I would like to make stairs for my dog to get onto my bed but the thing is I sleep on a loft. Is there any way to make colapsable dog staircase/ very slanted ladder?
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Inspiration: http://www.beast.com/stair-rover-skateboard http://sciencefictionruminations.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/damnation-alley-vehicle1.jpeg http://i.ytimg.com/vi/AF2JgITeQsM/hqdefault.jpg How to Motorize such a thing as the latter 2? I also recall a 6 wheeled motorized hand truck in a Silence of the Lambs sequel. Cant find that image, tho.
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I had an idea about making going downstairs fun. You grab two handles, which are connected to a frame on the ceiling. As you move/fly downstairs, the handles scroll along the frame quickly, thus making the simple process of going downstairs fun. :) Absurd or do-able? Does anyone know how to make such a thing?
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Here are some plans for modifying your stairs so that each step can also hold a drawer for extra storage of all your stuff. The things you put inside would have to be of the occasional-to-rare use since these look like a pain to have to deal with on a regular basis. Other concerns are just how well the heat will be kept above or below and if they can be spring loaded so you don't step into an open drawer on the way down the stairs and brain yourself on the landing. Oh yeah, the risers that get removed are often providing structural support for the step above so be aware of that as well.But if you can pull it off safely, it's a neat trick. link
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Hi. After a really bad car accident, my best friend is paralyzed from the waist down. He's confined to a wheelchair. He's also a big guy, 6'4 250lbs, and his house has a flight of stairs. He uses a service to take him to appointments, and they send two guys to carry him down, and then up, but it's extremely expensive. I googled wheelchair stair climbers, and there are a couple, but they are also really expensive and huge! He uses a pretty standard invacare wheelchair. I was wondering why there isn't an inexpensive or DIY alternative, basically a stair climbing robot with a powerful motor and battery. Can anyone help me build one? Or if someone builds one, I would be willing to pay for parts and labor. Thanks!
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Hi all! Just saw the infamous "piano stairs" video by Mitsubishi (see below), and I couldn't help but think there would be a relatively easy way to do this yourself without a ridiculous budget. Any ideas on how this could be done? I thought some sort of infrared sensor would be cheaper than a pressure sensor like in the video, and could be connected to a computer or device with speakers, or maybe a speaker for every stair with a simple circuit. Then again, I haven't a clue about anything DIY. Any ideas? Thanks!
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This is a challenge that is open to all Knex builders. The challenge is to create a two-path ball machine using 39Shadowman's Stair Lift. The machine must use the stair lift and no other lift systems, and must use the path separator shown in the video. The closing date for entries is 29th December. I will look at the entries on 31st December and pick a winner. The winner will receive five star ratings on their next five Instructables (including slide shows and videos). GOOD LUCK!
Topic by DELETED_KnexLord1 | 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
These stairs provide access to a loft room in a tiny apartment as well as a nifty spot to place loads of old paperbacks and CDs. As someone who is getting threats to start getting rid of books on a near daily basis, I can appreciate this.Another thing that's interesting is that this is the first set of stairs I've seen that has a prescribed way of going up and down them. You're meant to step on the side that sticks out more with the indent allowing the traveling foot to clear it. I think I'd want a handrail if I wanted to prevent any houseguests from plummeting down and slamming into the door at the bottom, though. linksee also:Stairs that double as dressers
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
Hi All, My thought was this, I live in New England and of course there is a lot of snow and ice in the winter. I am going to have an exterior stair that leads to the third floor of my house and keeping them snow and ice free in the winter will be a major PITA! I have looked at a lot of different heating products but none seem optimal. I was thinking, after remembering small heating elements, similar to the coil you could just put into a glass of water to heat it, why couldn't I just turn the steps into a low temp heating element powered from the house's electricity? Is this totally absurd or should it be possible? Any ides? TIA, Aaron
Question by offthedeepnd | last reply
We bought heavy outdoor rubber stair mats and there are no instructions as to how to install them. I don't know if you glue them, use tape, or just lay them down. They're heavy, so maybe they won't move?? Does anyone know?? Thank you. Linda145d
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My name is Brian Smith and I am a recent graduate of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. I have done research in the field of robotics in the past for science competitions. I will be attending Georgia Tech beginning in the fall. What I would like to do with the iRobot Create is simply to extend the original functionality of the Roomba by allowing the robot to both scale and vacuum a carpeted staircase. From a functional perspective, ideally the robot would clean the first floor of a a two story house for some predetermined period of time, and then climb the stairs, cleaning them on ascent. The robot would then clean the second floor of the house for a predetermined period of time before descending the stairs once more to recharge and then begin the cycle again. As far as implementation is concerned, the first step of the cleaning process is quite straightforward; the robot will clean the first floor randomly using the same or similar algorithms as the Roomba. After the predetermined cleaning period for the first floor has elapsed, things get a bit more complicated. The robot will then seek out an infrared beacon marking the base of the staircase to begin ascending/cleaning the stairs. For this task, the mechanics of the system will be just as important as the software. Essentially, the robot must square itself with the first stair at which point it will deploy its equipped "stair rails" which creates a ramp which the robot can use to ascend the first stair. The robot then collects the rails, cleans the first step, and redeploys the rails to ascend the second step. This process continues for each step until the robot reaches the second floor of the house. The then robot resumes random cleaning of the second floor. By similar principles, the robot then descends the stairs and finds its recharging station on the first floor. Although I feel that this project will be challenging, I also feel that it is reasonably within my capabilities to be completed by the deadline.
Topic by thisisbrians | last reply
Has anyone ever done a DIY resin floor? Any advice? A friend of mine is in the early stages of a plan to cover her stairs in resin, with embedded small pieces of tile left over from the kitchen. We're planning to do a lot of small scale testing before we actually do anything permanent, and were just going to start with harware store marine resin. At the moment, the stairs are the bare chipboard left when the gross carpet was removed. It also curves around almost 180°, so there are only a few rectangular stairs. Any tips on the type of resin to use, best way to build a stair sized mould, things that the resin won't stick to, curing time, or any other random advice would be appreciated.
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I have a basement with stairs that desperately need repairing. I also have a bad knee. So to solve both problems, I need to know how to build an elevator in my ranch style home. I'm tired and some what scared of the stairs, but the washer and dryer are downstairs and I have to get to them on a daily bases. Please Help.
Question by unyie | last reply
I’d like to not add another switch upstairs. Currently, my entire downstairs 12 recessed LEDs are on a switch at the bottom of the stairs. I’d like motion to sense when I am at the top of the stairs and “flip” the switch for the downstairs lights. Can I do this easily? I have motion sensors for Laundry room and garage that work great. This one is stumping me. Ideally. They turn off after no motion and I never touch a switch. Is there a remote sensor that will flip a switch in another area with motion through IR or another means? Cool stuff on this board. Thanks in advance!
Question by Siege_TX | last reply
I live in a old cobble stone house it seems there is one line that feeds all the out let’s the power comes and gos i have checked all the plugs to see if there was a loose connection every thing was tight the only power I can find comes from the attic but again there is no power ther again how can I trace the power feed to upstairs the wires are all steel Rome wire can a breaker be bad I’m not even sure what breaker runs upstairs any help would be appreciated thanks mike
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Question by popcorn4lunch | last reply
For work (carpentry) I make also staircases. very nice work. Design (and plotting it all out) I do nowadays with sketchup, before it was working on big sheets of paper. As (for me) making an instructable is time consuming (but fun), better ask first if someone is intrested. And i would like to learn about other ways in design and aproach of staircases. I learned it myself, and seem to be staying within the same kind of construction.
Question by tekaka | last reply
I just saw an aluminium stair (costing bout €30~€40) and wondered why i couldnt cut it up, and use it to create a heatsink for transistors and stuff like that. would this make any difference with comercial heatsinks? only in terms of heat-conduction i know shape is a factor, but i'd like not to get into that, i could bend the cut-up stair or something
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We spent literally thousands of dollars to remodel and upgrade our home, and now face many projects were done improperly and need to be corrected. The company is no longer in business, and I need to learn to "do it myself". My first priority is to fix broken stair treads. They are oak and are splitting at the seam. I was considering using an epoxy wood glue, and using duct tape to hold the tread together until the glue dried. Does that sound reasonable? Many thanks for any help you can provide!
Topic by GingHeskett | last reply
This time no extensive Instructable project but a photo impression of my latest work. This is a rooftop balcony/belvedere at our log cabin, in the back of our garden, in Eben Emael. The view at the hill side of the valley is nice from a higher point of view. The photo's show how it is done. There are stairs to the gutter and from there to the balcony. The surface of this is 2 by 2 meter. The level above the ground is 2.8 m. All the wood are impregnated shelfs for stairs, floor and rail. It is fun to sit near the treetops and have in the same time a 180 degree panorama of the surrounding with a vault of heaven above you.
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Am looking for pvc edging to use on my patio steps, which are exposed to weather elements.Anyone?
Question by gldbrk | last reply
Please tell me how to make a pilates machine from the above parts. It seems athat they are all part of a pilates machine and I have them and hate to use them by themselves but would love to try pilates. I know someone will come up with a good solution and the know how
Question by cwills | last reply
I have seen a few build on here recently with installing LED lights on stairs. I am liking that idea and overall have an idea of what I will do with the lights, but I can't seem to find the switch I want to use. I would like to set this up with 2 lasers or beams. The idea is that one would be at the top of the stair and the other at the bottom. They would be in the wall so you can't really see them. I only have easy access to one side of my stairwell so I am hoping the set up is something like a beam going to a reflector. Once a beam is broken, the lights come on and remain on for a short period of time (30 seconds or so) and then they turn off. The problem I am having is I either find thing like garage door beams that are big and hard to hide and require access to both side of the wall, or beams that only travel a foot and a half at the most. The stairs are the standard three feet or so.
Topic by bcarlson5 | last reply
Hi. not sure this is the right category but here goes. i want to build a staircase handrail (interior) that has LEDs underneath it, pointing towards the stairs, and i want them to light up automatically when someone touches the handrail. a nice variant would be that individual lights light up following my hand position on the rail (following you up or down the stairs) and an even nicer variant to that would be to have the other lights fade as you move. is this possible? and is it possible WITHOUT mild user electrocution? :D i have no trouble building it, just not sure about the electrical part... please share thoughts or ideas on how to make this! thanks!
Topic by mart! | last reply
I want to add 2 motion sensors to my staircase lights, but in the same time be able to control them from two switches. One at the bottom and one at the top of the stairs. Is that possible?
Topic by KarimGawish | last reply
When we finished our basement, we created a little, enclosed area under the eaves of the stairs with a small window and doorway. Would like to add a window box and decorative, little shutters. Thanks.
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Chippy (one of the 4 females) has been going after the other 3 when around them. so now she is sepperted from them. they all live outside in a large hutch with an upstairs and down stairs(there is a door you can shut to keep them from going up stairs or down stairs so they can be seprate). chippy is now up stairs at night and down stairs during the day and gets an hour to run everyday while they other 3 are inside their hutch(there is a 6 foot run ). The 4 of them have been together for a year, since winter has started moving in, Chippy has been going after the other three by putting his head under their butt and biting them so they go away, or is it to show dominance? Today i let him sit with Cocoa (our lop ear) and he was cleaning her ears and sitting with her on top of their hutch just with her and had made Nutty (one of the other 3 rabits) go away. chippy hopped down to the run and cocoa followed and then i noticed his ear was startn to bug him a little and he made her go away (with the bighting there bottom thing). he seems to tollerate cocoa Way mor then the other 2. when ever alice (1 of the 4 chippy used to have a big bond with) comes within a foot of chippy, chippy pounced at her and alice ran off. I think it's dominance, will getting her spayed fix this? I worry if chippy will be warm enough threw the Whole winter by herself...(i put warm blankets in both halves of the hutch each night for them to use and on the openings in the hutch thats made for sun to go threw we have covered so its not So cold at night) Advice? please
Question by four bunnies | last reply
I am replacing the stair treads in my house by removing the carpet and then replacing them with pine treads bought from Lowe's. The problem is I have 2 stairs that are longer than the 4' tread. I joined two pieces together to make a longer one using a dowel rig, glued them together, and clamped them until dry. Unfortunately the pieces weren't completely matched up so I used wood filler and sanded until smooth. After painting the board with black porch paint I can see the seam. Any ideas on how to get rid of the visible line? Thanks in advance.
Question by jcliller | last reply
Just wondering if there was a way to make the other phones in the house ring using a landline with no call waiting. I live with my elderly grandparents who can't always make it up the stairs to get a hold of me...
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While researching patch kits for pebble and resin coating for concrete stairs, one supplier claimed that ONLY their resin would not eat concrete. Is it true that some resins will eat the concrete? Will fiberglass resin work for this? The pebbles are about 1/8"
Topic by Toga_Dan | last reply
Hi, trying to build a community crowdmap for encourgaging and promoting reuse - www.trashswag.com "reports" are submitted with wood timbers, panel doors, balcony, stairs - you name it. Goal is awareness, please check it out. You can get alerts or get reports on social media.
Topic by doug firr | last reply
So...Basically... I wanted a light up by my pool. I want to program it to be pressed, turn on, then after 30 seconds turn off. (this way we can walk down the stairs without tripping and dying at night) How would I go about this?? Please be specific - I'm kinda a noob! Thanks!
Topic by Joe426 | last reply
The lights need only come on at night and when motion is detected. Sensors need to be at the top & bottom of staircase. They need to stay on for as long as it takes a Senior Citizen to climb 15 stairs.
Question by velcro2 | last reply
I would love to get ideas for making a winch that I can mount as needed on the railing of my home loft (without damaging the railing), for use in exchanging cold drinks, snacks, office supplies, etc. between family members on the two levels of the house without needless stair climbing. Apologies for my terrible SketchUp skills.
Topic by mahoopes | last reply
I have 2x6 Painted/Stained outdoor stair treads that are a little rough and peeling from the sun. Can I run them through my planer without damaging the cutter? I'm hoping to get a nice smooth, clean surface to stain without trying to sand everything. Thanks for your help.
Question by jonallyn | last reply
Hey guys, I thought you just might want to see a GIANT slinky that I got at a garage sale! And of Course I push it down the stairs too. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT3vSP5Yi8M And if you want to check out some other epic things on my channel, you should watch them!
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