doesn't mean "hey guys.. look at these random pages and see what you think.. or whatever..." Some of the ible's that was featured lately  that i dont think that everybody should see: "is my sweater blue?"  i admit it's a funny one.. well written.. yet it's pointless!  anticlimactic! i was expecting so much more only because it was featured. If i stumbled on it on my own, i wouldn't have put so much expectation and wont be too disappointed.. might even enjoy the joke..  it was 1st of march!!! Not april fools!!!!! "router hack"  more like router 101..  or how to use your router.. look at all the breach in the be-nice-policy comments... I wont even comment there..  A few was a re-post of older ible, some even a only re-make (i dont want to say plagiarism), and few more i care to remember... Were they innovative? were they interesting? were they everyone-must-see material? subjectively i say NO, NO, and NO. But if i look at the other commenting on them, mostly breaching the be nice policy, i'm not alone! I'm seriously starting to see instructible newsletter to be more junk lately.. Not like before when i got excited everytime one arrives in my inbox.. now i'm like "meh.. gotta screen to these stuff again because someone didn't do his/her job properly"... Please do something about this.. I'm worried that instructible would spiral down into the abyss, becoming flamming troll land due to the domino effect from negative comments making others feeling negative and spreading like a virus.. If it happens, there's only one to blame: unscreened newsletter featuring undeserving ibles. So i say again: please.. please.. please.. Anonym

Posted by amahtai 3 years ago

how do i make an instrument out of junk with different timbres (sounds)?

How do i make an instrument out of junk with different timbres (sounds) for a school project? i was thinking a shoebox with elastic bands and a rainmaker attached. and maybe some sandpaper i can scratch... 

Asked by x-mcfly-x 5 years ago

Road trip

I'd like to take a road trip across Canada or the USA and hit thrift shops and Junk Markets.  Has anyone ever done this?

Posted by porcupinemamma 6 years ago

Junk-box Testing Equipment

As inductance and capacitance testing is a frequent topic on instructables, N5ESE's GIZMOs page has several home-brew testing gadgets and misc. gizmos, including:-- inductance meter-- capacitance meter-- frequency generator-- crystal checker-- dummy loads and attenuators-- 'scope probesCool stuff...

Posted by gmoon 9 years ago


 These are some reallly cool images i found on geekologie.con

Posted by weasel999 8 years ago

Where to find old UPSs welders and power line transformers?

I am trying to make money by salvaging copper from old junk like tranformers. I wanted to know where I could find the following items for salvaging: UPSs. Uninteruptable power supplies have really nice power transformers with lots of copper. Old welders. These have lots of copper in the windings and cables. Power Line Transformers. I have read these have about a hundred dollars worth of copper in them. I would like to get these for free or very cheap. Thanks.

Asked by nurdee1 6 years ago

What can i do with a Old TV? Answered

The picture is very blurry, and you have to mess with controls in order to read text, and mess with them again to watch your movie. it is heavy, and i don't want to take it apart.

Asked by milkywaybar 8 years ago

can i build a proper sounding snare/drum without using a proper skin? maybe a replacement of wood? Answered

Is it possible to make a proper sounding drum\snare with a wooden top instead of skin? is it possible to replace the skin with someting more readily available? buying a whole it is way too expensive for an unemployed schoolchild;'(, i have experience with woodwork, i just dont know what to use, all the drum instructibles/ tutorials sort of assume that you have lots of money to spend on the parts. if anyone has made a drum before out of junk i would love it if i could hear all about it:D

Asked by et334 8 years ago

Space Trash Crowds Orbiting Satellites

Two or three times a day, a satellite circling Earth narrowly misses destruction by an orbital hailstorm of junk sweeping the busy super highways of space.A spreading cloud of shrapnel from the collision of two satellites earlier this month is making wrecks for working spacecraft around Earth all but inevitable, analysts warn. As the ninth significant crack-up in two years -- including a punctured nuclear satellite -- the wreckage of Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 is fostering a chain reaction of collisions that puts billions of dollars of spacecraft and manned space flights at risk.Full article and really cool slideshow: Harmless Debris on Earth Is Devastating in Orbit - Wall Street Journal.via benjaneer.

Posted by noahw 9 years ago

Too much scrap from salvaging! Recycling ideas needed

Hello fellow instructabilians, I love the site and the community here! I have been salvaging and collecting a lot of items from dumpster diving, hard waste / rubbish collections etc that I have used to extract components like motors, electronics, glass etc. But as always, after extracting what I need, I end up with a mass of plastic, wood, metals, and some other random materials that have no use. I would love to find a way to crush the bigger plastics, melt the metal ( if alloy ), shred the wood, and melt down the glass. Of course, you are able to make some big crushing machine, but this is why it is under the green section. I am trying to find a sensible way to rid of all this excess junk, with a means of being able to teach others to do the same thing. Our bins are very small, the tip is very costly now to even take junk, rates are going up, please, someone throw some ideas of any sort to help me find a system / make some green 'machines' etc. I hope you understand, and just a quick mention, I am dealing with at least 6m square of this useless junk that needs to, and can be sorted if there was a way. I may even need to get my local community involved, like a pre-recycle event.. I dont know. Help. :( I guess a crusher, or something to deal with the largest of materials ( like CRT screen plastic outer shells ) would be a first step.

Posted by AtomRat 5 years ago

Recycle Heaven

I would like to propose a new Contest category, if it doesn't already exist. I would love to see a contest where EVERY LAST PART of your project must be made from used recycled old junk. Anything can qualify, just as long as it came out of something that was previously used and must be at least 10 years old. Items could be grouped into sub-categories, electronics, papercrafts, automobiles, etc, etc. Maybe such a contest already exists, but it would be nice to see people using a little more of the old stuff. I'm seeing projects from 3D printers and arduino powered robots, and that is super cool, and I want to try those projects, but that kind of thing caters to only the techno-geek with half a life time of tools and knowledge. Most of the people who come to this site aren't that tech savy, and likely don't have a Raspberry Pi, or other Arduino mini-comp to program those super-cool projects. Lets Dumb it down a bit for the rest of us. I'd like to see more posts that can be done without having to go out for anything, unless it's to go to the tool shed or Garage for that old blender you were meaning to fix 20 years ago! This site rocks! I come here every day, and it inspires me even though I don`t have some of the knowledge. But if a project posted on here costs more than a retail version of it does, then I think the point of this site has been missed entirely. 

Posted by OculumForamen 2 years ago

How to Reuse Toroids

I am trying to re use some toroids that I salvaged from a broken computer PSU and motherboard. I have some electronics experience however this is mainly with digital circuits. I am reusing the toroids by removing the original windings and hand winding the several coils required by the circuit. I have noticed that while the one largest (2.2cm diameter) core works exceptionally well, all other cores salvaged from the devices work poorly. My goal is driving a nixie tube. While the "successful" core yields about 180 volts AC the rest can barely top 60v output (all have similar numbers of windings, roughly 150 turns on the primary, 5tap5 on the secondary, 10 on the feedback). Clearly there is some level of variation between how the toroids perform. Is there any easy way to work out which cores will work? Can anybody explain which factor(s) are likely to be the cause? Visually the cores appear to be the same, looking like they are all made of soft iron. For reference, I am using the toroids to make a Royer oscillator - which does appear to be working, as my source voltage is 5V. Any help appreciated, Thanks, Drew.

Posted by andy 7 years ago

old junk

I have tons of old junk like phones and parts of a computer and i just want to make something any ideas?

Posted by fishing4life13 11 years ago

This normal?

I just got into soldering, and I've been haveing a very bad problem of burning myself. Within the first 10 minutes of using it, I accidently touched the tip of the iron to my finger, and it HURT! And then jsut now, I was soldering, and my mom called me, so I kinda of jumped, brushing my finger against the newly melted solder. Is this normal for beginners?

Posted by wolf555hound 9 years ago

Instructable newsletter under Promotions in Gmail

I used to get the instructable newsletter regularly but wasn't receiving them recently. The last one was on 10th Nov. I checked the Promotions tab in Gmail and there they were(along with "Latest from Instructables" which never ever made it to my inbox). I've added the email IDs to contacts so they will hopefully end up in the inbox in future, but was wondering if anyone else faced anything similar? I didn't change any settings so it must be some changes at the instructables newsletter end or maybe Gmail made the promotion filtering stricter...

Posted by Antzy Carmasaic 2 years ago

One mans garbage...

Really is another mans gold! I'm the type of person who, when seeing something internesting, picks it up. For instance, I have found: @ A working VCR (and I use it) @ A small TV (not broken, just REALLY old) @ Microwave ovens (several, not a single one broken) @ Old computers (the joys of Harddrive magnets) @ A 27 inch Panasonic TV (it's working perfectly, i use it daily) UPDATE 10 July 2010 @ A working DVD player (slot jammed, fixed it) @ A PlayStation 1 (not tested, I'll report back) (tested it with the AV cable I also found, it works!) There's no shame in taking "trash" off the streets! I got some funny looks having a small TV strapped to my bike, I take them as compliments! What I'm trying to say here is basically Save the planet, finders keepers!

Posted by Kirbsome! 8 years ago

old junk

I have tons of old junk like phones and parts of a computer and i just want to make something any ideas?

