Murphy bed- Help!

I'm currently building a Murphy (folding) bed and am thinking of geeking it out by making it fold up and down at the flick of a switch (or remote). I dont have very much experience with motors and was wondering if anyone could suggest a basic and CHEAP option for an eletric motor of some sort to do this and an easy option of configuring it to hold the bed up when not in use. At the moment the bed will be swinging/moving into the wall by way of floor mounted heavy duty draw mechanisms and will have a wire coming from either side and going to a conter weight by way of pulleys. The other option i considered was hydraulic lifters on either side but i know even less about hydraulics than i do motors! Any help is apreciated and i will post an instuctable of the construction of the bed mechanism once its finished. Cheers, Will

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Looking for Murphy bed frame/mechanism that works w/out a cabinet

Hey all, I'm looking to purchase a Murphy bed frame/mechanism w/out a cabinet. The only one I could find online was by a company in Canada (I'm in NYC) Here is a link to the frame on their site: http://www.spacesolutions.ca/spacesolutionsweblog/?p=171 I already have the mechanism from http://www.wallbed.com/mechanism.html , which I received as a gift, but I think it would only work w/ a cabinet?? Is there any way to use the mechanism I have from wallbed w/out  a cabinet? Any other ideas or where I could find a frame/mechanism that would work w/out a cabinet? Or recommendation one someone in the NYC area who could help, including installation (paid of course)? Thanks

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Murphy style beds mechanism

Hey guys, I need some advice, I want to build a murphy style bed, in short i want the bed to look like so: http://www.resourcefurniture.com/space-savers/queen-space-saving-beds/ito I have build and tested the shelf.leg system, it works pretty well and is weighted out nicely. the concept is going to use pistons to lower the bed for a smoother feel but what my concern is what would be the best way to build the pivot mechanism at low cost but high durability. the bed will have a sofa at the front also but not like the one in the link, my version will be more of a box with cushion and fabrik that i can store items away into. Please use the link below to view a version of my concept for the pivot mechanism: http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/692/pivotsystem.jpg ( i know there are a few misspelt words but it was just a quick mock up for you guys) Any help is welcome - just dont advise me to buy the murphy bed mechanism as its to expensive and i believe i can build the entire bed for the same price :)

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Murphy/Wall Bed Over Couch

I am looking to get or make a forward facing full sized make bed that would flip up over a couch.  I see https://murphybeddepot.com/products/next-bed-free-shipping-to-cont-48-u-s-states, and also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-rwAUR14Z8. I like the idea of a couch, and like the simplicity of flip up/down "next bed" - where there's no frame around the bed. Does anyone know of any plans or where I can make or get a reasonably-priced "flip up bed over couch" like that?

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Tall Murphy bed with shelving unit

We are building a Murphy bed. It's a project that has taken much longer than anticipated - big surprice :) Well it's almost done, just needs some paint inside :) See the whole project here. Let me know what you think :)

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Murphy Bed Challenge - concrete wall?

I am moving into a former jeweler's office loft. Awesome! Not so awesome:  everything was built for MAX security. This means these jewelers installed concrete on walls around their safes.  This includes my new "bedroom" which is on the other side of a 10 foot safe. I am attaching a pic with some notes on it to show you the challenge I am having. Since I wanted to  use a murphy bed, I found this tutorial here: https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Murphy-Bed-Installed-Sideways/ However, I do not have a murphy bed frame with which to do this. My bed weighs about 100-ish lbs and is a queen sized memory foam bed. For the masonry/concrete issue, I am considering mounting the murphy bed to the floor, as shown in the aforementioned tutorial. Here are my concerns:  1) How do I drill into concrete and masonry? What tools are best for this job? 2) Since I don't have a murphy bed frame, how do I properly build one? 3) Can I get shocks or springs going on this thing to make it easier to fold into the wall? 4) How can I get the folding-action just right? This room is SMALL, it only really is going to fit my bed.

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Help me make a murphy bed in my loft!

I am the proud new owner of a work/live loft! Yay! Now I need a place to sleep and stow my bed during the day. I saw the following bed here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-toggling-bed/step7/null/ It's pretty nifty! I want to use this basic idea for my bed, but I need to address several points: Bed needs to suit a memory-foam bed and box-spring. Total weight: Around 175 lbs. Bed needs to be easy to fold against the wall. The plans above use a lightweight screw to accomplish this, and I think I need something more heavy-duty. I plan to build in a couple of sassy extras such as mood-LED-lighting, as well as a booklight into the frame. I've been lurking here on Instructables for... geez... and embarassing number of years at this point, and now that I have a twee amount of cash and my own pad, I can FINALLY break free of my Ikea-days and move on to projects like this. Help me out with your knowledge of things like hinges, supports, and folding things, Instructables community!

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Quote of the Week

Its that time again! please leave a comment this week (last week's=PHAIL) Murphy is a jerk. -logic boy what do you think it means?

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Software to convert ebook format to other formats?

I want to convert bokks into formats that I can save and read on other devices..Murphies Law ...The book that that I want to buy and read is not in the format uded in my unit's format.

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Generators

Home portable generators have a 2 pole  roto with windings on it uses 24Vdc what I want to know is how many windings are used on each pole Does it matter if the windings are 100 each or 50 or what ever For argument sake lets us a Honda 3500watt generator I have been at this for weeks and cannot get a answer Hope some can help  Tim Murphy 

Topic by Tady43 


how much weight?

The length of the bed frame is75" and width is 53" the hinges are long the length edge. the drawing shows the dark lines of how the rope is set up. the mattress is a full size 8" coil spring futon (60lbs) 1.5 sheets of plywood at 1/2"x75"x60" looking to find what i need for counter weight and the math to get the answer. thank you for your time.

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how do you build a twirly bed?

I'm remodeling my house and fell in love with the "twirly bed" concept. i have a limited space, and this contraption seems perfect for my situation. how the eef do i make this without spending upwards of 3000 bucks? i now it's possible, lead the way. and thank you. when you have one too many, you can crash on it. 

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need help with HDDJ Turning an old hard disk drive into a rotary

I'm new to instructables.com and found a very interesting guide.https://www.instructables.com/id/HDDJ_Turning_an_old_hard_disk_drive_into_a_rotary/?ALLSTEPSbut I'm not a electric technican, and don't understand all steps.I understood how to open the HDDJ and i can sold the wires correctly. i know that the motor is used as a dynamo, so that I can measure the energie produced.My first question is why are there 4 soldingpoints? - Are there 4 magnets which produce the energie, and every magnet has a soldingpoint.I got a problem with "amplifying the output" "One of the lines from the HDD is used as a reference, and is connected to the (-) inputs of all the comparators. The other three lines are connected to each of comparators (+) inputs. Not shown in the schematic, but also important, are the power supply pins of the comparators. The negative supply is connected to ground, while the positive supply is connected to Vcc (in our case +5V)."Which wire I have to use as the reference? Maybe why?What is Vcc? an energie source, like a batterie?If I amplified the output which microcontroller I could use, can I use any mikrochip, or do I have to use a special?and how do I install the firmware?Maybe someone could help me with my questions. Maybe someone who is able to speak german so it would be a lot easier for me.regardsMurphys Law

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Elevator or counterweight lift beds

Can anyone reverse engineer and make one of those elevator beds that are made with counter weights? They are becoming popular in Europe.  Ana White made one using garage door but it uses four corners.  The ones in Europe use only one wall or also add the ceiling across for the other end.  I like the one that spaceurc_com has which uses counter weights. BedUp_fr & espace-loggia_com seem a bit more difficult.  I can build a murphy bed, but these are a challenge and I like a challenge but it is too technical for me. Thanks for your help.

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Concerts! Who have you seen live?

I have seen, Bad brains, naked raygun, nekromantix, dead kennedys, the dickies, cannibal corpse, black dahlia murder, lower class brats, brain failure, mustard plug, stiff little fingers, slayer, 7 seconds, reel big fish, against all authority, streetlight manifesto, the germs, the buisness, big d and the kids table, lawrence arms, koffin kats, blue meanies, youth brigade, the effigies, and a bunch of local groups, and upcoming i will be seeing flogging molly, the toasters, dropkick murphys, the english beat, and rx bandits.

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How do I use an Arduino to switch another IC's pin (reset) to ground?

I am trying to turn an IC's reset pin to ground with an Arduino.  It is a 5 LED array that has an IC controlling several flashing modes. I need to reset the IC to change modes and I want to use an Arduino Nano. I have seen an explanation setting an digital pin to input and then making it low and then setting the pin to output but I don't understand the process.  Supposedly it simulates a momentary push button switch using an Arduino. I guess I need a very thorough explanation for someone from the slide rule era. Thanks in advance. Murphy

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What do I do with a still-working old handheld that was taken apart?

I have a retro Tiger Electronic Handheld Baseball game circa.1993-95 like the one somebody else listed here http://cgi.ebay.com/BASEBALL-Tiger-Electronics-Vintage-Retro-Handheld-Game-/300442084519?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash;=item45f3be64a7. While wiping the dust off, I forgot to switch to an alcohol wipe instead of my Murphy's Oil/Water rag and took it apart to dry it out. Now all the pieces in the itty bitty screen won't go back together right. I'm pretty sure the thing still works if I could just reassemble it. Any recommendations on what to do? Or can I just list it as "FREE" on craiglist or a yard sale to anyone that wants to play with it or use it for parts? Sadly, I no longer have the original package or instructions.

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Instructables iOS App Crash on me!

Hi, I started working on an instructables on my instructables on my iPod Touch 4, from Febuary until almost the end of March. My instructable was almost done, just one more step to go. Every step has a lot of photos that was taken with my iPod Touch. Last time I worked on it was when I tried to save the instructable on to my device, and it seem like it did not save to the device properly. I did turn off the iPod and turn it on, since then I was not able to open instructable app. any more. What I ment was I can touch the instructable app., the app. start and loading some stuff, but after a while it crashed! See the attached videos. The first one, after I open up the app. I did not even do anything It crashed. The second one I open up the app. then try to touch the share icon, it then crashed! I don't know what to do right now.  The worse thing was I did not have the backup of the instructables. And I did not save it to my instructables page either!(my bad, I should have done so, I thought it was only one last step left to do and would post it as soon as it done! I guess Murphy's Law just hit me!) I thought about delete the app on my iPod, then download and install a new one from app store. But I afraid that I would lose my instructable that I was working on on the iPod! May be I already did! Or if I have to wait until the new update is available, to see if it works and be able to access to my instructable?????

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Octopus in a box

On March 5th at the New England Aquarium octopus exhibit, a 7-foot long giant Pacific octopus climbed inside of a 15 inch-inch-wide box. The box was part of a set of acrylic puzzles that the aquarium uses to challenge the octopi during feeding time to keep them stimulated. Normally, the octopus opens the boxes sequentially to solve the puzzle and get its dinner. Last week however, the octopus found a crack in the largest box and rather than opening it, decided that it would crawl right inside.Aquarist Bill Murphy elaborates...What are the boxes made out of?The boxes are made of acrylic and were created by one of our long time volunteers in the fishes department.How many boxes are there?There are 3 different size boxes with different locks that are puzzles for the octopus to open.How do they work?I place one or two live crabs inside the box and the octopus has to learn how to open the box to get the food. I start the octopus off with the small box and once he has mastered the lock I switch to another box and once he has mastered each individual box I put a box inside a box to keep him active and challenged.What happened today?The largest box was actually broken by another octopus here at the aquarium three years ago so today the octopus decided to go through that broken opening instead of unlocking the large outside box to get to smaller box inside with the live crabs. This is the first time it has been witnessed here at the aquarium because they don't always open the box immediately and will wait till the night when they are more active to hunt for food. It's been a very fun occasion for visitors and staff!If octopi could live longer on land, we'd be their slaves for sure.Via New England Aquarium

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Ouch, bad week for me.

This week pretty much sucks so far. To fill everybody in, I bought myself a nice little gift for my birthday, a 100 inch projector TV. I'm still working on the setup, even though my birthday was in July. Things take time, unfortunately. I was planning on hooking up my desktop PC to the projector, to show pictures and whatnot, it'll be my DVD player too. I have an ATI remote wonder that'll work perfect for it. I already have it integrated into the surround sound, so all I had to do is get a 25 foot VGA cable to run from the PC to the projector. Or so I thought, until it came across my mind that I wouldn't be able to use my desktops monitor. I thought I would just make a solid state switch, but unfortunately, a VGA cable has 15 pins - I don't think they make a dual throw 15 pole switch. So the backup plan was to get a second video card, to use in conjunction with the onboard graphics to do dual monitors. I can make a simple app, and use one of the programmable buttons on the remote to switch which is the primary display. So I went shopping, and I asked a friend what he thought of this one I wanted to buy. How convenient, that he just happened to get a new one, and he would sell me his old one, which just happened to be PCIE x16, for $50.. which is less than what I was looking at, and triple the quality. I buy it, and wait 2 days from it to go from San Fransisco to my house, in central MA. I install it, it works! Yay! I install the drivers, go out for a little bit, come back... dead computer. The thing was a goner, the PS blew, and took the motherboard with it. So I called up compaq... 20 days out of warantee. Great! At that point, I thought it was just the PS. It's 300 watts, running 2 hard drives, 2 CD drives, a 3.3ghz Celeron, and an ATI x1600 graphics card. So I go shopping, pick up a 500 watt one. Come home and install it... same shit. So I knew the motherboard was blown. I look it up, a new motherboard is $200. That's how much I paid for the damn computer! So it's ebay time, I find and win the same model for $250. So yeah, so far, the cost of this week is $350. $100 from the PS. So I put the computer back together, put it on the desk. I wake up the next morning to guess what? Look at the first picture. That's right, the glass desk shattered. The desktop was on the other side, thank god, but guess what got screwed up in that nice, conveniently timed breakage? - The new PS (I exchanged it, but I had to drive an hour to Circuit City) - One hard drive, 2 weeks old. - $90 - Old school soldering iron - costed me $80 back in the day. - A whole stack of DVD-RWs - $30 - A stock of CD-Rs - $15 - A pressure gauge from my Pneumatic cannon instructable - $10 - A bunch of misc electronic parts - $20 - My damn desk! - $120 So far, $715 total. Murphy's law in action right there.

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