Any outdoors supplies that can be made for under $10.00 are welcome
Topic by shooter129 | last reply
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
Topic by tac1230 | last reply
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!
Topic by HOMEsplice | last reply
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.
Topic by HAL 9000 | last reply
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.
Topic by Purple Chez | last reply
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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Topic by ridgeline16 | last reply
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!!!!!
Topic by Purple Chez | last reply
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.
Topic by geppetto425 | last reply
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
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
Topic by AshtonM4 | last reply
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 | last reply
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.
Question by gday85208 | last reply
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.?
Question by qman672003 | last reply
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
Topic by jerty30 | last reply
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.
Topic by leblanc9425 | last reply
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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.
Question by mrhoopdogg | last reply
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
Topic by cgalmrott | last reply
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
Topic by matrix0978 | last reply
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
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
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 ?
Topic by stevenpeeven | last reply
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.
Topic by hinaqin | last reply
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 :)
Topic by lizlove87 | last reply
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
Question by whydoibother
So My Male RedEared Slider is Gettin To Big to be in a tank inside, So ive decided he needs a pond habitat outside! i want to make an above ground enclosure with waterfall filter i just need some help with ideas on getting started HELP! lol THANKS MUCH IN ADVANCE ^_^
Question by Brujita Kitty in TX | last reply
I am wanting to hook up some solar powered red led lights at My deer lease to hunt hogs with. The light will have to be bright enough for Me to be able to see the hogs with My scope from about 100 yeards away. I know nothing about how to hook this up, what I need to buy, but I am handy to some degree. Any help would be great
Question by fishhunter1957 | last reply
My problem; as a father of two young girls, for years I have joked about getting NASA's countdown clock and placing it on our yard when they begin to date. And start cleaning my largest guns when the clock hits @ 15 minutes or so. Originally I thought this would be cost prohibitive- I mean, the thing is huge, and they used tax dollars to pay for it, so how cheap could it be? Reading online about it today, I see it's been in use since the Apollo days, and it uses 40 watt bulbs, so I'm thinking (pardon the pun here), it can't be rocket science. I don't need this to be in scale, but Id like something view able from the street, rather than a kitchen timer kind of thing. And while I'm handy with a skill saw, I'm more of a car guy than a computer geek, so I don't even know where to start. Ideally, I guess Id like the numbers somewhere around 12" or so, maybe larger. Any thoughts, or experience? The oldest starts dating in less than a week...
Topic by Mr.Camaro
Hi all, I've had quite a modest installation of RGB LED tape (45 meters ish, split into more manageable circuits) around the perimeter of my decking. This uses the commonly available 5050 RGB LED Strip light, the type with the epoxy covering the tape and also an outer sheath to protect it from water ingress. I had heat shrinked the ends and also applied multiple layers of liquid electrical tape where a connection to a 4-core cable was needed. This has held up well for some time. After about 2 years, I noticed that some of my RGB LED tape runs were sort of 'corrupting' where a small amount of moisture had got in, and shorted the RGB channels so that no matter what I feed into the tape, it always output white (or some other combinations or colours). Still, I ignored this, as it didn;t bother me too much. These ran back to a central controller, which did the DMX control and amplification of the 12v single. Anyway, to cut a long story short: Yesterday I smelt smoke. I was walking around the garden and I noticed that one of the strips had caught fire, at a single point in the middle, and was burning a hole through my decking! Again, long story cut short, I put this fire out and looked closer. The strip was so badly burnt that I can't determine what went wrong here. I'm thinking maybe a resistor burnt out and caught fire? The tape has been running 'on' for quite some time (weeks) so this is a possibility. Another possibility is that there could have been a short between 12v and ground, which caused heat. Now, there aren't any fuses on the 12v rail (fuse and circuit breaker protecting the 240v side) but I wouldn't have thought that this would protect me from a fire anyway! I'm interested whether anyone else has had a similar experience or has any suggestions as to why this has happened. I love these RGB LED strips, use them a lot in my house, but after seeing this, I'm not a little more dubious to keep using them. I'm an electrical engineer (in the making, at University) and this has stumped me! Thanks Joe
Topic by joearkay | last reply
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
Question by colois | last reply
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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I have a low voltage outdoor lighting and its not bright enough i want to convert it to use leds can it be done
Question by dvdpr | last reply
I have an outside nativity sceen minus the manger (a shelter for all the characters) im just looking for an easy low cost(or no cost) instructions or ideas of how to make this myself.
Question by robinreise | last reply
Just want to know. Why is there this waiting period after the judging? At first I thought that the winners are announced right after the judging ends, but I was wrong.
Question by pantherj12 | last reply
Basic shelter doesnt work in the freezing months of winter....any ideas to keep kitties warm and out of elements? Styrofoam and rigid insulation boxes are ok, but its difficult to keep dry in the snow and wind. I like the chicken coop shed, making it airtight and perhaps wrapping or draping it with solar heating material-hmm, it would that work? Cant be too big, this is to be placed in semi-private view. Cost is a concern too!!
Question by tommysmom | last reply
My friend is buying a piece of wall art (around 1.2m x .8m) which is an image of a bird (I have not seen it yet, but lets say it looked like the attached image, it is metal, flat. It is going to be hung outside and they would like it to be backlit, so it is visible at night. They were quoted $130 for a perspex sheet with LED lighting, which seems steep to me, there should be a cheaper way to do it DIY. Any suggestions. Scott
Question by silliou | last reply
I have 3 dogs who are kept outside at our Pennsylvania home. None of the shelters are near an electric source. With winter freezing temperatures on the way, is there a way to keep their water dishes from freezing, especially overnight? Is there a way I can use one of the electric dog dish heaters to run, say on a battery without it costing an arm and a leg (I have 3 dogs!!)?? I'd buy the dishes at a pet supply place (see site below) for about $30, but running electricity to their kennels is not possible. Any advice? http://www.petfooddirect.com/product/15045/K&H-Thermal-Heated-Pet-Bowl;?utm_source=nextag&utm;_medium=cse
Topic by mrscloud | last reply
I would love to try to build a webcam that I can submerge in my pond to transmit video of koi swimming in my pond. My idea is to place a marker outside of my garden pond that someone can scan using Aurasma (augmented reality program for smartphones) and then show a live feed of an underwater camera of the fish swimming in the pond. I thought about simply using a very cheap small usb camera, seal it in a clear waterproof case and run the wire outside the pond. The problem is, I don't want to leave a computer (even a old one) outside running 24-7 to plug into and power source is a bit of an issue even though one outlet may be available. I thought of using a wireless or rechargeable webcam, but i don't want to have to pull it out of the pond constantly to recharge it and i don't think i can transmit far enough for my main computer's wifi to grab the video if it is underwater. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? i am trying to do this super-cheap... so want to avoid any costly options...preferably less than $50.
Question by DarkRubyMoon | last reply
Hello everyone, With the social distancing going on right now, I wanted to take a crack at a project that has been rolling around in my head for a while. Short story is I would like to build a solar charged, battery operated, power supply to run a color changing Wi-Fi light bulb in a lantern housing that would then hang outside on a lamp post. I will freely admit I have pretty much no idea what I am doing. I know I need to make sure that the Amp-hour are at least 50% more than what I need. I know there could be a way to use an inverter to get the voltage from DC from the batteries to AC for the light bulb base. And I know there are a lot of numbers and equations that I am unsure of how to use. And yes, I am aware that there are many different kinds of solar powered garden lamps out there. But none of them are as powerful, nor have the color options, I am interested in . So here is my idea. 1 - 7-10 watt WiFi color light bulb that screws into a standard E26 socket and runs at 110 volts. So far I think I have figured out that this bulb would run at 0.0909 amps, or 100 mA. If I did the math right, that brings me to needing a 6 Ah battery to run it for 24 hour. My stumbling block is I do not know how to size an inverter to correctly go from the DC of a battery to the AC needed by the bulb. Nor what size of battery I would need to run a 7-10 watt bulb at 110 volts for 24 hours including the additional energy to compensate for the inverter. I cannot imagine I would need a battery as large as a car battery, but I also have no idea. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Question by Uskardx42 | last reply