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need to know?

I have a 4 battery pack  i want to use for an usb charger i need ro know what diode i need to use the battery pack gives off close to 6 v but i have a USB DC-DC Converter 3V to 5V 1A Adjustable Step-up Boost Power Supply Module. I know i need a diode i need so that the current from what  im chargeing does not go back into the battery but at the same time i need the batteries to give off as close to 5 v that it can work with the module. what i need is which one can i use to so this?  

Question by jsilvers1    |  last reply


"Dyeing" to know?

I was wondering if any one has some good ideas to help me with an annoying problem if it can be helped. I like to on occasion get used jeans like pants est and colour them using the ready to dye from a box. I pour the contents in to a large pot, add water, add an article of clothing and simmer for an hour or more. Then I rinse it under cold water and dry. After I wear the thing, it comes time for it to get washed, I notice a lot of colour bleeds out in to the water again. It doesn’t seem to change the intensity of the colour job but I was wondering if there’s a way of making the colour bleed less when I wash my article of clothing. Am I missing something? Should I do a salt bath after I dye the clothing? Just that the instructions say it has every thing in the powder. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks.

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I knew it!!

I knew it! A Robot contest!!! The Picture was about making robots!!!

Topic by Keith-Kid    |  last reply



How can i win 1st prize contest? (Is it a luck?)

What can i do something to win a contest? Do i need to do something really hard like something looking great? Can somebody tell a know how? And i'm living in another country (not in america) but can i get a prize?

Question by namugagy13    |  last reply


How do I add a pic to a PM? Answered

Sorry, how do I add this picture to a Private Message?

Question by iceng    |  last reply


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


Anyone Know This Minifigure? Answered

I have this figure but I don't know what its called and from what sets he comes from. If anyone knows anything please tell!

Question by iproberry1    |  last reply


Anyone know leathercraft?

'Twould make a keen 'able, don'cha think? Anyway, does anyone know anything about working leather? I'm wanting to make some arm bracers, and after thinking it over, have decided I don't know much about how to do that.

Topic by 8bit    |  last reply


Does anybody know?

Does anybody know who made this ballmachine or its name? I love it and would like som more pictures/video or building instructions Thanx in advance

Topic by imans314    |  last reply


Anyone know dinodirect.com?

Currently I am viewing this site. They are an online retailer of daily consumer electronics. Similiar to DealExtreme.com, they are also providing worldwide free shipping and cheap price. All I wanna know is they are reliable site or not... Thanks!

Question by wanderer777    |  last reply


Anyone know this series?

Its on youtube and its like: super mario 64 search for luigi part 1,2,3,4 and it cuts between sm64 and ssbN64 when he jumps into the sky PLEASE HELP!!!!!! btw does anyone have any wood gun tutorials(pistols)?

Question by builderkidj  


Kiteman knows a secret!

Instructables is going back into the publishing business! OK, so it's not much of a secret, what with a bunch of people getting emails about their projects going into them, but individual comments are building into a bigger picture: Instructables is following up The Book with a bunch of eBooks - a BIG bunch of eBooks. I don't know the titles, yet, but there are going to be... (counts on fingers, runs out) more than several (in aPub format, maybe Kindle too?).  Did you get an email?  Are you going to be in one of them? If you find out a theme or title, add a comment. Can we work out what they all are before The Powers That Be let us know officially? Oh, and get this - at least some of the several will be free for pro members to download!  Now there's even more of a reason to post a cool project that could get freatured - a helping of free pro-ness would come with a side-order of eBookiness! (K'NEX?  Surely not?) Yes!  They're on the Kindle!

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Anyone know what this is?

I just got hooked up with digital tv today, and www.wegener.com/PRODUCTS/STREAMING_MEDIA_DECODERS/SMD_515.php these are what they gave me for set top boxes. Little IPTV streaming boxes. I noticed there was a spare led labeled HD on the front, and upon further inspection, I found a ide connector and a power connector for a 3.5 inch hard disk. Normally my isp would want me to rent a different receiver for PVR functions, and additionally a lot more per reciever. This box can use a hard drive, but when I put one in, nothing happens when I plug it back in. Now apparently, from what I've read, my isp might have installed their own firmware onto the boxes, but I do not think that is the case, the menus look like the one's I've seen online. I expected for there to be an extra option pop up in the menu when I powered it on with a hard drive installed, but that was not the case... is it the format? I have a 40 gig in there (for a tester) formatted as fat32. What am I doing wrong here?? Oh yeah, and theres a screenshot I got off my tuner card, it only shows this "boot" screen when you unplug the power and plug it back in, otherwise when you switch it off, it seems to go into a "Soft-off" mode, and the hard disk I noticed also continues to spin after it's been turned off... I don't like that :S Anyways, I can't find anything online, so much as a quick reference manual on wegener's website, but it didn't provide anything useful, it vaguely mentioned the recording function, but nothing of installing a hard disk or setting it up. I assume there should be SOME kind of menu/setup I can get into to setup the hard drive/view more options other than the audio format and some other minor options I can currently see like menu appearance. I'm super fascinated to see if I can get a hard drive actually functioning on here, like the remote even has a record button on it, so obviously it was meant to be a pvr, just they expect you to pay them out the nose for them to put one in for you.

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply


i have k'nex and a moter for it

 i don't know what to make. if some makes a instructable and helps me i will make as best post and if they don't have the parts i will make instructable. 

Question by vee-man.mol    |  last reply



Help! I know that someone knows how to do this!!

Hi all,  I am a home brewer and I have attempted several times, time with no success, to do what I'm trying to do. I have a turkey fryer(A.) that I boil my brew in. In the large stock pot I have a perforated basket(B.) that fits inside and essentially I am trying to create a rigid wire mesh screen(C.) the same size as the basket. Kida like this(D.) so that after I boil my wort, I can pull out the basket and let the grains drain and avoid all of the grain in  the finish product. Does that make sense? The problem is forming the screen and stitching it together.I know that there is a specific way to form and fold the wire mesh and stitch it together so that there will be no gaps and have a strong bond but I haven't figured it out. This isn't brain surgery but I'm not doing something right. Any help would be greatly appreciated. A.  http://www.steaktenderizer.com/images/turkey_fryer_big_tom.jpg B.  https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRdbSoaqGr1j0sBmk9KzT3s-h8ATVsxS2vHw1HlJEt1A7h-yXJ4 C.  https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRa1Aokb-kz-jk3g-Hyligq9Npv9it4Nf66FdpCCoW7AAiO6dyg D.  http://xtradedirect.com/bilde_resize.php?multiimages=3&ratio;=144&produkt;_id=249477

Topic by SAWWAS72    |  last reply


Who do you know?

SO I was a thining to myself to the other day, "Gee there's a lot of people on Ibles, I wonder how many people know another Ibler outside of Ibles"... So I figuered this would be the quickest answer. I'm acquainted with Bumpus, KillerJackalope, Sunbanks, Skate6566, Labot2001, Keith-Kid, LedZeppie, and Firebert010 (mostly on Facebook). So who else communicates/knows/met extra-ibles?

Topic by KentsOkay    |  last reply


How do mosquitoes know where is the entrance of my house located?

Extremely low density of mosquitoes around the walls and windows(netted), but extremely high density near the door, like as if they knew which way the door opens and it is the door and waiting like vampires at dusk to come in suck the blood. Just tell me how do they know where my most frequently used entrance is. 

Question by MYawar    |  last reply


Who can tell me how to identify a replica watches is in good quality or bad ?

Who can tell me how to identify a replica watches is in good quality or bad ?I heard of the http://www.buyreplicawatches.netreplicawatches is well,Do you think so?how do you confirm those ?

Question by daibo2009    |  last reply


HEAT SEALERS

Hi guys, gals and robots of course I am having trouble finding out what type of sealer and the required wattage needed to weld high quality annexe matting which is about 3mm thick x 2 - 6mm all up. It is 98% nylon. I need something with about 600mm long jaws and variable heat and probably 6mm weld width? I would like to make my own as well, quite handy with electrics and mechanical stuff, live in Australia with 240v Kind Regards Build Stuff

Topic by Build Stuff  


how to know if a battery is charging? Answered

I want to know if my lead acidic battery is charging.can i use a volt meter to know that ?and how?

Question by tarz_00    |  last reply


do you know the QQ ?

Question by 451551601    |  last reply


You know to code PHP?

Is there anyone out there that knows how to code PHP scripts? :) If not, then don't answer question please.

Question by Baretester    |  last reply


Dog psychology: someone will know this? Answered

I know a guy who has a young bitch, she has a pattern of destroying things while he's out. Then he finds her looking guilty and she pees on the floor. He's a decent bloke, but he doesn't know how to deal with this. Any advice from dog-owners?

Question by lemonie    |  last reply


Know any ongoing contests?

Does anyone know any ongoing or even upcoming (free to enter) (technology related) contests p.s. besides the ones on instructables.com p.p.s. it can be about anything related to technology (even photography)

Question by rptech    |  last reply


Know any photography competitions?

Does anyone know any ongoing (online) photography contests p.s. free to enter only please p.p.s. feel free to mention any other (free to enter) technology related contest as well

Question by rptech    |  last reply


how do l know ?

There is this guy and he is 15 and i am 14 and i don't know if he likes me and i don' t  talk to him vary much because i am to shy what do i do?

Question by taytay1998    |  last reply


Know any robot contest?

Anybody know any (free to enter) on going robot contests. p.s. online contests only please (other than those on instructables.com) p.p.s. feel free to mention any other technology related contest as well (robots or even photography)

Question by rptech    |  last reply


does anyone know how?

Does ANYONE know how to make a taser/stun gun WITHOUT the use of a disposable camera??????? even if you have to buy resistors and stuff for it

Question by dasta    |  last reply


Anyone know a good Camcorder?

I'm looking for a decent HD camcorder, for mostly tripod use. I want something I can put in my bag though. I'm not particularly interested in 'flip' camcorders though. Thanks! P.S. if anyone's selling, let me know

Question by MrSalvador    |  last reply


It won't work I know it

I just moved and before the move I asked out thus girl she said no and she didn't talk to me sense then I moved and I found this girl I really like but I don't know if she likes me and I really am shy

Question by Creepycheepy    |  last reply


I need to know now?

Is there a way to make an out door atmospher indoor. So a huge building that has the feeling of sun on you shade temp. changes.

Question by frdminc    |  last reply


i need to know this movie.

 this is a lot to ask i know, but, i remember watching a movie with my father when i was younger, im 16 now, and im pretty sure it had to do about money laundering or counterfeit money. i remember this guy throwing money into a laundry machine or something. im sorry i was probably 5 or 6 years old when i saw it. i think i would know the name of the movie, cuz my mom told me once. it would probably be an action movie.  i know this is very vague and i will appreciate any feed back. so ya... p.s. id rather not ask my mother...

Question by mynameiswillem    |  last reply


Does anyone know what this is?

I cound this antique flag holder that i have had for years, i was wondering if anyone could tell me what it is,

Topic by characterzer0    |  last reply


Want to know my favorite?

Ok, well, if this is deemed as spam, feel free to remove it. If anyone has made it over to my personal page, then you know I have a small list of my favorite things. I'm asking you to ask me what my favorite here. Give me a topic, like pizza topping, not a choice, like ketchup or mustard. Thanks!

Topic by Bran    |  last reply


Anyone know what this resistor is? Answered

I am working on the eye controller board of the hexapod robot and it has some resistors on it. The parts list calls for 12 220 Ohm resistors but, based on the photos, there are more that what it shows in the text. The 12 near the top of the board I know are the 220 Ohm ones, but I do not know what the others are. The 2 vertical ones near the bottom I believe are 20 Ohm and the horizontal one closest to the bottom 220 Ohm. The 2 located underneath the 28-pin sockets are half-covered by the plastic. Does anyone have a suggestion on the value of these resistors? I included a picture of the board from the instructable page and circled the resistors in question.

Question by Arya42    |  last reply


Did you know this history?

Http://hackaday.com/2012/05/21/man-stranded-in-the-desert-makes-a-motorcycle-from-his-broken-car/ The original history is in French, in many sites. You can find it searching "Emile Leary" in Google

Topic by rimar2000    |  last reply


I know I'm not alone.

I saw someone with an instructables t-shirt in the halls at school today. Who goes to UOIT? :p For everyone else: What school do you go to? (College, Uni) Or are you still in high school? Finished education or just not doing anything?

Topic by recneps    |  last reply


Does anyone know what this is?

This is something that Ive had for years now. It either came from Colorado, St. Thomas, or Florida. It seems to be either bone or cartilage. Does anyone have any ideas as to what exactly it is? Thanks

Question by freeza36    |  last reply


eMachineShop prototyping? Wudja know?

Hello Citizens of Instructables Land, Has anyone had any experience in dealing with eMachineShop? How does it compare to other forms of prototyping services? How easy is their custom CAD application to learn? How much do the parts tend to cost? Is it worth the effort to get involved?thanks,Randy

Topic by randofo  


anyone know if this curcuit will work?

Basically I am building a robot and I have reworked some servos on a rc control to switch current from + to - and back to - and + depending on which way the joystick is. so at the top of the pic is my + - in that can switch to - + I need a curcuit that will run to different relays depending on the direction of current. Will the one I made work. I'm wondering if the power will feedback throught the other relay. by the way the black arrows are diodes Also does anyone know the difference between a reed relay and a regular relay. I looked it up but it doesent make much sense.

Topic by kendallickes    |  last reply


Does anyone know what this is?

It's sitting on a shelf in a coffee shop in Bristol, UK, and the owner of the place has promised my dad a free coffee if he can tell him what it is. Apparently it's about 6 inches long by about 4 inches high by about 3 inches deep. Any ideas anyone?

Topic by kathmonkey    |  last reply


does anybody know what this is? Answered

I found this while i was taking apart a broken pool water heater, it looks like fiberglass but it also kinda looks like asbestos, i took a small sample of it, here is a picture: EDIT: it is also very fine and fibrous, the picture kinda sucks but, i hope someone can help me

Question by twenglish1    |  last reply


Does anyone know this knife ? Answered

My brother just gave me this knife for my B'day. i would like to know where its from. The markings are very worn. It says on the right side of the blade "MO or MC-----" and more, but unreadable. The left says " P----", also unreadable. Here is a picture of both sides too. It looks like a Gurhka style knife. Its 14.5 " OA  and the blade is 9.75 ". Blade is 1/4 " thick. It has a full tang handle too. I thought it was a bayonet but it has no rifle barrel hole on top nor does it have any attachment point. Any help identifying this knife will be deeply appreciated! Thanks, Triumphman

Question by triumphman    |  last reply


Anyone know of a good decompiler? Answered

I was recently asked to make some mods to a program I made a few years ago, however, I can't for the life of me find my source code.  Does anyone know of a free decompiler that I can use?  I tried a few that I found on Google, but they all wanted money, and I'm not willing to spend the money. I made the program with VB express 2005, (the file I want to decompile is a .exe file obviously) and I currently use Visual Studio 2010.  (I still have my VB 2005 install disc if I need it... but I think there is no reason why I should need it) Thanks in advance!

Question by thegeeke    |  last reply


I've Always Wanted To Know.........?? Answered

On Instructables:- Who rates an Instructable?/How?Who decides which is the Best Answer--the author?What is an Altoids tin?What is Arduino?What Knex?_.....what does the acronym: AFAIK stand for?How do you write in that small text?_(Why do people remember other things they want to ask after they have posted/ gone offline/ put the phone down/ or finished a conversation???).

Question by Z..    |  last reply


Makers, but not as we know them....

Japanese technology companies are renowned for their innovations. But, really, what completely new products have come out of Japan in the last decade? It seems that Japan has lost its creativity, and slipped into serial innovation, producing upgraded versions of established sellers (sounds like Apple?). There are Makerspaces, but not as we know them. Tokyo is home to a Makerspace stuffed with a 1bn yen ($8.5m; £5.5m) worth of equipment, but it's behind serious security and costs $250/month to be a member. It's more of a tech start-up incubator than the Makerspaces we know in the US & UK. I know Japanese makers exist, they had their own Makerfaire, but the stuff they make is subtly different.  It's "finished".  Every hobby 3d printer, drone or CNC machine I have seen has had exposed workings, loose wires, visible guts that you can see doing stuff.  Duct tape is a styling must.   Japanese projects have hidden internals, sleek, professional-looking enclosures and casings.  Even one-off projects look like they came from a warehouse with another ten thousand stored in crates. I'm not saying this is a bad thing.  It's just a different aesthetic (me, I like seeing stuff do stuff, rather than a polished case flash an LED to tell me it has finished silently doing hidden stuff), but where does it happen? Do all Japanese Makers have professional-quality workshops hidden under their bed? Does anybody know?  Do we have any Japanese makers here to tell me I'm wrong?

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Need to know about chains?

Hello guys, My question is about how chains and their links work. We know to old saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Regarding links, assume a 1000lb. weight is suspended by one oval shaped steel link. Each of the ends of the oval link, with one end to the hook and the other end to the weight, are holding in tension 500lbs, 1000lbs or another amount of weight? Thinking about it another way, for the same 1000lb weight, if now suspended by a chain of 10 links of the same types of links, is the 100lbs evenly distributed to the 10 links where each link is holding 100lbs plus the weight of the additional links below it? If so, then the more links there are in the chain, the more weight (tension force) the chain can hold. Correct or does it not work out that way? Please clarify. Thanks, Bretina

Question by Bretina    |  last reply


How to know if Arduino is working?

I bought the RAMPS and Arduino Mega 2560 and 5 stepper drivers. I plugged in everything to the pc and everything was working perfectly. I installed all my arduino drivers easily. Then at my friends place when I plugged the psu to the mains and turned everything on, 1 of the stepper drivers started smoking from the chip attached to it and got fried. I think it was  due to too much voltage. After a while removing the burnt driver when I connected my Arduino to the pc, the pc does not find its hardware. Only this 1 light stays on and nothing happens. I don't see that there is any physical damage to the board.. but there might be .. I am not sure what to do now.. I want to know if I can check wether the board is still working and how can I connect it to the pc?

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