breakin in a soldering iron

Is it just me or do you have to "break in" a soldering iron before it's really usful? I've had a new soldering iron for about amonth (using it about 4 hours to 8 hours a week) and it only started to solder really well in the past couple of days. Anybody know why? Also my soldering iron kind of has a hot spot, where you the solder melts really well, that normal?

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

When is your spring break?

Just out of idle curiosity... when does your school go on spring break?

Posted by canida 11 years ago

My break action knex pistol

This is my new break action pistol! Should I post?

Posted by Knex_Gun_Builder 9 years ago

limit breaking on the Mini Mill/ Lathe

This is a general discussion of limit-breaking for small tools

Posted by ikrase 10 years ago

Line-break Text Editor Bug

I guess there's a bug in the new text editor. Whenever I save/ publish a guide. All the line breaks are not rendered exactly as I input it. It's missing the "" line break. This happens when I do a double line break for leaving a single line blank. For now, I use the source code window to manually add the extra "". Best, Angelo

Posted by ASCAS 4 years ago

This made the forums break: Ì´

Yay unicode! I like combiners, so I tried one. It --probably-- broke the forum.

Posted by zachninme 10 years ago

My drawing of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) with Timelapse video from "Breaking Bad"

I made a video in which I draw Walter White/Heisenberg (portrayed by Bryan Cranston) from the AMC show "Breaking Bad". I've done a lot of these, published to both YouTube and Instructables, and to try and make my videos differ from everyone elses I only use 1 colour in all of them (black) whilst maintaining accuracy and detail, giving them a unique "look" to them! Let me know what you think, and any feedback is welcome (as well as any requests or suggestions as to what I could draw in the future)! -Lowney

Posted by Lowney 5 years ago

Spring Break

Spring Break is here! For me, that means I hole up in my house and go into town as little as possible. I live in Augusta, Georgia, the Home of the Masters Golf Tournament. Big whoop. I don't like golf, but people from across the world come to my town, just to watch the game. I'll leave on Thursday to spend 2 days in Atlanta. But what are y'all doing? Going anywhere fun? The beach? Theme park? Post where your going, and if you want, pictures when you get back! Have a fun break, Bran.

Posted by Bran 10 years ago

Ahh.... Mountain Dew and Breaking Benjamin at 9:56 in the morning

So, I am so comfortable right now. I'm drinking Mountain Dew and listening to Breaking Benjamin at 9:57 in the morning. It's very relaxing. What makes you feel awesome? It can be a mix of 2 things or just one thing.

Posted by Flumpkins 8 years ago

im back from my small break

Yay im back who here dont i know and whats up and im in to yoyos

Posted by J_SCAP 10 years ago

iPod Touch

How do you jail break the ipod touch 4th gen? (newest one). And what exactly does jailbreaking do? please answer. thanks

Posted by stevenh429 7 years ago

I'm Back!

I'm Back too building! YAY! HAPPY! So.... I'm working on a ball machine. sort of......... So yeah. Axiys. Scooby doo FTW!  

Posted by Jesus. 8 years ago

Pokémon collector breaks world record

This an "oh dear" item for me, but what do you think? One of many news articles L

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago

Software Bugs

Hi all, I came to the forums to ask you to try and break my software. You will find the link to it in my instructable. If you manage to break the software please inform me. Thanks, PREDATOR

Posted by PREDATOR_UK 8 years ago

New editor does not do proper paragraph breaks without [Rich Editor] option

The new editor has a pretty substantial bug.  If the user leaves the editor in the new "default" (plain text) format, it does not respect carriage returns.  It should do so.  Most particularly, it really ought to follow the convention that two carriage returns correspond to a paragraph break.

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago

Break Action Gun with Shells

Hey Guys, I recently made this break action gun. I know it's nothing that new and that's why I didn't post it, but I might if you want me to. If I do decide to post it, I would change a few things. It's not the best looking gun out there and I would probably work on that, but it functions perfectly. It shoots white rods about 30 feet. It has an eject lever to eject spent shells. That's the biggest problem I've seen on other break action guns. I'll explain everything in the image notes so be sure to read them. Tell me what you think needs to be changed. Let me say this gun is more made for fun not war. Killer~SafeCracker

Posted by Killer~SafeCracker 7 years ago

QUICK: Sea Stone Pigments? How to break up stone into powder?

Over the summer i have thought up of turning stones you find by the sea side into pigment. I have searched forever since then and I cannot find the cheapest way to break up these stones into pigment. Any ideas of things I could try would be great. Thanks.

Posted by Kaffe 7 years ago

I didn't break it!

It wasn't me, but somebody seems to have broken the internet. Maybe dented it a bit. This site is fine, but the BBC keeps timing out, and I've noticed that several adverts here are doing the same. Any ideas or comments?

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago

When Carbon Fiber Bikes Break

Not 100% sure how the rider fell (all sorts of stories), but when he did crash - this is the result. CF tubes broken in two places and 1 broken collar bone (a not too uncommon injury on bigger accidents). Just thought someone might be interested :)

Posted by trebuchet03 11 years ago

Christmas break

It's that time of year again - off to the in-laws for The Season Of Good Will. I'll be largely absent, so have fun, don't drink too much, and please remember to vote for the Kite Family in the various contests ending soon. Roger-X Conker-X (And don't forget me!)

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago

What Valuable/ skills/hobbies can I learn over spring break?

My Spring break started today, and instead of simply enjoying my time off I thought I could take advantage of my extra time and learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. As a teen what valuable skills can I learn(or begin) in a week? are there any things I can learn online? for free?  

Posted by timnitro 4 years ago

how can I drill into Ikea aluminum frame to add knobs without breaking tempered glass?

Help! I need to drill into an Ikea aluminum door frame to add a knob. I don't want to break the tempered glass. Thanks

Posted by judyb52 2 years ago

Experimental Cooking

To break in the forum - I'm thinking of making a Dorito and Onion Pot Pie. Fun? YES. Delicious? Hard to say...

Posted by jerbtown 12 years ago

(SOLVED) Break circuit = Make circuit?

Basically, what I want to do is activate something when there is no current somewhere else. Examples of uses of this would include turning an LED on when there is no light on an LDR and turning it off when there is light, rather than the other way around, along with turning an LED on when a circuit is broken by opening a door. Apologies if I have not been clear enough. Is this possible?  EDIT: Thanks to NachoMahma, I have it set up with a transistor. I will post a schematic if anyone is interested.

Posted by __DELETED__ 7 years ago

Emoji/unicode works in edit but breaks in publish

I need emoji, specifically the "💩" (poo emoji) -- shows up great when editing the Instructable, not rendered when Previewed. (Here's the draft: This is on Windows 7 and Firefox 38.0.5 Happy to use Unicode or HTML entities, but kind of need it for the title! Thanks

Posted by rotormind 3 years ago

RSS Feed breaks regularly

The RSS feed regularly fails in Firefox due to unclosed tags:Error: mismatched tag. Expected: .Source File: 141, Column: 5Source Code: ----This was due to a category tag up in the list not being closed. Are you hand editing your feeds?

Posted by mdwalters 10 years ago

Knex break action shell ejecting shotgun video

Here is my Knex shotgun. Its break action, uses shells and is ram rod powered. Shoots blue rods and also a burst of 4 green rods or a shell full of mini knex pieces. It can shoot blue rods 30FT and the spread shots 15-20 feet. Its single shot with only one barrel. Link to video is the video below isn't seen or if it doesn't play:

Posted by DELETED_Blue Mullet 2 3 years ago

Username breaks some links

I have discovered that our username breaks certain links on the site although it presumably passed input validation when we set it up. First locate any use of the username such as on the Instructable here: The link has been encoded as which is not being processed correctly resulting in the 400 error This has been tested on Firefox on Mac, Chrome on Mac, Firefox on Windows.  I know it is not a browser problem but I thought I would do a bit of testing.

Posted by Sean+James 6 years ago

chrisymas lights

Can anyone tellme what i need and hw to synchronize my christmas lights  that wont break the bank

Posted by elissa11 7 years ago

Pictures of my glasses.......

Best picture in the world..

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago

Comment post-processing does not respect line breaks in PRE-blocks

I have just noticed that the post-processing done when a comment is posted does not respect line breaks included inside ... blocks.  See, for example, my reply to  The preformatted text is shown as a single line, but entered it as three lines:   The text seen here   is in fixed format,   sort of like source code. Notice the line breaks, which are respected when I type stuff like the above in the WYSIWYG box (so the tags get converted to </> entities).  Here is exactly the same five lines of text entry pasted into the Source interface: The text seen here is in fixed format, sort of like source code. As I'm looking at it now (in the editor), there are three separate lines, all in typewriter font.  However, when I publish this, that is likely to change...

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago

taking a break

Just to let all of you know: I'm going to try and take a break from instructables for a while, I have a ton of stuff to do. Me and my friends have to build 2 grandfather clocks and they have to be done by the 23rd, so I'm going to try and take away the temptation of wasting (constructive ;) ) time on instructables when there are other things that are higher prioity, yet less fun. I also have to do more on my online german, I'm only about 30% done, and I have about 2 and a half months left, so I need to catch up. I'll be back at the beginning of march (or hopefully maybe the 24th of february. I'll c ya guys soon, I just need to get my priorities straight. Of course I will check up on the results for the LED challenge ;) EDIT: oh, and I might be on late at night where I can't make recordings or use power tools, or between tv shows on my ipod ;)

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

My Knex Safe

having a little break from guns and decided to make a knex safe comment rate and subscribe enjoy =)

Posted by knex mad 9 years ago

Arduino Mega with Sim900

Recently I bought Sim900a module and Arduino Mega 2560 to run my old code for sending sms and call, but now there is a problem as I am unable to send sms or either call, my code is attached below. #include SoftwareSerial gsm(2,3); void setup() { gsm.begin(9600); // Setting the baud rate of GSM Module Serial.begin(9600); // Setting the baud rate of Serial Monitor (Arduino) delay(100); } void loop() { if (Serial.available()>0) switch( { case 's': Send(); break; case 'r': Recieve(); break; case 'S': Send(); break; case 'R': Recieve(); break; } if (gsm.available()>0) Serial.write(; } void Send() { Serial.print("Sending"); gsm.println("AT+CMGF=1"); delay(1000); gsm.println("AT+CMGS=\"+xxxxxxxxxxxx\"\r"); // Replace x with mobile number delay(1000); gsm.println("Hello I am GSM modem!!!");// The SMS text you want to send delay(100); gsm.println((char)26); // ASCII code of CTRL+Z delay(1000); } void Recieve() { Serial.print("Receiving"); gsm.println("AT+CNMI=2,2,0,0,0"); // AT Command to receive a live SMS delay(1000); }

Posted by vicky58911 1 year ago

Logic breaks reality

My friend told me about this earlier today and I thought it was brilliant: Cheese has lots of holes. The more holes you have, the less cheese you have. The more cheese you have, the more holes you have. So logically, the more cheese you have, the less cheese you have. This got me thinking and I'd quite like to see if anybody has anything similar to this logic fail.

Posted by The Jamalam 8 years ago

What is the record for replies/comments on Instructables

What is the record for replies/comments on Instructables, and if you guys want try to break it on this fourm.

Posted by Thelonelysandwitch 9 years ago

Does anybody else have summer homework?

Is it not the most ridiculous thing?! I have to read 2 (count 'em - two) books and do a book report on each, one of which includes making maps, graphs, and a load of other stuff.To me, summer is supposed to be a break. Like, Christmas break, or Thanksgiving break, where there shouldn't be any homework given.And what's even more stupid (but slightly funny in a way) is that I'm going into 9th grade. All the teachers and counselors were saying how much stress you're going through, and then they make us do all this homework, which is major grade, be due on the first day of school?I'm not in AP classes either. Just 9th grade gifted! It's crazy!Geez! Shouldn't there be a law against this?

Posted by Bran 10 years ago

chip card

Hi i would like to know if anyone can break the chip card ? ive seen the professor from cambrige university did has anyone get feedbacks?

Posted by sparthe 7 years ago

Breaking News: Gifs work in the NEWSLETTER!

Did you know that gifs work in our newsletter?  They do!  As long as they are the correct size which is 240 pixels wide by 200 pixels tall.  So if you like to make gifs for your projects, why not make a 240 by 200 one while you are at it!  If you want to see, just check out the Magnetic Tea Towels by mikeasaurus in the old Thursday January 30th newsletter.  If you save every one like I do :)

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago

Arduino timer with photoresistors

For a science project i need to be able to measure the velocity of an object, to do this i planned to use arduino to measure the time between the object breaking a laser pointers beam onto a photoresistor and it breaking a second similar beam/photoresistor a set distance away. Alas ive had some trouble with the photoresistor side of things, can anyone describe how to properly implement a photoresistor? such as which ports i could connect it to and how to read when the beam would be broken.

Posted by shabaki 5 years ago

need help for nrf24l01+

Well i am using rf24 module for a project since i am new to it i am having some difficulties to send the data. Actually i am doing a remote consisting of a geeetech voice module + nrf24 + arduino nano. It must communicate with a hub which comprises of arduino uno + rf24 + relays. I have tested the voice module and the data is read as serial command. see the code for a simple example without rf24 below. For my project i need to make the transmitter read the serial command of the voice module and send it to the receiver side. In the receiver side it will activate relay with a switch case section. I would appreciate if anyone could help me out and suggest me how to send the command of the geeetech voice module via rf24. //code for simple test between voice module and nano int led1 = 2; int led2 = 3; byte com = 0; void setup() { Serial.begin(9600); pinMode(led1, OUTPUT); pinMode(led2, OUTPUT); delay(2000); Serial.write(0xAA); Serial.write(0x37); delay(1000); Serial.write(0xAA); Serial.write(0x21); } void loop() { while(Serial.available()) { com =; switch(com) { case 0x11: digitalWrite (led1, HIGH); //turn red on break; case 0x12: digitalWrite (led2, HIGH); // turn yellow on break; case 0x13: digitalWrite (led1, LOW); // turn red off break; case 0x14: digitalWrite (led2, LOW); // turn yellow off break; case 0x15: digitalWrite (led1, LOW); digitalWrite (led2, LOW); // turn both off break; } } }

Posted by keshavcanaye 1 year ago

Micro recoil absorber

This is mostly for oodalumps, who wanted to use my fix for the old problem of exploding firing pins. This is so compact, the connectors shouldn't break. Maybe you'll get some ideas off this?

Posted by Perfect Duck 11 years ago

waterproof material?

Can someone tell me what material I can buy that is lightweight, molds like clay, is waterproof and singeproof, and won't break the bank? does such a miracle substance even exist?

Posted by Karv 10 years ago

New Editor Header 3 Formatting Bug

I'm writing a new Instructable using the New Editor, and the formatting on my intro page keeps reverting to an incorrect formatting. I start off with one sentence written in normal text formatting followed by a couple of line breaks. Then, I have the word "INTRO" in Header 3 formatting followed by a line break then a line in italicized normal text. After a short while,  the word "INTRO" will change to normal text formatting and the line break will be replaced by a space so that the following italicized normal text line is next to the word "INTRO". I've tried correcting this several times, and it just keeps eventually reverting back to the undesired formatting. I have similar formatting in other parts of my Instructable, but this is the only place I've noticed this change occurring. Before and after pictures are attached.

Posted by TheAquaponicSource 4 years ago

Auto Save in editor randomly breaks

This is been going on for a few weeks, Ill be typing away and the auto save will kick in and then just keep spinning. Once it starts I lose all  of my text or photos etc. The only work around it is, to copy all my text, shut down the editor reopen it and paste it back in..... if i notice it not saving. It does it randomly but once it spins longer than 5 seconds or so, it just keeps going. Im using a mac book with firefox 43.0.4 anyone else having this problem?

Posted by liquidhandwash 2 years ago

I am going to give up Instructables...

Hell no! I will never give up Instructables! However, I am getting far too addicted to Instructables and I cannot concentrate on my projects... So I need to take a break from instructables, that means I will be inactive for a while, maybe about a week or two.. I will begin being inactive when it passes 12:00 AM in San Fransisco.So, bye to everyone who likes me... ;-(UPDATE:I am back!

Posted by Plasmana 10 years ago

Automotive reindeer antlers

Every year at Christmas I put antlers on my car. (Don’t necessarily do the red nose... Rudolf isn’t the only reindeer...) The store-bought antlers were fine on my old Saturn, but they look too puny on the Jeep that replaced it. I’d like to make my own, but they can’t be so tall or so wide that they’re an inconvenience - or catch too much air and break (or break the windows). Any ideas on how to pursue this utterly frivolous project?

Posted by Purple Chez 6 months ago

60 Second Time delay for photo cell LED's

Ok here is my dilemma. I have created hallway lighting with leds using the same setup as the blue bawls photo cell lights Blue Bawls . so what i need now is a way to delay the "on" time of the leds for 60 seconds after i break the beam. The trigger is a laser pointed at the photocell so when i break the beam the leds turn on. its currently running on 7.5V dc. Any suggestions or schematics are greatly appreciated .

Posted by AgentDanny 11 years ago

What are the pins called that you use to break out of a board?

I plan on buying a board that does not have breakout pins. Instead of just soldering wires right onto it I wanted to solder on my own pin headers. What are the pins called to buy them as individual items? I have only found them bundled with stuff. Granted I haven't searched long and hard, but I'm at work and I can't :( I'm gather supplies and brainstorming my CNC project.

Posted by Phoenix17 4 years ago

KAGP1- Knex Air Gun Prototype 1 - pictures!

My Break is still not over but this is somthing i have been working on 3 people thought i shouldn't do this, or that is was imposable. I'm not nameing any names... But it works, needs a little tweeking with the shell (still a little breakable from recoil.) i took off the barrel due to it breaking (though will get that fixed by prototype 3 hopefully (or 2 if i dont need a 3)) last picture in this is the best. Sypran

Posted by Sypran 10 years ago