Blacked Out?

I was going to ask are you caught in the blackouts I'm seeing on the news? Dopey question. Anyhoo, if you're reading this after the power comes back on, how did you cope?  What Instructables could you use to make life easier? UPDATE:  And, if you're an engineer, could you design a better system where a single throw of a switch on a substation blacks out five million people, shuts down two nuclear reactors and even closes beaches? The outage was triggered after a piece of equipment was switched off at a substation in Arizona, officials said. ... Daniel Froetscher, a vice-president at APS, told the Associated Press news agency the malfunction at the substation was "not a deliberate act". "The employee was just switching out a piece of equipment that was problematic," Mr Froetscher said.

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


5 black cardiges

Is there a way to control five same model cardriges. let say 5 pieces hp26a they all gonna print same text all together same time. like inject coders.

Posted by korguncelik 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


PS2 black screen

Hi guys, i have a problem on playstation 2, when i turn it on, shows a black screen without startup logo or sound or anything else, i tried different display cables but doesn't work.

Posted by BilalC4 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


mw3 and black ops

Hey people im starting a wii clan for black ops and mw3 you can do almost anything. the only requirement is to be active my name on both is DOUBLE0MEXICAN     (yes im mexican everone asks) black ops ally code:  2478-6346-3686 mw3 ally code:  2095-2297-2093 our clan name will be south part mexicans (spm) iv got friends from many different clans. i'v got a mic

Posted by jampie98 7 years ago


black powder charcoal

I'm making charcoal for BP using macadamia wood in a tin on a BBQ fire. The smoke is PISSING out the 1/4" hole i made in the lid but won't ignite. Any ideas/suggestions welcome.

Posted by ThreeFifty 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Black is the new Green

It seems today http://www.google.com/ turned it's lights out. I though it was an early April Fools but apparently its time for Earth Hour (which everyone should participate). My physics teacher has a black desktop background on his laptop to save battery life. I always tell his it doesn't work and that it might even do the opposite. We all know that for backlit displays this does not save any energy but does it waste energy? Anyone care to comment.PS. I admire Google for its Community service. I wish government was more like it.

Posted by nf119 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Black Ops Gamertags

Hey this is where you can put your gamertag for Black Ops

Posted by DELETED_the vengeful aug 8 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Black powder in a battery? Answered

I was taking apart a used C-cell battery and found this black powdery substance. What is it?

Asked by Shadow94 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


airline black box

Am i missing something? why arent airline "black boxes" made to eject from the plane and float ?

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


black ops cheats

Do you have any cheats for black ops If you do, Share them here! Step your game up... ...with cheats!

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


which absorbs heat better,gloss black or flat black?

Heat absorbtion-gloss black or flat black-which is better?

Asked by bwesner 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How to make black garlic

We all believe that the health, eating black garlic black garlic on the market as a health food and supplements, the price is relatively high, in fact, at home, you can easily make black garlic, Here I will introduce two black garlic molding method for your reference. The first method: rapid generation of law Step 1: Prepare good garlic, three of each head of garlic wrapped in aluminum foil, Step 2: roasted on the stove above, just like on the street to do the kind of barbecue, 15 minutes, Step 3: Flip the back and then bake for 15 minutes, Step 4: steamed, placed in a pressure cooker inside the steam, steam cooked into about 30 minutes, Note: In the second step, if conditional, can be placed inside the oven baking, aluminum foil, can be placed in a plastic box inside, but slightly lid yo or evaporated dry.

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


Found a Black Widow in the Grapes?!

I just got a package of grapes from Costco and what do I find? A Black Widow. Note that I live in Washington; Brown Recluse territory, not Black Widow. It's ironic because I just watched a news story on this.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Replacement for black wheels on handle

I decided to make a comfort handle for my TNKIT round 2 entry, but I don't have any of those black wheels. I discovered you could do the same thing with green/black knex knobs. I have about 5 of these, and they make really comfy handles.

