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Topic by Chicken2209 | last reply
I have a kiln that I need maintained at a certain temperature for an extended period of time (9 hours). Problem is the kiln I got doesn't maintain its temp, it just constantly supplies heat until it would kill itself. Making me sit there for 9 hours turning it on and off exactly once a min. Obviously this is a problem... there is a physical on and off switch where maybe I can rig up some timer to hit it for me? Otherwise maybe there is a way to modify the wall outlet to supply power 1 min on, 1 min off? Any suggestions would help, thanks :D http://www.clay-king.com/images/quickfriec.jpg
Question by ReconIII | last reply
Greetings fellow iblers! Well, the summer has come to a rapid close, and in 4 days (!!!) I am going to be off to the University of Rhode Island, studying the arts of Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, and the Spanish language. First off, I want to thank this awesome community (new members and old) for an awesome 4 year experience. Despite some drawbacks, this is a community that has greatly matured as mechanical designers, and more importantly, as members of a team, throughout the years, and I am proud to have been a part of it. Now, although I won't have access to K'nex, I will have access to a computer, to a pencil and paper, and to the resources that will strengthen and broaden my understanding of mechanical functions. This is not goodbye quite yet. I will still be very active among the community with comments and plan to continue my "Guide to the next generation of K'nex Guns" as long as I can find the time. I will also be thinking up new mechanisms and concepts (that's going to be my job in college anyways) and will post designs as much as I can. And who knows, I might just surprise you guys with something over Christmas break. *hint hint* I am going to try and get instructions up for my improved Kinno-2 within the next couple days. It now holds 8 shots, has a locking mag release, and will feature a much better bullet mag, so keep an eye out for it. Again, thanks to everybody who has made this such a great experience, and while my methods may change a bit, I will keep working to engineer a stronger community, no matter where I may find myself!
Topic by Kinetic | last reply
Latley I've noticed that when I recieve a few comments at one time, the couner is wrong, specificly it skips ahead a few numbers. For example; I checked my account yesterday the number said 441, today it said 444, however when I checked the comments, I found that only two were actually new. Has anybody else experienced this?
Topic by junits15 | last reply
Hello, It seems that every time I try to view this (and ONLY this) instructable, my account is temporarily logged off, leaving me unable to comment, rate, or even favorite the post. (and it's a great share too, just what I was looking for!) I've notified the author of this as well, who also seems to be having trouble with their image tags. Could anybody please look into this? I'd hate for such a useful post to die in obscurity. Thank you... -rhoddity [link] https://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Switch-Panel-for-a-Flight-Simulator/
Topic by rhoddity | last reply
I started writing a new Instructable and noticed that when I use the preview function the pictures are cut off and therefore weirdly off centre. For some of the pictures it doesn't really matter, but some like I said look weird (as shown in the pictures). I don't see why there is a need to cut the pictures. Is this just an error and will it look better once the instructables is published?
Topic by BrittLiv | last reply
I'm going to install an LED bank into a stereo cabinet. Powered by a standard 120VAC power supply, I want to put in a simply on/off swicth. I can solder but know little about electronics. Can I use a simple toggle? The PS output is 12 V (I assume DC).
Question by dsdurkes | last reply
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Topic by Carleyy | last reply
First of all, I know this isn't knex related. Get over it. This is like the most popular section on ibles, and I mainly interact with the people who check here. Anywho, I was just wondering... Does everyone have the day off from school tomorrow? (Veterans day... 11/11/09) If so, what will you be doing?
