Is there a way to aircondition a closed in closet for a home server? Answered

 So ive built a simple server, with enough already in it to keep air levels down and keep overheating a slight risk. But its just a little to loud to put in the bedroom, and a little to ugly to put anywhere really. So I decided on the Closet. But I'm not sure on how to keep it cool in the closet... I was thinking, another DIY Airconditioner unit, but im not sure if that would exactly work. It doesnt get that hot in the Closet, I just need something to generally keep the server cool. It wont have a monitor or anything, and will be running 24/7. All air ports will be kept open.  PS. It isnt a big server, just a little home networking server to share movies and junk on.

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How taper wood closet pole for sailboat yard?

I'd like to taper the ends of a 1.5" closet pole to make the yard for a small sailboat. I'm looking for easy way(s) to turn the pole so I can use belt sander belting to do the tapering.I've thought of using 2" PVC pipe sections as journals and driving the rod with a belt powered by a small motor. (I do not need to taper the center so the drive can go there...or at either end). I'm open to better ideas.

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outdoor pc box

I have a big outdoor plastic closet with shelfs in my garden. i want to place a pc with crt screen inside heating the space in which the pc and screen are to be located is 1/4 m3 (1 m wide x 1/2 m deep x 1/2 m height between the shelfs) or 1/2 m3 (1 m height) but with other objects sharing the space the computer is a pentium 1 (~40 W power). it is intended to be on for long periods with the door closed. the closet stands in a shaded place but air temperature outside can get to 35 C + sometimes. i dont want to cut vent holes in the closet the monitor (15 crt) is off when the door is closed. though i may switch it off and close the door while it is still hot how to prevent overheating ? is a water tank thermostat set to 45 C in the air near the pc (with the 240 V to the pc going thru it) good enough thermal protection ? insects we have lots of ants. how to protect the pc from them ? will the hot air in the closet be enough to distract them ?

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What is the best mic/setup for Youtube voice overs at $50-$80 US? Answered

Hello all, Does anyone out there do voice over work or have videos you apply voice overs to? I have recently started a show on Youtube and I don't like the audio quality I am getting. I am currently using my closet as a recording booth and a Rode Video Pro Mic direct into my laptop's mic input. It's okay but i want better. I have a budget of $50-$80 to spend. I have been looking at the Audio Technica AT2100 USB/XLR mic, as it has some awesome reviews but i want to hear from the Instructables community as well.

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Suggest A New Life to Give an Old Digital SLR ?

Can anyone think of some hacks I can do with an old Canon 10D SLR digital camera? It's been siting there in the closet for the last 2 years... I like to put some use to it.

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Make a desktop psu from an old laptop?

Hi, I was recently looking into making a desktop power supply because I have needed one for some time, and I enjoy making my own tools whenever possible. But I had just dismantled my last power supply a week or so ago for parts, but I have like 4 or 5 old laptops sitting in my closet. I was wondering if I could possibly make a power supply form a laptop. Is this possible? And if so, how would I do it?

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How do I turn my laptop keyboard into a travel keyboard? Answered

I found an old laptop in my closet and decided to have some fun with it, as the battery was missing. I took the screen off and I also removed the keyboard. I was wondering if I could connect the bare wires from the keyboard to an old USB cable, so I could plug it in and use it as a travel keyboard. I was also wondering if I could somehow use the screen I removed as a monitor. Any advice would help, so feel free to reply. Thanks!

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Id Like help using a Linear Actuator and a locking mechanism with only one or two momentary switches, not toggle. Ideas?

Hello, I am healthcare professional and a DIY enthusiast, but not mechanically or electrically inclined.  Keep that in mind with your answers.   I am redoing my closet in the next few weeks and do not have the space or money for a large gun safe.  My idea is that when building this closet I will build a stand up drawer using several slide mechanisms for the motion.  To keep this hidden and secure and darn right cool I envision using a linear actuator to open and close this hidden drawer.  I will also be using one to two electric strike modules to keep this secure.  My goal is to have one secret hidden BUTTON (not switch) that will trigger the locking mechanism and shortly after if not simultaneously activate the linear actuator.  The key here is I want to push a momentary button, not hold it, not use switches ect, just hold it until the drawer is completely open.   Second motion will be either the same button or a different MOMENTARY BUTTON is depressed activating a reversal on the actuator until fully closed in which the locking mechanism should activate (always closed).   That is my goal, I'm open to servos and such if anyone can SHOW me how it is done.  If you can show me wiring that would be best as words just don't work as much as pictures or videos for me.  I greatly appreciate all your help in advance and please remember NO TOGGLE Switches or factory wired remote controls.  I'm open to all ideas except those.  Thanks again guys.  Love your work and ideas.   T

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How can I build a siren when my UPS detects a power cut?

