Individual upcycling!

Dear all,  I am a PhD student in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University. My research is on ‘Individual Upcycling’ – creation or modification of any product out of used materials in an attempt to create a product of higher quality or value than the compositional elements at the household level (including creative reuse and refurbishment). Would you be kind enough to go to the link below and take 10 minutes to complete my online survey? http://goo.gl/forms/8AnVU9fwCw  I need around 50 people for the pilot study hopefully by end of this Month. Your time and participation will be very much appreciated! Thank you very much in advance for your kind help. Yours sincerely, Kyungeun Sung PhD candidate Nottingham Trent University

Topic by skesung 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Violin Upcycle?

I have a broken violin that I cannot use because I don't play and i don't know anyone who does. I don't want to throw it out and see it go to waste. I tried thinking of a way to upcycle it , find some other use for it, convert it to something else, etc. If anyone has any ideas please let me know, thanks

Question by embochner 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Upcycling speakers

Hi all! I came across an old aluminium briefcase (the kind you'd transport a million dollars in if you were a spy), and I was thinking of converting it into a battery-powered multimedia platform. Details aside, the first milestone would be to make it into a glorified bluetooth speaker. Now both as concerns for the environment and my own wallet, I plan on reclaiming components when I feasibly can. Bookshelf speakers (with no amp) tend to go for really cheap in second-hand stores where I am, so that's my starting point. The plan is to open up a pair of speakers and attach them to the case somehow, with a wired power source and eBay amplifier circuit to begin with.So my question is, what's it like re-using bookshelf speakers? I know there's a lot of projects online converting them to battery power, but what if I open them up and take out the actual speaker inside? Are there any issues, or much loss of sound quality when the wooden case is discarded? I'm no audiophile here, even a fuzzy sound is okay as long as it has a bit of bass to it. If I use it a lot and I really have the chance, I'll buy a proper pair of speakers to replace the older ones (and maybe consider proper audio engineering where I route frequency ranges to different woofers etc). But that's not happening right now!If anyone has experience with this kind of project, any advice is appreciated :)And if anyone's curious, I was planning on bolting the speakers directly onto the front of the case (which is solid plastic), allowing it to be used closed or open. Then add Bluetooth support and eventually a Raspberry Pi with a HiFiBerry card, then with cool mini MIDI controllers the sky's the limit.

Question by rathdrummer 11 months ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


upcycle/recycle pillows?

Is there something I can do with old bed pillows besides throw them out?  I am told to buy new pillows every 6 months, but what a waste, not to mention all those pillows going to the landfill.

Question by bodie1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


University D.I.Y Project

Good Afternoon everyone. We're a group of second year Journalism students at the University of Huddersfield and we could really do with your help. For our project, we have decided to design a D.I.Y magazine aimed at people like yourself and we was wondering whether you could spare two minutes and fill out our survey? This is simply for a university project and has no profit involved, just aiming to get a decent grade! www.surveymonkey.com/s/DF5MC8G Many thanks

Topic by Revampmag 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Is it possible to up-cycle a Powerbook G4 17" that is in great shape, but just can't keep up with technology?

Hi, I have an Apple Powerbook G4, 17". It's about 6 years old, it still runs very well, it's in great shape, and in my opinion it's an awesome machine. Unfortunately, I will have to get a new computer pretty soon since I'm a graphic designer, and I need to stay current. Also the video streaming is draining my patience. I would like to know if someone has ideas of what could I do with it soon after i get a new computer. I wouldn't like to see it become a tray or something like that. I'm wondering if the screen can be saved for new purposes or any parts could be used for other purposes. My only option right now is to take it to the apple store so they can give it a proper burial, but I don't think it's time for it to go just yet.    I'm excited to hear ideas. Thank you, Lii

Question by Lii 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Upcycle idea for cabinet doors?

Hi everyone, i came across this set of cabinet doors and want to do something new with them. The only thing i could think of was taking out the mirrors, putting in a piece of wood at the  back, paint the frame a new color, and add blackboard paint to make them into blackboards. I want them to be functional pieces and not just for decor, but am having a hard time thinking of what i can do with them. help is much appreciated! 

Question by icarusfeelsgood 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Pallets for Kids

I have a whole bunch of kids - roughly 11yo - doing an upcycling project. We'll be in a workshop but obviously don't want them using too much that could hurt them (and get me sued). I have two hours. Ideas for simple but not rubbish pallet (or pallet wood) ideas?

Question by ohowson 11 months ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


Internship in India

Would love to intern or volunteer in a DIY/makers group/company, etc. Preferably in south-India but elsewhere in India wouldn't be a problem. Any suggestions ? Thanks in advance :)

Topic by Ashwin e i 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Where can I find old aluminum road signs?

Looking to do some water-jet cutting for some kids toys and want to upcycle old aluminum signs... but I don't know where to find the signs.

Question by bellinghammakerspace 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to fuse pet bottles?

I would like to learn how to do it for a home based jewerly project. Thank you. Tucha ( from Portugal)

Question by tuxa.glv 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Freecycle is a maker's dream

I know freecycle has been mentioned here before, but I thought I'd share just how good a resource it can be for people wanting either a) projects b) cool stuff that they don't mind fixing up a little This is a picture of most of the stuff I've acquired from freecycle in the last few months. Most of it was for fodder for electronics-ish projects, but there were a few things of genuine utility that it just turned out no-one else wanted. Sometimes I find it hard to believe the amount of stuff you can get from freecycle- someone could probably set up a shop dedicated to just reselling reconditioned stuff. It would be like Steptoe and son (US readers: Sandford and son) but with more slightly-out-of-date-but-perfectly-serviceable computers.

Topic by PKM 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Scoochmaroo Challenge: Reuse

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Topic by scoochmaroo 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Ideas to recycle/upcycle ceiling fan?

I have a ceiling fan/light in good shape (had to be removed to accommodate a loft bed) and would like to recycle its parts. A search turned up little (wall art and an umbrella stand, not much more). Any ideas?

Topic by badrescher 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


painting an old table top?

Hello people :) ,  im in the process of painting a table top., ive sanded the top (Lightly) and put an all purpose primer on top, but ive run into a spot of bother, let me explain further. the table top i have detaches from the legs, which bis handy, now looking underneath it, it is painted black, but i can see that it is real wood underneath (i can see and feel grain and knots) BUT on top it seems to be a different wood or covered in something different on top of this, there and rectangles of veneer - which the primer seems to adhere to ok, but the darker part of it dose not seem to pass the fingernail test, so it may  not be the right primer, but im stumped as to what primer i would need, sanding didn't seems to make much of a difference to the dark wood barely dull it really, and im not sure its laminate or some sort of plastic... ive added a picture of the table

Question by aharbinson 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Laptop batteries re-use

Hello all Instructables users (who read the forums anyway) I'm hoping to get an old laptop with a broken hard drive and @ sign on the keyboard. My plan is to turn this into a media pc, running off AC continuously (when needed, obviously, not all the time). Plug in a new hard drive, a tv and (possibly wireless) keyboard with trackball (and use an old android phone as controller too, maybe - a side project), and install geexbox, and there we go... But, this leaves an old laptop battery, which AFAIK holds a perfectly suitable charge, with nothing to do. Having just got an ebook reader, and being someone who enjoys a quiet read sometimes, I would quite like to use this battery to power a light so that I can read with as little impact to the environment as possible - I reckon a laptop battery would last a fair while with a few high power LED's. I'd also like to leave it in it's original packaging so that I can recharge it fairly easily. Is this a pointless pipe dream? Is this dangerous, as it's a Li-Po battery? Can I canvas for thoughts? TIA Steve

Topic by sbabstock 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Soldering/brazing/welding steel, bicycle chains?

Hi, i am working on a project (in Vienna, Austria), and a part of that process will be that i would have to clean a bunch of used bicycle chains and create other, rather smaller objects out of them. they dont have to hold a lot of weight, they vary from 4 to 6 chainlinks or so. At the end I think I will have between 50 and 100 maybe 200 pieces, so it's not an industrial amount but not a single few pieces either. FYI: bicycle chains are made from steel, they are not stainless steel, usually its chromed, there is nickel in it, so when its used they surfaces are often damaged, so it has rust on the surface as well. it has really small hidden parts where grease, dirt and rust stays hidden and stuck too. For the cleaning: I have been cleaning chains to create prototypes and individualised pieces so far with Terpentine and experimented with other types of Degreasers, Soaps, with toothbrush method:) and rags, also other kinds of paint thinners (terpentine doesnt smell so bad, but still removed a fair amount of grease dirt and rust) Degreasers are not very effective, soap and toothbrush and rags take a lot of time. Soaking in terpentine helps but its still time consuming. I havent tried aceton yet. Vinegar and stuff like this dont seem to be so effective either... For assembling/connecting: I have used for individual pieces chain tools (putting a small pressure on the chain link pins, so they are not flexible anymore (as chains supposed to be normally) and then forced bending them in the position they should be in. This is stable enough for the stuff I want to do (they are only decorational) but it's a lot of work, takes a really long time. I did welding too (MIG), but the plates are individual pieces, it doesnt weld so nicely, or its not so easy, and I dont have my own welding machine in my workshop space, I have one in a different place i can use, but i dont want to invest and buy one just for this, and it would be nice if I could do the whole project in my own space, and i wouldnt have to transport so much stuff all the time back and forth... and it's not necessary to have it that strong as i can actually get it with welding, because it doesnt have to be that resistant, doesnt have to hold so much weight, as they are going to be only smaller decorational objects anyway. Ideas and tips that came up, havent been tried yet though, or didnt really work yet: - soldering: with gas flame (torch) and simple solder. i tried shortly, didnt really work though, didnt connect, maybe i give it a try again, not sure what i did wrong though, maybe its just not the right method? - using screw glue (not sure if thats the right name in english:) rather smaller amounts or transparent ones, applying it at the inside points, so it still looks nice. - i havent tried epoxy and i am not a huge fan of the idea, but i dont know enough about the costs, process and the environmental effects of it... - it is an option also to use some temporarily working, not very great but cheap and fast method for assembly as preparation and then just quickly fill holes by welding, i thought about trying soldering or screw glue before welding and just zack, zack zack weld them one bye one, it would be easier if they are somehow already fixed in the position they should be in (as they are small and very flexible pieces of metal otherwise), problem is though that whatever i use as preparation, will be quickly burned by welding, which is in terms of environmental effects not so great, but also has aestetical consequences i guess. - i just read about brazing, i am not sure yet what i would need for it, for smaller stuff, what is the difference between brazing and soldering exactly and how well it would work, what are the costs of investment etc. - for cleaning: one idea i havent tried, just read about it is sandblasting. I would probably have to ask some company to do that, as i really cant afford to invest much more money in equipment right now, not sure if i even have the right space for that, and it seems anyway for 50 or 100 pieces disproportionate somehow. I would like to use a method that is not too bad in terms on enviromental-friendlyness or how to say, not very damaging or too bad chemically etc. it would be important that whatever i do, the endresult: - holds more or less - looks nice, either invisible the parts or things, materials i add so it holds, or it has the same colour/material like some kind of metal. it can be that i will paint it over with some metal silver colour at the end if necessary, for having a consistent colour surface, or to prevent from rusting afterwards. - should be cheap during the process, so low running costs and more or less environmental friendly, and preferably some method to use tools that are cheap or i have access to, not very expensive to invest. - i prefer to do things by myself and not outsource the process to companies unless it has big advantages (like for example if it turns out sandblasting is cheap and really environmental friendly i would consider it actually:))) i am really happy for any tips on these things, before i spend more money on stuff just to try it out and find out it's stupid, or not what i need, not what i am looking for:)

Question by bikese_xual 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How To get More Viewers & Teach online?

How do I get more viewers on Instructables.  And how could I teach upcycling on instructables?

Topic by renewalof48 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Repurpose or upcycle sturdy composite metallized food bags

Hi everyone. I posted this on the Answers section, but thought that this would be a good place too. One of my dear cats had to eat a special food for a while and I ended up with several composite metallized bags (picture attached).  In my country there are no options to recycle this kind of material. It's very sturdy and it will take many years to break down and that's why I don't want to throw it in the trash bin. Here there are many beautiful upcycled tote bags made with regular pet food bags which are fused and/or sewn, but these metallized bags are very hard. I wondered if someone has an idea on how to upcycle, repurpose or reuse these bags. Many thanks in advance, Ana.

Topic by avictoria wo 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How can I upcycle very sturdy metallized pet food bag? Answered

Hi. One of my dear cats had to eat a special Royal Canin food for a while, so I ended up with several metallized film bags (I'm not sure if that's the correct name so I uploaded an image). I don't want to throw them to the garbage, as this material will take many years to break down. I searched here and there are many beautiful upcycled tote bags made with regular pet food bags which are fused and/or sewn, but these metallized bags are really hard! Do you know if this is possible or if there are other ways to upcycle, repurpose or reuse these bags? Many thanks in advance, Ana.

Question by avictoria wo 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Door upcycle need help hiding hinge area

I am trying to make a desk out of a hollow core door. I want to fill in the hinge areas before painting or put something there after painting to make them look nice. any ideas? I haven't found any online and I've spent hours looking.

Topic by BrookeF 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Novice needs,Uses for this security light? upcycle Ideas? ?

I have taking all the casing off this old security light while i was looking for resistors suitable for leds about 140ohms(if any advice where to find in junk would be good =P off topic though) and seen inside is in good condition so anyone suggest wht to do with it and comps, eg should i just strip all comps off bored or keep as is and upcyle/ integrate into other project?  could be an idea but looking to get lazy and make remote light switch see:https://www.instructables.com/community/Help-Newbieatm-question/ How about a motion activated uplighter for my small room? would it be simple? Help from you Brainy legends would be very much appreciated. Oh be nice am a rookie atm lol ;)

Question by scott_shot 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Cigarette Butts into Clothing

Uh. . . Yes. Chilean designer Alexandra Guerrero has topped my gross chart (and my hero chart too, I think) with her upcycled cigarette butt fashion. Started as a thesis project, Guerrero's goal was to transform the massive amounts of cigarette butts littering the beaches Chile into clean, useable material.Hear her story and see the process at TreeHugger.

Topic by scoochmaroo 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Looking for ideas to repurpose a dryer

The motor in our electric dryer died and SWMBO decided that we were going to replace it with a new energy efficient model. So now I've got an old electric drier to get rid of. seems a shame to just take it to the land fill. So what good ideas does anyone have for repurposeing/upcycling an old electric dryer?

Topic by evil_jweller 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to Full a Sweater into Felt

Scope this post at CRAFT to learn how to upcycle your old wool sweaters into felt!  Brookelyn compares and contrasts the techniques and benefits of hand-fulling vs. machine-fulling, and shows us samples of the results.  Fulling is the process of turning knitted or crocheted wool into felt. So check it out, and start upcycling those old wool sweaters into new Instructables!

Topic by scoochmaroo 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What can I do with 1-Gal. Arizona Tea jugs? Answered

I have a bunch and I'm sure they could be used for something awesome.

Question by stronglad 8 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


What can we make with our dead water heater?

We have discovered a slow leak in our water heater, so we're getting a new one.  The plumber will haul the old one off, if we want, but is there a cool way to upcycle the old one?  All my searches come up with ways to upcylce other things into various kinds of heaters.  We have skills in basic metal and wood crafting (we have friends who can weld/smith parts for us), soldering and wiring, and fiber use. Any and all suggestions will be considered!

Question by chromolly 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Wine bottle lamps like link (inside) ?

Anyone have ideas on making these, and especially how to finish them so well? http://www.greenyourdecor.com/2009/03/03/upcycle-color-block-hanging-lights/

Topic by debu 10 years ago


It's probably right in front of me, but..... Answered

It used to be that I could go someplace like, LIVING and within that, there were choices for say, Sewing or Knitting or Upcycle etc.  I don't see a way to access the list anymore.  Is it there and I'm not seeing it, or is it gone?

Question by mole1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Any ideas for using 6 to 8 inch marmolium strips?

The floors are done. Yay! But now I'm looking at rolled up pieces of scrap and wondering what can be done with them? Any ideas?

Question by mole1 7 months ago


How can I turn a crappy electric guitar into something functional?

My ex left this beat up, crappy guitar at my house and rather than toss it out, i would like to upcycle it into something useful. any ideas?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


JUNK TO FUNK COMPETITON

Why Not Enter This Year's Junk To Funk Competition? http://bit.ly/egPlsHas anyone here ever participated in this recycled fashion show?If you were an attendee, fashion designer or model, please share your experiences.

Topic by elizahleigh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Fun with Buttons - Clothing Mods

Use pretty new buttons for a simple clothing-mod to update your wardrobe.  Fashion and DIY blogger Amanda at Color Me Blue posted this awesome project.  I have found some great fashion DIY projects on her blog.  

Topic by Carleyy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Samuel Bernier gets Runner Up in Core77 Design Awards 2012

Instructables member and artist-in-residence alumnus Samuel Bernier was recently awarded Runner-Up in Core77 Design Awards 2012 for his amazing Instructable Project Re_, an exploration into 3D-printing as a DIY tool for upcycling. Here's an exerpt from the Core77 page: "This experiment of Project RE_ explores 3D-printing as a DIY tool for upcycling. Customized lids are created using low cost 3D-printing. They are then clipped or screwed onto standard jars, tin cans and bottles to create new and personal objects" If you're not already familiar with Sam's work with Project Re_ you should check it out, he updates the Instructable with new design ideas and regularly answers questions about his 3D printing experiences.

Topic by mikeasaurus 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


i need good upcycle/recycle crafts for a camp i am doing with 5/6 graders titled "Trash to Treasure"?

Planning a kids camp need crafts that take anything from 30 mins. to 5 days. Cheap budget but would love to use as many everyday or recycled products as possible!

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Crowdmap of reusable materials and furniture

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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can someone make a step by step guide with pictures for turning a t-shirt into a corset?

I want to turn some t-shirts into sexy corsets, and am looking for a step by step how-to with pictures. All I can find is text, and I need pictures. Help me :)?

Question by thybeli 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Repurposing about 35 coozies?

Ive come across a pleroith of foam coozies that my family plans to throw away. Any idea's on how I can change their fate of an eternity in the dump to a new life of something artsy and innovative? Any ideas appriciated! -xD

Question by ! xD ! 9 years ago


What should I do with this tripod I found? Answered

So a couple weeks ago, I found a camera tripod with telescoping legs in somebody's garbage. It doesn't fit my camera, but there is essentially nothing wrong with it. So basically I need some ideas for what I should use said tripod for.

Question by stronglad 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Make something out of a beer bottle and win up to $1000

Lucky Buddha Beer is offering up to $1000 in craft store gift cards for the best re-use of its bottles. They’ve got less than 50 entries and there’s less than a week left. Check it out: http://bit.ly/1iLIEg5

Topic by luckybuddha 4 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Left over Campaign Signs Answered

I just heard on NPR that this year's combined electoral candidates collectively spent over 4 billion dollars on advertising this year.  I believe about half of that is on those ubiquitous road side campain signs that now litter seemingly all roadways.  Any ideas on what to make/ recycle/ upcycle them to?

Question by gstopngo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


RE-USE SCRAPPED GLASS-WOOL

Was working on a water heater using an old water geyser when i realised there is around 5 kg of glass-wool used as insulation. I do not wish to discard it and cause problems to others. but am neither interested in making epoxy based fibre glass products. ideas anyone??

Topic by chakra 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Wanted: Coffee Cup Art

I'm launching a new site next week called Cup Zombie am looking for folks to participate with me. It's a little off beat but my idea is to get people to start thinking differently about what is trash and what can be saved - and to have fun with it :)! The url is www.cupzombie.com Thank you!!!! Hannah

Topic by thecheapskatemom 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Where can I find cardboard tubes?

I want to make a chair out of cardboard tubes for under my loft bed, but I'm not sure where to find the tubes at. I'd like to get tubes at least 2-3" wide, up to maybe 4". Any help is appreciated!!

Question by Zem 8 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


I once saw instructions for how to turn an old seive into a hanging planter: Does anyone have any advice about this?

The instrunctions included a fiber liner of some sort (to hold the soil, I presume). I think the creator had also used an old wire hanger as the hook for the pot. The pot itself was an old metal seive or strainer.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Where can I get billboards to recycle? Answered

I want to make some billboard bags and what not  but I don't know where to get the billboards. I live in San Francisco and I see a  lot of billboards does anyone have any idea who I might contact? Also what are tose advertisements on streetlights called?

Question by undftdking 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how do i felt a wool sweater using washing machine, and is dryer needed?

When felting a wool sweater using hot cycle washing machine method, is it absolutely necessary to dry the item in a dryer afterwards? also, should i cut seams off before or after felting the fabric?

Question by cherishedpotato 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Are we focused on the wrong things?

I've seen a bunch of awesome instructables here that show how to take everyday objects that we might otherwise dispose of and make them into something new. Reusing or upcycling is a much better alternative to putting things in the trash, but some of the things I have seen here raise a few questions. Is it more green to make something new out of old drink bottles or soda cans, or to recycle them? Is it better to upcycle old clothes, or give them to a homeless shelter or Goodwill? I see a lot of instructables here that make new things out of recyclable waste, like soda bottles, aluminum, or cardboard, or out of things like old shirts or books that could be donated. Shouldn't the green focus be on ways to reuse things that can't be recycled or donated, things that are going to end up in the trash unless we find ways to reuse them?  I don't know if this is a topic that has come up before or if I'm thinking about it in the right way. I'm really not sure which is more green, recycling or reusing. I guess I'm just interested in a discussion of how we can find new uses for non-recyclables, like Styrofoam, non-recyclable plastics, etc. Obviously the best thing to do would be to stop buying these things all together, so maybe we should also have instructables on how we can get away from buying and using these products in the fist place. What are some green alternatives to common waste producing items? Reusing and recycling can only do so much. The real way to make a difference is to stop buying so much disposable stuff in the first place. Any ideas anyone?

Topic by OpenTheBox 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Toilet Paper Cores -- Rolling Out Of The Recycling Bin & Into A Very Creative Rainy Day Craft Project!

Finally, dead trees everywhere will revel in a life well-lived (above and beyond being flushed down the drain). This is a very original way to use the inside of toilet paper rolls and will probably appeal to parents, greenies, artsy people and crafters alike. Fun stuff!

Topic by sfinfgeld 9 years ago


Instructables Author on Anderson Cooper

Instructables author Brennn10 will be appearing on Anderson Cooper's syndicated talk show today, October 24th, for his upcycled Altiod LED Flashlight.  He will be demonstrating his project, and answering some questions as an expert "tinnovator." You can see a clip from the show here If you want to catch Brennn10's segement, check out AndersonCooper.com for airing times in your area. 

Topic by kazmataz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago