We cannot live without oil

We need oil from plastics to your car. If anyone begs to differ then please reply.

Posted by knektek 8 years ago

Cheap colorless oil?

I like making these snow globe thingies, or just oil and glitter in a bottle. They fall slower when you use oil rather than just plain water, and I saw someone recommend baby oil. However, its a bit expensive just for this use, especially the colorless one. So I'm looking for any type of oil I can use for this project, that is cheaper than baby oil. As long as its clear/colorless.

Posted by Mikki G.W 3 years ago

concentrating fish oils?

Is there a way to concentrate fish oils? or even an effective way to "harvest" fish oil?

Posted by ledzep567 10 years ago

How is Lamp oil made

Everyone can show you how to make a lamp. I want to know how the lamp oil is made?

Posted by moonviper 9 years ago


Does anyone know how to filter it effectively to get rid off the fragance and the vitamin E? (well, baby oil's condutivity is 0 but I just want to effectively filter it to obtain pure baby oil ) (Note I leve in a remote location and the only cheap accessible choice is the baby oil and they do not carry any other) Your help is appreciated!

Posted by dejabox 10 years ago

I am building an oil cooled PC but I need help

Does anyone know how to filter it effectively to get rid off the fragance and the vitamin E? (well, baby oil's condutivity is 0 but I just want to effectively filter it to obtain pure baby oil ) (Note I leve in a remote location and the only cheap accessible choice is the baby oil and they do not carry any other) Your help is appreciated!

Posted by dejabox 10 years ago

OIL COOLING PC: I want to build it but I hit a wall

But, Does anyone know how to filter it effectively to get rid off the fragance and the vitamin E? (well, baby oil's condutivity is 0 but I just want to effectively filter it to obtain pure baby oil ) (Note I leve in a remote location and the only cheap accessible choice is the baby oil and they do not carry any other) Your help is appreciated! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP IN THE 1ST ROUND!

Posted by dejabox 10 years ago

Oil: $100 per Barrel

Twas bound to happen - so why not open the new year with a new high?http://money.cnn.com/2008/01/02/markets/oil/index.htm?postversion=2008010212U.S. crude for February delivery jumped $4.02 to $100 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange before slipping to $99.42. The previous trading record was $99.29 set Nov. 20. Oil prices ended 2007 by gaining nearly 60 percent for the year, the largest jump this decade."This market is really gonna fly," Ira Eckstein, president of Area International Trading Corp, said from the NYMEX floor.In Nigeria, bands of armed men invaded Port Harcourt, the center the oil industry Tuesday, attacking two police stations and raiding the lobby of a major hotel, The Associated Press reported. Four policemen, three civilians and six attackers were killed. The Niger Delta Vigilante Movement claimed responsibility for the attack.At 2.1 million barrels per day, Nigeria was the world's eighth-largest oil exporter in 2006, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.Furthermore, the auto manufacturers are saying the new CAFE standards (35mpg for cars) are a very expensive goals. Mind you, there's cars 20+ years ago that exceeded this standard (CRX got in the mid 50mpg range).Futurama did elude to $100 per gallon of gas in New York city by 2012... How could they be wrong? :D

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago

NPR: $100/Barrel of Crude

This came up in another forum, but I heard the report too.... So today, there was a broadcast on NPR (yes, I admit that I listen to NPR :p) about a $100 per barrel crisis.... If you didn't know, a barrel of crude goes for about $93. Personally, I don't think it will cause a crisis - it's not as if it's going from $30 to $100 in a week. However, seriously, are the masses comatose? It's not like no one has been warning them of this - and the consequences nowhere near sustainable living. Arrrrr.... I've been saying it for awhile - if we don't regulate ourselves, nature is going to take the kind liberty of doing that for us (and that won't be pretty). Soylent Green anyone? I mean, I recently read that the average American will consume about 500,000 gallons of water per year... whereas some of the Nordic countries, consumption is around 17,500 gallons per person... By the way, the US has a very limited water store supply :/ US has 5% of world population... 25% of world total CO2 emissions. China, for example, has 22% of the world population - but only 15% of the world's CO2 emissions.... US has 5% of the world population - and 29% world CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. (china 14.5) What percentage of companies are considered sustainable (by Dow Jones sustainability index) in the US? A measly, 19.8% (UK: 68%).

