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So... what now?

Right - we have a restricted-access forum, what are we going to use it for?

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


TV video out-put problem

I have broken Samsung plasma TV 50".  I don't want to trough it out, but use the inside circuit as video out put device. Use the FFC cable that goes to TV screen and convert it to round wire with HDMI/ S-video/ VGA outlet. So I can see that outlet in my projector and see the all TV cable channels and take a benefit of 2D to 3D conversion facilities of TV. I think that could be possible but I have not any experience of that.

Question by vpatel    |  last reply


Old Laptop; what to do with it?

Hey there everyone. I have not really posted here before but I am really stuck for ideas. I recently required an old, old laptop and I don't know what to do with it. It's supa slow and the screen is very dodgy. It's noisy and low spec. Any ideas?

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What can i do with a VERY old computer?

I have a VERY old compaq laptop.Now it is OLD.It is running Windows 95 and internet explorer 5.Any suggustions? also side note: for some reason I cannot connect to the Internet so........I guess it's usless in my eyes........but that's what this great site is for!Right?

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Solar panel uses??

Hey guys I'm needing the expert opinions of everyone here in the tech section. See I just mounted this 0.5 watt solar panel outside on a L bracket today (not just a couple tiny ones I pulled out of solar lanterns (does anyone want to see what it looks like mounted outside? I didn't think to take pictures until I got inside). Anyways, I've mounted it, ran the wire along the ground and in through my window (drilled a small hole below the window). Connectivity checks out good and I get about 20-21v and the full sun hasn't even hit it yet. The only thing is here though, this solar panel is meant as a trickle charging panel for car batteries and whatnot, and as such I only seem to be getting about 10-15ma (seriously wtf). I just resoldered this charging board from a solar lantern I had laying around, however I have a couple questions. I'm not entirely sure if this little board will handle the current/voltage (however it should as it's fairly low current from the solar panel) I've rigged up the board mostly like it was inside the solar lantern except longer/stronger wires. I have a switch on the positive line of the batt+ to the board. I soldered some thicker wires to the SOL connections on the board. Now I've seen a few of these and some are rather simplistic control boards and some actually have a bit of circuitry to them. This one appears to have resistors to current limit the LED (would be good so I don't blow it), however after following the traces on the board the led get's it's positive from that black transistor thing with 5 legs on it (what is that a power regulator?) The idea behind all of this here is that I can maybe charge up my cell with it or usb devices for example, but to have that come from a battery pack of AA's (to work as a buffer sorta-speak like a capacitor bank). I am a little miffled as how to make this work right the way I want it to. I would assume that once I get the battery pack situated I can disconnect the LED and use that connection for a charging cable, but then it would only provide power when theres no sunlight out (when you turn it on it turns the led on if there is no current coming from the solar panel). How can I do this guys I'm sorry to ask such stupid questions as I know to some of you's it's probably fairly mediocre but I'm a bit dumb.

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What is a relay and what are it's uses? Answered

Electronic relay, not running

Question by PKTraceur    |  last reply


what are some novice home uses for a microscope?

Found a good deal on a Bausch & Lomb Microscope this past weekend. i can get the 40x10 to work but there are 2 more higher powered lenses that i cleaned and cleaned and can't get'em to function. any help or ideas on this plus some project ideas is wanted. thanks Gang.

Question by MEMJIM    |  last reply


Oil Rag/Red Rag Ideas? Other uses?

Long story short, i recently came in to a pile of clean rags that mechanics use to wipe oil from their hands and tools. I posted a link below to reference this item if anyone is not familiar.  I dont have any use for these rags but the simple cloth squares have been surged and would do well as a handkerchief (Cloth tissue or napkin) is they weren't so rough. I want to open up the topic to everyone and see if anyone has ideas for alternative uses.. i made a small pouch from one already but other then that i haven't got any more ideas. Sorry, not trying to promote this store but these are the rags i have now. http://ragdepot.net/1000-red-shop-.html

Topic by Exhumer    |  last reply


Plastic string made from bottles?

I have seen many instructables regarding making plastic string from bottles.  What I haven't seen is how anyone uses the string once they make it.  so my question is what have you used your plastic string for?

Question by Lorddrake    |  last reply


HOW DO YOU MAKE FUEL OUT OF ALGAE?

How do you make fuel out of algae and how would you use it

Question by bossmansam    |  last reply


How 'bout a contest for what to do with old video tape cassettes and/or the tape within?

I would love to see the instructable crowd take on this one!  There is hardly anything about it on the internet.

Topic by wbanta    |  last reply


What to do with a 200W solar panel? Answered

I recently got a nice 200W solar panel including controller. Initial plan was to use it to power the outdoor freezer during the summer and later on to get a 12V compressor for it to avoid the inverter. Now my agent did an inspection and demands the solar panel has to go as it is too big and makes the backyard look untidy. To sum it up: Not allowed to mount it on the roof, in the garden, in the backyard or against a wall.... Only option at this stage would be to mount it on my roof rack but I don't have the time for long camping trips anymore :( Quite reluctant to just sell it as I thought someone here might still have an idea how to "hide" a big panel so the agent won't notice next time.

Question by Downunder35m    |  last reply


Uses for waterbottles?

What are other things you use water bottles for that doesn't include, bottle rockets, or simply re-using the bottle?

Topic by Rock Soldier    |  last reply


Most Useful

I was just curious what tools or techniques folks found most useful in their projects. For me it is the Dremel and epoxy.

Topic by RadBear    |  last reply


Using GoogleSketchup

Hi I'am new to Sketchup Does anyone know where to get a tutorial or have any tips for Sketchup????

Topic by Mattrox    |  last reply


Only in US ?

If I win a "3323S Talent sewing machine" , what was happened my gift ? Is this SINGER also ? - I am not in US -

Topic by farzadbayan    |  last reply


Useful tools

Cheap, cordless drills are amazing tools. Take one apart and attach a speed controller, you got a motor for a robot. Also, they have good high torque motors that can be used for all sorts of things. A $50 RC transmitter and a receiver make good remote uses, such as remote detonation. More useful tools are pneumatic cannons. I've used them from pressure testing to damage testing. WHat are your useful, unconventional tools?

Topic by starwing123    |  last reply


Used alternator

I went to a salvage yard and got a used alternator . My kids dad is freaking out on me because, he says I got screwed. Apparently there should be a bolt that came with the used alternator that is used to hook up the positive wire on the alternator. Is this trie?

Question by AngieC78    |  last reply


Adapters to use?

Hi i was instructed to use 5v 150ma power supply, for a device i want to power but i dont have that particular adapter. Can i use an 5v 2A adapter for the device. Is it safe to use this adapter?????????

Question by DeenoH    |  last reply


When using?

When using #6 plastic for shrinky dinking, can you use markers other than sharpies (like highlighters)to color the plastic?

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what is this used for? Answered

The know on top turns the 2 blades on the inside

Question by edkrauss    |  last reply


Use for rulers

I have five wooden 12 inch ruler. I used them in a project and don't need them any more. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do? I don't want to throw them away. That would be a waste of $2.00. L: 12" W:1" H:~1/4"

Topic by ry25920    |  last reply


what is this used for? Answered

My dvd drive is sticking, and i was wondering if it could be getting stuck on that thing? if i removed that would it help? thanks

Question by matstermind    |  last reply


Using an optocoupler ? Answered

Hi i got a few opocouplers , MOC3023 I read the data sheet and it says that the input voltage for the control side is about 1.2v I want to use it with an arduino uno , any idea how to reduce the voltage from 5v to 1.2v? here is the link for the data sheet http://www.fairchildsemi.com/ds/MO/MOC3023M.pdf Thank you in advance Aki

Question by akinich    |  last reply


Used Camera

I just got a Minolta XG-M Its a little dirty but works fine, is there anything I should check for. Also what type of external shutter thing would it use? It came with: Body Kit lens 50mm 1.4/f Extra lens 35-70mm 3.5/f w/ Macro 1:4 1:7 UV[0] Skylight[1B] Any tips for cleaning I already cleaned the lenses with a micro-fiber cloth but the mirror and body is dirty. Also is there anyway I could get a manual

Topic by acer73    |  last reply


Moving to the US? Answered

Hey there.  After I have *hopefully* gone to uni and came out the other side with a degree I am considering moving out to the USA, probably to or at least to somewhere near San Diego. Nothing is set in stone for now so any suggestions on other places would also be helpful. But my main problem is that I have started to grow some plants back in Britain and don't particularly like the thought of just leaving them, so what are the laws on bringing plants with me? I know they are just plants but it's all the time I've put into them and to be honest, they're the first few plants I haven't killed. Any tips or stories of emigrating to the US would be great. As I said, this is just a thought, but I need to know more about how to go about moving there and what happens before I can truly decide. Thanks for your help :) Tom

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Moving to the US? Answered

Hey everyone. I'm rather young, but I'm trying to plan myself a future. I've though about being a programmer(I'm VERY good with both software and hardware, better than anyone else I know at my age) but I've decided wasting my entire life sitting in front of a monitor isn't for me. I want something more active, something that won't get be bored. I'm into parkour recently, and I've always loved martial arts and knives. I thought if it's possible for me to develop a military career. I live in Israel but I really hate this place(the law is very tight and sensitive about whatever can cause harm. Knives are illegal to carry, even tear gas and pepper spray draw police attention) so I want to move to the US. My English is very good, but I heard it's hard to get there. Other than that I though about developing a military career at the US army. I might change my mind, but I just wanna know how much of my plan is possible for now. Once I turn 18 I have to serve at the military for 3 years, then once I'm 21 I wanna move to the US. Once I get there I wanna sign up to the army immediately. I'm not even sure I need a house as the army provides all I need, so I can basically live there. I would like to serve at rather high-risk force(snipers, green berets, etc) for as long as I can and then still work for the army at a more passive job, such as engineering, or research and development. I know it might sound weird and stuff, but I really wanna be a soldier. Please tell me if my plan is possible, comment or correct it. Thanks, Mike.

Question by netbus    |  last reply


Creative Uses For Random Components?

Self explanatory, I need some creative uses for random electronic components. Stuff like, using light bulbs as igniters and such.

Question by LiquidLightning    |  last reply


I have over 60 half used notebooks. I use my computer for much of my note-taking now. How can I avoid waste ?

I have 60 spiral notebooks and I'm not going to even be a student long enough to actually use them. I'm in my senior year at college, so I only have that plus 4 years of medical school. It's extremely difficult to recycle spirals, since you have to pull all the spirals out, and these notebooks are taking up way too much space in my life! Help! 

Question by 3838    |  last reply


Gameboy Color cart opened, chips removed. Wondering if anyone has specs for them?

I decided that I should do something with some of those old Gameboy Color games I had lying around, so I opened one. Inside, I found 4 chips, along with a 3v battery, a tilt sensor, and various capacitors and resistors. I was wondering what each of the chips do, as far as their use. And could I use them again for a different purpose? Here are the chips: *Small 8DIL with the Microchip logo, and 106 134A *Square chip with 8 pins on each side(32 in total), M8C3 -2 047U3E *Thin rectangular with 22 pins on both sides(44 in total), MX E012304-M MX23C1603-12A 1C9868A1 *28 pin rectangular, BSI BS62LV256SC-70 S2827V53114.N F0110 Taiwan(Obviously that means it was made in Taiwan) Just a quick check to see if anyone knew what any of these were. Thank you!

Topic by metrogdor22    |  last reply


Other uses for a Caramel Wheel....

I had to clean up large sized decals that used a 3M adhesive.Instead of filtering the solvent fumes with my lungs I decided to listen to the guy in the hardware store that suggested to use a Caramel Wheel instead.Have to say I was very sceptical...Ever had this extra heavy duty 3M tape to get off again??No matter what you try it is a battle of will and endurance...To my surprise using the Caramel Wheel was like using a big eraser on paper.The things rubs over the surface, takes the goo off and leaves a totally clean and stick free surface.What otherwise took me at least a full hour was done in under 10 minutes - great...Once done with the hard work I examined the now well used up wheel.Does not really work as a proper eraser for a pencil as the rubber is much harder.Does not even scratch galvanised surfaces.Does not like it at all to be used on wet surfaces :(It is not just rubber in a fully solid form, more like flaky bits stuck together.First misuse I tried was polishing a piece of acrylic plastic.A cloth or similar always soaks up a lot of the polishing compound, which makes the process costly.Friction was a real issue at first because the wheel just had no grip at all.But on hindsight it helped to spread the compound fine and evenly.When it started to grab I noticed two things.a) The plastic warms up quickly.b) It polishes really good.Downside is that you need a low speed and very little pressure, too much of either and you risk stripping off the surface.Second misuse was on my knife.It is old, it is abused, it is loved tool I prefer, so it does not need to be razor sharp.The burr on the knife edge after sharpening should be removed.Usually I work my way up to 1000 grid, then use a leather strop.Not for this old knife though.In most cases the burr comes off with use.The Caramel Wheel had no problems removing the burr while leaving the edge sharp.And with a tiny bit of polishing paste applied it even managed to produce a extra sharp edge.Last misuse so far was to clean off old silicone from my bathroom tiles.Silicone does not like to stick to silicone!Means when you refurbish for example the silicone around your bathtub it never last long.Chemicals to remove the fine layer of silicone are harmful to say the least.I did not bother with the entire groove, just the outer parts where the new silicone needs to grab.First the wheel slips and slides off a lot but you see how it cleans the surface of the tiles.Then it starts to grab, indicating the tile is clean in this area.Won't do much in the grooves with the grouting though...What I really liked is that the wheel took off what you can't really see.The oily feeling when going over removed silicone was gone, just nice grippy tiles.

Topic by Downunder35m    |  last reply


How to use a transformer?

How to use a transformer?

Question by BickromM    |  last reply


Using Gamepad Joystick

Hi  I have a gamepad. And I want to drive a car with it. I uploaded photos. I want to use but they arent button what I will use it

Topic by SelimErkan    |  last reply



How to use a mixer?

Question by Russel5311    |  last reply


What this tool is used for?

Does anyone know what this tool is used for?

Question by emiliofhg    |  last reply


Who uses GetSimple?

Who uses GetSimple (http://get-simple.info/) the CMS tool? Just wanted to know how is the satisfaction level of people using GetSimple.

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Networking using laser

Hi, I wanna connect two PCs using laser ,can u suggest me anyting?

Topic by sush_d    |  last reply


Could this Oxidiser be used?

Could i use ammonium nitrate for making a fuse. by combing the powder with glue and the on the string? Thanks!

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Use for Extending WiFi?

Hey I was wondering if you can use any metal, for example a cloths hanger, to some how attach to an end of a wi fi reciever? Or maybe even maybe use a tv antenna?

Topic by rpvanpatt    |  last reply


Most used objects

So, what do you think are some of the most used things on instructables? Duct tape dremel soldering iron What else?

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How to use a transformer? Answered

I need to convert 240V Ac mains supply to 12V DC/ 24 V dc How to do? one way is transforming 220 V ac to 12/24 V ac using transformer and then using diode bridge and capacitor to convert it to dc but i dont know how to use a transformer, how to implement it in a circuit......?

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How to use fertilizer?

Hi! I just got some fertilizers that loo like little rocks (some are blue, white, and black), and i have no idea how they are used. Can someone help me?

Question by femap    |  last reply


Looking for Used Lighter

Looking for used disposable lighters, preferably bic, for an art project for class about sustainability. Any size will work. please let me know if you have some I will be happy to pay for shipping.Best,Spins

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Best Use of Autotune

By now everyone that listens to music has probably heard (or heard of) autotune. It's been used for years to polish up pitchy vocals. Now it's more recognizable for being used on a totally different level. Autotune is the effect that T-Pain, Hellogoodbye (and by now, way to many others) use. At this point most people agree that it's way over used and just plain annoying. I have a poll to take. What song do you think actually uses it well? What's your vote for the Best Use of Autotune in a song?Mine is Woods, by Bon Iver.

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What software was used? Answered

Does anyone recognise what software was used to create this diagram?http://arduino.cc/en/uploads/Tutorial/ShftInExmp2_3.png

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Jailbreaking using cydia

People with jailbreaking skills using cydia, share your sources on cydia or teach others how to use cydia. If you dont have any skills on jailbreaking using at cydia, this is the place to come to. Be the first to post to get  a heads up on what im going to make and make me fallow you. Please post and thank you for sharing!

Topic by XxsonicxX    |  last reply


PSP screen uses

Im building a small computer and have an extra psp and was woundering if theres a way to connect it to my computer to use as my monitor?

Topic by hvac2010    |  last reply


Alternate uses for nebulizer?

Can I make an  air brush ?  Ideas, please.

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