Beautiful Reuse

Here are 20 brilliant examples of recycling items and giving them a funky new purpose in life. WebUrbanist has compiled the list and you should check it out right now. 20 Eye-Catching Pieces of Recycled Urban Furniture: Geeky and Green Adaptive Reuse Design Projectsvia Neatorama

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Rebuild and reuse?

I was just thinking today. I want to get a soldering gun with a desoldering bulb or some kind of device to suck up solder so I can remove parts. I have nearly heaps of old computer motherboards, video cards, ram, and all sort of other things taking up space. And I'm not talking like pentium 3 or old p4 parts, more like P1 and even a few tandy and 486 parts kicking around. I've seen people making earrings and wreaths out of these old parts, but I'm thinking more practical, like what could I be building out of these components. I've never really gotten into things like pic programming and building things on bread boards, however I do have the know how to operate a soldering gun and I wanna get into these things. Could someone point me in the right direction or point me to a forum at least?? It'd be greatly appreciated because I really need a new hobby to do in my spare time instead of blowing my amps.

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Greywater reusing Answered

Hello everyone some time ago I started some research about greywater reuse because I understood that it can be very helpful for everybody after some research Icame up with a concept wich is like this:1-the water enters a container after going through a filter wich gets larg particles2-it goes through a ceramic filter for smaller particle for smaller particles 3-A RO filter gets the chemicals and super-small-particles4-A container with a UV lamp wich kills the bacteria But there are some problems1-I cant be sure about the water quality2-I am concerned about the chemicals in detergents

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Design for reuse...

The "1st world" (that would be us) is infamous for its rampant and wasteful consumerism. Buy an electronic gadget with N times the power of the OLPC machine, then throw it away after two years (incidentally filling landfills with all sorts of questionable stuff.) Meanwhile, other parts of the world starve for technology.Do you think it would be possible to SLIGHTLY modify the design of 1st world consumer products to make it easier to reuse them (or parts of them) in devices conceptually similar to OLPC? I mean, consider the cell phone. Modern cell phones have cameras, flash card sockets, relatively high-res (but tiny) displays, relatively high-quality sound capability, low power consumption in standby mode, and radio based networking capabilities. It seems pretty close to an OLPC device to me (tell me an Apple iPhone wouldn't be an adequate replacement for an OLPC...)Why can't "we" convince a cell phone manufacturer to design the internals such that when the phones original life is over, it's guts can get a larger display and keyboard and new software, and become someone's computer or eReader. People are willing to donate their old phones to assorted worthy causes now; they might even be convinced to pay an extra $10 to purchase a phone that is MORE reusable. (or is it more expensive to do this sort of "refurbishment" than to build brand new machines?) Now that wireless headsets are common, it's not even necessary for a cellphone to retain a "phone-like" size and shape. Can I have a paperback sized combination cell phone and eBook reader that will have a second life as "just an eBook reader"?What would it take to make a cellphone reusable as the core of a general purpose computer?1) extend and standardize display interface to allow page-sized display.2) extend and standardize keypad interface to allow keyboard (?)3) internal software nearly completely replacible with a general purpose OS.4) inappropriate radio functions capable of being removed, disabled, or converted to more appropriate functions (ad-hoc wireless networking)Some of those seem like things manufacturers would be doing anyway, just to reduce their own costs. Creating a reusable cellphone core may be more a matter of documentation than anything else (and politics. Not that either is easy.)Next, what other electronic devices do you have that you're likely to be done with before they break? An MP3 player could use the same standardized display link and reprogramability as cell phones. Your LCD monitor could implement the other half (old cell phone plus old monitor = general purpose computer?) I don't think there's enough standardization in the desktop computers to reuse them; their complexity makes reuse too administratively complex, and they're probably too power-hungry anyway.The "maker" community already spends a fair amount of effort reusing "appliances" as general purpose compute engines; usually "improving" the product in its original application space, or getting cheap cycles from a product that failed and is being sold off cheap. Creating intentionally reusable electronics would feed that community some, but it isn't big enough to absorb ALL the discards of our quick-moving society. A lot could be funneled into putting technology where it couldn't afford to be before.(some quick Google use says:In the US, we throw away over 400,000 cell phones PER DAY linkIn Europe, 27% of mobile phone user buy a new phone every year link; only 5% of the old phones are recycled.Overall, less than 1% of cell phones are recycled. link; cell phone sales are expected to exceed 1 billion per year by 2009.)(I pick primarilly on cell phones because they seem SO CLOSE to being a general purpose computer, AND small enough to possibly incorporate into a larger "second life" product.)

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Beautiful reuse ideas

Inhabitat is in the middle of its Spring Greening Competition and now has a list of finalists up that can be voted on. There are lots of great ideas for inspiration here. I especially liked the pendant lamp made from poptabs and the inner tube bookshelf (big surprise, I know). Another design that looks good and oddly familiar is the vase made from a light bulb. But really, they're all worthy of a look. Spring Greening Competition

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Keykeg creative reuse?

Anyone got any ideas on how to reuse Keykeg plastic bubbles?

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Computer Reuse in Minneapolis

Anyone in the Minneapolis area doing cool things with computer reuse or know of anyone who does? Any leads would be appreciate.

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recycle/reuse/repurpose

I am looking for projects that are kid friendly (7/8 y.o.) for making things out of existing items - projects that are fun to make while teaching kids how to reuse/recycle/repurpose.  Thanks!!!

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Reusing RAM memory?

Hi everybody. I'm looking on the web if there is a way to reuse my old Ram memory. And I don't find anything.... As you know, each time we change for a new computer, we have to change the Ram to match the CPU and motherboard. And I'm stuck with a lot of useless Ram, life warranted for most :) So is it possible, to reuse the chips or add usb plug or something to use it as a external usb key? I'm understand, it could be not easy but ... I 'm curious. :) Thank you. 

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Reusing Plaster of Paris?

...or simply plaster, is a type of building material based on calcium sulfate hemihydrate... It is created by heating gypsum to about 150°C....When the dry plaster powder is mixed with water, it re-forms into gypsum...So...if I heated the gypsum to +302F (150C), it would turn back into plaster of paris, to be reused agian? Of course you would need to powder the used plaster (gypsum), but would it work?

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How to Reuse Toroids

I am trying to re use some toroids that I salvaged from a broken computer PSU and motherboard. I have some electronics experience however this is mainly with digital circuits. I am reusing the toroids by removing the original windings and hand winding the several coils required by the circuit. I have noticed that while the one largest (2.2cm diameter) core works exceptionally well, all other cores salvaged from the devices work poorly. My goal is driving a nixie tube. While the "successful" core yields about 180 volts AC the rest can barely top 60v output (all have similar numbers of windings, roughly 150 turns on the primary, 5tap5 on the secondary, 10 on the feedback). Clearly there is some level of variation between how the toroids perform. Is there any easy way to work out which cores will work? Can anybody explain which factor(s) are likely to be the cause? Visually the cores appear to be the same, looking like they are all made of soft iron. For reference, I am using the toroids to make a Royer oscillator - which does appear to be working, as my source voltage is 5V. Any help appreciated, Thanks, Drew.

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Mobile Cameras reused?

Hi I have two china mobile cameras do any one have any idea to use them wireless with the computer?

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Thanksgiving Reuse Challenge

So you have nothing to mash up and you don't have a big project for the laser cutter contest? Never fear, the speed contest is back! You have three weeks to enter the Thanksgiving Reuse Challenge! Make some delicious food, do something creative with the remnants, or show us something else creative and cool.Go go go!

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Reused ReadyMade Notecards

ReadyMade magazine just sent us a sample of their neat notecards - the envelopes are made from repurposed old/damaged back issues. They come with plain notes with the ReadyMade logo, and a sticker to use for the mailing address. Neat stuff!Not that you'd cannibalize your own ReadyMade archive for such things, but we've all got magazines and catalogs that would be perfect for such reuse- saving a bit more landfill space is always a good thing!

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clean and reuse washwater

I want to clean and reuse my washing machine water to wash clothes.  The system must be #1 cheap to build(off the shelf parts), #2 cheap to use(wasting power to save water is stupid). I am thinking, an easily accessed fine mesh lint trap. A second stage to remove chemicals (sand?charcoal?) and a third to kill any buggies (UV light?). I will also need to address which products are best to use for this system. And of course a valve too return to the "normal" system for some occaisions. Thanks for any input . nursenary     

Topic by nursenary 


Reuse of old mobile

I am using a mobile phone  tracker site to track my car in case it is stolen.  I wanted to adapt the old mobile phone by stripping it down to essentials to ensure that the sim signal was still running but there was no need for the display / keyboard.  Is there an instructable or website that offers advice on how to do that? The phones are old nokia phones so not worried if they get trashed.

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Reuse laptop screen

Hi I had the greates luck finding an old laptop screen in a dumpster at school (they're currently changing computers, dumping the old ones). When I got home I also found a Video to VGA converter, which made me think - can I somehow connect these two into a working screen for  let's say an old nintendo? Either that or I go back to find a compatible motherboard and videocard and rewire it somehow - but it most rather not. So, any ideas for how to make it work as a screen? :) Fact:  - IBM 12,1" TFT screen branded M360 - Konig Video to VGA converter Sorry for the bad images, Ipads camera kina sucks :)

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Reusing mini blind slats?

I'm getting rid of about a dozen mini blinds. They are not good enough to give to the Salvation Army, but there are lots of undamaged slats. Anyone know ways to reuse these? Thanks.

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reuse contest prize distribution.

Hi, as a proud winner of the recycle and reuse contest in December i told all my friends of my good fortune, now they ask 'well?lets see your prize then' To which i can only reply i have not got it yet. in contrast the runner up prize for the photography contest arrived swiftly. here are pictures of instructables iv made since then.

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Reusing an old hard drive

I was recently disecting an old laptop (HP, roughly 6-8 years old) trying to find a use for the parts, as i have had very many replacements since I had stopped using that one. I removed a 10GB IBM hard drive. From the picture, you can see that it has a total of 44 pins. I am not sure if each pin goes to the same destination as the one opposite to it. i was wondering if there was any way that I could convert this into an external drive that I could attach via USB or something similar. If you have any ideas, let me know. Id love to find a use for this instead of just throwing it away.

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Dremel Micro Repair/Reuse

Recently at the end of 2016, I acquired a Dremel Micro cordless rotary tool from a garage sale/yard sale for about $20. I used it maybe 3 - 4 times until it didn't want to hold a charge for long. Basically when I put it on the charger, the LEDs scroll top/down indicating it is charging but after a minute or two they stop their normal scrolling sequence and they all stay lit up, which isn't even mentioned of in the manual. The fuel gauge battery indicator shows up red meaning it's near its battery life. At this point, I'm considering either to salvage the motor or buy a new battery for the dremel (which are 2 Sanyo 14650 batteries that are soldered onto a circuit board inside). I'm just wondering is there something that I have failed to do that would make the dremel not hold a charge? Thanks in advance!

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reusing LCD LED strips

I have just cannibalized an LCD (B156XW02) I managed to save the LED strip and the control board that it attaches to. was kinda wondering how to reuse the LEDS on this strip. any ideas?

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Ideas to reuse dvd cases?

Ideas and instructions, suggestions on types of ways to connect dvd cases?

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Can sim cards be reused? Answered

Our church is having a yard sale, and somebody donated some tmobile cell phones. one of the phones had a sim card. Would it be possible for someone to buy it and reactivate it as their own?

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ReUsing Portable Phone Batteries

 Hey,  I am designing a mini solar panel with a battery pack.  I am wondering if anyone knows how (if able) or have connected multiple portable phone battery packs together ans charge w solar panel?

Topic by rpvanpatt 


reuse an old laptop screen?

I have some old laptops that do not have the speed needed for today's internet but I would like to 'harvest' their screens which are in excellent shape. Is there a way to separate and rewire so that I could use the screens as second lcd's for my existing computers?

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Reuse parts of an old tent? Answered

I have a basic 3 person dome tent from canadian tire that i have no use for. It has got the tent, the rain fly, pegs ...everything. I have a nicer one now and before i give it away, i was thinking if there is any way parts of this can be reused in any way? the rain fly is waterproof...so maybe a waterproof bag....and what about the real tent? I always thought that when the ground is wet, it helps to put something on the ground before you pitch your tent so that the base does not get cold and wet. Is there a way some kind of eater/heat insulator can be made out of the old tent?

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Vote for the Thanksgiving Reuse Challenge!

The Thanksgiving Reuse Challenge has closed for entries, but it's not over yet! Since this is a speed contest, the winners are determined by the readers' votes and pageviews.Here's how it breaks down:Rating Prizes:The five Instructables with the highest rating will win an Instructables Robot t-shirt. The Instructable with the highest rating will also receive a laser-engraved cutting board.Page Views Prize:The Instructable with the greatest number of pageviews will receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a laser-engraved cutting board.Random Prize:We'll conduct a random drawing from the remaining pool of entries, and one lucky winner will receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a laser-engraved cutting board.So go vote by rating the ones you like! Tell us which ones deserve the prizes!You can see the see the current standings here.

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Can i reuse an phone display?

Can i reuse an huawei P8 lite's display for my arduino?If so can anyone help me

Question by Ferferite   |  last reply


Reuse a solar panel from calculator? Answered

I have a solar panel from an old calculator, I'd like to use it to make a motor spin to make a junk bot.  It doesn't spin the motor when I hook it directly to the motor like I would a battery.  Do I need a capacitor or other electronics to make it work?   I used a multimeter and the panel shows 2 volts in bright light, the motor does spin with a 1.5v battery.

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Ideas to reuse wooden bed foundation?

Hello all, I have a wooden bed foundation and I do not want to discard it. I am looking for ideas to reuse it by converting the wood in the foundation to something usable - like small patio tea table, garden shelf etc, anything small and functional for me. Attached in an e,g. of how the foundation looks like.  Would appreciate any DIY projects, instruction, pointers to reuse it. Thanks. 

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Thanksgiving Reuse Challenge Winners Announced

See who won here.Congrats to all the winners!

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Reusing old laptop & cordless components

Hi, I have an old laptop which stopped working due to variety of reasons (I suspect it was mostly a SW issue). I have reason to believe that its screen and lots (or most) of other HW components still work fine. (I have done the easy part of removing its HDD and am using it like a portable disk). Can someone suggest or point me to instructables for to reuse components from this laptop? Same for my cordless phone which is a Panasonic KX-TC1486B . (I have taken the phone apart already and have labeled parts as originally found just for ref). Thanks, Sushrut.

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Reuse the LED from a TV Question?

I had an LED Tv break and I decided to remove the LEDs out of the TV and reuse them as background LEDs for the new TV.  The issue that I am running into is that I can't figure out how to power them on.  I know they work because i can get a segment of 3 to light up by using wires connected to a 12v battery.  Each strip has 57 LEDs and a 4 wire connector.  I was guessing that this means it is a RGB strip, but there are nothing but +/- symbols on the strip so it is confusing as to what the wire does what on it. I would appreciate any help that anyone may have for me.  

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Thanksgiving Reuse Challenge Winners Announced

Instructables is happy to announce the winners of the Thanksgiving Reuse Contest. As this was a speed contest, all of the voting was done by YOU and (for the random prize) a cardboard box.Since this was also an international contest and Thanksgiving is pretty American, we kept the definitions of "Thanksgiving" and "reuse" pretty loose. If it had to do with food, celebration, or the detritus thereof, we were happy to include it.To see the full list of entries simply check out the group. More Thanksgiving instructables can be seen in last year's contest group as well.But enough about that... on with the winners!Pageviews and Ratings Prizes - For receiving the most pageviews and the highest ratings, the authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a laser-engraved cutting board. How to Make Delicious, Healthy Homemade Potato Chips With a Microwave! by thatkidwithayoyo A Thai style Chicken BBQ cooked outside in 10-15 minutes. Using an old can, empty beer bottle and some hay. by dandym Ratings Prize Runners-up - For receiving the next highest ratings, the authors of these four Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. The World's Loudest Party Popper Easy Tasty Milk Pudding Microwaved Grand Marnier chestnuts, flambe' Turkey Time Tesla CD Turbine Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of a cardboard box, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a laser-engraved cutting board.and the random winner is...Turkey Chili

Topic by fungus amungus 


Any ideas on resuseing fast food cups? Answered

While driving to work a used McD's cup sitting in my cup hold got me to thinking.  I was wondering if anyone has thought about a way to reuse the wax coated card/paper drink cups you get from fast food places?  People are always thowing them out and if we could come up with a way to get people to reuse them in some way, it might help the sides of the roads look better (less trash). 

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How to take the project off of the arduino board? Answered

So i have been looking for a long time for a way to "take the project off of the arduino board" (unsure what else to call it so that hampers my search) in order to reuse the board without buying a new one, or dissemble the old one each time i do a new project. Then i stumbled upon this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-2-LED-Lamp-to-50-Smart-Lamp/ i see how he just used the arduino only to program it. How do you design this circuit?? i was unaware that the pins on the arduino correspond directly with pins on the chip, without extra parts between the chip and the pin. is this correct or am i mistaken? in theory if i have the blink program loaded up on the arduino and then i take the chip out and wire it up with power going to it and the correct leg of the chip wired "directly" to the resistor and LED would that work?   TL;DR I want to be able to program a different IC (assuming the correct model of chip is purchased) and use that in the final project so that i can then reuse the arduino. Are there instructables for this already? and i dont mind doing footwork, i just need to know what to search for.

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Tidy Cat Boxes/Container-What should I do

I was hoping to get some of the awesome minds working on a project of mine. I keep reusing my Tidy Cat buckets. I want to find a better, maybe modular furniture way of using them. Currently they are just storage, unfortunately, I haven't gotten really good at labeling so I just wind up opening one box after another. I've tossed around wine rack, some sort of yarn or craft holder, etc. I would like to paint them, which would be neat. The label is painted on and is not tape, so if I do use plastic paint, the words may still show thru. I haven't been able to buy the litter in a bag because I am not able to get the large bag of litter to work correctly with the automated litter box because it doesn't clump well. If you could look at the image and make some suggestions, it would be great.

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i ve 3 old black and white dead mobiles can i make use of them by modification?

I ve 3 mobiles nokia 1600 sony ericssion w830i nokia (basic b/w model) they are not working. but i dont want to throw them in dustbin. plz suggest me how can i make use of them (in any manner)

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How can I turn a Canon scanner tube in to a hand held document scanner?

My Lexmark 2500 printer and scanner would not feed paper right one side would feed but the other would not . bad feed rollers and no replaceable parts available from Lexmark. I gutted it out and have uses for the gears and all the parts salvaged . just cant see tousling the scanner tube out.! I would rather use it as a hand held scanner.

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any way to reuse large plastic posters ?

Today was here a day of elections to city heads the day is over and the streets are full of posters up to 1 X 3 M size that are going to go to trash in the following days most of the posters are made of 3 kinds of plastic simple plastic like large shopping bags - it is waterproof and strechy and loses mechanical strength when stretched. available in size of 0.5 M X up to few M weave of flat nylon strings - not fully waterproof but very strong. available in size of up to 1 X 3 M. with holes reinforced with metal thingy in 4 corners plastic reinforced with nylon fiber - combines properties of them both. available in size of 0.8 X 1.4 M. with factory-made folded and sewd edges for installation on rope etc all are made of white material printed on one side with names / photos / slogans etc in semitransparent paint. passes some amount of diffused sunlight there are also tons of flyers and paper posters (up to 0.5 X 0.7 M) and the tickets used for voting laying all over the streets any good ideas what that stuff can be usefull for ? especially the plastic and nylon posters

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Old mini-blinds--can they be reused for anything?

 I have a lot of old mini-blinds and would like to reuse the slats or any other parts rather than throw them out--any suggestionsd?

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Reuse, Repurpose Instructables Ideas for Air Compressor

I came up on a broken air compressor where basically it is a functioning electric belt driven pump.  Does anyone have any suggestions what I can do with that thing? It also has the mini tank with it. 

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Looking to reuse old laptop built in speakers

I recently removed the speakers from my old Dell Inspiron 1400. I'm looking for tips on how to make them into a pair of DIY speakers. Do I just connect them to a minijack and it'll work? There are four colored wires coming out from the pair of speakers (red, black, blue and white) and I read about speakers right and left being red and black but I'm unsure about the white and blue. Appreciate any feedback on this =D

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How Do You Reuse a Chip Box?

My mom is a big fan of those big boxes filled with mini chip bags. I was wondering, what projects could you do with them? I want something unique. I don't want to disassemble the box and use the cardboard.

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Laptop's fingerprint reader, is it possible to reuse it on desktop?

The dead laptop is a HP Pavillion dv3 4010sl, the sensor is a Validity VFS301 (cdk1071_r04_hf) as written on the sensor itself. if i remember correctly it was shown as a USB peripheral. maybe is simple and it need just some resoldering to a USB cable, the problem is that the flat cable connecting it to the motherboard has 6 pins/lines and my knowledge in electronics is quite limited... I've found online what seems like a motherboard schematics (pg.48) and the vendor's sensor's manual. Does Anyone knows if is possible, If yes how?

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October 2013 Build Night - Creative Reuse

This October we are hosting a creative re-use build night.  DETAILS: There is no formal sponsor for this build night, thus we won't be shipping out any materials. The goal is to use materials such as e-waste, trash, and found objects to create amazing projects during a build night at your makerspace. PRIZES: Submit Instructables from your creative re-use build night and enter to win a prize. We will have a panel of judges from the Instructables staff vote on the projects submitted and the winning makerspace will win 10 Instructables t-shirts and 30 Instructables patches for your makerspace. All projects must be submitted between October 1 - November 10. SIGN UP: Sign up to participate here. Signing up doesn't put you on the hook to submit Instructables. This is just so I have a general mailing list to send updates. It will also help us when picking the winners so we know you are a formal makerspace, hackerspace, school, fabrication lab, or student group. JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. This build night was inspired by former Artist-In-Residence, long time author, and my good friend M.C. Langer (featured author interview). Check out his projects for some inspiration!

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Suggestion for a new contest or at least ideas on reusing....

I would like to see a contest rewarding the best idea for repurposing aluminum screw-top cans! There are some brilliant people out there that should be able to come up with great ideas to keep these out of landfills. Budweiser and Coors cans are the ones I am talking about. Thanks for considering this, Fatgnat

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