splash pad??

I want to build a simple, yet fun outdoor water SOMETHING in my backyard for my 11 and 8 year olds. I do not want the cost, upkeep, or permanancy (?) of a pool, and I want it to be something they can enjoy for a while. I ran across a brick splash pad and would like to do that or something similar in our dirt yard. Does anyone know how to do something like this? Any photos? It would be great to be able to turn on just a few sprayers at a time, or choose to have them all. I would think a way to catch and recycle the water (but drain ince in a while). I looked for a post I thought I had seen here before, but nothing turned up. Thank you!

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Computers

My PC's splash screen shows the shop name from where I bought my PC. How can i Remove this? I attached screen shot to make it easy to understand my question. Please Help…

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Computers

My PC's splash screen shows the shop name from where I bought my PC. How can i Remove this? I attached screenshot to make it easy to understand my question. Please Help… https://cdn.instructables.com/FTC/D7UN/JB2S57AM/FTCD7UNJB2S57AM.LARGE.jpg

Topic by Shezi007   |  last reply


Professor Splash Pool Dive

Watch and prepare your self...

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how do i make a color splash photo?

I just need help on how to do my pictures with color splash

Question by tourt-tourt   |  last reply


Dog bowl stand.

When my dog drinks water it splashes on the floor. I thought if I raise the bowl up on a stand it won't splash so much. I needed help building a stand. A DIY..

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how to make Water Dancing to music

How to make Water Dancing to music like here: /watch?v=V__gXW8lSAw?

Question by itge13   |  last reply


Can mirror tiles be painted?

I would like to paint the mirror back splash in the kitchen of the flat I'm renting. Is there a way to make it look good and not cheesy? Thanks!!!!!

Question by Half Pint TX   |  last reply


floating key chain?

Hi i need help making a self inflating key chain that uses a balloon or something to carry keys to the surface of the water, it needs to inflate when fully submerged but can handle some minor splashes. something similar to this:      www.water-buoy.com

Question by rocketman217   |  last reply


Pass PVC through a plastic lid without leaking

I'm trying to pass a PVC pipe through a plastic lid into a plastic box without leaking water from the pipe or the box. The water in the pipe will be pressurized, while the water in the box will be splashed. A small leak isn't a big deal. Unfortunately, this is also a bit of a stress point, though not terribly. See the picture and the diagram below (which is actually not quite right; the pipe on the top won't be that long; it will turn 90 degrees just above the plastic lid. Any suggestions on how to keep it from leaking? Perhaps make the T under the lid flush with the lid and the same for the elbow joint above it, and then make the hole as small as possible? That wouldn't keep all water out though, but it may work for splashes. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

Topic by Nateowami   |  last reply


A surge in Cardboard I'bles?

Am I missing some sort of trend? What's with all the cardboard costumes? Has anyone else noticed them popping up every few hours? I think some could do with ... you know a splash of paint ... but well I was wondering... What's the trend? Am I missing something? Cheerio Biggsy

Topic by Biggsy   |  last reply


potato cannon airsoft mortar ammo?

I recently built a pneumatic potato cannon, and i would like to use it in airsoft as a mortar of sorts. anyone have any ideas of something i could shoot that would cause splash damage when it hits the ground? cause i dont wanna have to hit someone directly, or hurt them......

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Colored Rice Crafts

Add a splash of colorful to any room. These colorful rice creations were originally made as Easter egg decorations.  I don't see why this technique couldn't be used to make other fun decorations as well!!  A colorful rice alphabet would look nice on a child's wall. Find more cool sewing and craft tutorials on dana-made-it.

Topic by Carleyy 


would electrical conduit be good to use to make your own custom marker barrel?

I want to make a longer barrel for my marker, and I was thinking that I COULD USE ELECTRICAL CONDUIT. (ASSUMING THAT i could find it in the right size, thread one end, and screw it on...think it might work? or would I have to go with something else?

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Removing water spots from velvet?

Last time I wore my favorite purple velvet skirt out dancing, it rained!  The skirt now has a bunch of water spots:  both from direct raindrop hits, and from splash-up from a nice long hike through said rain.  The spots stayed through drycleaning. How can I get them out?

Question by canida   |  last reply


Naming a mixed drink?

Aight, so I've come up with a cheerwine mixer, that (as far as I've seen) hasn't been made and named before, so I'm looking for awesome name suggestions, thanks!   Cheerwine (12 oz glass bottle preferably)    Approx 1 Tblsp Lime Juice (fresh is best, but more spensive/difficult)    Splash of lemon   Approx 1 shot Cherry Moonshine (More or less according to taste)  Any Ideas?  

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Water dancing in a Speaker

At 6 volts,* the speaker cone filled with water produces standing waves. at 10 v,  maxing out the speaker, water droplets splash up.  i coated the paper cone of 1 speaker with liquid electrical tape to waterproof it.   an identical speaker went unmodified.  water doesnt seem to harm the paper cone. both speakers work with water. when directed down into a bucket of water,  sound stirs the water. * chopped dc voltage from an ordinary ac to dc transformer

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Waterproofing RC servo connections?

Hi everyone. I have used epoxy to waterproof my RC receivers. I have thought that there is no need to waterproof the connections because it is only 6V and not enough to corrode the connectors. I still want to be able to swap my receivers between models. I have splashed through puddles before but not completely submersed it in water. So is there any reason that I should be waterproofing these connectors? Or is the voltage not enough to cause any problems? Thanks, David.

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Machine that can shape water

The National Maritime Research Institute of Japan has a machine that can create shapes in the water such as hearts and stars. That's just the small one. The larger machine can make much bigger collisions between waves. There's some research around safety here to merit such a large setup, but I'm just happy with the splashes and the over-the-top reactions of the reporters. Always fun to see them shout "sugoi!" and "waaaaaaa!" over and over. via Neatorama research institute Uploaded by hatoyamafandom. - More video blogs and vloggers.

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Watch water resistance? Answered

I recently got a new watch for my 18th birthday. On the back of it, it said "5 ATM". I looked it up, and supposedly it should be water resistant to 50 meters or 165 feet. However, all places I went to online said to only have it around sinks, "slight splashes", shallow water, and to not use it for snorkeling. I live near the ocean and would most likely use it for that; not for any real diving though. Shouldn't a 50 meter tested watch be able to handle a few feet of water, or is it because it's saltwater that it would not be able to?

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Help with wooden bathroom sink cabinet top surface

Hi, I have just relocated to Switzerland and live in a rented accommodation. The master bathroom has double sink wooden cabinets. Unfortunately, the top surface of the cabinets is not covered by glass, marble, or quartz. The sinks sit on the surface (solid wood). No matter how careful someone might be while hand washing etc., you can't get away without splashing. Major stress if you think that you might need to pay for replacement of the cabinets at the end of tenancy.How could I protect the area? Many thanks PS. (link) Master Bathroom sink top pictures

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Anybody know the Melting point of K'nex?

This probably looks like a really strange thing to ask, but I need to know what kind of temperature K'nex can endure before it softens and/or looses shape.  I am building something which will need to be able to withstand hot water/steam splashing onto it (but not  submerged in it), as well as being near a considerable heat source.    I've look for what they are made of, but nothing has come up, though I presume they are made of a mix of low-to-mid-temperature polymers with a  high toughness.  Don't get any mad ideas!!! Image is from Bartboy's candle rocker. 

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Water pump for filling balloon

Hi, Everyone. I am building a carnival game, and I need to know what kind of pump I need to pump water from a 5 gallon bucket into a balloon that is about 4 feet above the bottom of the bucket. The object of the game is to squirt water into a hole that has a pipe connected to it going into the bucket. The water than will get pumped up out of the bucket into a baloon that will end up popping from being overfilled, splashing water everywhere. I was thinking that some kind of submersible pump like this- along with a float switch to turn the pump on when some water goes in it, but I was not sure if this pump would have enough pressure to fill and pop a baloon. Thanks.

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Question about phone disassembly

Does anyone know or can anyone help me take apart my Samsung SGH-D806. I've gotten all 4 of the screws out of the back and the two out by the camera part, but I dont know how to get it apart and I dont want to break it. I was out in the boat and a little bit of water splashed on it and it kinda went haywire and I finally got it to cut back on but the keyboard wont work. Im hoping that if I can get it apart and clean the contacts on the keyboard it might work again. Otherwise I dont have insurance on the phone and have only owned it for 24 hours so that'd be $200 down the drain if I cant fix it. Any ideas?

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hey guys i m particpatin in a solar boat race competeion nn desprately need ur help. heres d link for competion rules

Heres d link for competion rules :   http://redirectingat.com/?id=487X782&url;=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techfest.org%2Fcompetitions%2Ftorque%2Fsolarsplash%2F i dnt hv n e practical experience with solar engines. i bought my self a 4700 micro farad cap and trying to build with it. can any one tell me how can i increase the tripping voltage for ic 1381 .. i have 1381 c   and its trpping voltage is very low 2 volts .. how can super capacitor help me ?

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Can I use masonry paint on a car ? Answered

Hello, I want to rat my car up with army drab paint. It's on a budget. I found the perfect flat matt colour but it's a masonry paint. I have read about these paints; they are flexible; they are breathable but don't let water under the surface.; they are long lasting. So, if I key the car first and clean it; it would seem logical, on some level ,  that masonry would be suitable. I tried to research this but the entries are about mainly people trying to get splashed masonry paint off their cars; so to that degree it seems to adhere well. While this will be a rat car; I do actually want it to stay on; the finish is less important. Any thoughts ? Thanks

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What is the best way to tile on a wood surface?

I have an older home with a built in wood linen cabinet in the hallway.  It has 2 doors on top and 2 doors on bottom for linens but the middle section is open.  Usually used to just set decorations on it.  It is painted white which continues to get scraped up.  It needs to have something done and I thought tile is the best.  I will only be putting decorations on it.  It is wood on all four sides with a small lip extending about an inch on the front of it.  Seems like I could tile it on all four sides much like a back-splash on a kitchen counter.  How could I do this so it looks great?  This will be my first tile job.

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Opinions please: EMS "Meggy Jr"

OK, I keep saying I ought to learn to solder properly. I ought to learn to programme chips. I ought...Well, you get the idea.So, I was browsing Evil Mad Scientist, and I came across Meggy Jr. It's a kit, you solder it, you can programme it. Ticks all the boxes, no?But, all I have to go on are EMS' own comments - looking for reviews, all I find are reports of its existence, plus silly comments from people who haven't used it. I haven't found any video of it being played, and I can't tell if it makes any sounds.Has anybody used it? Is it any good? Is it worth splashing out $130+? (This isn't an immediate purchase - probably in the New Year.)

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My camera works only when hot, why?

Introduction; I live at Thailand, and Thais have holiday named Songkran where other people splash water on each other, so i took my camera out to shot some photos of the festival, and someone accidentally splashed water over me and my camera! So i took the battery out immediately and when arrived home disassembled my cam, it was full of water! So i dried some of the water with toilet paper and used a hairdryer on first lvl heat to dry it more out, after that placed the camera in the container with silica gel for 10 days! After 10-12 days i assembled camera and it worked, i was very happy.  Problem: Now after like 6 months my camera stopped working, and i found out that when i leave it near heat source (my laptop hot spot on top of the processor, sunny place, or even on very hot day) it starts to work again. First the display acting weird and messy, than it becomes green, and i leave it for 3-4 min like that. so it heats a little bit more.and after that camera works normally! but if i leave it to cool down it stops again! My Guess: I think i made a big mistake using hairdryer at all, and while in that process some of the connections could widened and made cold contact! I assume problem is somewhere on the main or power board since when i put the battery inside camera power control light doesn't respond at all. Question: Anyone can help me with some tip where the problem could be, or the possible solution? The Nikon shop does not want to repair water damaged camera and even if so, it is very expensive that i could buy new camera! Feel free to aks anyadditional questions! Thank you

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Firefox 12 login loop

I am running Firefox 12.0.  I click the link from your emails, and it takes me to the instructable page.  Issue one: firefox never remembers my username.  Issue 2:  When I click login at the top right of page, enter my info, and click login, it never logs me in!  I only see the Signup, Login and Facebook on the top right of the page.  I can't access my account, and I'm not able to Favorite any articles.  I couldn't even login to post this bug!  I would go to the bug section, click new topic, sign in, click new topic again, and I'm brought back to the login screen.  I'm also not sure if its supposed to have it or not, but the popup/splash screen to login has no "Keep me singed in" check box.  Everything works fine in IE 7 though.

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Author Spotlight Interviews: Nominate an author!

We recently began a new round of author spotlight interviews. For the first interview, we chose to reach out and chat with Nikus, who recently won the grand prize in this year's Epilog Contest. You can check out our interview here: Author Spotlight: NikusThese interviews are a great way to learn a little more about individual contributing authors here on Instructables, and see what makes them tick! Is there someone who is an active author that you'd be interested in learning more about? Now's your chance to nominate a fellow author. There are no set requirements to be eligible to be nominated. But generally, we're looking for authors who've shared a good handful of high-quality projects, which made a notable splash within the Instructables community.And yes, if you're feeling bold, you may certainly nominate yourself! : )

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What should the wires connect to if i took an RC Jet ski servo motor out of it ?

I recently took apart a RC Jet Ski. Within the Jet ski there was a servo for the rudder, a impeller to take out water that had been splashed in side and a motor with loads of wire leading to it, to drive a propeller (Jet ski's don't have propellers but this one does. I Need to know what wire leading up to the RC servo motor do (green and brown). If I were to take the wires and use them on something else whhat shall I controll them with? My first thoughts were that sending an electrical current though the postive, would make it turn one way, and by the RC control, electrical currents could be past though postive and negative to make it turn left and right. I know what all of the other wires do. Thanks Oscar 

Question by oscarthompson 


Best Slow Cooker Recipes

I know we all got 'em but what's your favorite slow cooker recipe? I'll show you mine if you show me yours ;) 1 4-5 pound Pork Butt Roast 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt 1 tablespoon garlic salt 1 tablespoon pepper 4 tablespoons liquid smoke 1 large sweet onion, sliced into rings 1 cup water Mix the dry seasonings together in a bowl. Rinse the roast off and then hit with the liquid smoke, rubbing in where crevices are. Sprinkle on the dry seasoning and rub into meat. Pour the 1 cup of water into crock pot and then place the meat in being carful not splash water every where. Cover in your cut onion, place the lid on, set the heat to low, and allow to cook for 7-9 hours. When you pull it out, just shred it up with a couple forks and serve on buns with some (homemade) barbecue sauce.

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Powering an Android Tablet without a battery?

So I bought my sister this Visual Land tablet about 2 years ago. Eventually both the mini usb and charging port broke off from the logic board as expected from a cheap product. So I have this nice idea of using the tablet as a car nav/entertainment system. simply get rid of the battery and push 5v via a standard cigarette light usb adapter or make one with some 5v regulators and done. I tried resoldering the charge port. I get 5.23v on random points on the board but I get 0v at the battery with the charging port connected. I pulled the battery and tested the terminals on the board with the charging port connected no battery, 0v at the board and the battery alone is also 0v most likely dead and trash as it sat for 1.5 years in a shoebox untouched. So I pulled out my homebuilt psu power supply and hooked up the variable output to the battery terminal on the logic board. When pushing 3.7v~ I can get the first splash screen to show up but the tablet shuts off right after. When pushing 3.8v any thing higher the first two splash screens show and android starts to boot but the tablet powers off soon after.. So i decided to risk it and pushed 5v directly to the board. It started up fine and booted into android normally except for the low battery issue and some heat coming from the processor. Maybe a heatsink and rigged laptop fan into the casing could fix that? It shut off normally as if it had a dead battery. How much voltage doeas a generic android board need? Current?Does the board take 3.7v but since theres no battery it wont boot? How could I fake a fully charged battery? Or could I possibly flash a custom rom? Do you guys need more info? I could provide more pics Note that the battery is a 3.7v 3500mah li-ion battery with only a positive and negative hookups. Also i took some tape and covering off the battery to see if it possibly had its own controller board. It did have a small  pcb board but it seems that its only "a transfer" board, it takes the power from this cloth like cable and passes it into the wire thru the pcb. Should I try to hookup 5v straight to the battery to test it out? Battery has 0v so it might be useless.

Question by mcarrascoza   |  last reply


How can i make my turtle tanks filter quiet??

Here is the deal, I've got what basically amounts to an indoor fish pond about 2 and a half feet away from my bed. It's got a filter made from a rubbermaid tub that sits on a shelf next to it, water is pumped up from the tank, into the filter, then out the top where it pours down a pair of PVC tubes back into the water, about 3 feet below it. My problem is that when the water splashing in the bottom of the pipes sounds just like someone is peeing, beside my head, all night, every night. it;s a bit of a nuisance. My first thought would be to shorted the distance between the filter and the water level, but i cant fill the tub to the capacity it was meant for(300 gal) without it falling through the floor, and i don't want to have to explain why i dropped 300 gallons of water and turtles on my neighbors bedroom to them or the management. My second thought was to build a stand in the tank for the filter and lower the filter, but there isn't enough room in the tank for that. So, throughts, ideas, anyone?

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An hour and a half gone.

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

Topic by awilliamwright   |  last reply


fire sleeve?

Fire sleeve is a common term for a Silicone coated fiberglass sleeve, generally used in industrial or aerospace applications. Fiberglass acts as an insulator or barrier for constant temperatures up to 540ºC. Silicone is generally able to withstand temperatures up to about 260C degrees continuous. Silicone, however, has the added benefit of being able to withstand and repel much higher temperatures for short durations, including liquid molten metals. Fire sleeve is used as a protective sleeve on industrial hoses, hydraulic hoses, cables, wires, etc. Fire sleeve generally refers to two variations: An aerospace version is made with a braided fiberglass substrate and is commonly used in the aerospace industry. Its construction enables qualified hose assemblies to meet the SAE standards which have been established relative to the protection which this product provides. An industrial version, constructed of a knitted fiberglass substrate is also available. Because it is less expensive it is more commonly used in hot industrial applications where this type of protection is needed. The industrial version will not meet the SAE standards. Fiberglass sleeve—without the Silicone rubber coating—has a higher continuous temperature rating, up to 1000ºF or 540ºC and is available as a knitted or braided sleeve for protection of hoses and cables where molten splash protection or weld splatter protection is not required. Fire sleeve is used for industry, aerospace, automotive, mining.

Question by bstflex 


FRD in not running any more because of java what i have to do?!

Dear, sir Thank you very much for your supporting site. It's useful and convenient. But I've got problem with running Free Rapid downloader. Everything was fine, but once I exit from FRD. I've tried to restart it, but FRD didn't start anymore. When I run it, I can see the splash screen, then nothing happens. It is problem with java app.log: Mar 9, 2009 7:17:02 AM org.jdesktop.application.Application$1 run SEVERE: Application class cz.vity.freerapid.core.MainApp failed to launch java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Non-positive period. at java.util.Timer.scheduleAtFixedRate(Unknown Source) at cz.vity.freerapid.gui.managers.UpdateManager.initUpdateTimer(Unknown Source) at cz.vity.freerapid.gui.managers.UpdateManager.(Unknown Source) at cz.vity.freerapid.gui.managers.ManagerDirector.initComponents(Unknown Source) at cz.vity.freerapid.core.MainApp.startup(Unknown Source) at org.jdesktop.application.Application$1.run(Application.java:174) at java.awt.event.InvocationEvent.dispatch(Unknown Source) at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(Unknown Source) at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForFilters(Unknown Source) at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForFilter(Unknown Source) at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(Unknown Source) at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(Unknown Source) at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(Unknown Source) at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.run(Unknown Source) pls. if you can guide me to solve this problem kindly not I have no knowledge about java so if you will guide me step by step will be great favor from you I am using trend micro office scan antivirus

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Firesleeve(Silicone Coated Fibreglass Sleeve)http://www.hsinsulation.com?

Firesleeve(Silicone Coated Fibreglass Sleeve) 1)Silicone rubber coated fiberglass sleeve(sleeving) - Protects hoses, cables and wires. from molten metal splash, high heat hazards and occasional exposure to flame, in steel plants, glass plants, foundries, cutting and welding shops and wherever hoses, cables and wires may be exposed to high heat or occasional flame. Fireproof sleeve also may be used to insulate your race cars plumbing system. 2)Continuous protection to 500F, short term exposure thru 2200F Extremely flexible and conformable through out entire size range at temperatures -65F thru 500F. 3)Impede heat radiation of flame 4)Protect operator from burning by hot pipe 5)Impede heat lost and favor to saving energy 6)Moisture-proof, water-proof, resistance to oil and pollution 7)Color: red and blue mainly. 8)Bore diameter(mm):15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55,60,65,70,75,80,90,100,110,120,130;(Sizes from 1/4" I.D. to 6" I.D.) Yancheng Hengsheng Insulation Co.,Ltd Web: http://www.hsinsulation.com Email: hsinsulation@hotmail.com Tel :+86-139-61986280 Fax : +86-515-88430696

Question by firesleeve 


Computer freezes when bottom is impacted.

(I want answers, not OMG YOU'VE BEEN DEAD) When ever my Acer Aspire one d250 netbook's bottom is impacted, or dropped on my bed, it freezes. The only way to restore it is to manually restart, then it usually freezes after the splash screen. Occasionally, it will just freeze. I've tried checking the temperature of the cpu, but it comes up as normal, 110 degrees Fahrenheit. I want to crack it open and check out if anything is loose, which would make perfect sense, but I want to do a system backup first, and I'm afraid it'll freeze during that. If anyone could provide links to instructions on how to open such a computer, or a solution to the problem overall. Also, I checked my ram already, and did a full scan with avast and AVG10. -NYPA UPDATE I believe the problem to be that the hard drive is failing. As of now, my computer will randomly lock up, particularly during intensive HDD usage. When i drop my laptop, it'll lock up because the hard drive shakes and gets unbalanced, causing it to scratch. My computer will lock up randomly because it'll hit some of those scratches. This is all my reasoning. I'm not sure if it is right, but it seems to be. I'm going to do a backup and restore, just to make sure it is a hardware issue, and if it is, I'll get it checked out. Thanks for the support.  UPDATE I took it in and the problem proved to be a tiny crack in the motherboard. Lucky for me, however, my family just received a brand new desktop! WOOHOO!

Question by NYPA   |  last reply


Serial terminal emulation help, please? (again...) Answered

Before you read below, read this: https://www.instructables.com/answers/Updating-1980s-X-Terminals/ I've finally gotten around to setting up PuTTY to work with the serial line. Communication is fine, I'm pretty sure I have the baud rate and everything set up correctly, but I still have one problem. The POS program has a login phase, which works perfectly. However, right after the program itself starts and finishes spitting out its splash screen, copyright information, etc., problems start emerging. Putty doesn't seem to be rendering formatting correctly, or maybe not at all. Whenever text needs to be highlighted, or there need to be shape characters like ┌, or ┤, all I see in the window is garble like this: ae&ae;&ae;&ae;&. Also, no line breaks are given. How should I fix this? Should I change a specific setting in PuTTY? Should I be using a different program? ***More information about the original terminal, more specific examples and screen-shots will supplied shortly.*** Kind-of update: Wait, what? So apparently, those two characters above give the same garble on html as on the terminal. They are supposed to be ASCII characters 218 and 195. Note that these are part of the extended ASCII codes (I just realized that). Does PuTTY have an option support ASCII characters 128 to 255? In the character encoding pane of PuTTY setup, I've tried every encoding available. Do I need to type in a name of an encoding manually?

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Ways to customize your laptop

Asus, a sponsor of Instructables, has put together WePC where they are asking for input on their next generation laptops. As part of their sponsorship, they've asked my opinion on various aspects of laptops. Most recently Ways to customize your laptop? I just had a call with some of the people at Asus this morning, and they are actively finalizing the list of features for the community-designed laptop. So, if you still have a suggestion, head over to WePC and submit! I've written before about how I think customization makes a laptop attractive, and how my favorite way to customize laptops is with a laser etcher. However, I realize not everyone yet has access to a laser. So, what are some other non-traditional (i.e. stickers) ways to customize your laptop?Whiteboard material -- you could use it as a giant, oversized to-do list! Make sure to include a snapping plastic cover to protect your notes from being rubbed off.Neon message board laptop -- a neon message board is a erasable luminescent whiteboard-like surface that is illuminated from the edge; they are often seen is restaurants showing specials. Use the laptop's backlight for the illumination, and broadcast your message or design with fluorescent markers.Magnetic surface -- magnetic laptop poetry.Corkboard -- Remember to always use the flush thumb-tacks!Chalkboard -- perhaps a little dusty, but you could probably end meetings early by "accidentally" running your fingernails across it.The cool thing about all of these materials (perhaps excluding the corkboard) is that they could easily fit into the minimalist, clean-lined laptops that have become the norm. But, they allow you to really be expressive when you need a splash of something unique to break you out of a funk -- or just a note to pick up milk.

Topic by ewilhelm   |  last reply


NEW HGTV series in development is casting in your community!

We are looking for homeowners with an eccentric, unconventional approach to home repairs. Do you know someone who is more MacGyver than Mike Holmes? This person’s go to tool for home repair is more likely to be a roll of duct tape rather than a screw driver. Maybe they’ve used roofing shingles to tile the foyer? Not such a bad idea, considering those shingle have a 25 year guarantee! And why return your empties for a refund, when an old can converts into a new shower head? Now that’s worth more than five cents! We are interested in hearing more about these “unique” approaches to home repairs.  Who says you can’t use old crutches to hold up basement stairs. Your leg healed, so why not put those crutches to good use. Or install used linoleum on the kitchen walls for a back splash. Why waste good flooring!  Or use that trusty duct tape in place of caulking around the bathtub. By participating in this fun new series, our expert host will fix the creative handy work and renovate that part of the house for FREE. Who knows, maybe the not-so-handy person in your life will even learn a few things!  We are casting throughout Ontario and would love to come to your community. Contact us today with your un-handy homeowner nomination! To apply, send an email to casting@mountainroad.ca that includes: 1. The story behind the questionable home improvements 2. Photos of each of the eccentric repairs 3. A photo of you and a photo of the not-so-handy person you are nominating   4. Your contact information

Topic by mountainroad1 


Electronic coin dispenser

I'm trying to build an electrically controlled coin dispenser (all the coins will be the same type). I have a metal tube -just the right diameter for the coins - mounted vertically, with a piece of wood horizontally at the bottom. There is a gap between them of approx 1mm, just enough for a single coin to be visible. I've been experimenting with using a solenoid to swipe a coin from the bottom. Rather like the image here: https://www.instructables.com/answers/Petty-Coin-Bank-Design-Coin-Dispenser-What-shou/ Solenoids aren't cheap, and I was aware that the weight of the pile of coins (I'd like to be able to hold around 100) would mean it needed to be fairly powerful. In the end I bought some cheapo solenoids from ebay (around $7 each). They are rated 2A and have a hold force of 20N - this seemed a lot more powerful than I could find elsewhere for even 10 times the price. Given how cheap they are, I could even use two in parallel if I still need more power. I'm using coins with a 20mm diameter, but after the solenoids arrived I realised they only had a 10mm stroke - obviously not enough to fully push the coin away. I've tried using the solenoid to pull a lever, but this doesn't seem to work very well. Previously I'd also tried a stepper motor linked up to a disk with a coin-sized hold cut on it, rather like this: https://cdn.instructables.com/F49/GK0I/H703O9VD/F49GK0IH703O9VD.RECTANGLE1.jpg That worked pretty well but was very slow - it would take 3 or 4 seconds to dispense each coin. So, I'm looking for a bit of advice. Would I be better off splashing out on a more expensive solenoid with a 20mm+ stroke? Am I approaching it the wrong way?

Topic by psmith37   |  last reply


Steam generator for a home-made steam room

I love steam rooms. i want to build one out behind our house in the country in thailand. but it has to be low-tech. i'm thinking i'll make a square wall out of cinderblocks, about 4 feet high. then my shower will stick up from that .we don't have running water. we get water pumped from the well into big jars and use a bowl to splash water on ourselves to wash. but i put a submersible pump in the bottom of the jar, rigged up some PVC pipe and i have a shower of sorts. so if i build a 4 foot high square wall, with a doorway, i can pull a thick piece of foam over the top to cover the top, hang a rubber curtain across the doorway opening, and have an enclosed, outdoor room that i can steam up and sweat the gunk out, then stand up, flip off the insulating cover and shower right there. the steam room will go right behind me and the jars in the shower picture- where you can see a little bit of grass growing. but how do i make a steam generator? commercial ones cost way more dollars (baht) than i need to spend. i can use propane from a tank for fire, or wood, or charcoal. the well water is very hard water with a lot of dissolved minerals in it so my steam generator can't be something that will get clogged up with mineral deposits. anybody got any ideas? the steam generator needs to be cheap, home-build-able with local materials, and safe... don't want anything that can blowup, catch fire, or asphyxiate the users.

Topic by Thaikarl   |  last reply


Toilets - Or better: How do you use one?

Ok, although we might not want to admit it but everyone of us sooner or later has some bodily functions that we take care of in private. For most of us the main difference between toilets, apart from the looks, would be wether it has a flat bowl or just water where everything drops in. The first type is mostly common in Europe while the "let it splash" type is used everywhere else - except of the Asian region. Check the attached pics for reference please. Which brings me to point of how to use a toilet... For a nice number two the western world prefers to sit down, some might even grab the newspaper but that's another story LOL In Asia however this concept is totally unknown and considered to be filthy and dirty. Here the prefered method to get rid of a number two is to squat - basically just a hole in the ground or a channel filled with water. For all those still struggling with the concept have a look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7KBbjtan9Q I don't want to go into all details but if are living in a area with a great percentage of Asians you will often find public toilets and those in restrooms of your favourite restaurant in an usunsable condition. After all it is not easy to stand on a toilet seat (seems to be hard to fold it up) and let the number two find the right spot on the way down. So apart from cultural differences I do wonder about this: If western toilets are considered to be filthy and dirty compared to squat toilets, how do you consider them with footprints and the rest colored in a stinky brown? Could someone make me a nice, non-offensive comic like picture that explains the use of western toilets and that standing on the seat is definately not the right way? Would like to use it at my workplace (boss is fine with it as long as it is not offensive in any way).

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply


K'Nex Guns Need To Move On!

Alright, someone needs to say this so i will. Knex guns are stuck in this sort of, generic handguns, average assault rifles, shotguns with nothing new. We all need to rack our brains and come up with some concepts, then post them. So we can all have a crack at a what would be considered "HARD" concept. We need to be trying new ideas. We're stuck in a dark age of nothing new (only rarely something good might come out) we need to step forward . Basically, I'd much rather see some pics of a failed concept and what you were trying to acheive than, "Removable Mag Handgun" or "M8AR (MegaMetal8's Assault Rifle)" which is just a generic removable mag gun. I Say one of us with quite alot of subs needs to make a ible/forum where EVERYONE has access and can post concepts. Its just getting boring with all this, so for more fun and ideas. Together, LETS DO THIS! Thankyou for reading and together we can make this happen. -MM8

Topic by MegaMetal8   |  last reply


Handmade for the Holidays

The winter holidays are upon us!  I can't seem to go anywhere without being accosted in several senses at once with a frantic plea to "BUY, BUY, BUY!"  Advertisements for various sales splash across my field of view, blaring pop versions of holiday songs reverberate against my eardrums, and obnoxious clouds of synthetic fragrances waft, uninvited, into my sinuses.  Maybe I'm an idealist, or maybe I'm just a curmudgeon... but I don't understand how a season of giving meshes with a season of commercial overconsumption. If I thought hard about it, perhaps my aunt Ida really wouldn't be thrilled with the box of assorted oversalted meats, plastic vials of suspiciously labeled "seasonings", and cheap imported mugs with images of football playing reindeer.  But if the tacky mug set is the only piece of kitsch in an entire department store that fits in my budget, how much choice do I have? Lots, it turns out.  Handmade gifts have become increasingly popular in recent years, and it's easy to see why.  They're individualized and unique, they tend to use fewer resources and produce far less pollution since they're not made in a factory, they can be created with attention to detail and quality, and can cost little more than time and thought.  In this economy, most of us have limited funds.  Even if you're fabulously wealthy, a thoughtful handmade gift from you can mean more than a pricey basket that took no more though than whipping out a credit card. If you're browsing Instructables, you probably already enjoy learning about other people's ideas and sharing your own.  Whether you're a long term author or haven't yet posted your own Instructable, now is the perfect time to show us something you can make!  Have you reclaimed wool from a thrift store sweater to make a set of mittens for your mom?  Have you made a small batch of scented homemade play dough, or perhaps melted old bits of crayons into chunky, swirly new ones for a child in your life?  Are you brainstorming a plywood and acrylic laser cut clock for a loved one?  Whatever it is that you've made as a gift, we'd love to see it!  If you haven't yet... there's still time to get started.  This year, we have some fabulous incentives (as if you needed more reasons to make something for someone else).  Win yourself or a loved one a new computer, iPad or camera to document future Instructables! We'll be posting the Holiday Gifts Contest page soon, so be sure to keep an eye out.   In the meantime, be sure to check out the Reuse and Sew Warm contests already running.  There's still time to enter, and while you're there, be sure to vote for your favorites! 

Topic by scoochmaroo   |  last reply


Only read this if you are a kind person. Thank you.

Thank you for taking time to read this post. I realize it is rather long. If you are not a patient person, you may wish to simply skip reading this.I live in Washington DC and am looking to purchase something very specific, preferably from a reputable online retailer. I am a simple person, without any formal education. I know nothing about electronics or engineering. I hope you can be patient with those facts. I have no tools, no skills, no money, no knowledge.I'm searching for something that has been surprisingly difficult to find. Please, if you haven't got anything constructive to comment about this post, would you please just not say anything? Life is already difficult enough without negative words or sarcasm. Perhaps you might know of other internet consumer bulletin boards/forums that might be better places to ask this question? There don't seem to be very many at all.I am well aware that most modern cell phones easily fill the requirements that I am about to describe. Unfortunately, this item is needed for elderly people who are very suspicious of and dislike all things new. They violently refuse to accept a cell phone.Even if perfect, it's going to be a battle to get them to try it or use what I am searching for.So. Here we go. Maybe I can't find ALL the features, but here is what I am hoping to find:This needs to be a digital timer that can be set to go off at a minimum of six different times in one twenty four hour period, regularly.It has to have both an audible alarm and a strong vibration, and it has to be switchable between these two. Even better if it also flashes or lights up when the alarm goes off, and that also has to be optional, switchable. Very good if the strength of the sound or vibration can be adjusted easily.Should have a belt clip, preferably made out of metal, not cheap plastic.Should have a place where a neck rope could be easily attached and detached.Should have buttons that can be locked, so that no accidental changes by accidental bumping will occur.Should be water resistant. I'm talking about it being able to take a splash from a sink, not something to withstand being taken in the shower.Should also function as a typical normal digital watch with calendar feature. should be SWITCHABLE between calendar and clock view, so that all letters and numbers are as LARGE as physically possible,not all crammed on one tiny screen.Display should be larger than a normal watch, but the overall device must be small enough that a senior would not be upset to wear it around the neck or put it in a pocket, such as a normal shirt pocket.Great if it includes a strong LED flashlight feature, something with an on/off button, NOT a button that you have to hold the button down every second that you want the light to beam.Display should either be always back lit or at least have a button that will make the display light up without having to hold that button down the entire time you want it back litGreat if it came with a DVD of instructions with video, not a flimsy booklet with tiny letters written by someone who can't correctly speak English.It must run on batteries that can be purchased at any national retail chain, such as WalMart or Target. Fine if it has a very long life rechargeable battery built in, but not so fine if that battery is welded in so that it deliberately cannot ever be replaced.Good if it is able to run on the type of rechargeable replaceable batteries such as Nickle Metal Hydride or one of the others, without damage to the device.If it MUST be a plug into the wall rechargeable type, the cable cannot be a tiny pain in backside USB cable, it should be very simple and EASY for someone with arthritis and bad eyesight to plug in, perhaps with a charging cradle dedicated for the purpose, which can just be left plugged in somewhere.The charging device should have bright clear LED lights showing both that the device is currently charging as it should be, and another light that will FLASH to indicate it is now fully charged.Should sell for a price that a person that worked a lower middle class life and now barely gets by on Social Security could afford to buy. This device is not for me, if that matters at all. It is for people I care about.

Question by bearcat2222