Outdoors

Any outdoors supplies that can be made for under $10.00 are welcome

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Outdoor chandelier

I am looking to DIY an outdoor chandelier with mason jars. It would be located in a gazebo but i guess i cant assume water wont get in there. Has anyone built anything similar? Also i would like it to be almost flush have a low profile. My main concern is how do i keep it water proof? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Outdoor Decoration

I'm looking into building a fairly large sized outdoor Christmas decoration, possibly mechanized, and I'm wondering what materials may be good to use. I live in an area where snow is likely and rain is a definite possibility. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Outdoors Stuff

I would like to see some outdoors stuff that you guys have created. I have created a few things but am still fairly new and would like some ideas and just cool stuff to see. Thanks. 

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Ingenuity in the outdoors

I firmly believe that ingenuity is much more important than money when it comes time to pack for your backpacking trip. For example, you can spend $30 on that sweet new .5 gram titanium pot holder from MSR, or you can do as I do and bring a bandana and use it wet to grab your pots and lids. Sure, i love going to the store and looking at all the sweet new gadgets that people have come up with, but left to my own devices i can get by with what things i bring along. Does anyone else have any new and clever ways of using things to save money and a few pounds? I'm sure on a site like this one there are lots of great ideas out there. Please share your favorite.

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Outdoor swing seat

My buddy, Steeeve, and I are big fans of a local restaurant that has a "tiki bar" in back, and our favorite feature is the rope swing chair at the bar. The seat hangs from three ropes. It's basically a bucket seat with a rigid, metal frame, so it doesn't  close in around you when you sit on it. This is then covered with leather. We are in the planning process of building some swing chairs of our own at the tiki bar at Steeeve's cabin. I am looking for any suggestions regarding the frames for the seats. Neither of us knows how to weld, and although we would both like to learn, I'm also looking for some more ready-made solutions.

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outdoor pc box

I have a big outdoor plastic closet with shelfs in my garden. i want to place a pc with crt screen inside heating the space in which the pc and screen are to be located is 1/4 m3 (1 m wide x 1/2 m deep x 1/2 m height between the shelfs) or 1/2 m3 (1 m height) but with other objects sharing the space the computer is a pentium 1 (~40 W power). it is intended to be on for long periods with the door closed. the closet stands in a shaded place but air temperature outside can get to 35 C + sometimes. i dont want to cut vent holes in the closet the monitor (15 crt) is off when the door is closed. though i may switch it off and close the door while it is still hot how to prevent overheating ? is a water tank thermostat set to 45 C in the air near the pc (with the 240 V to the pc going thru it) good enough thermal protection ? insects we have lots of ants. how to protect the pc from them ? will the hot air in the closet be enough to distract them ?

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secret boxes for the outdoors

I am looking for designs for "secret boxes" that could stand up to being permanently outdoors, most likely mounted on some surface. As we speak, I'm running some searches here on Instructibles, but thought I should also go straight to the creators. Also... please let me know if this might be better posted in another forum. Thanks!!!!!

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Mountain & Outdoor Photography

Photography is a passion of ours! We enjoy sharing our moments we capture in the field with people who enjoy photography.   Below are a few links of our work, as well as the settings used to capture this photo. We hope you enjoy, share and comment.   500px https://500px.com/ridgelinehuntingproductions Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/RidgelinePhotos/

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hunting and outdoors rec.

Anyone know ways of making a effective ghillie for hunting without using burlap...burlap tends to rip apart or fall offf over time and can be a hassle...or any bipods i can make for my rifle... and anything else that can be useful for hunting

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Christmas Outdoor Lights

Trying to avoid electricity as much as possible.  Haven't found a phosphorous type solution with a long enough life to make it practical.  Have I missed a paint or light that last?  Other ideas?

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Outdoor Pool Table?

There are lots of used pool tables for sale for under $250. Any ideas for how to convert them for outdoor use? I'm thinking of just spraying the whole thing, except the felt, with a few coats of marine varnish. Then just keeping it covered. I live in the NW and of course it's mostly drizzly around here in the winter time. The big thing is keeping expansion and contraction to a minimum and sealing the wood. This doesn't have to be tournament grade, just something to entertain the kids for a few years.

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smaller outdoor soundsystem

I saw a lot of great instructables that deal with putting together a fairly large soundsystem using a car battery. they are often supported using a shopping cart or a bicycle. are there any instructables that are maybe a step down in size? i'm looking for something a little quieter and more portable. maybe the sound comes from my jacket or a backpack? probably will make use of a megaphone more than big speakers. 

