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W00t! (Dad joined!)

After a lot of pleading, I got Dad to type up an Instructable in Word. He originally wanted it to be posted under my name, but where's the fun in that? After a little more pleading, I got him to join. He's still a little iffy on this, so I need you guys and gals to convince him. (Welcome him, convince him this isn't a typical shady internet site, etc.)S.C.Two

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  last reply

For all the dads here

Happy Father's Day! What are you all doing?

Topic by Weissensteinburg    |  last reply

My Dad Just Joined

Hey everyone. My dad just joined Instructables. He helped me with the Hot Dog instructable and will probably be making his own Instructables soon. His profile is... here.

Topic by Gjdj3    |  last reply

Homemade Christmas Present Ideas 4 Dad

My dad is getting pretty bored with cards, jerky, and games... So what else can I give him!!??

Topic by Squaggadoodle    |  last reply

Original idea to ask her dad

Hi there, My name is Nicolas, I'm french and i'm asking for the help of the community. Me and my girlfriend are thinking to get married soon and I wanted to find an original way to ask her dad for his permission. The thing is that her parents live in Washington and I'm not able to go there. I was thinking of sending something or make something virtual (i'm a software engieneer).  Moreover her father is not a real techy guy but rather a tech enthousiast. So I search something around the tech theme. So here is my question, do you have any orignal idea with this tech direction in mind that i can produce to ask her father. Sorry for my bad english. If something is unclear, please ask for mor explanation. Best regards, Nicolas

Topic by NicolasP38    |  last reply

Help Help! My dad's birthday is tomorrow and I need somehting BIG HUGE and SPECIAL to make VERY QUICKLY ! any ideas?

I specifically want something very special, but not anything like 'I love You Forver, You are The best' or anything. like a game, somthing electronics, but keep it simple, I do not know anything about electronics more than a couple facts!

Question by weirdudette    |  last reply

Whats better Family Guy or American Dad ?

Whats better Family Guy or American Dad ?

Question by cheesemaker101    |  last reply

My dad doesn't like some instructables.

He says that i shouldn't trust the recipes and some of the stuff on here because most of the recipes i make from here aren't that good like randofo's apple pie. :-(

Topic by Yerboogieman    |  last reply

Can i use my dads project

Can i take my dad's project and enter it in a contest?I have his permission.And he prefers me to do it because, he is busy.if I did this I would narrate it as if he was righting it.And I know how he did it.

Question by designer 246847    |  last reply

psss! can you surprise my dad? please?

Hi everybody, I discovered that my dad is already a member of instructables! He has been a member for some times, until he recently told me that he is a member... His user name is Zapper, I don't know why he is called him self that, but that is what he choose.He is still not quite convinced that Instructables is a great site so can yall please greet him a warm welcome to instructables? Please? Heres Zapper.Thanks!UPDATE: Don't leave any welcome comments on his orange board, because he deletes them, I don't know why he is doing this.

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My dad has a bump on the back of his neck

My dad has a HUGE bump on the back of his neck, at first i thought it was a zit but after about a year its grown to the size of a golf ball...i've told him to go to the doctors, but he refuses to go...i dont know what to do, and i worried about him...what should i do.?

Question by dannielleeee    |  last reply

My girlfriend's father will do anything to keep me away from her. What do I do? Answered

He even resulted to physical force. She is really mad about it but i don't know what i should do. i am never bad, i think i set a good stage for myself, i behave and all around him, but it's getting on my nerves.

Question by PyroMaster007    |  last reply

What Are Some Homemade Christmas Gifts for My Mom and Dad? Answered

Last Year I made Cookies.

Question by sammychow4    |  last reply

The Land Where Death is Illegal (Update: even for my Dad!)

There are weird laws, and then there are Norwegian laws!The government of Norway's Svalbard Islands have made it illegal to die there. If you are close to death - through age or illness - they ship you off to the mainland.If you die quickly, through accident or sudden illness, they refuse to bury you.The town's small graveyard stopped accepting newcomers 70 years ago, after it was discovered that the bodies were failing to decompose.But although there is no old people's home, there is a kindergarten.In winter - when the darkness lasts for months on end - the children make images of the sun with yellow paint and tissue paper and stick them to the windows. Trips outside the kindergarten's walls carry a more immediate danger for the children and, for this reason, the teacher carries a gun.Longyearbyen is in the land of the polar bear, an animal which causes real dread among its residents.Every student at the university spends their first day learning how to shoot bears. Aim toward the chest, runs the advice, rather than the head which is easy to miss.If you are unarmed when you encounter a bear, toss your mittens on the snow in the hope of distracting it.Full BBC StorySvalbard Tourist Information.EDITI just found out - this is where my Dad is going on holiday in a few days, specifically to go see the polar bears.Check out the webcams on the Svalbard Tourist Information site - Ee, it's grim up North! (UK-specific joke)

