Window Blinds

I have an airconditioner unit (old style) that sticks out about 5 inches (12cm.) further than the frame. Into the kitchen. I currently have curtains but want to have blinds of some kind for a more modern look. How can I have blinds if the place for attachment is not the same across the window. Any help will be usefull, I'm stuck.

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Bluetooth blinds

Anyone knows how can I fix this problem?

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i have the pulley and string from a blind what can i do with it? Answered

I threw out an old blind and kept the pulley and string what can i make out of them

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Solar Power Blinds

Im just posting this as a thought,cause I thought it would be cool if you had some blinds on say the south side of your house and you glue or attached strips of solar panels to the out side facing panles and you would turn them to the sun I know its possible and you could even lift them up  

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DIY Blackout Blinds?

Does anyone have any ideas on how to create a super cheap, super easy way to create some blackout shades for my bedroom without buying expensive custom-sized blackout blinds? I fact, I already have custom-sized blackout blinds -- except they're roller blinds, and when they're deployed, although their size is exactly the same as my windows (about 70" wide by 20" tall) when they're rolled down, and the sun is shining on them, the light literally blasts through on all sides, rendering them almost useless. What  I need is a light barrier that makes the room pitch dark even if the sun is blasting directly on the windows. I looked at this site: http://www.blackoutez.com -- but after ordering, and even if they do ship to Canada, it's liable to be prohibitively expensive. What I need is something cheap, easily mountable, easily unmountable and able to be stowed in a closet every day, then brought out every night for the next day. I thought of using those dollar store poster boards, maybe taped together with duct tape. Black ones would probably do a good job of blocking the light and they're pretty big -- maybe 48" x 36" -- but there is still the problem of how to attach them to the tops of the windows. So again, here are the criteria: Cheap, maybe less than $50 all together Block ALL light completely Easily mounted, easily unmounted Able to be stowed quickly and easily Durable, able to be used every day for months Able to recite the Gettysburg Address with no cue cards (Okay, I'm willing to forego the last one!) Turn your inner geniuses loose! Thanks in advance Nickster

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Am I blind... or?

Has the "fave" feature been discontinued?

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Seeing apparatus for the blind

Here's a flowchart.  Ask questions. I do not intend to profit from this idea.  If you want to try, then please help people see.

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How to clean venetian blinds ?

What is the easiest way to clean the slats on venetian window blinds ?

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Motorized/electric vertical blinds?

I have some vertical blinds in my living room that are manually driven via a cord to tilt the blinds and another cord to open or close the blinds. I wonder is there a conversion kit to open/close and tilt them electronically via a remote control? I have found some kits from hundreds of dollars to thousands, but know I could find one or build one for way less. Any thoughts or ideas?

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Automatic Blind Opener Advice

Hi, I am thinking of putting together something that will able to automatically open and close my blinds as the darkness outside dictates. Ideally, I am hoping to attach the opening/closing pole to a DC Motor, which would be controlled by a light sensor. I was also toying with the idea of powering the system with a rechargeable 9V battery that could be topped up with a small solar panel attached to the window. Is this idea doable and, if so, any advice on parts and putting it together would be very much appreciated.

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Installing two sets of vertical blinds

I installed two sets of vertical blinds on my BIG picture window.....how do I get rid of the gap in the middle where the sets meet?

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Reusing mini blind slats?

I'm getting rid of about a dozen mini blinds. They are not good enough to give to the Salvation Army, but there are lots of undamaged slats. Anyone know ways to reuse these? Thanks.

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Old mini-blinds--can they be reused for anything?

 I have a lot of old mini-blinds and would like to reuse the slats or any other parts rather than throw them out--any suggestionsd?

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How to build motorized blinds with a light sensor?

I would like to build a control unit that includes a light sensor and a motor which opens the blinds in the morning and closes them in the evening. I assume that I need a microcontroller, batteries, sensor, motor, and a mechanical contraption to attach the motor to the blinds! Can you recommend what parts exactly I need and approximately how much they would cost? Thank you in advance. Ilian Hristov

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Automatic window cover motor

I have a problem in my apartment with an outdoor light right outside my window. If i dont close my curtains at night my room pretty much looks like daylight. I like to wake up to the sun though so I started looking at automatic curtain openers, saw the price and decided it cant be that hard to diy. My idea is to have a curtain that rolls up rather then goes to the side. I am trying to think of a way to make this simple cheap and quiet. really all I need is a rod and fairly quiet motor that I can plug into a wall. I was thinking a rotisserie motor would be pretty good but have never been near one to hear how loud they are. It might solve the problem of a rod as well depending on how long of a stick I can get for it. Anyone have any other ideas of a better way to do this?

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How can I make roller blinds.

Hi, Can I get an instructable on how to make simple window blinds/shades. One piece of fabric stitched top an bottom but how do i do the pulley thing. I know it can be purchased but that's no fun. TIA

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new blinds flapping in wind

I purchased a horizontal blind for my (single) sliding glass door (SGD) which was a mistake. I should've bought a vertical blind since whenever I open the SGD a bit the wind catches the blind like a sail and it makes a racket when it smacks against the frame. Obviously a vertical blind could've been opened a bit more than the SGD so the wind would not catch it. Any thoughts on how to remedy my problem would be appreciated! Dan

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Who is in Denial of their Color Blindness?

So apparently, I was never actually tested for this as child.... It's only recently that I've discovered this too o.0 Test for Color BlindnessPersonally, I have issues with reds. Show me two shades of red, right next to each other... And I won't be able to tell the difference.... On the "5" plate closer to the bottom of the page, I first saw an "S" :/If you didn't read it --- if you're a male, you're more likely to be color blind than your female counterpart....

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rubix cube, Blind folded?

I want to know how to solve the rubix cube blind folded. i have heard of rembering where each peice is, then rearangeing it in your mind, as you turn the cube. but i want an easy way, like, watch where all the white is, turn twice, and bada-bing bada-boom. so help mabey?

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Calling all blind makers!

Hi everyone,Instructables readers may already know about the community of blind woodworkers from pages like ww4b.org. The university I am affiliated with (OCADU), and my research group are interested in bringing the expertise of all blind woodworkers into more and more classrooms. This includes post secondary institutions (colleges, universities), makerspaces, and anywhere else it might be useful. We currently have an open dialogue with some professional blind woodworkers, and have enrolled in woodworking classes at non-profit facilities for the visually impaired. But we are looking to learn from anyone else who has first hand knowledge of teaching woodworking (or other kinds of making) to visually impaired students.If this sounds like you or you are interested, please see the details at this instructables link: https://www.instructables.com/id/Blind-Woodworkin...If you have more questions, feel free to pm me.The instructable provides an option to do the survey via phone, but if you want to jump right into the anonymous online survey, here is a link.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoRLx0lC...BestEric

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Help- My Printer is BLIND!

So here is the story- my grandma moved out of our house, and I got an older Windows 2000 computer. I also got a working (at the time) printer (jetprinter...HP...I think) and hooked it up in my room about a month later. The ink was low, so we spent ~30 dollars on new cartriges. So, even then, I hooked it up... hit print, and buzz click whirr...just like it should...and bloop: load paper is displayed on the screen. But wait...it had paper..a bunch! So I took it out, restartyed the computer, turned off (and then on) the printer seperately, and tried to print agian. No worky. Supposedly the printer is still out of paper, even though it is sitting right there! Is it blind?!?!?!Any help would be appreciated. It is a good printer (or was), and the ink in it alone is new and worth $30!

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Faux Window

I'm looking for ideas to make a fake window for my cubicle at work. Ideally, it would be lightweight and provide something other than the flourescent lights above. I really like the look of Bright Blinds (see attached photo). I'm thinking a DIY version of that with maybe a poster with a view behind the blinds? I'd love some input on how to go about this project! Thanks!

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Any ways to make a motorized Blind?

Any ways to make a motorized Blind? Saw someone on instructable made one, but without instructions. I read somewhere, someone mentioned to go SOMFY SYSTEMS INC and read about motor and cord take-up system that fits into the existing blind headrail. But SOMFY SYSTEMS INC mentioned the specs and not on how to do it. Now i am kind of lost. As a beginner, i am only at this stage. This is what i found.   www.distel.co.uk/DC_MOT_CON1.htm  I need to know what kind of DC motors with what voltage and power, can roll up a blind. Wonder will a 12V DC motor with 30rpm do the trick? Thanks!!!

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Office blind corner traffic light. Answered

I have this idea for a little project/gizmo and I don't really know where to begin. my office is at an intersection that people have a tendency to run into each other at. What I'd like is a simple little circuit that will have some sort of motion/proximity sensors, two, one each looking down one side of this corner. Two LEDs each look down one of the two sides of the corner. The idea would be that if both sensors detect motion (within 10-15feet of the corner) the led would light or blink for a second or two. So if one person is approaching the corner nothing happens, but if people are approaching the corner from both sides the LED would alert them so they won't run into each other. Ideally I'd like this to be powered by a small photo voltaic. I'm thinking that I could have some cap that charges from the PV, and discharges into the circuit a few times a second. This way it could just be hung there at the corner and forgotten about. Ideas??? Update: While a mirror would seem like the most obvious solution the way the offices are arranged at my corner there isn't really a place to hang a mirror. I've even stuck a car blind spot mirror on the small space between two of the office doors across the way from my door. That way at least I can check for traffic when I step outside my office.  This is kind of an idea splinter and I need to make it so I can get it out of my head. (I hope I'm not the only one who gets mind splinters. Like a song stuck in your head it is an idea that you just have see realized or it will just sit there in your mind forever.)

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Is it possible to make your own venetian blinds? Answered

I need custom-fit blinds for about 18 windows and to pay retail for that many of them, especially since I'd like to have higher quality than your basic white PVC blinds, it's going to be well into the thousands. So I'm wondering if somebody can explain how to make your own venetian blinds. I have some skill precision cutting wood and metal, so that part wouldn't be too difficult whether I chose to use wood or aluminum, but I think I would have a problem figuring out how to create the pulley system so the blinds will not only go up and down, but also open and close.  

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Would this automatic curtains / blinds controller design work?

Hi all, I have been searching for ways to make an easy and cheap automatic curtains/blinds controller but have not really seen any that actually meets my basic needs but also does not require lots of complex IC components. Please let me know of any instructables I may have missed. So here is my design - hoping everyone can help to validate it and discuss design faults and improvements (mainly to reduce costs). The Requirements: 1) Costs: Total costs should be around $20 per curtain. I think professional systems cost about $100-$200 per curtain controller. 2) Parts: Easy to build and put together with some soldering. Parts are easy to find/buy or substitute for similar components. 3) Function: At least 2 buttons. One UP button and one DOWN button for manual triggering (wireless buttons would be better). 4) Function: One press of Button A fully opens the blinds with the motor stopping at the correct place to avoid damage to the blinds or the motor. The opposite goes for Button B to close the blinds. 5) Function: The controller should never be able to open or close the blinds past the normal safe positions, causing damage. 6) Optional Parts: Complete system is small enough to fit inside the blinds/curtain's cover / awning. I think it should be easy to fit in most covers anyway. Briefly how it should all work: With the curtains rolled up, you would press button A, which would roll the curtains DOWN, then stopping at the correct place (covering the whole window). Pressing button A once again would not do anything or further roll DOWN the curtains. Then, press button B and the curtains should start rolling UP constantly, stopping just before it gets to the top. Pressing button B once again would not do anything or further roll UP the curtains, avoiding damage to curtains or motor. Design/diagram below (sorry for the poor details, i used MS-Visio to draw it out). The Parts/Components (under $30 at time or writing): 1) 5-10kg servo $7 (using 5volts) that can be power in forward or reverse spin. Slow spinning speeds would be best for safe and low power operation? 2) Some hand made adapter to firmly connect the servo motor shaft to the curtain's shaft to spin/roll the curtains ($0 free). 3) A wireless power relay $14, (12 volts) with 2 channels and "constant on power" functions (links below). I guess wired relays are fine, but I would want to hide the wires to the buttons. 4) 2x 5V regulators $2, to reduce the 12v power from the Relay to 5v for the Servo. 5) 2x Magnetic or reed switches $5 (12 volts) that is Normally On (normally connected). 6) 4x Rare earth magnets $1 to work with the reed switches. These are small, thin and easy to hide, but are very strong. 7) A power source for the relay, 4x 18650 batteries?. Should be 12 volts or depending on what relay & servo combo you use. (links below) Construction: 1) Make an adapter to connect the servo to the blind's shaft. I dont have a picture of one or the steps for this as every servo & curtain combo situation will be different, but im sure it should be simple to make. Fail or malfunction of this part would cause too much damage to anything really? 2) For best practice, use temporary wiring to connect all the components together as per diagram and test out the functions as if they were installed in their places and on the blinds. 3) Glue or connect the adapter, curtain shaft and servo shaft together. Also mount the servo firmly somewhere, on the wall or curtain cover so it doesnt end up spinning itself. 4) Position both magnetic switches on the wall, behind and just under the curtain's roll of fabric as per diagram. A lot of testing and playing around will be needed to create the correct gap between each switch and curtain.    Switch A   (Limiter A) will be the most difficult to position. It will be used to stop the servo from rolling the blinds too far down. This means the magnet glued on the blinds is up high on top, which will be rolled inside layers of fabric and may spin close to Limiter A multiple times which may cut the circuit/power earlier than intended as the magnet spins round and round. Limiter B should be easier. 5) Wire the 2 channels on the relay to the Servo and the Limiters. The 5V regulators goes between both channels of the Relay's power OUT and the Servo's two power Inputs. Screw or glue the relay to somewhere firm like inside the curtain covers. 6) Glue the rare earth magnets to the desired positions, or sew them on if you dont trust the glue. The magnets will physically cut the power to the servo by activating the Magnetic reed switches, so using 2 magnets would be even better, just incase the servo you use spins really fast or has a lag. 7) Connect the relay to the battery/power cable. Of course double check all is good before adding power. In my case, I will have 12v power cables available to use. 8) Put the curtain cover back on to hide everything. Hopefully you did not create creases in the curtain fabric where the magnets are glued. Oh and maybe remove the curtain draw strings (used to pull up & down the curtains) to avoid breaking the Servo? Detailed explanation of how it should work: - The blinds are fully rolled up. - Press Button A once, Relay provides power to Channel A, Servo spins clockwise constantly (rolling down the curtain). - Servo's positive line A is cut (circuit open) when Magnet A rolls out and comes close to Limiter A. Relay is still outputting power to Channel A but no power goes to the Servo. - Press Button A once again, the Servo should not do anything. The Relay should then stop outputting power to Channel A. - Further presses of Button A does nothing but toggles Channel A's power on and off. Magnet A & Limiter A still disabling power to the Servo. - Press Button B once, Relay provides power to Channel B, Servo spins anti-clockwise constantly (rolling UP the curtain). - Servo's positive line B is cut when Magnet B rolls up close to Limiter B. Relay is still outputting power to Channel B. - Press Button B once again, the Servo should not do anything. - With this "latch" functionality of the Relay (see link below and product details), it is also possible to stop the curtains mid way, which might be useful for some people, i dont think i will use it. For future upgrades: I think it would be possible to control this controller from a PC program, by directly connecting IO cables to the Relay's button A & B on the PCB. Sending pulses from the PC as though it were remote button presses. Or just bring the remote to the PC's IO ports and connect there. Would anyone disagree? Links: - An example Servo: http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_nkw=High+torque+Metal+Gear+RC+Servo - The wireless Relay: http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?rt=nc&LH;_PrefLoc=2&_nkw=2CH%2012V%20Wireless%20Relay - The 5v Regulators (L7805): http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?rt=nc&LH;_PrefLoc=2&_nkw=5v%20regulators&_fln=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m283 - The magnetic reed switches: http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_nkw=reed+switch - The rare earth magnets: http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_nkw=rare+earth+magnets+n38 - Design/diagram: http://i50.tinypic.com/118emas.jpg

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My venitian blinds beaded turn cord broke, anyone know how I can fix it? Answered

 I had my Venitian Blinds closed and i pulled the beaded cord to open them to just let in a little light and it just kept pulling and wouldn't open. I'm thinking it just came off track inside or something. I can only open them fully by pulling them and have to push them as i pull them back so they don't get stuck on the top that holds the blind on. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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DIY data transver alarm for a blind friend.

Hello! A good friend of me, who happens to be blind, posted an interesting question on facebook earlyer today, and it got me thinking. He wondered if it would be possible to get alarm feedback from a usb key when a file is done saving. So I was thinking, could I somehow do something with a transistor or a relay on a usb cable, to sound an alarm for 1.5 seconds when the voltage turns to absolute zer0. I know how to solder and i did projects before, but never something like this, with this kind of tech. so tips and feedback could be welcome.

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Device Worn on Tongue Allows the Blind to See

For the past 10 years researchers at the University of Wisconsin have been working on making a device that delivers censorial input to the tongue via a matrix of electrodes worn inside the mouth. Using a camera, a computer, and the input device, individuals who have been blind their whole lives are now able to use this relatively simple and non-invasive device to see basic images. Applications for this technology range far and wide, not to mention all the awesome ideas for Instructables that come to mind. More info from the research page...What we have developed is a generic and flexible way to communicate information to people using an array or matrix of small electric stimulators on the surface of the tongue. In much the same way that people can use their fingertips to read Braille letters, which are patterns of raised dots embossed onto a sheet of paper, people can recognize simple spatial patterns using comfortable electrical stimulation of the tongue. For example, we published a preliminary study about two years ago showing that volunteer experimental test subjects could identify very simple geometric patterns such as circles, squares, and triangles. They identified these figures as accurately on the tongue as on the fingertips. And that's when we became excited about the possibilities for a tongue-based electrotactile display, electrotactile being the technical term for electrical stimulation of the sense of touch.The electrical stimulus on the tongue feels like a tingle or vibration; some users have said it feels like soda bubbles. The sensation is well-controlled and not painful unless the user deliberately turns up the level too high. Occasionally it will produce weak metallic taste sensations, a minor side effect. We have never observed any kind of tissue irritation with the gold-plated electrodes.1. One of the applications which has been commercialized is providing vestibular or balance information for people with balance disorders. This is a simple form of sensory substitution, in which the tongue is used to present information from an artificial balance sensor.2. Another application is providing directional or navigational information for people who operate under central command and control scenarios, such as military and civilian rescue personnel. Providing information via the tongue allows them to fully use their vision and hearing to respond to unforeseen threats or hazards. We have shown in the laboratory that it is possible to navigate a virtual maze (like a simple video game) using only information received on the tongue (i.e., buzz on right side of tongue means turn right, etc.).3. A third, more ambitious application would be providing very crude visual information through the tongue for persons who are completely blind. Our colleague Eliana Sampaio at the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France has used our tongue stimulator with a small video camera and demonstrated an equivalent visual acuity of about 20-to-830, which is very poor vision, but possibly useful for certain limited activities with enough practice. Wicab, Inc continues to improve this technology with the aim of commercializing it.4. A fourth application would be providing tactile feedback to the human operators of robots used forhttps://www.instructables.com/edit/new?type=forumTopic various tasks. For example, UW professor Nicola Ferrier is developing a robot controlled by the tongue of persons with quadriplegia which could incorporate touch sensors into its gripper, relaying the touch information back to the user's tongue.This summary taken from Synopsis of Tongue Display Technology 1/3/2008. Lots more information on the research page.More info on the general process of electrotactile stimulation here. (I can't believe that I am actually linking to How Stuff Works for this, but hey, there isn't an Instructable written for everything...yet.)

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Whippy Light: For Greens Who Like to Blind Themselves

This clever light fixture takes the shape of the CFL and manages to incorporate it very well. Of course, the problem is that this only looks good when it's not lit. Turning ti on to, say, light the room will quickly turn this from a conversation piece into a bright nuisance.Nice idea, tho. Link

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Disco Hoodies stop laser beams and blind pilots!

We recently got to hang out with the gang over at Betabrand. They gave us soft and warm Vagisoft Blankets and Disco Hoodies to give away as part of our weekly challenges. We were so blown away by how crazyawesome these reversible disco hoodies were we had an impromptu photo shoot on the roof of the lab. Angelabchua, Natalina, canida and lamedust modeled these hoodies on our fire escape, and passerby pedestrians across the street were wondering what all the reflective commotion was.  Want to win your own reversible Disco Hoodie? Head on over to the Scoochmaroo Challenge: Bling! for all the details. Hurry, the Challenge ends midnight (PST) December 18, 2011!

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I want to use a simple calculator paper and pencil and or open office calc without plugins do blind source seperation?

I want to use a simple calculator paper and pencil and or open office calc without plugins do blind source seperation? I have taken calc 2 but you can see how it is difficult to document and implement without being able to break it down and understand all the symbols...

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some pointers on getting Hunter-Douglas Duette blind back together? Answered

The problem: I pulled the cord that drops the blind from the top and it dropped ... like a rock. Now it will not go back up. It popped the plug that secures the 'top down' control cord and the cord pulled all the way into the top rail. No problem getting the cords all back in place. My problem (today) is getting the top rail assembly all back together. I'm close but can't seem to get that last couple of inches into place. See pics.

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Green bamboo

I am sewing some window blinds for a friend on a very tight budget. I'd like to know if I can use slim bamboo canes straight from the garden as a weight. It will be sewn into a cotton fabric channel at the bottom of the blind. Or should I be only using dried bamboo? ie I am hoping that it wont go mouldy??

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How Do I Attach /Connect Bistro Blinds To An Existing "Colorbond" Carport?

Hi , I hope there is help here? I have wracked my brain s out !!!  I built an awning off the house - Well I didn't  ...a tradie did... but to my specs..and the awning is useless as it needs sides... so I want to put up bistro (Plastic ) blinds... I think the weight of them will be too heavy .. Or when I screw into a hollow beam I will have no way of stopping the beam from stretching as it's  has thin and light sides...  So I need help Do I go through to the other side of the beam to put into place a ????  Maybe I want a strong metal sleeve that will enable me to screw ? bolt? attach these blinds?? Any ideas? Thanks heaps if you read this ....and have any ideas...!

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Crazy Rubik's Cube Variations

Love this list of different takes on the classic Rubik's Cube. There's one for the blind, odd shapes, and even the massively complex one in the picture below.Of course we have plenty of Rubik's Cube Instructables here as well, including a Blind Man's Cube and a whole list of others. 10 Creative Rubik's Cubes via Core77

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Proximity Sensor 1' - 25'; Bat Ears for a Blind Woman

First of all, I'm a noob in electronics, so please explain your jargon as you would to a 3 year old. I am smart & learn quickly. So, I really want to make my blind 80 year-old grandmother a pair of bat ears. I bought her one of those sonic distance measureres from home-depot because of the barely audible tic they send out to bounce off wall/etc and record the time it takes the signal to return. You can hear the tic, and with your eyes closed.. you can kinda tell how far things are away from you just by listening. She loves it, and it just barely.. kinda works. What I"m shooting for is a single over-ear headphone (xbox-live communicator style) with some type of proximity sensor attached, sending a constant signal to the headphone... low for long distances, gradually higher for gradually closer distances. Any reasonable suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Tarantula Defends Territory Against Owner; Owner Almost Blinded

Got a pet tarantula? Better protect your eyes ----------------------- WASHINGTON Fri Jan 1, 2010 10:53am EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Here's some advice stemming from the unusual case of a man who had spider hairs stuck in his cornea: Be sure to cover your eyes when hanging around with your pet tarantula. Ophthalmologists at St. James's University Hospital in Leeds, England, used high magnification lenses to find out what made the man's eye red, watery and light-sensitive, according to a study reported in the British medical journal The Lancet on Thursday. They discovered hair-like projections stuck in the man's cornea. It was a light bulb moment for the patient, who remembered that three weeks earlier he had been cleaning a stubborn stain on the glass tank of his pet, a Chilean Rose tarantula. "He sensed movement in the terrarium. He turned his head and found that the tarantula, which was in close proximity, had released 'a mist of hairs' which hit his eyes and face," the doctors wrote. They said the man's condition was rare. The authors noted that the Chilean Rose tarantula releases the barbed hair on the back of its body to defend against predators. "We suggest that tarantula keepers be advised to routinely wear eye protection when handling these animals," the doctors said.   ----------------------- Ok, so he might not have been blinded, but in theory, he could have developed a horrible infection that could have blinded him.  I'm listing tarantulas next to porcupines as pets to not own. Image Credit:  David Thorne  

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Seeing-eye cane

One of the iRobot entries was an excellent idea to turn it into a seeing eye cane.I'm afraid somebody has taken the idea further.

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How would one go about creating a device that takes in light, analyzes its color, and outputs tones based on frequency?

I want to create a wearable device, head mounted maybe on a pair of glasses, that takes in light, analyzes its color, and outputs different tones based on the color of the light. Basically a color sensing device for someone color blind. Any ideas on the requisite skills, parts, and such?

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What gauge wire should I use for doing circuit board work?

Particularly the motorized window blinds controller.

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Would shades, or sunglasses protect you from flashbangs?

Let's say you are in a situation where every second counts. Do wearing shades or sunglasses protect your eyes from temporary blindness as a result of a military grade flashbang? If not, what are some ways to protect yourself from the bright, instant flash of a flashbang? What are some ways I could imitate the blinding flash of a flash bang, without having to use actual flash bangs for an experiment? I'd appreciate your ideas.

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Condom Band-Aid, Top-Down Blinds, Laser Light Show...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Dec. 6, 2007 Welcome back! The holidays are almost upon us. To celebrate, Instructables and CRAFT Magazine are announcing the beginning of the Homemade Holidays Contest! Win a CRAFT boxed gift set, a robot holiday ornament, and other cool prizes. Check out these cool instructables! The World's Loudest Party Popper - The Most Portable Film Canister Cannon A powerful pocket-sized noisemaker you can make from re-used components.posted by Kiteman on Nov 14, 2007 How To Fool a Fingerprint Security System As Easy As ABC This instruction will show you how to fool most of the fingerprint security systems out there. posted by tycoyoken on Dec 3, 2007 Personal Wicked Laser Light Show Create your own personal laser light show with everyday objects. posted by FathomBoy91 on Dec 2, 2007 LCD Overhead Projector Get a free LCD from a dead laptop and turn it into your own video projector.posted by waterppk on Dec 1, 2007 Create Your Own Top-Down Blinds Create top-down blinds for a fraction of the cost of special order blinds!posted by jen_higginbotham on Dec 1, 2007 Win a laser cutter worth over $15,000! Building a climbing wall at the top of the stairs With a climbing wall in your home you'll be able to climb for 20-30 minutes every day with almost no setup time. posted by ewilhelm on Nov 30, 2007 How To Make A Ball Machine! Have you ever wondered about how to make enormous and Wondrous Ball Machines? Now you can design and build your own!posted by Trainman 2000 on Dec 2, 2007 Strong and Tough Platform Bed DIY Build a DIY platform bed that will last for years for $60-$90. posted by trz on Dec 3, 2007 Novel Use for a Condom! There's more than one way to use a condom to stay healthy.posted by LUCCHINA on Nov 22, 2007 How to make artArt-making is one of the easiest and most lucrative of human activities. Learn to make it in exchange for food, shelter, sex, fame and money.posted by randofo on Nov 28, 2007   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus 


This is me - where are you?

I was browsing XKCD and I found ... me!This is so spooky - it's like the guy was looking through my blinds.Is there a cartoon that sums you up?

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how do i install the windows xp blue luna theme on windows 7?

I want to install the original windows xp home edition theme (i think its called Luna). and windows blinds doesn't work so i installed UXstyle core with is an in memory uxtheme.dll pitcher but after running that and putting the theme in the themes folder i don't know were to go from here any help would be appreciated

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How do I make a pattern for a pair of shoes? Answered

I am experimenting with a pattern for a boot, but I feel like I'm flying blind. If someone has done this please post an Instructable!

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AXE023 MOTOR DRIVER BOARD HELP?

I try to Build A Motorized Window Blinds Controller with a AXE023 MOTOR DRIVER BOARD CANT SET UP THE CODE. ANYBOBY CAN HELP ME PLEASE THANK YOU

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