Alright, I have a large server set-up in my closet, and just recently I had a power cut, which, if not for my backups, I would have lost everything (photos, videos, documents, my soul etc.) The problem was it was in the middle of the night, and the UPS (for some reason) didn't shut down the server when the battery drained. So I want to design a system where if the UPS is tripped, some sort of siren or flashing light goes off, so if I'm asleep, I can get up and safely power down everything. Any ideas?

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I need to put up 3 Rgb led light strips around my room, How would i go and do that?

I need to power 3 Rgb led light strips that would be all controlled and powered on one controller. These Rgb lights strips are here. What would i need to go and buy a right power supply and controller for a length of 49.2Ft or 15M>? I drew up a sketchup of what the room looks like. I was thinking of using the power supply in a parallel and have it split two of them off at the top right of the doorway so i can put the power supply in the closet. but i need to figure out if it maybe possible to have both of the parallel connect to the 3rd one at each ends and power it without voltage drop?

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I realize this (CNET mention of Instructables) is old news and it was probably posted when it happened...

But as long as I have been going to CNET's site, this is the FIRST time I have seen this: Instructables link from CNETMaker Faire: CNET visits the tech DIY show MEET YOUR MAKER.(4/21/2006; updated 4/28/2006)Are you a compulsive tech tinkerer, a closet MacGyver? Do you wish science fairs weren't just for students? Well, now there's an event for you: the first Maker Faire, where backyard inventors show off their projects and demonstrate how you can build them, too. CNET's on the scene, checking out the fashions, the music, the gadgets, the robots, the tech running on alternative energy--from steam to biodiesel to, yes, trampoline--and, of course, the homemade rockets... Turning a VCR into a cat feeder....Dinosaur sitings !

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Can I Rejuvenate 60 Year Old Fragile Celluloid Aging Film ? Answered

I would like to use one of the services that puts old film on to a HDD  But My father's 16 mm films ( some early color in Africa ) have been stored in iron hinged boxes for over 65 years, the last 40 years in Dry Dry Nevada. I ran a reel 30 years ago it broke in five places then. Could I Reverse 60 year old brittle celluloid 16 mm film in a humidor ?? If someone has some experience, how much humidity, some Dos & Don'ts  would be greatly appreciated .  I could build a  humidity controlled closet and displace oxygen if need be. Speed is not essential a year or two is acceptably doable. Thanks much in advance.

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Remote Internet Kill Switch?

I'm looking for a device that would allow me to be able to cut connections to my ISP with a hard switch (located in a network closet of my home).  The switch would be one in which I can control form one of the PCs located on my home network.  My current setup is a DSL modem/router to a network switch with 24 ports ran throughout my home.  I have three PCs on the network, two printers, and a couple of NAS.  I would like to have a switch that cuts the connection between my DSL modem and my ISP.  The switch would be access from any PC on the network.  The "internet kill switch" would connect to one of the ports of the network switch so that it could continue to be access from the network even when the ISP connection is disconnected. Has anyone came across anything like this.

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How to Re-route 9 Volt Batterie from Smoke Detector

Hello, We have 14 feet high ceilings and smoke detectors in 4 rooms at that height. Not wanting to crawl up the ladder to switch the 9 Volt batteries, one would think you could simplify this task. Use a 9 volt battery connector to connect to the battery ports in the smoke detectors, a wire each to a central point in the house, such as a hall closet, where each wire ends in a 9 volt battery box. I can find various 9 volt battery connectors to purchase, have umpteen yards of low voltage wire (from sprinkler system installation). What I don't know is, is there a limitation on the length of wire I can have a 9 volt battery on one end, and the smoke detector on the other end? Thank you. Stefan

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Broken backlight on laptop screen - Project ideas anyone?

I'm opening up to this lovely community since your creativity never fails to amaze me. I've had a laptop that has been sitting in my closet for about a year (Its a Thinkpad T43 i believe) which was in fair shape until one day it would no longer function, hence the closet bit. I got a little curious when I was digging through clothes and found it again, and played around on it and noticed if you held a light directly on it you could just barely see the screen, so I managed to reinstall windows, hook it up through S-video to my TV, and voila. But I dont use it that much, so I wanted to do some kind of project with it. I've seen the DIY projectors made form overheads, which would seem like a logical choice since it'd be easy enough with a working screen that has no backlight, but the thing is I already own a projector capable of 720p/1080i so I'm skipping this one.I've seen people do multi touch with screens before (ie things like http://multitouch.fieryferret.com/2008/04/finished-table.html) . but I'd want to do something larger. Then there's things like https://www.instructables.com/id/Back-projection-56-inch-multitouch-television./which are cool, but i dont have the need for something large in that format. I'd like to do something like a large coffee table with multitouch (like Surface) but I'm not sure how possible that is to do. Here's a rough sketchup of the basic idea (very basic, very rough. I'm at work wiht only access to MSPaint, and should be doing work anyway :) but with the 56 inch they have that mirror setup and I dont think you could do that with something that low to the ground (like a coffee table), correct?i'd love to hear your thoughts on that, but also.. what do you guys think? Got any good ideas for laptop with just the backlight blown? I dont really need a fileserver, and I have another laptop, so if you guys have any wild ideas out there.. I'm game.Cheers,Ian

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My Laptop Is Broke. But how? Answered

I have an old dinosaur laptop (a Fujitsu Life-book C2330 approx. 7 years old.) that worked up until very recently. I packed it up in my closet for a few weeks, and when I decided to re-purpose it, the laptop wouldn't power up. I believe the problem is not in the laptop itself, but in its power transformer. When the transformer was working, it would make a high-pitch, low volume, whine. But now the transformer only whines once for a half second every five seconds. This could maybe be attributed to a blown capacitor or other electronic mishap. If that is the case however, it would probably be more worth my time buying a new transformer. My second idea is that the transformer has been damaged but usable for a while, but the laptop requires a slight charge of some kind in the battery to get it going, and the old transformer doesn't have the guts to give that charge. Metaphorically leaving me with a car with a dead battery, trying to jump-start off another car with another dead battery. If this is the case, then I should buy a new battery. My third idea is that both the transformer and the battery are not the problem, and it is the power jack that is the problem. I had to open the computer up not too long ago to re-solder the loose power jack. The screws that attached a ridiculously large EMI cage to the motherboard were stripped, so I had to drill them out, and then bend the EMI cage about 45 degrees. That allowed me to fix the power cord, but it also damaged my internal wireless card. After putting it all back in one piece, the laptop worked fine until I bought a new one, when I put it in my closet and forgot about it. Which brings me back to the thought that the power jack is broken. But it doesn't look broken at all, it doesn't feel broken, and it doesn't jiggle in the laptop. And if the jack is broken, I might as well just give up. The last possibility, is that the laptop, the transformer, the battery, and the power jack are all usable, but the power cord, which looks fine on the outside, might have lost its conductivity, or become frayed and detached inside its rubber casing. Which can be easily fixed by opening it up and reattaching the wires. That's my situation. I don't know which of these ideas it is, but it has to be one of them. I appreciate any help I can get. Sorry for the bad image quality. Not that the pictures help much anyway. Thanks, Sam

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Converting Dc to Ac

Ok this is my first post on this site so forgive me if i sound stupid...i like to tinker with things so just to tell a little about things i have done...completely rebuilt a pc..wired up an adapter for an old xbox to work on pc...the easier things....fixing frayed speaker wire....rebuilt/and upgraded a zune 30gb to zune 60gb the usual stuff...my most proud is overclocking my amd 64x2 4000+ to 2.9Ghz.....everyone said it couldnt be done...........anyways on to my question.......i want to know what all i will need to convert Dc to Ac power for a set of old desktop speakers i found in my closet.......i have an idea of what i want to be able to do.......put them in a backpack and make it portable.....currently i have two old 7.2v 1200mah Rc car batteries that i would like to use to power it.....and i also have a charger for them...it can charge and discharge...its old but works....so now my next step is what else am i going to need to complete this project...i dont know a whole lot about electricity but know enough to follow directions...if someone has already done this or knows how to and could walk me through what i need to do i would greatly appreciate it....

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What is the safest (and most reliable) way to power a dozen LED's burried in a floor?

I know sculpting and carving, not circiuts! I've added some custom glass etchings to the tile floor in a bathroom that are lit with LED's embedded under the Travertine and Grout. There are about a dozen 3v White LED's spread throughout the floor and all wired in parrallel. They are hard to change. Once they burn out, they most likely won't be dug up and chaged, so I want them to last as long as possible. In my previous installation, I simply used a 3v battery pack inside the closet with a wall switch in the entry to control the circuit. In my current floor, I've also used a battery pack to test them and am now ready to build a permanent solution. This time (thinking ahead) I have built a switched outlet in a wall cavity that will provide power to my floor lighting. The question is this: What is the best way to power them making use of the switched outlet? My original idea was to simply buy a 3v wall wart power supply typically rated at between 750 and 1000ma at the switched outlet. The reason I'm asking you fine folks about this is that Im concerned about providing too much amperage to the lights and burning them out (if that's possible). Once they're gone, theyre gone. It is not very practical to dig them out. Is this a good idea? There is nothing else in the circuit but the 3v LEDs and the power supply (no resistors, etc). My backup idea is to use a 120v relay and a battery pack at the switched outlet. This seems the safer solution (less chance of burning out the LED's), but would require changing the batteries once in a while (probably every couple years with typical usage.

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