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Sports Injury

I do cross country and run 6 miles a day. I have been having trouble with my knees and ankles. I went to the doctor, and they said I had a torn ligament in my ankles. Any suggestions on how to help them heal?

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Knex Injuries

Have you ever been injured by knex? - if so please post pics !Give a pain rating from 1 to 10 (10 being the most painful) And i bet someone will say 'i hope so!'

Topic by Loosewire; SOE Operative    |  last reply


Injury prone people

Share your scars here! Injury pics are awesome! Are power tools involved? Is glass involved? How about metal? Knives? Beware, I have no control over what people post, there might be some graphic stuff.

Topic by The Ideanator    |  last reply


adaptive making

Alright, fellow Instructablers, I need help. I'm not usually a forum-poster; I like lurking. But I'm getting a little desperate. About a month ago, I was in a bit of a car accident. The airbags went off as I was trying to turn away from the telephone pole, and so my right wrist was in front of the steering wheel when the bags went off. This means that my right wrist (yes, I'm right handed) is still recovering, with the current diagnosis of "soft tissue injury with a sprain on top." I'm going to see a hand specialist, but in the mean time, it's quite the wrist brace. Though I can use my fingers, I can't do much without pain/stiffness/etc. So here's the problem that I'm posing to you: what can I make? I'm going stir-crazy. I knit, I woodwork, I play with wire and jewelry making, I draw, I take things apart... I'm willing to learn any new medium and play with any new toys. But I can't use my wrist. So, what adaptive techniques or simple projects or mediums do you suggest until I'm back to full powers? TL;DR: Can't use my wrist, but want to keep making things. Ideas?

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Kiting injuries today at work

Don't expect any website updates in the next 12 hours, Rachel and I both drew blood while kite-buggying in the parking lot this afternoon. OK, the injuries are pretty minor in the scheme of things, I just wanted to brag that we went kiting during work, at work. Previously, I've always had to leave work to kite. We didn't take any pictures while actually out there, so I've included another image from my archive to show what it should look like. A sandy beach probably would have been a lot smarter than concrete. Oh well, I should probably order Instructables-team helmets.

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Can I be held liable if someone injures themselves as a result of trying to duplicate my project ?

Example: I post a project of mine that explains an improved way to inflate water bottle rockets with co2 cartridges and the specific parts they will need and can get from their local hardware store.Someone then follows my instructions and is injured as a result of not following instructions,not taking the proper safety precautions,or just an unforeseen potential for injury that was overlooked by myself. Question? Can I be held legally responsible for this injury as I was the one who posted the project in question?

Question by Lonely Wolf    |  last reply


I just broke my toe.

I had completely forgotten how bad this hurts. I can't even stand at this point and had to call in to work. :( I was just about to go out and ride my bike for a while, too. What a disappointing way to start the day. Now I get to spend the rest of it in varying degrees of pain! Even moving my foot unleashes pain like I have not felt in years. Anyone have any home remedies to recommend? I know when it happened last time I just got my toes taped and that was it. I'm not sure I can even get to the doctor at this point. :P I considered posting a picture of it but that's gross. So here's a picture of Chester. He's obviously reacting to my problem.

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Talking First Aid Kits: With Instructions!

These first aid kits include individual kits for treating different types of injuries. What makes this so special, is that each kit includes audio instructions on how to handle the situation and how to use the kit.The LinkThis technically fits into kids and sports, but I posted it on the life section, since more people read this section.....

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a fold of skin next to rabbits vagina collecting yellowish stuff? Answered

Two of my rabbits have it i dont know if the other to have it because they wont stay still long enough. it doesnt seem like a cut but its mor like a fold of skin but you cant un fold it. its right next to their vagina and it collects yellow moist stuff. should i just leeve it alone of clean it out? it hurts them when i do stuff to it and i know that because after i try to get the yellow stuff out they chatter their teeth. please help

Question by four bunnies    |  last reply


Ever been hit?

By a car? Besides when I've managed to run over myself, all of the times that I've been hit have been at intersections, obeying the lights. I got hit by a 50cc scooter once, too. That was less painful than hilarious. I think I got hurt less than the gal on the scooter. I had to help her pick it up and get it started again...I cross busy 4-lane streets in the middle of the block, rather than the light, for precisely that reason. Every time I've tried crossing Federal at the light, I've been hit or nearly hit by some cholo in a junker of a lowrider. Crossing the same street in the middle of the block, I've only had once close call, and that was my English teacher trying to be funny and just buzzing me.One of my friends got laid out in the crosswalk by someone who jumped the light a few miles from our school. She was in a bad way for a while, with multiple compound fractures.How about you? Ever been hit? How do you handle traffic and crossing?

Topic by Rishnai    |  last reply


post pics of knex gun injuries!

I want to see injuries from knex

Topic by combatknex    |  last reply


Loss of temperature sensation in fingers? Answered

I've never had this problem until now...here's the story. Well, I was outside the other day, and it was freaking cold out. Probably about 9 degree's F. I was wringing cold water out of a towel (long story) and the cold really hurt my fingers. First my fingers felt cold, then nothing...just this buzzing sensation. Realizing that wringing water out of a towel with bare hands at 9F is probably a stupid idea, I rushed indoors and defrosted my hands with warm water. But all I felt was buzzing, not warm water. Hmm. So today I was melting wax in a soup can in boiling water, and I touched the tin to see how hot it was. It didn't feel hot, so I just grabbed the boiling hot tin of wax and poured it into my mold. The wax dribbled onto my fingers. I didn't even notice it! Later that day it occurred to me that maybe i was having trouble feeling how hot things are, so I experimented. I ran hot water over my fingers, but it didn't feel hot at all. It just feels like my fingers are buzzing or something.  Stranger still, if I IMAGINED that the hot water is cold, it suddenly feels cold! If I imagine it's hot, I get that buzzing sensation. It's probably just a temporary condition, so I was wondering if it's ever happened to any of you folks?

Question by nepheron    |  last reply


cycling machine for father with traumatic brain injury

I am seeking a very resourceful, intelligent builder.  My 79 y.o. father suffered a traumatic brain injury 15 mos ago.  He is minimally conscious and immobile.  We get him into a wheelchair but he gets no movement.  This machine will cycle his legs while he lies in bed.  It is over $9,000 and Medicare does not pay for the device.  I am in leaving a web site address that has information about the machine.  I have alot of other information if anyone might be interested.  http://www.medimotion.co.uk/motomed_models_letto.php I realize that this is a long shot but I thought I might try. 

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Dachshund wheelchair

Dachshunds are adorable little dogs, bred for chasing badgers and other burrowing animals. Unfortunately, their elongated backs are delicate, and prone to all types of injury. Enter joelsprayberry's Dachshund wheelchair. It's an inexpensive way to support the dog's back legs until he can walk again.  Reading through the comments is inspiring - so many people have found this Instructable, and built their dogs wheelchairs.  Instead of having to put the dog down, it can recover and enjoy a full life. There's even a ferret version. Any more heart-warming pet stories to share?   This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

Topic by canida    |  last reply


Any story behind this picture? (WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC INJURY)

I was wondering is there anything behind this nasty injury? Any ideas?

Topic by Flumpkins    |  last reply


How can I find a cheap sport fisherman yacht?

I am a disabled Iraq Veteran. I am unable to work a regular job. I suffer from a head injury and physical injuries that prevent me from doing a lot of things. I have grew up by the water and always dream of owning my own boat. I figured if I was able to get myself a good size boat. I could charter it for fishing trips and dives. I really need something to do with my life. I feel like I am wasting after coming home wounded. I need help because I am not as sharp as I was before a head injury. I would appericate any advice.

Question by ussoldier73    |  last reply


Bunk Beds Dangerous for Kids, Hopefully Safe for Interns

A new report shows that bunk beds may be pretty dangerous things that can lead to broken toes, bloody noses, ceiling fan entanglement (!), falls, strangulation and more fun things. Thinking back on my own experience growing up on the top bunk as a kid and in school dorms, I think I can claim about three of those injuries. But it was fun and sometimes we combined the injuries like the time I pushed a kid off the top of a bunk (an accident, I swear) and as he was falling off he chucked a plastic squirt gun and nailed me in the forehead making me bleed all over the place.He landed on a cushion and I proudly went to the hospital. Good times.Well, here at Instructables HQ we have our own bunkbeds for interns and visitors and so far there have been no accidents. But, as this study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio seems to say, it's only a matter of time before we add to the 36,000 reported injuries a year. Link

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Does the, army, care? Will an intracerebral hemorrhage prevent me from enlisting in the ,army,?

This injury took place about 4 years ago. I have no lasting effects so i see no reason for it to prevent me from joining. Poeple have gotten in with much worse.

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need a delete button for spam

I have two spam comments from this user: https://www.instructables.com/member/personal+injury+attorney+Tampa/ i've flagged both but nothing has been done. i think authors should have the ability to flag comments and delete them on their own pages.

Topic by kylemcdonald    |  last reply


When Carbon Fiber Bikes Break

Not 100% sure how the rider fell (all sorts of stories), but when he did crash - this is the result. CF tubes broken in two places and 1 broken collar bone (a not too uncommon injury on bigger accidents). Just thought someone might be interested :)

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Will an intracerebral hemorrhage prevent me from joining the, army,? I have no lasting effects?

This injury took place about 4 years ago. With no lasting effects I don't see any reason why it would prevent me from enlisting. Poeple have gotten in with much worse.

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K'Nex War Log 4

I was looking back at the old K'nex war log posts. I saw people criticisim and know I understand how I should do it. This one, is for everybody. 11/23/10 The war has been going on for some time now. It hasn't really captured the world's eye yet, but it will someday. To date, the death toll is only 3, but the injury toll is 256. Many outsiders have been recruited, and they are usually the main injuries. 1/23/11 The leaders of both armies have agreed to join forces to take over a rising power... the Lego gunners. Their army has never been a major threat, until now. They recruited 1,000s of people, from far and near. Most people say they are easy to take down, but I don't know. 2/12/11 The first few battles have been fought, and we have been winning, but something amazing happened. To be continued...

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If You Could Do Something Incredibly Stupid Without Consequences

If you could do something incredibly stupid without any consequences such as injury or death, what would you do? Here's what my friend said: He'd ride a lawn chair attached to balloons into the stratosphere, jump of (parachute not included) with a ton of home-made explosives, land in a large tub of Jello, and detonate the explosives. :D

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  last reply


Robot Baby Seal

This brings to mind the concept of the Uncanny Valley except, it's not almost human-like... it's not really almost seal-like either, I think, but I've never been in close contact with a baby seal so how would I really know?Apparently this is supposed to be "healing". Not sure what kind of injury it would help with.Anyway, check out the video. The squeaking at least surely could have been done better...

Topic by rachel  


Bullet proof bra!

A US woman had a lucky escape when a burglar's bullet bounced off the metal underwire in her bra.Police in the city of Detroit said one of three intruders fired a shot when the woman looked out of her window and saw them raiding the house next door.The bullet smashed the window and hit her, but instead of causing serious injury - or worse - it was deflected off the wiring in her bra.The unnamed 57-year-old woman was taken to hospital and released the same day."It did slow the bullet down," said a police spokesman. "She sustained injuries but they're not life-threatening."Teenage gangThe woman, who lives on the west side of Detroit, had seen the youths breaking into the house next door while her neighbour was away.Police believe one of the gang saw her looking out of the window and fired at her.The suspects then drove away after the shooting.Local police Sgt Eren Stephens Bell told the Detroit News: "We need to get some bulletproof vests made from that. It is some strong wire." BBC Story

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pop tab chainmaille

Please either remove the affore mentioned instructable or modify it to include the words in VERY LARGE TYPE that this application will in no way provide ANY protection in Any situation what so-ever!!!!!!!! This is the first instructable I have seen that has the potential to cause severe bodily injury to anyone!!!!! Chainmail armor MUST be constucted of steel or iron to provide ANY protection at all!!! Please! Please Tell Your veiwers of this GROSS error!!! Thank You!! Roy Smith.

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Am I responsible by arranging an event? Answered

Hello, I've put this question on a law site as well but I am always interested in Instructables' answers. If I arrange an event as informally as I can such as putting a posting on a site saying, " Is anyone interested in a game of croquet at 3pm at the local park? ; Just turn up if you want to ; at your own risk." Can I as an ' organiser ' be held responsible for any injuries? If so, is there a way that everyone can be responsible for themselves? Thank you. 

Question by FriendOfHumanity    |  last reply


Coming Soon: Health by Design Contest

Coming soon to Instructables.com: the Health by Design Contest! We want to see any Instructable that can promote a healthy lifestyle or make life easier for those whose lives have been changed by injury, sickness, or a disability. This contest is open to all sorts of Instructables. Promote activity with an inexpensive bit of exercise equipment, make a prosthetic limb, mod a wheelchair, it's totally up to you. Prizes and more info to come soon.

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Instructables Holiday Trampolining Party

For our holiday party, Instructables and a few members of Potenco went trampolining at Sky High Sports. Sky High is essentially a couple of basketball-court-sized areas filled with trampolines. You bounce around like crazy, doing flips, playing dodge ball, and generally exhausting yourself. The potential for bodily injury is high, which for me, makes for an excellent holiday party. Afterward, we stuffed ourselves with Indian food.Today, the day after, everyone is nearly too sore to stand up straight.

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Mayline Futur-matic (Drafting table) w/ Varitask base

Greetings all!,  I have a Mayline Futur-matic (drafting desk)  w/ motorized Varitask base.  Need a manual or instructions for disassembly.so I can replace the huge original desktop (about 48" x 42") w/ one that'll fit my room.  the springs for adjustment are likely too strong for the smaller desktop & I don't want to risk injury taking it apart.  Thanks in advance for any assist!  [images from ebay]

Topic by Machy  


WHAT'S A BETTER WAY TO MOVE SUCH A HEAVY ITEM UPSTAIRS?

Isn't moving a ~300 lb refrigerator up flights of such stairs very DANGEROUS? .. I know of catastrophic resulting injuries.. I'm thinking of a few design improvements; and wonder if others are too.. Besides the obvious (pictured) need to add good ratchet straps, and a larger dolly, my designs range from better muscular force use, to mechanization....  Also,  can anyone please inform here about gripping, one-way, or ratcheting pulleys?.. Thanks good thinkers.

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Fun Fire Toy

This is a fun toy I made in the Boy Scouts to scare the younger kids. First take three pages of newspaper, roll them up, and tie it tight with a long thin rope. Then take a candle, light it, and pour the wax over everything but a small edge of the rolled up paper. Light the one end, and if done correctly, the 'toy' should last a few minutes. The long rope gives you the ability to swing it around in the air, and scare people with it. I am not resposible for any burns, forrest fires, or any other type of injury or fire. Use at your own risk, and keep water handy, just in case.

Topic by invisiblepaintballer  


hammer survey

Hi! we are students in an pre-engineering program called Project Lead The Way (PLTW) at Stratford High School in Connecticut. We are currently working on a open ended design project. For our project we must identify a problem in the world and try to solve it. Our problem is that hammers cause over 36,000 injuries per year, and we would like to solve this as best as possible. Can you please fill out this survey? We'd greatly appreciate it. This is the link to the survey( we personally added a tinyurl to shorten the web address here) http://tinyurl.com/np7gzh2 If you have any questions we'd be glad to answer them!

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can someone please help me draw a complete circuit diagram of a residue current device (rcd)?

A Residual-Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB) is an electrical wiring device that disconnects a circuit whenever it detects that the electric current is not balanced between the energized conductor and the return neutral conductor. Such an imbalance may indicate current leakage through the body of a person who is grounded and accidentally touching the energized part of the circuit. A lethal shock can result from these conditions. RCCBs are designed to disconnect quickly enough to prevent injury caused by such shocks. They are not intended to provide protection against overcurrent (overload) or short-circuit conditions.

Question by lynks21    |  last reply


saftey questions ASAP

This is for school, but it's nothing graded, it's just a saftey test that I have to do, I have to get 100% on it to get to continue the course, I could fill out most of the questions in my study sheet, but I need a few answered. 1. What are 3 possible injuries from be shocked? 2. How much less is your body's resistance when wet than dry? 3. What are the 3 most common current paths that can stop your heart? 4. How does using grounded tools and electrical equipment make us safer? 5. What's a lockout/tagout procedure?

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Here we go again, Shakin' In Our Shoes

Well, we've had round three of mother's earth trembling and shaking! http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/5136644/Powerful-earthquakes-rock-Christchurch The magnitude 5.5 quake struck at 1pm, 10 kilometres east of Christchurch at Taylor's Mistake beach, at a depth of 11 kilometres, and sent people scrambling for cover. It was followed at 2.20pm by a more powerful magnitude 6 quake, centred 10 kilometres southeast of the city and 9km underground. At least 46 people were injured in the earthquakes today Radio New Zealand reported. At least ten people were taken to Christchurch Hospital with injuries due to falling building material after the 1pm quake.  

