Need help with centring cover image. Answered

I've just published an instructable and my cover image is off centre. On the final page before publishing there is an opportunity to centre the image but it wont move. The image is centred and does show up centred on my instructable page but is off centre on all other pages, including the final publishing page. Is there a way to fix this?

Question by zimitt 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Cover/Thumbnail Image not changing

I started my instruct able a while back with the a random first image that I used as the thumbnail for the entire instruct able. However, after coming back to the instruct able and creating a new thumbnail image the original thumbnail image stayed. I even deleted that thumbnail image from my image library yet it still shows up as the thumbnail when you search for my instruct able on the website.  I want to change the image you see when you search "Night Bike 2.0 by Adobi" from the one it currently has to the one below. Thanks!

Topic by Adobi 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Contest entry cover image doesn't update after edit

Hi, I have an entry in 3 contests. After I changed the cover image and published again, the cover image in 2 of the contests updated but one of them always shows the old cover image. Does anyone know why? Is there anything on my part can be done to make it happen? Here is the contest entry and the contest that doesn't update its cover iamge: https://www.instructables.com/id/Crock-pot-cows-milk-gingurt-vs-breast-milk-gingurt/

Topic by babybayrs 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Image notes

I have found a little bug that is very frustrating to me. The issue is with trying to see the image notes from an instructable. I have noticed that when you hold your cursor over an image, a box comes up that has the name of the step that the picture is on. The problem is that this box covers up the image note that I’m trying to read. I have to move the cursor off of the picture and then hold the cursor on a part of the image that does not have any notes until the box shows up, then go to a image note to read.  Fixing this issue will be greatly appreciated.

Topic by shaggs31 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Having a problem with the cover image in the editor

Hey All, Don't know if anyone else has had this issue but I can't change the cover image once one has been loaded in the intro.  let me explain. I have just published an instructable and the first image that everyone sees is one which isn't in the instructable!  I initially was going to use it and decided not to and deleted it from the ible'.  For some reason, it has stayed as the cover image and no matter what I do i can't remove it. Also, I have a draft that I am working on and the cover image on that I can't get rid of.  Has anyone came across this yet?  If so, how do you change the initial cover image to the first image in the intro? Ta

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


How to change the cover image of an instructable already published?

I'm having some trouble with the cover image of my instructables: sometimes the image of the first step is the one that goes to the cover (like I want it to be), but sometimes any aleatory picture goes to cover. How can I choose the cover image, and how can I change the cover image of an instructable already published? Thank you!

Topic by Trupe Por um Fio 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 months ago


Annoying image bug

When I am looking at my image library as I write up a project, sometimes the enlarged thumbnails follow me around the page, stick, cover what I am trying to do, and won't go away until I click on another thumbnail and persuade it to "stick" somewhere less annoying.

Topic by Kiteman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Text boxes covered up by Image Name

Whenever I put the cursor over a text box a small box with the image info pups up covering up the text so I can't read it. I would like this to stop please as it is annoying. How do I make it stop?

Topic by mcadwell 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How do i attach a front cover made with gimp to a free ebook blank template from ebookhelper.com.?

Hi I made a front cover with gimp. How do i attach the front cover to a free blank template that i dowloaded from free ebookhelper.com How do i insert an image on front cover made with gimp. nclnrrs@gmail.com

Question by clan 9 years ago


underwater silicon cover

Hi everyone, I see outex.com and i'd like to make it by myself, I think it's not so difficult but I need some expertise I don't have that you can give it to me...^_^ i'd like to start from this bag,  https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTZ2lk6Fr2qj8sAc_D6bZkRBepK17dzmUvUBjOJBTeNbH8P8Fp1RA cut it and mold some pieces to fit the Camera size and shape, do you know how to make waterproof seams on this material? hot,glue or what to make it impermeable? hope you can help me and make my next holydays great with underwater shoots!

Topic by cavalars 5 years ago


Incorrect Thumbnail image

In my Quik Shawl (Chop) Stick the thumbnail image is incorrect.  I deleted that image from my library on Jan 5, 2014; before publishing the instructable today.  I had made many versions since I deleted the current Thumbnail image.  Yet it is appearing as the thumbnail.  I do not want that image as the first image seen.  The cover image should be the Thumbnail image. I am using Window XP. Firefox ESR 24.2.0 I just remembered during the editing of the instructable I clicked the Try The New Editor! button.  After I finished making edits and closed the instructable then went back in for edits I was no longer using the new editor.  Thank you in-advance for your help.

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


I have a few Instructables which aren't pulling the first image as the main image as expected. What is the fix?

3 out of 9 of my Instructables aren't using the first image as the main image.  I've tried moving them around and then back to "refresh" the code, but that didn't.  I tried the "change cover image" option when I actually have the option to use the new editor (some of my Instructables don't give me the new editor option), but that hasn't worked either.  Any assistance is appreciated.

Question by -BALES- 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


add images to a guide intro

I've made a guide and I need to insert two images in the intro. When I create the guide I'm able to insert images, also more than one, but I don't see them in the preview. Maybe I can insert only one image which goes as the cover of the guide? Thanks!

Topic by andrea biffi 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to Change Main/Cover Photo

Hi I had published an instructable before. Now I would like to change the main/cover image of it. How do I do it in the new editor? Once before I changed the main photo going to publish and I lost the comments I got. I did it the wrong way. Is there any other way in the new editor? Thanks in advance

Topic by Passion Make 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Custom Refrigerator Skin

I wanted to figure out how to create a skin for large items such as refrigerators, washing machines,  etc.   I am having trouble conceptualizing the necessary steps to completely hide cosmetic blemishes on large machines and appliances.  Would creating a skin be a good solution?  I am guessing there is a more elegant way than simply placing a large image printout underneath glass?  Also FYI, some of the appliances are completely brand new so I would ideally want a "top layer" solution as opposed to a "painting" solution. Nice to have features: 1.  weather proof 2.  Can be easily swapped with new design

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


"featured" banner obscures the thumbnail image

That banner that says "featured" might as well say "obscured!". Those little thumbnails are hard enough to see already. When you put the featured banner over it it cuts it off and hides a major portion of the image. Howabout putting golden radiance around the image, or angels with garlands, or something good? You guys are already covering the screen with a parchesi-monopoly worth of stuff, why do you need to deface my nice thumbnails? You own the screen all around my tiny thumbnail. Put your signage there where it increase the contextual information value of the screen instead of overwriting that image which is supposed to be worth a thousand words. By that calculus, that word "featured" is a net loss of 200 or so words. That featured banner sucks pixels!

Topic by TimAnderson 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do I use an animated gif or looping video for my instructable's cover image?

I'd love it if I could use an animated gif for the cover image of my instructable... I can indeed upload an animated gif but it does not retain the animation.

Question by TeamJaeger 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Paint problem (winxp) Case image too big!!

Err..... art,tech or games, which one, oh its to do with art, lets go with art.At the time of writing, i could literaly destory paint (WinXP Prog), i spent 5 hours on making a custom wii case (well, paper selotaped onto wii), carefully measuring and converting values, and then it has the descensy to go and make the image bigger than it acctully need to be?!!! i spent ages just converting the damn CM measurements to pixels. please, someone shed light on to what happend.If you want to know what the pics and measurements are, there here!Measurements (CM)Wii Right Side:H:15.6w:21.7Backside ([==]<) H:13.9Backside W:19.6Backside Corner:2.5wii Left Side W:20.7H:Same as RSBack Side (>[==]) W:19Backside H: Same as RSCorner: Same as RSWii FacePlate:W:4.45 (From Side to Side)W:3.6 (From Corner edge (\|) to side)H:15.7Power Btn:Height:0.5Width:1.5X1:1.5 X2:2Y1:0.6 y2:2Reset Btn:Height: 0.4Width: 1.5X1:2.9 X2:3.4y1:0.6 y2:2SD CoverHeight:6.2Width:1.5x1:4.8 x2:11y1:0.6 y2:2Eject Btn:Height: 0.5Width: 1.5x1:13.7 x2:14.3y1:0.6 y2:2Disc Slot:Height:13.1width:0.9x1:1.3 x2:14.4y1:2.9 y2:3.8x:1.1 Disc-S to bottomimages % Design:http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AZBSV45X

Topic by ultimatesx9 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how do you cover cardboard boxes without making it look cheap?

I've gotten pretty good at making boxes for storage but i've only been able to use boxes that have print or images on it. obviously i can't use a box for something with another label already on it. how can i cover this and make it look good and still durable....wrapping in wrapping paper doesn't seem durable to me.

Question by McElmire 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How do I determine the size of the image needed to reflect onto a cylinder (see Q for better description)? Answered

I plan to take a large disc shaped screen and then reflect that image onto a cylinder to create a holographic effect. Right now this is just a concept but I am wondering if this is plausible and what size the disk would need to be to create an image to cover the cylinder. If a formula could be provided that would be best or just a general explanation of how to find a formula.

Question by TheTechGuy99 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Animated GIFs

My cover image is a animated GIF and it works fine on a PC.  I tried to view my instructable on an iphone and ipad.    It doesn't animate at all on the Iphone app unless I click on the image.  It comes over as a fractured picture on the Ipad app.  Has anyone else had the same issue? Here is the project.    https://www.instructables.com/id/Trammel-of-Archimedes/

Topic by mtairymd 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


parallax barrier

Does anyone know of instructions on how to produce a cheap parallax barrier for an lcd? I want to build a screen cover for my netbook that will allow me to look at 3d images and videos without glasses

Topic by drakesword 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Problems with the formatting of ePubs on Nook Color.

I got excited when I saw the ebooks the site now has. I downloaded a bunch of epubs for my Nook Color. Well, the first problem arose when I put them on the device and saw that most of them just have a random picture from one of the instructables in the book as the cover instead of those nice covers you made. Then I when I get inside the book, you can only see about a third of the cover image (it's way oversized). Also, the text is far too small and can't be change in size and, finally, most of them seem to get to a certain image on a certain page and no matter how many times you swipe to the next page, it's still the same image. You have to actually go to the page search to put it forward. I know it's a new thing you guys are doing, and it's a fantastic idea, but I'm just having huge problems on my device for it.

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


The thumbnail image representing my instructable "survival fishing kit" is incorrect.

While creating my instructable I uploaded an unrelated image onto the introduction step.  I have since deleted this image but it remains the thumbnail that represents the project which stinks because people are going to get the wrong idea about what I made.  My instructable was recently featured on the home page and I hoped the issue would magically fix itself but it seems to still be the wrong photo.  The picture in question is of a circular brown wooden shape with a few fishing hooks in the middle, the picture that should represent the instructable is the one with the text survival fishing kit that shows the kit and the stuff that it holds.  Here is a link to the instructable; https://www.instructables.com/id/Survival-Fishing-Kit-3/ . The problem is easiest to view if you search the instructable or if you look at the featured instructables on the home page or in the outdoors section. Also I was wondering if the instructable could be refeatured on the home page with the correct picture so that can get a true sense of what the project is about.  I have this project entered in a contest and I feel that the bug has done me a disservice as people who may have potentially voted for my work might have missed it because the picture was misleading. Thanks for your time, and I look forward to your response. Best Regards, Matt

Topic by Matt Makes 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


DepositPhotos the new photobank is open.

DepositPhotos (http://depositphotos.com) the new photobank is open. Photobank is being in accumulating state and welcome photographs and illustrators for cooperation. Therefore, we Start a special Promotion Program for Photographers. To take part in the Photographers Promotion Program it is required to pass the exam and then perform activation in the Promotion tab. After that, money will be added to the account for each accepted image. Info: http://depositphotos.com/pages/promo The nearest plans cover launch of other language versions of the site and actions for customer attraction. Expansion of upload ways is announced. Strengths: • The promotion program - $0.20 per each accepted image (on 500 images); • Convenient uploading and attributing, autofeeling by the previous attributed file. Mass autofeeling (to a file group), as well as piece; • Author commissions is 44 to 60%; • Cash may be requested starting from $50. Money received upon the promotion program may be ordered without any limitations; • Money transfer systems are PayPal, Moneybookers, Webmoney; • Detailed statistics of image sales and views; • Photo upload process and intuitive user interface is simpler than ever to use, making it quick and easy to offer images for sale; Customer offers: A unique tool set for purchasing maximizes customer audience: • Credits; • Subscription; • SMS-payments; • The on-going offer of "a second image as a gift" (moreover, authors of bonus images receive royalty like for a general purchase). All Buyers of DepositPhotos during Buying an Image by Credits receive a Gift – the Second Image Free of charge! The photobank features: • There is a symbolic exam of 5 images; • At registration, a document proving identity (a domestic or foreign passport, driving license etc.) is required; • A free bonus image for a piece purchase; moreover, both the authors of the sold and bonus image receive the royalty; • Separate registration for authors and customers; • The royalty size depends on the quantity of sold images. DepositPhotos is all about giving image buyers and sellers the best deal on the net! So whether you’re looking for a new place to showcase and sell your photos and images, or whether you’re looking for a new resource to buy them, you’ll find DepositPhotos.com to be a cut above the rest!

Topic by D_Promouter 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


ESD sensitivity of a VFD/LCD module? Answered

I have seen images of people experimenting with these modules but in the datasheets it says that they are sensitive to electrostatic discharge, is there a way of protecting them without cases (to use them for experimenting with micro controllers)  would zener diodes on the inputs and power supply make them less sensitive, or is it a overstressed problem to cover the manufacturer?

Question by 12V 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do you make a bust mold for a head? can i fill it with ballistics gel? Answered

I want to make a cheap martial arts dummy with ballistics gel covered with plastic.  like this www.punch-bag.org.uk/images/century-bob-body-opponent.jpg

Question by pufferfish9108 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can i make a betty boop costume with a huge head ?

Like this: http://www.staplenews.com/storage/post-images/Bay To Breakers Goes Dry But Will It Fly 10.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1305149161495?  but where the face isn't covered. (I hate going to parties where i can;'t talk/drink/eat easily

Question by hamhocksforlegs 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how effective is this airflow design? Answered

I am working on a very small build pc, and i was thinking that the best way to reduce overall height would be to design a cover piece that directs the airflow from the intake fanover the CPU and northbridge heatsinks and out the back of the unit via an exhaust fan. this method was chosen because the fan cannot be on top of the cpu heatsink because the unit would be too bulky if it was. I have attached a crude image of the planned cover and the layout of the board's heatsinks, and i would like to know if this is a effective method for cooling, in such a small form factor. if it isn't, what is?

Question by zack247 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Kite photographing the BP oil spill

GrassrootsMapping.org is a group of people who are documenting BP's oil spill with cameras held aloft by kites and balloons. Sometimes they even get a ride on a plane. All of the images produced with this method will be going into the public domain. It's cool stuff and the images are far better than anything else out there. To keep the project going and cover the costs, they've set up a page on kickstarter to ask for donations. They've already passed their initial goal of $5,000, but it's a good cause and I hope they get plenty more than that. I pledged some money and wish them all the best.

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


Happy Excessive Turkey Day!

As I type, millions of turkeys are coming to a gravy-covered end. Post a link to any left-overs based recipe you have published since last Thanksgiving, and any that I like will get a Pro membership. If I get enough recipes get posted, I'll gather some of the nicer ones into a Collection. So, happy Thanksgiving to y'all! Image from Wikimedia Commons.

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


License changes when updating

Please make the license stick to what it was set at last. Whenever I update an instructable to include a new tag or cover image, it changes back to the default. It took me a while to even notice this was happening and many of my instructables were under a different license than I prefer for a period of time. The license can be changed, but if someone used the content while it was under a different license, I can't do anything about it. 

Topic by Brooklyntonia 2 years ago


Help with BEAM robot please!

Hi all! I am starting to build the famous mousey robot but I ran into problems already, I am a newbie!. If someone could give me a hand that would be very appreciated. I have all the parts except for the relay which I hope will arrive anytime soon (had to buy it online) attached is a diagram I drew to use as a guide when breadboarding the first part of the circuit that makes the robot seek light. The problem is both motors work and spin but they don't seem to change the speed when I cover one of the light sensors. If I use the multimeter on the light sensors while disconnected from the circuit it gives me 0.04 volts for both, positioned in such way they receive the same amount of light. If I move them the readings are different ( more if closer, less I farther away). But when they are connected as shown and I measure voltage they both give me the same value no mater which one I cover with my hands, also, the value changes if I move the light source. I am using a breadboard to connect the light seeking circuit but I will attach images later it is the same as the attached image (I hope) the difference is the image was drawn with the circuit board I am going to use.Also, I measured the voltage motors were getting while running with a different light sensors covered at a time and both motors gave me the same ~4V.. I think that means they are running at the same speed right? I think that the instructable about mousey in this site still has the led error but I am not sure.corrected? circuit diagram http://www.streettech.com/robotbook/circuitMousey.htmlI also attached a second diagram of how it should look when completed with relay etc. I drew them so they might have errors!Thanks a lot, any help would be very appreciated!edit: more related links:http://www.makezine.com/images/02/mousey.pdfhttp://www.streettech.com/robotbook/mousey.html

Topic by brunoxyz 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Create Instructables in the New Editor

Here at Instructables HQ, we're always looking for new ways to make it easier than ever to share the things that you've made.  Today we are very excited to announce the first public beta release of the new Instructables editor!  The new editor allows you to create, edit, and publish Instructables.  You can even use it to make changes to Instructables that you've already started or published. Some of the new features include: Drag and drop interface  - add, remove, and reorder photos and steps, all with drag and drop. (those of you who are already familiar with the Instructables iOS and Android mobile apps will love this feature) View All Steps - the landing page of the new editor gives you an overview of all the steps and images in your Instructable Continuous Editing Experience - edit, upload, save, preview, and publish... all without a single page reload New Uploader - rotate images and see the status of your upload Easy Embed - embed video and media from a variety of sites Pixlr Image Editing - crop and retouch uploaded images in just a few clicks with Pixlr photo editor integration Easy Preview - preview your Instructable without ever leaving the editor Cover Image Selector - select and crop your Instructable's cover image, so it looks great on the site and on your phone New Publish Page - add keywords, select a category and channel, and enter your Instructable in contests, now in a clean, new interface So poke around, edit, and publish, and let us know what you think.  Please leave any comments, questions, or feature requests in the comments below.  Definitely let us know if there are any bugs we still need to work out! How do I find the New Editor? To create a new Instructable from scratch, follow this link: https://www.instructables.com/editInstructable To edit a draft or published Instructable (note: you can only edit Step by Step Instructables in the new editor, you will be redirected if you try to edit photo or video instructables): 1.  Login and navigate to one of your drafts in the current editor (Go to https://www.instructables.com/you?show=UNPUBLISHED and click the edit link next to any of your drafts). 2.  Click the big orange button at the top of the page that says "Try the New Editor".  You will get redirected to the new editor, with all your Instructable's data loaded and ready to go.  The url looks like this: https://www.instructables.com/editInstructable/edit/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Topic by instructables 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Macro lens attachments

I recently got a set of marco lenses for my DSLR, an old E300. They are the simple kind, basically a magnifying lens that screws onto the the existing lens system like a filter. My first impressions of this simple and relatively cheap alternative to a dedicated macro lens in the 400$ range were quite good. But I also found some downsides and would like to know if they are a general thing to accept or a result of poor quality standards. 1. Although about 20% of the lens are unused (nothing at all visible when covering the outsides of the lens) there is some nocticable distortion happening. Especially the corner areas of the image when the object fills the entire picture appear to be slightly bend. Is that due to the marcro lens being a single and cheap system or a general thing with these marcro filter lenses? 2. It is quite hard to to get a clear focus even with F22 settings and good light. With the X4 lens it is not too bad and leaves about 8mm of totally sharp image before it gets blurry. But when using the X10 lens I often have troubles getting a sharp image of an object that goes less than 5mm into the background. Using a smaller setting, like f11 and only 1-2mm of the image is clear and sharp while everything in front or in the back of this area gets more and more blurry. Is this due to the marco lens affecting the focus? For example taking a full size shot of a rose flower is next to impossible if the entire flower should be be sharp - I would like to be able to get at least 10mm of totally sharp image when using f22 settings :( If this is a downside of cheap filter lenses then I already learned my lesson, but would like to know a bit more before saving money on a dedicated macro lens that I will rarly use...

Topic by Downunder35m 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Custom CSS to enhance instructable

Hi, I would like to use custom CSS to enhance my instructables. It's possible to use inline css but I don't like it because it is very limited and inefficient. Are we allowed to define custom classes or import a custom style sheet and how can we do this? I'm especially need this to have hover effects and set opacity etc. For example I want to have a hover effect on the very last (inline) image link of this instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-printed-anti-spy-camera-cover/ thanks for the help.

Topic by kasperfish 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


"Skinning" 123D cardboard model

Hey fellow Authors, i've been working on the following model for my business, strictly ornamental. I've come this far and don't know how to continue without destroying the time and money already invested. My goal is to cover it with some material and make it look like a statue. Maintaining still a polygonal feel to it. I want to paint it glossy red. I've thought about using fiberglass, plaster, paper (as found in a tutorial in the internet), Cover it with a pepakura mesh. But i'm still not sure how to proceed. I fear fiberglass to be too messy and complicated, plaster could ruin the cardboard dampening it, paper makes it look like a cheap piñata, pepakura would requiere a lot of trial and error to get the pieces to match the "skeleton" and problematic at the end to give it the glossy and professional feeling im looking for. Any ideas guys??   Sorry for the resolution on the first image, I didn't have my lap with me at the time of this post.

Topic by tammasus 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Schauberger Repulsine 3D files?

I am trying to design a model of Schauberger's Repulsine in Sketchup, maybe even try to print it once complete. For this project  collected all sorts of images and dcuments from the web to get at least most components covered, although it is impossible to get it all... I found the two "wave" disks on Thingiverse, which is already quite a good thing, so everything else will be scaled around these models. My problems so far: Top top cone contains a series of pipes shaped like the horn of a Kudu and on top of that following the shape of inverted egg. There are images to be found on the web but I have a hard time creating this in Sketchup. It is like two twisted spirals that are on top of each other so both ends are wide, the middle is thin. Ok, I give up, have a look instead: https://www.flickr.com/photos/esaruoho/4934537252/ If you know where to find a 3D model lke this or how to create these shapes in Skechtup please let me know.

Question by Downunder35m 3 years ago


BBC Four did an Instructable: How to make a camera obscura

I wonder if they know that they did?For some reason the video-embed says the video is no longer available. It is, I just watched it.The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcv4CxQ1I-A But, if that doesn't work either:An Italian photographer takes over a room in a Venetian palace. They cover all the windows in opaque black plastic sheets. They wait a moment to let their eyes get used to the dark, then cut a hole in the plastic, about 3 inches square.An image of the view outside appears "magically" on the wall opposite - upside down, but perfect in every colourful detail.

Topic by Kiteman 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Is this a hidden microphone or some kind of power supply? Answered

The button on the left clicks in like a pen and an internal lever locks it into place.  It will not ever release unless the unit is disassembled.  After pressing the end, the internal pin makes contact with the metal can on the right.  The can was broken open open during extraction and has a core of an unknown material.  There is also a single wire protruding from the side.  The insulation originally covered the wire.  Markings on the plastic housing are NB and under the NB, a lower case letter "a".  It is about an inch long.  A larger, milder spring and internal pin that looked like a tiny nail that was in the square housing are not in the image.

Question by spacetime 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Guess the album ? Answered

Hello, This is a very, very long shot . . .  When I was young I bought a second-hand record  originally from the 70's  or very early 80's . . .  I have no idea what happened to it but almost weekly I think about how to hear it again . .  I have stopped myself from asking in Answers for several years but today is the day. As far as I remember it had an album cover with a plain beige border, inside the border was a drawing of an art nouveaux type woman woman with flowing clothing. The theme was all Hari Krishna but not an actual Hari Krishna record. Lyrics such as  " there is a distant place called sweet something,  where silent  something something, . . .  Beneath a snowy ocean lying wide lies something something . . . " there was a lot of Govinda going on. I've tried looking for album cover on Google images. I've tried typing in all the lyrics that I can remember. No luck . . . any ideas anyone. And, no, it's not Kula Shaker, although I do actually like that track. Thank you

Question by FriendOfHumanity 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Speechbubble speakers

Hey guys and gals! I saw this cool speaker design on Yanko, speechbubble speakers. essentially two speakers in the form of speech-bubbles. (see link) So I was wondering how to go about making speakers in this style myself. Would I use two speech-bubble shaped pieces of wood with a cutout for a speaker, connect them with little wooden blocks and cover the sides in some sort of flexible wood and the front with black speaker fabrick and paint all the wood a glossy white or what? Would I be able to fold real plastic around the wooden sides, as it would be with the real speaker design? Or do you gals and guys have any other ideas? Images below!

Topic by Tinseltoy 10 years ago


Convert battery power to low voltage?

Is there an easy way to convert a security system sensor from battery (2 3V lithium batteries) to a wired low voltage line? I have pulled the cover off the sensor (image attached) and it doesn't look too complicated. Other options would be to convert it to POE or USB. Don't know if that's doable or practical. I'm building a house and have an opportunity to never have to replace those batteries, which are not on my "be nice to the environment" list. I have plenty of low-voltage in the house already. There is also built-in solar backup for 12-15 hours for power outages. Thanks for the help.

Question by lgpitman 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


&quot;Fly Eye&quot; Goggles design concept - 360 Degree vision?

I've been doing some reading recently on how the mind can adapt and change it's perception of reality to accommodate new sensory inputs - like the glasses for the blind that turn visual data into sound patterns and the compass belt that helped give people an innate sense of direction.  My idea was to take a series of small webcams and arrange them on a headband so that they cover a 360 degree panorama around the wearer, then join all the images together and feed it to a set of video goggles. Initially I imagine it would be very disorientating, but hopefully after a while the wearer's mind would start to compensate for the distortion, giving them panoramic vision. I assume the various feeds from the webcams would have to be routed through a computer to process them into a single image, but I'm not sure how that could be done on a software level. Thoughts? Ideas? Help? Warnings? All appreciated. Thanks once again.

Question by jlensher 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can't publish a collection.

Hi, I am having a problem trying to publish a collection. When I hit publish, I get an error message that says "Opps, something went wrong!". If I click the x on the message the message goes a way but the Publish Your Collection pop up stays with a cursor that spins forever. Please look at the screenshot for reference. Here is as much information as I can provide. Collection id is OYNUVW5IAWDJBHYU, currently listed as a draft collection. Slackware Linux 14.1 Firefox 31.7.0 Chromium 43.0.2357.130 (64 bit) https://www.instructables.com/editCollection/OYNUVW5IAWDJBHY The steps to reproduce this is: Select You -> Drafts Find my Collection and press draft (url above). Press Publish Press Publish on Choose Cover Image pop up. I get the error message.

Topic by galen 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Noobie needs help on how to construct LED light project

Hi,I need help on what and how to achieve the following:I want to use led's to create an indoor ceiling lamp in the configuration as shown on the attached image. This consists of either self constructed strips (or bought strips //sources in the uk would be appreciated) of Leds, which even with my pitiful knowledge of electronics and components, I know, requires 12 VDC. As it is an indoor light in will run from a uk mains of 230Volts. So how can I safely rig this light, with the voltage difference?What I need to know is 'What' components I need to set this configuration. I found this web page,but not being electronics savy, I dont really get the jist, apart from a capacitor and resistor is required. see (http://www.marcspages.co.uk/tech/6103.htm).I need to know what I need of what, and at what resistances etc? and'How' to wire it all together, in laymen fashion please!!Also, I have shown a total of 21 LED's in my image, but this is not set and could very to 4/9 a strip. I just want to cover a distance of 20cm. again sources on pre-built strips/kits would be cool.many thanksDan

Topic by danskimanuk 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Smurfs (bizarre)

When I take a holiday in Wales we always listen to "The Smurfs" (Father Abraham in Smurfland) - it's a tradition. Hence the phrase "The Smurfs have finished" meaning "Someone change the record". If you've not been exposed to this yet, see here: Then there's "Smurfing beer" - quote: "you don't get drunk and it isn't dear" (It isn't beer) www.youtube.com/watch The Pinoccio song questions - quote "Pinoccio, Pinoccio, why are you made of wood?" www.youtube.com/watch The annoying but up-beat Dippety-Do song: www.youtube.com/watch Looking at the album cover I wonder exactly what happens when the floating-head of Father Abraham appears in Smurfland - do they panic and start singing lest he smite them? (Notice the bad image job where the top of a mushroom-house has been cropped off on the right)

Topic by lemonie 9 years ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


I want to make a laptop case from scratch. How can I get the dimensions of my laptop?

Hi instructables! I recently bought an expensive laptop and want to protect it, but all the protective covers on the market for this particular model are terrible (damaging to the laptop over time or ill-fitting). I want to build a case from scratch by CAD modelling the design, then running it through something like a wood cnc. The only problem is, I need the exact dimensions/form of the laptop to create a skin-tight fit. Any ideas on how I can get this data? Can you think of a better process than the one I've outlined? I'm open to working with new materials! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Some inspiration: http://design-milk.com/images/2010/09/macbook-cutting-board.jpg

Topic by orangejuicedisco 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


What type of binder is user for making activated carbon briquettes for water purification?

Hello everyone, I am trying to make a water purification device which needs to have compressed activated carbon filter. I am facing the problem of binding the charcoal dust together so that it does not come out when contacted with water. I tried making the briquettes with starch but it is water soluble. I have read some papers on binding the charcoal using extrusion process but could not find what exactly is the binder used. Here the binder should not cover the surface area of the carbon particles as well. I am looking to find here, what is the binder used and how is it used, i.e, ratios. I want to make something like this in the image which is water insoluble. 

Question by vin177 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Vinyl wrapping a helmet

Hi, Now that I have access to a pretty decent vinyl printer, and saw this (A page of small vinyl pieces to lay on a helmet as a 'wrap') I'm pretty keen to give it a go. But excluding the graphic, I'm interested in how they manage to capture the 'contour' of the helmet to print perfectly sized decals. Because I've seen wraps for different kinds of helmets so it's not a one size fits all. Some of the decals cover the entire helmet, it's hard to tell from the pictures but would they be 1 piece? If so that seem quite a difficult graphic to lay without any air bubbles, I know you can lay graphics in a small amount of water so it's easy to move the image around but since helmets aren't flat and gravity I don't think the water would last for very long.

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