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Engine Cumbustion & Etc.

I've been knocking around an idea in my head and I was wondering if anyone had an answer to a few problems associated with said idea. One of the problems/road-blocks is how do modern cars run? More specifically, is the gasoline that goes into the pistons for combustion an actual air/gas mixture, or is it air/liquid-gasoline? And is there a way to manually adjust the ratio of air-to-combustible? The reason I ask is because I was hypothesizing whether or not it would be feasible to replace gasoline with a more efficient combustible, and this combustible would greatly depend on what is actually put into a modern petroleum-based car engine's pistons. Thanks for any info!

Topic by kenizl86    |  last reply


Buying stuff (in LA etc)

Where can I buy cheap touch sensors and switches?? (in LA)

Topic by neee  


CREO, SolidWorks, Catia, Etc.?

Sort of a broad question here - if it deviates too much from the theme of these forums, my apologies. I was just curious to know, of those of you who use manufacturing design software, which do you prefer and why? 

Topic by PlasticPanama    |  last reply


Comment HTML formatting, etc.

Re: this thread , I hate to have to say this but I don't think it's the best idea to make a big thing ofd the ability to use arbitrary HTML in comments.  Yes, it's great to be able to go  G o o g l e all over the place, but the lack of source editor for non-pro members actually cripples the editor, including the ability to save the text of a comment with formatting/links etc. and post it later (or just keep it in case the editor screws up and deletes your comment, like it just did to me).  While the point of the pro value-added features is to make people want to go pro and "non-essential but cool" features are probably the best way of doing that without creating resentment, I still suspect the anti-pro regiment like ReCreate etc. don't need another reason to accuse pro members of lording it over the great unwashed.

Topic by PKM  


Hacking (etc) car fobs

Those fobs you get with new cars are hideously expensive, and I'm sure it's 100% profit for those selling them. Can anyone here direct me to a site that sells them at reasonable prices, and some info on programming them for my car? Also, one thing that's astonished me for years is that no one has built a kind of "run-all-frequencies" transmitter, such that some evil person could walk around in a neighborhood or mall parking lot and set them all off! The circuits and info must be available somewhere! (I"m not about to do this myself--too many other fun things on my plate.)

Topic by Curiousguy99    |  last reply


RF remote Microcontroller etc?

So I found this remote control deal http://www.lightobject.com/1Ch-Remote-TX-Unit-IC-1527-C1-case-P385.aspx For the past few months I've bounced around the idea of using a hacked remote to turn the lights in my room on and off. This, however, makes hacking stuff a non issue. However, I still don't know how to make the remote communicate with a microcontroller. The one I linked appears to have an antenna, which is undesirable, but could become an option if nothing else. I also would like to see if I can find a similar control that uses infrared. Right, so, Basically I want a remote that sends a single signal to some kind of Microcontroller. When this signal is received, I want the microcontroller to emit a single pulse to toggle a latching relay to turn my lights on and off. Where should I look to find ideas or buy parts? I already have an Arduino, but I think I'd rather build a knockoff for a permanent circuit. So thanks in advance.

Question by mrmerino    |  last reply


How do you make a yo-yo that's not made out of cans, and its still easy?

I've seen instructable(s) on yo-yo(s) made out of cans, but is it possible to melt plastic/use rubber/use metal to make yo-yo(s) and its still easy and safe to make?

Question by origamianything    |  last reply


New Category Suggestion

Hi;   I'd like to see a category for National Forests, Parks, etc.  Special features, great campsites, super swimmin' holes, beautiful but little known sights, etc.  I just thought of another one I'd like info from/on:   Unique, Out of the Ordinary Events, & Festivals      For example:  Following the Sheep Festival held yearly in Idaho. Other not-well-known festivals of interest. . . .     I drove 2-1/2 hrs. one time to go see the Outhouse Festival in Kansas. Include things like dog agility competetions, cat shows, horse events, food events, etc etc. Looking for something interesting to do. . . Thanks for your consideration! Gale Green.

Topic by GaleG1    |  last reply


Games

This is not my website but this is where you can do really awesome things. The website is www.warriorcats.com

Topic by Hobo Joe_  


New Editor

I'm doing my first Instructable and using the New Editor. My underlines and indenting show in the individual step editing but not in Full Preview. I save each step. Do you maybe know what my problem is?

Topic by dick55    |  last reply


ginger ale?

 made ginger beer when I was 8. did not understand how volatile it is. made 6 flagons and they all went  kaboom- together with the roof of our new coal shed- that was 1958 . Still trying to make the Jamaican style  Andrew

Question by andrew gibson    |  last reply


Robot Dance

It's little known but robots were first invented by timid engineers who didn't want to dance at parties and also didn't want to seem socially inept. This is a video of a new breed of social robots created for companionship and dancing. This is also is why you should build this robot suit. LED robot suit

Topic by lamedust    |  last reply



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

Topic by The Jamalam    |  last reply


Building a bar, which materials etc. Answered

I plan on building a bar, but i don't know what sort of wood to use, i have already designed it in Google Sketch-up, so could someone help. the design includes alot of detail including raised and lowered parts. 

Question by rrrmanion    |  last reply


Adjustable Signal...radio, bluetooth, etc.

I am trying to figure out how to control a device that will be "off" while in the range of a transmitter (short range...under 10ft) and then turn on when it goes beyond the range of the signal. I would also like it to be an adjustable range. I was thinking the device would be "on" constantly as the transmitter tells it not to activate, but once it leaves the signal range it would activate.  Any thoughts? Thank you in advance.

Topic by milkyway312    |  last reply


LEGO (or KNEX, etc) diorama desk

So, I had a cool idea for a desk. I would take the desktop off and cut out the majority of the center of it so it sort of looked like a picture frame. Then I would turn it into a rectangular box on the edges about 6" deep, and then box in the cut out portion. Then I would fill in the center box with some sort of cool LEGO diorama (or anything you want). Add in some cool lighting and slap a piece of glass on the top and it could be pretty sweet. Comments/suggestions? I also need to figure out if I should buy a desk and modify it or just build my own.

Topic by Zacharoni  


Light balls: juggling, toys, etc.

This idea just popped into my mind and I thought it wouldn't be that complicated to make, maybe even in time for christmas! I was thinking about juggling balls that would light up upon movement, except I don't know how to make them. I don't know how big/heavy motion sensors are, but couple them with leds and a battery, stick everything inside a plastic ball and presto.. or am I simplifying too much?.. Better than that would be to use the power generated by the movement to light up the leds, somewhat similar to Powerballs, but that I have no clue as how to do.. So, any ideas on how to make them?

Topic by snuffmeister    |  last reply


CAT PROOFING MY JEWELRY ETC....

I have a multi-toed (Polydactal) cat blessed with the ability to access most anything, and even open cabinets and drawers that slide open and shut. I have quite a few sets of earrings (by a few I mean close to 50ish) - I probably wear a variety of about 4 now because it's too hard to keep the favorites out and visible without my cat also seeing and being able to access them.  I saw some earring display ideas on the site, however, I really want to make something that is easy on the eyes but not something that becomes the center of attention in the room.  HELP!!!!

Topic by Bigsocks28  


What are all these cookies on Instructables, etc?

I don't know if most people can read their own cookies.Today when I signed on instructables with a clear cache , I got these cookies:consumerist.com SESSID_GANJAconsumerist.com GANJAUSERSETTINGSApparently ganja means smoking pot. Why give me those cookies?Here are some other cookies I think stink.ACIDBASEROLL (< who's being "wicked ... in High places"? Everybody must get stoned?)doubleclick.* (tracking cookie)hitbox.* (tracking cookie)2o7.* (tracking cookie)KIDYMD paypal.com (when I haven't been there)RU4 (are you for... as in RU4 86? what are you for?)test-loyalty (do you like Bush?)lucky# geoinfo (where are you now?)FLASH9 (hidden)I will post more sneaky looking cookies as I get them. I can't remember more now.If anyone is a truthful expert on cookies, share more clues.dttd://CMD MSG 41387 04551.70280 ETX (user defined protocol)

Topic by VIRON    |  last reply


Detroit-area resources, stores, etc

Hello, fellow Michiganders! *points to palm*I recently learned about Silicon Alley Recyclers, a Warren (10 and Ryan) outfit that takes cast-off computers and stuff (mostly from corporate environments), refurbs the machines, and sells them (cheap). I've taken the opportunity to unload some of my old boat-anchors, and I've picked up some neat hardware too. Are there other similar outfits in the area?A fun place for supplies is Arts and Scraps in Ann Arbor, which carries all sorts of industrial offcuts, recycled whatsits, and nifty thingamabobs. I don't know how else to describe it. I had a few bushels of cellphone parts to get rid of, and A&S; took the keypads and cases off my hands eagerly. (They wouldn't take the PCBs, which I still need to dispose of.)Cranbrook's art school has a directory of metal suppliers in the area, and I've personally been getting stuff from Metal Mart at 13 and Dequindre in Warren, right around the corner. They're cool with small orders, and very laid-back about shopping. After saying hi, they'll generally just ask you to go back and browse until you find what you want. There's a nice rack of scraps and pieces up near the front, which usually has all I need.For electronics parts, ever since K40 on Van Dyke and Michigan Radio (the store, not the broadcasting service) closed I've been going to Abel Electronics in St Clair Shores, and once in a while I'll hit up RS Electronics in Livonia. I need to stop in at Galco Industrial Electronics one of these days, since they're also right around the corner. There's a new Grainger in Madison Heights on Whitcomb (13 1/2 mile) but I've never been in there.Okay, that's my braindump for now. If you know more suppliers, please reply to this post, otherwise start a new thread so this one stays on-topic and info-dense.

Topic by Myself    |  last reply


I want to start a website, help and recommendations for web hosting, etc.?

I want to start a website, I want forums and maybe a chat. I want a pretty cheap website host (no higher than 7 dollars a month). Do you have any suggestions or help?

Topic by halzep    |  last reply


Pi Tau Sigma

So I got an invitation to join. Any members? I read the wiki article, not terribly illuminating. Like to know more before I join up.

Topic by Tool Using Animal    |  last reply


Something to do with an oldcd player

Hi everybody! Okay , Let's talk I have 5 old cd players here that I can break , open , use the parts and etc. and I want to know if there's a cool thing to do with these eletronics they are working , and there's no use for them, so could someone show me any cool ideia to do with them ? I tried to do a amplifier to my cellphone to listen to music here,but it didn't work as well I wanted Sorry if the topic is at the wrong place , and I have already took a look at the site, and didn't find some nice ideia :o

Topic by mcamargo  


Help making an LED lamp

Alright, I want to make an LED grow light for my plants because the window I want to put them in doesn't get enough sun. I need quite a bit of light for this application and it will have to be on for a significant part of every day so LED is a must. I've been looking at the prices and it seems like the most economical option is to buy some LEDs off ebay, buy a driver... maybe some resistors... then mock up some kind of heat sink to connect them to. I was considering about 10-20 ten watt on chip LEDs. This light is going to be in a room I'm in a lot so I don't want to go with any funky colors. I'd like to just use daylight spectrum LEDs. Something around 6500k. Anyway, I'm thinking it makes the most sense to get one big driver to run all the LEDs rather than one driver for each. That just seems cheaper and frankly more interesting. But I need help understanding how to wire the whole thing together and understanding whether I need resistors etc. So I'm looking for some general help figuring out what to buy and then how to wire it all together. Thanks :)

Topic by WillE2    |  last reply


Things we carry on us.

After reading an article in regards to what we carry in our pockets I was thinking if people wanted to post what they carry on their person it may be interesting. Responses can be things you carry on your person or things you carry in your pockets, in your packs/ purses, or even whats on your keychain (in the event you are a minimalist) whichever is your preference. They say you can tell alot by a person by going through there pockets so lets here it, whats in your pockets??? Unfortunatly its late here so my post will have to wait until the morning as it will be rather lengthy.

Topic by wd4.0    |  last reply


Can someone explain thes to me? Answered

I'v been studing electronics for a long time and ran acrost this at a web site this morning.  What are tubes?  Ive seen transistors and thought they were the betinning.  What are tubes and what are all the other symbols on the diagram. Can someone explain all of them (the simbols)  to me and what there purpose is?  Hurry ive only got about a month left of my vacaton and the its back to shool. Some day when I get the the noble piece prise for knowledge I'll include you all in my accpteance speach. PS  I've posted the skematic that didn't post before.

Question by i-want-to-know-it-all    |  last reply


Pro suggestion: Priority Instructable/etc reviewing

A suggestion from me - where an instructable contravenes the secret submission guidelines (the ones that include words like 'guns' 'alcohol' 'set fire to' etc where the 'ible needs to be reviewed  should be pushed to the top of the pile. Assuming others think that's fair?

Topic by tim_n    |  last reply


Cable tester? xlr, jack, phono etc

It looks pretty simple: http://www.studiospares.com/test-gear/studiospares-ultimate-cable-tester/invt/458260/ i was wondering whether anyone could help me with how i would go about building one of these from scratch within a hobby box? i have components (sockets and plugs, veriboard etc) but i've never designed a circuit before so any idea would be great! im thinking two rows of LEDs that match pins 1 to 1, 2 to 2, and 3 to 3 at each end of the cable being tested (maybe 4 and 5 too) refering to tip, ring sleeve on jacks, centre pin and ground sheath on phono, and pins 1, 2, 3 on xlrs. any schematics/idea please! take a look at the link for a better idea. LEDs to indicate shorts and phase switch would be cool too.

Question by jamesjamesjames    |  last reply


Safety of laser cut foamboard (fumes, etc)? Answered

So I cut some elmers 3/16" foam board today on our schools laser cutter- it gave off some nasty fumes but luckily most of it was ventilated out of the cutter. My concern is that inhaling the fumes (or the low-volume fumes i got from whatever smoke was left in the laser cutter), will be pretty bad for you. I dont know how toxic the fumes are from laser cutting foam, but my guess would be pretty bad. I also read somewhere that heating the foam up produces a lot of toxic byproducts, one of them being cyanide... Is this stuff safe to handle? I did feel a bit "foggy" afterwards, and had a slight pain in my chest, but not a lot...Thanks!

Question by astroboy907    |  last reply


Why I'm not around much for now etc.

Now things have taken a big turn for the something, maybe worse maybe better, anyway I got put out of my house, the fight has been resolved and I'll bore you with details some other time because I'm writing on an iPhone at the moment, my brothers or touch even... Where I'm living at the moment has no Internet and the Internet in my tech is also broken. I'm not sure when ill be back online for now the neighbours internet is my main hope but it's not a good one. The place I'm living is the house from my ible, how to deck a house out for nought. I'm still witting smoking and still working away at tech though. Stuffs a bit difficult at the moment but I will eventually have some good ibles from all the stuff I'm up to. I'll try to get on as much as i can when I can but I can still be contacted via bebo and email My emails killerjackalope at hotmail.co.uk and my bebos adamkelly401 I have those things on my mobile so it helps a bit. Yeah, oddly it's all hitthd fan right after my whole lives getting better topic... If you have different usernames for email or bebo then do tell me your ibles name so I know.

Topic by killerjackalope    |  last reply


best? Answered

What is the best instructable. I want to know what u guys think because i'm trying to find something really cool and fun to make and show.

Question by EncasedDeath    |  last reply


ATV Tires

I am in the market to buy some new tires for my warrior. I was thinking about buying some ITB mud lites. Does any one know of any good ATV tires currently on the market?

Topic by 2001warrior    |  last reply


No PDF opening or download from Email Download Instructables "Off Line/ Down" message

      For several weeks Instructables in the email won't open PDF or down load. So far the web site still works. Now it is also displaying a message "Off Line/Down" intermittently. Is Instructables down/crashed? Are the messages real or have you been hacked?

Topic by Bigwoody    |  last reply


Controlling high amp motors with arduino? Answered

Hi instructablites/instructonians/people of instructables... Despite the fact that i suck at naming things, i need to control 2 6v 3a motors, and i'd prefer to use arduino. the l293d only rates up to 1.2 amps, and i'd like to use as few components as possible. i'm relatively new to this, so please bear with my nooblishness.

Question by dasta    |  last reply


Help wiring an LED array

I'd like to buy some LEDs off ebay and build some LED arrays but I'm confused as to how to wire it. For example, lets say I have 100 watts of LEDs (aka 1 watt x 100 LEDs or 10 watts x 10 LEDs) as an extreme example and each LED has a max voltage of 12 volts. Then lets say I have a power supply that provides 100 watts at 12 volts. How would I wire it? I'm worried that if I hook it up, lots of LEDs will just burn out. Just help me understand what I need to watch out for here. I'm obviously a super novice. Have pity.

Topic by WillE2    |  last reply


Is vomiting a chemical change?

I need it NOW for my science homework! Please answer my mom does not even know i think it is but Im sure! :(

Question by MeganM2    |  last reply


Motor?

Alright i'm converting this old vex system into a rc car and the motor has and idle speed that can be controlled with this small potentiometer and when i turn it so the idle is off when i use it (i use it for steering) and when i use it the idle turns back on and iono what to do any ideas i tried using a resistor but it leaves too little voltage for the motor to turn the steering arm well

Topic by lightpacker    |  last reply


can i use a micro controller to switch audio or will i need to also use relays? Answered

Hi, I'm thinking about making an audio linked house (each room can listen to music playing from another) (for details read my other post) basically all the rooms are going to be linked to a central switcher witch will have a micro prossesor in it, maybe an arduino or pic. my current design uses a whole load of relays connected to the digital pins via a transistor. i was wondering if there was an easier/simpler way to do this, maybe direct onto the micro prossesor?

Question by ljarrald    |  last reply


Bot Tips, Requests, Questions, Ideas, Concepts, etc.

Ask robot-related questions, Post robot-related pictures, Share robot concepts Here!

Topic by Win Guy  



Looking for wood projects (garden, planter, home, etc)

Looking for basic wood projects using, 1" x ?, landscape timbers, pallet wood, etc than I can make and resell.

Topic by JerryM160    |  last reply


PH reading of colored stuff. Paint, Blood, etc.

PH is a color change indicator. So how're ya spposed to take the pH of blood, or color rich food, etc?

Question by Toga_Dan    |  last reply


Any good projects with DC motors, LEDs, etc.?

Awesome projects like the DC Generatro by using a motor then spin the shaft for electricity or something way cooler!

Question by robert0joe    |  last reply


Best k'nex gun parts like handle etc.

Hi ! In this we can discuss the best barrels, handles, sights, triggers, bipods, tripods, and any other part of a k'nex gun from different instructables and even see these probably combined.

Topic by Thecoolestguyintheworld    |  last reply


Uses for GE 12AY7 tubes? Amplifier, Preamp etc? Answered

I found a box full of brand new GE 12AY7 electronic tubes in my basement. I dont have any experience with tubes but i know alot about electronics. Can i make an amplifier circuit or something with these? Schematics or any information on them would help. Thanks.

Question by JasonYMN    |  last reply


DIY: Garden project((Generating curent etc...)) How to? Answered

Greetings from sunny Croatia! I want to use some generic DC engines to produce electricity using wind. I'll connect DC engine to windmill thing, when it spins it generates about 0.25-0.35V. And while it spins it charges batteries during the day, when night falls down the LED strip/strips turn on and use power from batteries that were charched during the day. Is it possible to make? Could I use dynamo from old bycicle? Thanks again, and sorry for bad English!

Question by Strm    |  last reply


Help! photos, diagrams, etc required for Himmelstürmer

hello, I need some diagrams or sketches or photos of the german Himmelstürmer. If you have scale or measurements, that would be even better. one sounds like a simple enough device, and I would like to make it as a fun project. and post it up as an ible. all I know is that it consisted of two pulse jets and fuel tank(s). one small jet pointed down and was attached to the front of the user, the other larger one pointed at a downwards angle. fuel was stored on the front of the person. the engines did not run long enough to heat up, so there is no heat protection. it was used by throttling the engines, which would push the wearer into the air and forwards, allowing jumps of 60 meters distance and up to 50 feet height. I just need details of the, well, the entire device. the attached picture is just an artist impression of the device. I have no idea how to mount it to the user in a non-permanent way, and I need dimensions and such to allow it to be safe. I really don't want to make a device for an ible that could blow up the user. Thanks!

Topic by Nyanman    |  last reply


Nintendo DS TFT LCD Display mod's etc...

This is my first post here, though i have been visiting instructables for quite a while now. Anyway, straight to the point. I have been searching the web for LCD controllers and drivers for the better part of a year now. My hope was to find some web source that might give me some insight on how to reuse an old, but still functional, Nintendo DS TFT LCD display. My efforts thus far have been fruitless. I was hoping that someone with greater knowledge of LCD's and or LCD controllers might post an instructable on Finding/Building/Using a LCD controller. My ultimate goal here is to use the top LCD from the DS as a Heads Up Display/Widget Display for my PC. Hopefully connected via USB. Additionally, my dream would be to have a custom built tablet of sorts that uses the bottom LCD/Touch screen to control widgets and/or (insert media player of choice) via the touch screen. I know this is a rather daunting task, but really all i am hoping for is a little more information from those in the instructables community who have more knowledge on the subject than i do. Info on the LCD TFT LCD Display Manufacturer: Sharp or Hitachi (i'm not sure) Size: 3-Inch Resolution: 256 x 192

Topic by Golog    |  last reply


Using potentiometer to dim Lights, controlling volume etc.?

I Live in a suburb of India I have found a radio shack here. I have managed to found only one kind of rotary potentiometer there ie, A10K(Brand: I-MAXX Made in Taiwan) with 3 pins on the side and 2 pins at the bottom... (something like the pic however instead of the blue bottom I have sea green). Well how to embed it in an led circuit or speaker circuit to dim the light or control the volume of a speaker respectively..... Thanks....

Question by adarshnarsaria    |  last reply