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Custom Stairwell Doubles as Handy Bookshelf

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

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What switch to use for LED Light project

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.

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Ch. 1 In which SHIFT! comes to Instructables and is very excited to begin

Hey Instructabrarians, So here I am.  Headquarters of Instructables.  In 82cd Second St, San Francisco.   AND IT'S FREAKING AWESOME! Seriously, I still can't believe I get to come here every day!  While the outside may appear small, the entire facility is huge.  Immediately upon entering the building you are greeted by a long  ascending brick encased stairwell, which gives a very good impression of a classic London bookstore, which lead up to about a 15 foot high rise above the SF Streets.  Then, at the top of the stairs the whole building unfolds to reveal the entire HQ of Instructables, a place where you can instantly tell there's always something new going on.  It's quite filled with different projects, and various workshops that decorate the interim of the facility.  Exactly like an oversized engineering student's dorm room might look.   This place is amazing!  As soon as you enter you can immediately tell this is a place where DIY and homebrew are the norm.  Each room is actually organized like the Category section on their site- they've got a Kitchen for Food and Cooking, an awesome Workshop (complete with Laser Cutting Printer), Electronics and homebuilt ardruino Robot table, shelves filled with Arts and Crafts.   As a huge fan of the site I couldn't help but point out how many classic 'ibles I recognized.  Another awesome fact about instructables. While most companies would provide the usual simple shed or bike rack to employees, Instructables is smarter and more creative.  They hang their bikes on the wall. WOW.  I can say I never would've thought of that. Even their bathrooms are awesome- they decorated one of their doors with a Portal Cake sign! Honestly that alone is worth several points on the TV Tropes "So Cool It's Awesome" factor.    And I haven't even come CLOSE to describing the rest of the facility!   However, most important to me, is that the people are so friendly.  I was really worried about my first day job, but everyone was extremely nice and welcoming to me and I can't wait to begin work!   But the truly best part is that they're not just awesome Instructabrarian Employers, they themselves are also huge fans of the site and have their own personal instructables.  Tuesday is show and tell day where everyone presents something new they're working on and I can't wait to see it!  They're also completely understanding and are even giving me some time to work on my DIY PIXAR booth for the Maker Faire!   Thanks!  Anyway, today is Wednesday so not a ton of people are in today.  Luckily I got a chance to talk with Instructables gurus such as Sarah, Christy and Eric Wilhelm (yes, THE Eric Wilhelm!).  Right now a NBC new crew, or is it CBS?, is filming a special report on Fenix on their latest project- a portable power generator for the Middle East!  Overall, this is such an amazing introduction for me.  I'm still totally geeking out about all of this and I hope this dream doesn't end soon! -ME PS I'm sorry if I forgot to mention anyone.  Also, 3-DMO (my N3DS) pictures will be uploaded on my flickr site soon.

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How do I install a new electrical outlet? Answered

I need guidance on how to install a new electrical outlet to an existing wall.  My bathroom only has one electrical outlet, and it's located on the vanity light over the sinks (see photo close-up of light outlet on outdated fixture with rad vintage pastel ikat wallpaper).  More info:  Usually this should be pretty easy, since there should be an outlet on the other side of the wall that you can just tap in to; but there's no outlets on the other side of any of these walls (see wall descriptions below).  There are electrical wires running through these walls though, powering lighting and heating.  So, can I just cut a hole in the wall, reach my hand in, grab a random wire, cut it, splice in wiring to a new outlet, and magically everything works?  Probably not that simple.  I can grasp the basics involved in this, but I'm not 100% certain on how to proceed with my situation since I don't think I need to deal with feeding up new separating wiring from the basement but I also just can't easily tap into an adjacent existing outlet.    Floor plan: There's 2 switches at the bathroom entrance: one for the lights, one for the bathroom fan. The light switch controls 2 light fixtures: the one overhead light (it's a light/fan combo) as well as the lighting above the sink.  See scan image for rough sketch of current electrical floor plan. Wall descriptions based on sketch: Left wall: interior wall; on other side of the wall is an electric baseboard heater; door to hallway Bottom wall: exterior wall; window Right wall: interior wall; adjacent room is unfinished "attic" area above garage with sloped ceiling* Top wall: interior wall; adjacent stairwell; wall-mounted light fixture with outlet; small under-cabinet baseboard heating vent thing I would like to know if/how I can tap into the electricity of that sink light fixture to be able to relocate the electrical outlet lower, closer to the sink counter, and possibly off to the side (so, not central to the counter as it currently is).  See scan image for rough sketch of proposed electrical floor plan (ignore birds, I was using scrap paper).  I realize if I were to relocate it off to the side, I'd need to drill through studs and make more more holes in the wall, but that's fine, as I was thinking of creating storage space between the studs anyway. I'm planning on replacing the current sink light fixture with either a) another wall fixture in the same location, b) 2 separate wall fixtures, one above each sink, or c) 3 separate wall sconces, a leftmost one, a center, and a rightmost one.  I haven't decided on what will look and function the best.   I'm sure there was a much more succinct way of asking this question and describing my situation, but I am clueless about electricity and wiring and whatnot.  Despite my inexperience and ignorance I still feel like this is a task I'm capable of, but I'd like to seek the guidance of you wonderful Instructables' folks on how to do this.  I'd like to know where you think the outlet(s) should go based on the information I provided, and then how I get the power to that outlet without electrocuting myself and frying the house.   * I first was going to say that this attic ceiling outlet is the nearest thing to an adjacent outlet, but I just remembered there's an outlet at the top of the stairs, adjacent to the attic (meaning, not on the other side of a bathroom wall).  The attic ceiling outlet is controlled by a light switch inside attic entrance anyway, and this is an insulated roof wall too. 

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