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Jury-rig it contest...

Either the requirements for the contest failed to be made clear, or the entries were assessed and chosen on a different set of requirements. It seems to me that a lot of the entries were on the fine line of professional engineering, not a fast solution to an everyday problem. Paracord fishing lure? Of course. Frankenstein laser engraver? Not very 'McGyver-ish,' more 'Einstein-ish.' Sour grapes? Maybe, as I had en entry. But I still say that the automatic TIG feeder was 'engineered' not 'McGyvered'. Maybe the contest itself should have won.

Topic by chokapi    |  last reply


A mechanism that moves in the opposite direction of the applied force?

I am building a camera rig, and I would like to be able to accomplish very fluid movements with it. I have seen all kinds of existing camera rigs, but they all seem relatively static in one way or another. Simple bi-directional movement is alright, but something capable of vertical, horizontal and rotational movement would be preferable. If you push downwards, the camera moves upwards - that kind of thing. Even a material that is semi-flexible would work, as a rod to attach the camera to that would provide some sort of resistance, and a position to snap back to. I'm not looking for the whole design, just a starting point if anyone has any ideas about something that already exists that sounds like what I'm saying.

Question by epizeuxis    |  last reply


convert Gamin Wheel Foot Pedal to Guitar Expression Pedal

I have a Genius Twinwheel F1 gaming wheel.  it has a pedal(accelerate/brake) which has a 6 pin DIN out. i do not a have a schematic for it and i do not know what the 6 pins are for exactly. i havent taken it apart as im not sure if this will work out. the thing is, i was hoping to convert this to a guitar expression pedal..  has anyone tried this?.. i really like the action of the foot switches.. the way they bounce back can make an awesome wah pedal.. i any info/ links/ advice would be much appreciated!..thanks!

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how to rig a static trapeze?

I've built a sturdy static trapeze (welded bar, spliced rope) and would like to know how to rig it in a cost effective but safe manner. My mounting point is a steel beam, and the two ropes of the trapeze end spliced around 24mm galvanised steel thimbles which I need to fix to the bar. It would be great if methods could be provided that utilise materials found at local hardware stores - I know you can use crane slings but the only supplier I can find is a prohibitively distant one :)

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Bicycle Generator upgrade for a rig

Okay- My boyfriend thinks I'm absolutely crazy, but I would like to modify the bicycle generator a la this instructable. I was hoping to have some way to attach it to an axle of an 18 wheeler tractor. Then the trouble would be hooking up the battery to a generator so we wouldn't have to pay for gas to power the ac and tv when we're sitting still. I'm hoping some good mind out there would have some tips! Many thanks!

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CHAIN DOG ??? Answered

Just a quick discussion about chan dogs/ tiedowns. does anyone have an idea of how to make one out of water pipe and steel plate. any idea's and/or plans would be greatly appreciated.

Question by tskil5    |  last reply


ARMY Helicopter Film Shoot

COMING SOON My latest film project is a Helicopter crash/ Behind Enemy Lines sort of ordeal I do not want to give away too much, BUT I will bee posting how I built the Military helicopter rig I used to flip my actors upside down in the crash scene. So I will be building a 6ft x 5ft x 6ft interior of an Army military helicopter within the next few weeks, just give you guys something to look forward in seeing, since I've only posted one instructable a long while back. ~Miranda Pechon

Topic by HalloweenJuNkY    |  last reply


Need a DSLR Car mount

browsing for parts, thinking about resting it on the window itself. just looking to see if anyone has any type of ideas? This is pretty much my plan at the moment but I have to find parts for it. http://i.imgur.com/FrIGm.png But with this plan I for see 2 issues 1. The arm would most likely swing from side to side when speeding up or slowing down 2. If you wanted to record the driver, the window has to be down for this plan so wind would seriously be an issue. You could solve the first issue by using 2 arms, but windows are curved so.. im not so sure about that.

Topic by Ampix0    |  last reply


How to make water bottle rig?

I was thinking of ideas made completely out of recycled materials. I came across a water bottle rig that would be able to blow air across bottle in order to create music. I was thinking maybe straws but i was unsure. Please help me make this. :)

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Rigging Laptop SSD to Desktop SATA

So I'm looking at upgrading my computer with a Solid State Drive to make it boot faster, but I don't want to pay like $200 for one off newegg. I was wondering if it's possible to rig one from say an EEE PC (which can be bough used/for parts pretty cheap on ebay/CL these days) into my regular SATA port, and what the performance would be like compared to a desktop SSD drive. Thanks!

Question by The Insomniac    |  last reply


Rigging a timer to a motor - Need Help

I'm making a pickup winder, which is simply a high rpm motor attached to a pot and a switch, but I want to attach a timer to it so that the motor stops when the time reaches zero.  If it helps out at all, the timer I'm using is a Radio Shack timer, catalogue number 63- 248.  If any of you folks could help me out at all with this project, I would be eternally grateful.  

Topic by CBecker  



Is this an ok PC?

Hi I have a budget of under £300 and want to spend it on upgrading my PC. I need:1. GPU2. CPU3. Case + PSU4. MoBo5. RAMSo far I found this:http://www.lambda-tek.com/computing/pcdesigner.pl?cart=%0AGRAPHICSCARD%091566566%091%0ACPU%09B101000%091%0AMOTHERBOARD%09B164738%091%0AMEMORY%091490932%091%0ACASE%09B94230%091%0ANow I'm not looking for a PC that will run Crysis on highest detail but just some average games like Burnout ParadiseSo could someone advise me if this is good enough or would I need something better and if so could someone tell me what.Thanks,Kacper

Question by kacper00100    |  last reply


Post your gaming rig (or any other rig) specs here

I figured there must be some PC gamers on here, so i think it's time we show how macho (or not) we are by posting the specs of our gaming rigs. I'll start:Pentium 4 @ 3.00ghz2gb DDR2 RAMPoint Of View 7600GT 256mb DDR3 PCI-E Graphics CardLogitech G15 Gaming keyboardLogitech G3 laser mouseGeneric HeadsetThis caseSo go ahead and post your rig.

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How to rig a westerly nimrod sailing boat

Im looking for a tutorial on how to rig a westerly nimrod sailing boat, my grandad has a westerly nimrod, when he tries to attach the cables to keep up the mainsail, the front cable is too short and the side cables are too long. any answers will be helpful thanks. freerunnin1

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SEEKING: I need a safe way/fx rig to explode a watermelon on a tv show...? Answered

Hi gang, I'm working on a show and I need to make a live audience believe that their 'telepathic psychic powers' have made a watermelon explode. I can build a booth with a lexan/plexiglass window so that watermelon doesn't spray the audience, this will also allow me to hide special fx rigs in it. I've done a somewhat similar rig before where I made the watermelon fall unnoticed through a trap door while a nozzle simultaneously sprayed watermelon guts against the plexi (so it looked like it exploded but didn't really). This time I'd really like to make it blow up.  I have a pyrotech license and have access to some basic explosives, but I think I would prefer to explore compressed air-based explosions. Anyway, any ideas would be appreciated. Please find a rough sketch attached. Many thanks! DAZU

Question by damianzuch    |  last reply


How to build a remotely activated spring-loaded glass-smashing special fx rig?

Hi all, I need to design/build a special fx rig that I can use to remotely break glass doors in a cabinet for a tv show. I've looked at the glass poppers sold at fx shops but they use squibs; this is a hidden camera prank show and the victim of the gag has to believe the glass smashed because they were singing in a high-pitched voice, so I can't use the squibs (the victim will hear them go off). Also, the glass is candy glass. I am imagining something like the hammer on a gun; something that I can cock and leave set in the cabinet, then perhaps pull a string to trigger it into hitting the glass. Anyone have better ideas? Many thanks, Damian

Question by damianzuch    |  last reply


Rig something to prevent toddlers from reaching over table/counter lip

I'm trying to think of how to rig a simple form, maybe using an old refrigerator box, which would prevent a toddler from reaching over the lip of a table or counter. Does anyone have any ideas for this?

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3 Axis Rotating Flight Simulation Rig

I have currently started building a 3 axis rotating Flight simulation rig that can simulated any 3D motion with a pilot inside the main cabin in control. I know the project needs a lot of disciplines working together (Steel design-mechanics-electrical-electronics-control-programming) So I assembled a team of engineers who got interested in the idea but we are not all highly experienced and the issue is new to all of us. So far we managed to design the rig it self as in steel design area. when we started moving along to the next phase which is the mechanical parts and joints we faced a lot of issues regarding the weight and balance of the rigs. The attached image is for a flight simulator done by a company in Russia. We have great ideas for improving that design and building our own non expensive simulator. I didn't post our full design model done in solid works cause it's not yet perfected. All I asking is that , if there is any one out there willing to help us share the knowledge or has a bit of experience in the subject, or wants to join our collaborate work, please don't hesitate to contacts us. I don't know the forum rules so I won't post my contact information here, but please feel free to discuss the subject with us on the forum, so we might benefit all together from this experience. 

Topic by zayed_hossam    |  last reply


Does any one know how to rig a reed switch to a bluetooth device to notify you if someone has opened a door or not?

Im looking to see if anyone knows a way to rig a bluetooth usb drive or something to a reed switch to automatically connect to your cellphone when the reed switch is activated?

Question by JoshRidlon    |  last reply


Ideal motor for my project? Answered

So I am building a pan and tilt boom rig for a camera. I have the basic idea down but I was wondering if I should use servos or stepper motors. My biggest concern is that when I stop the motor turning at any given angle, It won't rotate back down due to gravity. I am using arduino to process and a joy stick to control which motor turns and which direction. Also, as some additional advice, I was wondering how to control the speed with the joy stick, it runs off potentiometers. 

Question by DanJames    |  last reply


Can anyone help me set up Guitar Rig and Reaper?? Answered

Can anyone help me set up Guitar Rig and Reaper?? I am able to choose the VST from reaper, it brings the GR4 (Bridged) Player and I can choose amps and such but when I add those effects to a MIDI track I get no output. I use Kontakt 4 with Steven Slate Drums on a drum MIDI track and it works like a charm I had to initially set inputs and outputs and save that configuration but it was a one time thing. do I need to do a similar thing for GR4?? any help will be greately appreciated.?

Question by doggyd69b    |  last reply


Hey, does anyone know how to make a good tripwire trap/ rig up?

Does anybody know how to make a good tripwire trap, or like how to rig one up?

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How do I rig a light bulb in my dogs house for warmth?

I want to rig a light bulb in my dogs' house so he can keep warm.  I want to put some kind of wire cage around the bulb so he doesn't get burned on it.  I also want to put the cord running to the wall outlet outside in some kind of cover so he doesn't chew the wire.

Question by pnorder    |  last reply


radio shack 3 channel doorbell/intercom wireless signal doesn't reach inside home, how can I rig it?

Radio shack 3 channel doorbell/intercom wireless signal doesn't reach inside home, how can I rig it?

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How do i rig a simple mic to a speaker.?

This year I'm making my own Halloween costume and the head piece I'm making will not have a good voice projection through the mask. I just want to put a mic on the inside and incorporate a small speaker on the outside.?

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Is it possible to rig an xbox game so that you can play it on your computer.

I want to use my thrustmaster steering wheel with Forza 4, but the xbox doesn't support it. Is there any way to play forza 4 on my computer or use the thrustmaster with the xbox?

Question by blacksmith98    |  last reply


Could I rig my motor to run a bike?

Okay, so I have a permanent magnet motor I was using as the generator for a Giromill (wind turbine). It's rated at 375 RPM for 120V I believe, and I'm uncertain as to its other characteristics... I've read that voltage is generally proportional to speed in a motor, and amperage to torque, so would hooking up a couple of car batteries or something similar be an effective way to power me and a bicycle around, or am I missing something (other than a control mechanism, of course)? In short, I know that car batteries can work to power a bike, but the unknown here is my motor, and whether it'd be able to work in this circumstance.

Question by Dr Random    |  last reply


How to rig a capacitive touch to a usb keyboard (or gamepad)?

I need to make a touch sensitive (capacitive) button that triggers a key. I got a capacitive demo board from qprox that should be fine...I touch it and I can hook it up to an LED that gets lit. But if I try to put the wires from a button on a gamepad to the out of the demo board, the button is constantly in the "Down" state. I think I remember reading somewhere about a polarity reverser or something so that it reverses the On and Off state, but not sure what I need. Also, the demo board is powered via a small watch battery which is perhaps conflicting with the power from the USB? I'm not quite sure the best way to do this. I think I can power the demo board using the USB power rather than the battery. I also would like some advice on creating the Capacitor to a 3" button surface are that goes through 1/4" glass. I've got a resistor that upped the Qs so that it works through glass, but not sure how to make it fit to a desired "button" shape.

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How can I rig a cabled pulley system for a homemade weight machine?

That gives both variable resistance through range of motion (lighter at start, full weight at end) AND force multiplying where e.g. 20 lbs becomes 80 lbs (added weight effect with less plates).

Question by vwchest    |  last reply


Upright wood cutting right at Home Depot? Answered

I've see this upright wood cutting right at home depot.  They put the wood in the rig and then slide a circular saw down and it makes the cut.  Does anyone know what this sort of rig is called?  Has anyone seen a good instructable on how to make one?

Question by mattbliese    |  last reply


Need help understanding LED drivers

Ok, I'm a newb to electronics and i'm having trouble figuring something out. Inspired by Dan's instructable, I decided to try and build my own headlamp. However, I've run into a problem. I have no idea what LED driver to use. I'm planning on using three of these bulbs, at 3.7v each and a max wattage of 4. I know if I rig them in series, the LED driver needs to be at least 11.1V, but my question is does the wattage of the driver need to be 12? Or should I rig the bulbs in parallel from my power source, and have one of each of these rigged to them individiually? Also, advice on whether it would be preferable to rig them in series or parallel would be great. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance

Topic by The Insomniac    |  last reply


Can anyone rig up an mp3 or device to play different alarms to a dryer alarm?

My dryer is annoying, yes it does its job by letting me know the clothes are done, but can someone hook up a mp3 device or a small board that plays different sounds and still keep it looking stock?

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Camcorder

Trying to rig a camcorder with a motion sensor to start recording as soon as the motion sensor is triggerd.  any ideas.

Topic by bergmann44  


Mythbusters

My boys are watching Mythbusters behind me, and one line just caught my attention:...at a disused Naval base in Alameda..."They were using a towed rig to find out if a tissue box on the back shelf of a car would kill the driver in a crash, except they managed to rip an eighteen inch chunk out of the rig instead.Have Squid Labs been hosting Mythbusters?

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


silly words

What are youre silly words? mine are confusicated, facecrack, nasalcavity, woot, rig, tooten pooten, and suckface.

Topic by nerfer192    |  last reply


Is it better to buy a cheap PC, then upgrade it, or buy a $1000 gaming PC rig?

I know it's better to build a PC, but I want a public opinion on if it's better to upgrade a cheap PC or buy an expensive gaming rig.  I'm getting tired of answers saying build it when I have already addressed this in a comment.

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I HAVE PROBLEM WITH THIS GAME CALLED RIGS OF ROD I REALLY WANT TO PLAY THIS GAME BUT I CANT PLAY IT

MY problem is i have downloaded this game and installed it the installation works fine but when i click on the ROR.exe it show a pop up and it say please open ror configurator i did wat it say unfortunately when i click on RORconfigurator.exe it doesnt open. so please help me to solve this if someone just have same problem with me share with me okay i want to play this game i hope you guys can help me thanks...........

Question by musher95    |  last reply


how to fish?

I want to know how to rig my pole to catch a fish. And different ways to fish

Question by Fawn Sunday    |  last reply


LED Dream BAll how can I fix this? Or rig it differently?

I have (3) of these LED DREAM Ball lights that come with a remote to change colors all three of stopped working, Im thinking its the base that gives out- but what other light source could I put inside of it to make it work again?

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How do I rig up small LED lights to my sound system to make them flash to the beat?

Do I connect them straight to the speaker cable? Please help, I'm on a low budget, want to make my hi-fi look cool but I'm completely clueless about electronics & stuff!

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home made lathe?

If anyone has made a SAFE lathe or jury rigged a motor/drill SAFELY i would like to see pics, or an instructable...

Topic by nickdisney    |  last reply



How can I rig a 12v sla battery to power an amp and be charged at same time.?

I have a 12v sla battery (the kind from a kids play atv) that I want to use to make a portable mp3 player . I want to be able to use the battery and charge it at the same time if I want. The battery has only a positive wire and a negative wire coming from it. Help!

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Outrigger specs seem a little etchasketch??

Three piece plywood outrigger canoe, current rig has a 16 foot hull consisting of the two outer pieces, and is 22 inches wide. It’s hooked up with a tacking rig, a 14 foot mast, and an 11’-10” boom. Originally, it would total 24 feet with the third middle section, but I’m not building that. With a hull 16' long coupled with a fat 22" width, and a simple tacking rig, am I guna get much speed on this thing? What’s more is that the closest body of water is "Steal house lake" and other various lakes in and around the Killeen, Ft. Hood, Austin (Texas) area, everything’s bigger in Texas, but they're still just lakes, coupled with a 24' monster designed to cut and glide over ocean class behemoths (also why I kicked the 8' mid section that i really, really don’t need in these tiny waters). So what do you think, the plans I’ve got are solid, clear, and decisive, the boat and rig are all drawn up, and I’m about to start the first piece of the hull tomorrow (soon as I get the wood). Should I stick with this 16' by 22" hull, should I add the 8' even though I’m just on a lake (a big one ill grant, but a lake all the same), should I jump for a strip-planked composite, or go somewhere else entirely, what should I do, what should i do?? p.s. Rig also computable with an oceanic lateen, or “Crab-claw” rig, lest that’s what i think it’s called.

Question by Jumpin Jehosaphat    |  last reply


Effects of Inductors Coupling?

This is a follow up post from this thread >> https://www.instructables.com/community/Guitar-Wah-Wah-Pedal-Help/ (It was about how to fix my Wah-Wah guitar pedal, it turns out the Inductor was not working, so I replaced it) I replaced a broken 500mh INDUCTOR in my guitar pedal with a new one. It works now. However, I am planning on keeping the broken inductor in my wah wah pedal (because it yielded a cool volume pedal sound). I want to rig up the circuit so that I can switch from from the GOOD conductor to the BAD conductor. My questions are: Will there be any major effects from having two inductors coupling? Should I be wary of the 'winding' of the coils? If so, what should I do in order to be consistent with the winding? And out of curiosity, how could I rig this up?  Here is the schematic >> http://www.voxamps.com/downloads/circuits/wahwah93.jpg 500mh Inductor = L1 I have 3 terminal DPST switch. This is how I imagine rigging it up: I'm thinking of having wires from the inductor terminals on the PCB wired to a terminal on the SWITCH, then to the INDUCTOR, and then back to the PCB. The same follows for the other (bad) inductor. If this is not clear, please let me know, or feel free to post a better way to rig this up. In summary for this last question How could I rig this circuit to switch between two inductors? Thanks.

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How would I rig an old analog clock to light up LEDs to show the time? Answered

 I was thinking of using the 10mm ultra-brights for the hour mark and the standard 5mm for the minutes. Should I connect them all to a common ground and use the hands as the "hots?" Should I use a plate-type contact; cause I feel that the post-type would interfere with the sweep of the hands. What kind of batteries should I use?

Question by javajunkie1976    |  last reply


What is this called and where can I get some? Answered

I'm looking to make a camera support shoulder rig with adjustable / fold away handled and I am trying to locate a component. It is similar to the image in the link below, but smaller as this one seems to be for a car... The idea is that two of them interlock with a bolt through the middle. Does anyone know what it is called? And even where I could get some from?  Many thanks :)

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Can you make a firework or rocket igniter from a microwave transformer?

For homemade kno3 rockets that are really hard to ignite(usually needs a lighter). If i were to guess id convert it to DC, run it through a 12 volt battery, Rig a switch. Just a thought it would be really cool if you could rig a cell phone to it stand far away and call it for ignition.

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