i need circuit-bend help !!!

Hello i want to add a little patch bay to one of my toys , but i have no idea how this works ... which cable do i have to use and which points should be connected with the jacks ? thanks roland

Posted by r2d4 9 years ago

Bent Bike Frame

Yeah, so, my brother bought a mid-80s Schwinn World Sport. It's a nice bike. I spent about 10 hours overhauling every piece of that bike. Unfortunately, when I got it all put back together and test rode it, the bike had a nasty pull to the right. Bent Frame. He didn't check that when he bought it (didn't know anything about it, I daresay).  Anybody know anything about repairing a bent frame? The frame's tubes don't seem to be damaged or crimped or dented.  I'm thinking of using a car jack and some straps to straighten it out. Any thoughts?

Posted by marcward86 7 years ago

Ninjabread Men Cutters, Bent Plywood Bicycle, Six-Cheese Nacho Fountain

Ninjabread Men Cutters Bent Plywood Bicycle Six-Cheese Nacho Fountain Caramel Dumplings Armored Messenger Bag 10 Uses for Old Toothbrushes Arduino to Nokia LCD Build a Stylophone DIY Portable Photo Booth The Magic Propeller Plant Cell Cake High-Gain Parabolic Mic Camcorder Shoulder Rig Air Freshener Sensor Hack Long Cargo Bike

Posted by randofo 7 years ago

Ibook adapter male plug part

Howdy, does anyone know where I could get the male plug that goes at the end of of an ibook, g4 power adapter? Mine is bent.

Posted by witznd 10 years ago

Sample and Loop Frog (Bent toy)

Hey Folks, i ordered this frog at dealextreme. com.Its called a "Digitally Recordable Motion Activated Visitor Welcoming Door Chime Frog". Originally it is a toy that says "Hello" when someone passes by. You can use your own sample, simply by pressing a button to record it to the frog. Nice toy for circuit bending i thought. Here's what i made today. I added loop, pitch control, input and output jack and a button to start the sample manually. Okay it has still a few bugs, but it works. Hope you enjoy the video:  

Posted by mischka 8 years ago

I want to delete my kyoto trough insturctable but it was in a contest so it will not let me.

It was in a contest and it seems you cannot delete stuff that was entered in a contest. I made the instructable to attract smarter people than me to the problem of unattended concentrated  solar cooking by combining 2 reflective  troughs  (to mimic a dish). (Troughs are easy to make (bent in one direction). while dishes are bent in 2 planes so they really hard to make without wrinkles on the reflector material. Nobody got attracted so I guess the idea is dead. Anyway, for me personally,  it was  a stepping stone on the way to  the clam shaped solar reflector. So it was useful but it is history now. So is there any way to delete it or substitute another thing in its place? Thank you Brian White

Posted by gaiatechnician 7 years ago

Recumbent Riders?

Just curious if anyone else here rides a 'bent. I've just been getting more and more excited as I continue looking for my own :) I'm currently in the market and have test rode a Bacchetta Strada, Volae (something or other), Rans Rocket and a no name unknown import SWB. I'm also waiting to hear back about a partially built M5 frame (think "sports car" class of 'bents). And don't forget my homebuilt abomination :D Today I rode a no name something or other found on Craigs List... In my home town too! It's not exactly what I'm looking for (it's too recreational for me), but almost exactly perfect for my father. It's got absolutely garbage components, but I see potential in it. It is, however, a dog on weight - ~40 pounds. But that's not an issue because there's no hills :D The seat is also a POS, so never mind the makeshift seat back made from bike inner tubes. <--- totally awesome by the way. But I think with a new seat, some cable management, better handlebar/stem and at the very least - new shifters -- it will be fun, reliable and a more road worthy 'bent. The price was right for this thing too :p Cheaper than an upright from walmart :D

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago

Knife blade tip repair...

Aye well, someone dropped BOTH of my best knives, and now I have a bent, chipped knife blade tip. I've got a standard knife sharpener, and small whetstone I need to learn how to use, and advice? Here's some pics of the damage

Posted by KentsOkay 10 years ago

Trying To Make A Guitar Music Player

Hello, I have a very cheap Crescent Guitar with a bent neck. I had the idea of trying to turn it into a Ipod music player. The soundhole is roughly 3 1/2 inches. I don't know if the pod will be powerful enough for the speaker. Do i have to buy a small amp?

Posted by Sharpie6 5 years ago

What should I do with my smashed-up bike?

I recently got hit by a car that decided not to stop at a stop sign, and as a result, I've got this bent up, broken old bicycle taking up space. It seems like a treasure trove of salvage, but I can't think where to get started and where to go from there.

Posted by jschap1 6 years ago

Instructables mentioned in Tree Lobsters! today

I read a few webcomics here and there.  One of my favorites is Tree Lobsters!, a four panel comic about arboreal crustaceans with a scientific and skeptical bent.   I was pleased this morning after I read today's comic, when I tapped the "Secret Message" button at the bottom of the page and found a brief but amusing reference to the site we all know and love.

Posted by depotdevoid 6 years ago

Multiple Circuits to one power source

I am working on finalizing a circuit bent sculpture I've done for my undergrad thesis. I have three circuit bent items, each with it's own battery source within the sculpture. Here is my dilemma: normally I plug in the batteries when I show it to someone, then promptly take them out, but for my gallery show, the sculpture will be turned on for an extended period of time each day, in my absence. What I would like to do is connect all circuits to one battery source or AC power. After that I can add a switch so that the gallery attendant can turn in on/off as needed. I am looking for any tips on how to do this. As of now, one runs on a 4-AA pack, one on a 2-AA pack, and the last on a 9-volt. Adding these together I am getting 18V(?) and I have an old laptop adaptor that has an output of 18.5 volts. I have a video of the piece functioning if anyone is interested. Thanks for your help (in advance).

Posted by idaholaura 9 years ago

NES Bedding, Apple Cider Donuts, Metal Casting with Sugru

NES Bedding Apple Cider Donuts Metal Casting with Sugru Hand Lights Dr. Who Inspired Watch Green Tomato Chutney Creepy UV Sun Jar Ultimate Parts Storage Bike Part Belt Make a Dragon Skull Networked Sprinkler Controller Bent Wood Rings LED Monitor Backlight Read Credit Cards Wireless Altoids Display

Posted by randofo 7 years ago

Robotic Drink Mixer, Camping Hot Tub, Rainbow Cupcakes

Robotic Drink Mixer Camping Hot Tub Delicious Rainbow Cupcakes LED Pinball Table Halo Costume Armor Easy Light-Up Table Scallop Your Fretboard Futuristic 10W LED Lamp Duct Tape Boat Live With Insight Anodizing Titanium Rings Take Great Close-Up Photos Playful Random Light Ball Fix Bent CPU Pins Repair Wire with Sugru

Posted by randofo 7 years ago

Things that make me happy

So every now and then, someone says something like "that won't work."Now, depending on who or s/he is and what it is that "won't work" - I'll accept or try to make it work. Typically, it's the latter - exceptions for cases of heavy machinery and obvious scenarios that may involve sudden and imminent death.So I had a bus driver tell me my bike won't fit on the bike rack... I do ride a recumbent - but it's a high racer. Recumbents have all the same bike parts - just in different locations. High racers happen to have two big wheels (26" in my case) - and they're located in the same spots as any other bike. Well, I'm posting here - so obviously it worked... And that makes me happy :)In other news, I've been riding that 'bent for about a month - and I noticed today that my legs don't burn as much after my commute to/from school while keeping a decent pace :) <---when you convert from an upright to a 'bent, you need to retrain your muscles. This also makes me happy, but I've been purposefully training for a cycling event in a few months...Anyone have a similar story that makes them happy?

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago

LED Diffusion

I am using a flexible LED strip to illuminate some leaves on a lotus leaf for our art car. The leaves are made out of bent tubing which is then covered in fabric. The issue I am having is getting the light diffused across the surface. These photos show the issue and in actuality it's not as bad as the photo make it look. I'm wondering what tricks people have for getting diffusion. I have use backlight film in the past when having a panel of LEDs but this strip follows the contour of my shape. Any thoughts? Cheers. Phil

Posted by filthyPhil 4 years ago

Finding a New Stylus

I have an old record player without a stylus. The player is a Sanyo JXT 6440, called the "Stereo Music System", and the playing head/cartridge thingamajig is labeled "MG-28J". It used to work perfectly, however, at some point the arm was allowed ti drop down onto the turntable, and the stylus was bent, and eventually lost. Where is the best place to look for a new (or used in good condition) stylus for an old record player? Would it be more economical to dismantle this one and pick up a $15 turntable at the Goodwill store?

Posted by CameronSS 10 years ago


Ok first... i wasnt really sure where to post this but Science topic seemed the closes so i need to know whats the strongest metal(s) but still can be bent.. shaped, and cut, im trying to make 4 blades equal in length and height maybe 1foot tall each but could also be made to have room towards the middle to add some kind of gears or something to make it 'bend' back and forth (i'll attach a picture to give an idea what i mean) also, how much would it cost?

Posted by saiyankev 6 years ago

Wired to wireless keybord conversion

Hello, It happens to have a wireless mini keyboard with touchpad, like the one in the photo ( not this model, but something like this). The problem is that I did a terible mistake and I bent it a litle (some milimeters) and after that it keeps sending repeated characters. I do no think I can fix it. I like to convert and keep alive old things so I had the idea to use the RF modules of the keyboard and make an old PS2 or USB keybord wireless. Do you think that there may be a chance I could do it? Hope you will come with some ideas

Posted by dentalan 2 years ago

Verticle Axis Wind Turbine Materials?

I've been working on a vertical axis wind turbine that uses uses 3 identical helical blades positioned around a central vertical axis. For small working models I've been using 16 gauge wire and cardstock. I'm looking to build one with 6-8 foot blades. The trouble is finding an ideal material for this. It needs to be lightweight, cheap, flexible, "malleable" (it needs to be able to be bent into a helix but then retain the shape), and come in a 4'x8' sheet. PVC/CPVC is super expensive, as is polycarbonate, and aluminum. Any suggestions? 

Posted by FLskater3696 5 years ago

Broken Panasonic Lumix FX-01

Who knows, could make a good instructable. My camera turned on unbeknownst to me, and I leaned on it (in my jacket pocket), which bent the lens to the side. They want $111 to repair it and i am so annoyed that I would rather sell it for $50 to someone on Instructables for the greater good of some new invention. Or who knows, maybe you can repair it. Right now the camera is at Panasonic and I'd want you to pay for shipping from their place to you. Let me know if you're interested! If you have questions about the camera please search the net for specs etc. :)

Posted by susie 9 years ago

Christmas 2009 inspiration

Each year I do a "Christmas Project" that I give to friends and family. I'm completely uninspired this year. Anyone have something great they've made? I have to be able to make it for 15 or so people and the cost is usually $5 to $10 a person (though some years I have a more expensive project so I give to fewer people). I've done velvet scarves, candles, curry mix, blacken seasoning, kleenex holders, spiced nut mixes, caramels, painted dinner napkins, bent rebar garden art, and a few more I can't think of (I wish I had step-by-step photos for all of these!). Thanks for the ideas.

Posted by obsessed 8 years ago

Does anybody knows the pinout of the steering harness on a 1989 GMC SIERRA ?

Hello, "Somebody" tried to steal my truck last night. He/They broke sliding rear window and destroyed the ignition switch on my poor truck. He/They bent the rod that goes to the "Steering Switch Harness". So I can Replace the whole steering column, or make a "Hidden key-less push-button ignition switch" But I don't know the wiring pin-out of the steering harness. I desperately need help with this. Thanks for reading and Helping. Also any creative suggestion will be appreciated. Mr. Lunna Xiii

Posted by mrlunna13 8 years ago

Metal rod stock for furniture (especially loops)

I wanted to make some shelves like this http://www.wedowood.dk/shoerack/ but I have no idea which metal they used or how to bend it. Is there anything strong enough to support even some books that can be bent with pliers? If so, wouldn't it be really hard to get anything good looking? If not, how to bend? I know there are shop brakes, but aren't they only for sheet metal? And, surely you cannot make a 180 turn that small with a shop brake? Also, what gauge/material rodstock to use? Is there some way (even approximate) to relate gauge and material to weight supported?  Many thanks in advance Joe

Posted by JosephS164 1 year ago

I've been at it again, in washington.

Well after my trip to linuxhaxors house and wrecking his fence I went to washington on my way back to put shampoo in sunbank's coffee but didn't stop there, I got a little randy and have started a new plague in washington university, my spawn have run wild all over the campus attacking students and bicycles, apparently the cause of the attacks are because my young uns are so damn cute that people try and get close to them, causing them to charge.You can't even get near the fountain... Bent bikes, slashed tyres and broken shins are the order of the day.link

Posted by killerjackalope 10 years ago

Fixing a Typo?

It was late and I was typing away then I woke up with little sleep and posted my instructable.  Well, I had forgotten I wanted to change the title before I published then I fixed it.  Then my oh so brilliant self had a typo in the title, a helpful user pointed it out and I fixed it.  The problem? https://www.instructables.com/id/Education-Boy-Math-Learing-Tools/ I don't mind that it has the original title so much as I mind the typo, LOL It's not a learing tool it's a learning tool.  Oi!  If anyone can help me out that would be great, if it can't be fixed, well I'm not going to get bent out of shape, it is what it is. Thanks in advance!

Posted by poofrabbit 6 years ago

Just one to go... (Update...Just!)

A few people have taken the time to mention that I am approaching my century - almost 100 Instructables. OK, so plenty of people have gotten there before me, but this is my first hundred on the horizon. I have now published #99, and I know what #100 will be. Looking ahead, though, what will your hundredth project be? UPDATE: #100 nearly didn't happen, as I came off the road on the way to the site.  Fortunately, the people I was going to meet came to meet me part way and helped pull the Mini out of the field.  The Mini is now awaiting diagnosis at the garage, which will certainly involve the words "bent" and "steering". Anyhoo, I got what I needed, now just putting together some more research notes with the photos, then get it checked by an expert... UPDATE TO THE ORIGINAL UPDATE: #100 is, effectively, done.  I'm just waiting for the expert who helped me to give it a once-over to check I've got my facts straight.  Since I've been using her work email address, I expect to here sometime Monday... UPDATED UPDATE: Ow!  My shoulders, neck and back are ceasing up, typing is getting painful (something to do with dropping three feet at fifty and coming to a dead stop in the field...). But, the garage where I dropped Womble off has just phoned to say they can't find anything obviously wrong (or bent) with the car that would explain why the front wheels are pointing in different directions.  They theorise that the impact bounced things a notch or three along without actually damaging anything. But, they also recommend taking it to a specialist bodyshop to get it checked... PROBABLY-FINAL UPDATE: And now I have Womble back - all that was needed, after all that fuss, was a slight adjustment of the tracking.  Now that is engineering. ON-TOPIC UPDATE: #99 is now finished off with photos of the piñata in action.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago

Material Section

Hi there!I hope this is the right section to post this in, if not then i'm sorry i picked the most probable one (i hope D: ).First of all i love instructables, i'm using way too much time in on this page than i should, but then again if it wasn't or instructables i wouldn't have this cool new Hard Drive Speaker present for this cute girl i like ;)In any case let me get to the point; i would like to suggest a Materials Section for Instructables - basically it would include material stats and an in depth explanation of the material (or component if we're talking tech here, but that's a different area). Here's an example: in an instructable, the author mentions plexiglass and that it needs to be bent. Many don't know that plexiglass isn't class, but an acrylic hardened plastic substance with abilities much like glass (but not quite). Plexiglass can fracture, but wont leave extremely sharp pieces like glass will and it can be bent when under medium-high heat from a heatgun or the like. Also that high friction (from a drill or the like) will cause it to melt.Basically what i mean here is that this section would greatly reduce the time an author spends on making his ible by letting out basic facts. E.g. instead of writing "plexiglass is..blah blah" the user would be able to look up in the materials section and read in depth for him/herself what the characteristics are for plexiglass/plywood/capacitors/batteries and so on.The materials page could be powered by the "burning questions" competition i've seen on this page. I don't think material characteristics fit in ibles because it strictly isn't - it's a data sheet that lets you understand the materials and components you're going to use in an ible.PS: sorry about the lower case i's and the occasional typo or grammatical error i'm not a native english speaker . also i really hope this is the right section to post in...

Posted by Eirinn 9 years ago

How to bend plastic optic fiber ?

Hi, I have 0.75, 1 and 1.5mm plastic opic fiber that I am using for my project (which will be the topic of my first instructables ;) ) I need a way to bend the POF in right angle. I don't care if the bending raidus is not very important (spec says max radius is 10 time diameter, 15mm radius is ok for me, and I don't care if I loose a little brightness). I want the POF to stay bend after I have bent it : it must keep the curve I gave it for at least 24 hours. I manage doing something not so bade (but really time consuming) by heating the POF with an hair dryer. I wander if anybody has a better tested idea ? (in the meantime, I'll try putin it in boiling water to see if it kep the shape once cooled). Regards, tReg.

Posted by treg 10 years ago

whats your knex gun arsenals

Just wanted to know what the best guns are out and what everyone has got which show how much knex they have got sort of but anyway here is mineI have the ww2 springfeild by knex stealth https://www.instructables.com/id/WW2-Springfield/I also have the top loading rifle by dutchj http://knexinnovation.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=49&t;=846and also have the slide action pistol by me which i will be posting soonand also have the br36 thing by bakenbitz http://knexinnovation.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=49&t;=798also the sniper rifle by meon the picture with the slide out its not normally that bent its just cause I took the rubber bands of of it to make it stay in that position also i couldnt find the br36 i think its in my loft or someting like that dunno but i have got it built up somewere

Posted by knex mad 9 years ago

Electrolytic Capacitor Horizontal Footprint Eagle

I am designing a very simple but small PCB in Eagle. Size is a constraint and the enclosure is pretty small. I had a 100uF electrolytic capacitor in the schematic which I realized will not fit vertically in the enclosure while making the prototype. So to make it fit, I kept a few mm of leads between PCB and capacitor while soldering and then bent it horizontally on top of a nearby crystal. This was a quick fix but now I want the schematic to have space for it. I have enough free space to put it lying down but can't find any footprint for a horizontal radial polarized cap. I'm sure I saw one such component in some schematic or in the library but can't find it. Even google results mostly gave axial caps. The only thing near to what I wanted was this diagram, but it had no footprint. The last resort will be to design my own footprint. Can anyone please help? -Antzy

Posted by Antzy Carmasaic 5 years ago

Rip-offs from designers

We've all seen it, and for a lot of people, it's why we're here: simple, neat, easily-executed ideas presented as high art or grand design, and sold at jaw-dropping prices. The latest example I've come across is these coat-hooks.  Cut from brass and stainless steel, they are going to be "launched" at the London Design Festival but Visuallyod. A launch event.  For coat hooks? Cut and bent from a bit of brass sheet? I shudder to think of the price as well - there's no price on their own website, but they charge £490 ($750) for some sticks cast in pottery and tied together with old string. Anyway, rant over (for now).  What examples of rip-off design have you seen?  What examples have you copied? EDIT: Sudden thought - even if you haven't made them yourselves, what are your favourite examples of Instructables recreating designer rip-offs at budget prices?

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago

Equation for accurate bending (kerfing) of plywood

I am planning out my first Instructable. It will be a bent (kerfed) plywood coffee table, There have been a growing number of projects out in the 'makeosphere,' where people are cutting slits or kerfs that go almost completely through a thicker piece of wood, allowing it to be easily bent. I am on a super-tight budget, and cannot afford to ruin my $22 sheet of plywood, so I was hoping that someone might be able to help me with some measurements for cutting the kerf-slits in the plywood. Here is the idea all sketched out. I need help with the measurements that are in bold.  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Materials: 1x | 4 ft. x 2 ft. 3/4 in birch plywood 2x | 3 ft. 5/8 in threaded metal rods 8x | flat washers 4x | standard nuts 4x | "end nuts"  Steps: On the sheet of plywood, measure in X inches and mark X number of cross cut lines, X inches apart. Measure in 2 inches from each end of the board and draw a line. Measure in 2 inches each each side of the board, and draw another line. Drill out a 5/8 inch hold at all 4 of these crossed lines. Thread a standard nut onto each end of the threaded rod and screw it on 1-2 inches roughly, then slip a flat washer over the threaded rod. Bend each end of the board up to create almost 90 degree angles. Insert each end of the threaded rod into the holes, slip a flat washer over the threaded rod and screw on each of the four "end nuts."  Use the standard nuts, and the end nuts to fine tune the bends into 90 degree angles.  Flip the table over, and enjoy.  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  Stability is more important to me than curve radius. I don't know if spacing cuts close together for a small curve radius is more or less stable than placing the cuts further apart for a larger radius. I've never done this, but I have seen that there is an equation for this. I haven't been able to find the equation actually expressed, I've just heard that there is one. Does anyone know about this area of woodworking/physics?

Posted by Dolmetscher007 3 years ago

need help bending/shaping a sewing needle into a spring-shape

Hello all!    I need help shaping existing sewing needles into spring shapes...and need to mass produce! I have an invention idea for a sewing needle, and after countless attempts at commissioning someone to manufacture for me, I have decided to do it myself. However, as I am a layman I have no idea how to get started!  I had created many prototypes by heating up sewing needles, then wrapping them around screws. I have tried many times to create a machine that could easily do this for me, however to no avail.  Another problem I have is that once the metal is heated and bent into shape, I need a way to possible polish and return the shine...   I have approached many shops worldwide from: sewing needle companies/ spring making companies, cnc, medical instruments, metal artists, aerospace, prototyping companies, 3d printing, the list goes on...  So now i'm back to square one...any help is appreciated, thanks !

Posted by chultzu 1 year ago

Possible project with 433Mhz RF Transmitter + Receiver Module Link Using multiple analog sensors

Is it possible to send multiple sensor readings via through a 433Mhz RF Transmitter + Receiver Module Link?..Meaning, assume that I have a three Flex sensors on the transmitter side and three servos on the receiver side. I have the project almost complete however I would like to make it wireless with these rf modules. When you bend a flex sensor its corresponding servo motor will turn depending on how far the sensor is bent. I do not know if this is possible using these modules since there are multiple flex sensors and they are analog (I'm not sure if analog is the correct term but what I mean is since the sensors will output an array of values I don't know if it will work since its not digital) If anyone knows if this is possible please let me know and also if you can I would need help with the code, I have never made anything wireless before but it seams really neat. Thanks to all those who reply!

Posted by Daniel Quintana 2 years ago

Dirt bike handlebars

Hey everyone, i have a 2003 XR100 four stroke Honda dirt bike and I am on a quest to transform it into a beast hair scrambler trail bike. So far I have decided to add bark busters, one of those bendable hinge shifters, a back sprocket with one less tooth (will be 49), a new front sprocket because the teeth are bent, I need to sharpen the foot pegs and brake peg, a new back tire because the one it has now is bald, and shorten the handlebars. The reason i posted this forum is because i am wondering if anyone can tell me what the best way to shorten the handlebars is. I figure i am going to loosen everything, take it off, measure 4 or 5 inches with a permanent marker, then grind it off, but i dont know how to get the grips off. will i need to buy new ones? any way, if anybody can tell me how to shorten the handlebars, i would be very thankful. also, if anyone thinks i need anything else, could you please mention that too? thanks!

Posted by A.C.E. 9 years ago

Photojojo hiring photo-lovin' bad-ass to run our online store

Photojojo (www.photojojo.com) is looking for a creative, web-savvy person to join our team of photography lovers in San Francisco. Your job will be to manage and help grow our online store -- a job that requires sleuthing skills to unearth unique and interesting products to sell (via the internet and occasional trade show visits), analytical abilities to project sales and manage inventory levels, and negotiating kung-fu to work with vendors to obtain the best possible pricing.You'll also have a hand in writing appealing product copy, planning and executing photo and video shoots, and planning and measuring promotions and advertising.Superhuman organizational skills and a self-starter attitude are a MUST.Preference given to those who are also excellent writers, understand social media, have excellent people skills, and an innate sense of marketing and promotions. It sure doesn't hurt if you happen to be a great photographer or have experience in online retail, forecasting, or a deep love of metrics and data driven decision-making! (Not knowing things is okay, but you must be a good learner.)If you've got an entrepreneurial bent and crave freedom and the opportunity to learn how to start a business from the inside, this is for you.more: http://photojojo.com/jobs/

Posted by superamit 9 years ago

Dishwasher spray arm: make/buy and attach to PVC

What I'm trying to accomplish: a usable dishwasher spray arm, that can attach to a PVC pipe, for reasonably cheap. I'm not against buying one, and I've looked at this one, which is snap-on, and this one, which has a nicer price but it's hard to tell how exactly it might work (or more likely, not work). I mean, how would you ever attach that to PVC? And the former is a little on the expensive side. I've also thought of making one out of PVC, since you could easily drill small holes in a piece of PVC pipe and stick them onto a T. But that has the problem of not being able to spin at all, much less spin on its own. I have searched long and hard and have not been able to find any sort of rotary union that would work (and I'm afraid even if I did, it may not allow free passage of water). A solution for spinning on its own may be as simple as making the pipes "bent," so the water would force it to spin as it goes around the corner. TL;DR: How can I make/buy a dishwasher spray arm that can attach to PVC (actually two of them)? And in case you're wondering, yes, this is for a dishwasher (DIY). Thanks for the help!

Posted by Nateowami 3 years ago

Changing Your User Name

If you are thinking of changing your user name, or creating a replacement account, these names all appeared to be available today:Single:spoodle pibbler spongdoodle ptwingoid mimbly phthyppy cruddite titicaca toastron QTMcWhiskers woodlouse ichneumon tastycrat fingerlician melllvar gasolinda dynamikeDouble:brian damage, stick chick, bent metal, anon rodgers, joey mousepad, electric cornflake, currency cat, ted maul, the increduloid, norbert dentressangle, window licker, metal mickey, dennis plaxton, ethel acetate, harold woodchip, frank plasterboard, milton keynes, edna coaldust, hector cement, albatross benson, lionel peppercorn, kevin fluff, permission granted, major woody, private parts, knex recycler, molten boron, ninja muffininator, ninja terminator, beg tets, odd bob, strange dave, spam master, sieve master, grease master, cheese eater, mr onions, wavey davey, whale omlette, penguin burger, sheep squeezer, fork bender, pork man, slime muncher, salty jim, PVC maniac, perineal suturesFootball (soccer):Eindhoven de gekste!, counterfeit Madrid, strathcarnage, portsmouth bubblejet, PNEOther:No!, medical meat supplies, licenced to ill, licenced to bungle, epileptic fridge boy, batch files R us, golden ninja warriorL

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago

Rings of Light: Bending u-channel stock

Hello! I'm trying to make rings of brass with a channel/groove on the inside to fit LED strips into. I want the LEDs lining the inside of the brass rings to illuminate the center, but I want them hidden from view for aesthetic reasons. I'm trying to get 7 different rings, varying in diameter from about 7" to 2'. I can't figure out the best way to do this though. Here are some possibilities I've come up with, and I would love your thoughts on their feasibility, how I might tweak them for better effectiveness, or if you all have other ideas that might work better! 1) Bend U-channel stock in a tube bender. Would this deform the u-channel, though, and can rectangular stock go through a bender? 2) Mill a small trench shallower than a standard u-channel into bar stock, then bend it. See concerns in #1. 3) Somehow mill a channel into bar stock once it's already bent..? 4) Bend hollow tubing into a ring, then use a cutting disc or bit on a dremel to cut an opening on the inside, and snake the LED strip through the tubing. 5) Bend hollow tubing into a ring, then drill out holes at the interval of the LED lights, and snake the LED strip through the tubing. Thanks so much for your thoughts, feedback and help! :)

Posted by nealulrich 3 years ago

Visiting the ATX Hackerspace

I decided to visit austin, TX on my most recent vacation. While i was there i decided to drop in on the ATX hackerspace. The hackerspace is just over a year old but already has a large community. The space is located in an office park which makes it almost hidden if it weren't for the wicked bat logo As i came into the space, they were holding their weekly meeting, Once the meeting was over the crowd of about 30 people broke into a cacophony of geeky projects. A few people bent over a mysterious box trying to determine it's purpose. Another used the industrial sewing machine to create professional looking leatherwork. There were many other "newbies" to the space, who were given the low down by the night's host, Martin. The space is impressive given they have been at the current location for only 2 months. It has a lot of potential to be a powerhouse of awesome projects. What is interesting, is that the hackerspace (unlike most) is a for profit. That means it can bring in money and make money. This means if they want to build kits and sell them to benefit the space, its perfectly fine under the law. I work a lot with non-profit entities so its interesting to see this model I must say though, ATX hackerspace has one of the coolest logos i've seen. Thanks ATX for your hospitality and showing me around! Hope you enjoyed the stickers! Go visit! Tuesday nights at 7:30 is the open house time. 1601 Rutherford Ln, Suite A200 Here is a time laspe movie of their mural being painted:

Posted by frenzy 7 years ago

disability challenge: rebuild my legs.

Just thought it was worth asking with the wealth of expertise and knowledge on here if anyone could offer any help/idea, or any words of wisdom in regards to getting me back on legs and out of my wheelchair, I will gladly consent to being a guinea pig (within reason obviously! lol).   O.K. a little bit of me & my background. I'm a 46 year old male living in the U.K, 12 years ago through no fault of my own I was ploughed down a street by a car. this left me with a compound fracture of my left leg that developed a further complication that resulted in me losing the leg below the knee the resulting infections meant it wouldn't heal . the right leg suffered 14 breaks between the knee and ankle, the ankle was broken and most of the foot. the metalwork in the leg had problems it eventually bent. i put every penny into an operation to remove a large chunk of my lateral muscle to be transplanted to the left stump to get it to heal and to have the faulty metal top of the metalwork replaced, but and I kid you not, the bolt in the right leg had the head taken off!! meaning the bolt would have to be drilled out but that would shatter the leg meaning i'd lose that leg too, the op on the stump was a failure. so what i'm hoping is some of you super brains could help design/devise a kind of prosthesis and a caliper type erm... thing, for the other leg. well I'll upload some pics and a bit more about me tomorrow. thanks for reading guys & girls.

Posted by davrosben 5 years ago

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.

Posted by IncreasingEntropy 4 years ago

What New Useful Products Have You Recently Become Acquainted With ?

Here is My list. I recently saw an ible about sugru. Had neverheard of it, before  but can see its usefulness. Kind of expensive and not generally available. Have seen polymer clays, but cant see how it would replace epoxy putty Available at craft shops. Have heard Rescue tape ( fusible silicon ) . I haven't had a use for it, but it seems to be a great repair tape. It was available at Craftwood  Lumber, so it is a mass market product. Expensive, but can see it's potential worth. I'll wait til. I need it before I buy it. The oscillating tools have come down in price. Not exactly new, but extremely useful especially for people whose shop is their desk or kitchen table. If I were to have one power tool, it probably would still be the cordless drill driver. But if I were allowed a second power tool, this would be it. Blades are expensive.  Demolition Bags are very useful and cheap and generally available. I recently saw a device for bending PVC pipe. I have avoided using PVC because of the joints. I prefer thin metal conduit because it can be bent with the pipe bender I was able to acquire. That being said, the Pipe Viper may  be worthwhile. I am considering a small greenhouse made of arched PVV pipe and clear sheeting.  

Posted by Wilmette 5 years ago

Motherboard rack!

I just worked on this some yesturday, and these are the results I have in the picture. I've been wanting to do this for a long while, to have motherboards stacked in a rack configuration using nothing other than the motherboards themselves and threaded steel rods. I had to make the holes on the motherboards larger using a diamond bit on my dremel, and very teadiously carve away at the magic compound (PCB) that contains a secret mixture of equal amounts pixie dust, and wood glue. when I was done, this is what I resulted with as you'll see in the end picture, the only thing that makes me nervous is the fact that it has started to put pressure on some of the rods causing my asus board on the bottom to bend slightly, this is because they are either bent, or for some reason perhaps the brass nuts I'm using weren't threaded completely straight up and down, either way I'm not TOO worried about it. No I have no actually powered them up yet to see if they work, thats another thing I'm working on, more outlets. I will post when I do. I do have one question of anyone who stumbles across this! Does anyone have an idea for some kind of consolidated power supply situation with these motherboards? I plan on using some longer rods if this ends up working out fine, then I could stack, say maybe 10 of them at once (thats my goal). Would that mean I also have to have a stack of 10 desktop power supplies? Cawm on, I'm trying not to kill my hydro bill.

Posted by Punkguyta 8 years ago

I thought this was interesting: Future Edisons - on PBS

Everybody has a great idea that could change the way we work, the way we live or the way we play. Everyday Edisons documents the development process of 12 inventions and the parallel stories of the people who invented them. Selected from thousands, the 15 Everyday Edisons learn how their extraordinary ideas are taken from a sketch on a napkin to a store shelf.Take Sheldon Levinson and Michael Diep: both like to tinker with concepts for new and improved products, or simply the next crazy fad. Levinson, a true kid-at-heart, is always looking for the next best toy or gadget to make people smile. Taking the traditional favorite bubbles and combining them with the lava lamp, another iconic American gadget, he developed the latest twist on bubble toys.Diep, a refugee from Vietnam, has thousands of inventions in his back pocket, one of which is a new design for a dual cat toy and claw scratcher. As a hectic business consultant, Diep encountered a challenge many of us face lack of time. With limited personal free time, much less time to take his cat to the veterinarian for nail trimmings, Diep incorporated sand paper into his jungle gym to naturally file the nails as it played.Inventing isn't just for adults, the retired or the self-proclaimed inventor. Mark and Cody Fox, brothers and juniors in high school, were tired of paying year-end fines for bent corners and broken spines on their school text books. After combining a few fabric swatches, some hot glue and pieces of plastic, the young men developed a way to prevent the dreaded fines come June.And The Link to the PBS site

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago

Custom Droid Radio Mount

So I am the happy new owner of both a Moto Droid and a 2000 Jeep Wrangler. However these two products seem to show no love for the other, at the moment in order to both charge my phone and play music through the car speakers I am required to go through a very awkward series of steps and entangling wires that seem to be bent on strangling me. As an avid lover of customizing my own items I wondered "is there a way to make this simpler?" and realized: screw simplicity, I can make it WAY more awesome! And so my endeavor began. The Droid media dock can be interfaced into a faceplate in which you drop the Droid on it then slide it to the left, plugging in the phone into both the audio and the power. To the left of this is a smaller panel with the LED readout of what station the tuner is set to for when the radio is set to AM/FM, along with a volume dial, seek buttons, and buttons that switch the input between Aux, Cd, AM, and FM. The issue is I am a programmer at heart and have very little experience in electronics, I wrote out the binary circuitry with little to no problem, my problem is that I don't trust my novice skill when it comes to the calculations for volts and amps being received at parts of a circuit. I think this is a ridiculous project and is way more complicated than it should be, and that is why it is awesome and needs posted on Instructables! Once building really begins I will take lots of pictures and make a formal write up to put up! Thanks everyone for reading this rant/plead for help!

Posted by XCabooseO 8 years ago

Interstellar (movie) ScienceFiction

Spoiler alert. The butler did it!!  Just kidding.                 Category: Weird Planets! Water Planet-  How'd they know that the sea was shallow enough to land in? The ship's engines apparently can't run if wet. So landing here was pretty risky. Would you land a plane in a foot of water not knowing if it was 1000' of water? You can't take off if the engines are wet!                         When a big wave hits, (on earth) one of the signs is that the water in a bay will recede. Why didnt this happen when the big waves hit in the film?   Ice Planet-  80% of earth's gravity (IIRC)  Yet a "frozen cloud" can hold up it's own weight. Fun world, very sculptural. Is there any way these shapes can hold themselves up?  Might be more believable if planet had 10% of earth gravity.  Those jump jets also more plausible in low G.                 Category: Black Hole Appearance-  At first, this seemed pretty artsy- bizzare. But i'd read that lots of research + computer modelling went into it. So here's my assumtion explaining the visual:  The black hole has a simple ring of hot debris orbiting it like the rings of saturn. This stuff isn't close enough to have it's light sucked in. Looking above, or below the "hole", Light from the backside of the ring is bent around to our "eyes" by gravity. This causes the illusion of a second ring perpendicular to the first one. If we coud "look"  with some means unaffected by gravity, we would "see" a single ring.                 Category: Demise of Earth IIRC, the crop  blight is "using up" the N2 in the atmosphere??  um...  Overall, a really good flick, addressing big human questions. Of course the human story is the most important, tough decisions face these characters....  but chat on sci should be fun, too. 

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago

How I turned my Huffy BMX into a great stunt machine- and a question about decals

An ongoing project- the lost Huffy.chapter 1- Why people will think this is funnychapter 2- How I got itchapter 3- How I did itchapter 4- a questionChpt 1- Why people will think this is funny-Huffy is known(alledged) to be a cheap crummy Wal-Mart bicycle. I have a limited budget. I turn cheap crummy Wal-Mart bicycles(alledged) into great stunt bicycles.Chpt 2- How I got it-I was riding my bike, a six speed automatic, to school, and saw something reflect as I went by the weeds. I stopped, because I go the route almost every day and never saw anything reflect, and what should it be, but the most destroyed Huffy Rock-It I have ever seen in my entire life. I went on to school, as I was runnimg late and don't have a cell phone(I don't want a tumor). At lunch, I came back. I went into the Snak-Shak, and called the sheriff using a pay phone. Well, I waited. And waited. Lunch ended, so I left a note with my contact info at the scene, and left. At three, I came back. It was still there, note and all. I went home. Waited. No phone call from police saying they found the owner, nothing. Seven o'clock. I hitched a ride with my neighbors, over to the scene, and I got the bike.Chpt 3- How I did it- The handlebars were bent back at the stem in a 90 degree angle. I took them off, easily, because they were so busted that all I had to do was jiggle them a little, and they came off. After several attempts at riding without a handlebar, I got one off another frame I have. They wouldn't work. So I got the handlebars off another project(that failed)- an older Next Wipe Out that had been run over, bent frame. I put them on, and they worked great, apart from some adjustment issues- the rusted bolt needs replaced. I aired up the tires, and sat down. Painfully. Old Huffy seat, narrow as heck. I left it on there for for a while. Then, I thought, and thought, and finally asked what I should name it. So, Phoenix, arisen from the ashes of destruction, was about to be made into a really good bike. I recently replaced the seat with a plush, comfortable seat from a brand new (yet busted, due to cheap manufacture) Mongoose Rebel, but for the sake of the budget, the Bell "Little Rider" seat is as good or better than the seat I used. I only used that seat because our Wal-Mart sold out. I rode around, and it worked out great with the parts I had so carefully picked out. Things still need to be replaced, like my front tire, shaped about like this- ), and the pedals, I'll use the Wal-Mart kind. Pegs, also from the Wal-Mart, but I personally don't want pegs, as people tend to jump on the back of my bikes as they are, with no pegs, and I don't do those kinds of stunts. It rides great, except some things need a bit of oil, and just yesterday I adjusted the chain incorrectly, and now I'm in lots of pain from it locking up and throwing me off. But I fixed that, and am thinking about stenciling her name onto the frame.Chpt 4- A question-How do you get the decals off the frame? I sat there with a hair drier for about an hour and got a quarter of one off, but that's to slow, and is very uncomfortable. I want to stencil her name onto her.

Posted by extremegtafan 9 years ago

LED bracelet inlay

This is my first post so please excuse if I am in the wrong place :( I have a boot bracelet with a leather back and ornate bling glued to the leather and sewn at the edges. I want to add small LED strip lights, weather proof, cutable every 3 lights, double-sided adhesive to the center (between leather and ornate mesh side. I want to be able to turn it  on and off.  I figure 6 mini strip lights should be more than enough.  Here are the lights I have: Features: Superbright 3528 SMD LEDs with high intensity and reliability. 5 Metre strip with 600 LEDs Self-adhesive back with double side adhesive tape. Maintenance free, easy installation Long life of 50,000 hours Flexible strip which can easily be curved around bends. UUltra-bright but running at low temperature Viewing Angle : 120° Input volts: DC 12V This Cool White strip light has 600pcs Double Density,SMD 3528 LEDs The Strip is Customizable for any length you want, Cuttable every 3 LED's without damaging the rest strips, flexible and can be bent at any angle, Works with a 12 Volt Power supply Low power consumption, Eco Friendly, High Quality, high intensity and reliability, High Quality Cool White, Double Density 600 LED's, 3528 SMD 5M/16.4 ft, high intensity and reliability, Long lifespan,   Hopefully that helps.  What I need is a battery source that can be added to the inside of the bracelet that will light it up and allow me to turn off and on (push on/off is better than switch). The source would have to be in something waterproof like a latex substance and can only take up a minimal amount of space 1.5 - 2".  Obviously the batteries would have to lay flat (flat coin-like batteries?) Is there ANYONE out there who can give me ideas?   Thank you!!!  

Posted by harley0805 3 years ago