A long list of skills someone thinks are obsolete."Building a Heathkit" is on there :-(
Topic by westfw | last reply
Show off your Photoshop skills here! Anything cool you can do in Photoshop, post it! Here are a few things I did with Photoshop 7. Comments? Suggestions? Questions? Please share. :)How do you like the last one? It's my favorite. :)I'll also put up the PSD files for these images if you like.
Topic by 1up | last reply
I've been thinking about writing on the subject of core skills and or resources that branch out to other skills and allow a person to get the most out of living, building, making etc. I think that the Instructables members have these skills in spades but there are plenty of people that look at what all of you do and think "That's cool but I could never do that". Which is the opposite of what this site is about. Now I'm saying skills but I think there are also other factors that apply. Obviously having enough time to work on projects is important but really that's a skill too, time management. Tools might be another factor, things like a Dremel tool, Sugru, etc. really open up what a person can do. I'd like to consider things like that also in this endeavor. These are the core skills I've identified, some of them seem really simple but I think they need mentioning. I'm also pretty sure a few of these are already covered by ibles. Measuring Length Checking for Level and Plumb Using a Claw Hammer Using a Sledge Hammer Identifying Screwdriver Bits Powertools - Saws (what they are best used for, describing Circular, Table, Jig, Band, Scroll, etc) Powertools - Drills (best practices, maybe identifying drill bits etc.) Powertools - Grinders (Hand, Bench, Die, etc) Reading a Multimeter (and what to do with those readings) Reading a Schematic Welding Gluing (and what kind of glue is good for different purposes) Then I got a little esoteric and thought about what it takes to accomplish projects. When to do research and when to just start doing. (Because I used to spend way to much time worrying about accumulating data on a project) How to balance projects with living your life. (Because I still have problems with that. But I do have some tips. Falls into time management.) How to find that part you're missing (I haven't really thought about this one much, but it would be great to have a thought process in place. There are likely a lot more. I admit this would be a large project to compile and may span several ibles. Do you have any input on how to accomplish this? What skills have you found to be at the core of your efforts to make things? Instructables has some real brainpower here I think if there is a group that could distill this down to something manageable it would be us.
Topic by EmmettO
Hi, Have you guys ever thought of creating an Alexa skill? "Alexa ask Instructables how to make a...." In theory anyone could make one by scraping the pages, but I was wondering if you guys had one in flight, or might be interested in helping me create one. By helping me, I'm thinking about a way you guys might know to provide the text/images without having to do a scrape with a third party tool. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Since Google Home just came out with a way to read out recipes, I think it would be cool to try to have Alexa read out Instructables. There are certainly challenges involved like maintaining a session while doing a project, but perhaps the user could ask Alexa to start at a particular step if needed. Just some initial thoughts. Thanks, Sam
Topic by samd1223
These are the skills I think every instructabler should know. Proper English grammar and spelling Survival skills Using common tools (drill, dermal, soldering,etc.) Basic rope and knot skills Being resourceful Programing in a programing language Basic Camera skills Have a social life
Topic by starwing123 | last reply
I am looking for someone with brass work skills to help me with a project. I am trying to do a menorah as a replica from the one in Israel but no nothing about it
Topic by pjfsdias | last reply
-BUT are they, it seems to me that many, if not most, lack a lot of very basic skills, they may be able to poke around and get something going, but half of that is down to the manufacturers making it easier to connect things up. What's your opinion is the sub 20 year old population at the cutting edge of computer technology??
Question by rickharris | last reply
Part-way through my current Valentine's project, I realise that my woodworking skills are not as good as I might wish, with or without power tools.Can I suggest a round of woodworking and carpentry 'ibles?How to make a mortice jointHow to hang a doorWhat the heck is a biscuit joint anyway?etc.Some clarification: I don't have an actual woodworking problem that needs solving, I am just aware that my skills are lacking.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
First of all, hi everyone, I'm new to the forums and this is my first post so bear with me if my questions are strange! I've been taking glances at the projects in Instructables, and I am really happy to find a site that shared my passion in home science/technology/DIY projects! I am studying Physics (first year) at my city's University (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and I was always fascinated by science, technology and especially computers-electronics. Instructables' projects 'pushed' me to get some basic tools (A 25 W soldering iron, a soldering pump, a pair of 'helping hands' with a magnifying glass, screwdrivers, wire cutters, wire strippers, some other basic tools and recently a Dremel 300) and frequently, I've been trying some of the simpler projects. But, since science will be my future profession, I'm not content by just reading instructions and following through...I want to understand the principles behind the instructables (for example, electronics) and even make my own small projects at home. As I said, electronics/electrical engineering projects are kind of my favorite, and I often get frustrated by just blindly following through the instructable, and I ask myself 'how did he think about that' or 'how did he know how to build this circuit' or 'how did he choose his materials'. So, do you really have to be an engineer to plan the more advanced -electronics or not- projects or can anybody get a book/website and learn about those skills? I often get ideas about projects of my own, but I don't know how to choose materials for them...does this skill come from experience or gained by an engineering degree? Is Physics a good enough degree to help me with my projects? And another question that has been around my head for a while: do you actually get pen and paper, lay down designs and scientific formulas-calculations to build a more advanced project? Thank you!
Topic by loxagos_snake | last reply
*Yes, I know, another question involving college and my future life.*I am kind of split between mechanical engineer and metallurgical engineer. They both have some great benefits and trades that I'd love to go into, but it's difficult deciding which would be better for me.I do aspire, no matter what field I go into, to weld and do other metalworking, although I don't just want to weld for people. I know it sounds weird, but I like to take the time to know about what I am working on, and not work at "face value", if you will.So, any mechanical or metallurgical engineers who want to try to sway me one way or another, please do so now. ;-) Thanks,Bran.
Topic by Bran | last reply
My skills include: Electronics (building "some" things from schematics, etc (I haven't the equipment nor eyesight to use surface mount, nor any IC's with more then 16 pins). Pyrography, i.e. burning pictures into wood. Innovation, making something into something it was not originally intended for. Some mechanical works (I am limited by lack of tools and materials however). What I'd like to make for someone: Either some test equipment (diode tester, transistor tester, magnetic field detector, etc.), or something cool, like steampunk, or HV. I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): (S to M) I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: Within limits What I like:simple methods of testing capacitors, inductors, etc. i.e. electronic tools and gadgets, HV devices, electronics I can reverse engineer, etc. What I don't like: dolls (unless they have a voice recorder/playback in them), make up, knitting, rap music, or rotting things. I absolutely can't have: (due to allergies, pets, etc); pets (apartment restriction), candy/cakes/pies (I'm too fat already), greasy foods. Type of thing I'd love to receive: simple understandable, completely reverse enginerable High Voltage devices, or anything I can reverse engineer or improve on or change the function of. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? This would totally depend on the size of the item. I may not be able to if over a certain weight. Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: I haven't seen 18 for 34 years ;-) so yes, I am over 18.
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
In another topic we noticed that times have have changed in terms of repairs, spare parts or just finding a replacement for something. It not only seems that a lot of people no longer bother to repair their broken things but also that for those who still want to the available options are disappearing fast. Take the common lawn mover as an example: We can buy them in dedicated shops, the local hardware store, supermarkets and sometimes even at Aldi. But if you need such a simple spare part like a fuel hose or gasket for the carby you are usually lost unless you can order the parts from some online store at the other end of the world. Electronics are even worse, here a broken charging plug or just loosing the charger can mean people throw it in the bin to buy a new device. Splicing a rope? Why bother if a big bunch of knots does the same LOL Do you still remember these little repair shops that used to fix your waching machine, TV or sometimes even your electric drill? Where are they now? Or all these small electronics shops selling resistors, wire and complete kits? I still remember the times when I could take my radio to the local shop, the guy listens to the sound and lack of available stations and knew right away what parts I needed - and they were right at hand. For a few bucks extra he even replaced the broken bits if he had the time. After thinking a bit about all this I came to realise two things: a) We are getting lazy and no longer learn vital skills because modern life makes us think we no longer need these skills. b) Unless you can repair something yourself, labour costs mean a repair is often not worth it. Who here, under the age of 30 still knows how to make a good campfire from scratch, dares to take the lawnmower apart to fix it himself or simply bothers to stich up a little rip in his fancy tent instead of buying a new one? For crying out loud, a lot of kids don't even know how operate a washing machine by the time the lease the parents home for good... Schools seem to support these life changes by no longer teaching the use of pen and pencil, not to mention ink... All the kids get is a tablet or laptop and that means they don't even have to learn the language anymore - that what the spell checker does. If I dare to spin this further by another 25 or so years I only see chaos. Everyone is highly specialised, noone bothers to cook anymore and the third generation in the family no longer has any clue what the first generation is talking about. When my grandfather grew up life was hard. When my parents grew up life was all about expressing yourself. When I grew up life was intersting because everything was changing so fast. When my kids leave the house what will they say about this?... What do you think ? How much has modern life affected since you grew up ? And of course: Do think it is the right trend ?
Topic by Downunder35m | last reply
Click for Full Story*Link Fixed*Science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein once wrote: "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."...Are hands-on skills Ã¢â¬â€ building things, fixing things, operating machines and so on Ã¢â¬â€ really in decline?...Does this matter? And if people are becoming less mechanically handy, is that so bad? I think so Ã¢â¬â€ and not just because specialization is for insects.We don't all have to be MacGyver, but from time to time all of us will face problems that can't be addressed with a laptop and a cellphone. In a genuine emergency, having some basic manual skills could be the difference between surviving comfortably and being totally helpless.That is a very interesting article. What do you think about it?
Topic by Bran | last reply
So - I'd like what basically amounts to a course of things you can make in an evening, starting from near scratch in tools, materials, and skills, gradually building up to established in tools, materials and skills. The format would simply be an ordered list of things to make, each of which take an afternoon, that when you've built them all you've built some cool stuff and learned to make stuff. More importantly, that you really can "just make something". I think that I can order the list, but I don't really know good things to put on it... Is this making sense? The idea started when I realized that I could, in fact, just go make that thing I thought of a while ago, and that maybe there's something in my head that makes me think I can't "just make things". So - what if I got up every day and said, "I can!" - and then followed through by doing something I didn't think I could just get up and do? That would be awesome! Alright - now, what could those things be? Prominently - made things. And that means (among a few other places...) Instructables! So - post things that take an evening to make, and what kind of skills, tools and materials they take, and then we'll worry about putting them into a course-like-order PS - Suggest tags, or a better place in the forums? PPS - Or I just didn't pick good search terms looking for this, it already exists, and here's a link....?
Topic by narfanator | last reply
Just so you know, Family Kite will be away from, well, the time of this post until Sunday evening (UK time). I may not post while away, as we are staying in a motel that charges £5 an hour for the internet... But, when we return, we should posses new skillz. (Oh, and I went to the first Dorkbot Anglia last night - very cool, but no time to tell it now. Other iblers were there, maybe they will tell.)
Topic by Kiteman
Thanks to a small nag from gmjhowe, I now know how to create a pdf file of documents I create in CorelDraw. Dead easy, publish to pdf.But, there doesn't seem to be an equivalent function in Word.Have I just missed something stupidly obvious, or do I need to acquire some software to do it?My first PDFed 'ible.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
I'm on the search again after a little break to see if I'll be able to find someone who could help me out. I'm looking for anyone will the knowledge in robotics, mechanics/Arduinos/Servos/Animatronics for a project I am putting together; a spider creature mask. It would have functioning parts (i.e. eyes, mouth and more) and I unfortunately lack the skills to do this part myself. If you are or know of anyone capable of doing this sort of thing do let me know so I can discuss this further with them. It doesn't have to be started immediately I'm just looking for anyone willing to give it a go when they are available. I'm located in Sacramento California. Much appreciated, thanks for looking.
Topic by MagicLocket | last reply
Advice on best how to make a piezometer out of readily available hardware store parts without use of any power tools and access to only a very few hand tools. Basically a piezometer is a clear, straight plastic tube that you attach to the outside of (in my case) a plastic 250 Liter rain barrel (about 1.5 feet diameter, 4 feet high) from top to bottom. The top is exposed to the open air, while the bottom feeds into the bottom of the barrel (by going through the side very close to the bottom). It needs to have a diameter of about 1/2 inch, be very solid, straight and secure, and a 'water level mark' must be etchable in it somehow to indicate the normal level of water inside the barrel when the barrel is full (full means a few inches before the absolute rim of the barrel). The barrel is filled with gravel at the bottom, sand on top, and enough room for a 12" waterhead above the sand. I'm using it as a slow sand filter (SSF). The idea is that the pressure of water at the bottom of the barrel fills the tube up to the watermark against the action of the atmospheric pressure forcing the level in the tube down below the watermark. When the level of the water in the tube is about 15 inches below the water mark, it means the water pressure at the bottom of the barrel has decreased to the point where the sand in it needs to be cleaned (no water getting through). Any ideas will be greatly rewarded in the afterlife. Thanks!
Topic by SozzledBoot | last reply
Like I always do, I love to share with our community new and exciting things that I find in my cybertravels. I have found a site that can help some of you request projects to be made or made some money on the side by using your skills. Dun4me https://www.dun4me.com/category/recent
Topic by blkhawk
Like diodes and servos and radio theory whatnot? Did you take classes? Read from books? I'd like to learn this sort of stuff, but can't find anyone to teach me. I also don't feel comfortable enough with this stuff to buy a bunch of parts and mess around with a book..
