LED physical durability

Heya, So, I'm thinking of making a flashing rattle, by using LEDs and batteries as the "stones" in the rattle. My thought is that when an LED randomly connects with a battery correctly, it will flash. But, will this destroy the LEDs very quickly? Shaking a light bulb is bad, but I think that LEDS are a bit more durable than that. Don't know HOW durable though. Any other thoughts that would help me?

Topic by AidanG 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Cheap ride for dirt roads? Answered

 I need a cheap but durable ride for dirt roads. What should I use. It doesn't need to go very far.

Question by Epeoples 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Any Good and Cheap Materials Out There?

I am looking for a cheap material for my projects that durable, strong, and with a nice texture. However, I cannot really find one. I thought about wood, but whenever I tried to sand/smooth it out, it never turn out right. I though about plastic (as in 3D printing), but I can't really afford a printer with my budget and since I am bound to make mistakes, I don't think 3D printing services would be good either.   What would be a good material to use that is cheap, durable, and has premium feel to it? 

Topic by Brinith 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Medium weight quilting Fabric

Hello Everyone, I'm new to this type of project but I was looking to make a knife roll for a friend who will be starting culinary school soon. The one she bought for school is kind of dumpy and while it does the job we had found some great looking roll up ones online they were just kind of expensive. So i figured I could make her one for half the cost. It all seems doable. The wall I'm running into is the majority of my sewing experience has been stitching hems for Halloween costumes so my familiarity with fabric types is minimal at best. I wanted to make her a roll out of a fabric with a print on it and and finally finding the right one, at a good price point, I find myself worried the quality of the fabric may not be what I'm looking for. Basically what I found was described as "medium-weight quilting fabric 100% cotton" another one was called "broadcloth." I, however, have no idea what they are. The majority of no leather knife rolls we did find were made of canvas so I was hoping to make one of similar durability. To sum it all up I'm just wondering if this "medium-weight quilting fabric" is anything like twill, canvas, linen or musslin. I feel like those fabrics, especially the first two, would be quite durable for some like a chefs knife problem is the pattern I'm looking for isn't on those types of fabrics. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Topic by geekluve 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Camera question for all of you photographers.

I’m getting ready to do some traveling, and I’m looking for a camera that can hold up to a beating. I need a digital camera that can be submerged in at least 20 feet of water, be buried in sand, and has at least a 5x zoom. Iv seen this one, http://www.hammacher.com/publish/11169.asp , but I’m wondering what else is out there. Now I’m not planning on putting the camera through all of that, but I don’t want to take any chances of killing my camera out in the middle of nowhere. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Guys.

Question by Cthulu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is medium-weight quilting fabric durable?

Hello Everyone, I'm new to this type of project but I was looking to make a knife roll for a friend who will be starting culinary school soon. The one she bought for school is kind of dumpy and while it does the job we had found some great looking roll up ones online they were just kind of expensive. So i figured I could make her one for half the cost. It all seems doable. The wall I'm running into is the majority of my sewing experience has been stitching hems for Halloween costumes so my familiarity with fabric types is minimal at best. I wanted to make her a roll out of a fabric with a print on it and and finally finding the right one, at a good price point, I find myself worried the quality of the fabric may not be what I'm looking for. Basically what I found was described as "medium-weight quilting fabric 100% cotton" another one was called "broadcloth." I, however, have no idea what they are. The majority of no leather knife rolls we did find were made of canvas so I was hoping to make one of similar durability. To sum it all up I'm just wondering if this "medium-weight quilting fabric" is anything like twill, canvas, linen or musslin. I feel like those fabrics, especially the first two, would be quite durable for some like a chefs knife problem is the pattern I'm looking for isn't on those types of fabrics. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Question by geekluve 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Has anyone painted a linoleum floor?

Has anyone painted a linoleum floor? If so how did you do it? How well did it hold up to wear and tear? Do you have any recommendations or regrets?

Question by baudeagle 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I make my husband a cheap, durable wedding band?

He is a big guy, and wears a size 18 or so. NOBODY makes those except for superbowl players, and we do not have that kind of money! So far I've been thinking of using metal pipes and stuff, but I haven't gotten past the research phase. Does anyone have other ideas? I have a dremel if that helps.

Question by KedaDibandion 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Soldering Station

I am looking for a well-built, durable soldering station that has adjustable output modes. I was wondering if anyone could tell me about any soldering stations that they own or used that was a great product. Also, i would like it to be under $70 is possible, but all suggestions are welcome.

Topic by H20 7 years ago


good,durable skate shoes for about £30?

Pictures would be useful if possible please

Question by l96470fps 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is there a durable, waterproof UHF HT that will accept AA batteries?

By waterproof, I of course mean "weather-resistant." I'm looking for an UHF HT that will be just fine if it gets dropped into a lake or falls off an ATV. It doesn't need to float; I can attach a floating keychain to it if necessary. It should also have a AA battery tray that is available from the manufacturer, and still be waterproof with the AA tray. Ideally it would have a keypad. Do you have personal experience with a HT that meets these requirements?

Question by JamesRPatrick 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Any one can recommend some good and durable auto parts brand to buy?

Some of good recommendation.

Question by Allsets 1 year ago


Should I be concerned about durability issues for the 13 inch MacBook (mid 2009 version)?

Hello, I just purchased the upgraded 13 inch MacBook white (mid 2009 version). I am a relatively careful & light user. Should I be worried about durability issues?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What is the strongest (i.e split resistant, durable, toughest) wood commercially available? Answered

I am in the process of making a (hopefully) extremely durable walking staff... it is going to be used in very rocky and hilly terrain so I don't want it breaking on me. About where I put those parentheses earlier... should I have it as "a" or "an"? (random extra question brought on by wording or question)

Question by Kraethi 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I make a durable outdoor mini golf course?

I have a low budget and a lot of extra cement. I'm just wondering what other materials I would need other than putters and balls.

Question by Jeremia was a bullfrog 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Any headphones that are durable, cheap-ish, and have good sound quality? Answered

So I like listening to music on end, for hours at a time.  However, the problem with that is that the headphones break down.  I buy noise-cancelling headphones from walmart for anywhere between 15-25 dollars, but they break within a few months after I buy them.  The apple headphones that have come with my iPod nano have lasted me for 2 and a half years without breaking, but the sound quality is not as good. If it helps, both of the noise cancelling headphones I bought have a problem with the wire (I sometimes can squeeze sound out of them if I turn the wire the right way, otherwise no sound comes out) So is there a specific brand that you would recommend that lasts longer than a few months, has good sound quality, and can cancel noise at around 20-30 dollars? EDIT- It seems I must include the question of Availability with my purchase.  I can not buy online, and the only local stores I can buy from are Target, WalMart, Office Depot (maybe) and Best Buy.

Question by DJ Radio 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How would one transform a durable digital wrist watch into a swell steam-punk pocket watch?

Say for instance, a Casio G-Shock into a really cool and functional pocket watch guaranteed to impress. An easy process would be a plus, in addition to parts available at the hardware store.

Question by mideon13 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Out of curiosity, can rubber coatings make cardboard more durable and waterproof?

I am talking about corrugated cardboard boxes as well as pieces of corrugated cardboard. 

Question by coolcarl89 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


how to build a low cost boat?

I need a durable boat made of cheapest fiber glass and cardboard.?

Question by jaybsce 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Any decent good hot glue guns for beginners?

Hi, I'm looking into getting a hot glue gun, but every one that I see has a number of critical reviews that worry me ;). This is my first time getting a glue gun so I want something that I can control easily. As I couldn't decide which ones were actually good, I thought I would just ask a question here because I'm sure most people over here would have some experience with a glue gun. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance, Cheerio! super_me

Question by NebulaIX 1 year ago  |  last reply 23 days ago


Bicycle LEDs

Hi Everybody, I have made a series of LED lights on my bicycle spokes, for driving at night. I use a 9 volt battery with 9 pieces of white LED 3.3 volts, which I connect each with a 330 ohm resistor 9 pieces 1/4 watt. its durability is approximately 30 hours later the lights dimmed, is there any way to be more durable ?

