web site build

Hi all guys and ladies ...  so glad i found this site looks like fun. I found you all here due to a search i did looking on tips of building and hosting my own web site, and what i read here in great detail with no fuzz i just thought was the bees knees. I do have one problem but, if i use my ip address to host my own server on an old machine and use a new pc for working here at home, the ip address will be the same, will this not lead to people trying to gain excess to my every day to day pc? jamstir.

Topic by jamstir 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Small beach transport device ideas

Hello everybody I have quite a tall order for you my family is going to the beach in  a couple months and it is my custom to bring a fun and unique contraption along specifically a transportation based contraption I would normally bring a modified bicycle or something of that nature but since my entire family ( a family of four) has to fit into a ford explorer with all our stuff to last the week  the contraption must either be a board of some type or occupy a space of no more that 1.5 cubic feet so please let me know what you come up with and if I think of anything I will post it too  Thank you fidgety2

Topic by fidgety2 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Nerf Hacks

You guys should stat putting in nerf "Hacks" like my Rapid Fire Hack-check it out- Anyway hacks like burst fire or a shotgun hack would be cool. THX FOR READING!

Topic by tacozcank1ll 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I would like for someone to make a better more lethal dart than this https://www.instructables.com/id/super-easy-nerf-dart-mod/

Topic by modaawesome 7 years ago

help making candy eyeglasses

Has anyone ever  made candy eyeglasses? I could do with so help and advice to how to do this. I have no clue of where to begin

Topic by online102782 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

welding cast iron to mild steel

Welding cast iron to mild steel is for the most part done with ornamental iron such as gates and fences. the ornaments are typicaly cast iron such as spearpoints and fit over the top of what ever square tubing size ect you are working with. If you weld say with a mig welder in the normal mannor you rweld will cold roll and ball on you leaving a poor appearance that you will have to spend time grinding to make look good. Fortunatly it is not a matter of strenght or how much penetration ect. It is just ornamentation but must look good. Now take your mig welder with say 035 wire and use pure argon..(less spatter). Turn your welders heat up somewhat past what your normanl setting would be for what ever thickness you are using. Use breif spot welding like techniques overlapping as needed. You will find that this makes a good wash bead with no undercut or cold roll. The argon gas helps to keep down all the extra spatter welding cast iron to mild steel seems to cause. Larger peices such as caps for say 4by4 gate posts or fence posts, i preheat as uniformely as possibly to just under cherry red then weld as described. It welds badly because cast iron is actualy dirty, literaly with particles of dirt in the cheap castings, wich the ornaments are. Not haviong the need to be anealed or nodular for instance. If the welds are not going to show then you dont have to do this. It will still weld, just do not expect the clean perfect welds you are used to.  And NO I do not have PICS AND I dont own a digital camera nor do i know how to use one let alone put them on a computer.

Topic by beserker 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Attitude Indicator...For a car....

How would one make a cheap attitude indicator for a jeep...i go offroading and i just thought it would be cool to make my cockpit look more like a cockpit, im putting up some toggle switches and a couple other cool accents but i thought the coolest would be something that shows me how far my jeep is tipping when i flex it.  So if anyone has any crazy ideas on how to pull one off let me know, ive had some ideas of like pinning a floating compass to an axis so it only tips back and forth...but the real electronic ones for aviation are thousands of dollars and very impractical.  Help me out here people....  email me at artbynathanmenke@gmail.com if you have any ideas

Topic by NathanMenke 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Make Your Store Bought Spaghetti Taste Better Than From Scratch!!!

This is an amazing recipe that has everyone asking for seconds. https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Store-Bought-Spaghetti-Taste-Better-Than/

Topic by dreadyjazz 7 years ago

An hour and a half gone.

I just lost an hour and a half of work, because I trusted this website a little too much.  I was starting up some directions for a project I want to do, and my computer lost the wireless connection. I clicked "save," and the page did two things. First, it completely crashed, saying it could not update. Two, this idiotic "Updating" frame came up, that BLOCKED me from being able to copy and paste the material that took all that time to put together. I know you guys can't control everything, and that it's not your fault my wireless router is stupid, but you really, REALLY need to get rid of that "Updating" splash that blocks us from being able to access what we just wrote.  I know now I'll get comments on here saying, "You should save more often, moron." Yes. I should have. I should have written it first in Word as well. In fact, there's a lot of things I should have done. I guess I'm spoiled by autosave utilities.

Topic by awilliamwright 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron Costume

Hello Fellow Instructables Members! I created this costume over the course of 2011.  It is an X-Wing from Star Wars.  My friend and I designed it, and I built it.      The total cost was about $120.00.     The original plan was to make it simply a costume i could mount on the frame of a hiking backpack.  I decided to add in the option of placing it on my bike in order to take of some of the weight.  I had a bit of an issue with the front wheel though.   I can only make it balance when i am strapped into the backpack and sitting on the seat.  I should have thought this one through a little more clearly.  It would seem not everything in life can be "Winged."     The backpack mount is set just where R2-D2 would be.  I used my Dremel and cut a hole out a of a salad bowl.  It is not in the picture due to issues I had with wind conditions at the time and balance.  I'll upload pictures soon.  And yes, you can see out of the cockpit.  Seeing in, well, that's another story. Materials: ~ PVC pipe ~ Spray Paint ~ Hiking Backpack Frame ~ Insulation Foam ~ Red Hot Blue Glue ~ Glue Gun ~ LOTS OF ZIP TIES! Wingspan: 10' Length: 14' Any Questions, please feel free to message me :D Before I put the covering on it here is a test I did :

Topic by _-MacGyver-_ 7 years ago

A new direction for "Total Views Count" group.

So the original purpose of this group has been made obsolete by the rather cool new update HQ have released. A user's total views are now displayed around their avatar meaning we can see up to date information by visiting our profiles. Now that there's no need to run a twice monthly script I was thinking that perhaps people would be interested in having their total views collected daily, then twice monthly I could release graphs for people tracking their daily increase. Similar to the /you/stats/ feature that HQ trialled briefly. I'd also be happy to continue giving patches for people reaching the views milestones we had for the group. Anyone interested in that? Or does anyone have any bright ideas that the data now available on profile pages could be used for? It's pretty trivial to scrape the data with Perl, and at 1 page load per group member it's much quicker and easier than the current script (which loads thousands of pages).

Topic by Jayefuu 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Remote shutter - Transistor madness (or some other sort)

Hi all, I'm trying to build remote shutter for my camera. Intervalometer to be exact. That doesn't really matter. I have this page http://www.robotroom.com/Macro-Photography-2.html describing how to make a simple remote shutter. The schema is simple - trivial. However, instead of 2 physical switches, I'd like to control it using audio signal from my smart phone. I'm a programmer and I can make an app that will output signal of any volume and frequency. I'd like to control these two switches using this signal. Those switches provide 4 positions, however only 3 are needed - nothing, focus, shutter. Can anyone adjust that schema, add (probably) transistors or some other parts if needed to make this happen? Remote shutters for other cameras (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, ...) work in similar way, so similar schemas can be derived to serve whole range of digital SLRs. Motivation: I don't want to buy costly and redundant intervalometer, I can create nice app for Android which can work together with just small DIY piece of analog circuit to create wonderful timelapse videos.

Topic by skrat 7 years ago

Disappearing Comments

Just a few hours ago I had a very nice comment on my latest Ible. I replied. My reply was posted. Now, both the comment and my reply have vanished.   Between numerous comments not being posted and then, when they ARE actually posted only to disappear.... This is beginning to be so not fun.

Topic by bajablue 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Lighting candles on command?

I have an Arduino (not super relevant, I will buy a different controller if necessary) and am trying to design a very unique marriage proposal (hence my throwaway account name and lack of details). I want to know if it is possible to light candles on command using a microcontroller....Has anyone attempted this? The ignition source only needs to work once, and to be as inexpensive as possible so I can scale this up without killing my budget. Thanks for your help!

Topic by 65f76ghuyt6 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Are your eyes better than mine?

I've been watching and re-watching this video of a kite flying (I can't make Vimeo embed). It's based on the tetrahedral kite, a tried and tested design.  In my experience, kites like this have amazing stability and huge amounts of lift.  This thing should have needed a serious effort to restrain. But it only gets a few feet off the ground, and then only just. The huge banner will have something to do with it, but not a lot. I've squinted at the video of it in flight, and I may be imagining it, but are a lot of the triangular cells the wrong way round, contributing no lift at all, just a lot of drag? Can you have a look, and see if you can work it out?

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Rate My Drawing!

A portrait of my friend Suliena Please tell me what you think :) I know the hair isn't exactly like in the real photo but I really wanted it to flow more

Topic by FoxyPenguin94 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

I'm having problems loading pics- Please help soon!

Im working on a photo instructable every time I try to load a third picture it acts like its going to load but then it gets an error. I'm really confused why it will let me load the first two and not a third. They are from the same camera and in the same format. Please help quickly this is a entry for the sew it warm!

