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IS IT A BLANKET OR IS IT A COAT?

Anyone know how to make a simple coat (jacket) out of a blanket or throw? I have seen them on people and they are really nice. They look like you basically just fold and sew, the fringe of the throw frames the collar and hem. I appreciate your help and advice! Thank you!! :-)

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How can I turn T-Shirts into a blanket?

I have many unused high school tshirts from my kids that I would like to create a blanket or quilt from.

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Blanket weed killer

My pond gets blanket weed each year. One of the causes is excess nitrogen, but since some of this is due to run-off from farmland, I can only control it to a small extent. I have seen electronic devices sold which are a control box, with some wires which wrap around and around the pipe from the pump/filter - obviously some kind of magnetic or pulsed field is created and this wrecks the blanket weed cells without harming other plants or animals in the water - has anyone any idea how to make one? As you can see from pic2 we get tadpoles, small fish and things - the blanketweed can get so thick that the little fish get trapped in it! I have to pull it out, but often you end up pulling fish etc with it, so I'd like to resolve it. We use barley straw to prevent green algae, but it does not prevent blanketweed.

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Up-cycle an electric blanket? Answered

Our non-woven electric blanket has become unreliable and has been retired.    Is there anything useful I can do with the cords or blanket itself?  It's a lot of bulk to put in the trash.  The wires in the blanket make it undesirable as a regular blanket or quilt lining. 

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8bit super mario blanket

Can I do the super mario granny square blanket Tunisian style or do the squares have to be granny squares ?

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crotchet boarders for fleece blankets

I need a tool that will punch holes in fabric so I can crotchet a boarder around the blanket or item. Is there such an item and where would I find it.

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How to make a blanket out of flat sheets.?

I have made a queen size blanket out of flat sheets and used a flannel blanket for the inside. It is very heavy. I am wanting to make a twin size but not with the flannel blanket. What suggestions do you have?

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anyone come up with a diy solar blanket for a pool?

Anyone come up with a diy solar blanket for a pool?

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Sonar system for monitoring a sludge blanket.

I am wanting to build a sonar system that is able to tell me what level the sludge blanket is at in a tank.

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Would a survival blanket help a criminal to evade detection from a thermal camera?

 I have a survival blanket that claims to reflect back 90% of my radiant body heat and I've always wondered: If a criminal were to hide under a bush wrapped in a survival blanket would he be able to evade a police helicopter searching with a thermal imaging camera? Thank you.

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How to Add a Name Into A Crocheted Blanket

I'm halfway done making a good sized granny square blanket and I was wondering if anyone knew how to go about adding a name to it.  Would I just chain a super long chain and try to form the letters I need?  I want a cursive style look to it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Zurichko

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What should I put in my blanket fort?

I already have a lamp, my bed, journal, paper, pencils, tablet, and a window, I also want it to look nicer.

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How to make a mylar balloon from a space blanket

I want to make a hydrogen balloon and am afraid rubber won't hold the gas in well enough. I was thinking I could make a balloon from a space blanket but am not sure how to connect the edges. I thought maybe I could fuse them with an Iron but am not sure. Will apreciate any help.

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how to crochet a square?

Squares to make up a blanket

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Where can I find this fuse? need a 2 pin little fuse F2 AL 250 f32 also on the side or a good substitute

This fuse is in a small electric blanket controller, I can't seem to find this one, what other fuse would be a good substitute? Blanket was left on for 12 hours several times, other components are good. This is a small blanket used on a massage table.

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K'NEX dens/bases/tents etc

I am working on an instructable on ideas to make k'nex dens and hideouts with blankets, using the k'nex for frames. If you want to be a collaborator, comment here and I will let you in. Also, if you have ideas, comment here too

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How to use & wire relays, speed controllers, timers, micro switches, etc. with a DC motor.?

I would like to use a 110 volt, 1/2 hp (more or less), DC ( or AC ) reversing motor to move and close a horizontal, heavy (approx. 200 lbs.) fabric, thermal, curtain blanket and then to move and open back the blanket in a greenhouse. There are very expensive commercial greenhouse systems that exist to perform this task. Since I have a hobby greenhouse that is 30 ft. wide by 80 ft. long by 13 ft. tall, I need a much more affordable system. Horizontal wires or very large monofilament fishing line  (spaced 12" to 18" apart)  will run the length of the greenhouse at approximately the 8 ft. height. These wires or lines will be used to support the blanket and for it to slide on (the blanket will have grommets or similar devices used on a shower curtain to  keep the blanket running straight, etc. ) when mechanically closed and reopened. My idea is to use a DC or AC motor to perform this task with modifications to work in the greenhouse. The motor will consist of the 110 volt, 1/2 hp (more or less), DC or AC reversing motor, that will be connected to a small cable drum spool on the motor shaft, The motor  can be attached at one end wall of the greenhouse at 8 ft. high below or above the blanket and at the other end of the greenhouse also will have a cable drum spool with a pipe for rotation an be appropriately attached to the end wall. Attached to these 2 cable drum spools would be say 175 ft. ( 2 x 80 ft. plus initial amount on spool) of say 3/8 inch aircraft cable. The curtain blanket will have a say a 30 ft. long 1/2 inch or so horizontal metal bar or pipe attached to it on the leading edge. The aircraft cable will be attached to the blanket bar or pipe.The other end of the curtain blanket will be attached to the non motor end wall. As the motor turns the 2 cable drum spools  by wrapping and unwrapping the aircraft cable, the attached curtain blanket will be pulled the 80 ft. length of the greenhouse in each direction. What I want to accomplish is as follows:                                                                                                                                                        . 1. Be able to slowly, if possible, (say over 20 - 30 minutes) close (move forward) the blanket with the motor at a preset time in the evening and for the motor to stop when the blanket is fully pulled to the motor end of the 80 ft. greenhouse. 2. Be able to slowly, if possible, (say over 20 - 30 minutes) reopen (move backward) the blanket with the motor  at a preset time in the morning and for the motor to stop when the blanket is fully pulled back to the non motor end of the 80 ft. greenhouse. To accomplish this, this reversing DC or AC motor will need to reverse direction to reopen the blanket.                                                                                      3. The shaft of a motor will probably be too short to clamp a cable drum spool to. How do I attach the spools?                                                                                         4. What is best to use a DC or AC motor? I tried extensively to research on the internet how to accomplish the above, but everything described similar processes in vague and technical terms of using various types of electromechanical timers, electromechanical relays, limit switches, microcontrollers, MOSFET circuits, transistors, arduinos, bridge rectifiers, etc. I have no  knowledge of all of these electronic devices and am totally confused. However, I am pretty good at say basic home electrical wiring. The closest thing on the internet to what I am trying to accomplish is an automatic chicken coop door, but not enough specifics for my project. I need some very, specific steps, specific products and where they can be purchased to be able to accomplished this. What type of motor, types of electronic devices, etc. Also, since it appears I will need a timer, a speed controller, relays or limit switches, etc. how in the world to  wire these to the motor in laymen terms. Thanks so much for anyone that can help me!!!

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I would like to find the pattern for: Baby Blanket For Polly.

This is a knit pattern for a baby blanket or afghan in what looks like a shell pattern. I had the pattern many years ago and have misplaced it. I would like to make it again for a very dear friend who is going to have a baby soon. Thank you for your consideration, Mary Ann

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make a fort: the Ultimate one

Let's make a topic about forts. I need real answers not funny lol ones.

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Following members?

Please advise me on how to stop following someone's Instructables. I picked "follow" but I don't like a blanket approach. I prefer to browse.

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infra red for a whole room

Hi, I have a question, how can I blanket a room with infra red powerful enough to knock out digital cameras, so photos cant be taken.

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What to do with fleece? Answered

I have this piece of fleece that I do not know what to do with. It is too small for a blanket and It is red plaid with kittens on it so clothing would not be an option, as far as aesthetics go. Please answer ASAP.

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ok. my final fort question(s). What should i use to keep it up without tape,and how big should it be? Answered

I need answers by this saturday! ( may 1st, 2010) I am having a party and we are all going to hang out in there!

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HOW TO CROCHET ELEPHANT HEADS FOR GRANNY SQUARES??????

DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO CROCHET ELEPHANT HEADS IN THE ROUND WITH A TRUNK TO PUT ON GRANNY SQUARES???MY 11 YR OLD LOVES ELEPHANTS AND I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE SOME TO PUT ON SQAURES TO MAKE HIM A LARGE BLANKET WITH THEM ON IT..ANYHELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED THANKS......

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carbon fiber felt ! ! ! --- looking for remnant lenght/width(s) of carbon fiber felt ,

Seaking to use carbon fiber felt to blanket/insulate against process heat loss to enviroment. can work with single pieces as small as 3 inches by 12 inches, aprox. thickness 3/8ths inch --HOPEING FOR cheap!

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error 403

Every few minutes today i have been getting the 403 HTML error "forbidden" "request forbidden by administrative rules"  on instructables its highly frustrating the only solution is to wait a few minutes and then refresh i know the error is just a blanket ACCESS DENIED page and it gives no reasoning even though i know that i am allowed to access the page

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The Fort Contest is starting on Monday, 7/22

I'm so excited to announce our first ever Fort Contest! I don't know about you guys, but I am excellent at building forts. I'm better at the blanket kind than the sticks-and-plywood kind, but I love building both! Even though I'm nearly 30, I'll still build one if given a chance. And this is that chance! Time to break out your best blankets or building-with-scrap-wood-skills and make a FANTASTIC FORT! Plus, mikeasaurus has chosen some amazing prizes - we've got a grand prize for both indoor and outdoor forts and enough prizes for five runner up winners. I love these prize packs and I would like to have one of each. :D Check out the official contest page for more information! Remember that the contest is open 7/22 - 9/16 so instructables posted before or after are not eligible.

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Could a file cabinet be insulated from fire with, say, a fire blanket? Saving money and weight?

File cabinets are increasingly needed by the average Joe in this information age. And fire safe file cabinets are a great protection for hard copy. But they are so expensive and heavy. A 4 drawer will cost at least $1000 and weigh at least 500lbs. I was wondering if anyone has tackled this question.

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How can I permanently soundproof a Jewellery studio?

One day I plan on making my own home studio including Painting, Sewing and most importantly Jewellery making. How can I soundproof a studio where there is sawing, filing, drilling, etc. from escaping a room or basement in a house, without causing a fire hazard (ie. blankets)?

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I Need to make a large 40" wide sleeping bag. Low cost .

 I'm thinking a couple of blankets safety pinned together with a wrapping of that reflective poly sheeting ( I have some) this mite work out if it wont rip or crackle loud when I roll over. ?.  I will be leaving it in one spot, so weight is not a consideration. .Anyone with experience with this?  thanks  Jon

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Mirror Paint? Answered

I am trying to make a death ray with a parabolic mirror. I have tried a mylar space blanket but it wasn't smooth/reflective enough to make a concentrated beam that burnt anthing. I was wondering if there was any such thing as mirror paint. by this I mean a highly reflective paint. If anybody knows about this or has any other reflective ideas I would apreciate it. Thanks.

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On capacitors and polarity.

(Asked twice already, but for some reason was not visible.) That is sort of a blanket question. I'm wondering: 1) why only some, and not all or none? 2) what (in their physical structure) causes them to have polarity? 3) why do we make ones that have polarity? Is there something prohibitive, like cost, or safety, making it so in the production? (okay, not safety, as may attest anyone who has seen a reversed capacitor explode.)

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Can any straw be used as an algae control in a pond? Answered

When barley straw rots it releases hydrogen peroxide that can reputedly be used to control blanket algae in a pond , (although there are conflicting reports about this.), but what about some unidentified straw that I just happen to have at my disposal? Has anyone actually tried barley straw or any other straw ; and did it work? Thanks.

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How can I heat my swimming pool early? Although I live in the south (NC), my pool is shaded by neighbors' huge trees. Answered

It takes 2 months to get to a good swimming temperature.The pool is 16 x 30', depth varies from 3' to 9'.? I have a solar blanket which will keep the heat in. But it will also add trash(grass and gravel) if I put it on and take it off everyday.

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how would I make a large concrete human head?

I would like to make a large garden sculpture of a woman lying down.  I mainly want the head, neck, shoulders and one arm and foot of  concrete.  The rest would be soil and plants to build up the body and a ground covered blanket for covering parts of her.  I want it to be at least life size, preferably larger.  Should I make a solid concrete head?  What would I use to cast it?

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Need help building an electrical apron to cover a garden and detract deer from an early breakfast,late dinner)?

The idea is to cover the garden with a fine mesh wire that is powered from garden lights with a low charge strong enough to deter deer;  which is not easily grounded, and which will not electrocute the neighbor's children and small pets. These mesh blankets would be able to be hooked in series from one to another to allow the protective process to "jump" from one small garden on the property to the next.

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no sew fleece ponchos for adults.

I recently saw some very adorable new sew ponchos for women at a craft sale.  I totally regret not buying one, and since then I have been scouring pattern sights to find intructions for one.  they we like the blankets only they had an off center v neck and were of course ponchos.  they looked very fashionable. I am really interested in finding out how to make them.  Can anyone help me? PLEASE?? thanks piroska1063@gmail.com

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Help with Leyden Jar Answered

I have seen many of the instructables about building a leyden jar, but I built two and I cannot seem to make either of them work. First I made the glass one. I filled it with salt water and stuck a long nail in through the lid because I couldn't fit my hand in to wrap it with aluminum foil on the inside. I sealed it well with hot glue and taped a very neat, crinkle-less strip of aluminum tape around it, the kind that is used for repairing air ducts. I tried charging it by rubbing around a fuzzy blanket on the carpet. That always produces a big spark, so while my brothers were rubbing their hair on the blanket and carpet, I was holding the metal tape around the glass jar with one hand and touching the grounded screw on the electrical plate with the other hand. When my brothers touched the nail on the top, we both felt a shock but when I tried to discharge it by touching my fingers to the nail and the tape at the same time, nothing happened. I don't think it is holding a charge at all. Next I didn't touch the metal tape at all, and we rubbed our hair on the blanket and touched the nail. But when I tried to discharge it, the same thing: no spark. So I assumed the glass was too thick, so I made the plastic one. This is made out of a Tang powdered drink mix container, I cleaned it, filled it with salt water, and wrapped the inside and outside with aluminum foil, as tightly on the sides as I could. I used a smaller nail this time, but I attached it to the inside aluminum foil with a thin strip of foil. I sealed the nail up and made sure there were no leaks. I performed all of the same tests as last time, but still no results. Can someone please help me figure out where i am going wrong? Thanks :)

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DIY Home Insulation

So I know I need to better insulate my attic for the coming winter but, money is tight and the to-do list is growing so I began thinking of alternative or DIY materials to do the job. I know Cellulose insulation is shredded newsprint treated with chemicals to make it mold and creature resistant, and on a small scale maybe that process could be a fun experiment, but not for 1000 sq ft. My next thought (and current favorite) is to acquire styrofoam packing material (box inserts, packing peanuts, un-used food and drink containers) and mill them up to about the in to some uniform size. Then get some cheap plastic bag/ tube material and fill strips with a couple of inches of styrofoam. Then the blanket o’ foam could just be laid out over the existing insulation in the attic. Now, before I start this endeavor I thought I would check with the instuctable think tank to figure out: A) any better ideas 2) what R rating a 3 inch loose fill blanket of styrofoam and plastic would have III) Is this a terrible idea due to moisture being trapped under the plastic Also in a previous forum someone suggested re-routing their dryer vent to the attic and I was wondering if anyone had tried that and/or anyone’s thoughts on that. -Odo

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Your urban legends

When I think of urban legends, the Mythbusters come to mind. Perhaps this is because I watch the show almost religiously, or just today's society. Although their methods are often questionable, they have put some definitive legends to the test. However, I often find myself wishing that they would test some less famous and more common everyday topics. For example: Will covering yourself in a fire blanket protect you from an explosion? Will touching an electric fence while wet short out your watch? Your thoughts?

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Why do some capacitors have polarity? Answered

(Asked once already, but for some reason was not visible.) That is sort of a blanket question. I'm wondering: 1) why only some, and not all or none? 2) what (in their physical structure) causes them to have polarity? 3) why do we make ones that have polarity? Is there something prohibitive, like cost, or safety, making it so in the production? (okay, not safety, as may attest anyone who has seen a reversed capacitor explode.)

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Can a 9 volt battery generate enough current through Nichrome wire to heat it up?

My son is trying to create a battery powered electric blanket using one or two 9 volt batteries with some Nichrome wire. Will he be able to generate enough current to cause the Nichrome wire to heat up properly? He would appreciate any tips on what wire length he needs or what other options he has for a voltage source. He really wants to make it using a battery.

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Cordless Car Heater

Hi all, I am camping in my SUV in northern CA. It's a bit cold at night and in the morning, and can stay warm with blankets and a sleeping bag, but, when I get up, and want to change clothes or just sit, it is really cold. It's a 1999 Ford Explorer V6, and I am trying to find or make a device that would heat the interior without turning the engine on.  I've seen handwarmers on amazon and ebay, but I don't see anything that warms that much space without a plug and without CO2 emission. Any ideas?

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I am making a kitty tunnel, And I need some way to shape it that way it'll stay up? Answered

I'm making a cat toy, Something similar to this one: www.supercoolpets.com/pictures/tunnel.jpg But without the kitty embroidery, paws, etc. I need to find a way to keep it up, my cats get scared when they are being covered, like in a blanket. She has went to the bathroom once on my fabric cause she thought it was too dark/scary.

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what does the ball and magnet at the top of most leydon jars do?

I have my own leydon are and it isn't very big but I make huge shocks by charging it will my wool blanket. I tested ways to make it stronger and used a spring coiled which made it absorb more electricity and allowed me to shock people with a steady current without them touching the positive. I head something about the ball and magnet and I wanted to know what it is all about and how it makes it stronger or if it makes it collect static better or what plz answer.

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She's at it!

I haven't been myself for the last few minutes - I was replying to the last day's comments from my email alert, and I suddenly realised that it wasn't my picture next to my replies... It was Kitewife's!She's been logged on while I've been out, and she's half way through an Instructable for the flower contest. I've been taking photos of her knitting, thinking about using them for a slide show, but she's going to use them properly. I just need to show her how to upload photos the quick way.As they say, watch this space...EditYou can have a look at her blanket here

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Chip Bag Survival

Hello Everyone: This is my first post in this forum. I have a website on preparedness and survival. I have posted also my first instructable as well basted on this topic. So my challenge to everyone is to use only chip bags and duct tape to come up with something that could save your life. Other than the fact that potatoe chips are part of a well balanced diet. The bags can be used to make all sorts of things. Have fun. Like this one below. Robert (Survival Central editor)

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