Hidden Door Latch

I am looking for a secret "latch" to open/close a bookcase that covers a hidden door. There are some nice electromagnet types but they are expensive and need power. Any ideas on a "Chinese puzzle" type of thing where you move a couple of things and it opens? I don't want the classic horror movie things like move a book, lever or statue 'cause that's the first thing someone would try. Just fishing for ideas!

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Doors and WIndows Automation

Hello, I am trying to automate the windows and doors in our barn using NEMA  stepper motor and Lead screw and would like to exert around 20 Kg force for opening or closing. The windows are fairly old and made of wrought Iron. I am wondering if somebody can advise and help me selecting the motor (based on torque) and the appropriate diameter of the Lead screw for this instance.  The idea being that when the lead screw rotates, the ball nut flange moves left or right and pushes the connecting rod out or in thus opening or closing the window I have attached a rough sketch what I had in mind and please pardon me for any mistakes. Many Thanks Ash

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Securing a Car Door

I have a car with a mechanical door lock that is broken. Hence I cannot lock the car door (drivers side). I tried to stick a couple of staples (from hasp and staples) using superglue to the door and body work with the idea of putting a padlock through both. To my surprise the superglue would not stick. Has anyone any idea how I can secure the door while the lock is broken. Thanks

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cat running out the door

I'm looking for a device to stop my mom's cat from darting out the door.  My mom is 78 yo. and doesn't react especially fast.  I'm wanting some sort of electric mat that will only be activated when the one cat is on or near it.  The door is used constantly by humans and the dog uses the door also.  Therefore, it can't be activated by stepping on the mat.  I'm thinking of a collar device that the cat would wear that activates the mat or activates a air burst or sprayer, etc. Any ideas?

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Wants to music to play everytime a door is opened.

So I have this bathroom in my house that is very Harry Potter-esque and I want to rig the door so it plays Hedwig's Theme every time someone opens it. My question is...what is the easiest most cost effective way to do so?

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How to keep door ajar for winter. Cat keeps opening it.

Winter is approaching in Australia. I work in my home office and my computers and sometimes heater [or bread machine :)] keep the office warm. My cat likes to visit for a scratch several times a day. For this, the door must be openable otherwise i have to let the cat in and out. I have been keeping the door nearly closed which keeps the warmth in. However, my cat arrives and virtually bashes it open. The heat in the room is sucked out within minutes if I am distracted by work enough to not close the door ajar on entry or exit of cat. How can I add an upgrade to the door which will keep it closed-ajar if a cat or human uses the door. I would like to solution that can be disabled as in summer I would like the door to be open (which is working and does not need a solution to keep it open). The door is on equal balance (if that makes sense) and I would not like to modify the door hinges. (I had attached an image but must not have enough trust with this site for it to display). The door is a colonial door if you see pictures on google images.

Topic by valamas   |  last reply


Automated Garage Door Timer

I have the bad habit of leaving my garage door open sometimes. To come home with your garage wide open is pretty scary. So I was thinking of this idea...  The garage automatically closes after 5 minutes. But that's pretty annoying so I figured you could install a switch underneath the garage door opener that will leave the garage door open. Any ideas on how this could be done or more suggestions? Thanks!

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The Green Glass Door game!!

This is a forum based game in which players (YOU) are trying to get objects through the mysterious Green Glass Door! The keeper's (ME) job is to make sure only the right things get through the wonderous Green Glass Door. So here is what you do... you say a random item, then I tell you whether or not it can go through. Pretty simple right?? forum rules apply and if you already know how to play or the discover the secret, DON'T RUIN IT!!!!

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Converting Fake cupboard doors

I just got a free display cabinet with 4 glass doors, but on closer inspection i discovered that the 2 end doors are fake. i want to know if i can cut them out, add hinges and hang them like functional doors.

Question by smikette 


broken shower door handle

My son broke the shower door handle by hanging off of it. of course it snapped right off. its connected by prongs on both the shower door and the handle and that's what snapped. is there an easy way to fix this? both surfaces are metal.

Topic by nymick131   |  last reply


A new folding door I just saw on facebook

I would love to see someone build this door.  I believe it is beyond my capabilities   http://www.viralnova.com/folding-evolution-door/

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Ideas for how to make a kinetic pin wall door

Http://youtu.be/F88D-eQMC9c The concept was to take the pin walls that you see at museums and science centers and make a kid's bedroom door out of these push pins.   From talking to manufacturers it appears to be a pretty pricey proposition (.25 cents per pin / approx 55,000 pins per 4x4 area). I was wondering if anyone had any ideas how to make this more economical?  Or if it had already been done and there was an instructable already out there? Thanks!

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What could go wrong in a standard garage door opener?

Hello there, I have been asked to try to repair a malfunctioning garage door opener. The man who handed them to me said all of the modules work for a few weeks, then suddenly stop working. I opened them, looking for any burnt component, dry solder joints, tested relays in search of a stuck one, but could find nothing. I tested them at home, and they all reliably clicked their relay on and off, as expected. So the question is, what would cause ordinary garage door openers to fail? I thought about a bad powerline (circuits are 50's era in his building, and have never been redone), but have no means to check it. In the same direction, I was looking for a different model garage door opener, and only found two alternatives: one is the run-of-the-mill SkyLink stuff, expensive, reasonably secure, the other is the dirt cheap Chinese-made remotes with no hint about security. Since this is Instructables, I looked for garage door opener projects, but most are so-called "smart" and need a reliable Internet access, both on the smartphone and on the receiver module. Since this is a multi-tenant building and my country is known to be among the most expensive for internet access 1. there's no easily accessible Internet in the garage 2. drivers can't be assumed to have a smartphone and even if they do, 3. Internet access on a cell phone is extremely expensive. The other question would then be: have any of the community members here saw a garage door opener that would: 1- only need easy-to-make RF remotes? 2- be at least as secure as the original SkyLink? 3- require no Internet access?

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Two-way hinges

My wife and I bought an 80s designed house that's not that well designed. We keep one of the litter boxes for our cats in the garage, which is accessed from the inside through the laundry room; and we want to install cat doors so our aging felines can pass through the doors easily to get to it, while keeping the draft from the garage out of the family room. The interior door (between family and laundry rooms) is a standard hollow core and the exterior door (between laundry and garage) is fire code rated solid wood door.  We tried a standard top-hinged door with the cats already, at our old apartment, and the cats didn't take to it, so we we're hoping to do french doors, since they know how to get through normal doors pretty well. But we're kinda stuck on our lack of knowledge about hinge designs; we need hinges that swing both ways. Has anyone out there successfully completed such a design/installation and would be willing to share pics and secrets? 

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Any ideas on how to fabricate a refrigerator door gasket?

Hi all, I have this old refrigerator that works great except for the gaskets which have shriveled with time. I tried taking to my local appliance salesman and he gave me the producers number and told me to call them. so i tried that and asked for a replacement or how to make one. She told me "We have no parts for your refrigerator. Period. Go talk to your local appliance store." has anyone tried to make one at home/work or have any suggestions? thanks.

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Building boxes to fit existing doors

I have about five Tasmanian Oak cupboard doors and they are an odd size (W:490cm x H:575cm). I want to use some of them on low-hung overhead cupboards in the kitchen. They have a board insert with a plan board on top and sides. They would look good, I think, just lightly stained and sealed or painted white in the farmhouse style. Problem is, because they are not a standard size and I cannot by stock cupboards to fit. I thought I could buy mdf or pine boxes to attach them to but the odd size makes this difficult too. So then I thought - I will have to build them myself. As I am a total novice, does anyone know how I can do this, tactically and in the most economic way? Thank you in advance ...

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Light Sensitive Chicken Coop Door

Hi, I recently started keeping my own chickens and have really enjoyed the whole experience. The chickens were all really friendly and provided hours of amusement. Until a few weeks ago I had 4 of our feather friends in a nice Coop. That was fine until one night, for the first time ever, we forgot to close the door to the coop. Unfortunatley the fantastic Mr Fox must have been casing the joint for some time and siezed his opportunity. Three of the chickens were nowhere to be seen, the fourth lay dead under our rhubarb. So why am I telling you all this sad tale? well, I have stumbled accross a solution to this ever happening again. On Ebay I can purchase a 'VSB Automatic door opener', but it'll cost about £100. This is also not ideal as by current door for the coop opens horizontally not vertically, which would mean replacing the door. I'm also concerned that the light unit will be underneath a roof with this design, so it may close prematurely, leaving the chickens trapped in the yard. I'd like to have a go at making my own automatic closer for the coop, possibly solar powered (with a rechargeable battery) that could be mounted to the side of the coop. I don't mind adapting the door to make a vertical opener, if that makes the project easier. The specs for the bought units are: Compact geared motor with steel gears ensuring extremely long life. Battery life now 3 to 4 years with an HS sliding gate or 2 years with a 1.5-kg sliding gate featuring a 50-cm lift. Dorkeeper operates considerably more quietly now. Thanks to 40-kg breaking strength, the rope can hardly break any more. Electronic shutdown of motor within one second when the sliding gate is blocked.Once the blockage is removed, the sliding gate will be opened within three minutes. The strain on the batteries is virtually negligible. Tensile force: 200 g to to 3 kg, with idler UR on the sliding gate (pulley) 6 kg. Does anyone have an ideas how to make something suitable/similar? I have included photo's of the coop showin the current method for closing (Metal foding arm)

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Safety of your garage door or car remote...

No time and no pics for a proper Instructable, so I just put out some word of warning ;) Around here bad people take advantage of the fact that a lot of new houses have the garage right next to the house. With these you usually also get a door so when you park your car you don't have to get out of the garage again. All controlled by the press of a button on the remote... Some fancy guys got a device working similar to the IM-ME Open Sesame hack a few years back. But unlike the original author the new guys found ways to make money by providing working "universal garage door openers" on dubious websites. Problem with the new model is that it not only fakes a remote with dip switches but also the newer models with so called "rolling code", "intellicode", "changing code" and so on. The old remotes with dip switches should actually by phased out years ago by any owner who values his stuff... But the new models are still deemed secure and next to impossible to hack - well if you trust the advertisement... How does the code hacking work? The old dip switch models allow for a maximum of just over 4000 different codes and come in just 3 or 4 frequency bands. No real problem for anyone with basic electronic and coding skills to hack these - as shown with Open Sesame. The new models all use a so called rolling code, here the remote and opener are paired through 32 bit of ID code and an encrypted part that changes every time. Both remote and opener calculate the next code once a button was pressed or a code received. To overcome reception problems the base usually calculates the next 256 codes in advance - and that is the entry point for bad boys. The illegal device scrambles the frequency detected while storing the code received by the orignal remote. As the door did not open the owner will try to press the button again. Still scrambled to opener does nothing - until the device sends out the first recorded code! Now the owner can drive in and is happy. Of course he still needs to close the garage - again all is scrambled and the code stored as before. You see where this is going.... It is even possible to set the amount of required tries to capture, so in theory a bad guy could get the next 10 or codes in advance for use once the owner is gone out... Worst thing however is that these illegal devices not only open garage doors but also cars as a lot of them use similar systems for their remotes - up to the point of starting the car with it. Took me only 2 hours with Google translate to find a website outside the usual search results that offers these "gadgets", along with WiFi and cell phone jammers, credit card copy devices and more things I don't want know about... What can you do to protect yourself? First check what type of remote your system uses - if there are DIP Switches than replace the remote system or the entire device in favour for something more secure. If you already have a rolling code model that you are far better off but sadly no longer totally safe here. A lost remote should not only be replaced but the old one removed from the system as well - you never know if you just lost it or someone took your remote ;) Alternatives exist, especially if you are not afraid of doing some open heart surgery on the electronics of a garage door opener. You can add a WiFi module and use your mobile phone to open the garage - search Google if you like the idea ;) Another very neat way is using a second transmitter that keeps the relay for activating the opener from working. This can be anything from a BT module paired with your phone or cars BT system over a keycard to numberplate recognition cams. A good system also allows for a "holiday mode" or similar. Here you can set this mode with one remote until you deactivate it with the same remote the system will not react to anything. Great if you leave the house for more than a day or two... As a last resort you can always get a big and angry dog to sleep in your garage.... What if you are renting or a bit limited with the electronics and soldering skills? Not all is lost if you can accept a second remote for added safety. These days you can get plug in converters for your mains voltage outlets that work with a remote control. Unless they use Infra Red for this they are great to disable your opener. Simply plug it in where the power cord for the opener is and then plug the cord into it as well ;) Now you can fully shut off the opener with the press of a button and only if the power outlet is switched on the opener will work. If in doubt you can use a double outlet adapter an extension cord and a night light to indicate wether or not the opener has power. Ok, and what about the door lading from the garage into the house? Well, of course keep it locked and if you are home also keep it locked. At least this way you have some extra time in case someone tries to enter through your garage while you are sleeping ;)

Topic by Downunder35m 


How to repair, not replace, refrigerator door seal?

We have a 1972 Coldspot 3 door refrigerator/freezer that has leaking door gaskets that are causing condesation and mold growth on the outside of the door. My father loves this 40 year old "antique" but for the cost to replace the 3 magnetic door seals, about $200.00, we can by a pretty nice used late model fridge.  Is there any way to tune up the old magnetic seals to function properly again. I am considering adding a form a gasket or silicone to the existing seal surface and closing the door onto an oiled or waxed surface to create a "custom fit". Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Musical greeting card player - how to attach it to a door, so it plays when the door opens?

I hope someone can help me figure out how to remove the guts of a musical greeting card and somehow attach it all to a door frame so when the door opens, the song plays. Thanks!

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How can I make a Bookcase Door?

Scooby-Doo movies became famous for it, spy movies have been known to have them, Batman had one, and yet... I used to live in Kansas, before I moved to Arizona, and while I was there I visited a place called Science City. It is basically an indoor amusement park with funky gizmos like a hologram of a fist sized diamond behind a painting, and a rocking chair that doubles as a power generator. But the thing that interested me most was a wall that revolved at the center, becoming a door that would lead to another room. I asked some of the employees about it, but it must be a trade secret since they all said they couldn't, or wouldn't tell me. One of them even denied the existence of such a wall! Ever since then, I have seen various recreations like this in spy and mystery movies. I think that this would be the coolest thing ever. You see, when you turn the wall around, one side is a fake bookcase, the other is a blank wall. It turns 180 degrees, then you have to turn it the other way. I want one of those in a cabin that my family is building up in the mountains. Since it would have to be custom built, I would need a very good idea of where to start. Anything in the way of advice, answers, or even speculations anyone could give me would be absolutely great. Sincerely Yours, Zelback1

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Why do people search for secret door bookcases on Thursdays? Answered

I was exploring the new profile page and browsed through to the "Launch Stats" button, and found the following strange behavior: on my project https://www.instructables.com/id/Secret-door-bookcase/, twice as many people visit on Thursday as any other day of the week. Remarkably consistently. For the last three months. None of my other instructables show this peculiarity. I can't imagine why. Any ideas? Is there a US show featuring secret doors that runs on Thursdays?

Question by makendo   |  last reply


Screw ends sticking out the opposite side of a door panel

The previous owner of my house drilled screws through a door to hold one of the door panels in place. The screws are sticking out the other side leaving the  sharp ends exposed.  What would be the best way to fix these sharp ends? Could I just use a bolt cutter and cut them off? 

Question by schupart   |  last reply


Free 'Save Our Dogs" window-door Sticker

Just sharing a really nice 'save our dogs' sticker to fellow pet owners, found this while unpacking some boxes in my archives (read garage), enjoy !

Topic by patron_zero   |  last reply


Help me make a bookcase door to a secret room

  Inappropriate Incomplete Spam Scooby-Doo movies became famous for it, spy movies have been known to have them, Batman had one, and yet... I used to live in Kansas, before I moved to Arizona, and while I was there I visited a place called Science City. It is basically an indoor amusement park with funky gizmos like a hologram of a fist sized diamond behind a painting, and a rocking chair that doubles as a power generator. But the thing that interested me most was a wall that revolved at the center, becoming a door that would lead to another room. I asked some of the employees about it, but it must be a trade secret since they all said they couldn't, or wouldn't tell me. One of them even denied the existence of such a wall! Ever since then, I have seen various recreations like this in spy and mystery movies. I think that this would be the coolest thing ever. You see, when you turn the wall around, one side is a fake bookcase, the other is a blank wall. It turns 180 degrees, then you have to turn it the other way. I want one of those in a cabin that my family is building up in the mountains. Since it would have to be custom built, I would need a very good idea of where to start. Anything in the way of advice, answers, or even speculations anyone could give me would be absolutely great. Sincerely Yours, Zelback1

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Be aware of the new LED light-door knocking scam!

It might just be a local thing for now here in AU but history shows a good scam often is picked up globally...The topic of the scam is a FREE upgrade of your old incandescent lights to modern and cost efficient LED lights.Down here we have these government sponsored and energy related initiatives for home owners and landlords on a more or less regular base.Sometimes it is solar cells, then solar hot water systems or better insulation, now we again have LED lights as last time not everyone took the offer.The offical way to benefit is to apply for it, usually a quick online process.After that a certified guy or girl makes an appointment and replaces the number of lights you specified.But to address more people and get around landlords door knockers are also used.These offcial guys provide you with some flyers highlighting the program, details about the process and so on.And if you are interested sign you up on a list for your replacement.It means you don't sign anything, you just confirm your ID and end on a list.A a week or two later you see a bunch of students running with little ladders and boxes of lightbulbs knocking on doors.So far so good and sometimes you even get older people replacing the bulbs for free.You can quite easy identify the official guys down here as the display ID tags with picture and those tags not just look professional but also contain all vital info and signs that correspond to the official government initiative.The scammers jumping on the money train however show a slightly different approach.Usually students with good language and promotional skills come in a nice dress and knock on your door.They come with a more less well made copy of the government flyer, usually not in the right format and not on nice, glossy paper.They also usually only show you a badge after you ask then to but won't follow the official code and have it displayed on the dress.Said badge, in my case, was of bad quality and was just an ink jet print laminated in bulk and cut straight, not even with the standard rounded edges...I played along anyway and showed interest, so I was asked if it is ok to have a quick look to check how many lights are required.Keep in mind here that the official guys won't need that info - they take this info by the actual amount of lights the students replace later on!I told the guy I only need 6 lights as the rest was already replaced by myself.Needless to say he insisted stating that he needs to confrim the amount as a requirement for the free replacment because the installer needs to know how many light are required...You would expect now to see someone walking through your house with the head tilted to the ceiling....2 minutes, maybe three...It took almost 10 minutes, for each light he filled a bit out on his form.Like lvining room, 3 lights, ladder required, toilet, one light, cover needs to be removed.....This time was used to get an impression of what is visibly available in the rooms...Once done the nice guy wanted me to sign his now filled out form and asked for my name so he can put it in the form.Don't know why I felt this urgent need but I asked nicely if I could actually have a quick read of the form before I sign.Reluctantly he agreed and handed my the form.What I spotted right away was that it was two pages that were not connected in any way, like with a stapler, not numbered either.The first page had all the details of my lights and requirements plus some not really clear looking government inignias.Like what you would end up with if you embed in a word document from a web page.Low quality instead of coming from a proper and official print shop.Page two then only needed my name, address and signature under the long list of fineprints.I did not even have to read it all to know it indeed is a bdly made scam.The FREE LED lights are still free, but each one comes with an installation fee of $35.This fee covers checking the fittings and light switches and if required their replacement at the costs of the occupant plus of course the disposal of the old lights.The offcial cooling off period for this type of contract is honored though.Well, that is until you read it all and double check the first page.14 days are granted for this officially and in the contract I was supposed to sign.With the exception that I automatically agree to have the replacement done at the convinience of the installer.Also added was a clause that states the contract is binding and the payment is required within 7 days once the lights are replaced.Page 1 though already had next Friday listed for the replacements of my lights....Means my cooling off period is reduced to 7 days....To cancel the contract I would have to send it in writing and with confirmation.And the arrival needs to be confirmed at least 48 hours prior to the installation date so the installer can shedule accordingly.Basically means I have to send this cancellation letter the same day I sign the contract to have any chance at all to avoid paying at least $35 per LED light.Needless to say I refused to provide my name and did not sign despite all well meant attempts to convince me otherwise.And although I can neither deny nor confirm to have made a specific phone call, some cop car picked the guy up shortly after when he was knocking on another door further down the street...Be aware if some really nice guy or girl offers you a FREE service after you opened your door!Be suspicious if they "require" entry to confirm or check certain things!It is quite possible this requirement is only to check for valuables!Do the smart thing and take what they offer in paperwork and ask them to come back a few days later so you can have a good read.Don't let them pressure you in any way!!!If it is a free service then you don't need to rush things and any official door knocker will be happy to give you the parperwork and tell you if you want to have it done you can simple use the details on the info material and register yourself online.And if you go that route you will see an official government portal for it.Even if a scammer goes as far as creating a website for the scam it won't provide you any of the standards you expect from your government.If you really decide to sign something on the spot or to provide personal details then at least read all the fineprints and everything else on all the documents!That means unless you know legal talk that you should have someone check it for you!

Topic by Downunder35m 


Removing hairspray from painted woodwork

Can anyone suggest how to remove hairspray (off spray) from painted wooden surfaces (doors) as we have tried all proprietary household products and white spirit without any success and it would be nice to have to avoid repainting the doors..!!

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Crazy things you've done?

One of the crazy things I did was take nails out of the door hinges to a shed with my friend. Not too long ago the door fell down.... One of the not so smart things I have done is when we had a storm this winter I went bike riding. We probably shouldn't have done that but oh well...

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me and a friend are looking to go on a trip to japan, anyone know how my friend and I could get an educational bond?

Where can i find one of those educational bonds? where you go to a place, and you make like a little video of what you learned. or, do you know where we could get some fundraiser things to go door to door with? (like cookie dough and those "pay back"/coupon books?

Question by Mr. Geek 


Home DIY Questions

The house i live in is falling apart at the seams. I fix every problem as it arises but a few things have stumped me or I've just never tackled them before. Any advice? 1. Gaping holes in Brick/Plaster walls left by electricians? 2. Panel from door punched through and sticky taped in good dodgy tradition. An attempt appears to have been made before to repair but the material has swelled with moisture (bathroom door). ? Cheers.

Topic by terielise   |  last reply


I'M SORRY

 Hey, just wanted to let you all know that i broke my right pointer finger. To all of you who like the guns i build, i'm sorry but i cant really build with a cast. I can put easy pieces together and such, but when it comes to snapping in a bunch of connectors i can't do it. I broke it when it got slammed in a car door. (the car is the lexus that i took the pics for my hell slayer on) My stupid sister saw her friend and jumped out of the car to see her and slammed the door just as i was getting out. I was just stepping out and my finger got slammed in the door. i had to go get a freaking splint and it sucks :( I can still make some stuff. I get my splint off in about 2 weeks. Then it will be sore, and i will have to have a wrap on it for another week.

Topic by KnexFreek   |  last reply


Clothes Drier on the fritz.

My mom and I just finished repairing a clothes drier that has been sucking a ton of electricity, and has been taking more than two cycles to completely dry a load of clothes. The only things we really did were to remove all the lint, and carefully cleaned the heater coil. To find out if we did a good repair I decided to make the drier run with the door open, and to my surprise the whole coil began to glow like a toaster. I have made it run with the door open before, and the heater coil has never glowed very much. Is it okay for it to be doing this?

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Suggestions plz*** Outdoor Cat House!!!

Hi guys, I have a cat box that my indoor cats hated. (here's direct link if the images i uploaded didn't work:  http://www.wayfair.com/New-Age-Pet-Habitat-n-Home%25E2%2584%25A2-Litter-Box-Cover-NEW1075.html ) I'd like to configure this into an outdoor cat house. I would put it in the shed which has missing front doors so it will already be protected from rain/leaks. I would like to use Styrofoam on the outside of the box for insulation. What would be the best way to attach it? Just duct tape? There are A LOT of animals in my neighborhood thanks to the woodlands and a pond about a quarter mile from our house. If I make the door opening just small enough so Whitey can fit, will this keep out raccoon and possums?  I plan to cut an escape door too! I also to use 8x8 carpet pieces, cut them in half, and screw them in so that helps keep the warmth. Any suggestions would be appreciated!! Thank you :)

Topic by lizlove87   |  last reply


How do you get a shipping container certified to legally live in?

It would be cool to attach a bunch of those things together and install a bunch of doors, windows, decks, etc. Seattle, Washington

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Silly people having fun doing cool-stuff with bikes and a pond

This looks so good (in the middle of winter). I strongly recommend muting the sound and listening to something else. (Doors, The End e.g.)

Topic by lemonie   |  last reply


knex bank style safe

This is my new knex safe. it is called a bank styled because it looks like one and has an extreemly thick back wall made up of 5 layers of knex. yes i did just say 5 layers!!! however it does have some bad points, i made the mechinism to big and almost stops the door opening sou you have to push or pull it to get it open .second  it only has 16 combinations. third the door is easy to take of its hinges. fourth it has little room inside as the mechinism takes up a hell of alot of room.if you want instructions you can either heve istructions for this or saw the ride.

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Zip car card RFID location?

I just got a Zipcar membership and received a card, which I assume has an rfid tag to unlock the doors. Does anyone know where the tag is, so I could punch a hole in it (to attach it to a keychain)? Or how I could find out? Thanks!

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i bought a stand-up arcade game and they didn't have the key to the front panel. how can I open it without a locksmith?

This is a classic ms. pacman machine by the Midway company. it looks like it will take a normal key, not a round key.

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my broken hand

I broke my left hand now get ready to laugh...i slammed it in an old '77 cadilac door (OUCH). i cracked my 1st knuckle dislocated my index finger and fractured my bone that goes from your knuckle to your wrist (OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW)

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Ideas to keep the cat out at night when she has a victim?

Hi my name is Robin and i have a cat problem. My cat has a cat door so she can walk in and out as she want, but she is bringing mice and rats and its not fun the hear her killing the victim in the middle of the night and its almost every night. So i was thinking about building something so she cant enter the house when she has her victims. I think im going to use my arduino somehow. like scann her or somthing and if she has a mice the door is locked. Im open to any ideas except collar with bell, she dont like to were collar. thanks in advance

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My mystery story

I'm in 8th grade and I have to write a mystery, please leave feedback and suggestions. I just want to make sure that this mystery would make sense to someone else, someone else who didn't write it. A rich man laid dead in his room with a will next to his body. He had many cuts and died from blood loss. As the police asses the situation they notice a knife next to him, the police thought suicide. Then they noticed a bloody will next to him, on the will it said that he would leave everything he owns to his butler. The inspector, inspector Higgins, found that it was odd the late Mr. Light left nothing to his wife, Mrs. Light who was sobbing next to the inspector. “Where were you when your husband was murdered?” asked inspector Higgins. “I was out shopping, I was getting him a Christmas gift.” Answered Mrs. Light “Do you have proof of this?” “Why yes, yes I do! Here’s a receipt from Kronix, the fancy watch store.” “Hmmmm. Here on the receipt you bought it about an hour ago, there would be have plenty of time for you to have commit this murder.” “How dare you say such a thing!?! I loved my husband, and I can explain about the time frame, Kronix is about an hour away, so it takes me time to get here!” “Ok, ok, ok, but what about this butler of yours, where is he?’ “I don’t know, he should be in the house.” The inspector and the police searched the house. The inspector came to a closet door and tried to open it, but it only opened an inch. “Officer, please help me open this door,” said the inspector. After much pushing they got the door open enough so that the slim inspector could slip into the room where he saw a shocking sight. “The butler’s in here, he was laying next to the door, and he appears to be dead from cuts.” Paramedics came rushing in . “He’s not dead, he’s merely unconscious, and we must get him to a hospital. A day later when the butler made enough of a recovery to talk. “Mrs. Light killed Mr. Light, she started slashing at me, but then I ran into the closet, which was foolish. She attacked me in there and I passed out, she must have thought I was dead.” Whispered the butler. “You’re under arrest for the murder of Mr. Light.” Announced the inspector towards the butler. How did he know the butler killed Mr. Light? The solution: When Inspector Higgins found the butler he was laying next to the door. According to the butler’s story he was being attacked in the closet, which means the murder would have to leave, which would have been impossible because the butler’s body kept the door from opening.

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Random Knex Challenge 5- Practicals!

Random Knex Challenge 5- Practicals! Don't know what practicals are? Well here is your answer: Practicals are the kind of things you can use every day, such as whatever holders, door closers, ect ect... Meh, I can't be bothered typing more lol :-P Prizes: 1st place- A PATCH, 5* on 3 of their ibles, fave 3 of their ibles, a sub from me! 2nd place- 5* on 3 of their ibles, fave 3 of their ibles, a sub from me! 3rd place- 5* on 2 of their ibles, fave 2 of their ibles, a sub from me! Anyway, that is your challenge, you have to make something practiacal out of knex, here are some ideas to help you decide what to make: Whatever holders (PSP, laptop, DS, ect.) Laptop stands Door closers and openers Small things like door wedges Tape dispencer Pen and pencil pots Furniture (Chairs, tables, shoe stands) You get the idea? Good, here are some rules!- Must be 100% Knex (Tape and string is allowed) Must be practical No guns! Must be entered by Thursday 14th No entries made before the competition started are allowed. Entrants for this round: Shadowman39 Mr. Muggle Killer~safecracker Knex gun builder Chopstx Seleziona Haon Knexfreak95 Pindahoofd So, you in?, good, then let's get crackin'!

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Woodstove

I have built this woodstove for my tiny house. I had tight space limitations. I chose a used 20 gal+/- propane tank. I cut out a door and exhaust opening with a disc on my angle grinder. Helpful hint. I attached hinges befor making the last cut on the door. It lines up perfectly. I found a piece of 6" well casing for my stack. An old piece of sheet steel for the top, in which I cut a 4" hole for my flue. I am using the tank upsied down as I am using the original valve opening, which is 3/4" pipe thread for outside combustion air. I welded the tank onto a 15" used steel car wheel for a sturdy stand. I will not be burning wood only manufactured logs like from Tractor Supply and will be making used paper for making presed pulp logs. I am letting the High Heat paint fumes air off before I fire it up. I also have a CO and Smoke Detector plus a Fire Extinguisher. There is a dampner in the flue and a thru wall fixture. It is mostly airtight. I installed 1/8" flanges on in and outside of the door. Used  a black wrought iron gate latch for a closer and some brass machine screws for bling. lol If anyone does this make sure you know what the hell you are doing, if not don't try this at home.

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Vertical Vivarium

Hello,  About two months ago I finished building my first vivarium. It's a monster at 5'wX2'hX2'd. It has a false-bottom, live plants, anoles, homemade irrigation system, appears cordless, made of 1/8th inch plexiglass and silicone sealed. Recently, it began to leak. The water pooled underneath the bottom panel and remained hidden until it seeped through the plywood it was resting on. I now have a series of buckets collecting constant drips underneath this thing. If I'm going to go through the trouble of emptying the tank and fixing the seal I might as well redesign it so this problem doesn't happen again.  I'd like to make more of a vertical vivarium since I am housing green anoles and they love having height. I'm thinking of recycling as much wood and plexiglass as possible; however, I'd like to avoid as much DIY sealing as possible. I'd like to have either sliding plexiglass doors, plexiglass doors on hinges, or a plexiglass panel held in place by magnets on the front. To fill the vertical space I'd like to have a living wall type plan. If anyone has any tips, guides, or advice for: the front doors, living walls, improving the bottom, or improving the false-bottom, it would be much appreciated.

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Quantitative Measure of Attempts to Influence Vote in Ohio

A good friend, who lives in Ohio, sent me this about various attempts to influence his voting in the democratic primary: So despite being towards the end of the calendar, Ohio is once again at the forefront of presidential election silliness. I submit for your consideration the number of attempts to influence our household vote via various means: calls by volunteers(a): obama 2, hillary 0 robocalls: obama 1, hillary 4 door-to-door visits by volunteers: obama 2, hillary 0 negative attack mailings sent by candidate: obama 1, hillary 3 unprompted invocations of candidate's name by one's toddler(b): obama 1, hillary 0 (a) Possibly but unlikely paid operatives (b) "Barack! Obama! Barack! Obama! Barack! Obama! Barack! Obama!" counts as only 1 invocation.

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New Speed Contest Announced: April Fools

OK, here it is. We're getting it out the door a little early because April Fools Day is next Tuesday!Show us what you can do to prank someone and be clever about it. April Fools Speed contestNote: Since this is not April 1st, this is not a prank.

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ADAM: 2009 movie about the realionship between a boy with Asperger's and the girl that moves in next door (upstairs) UPDATED....

Adam chronicles the relationship between a normal woman and a man with Asperger's Syndrome...Those with Asperger's, ...look at the world in ways that are fundamentally different...The easiest way to tell this story would be to resort to stereotypes and short-cuts and, to his credit, Mayer largely avoids these. A review Another review Update: The way I learned about this was through an interview on PBS radio in my area. UPDATE #2:  I have seen the movie, and I find a lot of it very accurate....but if you are looking for a nice neat "happily ever after" ending, it might not be for you.....it is realistic, and life doesn't always deal us "happily ever after". Just saying....  

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How to connect 2 audio sources to one speaker?

Hello, I'd really appreicate if someone could help me out here. I have a Samsung Bluetooth Car Kit which outputs the sound though a seperate speaker. What i'm looking to do is connect it in some way to the cars owm drivers door speaker. The Head unit mutes automatically when a call comes so there would be no sound going to the speaker from it when a call was in progress. The simple way to do it in my eyes would be to just connect both sets of speaker wires to the one door speaker, but i'm concerned that the 50w RMS that the head unit can blast out would be feed back into the bluetooth control unit would in some way damage it, and vice versa when I was talking on the phone. What could I use to prevent the sound getting feed back, some type of diode or something? Like I said any help would be really appreicated as the speaker is a big ugly thing which I'd rather not use if possible. Thanks Davy

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