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Retiring the Forums

After more than a decade, Instructables has decided to retire our forums (i.e. the "Community" section of this website). Starting in October we will no longer allow site members to post new forum topics. The existing forum content will remain online and accessible through 2020 to provide everyone the opportunity to save any relevant information. In the spring of 2021, we plan to take the forums offline entirely.This decision was not made lightly. For many years we considered these pages the heart of the community. However, times have changed. It’s with some sadness that we need to acknowledge this and adapt.Our biggest clue that it was time to retire the forums came as our site traffic more-than-doubled over the last few months. We observed that the number of Instructables being published increased, the number of comments increased, the amount of favoriting increased, and just about every other measurable form of participation on this website also increased. The one notable thing that did not increase was the number of forum topics being published. We continued to receive, on average, about one a day.This forced us to look at some hard truths. The first is that the world has changed. In 2005 our forums offered a big tent to the maker community at a time when there were few places to go and interact socially with a cross-section of like-minded individuals. However, most of the conversations that used to happen here have now moved to either social media, Reddit, or niche forums elsewhere on the internet. No one builds general discussion forums like ours anymore, and most others have gone extinct a long time ago. The other hard truth we had to reconcile with is that fundamentally our core business is not running a forum. Nevertheless, we spend a lot of time keeping them up and running. For every valid forum topic that gets posted on the site, we get about 50 forum topics that get caught by our spam filter and end up having to be reviewed and deleted. In addition, the forums are based on some of the oldest code on our website, which means they tend to break often. Keeping them up and running distracts energy from our very small team that could be better used elsewhere. That said, there are now more places than ever that you can go to discuss making online. For starters, you could connect with us on Twitter or Instagram where we have a thriving community. You should also check out some of these awesome staff-recommended channels and sites:https://www.reddit.com/r/DIY/https://www.reddit.com/r/somethingimade/https://www.facebook.com/groups/iliketomakestuffhttps://www.reddit.com/r/woodworking/https://www.reddit.com/r/turning/https://www.facebook.com/groups/1470897969674485/https://www.reddit.com/r/3Dprinting/https://www.facebook.com/groups/FunctionalUseful3D...https://forum.arduino.cc/https://www.reddit.com/r/arduino/https://forums.adafruit.com/https://www.therpf.com/forums/https://www.ravelry.com/discuss https://www.reddit.com/r/instructables/We thank everyone for all of their contributions to these forums over the years and the community you helped make flourish. We welcome everyone to share your thoughts, feelings, or memories below.

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Welcome to Instructables

On this page you can find links to some of our most frequently asked questions. What is this site? Instructables is a community for people who like to make things. Our community shares what they make in a step-by-step format that we call an Instructable.How do I post an Instructable? We offer a free and easy online class to coach you through posting your first Instructable or you can just wing it and start a new one today. How do I get help improving my Instructable?Ask the community for help in The Clinic. How does my Instructable get featured? The best way to get your projects featured is by following the Featuring Guidelines. Where can I learn more about contests? Our Contest FAQ has all of the information that you need to know about contests. What contests are launching soon? Check out our list of upcoming contests. Are you on social media? Yes! Follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. How do I contact Instructables directly? The best way to contact us is through our Contact Page.

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Any New Classes for Instructables?

Will there ever be any new classes offered on instructables? Can we expect any openings in currently listed classes?

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has any one cried in a dream and then woke up and had tears in real life.?

Like some one die in a dream  and cried and then woke and they were crying in real life.

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Any ideas on making a fairly realistic Jason mask (Friday the 13th)??

I'm looking to make a realistic, fairly inexpensive Jason (Friday the 13th, hockey mask, machete-wielding badass) mask for my Halloween costume and I need some help. The only affordable masks I'm finding are flimsy plastic ones like the one on the photo below or foam masks that look like they're for a 5 year old. I've seen some pretty good fiberglass ones on ebay (like the one in the second picture I've included), but they run over a $100....and none of them are exactly what I want. So, I want to make one.... I'm thinking I can take one of the cheap plastic ones and alter it....I want to do more than just paint it though. I want to make the mask more rigid and appear more like resin or fiberglass than plastic. So, I need some sort of liquid or putty that looks something like resin to cover the mask in that will make the mask more rigid and still allow me to paint on it. and I'll probably drill some more holes to match the ones in the movie and put leather straps on it. any thoughts? anyone made a Jason mask before that could offer some advice?

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Rate My Drawing!

This is a portrait I drew of a friend of mine. It took me about 2-3 hours to complete. Please tell me what you think, thank you :)

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Emailing Instructables staff?

Is it okay to send an email to the people at service@instructables?

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Model of human heart

I need to make a model of a human heart for a college assignment..Any thoughts or design plans? Much gratitude Colleen

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Hydroelectric Generator

This is my first topic, so I need your opinion - is this possible? I have all of these items.

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Tool for vibrating concrete? (DIY?)

So I've been thinking of making some homemade concrete stuff with different molds I plan on making. Since I'm not a big expert on concrete and such I've been reading all over the Internet for how-to guides and what not. And something that seems to be a really good idea is to use a tool to vibrate out the bubbles and air pockets from the molds before they set... and so far I've not found any instructable here on how to make such a tool ( because it's a bit expensive to buy one, and hey.. why not make it myself) So my question is simply if any one know of a good idea of such a tool, how to make one or whatever.. (maybe modifying something, making one from an electric motor?) I need ideas!  

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Suncream bottle safe

Hello.When I'm on the beach and I go in the water I'm always worried about leaving my values (phone, keys, maybe a small wallet) under the beach umbrella, so I was thinking to use the most normal thing you could have there for hiding them: sun cream bottle.Their opening part is always very small, so I'd need to cut it for inserting bigger things, but then how would be a clever way for making it resealable (and not to noticeable)?Thanks!Luigi.

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Knife grindng jig gives different blade bevel angle

Why is my knife jig giving different grinding bevel on each side of the knife?

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Prizes

I don't want to brag, but I won runner up prize in the science contest (yeah I won a runner up prize!) and I have not gotten my stickers! I want stickers! lol, also I want the patch. When will it ever come?!?

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How can I combine a salvaged auto turbocharger and a generator to make electric power? Answered

I am considering a hybrid engine for a golf cart.  I want to take a salvaged auto turbocharger as a base, use "alcohol" for fuel, and generate electricity for the electric motor of the cart.

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Vintage Sewing Machine Repair

I acquired a older sewing machine at a thrift shop, but it needs a little work. There appear to be two issues, possibly interrelated:-The motor makes a strange intermittent screeching noise after the machine has spun up for a few seconds, and smells like ozone. I think the commutator is arcing. I'm not entirely sure though, I'm no expert on universal motors.-The hand wheel sticks at one point during the revolution. This occurs when the needle, as well as the feed dogs, are fully up.I'm guessing the sticking is demanding too much toque from the motor, causing the weird sound and smell. Regardless, de-gumming the thing and getting smooth motion seems to be the logical first step. I've applied mineral oil to all the moving parts I could find that looked like they would benefit from it. Now the motion is extra smooth, until it sticks, just as bad, and at exactly the same place.I'm a bit stumped. Any ideas on what I should try next?

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Is it dangerous to put clay around a plasma ball

Is it dangerous to put clay around a plasma ball Fx. Can i get shocked by this or can i die?

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What are these? PLEASE HELP!!! ASAP!! Answered

What are these things in water? They appeared in her water bowl, but our male cat drinks out of it too though...What are they? They look sorta like tad poles or worms or something... PLEASE ANSWER ASAP!!!!!

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Can anyone help explain this strange chemical smell from our laundry room and basement?

We had discovered a very strange kind of chemical smell coming from our laundry room and the very same strong smell from the basement sort of linking toward the hot water tank. I had done laundry last night and started to smell it when I woke up the next morning. We are worried if it is something harmful. Could this be something from the hot water tank or something else? Please help!

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If I mist my condenser while it help cool my house? Answered

Lets say I put a mister on my condenser outside, and when the air conditioning comes on it sprays water mist on the condenser. The idea would be: as the water evaporates on the coil it will remove more heat from the unit and it wont run so much.

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How can I make this book cover look old?

I'm making the Book of the Vishanti from Doctor Strange out of an old textbook, but since it was so clean and well-preserved (as well as the wrong color) I decoupaged some crumpled tissue paper to the cover and painted it with some acrylic paint. Now my problem is that the cover looks a little too much like it was painted, and is really just one flat color. Are there any techniques I can use to make it look more worn and ancient?  Note: in person, the cover looks a lot more drab and consistent in its color.

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Portable media build parts question!!

I'm looking to build a portable gaming and media station but I'm stuck on a couple things and am hoping people here might have some suggestions and/or links. Basically, I bought a large aluminum camera case, big enough to hold a 22" led tv in the lid. I am going to mount the tv in the lid, thinking of just drilling the holes and mounting the tv directly to the lid. Any critiques or problems with that would be nice.Second, I'm going to mount a ps3, a portable media player (think Von Haus) which uses flash drives or portable hard drive via US, and a retropie system. Now where I'm running into trouble is two-fold. One is how to mount the items into the case. Foam would normally work well, but I'm worried about heat reduction, less so for the media player and more for the ps3 and retropie. I'm also worried about having it hardmounted onto the case via glue gun because of any shocks it might get while in transport. I also want to dremel out in the front and the back, and put in ports to be able to connect to an outside source as needed. Basically, I need a number of connectors which mount inside with the port leading out. USB 2/3, HDMI, RCA cable connector (RWY). I can find extension cables, but what I'm more looking for is, say for USB, a male lead on one end to connect to the ps3, and a female lead on the other end which sits inside case but is dremel'ed out to be able to connect a USB from the outside, basically a plate which I can just screw in. Something similar to what you'd find inside a console or similar. Anything which anyone can help with on any of these would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.Nox ShowBox Mobdro

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Poison Oak Treatment?

I contracted a case of poison oak about a week ago and it's really got me itching today. I need some relief and I was wondering if the community had any ideas for home remedies and or effective treatments. I've been through the whole course of oral steroids (prednisone), and topical creams (hydrocortisone) with previous outbreaks, but they never seem to work all that well. I'm open to any and all of your suggestions, so let's hear them. Look at the pictures. Feel my itch. Answer my question, and help me return my skin back to its normal, smooth state.

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Work boot making classes?

I'm interested in making boots and shoes, so if anyone can make that happen it would be fantastic!Dịch vụ bảng giá giúp việc theo giờ 2020 uy tín giúp việc theo giờ tại quận 9 giá rẻ Dịch vụ chăm sóc sản phụ sau khi sinh chuyên nghiệp

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Can you dye fabric with wood stain?

I'm just curious, i know it will stain it pretty much permanently (my pants found that out the hard way). but is it a way to acctually dye things? how well would it wash? anyone know?

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Why hasn't the steam engine been reborn for modern cars?

With present gas/pollution concerns and green tech merging with cars left and right... Why hasn't the steam engine been reborn? I mean what takes MORE power, Electricity to move a 1000lb car or heat up a heating element to heat water and make steam? With tanks strong enough to hold Hydrogen for cars why cant the same tech be used for a steam engine? All the fuel you would need would be water (solar panels/batteries to power heating) but just water for fuel. Thoughts?

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liquid motion timers (aka density timers/toys) What's in them?

You know those liquid motion toys you often find at places like Spencer gifts in which a denser liquid (usual bright colored) drips down onto a spiral and you can watch this discrete bubble ride on down? I'm wondering what's inside them and if its feasible to make your own. I've heard lots of things, that the clear liquid is usual a light oil and the colored part is water. I've heard the reverse, I've also heard that there is no water in these things that both are different oils.any help would be appreciated. if your still wondering what im talking about heres a place that sells them : http://www.officeplayground.com/spiraltimer.html

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Show off your drawings!!!

Though there's no members at the moment I figured I'd go ahead and start a topic. In this one, just post pics or scans of some of your drawings. Here's three of mine:

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WATER TURTLE OUTDOOR HABITAT IN TX?

So My Male RedEared Slider is Gettin To Big to be in a tank inside, So ive decided he needs a pond habitat outside! i want to make an above ground enclosure with waterfall filter i just need some help with ideas on getting started HELP! lol THANKS MUCH IN ADVANCE ^_^ 

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Microsoft Photodraw - does anyone use it any more?

I have Photodraw 2000 on my computer from several years ago - I copied it onto my newer computer and I use it all the time to add text, borders or effects and to correct old photos or erase backgrounds.  I use my photos for various purposes, for teaching and family use, so it's good to be able to do lots of things with the photos in just one simple program I love Photodraw- it has so many uses and is easy to use. I never got the hang of using layers as in paint.net (which I've tried ) and Photoshop (which seems so expensive and complex). Does anyone else still use Photodraw or am I hanging on to a dinosaur here?

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What is the best glue for attaching cardboard to metal? Answered

I am always creating all sorts, so i ask you out there, whats the best thing you have found? If you specify a US product, a small description would be great..

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Electronic curb (kerb) sensor?

My parents are getting older and having problems parking the car in the garage. Not with stopping, but in parking too close to the walls (several bumpers and side mirrors have been damaged). I remember curb feelers from days-of-old, but am wondering if there is an electronic version available? Thanks for any help.

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Does anybody know how much does an epoxy resin axe resist?

I wanted to craft one and take it to a carnaval party next year but some stupid guys like breaking anything. I want my axe safe!!!

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What is the water that comes out of an AC unit? Answered

I do work for a lady, and she seems to have a hoarding problem.  She has 100's +  bottles, gallons, AND trash cans of this "water". What is it? AND what is it safe to do with?

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how can i make an improvised sewing needle? Answered

I often rip holes in my pants by the knee and my house has a sewing kit but i hardly ever know where to find it so i need a good improvised needle to use .

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The Sting Behind the Bling - what is the true cost of a little style?

The mining of jewels is often inhumane, illegal and highly toxic. So think before you sparkle.Whether future heirloom or fun trinket, jewellery is one of life's luxurious pleasures. Even if you aren't decked out in multiple carats, a bit of bling can make you feel a million dollars. But the path your jewellery takes to reach your earlobe, neck, wrist or finger can be harrowing.Worldwide, the people - including about a million children - employed on minimal wages to mine and process supposedly legitimate diamonds, gemstones and precious metals often endure some of the worst working conditions imaginable. Toiling in Asian and African countries with little or no union support means health and safety precautions are slender at best. There's a serious risk of work-related death, injury or chronic illness as workers scratch out a living in remote mines extracting precious and semi-precious stones.This is just one article from the BBC's online magazine Thread, which I have not read before, mainly because "fashion" is not something I generally think about.Thread is the online fashion magazine dedicated to bringing you the latest in eco-fabulous style.Ethical fashion is fashion that has been made, worn and passed on in a way that looks after people, animals and the environment. The clothes we feature in Thread support this approach, making us essential viewing for fashion-conscious people who care about where their clothes come from. All clothes tick off at least one of these principles:Made and traded sustainablyMade of sustainable materialsRecycled or vintageThread shows you how to get the look you want in an eco-glam way through our unique mix of affordable fashion, exclusive videos, photo galleries and thought-provoking features.Link to full articleMagazine homepage.

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How do I make an attractive toilet paper shield to keep my 7 cats from shredding my TP?

Please don't tell me to "turn the roll around" or to lock the cats out of the bathroom. These are not feasible. The kitties shread the roll no matter position it is in, and we've got one litter box that MUST be in the bathroom. I have 7 cats, and they need a box in almost every room in the house. I've been keeping the current roll in the cabinet, but I'm getting pretty sick of having to hide the roll every time I go to the bathroom. There has to be a better way. I want ideas on how to make a simple, attractive, and durable cover for the toilet paper roll. I'm almost ready to go out and buy a commercial cover, but I think they are hideous -- great gargantuan hunks of plastic. Much thanks for ideas... Jamie, Boots, Mousie, Minnie, Domino, Beaners, Choppy, and Winston

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How do I keep my cats out of my flower garden? They're using it as a litter box! Answered

I have just planted my flower garden with all sorts of seeds and bulbs. Unfortunately, my cats seem to think that I've dug up all of this nice dirt for them to use as a litter box. I've tried coffee grounds sprinkled on the area which I've heard are repulsive to cats and also fertilize the flowers, but my cats evidently were born at a Starbuck's. I now have sprinkled mothballs all over the flower bed but I'm afraid that they are going to burn my plants that are now coming up although they are keeping the cats out. Can anyone help me?

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I have a sagging metal futon frame that I only use as a couch.

I have a sagging metal futon frame that I only use as a couch. The mattress  is a thick one and it always slides forward. Is there a way to fix the sagging frame and keep the mattress from sliding forward. Maybe even create a cheap couch frame but still using the mattress as cushioning.?

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my LG washing machine is making loud noise on rinse cycle what can I do?

I have a direct drive Lg Washer , when it goes into rinse cycle it makes a loud noise. Could this be the pump?

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Removing paint from eva foam?

This is aimed mainly at cosplayers and prop makers intimately familiar with working with eva foam. my project is not however for cosplay or prop making, I am just borrowing the same methods you use to make my project. The question is, Is there an effective way to remove paint from eva foam? Specifically, I used eva foam floor mats and plaid fx paints. I finished painting and I realized I had done an awful job (first time working with eva foam). I am on a limited budget and cannot afford to do the whole project from scratch. so I was hoping to find an effective way to remove the paint without damaging the foam underneath, that way I can redo the paint job after extensive practice on scrap pieces. I had thought sanding would work, but when I tried on a scrap piece it tore and roughed up the eva surface underneath. Any help would be so greatly appreciated!

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How to make a bullet proof armor vest at home ? Answered

Bullet proof armor vests are a very basic need for the news reporters in working in hot war zones. Being a freelance reporter, I would like to know how can one make a bullet proof armor vest by himself.

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Need paper airplane builders in my group.

Need paper airplane builders in my group.

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Portrait art

Share ur portrait sketches here and follow me for more drawings.

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do you inherit accents from your parents or do you learn them from the enviroment??? Answered

I was just wondering and didn't know the answer. I'm hoping kiteman or someone knows.

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Joyful teddy Bear

Trying to make the Joyful bear and I'm having problems with putting the legs together. Is there a better tutorial for making this bear ? Please help Thank you Sherri

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Pattern

Is there a YouTube video on how to make the basic mask large pattern. I am trying to make the mask that is of turquoise color that covers down over the chin!!

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