What about sidewalk planting,should symmetry play a factor?

I am planning to plant beside my sidewalk,one side is sun,the other part shade,how to choose the correct edging plants,and what about symmetry?

Question by cathycarr 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How to landscape a front yard?

I have a rectangular shaped yard that needs some shrubbery. I live in southern California and need something that will grow well in the sun, but is easy to maintain.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Landscape Lighting Electrical Connections?

We are in a newest home (5 years old). We had in-ground wiring installed but no lights. My wife now wants landscape lighting installed.I have two sets of 12 awg wire terminating near an outlet at the rear of the house. One wire was tapped with black electrical tape while the second 12 awg wire had green electrical tape.I found all the wire loops (where they come out of ground)However, I also found a junction box. There are two sets of 12 awg wire into the junction box but nothing is connected (pic attached)I then found a location where two sets of wire terminate. (Pics attached) comes out of ground, does a loop, but there's also an end piece. First I assumed, I had a "loop" system" but the junction box and now these two locations with en end piece of wire is throwing me off. Thoughts? Any suggestions would be helpful.ThanksB

Topic by BertF8 1 year ago


Hi, Does anyone know anything about bamboo? I'd like to grow some, but don't know anything about it. Any info will be helpful. Thanks

Topic by wheelbme 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How do I level out the garden?

Hello, could someone please tell me how I would go about levelling out my garden or particular blocks of it? Thank you in advance.

Topic by ShaunHill 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Using a plot leveling lazer to turn on a light? Answered

I have an uncle who want to make a light that will turn on when a senser come in parallel with a 360 degree plot level. to be attached to some heavy equipment to allow him to grade some property. any help? he was trying to avoid using a processer or computer, but whatever it takes to due it.

Question by red9er 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

need info on hill side landscaping?

Question by lsher 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How to make a miniature fantasy landscape? Answered

From trees to inhabitens, from little villages to flying capitels.

Question by Immortus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do I prep the ground for desert landscaping?

I'm renting a place that has crappy grass/lawn around the pool and the back yard and I need to know what I need to do to in order to get rid of the grass that's there, and how to properly pre-treat the ground before laying rocks. Eventually I may want to add some desert plants and a drip system but I don't have the capital for that right now. For now I just want to go with rock.

Question by noelix 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do you make fake rocks/boulders? Answered

I'd like them to go around the pool area in constructing a water grotto so they need to be durable and water/weather resistant.

Question by kelliemcal 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

What can I do with broken concrete, concrete in small slabs?

I have a lot of concrete from an old driveway that I got rid of with a sledgehammer. I dont have a truck to dispose of the concrete somewhere. So need to do something with it around my house.

Question by DELETED_nuwave 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

I Want to Make Wool Landscape Tapestry

Recently i saw a very cute wool landscape tapestry at Nestle and Soar folk art studio. As i love to collect needle felting items, fiber art things. So i just want to make similar wall art tapestry, but i don't have any idea about it.. Like how to do it?, what technique we required for it?, what kind of wool we need ? etc... Please suggest me.. I have attached pic for that wall art tapestry..

Topic by lisagary1982 7 years ago

Faux corner fireplace surround with landscape bricks?

Any thoughts on creating a corner surround for one of those electric or gel pack, *ventless* fireplace inserts...using landscape brick? I was thinking: create frame for insert with 2x4s (I have a ton of them laying around) ...I have a nice, *natural*, hunk of wood for the top already but I was trying to come up with something SUPER easy for making the front look nice: landscape block? I see many nice looking structures built of just stacked up landscape blocks and what? are they GLUED together? Just stacked up with like a row on the bottom/front for a hearth? I am sure doing it in the middle of a wall instead of having to cut blocks for a corner would be easier but the way my windows are, the only place I can do it is in a corner as I am putting the TV on it and we have cut block in the past so we can do that part of it :)  I tried to find some examples on the internet and here at Instructables and haven't seen anyone try this yet.... Any thoughts anyone?

Question by kellyndiy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

I've a wealth of A.C. landscape XFMR. How do you size the small full wave rectifiers for use in running LED's off these?

I'm using 12volt 50 watt thru 150 watt AC xfmrs and need to know how to size corresponding full wave rectifiers as available all over the web for anywhere from $3.00 to $10.00. Any help would be greatly appreciated. These are the typical A.C. landscape xfmr's I want to adapt to DC output. I'd like to avoid heat sinking at all costs. Thanks, Zappenfusen 

Question by zappenfusen 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Free mulch delivery!

Free mulch delivery service: abouttrees.com

Topic by blkhawk 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

what is a free cg software that is not blender or paint? Answered

I want to make a landscape terrain. Oh I have google sketch-up and it deos'nt do what I want it to do. Any one know of a free software. thanxs a ton -MiiWii3

Question by miiwii3 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How do I display portrait style pics? So far they all stay in landscape frame of reference.

No matter how the pics lay out in other programs, they all present landscape style. I don't want to post pics sideways! There's got to be a way because I see some in other instructables... Help?

Question by sensoryrevolution 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to make money as a teenager (middleschool), not the usual ways that are babysitting and landscaping?

I want to know how to make quick cash and money. Not the usual ways that are babysitting and landscaping. There's already too much highshoolers and paid services. And if i try to sell at school, what would i sell, not just gum and school supplies, almost everyone carries gum. I was thinking puppy chow but would it be enough profit. Also not just online money making. Last thing don't give me a link to the guide by =SMART= i've read it but i need other ways.

Question by flashanimator 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

could someone post a model railroading related instructable please?

It is things like track planning for Ho scale and landscaping.

Question by daman38 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What type of paint to use for painting a landscape art painting on a refrigerator (with brushes)?

I would like to paint an actual painting on the front of my refrigerator. I need to know what kind of paint to use for a base coat and then what types of paint I could use for the details. Spray paint is not an option for this, I need to be able to paint with brushes, and all I'm finding online is "how to go from white to black" etc.? Also, if I should use some kind of topcoat to protect the final product.

Question by 9 years ago

Looking for a 12V solution to prevent another 12V circuit to power on -- Reverse relay

Hello, I have 2 separate 12 volt lighting systems in the yard.  One is a low-voltage garden lighting that illuminates paths, trees, and a hot tub shelter. The other is a security lighting system, a 12V system that lights 6 each 900 lumen flood lights powered by solar panels and batteries. Other than shine a flood light from the landscape light system at the security system light sensor, is there a relay I can install that prevents the security lights from powering on until the landscape lights turn off?  I guess I am thinking of the redneck version of the relay that puts generators into play when the power goes out. I want my yard to be friendly while the landscaping lights are on, but we dont need a soccer pitch until the guests go home. Kind of like a rock concert.

Question by SeanW65 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

What Do You Like To Draw?

What type of art do you do? (i.e. painting, sculpting, pastels, graphite, charcoal etc.) What do you like to draw? (i.e. landscapes, animals, people etc.) 

Topic by LoneWolf 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

My images keep getting uploaded sideways... Does anyone know what's going on? Answered

I took them with my iPhone 3GS, and they are fine on my computer. They go to landscape mode when I upload to Instructables, however.

Question by DELETED_jakebaldwin 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 weeks ago

Toxic Waste* Barrels Answered

I was wondering where to find those multipurpose metal barrels like the ones you find conveniently scattered across landscapes in first person shooters.  They also seem notorious for holding toxic waste in movies.  I was thinking it would be at some kind of surplus store. Can anyone help?

Question by Fizzxwizz 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Create a motorized rotating TV

Hey all,  I am trying to create a TV mount that can switch from horizontal to vertical at the click of a button but I really have no idea where to start. Is there a way I can motorize this mount? https://www.amazon.com/Mount-It-Low-Profile-Landscape-Portrait-Panasonic/dp/B005MHGCSK 

Topic by TylerL62 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

All photos do not show

I created an Instructable today. It contains about 15 photos. Looking at the published page I only see the first set of thumbnails. I can't scroll to uncover more. Clicking a thumbnail does not enlarge it. https://www.instructables.com/id/True-to-Scale-Landscape-On-Laser-Cutter/ Jim

Topic by jschrempp 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how could i modify a straight cut paper shredder to cut the paper to certain dimensions?

I want to put A4 paper in landscape and for it to come out cut into 34 pieces (each piece is about 9.5mm) any help would be greatly appreciated

Question by tcollins3 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Ambitious Paper, Fabric Folding Project PLS HELP ME?

Our teacher asked us to do an origami product, to show off how geometry is strongly related into that. I decided to make a small project, which is a landscape demonstrator. I tried to be a little bit off the box, but I guess that I failed to bring that into reality. the design as shown in the attached image, should be like a semi-circular plane (70*150cm) which contains the landscape picture, that should fold and fit in a small portable box ( 30*10*10cm). The folding action should be controlled by a small electric motor which is already inside the box. I really don't know how to make this come to reality, and I don't know which pattern I'm going to use.

Question by vwtm2006 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Sand and water pictures?

I am trying to find instructions for making sand and water pictures where a mixture of sand water and air are trapped between two pieces of glass. By turning the picture upside down the sand, restricted by the air bubbles will produce a unique "landscape" on each occasion. Any help would be much appreciated.

Question by trevor.drew 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How to build a six-sided planter box?

I am trying to build a six-sided planter box around a tree. I am having a problem joining the pieces together, I am using landscaping timbers to build this box. My problem is getting the ends to join and have stability to the box. Please help.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

What are the needs in Chandler, AZ for electrical wiring outside?

I will be putting in 4 lamp posts to be controlled by one switch and five outlets for putting in landscape ligjhting. I have an electrical outlet outside that isn't being used for anything and I was thinking about removing the outlet and using the electricity at that point to run wiring to the areas needed.

Question by stephmaria 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Can LEDs be wired up to replace 12 VAC garden light bulbs?

How do I put them together? Some are wedge base and others are bi-pins. Can they be made water proof? Because they use less energy, can I string more of them using the same 300w transformer?

Question by yopauly 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Building a Transparent Dispay Monitor

I'm currently in the process of building a peppers ghost inspired computer monitor. I will be going through this DIY step by step and updating each time I progress. During this build I will be taking peoples suggestions from each previous step and applying it to the build. So this will be built by my and inspired by the community. First issue: I am using Lexan as the display and as you can see in the picture, I have already stumbled upon my first issue. Everything is backwards! So, first round of suggestions will be how to fix this. Note: Windows OS has built in capabilities to do screen ROTATIONS but not FLIP/MIRROR. I cannot stress enough how many people assume rotating, flipping, and mirroring are the same thing. In Microsoft's built in display panel they list: Landscape, Portrait, Landscape(Flipped), Portrait(Flipped). However the two flipped settings are merely rotations.

Topic by mae-kitty 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Uploading vertical image help

I'm trying to upload images to my first instructables.  The first picture I uploaded in the intro was a vertical picture and uploaded fine, but the rest of my vertical pictures in the steps are all turned to the side so they're landscape instead of portrait.  I've tried uploading them a few times but it still doesn't work.  Can someone tell me how to fix this?

Topic by phoenixqueen 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Outdoor LED light fixtures?

I have an outdoor landscape lighting system. I just converted the light fixtures from halogen to LED. Most of the system works fine, but there is a section that will not light up. I know there is power to the cables within that section because I can connect one of the old halogen lights and it will light up. But when I hook up the LED it will not work. Any ideas?

Question by carviso 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

use google sketchup model in edgecam? Answered

I want to use a landscape i made in sketchup(a mountain range) and mill it out of polystyrene using edgecam. Maybe there is a way to convert to  autodesk inventor first?  The model is only a face, which is why its hard to use in a solid modeling program. Ive used a rough face before on the cnc machine.

Question by William930 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how to connect multiple small solar cells to produce more output voltage? Answered

How do you connect small solar panels (such as in landscaping lights) in series to produce a max output voltage? i have tested one solar panel and the output voltage is around 2 v in bright sunlight. i want to connect five or six in series to produce at least an output of 10 volts.

Question by LANGDEAU 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Cool cgi images?

I think this will be three questions in a row... Anyways i am making a theme for ipod touch and iphone. You jailbroken user know what i mean. So i need some awesome CGI images. anything buildings landscape(only "G" rated) I will probably find a use for every cgi image(unless i get like 50+ in which case i will chose the best)

Question by miiwii3 9 years ago

Need help with temporary wall construction

Can anyone shed some light on how this is built ? It looks like 2 8ftx4ft plywood panels sandwiched together with some 2x4s and a hinge on the back. I am trying to find out how to sandwich the sheets together so it looks seamless like the image below. Thanks in advance. http://www.wwd.com/images/processed/wwd/2009/07/20/landscape/01-large/fs_cdg_black.jpg

Topic by svioletta 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Will portland cement cure without using any water? Answered

I'm using used railroad ties  for a landscaping border. No pressure/tension involved. The ties I got are rotted inside and in one side and have good appearance on their other three sides. I was considering using portland cement to fill in the voids, but would like to minimize how much water used to cure the cement in order to prevent further rotting of the tie itself. Would the cement cure if I don't use any water?

Question by mbloom2 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

I'm looking for some ideas... I have a digital camera with a broken LCD screen... ?

7+ mgpix digital camera... everything else (funtions, settings, etc) works perfectly... what would you do with it? (turn it into a web cam, use it as a security cam, etc)? It has all the typical settings of today's digital cameras - movie/landscape/nighttime/fireworks/beach/snow/action/macro... it all works, but the LCD screen was crushed. Any thoughts or suggestions? What would you make with it?

Question by mgrady70 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Soil for sandy sink hole areas

Our home is on sand, lime, sink holes. It helps to direct rainwater away from the structure to prevent sink holes. My question is if there are recommended soil treatments for sand. If it will help to coat the perimeter with two feet of soil and sod, I'll do it. I really like landscaping and I just wanna make sure using a few feet of fertile soil and sod is an option without making things worse. Any other recommendations would be very much appreciated. Thanks all.

Topic by Sovereignty 7 years ago

This week the highly anticipated High Line Park in NYC opened to the public for the first time.

This week the highly anticipated High Line Park in NYC opened to the public for the first time. The park was built on the remains of an abandoned rail system in New York City. Check out our video of the new High Line, with exclusive interviews with the design team including Lead Designer and Landscape Architect James Corner of James Corner Field Operations and architect Ricardo Scofidio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro who made this stunning new park possible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIerTFnRiR4

Topic by YourSolarLink 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

LED/PCB mods. I adapt cheap led lights. Will gooping the pcb to weatherproof it shorten life? Answered

I'm an old electrician obsessed with LEDs and selling them to my old customers. I build custom landscape fixtures and have been purchasing cheap led lights and bastardizing them for parts. I've had several that moisture got to the pcb and it died of various causes. I've been gooping the supply wire solder points among other things to increase durability. If I goop the entire back of the board the smd is on, will it cook itself?  Any other ideas to increase durability without shortening life expectancy drastically will be greatly appreciated. Zappenfusen 

Question by zappenfusen 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

TV Aerial Modification

Hi, I have a Yaggi style tv aerial (vertical polarisation, wideband) in the loft I pick up the main signals from a sub-transmitter (forgotten the right word) to the front of the aerial - good reception. I receive some weak signals, depending upon the weather conditions, from the main transmitter at the rear of the aerial. I receive these signals by reflections from the landscape, etc. I am thinking of attempting to boost the reception from the rear by placing horizontal directors alongside the vertical directors. Do you think this idea will increase, decrease, or make little difference to the reflected/direct receptions. Thanks A PS.  Before you ask, Yes I have tried pointing the aerial towards the main transmitter, but I get no signals, due to geographical considerations. I get better reception from the main transmitter when the aerial points 90 degreesaway from it.

Topic by anon_private 5 years ago

Patchwork fabric paving concept.

On Freshome, via NOTCOT; Juliana Santacruz Herrera decided the streets of Paris were too gloomy and needed a little fresh touch. With these in mind she came up with the concept of decorating the potholes of the city using colorful strips of fabric. These were placed randomly in shallow breaks and cracks, creating a fun and colorful change in the landscape. The artist’s visual intervention brings a happy touch to the gray streets of Paris and creates a fun and appealing contrast with the dark cement. But what if we were to take this idea further? If you like how this photos look, perhaps you could use them as a source of inspiration when it comes to patching up your own courtyard, patio and so on. Sounds practical? So, how could it be made (reasonably) practical? Maybe a pourable clear or translucent resin?  What do you think?

Topic by Kiteman 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Creating a light from recycled parts

Here is my dilemma. I have a Superman acrylic plastic emblem. I removed it from a former toy and now I have an idea that I would like to make a light out of it. As you can see by the photos, it's not very big. It's length is roughly 2 inches, and I plan to sand the ridge down so it can slide inside a PVC pipe adapter. I have a landscape capsule light, so it doesn't have excessive heat, and it has direct light. I am trying to figure out a way to use all the material to make a light with a Batman Signal light type stand. (See Instructable for the the Batman Signal light) If anyone can assist me or give me some ideas, hints, suggestions so I can put all this together, it would be terrific. I will post the whole thing when I am completely done. Thanks!!!

Topic by irishwarrior1958 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Help for a wheelchair + resources for the winter project ...

Hello everyone, I am a wheelchair user and lover of winter sports, especially skiing. During my time as a walker, I used to go to the ski slopes as soon as it snowed because it was between snow and snowy landscapes but now it is difficult for me because my wheelchair sinks into the snow and prevents me from moving. I am aware that there are resources for my case, be they the http://www.polarstroller.com/en/store/2-Set-of-4X... or also an option for hiking such as freewheel http://www.polarstroller.com/en/store/2-Set-of-4X... or other options like that. The point is that they are really expensive and difficult to get in Spain. For what I plan to do it myself but I'm not very handy. Could you give me some clue, instruction how to start step by step? Thank you for your time and help in advance.Sorry 4 my poor english !!!

Question by Josep R.R 4 months ago  |  last reply 3 months ago

Minecraft question...

So, I have a question...      So, I decided to make a new, superflat, creative mode, world. But when I spawned, It spawned me in a snowy forest. I flew up just above the trees, and started flying forward. I passed a small desert, some rolling plains, and then another snowy forest. As I kept flying I saw an abrupt hault in the forest. I stopped flying and walked to the place where everything stopped appearing. Then as I looked down, I was really on a giant cliff- Going in a perfectly straight down drop. I flew one way down the massive wall, and there was a corner, I followed another wall-And then found a corner, and reapeting this process twice more, I ended up in the same spot I was in before. It was a giant cube, sitting on top of a superflat world. With normal biomes, caves just stopping at the edge, and water and lava flowing from it. So my question is: Has anyone had this happen before? And if so, what is it? (If my description is unclear, see picture.)

Topic by vroom...vroom... 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago