DIY Speakers

What we did was took different types of copper wire to find out which was the best for the quality of our speaker. We tried a wider gauged wire, a longer, and a couple other unsuccessful hypothesis´. The best one was the longer wire. About 1 meter long.  The things you need:  -copper wire -av cables -box without the lid -magnet from a speaker -av cables -stereo to connect to the av cable -tape to put you copper on the box

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DIY Speakers

I gave up my B&W; speakers that I've had since I was 16, which was a long time ago. I'm now in the market for some DIY speaker ideas. There are a bunch of speaker Instructables, but I would like to do something new and hopefully unique. Does anyone have photos of what they have built for inspiration?

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DIY Swivel Mount

We don't have swivel mounts here. I need one to hold my notebook+monitor while I'm in bed. Is there any instructable on this? Can you make one if not? I need one that goes up and down, right and left. Right now my monitor is useless as I'm in bed most of the time and I can't use it while I'm in bed. Thank you.

Topic by jaja1990 


DIY mini mishwasher

I got this idea of a DIY dishwasher. I couldn't find any one ever done it before, and i thought i any of you had seen/made one. So if you have links or any other knowledge, it would be interesting!

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Information on DIY Electronics

Hey everybody, I really hope someone can help me. I'm PJ, a social work student that's organizing a sort of DIY electronics meeting in Belgium. By school policy, i have to write something in between an essay and a thesis and i'm doing it about DIY as a scene within subcultures. Now because DIY as a scene or culture is so enormous i'm writing it about DIY in electronics/hardware fiddling/hacking/modding/bending. Now what i'm trying to ask: Do you know any essays, thesisses, papers, books about DIY as a culture, scene, phenonemon?,... Not just a link to Wikipedia I need a base, where i can start from in writing this essay so i can explore DIY some more. Thanks a lot. PJ

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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.

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Getting Started At DIY

Hi all I am a mechanical engineering by training. I've worked with Arduinos and loved them a lot. In college, I helped build two race cars in the Formula SAE competitions, and I worked in mechanical workshops doing milling, shaping, grinding, using lathes etc. I loved all of it. However, while I imagine my ideal self spending his weekends in his garage restoring his classic british sports car, I struggle to get excited enough to take on any projects at all. For instance, I have dreams of building my own go kart, writing a smartphone app, building a few home automation things that I have in mind etc, but I lack the courage to start, because I know I will leave it half done. The other thing is that, despite my training, I lack the engineering bent of mind to build things 'properly'. That streak where you choose the right option when designing something. It's hard to describe, but you can tell what was built by an engineer and what wasn't. I would like to ask you, what are your pro tips to getting started and having a long and successful unpaid, voluntary career in weekend hobby projects? Any and all advice is welcome, as are harsh words telling me to 'just freaking pick something and start'. What is your story? How'd you get into liking to build stuff? Did it come naturally to all of you, or did you have to force yourself at first until you started loving it? Thanks in advance.

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DIY Instructables Handbook

I just had a great idea, different instructables people should make different handbooks for different subjects that they are good in. Those types of books at stores are usually really overpice and have a ton of information that you'll never use and just makes the book fatter. I'm personally making an electronic on, fitting 4 pages on one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, making each sheet of the book ~3.25" X ~4.5. If you make one please upload a pdf file so that others can download it, cut it, and assemble it to have a crafty pocket refrence!This is the table of contents of electronic book (so far):TABLE OF CONTENTSFormulas....................................Definitions andSchematic Symbols....................Conversions................................Prefixes.......................................Resistor Code.............................Capacitor Code...........................Inductor Code..............................AWG Specifications.....................General Electronic Tips...............First page:General outline:E=VoltsI=CurrentR=ResistanceP=Watts (Power)L=InductanceC=CapatanceG=ConductanceOhms Law: E=IRPower Formula: P=IEResistors in series: Rtotal=R1+R2+R3...Resistors in Parallel:Rtotal=(R1-1+R2-1+R3-1+.....)-1orstill working on it (and the subscribts and superscripts didn't translate too well, but you get the idea.If you have any formulas that you want me to put in the electronics reference then post a comment!Some topics for references could be:WoodworkingConstructionCookingRadioetc.

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diy collars NOT dog? Answered

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Tweeters in DIY project

Hello everybody of the instructable community, I am currently doing a DIY project including speakers but I was wondering if there was anyway I could use only a tweeter as a speaker and was wondering how to wire it and I am new to speakers but good at wiring, soldering, and understanding diagrams. If you guys can help plz reply. -TECHNOMAN888

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diy drum set?

Since i have built plenty of guitar and a new bass i'm planning to build a drums, just to know how much work is put on building drums. is it possible to build a drum set from scratch? how are they built? and on what materials? and what are the things to consider.

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Simon Says DIY

Hi, I am building a Simon Sais Game,Searching the internet i found 3 DIY's One is the KIT thing, and that spoils the idea,The other one i found uses a PICAXE-18 microcontroller wich is not available in egypt, last one i found is ok, but i wanted to add some more features to the game, A speed control, a reset botton and a 7 segment counter to count the correct moves.SO please post any ideas, any links and help would be appreciate! these r the links i foundthank uThe PiCaxe Simon Sais GameThis one is the one i want to improve

Topic by super_r_85 


Seal DIY wallpaper Answered

I'm hoping to use some old beano comics as wallpaper in our bathroom and looking for a suitable sealant to ensure that the paper doesn't soak up moisture. I've found examples of similar projects elsewhere using books and newspapers, but none where a sealant has been applied. The closest product I've found to what I'm looking for is "Zinsser Gardz" but I suspect this might cause the ink to run. Can anybody confirm or correct me on this, or recommend an alternative? I'm going for a matte finish if possible and the paper will probably be adhered using regular wallpaper paste - unless I'm advised otherwise.

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DIY Home Insulation

So I know I need to better insulate my attic for the coming winter but, money is tight and the to-do list is growing so I began thinking of alternative or DIY materials to do the job. I know Cellulose insulation is shredded newsprint treated with chemicals to make it mold and creature resistant, and on a small scale maybe that process could be a fun experiment, but not for 1000 sq ft. My next thought (and current favorite) is to acquire styrofoam packing material (box inserts, packing peanuts, un-used food and drink containers) and mill them up to about the in to some uniform size. Then get some cheap plastic bag/ tube material and fill strips with a couple of inches of styrofoam. Then the blanket o’ foam could just be laid out over the existing insulation in the attic. Now, before I start this endeavor I thought I would check with the instuctable think tank to figure out: A) any better ideas 2) what R rating a 3 inch loose fill blanket of styrofoam and plastic would have III) Is this a terrible idea due to moisture being trapped under the plastic Also in a previous forum someone suggested re-routing their dryer vent to the attic and I was wondering if anyone had tried that and/or anyone’s thoughts on that. -Odo

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diy pool heater

I have tried so many different ways to heat my pool water and have had little luck. One way I did it was to take about three hundred feet of black 1/2" drip line and run it around the pool rim. I supplied cold water from a smalloutlet attached to the return line,using the power of the filtration pump to move the water from the pool through thecoil and I adjusted the flow to about half of the normal, then at the end I had the heated water re-enter the pool. Iwould say the water got to about 100 degrees, by the time it went through the drip line. The problem is that it wasn'tefficient enough to have any real effect on the pool water temperature which stays at about 60-65 even on the hottest days. I live in the Sacramento area of California, and we get pretty hot summers, usually about 90-105. Any suggestions on how I could make this idea more efficient? My pool water temp is always too cold to swim in, and I have a capacity of 12,000 gallons.

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DIY Blackout Blinds?

Does anyone have any ideas on how to create a super cheap, super easy way to create some blackout shades for my bedroom without buying expensive custom-sized blackout blinds? I fact, I already have custom-sized blackout blinds -- except they're roller blinds, and when they're deployed, although their size is exactly the same as my windows (about 70" wide by 20" tall) when they're rolled down, and the sun is shining on them, the light literally blasts through on all sides, rendering them almost useless. What  I need is a light barrier that makes the room pitch dark even if the sun is blasting directly on the windows. I looked at this site: http://www.blackoutez.com -- but after ordering, and even if they do ship to Canada, it's liable to be prohibitively expensive. What I need is something cheap, easily mountable, easily unmountable and able to be stowed in a closet every day, then brought out every night for the next day. I thought of using those dollar store poster boards, maybe taped together with duct tape. Black ones would probably do a good job of blocking the light and they're pretty big -- maybe 48" x 36" -- but there is still the problem of how to attach them to the tops of the windows. So again, here are the criteria: Cheap, maybe less than $50 all together Block ALL light completely Easily mounted, easily unmounted Able to be stowed quickly and easily Durable, able to be used every day for months Able to recite the Gettysburg Address with no cue cards (Okay, I'm willing to forego the last one!) Turn your inner geniuses loose! Thanks in advance Nickster

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Regarding the DIY music box... Answered

I was considering getting the DIY music box www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/8f7f/ at thinkgeek and I'm wondering if there is a website with song blueprints and if I have to buy special paper to use for it.

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YouTube DIY Video Challenge

We just got news from our friends at YouTube saying that they are having a DIY Holiday Video Extravagazna right now. Todd Oldham has a video on the homepage requesting HowTo videos from the community. He's asking people to show him their favorite craft projects that can be given as gifts or make great decorations for the holidays. He's going to choose the most exciting 12 and put them on the home page when he's the guest editor in a couple of weeks.If anyone is interested in submitting a video, head on over to Todd's video announcement for the full details, and of course, make sure that you enter it into the Instructables Homemade Holidays 2007 Contest as well.

Topic by noahw 


K'nex: The bane of modern DIY

Okay, We all know that K'nex is fun, and nearly everyone remembers playing with them when they were young. BUT, I have found that nearly every time that I try to find an Instructable on ANYTHING half or more of the title results come up as something like this "Seuper-Ultra Awsum L33T K'nex thing". We all know that K'nex is fun, but is it really necessary, that every time that your 8 year old son, (or, 8 year old self for that matter) builds something out of K'nex that looks remotely like ANYTHING you go post an Instructable on it. Now, I am not trying to bash on K'nex here, in fact, I love them, but I hate when people think in is necessary to torment the rest of the world with their primitive creations. Then again, this is just my opinion, please post your own. Long days, and pleasant nights, Aztof Du'Reth

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DIY Card Game Playmat?

I have recently started playing Magic: The Gathering, and was looking to get a Playmat, I would like to make one because I don't want to spend a ton on a mat, I was wondering if anyone had any links to a tutorial on how to make a portable one from scratch for under $5? In case you don't know what they are, here is a link to some ( http://sales.starcitygames.com/category.php?t=a&cat;=5090 ) Thanks.

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DIY Headphone/Speaker switcher

Hi. I want a box where I can select whether I was the signal to go to either my headphones or my desktop speakers. I know I can just get a 3.5mm splitter cable, but I'd prefer to be able to switch of either one when it's not being used. To get around having to use several switches, I thought of this. If you think (like me) that it'll work, could you please let me know. Thanks, wbr

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DIY Electric Cello (PVC??)

Hey guys, I've been looking around at making an electric cello (or perhaps violin, but we'll focus on the cello) and I found a few random sites that had instructions for that... but then I ran into this:https://www.instructables.com/community/Homemade-Holidays-Winners-Announced_1/(scroll down to see 'pvc cello') However the link doesn't work anymore! Can anyone help me find instructions on how to build one??Or perhaps the location of instructions that can help you build these: http://www.halcyon.com/jensmus/scello.htmThanks!!

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DIY Church, 99% Recycled

I just saw this video on the BBC News site: A man in Spain has spent almost 50 years building a church entirely from scrap, after he was expelled from a monastery after he contracted tuberculosis. Justo Gallego, 85, says the construction in Mejorada del Campo is an "act of faith" but others warn it's a huge folly - and say that the building, which has never had planning permission, could be pulled down. It is an incredible undertaking.  This chap has had a bit of help - mainly from art students, by the sound of things - but most of the work is his alone, and he has taken some clever short-cuts. Who would have thought of building columns by casting concrete in stacked oil drums?  Or of covering a roof by splitting open the drums you carried the materials up in? (Images are screen-grabs from BBC video)

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DIY electric drum set

Here's an easy way to make an electric drum set for about 150 dollars that sounds and works great. I am going to post instructions, but this should tell you enough. Get two rock band drum sets. Open the drums. They are easy to open. Just put your hand in the little gap about halfway through the drums and carefully lift up. In the center, there would be a circular area. Keep those clean. Buy nine of those tiny recorders that you press a button to play. They are about 4 dollars each. Record a tom 1 sound, a tom 2 sound, a tom 3 sound, a bass sound, a snare sound, a crash cymbal 1 sound, a crash cymbal 2 sound, a boom cymbal sound, and a hi-hat cymbal sound. Glue each drum sound inside the center of each drum. Glue the bass one underneath the bass pedal. Turn all the volumes on high. IT WORKS! All for pretty cheap.

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What are some good new DIY ideas for airsoft?

What are some good new DIY ideas for airsoft besides silencers, grenades, gillies, DIY guns, and claymores?

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Is there a way to make a diy surround system?

Remember, this is for a computer

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Monopoly DIY Credit Card Bank?

Ok, so we have the Monopoly electronic banking board game, we have everything the credit cards and board.  But we lost the credit card banking thing, we also do not have the receipt.  Is there any way we can do a DIY bank, even something over the computer.  I heard of Excel but, you would have to type in your money, the whole point of having credit cards is to make the money system faster than just handing out bills.  is there any ideas what we could do?

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While we were in text mode, I saw a link to a DIY test?

But couldn't get it to display.  Now I can't find the link.  Anybody know where it is?

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which software i should use for my diy drum kits?

I m planning to make my own drum kit using atmega32 microcontroller. i need to know which software to use connecting it to my pc and playing the same??

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DIY Bluetooth speaker build, advice please

Hi all Apologies for the newbie questions, I've decided to build my first portable speaker system. I was hoping to make my own version of the 'Vintage Audio Suitcase Speaker' e.g. www.vcase.com.au I have found some second hand 6.5 inch 'Response' woofers for a cheap price and I have two spare satellite speakers from my Logitech Z-5500 system. Suitcase should be relatively easy to source. What I'm struggling with is the amp and battery choice. I'd like this to be able to run for a few hours on battery, and be easy to recharge via mains or USB. I don't mind spending a bit of money on the amp as I'd like this to last a good few years. The tricky part is, with my current speaker plan, it would need to run 4 speakers that are rated at 70wrms each. Plus the Logitechs are 8 ohm and the Response woofers are 4 ohm. Is this possible? Advice much appreciated.

Topic by SpookyGhost 


DIY Challenge Portable Filtered Ventilation System

Hello inventors and creative minds. I'm an airbrush enthusiast and I'm looking for an inexpensive way to build a portable ventilation system. I'm curious if anyone has built something that would work by using cheap home filters. Please send any ideas and suggestions

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DIY Mandolin Rail for Tack Piano effect?

I've seen several videos in YouTube for pianos that have Mandolin Rails. These devices are felt strips attached to a metal "rail" that can be swung in and out of place to give a normal sounding upright piano a ragtime sound. They look pretty simple to make, but I have not found any webpages with instructions on how to build one. Anybody have any input? Most of the materials look like they would be readily available, except for the 88 metal tabs that go at the end of each felt tab. I found a website that sells the tabs pretty cheap http://www.player-care.com/resale.html  Here are a couple of YouTube videos that show Mandolin Rails in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQYIM3CSaxQ&feature;=player_detailpage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEfsLzwTCxM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl1Qt2ZuHZA

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Need help on first DIY project Idea

Hello, I would like your help on an idea I have to make an external recoil pack so VR players with existing gun controllers can add recoil force to existing controllers that do not feature it. Recoil and haptic force feedback controllers are $500-3000 in cost. Can you help me out. I have not attempted this sort of DIY thing before. I just need some tips and what I need to buy in order to get his done. thank you. I have all the time in world and would love to know what parts I will need. So far I have found some good candidates. I should add that I want this pack to be powered by a wall adapter and cable. 12V I am thinking. Recoil and hard hitting rumble will need juice. I can find a way to affix the device. I just need to know what parts I need, and how to wire it all up. I know I need a switch that can be physically connected in way that a trigger pull will engage the motors. I know I need help. Please any help would be appreciated. I also would like to use "solenoids" or "Actuators" I just need to know from more experienced builders what would be better for an external universal type "pack". The idea is that the pack can add great force feedback to any gun with a physical trigger pull, or something of the nature http://nfpshop.com/product/12v-powerful-vibrating-motor-strong-vibration-motor-nfp-f280v/ http://www.nfpmotor.com/products-powerful-vibration-motors.html http://www.nfpmotor.com/Vibrating-vibrator-vibration-motors.html

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DIY Car Speaker Phone with CB Mic

A project I've been trying to do for the longest time is to build a home made speaker phone for my car. There used to be a car phone in it from the pre-cell phone ages and its always sparked my imagination. Basically, from my cell phone's 2.5mm jack to a speaker and to a mic. Now, I have a CB Radio in my Cruiser and it has a built in PA. So what ever I say will come out a 3.5mm jack, very convient for the input for this project. However, I'm a dummy when it comes to speakers. I would have to build a small little loud speaker that would project the sound from my phone. I took apart a headset, so I have the plug for the headset. Now what I don't know is how the wires are arranged in the headset wire and what's the best way to built that speaker from a 2.5mm jack output. The input isn't much of a problem, just gotta figure out which wire in the headset wire is the input... probably red. I'm not much of a electrical guy and I don't currently own a soldering iron. I just have 180w welder.

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Request: DIY LED Nightlight Outlet Cover

Hi all, I have been scouring the web and have yet to find what I am looking for.  I have seen a couple of different LED lights embedded in outlet covers and switchplates, but I need to do-it-myself because whoever cut the outlet holes in my house clearly had the shakes, and I want to convert the larger size custom covers I need to have LED lights especially for the kitchen and the bathrooms.  I also want to put them into covers that have unusual configurations, such as two outlets and a switch, etc. I have a few things I need.  (1) it cannot prevent full use of the outlet (I don't have any to spare)  (2) I need to be able to use amber lighting so as not to have the normal blue of standard white LED lighting wake me up, which should be easy enough.  (3) I would really love to be able to add them to GFCI outlets, too, but my understanding of how those work is limited. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.  I'm good with electronics right up until it involves building your own circuits, but my electrical skills pretty much top out at re-wiring a lamp, understanding how many amps it is safe to pull in a house circuit and how not to electrocute myself. I want to do this right, so it's stable long term and safe.  Again, thanks for any help, folks. -Lois

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Does anyone know of any good Diy communities in san diego?

I just moved to San diego, and i'm looking for local places to get handmade stuff, materials, and possibly a place to work. Does anybody know a good area in San Diego to find these sorts of things?

Question by cyc4015 


Is there a clear, heat sensitive spray glue?

Working on a project that I would like to fuse by heating it.  I want a clear spray.  I have found something called spraynbond which is for fabrics but I am not sure if it is clear or what it is made of (to make sure it won't damage something).  Any suggestions?

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Halloween Contest Entries on YouTube Group 1

You can enter your youtube videos in the DIY Halloween Contest. Just add them to the DIY Halloween Contest Group. Here are some of the videos that we have received so far.Pumpkin Carving Robot DIYHalloween Toy Soldier Halloween Haunt 2006 Final Look

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what is the best way to do DIY stage lighting?

I have some red green blue and yellow flood lamps from home depot, and i was wondering if there is a way to make it less of a flood and more of a beam, would making some sort of enclosure out of cans help? are there any other ways of stage lighting on the cheap?

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is it possible to make a simple DIY crossover unit for speakers?

I have been wanting to make a crossover unit for some speakers (i literally have 14+ speakers of various sizes laying around) and i was wondering how feasible this is...

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DIY Problem Solving Should Include Kith and Kin

Doing favors for,  and asking help from your local friends, neighbors, and merchants should always  be part of significant problem solving  . Not always the first step, not always the last step. But there is no intelligence like local intelligence.   The paint guy at Mutual Ace hardware and I know each other by name. The cashiers at Craftwood Lumber and the guys who work the lumber counter there know me as well. It's not that I do that much business. But, when they are not busy, I have run ideas past them.  Neighbors here discuss improvement  and fix up projects., I've helped people; they have helped me. I';ve helped teach this skill to my kids and they have profited by it   If you don't know someone local, the sites: meetup.com and rentafriend.com can help this.  The skill is being lost; otherwise I wouldf not mention what used to be obvious.

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Ideas for DIY solid surface kitchen counter top?

Hi all, I need to replace some counter tops in my kitchen and I love the solid surface materials like Corian, but it's also very expensive so I was wondering if we could collaborate and come up with a DIY solution. I know concrete is one option for a DIY counter top. But it's very heavy, prone to cracking and a little to industrial for my taste. Maybe someone who knows more about synthetic resins will have a suggestion. I'm imagining pouring a mixture into an upside down mold the way it's done with concrete. It would be great if we could figure out how to mold a sink into the counter too, but maybe that would add too much complexity.

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Halloween Contest Entries on YouTube Group 2

You can enter your youtube videos in the DIY Halloween Contest. Just add them to the DIY Halloween Contest Group. This is group 2 of the videos that we have received so far. I'll add more groups as necessary, so submit your video now!The Making of the Tesla CD Turbine Prototype Tesla CD Turbine with Skilsaw Attachment Running the Tesla CD Turbine With PumpkinCutter Attachment

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inexpensive DIY outdoor girl birthday party ideas Answered

I want to make my daughter birthday one she wont forget. my only problem is... im a single mom of 4 teen boys and my daughter chevelle-8.  money is real tight but im not above making as much of it as possible. this is the first year that she wanted a birthday that was girly. she wants a frozen theme party. i need some ideas of diy eats, deco and anything u might be able to help me give her a great party. we have invited her class and her baseball team.  please help!!!

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Someone help! DIY wah wah guitar effect

Instructables community, I am 13, just learning to play guitar, and want some awesome effects to spice up my sound. I have seen the kits for DIY wah wah effects and wish to make one. I don't plan on etching my own circuit board, and i don't want to buy one. All of the schematics are pretty complicated and i have no idea how to decipher them. I will probably end up using a protoboard; but can someone simplify the plans and/or give me the links to the parts i need? Thanks in advance, -Nick

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Date of the winners

Anybody know when they will be announceing the winners?

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