Topic by travw | last reply
Ok so I am having problems with minecraft so I need your help is there a game LIKE minecraft wich runs on the 3D engines Unity or Java where you can mine and bulid and you have to deafeat hostiles <--- (not needed) and it is a free roam and it HAS TO be free Just give me something like minecraft and is 3D and ill take it
Question by Atlas Portal 2 | last reply
Goodbye, peeps! Plans have changed slightly for Christmas, so I probably won't be near a broadband connection very often, if at all, until the New Year, just in time for my second anniversary as an Instructableer. In the mean time, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, enjoy the Solstice and the New Year and any other holidays I've missed.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
January 2012 Sculpted! Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun and shared their real and faux beards in the comments below! It was fun to see all the different variations and everyone who posted will be sent out a pack of Sugru! Here's the results of our in-house beard-off: frenzy went for the Deron Williams fade kazmataz had the classic milk-moustache mikeasaurus and StumpChunkman did mirrored MonkeyTail's lamedust went all out with the technicolour rainbow Way to go everyone! December, 2011 November saw many men grow moustaches in support of prostate cancer awareness. For December a few of us at the lab are going to keep the facial fur tradition alive and attempt a beard-off! For the next few weeks we're tossing out the razors and documenting the madness! After, we'll sculpt them into weird designs and then post the results and let you decide who you think has the best/worst beard. This beard-off isn't just for the gentlemen either, the ladies of Instructables have also volunteered to participate with faux beards, knitted beards, or anything else! We're starting with how we look now, then updating later in the month with how our beards are progressing, then how they look sculpted in a ridiculous way. Here are the Instructables staff participating: Participant | Start (December-Beginning) | Beardy (December-End) | Sculpted (January 2012) frenzy kazmataz N/A mikeasaurus StumpChunkman lamedust X Members can join in the fun by posting pictures of their crazy beards in the comments below. Every member who posts a picture of their beard (real or fake) will be sent out a single Sugru pack and an Instructables sticker! Hurry, these things are itchy and are going to be shaved by January 2012!
Topic by mikeasaurus | last reply
Kitewife has just handed me a shiny new copy of Unseen Academicals, by The Man Himself.Back in a few hours...UPDATEI'm back, and here is my favourite passage, which I can also post with spoiling anything:[He] took a sip of his beer. 'I have told this to few people, gentlemen, and I suspect never will again, but one day when I was a young boy on holiday ... I was walking along the bank of a stream when I saw a mother otter with her cubs. A very endearing sight, I am sure you will agree, and even as I watched, the mother otter divd into the water and came up with a plump salmon, which she subdued and dragged on to a half-submerged log. As she ate it, while of course it was still alive, the body split and I remember to this day the sweet pinkness of its roes as they spilled out, much to the delight of the baby otters who scrambled over themselves to feed on the delicacy. One of nature's wonders, gentlemen: mother and children dining on mother and children. And that's when I first learned about evil. It is built into the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, I told myself, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior'.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Australian Christopher Malloy has built what seems to be a working hoverbike. Built in his Sydney garage, with a custom carbon-fibre frame and a BMW engine, the machine is being touted as "Star Wars Speeder bike Mk1". Currently restricted to tethered flights of a few inches altitude, Malloy claims the bike feels stable, and is just waiting permission to undertake untethered tests. 'I am still ground testing at the moment only because I'm not 100 per cent sure what will happen so the straps are there to cover the unknown. I haven't had the pleasure of flying round the countryside yet. 'It is quite stable and doesn't want to tip over but if something unplanned happened during testing I wouldn't want to break the prototype. 'The Hoverbike was built with safety in mind so at least three components have to fail before you might have a serious airborne failure. 'There are also two explosive parachutes attached to the airframe and of course the rider could choose to wear their own parachute too. He predicts: 10,000ft altitude. 100mph 92 mile, 45 minute flight on one tank £45,000 pricetag The hoverbike should also have "ultralight" status - at only 270kg, under US regulations, no pilot's license would be required. Since it has no driven wheels, it shouldn't require a road license either...! Malloy is a former helicopter pilot, and says those skills are helpful when flying the hoverbike, but also says that the unique craft ultimately needs no more skill to fly than a motorbike, with speed and direction being controlled by a mixture of throttle and body-posture. As soon as I win the Lottery, I know who is going to get a knock at the door... Via Daily Mail
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Hi, I'm still a complete novice when it comes to electronics so I was wondering if anyone here would be able to help. I'm rigging up some LED lighting for my aquarium which is set to switch on and off with timers on the mains supply to the house. The timers switch on/off the power transformers which supply the LED lights. I would love to find a way so that when the power comes on the lights fade on and when it goes out they fade out, would be nice if it was a long fade too, maybe 15-30 minutes, ideally 30 mins to an hour. I am guessing there would have to be some pretty big capacitors involved to that would fill up, increasing the brightness as they goe, when the power comes on and slowly discharge as the power switches off. Another thing to note is that I am using 2 different LED systems. The blue LEDs are using standard LEDs that are sold in blocks (3 LEDs per block, I'm using 3 blocks, so 9 LEDs total) and are designed to run on 12v. I am currently running them on 6v as they are pretty bright, but if the circuity could have them fade over an hour I would like to put them up to the full 12v. The white LEDs are 4 of 3w luexon star type LEDs that are running in serial. The system goes mains > 12v transformer > 3w LED Driver > LEDs. Here is a link to the driver I'm using http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item;=250752711282&ssPageName;=STRK:MEWNX:IT I assume that the fade device would have to go between the driver and the LEDs? Thanks for any help you can give me. Darren
Topic by d77uk | last reply
I have a device the i want to have an on-off-on switch power the device switching from 12AC adaptr to off to powered by 12DC battery. the switch that I have has a 6 terminals
Question by jagoabn | last reply
At work we have a computer hooked up to a fluorescent microscope and when we are analyzing something on the scope we need the room to be completely dark, which includes turning off the LCD monitor on the computer. But then we need to turn the monitor on again to capture images on the computer, so we are constantly turning the monitor on and off and it is starting to cause some wear on the on/off switch. So my question is: is there a way to turn off the monitor from the keyboard?I have tried setting the screen saver to blank and turn on after one minute, but I hate waiting a minute for it to come on and the mouse is often nudged so the screen saver goes off. And sometimes we use the keyboard to move between microscope filters.This being a work computer, they don't want any software downloaded on to the computer. They don't even want us to change the wallpaper (god forbid). So can this be done with out the use of a program.The computer is running XP.Thanks!
Question by ChrysN | last reply
I have equipment that runs off a 12v deep cycle battery, but only one at a time, in parallel it causes noise in the system. We have to switch batteries halfway through the day because the electronics don't work at certain voltages. We currently have to hop in the back of our rtv, unscrew the wing nuts and switch the power cable (positive and negative ring terminals) to a new battery. Id rather make this easier for my crew and found an on/off/on rocker switch that seconds as a volt gauge for whatever battery it is toggled too. Could someone help me out with the wiring configuration using this rocker switch?
Question by RyanS428 | last reply
Ok I'm not really electronic savvy but I can solder and follow a diagram. This is what I want to do: I have a toy four wheeler for my kids. Has one battery and a push button that makes it go. When you release the button it stops. I want to add another battery and push button so when you push the original button the batteries run in parallel. The speed will run the same as with the one battery but twice the run time. (please correct me here if I'm wrong) When you push the the new added button at the same time as the original button it will switch to running the batteries in series so it will be faster running on twice the volts. So i'm figuring I need some sort of on/off/on 6 pin switch and a push button switch but not sure how to wire it exactly. Found this which gets me close but I want to add in the push button switch to make it work instead of the toggle switch. https://www.instructables.com/id/SIMPLE-ParallelSeries-Select-Switch/ The original button is on the handle and you push it with your thumb. I will add the new switch on the other handle. Something like this https://www.ebay.com/itm/5x-Red-Square-Pre-Wired-Momentary-Push-Button-Switch-Reset-1-2-AC-250V-Car-12V/182680718419?epid=11005923516&hash;=item2a889e8c53:g:YoMAAOSwr9VZwoA7 Any thoughts on this would be awesome!
Topic by ty8 | last reply
We currently have a gasoline generator and this provides all the electricity but would like to use renewable resources. We have built an elevated water tank and use gravity but this is only accessible during the summers, we live in Iowa. We haul the water in and bring drinking water we bring (only there on weekends currently). In our county they said we need to have a septic tank. We have an outhouse but no grey water disposal. In our county we cannot allow anything which touches the body to touch the ground so throwing it out on the ground isn't a long term option. Any options we are aware of are OK with the county but we would still have to run it through a septic tank first. This defeats our low budget project. We want to live simply and I have a hard time understanding why it is OK for the cattle lot just up the creek from us to run off from the lot into the creek but our bodies would contaminate our land. (I think the cattle lot already does this as it is sewage washed down to us) We do not currently use any of this creek water. Our cabin is about 1/4 mile away from the creek. Any new ideas?
Question by kathyrobbins | last reply
I'd like to give up the silicon valley and move on my own land somewhere that is suitable for an off the grid cabin/year round home. Ideal land would be suitable for small family sized garden, be near fresh water and not be a total snow pile like in klamath falls in the winter. 2000 feet above sea level or lower would also be ideal for what I'm looking for. But I'm sure others might like to know how other people have gone off the grid without having to save money for 20 years just to get there.
Question by solar | last reply
Received the Instructables newsletter today, Feb 21 2013, and immediately recognized one of the 'ibles to be from a blog I frequent. The Instructable is called "Wall of Paper Hearts": https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-wall-of-paper-hearts/ It's written by "okrolomi" and it's ripped off wholesale, pictures and all, from Jessica Jones of How About Orange: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2013/01/wall-of-paper-hearts.html The guy didn't even bother to make his own version, just took it, words, pictures, and all, from somewhere else. And it even got featured in the newsletter. How, and to whom do I report this? Can his post be taken down?
Question by madebygenie | last reply
We have a lot of LCD projectors at school.As you may, or may not, know, they work by splitting the light from a bulb into three beams, shinging them through three different-coloured LCD filters and them re-combining the beams to form a full-colour image on the screen.One of our projectors developed an odd blotch in the image, and a few minutes' furtle by our IT technician found that one of the LCD filters had packed up - the layers had delaminated slightly.Cost of a brand-new projector - 465GBP.Care to guess the price of a replacement LCD unit?
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Hey everybody! I put the clap off bra on Kickstarter to try to raise some funds to have it manufactured. The way Kickstarter works is that I only get the funds pledged if my funding goal is met. This is a good way to see if the clap off bra is actually a viable product. I am excited to see what happens.
Topic by randofo | last reply
Ok, so i decided i would get the Motorized madness ball machine. it had 2004 parts, chain links, gears, and a motor. i thought that would be a jackpot.but i was wrong, as most of the parts were those tiny knex parts that we all hate. there was only one bag of real knex and a bag of chain links and gears with the longer rods. the 5 balls were also of good use. so, what was the best knex set you ever bought?
Topic by DJ Radio | last reply
So I'm having the hardest time trying to figure out how to make Arduino do this: if statement == true LED on and if that statement if found to be true again, LED off then every time that statement == true toggle between LED on and off. So how do I go about this?? Thanks!
Topic by HavocRC | last reply
The exact setup I have is a little difficult to explain, but basically I'm designing an extremely simple heat engine, based on boiling ethanol, and need to be able to mechanically alternate the flow of vapour. I have a little boiler, sealed except for a pipe out of which the vapour escapes. This lifts the column of ethanol in the pipe, pouring it into a water wheel which turns. The ethanol then runs back through a second pipe into the system to be pumped up again. It works, and fairly well since I'm not looking to get a lot of power or efficiency, but only if I pinch the tube on and off. This allows the bubbles to collapse, which sucks in more ethanol to replace them. When I release the tube the bubbles rush out, lifting the eths, and repeat. I have two valves to keep the system one directional. So now I'm looking for a way to automate the opening and closing of the gas feed. I've been trying a few things but nothing seems to work well enough yet. The other consideration is that; due to the nature of the larger project, whatever I use has to be extremely simple to construct, preferably from reclaimable materials. 1 second on, 1 second off seems to work best. Any ideas? cheers, Daniel.
Topic by SolarFlower_org | last reply
I am having some trouble buying switches from mouser. I need a toggle SPDT switch that has an On - On (on a different line) type workings (like seen here under SPDT). The problem is Mouser has so many different options in their "switch function" filter. Which one(s) should I use? What do the Parentheses mean? Does it mean Momentary or Something else? What about the "None" seen in a few options? What's up with "MOM"? Here is a link to the page I'm talking about.
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Question by m7med98 | last reply
Just a question..... In Australia we have a few new changes in laws regarding work hours.... One of which is that an employer can MAKE you work up to 48 hrs in the week... This would be fine if you were paid for them but.... with these changes employers only have to pay you for 38 of those hrs and can give you "time in lou" > Time off for the other 10.... So basically I am forced to work extra hrs so I can have that same time off at their discretion....?? Does this seem a bit weird to the rest of the world or are you seeing similar changes too?
Topic by Lftndbt | last reply
I do a lot of my casual browsing on my iPod. However, since "upgrading" to iOS6, I seem to get logged out a lot. Not just here, but email pages, other forums, even Skype - if I spend too long off a page, or not actually on a Skype conversation, then I get logged out. Anybody know how to fix this?
Question by Kiteman | last reply
I saw part of a show about how to build a wooden shelter using no nails from logs. It didn't look like a log cabin. The sides were split logs held in an upright brace also made of logs. It was simple to make but very hard work as much of it was done with hand tools. But I think modern tools could be used now. ( This was sometime in the 1960's.) Anyone know anything about it? It would be a good thing for off-girders.
Question by rookie1
Two years ago I spent my fall semester in Vietnam. While shopping in the markets I often heard the phrase "Same Same...but Different". This usually referred the knock-off North Face bags (mine fell apart after a month) and designer sunglasses that were, according to the vendors, just as good as the real thing, but a little different. Although knock-off often has a bad connotation associated with it, it really just means same same but different. What types of things have you encountered in your everyday life that you've thought, "hey this is just like this other thing I tried"? examples... - the perfume I wear smells just like this designer perfume that is 3x more expensive - this bands has a similar sound to this band; they're a little less known but their music is just as awesome! - the city I live is a smaller/larger version than this other city I visited you got the idea
Topic by Carleyy | last reply
Hi People of Instructables! I hope I am posting in the right place. I am looking for a switch that when you walk pass a point it shuts off and when you walk the other way past that point goes back on. For example... I have a flash-light in my hand, when I walk through a doorway into a house the light turns off. I go through the doorway the other way (to the outside) the light turns on. Conditions: It has to be able to do this through cloth as the flashlight could be in my pocket. It can only work when you walk through the doorway but not when standing near the doorway Does anything like this exist? if yes what is it called? I have been searching the 'net and not been successful as I don't have a clue what I am looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading my post! TheLastPrincess
Topic by TheLastPrincess | last reply
This stuff is pure crap. I got ripped off by one of them. "Sun City Mom discovers shocking method for erasing wrinkles. Dermatologists hate her... " The funny thing is that Sun City AZ where I live is a senior community. This kind of adverts make you look bad and only add to the bad rap that the internet has. Clean up your site. I do love the rest of the work you have done on it. "Bad with the good" you may say but this stuff is at the other end of the spectrum from what you are trying to do with your site. lol Michael Townsend
Question by townsend1212 | last reply
----- Charge Input Specification Solar Solar Array Voltage: 16-60V Solar Array Power: 5-75W (up to 5 of the Fenix solar panels in parallel) Solar Power Algorithm: Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) Note: Due the characteristics of the battery, the charge rate is limited to a max charge power of 30W regardless of available solar power. If energy is being drawn from the power ports while charging, the ReadySet can convert up to an additional 30W of solar energy and provide it directly to the outputs (bypassing the battery) for a total of 60W of solar energy conversion. AC-DC Brick Normal Power Brick Voltage: 16-19V Normal Charge Power: 20W Normal Charge Current: Charging is constant power, current will vary based on input voltage High Power Brick Voltage: 20-60V High Charge Power: 30W High Charge Current: Charging is constant power, current will vary based on input voltage Charge Source Qualification Once voltage is detected on the charge input, the ReadySet qualifies the input to determine what type of source has been attached. Voltage is measured and current is pulled from the input source to determine its stability and characteristics. If measured characteristic match those of a solar array, MPPT is enabled. If not, constant power charging is assumed and charge power is set based on the open circuit DC brick voltage (per previously enumerated AC-DC brick supply specs). The brick included with the ReadySet Kit is rated at 18V, 1.3A (23.4W). ----- Charge Output Specification CLA Output Voltage Range: 11.5V - 15VDC (nominal 12VDC) Current Limit: 6A±0.25A combined (approximately 72W@12VDC) USB Output Voltage Range: 4.75V - 5.25VDC (nominal 5VDC) Current Limit: 2A±0.1A combined (approximately 10W@5VDC) Note: Upper USB port is configured to signal 1A charge capability for Apple devices ----- Battery Specification Nominal Voltage: 12V Capacity: 9Ah Chemistry: Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid Max Charge Power: 30W Usable Energy: 54Wh Note: Usable energy is intentionally less than the full battery capacity to protect the battery from deep discharge and extend the lifetime of the battery.
Topic by ReadySet
I wanted to have a large amount of green LEDs power on with my xbox 360 slim for ambient lighting and just to look cool, with 30+ LEDs I cant power them directly from the USB port so I was wondering if there was a way to have them still turn on by only pressing the power button on the system.
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