EL Wire Troubleshooting

Hey everyone, I use EL Wires to make small neon signs and I've never had any problems with them until I started shipping them places. I have no idea how to fix these things and one of my customers told me the wire is detached from the transformer. Is this fixable?

Topic by kaybee71   |  last reply


wire and bead tree

wire and bead tree tutorial

Topic by halla   |  last reply


Squirrel cage wiring??

I see a lot of squirrel cage fans with internal motors at the scrap yard. They are from discarded air conditioners, but could be used for room ventilation, etc. Does anyone know the wiring scheme or have a wiring diagram. There is usually a capacitor involved.

Question by vectorges   |  last reply


LED Wiring question

Forgive me for kind of double-posting this, but I didn't get much response before. I put up a question regarding LED wiring here: https://www.instructables.com/answers/New-to-LED-wiring-could-someone-help-me-make-sure/Could I get someone to help me out? Again, if double posting like this is wrong, feel free to remove this thread. I don't want to cause problems, I just want someone who's smarter than me to help out :)Thanks!

Topic by bFusion   |  last reply


Ideas for a wire chess set.

I was thinking about doing a wire chess set. Since it was suggested by CaitlinsDad over here: https://www.instructables.com/community/Requesting-feedback-on-a-Fire-Breathing-Dragon-tes/ Came up with this. These are rough (obviously), the rook should have crenelations and I did the king and queen in the same piece. It's like 5 AM and my fingers hurt from working on a wire Nine Tailed Fox (from Naruto) for my son. So, I took a short cut. The picture should make it clear how I'm planning to make things look. The knight is abstract, it always bothers me when the horse is the only thing with any detail. The pawn is about 1/2" x 1" tall, the queen would be just under 2" tall, the king is about 2 1/4" tall, both by 1" wide, the other 3 are about 1 1/2" x 3/4". It is done in 18g galvanized steel. Anybody still reading? Great! I'd love to get some feedback, good, bad, anything to either confirm it is just the best thing ever OR how it could be improved towards that goal. So don't hold back. Cheers.

Topic by Thrasym   |  last reply


How to wire this solar cell?

Hey there! I'm a beginner in solarbots and I just acquired a couple of paper thin solar cells that are paper thin and about 5 by 5 cm. The backside seems to be plain paper or something. I already broke one! I can't figure out how to wire or solder it, that is where the plus and minus poles are. Can someone give me a hint? Thanks! Sebar

Topic by sebarr   |  last reply


Advice on Brass wire soldering

Hi all :) I'm totally new to soldering and want to make a project involving soldering two pieces of 12 gauge brass wire using 20 gauge brass solder.My issue is the solder won't flow and the brass just darkens after a while of holding the torch to the metal.Here's the equipment I'm currently using:Solder: https://www.etsy.com/listing/291425439/brass-wire-... Silver - 38% Copper - 32% Zinc - 28% Tin - 2% Melt Point - 1200º F (650º C) Flow Point - 1330º F (721º C) Wire: https://www.etsy.com/listing/551472422/1-lb-round-...Solid Round Yellow Brass Wire. Metal : # 260 Yellow Brass. Melting point according to seller: 1650 to 1720º FTorch: Micro torch Roburn MT 770PFuel: Bernzomatic ButaneFlux: Oatey No.95Application: I clean and sand (using sandpaper and/or a file) the brass wire, and the solder. Apply flux liberally Apply heat using just in front of the inner cone (flame is totally blue with a slight hiss), starting on the sides of the wire and working my way to the joint.The metal glows but doesn't stay very much.Do I need a propane torch? What am I doing wrong?Thanks so much!

Question by Tooltip   |  last reply


Wiring Multiple Turbines and PVs

Just a little worried... how do ya'll go about wiring multiple power sources together? I have been long under the assumption that your solar array will only put out power of the weakest panel. If I come across 3 different 12v panels, that have differing amperages, and have a wind turbine on a 12v car alternator, that ranges in power output, how can I wire these to make these most effective? Is there a charge controller out there that can manage multiple power sources? Pardon me if this is stupid. I just cant seem to get off the ground with these simple questions. i guess the most effective q to ask is: What do you do to wire multiple power devices of different outputs into a single battery bank/ grid tie system? Thanks so much for all yall's brilliant help. -Luke.

Topic by ineclipse   |  last reply


Request for feedback on my new wire sculpture instructable.

Hey folks, I just submitted my first set of instructions to the site. I was hoping I could get some feedback before posting the next one. If you could let me know what you think, it would be most appreciated. Good, Bad, the Ugly, what have you. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-wire-octopus-sculpture-simplified/ I'm mostly interested in how the information is received. If the instructions are clear, if the pictures help, if anything is missing, etc. 

Topic by Thrasym   |  last reply


Does copper wire work well for heating coil? Answered

I want to make a diy hair dryer (https://youtu.be/NyXi30acGO0) however the heat coil is a tricky part. I have seen that video saying you need 32 AWG nichrome wire; and another video similar that uses 25 AWG nichrome wire.  I got an old long ethernet cable, however it uses 25 AWG copper wire.  Does anyone know if copper wire will work well for heat coil?

Question by ADRIANT28   |  last reply


If you have an armature inside of a polymer clay sculpture, will the clay crack if you bake it?

I know it will if you do it in other clays, so is it safe to do?

Question by killimangnome   |  last reply


Wire Glue, Solder Free Fun.

Well, I'm not very good at soldering, for one simple reason, I've not done alot of it since my school days.This kind of solution is perfect for someone like me, who often only needs a simple led circuit to hook up inside a prop.It would save me having to get the soldering iron out, and could easily be an advantage when getting circuits into strange shapes.Carbon is one of our favorite elements. It makes diamonds, it makes all known life possible, and it makes pencils (and who doesn't love pencils?) Also, it seems that carbon fullerenes (buckeyballs, nanotubes, etc) are going to do a lot in our future. Time to bring a little of that microcarbon goodness into your home and make it work for you now. "Wire Glue" Conductive Glue uses microcarbon technology to make a glue that also conducts electricity.Via Thinkgeek

Topic by gmjhowe   |  last reply


Pyrographics from heating element wire?

I wish to attach a piece of heating element wire to the two ends of a cord& plug directly into wall.  Wrapping the heating element in a pattern around a cane-stock; I will plug directly into the wall to burn the pattern into the cane. I'm not sure of size-limits for household 110 volt current. (I dont want the wire to burn up, or not get hot enough) Anyone have that info?  Thanks for your time.      

Question by smallludwig2   |  last reply


"Your Environmentalism Sucks!" Says WIRED

The cover story of WIRED this month has been published online and you can read their 10 "heresies" about the environment. They're clearly trying to shake things up by telling people stuff that sounds so wrong, but is obviously right according to them.The gist of WIRED's philosophy is that it's all about the carbon dioxide emissions and that every discussion should be framed entirely by this. After that setup, each article is a quick hit against some supposedly sacred cow.The full list of articles is below and here's a response from ecogeek that continues the discussion. So what do you think?Live in Cities: Urban Living Is Kinder to the Planet Than the Suburban LifestyleA/C Is OK: Air-Conditioning Actually Emits Less C02 Than HeatingOrganics Are Not the Answer: Surprise! Conventional Agriculture Can Be Easier on the PlanetFarm the Forests: Old-Growth Forests Can Actually Contribute to Global WarmingChina Is the Solution: The People's Republic Leads the Way in Alternative-Energy HardwareAccept Genetic Engineering: Superefficient Frankencrops Could Put a Real Dent in Greenhouse Gas EmissionsCarbon Trading Doesn't Work: Carbon Credits Were a Great Idea, But the Benefits Are IllusoryEmbrace Nuclear Power: Face It. Nukes Are the Most Climate-Friendly Industrial-Scale Form of EnergyUsed Cars - Not Hybrids: Don't Buy That New Prius! Test-Drive a Used Car InsteadPrepare for the Worst: Climate Change Is Inevitable. Get Used to ItCounterpoint: Dangers of Focusing Solely on Climate Change

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


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.

Question by cazorp   |  last reply


How can I remove the copper wire from appliance armatures, rotors? Answered

What I have is a collection of armatures & rotors from various electric appliances I have dissected. Appliances, fans, blender, even teeny computer widgets. The windings would give me lots of different diameter wire to ...wrap the ends of wooden pieces...bamboo at the culms...etc. Blasted steel gets in the way. What's a way to get at the wire without destroying it? Cold chisel the steel, separate, then cut each individual layer?? Please include details or a way to contact you if I need more info. Thanks

Question by Laffingrrl   |  last reply


(Wire Headpiece) Does anyone know how get the silk rose on like this?

No intentions to rip off anyone's work! I am new to this and really want to play around with the style. I just don't get how the silk flowers are attached, though! Thanks in advance. Kindly, Danielle *Photo is from BeSomethingNew on Etsy

Topic by brattattak   |  last reply


Wire bending machine or jig for small scale / jewelry findings

So the DIwire looks exciting, but the more I examples I see, I notice it's a bit "low res". I'm wondering if there's a smaller scale solution either electronic or mechanical for jewellery production purposes. I would like to find a way to produce non-standard, custom jewelry findings. Is there a high quality, customisable jig on the market? I want to avoid the inaccuracy of hand bending findings... Also, has anyone come across a concise book on the topic of well designed, innovative or commercial jewelry findings? All I can seem to find is a bunch of ugly "craft" or DIY style books. I'm more interested in having a large collection of finding examples at hand than a book of just 12 DIY walkthroughs. Thanks!

Topic by jarris 


Requesting feedback on a Fire Breathing Dragon test I did in metal wire.

I did this as a test, so no need to grind my gears about the lack of detail or the unfinished wings. Of course, if you feel passionately about it, feel free to grind my gears good and hard. I'd still like to know what ya'll think. Go to the link below for much larger pic if the thumb interests you at all...the thumb is almost useless. http://imageshack.us/a/img267/5623/firetesta.jpg Size wise, in its pose, there's just over 8" between wing tips, just over 5" head to tail, the "stream of fire" is about 5" long out of the mouth...the head is only 3/8" long by 3/16" wide. Made it with some stiffer than I'd expect steel wire I got at the dollar store ages ago, it's about half a millimeter wide...so it's around 24/25 AW/SW gauge I guess. The legs do look a little awkward in the picture, not at all in the hand or other pictures...but I couldn't get them to look right at the viewing angle I wanted to show...so anyway. Imagine it flying overhead burning a village or cooking a cow for dinner. Cheers.

Topic by Thrasym   |  last reply


Which wiring option is better, left or right? Answered

I am constructing the 60 watt panels listed on the site, I want to know what is the best method for joining the top set of cells with the bottom. See drawing if I upload right. Thank you.

Question by pokey02   |  last reply


wiring?? from WINDMILL to TOWER,How do you keep the wires from twisting inside the tower? Answered

When the wind changes direction, doesn"t the wires eventually twist and bind? Do I need to prevent it from turning 360*

Question by robertlelliston   |  last reply


How do I start any kind of wire wrap art i have every supply needed but I am afraid to start ?

Every supply needed but I am afraid to start ? If you have any suggestions on how I can get past this wire wrapping block please let me know . Thank you very much.

Question by adowling4   |  last reply


How to repair solar cells? Answered

What soldering techniques are best? What is the best base (surface) to work on? Can the fine metallic fins be soldered? If pieces are connected in parallel is it okay for them to touch each other?

Question by oldfogey   |  last reply


what are the radio wire specs for a 1994 ford f250???

I am installing a cd player and the speaker wires coming out of the dash, only the acc,batt, and ground work. my cd player works fine, the problem lies between the speaker(witch all work) and the dash... every wire on the speakers are differnet from the ones in the daaaaash

Question by chasitybaker 


What gauge wire should I use for 8 light bulbs? Answered

I am wiring eight 25W light bulbs in parallel. What is the thinnest gauge wire I can safely use?

Question by randofo   |  last reply


How do you connect the wiring for a new doorbell to the home's nearest electrical outlet? Answered

I want to connect a new doorbell's wiring to the nearest electrical outlet, but there is a stud that blocks a direct connection to any outlet. Do you make a small hole in the stud to thread the wiring through to the other side so that you can connect the doorbell wires to the wiring leading to an electrical outlet?

Question by    |  last reply


Can you power an LED diode using headphone wiring?

If I were to cut up a pair of headphones for the wiring, would I be able to us them to power an LED diode and connecting one end of the chopped off wiring to the LED and the other to a 9V battery. Would it work? 

Question by ViktorS16   |  last reply






CAN I USE BARB WIRE for RADIO DOG FENCE ABOVE GROUND ? With GUARDIAN PG-250 Pet containment system. Answered

I am trying to get some Information on radio dog fence. Can I use an existing barb wire fence as the dog fence antenna wire ? (above ground) Can I use a combination of above ground heavy gauge #12 barb wire and the manufacturer supplied #20 underground wire ? Have 5 acres total, currently 2 acres is fenced with barb wire for horses. So I would like to use the existing fence by connecting it to the Guardian underground system and also use the underground system to enclose an additional 2 acres for the dog. Have a new dog that has not yet been trained with the underground system.

Question by TOKEN4460   |  last reply


can you wire this so that when you turn on the lights these turn on to?

I want to wire this so that when i turn on my lights these turn on too. I cant find out how to do this plz help!

Question by djlewis725   |  last reply


How can I build wire frame animal and insect shapes?

I'd like to build wire frame shapes of lizards, geckos, insects and etc for lighting up at night. I've built a 4 foot gecko out of conduit tubing and fencing wire. It is very strong but was difficult to work with. I think there must be easier materials to work with. I've seen shapes made out of plastic filament, and then there are zoos that do the Christmas shows. Garden centers also sell the wire frame shapes for topiary. The typical size is going to be between 1 and 3 feet long. The material doesn't have to be hollow like tubing, it can be a solid like wire. Ideally, the material would be something I could heat up, bend to a design, then it would retain its shape when cool. A little flexibility is good but the design has to withstand being outdoors. Thanks for any tips.

Question by diode_tensegrity   |  last reply


Electromagnet Help! How to Make a Small but very Strong Electromagnet???

I need you help smart people of Instructables!I need to make a small Electromagnet, that uses minimum power (by that I mean the battery), but still has to be very powerful. I have a couple of questions that I need you to help me answer:Does the number of coils that is wound to the metal bar effect the strenght of the electromagnet?Does the wire gauge (20,24,28,30,34,36 wire gauge) make a difference is the strenght of the magnet?Does the voltage I supply to the coil effect the Electromagnet?What type of battery is best for an Electromagnet (AA, AAA, C, D), and what voltage (1,5V, 3V, 4,5V, 6V, 9V) ???Here is the thing, I need to make the Electromagnet super strong but taking up the minimum of energy, for example, just 1,5V. The things that are not important to me (doesn't play a factor in my device) is the number of wire winds to the metal rod and the wire gauge! So is it better to just make 1 or more (3,4,5,6...) layers of wire winds???Is it better to use thinner (36 gauge) or thicker wire (24 gauge)???Thank you a lot!Stanislav

Question by comodore   |  last reply


After I build a table of plaster to reuse and wedge my clay on, how do I attach a wire to cut the clay?

In the past I've seen plaster tables used to dry and wedge clay on. Most of them have had a metal pipe attached on the corner. At the top of this pipe there is a piano wire. The other end of the wire is attached to the table, so It is strung tightly at an angle. I'm not sure how to attach the pipe to the table and the wire to the pipe. It must be very sturdy. Thanks for your help.

Question by rosylee   |  last reply


Help me understand the wiring for my 12 volt system on my Chinese scooter?

I was trying to put new lights on the scooter and the guy helping me hooked them up and they didn't work so he tried to wire it differently and in the process smoke came from the hand brake lever and now nothing works!!! Please help me understand the whole principle.

Question by    |  last reply



How do I fit a homemade chandelier with lights?

I want to fit a chandelier, I made at home, with either LEDS, if they can produce enough light to fill a small room, or Compact fluorescent bulbs. How do connect various bulbs to one cord that can be wired into the ceiling and plugged into an outlet. As a side question are lights that are wired into the wall just electrical cord plugs with the head stripped off?

Question by puregoldner   |  last reply


How can I modify a wired air conditioning control to be wireless or IR remote control?

The main intention is just to "turn on" and "turn off" the air conditioner wireless-ly.

Question by indomgl   |  last reply


Contest: Make Art From Starbucks Junk

Finally a reason to stop feeling guilty about my Starbucks addiction. I know I should be making my own coffee at home (and I do), but I can't deny my love for a double-tall latte. So what do I do with my stack of used cups and lids (rinsed for recycling!) and all the extra caffeine raging through my veins? Build a TIE-fighter, of course!Wired is hosting a Starbucks art contest. The idea is to make something cool and interesting exclusively out of Starbucks junk (cups, stirrers, drink holders, etc). Tape, glue, and string are allowed. You might consider multiple coffee-runs, or just ask the manager to sell you a bunch.As something resembling a prize, Wired will feature their favorites in an online slideshow. Fame and notoriety - it can all be yours! (Of course, we always recommend cross-posting on Instructables.)To inspire you, Wired posted this incredible TIE Fighter, made by Wired photographer Dan Winters. I don't think a Star Wars theme is required, but it almost certainly helps.Enter at Wired. May the Force (and the nondairy creamer) be with you. via MAKE

Topic by scoochmaroo   |  last reply


Can I take 20+, 12V DC Pre Wired 5mm LED Lamp's, put them in my garden lights and use a 12v car battery to power them?

I have a question, can I take 12V DC white Pre Wired 5mm LED Lamp and put them in my garden light housings, and run 20 of them in a row using the same wiring I have in the ground already? (the low voltage system uses 20, 4 watt bulbs rite now,) I would like to remove the transformer and run the LED's using my battery back ( 10, trojan T-105's, 12v setup) I have for my solar panel system. Thanks.

Question by wd46   |  last reply


Axial Flux Wind Turbine

24 pole, 3 phase alternator. 18 coils of #20 wire 80 turns each, 6 coils in each phase connected in series, then wired 3 phases in star config. Put out lethal voltages at a very low rpm. Using N45 2" x 1" x 1/2" Neo Mags, two discs of 24 each attracting each other through coils. I need to know what the number of turns would be for #13 wire, same configuration for charging batteries.

Topic by dna11207   |  last reply


How do you make a pop up with a wire edge, like a sun guard for the front car window?

Hi, I want to make a pop up sail for my kayak.  I see that there is some type of metal edge that is sewn in.   I can't even figure out what to look up in Google.  It is a simple project.... for my mother-in-law to sew.  I just can't figure out what wire to buy and do I need to weld the ends together. Thank you to anyone who can give me some advice on this.

Topic by LancasterPA   |  last reply


What driver/ power supply do I need to wire up two 12v led MR16 bulbs? Answered

I am designing and making a lamp for a technology project at school and after doing lots of comparisons found these bulbs which seem to have a good spec. Mr16 LED DC 12v 3.8w 270lm White I wish to have two of these bulbs wired up with separate switches so that I can control them independently, how do I wire these up? Do I need a special lighting/LED driver or will a standard AC-DC 12v transformer (wall wart) suffice? If so can anyone recommend any that will do the job and post a link. I would also like to go for the most affordable option. On the bulb webpage this 20W Variable microdriver LED driver is recommended for someone wiring up 5 bulbs. is this overkill for what I want? I am ordering the bulbs from rapid online so if they sell something suitable please link me to that. Thanks to anyone who can help me.

Question by mdog93   |  last reply


External batteries for hotglue gun

I was wondering if I could mount batteries on top of a glue gun. I cut the wire of the cord and i had two minicords and i ran those out of a hole i made in the top of the gluegun. any ideas on what batteries, a switch on/off method? and also how to connect the wires to the batteries would be extremely appreciated.

Topic by ledzep567   |  last reply


What's the easiest way to set up a wired remote power switch for my cable modem that constantly needs to be reset? Answered

I'm tired of reaching back and pulling the cable out. I have never done any of this before but am really interested in learning. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Question by paintedbull   |  last reply


Cordless phone with a phone jack in it for wireless dial up?

Is there anyway to make a cordless phone with a phone jack to allow hook up from the cordless. I know it is somehow possable for most phones only splits the wire with a simple circuit board from two to four wires and most of the stuff are in the phone in its self anyway. Correct me if I am wrong.

Question by Rimwulf   |  last reply


How do I connect a twisted copper lead to a carbon brush motor? Can it be soldered? Answered

The tiny wire connected to the carbon brush on my palm sander broke off right at the carbon brush. Is this solder-able? The 3/8" bit of wire is connected to a blade connector on one end and used to be connected to a small depression on the side of the brush. Thanks for any advice.

Question by aeray   |  last reply


How can I safely connect a solar panel directly to a pond or fountain pump?

I want to go totally solar with my pond/fountain pump (no batteries, no house current). How would I safely wire a solar panel to a pump? What do I need to know, such as how to determine a pump size that coordinates with the size of a solar panel, etc. How would I waterproof any wiring going from pump to panel? Can I use existing pump wire or do I need to take apart and rewire the pump? How can I safely disconnect or shut off pump when not in use? Any resources or links anyone knows of that would help me?

Question by arnold54   |  last reply