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Toss It! Winners Announced

All right, the winners of the Toss It! speed contest have been decided! We saw a lot of great entries and several good videos of successful, and not successful, flights. We love paper airplanes and were excited to see all of you get into them as well.In determining the winners, some duplicate votes were thrown out and for the random winner we picked a short list of Instructables, taped them to planes, and the one that went the farthest won.On with the winners! Top Votes and PageviewsThe authors of these two Instructables will each receive the Air Instructables Flight Kit which includes decals and a pilot's license, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Top Votes Pageviews The Instructables Robot Paper Airplane; Classic. by GorillazMiko Twin jet paper airplane by neelandan Runners-Up The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot t-shirt. Ease the Pain of a Child who has Cancer with Paper Airplanes Paper Fighter (yes it flies) Heart-Shaped Paper Airplane Design Super Slow Paper Glider Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have his plane fly the farthest, the author of this Instructable will receive the Air Instructables Flight Kit which includes decals and a pilot's license, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...this entry from someone who was originally a runner-up for his other plane.

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Air Instructables pilot's license - Toss It! Prize

We did the design for the Toss It! prize today. Here's how it looks. These are laser-etched anodized aluminum cards. You can only get one by winning the contest.

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Toss It! has closed for entries. Vote now!

Dozens of paper airplanes have been entered and many deserve a first or second look so check them out and vote for your favorites! contest page

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New Speed Contest: Toss It!

Show us the best paper airplane you have! Toss It! Speed Contest

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Our Own Toss It! Video

We updated the Toss It! Speed Contest page with our own example video. This is one of my favorite paper airplane designs and a full Instructable will be coming soon. For now, check out the video to see what happens here at the tower.

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Older Instructables

Can older instructables be submitted? I made one a while back and I want to know if I can post it up.

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Launch It! Contest starts May 27th

Fling, chuck, toss, throw, shoot, blast, or launch SOMETHING in the Launch It Contest that, erm, launches on May 27th. We’ve seen pumpkins get chunked and marshmallows get shot, but now we want to see what you can launch and how you get it airborne. Share a step by step, photo, or video Instructable to win a variety of flying machines that would make Da Vinci crap his pants in envy. Not sure how to get started? Try one of these ideas: some sort of cheese, cracker, and cold cut disc shooter called “Launchables” a mechanism for slinging DVDs of the Matthew McConaughey vehicle Failure to Launch outdo the Philadelphia 76ers t-shirt cannon

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how can i build the carnival game called "bank a ball"?

There's a carnival game called "bank a ball" and I really wanna practice to master it. The only way to do so is to build my very own "bank a ball" , but i have to idea how to. I was wondering if someone could please list the necessary steps, materials, and procedures to build this game. (video of the game, how to win/play) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYw2avh27NY

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How can I trigger an LED sign to turn on when an object is tossed into a bucket? Answered

I am designing a bucket with a small LED sign on it, and I want the sign to light up when people successfully hit a target in the back of the bucket. Everything has to run on battery power, and the entire product has to be mounted on a pole (which will be held in hand). I have considered motion sensors (Parallax PIR) and some sort of laser trip-wire (as one would find on a garage door system), but I am not sure how to implement either.  I have also looked into shock sensors, the kind used on some window and door security devices, however, I am not sure that the objects being thrown would be able to provide the shock needed (think toy cars, beaded necklaces and other small novelty toys). The sign will consist of up to 200 LEDS, and it would be nice to have it stay lit for a second or two before turning off again.

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How do i determine what voltage the leds are that are scrapped from toys?

And what other stuff should I scrap b4 tossing? New to LEDs!! I have 4 kids, & therfore lots of broken toys, game controllers, etc... I don't wanna toss anything and then once I get more advanced regret throwin it all away..... like all the resistors and circuit boards themselves.... please advise and recccommend the ibles I need please! Thanks in advance!!

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Zipfizz Containers

I have a bunch of empty Zipfizz containers. I don't want to toss them in the trash (no plastic recycling in my area). What in the world could I make with them that would be useful?

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How to make a super-lucky coin

Saul heard about this sweet idea at the G4G8 conference. It's perfect for an Instructable - hopefully someone is suitably inspired to do it.Take 40lb's of pennies. Drop them all (equivalent to tossing). Collect all those that were heads and put them back in the bucket. Drop them all again, again choose all those that land heads. Repeat until there is only one coin left. This is the luckiest coin in your bucket. Apparently, one guy got a coin that tossed 17 heads in a row...

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is there a guide,list or photo pool of parts one could salvage out of stuff your throwing away or see in the trash?

For instance as much of a pack rack as i am, i am getting ready to toss a couple of older cordless phones, an infrared foot massager, tossed an old all in one printer a couple weeks back. if there are good, all purpose usable parts i would salvage  and save the parts.  the foot massager must have  a motor or vibrater.   The cordless phones i saved the 9vdc bricks, i use i lot of stuff that runs off 9vdc.

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UK: Boycott Marks & Spencer's

Heads up -- Marks & Spencer's in the UK actually DYES their (perfectly good if past-due) food BLUE before tossing it out, intendending to deter or prevent urban recyclers and others who think waste is immoral, from scavenging their dumpsters. Reportedly they also slash the soles of shoes that get tossed so that they can't be reused. It makes NO difference to M&S, yet company policy is to ruin the goods. Imagine stomping on a bunch of bananas you couldn't sell at the end of the day, rather than giving them to a hungry person. If waste bothers you, consider thinking twice before having dealings with Mark's and Spencer's.

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1 in a million shots!

So one time, i was practising throwing cards. i lay on the floor tossing cards at the ceiling. One stuck there, embedded in the popcorn texture. Stayed there for weeks. High ceiling.   Any other examples of a  long shot?

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Why preheat oven?

I rarely bake.  I understand preheating a pan when cooking somethin like eggs- so they dont stick.  When I toss a squash or somethin in oven, it seems like preheat is silly. Y? N? M?

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I have a portable counter top ice maker, it still freezes but all the parts to hold and move the water/ice are broken.

Does anyone have an idea what I can make with it before I toss it?

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How can I turn a crappy electric guitar into something functional?

My ex left this beat up, crappy guitar at my house and rather than toss it out, i would like to upcycle it into something useful. any ideas?

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Instructables TV Pilot

Ive been tossing this idea around in my head for a few weeks now. I had a spare hour this morning so i thought i would through this together as a 'pilot' episode, to get your view/opinions. etc..Enjoy

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ball mill materials

I am making a ball mill it's a toss-up between glass barrel or a plastic barrel can somebody tell me what the static/spark risks are in both? I will be using ceramic media. thanks

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Paper Airplane Contest (Closed)

In hopes of seeing more paper airplanes and innovative designers on Instructables.com, I have decided to host a mini-contest. My goal is to stimulate the paper airplane channel and encourage more paper airplane builders to post their innovative designs.  Performance Requirements: Entered paper airplanes must meet or exceed these requirements: Stability at all operation speeds A minimum range of 30 feet Durability to fly 30 feet or more after 15 flights Use of less than 15 pieces of tape in construction Use of less than 5 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 3 paper airplanes* one patch each. By default, these patches will be medals (1st place, Patch with Gold Medal image; 2nd Place, Patch with Silver Medal image; 3rd Place, Patch with Bronze Medal Image). If the winners of the patches would like a different image, there will be a 24 hour period between the announcement of the winners and the awarding of the patches. During this time, the user would need to send me a private message with their desired picture. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide, each entrant can only win one prize. How To Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic as "Entries". Judging: For this contest, I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance rather than shape is a more objective approach. The contest begins Friday, December 10, 2010 and end Monday, January 10, 2011. Entries must be published before Tuesday, January 4, 2011. From January 4 to January 10, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, January 12, 2011. Entries:   wat.: "Hammerhead Glider" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Hammerhead-Glider/) legoman111: "Blizzard" (https://www.instructables.com/id/the-blizzard-paper-airplane/)

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any electrical use for the protective skin barriers packets that come with the TENS or NMES device pads? ? Answered

I have been moving them around for a couple of years and really need to get organized and need space, even the container these are in,if there is no use for them i will toss,

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Am i able to save my Ipod?

 My Ipod got wet a couple months ago, still doesn't work. Is there any hope of saving it? Could i still use the hard drive? It's a 60 gig so i don't want to toss it. 

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What should I do with 7 bags of this stuff? Answered

  It is material for making a cast.  It is pretty cool stuff.  It is applied to warm water and rolled on to the broken appendage.   Yet another item I cannot toss..... SO, any ideas for a project, prank, or emergency use would be great..........  to justify keeping it!

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How to repair a remote controlled car toy? I

I don't want to toss it but if it can't be repaired how could I use the parts that come with it.  I put new batteries in it and cleaned the connections but it doesn't make a sound.  The motor probably doesn't work but how can I test for that?

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any ideas for an old palm pre?

Found one with the orig. packaging about to be tossed.  I figure there must be some good ideas out there; i wanted it originally to be turned into a pay as you go for my kids or as a back up as i crack a few screens.  Any ideas?  Please dont snark.

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If it is so easy, could a caveman actually do it? Answered

A "caveman" in the sense of Neanderthal.   They show the "modern caveman" doing all the things in society that is normal to us.  I guess my question is this:   Wasn't the brain of Neanderthal not as developed as ours?  If a caveman was just tossed into society, would he break down or only function with a "diminished capacity"?

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Launch It Prize?

Hey guys,What should we give away as a prize for a Launch It! contest? Toss out some ideas- we particularly like to give away tools. I may use or ignore your suggestions upon whim. ;DThis is a sort of a medium-sized short challenge; details very soon.ETA: Launch It! Contest Info

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how to do a double stitched seam? or any strong seam, bcuz i want to make a 6x6" squares for bean bag toss game?

I understand first start off with a simple stitch with a seam allowance from the cut edge like a 1/4 inch. The part that confuses me is that u have to run another stitch but either it goes higher or below the first simple stitch? I dont know this. And how much room to leave of leftover trim?? and i look-uped and they said the second stitch should be 1/8 of an inch from the first stitch. which leaves me again to the same question. or will a zig-zag stitch be stronger then 2 running stitches? Pictures would be great for me to see how a double stitch would look like...

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What might have caused the automatic filters to be triggered?

Our recently published (approximately 12 hours ago) project is neither appearing on the recent page nor showing up in searches (but is showing up as published on our page/channel).  We assume it's not a bug - and suspect we've triggered the automatic filters and thus require human review. The subject of our published project could not be more innocent (at least as far as we can tell) - making a miniature bag toss game.  Could anyone give us some insight as to what might have triggered the filter (so we can avoid triggering it in future)?  The project is here: https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Desktop-Bag-Toss-Build-it-with-Few-Tools/ We haven't found any clear information on this.  If we missed an obvious resource explaining such, apologies for our ignorance.  We are new here. Thanks & cheers!

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How do you make a haunted house dusty like in the movies?

How do you make a haunted house dusty like in the movies? So that everything looks like it's been there for years. I was guessing that they use a burlap sack full or flour and pigments and toss it about, but does anyone have other ideas? My friend wants to make an authentic looking haunted house.

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Flo TV hacks?

So I've got a defunked FloTV since the service was cancelled.  I was wondering if there are any fun hacks that can be done to it since now it's just sitting around collecting dust.  I don't want to toss it because it has a nice screen and speakers but right now its worthless.  I doubt that there is any onboard memory or anything like that to it, which would be a big help.  Anyone have any ideas?

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I have two old motherboards and I don't know what to do with them. Any suggestions? Answered

I can't think of what to with them, but I need to do something fast because I don't have anywhere to put them and if I don't do something with them I have to toss them.

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How can I turn on old tv zoom lens into a telescope

I have acquired a couple of tv zoom lens from canon tv station cameras. Does anyone out there know of a way to turn them into a telescope. Or ad a camera back attachment. It seems like a waste tossing them out. The lenses are fine, btw I'm cheap!

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Colorful Straw Lamp

Have about 1500 colorful straws lying around after your last party? Of course you do! Instead of tossing them out you can clean them up and make this technicolor lamp that a kid would love.The directions are pretty helpful, but could use some process shots. So if anyone's looking for an Instructable idea, here you go. Straw Pendant lightvia Make blog

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Hat Tricks and Card Cheating

I've just purchased a Indiana Jones Vintage (beat up looking) Felt Fedora, AND ITS FREAKIN AWESOME!!! Anyone know how to do some cool hat tricks? ie, rolling it about, tossing in air to put it on etc... Also, I know here is one (could do with some improvement), but I feel a sudden urge to know how to cheat at cards. Any help?

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Maker Faire UK in 3D!

Maker Faire UK went down this past weekend in Newcastle and here are the red and cyan 3D pics to prove it! So did anyone from here go? And do you have any regular pics to share? I tossed my last pair of 3D glasses away about 20 years ago. Link via Make blogUPDATE: Catch Lemonie's report here.

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Is it possible to make your own electroplating solution?

Is it possible to make your own electroplating solution? Couldn't one simply toss some atomized copper dust from the sculpture supply store into a hydrochloric acid solution, and let it dissolve? If so, what other chemicals are necessary, and what approximate proportions should they be? I'm thinking quick and dirty here, specifically for electroforming medium sized objects. Thanks!

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Wooden pallets turned into modular furniture

Swiss designer Sibylle Stoeckl takes the boring old shipping pallet and turns it into a modular piece that can be used in some novel ways such as the big wheel below.  While the wood in the pallets is not exactly furniture grade the combinations that can be made are pretty cool and it's always fun to see what people can do with something that would otherwise get tossed out. Link

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Modem Ideas anyone?

HayesCentury 2 modem rack Does anyone have any ideas what I could do with a Hayes century 2 modem RACK. (full of modems) Im not going to toss it...so lets do something cool with it? What can I do with it to make use of it. we all know that most use broadband now so an isp is sort of a non starter... any other ideas?

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new blog requesting ideas on what to do with stuff

Hey - I've just put up a blog to help me deal with some of the useless stuff at my place. http://whatdoidowiththisstuff.blogspot.com/ If any of you have the time, and could offer suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. The first item up is an old freezer that I have no idea what to do with. Are there any uses, other than tossing it in the trash, that I'm missing? Thanks, Dave

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All Things Cornhole

Interested in talking about the most popular outdoor/tailgating game, CORNHOLE?  You have come to the right place.  We will share all things corn hole related.  How to make the Corn hole game, corn hole events, corn hole rules, designs, building tips and techniques, corn hole game strategies, etc.  "Now That You Know All About Corn Hole, Hush Your Mouth And Toss That Bag In The Hole!!!"

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How can I make a Nerf Pocket Vortex?

Since the completion of my 2 inch piston valve pneumatic rocket launcher Ive been looking for a cheap source of pocket vortexes. I cant find any under 3 bucks. Does any one know of a cheap way to make similiar projectiles, thanks? I was thinking of making a mold and filling it with great stuff, then tossing BBs or pennies in for weight.

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baseball pitching machine auto feeder how to?

I made a very simple pitching machine...actually a soft toss machine. It is a pvc pipe assembly that when set up, dad simply "loads" a ball in the downward angled pipe and it "drops" in front of the batter. My question is: the downward angled pipe can be long enough to hold a dozen balls - what can I use to create a mechanism that allows one ball to drop every 5 seconds automatically?

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Laser copy machine what to do???

I have aquired two laser color copy machine's and in the process of tearing them apart I come across this motor with a very shiney octagon wheel that some how reflects light to a couple of mirrors, one machine is a low buck Brother and the other is a collating machine. What can I do with this whirlagig light thingy, seems to good to toss in the scrap box. I am in the business of E-Waste and there are some things I just have to keep.

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Car Alarm

I just had an idea.... Someone needs to make a car alarm app for smart phones. It can use the microphone to listen for breaking glass, the speakerphone for playing pre-recorded messages (step away from the vehicle, the police have been called), the camera can sense movement inside the vehicle and the GPS can sense (and report) movement of the vehicle. All of this information can be sent in real time to the other phone that you carry with you. Installation is as easy as turning it on and tossing it in the seat! Compatible with any car! Battery backup! :)

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squirrel trap? Answered

Ive got squirrels, and they keep on hiding mushrooms all around the hitch area of my 5th wheel camper. ive tossed the mushrooms, but the squirrels just bring them back. i already tried the simple box, stick, string & bait, but that didn't work. the squirrels were too smart for that. i dont want to resort to killing the squirrels, and detering them didn't work. can someone help me build a trap so i can relocate these little buggers?

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Heat absorbing glass question Answered

I'm taking apart a Kodak 4200 projector. The lamp assembly includes a piece of "heat absorbing glass".  The manual says not to touch it unless wearing gloves, to keep it covered when out of the projector, and that it may shatter.  Being clueless, this sounds spooky.   Is it dangerous, or will I just wreck it for projection if I get fingerprints on it?  Most glass shatters, but is this going to spontaneously burst into shards?  It's not going back into the projector.   Is it useful for anything, or should I wrap it in foil and toss it in the garbage?

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any use for crock pot heating element pan, broke ceremac bowl

I broke the ceramic bowl to the crock pot.  i was wondering if their is a use for the heating portion before i toss it, anything g to salvage, or a use for the heater. i was thinking of building a box that was heated by the sun that i could throw my clothes in when i spend a day in bedbug areas, i think the temp has to be 175 to kill them., thanks for any help

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What's a use for 'continuous' printer paper? The stuff with the tear-off/hole-punched edges...

I've got a carton of the stuff, and it's just sitting there. Plain white, unlined. I've been using single sheets at a time for drawings or notes, and just tossing the fringes out. They end up in random places around the house. Maybe a notebook? Somehow bind the pages together by the holes, then make it tearaway. Which still leaves half of the tear-stuff floating around. Filler for something? Any ideas?

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