Topic by mrtunes 


Outdoor listening installations

Would appreciate some advice on this project.  I'm putting together a proposal for a series of outdoor sound installations in a nature park.  a couple of the installations will be places where you can plug in headphones to listen to certain sounds captured live from a microphone in an interesting place- for example a hydrophone in a pond.  The plan is that the mic will be hooked up to 3.5 jack sockets and listerners will be able to plug in their own headphones.  Now obviously there needs to be some amplification because the mic signal level will be far too quiet to hear on headphones. I need a power amp that will be powered through a solar panel.  My question is, shall I just use a headphone amp, like the Behringer ha400 or make my own power amp circuit? I need to be able to make everything sturdy and fit into a weather proof junction box to protect it from the elements. I have done some experiments with an LM386 power amp module but there was so much background noise and it didn't pick up the mic level at all (may have been a problem with the mic I was using,it was a crappy little lapel mic.- I did get a signal from a piezo disc but it was again really crackly and noisy.)  If it is best to build a circuit with a power amp module, could people make suggestions of ones that will sound good and clean, and work with stereo headphones.  Thanks a lot Ash

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Motion sensor distance? Answered

What is a motion sensor detection range? (I need 500'+) aware that it is less so my question becomes how or can I extend its minimum to the range I need or farther which would be best for my need(s) I was thinking adding a magnifying lens? is that plausible? / is there other thechnology that could be used to detect an animal in your yard or path while hiking in dangerous trails

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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?

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Basic outdoor fm antennae? Answered

I need to make a basic fm antennae for my reciever inside my mancave,  It's a steel shed converted and inside reception drives me crazy.  I do have basic poles and some wire types in my arsenal.  Someone PLEASE HELP.  I need my music to keep my sanity if you can relate.

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Solar powered outdoor outlet???

Hello, we are trying to figure out how to install some solar powered lighting for the outdoor porch overhang, something with soft pleasant lighting for enjoying our back yard at night. There are no outlets available and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do something green. For this application we are considering mounting 18 ft of rope lighting in the eves of the poorch and were wondering if there is an inexpensive way to solar power this type of lighting to charge during the day and come on at night that would provide enough energy to power it throughout the night, possibly in a mountable outlet form. This must be an outdoor application that is fairly easy to contain and may be mounted on the outside end of the porch where it can recieve the most sun exposure. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, especially if there is a product already on the market for this application.?

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battery powered outdoor router?

I am wondering is there an instructable that shows how to build a battery powered outdoor router? I would like to extend the range of my wifi by using an old router as a repeater but don't want to have to string a extension power cord out to it in order to power it. I know routers don't take that much power to run so i would think someone thought of this already somewhere..... I have searched on instructables but haven't seen anything. thanks

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DIY Outdoor Event Searchlight

In am interested in building an outdoor event searchlight or advertising spotlight that you might find at the opening of a Hollywood premier. Basically, an intense beam of light projecting miles into the sky to attract people to a location.  I searched Instructables and found some projects for stage spotlights but nothing like an outdoor searchlight. I did locate some complicated Carbon Arc and Xenon lamp projects but these involved a lot of expertise in electrical engineering! I am a novice but I am comfortable with basic "household' wiring. With that said, my thought was to try using 7 or 8 (maybe more) 55w car Xenon HID (6000k range) headlights as my light source. Xenon HID produce three times the light output as standard halogen headlamps (3000 lumens vs 1000 lumens) and require less energy. The "conversion kits" come with the igniter module and inverter ( ballasts) which reduces the amount of electrical wiring. At this point, the power source could be to use 110v household AC current and then, using a AC to DC converter, turn it into DC voltage and let the "conversion kit" components change it back to AC.  From what little I know, Xenon HID take about 25,000 volts to start a Xenon bulb and then 80-90 volts to keep it operating. During operation the AC ballast frequency is usually in the 250 to 450 Hz range. Each bulb draws around 6.5 amps at startup and then stabilizes at around 3.8 amps. Next, I would place the bulbs into the center of a Ellipsoidal Reflector to direct the light skyward. Basically, the 7-8 Xenon HID bulbs would be secured to a piece of sheet metal and then surrounded by a reflector so it would be like a VERY large headlight pointing into the sky. In one of the YouTube videos, the guy used a trashcan as the housing. I am not looking for something this large but similar in concept.  I located an Ellipsoidal Reflector on Ebay for about $55 and then I might just build a housing around it.  But would the reflector be enough to concentrate the light into a strong beam? Or, would I need to have some sort of lens to focus the light? If anybody has constructed something similar of if you have any pointers on what to do, please let me know.