Question by pro5200 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I need to know how to make a arrow head but there are no good instructables for it?

It needs to be durable

Question by interestedturtle 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


I'm looking for a fast, durable, mobile computer for less than $1000. Any suggestions?

I plan to use it for schoolwork, gaming, web browsing, travel, video calling, and pretty much everything. i (clearly) wnat a laptop, but haven't been able to find any that fit what i want other then the alienware m11x, which is usually about $1050. can anyone point me in the right direction????? I curently use an acer aspire one. i can't STAND IT anymore.  IT IS So SLOW!

Question by spizman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Would Polyurethane resin & Oak saw dust make a durable, wood looking ring?

I am wanting to make my own wedding rings for a more unique & special ring.  I do not have the proper equipment to make the ones from wood shavings but I have experimented with resin rings before & I was wondering if I could apply that method with polyurethane resin and sawdust to get a durable ring?  I have the mold for my ring but don't want to go through the hassle of wasting money buying things that will not work.  If you have ever tried this please let me know how it turned out.  I want it to look like a real wooden ring and not cheap.

Question by RebeccaA55 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Is an IKEA pine bed frame safe enough for the environment and durable enough to re-purpose into a raised plant bed?

I've had this bed frame from IKEA for 6 years now. Its almost entirely cheap pine, and I won't be needing it as a bed anymore. I do need a raised bed for plants outside and was wondering if this would safe enough for the environment and also be durable enough for the elements?

Question by rwseven80 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How to make stucco for a wire armature?

For smooth durable non linear man made rock: Buy Stucco? Make something else?

Question by jasoninstruct 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


how do you cover cardboard boxes without making it look cheap?

I've gotten pretty good at making boxes for storage but i've only been able to use boxes that have print or images on it. obviously i can't use a box for something with another label already on it. how can i cover this and make it look good and still durable....wrapping in wrapping paper doesn't seem durable to me.

Question by McElmire 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


arrows

Ive been looking to buy some new arrows that can withstand a 50 pound bow and durable, maybe carbon fiber? any help would be appreciated!

Topic by struckbyanarrow 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


practical uses for plastic six pack holder rings? seem like they are very durable and useful.

Thought these might make good tool organizers, mesh bags, or any potential items that would be practical, useful, and eco-friendly. Discarding these without clipping the rings has had a negative impact on wildlife by entangling them, so thought would try to put them to good use and save money. There are likely many gardening, art and craft applications for these also.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how do i anodize aluminum?

Thinking of anodizing some aluminum parts im making. Does it matter what kind of aluminum? I want a durable finish, resistant to corroding.

Question by klunder_teach 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago



This deserves more views

This project deserves more views.hailtothkngbby has taken a cardboard idea of mine and rendered it in shiny, durable aluminium, as well as adding a couple of refinements.Go, see.

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Exterior finish on a plywood canoe?

I am building a plywood canoe. I would like a waterproof, durable finish on the outside, and had the idea to spray it with truck bed liner. Thoughts?

Question by zerrodach 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


what is a good camera for outdoor use?

I need some help with finding a good (biggish type that take really good quality pictures) camera that is durable and not too fragile cause i will be working outdoors?

Question by backpacker 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do you make fake rocks/boulders? Answered

I'd like them to go around the pool area in constructing a water grotto so they need to be durable and water/weather resistant.

Question by kelliemcal 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is there any way to bond two small pieces of Aluminum together?

I have been told Epoxy, but i'm making a ring and I want to attach a small cross to it. It needs to be durable too.?

Question by Wylder Barrows 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How can I make a biodegradable adhesive in a paintball-like form-factor that's durable but would break if thrown.

Scenario: you're riding your bike. A car cuts you off. You have a little hopper full of these balls and have the presence of mind to get one out and throw it at the car. It sticks to the car. When the driver gets home, he sees it. Inside of the clear adhesive is a laminated piece of paper or something durable with a link written on it. The driver goes to the website and reads instructions about how to be a better bike-friendly driver. They wash the adhesive off with no damage done to the car. They become more conscientious drivers.

Question by pyaranderson 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to make a toy with spring that will make people laugh?

I need to make a science toy.It has to be funny and make people laugh.Atleast one spring has to be used.It has to be creative and durable.

Question by jgoutham 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Cardboard couch

Does anyone have instructions for an origami style cardboard couch. Or any easy to build, durable style. I saw it posted once before and now I can't find it.  Maybe it was another site, but I know the instructions are out there! Help! 

Topic by Kittyisme 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


LED/PCB mods. I adapt cheap led lights. Will gooping the pcb to weatherproof it shorten life? Answered

I'm an old electrician obsessed with LEDs and selling them to my old customers. I build custom landscape fixtures and have been purchasing cheap led lights and bastardizing them for parts. I've had several that moisture got to the pcb and it died of various causes. I've been gooping the supply wire solder points among other things to increase durability. If I goop the entire back of the board the smd is on, will it cook itself?  Any other ideas to increase durability without shortening life expectancy drastically will be greatly appreciated. Zappenfusen 

Question by zappenfusen 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


is there a stretchable thin polyurethane or silicone I can use on thin nylon mesh fabric for theatrical wig?

I would like to make my theatrical wig more durable and would like to add a thin layer of stretchable silicone is this possible?

Question by 9 years ago


graphene integrated into clothing?

So i had an idea: i wanted to integrate graphene into clothing to make clothing more durable. this guy shows how to make the stuff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FlCvZvzDPM any ideas on how to get the graphene into clothing?

Question by Gaudnarok 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


I have a laptop hard drive that doesn't work. Can I use a USB flash drive as a replacement and how?

I don't want to buy a new HD and a USB flash drive is portable and more durable.

Question by ANDY! 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Model rocket parachute??

Does anyone know how to make a durable twelve inch parachute for model rockets? One of mine is hopelessly  tangled up, and the other has a tear in it. I do not want to fix the others but make two new ones instead. Does anyone have any ideas?

Question by pen blade 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


is there any practical point in getting the dremel 400 over the dremel 300?

Im looking for a new dremel and i am undecided between the 400 and the 300. while the latter is cheaper, are there any good reasons to get the 400 over the 300 such that the added cost will pay for itself in functionality/durability? cheers

Question by poiki 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


New dremel question

I have the old gray version of the dremel rotary tool, and I see now that they have now made it chunkier looking and black. I have noticed a general tendancy in commercial products that with an upgrade in image comes a downgrade in performance. How do these new dremels hold up? are they as powerful/durable as the old ones?

Topic by 8bit 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What can i cover a foam model in to make it hard like plastic?

I am building some foam terrain for my hobby shop in beijing china and its going to receive a lot of wear and tear! I want to make it more durable! Suggestions please.

Question by aaron2 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


help me identify and price this Russian AK47 7.62 mm training replica? Answered

Made in 1967 by The Fourth Army Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana. Cast from a mold and made of a heavy durable plastic. About 5lbs, 28 inches long. Inscribed on side (see pic)

Question by ehney 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Rechargeable LED Glow Hoops

This hoop is assembled using ProdMod instructions and materials. It's rechargeable, collapsible, stays lit up to 6 hours, is quiet, durable and contains 21 leds - 7 blue, 7 green and 7 slow or fast color changing lights. All hoops are soldered for optimum durability. 40" diameter.Charges in about an hour!Charger is small and compact just like your cell phone charger. Weighs only 5 oz. Easy to carry in your purse or travel bag. Only one simple wire to connect to your hoop. An easy to read indicator light tells when its charged. Charge at any time, no need to wait for the lights to die out.Custom colors and sizes also available. Inquire. http://www.hoopelements.com/shoppe/sled/index.html or http://hoopelements.etsy.com.

Topic by HoopElements 10 years ago


how to repair hole in the bottom of the backpack with duct tape? Answered

After a few months of use my backpack was left with a hole in the bottom of a 5 cm. then I thought if I tinker with new fabric it will probably tear again so why not make with duct tape that is much more resistant and durable than most fabrics

Question by benderbrasil 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago