Suggested contest: BUCKETS!

Hi folks, I believe I saw it suggested elsewhere, and forgive me if it already happened and I managed to miss it entirely, but: how about a "bucket" contest? There are so many projects out there already and countless more still locked up in our collective brains, it would be nice to see all of that gray matter on display. In buckets. This has taken over my own brain recently because I'm knee-deep in a couple of buckularish projects right now (and will of course be instructable-ising them regardless), but there's nothing like a contest to kick everybody's creativity up a notch.  The 5-gallon bucket in particular is such a ubiquitous and versatile creature, free or cheap, available in food-safe or full of toxic chemicals... how about a community-wide renewal of our devotion to the noble bucket! Many thanks, Mike Buckethead

Posted by mikecraghead 5 years ago

5 Gallon Bucket Projects

I've seen several projects that incorporate 5 gallon buckets.  Has there ever been a contest for the best use of a bucket?

Posted by diyoutdoorsman 7 years ago

Flipping bucket help

Hi all , I need some help with an Instructable . I have a very slow stream of water near my house I want to use for irrigating my garden (~10liters / hour) and I want it to fill a container (bucket) and flip over to another container when it gets filled . The bottom bucket will connect to my droping irrigation hose. If I connect it directly only some plants get water all the time . I need it to build up and then water them all periodically . I hope I explained myself well . they have this kind of mechanism in water parks .. How do I design the flipping bucket ? where do i put the hinges ? Thanks.

Posted by moris_zen 9 years ago

my "pet" spider

I saw the forum about plasmana's huge spider he found. so i have decided to post about my "pet" spider. he actually isnt my pet note the quotation marks he has just decided to live my bucket. i think he is a wolf spider but if I'm wrong please tell me.

Posted by Sun Gear 9 years ago

Make that FIFTY Things To Do Before You Die

The man who co-wrote the best-selling adventure travel guide 100 Things To Do Before You Die has died at the age of 47.Unfortunately, Dave Freeman had only visited half the places mentioned in his book whose recommendations included a voodoo pilgrimage to Haiti and running with bulls in Pamplona, Spain.Ironically, he died in a simple domestic accident, falling over at his home in Venice, California, and hitting his head. According to co-author Neil Teplica, his friend's mantra was: 'You should live every day like it would be your last. There's not many people who do.'Mr Teplica said: 'He didn't have enough days but he lived the life he wrote about.'The guide, which was subtitled Travel Events You Just Can't Miss, started life as a regular website feature called The Coolest Place on Earth. As readers started sending in reports of wild and wonderful festivals around the globe, the two men vowed to try them all out. Everybody has a list of places to visit, or things to do, but what is your making bucket list?What should everybody make before they die?Daily Mail articleBuy the book onlineOne Hundred Scientific Things To Do Before You Die.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago

5 gallon bucket acoustics

Hello, I have made a bass out of a 5 gallon bucket and I was wondering how to improve acoustics without a microphone or sound system...

Posted by YoloPeeps 1 year ago

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

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

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago

Kitty Litter Bucket Group/Sites/Ideas???

Does anyone know if there are any groups are sites that promote/share ideas for reusing Kitty Litter Buckets?  Maybe it's because we have four cats, but I find new uses for those things Buckets all the time!  I'd like to see some more varied ideas and uses...  and I had a hard time finding any 'inspiration' when I came up with the idea to use them for shelving.  Keep sharing those ideas to reuse!! Peace, Love and Joy Funcky

Posted by funcky 5 years ago

can you help with homework?

Im in algebra 1 and need help on a word problem The scenario is a cinama sells 532 buckets of popcorn for 1489.50. A large bucket sells for 2.25 and a jumbo sells for 3.75. Questios: 1.write an equation to model the situation (slope intercept or something) many jumbo buckets were sold?

Posted by fretmelter 11 years ago

Old water wells

I was wondering if anyone could give me information or specs on an old style water well/ bucket well. Specifically on what the crank is and what it is called.

Posted by scratchy_joe 9 years ago

Amazing Battery

This looks relatively easy to make;A stream of water is split into two streams and falls through two bottomless cans into two buckets. The falling water creates opposite electrical charges in the buckets, and high voltage arcs jump between them periodically.

Posted by radiorental 11 years ago

K'NEX Guns on The Red Book of Westmarch's Bucket List

Here I am, revamping this topic with loads of new build ideas. What would you guys like to see? Note: The name of each picture is within the image notes. I also endeavored to put the name of the manufacturer in there for all of us "gun nuts." I have a feeling that this list will never stop growing... It hasn't yet. Enjoy! -The Red Book of Westmarch Updated as of: September 9, 2014

Posted by The Red Book of Westmarch 5 years ago

Instructables Should DO a Classic Car Make-Over Contest

I love cars and I like to learn about cars and their features. I love classic cars and I think Inscrutable should make a contest where people get to re-do their rust buckets!

Posted by DIY9393 4 years ago

Humane Trap Ideas

Okay, so we've got critters in our attic...Probably Wolf Rats or something....I've tried using a large bucket with a board ramp. On top of the bucket I've got a towel laid across the top. For bait, I've used bread with peanut butter. My trap idea just doesn't seem to work.... The animals steal the bread without fallin' in! They're smart.... Any other ideas? Thanks! :)

Posted by Nikki213 8 years ago

Organizing knex

Do you organize your knex? (I just did) Or do you dump them in a bucket? tell everyone if you organize your knex or not.

Posted by Liberty Prime 10 years ago


Hi all! I am trying to find out about a simple stupid drip water irrigation system. Bucket, tube. Is there any instructable out??? Thx, Harry

Posted by harryknoll 9 years ago

How to make a super-lucky coin

Saul heard about this sweet idea at the G4G8 conference. It's perfect for an Instructable - hopefully someone is suitably inspired to do it.Take 40lb's of pennies. Drop them all (equivalent to tossing). Collect all those that were heads and put them back in the bucket. Drop them all again, again choose all those that land heads. Repeat until there is only one coin left. This is the luckiest coin in your bucket. Apparently, one guy got a coin that tossed 17 heads in a row...

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

How to Clean Silt from Dug Round Water Wells Used by 3-4 Billion People on Planet?

This is a clam shell bucket, from an old toy crane. I am taking this to a machine shop, welder, had having them make it 18 inches wide. It would be used only with rope, no block and tackle.  Problem: As best I can surmise, about 1-10 percent of hand dug, round water wells used by around 4 billion people on the planet are full of silt, dirty, and old plastic jugs used to pull the water up from well. As the silt rises in the well, the wells slowly become too dirty, or the locals need to pull the water out in buckets, then allow the silt water to settle. It is way to expensive for people who earn 10 USD per day to pay people with pumps to drain the wells. I want to create a 1-2 man powered clamshell bucket system to clean these wells.  What is the best way to make a method to clean a dug well? How much would the steel, rebar cost? Labor is 10 dollars per day in central American, South America, Africa etc. Thanks for help, I will take the finished bucket to Lome, Togo West Africa to test, and modify, iterate. Andy Lee Graham of

Posted by hobotraveler 9 months ago

Tips to mod a single basin kitchen sink into a double-basin?

Greetings All, I have a largish single basin sink in my kitchen. I don't have a dishwasher, and I find that its easiest to do dishes with two basins - one for washing, the other for rinsing. I beleve this is also an efficient use of water and energy (to heat the water). Since I rent, I can't replace the sink itself, which is the most direct solution. I have tried using various tubs and buckets in the sink. To date I haven't found any that work well. Usually the geometry is all wrong. The bucket is either too small to be useful, or too big to fit in the sink. Or, the shape of the bucket or tub makes an awkward fit, and won't lie flat, etc etc. My dream solution would be to make a custom tub whose outer dimensions match exactly one half of the existing basin. Ideally out of pliable silicone. Is this feasible? THanks!

Posted by gionwhorphin 8 years ago

Formatted Text Br0ked

The formatting {{{  }}} feature in the 'ibles seems to be broken and horked.  I'm aware this is known, but man, the instructibles look like crap with the formatting missing.  Any ETA on pouring a bucket of fixage on it? Thanks!

Posted by nevdull 8 years ago

Any chance of some non-computer pranks?

I hope people submit "real" pranks. I have gotten tired of all the computer hack pranks.Please do!(K'nex +string + bucket +water=................. )

Posted by Bartboy 9 years ago

BucketHead = Awesome. (not you, Gorillazmiko)

BucketHead - Jordan = Awesome!Check out 1:30!Also, for those of you who don't know - his name's Brian CarrollSo, uh...I dunno..tlak bout buckets and heads and bucketheads

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago


Can i cut a hole in the side of my food processor bucket………. IF YOU KNOW RE CUTTING PLASTIC YOU WILL HELP ME LOTS essentually i use it for slicing a crap load of veges and ideally i would like to make a hole in side of the 3.4l plastic bucket/container so when its full i can slide my hand in and remove the carrot etc………. I DONT need to keep vege in there when cutting in fact if they came straight out the whole its benifit the blade/spinning/sharp thing is at the top near where u put in the vege so no risks of getting cut see image

Posted by peter.wilding.988 2 years ago

Uses for coffee "cans"

As my depression era ancestors would say, those plastic containers that coffee comes in are "just too good to throw away." Other than the obvious uses as a bailing bucket or a scoop, does anybody have a really inventive application? Maybe this could be an "ible" contest.

Posted by axiesdad 8 years ago

seperate tank electrolysis

If I were to have 2 seperate buckets, one with ground and the other with something like 9 volts nothing would happen because the 2 bodies of water arn't connected. If I were to join the two bodies of water using a wire would electrolysis take place?

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

Whats yours called?

I was just wondering, after seeing kiteman's new (ish) car named womble if many out there also named their mode of transport? I used to have a rust bucket of a beige fiat uno that was named bessie! Don't ask me why, even I can't remember!

Posted by beado4ever 9 years ago

The Ice King's Crown

It's my take on the Ice King's crown. For the "gold" part, I first tried gluing plastic paint buckets together, but they were too thin. I ended up covering the outside of one bucket in Bondo and then cutting in the peaks with a jeweler's saw. For the jewels, I cut a positive mold for each one out of a scrap of cutting board, then pressed them into clay to make a negative mold. Then I mixed up some casting resin and red dye and cast the jewels. They were epoxied onto the crown before I locked them in with Bondo bezels. If I were to do it again, I would use a more acute conic shape and make the peaks taller. I might also use fiberglass-reinforced Bondo and try a different gold paint. If I'm real adventurous I'll cast the thing out of scrap aluminum.

Posted by JamesRPatrick 5 years ago

I want to make my own change sorter/counter.....

I'd like to make a change sorter/counter that I can use with my PC to figure out how much money I have in some 5 gallon buckets of change that we gathered while cleaning some old fountains. (Yes, they said we could have what we found under all the gunk as long as we got the fountains clean and back to working order.) I want to be able to dump some coins in a sorter/counter and have my PC tell me how much there is in a given bucket of change. I don;t want to use estimating techniques like calculating the approximate number of coins of a given type by average known weight of the coins. I want an actual tally - a count - of all coins of each type and unknown coins (slugs). Any ideas?

Posted by squishyalt 10 years ago

Air Conditioner Condensate

I've been thinking recently about ways to reuse the condensed water vapor that comes out of my air conditioner condenser. I've currently got a bucket set up under the spot where the condensate drips out just to see how much water is actually wasted. With the summer heat, I've got the AC going almost all day, and it comes out to about 1 gallon a day. What I'd ultimately like to do is have a storage tank for this water that I can use to water the lawn, wash the car, etc. The problem, though, is that the water outlet is very low to the ground, so only a small bucket will fit directly underneath (meaning it overflows by the end of the day). I'd like to have some sort of hose direct the fluid into a much larger container, and I'd like to do it without electricity. I can't think of a way to move the water without using some kind of pump, though. Any ideas?

Posted by hobscrk777 10 years ago

Storing Wheat

Hi, Our group is buying about 1.5 tons of wheat.  We are packing it in 5 gallon seal-able buckets after doing the dry ice thing.  We intend ti use some of the wheat as seed in the spring (probably many springs). QUESTION:  Does the use of dry ice affect the viability of wheat?  If so- is there an alternate long-term storage method we should be considering? Thanks

Posted by FrdF 6 years ago

Unable to Edit Collections

Well, long story short, I can't edit my collections at all. I get this 'error, something happened' screen and it doesn't matter what device or browser I use. I know this issue has been brought up before but it hasn't been worked on since. Hopefully a few more drops in the bucket will convince the techs to look into it or at least respond with 'we're working on it'.

Posted by thousand-man 3 years ago

Automatic Pill Dispenser, 3D Settlers of Catan Board, The Nutella Cheesecake

  Automatic Pill Dispenser 3D Settlers of Catan Board The Nutella Cheesecake Ketchup Recipe Healthy Chocolate Cake Cheap Sanitizer Magic Tricks Easy Screen Printing Outdoor TIki Speaker Basic Moisuturizer Stereo Photography Beehive in a Bucket Concrete Tree Rings Make a Tealight Spider Simple Storage Box  

Posted by randofo 8 years ago

Will this float switch idea work?

I'm messing around with cheap-o solar pumping project wherein I want to pump water 75-100' from a stream (or really a shallow well next to a stream) to barrel near my fruit trees. I wanted to install a float switch in said barrel to turn off the pump when the barrel is full, but was trying to avoid having to run wire all the way from the pump/controller/battery set-up at the stream to the barrel. I had this idea that if I pumped water first into a 5-gal bucket mounted on a tree near the pump and raised it up above the barrel, Not only would I make the most of my pump's feeble lift (by reducing the friction it must overcome and allowing gravity to do the work), but it would also allow me to put a float switch on the bucket itself, rather than in the barrel, thus reducing the wire run significantly. Here's a picture (not all system components represented).  Will it work?  I'm wondering if there's a physical/practical consideration that I'm missing... Thanks for having a look!

Posted by Sam_NY 5 years ago

Solar cookery

Hi there. I am just new to the site, I have been wanting to practice solar cookery for a while when i stumbled upon this site. Guys I am amazed at what i have found here. I live in Noosa, Australia and its a very eco minded community. I have wanted to go and build a solar oven for a while but i live in an appartment so space is limited. we have a balcony which gets a large amount of sun in the morning till about 1pm. So i have an idea to build a water heater of sorts which i would like to be able to used to preserve food in the form of jams chutneys and any jared preserve basicly ( I'm also a chef so i have a know of alot ot things i can preserve including meats ) . I think my only issue is reaching high enough temperatures to be deemed safe ( above 78 C for long periods) .  My idea to do this is to use a larger sized container say around the size of a 5 litre bucket and set up a heat sink to help the temperature to get higher longer.  For the heat sink materials i was thinking of using aluminium cans and perhaps to line the bucket with it too ( perhaps just foil instead for ease). I would like to set up and array around the bucket to help collect as much sun as possible for as long as possible and seal the entire container to help condense the water pressure to sustain the heat.  I guess i question is will a large abound of heat sinks help to heat the water significantly. any advice would be welcome and yes i wull document this when i make it on my next days off work.

Posted by jramsay1 7 years ago

Water dancing in a Speaker

At 6 volts,* the speaker cone filled with water produces standing waves. at 10 v,  maxing out the speaker, water droplets splash up.  i coated the paper cone of 1 speaker with liquid electrical tape to waterproof it.   an identical speaker went unmodified.  water doesnt seem to harm the paper cone. both speakers work with water. when directed down into a bucket of water,  sound stirs the water. * chopped dc voltage from an ordinary ac to dc transformer

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago

Tesla Coil Capacitor help

I have just started building my first tesla coil. I am fairly experienced with electrical stuff and high voltage but I can't seem to get past building a homemade capacitor that will work. My first attempt I built eight Leyden jars in parallel that were constructed from glass canning jars and metal tape. Next I tried lining a 5-gallon bucket inside out with aluminum foil. Lastly I tried assembled a rolled capacitor with aluminum foil as the plates and wax paper as the dielectric (about 10 square feet). All of these have failed in a similar fashion; I hook them into the circuit and the spark gap wont fire. There is no arcing however the bucket and jar constructions made a faint noise similar to a capacitor charging. I have seen instructables and videos with only three or four Leyden jars in parallel and the spark gap is firing. I don't know whether the homemade ones just don’t have enough capacitance or if it is something else. If anybody has any input on the problem please help. P.S. I am using a 14kv 35ma 60hz oil burner ignition to power the coil below is a diagram of the circuit configuration

Posted by hmf444 8 years ago

need help and ideas

Didn't know where to post my request for ideas regarding a Sony 27 inch tv that has bit the bucket. Seems that the tube is failing. Would appreciate any and all input: Question is what can i do with this tv other than toss it? Hack it for ??? make it into a ??? you get the idea.Can you post this where it will be seen by multiple beings to suggest ideas of what i can do. Thanks alot for your help. Feel free to post this on other sites as well. Steve

Posted by bukuballs 9 years ago

How much knex do you have?

I was wondering how much knex people have. i have about 6500 knex pieces including: rods, connectors, wheels, motors, gears, tubes etc... the buckets of rods and connectors are full to the top. ive sorted them into four boxes which are: (1) rods (2) connectors (3) small parts - wheels, gears, small motors etc... (4) big parts - tubes, large motors, books etc... now, show me your knex colletion!

Posted by ~KGB~ 8 years ago

3D printing a planetary step up drive

I need some help.  I am trying to design a self contained non electrical hydroponic system & part of it will have a water wheel that is supposed to lift more water up to a collection bucket up top to start all over again.  But the issue that I am having is that I have no idea how to design gears for 3D printing & I also am no expert in planetary gear workings.  So I am looking for some help.

Posted by sofiadragon1979 4 years ago

Temperature Monitoring - Brewing Beer

Hello! I am new to here. I have done a bit of coding in the past, but not really delved too deeply into the hardware side of things.  I am currently brewing beer and would like to make something with a thermostat that I can attach to the outside of a plastic bucket to monitor the brewing beers temperature. The thermostat would need to have a bit of length to it. It would also be amazing to record this data on a computer. Can anyone help me out, and point me in the right direction?  Much appreciated! Thanks, Ged

Posted by GedK 3 years ago

Raster Graphic Editors (e.g. photoshop) Don't Like Filling

I've been having a bit of a dilemma with raster graphics editors such as Photoshop and GIMP. In either of the two programs, when I draw a solid line, it automatically fades the edges. This normally wouldn't bug me, except I need to fill in these areas. Whenever I do so, the area I fill in doesn't do so entirely because of these faded edges. Does anybody know how to make either Photoshop or GIMP stop doing this and fill in the entire area?

Posted by gimmelotsarobots 7 years ago

Wanted: Someone to Vacuum form (2) 12"x8" forms

Hello Friends, I am looking for someone who is willing to vacuum form (2) antique headlight buckets for a lighting project. I have the bezel I need "copied" and would like it done in 1/4" material. The headlight bezel is approximately 12" tall and 8" wide and is kinda egg shaped. I cannot seem to locate a local business willing to do this, so I am reaching out to the community to do this. I am in Durham, NC. Thank anyone offering their service, Steve Rogers

Posted by BullCityFirearms 1 year ago

DIY Blender / Garbage Disposal

I bought myself a used blender with a spigot to make a Garbage Disposal. I was thinking, hook pipping to the blender from the top of the sink, add a pipe going out & bingo a DIY Blender / Garbage Disposal. But, the hole was too small for the stringy parts of the blended garbage & clogged. So I need help on a building plan on how to attach the blade of a blender & put in a small bucket or jug. It hast to be small to fill with sink water & blend. I need to know what to use, were to get it,( the best place is E-Bay), & how to put it together. I need a big spout, angeled to spin the water & refuse out thew the outlet pipe.

Posted by elkaddalek 3 years ago

Outdoor swing seat

My buddy, Steeeve, and I are big fans of a local restaurant that has a "tiki bar" in back, and our favorite feature is the rope swing chair at the bar. The seat hangs from three ropes. It's basically a bucket seat with a rigid, metal frame, so it doesn't  close in around you when you sit on it. This is then covered with leather. We are in the planning process of building some swing chairs of our own at the tiki bar at Steeeve's cabin. I am looking for any suggestions regarding the frames for the seats. Neither of us knows how to weld, and although we would both like to learn, I'm also looking for some more ready-made solutions.

Posted by Purple Chez 5 years ago

Trombone Tree/Shrub Sprayer

We have low water pressure and a hose end sprayer doesn't reach very far.  I have been looking at Trombone Tree Sprayers in gardening magazines and though there must be a cheaper alternative.  Surely something could be made out of PVC and o-rings and some tubing. The sprayer seems to really be some sort of piston pump, kinda like a bicycle pump with a valve that draws water through a hose where the end is placed in a bucket of the liquid you want to spray.  You push the one tube into the other and is sprays about 20-25", kinda the same montion a trombone player uses. Anyone got plans or an idea on how to make this? Thanks in advance Danneauxs

Posted by danneauxs 8 years ago

Wanted: 1 Instructible for a hand/foot-powered water pump!!

I'm having a very hard time finding an Instructable or just easy to understand instructions on building a hand-pump or foot pump for a sink that doesn't require electricity or anything other than man power to operate. I need a design that uses pressure to carry water from a jug/bucket/barrel and dispenses it into a sink that's up higher than the water supply. I.e., a hand-powered sink. Like something you could install into an RV or conversion van. I'm very surprised that I can't find something like this on the internet, least of all detailed instructions or a diagram of how the system works! Any help or ideas would be MUCH appreciated!! Thank you!!

Posted by CalicoStripes 8 years ago

Kinda not really a bug but it certainly bugs people....

Hi All, First: great work with the App.  Love the layout and the relative ease I can get around with it.  Works like it's suppose to it seems. Bug:  Videos don't show.  I commented on an 'ible about the lack of explanation on how it works( and then the author replied ot me asking if I'd seen the vid?  Vid? What vid?  So I logged into the site with my browser and lo-and-behold, there was the video in his 'ible!  Wait a he just pulling a fast one, put the vids up and trying to mess with me....*checks app* nope, vids are definitely not there. So, please....either embed the vids or at least give us the link to them!

Posted by DragonDon 3 years ago

Any good floatation buoyancy ideas for a shantyboat/boat (or dock)?

I have a few designs for recycled material and/or ultra-small shantyboats in my new book, as well as a few on the drawing board- as I plan to make a small shantyboat this summer....but flotation-wise, using recycled materials- any ideas (I've included a few in my designs already- 55 gallon plastic drums, 5 gallon buckets with silicone sealed lids, long runs of recycled pvc (with both ends sealed), screened in blocks of capped soda bottles, etc).... I'm sure there are a ton of different ideas and methods out there.... -Deek My BOOK is NOW OUT "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here!)"

Posted by Deek D 8 years ago

I Want Some More Knex

Hello, everybody Didexo here I'm working on IAC "Turnpike" ball machine and ran out of blue rods completely on step 11 I think so I want to buy some more. But, I can't find any good deals one Criagslist or Ebay. So, if you want to sell some knex that will go to a good cause I'm your guy. leave a comment or send me a pm. I'm looking for a huge bucket full for parts including standerd parts, tubing, wheels, motors, and pretty much the whole shabam. By the way I'm in the U.S and international shipping isn't an opition for me so yeah. Also, I don't know if my mom will let me buy more so I'm not certain. But still, if you have some that you want to sell send me a pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Didexo 

Posted by didexo 6 years ago

using the acetone method , what type of container , can i make and store the melted styrofoam in?

reading a couple posts about reducing styrofoam using acetone.  i happened to come across a lot of pieces and need to reduce it, but am not ready to use it yet. what containers ahere good for this , acetone comes in metal cans, many of the instructables say to do the melting in glass, i have seen some say metal,but no specifics. i dont have a glass open top bottle handy yet, but i may if i have an idea of the ratio of plastic to expanded.  i thought i saw a video on you tube of a guy using a plastic bucket and storing it in a zip lock bag.I would need to verify that method and the type of plastic first. since  most instructables use glass and metal pots. Off to break it up

Posted by escapefromyonkers 8 years ago