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 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 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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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DIY Batman Tumbler is Ultimate Fan Creation

The new Batman movies are so awesome that this fan decided to make his own version of the Tumbler, Batman's burly ride. The final cost is around $50k-$70k and an undoubtedly insane amount of time devoted to research, design, and fabrication. Oh, and he made a kickass Batsuit as well. Nutty. Link

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Cheap DIY exact fitting car mats? Answered

I have car mats that slip and slide everywhere and I don't want to pay 70+ dollar for exact fitting car mats. Can anyone create an instructible on how to create your own exact fitting door mat for cheap? My friend's father done it with some material from homedepot, but my friend doesn't know how to do it! help please~

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DIY Reversible Jersey - Sewing - Please Help!!!

Hello Everybody! I'm thinking about making a mesh jersey to run in, but I don't know what kind of fabric to get/look for/use. I'm looking for something light, durable, comfortable, and very breathable. I'm looking for something very easy to sew (I'm a dude who's never sewn anything serious before). Also, some flexibility is desirable, though not super necessary. Thank you!!!!  - basementhacker

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Is oogoo (DIY Silicone Putty) Oven-safe?

Hello! I have a question for people who use oogoo, or generally DIY silicone molding putty made from 100% silicone caulk. I want to cast oogoo molds of lego bionicle masks with polymer clay, but my issue is I need to keep the clay inside the mold in order to prevent any kind of warping, as most of it is spread a little thin (1-2mm thickness) and I don't want to end up warping it even in the slightest. Is oogoo or cured 100% silicone caulk oven-safe as long as it's within the specified temperature range? (I already know most DIY silicone putties aren't food-grade.) The silicone caulk I'm using is GE all purpose silicone I, mixed with corn starch, acrylic paint, and baby oil. The back of the tube says that it should not be used on surfaces that will exceed 400F/205C. The polymer clay I plan on using is cured at 110C, so I don't think it'll be a problem, but I'm worried exposing the silicone caulk mold to high temperatures will cause it to release some harmful chemical compounds. I looked up an MSDS sheet for GE silicone, and they had a generalized one stating exceeding the maximum temperature will cause the release of formaldehyde. Since I plan on baking these in our kitchen oven, I wouldn't want harmful chemicals contaminating a space where we cook our food. Also, if baking isn't an option, since the polymer clay is spread thin, and cures close to 100C, would curing it in boiling water be an option? (That way any water soluble chemicals would remain contained while the clay hardens.) All help is appreciated!

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looking to make DIY Journals, need some advice!

Ok, i'm looking to make DIY Journals, and i want to use 100% recycled paper, but the problem is it seems like its very hard or very expensive to get 100% recycled paper thats over 20lb. Does anyone feel like 20lb paper is too thin? Thoughts anyone?

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i wish 2 build a wind gen like the diy 1000 watt, but i dont get what the wye configuration is, & was it 2 or 3 plates?

I wish to build a wind generator like the diy 1000 watt, but i dont quite get what he's saying about the wye configuration, and was it three plates or two?

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No Fashion Category @ Instructables?

Why isn't there a "Fashion" category here? "Craft" doesn't really cover everything. More of a suggestion than a question I guess. Where's the suggestion box? :)for instance:https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Removable-Ruffles-for-your-Shoes/https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Christian-Louboutin-quotPetalquot-Bag/https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Christian-Louboutin-quotPetalquot-Sandals/

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How to make a cool-looking DIY canister filter for a 10 gal guppy tank with a college student budget?

Hi everybodyi'm a newbie for diy project but i would love to give it a try. ok, so my hang on the back filter for my 10 gal tank just stopped working. i started to google for a diy filter and found a cool site to make a diy canister filter. here is the link: http://www.petfrd.com/forum/articles.php?action=viewarticle&artid;=87&page;=2however i just wonder if anyone had tried it. if you did please respond back to me with a detailed step-by-step instructions on how to assembly one. in addition, please tell me where i can get the materials for the lowest cost. i guess in this economy a college student like me just can't afford to spend too much. btw i'm in san diego ca if that helps... thanks a lot for reading my questions.best,tino

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Does anyone know a good site for DIY for deployed soldiers?

We usually have limited resources as well as a lack of quality large comfort items? Any help in this area would be greatly appreciated!!

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instructable ideas? Answered

Wat should i do a (easy) instructable on

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How to Build a Sauna?

For DIY 2 people simple

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Is there a DIY solution to wrangling my air compressor hose?

My 25ft air compressor hose will take any opportunity to tangle and I would love to be able to use it without buying a pre made hose reel.

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Does anyone have an instructable for DIY "porch potty" for dogs? Answered

A "porch potty" looks like a shower pan inlaid with Astroturf. The commercial version has a pop-up sprinkler head to wash it down and a drain hose in the bottom (or a drain pan). Asking price is about $250!! Help!

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Can I turn a pull-over into a zip-up sweatshirt? Answered

I've got a really nice pull-over sweatshirt, but I want to turn it into a zip-up with a hood. How would I go about doing that?

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can i use picture varnish for sealing a printed picture?

Im kinda new to using mod podge dimesion magic, so the first time i used it, it made the picture i printed bleed. I really want to make this anniversary gift perfect but i just dont know if it'll work. The store here doesnt have any acrylic spray so they told me that it was the same with picture varnish or fixative, since they handed me the picture varnish first, it's what i bought, please help >.<

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Halloweenibles: Modded Robot Picture Decorations

Modded Robot Picture Decoration: Now presenting "Pumpkinstien" Ok per Canida and our conversations in the "How to Enter the Halloween Contest" comments I am braving the first steps with my quick down and dirty "Modded Robot Picture Decoration" Let me know and mark your comments with a "Love It" or" Hate It" No hard feelings if you don't like it so don't be afraid to speak your mind. It you have a Modded Robot Picture post it, perhaps they will have a"Worst" and "Best" category as well? Have fun with your "Halloweenibles" Mr. Rig It

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DIY (very) big bubble glass (acrylic or epoxy)

I just love these lamps from Axel De Witte: http://alexdewitte.nl/?p=44 Is it in any way possible to create similar very big bubble glass with either acrylic or epoxy or something similar? I have something in mind of a balloon in the shape I want and then spray painting it with epoxy resin or similar many times and then in the end remove the balloon inside.

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DIY Colonic set up questions about safety?

So I've been wanting to get a colonic and there isn't anywhere to do it where I am. I decided to build myself a really cheap system to try it out right now. I got a Rubbermaid 7 gallon plastic box to hold the water, a (vinyl?) shower head hose, and some enema tips and gorilla glued the tube into the bottom of the box (trying not to get the glue inside the box where the water would be) and the other side to the tip (also trying to avoid getting glue where water would flow). The question is in whether or not this is safe (with the vinyl tubing and gorilla glue part). I plan to try it out the day after tomorrow but I figured I'd see if anyone else tried this or knows.

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