Clean up the pacific garbage dump.

Here is the worlds largest trash dump, in the middle of the pacific, it is twice the size of texas. (a little less than Alaska for people who don't know how big texas is) and it needs to be cleaned up. me and a friend have tried to find some way to do it but were just high school students in north virginia. We are going to need your help to clean it up, so please help through any means possible. Even something such as recycling, reusing, or just trying to get others to do something will help greatly thanks.

Posted by DELETED_professor awsome 6 years ago

A quick question about End of the Year data dumps....

Ok, so I'm sure we all know what the EOTY data dumps are (they show who's posted the most, got the best ratings, etc.)After reading this thread, it occurred to me that the data for the number of forum posts would be skewed, may it be on purpose or not.If it was up to me, I wouldn't allow those types of posts, but it isn't. What do y'all think?(The above rant is not aimed at anyone and is not meant to make anyone mad, angry, or depressed. The above is simply my opinions, not those of the site administrators or moderators.

Posted by Bran 10 years ago

RC Monster Dump Truck, more or less homemade

Wasnt sure where to post this exactly but here it is... Here are a couple pics of my more or less homemade rc dumpt ruck. The original rc vehicle was a jeep wrangler that got crushed underfoot. The body was a tonka monster dump truck that had been left outside too often and so all the pcbs and wires went bad. Not being one to let good parts go to waste I started piecing this with that and ended up, making, a Monster Dump (Truck). Its not quite done yet but I couldnt wait to try it out so I tied down what wasnt fastened yet and went to town with it.

Posted by kithso 9 years ago

ibles movie media dump

Hi all this forum is where people who want their media(pictures,clips, voice overs.....) can drop them off and we can see if we can fit you in. I am using a ubuntu computer so if you could keep the format a general format. And we can also put together our own movies so we can compare and contrast against other iblers.

Posted by acidbass 7 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

Computer from dump */Update/*

I recently found this beauty in the town dump. It just sat there begging my name so i took it home.After i got it home i popped it open and looked at it and realized a DVD-RW drive was missing as was an 80 gig hdd and all the RAM. i am no expert and am wondering if this is worthy of buying the Ram (if so where and what price what type?) or if i should scrap it for the components or sell the video card and such on ebay? Your opinions on the possibility of it working and anything else are greatly appreciated. The images below should help with judgment. */Update/* I just tried starting it up. No louck i triead a moniter with digital input and one with analogue input both came up blank. then i tried both without the drive connected (earlier the drive just spun continuesly) and still no luck the onlly things that showed it was alive is when the keyboard flashed its lights for a second when the computer was starting up (the Num lock, caps lock, and scroll lock), the fact that when connected the drive spun furiously and that the power light on the front turned on. I'm at the point of considering whether to scrap it and sell the components and use the various bnits and pieces for expierments and the likes or to continue to try to coax it to life.

Posted by lemonshark10 10 years ago

Earworm Dumping Ground

For those not familiar with the term, an earworm is a song that gets stuck in your head and refuses to leave, eventually driving you crazier than a Cthulhu cultist with an itch that's just out of reach. Sometimes it will be a song you actually like (or liked), but usually it's the other kind. A well-known fact about earworms is that the best way to get rid of them is to infect someone else instead. For this purpose, I introduce the Earworm Dumping Ground. Leave your earworms here, and if you're lucky some poor schmuck will stumble across them by accident and take them off your hands. Warning: Earworms are extremely contagious. Sometimes just thinking of the title of the song is enough to produce unwanted results. It's kind of like The Game that way. (You just lost The Game, BTW.) Do not read any posts under this topic unless you are willing to take the risk of infection. You have been warned. BWAHhahahaha!!

Posted by RavingMadStudios 8 years ago

Henry Hoover Storage

Hi has anybody muilt or found a cool way to store a henry hoover it takes up so much space dumped in the garage i want him to be happy in a hover paradise!

Posted by jmacdonald-1 6 years ago

Identify this bike!

He guys, We recentley pick up this bike from someone who wanted to take it to the dump, this is not our bike but a picture i found on the internet. could anyone tell me some details an if possible a review of this bike. thanks in advance!

Posted by Steamdnt 9 years ago

BioDiesel-Powered Hauling

Recently, I've been re-doing one of our bathrooms. (An Instructables is in-progress.) This project, and a number of previous projects, has generated a quarter-of-a-garage-full of debris that can't go in our normal trash and wasn't going to be reused by us anytime soon: ceramic and glass tiles, cement backer board, grout and mortar, giant slabs of marble Christy scavenged 5 years ago, etc... When I came across Bakari Kafele's winning Instructable, Vehicle efficiency upgrades: 28.5mpg (so far) in 2.5ton commercial truck, and his BioDiesel Hauling business, I was spurred to action. Last week, he came by and we loaded the junk up to be recycled, reused, or taken to the dump. Here's to finding local businesses through Instructables!

Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago

Sound tower not working - repurpose with Raspberry Pi?

My soundtower quit working. It powers on but no sound from an ipod or from component audio cables in the back.  Are the speakers themselves repurposable perhaps by removing the electronic boards and replacing with a Raspberry Pi?  If not, it's going to the dump.

Posted by mazelady 10 months ago

Free hot tub in Eastern Massachusetts

I have a 7 person hot tub with no pump and an undiscovered leak. Replace the pump and chase down the pipes. Repurpose the wood siding, cover or the shell. This creative community can surely find a use much better than the dump for this resource.

Posted by user866753 3 years ago

Page refresh while trying to vote

Trying to vote in the 3d contest and It just wont let me. the page just refreshes. I'm all updated win 7 64 pro, on a mac running firefox. everything is updated, and I have dumped my history cookies and cache.

Posted by SlickSqueegie 5 years ago

The New Pollution

A green revolution is supposed to lead us to a utopia where the birds chirp and the human stain is smaller on the planet, but sometimes the new looks a little too much like the old.Take this story about biofuel plants dumping glycerin into rivers. Sure, it can be broken down by organisms, but it still causes big problems when dumped into ecosystems, just like the black stuff."They're really considered nontoxic, as you would expect," said Bruce P. Hollebone, a researcher with Environment Canada in Ottawa and one of the world's leading experts on the environmental impact of vegetable oil and glycerin spills."You can eat the stuff, after all," Mr. Hollebone said. "But as with most organic materials, oil and glycerin deplete the oxygen content of water very quickly, and that will suffocate fish and other organisms. And for birds, a vegetable oil spill is just as deadly as a crude oil spill." Link to nytimes articlevia treehugger

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Spammers vs. Sponsors

We end up with this sort of problem periodically: companies who have legitimate content (their stuff is pretty useful) realize that Instructables is a good place to reuse their expensively-produced videos, so assign a summer intern to dump them onto the site en masse. This sucks, because no matter how good the content is, dumping it is spammy. What we generally do is to unpublish them, then Randy lets them out one or a few at a time so there's no annoying pile of similar videos in the recent feed. In the meantime, Lee (our ad sales guy) contacts the company to talk about better ways to do things than a drive-by video dumping. ;)  We'd like them to be part of the community:  run contests, put up good content, and stay to talk about it. Generally, to be more interactive and helpful.  So, hopefully this means that more companies will be sponsoring contests soon - stay tuned! Lee's on it. So, what to do if you see a huge pile of branded video? - Email or PM Randy. If it's a weekend, or you've just seen a ton of them appear at once, flag a couple of them so Randy will notice next time he's online.  He'll then unpublish and release the videos at a more measured pace.  (Don't go nuts with flagging - Randy sees all, and more flags just makes more for him to clean up.) - You could also comment to encourage them to be better Instructables citizens. "This is spam!" doesn't really help, and makes the company feel totally unwelcome.  We want to work with them, but in a way that's good for the Instructables community. Here's an example of a comment that could convince them do do something more interactive: "This is a (good/useful/interesting/informative) video, but dumping a pile of them on the site is feels spammy. Have you thought about running a (make up something fun and relevant) contest on Instructables? That would make me more excited about (your brand). Anyone on the about page can help you do something more fun."

Posted by canida 8 years ago

Instructables 2007 Data Dump

I've been analyzing some some year end Instructables data and posting about it in the blog. Check out:Top 50 Instructables of 2007 Ranked by Pageviews - 1. Invisible Book Shelf - 399,647 pageviewsTop 50 Instructables of 2007 Ranked by Number of Comments - 1. Laser Flashlight Hack!! - 1,229 commentsTop 50 Instructables of 2007 Ranked by Rating - 1. Invisible Book Shelf - 481 positive ratingsTop 50 Instructables Authors of 2007 Ranked by Number of Instructables - 1. trebuchet03 - 72 InstructablesTop 50 Instructables Commenters of 2007 Ranked by Number of Comments - 1. Mykhailo - 1373 comments on InstructablesTop 50 Instructables Commenters of 2007 Ranked by Number of Forum Comments - 1. Goodhart - 4168 forum commentsTop 50 Instructables Authors Ranked by Pageview Density - 1. dorxincandeland - 1 Instructable - 399,652 pageview densityTop 50 Forum Topics of 2007 Ranked by Number of Comments - 1. Random fun - 595

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

cannot see instructables when logged in

Hello, I can perfectly see instructables until not logged in, but as soon as i log in all i can see is the following or similar error: ERROR 500: javax.servlet.jsp.JspException: ServletException in '/common/newlayout.jspx': Can't insert page '/pages/explore/newrightbar.jsp' : ISO-8859-10 and a stack dump. I have tried this with Firefox 3.5.1, IE 8 and Chrome 2.0 - with the same results.

Posted by dnaidionov 9 years ago

Picking up trash to build stuff, a lifestyle

Hi, I am an hobbyist who likes to build stuff during my time off. Recently, a friend of mine have suggested that I build stuff out of waste products instead of trying to build things out of materials that are brand spanking new. This not only helps the environment, but I think could serve as a better inspiration than going out to shop for those things, as you never know what you might find in the trash. With that said, I am interested in visiting landfills and dumps as I think it would have the most materials in one place. However, the difficulty is that many companies do not like you looking around in there. I know of some scrappers who pick up things by driving around the local neighborhood, but I don't have the time for that during weekdays. Does anyone have any idea how I may visit a landfill to gather materials? Does anyone know of a convenient way to gather waste material to build their projects in general? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Posted by aptestnivr 4 years ago

Annoyed a lots by Pro Membership renewal

OK, so I was a PRO member for 24 months and during that time my little projects got over 30K views... maybe that is nothing, maybe it something... due to the nature of the material I write about, I personally think it is a lots. However, surely 30K eyes viewing the articles and the adverts posted all about the pages generate some ad revenue for Instructables.  To think that I'm going to pay again for a renewal ... well, folks, it will NOT happen.  Instructables give away PRO memberships for all manner of things, from new groups to 90 days for a Featured Author. I am seriously thinking about dumping this whole Instructables thing... It is my opinion that as long as an author is active and publishing regularly and generating reasonable interest, then the PRO tools should be available to her.  I did not mind paying my way into the PRO club the first time, but renewal is simply not going to happen at my expense.  If I dump Instructables, I will unpublish everything. Your move Instructables... you are a neat way to share information, but I really do not need you.  I can just hop over to and forum myself to death... I'm there often anyway. Ray Burne, Lawrenceville, GA

Posted by RayBurne 5 years ago

Dead Lawn--Fix Ph under evergreen trees.

Coniferous trees (pines, etc) acidify soil under em. Lawn doesn't cope wit this too well. Dump your old boxes of baking soda from freezer/fridge under pine tree. It works. Grass grows better. I'd do an -ible, but didn't bother to take pics. If you try it, maybe take before + after pics and post an -ible.

Posted by Toga_Dan 5 years ago

I want to make a cheap Lifting Gantry

G'day, I am getting old and need help to make a cheap lifting Gantry. I have a lifting device to lift 1/2 ton.  I want to be able to place the device on or near the car trailer.  To be able to lift something like a half full 44 gal drum of rubbish, rocks, sand and tip in into my trailer to take to the dump.  Something simular to this.  Just two uprights and a cross piece that I can hang my lifter on. Cheers Perry

Posted by Perry The pom 3 years ago

Using sprinkler valves for pneumatic cannons

Many people have used sprinkler valves for a dump valve to release the air. I have made a launcher that used one of these and when I hook the air up it releases it all before I can hit the switch causing a pre-mature fire. Does anyone have these problems. I think it can be fixed by adding the air in slowly rather than hooking up a quick connect coupling like I am now.  Any help would be appreciated. 

Posted by rocketman20 5 years ago

Reuse laptop screen

Hi I had the greates luck finding an old laptop screen in a dumpster at school (they're currently changing computers, dumping the old ones). When I got home I also found a Video to VGA converter, which made me think - can I somehow connect these two into a working screen for  let's say an old nintendo? Either that or I go back to find a compatible motherboard and videocard and rewire it somehow - but it most rather not. So, any ideas for how to make it work as a screen? :) Fact:  - IBM 12,1" TFT screen branded M360 - Konig Video to VGA converter Sorry for the bad images, Ipads camera kina sucks :)

Posted by Maxteria 5 years ago

Stains: specifically, how to remove MUSTARD stains

I have JUST NOW dumped an entire sardine (in mustard sauce) onto my white work shirt while having my meal at work, and the standard "damp cold water on a paper towel and a dry one underneath dabbing like crazy, didn't work. I know there are commercial stain removers out there, but I would love to have a small bottle of something easy to make (or just something that needs no alteration, but does the job) handy for such incidences. Any ideas? (I DID do a google search, but would LOVE to know if any of the ideas worked for anyone personally; ;-)

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago

Floating Garbage Island Twice the Size of Texas Aimlessly Spins in Pacific Ocean

The largest dump in the world isn't outside New York or London or Shanghai but in a desolate stretch of the Pacific Ocean nearly a thousand miles from the nearest island. Held together by a slowly rotating system of currents northeast of Hawaii, the Eastern Garbage Patch is more than just a few floating plastic bottles washed out to sea; the Patch is a giant mass of trash-laden water nearly double the size of Texas.Full Article:Plague of Plastic Chokes the Seas in the LA TimesQuick Blurb:Oceans of Garbage on Vestal Design

Posted by noahw 10 years ago

Demo (Contractor) Bags Are Sometimes Better than Garbage or Other Bags

Folks use garbage bags for storing and hauling .  Problem is, garbage bags rip easily and usually are good for one use. Demo bags are woven from polypropelene and are strong and  can be re-used.. Haul one load, dump it, bring the bag back,  Refill and repeat. Or use it for moving. No worries about ripping. They are not waterproof or completely dustproof. So one may wish to line it with a plastic bag. I think I may try to use this as a potato bag for growing potatoes a described in an earlier instructable

Posted by Wilmette 5 years ago

Because I know you like the word macro and cpu in the same sentence...

I was bored today and thought I would get the Fuji film out and take some shots of these cpu's I just pulled out of some towers at the dump, hopefully I can get more soon to add to my collection, as far as I know these all appear to be in working order (nothing better then working art).Anyways I may post more pictures later (this is my 4th F****** time writing this topic, apparently instructables has some rather SHODDY safari support....the cause of my many heated fustrations with this website, so the chance of me coming back later are slim).

Posted by Punkguyta 9 years ago

Homebrew trench-digger?

(crossposted in, ummm, not sure what other forum yet.. lol... in case no one reads it here) I've been thinking of several ways to build a device similar to a Ditch-Witch©™ for narrow/shallow trenches - like for coax cable and antenna radials etc. but keep coming up with examples that don't look they would really work - things like a modified chainsaw (running at low RPM) or a high-torque circular saw with a modified digging blade.  The problem seems to be *how to dump the dirt next to the trench, not back into it* Sure, I could rent a *real* trencher for a couple hundred dollars for a quarter-day, but that's not really feasible as I'm on a fixed income. Any guidance from the collective genius of the group? Thanks bunches!!! Tom

Posted by fernblatt 8 years ago

Using a small solenoid to trigger a co2 hammer valve

Hello, I have a question that is integral to the design of a project i'm making. I am trying to make an airsoft gun. For a power source, I am using a 12 gram co2 powerlet. My main problem is the trigger mechanism. Since I want the design to be semiautomatic with no blowback, I decided on an electric trigger to avoid the long trigger pull associated with mechanical triggers. My valve is taken from an airsoft pistol magazine and is pretty small. It is operated by having the rear "button" of the valve hit with a simple hammer, which moves the valve pin and releases gas into the barrel. I want to use a small solenoid in place of the mechanical hammer. When activated, the solenoid's push end would snap forward and hit the valves "button." I was wondering if this is possible on any kind of smaller power supply? It doesn't seem like the valve button needs much more than a tap to dump a good amount of gas. All the projects i have seen like this are fairly large scale, for larger airguns, and they had to use large unreliable power supplies. I would like to keep this whole thing as lightweight as possible.  I was thinking that i could use a simple switch or circuit that would just dump some voltage into the solenoid for just a fraction of a second, to fire one shot for each trigger pull. Would this solenoid work? Also, the valve I am using is tiny, about an inch long. The "button" that needs to be tapped to release gas is about 6 mm in diameter.  Is there any way to calculate the exact amount of force needed to trigger the valve?  Does anyone have any advice for me? 

Posted by ilpug 4 years ago

uploading videos from mac

I would be willing to bank that the error is user oriented rather than the program, page or my machine, however I can't seem to figure it out no matter what i try.  I am attempting to upload some videos to add to my ible "Burst of Caffeine Homemade Coffee Soap" and it won't even beging to upload.  It goes directly to I/O error, and I can't find an error source.  I'm not the best with computers as it is, and since I only recently dumped microsoft for and iMac, that is't helping.  Could you please help me out.  I think the video would explain the step so much better than just written instructions, so I want to get it posted on there as soon as possible. THANKS!

Posted by barefootbohemian 6 years ago

Music categorisation

Some years ago I shared my PC with a friend. As most of the music dumped on there was his I let him categorise it, but some of the categorisation is a bit odd, making it difficult to find things.... The first one prompted the topic, what do you think: Bedouin Soundclash - "Reggae - Pop", whereas Eddy Grant is in "Reggae" Finley Quay, Deelite & Moloko are in "Pop" (there is a "Dance" category) Only Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Hendix and Slayer are in "Heavy Metal", but Biohazard, Pantera, Sepultura, White Zombie & System of a Down, SOD (amongst others) are in just "Metal" as are Sheep on Drugs, Sisters of Mercy and Nickleback. "Rock" contains Gogol Bordello (he didn't think of adding "Gypsy-Punk") and Dread Zeppelin. The Beastie Boys go in "Rock - Electric", as does Massive Attack, The Prodigy and The Streets "Rock - Pop" contains Bjork, Nick Cave & The Cure (amongst others) ?

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago

2 months delay in discussion notifications

My "Discussions" tab showed no changes for about two months, and then yesterday it dumped about two months of replies that people had made on my various comments I made on the forums here. I think that qualifies as a bug. I mean, ideally my "Discussions" tab would notifiy me of replies in a matter of hours, so I could reply to those replies in a timely fashion, if it was the sort of thing where someone was expecting a reply from me.I am guessing this problem was maybe related to the recent big "improvements" to the site, to make it more readable for mobile lusers, and other changes to make the site more comment-able, question-able, tip-able, by everyone.Just wondering: Has anyone else experienced this same problem, i.e. a several weeks, or months, delay in notifications of replies to your comments?

Posted by Jack A Lopez 5 months ago

Help needed!

Hi! I'm kind of new here, and I need some help. I have remote control dump truck in 1:14 scale, and I'm going to make a trailer for it. The truck itself has lights (blinkers, reverse, brake, standlight, etc.). So would it be possible to make some kind of wireless control system for trailer lights, so I don't need to connect always cable to the trailer? There is one wireless control system for situations like this, but it's so expensive.   I have been thinking about making it with IR leds. Is it possible to make it work by connecting IR led to for example reverse light's cable and then some kind of IR receiver to trailer? Give me some ideas and if you have some solutions or something that would help, let me know. :) Thanks for help ( my english may be bad, i'm from finland :D )

Posted by ScaniaV8 7 years ago

mini fridge upgrade

Hello everyone, I found a Thermoelectric mini fridge at the dump a couple weeks ago and so far I have been disappointed with how cold it gets so I figured I would replace the peltier chip with a higher wattage one, the original ran on only 12v with 60watts but the new one uses 16v and 192 watts, so unfortunately when I switched the chips the fridge makes a clicking noise presumably from drawing to much current. the questions I have are, how can I build or cheaply obtain a variable (it would be nice to control power) 16v 12amp power supply or modify the existing board to output more power, would it pose a problem to run the fridge with no load attached to the previous 12v supply, and is it necessary to replace the fans with higher power ones? any other advise would be much appreciated, thanks in advance :)

Posted by rickyfelten 5 years ago

Voltage Regulator

EDIT: Anyone Interested please check below posts, this is one is obsoleteHello!I need a voltage smoother and regulator on my circuit(attached below)it is a modified shunt charge controller circuit.It converts the Tri phase alternating current to DC and feeds it into the circuit.The regulator will have to be attachable to the BATTERIES wire in the circuit.It should not consume more than 1v power on its own.My Vout to the battery currently is fluctuating.I will need the to be a stable 12v to charge the batteries. A potentiometer will have to adjust current.I will calibrate current according to my battery bank needs.Led 1 indicates 'charging' Led 2 indicates 'Dump'And Please forgive my circuit diagram design(it looks like crap)but works like gold.Also do NOT suggest huge changes to my controller for the regulator to work. Small suggestions to make it more effective,useful like change the zener diode power rating will be welcome.P.S- Its for my hydro project.Check it out at

Posted by mhkabir 9 years ago

I Found a Book that wasn't lost...

A lot of people walk past our house, often after spending a little too long in the pub. We also get a lot of kids passing to and from school.So the occasional piece of litter in the front garden isn't unusual.Today it was - I found a book. Whole, intact, and deliberately dumped in my garden.It wasn't chucked away by an annoyed kid, or dropped by an unusually literate drunk, it was "released".It seems there is a whole community of politely-subversive book-lovers out there, determined to sneak their love onto others. They leave books in unusual, public places for others to find, read and pass on the same way. They meet at BookCrossing.comIt was called Cracks, by Sheila Kohler, not really my cup of tea, but I like the BookCrossing idea, so I've wrapped it in plastic, labelled it up, and it's ready to send on its way. I may leave it in the countryside somewhere.BookCrossing website

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago

Crazy behavior when clicking from email

I'm surprised that no one else has reported this, because it's pretty severe. Whenever I click a link from your email newsletter, the page never stops reloading. Everything works fine when I've called it up directly from, but when I click a link or image from the newsletter, everything bounces around and it never stops. Clicking the stop ("X") in Chrome doesn't help, because then the page is only partially loaded and none of the javascript works. I'm on Chrome, up to date at current release, Windows XP at final release; email is gmail. I don't think I can provide a screen dump that captures the, um, dynamic nature of the problem--like I said, the page just never quits jumping. The first time I noticed it was within the last few weeks, not sure exactly, but at first I thought it was a fluke. Since that time, it has happened every time. 

Posted by kcox14 4 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

USED TREADMILL BELTS - any good uses for them?

I fix gym equipment, so I throw away quite a few used treadmill belts. some of them are in good shape but just got too dirty to be useful anymore (friction problems).  seems a shame to throw out all that plastic, surely there are some good uses...can anyone think of some?  I just installed 8 today and hauled away the old ones. In the past i have screwed them to the bottom edge of garage & bay doors to act as an extra weather seal - helps prevent the cold air from rushing in those air gaps. the belts have a pvc topcoat and textile/woven fiber bottom. I wonder if any recyclers would take them...i hate dumping stuff in landfill. Wasnt sure where to post - resources, free stuff, Green....they would all apply really...

Posted by mickeyaaaa 5 years ago

Oil Spill Water Cleanups As Fast As They Happen

We live and survive on oil today. That dependence won’t go away for at least a few more generations. Today’s technology allows us to drill oil just about anywhere in the world, and then move it to anywhere we want using behemoth water vessels. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to all this and it happens when our technology fails us, as periodically demonstrated by mankind’s great oil spill disasters. The most recent being the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. The amount of oil actually dumped upon our ecosphere and contaminating the environment was mind boggling. The numbing numbers are so large that we can’t even get our minds around it. And we all know that the responsible drilling company won’t fess up to how much was really spilled because even they don’t know, don’t want to know and furthermore want to forget about it. Is there some way to tackle this oil spill problem through the use of the very culprit that created it, namely technology? Of course there is, but it will cost the billions they used to clean up the mess they created in the first place.  We want to develop a technological process to be used worldwide that borrows from what we currently know, and clean up these oil spills almost as quickly as they happen upon our seascape. Did we finally clean up the Gulf oil spill?  Yes, maybe? But it took too long and we either didn’t use the right equipment or not enough prepared and available equipment to check the problem. Time is probably the most critical factor involved in mitigating oil spill disasters. While Nature obviously works to clean up ecological disasters, she takes perhaps a decade or more to make a region whole again. We need to help nature accelerate her time schedule to a few weeks not decades! Oil cleanup equipment exists that is too painstakingly slow and inefficient to get the job done quickly and effectively, and to recapture ~99% of the oil spilled. Today’s processes are makeshift, disjointed, and not organized nor designed to tackle today’s mega-proportion oil spill problems.  We need a cohesive mega-solution to handle mega-problem oil spills. A virtual army of specialists with proper equipment to attack, gather up and capture, then deliver the spilled oil to vessel staging platforms. These huge platforms will separate 99.9% of the captured oil/water, dumping the water back.  Oil tankers on standby then take this recaptured crude oil to refineries. This process must be set up with the proper equipment to dynamically proceed in real time. Only high sea states should be capable of halting its operation. The process of oil/water cleanup requires the serial use of various sequential operations where each performs a key stage of the operatic procedure. The orchestration starts with techniques that initially yield the biggest volumetric punch first, then refines this processing by using less volumetric cleaning ability but greater oil separation capability. All the while we have deployed an improved form of today’s containment apron, capable of hundreds of miles of coverage to prevent spreading the spilled oil slick to shore. Having researched today’s available oil spill removal systems, their usefulness has been categorized according to volumetric processing capability per time. Fast surface skimming techniques plus “huge”, constant flowing centrifugal separators clearly win, but are not 100% effective. Sponge-type, oil absorbent techniques then come to play as they are useful in nearly recapturing the remaining 0.1% oil from the water, but are slow and will be used solely on the remaining 99.99% pure water expelled from our centrifugal oil separators. Today we literally use these absorbers like sponges, dunking them into the oil slick, waiting awhile and pulling them out after they’ve absorbed some oil. Such prolonged processing times are unacceptable. Absorbers are to be used differently than today, their performance is vastly accelerated as they now act as 0.1% oil filters to process the pressurized water expelled from the centrifugal separators. The final residuals of perhaps 0.01% that the high pressure absorber filtration misses will require oil break down chemistry whose end products are environmentally friendly and allows Nature to restore balance. So the actual water dumped back will be better than 99.99% pure. Now let’s break this process down a bit and address the pieces of equipment involved. Our attack vessels are special, high speed catamarans that ferry cars between different ports today. They use water-jet propulsion, are extremely fast, maneuverable, and will be equipped with a special front-end water scoop to pick up the oil/water slick in real time while propelled forward. Their scoop or nozzle articulates, performing real time adjustments responding to oil slick depths thereby avoiding too much water pickup. Once their holding tanks are full, they reconnoiter with waiting intermediate-sized tankers to quickly dump their oil/water cargo. When these tankers are full, they deposit their load to one of the huge vessel platforms. These staging platforms use centrifugal systems to quickly and efficiently separate huge quantities of the oil and water, and dump the 99.9% cleaned water overboard (Nature effectively handles the remaining 0.1% of oil). When their tanks are full of oil, they start emptying themselves into the large standby oil tankers for delivery to refineries. QED. For you science fiction/fact fans, this concept requires enormous equipment, is on a huge scale and if viewed as one harmonious system may be the first Oil-Terra-Forming machine to be used on our planet.  

Posted by RT-101 6 years ago

Free Sewing Patterns

I'm trying to find a bunch of patterns for various pieces of medieval garb. The idea is that I want to make a bunch of outfits from my book, mostly as visual aids, but also as cosplay (because it's way more fun to dress up as your own characters than someone else's). If anyone can help me find the patterns, I need them for: Tunics (both laced and otherwise) Trousers Hooded cloaks Kirtles (sleeveless and long-sleeved) A buckled leather jacket (i.e. a jacket with buckles in place of buttons) (it's for a male character, by the way) I would preferrably like the patterns to be free, but, if not, I need them to at least be downloadable. The jacket will probably be a little tricky, since it's leather and not a very common design, but if anyone can find somewhere that sells them fairly cheaply, let me know. Of course, I'm not going to dump the work on everyone else and then slack off. I'm going to keep searching as well, so I can compare ideas and suggestions from everyone.

Posted by timmycutts 6 years ago

Security Camera For My Dorm Room

I was hoping to find some guidance here about how to make a special surveillance system.   I would like for a web cam(or some other camera of sorts) to monitor my vehicle out front of my apartment though my dorm room window.  I would like for that cam to run independent of a computer, and dump it's video files onto a usb/sd card.  Is this even possible?  I also need help shopping for which webcam would be most suitible(cost effective) for my purposes.  My car is about 20-30 feet away.  I'll attach a pic.(its the red jeep) More Specs: I have an outlet right next beneath the window, so ac power would be great. I have soldering equipment available to me if necessary, but keep it simple if possible. I have 100 bucks to spend. Thanks, Jello-Jigglers

Posted by Jello-Jigglers 6 years ago

What a waste of F'ing water....

I know it is important to keep certain systems running reliably... But this seems ridiculous. I came home and heard a lot of water rushing into the drain. Not far down the street, I see a yellow box dumping hundreds of gallons of water. So I ran inside, grabbed a flashlight... ran outside... flashlight is missing a battery... ran inside, got battery then ran outside. I got next to the box and called the phone number on the side. Water management picked up. I explained that it was a yellow box next to a fire hydrant on a concrete pad. The tech immediatly knew that it was just "flushing the system" and said it would be on for awhile. He thanked me for calling and I hung up. 6 months ago, that box wasn't there. I've lived in this city for over 15 years and never saw this. To me, it seems like a lazy and poor solution to some problem I can't seem to find searching google. My guess would be sediment from lack of use (but iono). Anyway... I thought I'd share my frustration.... Oh, it was on for 2 hours! after I got home..... just wow.

Posted by trebuchet03 11 years ago

Making a "Special Walking Staff"

I made a staff out a broomstick although I think the materials are probably pvc and aluminum...again not sure. Anywhoo, the project I want to work (if possible), is making a sword this case a sword walking staff. The staff is about 52 inches long.  The inside of the staff is hollowed with a space of 0.75 inches in diameter and 50 inches in length. Right now the inside is filled with sand (for the weight). If possible to fashion the rod into a blade of sorts the sand with be dumped (SAM_0120).  I capped the bottom of the staff off with a tin cap screwed into the pole and double wrapped the staff with black electrical tape.  Now what I want to do is try to put a small 15 inch blade inside...again if possible. Considering the staff is already closed off I'll have to cut some of it (below the handle). I found a carbon steel rod that I'm considering using(Screenshot (27)). Could anyone help me out by explaining the best way of going about how to do something like this??? Thank You

Posted by JasonR20 1 year ago

24 LED strip

Hello all, I've got what i thought would be a simple project so i could take some impressive long exposure photos. eg: Heres the materials i have: (also see pic) 1: 24 white led's soldered in series (yes i started without knowing what i was doing :P ) 2: A small 4.5v battery pack. 3: A simple clicky switch. Heres what i dont have: 1: A clue about resistors or where to add them. 2: I don't know what voltage the leds are as they were removed from a broken led lamp by my brother. (who also dumped the casing so i cant see what the circuit on it looked like) 3: Any more patience. :) The third pic just shows one of the 24 leds being tested with a 3v battery. I've done this with all 24 to make sure that there are no dead ones. Can anyone help my ignorance?

Posted by nodnodwinkwink 8 years ago

Need help designing an outdoor, propane fueled roux cooker for gumbo

Our Kiwanis club has a roux party every year where a dozen or so people cook roux in cast iron pots over gas burners. Hours of stirring of various liquids, veggies and spices (added at intervals through out the cooking cycle). Cooked until it becomes a solid about the consistency of moist turkey dressing, to be dipped out into a pan and then start a new batch. What we need is something like a small cement mixer with burners. Something that will heat liquid, mix, and dump or we can scoop out when it's solidified. The stirring needs to be constant hence the cement mixer premise. If it doesn't mix well and parts of it burn then the entire batch is ruined. Electricity is available, propane bottles for fuel. Tried thinking through something with two metal cylinders, one inside the other with the gas jets between the two but the rotation part is the issue. Any help will be appreciated, and of course since we are a small nonprofit the cost needs to be as low as possible.    Thank you !      Tray10 

Posted by Tray10 4 years ago

The making of a multi-staged coilgun

I want to make a coilgun with 2 or 4 stages; however, I don't have much experience with capacitors, magnetic fields, etc.. I am not really making it now, but its more of preparing the steps so when I do start, I will be able to complete it and be aware of problems that may occur. 1) when the coil is fed with electricity, what is stopping it from shooting right back at you? 2) how much voltage should the coils be using (aka what type of capacitor should I use) 3) I have heard that capacitors will sometimes have left over charge in them, how would I "dump" the excess. 4) Using multiple stages, should all the coils be turned on at once or in succession 5) should the wire coiling the tube be uninsulated? Here is a diagram of my current understanding of a coilgun. Let me know if it is not correct. Power Supply (battery) --> switch --> capacitor -->wire that wraps around the pipe, creating a magnetic field --> magnetic field pulls projectile into the tube and launches it.

Posted by Brinith 5 years ago

Arduino help

Hi guys! So, i saw the LED cube experiment and decided that i would try one myself. Although i can definitely say i am a newbie when it comes to microcontrollers, i still would like to try and understand them. I am planning on making a 4*4*4 or 5*5*5 cube, and dump the programs that the various users have submitted.  Now, most of the instructables have not specified which arduino board they used, few have, and those who did, each his own. My questions are: What are the differences between them? I mean, i saw a Due, Fio, Leonardo, Uno, Duemilanove etc etc.  Are they interchangeable?  Secondly, which one is better to use for the cube project? Or all the one and the same? Personally, in my area, Duemilanove is pretty cheap. Third, i would really love to understand the basics of arduino, and also learn to program it. So, if anyone have any good site or tutorial or other resources for a COMPLETE newbie like me, please do point out!  Thanks! :)

Posted by charmquark 5 years ago

What lubricant to refill a fridge compressor with?

Hey all, I just grabbed a compressor from a fridge that had been badly mangled by a bulldozer at a demolition site, planning to make a vacuum pump or airbrush compressor (or both!) Trouble is, I thought the liquid it contained was leftover refrigerant, and drained it all out. I didn't really have a choice, as leftover freon was gassing out of the compressor (thought it had lost pressure, but there was still a little in the compressor) and it was sputtering the oil everywhere. I held it upside down while carrying it home, and when I got it here, it was apparently empty. Then I found out that what I poured out wasn't liquid freon, but actually vital oil that keeps it alive. The compressor runs fine, but I only tried it for a few seconds for fear of destruction. I have many lubricants here, motor oil, 2-stroke oil, bike chain oil, etc. If I'm to dump an oil into my compressor, any ideas on which is the best call, and roughly how much should it take?

Posted by Rectifier 10 years ago

Earn some Karma - Save my butt!

Okay, I've found users of this site to be some of the most industrious and handy people on the 'nets. So hear my plea: long story short, I dumped a significant amount of black tea (with cream) right into the vent of my Western Digital 1 TB external hard drive (luckily I'd unplugged it about 2 minutes ago). I'd just finished putting EVERYTHING that is mine and digital onto this, and a significant portion of other copies got deleted. Show me please your instructability on how to clean this confounded thing! I'm all ears... PS I'm a new member and if I get help with this I will post (tonight) my first instructable on a GUARANTEED heart-melting confection for Valentine's that's been in my family for years and years (and is delightfully simple to make). Thanks for your time -B **EDIT** Thanks for the responses guys, "wipe it off" is sage advice indeed. I was thinking though of somehting like an alcohol/water solution to rinse the affected area once I get home to my tools and see what went down. Thoughts?

Posted by Chomblebrown 10 years ago