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Getting Started

I'm looking to get started at wood-carving, and am wondering what I need to get to get started. What tools? and where to get them? What are good woods? What are good first-time projects? Thanks

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Getting plans

I have download a few of the projects on Instructables but I don't see any templates for them.I payed about 78 dollars for two years thinking that will get me the plans but no it is not so what did I pay for.I would like to get something for paying that amount.Please tell what is going on here with the membership. money and what is the money I payed used for.Thank you.

Question by snowboy11    |  last reply


Getting money

So, I am 15 and I live in Colorado. Recently something has caught my eye that I want to buy. Problem is that is costs $550. Does anyone have any ways to get money at my age? I have submitted some job applications already but there is really only two places that I can walk to. I went around and de-iced some gutters and got about $60 from that, but that is a one time thing. Anyone got any more ideas?

Topic by l0cke    |  last reply


Getting Featured

I have tried everything I know how to improve my recently submitted instructable titled: "Eyeglasses Loss Prevention". I feel it is much improved and would like to know what else I need to do to get it recognized by the powers that be.Can anyone offer some advice on this, I will try my best to comply with any helpful recommendations. Thank you very much for your kind consideration.

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Getting into Lacrosse

Today in gym class we "played" lacrosse, and by play, I mean we threw and caught the ball. Still, it was mucho fun-o! I think I would like to play lacrosse, or at least get into it more. I seemed to excel today, and I do like contact sports. The problem is, I don't have much training in lacrosse. I do know that it is similar to hockey, both in field and rules. Another thing is that my (future) high school does not have a lacrosse team. Only 2 of the 4 high schools in my county have one. I could play for rec, but what I am thinking is: Do you think I could get my high school to support a lacrosse team? So, everyone (and by everyone, I mean you, Brenn10), do you think you could help me out learning about lacrosse? What do I need to get started and practice? Do any certain body sizes excel at lacrosse more than others? Thanks, Bran!

Topic by Bran    |  last reply


Getting started!

Hello everyone, I just found this site last night and lets just say that i didnt get to much sleep! A quick introduction about me. Im 24y old guy from sweden. I loved taking electronic stuff apart as a kid (not so much putting them back together) and i did some experementing in school but it soon faded. I then went on to become an electrician(house/construction installations) and have been working as one for 6 years now but never really went back into electronics. The last few years LED's has been getting big as the main lightsource in our homes but the comercial solutions aren't always satisfactory, hence my renewed interest in this. Only thing i've done outside of work is built some computers but never really modding. As if i didnt  have enough to do in my spare time i now wanna get into this, so i have a few questions on how to get started: - What basic tools do i need? Soldering kit, precision screwdrivers, multimeter......more? -What store is best for getting supplies/tools? Is it ebay or do you prefer a specific company? Any site that is better/worse to use living in sweden? Also should i stock up on basic components or just get what i need for my projects? -Is there any other communities that supplements this one? Any Swedish sites perhaps? -Anything else i should know before buying some stuff and starting? Right know im mostly focused on mods involving LED and lighting in general. Suggestions about that? Sorry if this is posted in the wrong section but i didnt really find any better place. I know this might not be as exciting as the other questions in here but all input is greatly appreciated!  TLDNR: What do i need to know/have to get started modding electronics? Cheers!

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Getting lost

I just go lost today while I was out on my bike and it was around 100 degrees. My god that sucked because the way I was going when I got lost was down hill foe about 15 mi. so I had to find my way back to my house going uphill.

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Getting sponsorship?

Hello everyone, I am currently by the end of my studies and I am also working as part-time.  Now I applied to be a volunteer for the Olympics and Paralympics for 2016 in RIO and have been selected for both which I am really excited for, but the only problem is that to be able to go over there It is very costly as I live on the other side of the world and I don't have enough funds and time is very limited to acquire those as well.   So what I need is to find a way so that I can get sponsored for my air tickets and take care of my accommodation.  Here are the things that I have been thinking and trying to do as well. First I looked for a job and I got it but the problem is that the pay isn't enough so that I can get the required amount to cover all my expenses.  I cannot get another job as I need to complete my studies before June so time isn't in my favour again.  However I think that I can work freelance online for short jobs such as 1 day to 1 month and If I can get as many as possible It should help.  SInce those won't be enough I need to look for sponsors but I do not know where to look for and how to do it and I was also thinking of getting a job in the US or even south america so as to be able to stay and work there for a while after the event so that I can take care of myself and explore at the same time before returning to my home country.   Any help. I really appreciate it.

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Getting known

Hi everybody, READ THIS (ALL OF IT): Recently I asked a question about how to get better known in the k'nex community on instructables. I got lots of tips but most of them didn't help me because I already used them. Except for this one: POST A FORUM TOPIC. So here it is, my forum topic, everyone who reads this will now know me because they think: What an idiot and what a stupid avatar picture(I agree). That's me, Mr. Muggle ( or actually: mrmuggle but I don't know how to change that)

Topic by Mr. Muggle    |  last reply


getting started

Hi,every body its my first post here . i like this site a lot .i want to say that i have to do a project soon but i don't know what to do am good at programming with microcontroller  but  i was surpresid that no one here use it i mean you use ready things and hacked ones. could any one help me to choose a good project i want also to ask about the charging .if i want to make a charger for many things i saw some project in this site from usb port to charge a mobile you calculate the voltage but the current>???? i mean this will not burn the mobile or anything how do you ensure that the current is suitable? i want also to ask about the solar cell?how we can create it from scratch or where can i find a ready one?if i don't want to buy it thanx sorry about my bad english

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Lets get Started! introduce yourselves.

Welcome to all things dangerous! i am the Group leader Aaron or gymnast. my faverote things to do are airsoft, pyro stuff, graffiti and a lot more. So Please introduce yourselves here.

Topic by gymnast  


How do I get started?

I've been looking around on here, and all i can find is Arduino stuff and stuff I don't have the money for. I'm a teenage American, I can't solder, and i don't have much wood, aluminium, or other construction supplies around to make things with, nor do i have construction skills or tools. I'm almost always without money, and I don't have a 3-Dimensional Printer / CNC machine / Hobby Club / TechShop / New-Wave Technology That's Required For This 'ible / Computer Program That Costs Lots Of Money/ Arduino or equivalent / Scrap Materials. Pretty much the only thing i could do decently is QBasic, which is hard to find inspiration for, and smashing things with a hammer. Now that I think about it, it's hard to find inspiration or a need for anything. All things considered, how do I get started making Instructables on this site, and are there any good beginner projects that use ordinary household materials or very simple beginner programming languages?

Topic by Fred_Sanford    |  last reply


How to get published?

I was wondering if there is anyone on here who has ever had a book published? I looked for an ible and couldn't find one.

Topic by Lithium Rain    |  last reply


getting rid of mice?

Question by henrywhite    |  last reply


Getting started in microcontrollers

Does anyone know a website or book that can help me get started with microcontrollers without Arduino?

Topic by starwing123    |  last reply


Not getting pro features.

Not getting pro features such as seeing all steps. There is not even a button to see all steps. Please Fix asap!!

Topic by davijordan    |  last reply


Cant get to steps

When i click on an istructable, i cant get to any of the steps. only the intro. This is really annoying me and it worked a few weeks ago.

Topic by nodrog19    |  last reply



Help on getting a softpot?

Can I get one on the original creator's site or do I have to order a $20 one from another site? Please help!

Question by ikestarm17  


getting into electronics. help

Guys i would like to get into electronics. I would like to know on which basic components should i stock up. what do i need in terms of components.

Topic by DELETED_kclv1988    |  last reply


Getting the Instructables ID?

Is there any way to obtain the ID of an Instructable? As in, now the URLs of iBles are www.instructables.com/id/insert name here, instead of a chain of "random" letters and numbers. Thanks, Bran.

Topic by Bran    |  last reply


Getting help for an instructable

How do I get help if I am trying to build what the instructable is explaining and the creator of it is not answering?https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Project-Benc...Could someone else answer my questions?

Topic by fletch2770    |  last reply


Can't get PDF's

Running Mac Snow Leopard Safari - Clicking on PDF icon gets page with pdf link as usual, and shows me still logged in, but lately option-clicking on pdf link ends up downloading a .html file instead of the pdf.

Topic by rking    |  last reply


Get a google ranking?

Ok, i have been working like a maniac on my site. its uploaded and ready. But, i've only got 49 views so far. i need to get a few tips on getting it in google. I couldnt even find it. site: http://www.legoengines.co.cc Check it out!!! And, give me some tips. THANKS!!!!!

Question by sci4me    |  last reply


Coldheat where to get.

I read about Coldheat an alternative to soldering and i was wondering if i can get it in a store like walmart, superstore, the source by circuit city or something like that. I don't like to ordering things off the internet so yeah.

Topic by Alcreion    |  last reply


getting into cos play

Looking to get involved in Cos Play but always hear about events after the fact and never in time to scheduke or build something. I'm in Ontario Canada what events should I look out for.

Topic by buffy.irwin.7    |  last reply


Meeting or Get Together

Hello, I have been thinking that it would be a good idea to start a local meeting or get together like Dorkbot or San Diego Make group. It would be open to all forms of art and technology where local people can get together and share ideas, creativity etc. Post any interest in such a group. If there is enough interest, maybe we could take it to the next level. Thanks Joe

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Get rid of mosquitos?

We have a ton of mosquitos in our neighborhood. I have been on the lookout for any kind of standing water, but can't find any. Since they don't seem to be going away, what can I do to get rid of them and take my yard back?

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not getting weekly newsletter

I changed my e-mail address,but it still is going to my old e-mail.

Topic by Mare322    |  last reply


Getting a camera to record.

So I have this cheap waterproof reversing camera. And I want to set it up and record video with it, kind of like a security camera.  Can anyone tell me what I need to get, or what I need to do to record? Thank you in advance for the assist.

Topic by Cfitz4  


getting out of this rubbish

I want toget out. There are no options for unsubscribe available. I do not understand why. I was looking for something about animation instruction and got caught up wih this I am 68 and donot have time nor inclination to become involved with this stuff. Please get me out. I read a notice there somewhere where someone else wanted out and couldn't. If another comment is valid thn the company is dishonest. That is that they want the site to increase and that seems to be why nobody is able to unsubscribe. I hope he as wrong. Could someone somewhere get me unregistered from "Instructables." Alan G Buckingham Australia

Topic by Isaiah40    |  last reply


The rich get richer

I'm kind of ticked off about a big problem I noticed. The main page in every contest has a big panel for the most viewed instructables posted in the contest. The problem with this is that because a lot of people only click on the instructables they see right in front of them. So all the other instructables no matter how good they are , if they don't have many views , get buried under the most viewed ibles and don't get any views. So the people who don't even need any more views get them piled on and the people with hardly any stay that way. Somebody please do something about this!

Topic by tankguy    |  last reply


getting started in photography

I have recently become interested in photography and I need your help. I would like to know what you think I should get as a first camera and I would also like a recommendation on some good reading material. any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Topic by mynameisjonas    |  last reply


Robot gets Bizzy!

Hey, I just noticed that on some of the categories, there are customized Robots!  I'm a bit disappointed that neither Halloween nor Dremel are part of the fun, but it's still cute :-)

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply


The Netherlands Gets Egged

Public art attacks a city and leaves giant eggs splattered about. It's simple, but on a massive scale like this it works pretty well. Link

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TDA7293 gets hot?

I recently bought some TDA7293 chips in order to make amplifiers, but when I tested one it got hot! I've checked the wiring several times. I'm using this circuit :  http://xtronic.org/circuit/amplifier/circuit-power-audio-amplifier-stereo-with-tda7293-200-watts-rms-total-includes-power-supply/ I'm using +-8V supply, which is bellow the minimum voltage according to the datasheet, so it shouldn't work nor get hot!  If I use a higher supply voltaje it gets hot faster. Any ideas?

Question by Cesar_Gabriel    |  last reply


Getting started for a beginner

Hi there, I hope this is in the right forum. So, I have always liked to work with my hands, seeing things people made and thinking "I WOULD LOVE TO GET INTO THAT" and I recently decided to make good on my wishes and wish to really get into the DIY scene. I'm looking for help on what tools I should get my hands on to start working on things. An example of something I wish tor re-create would be this: https://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-PC-project-inspired-by-Shadowrun-Cyberdec/ I'm not looking for help on what it takes to make up the end product but rather the tools one would use consistently to make everything fit and what not. Is there a sort of beginners toolbox or something of that sort I should look into getting? Sorry if this is confusing, I'm confusing even myself a bit, haha. On a side note, does everyone here have a garage they work in? I'm in NYC and as many of you know it's not the easiest place to have a workbench. Can anyone recommend me places you would go to work on projects? Thank you in advance.

Topic by Rlahens    |  last reply


getting aluminum for thermite?

OK so I know you can get aluminum from an etch a sceh, or you can grind up a chunk of aluminum. i dont have an etch a sceh or a chunck of aluminum handy so, I was wondering if I could use chaff from a B-52 it is very fine aluminum. is almost looks like shiney hair but its aluminum... could I use that effectively or is it too thin, its like aluminum hair?

Question by vince 09  


Steampunk Gets Real

As reported on New Scientist today, the British steam-powered vehicle Inspiration broke the previous land-speed record for steam power, set back in 1906. The fastest of the two runs was 151 mph, set on a dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base.

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply


Getting Started with PIC

Hello again, I'm looking for suggestion or first hand accounts on getting started with programmable IC's. I'd say I have enough basic electronics skill to get by, but I'm completely new to programmable chips. So I'm asking where is the best place to start? I'm mostly just looking for hobby stuff at this point. The PICAXE stuff seems simple enough for a starting point, anyone have first hand experience there? I should note I don't have any access to programming though parallel ports, and I'm running Windows Vista, so any set up would need to support usb and my os. Additionally any recommendations on some reading would be nice too. Thanks again Nic

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Getting to know her?

       My cover's blown! She knows i like her! :0 The thing is she doesn't know me very well i had a science lab with her once and <3<3<3..... You get the idea i was just quiet and i didn't know what to say... I recently read an article about the "Who what when where and why" conversation starters but i don't know how to approach her without looking like a creeper...... Help please, -Lovestruck Buckwheat

Topic by I3uckwheat    |  last reply


Getting started with arduino?

So I'm going to purchase an arduino Uno soon to make some robots. I already know how to program so that shouldn't be a worry, but I'm not exactly sure what motors and motor controllers work together. I want to get a geared motor for higher torque. Can someone point me in the right direction for motors and motor controllers. Also wheels to fit on those motors would be good too. With the arduino and all I would like to keep this under $100 and I only really need 2 motors.

Question by pizzadude223    |  last reply


Getting started with LEDs

Hey Everybody, This is crazy but I ran into this website through a random link in Lifehacker and after what I saw here, I quickly made an account and I bought PRO just to support the site. I am a big fan of communities that exist to enlighten the average brain and to evolve us as beings in creating new things and getting out that genius in ya. Anyway, my current huge curiosity is LEDs. I love them, I don't know much about them except that they are little plastic bubbles that take very little electrical power to get them going. I want to learn more however, I have a project which is to light up my computer desk's edges in my room. Problem is, I don't know where to start. I tried reading a bunch of instructables here already but most of them do not really explain the wiring process. I am a graphics designer and I have had a minor in computer science but never got into electrical engineering. I understand the simple things that go behind an electrical cricuit (like power sources and positives and negatives) but thats the extent of how much I know. I need somebody to help me and get me going so I can start evolving. Could anybody here help me get started? A few explanations, guides, tutorials? Thank you very much in advance.

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Getting Started with Reprap

I need all of the information, websites, Ideas, anything that you can give me to help me out. I have been dying to have a 3d printer, and it sounds like a self-replicating one would be the way to go. If you can, than please do, it will be greatly appreciated. Anything helps! See my latest instructable here.

Question by shotgunshane    |  last reply


Getting Teenage Cash

I am 14 and currently living in South Africa. The problem with South Africa is it's major security issues. I could only do the "traditional" (Mowing lawns, babysitting) with family friends, but the problem is in South Africa all families earning above a certain amount are required to hire a maid and a gardener, so that removes all of the "traditional" methods of earning money.

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Getting Annoying, PDF

This is getting annoying I just bought one year subscription two days ago. I am trying to download the PDF and it is not letting me download. Also when I go to different page each time it is asking me to login. And when I try to download the PDF it logs me out. It is also telling me to by new subscription, so please fix these problems. Other than that, in my account it says that I will be charged for new subscription after one year automatically. I would like to cancel automatic subscription option. I do like this site it is best online source for new projects but it is not well organized. For help, contact, account information and no Phone line were we can get customer service. So please reply me as soon as possible. My user name is patel.raj. If this problem going to be continued I would like to cancel my current subscription and want refund.

Topic by patel.raj    |  last reply


getting money sooner?

Hi, I'm trying to save up for a puppy, and i need a TON of money, of course, if i want to make SURE I can take good care of it. I'm told i will need maybe 3 or 4 years before I have enough, i want at LEAST $4,050 before i feel safe getting one, anyway, (some of it is for in case of an emergancey) I am getting a shelter dog, of course, and I KNOW all that stuff about "big responsibility" trust me, i am doing a ton of research on this, and i have a rodent, too. I am looking for a way to earn money FAST, and it cant be proffesional, or "adult's"  jobs, im only 13, so i can't, and no pet sitting or baby sitting, can anyone tell me any crafts or something like that that I can make and sell? Serious answers please, Thank you

Question by puppywuvs867    |  last reply


Getting started with instructable Answered

Hi, I am planning to shoot my first instructable project. But I am not sure on what rigs (like camera) I should use to bring out a good instructable. Can you guys help me on this ? I am on very tight budget so please give me some cheaper solution. Btw all my projects would be electronic projects.

Question by Arjun G    |  last reply


get some money

I need some cash for something i found im to young for a job well a real job and i was wondering if you had any ideas? i dont want to like have a big hassle like going to nyc im in north smithefield. i need like 60$ for what i want. so i want a quick buck any ideas?

Topic by blue72    |  last reply


Get into PCB creation? Answered

Well I just realized over the past few weeks that I really need to start getting onto the PCB bandwagon and start manufacturing my own stuff...  So... I need materials and instructions on how to make my own PCBs... I have copper boards already (sourcing them is not a problem...), and i am pretty good at designing boards in EAGLE (I find it fun), but I need a method of etching them.... I have tried many toner methods and they never work how I like, I always get some pretty big mistakes and etching them sucks...  I have heard of photo resist methods, and it sounds wonderful because it has a pretty good accuracy and can go down to some pretty fine wiring... My only problem is that you have to get presensitized boards (Expensive!), as well as other chemicals... As for etching, I think I am fine, I have used a vinegar/salt/something combo and it works pretty well, just takes a while to etch.. I have some muratic acid but that stuff is nasty so I have never really tried that.. Anybody have any non-toner PCB creation process that is pretty inexpensive? (I am in high school and have a limited budget already...)

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