Praying Mantis Dying? HELP!

I have what I believe is a large Indian Mantis.  I fould it on our deck and have kept it for about 3 weeks so far.  It molted a week ago and for the first time I saw wings.  The covering of the wings is a little shredded, but look ok.  Starting yesterday it started looking very lethargic and was hanging by 1 leg from the top screen of it's cage where it hasn't left in 3 weeks except when it molted.  It looks like it is dying and not showing any signs of strength or interest in food.  What can I do, if anything?  Temps here in New England are in the 30's at night and I don't think it would stand a chance if I let it go or I would. PLEASE ADVISE ASAP.  THANKS!

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Greywater reusing

Hello everyone some time ago I started some research about greywater reuse because I understood that it can be very helpful for everybody after some research Icame up with a concept wich is like this:1-the water enters a container after going through a filter wich gets larg particles2-it goes through a ceramic filter for smaller particle for smaller particles 3-A RO filter gets the chemicals and super-small-particles4-A container with a UV lamp wich kills the bacteria But there are some problems1-I cant be sure about the water quality2-I am concerned about the chemicals in detergents

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How to make a Replica of a peace of glass using GE 100% all purpose Silicone Answered

HI, I've been trying to make a mold for a piece of glass that broke from a lens in other words I want to make a replica of that glass that broke what I'm using is GE All Purpose 100% silicone waterproof I tried to do a piece in a corner and it came out all sticky and gooey so my question to you is is it better for me to do it with water and soap and some cornstarch to make it a bit more harder I really don't know what to do can you please help me with some ideas thank you

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Nordic Gold Answered

I'm planning on making a ring out of a coin. I'll use Euro coins. 1, 2 e 5 Eurocent coins are made of copper covered steel and are too small, so I think they won't be a good choice. 1 and 2 Euro coins are the right size, but it seems that they are made of alloys containing nickel, that may cause allergy. So I think I'll use a 50 Eurocent coin, that is made of Nordic Gold, an alloy (89% copper, 5% aluminium, 5% zinc, and 1% tin). Has anyone ever made a ring out of Nordic Gold? Did it cause allergy or stain your finger?   Did it tarnish? Is it malleable? Thanks

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is their a repair manual for KIA Sportage for free?

Id like to try and repair my car myself for the crises nowadays is rampart if any body can give a site or whatever to help me avail this manual. this badly needed in my behalf thanks a lot

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Phase 2 Clone Trooper Helmet Pepakura

So i found a pdo file for the phase 2 clone trooper pep. But i have not been able to find a pdf version of the file so that i can craft it with my niece and nephew... CAN ANYBODY HELP? I don't want to let them down

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Does Plaster of Paris shrink? Answered

Does Plaster of Paris shrink as it dries? I would like to make a mask out of it but I don't wan't it to shrink and crack. Gratias agimus tibi, josh1324

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Cleaning an old train tail light from soot marks and repurposing it.

Recently, I bought an old train tail light. What is the best way to remove the soot marks and how could I repurpose it? So what could I put in the lamp instead of a light source? My ideas were plants, an art object made of clay or something electronic, such as a custom-made Bluetooth speaker. Which ideas do you have?

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Where can I buy cheap land and legally live in a tent or yurt full-time?

I was wondering if anyone knew of a state or town in the US where I could buy a small, cheap piece of land and legally live in a tent or a yurt full-time? I really didnt even know where to begin looking for advice on this....So Im hoping some awesome person on this website will have ideas. These are the things I am more specifically looking for: I would like to move to an area that doesn't get much (if any) snow. I would like to buy no more then about 5 acres in the woods somewhere, and do NOT need utilities or buildings, and I would be fine living on logged land and possibly "problem land". The land would have to have access by road...And preferably no further then 30-40 minutes from a town. Oh, and I won't live in Florida. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please let me know! Thank you!! Ryan

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how can i make something crispy in the microwave ?? Answered

See i was trying to make mini egg rolls in my microwave and they came out kind of soggy and didn't taste as good as they do when i fry them or bake them so i wanted any ideas on how to make things made in the microwave crispy?

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Best Method to Attach and or Sew Feathers on to Clothing or Fabric? Several methods are needed.

I am looking for several methods of attaching and sewing feathers to clothing. I want to avoid using glue if at all possible, or perhaps a combo of glue and needle? Examples might be edging of cloaks, collars, cuffs, etc. Anyone have any neat tricks or ideas?

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i need to make 150$ in two days please help!!!! ?

I need to make 150$ in two days but i am to young to get a job

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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

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how do i set a booby trap to find out if someone has been in my house?

I gave my neibors my keys and i think they made coppies and have been coming in my house while im not here. things have gone missing, i want to know how i can set a trap that will enable me to be certain that they have been in the house, and that its not really just me loosing things. i want the traps to be set up in a way that i will know for a fact someone has been in my house, i have one idea already i have ties a lot of my hairs together and tapes them accross the hallway and i will see if when i get back home it is busted. please help me with this, i dont want to go to the owner of the building, or to the athoriteis with out knowing for a fact, and i am unable to get a video camera to record while i am gone.

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It won't let me publish

So whenever I try to publish my project on my iPhone, it comes up with a bar that says, "Please select a Grade and Subject." What does it mean and what do I have to do? I've tried on the computer as well but whenever I click draft instructables, it takes me back to the home page. Please help!

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Drafts

I've been struggling with Drafts since the update. I have lost all my drafts, although it still shows them as there, and every time I click on my drafts, it takes me to the homepage. (www.instructables.com)Does anyone else get this? or have a fix? I've cleared instructables cookies, and it makes no difference where I try to access my drafts from.

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Melting clear plastic (PET) into sheet

Aloha, I am working on recycled PET plastic for art projects. I have read everything that I can find on melting clear PET and reforming it. My issue is it keeping it clear or at least translucent for the art projects. I cut clear water bottles into small pieces and place on a cookie sheet and place in 500F degree oven. In about 3 mins it is liquid, still clear, and in the shape of the round pizza pan it is in. Almost immediately after I pull it out it begins to cool and turn white and opaque. So, my question is, is there something I can do to keep it clear? Is there possibly a cooling process to do this? Maybe slowly drop the temperature? Any help or tips will be greatly appreciated. Aloha, Tim

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Genie model 209 Garage Door Opener schematic

I took our Genie garage door opener apart [the light wasn't working and I read where that was probably caused by the 555 timer] and thought I'd carefully drawn a schematic before doing so, but I failed to label where the 3 wires from the receiver connect to the terminal block on the main unit, and also where the 3 wires from the main unit connect to the terminal block. Regardless, I have the unit back together and when the remote is pressed the receiver relay clicks, but that's the only thing that happens. I'm fairly certain the problem lies with a component on the internal motor controller board. And NO ONE gives out this kind of information. I can't even find it for sale !! But I'll be derned if I'm going to pay $50 for a new controller board when I'm almost 100% certain the problem is a $.59 diode or the like. Plus, I like a challenge and hate getting beat. Any and all help would be very much appreciated. Possibly I could find someone who has the same model unit and they could diagram theirs for me, possibly someone knows where to obtain the real thing. Thanks !!

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CLEAR FILM that is archival, pigment inkjet compatible, and in of itself can be a final product? Is there such a thing?

Problem: I've been calling art stores as well as photography stores, paper stores, film manufacturers, printer companies -- nobody seems to know if there is such a thing as printing onto clear plastic film as a final product. Everyone says their products are meant for transferring or negatives etc. (I tried printing on non-coated Mylar D, and the ink just beads off.) goal: What I have been creating are art pieces on clear transfer film and selling them. I print on them, I paint on them, I apply reflective & dichroic materials on them, and layer them on top of each other; I manipulate the art pieces in every interesting way I possibly can. My collectors and potential clients want to be assured that my pieces will have a long lasting quality to them. I want to be able to give all of the correct information rather than "I don't know". my materials: I use a canon ipf8400 with archival fine art pigment inks. I just need a clear film that is also archival. Or something as close as possible to being the most durable, long lasting material available that is inkjet compatible. There has to be something out there? Or at least a protective clear spray or finish? I can't be the only one interested in creating artwork with transparent qualities? I have been using transfer film, 4ml thick. Does anyone have any tips at all to help me think in the right direction?  question: Is there such a thing as a Clear Film that is archival, pigment inkjet compatible, and in of itself can be a final product? Or what is the closest I can possibly get to that?

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is there anything duct tape won't stick to? Answered

I'm planning to make a satchel bag out of duct tape and i've pretty much figured out the mechanics on how to make it. however, for my initial plan to work out, i'm gonna need a sheet of SOMETHING that duct tape doesn't stick to, or at least, doesn't stick to as well. i'm planning to lay on the strips of duct tape on THAT and then move on from there. so, any ideas? wax paper (like the yellow stuff used as backing for stickers)? paper rubbed with oil? a certain type of cloth? WET cloth (haha)? a certain type of plastic?  thanks in advance!

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The best way to sew vinyl? Answered

Any suggestions on how to sew vinyl? I have a regular singer sewing machine.

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Crocheting

I am crocheting a pattern ( kinda skully style).  At the end of the pattern it says to finish sew the brim seam. What is the brim seam?

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Does peeling make tans go away?

I got sunburned and it became a really nice tan. But now it's all peeling. Will the tan go away after the dead skin peels away?

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Add Frets to a Violin?

I have a violin and i play guitar. I want to learn violin but it's the concept of no frets i cant grasp. Could i add some with pipecleaners or something? Suggestions?

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Is it possible to make a solar powered diffuser jewelry that emits steam with miniLED light

I have come across instructables that I wanted to combine: the homemade solar cell using household materials which can be found here, the LED jewelry that can also be found here, and lastly, doing the diffuser procedure which is actually just adding the essential oil on the boiling water. it's like making a ministeam boiler but worn as accessory. I need help with this? Thanks! I think it would involve calculating volts converting the equivalent solar cell measurements to the most smaller measurements as possible. And also how long would the solar cell can be able to sustain and how many volts do I need to reach boiling point? Thanks! I will be updating as soon as I can gather and connect these things. Accdg. To my research, to water to reach boiling point, a 1kg water = 1,200 joules/min. Or 1,600 watts. I wanna know how many watts or volts in order to boil a 1ml water?

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Cats meowing all night, please help!? Answered

I am having issues with my cats meowing all night.  They are definitely indoor cats, and won't even go out a wide open door.  I have made them a spare bedroom up with all their needs and toys.  When I used to let them run the house at night, my female would keep me up all night jumping on the bed and me.  I tried closing the door to keep her out, and she just cried all night and clawed at the bottom of the door.  I made up the room and put them to bed at night, and she screams and keeps the neighbors and me up.  I have not had a decent sleep in too long!  Worse, she has taught the other cat to scream all night, and the neighbors are complaining.  I have tried to stop spoiling her so much, and I think she has separation anxiety.  I am gone at work all day, and my husband even longer.  I do play with her in the evenings, but it never seems to be enough.  If I have to get rid of them both, it's unfair to the calmer cat, and then most shelters will put them to sleep, besides the stress they will go through first!  I am out of options and nearly out of time... Please advise!

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How to remove permanent printed designs on glass? Answered

Hi, I have an old diffuser reed bottle which I think could be useful for a future project as it is a colour that would go well with the theme of my room - but it also has the candle company name and rather too much print on the glass. Is there some way that  I can remove part of the design without damaging the glass or causing too many scratches, it would be a shame to throw it out (we cannot buy refills over here so there's not much else I can do with it). Thanks.  : )

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How can I balance a wobbly ceiling fan without the sticky weights that come with it?

I do not have the balancing kit that comes with new fans, and I don't want to glue washers to the back of the blades. Is there a better way to balance a ceiling fan without a kit?

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Mystery (to me ;-) Succulent Identification: What is this? Answered

I bought this really interesting succulent(?) from a door-to-door plant salesman a week ago.   The pot is 5", so that gives you a size reference.  This strange-growing plant appears to have thorns, but the spikey protrusions are not hard or ouchie-sharp. Does anyone know what species it is?

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How to make ghostbuster costume?

Hi guys! i'm trying to make a ghostbuster coustume for idk this year halloween...and I need a little help...Is there any simple way that I can make this costume?BTW : I have open suggestion for costume idea so put that in the comments too OOF.Thankas

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Help plz:)

Hiiiii! I'm Izzy, and next year ill be living on my own income for the first time. Now I'm a crafty person(duh) and on top of working part-time, I also want to start selling my art. However, I have no idea how to do this. So far I can knit, crochet, draw, paint, sew, and cook. I want to get into doll and squishy customs as well but I also have no idea what I'm doing in that aspect. Any helpful tips or ideas are much appreciated. SALUT!! :)

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How would you make this costume?

How would you make this costume?

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Green bamboo

I am sewing some window blinds for a friend on a very tight budget. I'd like to know if I can use slim bamboo canes straight from the garden as a weight. It will be sewn into a cotton fabric channel at the bottom of the blind. Or should I be only using dried bamboo? ie I am hoping that it wont go mouldy??

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Verify my account? Answered

A little box keeps popping up saying "Hey DCA, you still need to verify your account".  I do as it says and a box pops up with an old but still active email address, I send it but it never shows in my mailbox. Nothing wrong with the address, I still get other mails.  What's up? Also, I don't see anyplace to ask a question of the Instructable staff. Thanks,  Dave

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Metalwork: How to solder a joint close to an existing joint without melting the first one? Answered

I'm trying to make a sculpture by soldering copper/brass rods together, but when I try to make one joint, it melts all the surrounding joints. I tried putting on some heatsink tweezers but they weren't effective. It's going to be quite complex, so clamping the whole thing and soldering all the joints at once won't be practical. Any tips for making a better heatsink? Should I just solder faster? At the moment I'm letting the metal get really really hot because I guessed it would make a better joint, but maybe I'm overdoing it?

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How do I change my email address with Instructables?

Trying to change it with the "Update Profile / Unsubscribe" link does not work. (The only thing you cannot change there is your email)

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Does the sailor uniform collar have any purpose?

OK. I know the reason for bell bottoms. I know the reason for the button flies with the button holes at odd angles. But I've never figured out the big square collar down the back.  Anybody know?

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how can i apply plaster of paris on the ply board? do i need add some adhesiv or pop can directly applied to it?

I was planning to do a mural on a ply board. so i need to apply a layer of plaster of paris as a base coat. So do i need to add any adhesiv to pop or does it stick directly to the board?

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What are the specs of microwave transformer? Answered

I am trying to build an AC arc welder from transformers. I need to know how many amps, volts and watts a normal microwave transformer outputs because i am trying to use different transformers, as i don't have two microwaves on hand. -Thank You

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Bottle stem holder

I have a lot of bottles i want to turn into differnt glasses. I liked tkhe idea of these stem holders but dont want to buy them. I'm thinking if using cutting and using the bottle bottoms so i need a way to attach them. Is there a food safe glue/epoxy to do this. Can i weld or melt the glass together. Yes, i can just buy the item buts thats not the point.

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Can't open (unscrew) my maglite flashlight.

So far, i've used wd40, soaked in Coke, boiled in water and submerged in ice water. No Movement.

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What is the chemical reaction between hydrocarbon and sodium hydroxide?

I was wondering what is the chemical reaction between hydrocarbon and sodium hydroxide when they react with each other. I can not find it on the internet that's why I asked y'all. Thanks

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Movie Tickets

Hello, my friend accidentally posted the code to redeem the tickets to his Instagram story (we ordered it online) and he is anxious about it since he's scared someone will steal it. If I take the movie tickets 4 days before the d-day will the ink fade? If so how do I prevent the ink from fading?

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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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Learning to crochet. Is it too hard? Answered

I always wanted to learn  to crochet. But I freak out because I think it's too hard and keep thinking that I can't learn it :( . So I need a total beginner's guide to crochet and please tell me it's not that hard! Can anyone please help? 

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How do you remove or destroy a microchip in a dog? Answered

A friend has rescued a maltreated dog and does not want the cruel owner to get it back.Actually the dog has run away but if he(the rescuer)can find it he wants to prevent the chip from identifying the cruel owner.

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HOW TO ASK A GIRL OUT (FIRST TIME EVER)?

(FIRST TIME EVER)? OK we met at the start of term 2 last year at this little school we went there for term 2 we came friends and i no a little about her she is a year older then me i see her 4 for about 30 Min's in the morning on aw own when we met at the same station we hop on the same train we both get off at the same station then we get off and then she goes to her school and i go to mine i cant stop thinking of her no matter wats happening every tim i see her i get butterflies i have never told a girl that i have like them or ever asked some1 out in my hole life and im 14 and i have never been out with any one or kissed any 1 wat a boring life i have

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