Posted by DJ Radio 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


help with black powder rocket

Hi i am making a black powder rocket similar to a bottle rocket just bigger scale and am having trouble with it ill give as much info as i hope someone can help me out thanx the rocket engine is 53 mm in length 1.5 mm thick wall 16 mm inside wall to wall hopefully that all sounds ok the (nozzle) in the end is 6mm thick was planing on filing it with black powder and packing it in around a core with 42 mm of powder and a further 5mm plug on the end then turn it over and put in a fuse etc... strap to a small stick or skewer and launch what i am wanting to know how big should the nozzle hole be to actually get lift off and should i just insert a fuse or a fuse and quick match or fill the core with loose black powder and make a paste of black powder and plug the end and insert a fuse onto that im probably going the complete wrong way about this if i am feel free to tell me what im doing wrong or what i need to do thanks

Posted by acid_clown 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Slow Sulfurless Black Powder?

I have tried to make some sulfurless black powder by grinding 3 parts sodium nitrate (a potassium nitrate substitute, using this method to make it from ammonium nitrate) and 1 part charcoal (I tested it and it didn't burn good so I added more charcoal (probably making it a 2 KN03:1 C ratio)).  It burns extremely slow (if i laid a pile of the bp that was 1/8 inch wide and 1 inch long it would probably take 5 or more seconds to burn all the way).  I got the charcoal from a burned out bonfire (I don't know what type of wood it was but it wasn't willow or pine), I collected the black chunks that aren't all the way burned out.  I am wondering what the problem is, is it the charcoal or the sodium nitrate? The sodium nitrate is in its purest form, thats what it said here.

Asked by electronicz 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


cleaning peeling black pipe?

Hi everyone, I finally got myself some black pipe for my project at a place where they would cut it for me. (No more EMT.) I have noticed that little bits of the black paint have come off (eg, at the place where I removed the pricing stickers) and that it is greasy all over (most probably from the pipe cutter I used at the store). I don't especially care about the condition of the paint, but want to be able to handle the pipe on a daily basis without getting greasy hands (or accumulating tiny fragments of paint all around my room and then ending up inhaling or eating them over the long term!). I guess that using water and soap on this will make it rust; how would you clean this? Thanks in advance for any advice! James

Posted by james.kirin 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Black Powder for use in fireworks

I want to get into pyrotechnics as a hobby, and i thought i would start with rocketry. So my questions are: What is the best for a lifting charge for fireworks or a rocket, very very fine particles, or coarse granules? i read somewhere on the internet that granules are best, but all over instructables it says to grind it really well. And also, would adding steel powder/magnesium powder to enhance the spark effects alter the BP? like would magnesium make it more sensitive? Please answer, Thanks.

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


Aging/antiquing black metal

This is kind of an odd one. I'm using a firearm for a movie firing blanks. Currently, it looks like this. http://www.valorcorp.com/images/products/1012048A.jpg I'd like it to look like this, mainly so that the camera can pick it up better, as a solid black finish won't register as well, and all the tiny inperfections will make it look more interesting. http://www.gunblast.com/images/SHOT2009/Day2/DSC05076.JPG It's the exact same gun, but some come "reliced" and others don't. I got a good deal on one that wasn't. I don't want to mess it up too bad, no big pitting or scratch spots, just rough the finish up a bit. Any ideas?

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


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Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How do you print black and white negatives?

Chemicals needed and times for printing black and white prints from a negative?

Asked by tim guinan 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


what type of white paint is best for black light? Answered

Asked by stretch kinetic 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Black Holes aren’t Black they are Gray?

Ok so 40 years ago Stephen Hawking came up with the theory of Black holes and today they are not black but gray. It turns out that the black holes Hawking wrote about in 1974 — those places in the space-time continuum that can devour galaxies and even trap light forever — may not exist in the way that he proposed decades ago. So I read the paper. http://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.5761v1.pdf I found it a bit dry compared to A Brief History of Time but that is the life of a paper. I have always believed a theory is just that and no more, prone to evolve or be disproved with the advent of new theories and facts. After all it is just a theory and not a fact even though many of these theories enable us to the most amazing things. Which reminds me of a joke. A Canadian fisherman was down south fly fishing with an American fisherman that happen to be a marine biologist. Soon the Canadian fisherman caught a one pound brook trout and stated it was just a baby and threw it back. The American marine biologist not objecting to catch and release, objected to the Canadian calling a one pound Salvelinus fontinalis a baby. He explained to the Canadian fisherman that the Salvelinus fontinalis is genetically unable to grow larger than one pound. The Canadian fisherman retorted I catch five pounders in the Boyne River all the time and that was just a baby where he comes from. The American marine biologist objected to the Canadian calling a one pound Salvelinus fontinalis a baby. Again he explained to the Canadian fisherman that the Salvelinus fontinalis is genetically unable to grow larger than one pound. Not wanting to argue the Canadian fisherman let the subject lye and spent the rest of the day fishing throwing their catch back. At the end of the day they exchanged addresses and parted friends. A month later the American marine biologist received a parcel in the mail in it was a frozen five pound brook trout, distraught he began to write the Canadian fisherman a letter. “Dear Mr. Fuddel Duddel Thank you for the five pound specimen of the Salvelinus fontinalis, and thank you very much for ruining perfectly good science with a fact. Sincerely John Doe”

Posted by Josehf Murchison 5 years ago


how does it work? Answered

How does google black work, u know the kwh saving thing what i just dont get it                                                subscribe

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


how to fix your laptop from having a blackout screen?

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


Has anyone created a rotating light blocker tube for a fixture before? Answered

I'm trying to create a slow rotating tube within a tube light blocker for a black light fixture I have. The fixture measures 2inches by 2feet and is a fluorescent tube style. I want to be able to have the outer tube rotate around the light, have a slot cut into it so the light can come out but when it's past the light, the hole is blocked by an inner tube so no light escapes. I figure the RPM would be about 2-4. This is for Halloween. The inner tube would be fixed into position and the light fixture be attached to it. Does any of this make sense? If it does and you know of another project like this, please send me a link.

Asked by javajunkie1976 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


which absorbs more heat, flat black or high gloss black?

Does flat black or high gloss black absorb more heat from the sun?

Asked by gdv1939 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


create "black body" and measure radiation

Hi i have been looking for some experiment about black body radiation how can i make a black body at home and how can i measure the black body radiation using inexpensive materials... i would like to measure plank's constant and so... i didn't find anything on the net any suggestions? thank you!

Posted by yitzik25 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Why do dogs have black lips?

I saw a dog and noticed It's black lips. Why that color?

Asked by Quest for Questions 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Still need inexpensive black ink for printers! Anyone got a recipe that has been tested and proven to work 100%. Answered

DddNeed a proven recipe for black ink for cartidges. They cost so much. Need a proven recipe that worksa and is easy to make from components that are easlily found. Thanks. Someone must have this  out there!

Asked by triumphman 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


ZEBRAS

Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes?

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



Stanley Kubric, I feel your pain!

I have discovered that it is a major pain dans la derriere to take a decent photograph of an object that is, really, a near-featureless shiny black box. The best I've come up with so far us to stand a candle inside.  My camera is auto focusing, and it keeps locking on to the reflections in the shiny surface - I want to take photos of the object,  not of me or the room around me. Any suggestions?

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I'm Back >:)

~~Hey I'm new to instructables, i haven't posted anything yet. Let me take this chance to to say something about myself~~ So corruptedppl left. Which means that I am back lets hope the same thing won't happen with all the bugs and errors and logging issues like when chicken2209 left I'm back baby! did you miss me?

Posted by Chicken2209 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Replacing black ink with colour ink

Hi, I'm trying to do a uni project and I'm not having much look at the moment. What I want is for the ink in the black cartridge to be a colour ink instead of black. It did seem to work but now it's not. I flushed the cartridge with water several times to clean it out and then placed magenta ink in and the first through prints it started to print the Magenta but then stopped and how all it seems to do is leak from the cartridge and flood the base. The printer is a HP 1220c using HP 45 Cartridge which has the print head on the actual cartridge. Can anyone suggest anything? Thanks Phil

Posted by drop_dead_fred 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


how to do black oxide at home?

 I have some machined steel parts I would like to black oxide to prevent rust and to make look nice. I would like to know the chemicals involved to make the immersion bath for room temperature black oxide.

Asked by high05 9 years ago  |  last reply 10 months ago


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


is a brown wire the same as a black wire?

Usb cable. and no there is no black wire

Asked by DJZizo123 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Whos getting black ops for the wii?

Just wondering, whos getting black ops for the wii? im getting it the day it comes out.

Posted by ~KGB~ 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


my ps2 turned into black and white?

No color

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to colorize a black and white photocopy?

Hello. Years ago, Letraset had in catalogue a color film that you heated over a black and white photocopy and turned black in the color of the film (the film only was fixed to the toner). Does anybody know a way of getting the same result with cheap materials?

Asked by rosquillo 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Black Ops or Modern Warfare 3? Answered

Which is better overall, Black Ops or Modern Warfare 3? Which has better campaign? Which one can you play two player (one on one match)? Which is more fun on the Wii? Any info is appreciated!

Asked by The Red Book of Westmarch 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Ideas for my black walnut table?

I cut down 2 huge black walnut trees in my backyard and I have decided to make some tables but I need some tips and ideas for the table.. The thing stumping me the most (haha) is how should I make the legs for a table that small probably 2 feet in across?

Asked by Don,t try this at home 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Severe black mold...heat exchanger???

Hi! we have this severe problem of black mold in every room, the wall is black... Water puddles on the floor.... Our surveyor and a builder told us (after cheeking everything) to solve the problem with a heat exchanger in every room... we are trying one in the kitchen but after 2 weeks i still found water on the floor and the mold in the corner seems increased... someone tried that? The cause of the mold are heat bridges and non existin insulation...

Posted by AlyssP 11 months ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


nintendo DSI black for sale - reduced

I am selling my nintendo DSI black witch includes all of the following: DSI console charger lead 5 stylus's (2 of which are extendible) black case 2 game cartridge storage cases all of the manuals the original box and comes fully charged so you can play quicker it costs £69 for everything you see with free postage and packaging. I will only post it to to people in the UK. it is in a good working condition and has been tested. it is PAL format. if you have any questions or you would like to buy it then please leave a comment or private message me.

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


How do i permanently get rid of black widows? Answered

Asked by thatshortkid17 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can jarrah wood be used to make charcoal for black powder?

I was wondering if the charcoal produced by the burning of jarrah can be used effectively in black powder.

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


Pololu Robotics Black Friday Sale starts Thursday!

Hello everyone! Pololu Robotics is excited to announce our biggest Black Friday sale yet, with huge discounts on some of our most popular products.  In all, you can get up to $30 off your entire order in addition to saving up to 60% on dozens of selected items, including robots, sensors, motor drivers and controllers, chassis, actuators, and much more!  Stock up on parts for your next electronics DIY project and save big! For all the details, including a list of all of the sale items, visit www.pololu.com/blackfriday Happy holidays!

Posted by Pololu Robotics 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


God source of black light LED's?

I need some black ligt LED's for a couple of projects i need to make, I need a place to buy large quantity's, and for a reasonably cheap price. Any help?

Asked by XOIIO 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Black Ops is better than Knex

Title says it all, I am more interested in Black Ops than I am in Knex. I'll still be here but still not much Bonus Video

Posted by Fred the Penguin 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago