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Copy and Improve

Just Like on thingiverse I think people should have options to make their own copies and improvements of Instructables. People should be able to flag instructables as copies or improvements in case the author didn't realize and when you are browsing instructables the copies should have their own tab like videos and slideshows so that they don't get in the way.

Topic by Audey    |  last reply


Idea to improve

I got a idea to improve ibles.... I always liked that you can ambed ibles by adding ?embed=flash at the end of the url, but what I don't like about the flash player is that you can't change the size (I also tried by modifying the HTML). It would be awesome if you guys could make that.

Topic by Sorunome    |  last reply


Oodammo improvement

I have a cool idea that parodies nerf and keeps you from losing oodammo at the same time! Put a strip of velcro on the front of the rounds (the red bit that faces forward), and when fired, they should stick to your victim's shirt depending on their material. You can easily tell if they have been hit or not with this, and it makes for easy recovery afterwards.

Topic by DJ Radio    |  last reply


How should I improve my Instructables so that they get featured?

I started off quite well with Instructables. My Instructables were also featured. I was enjoying it a lot. Just when I thought that I'm understanding the platform and can contribute well to it, I was proved wrong.  From past few days, my Instructables were not featured and I'm wondering why? Am I not putting enough pictures? But I document each and every step! Am I making grammatical mistakes? But I check my drafts twice or sometimes thrice before publishing. Moreover, I use "Grammarly" which automatically detects the mistakes. Is the problem in my writing pattern? Well,  I don't write long paragraphs, I just make bullet points to make the steps easy to read and follow. Am I not providing enough steps? Apart from the usual steps, I also provide advanced steps for almost all my Instructables. Is the problem in the introduction or main image? I try my best to express my idea in the introduction and as for the images, I use the advanced Renders. Are my ideas not unique? But I search the website before working on an idea. Are they very simple to do? But, it's meant to be simple. It's basically for the beginners.  Well, I work on Fusion 360 and I only contribute to the Technology: Software channel as of now. Is this the problem? I feel that if I'm investing my time on a project, working so hard to document it and contributing to a community, that should be good enough. Else, is it even worth sharing? I have 20 Instructables now, of which only 13 are featured. Not every Instructable can be featured and I understand that but there must be something I'm not doing the right way. I'm seeking for some honest opinion here on how to improve my Instructables.

Topic by alamtania    |  last reply


What's this?

The daily download on instructables, is that a new improvement? Cool...

Topic by Plasmana    |  last reply



Need help in improvement .

Can people suggest any improvements in my instructable - https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Arduino-motor-and-Wireless-Shield

Topic by iloveandroid  


Suggestions for Site Improvement?

Where might I best submit suggestions, beg for features, etc?

Topic by ryzellon    |  last reply


Home Improvement Contest

Sweet!  I just want to congratulate all of the winners of the Home Improvement Contest.  I read and enjoyed all of your Instructables.  It's a subject that I really enjoy.

Topic by Attmos    |  last reply


Improving Instructables in general

I was wondering if you could make it possible to search for different instructables by putting in the materials you had... Do you think you could make that possible?

Topic by Houdinipeter    |  last reply


IDEA FOR IMPROVING THE SITE?

I think they should add a fb login thing on the popup login box as you have to scroll to the top again every time an it gets so annoying. who agrees?

Question by bcavaciuti    |  last reply



Improving search on Instructables

We're doing another round of improvements to the Instructables search engine. The previous round was here. Help us make it better! Are there search terms or queries that just don't seem to work? Can you provide links or specific examples? Here's an example (that's really been frustrating me):search for:how to play tennisvs.tennisCan you find others?Thanks!

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply


Improving Instructables Search

So, I'd love to have google-style massively aggregated auto-complete in the instructables search. This is search is basically cool, and has already been done. What would be over-the-top awesome, would be if common search terms could correlate to topics. Like, I search for "rope" and get suggestions like "knots", and "climbing", for example. I think that would rock, and help people find related instructables that aren't necessarily tagged with my keywords.

Topic by stasterisk  


How (not) to improve eyesight

We seem to be getting a rash of Instructables claiming to be able to improve eyesight through simple exercises.Please, people, can these stop? The methods were quackery in 1920, and have been thoroughly refuted numerous times since (for example in 1956 and 2004 ), yet, like holistics, pyramid power, magnetic bracelets and a host of other quackeries, they still do the rounds and fool people into falling for them.Please, people, do a little research before posting supposedly medical treatments.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Web Site Improvements

Thank you for adding the "More by the author" profile banner to the top of each Instructable. Three author-instructable images used to appear in the right-hand panel along with some recommendations but disappeared with the last site upgrade. The new location at the top of each instructable is a nice touch ...Thanks also for restoring the graphical "Launch Stats" ...

Topic by lingib    |  last reply


Is there any way to encourage banks/lenders to make a loan on a foreclosure/bank owned home? or a home that needs work?

My wife had good credit when she married me, I've always had marginal/poor credit, but see that there are dozens of homes that could use some work in our town, and for really cheap ($20k-$40k). I would certainly do a lot of the work myself, but don't know how that would affect said lender's opinion.

Question by fireguard    |  last reply


The Best Suggestion I can Make

The biggest thing that bugs me about the Instructables site occurs to me every. single. time. I visit.  I can't be the only one. This can't be the first time this has been mentioned --- can it? I know how to "fix" it, too, and I have done that on my end.  But still. It seems I ALWAYS have to hit that "View All Steps" button.  EVERY.  SINGLE. TIME. Yeah, I know I can login and change my settings. I did, and I do.  But the login cookie is set too short so it doesn't stick for long.  So I come, back from an email, and AGAIN- I have to go through the first step(s), HIT THAT G*#$&MN; "View All Steps" button, GO  BACK THROUGH THE FIRST STEPS ALL OVER AGAIN AND TRY AND PICK UP WHERE I LEFT OFF.   Arguh. There's this nifty thing called AJAX where you can have more steps loaded when you hit the bottom.  It's a bandwidth saver, but not a complete PITA for the user. All the good sites are doing it. And one is not.  This would be you. Fix this, please.  Your traffic and conversions will increase.  I've hated this issue for long before I became a web designer. Thank you, Instructables!

Topic by awemaker    |  last reply


Butler Robot Improvements

OK so I am planning to make an even better version of my butler robot https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-Your-Own-Butler-Robot/The question is as follows : do I make it a two wheeled self balancing robot chassis or a six legged spider robot chassis . Which one would you guys prefer .And of course I'll post a detailed instructable on the new butler robot.. :)A side note : Please vote for my butler robot in the contest , because I really want that RoboPhilo walking kit ! I can use that walking robot to experiment and after I understand the concepts behind it I can build my own biped robot ( think giant mech ;) ) I document all my robotics work and I'll be sure to post an instructable on how to build your own mech robot . Btw , expect more instructables from me later this month. I wrote a lot of tutorials on other robotics sites , and now I'm gonna transfer it to here.Thanks,Eric

Topic by Erobots    |  last reply


How to improve Instructables.com !

Hi, I am web designer so I will be specific. These little things bug me but they must drive crazy those ordinary PC users. It seriously degrades the overall user experience on this web ! Here I will point to current problems and show you how to fix it. All following is about EDIT MODE. Constructive critisism, right ? :) UPLOAD IMAGES I know you are using jQuery UI 1.8.11 on this site. Now there is no indicator IF the file uploads at all and/or in case of bigger file/slower connection how long it needs yet ! You have it already in use, when "updating" small progress bar I saw used in images area. Use following it will do miracles: http://jqueryui.com/progressbar/#animated UPLOAD IMAGES AGAIN :) Put buttons SELECT FILES + UPLOAD FILES side by side ! Imagine adding 20 images the upload button goes down. Do not force user to think let alone to do things extra, hide buttons from him ! Thanks. And not to forget ADD there tiny link sor of button to DELETE ALL IMAGES before uploading. What if you choose by accident wrong folder and upload 20 images you do not want to. Sort of CHECK ALL + DELETE function so you can for instance uncheck those you want to leave there. Thanks. CLOSED WINDOW BY ACCIDENT = SAVE This happens. You edit for a while, close window only to realise content is not saved. Could you implement: * AUTO SAVE function after like 5 mins ? * if NOT saved ! = give him JavaScript pop up with "You have unsaved draft. Do you want to continue or save first ?" * IF SAVED = let user close window, no big deal * if saved = add to left small greyish message Saved ... or the button itself * NEW content = button says SAVE NOW * if saved = itself could go grey and have text SAVED = when content changes, turn it orange again ! * the same functionality that GMAIL uses, it is simple REORDER STEP Biggest pain here ! I can have like 20 steps, want to move 1/2 of them for instance. Let us reorder ALL STEPS simply ! Click on the reorder button and offer, let us reorder, offer us small OK button or some function to toggle the "moving" state back to stationary. ADD STEP + vs. INSERT STEP Enlighten me please if mistaken. Do you realise these 2 buttons EACH NEXT to each other do the EXACTLY same thing ? Delete one :) EDIT AREA FOR TEXT The window is too small. Lenghty steps are pain to write and review on such size. Enable resizing handle the same you already have in forums post edit mode ! ERROR WARNING MESSAGES Get rid of those ugly default JavaScript message windows please. Use this and style it to your web orange :) http://jqueryui.com/dialog/#modal-message http://jqueryui.com/dialog/#modal-confirmation Dear Instructables.com look at screenshots for better reference. Do not let me waste two hours of my time figuring out stuff and writing this post. Thanks :) Best regards -- Krsiak Daniel http://linkedin.com/in/krsiakdaniel

Topic by krsiak    |  last reply


How to Start Home Improvement

Long time reader, first time poster! We bought a 1979 twinhome last summer. Since then, we haven't made many improvements or personal touches to it. Before this, I've always lived in a 1BR apartment or in simply in a bedroom. It's been easy to handle organization, styling, and feeling happy in my space. But now I've got an old-ish home with 3 bedrooms (plus all the junk that my husband brought once we married). I feel overwhelmed. I tend to be OCD about my space but I've been paralyzed for the last 1.5 years because I don't even know where to start. Another hindrance is no knowledge regarding most home-related things. I'm only just learning about certain tools and how to use them. I have many ideas for how I want certain rooms to look, but they're not complete. I don't know how to put together a room. Right now, our bedroom is the gross brown color the realtor painted it and the crappy brown carpet that came with it. We threw in our bed and some filing cabinets as night stands. I would like to add something for more storage space, personality, color, style. Maybe make a headboard. Maybe add a rug under the bed to make the room pop. Anyone have suggestions on how to tackle such a huge project (the makeover of my entire house) without becoming overwhelmed and paralyzed? My current thoughts are to create a strategic plan wherein I tackle one room (and only one room) at a time, making steps of the things I'd like to do (small and achievable). Thoughts?

Topic by mlepage    |  last reply


"Before and After" Pictures

This "Fix And Improve It" contest, and many previous Instructables, has me thinking that it would be fun if  there was an option to split your first picture into two.  Show a "before" and "after" in the same space.  The idea has some limitations for instance, showing large room sized pictures would make the thumbnail too small, but I believe smaller projects would benefit from being able to show both aspects at once. 

Topic by Attmos    |  last reply


What about adding status post here?

I would like to suggest a post status here just like facebook. I would love to post my update on what's on my workbench or what I am currently cooking or what so ever. What do you think? Please let me know in the comment thanks!

Topic by WarenGonzaga    |  last reply


Site Suggestion

Right now for an Instructable your able to see how many views it's received and also an average rating of your Instructable. But I've noticed that a lot of people, even those who like your Instructable, do not bother rating it. Thus, I was thinking it would be cool if there was some way we could see how many people chose are Instructables as a favorite - which people always seem to do with Instructables they genuinely like. Do you think this may be a neat feature to have?

Topic by LoneWolf    |  last reply


Better Filters in the Answers section

Currently there is no way to filter for questions that have not been commented on. I really enjoy answering peoples questions, but when i have to dig to find any that actually need answered it is discouraging. I propose another option in the current ones for ones with no answers submitted currently the unanswered tab shows all questions that have comments trying to answer but the user hasnt submitted it as an answer. It may also help to have inactive questions auto set to answered or inactive.

Topic by ddemayo    |  last reply


IMPROVE MY AIRSOFT GUN

My gun has room for improvement and you supply that ,so comment

Topic by yeolddingdong  


Human Mirror (Improv Everywhere)

Improv Everywhere sets up a human mirror in a NYC subway car with eight sets of identical twins. The reaction shots are only so-so for this one, but the setup is still pretty sweet. Link

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


can your eyesight improve? Answered

Can your eyesight actually improve? I know your sight can decrease, so you have to wear eyeglasses, but can your eyes 'heal'?

Question by necropolian    |  last reply


home made airsoft improvements

Hey.... i tryin to think of ways to improve my guns... I have 2 spring rifles (a good sniper and a crappy assaultish style) and 1 pistol (also spring)... it would be much appreciated if someone could make an instructable that would allow you to make a bipod that does not use tape to attach to gun (folding = happy), as well as a pistol that isnt a pen gone blowgun. add any other improvements also, such as your own scope rings that attach to weaver rails.

Topic by airsofter2    |  last reply


how to improve speaker volume? Answered

So i bought some $8 dollar speakers that didnt need to connect to a outlet basic-ly they are self powered speakers now my problem is this speakers arent loud enough they are worse than ipod touch speakers ,so how do I make them louder they are coby csp31 some one please help

Question by gummyhead    |  last reply


A great way to improve groups........

Here is a great idea to improve groups. anybody in a group can add ibles to that group, even though they are not moderators and the owner is not a group member. my ible got added to the "worst instructables ever" group, and I can't remove it. so, I was thinking that when somebody tries to add someone else's ible to a group, a request will be sent to the author to confirm or deny. good idea, huh?

Topic by DJ Radio    |  last reply


How can I improve this?

Hello I'm new to this site but I liked this stuff so much I already created 4 hand crafts and I'm pleased with all of them except one. I tried to make a personalized decoration with a denim theme, but it looks unfinished What else can I add to it to make it stand out and to make it look complete Here is what I have so far:

Topic by argentin    |  last reply


How to improve tesla coil ? Answered

I built a tesla coil, but the output is just a little spark barely visible when i approach a screwdriver to it. primary is 5 turns secondary 500t capacitor is made from 2 layden jars spark gap is about 3mm the coil is about 15cm tall the power supply is a flyback transformer driven by the zvs at 12v What do I have to do to improve it?

Question by theVader75    |  last reply


A great improvement over ELIZA

MindMentor, the first robot psychologistPeople affected by emotional problems are often reluctant when they're told to see a psychologist. Now, they can confidentially consult online MindMentor, the first robot psychologist. It will cost them €4.95 for one hour session (or about US$7.65 as of today).( does anyone remember Eliza ? )

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply


General New Homepage Improvements

Hey Everyone, It has recently come to my attention though the forums that many of my fellow Instructabrarians, or as caitlinsdad will have it 'Iblers, are not at all happy with the current homepage layout of the website. Now, I'll admit, I'm quite biased towards this. As a new member of the Instructables Staff, I actually got to beta test the new site a week ago and as a long time user of the site, and I quite honestly didn't see anything glaringly wrong with it. Sure it wasn't the original homepage, but I felt the white background and interchanging instructables gave it a much more "Apple-esque" feel. But, after browsing through the forums this morning, I can tell I'm slightly in the minority on this. So, I was really hoping we could start an General All Purpose Site Improvements page with constructive criticism of what you think could be improved. JamesRPatrick has already suggested what kind of things could be improved with the site, and I would really love to hear more. Rather than complain about what you don't like, please tell me what you would like to see improved with the new homepage or features you think could make it better. Look, I'm a fan of the site just like everyone else is and I've been a fan much longer than I've been working here. So if there's something on the homepage you want changed, please tell me because I want to know. As new member of the Instructables team and admin, I can't make any promises that anything can or will be changed on our homepage but I can promise you I will at least bring all of your comments to our next staff meeting. -SHIFT! New Instructables Intern 2011

Topic by SHIFT!  


Improving Signal of FM Transmitter

I recently bought the C. Crane FM transmitter. I have not had much luck with it even after turning up the pot as described on the internet. However, I am not giving up yet. Below are some possible things that I have thought of to improve the sound quality of the radio at a distance from the transmitter. 1. run wire from the antenna of the FM transmitter to the ductwork in my house. I already tried this. I had better luck attaching the wire to the exterior of the ductwork in my basement rather than the interior of the ductwork. 2. create some sort of repeater(s) to get around walls. This device would have to be a receiver/transmitter. 3. create my own FM transmitter with the best parts that I can find. 4. Use a homeplug system. Your suggestions are much appreciated. I don't know a darn thing about electronics so if you have any recommendations for good books that would be nice.

Topic by sundet    |  last reply


Instructables Website Improvement Idea

We post many instructables utilizing recycled content and in fact we first started using instructables for ideas using found materials.  This sort of works with the search function and/or using a google search. But it also seems like this could be an area of improvement.  Often times recycled design comes from finding a resource first (lumber, plastic,glass bottles) and then thinking creatively about how to re-purpose it into something useful or beautiful. For example, lets say you find a big batch of glass jars and you want to find projects that utilize glass jars.  You can do a search within instructables for 'glass jars' and find some projects.  But depending on how people titled their project or what key words they used you probably will not find all of the relevant projects.  This is especially frustrating when you are working with more obscure materials. Personally we end up running across projects serendipitously that work great, but should be easier to find. edit-moved to feedback upon suggestion

Topic by Two Paddles Design    |  last reply


Small improvements to think about

Hi there, Having just published my longest 'ible so far I generated enough thoughts to write some feedback which may or may not be reasonable. Embedding content: I see that .stl files appear nicely with ability to preview and interact with them in 3D, that's great. It's also fully possible to embed Youtube videos and they work just fine. What I'm missing however is ability to embed a circuit from 123D circuits - one of the reasons I used the tool for my last 'ible was because I thought it would sure be possible to embed something made with an Autodesk service. Nope. Adding the iframe makes the view appear while I'm writing the step, yet disappears in preview/publish. Another service I tried to embed was gfycat - they pretty much solve the issue of huge gifs and therefore long load times by some html5 sorcery (I'm not familiar with that). This could save space/traffic of your servers and decrease page load times. It would also be awesome if uploading an .ino, .txt or any other raw text file would automatically generate a scroll box with the code there maybe even already having the formatting and all. Similarly like .stl generates 3D preview. This would save instructables from another possible wall of text, especially on mobile, because now, when I manually add a scroll box with code in it it still appears like regular text on mobile. As an extra - it would make the work of authors easier as well. Instructable layout: First of all - I understand and support the idea of having a standardized format of instructables, if this undermines that - forget and forgive me. What I propose is a way to add pictures mid-step to avoid walls of text, since somehow making a new step doesn't always feel appropriate or maybe it's just a personal issue I need to get over? Just say if it is so. At least having a way to remove the "Step #:" when making a new step allowing to have pictures mid-step would help. Before you mention it - I know that it is possible to add pictures mid-step using html, but that compromises visibility on mobile, so I try to avoid that. Statistics: After hitting over 50k views in just a few days with my bottle upcycling 'ible I wanted to at least try and replicate that with my other ones. However, when I click the statistics button I have these empty lines next to the visitor count, often the lines with the biggest numbers. While I can guess where most of the views came from it's still massive guesswork and I'm probably wrong in the end anyway. i.e. in that particular case I got over 30k views on my imgur album, my blog post got featured under DIY tag in tumblr and then got some upvotes on reddit as well. I know that your SEO is pretty good from the amount of 'ibles I get as first google results, but fixing statistics has a potential to drive even more traffic for you. I probably forgot something else along the way, but that's it for now. I hope someone bothers to read this and says what she or he thinks. Cheers, Raitis Disclaimer: This is meant as feedback and some ideas for improvement as seen from my point of view, not complaints, not even real critique. Read, think and move forward.

Topic by Raitis    |  last reply


Improvements/Questions on Launcher Design?

Using the picture as a base. What do you think about this design for a smoke/whatever else launcher. The barrel will be made of pvp and have a hinge connecting the two pieces. On the non-detachable side will be a hook, and the detachable side will have a "hook grabber". The hook is some sort of bendable material that will lock around the grabber. The gun part of the pvc will have a slit cut into, like the one in the picture. A spring will be glued down in the butt end, and the opposite end of the spring will have some small object attached to it. This object will also have a very small hook coming off of it. To load the gun you will detach the hook and push in the smoke grenade as far as possible. When you can no longer, you you attach a wire that is coming off of the little black box detailed in the picture to a mechanism that is attached to the trigger. You then close the front part to allow for better travel. When the trigger is pulled, it will detach from the blackbox on the spring, causing the spring to release all of its tension. The smoke grenade will, obviously, be propelled through. So, my questions. Would this seem like it would work viably? How much distance would you say it could get? The smoke grenades would weigh around 11oz . Is there any major flaws? I believe that some sort of spring guide will be needed. Are these possible to construct yourself? I haven't done any projects with springs before, most of my projectiles have been launched via combustion, so this is new for me. Should there be an additions? Also, the way in which the smoke grenade is going to ignite is a striker on the side of it, along with the inner edges of the end of the barrel having a striker on it. When they scrape up at the speed they will be at, they would ignite, and a fuse would catch the flame and ignite the smoke grenade. I have done this on other smaller designs. It doesn't have near a 100% success rate, but it still works the majority of the time. Any suggestions for changing this? 

Question by Soldier62994    |  last reply


IDEA: More info/statistics

Idea: Along with a bigger profile picture, and the best answer percentage showing somewhere, something like this could be great (see the attached image) It might look like a bit of a mess, but this is just an idea...

Topic by Yonatan24  


Suggestion: "Jump to top" button on new layout.

After taking some time to get used to the new site design, I've decided that, overall, I like it a lot. It's cleaner and leaves more real estate on the page for the content when reading an Instructable. But. (you knew that was coming) When I read an instructable, I reach the bottom and usually want to go back to the Instructables homepage. This may not be the flow everyone follows when cruising the site, but it's what I do. The top banner scrolling away but leaving the 'ible info there as a "ribbon" is a neat trick, but I keep expecting to see a link to the homepage up there that will save me from having to scroll all the way back up to the top of the page. What i'd like to see is a "Jump to top" link, either at the very bottom of the Instructable, or in the "ribbon" where the title and voting, etc. reside. The "ribbon" would be slightly more useful, since I could click it when I reach the comments if I don't want to read them all. Again, it may just be me, and I'm not asking you to redesign the site just for me, but I find myself noticing it often enough that I thought it might affect other users as well. Thank you for all you do, editors!

Topic by yoyology    |  last reply


Improvement-impaired dude needs book reccomendations!

My boyfriend would like a book on home improvement for his birthday. Here's the thing: I normally handle all of that stuff and have a couple of yard sale books that I love. He refuses to look at them. He wants his own book. God love him, the dude can't even change a switchplate. Any book recommendations that are suitable for beginners yet, um, manly? Thx!

Topic by Arsonista    |  last reply


Robot in Phun

As you may possibly recall,the Instructables Robot was made in SketchUp. I was inspired by that and today,a few mins before,I made the Robot in Phun,the 2D physics sandbox. It is low in detail but that can only be changed by your improvement! *hand comes out of monitor,pointing to viewer*

Topic by Derin    |  last reply


Robo Rainbow

This video of wanton vandalism is simply delightful. Shame it won't embed, even when I use the "source" function... robo-rainbow from mudlevel on Vimeo.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Getting rid of humidity inside walls with electricity?

A friend in Europe wants to get rid of the humidity that comes from the ground up into the walls of his old house because of the high hygroscopicity of the building materials (stone and raw bricks), humidity that then goes out to the sides, ruining the plaster and the paint of the walls inside the house. The house is built directly on the ground. Apart from cutting the wall at the base and putting an insulating layer or making holes and pouring synthetic resins to isolate the section, all complicated and expensive procedures, he found an interesting system (called kalibradry, with some copycats around) that fights the capillary action of water by breaking up water dipoles through a magnetic field. Here is a link to the company's explanations on how the thing works : http://http://www.skm-italia.eu/skm/DocumentiProfessionisti/14_ITA.pdf (it is in Italian, but it has lots of pictures plus a simple google translate should do most of the job) and here is the link to the company website: http://translate.google.com/translate?client=tmpg&hl;=en&u;=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.skm-italia.eu%2Fskm%2Fit%2Fdefault.aspx&langpair;=it|en The system, to my surprise, seems to be quite effective, so much that it is being used all over Europe (mainly Germany, Austria, Italy), even in valuable historical buildings, such as the Unesco recognised Palazzo del Te in Mantua with frescoes of the Renaissance master Mantegna. I doubt they would allow anything dodgy or dangerous plus I called directly and the museum confirmed they are using the system succesfully and plan on expanding experimantation. I was wondering if anyone could think of a DIY version of the system, since the price for one is around 5000 USD, way above my friend's budget. As a secondary note, there is an even more astonishing system, although much more dodgy, called aquapol that seems to be using electrostatic electricity to deflect water, making it more difficult for water to "climb up" walls http://www.aquapol.co.uk/ http://www.aquapol-deutschland.de/ this also seems quite effective and is being used in historical buildings as well, but I wonder how it could ever work without an energy source.

Topic by wilson14    |  last reply


Ideas For Improving Your Own Prosthesis

Hi, I've posted some of the innovations I've made to my own prosthesis and thought others wearers might be interested in ideas for making improvements on your own. Thanks!http://prostheticsolutions.bravehost.com

Topic by rrhouse    |  last reply


Improved Method for solving a Rubik's Cube

Hey Guys- I finally wrote up my method for solving a Rubik's Cube. It's a modified version of the solution that comes as instructions with your cube. With this method, I've gotten solves of under 25 seconds!If you're interested, check it out at https://www.instructables.com/id/Solve-a-Rubiks-Cube!-Improved!/ -I'd love to collaborate with someone to create a method even more simple and efficient!

Topic by eLeet  


help on improving a airsoft gun magazine

Hello guys it's me fidgety I really need help on this so here it goes... I have a m83 double eagle airsoft gun and really want to mod the clips to hold more bbs they normally hold around 30. if anyone can help please post it would be greatly appreciated. thankyou, fidgety

Topic by fidgety2  


Home improvement/ workshop?. I'm stumped,

Trying to make storage shelving in corner of my tiny Bathroom. I'm stumped on how to fasten to wall. How to properly toenail into corner stud or use brackets/anchor screws? fear of to much weight. Here's a photo of my bath & photo of what I'm trying to create. Thinking thinner wood. Glass shelves are going up on larger walls. Any advice? Thanks

Question by dragontrac    |  last reply


Options to improve cooling and reduce consumption for portable coolers

I recently had to start learning how to service airconditioners on the fast and that learning got me thinking about my portable coolers.... Some of us like to go camping or on longer fishing trips, so there might be one of those 3-way fridges in use or a better cmpressor model. The one thing they all have in common is that they can only cool down to a difference in ambient temperatures. No matter which way we turn it the cooling produces heat and that needs to get away somehow. The other big thing is the cooling cycling - or the lack of it on a warm day. After some reading and thinking I came up with some ideas that might be applicable to your existing cooler if you are willing to mess around a bit. Let's start with the produced heat, shall we? Down here in Australia most people either have the fridge in their4WD or camper. In a car or small camper trailer there is often the problem of airflow, so the cooler might be doing overtime for no other reason than a lack of airflow. If you check online sites like Amozon and Ebay you quickly find fan systems meant to be installed inside the cooler to get lower temperatures and a quicker cooling of fresh goods. The thing is that the box is quite well insulated and the benefit of the airflow goes only as far as it can reach. And even if the box is quite empty and you would have a benefit of the cold air moving around it won't change the fact that "improved" cooling always comes with more heat in this case. But if we use one of these fan systems to actually improve the airflow on the hot side we not only get better cooling but also a reduce power consumption - something worth considering if you have no backup power generator.... This of course brings us to placement. As I have done the mistake myself you might be tempted to put a 3way cooler onto your seat. Opening it with the back free means the lid always gets stuck on the seat, do it the other way around and you block the airflow. If you do put it on the seat then make sure two things match: 1. The thing is secured properly. 2. The airflow from your aircon is able to reach the hot side of the cooler. Even permanent installations in a camper benefit from a good airflow. Often the fridge or freezer is built into some sort of bench and the airflow behind might be very limited. A simple solution here is to add a vent on top of the bench to allow the hot air to escape. A better one is to use a fan that is powered together with the heating element or compressor and drives the hot air to the outside. How to improve the cold side of the box or fridge? Well, to be honest there is not much that can be done unless you are prepared for some serious work. Depending on compartment size, contents and how full it is a little fan can help to keep the temperatures even but it won't help to get it cooler or reduce the cycling periods for the cooling. The only really working way that I found is to use a "battery" for the storage of the cold. The cooling works by checking the inside temp of the box and if above the set temp the cooling won't stop. This is all well and good while we have a constant supply of power but once we are on batteries it would be great to keep the active time to a minimum. A working solution is to build a container that fits around the cooling element. Smaller types often use an aluminium heatsink, bigger types might come with a compressor and an evaporator. In either case proper sealing is important! Most good models are fully waterproof, meaning even if you would fill them with water they would not leak in other areas than the door. But double check and if in doubt use a bit of silicone to make sure. Ok, but how do we "store" the cold coming from the device? Cold packs ;) These things contain a ready to use mix that holds cold temperatures quite well. Another really good alternative is alcohol or radiator coolant, although the last has limited capabilites in terms of holding capaity for the cold as it is desinged to exchange heat fast rather than to keep it. With a suitable sized and sealed box around the active cooling element we will need longer to actually see any cooling happen (with a warm "battery") but that can be compensated for by good planning or a frozen water bottle. If the cooling element is covered with a box of cooling gel then it has to cool this first before anything happens inside the box. But once it does the pack is already far below the normal temp it would have during normal operation. Remember the inside of the cold pack cools down first before the outside will get cold ;) So once the set temperature is reached the device will shut off. But since the cold pack is far below the set temp it will continue to cool our box until the core is warmer than the set temp. Quick thinkers will now say the benefit is lost as the time required to cool the "battery" down again is much longer than the normal cycle time - and they would be correct. But as we get much colder temps inside the gel box the overall running will still be less compared to normal operation. And since from the second cycle on the gel is only warming up to operating temp of the box it will be much faster than with a warm box. Another benefit might be the ease of cleaning and ice removal. Some peltier driven coolers have big cooling fins or a quite bad design for the heatsink allowing mould to grow where you can't remove it easy. If the box is made from stainless steel and flush with the back wall of the box we won't have that problem anymore. Ok, but how much is good or too much for the size and gel content? You got me there as it is bit tricky. You don't want to loose much usable space for starters and you don't want to wait hours for the gel to cool down if the box was not used. IMHO the size should fit the cooling element with about 20% to spare all around. If stainless steel is not an option than aluminium is the next best choice. Thin sheets can either be be cold formed with a hammer or "brazed" with a good torch and the right rods. Ok, before that route is there anything I should consider or do first? Depends ;) 3-way systems usually use a flame or heating elements to heat an ammoia solution. After years of neglect corrosion can form and reduce the amount of heat transfered into the system and reducing the efficiency this way. It might help to take the heating elements out once a year or so to clean them and the contact areas from any corrosion or dirt build up. With a fixed shedule for this you won't have the problem of never noticing a badly corroded heating element either - and this is the main failure on these systems.... Modifying your camper or making a few mods to your 4WD drawer system is not for the faint of heart and should be done with consideration. The last thing you want to do is rush things to find out it was not necessary. Before cutting holes check if you can't find the room for the fan in a different spot and use ducts to control the airflow - sometimes it is easier to blow air in than to get air out ;) When it comes to creating vents or connections for air to the outside always make sure it is waterproof and insect safe! If you can let the outlet go downwards so water won't run in, for 4WD trailers consider a flap to prevent water from going during a river crossing. Flyscreens will not only prevent insects from coming in but on the inside also prevent dust to go eerywhere - allow to the removal and cleaning! The salts used in these cold packs can be corrosive, so you have to make sure there are no leaks and that there is no steel to come into contact with gel - this includes screw ends hidden in through-holes. If in doubt use a coat of paint but keep it as thin as possible. Even on peltier systems it might be impossible to remove the heatsink without massive surgery on the internals. So before you take it all apart to gain access check if it is far easier to seal around the box opening and possible screw connections using silicone. The cooling battery can be screwed on and sealed with silicone as well as an easy escape route. Although for this to work you need to check if the material of the box allows for a proper bond with the silicone! Some materials just won't allow anything to stick at all, even after sanding them. So do a test first in an area where you would be able to cut the silicone away without causing damage. If you can rip or peel it off the surface you should not try to use a cooling battery screwed to the wall, only use a box that is fully sealed with the cooling element and has a seperate back - one complete unit around the cooling element. I have a 3-way system with a freezer compartment that does the cooling for the fridge too - what can I do? These units either provide good freezing with the fridge temps too low or good fridge cooling with no freezing capabilites - depending on the thermostat used. Our problem is that is next to impossible to add a cooling battery of the normal kind to these systems. The L-shaped freezer box can really only be added with a L-shaped cooling battery from underneath. Only if you don't need any freezing at all you could add a cooling battery to fit into the freezer box shape. In either case the benefit is somehow limited by the way the thermostat is used. If there is no temp control for freezing it should be fine. Warnings... Only peltier driven coolers are free from refrigerants. Every 3-way or compressor system uses refrigerant as evident by more or less piping and heating elements. Never attempt to screw anything into a cooling element containing refrigerant! Even if you think between the channels all will be fine it won't be! The material is just pressed to form the channels and any damage caould mean refrigerant leaking out! Use silicone instead and make sure all surfaces are properly cleaned before applying it, also wait until the silicone is really fully cured before putting any stress on it. As said, these cooling gels can be corrosive, especially if DC voltage is involved. Make sure that everything that is not aluminum or plastic is properly sealed before allowing ongoing contact with cooling gels. Do not attempt any of this if you have to ask yourself what tools you might need or how make a suitable container for the gel. If in doubt check Google on how to work with aluminium or stainless steel if there are not enough Instructables for it. The gel will expand a little bit if it freezes, this no problem in a metal container if you allow for a bit of flex or on the side added strength  - whatever suits you better. Another option is to get a few different cold packs (by the active ingredient) and to do a check in a little container. Freeze it and note whe level cold and warm. Little to no difference means nothing to worry in terms of expansion during freezing.

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