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

Is there any way I can convince my dad to break his rule about cellphones? Answered

Whenever I asked my dad for a phone he always said when you have a job.....................well I am going to get a job in 9 months but I am getting to go more places by myself a lot more and I would like to have one not for protection but just for real emergencies and whenever I get left alone and need to call my parents because it is getting kind of embarrassing when I have to ask my friends to borrow one of their phones I think I am responsible enough I know I will not stay up till dawn texting people and I know I will only use it in emergencies and when needed plus he has two phones one he never uses but he is still paying for it so please I need some tips and tricks to getting a phone 9 months early

Question by acidbass    |  last reply

DADCANDO: Kaptin Scarlet's book is out!

I just had the chance to read the new Dadcando book from Kaptin Scarlet, aka father-of-four Chris Barnardo who runs   The book is absolutely excellent, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen his carefully-crafted Instructables.  All of the projects are creative, inexpensive, well-documented, accessible, and most importantly, they look like fun.  The  I was quite taken by the Waves and Wheels section (that little submarine will be making an appearance in my daughter's bath soon!) and even the science and Advanced projects are quite doable for even a novice DIY dad. But Barnardo shines when he turns his glue gun and paints to the fantastic.  Written in the voice of his Kaptin Scarlet persona, the Great Adventures chapter describes how to make a wizard's wand, a feather quill and magical ink pot, and dragon-hunters goggles.  The projects simply ooze creativity, and look good enough to support hours of imaginary play. The book is peppered with wise advice for the single or divorced, non-custodial parent who wants to stay engaged in his children's lives without succumbing to the usual pitfalls of consumerist overindulgence or disconnection.  The tips are universally applicable without seeming preachy, and provide lots of encouragement to get away from the computer and do something with your kids.  In short, Dadcando is brilliant.  It's the perfect Father's Day gift, or general-purpose inspirational gift for anyone you know with kids.  I really can't recommend this book highly enough, and will be sending copies to friends and family as soon as it's available in the states! Dadcando at (available now) Dadcando at (available July 5)

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I was dating this girl whom i really love and her dad forced her to break up with me because he doesnt like me but i dont get why he doesnt like me he has never even met me. im all about respect and this is the first time this has happened to me i just need some ideas on what i can do to get her back in my life PLEASE HELP ME??????

Question by nicknack121    |  last reply

Gift Ideas

Gift ideas? My little brother loves Nintendo any craft I can make for him? My sisters birthdays is coming up (its on NewYears Eve) And my boyfriend...uh I'm clueless about, I just know not to get him anything pink or easter purple..or hello kitty (or Halo Kitty)  Idea exchange? I Got my sister a mist machine for christmas I thought it would be great for their parties and great in general (10 bucks at Family Dollar)  And I just got Photo Frames for my parents :| Any better ideas?  Thanks!

Topic by WhyHello    |  last reply

Ok my dad messed up kinda big this time... (car problems)? Answered

Well basically my dad tried to change the oil in the car... (new-ish Nissan versa) and he accidentally poured oil into the wrong thing and filled the already full transmission... he figured out and removed some and poured the correct amount in... but that was after he took it for a spin... and then he over filled the engine oil thing and now it doesn't register any oil pressure at all... (he removed the excess)... what did he mess up or break and how hard is it to replace and how much would it be to get the part/take it to some place...

Question by girrrrrrr2    |  last reply

My dad is having trouble at work with a cnc machine, can you help?

My dad works with cnc machines and needs to record the encoder data directly from the machine in real time. Is there something for various encoders/machines.

Question by I3uckwheat    |  last reply

How do you clean the glue off of a 2 litire soda bottle? Answered

I want to make the "Victorian Domed Glass Display Case" from, but am unable to clean the glue off of my 2 litre bottle, Please help.

Question by Aztof    |  last reply

i need a christmas present for my dad Seveastrouk and i dont know what to get him HELP!

The title says it all folks butr still help PLEASE!!!!

Topic by jonnybo111    |  last reply

My girlfriend's dad really hates me for some unknown reasons. What should i do?

I have a problem with my girlfriend's dad. I dont know how to fix it......everytime her dad sees me, he just yells at he saw me and her together and he started beating me.....I didn't do any self defense as i know alot about respects. I am 20, and she is 17 turning 18 in couple months....It got to a point that i really hate her dad but can't do anything about it. My girlfriend also doesn't know what to do because her dad really loves her and everytime after he yells/beat ME, he just apologizes to her but obviously my girlfriend is starting to hate him more as each day goes by......I don't want this to happen because i think family is always important so i am trying to find solutions to fix this at any cost! Even getting stab by him as he threatened me today before i left. I just don't get the problem at all. Her sister who is 19 year old can date freely with this other guy but her dad just HATES me. I look and AM a very nice guy....only thing is can think of is i am a whitewashed asian and her dad has a very traditional asian mind. Whereas her sister's boyfriend is an asian that can speak fluent chinese

Question by peterchong    |  last reply

Help me reproduce this Corinthian Capital Glass Floor Lamp for my dad's wedding! Plz!

The Corinthian Capital Glass Floor Lamp is an amazing lamp by Restoration Hardware. Just look at its picture and tell me its not! I can reproduce the corinthian sculpture part. What I need your help with is the glass cylinder that makes up the body. Its dimensions are 12" by 87", but I'm estimating the glass cylinder needs to be at least 45" (barebones minimum), but would prefer it to be much taller, like 60" to maintain the same powerful presence, and about 5-9" wide. I need a source, size, and price for a clear glass cylinder 45-60"+ tall and about 5-8" wide Showed my dad the design today and he fell in love with it, so I'm hoping to surprise him!

Question by nizzo    |  last reply


I found this in my dad's garage and have no idea what it is any help greatly appreciated

Question by Ridpathl    |  last reply

The best joke in an Instructable

One thing I like a lot when reading Instructables is how creators give a personal spin to their project descriptions and the instructions on how te make something. Sometimes there is even a small laugh on my face when somewhere hidden in step 9, picture 2 there is a funny joke. I can't help it that I include some silly dad jokes myself in my projects.  The idea of this topic is to create a collection that make you smile. A quest for the hidden (dad)jokes in projects. Which ones are your favorites? Since most dad jokes only work in  context I suggest you only post the link to the Instructable and how hard you laughed about it. Not the joke itself out of context. Then we can all go hunting for that silly joke. 

Topic by thijsv    |  last reply

My girlfriend's father caught us making out in her backyard at 1:00 am. He was pissed. What should I do?

My girlfriend and I have a very happy relationship. We couldn't see each other during the day, but decided we really wanted to hook up that night. Her parents go to sleep at 10:30, and she decided to sneak out and I'd meet her in the backyard, since her house is in walking distance.I told my parents I was going for a walk around the block. I left at 11:00 pm and said I would be home by 11:30, which is the curfew when minors have to be off the streets.I get to her house and 11:10, she quietly sneaks out and we meet up. I had intended to leave and be home on time, but soon found ourselves making out under bright moonlight and we just couldn't bring ourselves to end it.Soon I start getting phone calls from my parents. My cell phone is vibrating in my pocket but I didn't pick up. Quite frankly I was too lost in the moment to care.I ignore the calls for a while. After a long time, we're both terrified to hear the back door open and her father come out!He says, calmly but obviously pissed. "---- come inside. And you best go home."I slip away without a word, obviously pretty spooked. I get to the end of her street, and check my cell phone. It's 1:00 AM!!My parents called the police and reported me as missing! I got to the end of her street, and a police cruiser picks me up for being out after curfew.They contact my parents. I wasn't arrested because I explained to the officer the situation, I was with my girl, we lost track of time, honest mistake, apologies, etc. My parents call my girlfriend's parents. Her folks are obviously not happy with me. I've had my cell phone service disconnected, and my girlfriend doesn't have Facebook, e-mail, or any way for me to contact her.I need to know----1. How to make amends to her parents2. If we can continue our relationship with her parents hating me3. How to manage this whole clusterf**k situationPlease any advice will help! This just happened yesterday so I need to act. I'm really crazy about this girl and we have a great relationship, it'd be a shame to lose it.Thank you so much to everyone!-IR

Question by VivaRedChe    |  last reply

how to i make a motorcycle cheap?

I want my dad to have a motorcycle.

Question by pokemonjarrod    |  last reply

68 Camaro Help

So my Dad's Birthday is coming up and I want to get him his high school 68 Camaro Z-28. He was selling it (or so he thought) to a Mark T Reese, wife Janet living in Mobile, Alabama. My dad lived in California. Mark said he didn't want to buy it. He offered to sell it for my dad and since he already bought plane tickets, rented a trailer for the Camaro and was in Arizona on his way, so he accepted. So he went and dropped it off and came back to California and never heard from him again. I asked my dad the VIN but because it was a race car so it didn't need to be street legal so carfax is useless. He bought it in 1979. If anyone happens to know how to find it please let me know. Thanks.

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How can I convince my dad to let me take apart our broken microwave?

There is beryllium or whatever inside of it and he isn't letting me take it apart. the beryllium is only in the magnetron and I won't touch it but he still isn't letting me.I was very stressed at the time of the writing of this, so please do not base my character upon this topic.

Question by Cheesey125    |  last reply

USMC Sniper? Answered

Ive been wanting to join the Mariane Corps lately like my Dad did ( he gat to rank CPT. but i want to be a sniper in the USMC. i have great aim in mine and my dads oppinion, but how long do i serve before i could retire, and alos after i retire could i still be NCIS agent

Question by DELETED_JAZ97    |  last reply

What kind of stuff should i put on my new computer? Answered

Specs dad said no Firefox, just letting you know, i asked at least 5 times. Thanks!he also said no dual booting with XP or OS X, he said he might try Redhat or Ubuntu, which is, odd.

Question by Yerboogieman    |  last reply

when converting a dc car alternator to ac how much ac amps can you get? Answered

My dad wants to know this for a wind generator

Question by I3uckwheat    |  last reply

I need help wining a bet my dad was talking about Korea and he said i wouldent last.

I need help wining a bet my dad was talking about Korea and he said i wouldn’t last he said it’s like going outside when its 20 out and wetting yourself with a hose so me being me i said i could so im gonna wait till its 20 out and wet myself and spend that day outside. What can i do to stay warm and make it the 8 hours???

Question by Don,t try this at home    |  last reply

What to do with...?

I recently received two demo broiler units from my friend's dad. They both each have one broiler unit and a carbon fiber filament inside a quartz tube. (Just what my dad relayed to me from him.) What the hell should I do with these bad boys?

Question by Zem    |  last reply

how do i hook up my equalizer?

Our radio broke so my dad got a new one on craigslist, the guy also gave us an equalizer and a few speakers. my dad didnt want the speakers or equalizer so he gave it to me. i cant hook up the equalizer to the two speakers (left and right).

Question by tim127    |  last reply

Father modifies his son's powerwheels to 66HP (video)

I nominate him for dad of the year:

Topic by LanceMakes    |  last reply

how do you make a popsicle gutair?

 i want to make my dad a popsicle gutair for christmas help?

Question by tommysg97    |  last reply

My dog died...

(sob) (cry) (sob) My dog died. My mom ran him over. He survived the accident but the surgery and other stuff would of been $4000. And there was a chance he wouldn't make it through. So me my mom and sister and dad (my dads away in California for my uncles wedding) decided to put him down. So it was a hard good by to my dog Sandy.Sorry no pictures.

Topic by Easy Button    |  last reply


Hey I want to get into airsoft, but I'm 16 ands I'm quite certain my dad will think I'm a sissy. any ideas?

Topic by James (pseudo-geek)    |  last reply

im in school and BORED!

Im bored, my dad is going over to his girlfriends so i might make hamburgers for dinner, or china man food.

Topic by Yerboogieman    |  last reply

Milkshake Bars

My dad keeps telling me about these candy bars that used to be made called Milkshake Bars.'ve never had them before, but they are apparently not made anymore.Basically, I was wondering if anyone would know how to make one. If so, could you list it as an instructable so that I might make one for my Dad. I think he'd really love to have one.Thanks.

Topic by boltfox20    |  last reply

I have no clue what this is...

 With a sequence of click-click-click-click-click pause X'3? ( with an initial click-click ), I'm thinking that this electrical dial was for an alarm, then again it may not be as part of a warning/alert system at all.  Given to my dad by his dad who served in the navy in Nam. Here's a link to a video I uploaded to YouTube.;=em thanks!

Topic by Lags witch    |  last reply

Help with AutoCadd Drawing

I’m working on a project for my dad for his 70th birthday that consists of building a puzzle box. The box takes 6 separate moves to open the compartment. I had a company laser cut all the pieces as everything has to fit together like Lego. There is one key to the box and 40 keyholes on the outside, 95 hidden keyholes for a total of 135. Problem is, when the pieces were laser cut, the keyholes ended up being too small. I need to adjust the keyholes and I don’t have access to a CADD program ( I had my dad draft up the original document without him knowing what if was going to be used for). If anyone can help with this it would be greatly appreciated. I will probably make an Instructable of the box once it is complete, after my Dad has figured it out. Cheers.

Topic by 69valentine  

how do i locate a stolen laptop?

Laptop was stolen and had no tracking program that i was aware of. it was a newer dell studio laptop, gift from dad,

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R. PC Repair Twitter account

Visit our business twitter, owned by my dad.

Topic by Yerboogieman    |  last reply

Transmission fluid on my cat

Well our van must have a leak or something, because the fur on one of my cat's backs is all spiky, and my dad says it smells like transmission fluid. He must have walked under where it was leaking. My dad says it's not dangerous as long as it doesn't touch his skin, but we're going so have to get it of somehow. Should we cut some of the hair off his back? Try to wash it off?

Topic by Aeshir    |  last reply

How long does domestic beer keep?

My dad is wondering for a Refridgerated keg, how long domestics would keep.

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