Posted by fishing4life13 11 years ago

Junk Art

Can any member please post some junk art lessons here on instructables ? I attach a picture of a head made by Mr.Gabriel Dishaw. As you see they are making great things. please teach us. http://gabrieldishaw.com

Posted by goldenshuttle 5 years ago

i love junk mail!!!!!!!


Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox 8 years ago

Famous Peoples 2.0

Okay, part two of my diabolical plan! Kiteman gave me the idea that I didn't need to use avatars, but something that represents the person. So if you would, pick the people from the list and say the object that they remind you most of. Ex: Skunkbait might be the Skunktrapsorry if any names are misspelled, I copied and pastedAdrian MonkBumpusCaitlinsdadDj RadioGmjhoweGoodhartGorillazMikoJessyratfinkkeith kidkelseyhmKillerjackalopeKitemanNacho MahmaRocketScientist2015SkateSkunkbaitTool Using AnimalWeissensteinburgzachninme

Posted by Chicken2209 9 years ago

Awesome box of junk idea

Who would be interested in starting one of these? box of junkhow many people here live in the united states ?if you are interested pm me and if I have enough people I will start it off :P ~Matt

Posted by iman 10 years ago

Musical Junk Physics Project

This project is not for me. It is for someone who inquired on Answers. Here was his original text:It's a project for physics, and it sounds impossible. I also have to play it in front of the class and have a written component with an explanation on what resonance is occurring. No electric instruments.Objectives:1. Construct a musical instrument out of junk and common materials such as plastic pipe, wood, glass, metal scrap, etc.2. Demonstrate and explain physics concepts inherent in your instrument.Rules: 1. The instrument must be able to play an octave in tune to receive a B grade.The A grade is reserved for truly amazing instruments in terms of thought and construction, so my challenge to you is to WOW me.2. The instrument must be able to play a song. Songs such as "Mary had a Little Lamb" or "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" are not adequate since they do not include all the notes in an octave. 3. No Kazoos, Jew's Harps, Pop bottles filled with water, musical saws, washtub basses etc. When in doubt, ask.4. This is a high school level assignment, so I am expecting high school level (or above) projects at an appropriate level of difficulty. 5. Grading will be based on # of notes playedability to make your instrument resonateappropriate difficulty of the instrument constructionyour song of choice in an auditory presentation to the class and an explanation of the physics behind your instrumentcreativity of course.Stringed instruments must have more than one stringLet's help him out!!!

Posted by BeanGolem 9 years ago

is it possible to make a remote control on and off switch from junks rc toys, walky talky and wireless doorbells?

I would to ask if it is possible to make a remote control switch just on and off function from the components of junk  remote control toys, walky-talky, wireless doorbells, junk cordless phone. sound activated toys. i would like to utilized those junks cause some components are still functioning. they just get junks because of broken casings.

Asked by lorenzjr 7 years ago


Why Not Enter This Year's Junk To Funk Competition? http://bit.ly/egPlsHas anyone here ever participated in this recycled fashion show?If you were an attendee, fashion designer or model, please share your experiences.

Posted by elizahleigh 8 years ago

How can I make a small motor for an old scooter I have from junk? Answered

I have an old scooter and wanted to motorize it I have some motor parts form my uncles motorcycle but I wonder if there was a cheaper and easier way to do it

Asked by Rebreg 5 years ago

Junk Stores around the Baltimore Washington Area

Anyone know of any resources in the Greater Baltimore/Washington area for scrap stuff. Thanks

Posted by wiredcur 8 years ago

How to learn microcontrollers using junk.?

How can I learn microcontrollers by using junk products.I have a VCD and it has a microcontroller but I cannot understand the circuit of this.So please give me some easy guides to learn.I am a beginner and I want to learn microcontrollers but I cannot buy any kits to learn this because I belong to rural area.But I found a junk VCD So I take all useful parts but  the most thing that I want is the microcontroller of the VCD to learn.But the guides I found are not enough to learn this.So  someone help me to learn  microcontrollers by common junk products

Asked by kkp7649 1 year ago

How can I create a musical instrument out of junk?

It's a project for physics, and it sounds impossible. I also have to play it in front of the class and have a written component with an explanation on what resonance is occurring. No electric instruments. Objectives: 1. Construct a musical instrument out of junk and common materials such as plastic pipe, wood, glass, metal scrap, etc. 2. Demonstrate and explain physics concepts inherent in your instrument. Rules: 1. The instrument must be able to play an octave in tune to receive a B grade. The A grade is reserved for truly amazing instruments in terms of thought and construction, so my challenge to you is to WOW me. 2. The instrument must be able to play a song. Songs such as “Mary had a Little Lamb” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” are not adequate since they do not include all the notes in an octave. 3. No Kazoos, Jew’s Harps, Pop bottles filled with water, musical saws, washtub basses etc. When in doubt – ask. 4. This is a high school level assignment, so I am expecting high school level (or above) projects at an appropriate level of difficulty. 5. Grading will be based on • # of notes played • ability to make your instrument resonate • appropriate difficulty of the instrument construction • your song of choice in an auditory presentation to the class and an explanation of the physics behind your instrument • creativity of course. Stringed instruments must have more than one string.

Asked by 9 years ago

VHS Camcorder, Overhead projector, Boomboxes, and some other stuff.

Hey, I recently contacted my school (I'm in 9h grade) asking if they had any old equipment i could have, and they said yes. I have decided that i would *only* take 2 overhead projectors (you put a 'transparent sheet on, and projects) 3-4 boomboxes, and most importantly, a VHS camcorder. I just couldn't let that camcorder go to waste, so i decided i would take it, but now I'm wondering, what can i do with it? Also, for the overhead projectors, any ideas what i could use them for? I know, i can get the mirrors/lenses/bulbs, and fan and everything in them, but is there anything i could use them for (i know about LCD overhead projector, anything else?)

Posted by schumi23 6 years ago

What is something I can make when I am bored at midnight and can't buy supplies?

I have a bunch of junk, no cardboard, but yeah junk I can make stuff with. Any ideas?

Asked by 8 years ago

How to clean iPhone junk files and get back space?

I wanna update to new iOS 8 lately but my iPhone 4s space is not enough. I've deleted some photos and videos. What else can I do?

Asked by DevinM1 3 years ago

Splitting CO2? Answered

Is there a way to electronically split CO2 I want a strait answer no junk about it being to hard

Asked by jj.inc 7 years ago

Junk you want to get rid of?

Does anyone have stuff you want to get rid of. If yu have old computers, stereos, parts, perfboards, or anything you don't need, post it here, If i see something I like, I'll send you my mail adress, anything is appreciated

Posted by XOIIO 8 years ago

Mr. Woo Robotics

Mr. Woo builds robots from other's people's junk. Be sure to watch to the end to his rickshaw!

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

finding parts from old appliances and junk?

Im looking for a web site that tells you where you can find all sorts of re useable parts like electronics  and mechanical things  from inside old or new appliances such as vacumbs microwaves or phones or anything. i saw one before but cant find it again.  any help ? cheers. 

Asked by padz 7 years ago

Make subscriber list is now available from InfoUsa

This is my first post, but I was surprised (and upset) to learn that the list of Make subscribers is now available from InfoUSA. Everybody get ready for new Spam & Junk mail. Anybody care to estimate how much money will be spent on printing & then recycling junk mail? http://dc.walterkarl.com/dc/wkpdf/makemagazine/MakeMagazine.html

Posted by Gregor714 10 years ago

How to make 3_wheeled Mousey the junk bot?

Hi Im kinda new to robotics and I want to make a 3-wheeled Mousey the Junkbot. https://www.instructables.com/id/Mousebot-Revisited/?&sort=ACTIVE&limit=40&offset=360 I would like it to have 3 motors because i want to put it in an alarm clock.I would also like for it to have a back bumper. Any help is appreciated.

Asked by crazyJ113 6 years ago

junk plz

This sounds stoopid but does anyone just have led lights, bulbs, etc.? I see a LOT of instructables where it uses led lights. i had an electricity kit a few years ago. it came with 3 led lights. i later burnt them out by modifying the kit and plugging the lights into a 9 volt battery. also if its not too much too ask, mini motors for rc cars? email me at freyj@live.com

Posted by Jacko13 8 years ago

A Pile of Junk

Can you believe my wife called it that? Here I find out that a friend of a friend's company is clearing out it's inventory, so I score for next to nothing, all this cool vintage tech. And the first thing my wife does is call it junk, and second tell me "Don't bring that into MY house". So I desperately need to boast somewhere. Here's what I got. A PII notebook (won't boot, past setup screen needs new cmos battery) A PIII notebook ( boots couple bad spots on screen (Thinking sacrificial computer for dangerous projects)) PIV notebook Cracked screen (Thinking of docking it to replace my crufty old celery desktop) PIII Desktop (needs harddrive (same destiny as the P3 notebook) LCD projection panel, just 640X480 but NIB. A video camera, old school tape, but top of the line for it's vintage. a laser printer and a eighties vintage teleconferencer. Went around giggling like Beavis all day. Acquire any cool junk recently?

Posted by Tool Using Animal 11 years ago

Hack a brick?

I use it to prop books on my window seal and hold pins n junk. help me hack this better

Asked by Jumpin Jehosaphat 7 years ago

How do you delete a group? Answered

I have two groups i want to junk, i didn't make them right.  Help please!

Asked by TheChemiker 8 years ago