Topic by ll.13  


9v shocker

Hey everybody. First, take a look at this question's best answer - https://www.instructables.com/answers/How-can-I-make-a-9-volt-shocker/ It tells you how to make a 9v shocker out of a CRT monitor's flyback transformer. I really like the idea and I just have an extra monitor at my friend's house, so I thought about trying it. I saw some videos of people messing around with flyback transformers, and it really looks dangerous. If I follow the guide on the link, and get the shocker to work, will it be dangerous? I'm gonna use it for pranks and self defense(I'm a HUGE fan of knives and I know how to use them, but they're illegal to carry here and can cause serious injury), will it be ok? Thanks a lot, Mike.

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Barefoot Running

Anybody ever run barefoot (on pavement)?  I did it in college (5 years ago) a lot on the grass playing soccer and rugby. I started running on pavement (with shoes) afterward and was killed by knee aches and achilles tendon problems. I connected the injuries to the pavement, not the shoes. Now I hear that maybe millions of years of evolution actually makes humans really good at running without shoes, so I decided to give it a go unshod.  Went almost a mile today on a pavement track, and it was a bizarre experience. The motions and muscle movements were all completely different. But I liked it. My feet and legs are very strong so I didn't have any problems with weak feet. It was just different motions.  Anybody else?

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Can someone please make 3 bifilar coils?

Hello everyone I'm in the need for some BIFILAR COILS, and just to be detailed I don't mean the PANCAKE type. I will pay through PayPal or credit please comment to answer question no private messages why am I asking instead of making my own? I'm living in a tiny room do to my spinal cord injury. So it's a bit difficult at this time alsl lastly if anyone happens to have some they're not using or are done with a donation would be nice, I'd cover shipping and handling of course. Lastly if anyone knows where they're sold online please do say so, I've had no luck finding premades online. THANK YOU TO ALL AN ANY WHO HELP

Question by bettersweeps  


Caring for a toad with a broken and infected arm? Answered

Last weekend I found a toad with his arm trapped in a mousetrap.  I don't know exactly how long he was there, but I discovered him when I heard this shuffling sound from the back of my garage and heard flies buzzing.  Upon investigating, I found poor Toady.  The flies had already laid eggs on his wound.  He was trying to hop away attached to the trap.   His arm is clearly broken.  He didn't have significant blood loss, but when I first opened the trap his tiny bones were visible at the injury site. I put Toady in a small bucket lined with moss and vegetation, along with adding a little bit of water, and covered the bucket with a dishtowel.  I used cotton swabs dipped in saline to clean the wound and applied antibiotic ointment (Neosporin without painkiller).  I also tied a thread slightly above the injury site to act as a tourniquet and prevent further infection, and possibly allow for his limb to naturally come off. Below the injury site is swollen, discolored and infected, growing a fuzzy fungus.  I've been checking on Toady every other day (I wasn't wanting to stress him out too much with frequent visits), cleaning his wound and infection and applying antibiotic ointment.  His arm is clearly dead weight and can't be salvaged.   I've put various bugs, slugs/snails and worms in there with him but I haven't seen him eat.  I put a june bug in there, and the june bug ended up trying to climb onto him but Toady seemed to try and squash the bug with his chest and then hopped over the bug to the other side.  Maybe the beetle is too big for him.  I haven't checked to see if the other goodies I gave him are just hiding under the moss. He doesn't appear to be losing or gaining weight.  He gets stressed whenever I visit, breathing rapidly and either trying to make himself look larger or do the opposite and huddle down, despite how careful and gentle I try and be around him. I'm worried about predators and infection if I were to release him now.  What should I do/not do?  I think I'll try Craigslist here to see if there happens to be an experienced amphibian owner with the proper supplies to care for him.  I doubt any vet here would be able to do anything, and I don't have the money to do so. Is this toad a male?  I thought he was based on his size since he's on the small size, but perhaps it's a youngster?  He doesn't make any noises with me, but I'm not sure if it was him chirping in his bucket or a nearby toad.  I know there's several right in the immediate vicinity.

Question by Pompom    |  last reply


Ever had an I'ble just NOT go right?

Well, The other night I set out to make two trays of treats for my work collegues on Christmas Eve... I then had a GREAT idea to turn them into I'bles The peppermint Snowmen went great without any major unfixable hiccups... My candy Cane Fudge however *sigh* *face palm* I deceided to make my Christmas treats into I'bles and Entries into the Christmas Gifts contest...So as I 'baked' I snapped away on my camera. Everything was going well until I was knocked by my dogs whilst adding the food colouring, so that it looked like a rainbow had vomited into my mix... then to add insult to injury, I dropped the cooling mixture on the way to the refridgerator.... Luckily I cought my camera... but the fudge was... well.. beyond repair. What I wan't to know, is if you have ever had a disasterous I'ble attempt, and have you posted it? -Biggsy Cheerio

Topic by Biggsy    |  last reply


Robot notice: mixed instructions?

I received the following email from Robot, when I submitted my entry for the COFFEE CUP contest:  The problem is the last line, the "requirements"....am I missing something or is this a requirement of the Coffee cup contest also?  This is to confirm that your entry 'Telephone Pickup Loop w/coffee cup enhancement' for the 'Coffee Cup Challenge' has been received and will be reviewed. The contest closes on May 9, 2010. 12:00 AM. Thank you for submitting your Instructable to the Coffee Cup Challenge.  The contest is moderated, and so your entry is waiting to be reviewed. This process can take up to 48 hours. If after 48 hours or so your project has still not been accepted, then it did not meet all of the requirements for participation in the contest.  You will then need to make the appropriate changes to your project so that it meets the contest requirements and re-submit it to the contest. Requirements:  - Entry involves improving health or makes life easier for someone affected by an injury, diisability. or sickness.  

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply


Lack of regard to personal safety or the safety of those who read a post.

I'm just wondering as to why there as so many ibles posted that are an accident just waiting to happen? Does anyone check out as to how safe the end product will be?  Do Instructables.com have some kind of get out clause to stop themselves getting sued to buggery when some less than bright child does one of these and becomes a Darwin award winner? I'm all on for the self cleansing of the gene pool by guys who blatantly disregard thier own and others health and safety. I dont believe that we should be making the the job easier by showing them how to do idiotically dangerous things. I am an engineer by trade, I have always been aware of safety issues, but still managed to collect a fine collection of injuries and scars over the years. If there are featured and winner banners why not one for marking the dangerous or unsafe ones?

Topic by Dr Qui    |  last reply


Could an O2 sensor from an automobile be used inside the combustion chamber of a potato gun?

So I was shooting my potato gun after talking about car repair today, when I got the idea. Could an O2 sensor from an automobile be used inside the combustion chamber of a potato gun to achieve optimal fuel/air ratio? Finding the chemistry of the aerosol fuel would be difficult, and I wouldn't know where to start with the computer stuff, but could it be done? If so, has anyone done it? I searched instructables and no one has even mentioned it. I found on a mazda forum that a wideband O2 sensor may detect the air/fuel ration when using propane, but what about aerosol? Propane in a plastic gun is just begging for injury. I use Right Guard sport deodorant (Without antiperspirant) as the fuel, I think it works the best. The primary ingredient is Denatured Alcohol.

Question by MistaStokes  


Are you an expert? In *anything*?

Are you an expert in something? Absolutely anything?Peter Shankman ("CEO, Entrepreneur, Adventurist") has started a website that aims to bring together journalists who need an expert, and experts who don't mind being exposed to journalists.Each day, you'll receive up to three emails, each with anywhere from 2-10 queries per email. They'll all be labeled with [shankman.com] in the subject line, for easy filtering. If you see a query you can answer, go for it! HelpAReporter.com really is that simple.I've been doing it for a few days now, and it's rather interesting what reporters are looking for (today I've had "are you a vegan with a heartwarming story about animal companions?", "how do you prevent sports injuries in 14-18 year olds?" and "Do you have experience of the H-1B visa programme?"). The only request I've responded to was one about alien evolution.You pay nothing to join in, and receive only karma (apparently), but, if nothing else, it's a bit of a laugh.Register here: http://www.helpareporter.com/

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


I just put this up on the Mythbuster's site......

I just posted the following over there, so hopefully a method can be devised to test this safely: (1999) A US Navy safety publication describes injuries incurred while doing don'ts. One page described the fate of a sailor playing with a multimeter in an unauthorized manner. He was curious about the resistance level of the human body. He had a Simpson 260 multimeter, a small unit powered by a 9-volt battery. That may not seem powerful enough to be dangerous… but it can be deadly in the wrong hands. The sailor took a probe in each hand to measure his bodily resistance from thumb to thumb. But the probes had sharp tips, and in his excitement he pressed his thumbs hard enough against the probes to break the skin. Once the salty conducting fluid known as blood was available, the current from the multimeter traveled right across the sailor's heart, disrupting the electrical regulation of his heartbeat. He died before he could record his Ohms.

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply


What excellent examples in CAD of low drag coefficient pickup trucks exist that are available on the internet?

Vehicles have been designed to minimize the aerodynamic drag with notable success. Production candidate vehicles (such as Aptera, Twike, and Honda Insight) achieving drag coefficients of 0.25 down to 0.11. Solar Challenge vehicles have reached 0.07. Nose cone and fastback upper and sealed or faired lower body designs can achieve significant reductions in drag, and are worth attention. I am attempting to optimize a design for pickup trucks and cross-over utility (CUV) vehicles that are based on the same basic chassis design. Can anyone contribute designs, examples, or sources of information on optimized pickup design? BTW, I am simultaneously searching for a safe design that has the vehicle center of gravity at or below the axle height, as it should be to prevent roll-over accidents. Risk of injury and death are significantly higher in pickup trucks and CUVs than cars, and now pickups and CUVs account for more than 50% of new vehicle sales. This tragic fact needs to be reversed with safer design.

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Writing an Instructable based on another Instructable - What's acceptable? Unacceptable?

If I learn to do something from someone else's Instructable, can I then write a more detailed/expanded Instructable about it? Hypothetical (and rather silly) example: Suppose that John Q. Ible is the author of an Instructable on "How To Make the World's Greatest Widget Out of Dryer Lint and Gum Wrappers." I read it, get enthused, and make a couple World's Greatest Widgets for myself. Although John's Instructable is pretty good, I find myself wishing that he'd had a few more steps detailing just how to combine the lint with the wrappers, that he'd said more about how adding toothpicks can make the W's Greatest W even Greater, and that he'd included a warning about walking and chewing gum at the same time (I escaped serious injury, but still... ). Is it okay to write my own Instructable with all the stuff I wish John's Instructable had included? Should I credit John in the Intro? Do I need to PM him with an offer to collaborate on the expanded Instructable? I'd be adding new, original material; but the whole thing would be based on John's idea & method - what's the etiquette on this sort of thing?

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Need Recommendations for cheap frame materials

I have a scheme to build a kid carrier that is sort of a combination of a rickshaw, a stroller and a bike trailer. I'm thinking about using PVC for the frame, but wanted other ideas from you clever, creative people. Here are the requirements: - cost effective: titanium molded rebar may be nice, but I don't have that kind of money. - fairly strong: I'm hoping to fit 4 kids in this thing, and as such I need something that will be strong enough to hold them. - light weight: I'll be pulling this by hand, possibly over uneven terrain, so it can't weigh a ton. - easy: I have no skills or equipment for welding, so I need something that will be fairly easy to cut and assemble. - available: It needs to be something that can be procured fairly easily from a hardware store, online store, junkyard, etc.So far, the best ideas I've come up with are: - pvc - fits all the above criteria, with the possible exception of structural integrity. Anyone ever used this for framing stuff? - angle iron - could get a little heavy if I'm not careful, and I'd have to cover it to prevent injuries. - bamboo - strong and light-weight, and reasonably easy to work with, but not very readily available.Any other recommendations?

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Where can I get large ( diamter larger than 3 ft.) plastic tubing for a child's diy inside gym/playground.?

I want to make a Super Mario Bros themed inside playground for my kids.  I'm basically wanting to construct some type of tubing to make a "warp pipe" tunnel large enough for them to crawl in and out and create a little wooden fort that's painted to look like a castle from the video game that would connect to these hypothetical warp pipes I want to create. I need whatever I am working with to be safe and smooth, non toxic, strong enough to support two kids btwn the ages of 2 and 4 years old & 25 to 35 lbs, and durable yet not so heavy & dense that it would cause injury to my kids if they bumped their heads. I've briefly looked at PVC piping and concrete forms and am a little unsure; would either or both of theses products be suitable for my idea (and do they even come that large)?  Or does anyone else have some suggestions?   Thank you for your time and any responses. 

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