Topic by dreadyjazz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Please take a look at my projects

Hello my name is Dready Jazz. I've had an instructables account for a while but I just started making them myself. I really like it and I am working on more, I just had a couple of questions. I was looking on some feedback on the two I have done so far.. . Anyway thank you in advance for your help. :) Here are the link: This is in the The Holiday gifts and Shop ot contest. https://www.instructables.com/id/Rice-paper-LED-orb-Lantrens/ This is in the Sew It Warm and Shop ot challenge. https://www.instructables.com/id/Unique-and-easy-temporary-yarn-braidsfalls/

Topic by dreadyjazz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Search Broken

Search does not return any results for anything.

Topic by G_K 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Satellite internet Up-link

Hello, I am looking for a mobile Satellite internet up-link that can hang from a high altitude balloon, I am doing a trans-pacific flight and I MUST maintain communications with for the duration of the flight through the internet for data transfers. Any suggestions?

Topic by RyanWilliamTyler 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Need help finding a suitable white plastic stick . . .

I have a project I'm working on and I need help finding the plastic version of this: http://factory.dhgate.com/toothpicks/gl160-sandwich-picks-88mm-750pcs/box-p41597072.html or this: http://www.webstaurantstore.com/wooden-food-picks-flat-750-box/999R823.html I have been searching and searching and searching for about two days straight and I got nothing. I've looked up craft sticks, stir sticks, swizzle sticks, food picks, appetizer picks, cocktail picks, fruit picks, sandwich skewers, dental mixing spatulas, you name it. It doesn't have to be exactly like these examples, it just has to be white, it has to be plastic, it has to be flat, and it has to be about 3.5" to 4" long. I know I've seen something like this before but I just can't put my finger on it. What better place to ask help than the most resourceful group of people on planet earth?

Topic by ammonihah99 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Google ads not clearing

Google is pitching ads that don't go away and block content.

Topic by onlylooklikepackrat 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

PDFs of some of your e-books do not load

The following e-books show a blank page when you try to open the pdf version of the document:      1) DIY Lamps, page 2      2) Easy DIY Plushies for Geeks, page 3      3) Adhesive Projects, page 4      4) Duct Tape Bags, page 5      5) DIY Wedding, page 5      6) Gifts from the Kitchen, page 7 Another e-book's pdf version did not have a blank screen. Instead, there were a couple of lines of nonsense text and "Access Denied". The name of this e-book is: Care for Newborns, p7 Please repair these broken links. I'm sure there are other folks out there as frustrated as me. Thank you, Teresa "Tess" Weaver tessw@graffiti.net

Topic by tessweaver 7 years ago

Knex G11 aAttempt Would like some help

Hello Everyone, Beanieorstrich convinced me to try and make a firing G11 and I would much like some help so anybody interested please send me a private message.Thanks.

Topic by didexo 7 years ago

Commenting and Voting on Guides + Bugfix

Hey everyone, Yesterday we did a release and a bugfix for that release. The following issues were fixed: - posting a reply to a comment right after commenting now works - Guides should show a "vote" button when they are entered in a contest - A bunch of backend fixes that broke some things like forums and posting contests, that should be fixed now with the bugfix release. Sorry about any effect the downtime had on everyone, we are working harder everyday to make things better for you. If you see any bugs tell us right away!

Topic by frenzy 7 years ago

addiction to being a pyro

Please i need advice im a pyro maniac and im sorta addicted to blowing things up how do i stop? ps as im writing this message im overclocking a lighter with 1 hand

Topic by sharlston 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Switch problem

I have a question for the electronics gurus out there. I have a circuit that I want to activate for a set length of time (I'm using a 555 timer for this) when a door is closed and not operate again until the door is opened and then closed again.  I'm an electronics newbie.  The one-shot 555 circuits I have seen rely on using a momentary switch, but in this case the switch will remain closed as long as the door is so the circuit will remain active.  Are there switches available that will close and open while remaining fully depressed?  Or is there an equivalent circuit that will work with an ordinary momentary switch? Two more things:  the door is very small so the solution must be small; also the circuit will run on batteries so the solution can't be a power drain. Thanks in advance, I hope this makes sense to someone! Kerry

Topic by number8wire 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

connecting via facebook

I wont be able to log on via facebook. tried everything and nothing works

Topic by mizka90 7 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!

Topic by dejabox 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How we make sure contests are awesome

I'd like to take a minute to talk about our thoughts on contests, fun, and fairness. First I'd like to say that we strive to make contests both as much fun and as fair as we can for everyone who enters. Entering a contest can be a major investment of your time and energy, and we respect that. If you worked hard to make an Instructable for a contest, we want you to know that everything was fair, and make the contest as much fun for you as possible. One of the key parts of this is in how we choose finalists and winners. What is best is always subjective to some degree, so we spread that decision across as many people as we can.  First, finalists are chosen by a combination of user votes and staff/judges' picks. Then the winners are chosen by a knowledgeable panel of judges we've assembled specially for each contest. On occasion, we need to change the contest a bit to make it more fun and/or fair. Sometimes the contest requirements are a little more restrictive than we thought, so we need to push to broaden the theme or push the deadline back, or both.  Sometimes the rules aren't clear, so we clarify them. Sometimes we find people trying to unfairly game the system in a way that makes the contest less fun and/or fair for the other entrants, so we tweak the rules to close the loophole.  Sometimes we decide to award extra prizes, or add to the prize packs at the last minute if more prizes become available.  That's why we include this point in the standard rules for contests: 6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest. In short, we want to keep things flexible so we can run the best contests possible.  It's hard to predict 100% what will happen in a contest, so even our best efforts will need continual tweaking.  We do our best with each contest, and incorporate all the feedback you give us.  

Topic by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Stud Finder Circuit Diagram

I am looking for a circuit diagram for an electronic stud finder (the type of finder that measures the density of the wall rather than a metal detector).  Can anyone point me in the right direction? Christopher

Topic by willowtaylor 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Color Changing Led, Rice paper Lamp

I entered this in the Holiday gifts and Shop ot contest. I would love to get some comments and ratings on it. Thank you in advance. Here the link: https://www.instructables.com/id/Rice-paper-LED-orb-Lantrens/

Topic by dreadyjazz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Having posting my instructable

I keep trying to add more photos to my tutorial. Every time I try to add a third photo something it says it has an error. Can someone please help? Thank you so much.

Topic by dreadyjazz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Can't "Add Comment" or "Reply" to any comments on any instructables

I can't reply or add a comment on any instructable.  When I click on either the add comment, or reply link the window pops up as normal but than when I click post comment it acts like it works accept for nothing gets posted. What I have tried: Reloading the page. Log out, log back in, attempt to comment, reload the page, still same result as above. Clear cache, log out, log back in, attempt to comment, reload the page, still same result as above. Log out, reset Safari 5.0.6, empty cache, quitting safari, start safari again, log in, still same result as above. Log out, quit Safari, open Firefox 3.5.7(I've never used firefox to browse instructables before, at least not recently), log in, attempt to comment, reload page, still same result as above. I am running Mac OSX  10.5.8 with Safari 5.0.6.  The issues started last night. I have not changed any internet / browser settings recently.  I hadn't done anything with my instructables account settings. I do notice that when I go to login that a popup login screen appears as opposed to just replacing the links in the upper right of the screen with the username and password fields. But I can still login and view my account. I'm stumped. Oh, when I looked at my cookies there were 3-4 from instructables that showed an old expiration date of yesterday, and Nov 30.  I would  of course remove all cookies, reload page and they would be back with the same out of date expiration date. I've attached  a screenshot image of the cookies. Have I just got put on some secret instructables comment black list? Just kidding... well hopefully. Thanks for all your help, and your great website.  

Topic by pastprimitive 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Robot arm help?

A while back i saw an instructable that was a wooden robot arm it had a main arm and a second smaller one. the smaller one had a handle that allowed you to move it. you moved the smaller arm to program the larger one. anybody know what i am talking about?

Topic by pattyshaw 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Book Recommendations

My wife and I have a fairly small library at home (compared to some). We read quite a lot, checking out lots of books from the public library, but we don't add to the "permanent collection" unless the book is of seminal value and we find ourselves checking it out multiple times to re-read. I was wondering if you'd care to share a few books in your "permanent collection." Ones you'd simply have to replace should it be lost.A few from ours:The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy DacyzynThe Total Money Makeover by Dave RamseyFeeling Good by Dr. David BurnsParenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim FayRapid Viz by Hanks and BellistonVilppu Drawing Manual by Glen Vilppu8 Minutes in the Morning by Jorge CruiseDinotopia by James GurneyThe Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and Ernest Shepard

Topic by royalestel 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Have any of you guys ever played Myst or Riven. If so, then this is a place where you can discuss with other people about your findings and discoveries. Have fun!

Topic by Zephyr Wind 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

rock tumbler

their should be an instructable on how to make a rock tumbler or do rock tumbler stuff (mabye a rock tumbler week or something, just a sugestion)

Topic by snipegoat 12 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

"speederman" explains how a steadicam device works ...

Hi.I saw this instructable : https://www.instructables.com/id/Staedicam/Then, I wanted to see a video using a steadicam, because it was the first time I heard about this device ... and I've found this incredible video demonstration. Did you understand everything "Speederman" said ????

Topic by chooseausername 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Purchasing compression spring latches online

Hi everyone I'm trying to get my hands on some compression spring latches, and have only been able to find them at McMaster.com, but they don't ship to Canada.  The latches I'm looking for are for this instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Underwater-Housing-for-miniDV/step2/More-shopping/ Any ideas where I can find this? I've been scouring the net for a while and can't find anything. Checked out local hardware stores, home depot, lowes, etc, and no luck. Looked at ebay, and can only find some guys from hong kong selling these and they're not made out of stainless steel (which is necessary; this project is exposed to a lot of water). Thx in advance.

Topic by David Catriel 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Can this be used with arduino

I opened up a Bluetooth dongle so i thought that if it can be used with arduino or not. The bluetooth  dongle was like this so plese help fast!!!!!!!!

Topic by rushabhpathak 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Bringing old LCD screens back to life

When it comes to school projects, I always use my electrical knowledge to engineer some sort of out-of-the-box project. Being a freshman in highschool, most people are sort of amazed by my works. It's all basic stuff, really. I've been doing a lot of work with :EDs inside of these homemade posterboard boxes I've been making. After making one for each class, they're getting really old and they aren't too great looking. So I'd like to really give people a show. About two months ago, I got a 12 inch LCD screen from an old Compaq laptop. For reference, the screen (on the back casing) reads, "LCD MODULE AL LM-JK53-22NTR 10D40092527904". I cannot find many references to a pin-layout or a datasheet, but that's not too much of a problem. If it comes down to it, I will test each pin until I can get some progress. I am interested in using the screen to display data. I don't mind if colors aren't present other then black and white. Black and white works for my purposes. Is it possible to use this with an Arduino? With my initial research, I found that using a VGA card with a VESA Feature Connector will enable me to get the job done. I then run into two problems: 1) I cannot find one of these connectors, and 2) I am unsure if I could even make this work with an Arduino Uno. Any help is appreciated. If the project isn't possible, it's not the end of the world for me. By senior year, I probably will have built a full computer anyway :P ~Joe B.

Topic by freethetech 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

No Buy Month

I'm thinking of participating in No Buy Month: http://www.thefrugalista.com/2011/02/why-no-buy/ . It could be a great opportunity for makers to be extra-creative. What about running a contest related to this?

Topic by susanrm 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Chat Room!

Just talk! Talk about anything! Just of course, nothing inappropriate. Have fun!

Topic by DELETED_tayrazz:D 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

jewelry box fittings

I am making my daughter a wooden jewelry box and want to spiff it up with brass fittings - corners, edges, etc. I can't find a supplier. All local stores have cabinet fittings ( drawer pulls, hinges, etc.). Any suggestions? If I bought thin brass sheets would I need special tools to make my own fittings? i want nice sharp 90 degree angles and curved edges.

Topic by lhomeniuk 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

iPod bug - randomly getting logged out and shut down

I'm browsing the site on my iPod, iOS 5, Safari browser. Twice in the last ten minutes, the browser has shut down with no warning, and when I re-start it, I have. Been logged out and have to log in again. This brings another issue, not exactly a bug, but an annoyance - no matter what page I am on, if I use the "log in" button at the top-right of the page, after I log in I always get redirected to the submit page. Sorry, no screen shot from the iPod, but the last time it happened I was trying to type an answer to the question about CO2 breathing animals.

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Farewell to David tennant

David Tennant (The Tenth doctor) will soon be leaving Doctor Who, and be replaced by matt smith

Topic by sir-zeke 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

iPhone charger connection to sound?

How do you connect an amplifier to amplify the sound through the charge connector and still be able to charge the phone for an iPhone4 instead of using the headphone out to amplify the sound?

Topic by bricabracwizard 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

battery powered outdoor router?

I am wondering is there an instructable that shows how to build a battery powered outdoor router? I would like to extend the range of my wifi by using an old router as a repeater but don't want to have to string a extension power cord out to it in order to power it. I know routers don't take that much power to run so i would think someone thought of this already somewhere..... I have searched on instructables but haven't seen anything. thanks

Topic by jerty30 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Creatively using this space

Any ideas on how to use the space creatively. The open space is between the drawing room and the living room. In the pictures below I have captured this space from different angles just to give you some perspective. At this point I don't have the actual dimension of the space but can provide if required.

Topic by ramhardikar 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago