DIY musket challenge

I have a challenge! Who can make the best DIY musket and instructable on how to do so. I will be the judge but I still need contestants.

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What is the meaning of DIY?

I am not an English native speaker and do not understand the meaning of DIY. What does it stand for? I tried to find on the site without success. Tks.

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DIY shoe rack

I am trying to build a DIY shoe rack which can hold 30 pairs of footware. I am looking for building it using cardboard/plywood/metal pipes or all of the above. Any suggestions or guidance is appreciated. Thanks, Varun Raj

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DIY Book Cover

Hi everyone, I'm working on a project- making a DIY book cover. I've figured out how to assemble the book already but the cover baffles me. How can I deboss the cover with foil so that the lettering(title) will be on the cloth cover? I was thinking about using black book cloth, or leatherette, but I just don't know how to depress the lettering of the title onto the front cover or the spine itself. Any ideas? Thanks!

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DIY DVD changer ?

 Anyone try merging mechanical parts from an old 200 disk cd changer with the electronics from a dvd player to make a 200 disk dvd changer?  I hate to throw out an obsolete cd changer w/o trying.

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DIY version of this bag?

Roxy Vagabond Crossbody Pursehttp://www.buckle.com/roxy-vagabond-crossbody-purse/prd-74910452014/sku-8842700000 It looks easy enough but I'm terribly without a guide, or pattern. Any ideas? Thanks so much. (I know its suppose to be do it yourself, but i guess I'm a WOPDIF,  watch other people do it first) 

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DIY Shoulder Armor

For Halloween my boyfriend wants to go as an angel and a knight a'la Romeo and Juliet. I can easily make the dress and the chainmail but I'm stumped on how to go about making the shoulder armor. I know that this site is full of guys who are brilliant with this sort of thing and am really hoping you guys can help me by pointing me to a similiar tutorial or material I can easily lay my hands on to use as a base. Anything really.  

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DIY BlackLight Contacts?

I know you can use Tonic water to make Blacklight reactive ice, But can you use this same method on soft contacts? I have no idea on weather tonic water is bad for your eyes, even less whether soft contacts are saluble enough for this trick to work. I figure a mix of 2/3 contact solution, to 1/3 tonic water soaked overnight might be enough to give your contacts a soft glow under blacklight. But I just dont know!Anyone willing to try this with some "overused" contacts?Glow Ice, How-to

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DIY sconce diamond shaped.

I've attached a sconce to this post. Does anyone know of a cheap DIY kit to craft such sconce?

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DIY Bookmark with Finger/pointer

So I have found a bookmark in the internet which is pretty cool . I could buy one but I want to make one for someone which is becoming a special someone to me, and I thought of this idea would be really great if I give it to her as a gift or one of the Valentine's Gift ill give. I'm not sure if I'll be able to make a rubber-like one but i thought just making of a simple typical bookmark but with a scroll-able finger  pointer which might not damage the pages of her precious books/novels  she always read  Im still thinking on if it would be back to back so that if the pointer cant point , it can be turned and point some part of the book. The black would be the bookmark itself with the message and the image (my Profile pic) of the Pendant she gave to me Red is the pointer it self, it can be pulled back and forth to pinpoint the word/sentence, also can be pulled up and down with the Green opening as the opening, and the Yellow as the lock so the pointer can't be pulled out.  All opinions, suggestions and feedback are greatly appreciated :D

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DIY Table Fountain help

I'd like to make a do-it-yourself table fountain with a whisper power filter fish tank pump. any ideas or websites that might help? i'm thinking i'll glue a bunch of flat river rocks in, like a 'vase' kinda thing that the pump will fit in. and then put the rock 'vase' & pump in a 4-6(ish) inch deep glass dish and fill that with water and more rocks............ any input would be great!

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New DIY Green Blog

Hey everyone. Tap33 and I started a new DIY Green Blog. You can find it here. Basically, we're finding cool DIY projects on the internet about going green and posting them.If anyone wanted their Instructable that related to "Going Green" featured on the site you can leave a comment here, PM Tap33 or me, or contact us at the Contact Us section of the Blog. We know that there are a lot of great projects here so please, tell us if you want it featured on the page. Also, does anyone have any ideas for new "Green" projects?

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A Challenge: DIY gravity lamp

I have decided to power the lighting in my house with gravity alone starting next year. The idea started here: Greener Gadgets: Gravity LampI have some ideas about how to make it possible using some existing instructables and I though I would share this to get people thinking about new ways to use gravity as a power source. Think about it, gravity is clean, constant, eternal and EVERYWHERE. I think that this instructable has some of the essential components: Cordless Drill Crank Charge BatteriesIt gives a basic example of kinetic energy being converted into electricity, but for this application the kinetic energy will be supplied by gravity instead of the hand crank. The real fun with this project, I think, is the different ways that the kinetic energy of the weight can be harnessed. The screw used by the Gravity Lamp is just one method. A weight on a rope that is wrapped around a spool or crank is another option or even something based on the mechanism of a grandfather clock. One could even imagine a single massive weight that the whole family would hoist, with the help of pulleys, every evening to power their home lighting. Who knows.....It's time to start a gravity revolution.

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Magnet strength for DIY VAWT

Hi, does anyone know if it is better to get stronger magnets for a DIY turbine? Is it always better, or only to a certain degree?

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DIY toe kick vacuum?

Has anyone used a shop vacuum to build a toe kick vacuum (for a cabin where there is a basement but no central vacuum )

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diy hamster tubes anyone?

I realy want to make hamster tubes for my hamy but i cant find good ones for a good price. O and i dont want the instructible by hazard. THANKS ! : P

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Diy gift for best friend

Everyone! I have this friend who's turning 20 next week and I need some gifts ideas. I bought her a book, "The portrait of Dorian Gray", because I know she loves O. Wilde, but she's one of my best friends and I want to make something special for her. Any idea? :D Thank you in advance!

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DIY Hanging vegetable sacks?

I saw these Orka hanging vegetable keep sacks and as I can't buy them (availability and the price are the issue) I was wondering if anyone has an idea or advice on how to make them yourself? http://www.thegreenhead.com/2011/08/vegetable-keep-sacks.php

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DIY radiator design considerations?

I plan to build a radiator for a room. I can do the physics i.e. heat transfer etc. My question is really to any heating engineers out there: Are there any design considerations that I need to include so that the new radiator does not upset the existing central heating system (that heats the whole house). Thanks in advance.

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Picture Frame Mat DIY

I'm trying to frame a 6" square picture with a frame and mat. i cant find a nice frame or mat for a good price so I thought to glue a couple of sheets of cardstock together and cut out a custom mat shape. Do you guys think that will work? I'm at a loss for the frame. I haven't thought of how to make the frame but i know i want something simple and modern looking. Any ideas/help? Thanks!

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DIY book publishing help?

Hi, I recently wrote down my families story after the death of my grandmother,or as much as I was able to track down and gather.Now I was thinking I will print it and distribute it among family members. Being a DIY guy I want to print all the books my self.I have the file worked in Adobe Id.have few designs for the book cover ready to.what I need to know is what paper to choose,what printer to choose. 1. Is offset paper ok? 2. What kind of printer to get? 3. Is my under $100 laser printer handle the job? 4. If other paper is to be used,can they be printed from home? I really want to do this from home,will really appreciate your help. I plan to do more small time publishing from home in the future if this pans out.so all advice and suggestions are appreciated.

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"Wonder Wash" DIY Request

So I have been looking for a cheap way to quickly wash small loads of laundry and came across the "Wonder Wash" (http://www.laundry-alternative.com/washing.htm).  The main issue I have with this thing is the $50 price tag.  I know that it is a small amount to pay to reduce your water and electricity needs but times are tight.  My baby seems to go through 5-6 burp rags a day and I don't like using the washing machine for such a small load every other day.  Anyone have any insight on how I can build one of these on the cheep? Cheers Cody

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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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DIY Blog: Lots of Craft DIY Tutorials (Most are on Instructables too)

Feel free to check out several free tutorials I have on my blog: How to Make a Rag Basket:   http://handmadebyannabelle.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-make-your-own-rag-basket.html How to Make Crochet Washcloths:  http://handmadebyannabelle.blogspot.com/2010/04/crochet-pattern-not-your-grandmas.html How to Make Crochet Crochet Coasters: http://handmadebyannabelle.blogspot.com/2010/02/great-crochet-coaster-comeback.html Good luck! Annabelle

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has anyone done the DIY solar progam

Just wanted to see if someone has bought the diy solar program offered by greendiysolar or 4earthsolar or something like that was the program worth the money ?

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DIY Metal Rubber Band Gun

This rubber band gun works just like the wooden ones you've probably seen. The difference is that this is made of metal, has a safety, and includes a flashlight and laser sight. OK, just a wee bit over the top, but impressive. via bbgadgets

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DIY Screen printed solar panels Answered

I bought a manual from Aqua-luna.org about making solar panels. I feel like I've been misled. The first two solar panel technologies are not viable for home power generation. The screen printed PV panels may be. There were listings of materials and a copy of patent application along with some hand written notes. Not much else. I need to know how to layout the collectors that are printed on the substrate (glass) how to mix the materials that are being screen printed etc. I would be helpful to have a ball park figure on the output so that I could determine if it will be cost effective. I have fabrication and screen printing facilities and will be making panels for personal use. I need a 3-5 kw system (big I know)

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pump for a diy solar thermal collector?

I am building a diy solar thermal collector using a house radiator painted a black matt paint and i was wondering what would be a good cheap pump to use to circulate the water?  thanks.

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Awesome DIY V-Day Ideas?

I've checked out the other stuff, but I'm still thirsty for your infinite wisdom. What are YOU doing for v-day?

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DIY anti-pigeon needles on balcony ? Answered

How would you build the system to make impossible for pigeons to land on your balcony, as show on the picture for example ?

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10 DIY Gifts for Friends and Family

I wrote an article for Popular Mechanics about making your own gifts, titled 10 DIY Gifts for Friends and Family, that features some great gift Instructables.You're the type of person who likes getting his hands dirty fixing, servicing, and building your home, car, and garage hobbies. Why wouldn't you do the same with holiday gifts? Not only is a handmade gift more economical, but recipients will cherish something you have made above something store-bought. So, with lower costs, the prospect of genuine "this is really cool" thank yous, and some homebuilding fun in mind, let's get started on a DIY holiday. From my project-sharing Web site, Instructables.com, here are five DIY gifts for a dad, brother or fellow PM reader, and five less-expensive (time and money!) DIY gifts for the rest of the friends and family.

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DIY Daft Punk helmet is awesome

Harrison Krix has made the best DIY version of the Daft Punk helmets, this is the Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo helmet, that I've seen so far. He made it over the course of 17 months and while that's quite a long time the results are pretty stellar. Check out the video with several hundred photos of the build process and click the link below for more info and pics. Daft Punk: FINAL!

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Ideas for DIY mesh chameleon cage?

We're planning to get a Yemen (veiled) chameleon and found a US manufacturer making cages like the one below, however the shipping to the UK was prohibitive. So, I'm thinking of a DIY version using THIS sort of mesh and rigid plastic extrusions and was wondering if anyone's made something similar. It needs to be fairly presentable, so plumbing tubing with net draped over is a non-starter. Required size is 30" wide x 16" deep x 42" high.

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DIY Halloween 2007 Contest is Closed!

OK, all of the entries are in and our judges are going to be sifting through all of the Instructables and photos and videos to see who will be winning the trip to Maker Faire 2008 as well as all of the other awesome prizes. Personally, I want a set of those knives. That would make all of our cooking so much easier.

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DIY about wiring a garbage disposal? Answered

I have a situation in which I have a receptacle under the kitchen sink that my dishwasher is plugged into.  This receptacle is then operated by a switch on the backsplash on top of kitchen counter.  We leave the switch in the on position so that we do not have to flip the switch each time we want to operate our dishwasher.  I now want to install a garbage disposal and place a switch under the sink.  I would like to come off of the receptacle described above. Could someone inform me how to connect to the receptacle so that the switch will operate but not interfere with leaving the switch on at the backsplash.  Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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Wanted: DIY/Green Blog Collaborators

Hey there, I just had the idea to start a green/DIY blog on Wordpress which would link various ideas for projects, tips and green product reviews. My goal would be to have some sort of collection of projects to do with recycled materials done with the environment in mind. I'm currently alone and would be looking for other people to help me manage the site. If you have any interest in this please email me at tap.urbex1@gmail.comI just stared the site tonight and already have one post. It may not be worth linking to since theres nothing up yet (and thats why i'm looking for people!) But here it is anyways.http://diygreenblog.wordpress.comAlso, if you already have some sort of similar site, done be afraid to send me the link so i can add it to my page. If you also have any projects I would be happy to post them up as well!

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Any ideas for a cheap DIY brochure holder? Answered

I need to re-use something as a brochure holder but I don't want it too pricey or cool so that it gets stolen! Any advice is welcome!

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Fun diy outhouse using a mattress frame & wine barrels

Spotted at a party, this easy to make outhouse / latrine complete with privacy and natural air freshener thanks for a bed of lavender.

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Are there any DIY or craft website that pays for writing tutorial?

I have heard about craft websites that pay for writing tutorials. Does anyone know about any reliable craft site that pays?

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whats the best place to buy plastic tubing and other DIY products?

I searched a number of sites to find plastic tubes to buy for a project but i cant find any sites that sell platic tubes are there any good online DIY stores

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Problem with submitting Instructable to DIY Batman Costumes? Answered

Hi, my username is Folda Fett, and my problem is that when I go to submit one of my batman Instructables to the DIY Batman Costumes Instructables guide, which is run by Penolopy Bulnick, it does not work. The Instructable I am trying to submit is How to Fold an Origami Batarang From the Dark Knight. I copy my URL, and post it in the submit taskbar, but when I click submit it says Something Went Wrong! I have tried it about a dozen times different ways and with different instructables and that's all it says everytime! Please Help.

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how to make (DIY) glass that keep the heat of the drink ex for hot coffee? Answered

I like to drink coffe, but it getting cold easily. i wonder how to make my own simple, DIY, glass that can preserve the heat of my drink. thanks before :)

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How would you make a DIY moose? Answered

I would like to make one, to hang on a frontdoor for a gift. It's a gift for a man. It shouldn't be sappy. Any Ideas to help me? Which materials (low cost or even recycled)? Of course it will be a fake one, but should look good and don't take too much time to make (christmas eve is the deadline, but I like to have it earlier :-)). Thanks for your advices!!!

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I need a quick and easy DIY wallet.

I need a DIY wallet that is jeans pocket sized, only holds cards and cash (ID, bus fare, $5 bill etc.) and is NOT made from paper, card board or duct tape. I need it to be quick and cheap. It would also be nice if it didn't get stuck inside the pocket and become uncomfortable. Are there any redirects or Instructables that can help me?

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Heating Element for DIY Melting Point Apparatus

Hi Everyone, this is my first post on this site!  I am seeking advice to help me construct a home-made melting point apparatus (M.P.A).  A melting point apparatus allows it's operator to determine the melting point of a chemical sample by heating it in a controlled fashion and noting the temperature when the sample melts.  I have most of the design made up in my head, but I'm not sure as to how I can obtain the proper heating element.  The heating element I am seeking is an emulation of the M.P.A.s heating elements in my school's chemistry lab, which look like this: a metal block (about 3cm tall by 2cm deep by 3 cm wide) with vertical holes bored into the face with a pane of glass pressed against said holes so a glass capillary tube (containing the sample) can be slid into the bored hole and viewed through the glass pane as the sample is heated by the metal.  Another hole is bored into the metal, adjacent to the sample hole, for a thermometer.  So again, my question is do you have any suggestions as to where I could by a heating element like this?  Or, any suggestions on how to build one?  I have a jewelry shop at my disposal so I can probably bore any holes myself.   Any suggestions will be appreciated, thanks!

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DIY Hair colouring hydroxides vs peroxide %

DIY Hair colouring is a confusing issue, can you help me choose the less invasive? One product lists no more than 17mg/ml ammonia and no more than 90mg/ml of hydrogen peroxide in 48 ml  The other lists not more than 30G/L of ammonium hydroxide in 60ml  All comments welcome and appreciated.

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