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Is lap swimming an outdoor sport?

I know that lap swimming is usually indoors, but would it count as an outdoor sport?

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how to build an outdoor shed?

From the ground up

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Outdoor electronic log drums.

We would like to make some outdoor drums made from logs that when hit trigger a relay which turns on a light. It it is proving to be very tricky to get a reliable system. We have tried using microphones with a small circuit to detect when triggered, these have worked the best but we get many false triggers and other times not triggering at all, we have tried adding pre amps to these microphones to try to boost the signal.  We have also tried to use capacitive touch sensors on top of the logs but again, many false triggers. The set up is installed outdoors for over a month and can sometimes be made to work but then the temperature and humidity will change and this causes them to false trigger or to not trigger at all, we are currently toying with the idea of hall effect or reed sensors, many of set into each log with a neodymium magnet in the end of the drum stick. If anybody has any ideas of how we can make a reliable system for installation outdoors that works through all the temperature and humidity changes please let me know. 

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3 Way outdoor joint

Hi I am looking at designing a garden structure which uses large timber sections and etched glass. I have a concept that I quite like but I am unsure about the best way to joint the uprights and joists. I want to try and keep the joints quite traditional and honest and reduce the reliance on glue. I have attached a diagram of the end of one structure. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Problem: outdoor to ipod speakers

Whats up guys,slightly new, and just became slightly become obsessed with instructables. But i currently have a pair of old speakers(outdoor) Online Pic. of Them. My goal was to take those speakers and turn them into portable ipod speakers. I took a pair of old headphones and cut the wires at the earpieces so i have the wire. When i cut the headphone wire, there is a white and red wire, but there is another wire that isnt wrapped and is just a bunch of minicopper strands. I ignore the minicopper strands and hooked the white and red strands to the back of the speakers and tried to play it through my ipod and it worked, sort of. I can hear music out of the speakers but its distorted like there is a loose connection somewhere but ive quadruple checked them. any ideas or suggestions?thanks in advanced!-matrix

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LED Outdoor Stair Lighting

Greetings. I'm a poor graduate student - in pharmacology - and I can tell you a lot about how drugs work, but I hardly know a damn thing about electrical circuitry. All I remember is that the robot kit my dad bought me as a kid didn't turn out the way it should... Anyhow, I've been faced with a small problem: the back staircase to my apartment (the main entrance as far as I'm concerned) is scary craggy and doesn't have any lighting. I considered just using a christmas strand of LED lights to illuminate the thing, but there is no outdoor outlet on the house.. I then tried using a solar powered garden light set, but it was pretty much useless (couldn't charge fast enough) up until the point when roofers tossed a bunch of crap on the solar panel and smashed it. So I'm wondering if there's a way that I can keep my staircase lit perpetually (solar panel?) or in a way that doesn't require that I change batteries often. I considered using a lantern battery, but 5 amp-hours is what its rated at, and I guess that even with resistors, I'm not going to get that much life over the course of a few hours. Features wanted: Solar (?) charging or low battery turnover Enough light to see the ground over the string of 6+ lights Light meter so that it only turns on after dark? Thanks, Joel

Topic by Devizier 


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.

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Do you like outdoor games?

Nowadays lots of people are limited to stay in house and play indoor games because of the tech things like ipad, online games. But not long later, you will feel tired of it and go out for some fun.  For different kinds of outdoor games, what do you prefer?  Have you ever try inflatable games. I find it very interesting and exciting.

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repairing large cracks in an outdoor table

I have a large outdoor wooden table, approx 2.4m long by 1m wide, made of spalted beech. Over time it has dried out and in places there are now large cracks in the surface, about as wide as a finger, all the way through the table top (about 10cm deep). What would you advise as best way to repair these ?

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outdoor steps down a steep slope cheap

Steps down a slope so that we don't have to cut grass there, and also we have a tendency to slide down it!!! this area is near our back porch is flat for app. 4 feet then drops about 6foot over another 8-10 foot area. want to do this cheap but looks nice. we have 6-8 concrete pavers now and several smaller pavers

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How do I install outdoor rubber stair treads??

We bought heavy outdoor rubber stair mats and there are no instructions as to how to install them. I don't know if you glue them, use tape, or just lay them down. They're heavy, so maybe they won't move?? Does anyone know?? Thank you. Linda145d

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Can somebody identify this plant?

This plant popped up about 18 months ago or so...its approx. 24" tall. With berries!

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Can someone explane how to build a waterproof cabinet for an LCD or Plasma Telivision?

I want to build an enclosure for my television to withstand the floridian climate

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How can you make your own shade cover for spectators at an event using PVC pipe?

We are having a handball tournament and behind the courts is a basketball court the only place to sit and I wanted to make a background with shade material for the spectators.

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how to build a pergola?

I have a 14x14 slab of cement that is 3 to 4 inches deep. I would like to use 4x4 for posts not in the ground there will be a metal base. or use 6x6 for corner post. i will be building a pergola with 1x2 or 2x2 rafters.+++++++++++++ thanks to everyone with pics and options safety ones too. soo how about 6 4x4x8 with 2x10x12 rafters??

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Suggestions plz*** Outdoor Cat House!!!

Hi guys, I have a cat box that my indoor cats hated. (here's direct link if the images i uploaded didn't work:  http://www.wayfair.com/New-Age-Pet-Habitat-n-Home%25E2%2584%25A2-Litter-Box-Cover-NEW1075.html ) I'd like to configure this into an outdoor cat house. I would put it in the shed which has missing front doors so it will already be protected from rain/leaks. I would like to use Styrofoam on the outside of the box for insulation. What would be the best way to attach it? Just duct tape? There are A LOT of animals in my neighborhood thanks to the woodlands and a pond about a quarter mile from our house. If I make the door opening just small enough so Whitey can fit, will this keep out raccoon and possums?  I plan to cut an escape door too! I also to use 8x8 carpet pieces, cut them in half, and screw them in so that helps keep the warmth. Any suggestions would be appreciated!! Thank you :)

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how to connect outdoor led rgb to existing 12v cable

Hi all In my backyard, I already installed a 300 watt transformer.  I connected/ran a 12v low voltage cable around my back yard. It was for an uplight project.  Now, I removed all those lights (the 12v cable still there) and want to install LED RGP lighting. Im stuck at how to connect the RGB controller to the existing  12v cable. Any advice is greatly appreciated.  Thanks a bunch, Kevin

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Any ideas how to keep birds from raiding my outdoor pond? Answered

I have a small [3 ft * 2 ft] outdoor pond w/fountain .Would like some goldfish for added color.But everytime I stock it the birds clean it out in a day or two.Tried a mesh cover but just took longer for them to poke holes in it.Any suggestionsThanks

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simple plans needed for a basic enclosed outdoor storage cabinet to share? need to make one fast ?

i can just wing it but will probably waste some wood by not planning it properly.  anyone got a set of plans for a basic paintable outdoor storage shed ( 2'x2'x5or6') ?  i need each shelf to hold 100lbs min. and 100%waterproof. can you help ? thanks !

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knife

Someone show me how to make a bowie knife!!

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what is the best fishing bait that works ?

What is the best fishing bait that works.

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what is a good camera for outdoor use?

I need some help with finding a good (biggish type that take really good quality pictures) camera that is durable and not too fragile cause i will be working outdoors?

Question by backpacker   |  last reply


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.

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Outdoor Halloween MP3 Motion Speaker

Does anyone know where I can find an easy DIY MP3 Motion Speaker for Halloween instruction kit? Or find a cheap loud speaker at stores?

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Aphid and / or spider-miter removal outdoors

Does anyone know know a way to rid my garden (and porch) of aphids/ spider-mites ...kid friendly- non-toxic please. thank you

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Cast Stone, Outdoor Repoduction with Fiberglass

I would like to reproduce a hand rail made out of concrete, cast stone; any suggestions as to how I should go about reproducing the cast stone rail and baluster?

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Re-use a placard or outdoor sign

Hi I have some A2 placards that have messages printed on them that are a little out of date I would like to re-use them but I don’t have an A2 printer (I can work around this by stitching A4 sections together) - my biggest problem is that I don’t know how I can waterproof the printed paper to protect it from the rain Any good ideas out there? Thanks

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