Search has never once worked

I've had a pro membership for some time. In the couple years as a member never once have I ever received any results any time I have tried to use the search functions on the site. By never, I do mean in fact not once, ever. It would be a really empowering thing to be able to search for specific items/terms. Assistance greatly appreciated.

Topic by GrfxGawd 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Supply sources

I want to build my own small "boom box". I want to be able to use it play CD's, usb thumb drives, mini plug aux in etc. Can anyone suggest a source for the components for such a project?

Topic by vinstruct3 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I need some help please ^^

Hello everyone. i have one project to control the rotation 3 phase motor with visual C. But i don't know how to do that. anyone who know tell me how to do that please :)

Topic by pfromthailand 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


could someone please build an electric copper bonsai tree? thanks!

Hi peeps! I was thinking the other day that I would LOVE to see one of those handmade copper bonsai trees (like these ones ) inside a plasma ball, with electricity arching across branches and so on. Either that or two of them side by side forming an electric Jacob's Ladder?? But I don't know how to make one. Does anyone want to make one - if possible - and show me? I have a neon light ballast and some time on my hands, I'd love to try this! Cha cha!

Topic by damianzuch 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


DIY Hanging vegetable sacks?

I saw these Orka hanging vegetable keep sacks and as I can't buy them (availability and the price are the issue) I was wondering if anyone has an idea or advice on how to make them yourself? http://www.thegreenhead.com/2011/08/vegetable-keep-sacks.php

Topic by Sound Of Vision 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Recycling old funfair "light" guns

Hi, first of all, I'm not sure I'm posting in the right place, if I'm not I apologize, but I couldn't find any that seemed more correct. Anyway, my grandfather passed away many years ago and among his knickknack were two handguns and two rifles that he had crafted for a funfair he worked at. (Images at the bottom) All 4 are originally made shoot light as far as I'm aware (he passed away when I was very young, and I've never seen them in action), they look like they are meant for light at least, as they all have lenses inside the barrel. That said they don't look functional anymore, and especially not the rifles as my little brother wanted to rebuild them for laser tag, but only got as far as taking them apart. The thing is I have some experience with electronics (Arduino, Raspberry PI and more) and a few years of experience programming (though mainly pc programs). I want to make something with them, but I've had them kicking around for a while now, but to be honest, I have no idea what I could do with them. Any and all ideas are appreciated =) (except suggestions about turning them into real weapons ;) ) Regards -Logan

Topic by shalow 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


LET ME MESSAGE ALL MY FOLLOWERS!

Please Instructables, for the love of jesus, give me a tool to message all my followers.  I have important information I need to share with them and no way to do it. 

Topic by Fuzzy-Wobble 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How to make 18650 circuit protection?

Help me to build circuit protection for single cell without IC. I need schematic too. Thank you.

Topic by myhobbies 5 years ago


Arduino Mega WaiveShield 48 Button sampler (Advice ?)

This will be my first project, and original reason I found Arduino in the first place! I was searching for an affordable portable music machine. What has developed in my mind has become progressively bigger, but  I digress. I currently have 2 Mega 2560's, Wave Shield, and an assortment of switches, pots, and buttons robbed from "trash ?". In the mail as I type is a Beat707, QuadRam, R.C. MIDI Shield, Mux 2 Shield, 3x 555 Timers, and a  PT2399 delay. My plan of action was to beef up one mega with the quadram, waive shield, MIDI shield, and Mux 2. If this is possible, it would make a 48 Button sampler with SD card slot, MIDI in and out, and just maby 8-10 bit recording capabilities? Mean wile take the timers and delay and create a funky sounding distortion box that can be positioned anywhere in the circuit. The second Mega is dedicated to the Beat707. Question being, what do you think? I have tons of hardware experience, and soldering hours under my belt, but programming is a new one for me. Im not sure how to judge if the Mega will stand up to the challenge of the first combination, but my biggest requirement going into this, was I wanted something portable, that ran off batteries, but was not just a toy. I started calling it the pocket studio, although I doubt it will fit in a normal pocket.    

Topic by GunzoZabuza 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Adhesive/fill material needed

I need an adhesive or fill material with some special properties. It should be a moderately viscous liquid that sets up into something very flexible, jellylike would be ideal. It should be applicable in very small quantities. It should flow before curing and be self leveling unlike silicone adhesive. Tensile strength is relatively unimportant. It should not adhere to two part tin based casting silicone. An analogy that comes to mind is E6000 adhesive but it's viscosity is a bit too low and it sets up way too hard. UV cured resin like Loon UV Knot Sense (great stuff that I learned about here) comes close and has the right viscosity also but also cures too hard. If you know of anything, I've got a project on hold until I find something and would greatly appreciate advice.

Topic by dgateley 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Black Holes aren’t Black they are Gray?

Ok so 40 years ago Stephen Hawking came up with the theory of Black holes and today they are not black but gray. It turns out that the black holes Hawking wrote about in 1974 — those places in the space-time continuum that can devour galaxies and even trap light forever — may not exist in the way that he proposed decades ago. So I read the paper. http://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.5761v1.pdf I found it a bit dry compared to A Brief History of Time but that is the life of a paper. I have always believed a theory is just that and no more, prone to evolve or be disproved with the advent of new theories and facts. After all it is just a theory and not a fact even though many of these theories enable us to the most amazing things. Which reminds me of a joke. A Canadian fisherman was down south fly fishing with an American fisherman that happen to be a marine biologist. Soon the Canadian fisherman caught a one pound brook trout and stated it was just a baby and threw it back. The American marine biologist not objecting to catch and release, objected to the Canadian calling a one pound Salvelinus fontinalis a baby. He explained to the Canadian fisherman that the Salvelinus fontinalis is genetically unable to grow larger than one pound. The Canadian fisherman retorted I catch five pounders in the Boyne River all the time and that was just a baby where he comes from. The American marine biologist objected to the Canadian calling a one pound Salvelinus fontinalis a baby. Again he explained to the Canadian fisherman that the Salvelinus fontinalis is genetically unable to grow larger than one pound. Not wanting to argue the Canadian fisherman let the subject lye and spent the rest of the day fishing throwing their catch back. At the end of the day they exchanged addresses and parted friends. A month later the American marine biologist received a parcel in the mail in it was a frozen five pound brook trout, distraught he began to write the Canadian fisherman a letter. “Dear Mr. Fuddel Duddel Thank you for the five pound specimen of the Salvelinus fontinalis, and thank you very much for ruining perfectly good science with a fact. Sincerely John Doe”

Topic by Josehf Murchison 5 years ago


Would an animated avatar be annoying?

I was considering using an animated gif from one of my Instructables as an avatar but then thought it might be annoying.  What do you guys think?  Is there a policy on the avatars?  Gif below.  Feel free to tell me that people who use animated avatars should go drink castor oil. ;)

Topic by Deeg 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


/you/backtalk not working

Hey, since today the /you/backtalk page isn't working anymore as it is supposed to, command strands only display up to two comments now, no matter how long they are, even if you add &comments;=all Example: https://www.instructables.com/you/backtalk/?action=reply&commentId;=CQRKBINHQVLDS70&comments;=all That comment strand is longer than that! It is pretty annoying IMO as those links are the ones that get sent out in the emails. Hope you can fix it soon, Sorunome

Topic by Sorunome 5 years ago


Knexing on xbox

Does anybody else knex on their xbox. im writing this from my xbox right now.

Topic by TheAwesomestDude 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Main Image

When I created this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Highway-Paracord-Bracelet/, I used the first image(of this question) as the main image. I have a better image now and would like to change it. I tried changing it, but it only shows it from inside the instructable. It doesn't show it from the search. Please help! Thanks

Topic by BenjiDaa 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Solar charger schematic using mppt

I am facing problems with my solar charger circuit using mppt. The main problem is the mosfet switching followed by the dc-dc converter. When i connect my circuit to MSP430 to give PWM at gate voltage drops across the solar panels. I am using a pnp and npn combination to drive the NMOS IRF540. Please help me with the schematic ..

Topic by akash1994jain 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Best resistor to lower my current?

Hi everyone, I recently started to get into electronics and now need some assistance. I have a 12v and I believe 1A of power. The component I'm connecting is 3.7v with a 450ma battery that uses 3W. I using a l78m05cp, I built what should be a 5v .5A psu, but I must have calculated something wrong because fried my component. I believe the current is what I'm not getting right. Using P=IV, I found I should be using .8A, but I really am not sure about it. Please help, I'll go broke if I keep frying things!

Topic by ramirez_armando 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Teacher Account

Hello, I am a teacher at Stuart Hall School. I would like a pro membership so I can utilize all these great projects in classroom. I teach at a private school so my email does not end in edu. Here is the our website: http://www.stuarthallschool.org/ Thank you!

Topic by kgcarini 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Recycling fabric into fillingmaterial. Can it be done? And how?

Hi there, This is something I've been wondering about and maybe you'd like to share any ideas on the topic. Thing is this: There's two things I use a lot: Fabric and fillingmaterial. I mostly use Fiberfill for the best results. It's smooth, springy, soft and light. Great stuff. However for big projects it's costly. Now I also use A LOT of cheap fabric. After cutting it a lot of spare pieces remain. The bigger ones I can still use but the tiny bits (like in the picture) I throw away because I have no use for them. And I feel bad about it, because it seems so wastefull. I hate wasting things. So what I'm thinking is this: is there a way to grind the spare pieces of fabric into filling material? Offcourse, I could just take all those spare pieces and use them as filling materials as they are, but as they lack the springyness (not sure if this is an actual word, sorry if not :) of Fiberfill, the result is bumpy and heavy and you'll need a LOT. Now there is a cheaper alternative for fiberfill, I think they take foam matresses and pulverize them. It's a bit springy but still heavy and extremely messy to work with. Now for those spare bits of fabric: - What would be used to grind them? - Is there a way to somehow bind them, so it becomes a substance simmilar to fiberfill? Like gelatine, but for non-edible purposes? (grind'em, bind'em) I have no idea if this can be done (at home) but if you have any ideas I'd be happy to hear them. I think a lot of people would be happy with an inexpensive, recyclable filling material!! Material for a great instructable if you ask me :D

Topic by Tigermouse 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Rich editor

Would it be possible to put the rich editor back in the comments box?  It is the only way I was able to comment using an iPad.......or is there another way?  Highlighting doesn't work.

Topic by bricabracwizard 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Keeping canoeing gear dry

I'm about to go on an overnight canoeing trip with my scout troop, and we were wondering about the best way to keep our gear dry. I know that there are those dry bags that you can buy at places like REI, but I was trying to come up with a cheaper option. We'd be storing tents, food, personal gear, and backing stoves, and a few other things. If you have any ideas and methods you have previously tried, please tell me!

Topic by Hazard™ 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


neat kidstuff

Http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/brilliant-outdoor-ideas just fyi.   wanted to share.

Topic by Toga_Dan 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


What songs should I mix?

I want to mix a couple of songs together, and I am not sure what to match. I would prefer mixing a modern song with a classic rock song. My first idea is to mix Sail with Comfortably Numb. Also, I have roxio 2012. Are there any free audio editing programs that would work better?

Topic by metalshiflet 5 years ago


Android Mobile App Login trouble

Hello! I have troubles to login in Android app. I correctly logged in in my account through the web browser on my PC. But I can't do that on the mobile app on my cell phone. I checked it several times and I'm sure, I correctly entered email and password in the login form. It's always returns "We can't find that account, or your password didn't match". After several unsuccessful attempts I tried to recover my password through the mobile app. I entered email in the dialog, then app returned me the result: "We don't have that email on file, or an error occurred". The i tried to register new account with my email that I've entered on the previous attempts. The application returned: "Email address is already in use" 1. Android 4.3 on LG Nexus 4 2. Mobile App version 1.1.2 3. N/A 4. N/A 5. Install mobile app and try to login

Topic by amelnikov 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Pushbutton Servo Control with a 555

I've found numerous write-ups on getting a servo working with a 555 IC but it's not quite the functionality that I'm looking for. What I'm trying to do is have two buttons go to a predetermined position but the write-ups have two buttons that just go clockwise or counterclockwise. I know this can be done with an Arduino but I'm trying to avoid that route so I can keep the footprint as small as possible. I've attached a picture of the schematic I was working from.

Topic by XAlliedYouthX 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Slinghammer Bullpup Edition

Because I had some time on my hands last Saturday, I decided to revisit my Slinghammer (A.K.A. the R1), but instead of just rebuilding the old gun, I decided to make it "bullpup operated." This version, the Slinghammer BE (Bullpup Edition) is more powerful, arguably more accurate, gets better range, and is less piece consuming that the first and second version. But, all of these advantages come at a cost. The Slinghammer BE does not have a adjustable stock, it is not as cool looking as the second Slinghammer version, and it is not as easy to load as the first version. Features: - Looks O.K. (IMO) - Accurate up to 80 - 90 ft. - Great ranges: 100 - 120 ft. - Modeled after the SRv3 - Very comfortable handle - Really comfortable stock There you have it. I thought that I would just let you guys know what I am working, what I'm keeping busy with, etc. Also, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE NEW POLLS ON MY SITE. Find them here. -The Red Book of Wesmartch

Topic by The Red Book of Westmarch 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


GREAT ELECTRONIC AUDIO ITEM JUST CAME AVAILABLE

The Electronic Goldmine  has a rare to find component. "Tiny audio optocoupler is about the size of a pencil eraser and has 4 leads. These are used extensively in audio compressors, audio level controls, audio limiters, expanders/noise gates, guitar tremolo effects, guitar amplifiers and music effect boxes. Inside the black epoxy case is a 2 lead photocell (not a photodiode or photo-transistor) and a 2 lead LED. This is why the device finds extensive use in audio applications (photocell instead of photodiode). The LED requires about 10-16mA current and the resistance of the photocell varies from 150K up to megohms when the LED is off to under 400ohms when the LED is on." A

Topic by iceng 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


A comments button next to the collection button

I thought as there seems to be a need for recognition (don't we all need that?) perhaps we could have a comments button next to the collections button to make it easily accessible so that we can leave a comment on an instructable that we like.  It would have a tiny comment box and you wouldn't lose your place in the instructions.

Topic by bricabracwizard 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


FPS games based on World War

Hi all you guys, I love to play FPS games. I'm playing Call of Duty: World at War now. Can someone tell me your fav FPS games based on World War history? Thanks all you guys :D

Topic by PHPProMan 5 years ago


ultrasonic sensor convert 4 pin to 5 pin

Hello there, Is it possible to convert a 4pin ultrasonic sensor to a 5pin? I have this sensor with 4 pins: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-DC-5V-DYP-ME007Y-Ultrasonic-Sensor-Module-Measuring-Range-30cm-3-5m-/201025966447 and this display module with "5 pins": http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Non-contact-Ultrasonic-Motion-Detector-Module-Sensor-Display-Board-Security-/360717776823 How do i get the display module and sensor module, to talk together? BEST :) Regards Lasse

Topic by dmor 5 years ago


LED Pizza Delivery Car Toppers

Hi, I'd like to replace wired lights in our pizza car toppers, which run through windows into cig lighter, or run into hood and attach directly to battery -- with --- LED lights mounted in the car toppers, but wired so on and off switch is mounted on outside of car topper. This way there are no wire outside of the car topper, and drivers could just flip the switch on car topper itself to turn on and off.

Topic by tfurmato 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Anyone know how to make a microbubble generator?

I've been seeing a lot of info about microbubbles lately. These bubbles are being used for many applications ranging from cleaning polluted water to washing both pets and people without the use of soap or detergents. Anyone have any ideas how to do this DIY without having to pay thousands for these devices?

Topic by sykoshingo 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


K'nex Chat

Get on and get into building better guns! Join me and other builders here. http://cbe002.chat.mibbit.com/?channel=%23kichat&server;=irc.darkmyst.org

Topic by Knex Lego Maniac 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


3D Motion Tracking System - Plug and Play

We're working on developing an electronic personal trainer. When we started, we couldn't find an easy to use, plug and play system that could collect all the data and give us the measurements we needed... so we built one ourselves. It's comprised of three 3-axis MEMS sensors to provide 9 channels of data, an onboard microcontroller, rechargeable battery system, and bluetooth module to make a complete 3D tracking system. Is anyone else out there working on motion projects that could use something like this?

Topic by enflux 5 years ago


The apocalypse of Apocalypse

It was time for the apocalypse of Apocalypse! Destroying it was kinda fun, it isn't every day you do a belly flop into a pile of knex ^.^

Topic by Sorunome 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Instructables Partnership?

Has Instructables considered a partnership program like YouTube? Like a 'pay per hundred views' program for more popular users.

Topic by Chikpeas Brother 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Video Instructable failing to publish

Hi, I have copied the correct code from YouTube (embed video) to Instructable post, give it a title, a little text underneath and attached a thumbnail image. My problem is it won't publish at all. I click publish button, but it does nothing. I should mention this is the share a video option on the site. (Don't have a link as it's stuck in draft.) Any help or advice appreciated, Go Repairs

Topic by Go Repairs 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


New Commenting Bug

Did the change to comments affect commenting on Apple devices? I have both an Ipad mini and an Iphone 5 on ios 7 that have trouble commenting. When I leave a comment, the grey pop-up appears and says "missing comment text," even when I in fact did type something. The only ways I can comment now are through my "discussions" page and the ios app, which doesn't let me reply, either. I will repost this in the "bugs" forum as well. This comment was typed from my Ipod touch that runs ios 6.1.5 and still can reply. But the change is good in part, I used it to italicize words in this comment. :)

Topic by nerfrocketeer 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I cant comment

I cant comment i am onmy ipad mini ive tried logging out and everyt time im about to comment it says missing comment text

Topic by Schmidty16 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Flash Powder Problems!!!!!

Every time I use flash powder from firecrackers to try to make a big one all it does is burn up. No matter how hard I try to compress the flash powder all it does is burn up when it is supposed to blow up. Any tips?

Topic by joeskater26 11 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Please help! knife sharpening jig for belt sander

I have a small belt sander that I use for sharpening knives but sharpening angle consistency is always a problem.  I've been trying to comue up with a jig to maintain a constant angle against the belt sander (see photo) Ideas?  I can't seem to figure out a viable solution to what should be a simple solution....right??!!!

Topic by adaniele 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Pro membership charged but no access

I bought a Pro Membership and I logged in. I try to access the Pro membership features such as downloading PDF's and it says I need to buy a Pro membership to gain access. I have a Pay Pal receipt for the purchase and the finds were removed from my account. Can someone help out? I already sent in a support e-mail but was wondering if there was a faster way to get this fixed than waiting several days or worse yet weeks?

Topic by Moddedout 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Bluetooth Water level for smart phones

I want to know how this would be accomplished PLEASE. Looking to make a bluetooth system that sends water level of a tank to a smart phone. I would think the most cost effective way to do this is by using a bluetooth module and float switches. The module would send three levels full, half and empty, so say all float switches are triggered it would be full, only one it would be half and if none it would be empty. What do i need to build this.

Topic by Higrade 5 years ago


computers

Whats your computer like?

Topic by pestan 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Cutting brass sheets: replicating Christmas ornaments

I'm looking to replicate a brass ornament for a dear friend. The ornaments in question are similar to these (http://imgur.com/a/WGPXE) Do you guys have any suggestions on how to get the precision for the concentric rings as well as the detail inside? I thought about using a Dremel for the detail work, and snips for the outside, but I'm having trouble coming up with a solution for the rounded rectangles.  Thanks!

Topic by RamboBrite 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


MIchael Jackson - "Human Nature" Cover By Michael Law

Michael Jackson - "Human Nature" Cover By Michael Law http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7-pc9s4byo&feature;=youtu.be   Credits "Human Nature" - Music & Lyrics By Steve Porcaro & John Bettis "Human Nature" - Originally Performed By Michael Jackson (1983) Song Re-Arrangement By Michael Law Audio Recorded, Mixed, Produced & Mastered By Michael Law Video Recorded, Editing, Colourist & VFX By Michael Law Vocals & Guitar By Michael Law If you enjoy what I do, you can support me Support Michael Law Like My Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/michaellawltd Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/michaellawltd

Topic by MichaelLawLtd 5 years ago


Arduino GPS/GLONASS/Beidou Receiver

Http://hackaday.com/2014/01/17/20-gpsglonassbeidou-receiver/ This Arduino board with GPS/GLONASS/Beidou looks interesting. What is the advantage of having GLONASS or Beidou? Although my phone only has GPS, but seems works quite well finding places.

Topic by tinkerboy9 5 years ago


Sending private messages account logs me out

Hi, I found a post I like and wanted to ask the owner a question. As soon as I click on the persons profile it signs me out and wont let me sign back in. I need to be signed in to write her. Please help!

Topic by carilynn 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I destroyed my ipod for FUN! (Video included)

Well, I finally got around to it, the ipod was destroyed based off of suggestions from this forum: https://www.instructables.com/community/Im-going-to-destroy-my-ipod-touch-how-should-I-d/ Sorry for the bad quality, I couldn't use my moms video camera.  I still am going to stick it in the microwave, in a fire, in acid, then sell on ebay :D  

Topic by furrysalamander 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


pid control motor using arduino

Hi forum I have problem i done my pid  code using arduino but the output value shows 0 or constant 250.Need your help,I attached the code. thank you

Topic by satya_82 5 years ago