Question by kpwang2 | last reply
I'm looking to spend the summer working/learning new, hands-on skills (woodworking, CNC, Autodesk products, etc.). I've been looking at a city with a Techshop in it, but I'm looking for something with some more class structure (Woodworking I leads to Woodworking II, something like that!) as well as something thats has a regular class schedule rather than one or two meetings like a Techshop course has. Any suggestions?
Question by paul.mckay | last reply
I've got a new shed! I am now the proud possessor of two sheds. The new one is just storage - garden chairs, tents (we have six tents, but there are only four people in the household - how did that happen?), lawnmower etc, which means I now have something novel in my original shed - space to work! At the same time, I've bought myself a new toy - a scroll saw (or fret saw, if you prefer), a Ferm FFZ-400N, if you're bothered by that kind of thing. It's second hand, and only has one speed and no manual, but it was also only £20. So, I'm now practising - I bought some cheap ply, and I'm working on a new project, which I hope to post by Wednesday. Unfortunately, there's a bit of a hiatus, since I've managed to snap the only blade I had. What the heck, that's why they come in packs of ten, but I can't get a pack until Monday. Oh, and the shed: 6x4 foot "lap" shed from B&Q;, bought as a kit because I couldn't buy the raw materials anywhere near as cheaply. Basically, I got what I paid for - I spent as much time fixing the manufacturing faults as I did building it. There are three fixes visible in the shot below, plus three fixes inside, not to mention the six or seven places where you can see daylight through the timber, and the very flexible window that will probably get sucked out by the first storm of winter... If you need a shed, and can only afford £135, then save up for something better.
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Topic by scoochmaroo
In the ever increasingly nonsensical world in which we live, it is important to have an equally suited set of skills. This list is a compilation of important life skills for our times. It is my hope that some day it will all be required learning in the schools. 1. How to cat2. How to Handcraft an Achingly Self-Referential Virtual Commodity Fetish Object (For Fun and Profit!)3. How to make simple things impossibly thick4. How to make art.5. How to Live an Aesthetic Life by Wearing, Eating, Traveling By, and Listening to Specific Colors for a Week6. New York Pizza in California7. How to develop an original story for a fiction when you're out of inspiration...8. How to escape from America9. How to cut your own hair10. How to eat a banana like a dog(This list is open to suggestion, reordering or reinterpretation.)
Topic by randofo
Www.greenwala.com (an online green social network) is looking for crafty DIYers to share their repurposed project ideas with them for a future article. Might be a great way for people here to gain exposure -- here's the article link -- http://www.greenwala.com/community/blogs/all/1344-Creative-Crafters-Share-Details-About-Your-Repurposed-Fashion-Projects'''ALSO, www.greenwala.com has a few new crafty contests running, but one in particular is called "Choose To Reuse".It asks participants to photograph an original repurposed design of their own creation.Here are some examples of what other contestants have already submitted:1) vinyl record garden planters2) shower curtain turned into wearable "hoodie"3) old sink turned "hand-tiled bird bath"Take a look at the rest of the entries here and then gear yourself up to submit your own cool, repurposed design -- http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests'''The most creative reuse will win a new HP Mini 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer!Good luck and have fun!!
Topic by elizahleigh | last reply
Greenwala, the online green social network, recently posted an article asking creative crafters to share details on any repurposed fashion items that they've created: http://www.greenwala.com/community/blogs/all/1276-Creative-Crafters-Share-Details-About-Your-Repurposed-Fashion-Projects Well, if anyone out there has a project that they're particularly proud of, please e-mail me via Greenwala with a brief description of your creation (along with a photo of it if available) and I'll feature it along with many other community creations in an upcoming DIY Fashion post.*********************************************************************************************************Also, they're running a few creative DIY contests that will probably appeal to everyone here.One in particular, called "Choose To Re-Use," just asks entrants to upload a photo of the most creative reuse of something you would have otherwise trashed. The most unique entry could win a new HP 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer! They also have contests for an eco-themed t-shirt design, best recipe and tree hugging photograph, but I thought that people here would really like the "Choose To Reuse" theme the most. Just thought I'd give everyone the heads up!!
Topic by elizahleigh
Much to my surprise I've been doing a fair number of media interviews lately. (TV, radio, podcast) I'm not really happy with the way that I sound. I either sound a bit scatterbrained or uncertain. I meander, give run-on sentences, finish different sentences than I start, etc. This happens even if I get the questions in advance. Usually the interviews are taped and the editors work hard to make me sound coherent, but even then my speech is full of pauses, "um"s and "ah"s. I'd like to break myself of the habit. So any hints, tips, ways to practice and/or relax more?
Question by Grathio | last reply
I have a 10" 18V circular saw, never used/brand new, that my kitten decided to urinate all over :-( Is their a way to clean it? I was thinking about submerging it in a bucket of rubbing alcohol to soak for a few hours. Then let it air dry for a few days to a week+ to make sure it drys completely.
Question by smkoberg | last reply
Flow Circus is a group of jugglers and skill toy artists dedicated to promoting creativity and play among kids and adults. Based on the Kendama and other ball, stick, and cup games from cultures around the world, they have created what they call "Fundama". From the site: Fundama: 1. Easy-to-make toy using basic elements such as string, tape, cups, and sticks that provide hours of challenging play; 2. From the Latin fundus: the bottom or basis for engaging programs for children, tweens, & teens Brief History: ...We know that budgets are tight and programmers are always looking for ideas that can be done on a shoe-string budget. We love encouraging skill-based play so we sat down with paper cups, string, tape, sticks and Fundama was born! There are videos and instructions all over the site telling how to create your own Fundama using sticks, strings, cups, and tape. Great DIY and wonderful for parents and kids to do together at home, church, library, and school.
Topic by yoyology | last reply
I have recently gotten a "real" soldering iron ( i had a very cheap battery powered one that didnt work well) and i have been practicing soldering but i want to find some new things to good at. Any suggestions?
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Question by bbolen | last reply
My Spring break started today, and instead of simply enjoying my time off I thought I could take advantage of my extra time and learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. As a teen what valuable skills can I learn(or begin) in a week? are there any things I can learn online? for free?
Topic by timnitro | last reply
I have 2 champagne bottles, old keyboard, 2 altoids tins, a ton of baseball topps coins, 2 sets of old computer speakers.... i dont have soldering skills or any fancy cutting thingamajigs.... help? >.<
Question by BarginsTech | last reply
What are the chances if i was able to post detailed blueprints, some one could make a fully mechinized assassins creed hidden blade? I will admit its slightly off, for logistical reasons ive had to add a pair of buttons. not electrical, mechanical. it also doesnt shoot right back in, but used properly no ones gonna knowtice you need to press it three times. I only have to deal with scale issues and finalize to blue prints with overlaping transparency paper. I wanted to know if anyone here would be willing to spend the time and effort on it. MOST INPORTANT! My design isnt a prop, its logicisticaly made to attack a full fleshed target many times without damage to its self. But the blade required edgeing in several directions( forwards and back) which may be dificult i dont work with matierial i dont know. ill probly be able to post pictures in about a week depending on time and the avalibility of a scanner.
Question by swolleneyeball | last reply
As a child I grew up on legos and K'nex, and I wish my first computer had come earlier in life. I want to pursue more things like programming, robotics, working on cars and lighting the neighborhood with massive LED Beacons of custom-PC goodness. I've tried some researching of certain topics on my own, but I usually run into some difficult roadbumps. Particularly, there often runs a gap between beginner and advanced knowledge I find hard to bridge. I started off great with some programming classes at college, but their department is lacking. The other significant obstacle that comes to mind is cost. It's hard to shell out for new tools and parts for every project. Do you have any advice? Where could I find an entry-level job at an electronics re-saler, or something like that? I don't really have the skills for a mechanic, but what might be a first step? Or, something pre-programming that I could learn from- particularly for game or software development? Which schools in the Midwest have more hands-on training?
Question by drumagon | last reply
I have dogs so need the pergola to be sturdy but I'm not especially skilled in carpentry.
Question by crailine | last reply
I would like to know so I can cut some acrylic later it is taped on both sides to prevent splintering of the material.
Question by nerd7473 | last reply
Show your work and explain it to every detail.
Question by 35Timmy | last reply
According to the BBC, the traditional craft of making wooden clogs is dying out, and one of the last practising craftsman is looking for people to pass the skills onto... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34292514 (It seems walking in clogs is also a dying skill.)
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
I am good in web application development i know server side scripting language and dbms scripting. but i am not in practice from a while is there any site who serve as non-profit site so that i can help them with my skills or where can i get people who want their own personalised website and dont want to hire a programmer who take too much money.
Question by Atul009 | last reply
Something that really impresses you.
Question by mikedu | last reply
I have the skills and materials, but need some plans. Does anyone have any suggestions & plans for a really functional pair of goggles like in the " Sleepy Hollow " movie with Johnny Depp and other cool movies ?
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