What can duct tape not do?

Posted by AwesomeSwordGuy 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

No questions? Answered

No questions show for the past 3 days and few for the past 4 days is there a glitch?

Asked by rickharris 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Can you send a patch to yourself?

Posted by Chicken2209 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Not a question but? Answered

Today 2/11/11 is A. Edison's 164 th birthday.

Asked by Re-design 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Does anyone know how I could make licorice allsorts?

Posted by porcupinemamma 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Could I post the same instructable into this contest and the Light up your Ride contest?

Posted by pmac93 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

A Question

Hi there, I have developed a new instructable and i placed it in photography category. I wonder why its not listed under the recent instructables there? Thanks in advance. The instructable address:

Posted by bo3bo3 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


If I'm not 18 when I enter the contest, but turn 18 by the time the contest in finished, am I still eligible to win prizes, etc. or do I have to be 18 WHEN I enter? I'm 17 but turn 18 in November.

Posted by Spectrace 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Http:// I am attempting to make this laptop case. But I've run into a few troubles.  -What would be the best glue for vinyl fabric to wood. -What's the best way to attach the zipper so that it is strong enough to last. (I'm trying not to use exposed rivets, bolts, etc..) Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Posted by wontr3mainsilent 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I've bought 3 ebikes one a Raleigh select,p/assist, one a throttle type, but wires on 1of the other bikes I've bought,the wires that lead into hubmotor are cut they don't seem to connect via a hole in wheel axle/spindle,so need help please,also the p/assist Raleigh can it be converted to throttle powered, as its a very old ebike with a sanyo hubmotor? Thanks...

Posted by AlanW131 7 months ago  |  last reply 7 months ago

building cinderblock wall... questions questions questions

I'm considering building a small cinderblock wall off of an existing concrete slab.  I have very little clue what I'm doing, but I'm a fast learner. Question #1: Do I need rebar to hold the blocks, or is mortar mix enough?  They won't be "weight bearing" as it will only be a partial wall around 3' tall.  If I do need rebar... hammer drill? all the way through slab? pound rebar in?  Note that the blocks will be just about flush with the edge of the slab. Question #2: The area I want to create a wall for is covered with a roof (four- 4"x4" posts, about 10' x 12'... roof is around 12' high) so the blocks will butt up right next to wooden posts... is this kosher? I guess in my mind, this precludes a cornerstone, and makes the courses hard to offset (I don't know what to call that... the center of the second course blocks sit on the edges of the bottom course blocks), and what is a good way join block to wood? Question #3: Can I use the small blocks (4x8x16) or will they just topple over (see question #1 again), and if I should use the normal cinder blocks, how do I make a corner with 4x4 posts already there? ...likely more questions to come :)

Asked by OtisDrftwood 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

a question about burning questions

So for burning questions do we have to stick to whats on the list? or can we do whats in this board. and maybe even something that cant be found on instructables? Cause ive seen the list keep changing (once a entry is posted on that subject) and im just wondering what are the limitations to entrys. - thanx Dj

Posted by DjProToJeeX 10 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

The perfect question? Answered

I came across this today - It seemed to illustrate the perfect question.

Asked by rickharris 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Unanswered Questions

Am I the only one that thinks there should be a way to purge all of the old questions that haven't been marked as answered? I like to peruse the Questions section of the site to see what is on other user's minds and how their questions have been answered by the community. However, I did this today for the first time in a while and noticed a LOT of questions that had been answered fairly well but the user that originally asked the question never flagged it as answered. Is there, could there be, should there be a method to purge or close all of these unanswered questions? Maybe at least offer a peer review system for voting on the best of available answers, similar to what other forums have? Thoughts?

Posted by Sunkicked 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

some questions!

Hi! I have some questions about getting the free 3d prints: Must the instructable be 3d related? Is shipping to Norway ok? Do i get to choose the print myself, or do i get something random? (If i get to choose the print myself, do you need a drawing, or can I just explain it?)

Posted by dagelias 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

A couple questions

Hey guys, I want to bug you's again. Instead of trying to ask about different things in one of my other topics, I wanted to start a new one. I went to the local dump today, and one of the first things I spotted was Three, not just one, booster packs. You know, the ones you can charge up and boost a car with, and some of them have inverters built into them so you can run small appliances. Well I snapped all three of them up, thinking that at the very least, the lead acid batteries inside them would be OODLES of help towards making a full scale wind generator (I plan to build one or two full size wind generators with car alternators, whenever the good weather comes and I can work outside). Well, I got them home and cracked them all open. Turns out that only one battery is good to me (pictures below). The two identical units have 350 watt inverters built into them (I've removed one so far), but the batteries were bulging and the sides were split open, although not leaking, which was good, less mess to clean up. The third booster pack I opened appeared to have been already attempted at being opened. 4 of the 6 screws had been drilled out (which is beyond me as far as why they would do it? They were only phillips screws), but maybe they weren't successful? It had a couple wounds of electrical tape around it to hold it together. Needless to say, whatever cutting tool they used, cut into the battery itself (they cut too far in, dumbasses...), and so my main question here is, is the battery safe to charge, and use? I took some macro's of the damage and some of the cut marks seemed to have gone far enough in to cut into what appears to be a white plastic lining inside, as the white crud on the sides of the battery feels more like burnt on plastic from a cutting disc than it does acid that oozed out and dried up, so the damage doesn't appear to be that bad. What's the worst that could happen anyways? Also, the battery has about almost 8v left in it, and another question is, is that too low for a 12v battery? Like has it been discharged too far? Also, aside from the battery. I found this plate with a transformer, giant capacitor, and a pcb that looks like it was some kind of voltage converter board (I would take a picture but I've since cut a few things off of it and I won't even bother now) The transformer puts out 25v and you can see in the pictures what the capacitor is rated for (I would like to know what I can use this capacitor for, or if I should save it and wait till I can make a bank of capacitors for a tesla coil project or something) What I can't figure out, is what is this square device I found that was plugged into one of the output leads of the transformer? It only had two leads coming off of it, one is marked + and one -, the other two terminals don't have marking on it. No model numbers or anything. Does anyone know what this is? Also, last in my pictures is one of the inverter boards I pulled out of one of the power-packs. I cut the second outlet off and wrapped the first one in tape just to make sure I dont' shock the hell out of myself. I have my truck battery sitting inside over the winter, and with a good 12.71v, I thought it would be the perfect battery to try the inverter on. I brushed the wires onto the top terminals of the battery and although I could hear a bit of sparking, I saw nothing and the indicator light on the power switch didn't light. The volt meter also showed nothing from the 120v outlet. So I tried shoving the wires into the bolt sockets that the truck's wires bolt into, and I quite literally startled myself as it emitted a really loud BEEEEEEEEEEP, I nearly jumped through the roof. The indicator light turns on when I flick the switch to I and I can hear the transformer making a little buzzing sound. However, when I measured the AC voltage from the outlet, I didn't write down the voltage, but it was around 3v? Not even quite that much. I'm not sure if the inverter is screwed or if it has something to do with the switching nature of power inverters causing my multi-meter to not read it right? One other thing I will note is that I had to cut the power switch leads to remove it from the case, then re-solder the switch. The switch has 2 black wires and one red, I tried my best to make sure that each black wire went to the terminal on the switch it came from, and I assume if I didn't hook the switch up right, it wouldn't have lighted up or anything right?? I don't want to try plugging something into it for fear that it will blow up in my face, at least not until I know it's functioning like it should be, however I doubt these power packs were throwing out for failure of the inverter... *On the side note* I apologize for these (sometimes) rediculously long posts or just mundane questions. However, I like to be thoughrough with my questions so that there are very little questions asked, about my question, in the first place. As it seems to waste a lot of time asking for details about this or that problem, when you could just throughly explain it all in one go. This is what I try to do, so there are no blank spaces for you guys to try and "assume" where you don't know the proper information. Secondly, I've really appreciated the help, and sometimes just the helpful and creative ideas I hear from others, makes me feel good, like there's actually some people on here that know what they're doing and I can trust their answers (Nacho, kiteman, caitlyn's dad, 1010100100, all of you regulars, have been great help to me) *End of girlish requiem*

Posted by Punkguyta 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

This is a stupid question? Answered

This is a stupid question?

Asked by hellrider75 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

question fail?

Why can't I post a question?

Asked by rickharris 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

The scariest question...

I've just seen a genuinely worrying question - "How to be a Goth Lolita"That question causes some genuinely disturbing images...

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

quick question....

Quick question what would you pay for a motorized bicycle that can hit 35mph

Asked by BIGHAIRYDUDE 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

newbie question ?

Why people can't rate my instructables ?

Posted by loup226 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

a few questions

A few questions.  What will robots do when we take over the world, and how will zombies survive the apocalypse?

Posted by elliot5445 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


I am new to programing and was wondering if there is any way to read the code off a PIC chip without damaging it or if you plug it into a programmer will it destroy the data on the chip. Sorry if this is a stupid question any help would be most appreciated

Posted by xlbloodlust 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Batch Questions

Ask all your questions about batch programming in this topic, and I will give you my best answer! Be sure to check out my batch instructables, which can be found here!

Posted by Arbitror 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Where are the questions? Answered

Just noticed that nothing is left in our recent answers section... ;)

Asked by Downunder35m 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Missing Question

I entered a question about if a wired detonator with a 9 volt that is linked to steel wool would burn hot enough/long enought o ingite either aerosol or blackpowder for projects i mess with and it never appeared and idk why. Basicaly my question was..would a 9 volt with 1 wire to each terminal with aligator clip on each wire with a peice of steel wool clipped into each 1 burn hot enough and long enough to ignite aerosol or gunpowder. Idk why my question is missing and im really hoping for a quick answer on my problem and question.

Posted by trf 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Referrers Question

I looked at my referrers list today and one of them was facebook, how did someone using a facebook search engine find my ible'?

Posted by LoneWolf 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

arduino Questions

Silly question. Trying to build something that requires an arduino to take a temperature measurement, and pwm an Item dependant on that temp reading. so the question is how many reads and adjustments per second can I aim for? I was hoping to get the 1 MHz area but am assuming less than that at this time

Posted by plucas1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Diode question

I need help with diode. Actually a question: if you put diodes in series for example 2 diodes of 300 V will they act as one diode of 600 V?

Posted by Dantex 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Knex question.

Does anyone know who's is stronger? Oodalumps's cannon or I_Am_Canadian's? They both look monstrous, but From looks, Oodalumps's looks stronger to me.

Posted by Oompa-Loompa 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

LIM Question

I have a question about linear induction motors. I can't seem to actually find the answer anywhere. Is one rail a permanent magnet and the other an electromagnet, or are both of them electromagnets?

Posted by puffyfluff 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

science Question!

While day dreaming in history class, A question popped into my mind; If our body temperature is 98 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) why are we uncomfortable in hot weather?

Posted by mynameisjonas 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Question ratings

I didn't see a Feedback category, so if this isn't in the right place, please move it. In Q and A, the line is "Don't be shy.....ask it."  OK.  And we've all heard that there are no stupid questions, right?  But if  ibles is trying to encourage honest (non-troll) questions,  rating a question as "Worthless"  has the opposite effect.  Maybe the question has limited interest. Maybe few people view it.  Maybe fewer people answer. These are neutral characteristics, and perhaps they are criterion by which someone judges the questions.  To call a question "Worthless", however,  is a real slap down and not in keeping with the idea of  "be nice".   I see that my questions are sometimes rated "Worthless,"  and,  yeah, I feel bad when I see that. ( Maybe I'm too dumb for ibles?  Maybe I don't measure up to ible standards?  Maybe I'm not really welcome here??)  I ask  questions because I want answers, and this community  is full of helpful people who have useful experience and good ideas.   Despite the worthless  ratings,  I'm getting useful answers from the community and intend to keep asking.  If only authors can see the ratings, is the intent to berate us into asking better questions?  Constructive criticism  might be more effective.  If everyone can see the ratings, is the intent to guide readers away from "worthless" questions or to shame the authors into going away?

Posted by mole1 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

project questions

Could i make a mini terrarium with ants self sustain in this bottle?

Posted by corey_caffeine 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

computer question

Does any one know how to bypass administrative priveledges when you are not the administrator/

Posted by bizzy544 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

This is a question for the developers.

How many people are there on, how many instructables are there, and how many are submitted on average a day?

Asked by XOIIO 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

question in batch

How do i make scenarios like it randomlz choses a scenario that zou put in some where

Asked by RoyalR5 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Stupid question but... Answered

 i won a 3 month membership, how do i activate it?

Asked by signposts 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Soldering question? Answered

Is soldering pronounced [ SAW - TERING ] ? I was told this, but it didn't make sense to me that it isn't pronounced how it is spelled.

Asked by VinceJDJ 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

electrical question

How do I rewire the power cord to a Thermadyne 38 plasma cutter power switch, not having a cord to begin with?

Asked by tamban282 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

A question of impedance? Answered

Say i have an amplifier that takes a load of 8 ohms on each channel. Would it be ok to exceed the 8 ohms?

Asked by thewizard42 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Math question

I need help on this question, it come sup often in one form or another in mathcounts, so I need to know how to solve it There are 5 letters, 3 of each, take out 10. AAA, BBB, CCC, DDD, EEE. You do not replace letters after taking one out, and order does matter. How many ways to arrange the letters are there?

Posted by starwing123 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

The Last Question

Well, upon my wonderings today i came across this, a short story by Isaac Asimov.The Last QuestionFor a short story, (about 20min - 1 hour read) i found it was pretty good. Most of us are familiar with Isaac Asimov for his three robotic laws. For any sci-fi fan, this is a must read. Im now looking into some more of his writings.

Posted by gmjhowe 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Collaboration question

When you set someone as a collaboration, why doesnt it add that instructable in that member's member page? They helped with making it, so shouldnt they be seen as a co-author and show up as one of their instructables as well? If not, can we get a co-author option for this sort of thing?

Posted by laminterious 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

bicycle questions? Answered

I am  five feet two inches yes I know I am short... But I was wondering if I can ride a bike with a wheel size of 26in sorry my question mark key isnt working so thanks in advance!!

Asked by camping crazy 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Art Question?

There are these posters/paintings/pictures of a city or mansion or whatever with a whole lot of things going on in them. Not one focal point. what are they called?

Asked by Warlrosity 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Coding question Answered

In this line of code the N and Y have single quotation marks around them, what do they do?  if (goodOne == 'N' && buttonPushed == 'Y')

Asked by WWC 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Anatomy Questions

Quiz! Q. How many bones does an adult have?   A. 206!  Q. How many bones does a baby have?  A. 300!

Posted by idkwhoyoursisteris 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Metal Question Answered

I saw this video,, And I am wondering what type of metal he shows you.  THANKS!!

Asked by jbaker22 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Contest question Answered

In the  info/rules for contests,  it appears to me that it is saying that votes from the "Instructable's community" do NOT count towards who is chosen as the winner. Is that correct?

Asked by MaryT8M 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago