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Mailbox alert ?

I would like to know when my mail is delivered.

Question by robin10  


I want to make a mosaic mailbox. I need simple, but thorough instructions. Can anyone help me?

I would like specifics--type of mailbox, brand names of grout, etc. Assume I know NOTHING about mosaic! Thanks!

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Project Idea

Im sick of checking for mail throughout the day so i was hoping to setup some sort of motion sensor in my mailbox that trasmits to my home with a beep or light. Any ideas to achieve this cheaply?

Topic by andrewlapham2010    |  last reply


A parcel delivery box

I am planning to build a parcel delivery box that would accept large box deliveries from things I order on amazon namely.  The boxes vary in size but I am wondering if anyone would weigh in on how large of a package you think should fit.  I have already decided the drop box will be cut into the wall on the side of my garage where I am relocating my mail slot.  That means it will fit between two studs approximately 16" apart, but the height is open to negotiation.  Thanks guys.

Topic by nalipaz    |  last reply


vandal resistant rural mailbox ideas

I am hoping that some of you creative, DIY'ers out there can brainstorm with me to come up with a vandal proof (or at least resistant) rural mailbox.  Our mailbox sits 4.5 miles out from our house, in the middle of nowhere, at a county crossroads.  It has been shot up and other wise vandalized several times over the years.  One time some sick jerk put 3 small dead dogs in it.  I still can't believe that one.  Most recently, the entire mailbox and 2-pc mounting post was stolen.  The whole thing!  We looked for several miles along the ditches to see if it had been tossed, but no luck.  I have looked at the commercial mailboxes, and boy, are they expensive!  If I am going to spend that kind of cash, I'd rather find a way to make something that will REALLY do the job. So, I am visualizing something metal, like a steel barrel.  Somehow making a locking access door to retrieve mail (the mail carrier is not allowed to carry a key, OR get out of his vehicle) but with a large enough mail slot to accommodate small packages, maybe with some kind of trapdoor to drop mail down but prevent sticking an arm in to steal mail.  What kind of ideas can you all come up with?  I figure I can get my cousin to do any welding I might need,  Thanks!  I look forward to reading your good ideas!

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come look around

I was advised by another member to invite people in forum to come look around my page and sites - I think if you go to my page website is listed there...gotta go run to the job job :( :( but feel free to stop in

Topic by originalsbykaty    |  last reply


How would you make a visual notification system for when the mail comes? Answered

We have a long curving driveway so you can't see the end where the mailbox is. We end up checking the mail a couple times a day if waiting for something important. I've always wanted to do up some kind of thing where a light comes on when the mail is delivered by way of a switch that is turned on by the action of opening and closing the mailbox. Problem is that the mailbox is a good hundred feet from the nearest window on that side of the house (which is where i'd like the light to be) A wireless setup would be nice, but probably more complicated. Power down by the mailbox is available but house power for the driveway lights.

Question by siamonsez    |  last reply


Shirts are finally in!

We've finally got the actual shirts! The boxes arrived in our offices this very afternoon. We're shipping them out tomorrow, so contest winners should keep an eye on the mailbox next week.

Topic by canida    |  last reply


Fan art keeps coming in!

Another trip downstairs to the mailbox and 8 more colored robots show up! This is in addition to the 2 that kelseymh brought over on Tuesday during the Make:SF meeting.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


Does instructables.com sell our email addresses ?!!!

Hi, I subscribed to the instructables.com newsletter for only a couple of days (with an email address I hardly use) and since that I received a bunch of spams in my mailbox ! Weird coincidence, isn't it ? Does instructables.com sell our email addresses ?!!! >-(

Topic by PeanutFR    |  last reply


How to detect yellow school bus from 100 to 200 yards away? Answered

Is there any type of electronic component that I can use to build something to detect a yellow school bus that is up to 200 yards away? I live on a very straight busy road. From my mailbox I can see about 300 yards down the street before it curves. Is there something out there that would allow me to build a device, mounted to my mailbox post, that will chime a bell in my house when it detects a yellow school bus approaching from at least 100 yards away? Note that I believe it must have the ability to detect color because we also get a lot of big trucks driving by that could set it off if I were detecting by size. Just wondering if this would be possible. Thanks! - John

Question by siliconghost    |  last reply


Verify my account? Answered

A little box keeps popping up saying "Hey DCA, you still need to verify your account".  I do as it says and a box pops up with an old but still active email address, I send it but it never shows in my mailbox. Nothing wrong with the address, I still get other mails.  What's up? Also, I don't see anyplace to ask a question of the Instructable staff. Thanks,  Dave

Question by DCA    |  last reply


Retractable white roof for passive heating /cooling ?? Dual season roofing idea? Answered

Last summer my top floor apartment was over 115 degrees indoors with blinds closed !  In a recent email to my landlord to report a broken mailbox I suggested the possibility of painting the apartment buildings roof white .  In reward for reporting the mailbox he says I could paint the roof but only above my apartment  . Cool . He says that the insulation was not adequate when built . The apartment has also gotten down to 30' in winter so I can only guess how cold it would get in here without the current black roof.               QUESTION ;  Are there any ideas to help solve both seasonal issues ?   I can't re-insulate because I rent .  I was thinking of a retractable white cover for hot summer days that can be removed in autumn . Or maybe even a white paint that would insulate against cold ??   An original idea was something like Bubble foil but I doubt that would stand up to weather.  Any suggestion would be great .    

Question by BtheBike    |  last reply


Outlook 2007 OST is 20GB?

I have SBS 2011 running Exchange. I have outlook 2007. My Exchange Mailbox is 20GB and therefore my OST is 20GB. I am starting to get outlook errors and outlook wants to start in safe mode.  Periodically it has to run a repair on the "data file" I have an older Win 7 32 PC that I am thinking does not have the resources to handle this large OST. I only have 4GB Ram. Can I configure Outlook 2007 to only read the last year of email and therefore reduces the OST size? thanks,

Question by PaulHar    |  last reply


Your email messages cause both of my email clients to crash

For more than a month your email messages have been crashing both of my email clients, causing them to freeze. Either you have set the security level way too high (your emails content does not need high security) or you need to incorporate style info into the default XML file. error messages are: An error occurred during a connection to cdn.instructables.com:443. Cannot communicate securely with peer: no common encryption algorithm(s). (Error code: ssl_error_no_cypher_overlap) cdn.instructables.com returns the following: This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it If you can't fix this I will have to send your communications straight to the junk mailbox

Topic by jerri5    |  last reply


When will PM formatting be fixed?

Private messages, whether written by hand or generated by Robot, get completely stripped of their line breaks.  A message which is sent out reading, Instructables member XXX just sent you a patch! You can read the message, below, and then click through to your Profile to see the patch itself. --------------------------------------- You're a YYYY... ... so does the patch make you cringe? (If the animation works...) --------------------------------------- etc. What gets received and displayed in my I'bles mailbox is Instructables member XXX just sent you a patch! You can read the message, below, and then click through to your Profile to see the patch itself. --------------------------------------- You're a YYYY... ... so does the patch make you cringe? (If the animation works...) --------------------------------------- etc. Notice the lack of any line breaks. I know this is an active irritation, especially for Staff (who must deal with more PMs than any individual I'bles member).  I'm curious as to whether the underlying cause is even known, and whether there's any estimate on when a fix might be rolled out.

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply


Delete button on comments doesn't seem to work

The delete button for comments doesn't seem to be working since your site update (I'm on a Mac using Safari). I'm an incorrigible reviser, so 80% of the time after I post a comment (or instructable, for that matter) and I re-read it I want to revise it. Till now I would just delete the comment and re-write it, but the delete button doesn't work anymore (on a Mac running Safari). And while I'm on this same train of thought, I would love to be able to have the option to make small corrections to my published instructables WITHOUT having my subscribers notified of the changes. If I fix a typo or update a link, I don't want to clutter my subscriber's mailboxes with notifications. Other times though, if I make a substantial update, I appreciate the opportunity to announce it. A "notify subscribers of update" button would be really nice. If you click on it, you can publicize real changes, but if you just fixed poor punctuation you won't be spamming anybody.

Topic by belsey    |  last reply


11/20/10 Nominating Instructables to be "Featured" Group

Hello again! I haven't been able to get on instructables lately so I haven't been updating. Good news: I'm back for now. I'm looking for new members so please join! There were so many good instructables to choose from this time but these are the ones that have been nominated: Food Pesto Bread by italiancooking Dutch Oven Thai Curry Noodles by 3leftturns Living Blokey Flowers from Electrical Tape for Valentine's Day by wisechicken Technology iPhone Stand by laxap How to make a Duck tape Laptop computer sleeve / cover by innvert Workshop Silence your spanner by Kiteman Some new updates are: Instead of leaving private messages in the nominated author's mailbox, I decided to leave comments. This will allow more people to see that the instructable they were viewing was actually nominated. New members that have just joined are: megametal8 knexman1999 k-n-e-x I'm looking forward to see what instructables will be nominated for next time.

Topic by SkysTheLimit    |  last reply


Classroom Organization

Back to school is quickly approaching, which means teachers are heading back to set up their classrooms, unpack and reorganize books and supplies, and start planning for the new group of students. If you're like me, then you are also redesigning your whole classroom furniture layout. ;D Every teacher I know seems to have a system, so I thought it would be fun to share our favorite tips and tricks for keeping it all organized.Do you use baskets and bins or folders and binders? Paper calendar or all digital? How do your students turn in their work? Mailboxes, hand-made sorters, or letter trays for each class period?How do you show off student work? Do you use student portfolios, bulletin boards, a hanging space, or the classroom windows?What about: Lesson Plans The Class Library or Guided Reading Area Math Centers STEM Resources Classroom Jobs Substitute Teacher Plans Table CaddiesThis is also a great opportunity to get inspired and plan your project ideas for the Classroom Organization Challenge that starts August 5th. :D

Topic by WeTeachThemSTEM  


2014 Halloween Postcards -en route

Trick or treat!  Halloween is a celebration of DIY costumery, candy consumption, and pumpkin butchery. Every year, we send out postcards to as many people as possible to mark our favorite holiday. We're doing it again this year. Last year we sent approximately 3000 cards. This year, we'd like to send even more. (Looks like 3,780 so far. I expect some attrition, though.) Since you've requested to receive a postcard, you've already commented here before Friday October 10th. We've sent you an address request through our prize claim system. We're also sending a special prize pack with a new limited-edition Halloween t-shirt to 10 randomly selected people from the comments below. Happy Halloween, and we're looking forward to seeing your Halloween projects! Halloween cards are on their way to a mailbox near you! Depending on your address, you ought to receive your postcard before Friday. (Later if you are in Albania, Azerbaijan, or further afield than North America.) Later still if you reside in Middle Earth where the orcs devour 7/8ths of all mail and 100% of captured mail carriers.

Topic by wilgubeast    |  last reply


Gift Giving In the Community

After making my friend Weiss a genuine Instructables nametag while I was interning (he specifically asked me to), he told me that he'd pay me back somehow. The other day I got an IM from him saying that he was sending me a holiday gift, which I thought was really, really generous! Today, the 11th, I received a letter in the mail today from Weiss!I eagerly opened it, to find a caring message, "Happy Hannukah!" and an awesome photogram. I'm really loving the muffins, robots, and muffiny text!So, it's that time of the year again, and I'm thinking that it's time I gave back to the community.... literally.For those select few of you who have really helped me along with my projects, emulated my projects, or have come to me for help, and maintained contact with me, expect to see a little something holiday-related in your mailbox at some point (if you choose to accept such a gift). It might arrive really late, and I'm sorry about that, but I really have to get my college apps in before that January first deadline.Anyhow, I'll PM you before I send it out, and if you think that I might have forgotten about you, just hit me up with a PM or orangeboard post =)

Topic by T3h_Muffinator    |  last reply


Just 24 more hours..

And this week is over.. I'm about to whine about life, so back out now if you like. What a hell of a week, I started going to UCF monday. Now, admittedly, I'm happy about that, even though it's terribly stressful. But that's not the problem, really. No, would you believe that monday I bit into a brownie at work and cracked a molar on a nut? So my first day of school was accompanied by horrible pain. Followed by a dental crown on tuesday. Yeah that's not that bad, so I'll add in that my wife's truck needed a new differential on thursday (somewhat more expensive than a calculus book). And today?The washing machine broke. Spent three hours tearing it down, it's a goner. Leaking pump, with horrible grinding noise, broken balance strut, and no power to the motor. Only six years old too. And worst of all i didn't win the explicative deleted bike. That's an almost $2500 outlay this week for broken things.. Oh yeah one more really irritating thing, I finished up my A.A. and received my diploma this week, in a big flat envelope stamped all over "Do not bend", which the mailman folded in half and stuffed in the mailbox. I'll probably read this in the morning and decide I'm a self absorbed SOB and delete it. ;-)

Topic by Tool Using Animal    |  last reply


Cool Crafty CREATIONS (for little & big peeps of all ages)

As a new mom (of six months) to a beautiful baby girl, Madeline Ann, I LOVE how I can merge my passion of creating and parenting together! Right now, I create big girl things for myself still mostly & cute things for my tiny tot. I love checking other creative momma's ideas out. (or creative people's creations', period) I started a blog www.kreativekatiekonnect.blogspot.com and I've learned that blogging as a new mom is HARD! I just can't find the time to be as consistent as I like and haven't really gotten the knack of documenting all of my projects, photographing each step, editing, writing, posting & then SHARING hoping for followers. Maybe, folks in this group who have a little blogging experience can help me out with this.  This group is made by Me for You creative folks who love to make/create almost anything & everything. (From drawing potraits, photography, any cool crafting, sewing, mod podging, refurbishing & the list could keep going to infinity, really!) I have been refurbishing old furniture lately, painting & personalizing mailboxes, creating really cool stuff for my little one & TRYING to sew a few things here and there for her (and would love to for myself). I am hoping I can share some of my ideas with you and vice versa!  I love new ideas & I really hope you will join up with me and share yours along with enjoying one's that I share with you! Please excuse my POOR grammatical errors and lack of good writing/typing.  It's difficult to type while holding a baby, rocking, ect. LOL So, bare with me & excuse my writing, but appreciate my creativity because I CAN'T WAIT to see your creations. (or anything you share) Xoxo Katie Let's link up EVERYWHERE: Yay =-) : *Follow me on twitter @TheKatiePett  *Like me on Facebook  www.facebook.com/KreativeKatieKonnect *Check my blog out and pls share your thoughts: www.kreativekatiekonnect.blogspot.com Also, if you have a blog, twitter, or facebook page- please share w/ me and I will totally follow you and keep up with you! I'm a devoted fan once I meet ya! :) #FanOFcreativity

Topic by thekatiepett    |  last reply


How to make a replica of The Riddler's Box (Work in progress)

All right, I admit it. I liked Batman Forever, and still do. I also liked the "Box," which was the film's signature gadget. (And no, I don't count the Batarangs--they're equipment. The Box is a gadget in the purest sense of the word.) To that end, I decided to build a replica of the Box last summer. It's still not finished--I need to work out lighting, a motor, and the lower coils. (EL wire, maybe?) By the way, I'm posting it on the forum first because it's still a work in progress. I have no Monet to buy Degas to made de Van Gogh, as it were... YOU WILL NEED: One clear 28-oz. tumbler, acrylic (I got mine from Jewel for $1 last year...I don't know if they still carry 'em) One 20-oz. tumbler, acrylic (I got mine from Walgreen's last year...ditto) Two super-size cup lids from McDonald's One large bottle of Gesso One bottle of gold paint (Antique Gold works best) One bottle of green glow-in-the-dark paint A really long paintbrush, preferably made of foam A normal paintbrush The wings are made of a piece of foam I had lying around...I need to get them made specially. It's also got some Christmas-wreath lights stuck inside, just for the picture. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ SO: For the 28-oz. tumbler, first you need to thin your Gesso out with water. This will allow you, later, to add the paint in such a way that light can shine through. Then, you will want to paint the INSIDE of the tumbler with Gesso, and then with the green paint. Simple as that. For the 20-oz. tumbler, you can leave the Gesso thick if you wish. Depends on your preferences, really...Then, you'll want to paint the outside of the 20-ouncer with the gold paint. With me so far? Then, you'll want to glue the two McDonald's lids together for a bit of sturdiness. I recommend Gorilla Glue for this. When that sets, you'll want to paint the outside and the inside with Gesso. The outer lid is gold in color; the inner lid is black. This prevents light from shining through the lid, which could give the game away. WINGS: As for me, I cut a pair of 11 3/4" oblong triangles from foam for the wings. They're not stable at all, but at least you get the basic idea of what it is. I stacked the 28-oz. tumbler on top of the 28-oz. tumbler, put the lids on, and stuck the wings on with tape. It's a crude mockup, but it works for now. I put the Christmas-wreath lights inside just make it look like it's doing something. I'm thinking about adding a "Fusion" light from Windy City Novelties for the finished result. The final version of this will involve some very tricky wiring--I want to wire the light-up gadget and the motor to one switch or button. If any of you have suggestions, the mailbox is open and waiting. I've very little technical experience, and would like as much input as possible from anyone who knows something.

Topic by Sharaz Destler    |  last reply


secret boxes for the outdoors - revisted

Hello, Instructibles gang…. I posted several questions related to “secret boxes” over the weekend. I got some feedback suggesting that the inquiries should have been combined, and that they didn’t include enough information to lead to worthwhile answers. The topics came to mind sort of haphazardly, so I do apologize for the scattershot nature of the original posts.  As to the latter issue, “secrecy” was never the intention… rather, it was that this is all still in the “doodle” stage of planning, and I didn’t have a lot of details to give in the first place. Nonetheless, I’ll try to get a little more concrete - and combine the three questions in the process. I’m a letterboxer. Letterboxing stuff comes up now and then on Instructibles, but for those who are unfamiliar, it’s similar to geocaching (which seems to be more well-known), but with an added, artistic component. Whenever I see “secret boxes” in my regular Instructibles emails I think about whether the designs could be adapted for letterboxing purposes – either “on the trail” or at limited-time events and get-togethers. Naturally, I’ve been looking through my bookmarks and doing Instructibles searches, google searches, etc., but I’d appreciate if anybody might be willing to point me toward some of their favorite designs. I’m increasingly interested in creating boxes that are “hidden in plain sight” – not concealed, but rather “hidden” by virtue of the fact that they look like something else – such as a birdhouse or mailbox – and might in fact actually BE that something else, in addition to being a hiding place. I would welcome any suggestions that the community thinks might fit the bill. Here are some of the preliminary ideas I’ve been thinking about: 1)      Folks hunting the box are told to take a 9v battery, with the snap-on wire leads, with them. When they get to the box they have to put the leads into two holes, where they and the battery complete a circuit. The current trips some sort of latch, allowing a door to be opened. Of course, the door would have to re-latch when closed again. 2)      Something similar to #1 but a little more electronic. Hunters might be given a schematic of a simple Thing that they have to build and take with them. This would, essentially, be a key. I’ve already received an interesting suggestion involving RFID chips. I also got to thinking that a USB connection could be very discreet and easily hidden, and THAT got me thinking that the “key” could perhaps be something on a smartphone… data rather than hardware. I’ve got basically no background in electronics, but I’m fairly good at following directions…. 3)      Pretty much any other contraption where some sort of hidden compartment would be created, which can be accessed through some sort of process that likely wouldn’t happen randomly or accidentally. (I know… could I be any more vague?) The boxes would likely be mounted to something solid - a tree, wall, post, etc. - but I imagine it could be that you take it down, do what you’ve gotta do, and then put it back. And they would most likely be exposed to the elements and would have to stand up to being out of doors. The size of the compartment is entirely flexible…no minimum or maximum dimensions.  And, as stated, I’m a beginner when it comes to electronics – but I am more than willing to learn! I know what I’m trying to describe, but please let me know if I’m not doing well in communicating it to others. Like I said, I’m not trying to be secretive. It’s just that it’s still a very open-ended scheme – not many specifics – and I’m interested in hearing how different folks might approach it. Please shout if you have any thoughts or want more info.

Topic by Purple Chez    |  last reply


Advice needed on nearly complete instructable

Sorry this is a bit long, but there is an actual question at the end, honest! Every morning at work I walk past a table at the end of our mailboxes that people put give away items on. Its usually a catalog of some form but for a long time now there's been a stack of empty CD spindles and a sign beside them that reads "free to good home." I could have taken them and sorted the mountain of CDs in my office or used them for small parts bins, but to make it areally Good use of empty CD spindles I had to ask myself "IS there an instructable in this?" There are some good ideas for using CDs and a few for the spindles, but at the moment what interests me is hydroponics. So using CD spindles or more exactly the plastic covers they come with I built the basic part of this excellent instructable: http://alturl.com/oa2qt    and I learned a lot of stuff about water pressure and such and once I had built the 2liter bottle method described above I decided to try sealing one of the CD cases and use it for the water container at the bottom of the stack. That took about 4 sticks of hot glue and a couple of burnt knuckles to get a good seal. Turns out there's holes in the center spindle too but I didn't notice them till I had hot glued the container closed. Also ignore the bit of blue air hose inside the container, I was up way too late and flipped the CD spindle 'right side up' which caused me to attach the air hose to the wrong outlet and basically made it useless. I thought I'd need a lot more water in the system than I do so I chose to use a 100ct CD spindle instead of the 50 ct spindles you see on top. (Thanks to all for the ideas on how I could have done it easier!) So far this part of the project was just overlaying the ideas in the excellent instructable above onto the materials at hand. So what I ended up with is an air pump from a fish tank pumping air into the bottom chamber. (the clear hose in center of picture.) This builds up enough pressure to push water thru the blue hose and up to the top CD spindle. I've cut holes the diameter of the air hose into the base of the spindle and this lets water slowly trickle into the Perlite growth medium. When the water reaches the bottom it goes out similar holes in the clear plastic CD cover and starts to pool up a bit to start the process all over again. There is just enough lip on the lid and the bottom of the next spindle to keep it from spilling down the side before this happens. It helps to use the same brand CD spindle all the way up. The clever part of this instructable is that each CD spindle easily stacks in place and you can remove it or change the order without having to dig up or harm the other plants. The base is very stable with several ounces of water in it and I'd imagine you could put 4 of these in a stack and happily swap plants in and out all summer long. The height of the stack depends on how strong your air pump is. I tested two different ones and both were capable of lifting water over 4 feet  up the air hose. Caveat: I haven't actually grown any plants in this yet, so your mileage may vary. Using the stack of CDs for use as apartment planters or sprouting medium would have satisfied the original curiosity for what to do with all those left over CD cases, but in absence of glowing blue LEDs or CO2 lasers I thought Hydroponics would be a great way to sex up the overall idea. I imagine you could use spanish moss or bedding in place of the Perlite, or even soil if you used a coffee filter to cover the holes till you were ready to stick a seedling thru it. This Instructable isn't quite finished as presented. There's a small problem. As you can see in the photo there's a half height (25ct) CD spindle between the water container and the stack of planting modules. Remember that hole I mentioned in the end of the CD spindle? I closed that with a bit of plastic and hot glue, but it made me wonder, COULD I put some sort of check valve here to allow unused water to trickle back into the holding tank YET not lose the hard fought air pressure that's pushing the water to the top of the column in the first place? Since I'm re-using all this old aquarium tech I thought I'd try one of those tiny check valves that keep water from backwashing into the air pump when its off. I'm not sure if it will work in this application or even how much air pressure it will tolerate. This will require some disassembly of the CD hydroponics tower and I thought I'd ask here for suggestions before heating up the glue gun again. So what do you guys think? This has been a lot of fun to think about and I can't wait to bring the media guy  around into my office to see how I've re-purposed the spindles. Just this one last step away…. cheers, flashj  

Topic by flashj