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View count not consistant

Hey guys, i have noticed a problem with view counts when you are logged into instructables and logged off. When i am logged on, my instructable * * has over 3,150 views and 14 favorites. When i am logged off, or someone else views the instructable and isnt logged in, the view count drops to 947 and only has 9 favorites. After refreshing a couple times the view count goes up to 2,144. And then if i log back in again, the view count is back to over 3,150. Whats going on here? 

Topic by hoogen    |  last reply

Consistent output with arduino

Hi guys! I have a little project that i could use some help with. I am quite new to the arduino, and not that steady in the code, but im hoping on getting there! The project im building is a litte controller that drives a relay output. The controller is connected to a photo-cell that has a two pin output. This output is shorted at various times depending on the movement in front of the photocell. What i need is for the arduino to close the relay for the same period (say 0,5s) each time the photocell circut is closed. And maybe block a repeating signal from the photocell within 0,5s Is this possible in some way? Any help much appreciated!

Topic by maceide    |  last reply

What thickener gives a gel-consistency, and not jelly-consistency?

Hey people! I have a liquid I would like to thicken to the consistency where it can be spread on bread. I just don't want to blend in too many calories, so I just want to use some thickener. But what thickener gives a gel-like consistency, and not a jelly-like? The difference (in my head) is that if you poke the surface of a gel, your finger sinks into it, and if you do the same with a jelly, the surface bends. So jelly is the wobbly stuff like jell-o, while gel is more like hairgel. Problem is just that I don't know which thickener to use... I have these in consideration: Cornstarch, tried, worked kind of, but not when cooled down in the fridge. Went from almost tolerably jelly, to very jelly Tapioca, should be like cornstarch, but more fridge-tolerant. Any thoughts? Flour, not very powerful, and gives a bad taste in those quantities Agar agar, less wobbly than gelatine, but still kind of jelly. Pectin, still haven't tried it, but know it is used for jam, and jam can be spread, but can also be kind of wobbly, any thoughts? Also, any other suggestions?

Question by ELF    |  last reply

A Perplexing Plurality of Privacy Policies

Near the bottom of many of the pages found on, there is a section labeled "About Us", and underneath that heading there is a list of various links,  titled: "About","Advertise","Press","Contact","Jobs","Legal","Help", and "Privacy Policy" The problem is this:  The link titled "Privacy Policy", does not always link to the same URL. On some pages it links here: However on other pages it links here: One of those pages is the simple, honest PP that Instructables has had for as long as I can remember, going back to the distant bygone era of at least 2008, by my recollection at least. The other page is, what I am guessing is, the privacy policy "inherited" from Autodesk, back in 2011, which was a long time ago, but not that long ago. In contrast to the old Instructables PP, the newer Autodesk PP seems to me to be a little bit more labyrinthine.  You know:  you follow a link, then you follow another link...;=14175119;=14175119#9;=13252943 and that leads to an op-out form, which contains the plural question: "Would you like to receive information from Autodesk, our affiliates, or partners including information about new products and special promotions? Via Email?Via Phone? Via Postal Mail?" And there are three little [Yes][No] radio buttons for those. For some reason, maybe it's just the voices in my head,  I don't even want to know what happens to anyone who submits that form. I mean its probably mostly harmless.  Probably.   But, still, I don't want to touch it. Anyway... my point here is that even though no one ever actually reads the privacy polices, it would be nice if all the links that say "Privacy Policy" on Instructables point to the same page.  I think it  would look more consistent and sane that way. Moreover, it would be extra special nice, if the PP page all Instructables pages link to is the nice, simple one, on the Instructables domain, here: And maybe everyone here could just ignore that other PP on the Autodesk domain. I mean, that's my suggestion for solving the consistency problem. In fact there exists a clause in the Instructables PP under "Business Transfers", and the language in that sort of infers  the Autodesk PP may be in effect.  That is, assuming everyone knows about Instructables being owned by Autodesk. What I'm saying it that you could just leave it up the members who read the Instructables PP, to conclude that the AutoDesk PP may be in effect,  that might be good enough, and interested persons could look into that can of worms, on Autodesk's domain, on their own if they want to. In conclusion:  Just change all the links titled "Privacy Policy" to point to: and call that good.  Because the alternative, links to plural PPs across different domains, is confusing, and kinda looks inconsistent and bad.

Topic by Jack A Lopez    |  last reply

Title image for instructable isn't consistent

I posted this instructable this morning, and only just noticed that the main image you see when viewing the instructable and the main image you see when browsing or looking at my instructables on my member page are different images. Is there a bug, or is there something you need to do to specify the main image in the new editor?

Topic by M3G    |  last reply

What do RGB LED Signal Amps consist of?

Im sure this is a little bit of a noob question, but i was wondering what rgb amps are made of, and if it were possible to make one for cheaper than the ones that you can buy? the amps that i am speaking of are like this i dont really know what kind of response ill get from this, but any information on any thing or any better amps would be wonderful!

Question by the seaker    |  last reply

how can i be consistent in printing with rubberized innk?

I have a problem with rubberized ink.. . some tutorials say that I have to press it hard but when i do, it's like the paint is being scraped and the "shiny" effect is not achieved.. . I don't know what to do with the rubberized ink.. another thing is that, where does "bleeding" come from? I mean, what mistake can I possibly commit to see that on my shirt? is it because of not enough pressure? another thing, about the sides of the image, sometimes i do get a "scraped" line on the side of the image.. .why is that so? Can you give me some insights on what errors to prevent? thanks

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What is the code for the project consists of lcd with IRsensors with arduino uno project Answered

What is the code for the project consists of lcd with IRsensors with arduino uno project it works at the expense of the number of cars that pass the street with an account number in an hour and one which looks like the work of the work of system accounting system

Question by مرادا    |  last reply

How do I make a good video consisting several different "parts"? Answered

I want to make a good video consisting several different "parts" (files), edit it into an uninterrupted overall, then post it on youtube and then embed it to Instructables?

Question by Mr. Muggle    |  last reply

Can your microcontroller give me consistent random signals, and if so which microcontroller would that be?

Can your microcontroller give me consistent random signals, and if so which microcontroller would that be?  I need a microcontroller to send consistent, random signals for these applications: LED lighting/lasers micro gate valves/pumps and all these would be low voltage I look forward to hearing back from you! Thank you, best, Michael McGee 415-307-5654

Question by mastermind.m2    |  last reply

is it needed to use a resistor in a circuit consisting of a 12 volt motor and a 12volt rechargable battery .

I' making a wheel chair run by a 12 volt rechargable  battery connected to a 12volt motor and also a switch.Is a resistor needed,if needed what resistor should be used?Can I use a variable resistor

Question by pvamsi    |  last reply

What are these devices consisting of audio jack and LED(s) OR IR-transistors OR similar looking parts? Answered

I was cleaning in the office I work in and found these two devices on the picture. Now I'm curious what are these for as I couldn't derive the purpose from the looks. One of them has a mono 3.5mm audio jack and two LEDs or similar looking parts - 5mm round transparent things. One side of the enclosure around each "LED" has a sticky tape. If they would be attached to something then the "LED" would face 45 degrees from the surface. The other has a stereo 2.5 mm audio jack and one dark IR-reciver-like thing in a small round enclosure. The enclosure has two small holes on the other side, but I'm not sure if they are important. I tried the one with two "LED"-s in a headphone socket but nothing happened.

Question by Libahunt    |  last reply

Does anyone know of a hand held seed planter?

We'd like a seed planter which spaces different sizes of seeds for easier and more consistent planting.


Propelling a Ping Pong Ball 17 feet

We are doing a project where we have to consistently shoot a ping pong ball 17 feet into a pail. Any suggestions or ideas?

Topic by dylanwil    |  last reply

Microcontroller Contest

Paragraph 4 of the official rules of the microcontroller contest states that the deadline for entry is August 25, 2014. The front page bullet points states the deadline is November 10, 2014.  These should be consistent.  Which is the correct data?

Topic by waltx    |  last reply

How do I get my five year old potty trained for #2. He sometimes goes on the potty, but not consistently ? Answered

My five year old doesn't care if he has stink in his underwear and he refuses to sit on the toilet and try to go when I smell he has defecated a little bit in his underwear

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I noticed on the forum page overview, that the page header is always "instructables". As far as I know, it is the only page that doesn't say what it actually is. I suggest changing the header to something like "Forums - Page 1", simply for continuity and consistency.

Topic by The Jamalam    |  last reply

Anyone have this song?

I'm looking for Black Bear Caller Herrin, a scotish song, anyone have it by chance? It seems that the "p2p" community thinks that the scots consist of drunken scotsmen that have no other song but amazing grace to toot on their pipes. -Punk

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply


I need a dehumidifier system. I am thinking of using peltier heat pump as it consist of a cooled can catch moisture from the air cuming to it  and convert it into water... is that possible or anybody done this before.. anybody having any idea about it please tell...!

Topic by samrac    |  last reply

Best LED driver

I am looking at making a chandelier which will consist of 6 groups of 13 LEDs. Since this is being hooked to a 120 volt circuit I will need a LED driver. Is it better to build the driver myself or just buy one.

Question by lokerin    |  last reply

how to control robot using RF module?

Hi,I'm new to robotics ...I'm building a robot which consists L293D motor driver which drives two dc motors .The problem is how to control it using RF module???

Question by kausdaware    |  last reply

Modified RC car

I've been working on this sucker, and I have so far added a battery pack to it that consists of 8X AA NiMh rechargeables and it goes like sh*t on a stick! 13v when it's fully charged! Check it out! Wheel cam:

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply

Congratulations Everyone!

Congratulations to all the winners of our first contest here. Voting for favorites was a very strenuous, bordering on impossible task considering the consistent quality of what we saw here. Well done and thanks to all who submitted projects - we'll be featuring a ton of them on our blog in the coming weeks.

Topic by PopSci    |  last reply

What's the best Dremel bit for engraving aluminum? Answered

I want to engrave a design into a block of aluminum with my Dremel. It needs to be about 1/16" deep and 1/16" wide and consists of curves and lines. What is the best bit to use?

Question by JamesRPatrick    |  last reply

2 identical tablet batteries in parallel

Hello, is it possible to put 2 identical cube u30gt2 7.2 volt batteries in  parallel? Does the internal circuit handle it? Each battery consists of 2 3.7 volt batteries in series. thx, Mark

Topic by ComputerhulpL    |  last reply

What's a good thing to carve stuff out of?

I was thinking something with the consistency of linoleum, but i can't find any linoleum cubes or something similar. Anyone know something similar to linoleum that i can carve stuff out of?

Topic by jelly.turf    |  last reply

Sonic 2-like game that is all special stages and a level editor?

I want a game consisting of Sonic 2-Special-Stage-Like areas and a level editor to make your own to play. Can someone make such a game please?

Topic by crazytobuildmc    |  last reply

does anyone know what oil is used in making grain of rice necklaces?

There are necklaces that consist of a tiny vial with a grain of rice in them with usually your name written on them. They suspend the rice in a clear oil. I was wondering what oil is used. Thanks!!

Question by phenixa    |  last reply

how to connect the waterflow meter to raspberry pi

Please help in getting the output of the water flow meter tahat consists of a output wire and how we can interface the gpio pins to the water flow meter please help me as soon as possible thanking u all

Topic by avinashd9  

New photo uploader broken

The new flash uploader is broken. I can still select it, but it presents with no upload or browse button, so I have to use the old one. it's lightning fast today, but still annoying to have to individually select the pictures. This error comes up consistently since late last night in chromium.

Topic by Lithium Rain    |  last reply

Voltage Control: 20v DC

I am trying to find an electronic part that will take in anywhere between 12-36v and put out a consistent 20v. What could do this? And how can I get one? If amperage matters, I'll probably be putting between 1 and 4 amps through it.

Topic by V-Man737    |  last reply

Does anyone know about Suspension Yoga, How to make one cheap and safe? Answered

Suspension Yoga is made by OmGym and consists of a hammock, and four foot/hand holds, that tie to a tree. It is a really cool thing I would love to practice monkey skills on! Thanks!

Question by KTH    |  last reply

business card holder?

I'm in a real estate associated business and am looking for some help in designing and then building a business card holder. The plastic ones that are ubiquitous in office supply stores are expensive and generic. I'm wanting it to consist of wood and basically "slide" together to hold the cards. It must be very simple to construct. Thanks so much.

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Can any body make some sort of arduino device that shoots something at and intruder crossing a tripwire. I know you get those fairly simple set ups which consists of LED, a laser, buzzer and photosensitive sensor, but this would be interesting. Thank You Super Me

Topic by NebulaIX    |  last reply

Can I make a 15W+ 1-5Ohm resistor?

I'm making a yard sprayer with a 12V, 5amp pump.  It works great, but I'd like to add in a 2nd, slower speed setting for situations where I want less fluid going through the sprayer.  It needs to a be a simple fast/slow switch, not a variable resistor, since I need the flow rate to be repeatable and consistent.  Ideally, I'd like to make about a 2-ohm resistor, that would need to be able to handle about 15W.  Unfortunately, no local shops have anything like that, and I don't want to wait for an on-line order to get shipped. Is there any way to make a DIY resistor to roughly achieve these characteristics?  (Like I said, the important part is that it will be a consistent resistance value, not a specific resistance value, and not burn up with 2-4 amps going through it..)

Topic by SvdSinner    |  last reply

I have looked at some soldering videos and was wonder if anybody could suggest what i need to get started in Soldering?

I have tried to solder a few times, but not much look and was looking for maybe a complete set or what it may consist of in it. Any answer would be very appreciated, thanks.~Like2Learn~?

Question by Like2Learn    |  last reply

Im new to the LED Flashlight building. Im wondering if a Capastior would be of any use. Could anyone Help?

My circuit consists of 12 140,000 mcd Green LED's and 2 9v piggy backed to make 18v. my resistors are calculated to 180ohm. im wiring 3 strings of 4 LED's in series.

Question by DaddyDeadLegg    |  last reply

Nerf Dragonfire Drone

I have been thinking about a design for a nerf variation of the dragonfire drones from black ops 2. It would consist of two remote control helecopters of relatively large size, and some kind of firing mechanism mounted in between them. Any suggestions or input? I need ideas!

Topic by nerfrocketeer    |  last reply

Digital or Analog Micrometer?

I've been looking into buying a micrometer, but having never owned (or for that matter, touched) a micrometer before, I am unsure of whether a digital or an analog one would be better. By better, I mean accurate, consistent, etc. Has anyone had any experience in buy a micrometer? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Topic by Bran    |  last reply

Converting a LCD video brochure into a monitor.

I've recently found a video brochure, that consists of a 4.3" lcd display module, among other things. I'm interested in turning it into a second monitor for my computer. Is it possible to connect it through a mini-usb? (other means also welcome) Thanks oukes

Topic by Kleinkieser    |  last reply

Up and Coming

Contrary to popular belief, I havent left instructables, and I havent died. I have however been working on bunches of projects (some of which you may remember from my "Things I'm Going to Post Soon" slideshow). Unfortunately, most projects, such as a crossbow, slide-action pistol, semi-auto sniper, etc., have miserably failed. And even worse, several projects (FAMAS, M6G, and the D.R.A.G.O.N) have been demolished for lack of pieces, and will need to be rebuilt. The first project to be posted will be my M6G Magnum (halo 1 pistol), which should be up by the end of the week, followed by my completely new Sniper, the KSR (at least until I find a better name), which I have made since, according to previous feedback, my R700 simply wasnt cutting the jib. It features an extremely comfortable handle, an upgraded trigger system, and better overall statistics (range and accuracy). After that is posted, I might be able to rebuild the FAMAS, or the DRAGON, but dont get your hopes up, they are hard to remake, so I'll probably just make a new gun, such as the Shipka SMG. Stats: M6G Magnum •Range: ~ 20-30 ft. •Accuracy: Consistent •Mag: Loads 9 pcs. KSR •Range: ~65-70 ft. (depending on bands) •Accuracy: Very Consistent •Mag: Single shot / rail system FAMAS •Range: ~30-40 ft. •Accuracy: Good consistency •Mag: Loads 12 pcs. D.R.A.G.O.N •Range: ~50-80 ft. (depending on ammo type) •Accuracy: Medium consistency •Mag: Single shot / dual rail system PS - Constructive critisism is welcome, but dont just say: "wow _____ gun sucks" The pictures are as follows: 1. M6G Magnum (w/ comparison) 2. KSR 3. FAMAS (w/ comparison) 4. D.R.A.G.O.N

Topic by Big Z    |  last reply

Pro vs. premium membership?

I just learned that Instructables are giving classes. It's free for premium. I know I'm pro. But am I premium member? Are they two different things or the same? Also the class is $29.95, usually consists of a series of lessons, is $29.95 for one of a series of lessons or for all of them? Thanks if anybody can help me.

Topic by babybayrs    |  last reply

How do you go about removing salts from bore water with magnets?

There are some products about that claim to remove/breakdown salts etc from bore water. They consist of a giant magnet that straps around the PVC out flow of your bore. They can cost over $1000 AU. - Is it possible to DIY

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If I want to collect rain water inside a light funnel (glass), how would the drainage system work?

 The existing flooring consists of  concrete slabs 230mm thick sitting on top of concrete beams 450mm thick, and the diameter on the bottom of the funnel is about 4 meters. Thank you for your help :)

Question by matisha23    |  last reply

Atmel AVR IDE/assembler won't run (Windows 8)

I'm trying to write some code for my AVR in assembly, but I cannot get either the Atmel studio 6.0 (with or without sp1) or AVR32 studio 2.6 to run. Studio 6.0 with the service pack states that it will work on windows 8 but consistently gives the error message "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)". AVR32 generates a Java error. This is consistent across all compatability settings and running as administrator. This is on a pretty much clean install of windows 8 pro x64, with all updates and the latest release of both 32 and 64 bit Java. All other software has installed and run without issues, including the equivalent software for microchips microcontrollers. I would appreciate any suggestions as to how to get this software to run, or any alternatives that may work. Thanks in advance for any help.

Question by The Skinnerz  

LED circuitry help

Hello, I am wanting to make an LED circuit consisting of 11 blue LED's and a 9v battery. Can someone tell me which LED's to use, which resistor to use, how the LED's should be aligned (series/parallel), etc. for this? I do not know electricity very well at all and would rather not screw this up. Thank you

Topic by jgruber1    |  last reply

Voter Suppression by MOEN

I'm using Chrome. When I click to Vote (upper right of page) on an instructable such as:  the MOEN ad stays in front obscuring the voting popup. Similar eclipsing issue happens, although not consistently, after I click the '+ Collection' button to add the instructable to my collection.

Topic by alcurb    |  last reply

Huge working crossbow!

In art class in school the other day, I took a bunch of random things - this metal thing, some yard sticks, a ruler, fishing line, a plastic thing, and this wooden bit, and made a giant working cross bow. The trigger system consists of two chip clips. With a bad piece of fishing line, the rnage is 40 feet.

Topic by sugg22    |  last reply

Could you use Mastic as a wall texturing stuff? Answered

I love mastic, it's affordable at 3 Gallons for $34.00.  It has a consistency like cream cheese or frosting, dries rock hard and is easy to clean up and work with.   So...  could I use it as a wall texturing compound? Thanks for any clues -foo

Question by foobear    |  last reply

View spikes on Instructables

Ok, so I was looking at my stat chart, viewing each Instructable individually, and I noticed something. On the day it is published, it gets a few views, and then the next day, there is a large spike and then it goes down again in the following days. How do you get your Instructable to have a more consistent view rate? Does it have to have a big "wow" factor? 

Topic by darman12    |  last reply