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How to build things? Answered

I am 15 and want to be able to build things like the stuff on instructables, but i don't know how.
I don't know anything about electronics. I'm completely new to this.
Yes i am a guy.


If you don't understand what your trying to do then it will be hard to impossible to complete the task.

Try sorting things out on paper - Draw sketches - imagine how the parts go together - Read through the instructions again and again - Starting with kits and models can be a great way to get to know how things work and go together - Don't underestimate constructions sets, i am not a Kenex person but there are a lot of other construction systems around.

For electronics start simple - You can get a basic construction kit that will allow you to build quickly and will give you guidance.

You can Pall up with someone who is already making things.

and as Steve says there are lots of instructables here - not all are complicated or difficult.

start simple and enjoy what your doing - even failing to get something to work is part of the learning process - at my extensive age I still get things wrong and what I am doing isn't going to work - that;s time to rethink and take another approach.

Well you have to know what your building. You can build a robot with instructions if you dont know what a watt is. but you would have difficulty trying to invent things. try some eezy peezy electronics first they have most parts at radioshack.
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What everyone below said, and more. There is a huge range of projects on Instructables, all the way from folding a piece of paper into a temporary wallet, to building a safely engineered suspension bridge over a river.

Decide what "kind" of project you want to work on and look through them for something relatively easy. Don't start by trying to build a ten channel electronic mixing board if you don't know how a resistor works :-)

Check with your high-school's vocational counselor and see if there are ROC classes in your area of interest. Check your local community college catalogue, and catalogue of adult recreation classes in your area. Depending on how much tax money your city/county gets, they might have electronics classes available.

Find someone doing something ( you dad, a neighbour fixing his car, a plumber) and ask to help out. I suppose you are a guy (though it doesn't really matter), so you can be a help at holding instruments, carrying stuff, etc. Ask them to show you how to saw, drill, solder...
Soon you'll have enough skills to experiment on your own creations.

I would suggest that you use books.

Radio Shack, for instance, sells a series of starter books for electronics, written in very simple terms, that will help people who are interested in learning how to design and build electronics circuits. The books a small, inexpensive, and imo (having been an engineer for well over two decades) a great resource, whether you're a teenager or just need to remind yourself (as someone like me) of circuits you may have forgotten about due to time and distance.

The public library still has great DIY resources for mechanical building, and of course you can always do google searches for building things, everywhere from Home Depot instructions to this very site.

I'd also recommend watching this old house type programs if you're interested in building things out of wood. Watch them faithfully and you'll learn things by "osmosis", ie, you may not remember every detail of what they did in program N, but enough that you can refer to that memory, search for more information on the subject, and augment your knowledge.

Doing is a teacher as well. Again, as an example, Radio Shack sells simple kits for building circuits. In the process of doing these "paint-by-numbers" circuits and other projects, one learns the "why" behind them, if one is truly interested in knowing why. Why, you ask? They're "teasers", which encourage one's innate curiosity.

You'll need a few tools: a soldering iron, solder, a wire clipper, a voltmeter, pliers...

Expect to invest about 50-100 dollars into tools. If you don't have 50-100 dollars, start saving. DO chores, rake leaves, shovel walks, mow lawns, clean garages, babysit, whatever you can do for cash, and don't spend a red cent on candy or toys.

Dont be overwhelmed by thinking you must know EVERYTHING in order to do anything in electronics. You only need to know a few basics to accomplish quite a lot. I have worked in electronics since i was very young.. maybe since i was 12 years old. I am now 55 years old. I dont know anything about programming pics or knex.... but i know the basics really well. Here are some of the basics you want to aim for so you can start BUILDING things. Soldering... Digital voltmeter usage .... basic ohms law calculations .... and reading/drawing some schematic symbols .... is a good start that will not overwhelm you and will get you building... good luck. ... and dont be afraid to ask questions because everyone here is friendly.

Everything that Rickharris said, plus, if you find a project you want to try, and can't figure it out, you can leave a comment on the project for the author to read.

Pick an Instructable you like the idea of. Then try it. We all learn by trying. You can ask for help once you know where you are stuck