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago

How To Hack Oil Empires

Hey I play an Browser Based MMORPG called Oil Empires. I want to know if it's possible to hack it and if it is than how.

Posted by the_anaconda 10 years ago

Bacteria excrete oil

Looky!Scientists in sunny CA have genetically altered bacteria so they eat garbage and excrete crude oil. They plan to be in commercial production by 2011. Sweet!

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago

What can I do with a bucket of petroleum oil mixed with a little mineral oil? Anything?

Can I filter out the mineral oil? Could this be useful for anything, or should I just throw away this bucket of slop?

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago

Oil Central Heating - minimum amount Kerosene needed for testing it works

We have moved into a house with oil central heating that has not been used in at least 5 years and with no oil (Kerosene)at all in the tank.  We want to test if the boiler/oil burner actually works. Therefore we do not want to buy gallons of oil at the moment as we just want to test it to see if it works at all and then we can buy oil in the winter to save the expense now as it will not be in use now. A lot of companies have minimum orders however we were told we would just need a drum of oil in this instance to test it  - we are not sure if that would be enough. Is a drum of Kerosene enough? Where would we buy a drum of Keronsene? 

Posted by Synergy_12 2 years ago

oil press

Hey guys, I really would like to make an oil press (olive oil etc).  Now this seems to me to be something that is very makeable (could be wrong), something that doesn't need to be expensive as they currently are to buy?   has anyone made one that they can chuck me a link or want to try make one?  think it would be a pretty cool thing to add to the instructables community.  thanks.

Posted by DeVid3aN 4 years ago

PLastic to oil converter

Hello, One year later, I found that video on youtube about a japanese scientist who converted plastic back to oil : Source : http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/plastic-to-oil-fantastic/ I waited for a convenient version for home use but still the smallest system weight 50Kg (100 pounds I guess). For what I read on the subject it's a kind of catalytic pyrolysis (whatever it means for such a non scientist as myself...). As any of you have an idea on how to make this kind of system for everyday use?

Posted by hypelike 6 years ago

A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories - Peak cooking oil?

The interconnectedness of the world can sometime be striking. I noticed yesterday that Safeway, a west coast grocery store chain, has converted it trucks to biodiesel. Due to increased fuel-demand for things that were previously only considered foodstuffs, the cooking oils carried by the biodiesel-fueled trucks were probably significantly more expensive. In Malaysia, this has even idled some plants design to refine oils into biodiesel:Here on Malaysia's eastern shore, a series of 45-foot-high green and gray storage tanks connect to a labyrinth of yellow and silver pipes. The gleaming new refinery has the capacity to turn 116,000 tons a year of palm oil into 110,000 tons of a fuel called biodiesel, as well as valuable byproducts like glycerin. Mission Biofuels, an Australian company, finished the refinery last month and is working on an even larger factory next door at the base of a jungle hillside.But prices have spiked so much that the company cannot cover all its costs and has idled the finished refinery while looking for a new strategy, such as asking a biodiesel buyer to pay a price linked to palm oil costs, and someday switching from palm oil to jatropha, a roadside weed.from the NYT article A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly CaloriesAnd there's more: as more and more baked goods eliminate trans-fats, those fats are often replaced with palm oil, so the pastries carried by the biodiesel-fueled trucks are themselves consuming more edible oil. While this will increase the price to make and ship a snack cake in the US, it has much greater effect elsewhere. Since people in the developing world get such a large percentage of their calories from cooking oil, increased prices have caused riots:No category of food prices has risen as quickly this winter as so-called edible oils -- with sometimes tragic results. When a Carrefour store in Chongqing, China, announced a limited-time cooking oil promotion in November, a stampede of would-be buyers left 3 people dead and 31 injured.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

Power the American nation with waste food!

A new study shows that the energy used to produce the food wasted by Americans is greater than the energy stored in the oil and gas reserves around US shores. The situation is probably worse than the study suggests, since the only data available on wasted food was from 1995, when 27% of all food was wasted.  Since then, food prices have fallen, and waste has probably increased. Michael Webber and Amanda Cuellar at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin calculate that this is the equivalent of about 2150 trillion kilojoules lost each year. That's more than could be gained from many popular strategies to improve energy efficiency. It is also more than projections for how much energy the US could produce by making ethanol biofuel from grains. Obviously, Americans (and every other similarly-wasteful society - we're just as guilty in the UK) should be doing their level best to reduce their wasted food, but it also strikes me; there is gold in them thar bins. Rather than persuade hundreds of millions of lazy "Westerners" to change their ways, why not exploit them?  Why not make money off them (or at least, save your own energy costs)? We already have a bus driving around for free, and a car running on garbage.  Can you come up with a house-hold scale scheme? Could you cut your energy bills to zero, just by collecting other people's garbage for them? Could you set yourself up as a supplier of motor fuels (gasoline or diesel replacements?  methane?) Come on, iblers, do your thing! New Scientist article Oil data The study itself. (I have attached a PDF of the study, if you're interested.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago

What types of oil can be used for high voltage transformer insulation?

I am modifying microwave transformers for a higher voltage to drive a Tesla coil and I need to know what kind of oils for example vegetable or paraffin can be used for high voltage insulation in the transformer to protect it? To what voltage will it insulate?

Posted by The MadScientist 7 years ago

Kite photographing the BP oil spill

GrassrootsMapping.org is a group of people who are documenting BP's oil spill with cameras held aloft by kites and balloons. Sometimes they even get a ride on a plane. All of the images produced with this method will be going into the public domain. It's cool stuff and the images are far better than anything else out there. To keep the project going and cover the costs, they've set up a page on kickstarter to ask for donations. They've already passed their initial goal of $5,000, but it's a good cause and I hope they get plenty more than that. I pledged some money and wish them all the best.

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

Oil Rag/Red Rag Ideas? Other uses?

Long story short, i recently came in to a pile of clean rags that mechanics use to wipe oil from their hands and tools. I posted a link below to reference this item if anyone is not familiar.  I dont have any use for these rags but the simple cloth squares have been surged and would do well as a handkerchief (Cloth tissue or napkin) is they weren't so rough. I want to open up the topic to everyone and see if anyone has ideas for alternative uses.. i made a small pouch from one already but other then that i haven't got any more ideas. Sorry, not trying to promote this store but these are the rags i have now. http://ragdepot.net/1000-red-shop-.html

Posted by Exhumer 7 years ago

Shell says "Peak oil in 7 years."

In a recent e-mail to Shell employees, Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer writes:"Regardless of which route we choose, the world's current predicament limits our maneuvering room. We are experiencing a step-change in the growth rate of energy demand due to population growth and economic development, and Shell estimates that after 2015 supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand."2015 is seven years away and with limited resources and an expanding population we are sure to see more and more limitations on resources we take for granted. Water, cooking oil, and food are also in that list.The e-mail goes on to say that little will likely be done about this situation by any governments until the poop has really hit the fan and by then it will probably be too late. Two scenarios are laid out in the e-mail, Scramble and Blueprints. One is a mad dash towards a solution as we hit the problem head-on and the other is to make a plan now for the inevitable.Personally, I hope for the Blueprints scenario, but I feel like the Scramble is likely what we'll be doing. link

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

A couple Questions about Meths, Alcohol, Oil, and Phosphorus

Ok, so a few of these questions may be really simple, but I have very little experience in these categories. 1) I'm working on a small camp stove that apparently is supposed to run on meths. I don't have access to meths and cannot buy any. Will Rubbing Alcohol work as a substitute? The plans for the stove seem to say that the vapors are what are on fire; it doesn't soak up through a cotton wick. 2) Will Canola oil vaporize so I could use it for the stove mentioned in question 1? 3) Phosphorus is a key ingredient in glow/light sticks. I saw a tutorial (which, by the way, would make a good Instructable) that showed how to obtain it from strike-anywhere matches and use it to make a custom glowstick. Again, I don't have any strike-anywhere matches, and I can't seem to find anywhere near me that sells them, so: Is there any other any household items that contains phosphorus that I could extract? 4) Is aluminum the cheapest metal, as in scrap metal or non-shape-specific pieces? Edit: 5) I have 70% rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol. Is there anyway to purify it to around 90%? Thanks!

Posted by Bran 11 years ago

The Childen of Instructables

Recently, I have seen that there's actually a lot people under 21 here on instructables. Have you ever stopped to think what will happen to kids who find this site? With more and more of all the knowledge of people here, I've come to think that most of us under 18 here on instructables will have quite an advantage on life over other people. I'm thinkin that kids that find Instructables will end up with super careers like Special Effects or something. Mostly engineers

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago

Xbox 360 submerged in mineral oil?

Hey all, i wanted everyone's thought on submerging my xbox 360 in mineral oil, im thinking of build an acrylic case for it. ( too keep it roughly the same size). i know it will work forsure i just want to know if im going to get better results with oil rather than air. and should the xbox be on stand-off in the case for flow under the mobo? could silicon hold the whole case together with about 3-4 liters of oil ( maybe less) mounting the dvd and harddrive on top outside the case? and also sealing the top of the case? (i still want to be able to get in it after obviouly)

Posted by IIwootII 7 years ago

Oil Spill Water Cleanups As Fast As They Happen

We live and survive on oil today. That dependence won’t go away for at least a few more generations. Today’s technology allows us to drill oil just about anywhere in the world, and then move it to anywhere we want using behemoth water vessels. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to all this and it happens when our technology fails us, as periodically demonstrated by mankind’s great oil spill disasters. The most recent being the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. The amount of oil actually dumped upon our ecosphere and contaminating the environment was mind boggling. The numbing numbers are so large that we can’t even get our minds around it. And we all know that the responsible drilling company won’t fess up to how much was really spilled because even they don’t know, don’t want to know and furthermore want to forget about it. Is there some way to tackle this oil spill problem through the use of the very culprit that created it, namely technology? Of course there is, but it will cost the billions they used to clean up the mess they created in the first place.  We want to develop a technological process to be used worldwide that borrows from what we currently know, and clean up these oil spills almost as quickly as they happen upon our seascape. Did we finally clean up the Gulf oil spill?  Yes, maybe? But it took too long and we either didn’t use the right equipment or not enough prepared and available equipment to check the problem. Time is probably the most critical factor involved in mitigating oil spill disasters. While Nature obviously works to clean up ecological disasters, she takes perhaps a decade or more to make a region whole again. We need to help nature accelerate her time schedule to a few weeks not decades! Oil cleanup equipment exists that is too painstakingly slow and inefficient to get the job done quickly and effectively, and to recapture ~99% of the oil spilled. Today’s processes are makeshift, disjointed, and not organized nor designed to tackle today’s mega-proportion oil spill problems.  We need a cohesive mega-solution to handle mega-problem oil spills. A virtual army of specialists with proper equipment to attack, gather up and capture, then deliver the spilled oil to vessel staging platforms. These huge platforms will separate 99.9% of the captured oil/water, dumping the water back.  Oil tankers on standby then take this recaptured crude oil to refineries. This process must be set up with the proper equipment to dynamically proceed in real time. Only high sea states should be capable of halting its operation. The process of oil/water cleanup requires the serial use of various sequential operations where each performs a key stage of the operatic procedure. The orchestration starts with techniques that initially yield the biggest volumetric punch first, then refines this processing by using less volumetric cleaning ability but greater oil separation capability. All the while we have deployed an improved form of today’s containment apron, capable of hundreds of miles of coverage to prevent spreading the spilled oil slick to shore. Having researched today’s available oil spill removal systems, their usefulness has been categorized according to volumetric processing capability per time. Fast surface skimming techniques plus “huge”, constant flowing centrifugal separators clearly win, but are not 100% effective. Sponge-type, oil absorbent techniques then come to play as they are useful in nearly recapturing the remaining 0.1% oil from the water, but are slow and will be used solely on the remaining 99.99% pure water expelled from our centrifugal oil separators. Today we literally use these absorbers like sponges, dunking them into the oil slick, waiting awhile and pulling them out after they’ve absorbed some oil. Such prolonged processing times are unacceptable. Absorbers are to be used differently than today, their performance is vastly accelerated as they now act as 0.1% oil filters to process the pressurized water expelled from the centrifugal separators. The final residuals of perhaps 0.01% that the high pressure absorber filtration misses will require oil break down chemistry whose end products are environmentally friendly and allows Nature to restore balance. So the actual water dumped back will be better than 99.99% pure. Now let’s break this process down a bit and address the pieces of equipment involved. Our attack vessels are special, high speed catamarans that ferry cars between different ports today. They use water-jet propulsion, are extremely fast, maneuverable, and will be equipped with a special front-end water scoop to pick up the oil/water slick in real time while propelled forward. Their scoop or nozzle articulates, performing real time adjustments responding to oil slick depths thereby avoiding too much water pickup. Once their holding tanks are full, they reconnoiter with waiting intermediate-sized tankers to quickly dump their oil/water cargo. When these tankers are full, they deposit their load to one of the huge vessel platforms. These staging platforms use centrifugal systems to quickly and efficiently separate huge quantities of the oil and water, and dump the 99.9% cleaned water overboard (Nature effectively handles the remaining 0.1% of oil). When their tanks are full of oil, they start emptying themselves into the large standby oil tankers for delivery to refineries. QED. For you science fiction/fact fans, this concept requires enormous equipment, is on a huge scale and if viewed as one harmonious system may be the first Oil-Terra-Forming machine to be used on our planet.  

Posted by RT-101 6 years ago

System shuts down while use OCCT

 hey guys, my canola oil submerged pc system seems to shut down every time i use OCCT to get my system really working hard, i can tell you whats not the problem, Fresh Os (since last month), Not Overheating definitly. theres nothing wrong with my pc that i found so far other then running OCCT maybe i should try another stress test software?  Anyone wondering what the deuce a "Canola oil subermeged pc" is check here: www.instructables.com/id/Oil-Submerged-Fish-Tank-Pc/ also for system spec if your wondering

Posted by IIwootII 8 years ago

Texas Windpower = Big Money

Texas is now far ahead of California, and the rest of the country, in production of wind power.From the NYTimes:Texas, once the oil capital of North America, is rapidly turning into the capital of wind power. After breakneck growth the last three years, Texas has reached the point that more than 3 percent of its electricity, enough to supply power to one million homes, comes from wind turbines.Texans are even turning tapped-out oil fields into wind farms.

Posted by canida 10 years ago

Birds and sticky flytraps HELP!!! NOW!!!

Just now, my bird flew into a flytrap, i got him out of it, got bit numerous times by a stressed bird, HURT LIKE HELL! and now he's sticky, i need to know how to get the stickiness off of him, i used olive oil on his beak to get the stickiness off of that, his head feathers didn't get trapped (thank goodness) but i need to know how to clean him without having to touch under his wings, he doesn't like that. i don't think it got past his down to his skin. He is also sneezing more than usual are sticky flytraps poisonous? there isn't any facts on the package, google wasn't much help either. I AM NOT SPRAYING WD-40 ON MY BIRD. Please help.

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago

Solder Iron Tips: oily, bubbly coating forming... See Pics

Can anyone explain to me what is happening with my soldering iron? It makes it very hard to remove. I thought maybe flux is getting down there somehow but I've been taking care to alway keep the tip down and avoid any excess solder accumulating on the tip (aside from tinning of course). But it's happening again!

Posted by milsorgen 8 years ago

Want to know how to build a waste oil pre-heater for a waste oil burning furnace.

Who out there can tell me how to build an oil pre-heater for a waste oil burning furnace. I need to heat the oil so that it will atomize through a Carlyle AF 15 oil burner. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by rattle09 9 years ago

Waste Oil Heater

Hey guys, I am looking for some info on how to take an existing oil burner 'gun' (I have an extra Beckett burner) and rig it up to burn waste oil. I make biodiesel already, but I'd like to try burning some waste vegetable oil and motor oil as well. I figured since I have the extra gun, I might as well try it on that. I'm assuming I'll need to set up a pre-heating tank, and some sort of pressurized system to spray the oil since its thicker and heavier. Anyone already done this?

Posted by curdy 9 years ago

Need free leather

Hi, So, I need some leather for a project that im doing. There are no local places where they sell it here either.  If you have so extra, or stuff that you don't need anymore, that be great. Thanks!

Posted by owlart101 6 years ago

oil burner

I recently replaced my oil furnance with an electric one, when i dismantled the oil furnance, I found I had a perfectly useable oil pump, with the ignitor and blower. How can i use these to construct a jet engine? Terry

Posted by grizzlyterry 9 years ago

Using both carrot oil and carrot seed oil in a homemade sunscreen

I've been researching making my own natural sunscreen using coconut oil and shea butter as a carrier for a few base oils (like avocado oil and red raspberry seed oil) as well as aloe and beeswax. All of the recipes I've found online say to use carrot seed oil, which is an essential oil, although they don't specify this and a lot have pictures of what looks like base carrot oil. (carrot seed essential oil being more light yellow in color and carrot oil being more golden) http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/carrotoil.html That's a link to one of many articles that talk about the difference between the carrot seed essential oil and base carrot oil. There are others you can find on the first page of google that go into a little bit more depth about the differences. From what I gather, the carrot seed oil is supposed to have a really high SPF, while the carrot oil is supposed to be great for sun tanning and evening out skin tone, etc. What I can't find is any documentation on whether both can or should be used in making your own natural sunscreen. I am hoping to use both and just wanted to know if it would be a good idea. Thanks.

Posted by dundunnetahl 4 years ago

Oil Can?

What is this thing?Does anybody know?

Posted by TLM12345 4 years ago

Can caustic soda and soda ash with sunflower oil and coconut oil be use for liquid soap?

I Need a help can i use caustic soda soda ash and good oil to make liquid soap instead of potash?

Posted by MichaalAddo 3 years ago

Oil Burning Stove - Waste Vehicle Oil Stove - WaterHeater - Outside Oil Fueled Furnace

I am looking for a decent incarnation of a oil burning stove/furnace/heater. My issue is this....when I load up my woodstove for the day, my house is cold when I return 9hrs later. I recall my father had a gravity fed waste oil stove/heater in his mechanics garage. he did not have to go feed it like his coal/woodstove. Thanks!

Posted by Tolting 4 years ago

Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

We have a nice herb garden on our back deck. A few weeks ago, after a visit to a local restaurant, I decided to put a sprig of fresh rosemary into one of our olive oil bottles to create a flavored oil. I cut a sprig, washed it and dried it off, and inserted into the oil bottle. Within a few days, the flavor had permeated the oil well and it was delicious. Unfortunately, I forgot to keep the oil above the rosemary and the top of the stalk grew mold, so I had to discard all of the oil and thoroughly wash the bottle, which I then just refilled with good oil, no spices. However, I did really like the oil, so before I do it again, is there any secret or warnings other than "don't let the rosemary leaves get exposed to the air above the oil"? Is it going to grow something funky even submerged in the oil? How long should it keep? Would it be better to tightly cork the bottle (it has one of those dispenser spouts now, like a liquor bottle)? Should I dry the rosemary first? Treat it in any way? Any advice would be appreciated.

Posted by CMPalmer 11 years ago

Cleaning the oil for a vacuum pump

Was too lazy to do an Instructable about it and think a lot of pics or even videos won't help much if you know what I mean ;) Some of us use rotary vane pumps not for the purpose of evacuating refrigeration systems but for all sorts of fun and experiments. This means quite soon or often we face the problem of the oil taking in a lot of water or even worse particles and solvent fumes. I don't know about you but I was getting sick and tired of replacing the expensive oil every few weeks or sometimes even days if something got too wrong. There are many different blends of compressor oil out there that will work very well in our rotary vane pumps. The main difference is whyt the oil is designed for. Some are perfect for aircon systems, others for the work with solvent fumes and there are even those special oils that bind moisture. Unless you really need to evacuted special gases or solvents basically any low viscosity oil will do us just fine! So instead of paying 20 bucks for special compressor or even vacuum pump oil we can select the cheap everyday oil. Well, not exactly... We also want to be able to recycle our oil to save even more money. That means we don't want an oil that binds to water to keep it out of harms way. We also don't want any oil that has special coating abilities for example these oils claiming to reduce wear and tear on your engine. But any other low viscosity mineral oil or if you prefer synthetic oil will do - just stay away from silicone based oils!! If you have not used your pump for a few days you can often see a slude at the bottom of the viewing glass. If the rest of the oil is clear you can simply drain this worst bit and top up with fresh oil if required. This simple procedure saves you a lot of oil already, at least if your pump has some rest every now and then. Once your oil looks wasted it is time for the recycling and cleaning: Release the oil into a high glass jar or these facy spaghetti glasses. Fill with fresh oil and give it a short run. Release this oil as well and wait for it to properly drain. You now have the inside of your pump nice and clean again, time to fill one last time with fresh oil to keep using the pump. The filthy oil we now have in our jar should be covered with some fine cloth or filter paper and placed somewhere warm. After a week or two the oil, filth and water will have seperated and you pump, drain or siphon out the now clean oil for further use. Don't be too exact here trying to get all the oil out, just remove what you can without risking to suck in the filth from the bottom. Simply leave the rest in the jar and add the next oil change to it for the same recycling process. Solvents.... In some cases we will work with solvents and that means the oil might bind to them. Acetone for example is quite nasty here and can change the oil itself by breaking down certain components. In most cases it means the viscosity will be reduced, which is not really too bad for us. What is bad however is the fact that these solvents often refuse to fully seperate or evaporate. Once the oil looks clean do a smell test and if it smells like solvent then for sure there is solvent in it. Next step to confirm is to do a lube test. Simply place on some smooth metal or glass and smear it with your finger - a drop is enough here. If it feels sticky on the surface, gives you a rubber like feeling when sliding over the surface or is far less "slippery" than the fresh oil you also have a problem. I found that filling this contaminated oil into a proper container and applying a strong vacuum will remove all solvent residue in a very short time. Downside is that the oil in the pump is contaminated again, so it pays off to collect solvent contaminated oil seperately and once you got enough for several refills use the pump to get rid of the solvent. When done do another smear and smell test, if still smelly repeat if no longer smelly but still the same bad feeling on the surface: Discard as the oil might be broken down by the solvent.

Posted by Downunder35m 1 year ago


You have been pranked!'PERVERT!!

Posted by KentsOkay 10 years ago

Cars running on vegetable oil regulated

The man is really bringing me down here...Drivers of SVO (straight vegetable oil) fueled cars are running afoul of the law.Not too long ago, cars that ran on leftover vegetable oil were rare, a curiosity. But now that lots of people are buying kits and hiring mechanics to mod their cars to run on french fry juice, the government is starting to take notice. Drivers of these cars now have to pay the same taxes as traditional fuel drivers, register with the state, file monthly reports and payments, as well as make sure they are in compliance with local environmental laws. Noncompliance will be punished with stiff fines.

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago

How to obtain used cooking oil from a fast food restaurant.

With today's rising fuel costs, and the promise of homemade or readily available "biodiesel" for diesel engines, I was wondering if someone could make an instructable on how to get used cooking oil from a restaurant- most likely of the fast food variety. Used cooking oil is in excess in these restaurants yet it is a valuable resource to be recycled in diesel engines.

Posted by virtualone 10 years ago

Algae oil

I've been reading about biodiesel and about using vegitable oil from algae. It would seem that per acre you can produce 250 times as much vegitable oil using algae than soy beans. I've been looking into the necessary parts for a very small scale demonstration project, including production, harvesting, drying and converting oil into diesel, but I'm having problems finding information of oil extraction. There are some very large oil extractors using screw and expeller. Even a very small one would cost several thousand dollars and since it is made for seeds I'm not sure it would work with algae. Does anyone here know about oil extraction process and how it can be scaled down and used with algae? The system I envision would only take the first pass in extracting oil, about 70%. From what I've been reading it is possible to get another 25% but requires some very nasty chemicals. Also, taking only that first press, the leftovers (refered to as "oil cake") makes for an excellent animal feed. After extracting that last 25% the leftovers are no longer suitable because of the toxic chemicals used. I'd rather have the 70% and animal feed and not have to bother with some very elaborate procedures for handling toxic chemicals. Anyone else interested in helping to put together a demo project like this? I already have resources on converting voil to biodiesel. Like I said, I'm mostly looking for information on extracting the oil. Thanks

Posted by GlobalVillageIdiot 11 years ago

Painting on leather

We'll I am about to make an instructable on painting and sewing with a leather jacket, my problem is I went to the art store and they did not have acrylic based paint markers, they only had oil based, the worker said that oil based would work fine but I am skeptical, Will oil based pain tmarkers work on leather?

Posted by astrozombies138 10 years ago

Refills for Reed Diffusers

My girlfriend buys reed diffusers from a company called West Elm for about twenty bucks apiece. When the scented oil eventually evaporates, she buys a complete new diffuser because the company does not sell refills. It would be great (and economical!) to be able to make our own scented oils to refill the bottles. I have seen cooking recipes on Instructables so maybe someone out there has a recipe for making scented oils. Thanks!

Posted by DanDiego 9 years ago

I got another question.

Guys..i got another question. I'm interested in this one project. Here's the link (http://www.tuvie.com/portable-parabolic-cooker-collects-solar-energy-to-cook-your-food/comment-page-1/#comment-19374) It heat up oil using the solar and the oil is the one which produce heat to the coil which will be use for cooking. My question is do you guys have any idea what oil is being used? I'm trying to find out about the oil because that solar cooker is much more easier than what I'm planning to built. That's the only problem about the solar cooker, I don't know what type of oil is used.

Posted by trojanator 8 years ago

Oil used for boots

I've had my pair of Danner boots for 5 years, going on six. I do everything in them, hiking, welding, motorcycle riding,  only taking them off to go to sleep, so they get alot of abuse. I use Mink oil on mine, heating them up a little from the inside then applying the oil. Of course I clean them off first with a damp rag and a little bit of soap if needed. I've had my Danners re-soled once so far and had a few seams re-sewn. Who knows how long they'll last. They have a little crack where they get toe creased but other than that they're great. 

Posted by iwelder43 6 years ago

oil submerged playstation 3

Hi again iables, I want to build a oil submersable ps3 and have a few questions, 1. Will the oil degrade the silicone on a glass fish tank and cause a leak? 2. How do i extend the power and eject buttons off the motherboard? 3. How do i extend all other wires for the hard drive, power supply, bluray drive, hard disk drive and any i have missed? 4. What would be the best way to stop wicking in the wires from slowly emptying the oil? 5. Would any normal pc case cooling fans be ok to circulate the oil or would they burn out from the extra current draw? 6. Would a normal overhead fish tank filter be ok to use as a diy radiator pump? 7. Would this prevent the dreaded YLOD as iv already had it twice and fixed it myself, with relative success (about 2 months or 100ish hours), and this time im going to oven bake instead of heat gun as this method is rumoured to provide the best results, anyway i hope because of the even cooling provided by the oil bath, then it would keep it much cooler than air cooling? 8. What about using themoelectric cooling pads with huge heatsinks to provide extra cooling? 9. Would the wireless and bluetooth antenna's need to be extended or would they be ok submersed? i thought radio signals were blocked by water so is oil the same? If they do, how would i go about this? 10. Where would i buy mineral oil? I heard that Johnsons baby oil would work? 11. Could i use something similar to an undergravel filter in a fish tank to generate circulation if a pump head wont work? 12. What metal piping should i use for a diy radiator as i heard that mineral oil is very good at dissolving some things and im worried that the contamination may cause conductivity? I think that's it... if not ill add more when i think of them, many thanks in advance for any help!?

Posted by Xmortx114145 5 years ago

Lawn mower

I have a Craftsman Lawn Mower Model 917.377842 with a Honda engine. To make along story short, I made my usual tune up for the season. I had the blade sharpen, changed oil, changed spark plug & put fresh fuel in.  It usually starts with 2 pulls but didn't and found oil in the air filter compartment.  I eventually tipped the wrong way while putting back on the blade. I drained the oil & gas & put fresh in. The oil stopped squirting into the oil compartment but still wouldn't start. I tried cleaning the carb but decided to replace it. It still won't start & now the engine floods with gas. What's going on?  None of this has ever happened. I sure would appreciate any help. I've had this mower for at least 11 yrs & aside from a few minor repairs, it has been great.

Posted by snerge 3 years ago

Electrical excitement (not)

I was going to fry some potatoes, but my electrical ring failed with arcing, smoke, noise & sparks... I'm not happy. I've got the ring to replace, a pan, and I've got sooty-oil to clean up. And no fried-food. And the place stinks of burned-oil. And I've lost / spoiled half a bottle of fresh oil. Oh, and I'll have to pay for the electricity that did this too. And I need some 30A fuse wire.

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago