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


GRAWWWWWWWWWWWWG

I HATE my mouse. My old mouse, was a corded (w00t) serial mouse. I used it with my amazing 8 year old windows ME computer. I loved that hulking tower, it was beautiful in a slick, off white way (pics coming soon hopefully). Then, I got a new computer. It runs vista, and I used the mouse that came with it. Had a cord as well, but was USB- no serial ports on this sucker. It worked OK, until the scroll wheel broke. Then I stopped using it*. All the computer stores around only have the insane "ergonomic" mice with the 5 pound giant pink balls on the top (I have NO idea), so I couldn't get a new one. Luckily, I had an old travel mouse laying around. Wireless. Enter the world of computer He**. It eats 2 AAA's every 2 weeks, randomly stops working, jams up, skips around, and generally sucks. If I could, I would throw this pathetic excuse of an electronic human interaction device into my parts bin and mine it with a soldering iron until it dies, but its my only option. Please, what do I do?! Does anyone know a good (I'm not sure its serial actually, round plug, plugs into the the purple or green slot on old computers) converter to USB so I can use my old mouse? *Well, I, strictly hypothetically, may have cracked open the case and accidentally broken the click wheel sensor button. Purely hypothetical, of course.

Posted by Rotten194 9 years ago


1 hp garbage disposal working or not.

Looking for a 1hp garbage disposal working or not, for tinkering.

Posted by bmake 9 years ago


Where lame computers go to die.

If you're like me you probably have an "out of sight, out of mind" attitude towards garbage. Usually, when I throw something out, I don't give too much thought to where it is going to end up. The problem with such an attitude is that the garbage ultimately has to go somewhere; it is unlikely that we are going to start blasting our trash into space any time soon. So, the question is, when we toss out really toxic things like old computers or televisions, where, in fact, are they ending up? The edge of town? The edge of the county? The next state over? West Africa? A small shanty in China?National Geographic has an amazing article in their current issue about the fate of such e-waste."People have always been proficient at making trash. Future archaeologists will note that at the tail end of the 20th century, a new, noxious kind of clutter exploded across the landscape: the digital detritus that has come to be called e-waste."Photograph by Peter Essick

Posted by randofo 10 years ago


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


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


how to inflate a garbage bag

Anyone have a way that works. i want to figure something out ive used tape but never kept inflated.

Posted by thenerveman 11 years ago


how to inflate a garbage bag

Anyone have a way that works. i want to figure something out ive used tape but never kept inflated.

Posted by thenerveman 11 years ago


Hotel made from trash

The first hotel made from garbage has opened in Rome. Made by Save the Beach, the hotel used over 26,000 lbs of trash collected from European beaches. Designer H.A. Shult explains “It’s made of garbage because where ever you go on this planet there is garbage. We are living in a time of garbage on the planet which we have only rented.” OK, the hotel isn't entirely made of trash. The structure is prefab so that no one gets killed by a pile of trash falling on them. If you want to see it in person, go and check it out soon as it is not permanent. World’s First Hotel Made of Garbage Rises in Rome

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


useful things found in the garbage

I was at a sportsman's club to go shoot a .22 and i look in the garbage can.(I don't even know why I did) but I found what looked like the sorry remains of a computer. So with my loving heart i scavanged and found the only decent part left, the sond card. Unfoutunatly it had 3 bullet holed through it.

Posted by timator6 11 years ago


Can someone make an instructable for a garbasail?

Can someone make an instructables on this? Even though it looks easy, (afterall just garbage bags, rope and duct tape) i doubt a novice can work the corners out, and make it last more the 1 minute in strong wind. It would tear the corners out. This would be a pretty cool instructable, great at the beach, thx.

Posted by alester333 8 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. http://ecobrooklyn.com/demo-bags-trash-bag-alternative/ 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


An hour and a half gone.

I just lost an hour and a half of work, because I trusted this website a little too much.  I was starting up some directions for a project I want to do, and my computer lost the wireless connection. I clicked "save," and the page did two things. First, it completely crashed, saying it could not update. Two, this idiotic "Updating" frame came up, that BLOCKED me from being able to copy and paste the material that took all that time to put together. I know you guys can't control everything, and that it's not your fault my wireless router is stupid, but you really, REALLY need to get rid of that "Updating" splash that blocks us from being able to access what we just wrote.  I know now I'll get comments on here saying, "You should save more often, moron." Yes. I should have. I should have written it first in Word as well. In fact, there's a lot of things I should have done. I guess I'm spoiled by autosave utilities.

Posted by awilliamwright 6 years ago


How to construct a giant garbage-can-based feed dispenser?

Hi all, So we just got some pigs, and they eat A LOT. For our chickens and ducks, we have a feeder that is a large version of a standard cat food dispenser -- a big gravity-fed bucket that keeps a bowl/trough at the bottom full of feed. We're thinking of trying to construct a giant version of the same thing, using a big garbage can (like a Rubbermaid Brute -- they'll hold about 100lbs at a time) as the storage tank and rigging up some sort of cutout/door/bowl scenario for food dispensing at the bottom. Ideally we want to be able to move the can (when it is closer to empty) every couple of weeks as we rotate the pigs around the property, and they are pretty rambunctious so we need to make sure it won't all fall apart with their roughhousing. Has anyone done anything similar to this? Have any thoughts? Pitfalls I should look out for? Thanks for any ideas! Eileen

Posted by leenwebb 9 years ago


Bacteria excrete oil

Looky!Scientists in sunny CA have genetically altered bacteria so they eat garbage and excrete crude oil. They plan to be in commercial production by 2011. Sweet!

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago


Help Needed with Clogged Air Vent Drain Pipe and ? on Dishwasher Drain Pipe

I need help and learning how to remove, de-clog, etc. The picture is my kitchen sink drain area.  I have two-sink with the right side having a garbage disposal, with connecting pipes leading out.  But then, I have another pipe leading out in the same direction, but it serving as an air vent pipe.  There's a cooper pipe leading up and into the air vent pipe. Prior to taking the picture, my dishwasher's drainage pipe was connected to the bottom of the cooper pipe.  Well, last night I've noticed my sinks were clogged, I ran the garbage disposal, and then the a gush of garbage water came out of the under sink cabinet. Well, after a lot of cleaning, this morning I removed the drainage pipe from the sinks, and noticed that my air vent pipe was gushing out the garbage water. After searching the internet, it's rare to have a clogged air vent, but at the same time, no one seems to install the dishwasher drainage pipe into the air vent pipe. So my questions are: 1) Should my dishwasher drainage pipe be connected to the upper part of the garbage disposal?  (You can see there's a fitting on the disposal right above the white PVC pipe leading out of the disposal.) 2) Why would they (the original builders) install the dishwasher drain pipe into the air vent pipe? 3) Most importantly, how do I go about in unclogging the air vent pipe?  (It's all bonded together versus having a washers and nuts or a threaded union.) 4) Any answers and questions that I don't know what to ask?  Insights/suggestions? Please and thank you. v/r Bobby

Posted by CoffeeSnake 2 years ago


What parts to salvage from detectors?

Hey all - at the place I manage I have 15 defective Kidde smoke detectors coming back - now obviously there's something wrong with them but it won't be every part that's garbage. It IS however a good opportunity to get some multiples of same parts.  SO - if this was you and they are in the garbage otherwise..which parts would you salvage?  I'm willing to invest  maybe 2 hours of desolder time.  Other than the resistors and the LEDs, i'm not as familiar with the components used on these boards. suggestions appreciated, This looks like the closest model: http://www.kiddecanada.com/utcfs/Templates/Pages/Template-53/0,8062,pageId%3D28537%26siteId%3D463,00.html

Posted by Golftester 6 years ago


Help me with my hydroponics problem. Please!

The directions were great. Except, now that I got my air pump going and everything else, there is a smell coming from it. It smells like garbage. Also, when the bubbles come up to the surface there's a bunch of bubbles left at the surface...it looks like a bubble bath. The first time this happen with the smell I just got another air stone. So, now I have two in the container. I emptied the old water and solution, cleaned the container and add more water with fertilizer. This worked great, but then two weeks later it was time for me to put fresh water again and now it's doing the same thing with the garbage smell. Please give me some ideas on how to get rid of this.

Posted by jessica3073 11 years ago


Dumpster Diving--You Can Make a Living from it!

I found this video that brings a whole new name to dumpster diving. For those of you that saw Tim Anderson's Instructable on Cinnamon Garbage, this video just reiterates the fact that you can find some pretty valuable items dumpster diving.

Posted by Brennn10 10 years ago


Sharpie Art

What can I say?We've got some good Sharpie tutorials:Nintendo DS SkinEasy Cell Phone ArtBut Holy Cow: Man Decorates Basement with $10 Worth of SharpieEven a flip-top garbage can is transformed via marker art into Star Wars' plucky little beeper R2D2!

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago


One mans garbage...

Really is another mans gold! I'm the type of person who, when seeing something internesting, picks it up. For instance, I have found: @ A working VCR (and I use it) @ A small TV (not broken, just REALLY old) @ Microwave ovens (several, not a single one broken) @ Old computers (the joys of Harddrive magnets) @ A 27 inch Panasonic TV (it's working perfectly, i use it daily) UPDATE 10 July 2010 @ A working DVD player (slot jammed, fixed it) @ A PlayStation 1 (not tested, I'll report back) (tested it with the AV cable I also found, it works!) There's no shame in taking "trash" off the streets! I got some funny looks having a small TV strapped to my bike, I take them as compliments! What I'm trying to say here is basically Save the planet, finders keepers!

Posted by Kirbsome! 8 years ago


pasting from MS Word does weird things

I had an article i had written in MS word.  i pasted chunks into the instructables 'pro' editor.  formatting very strange.  clicking 'source' shows tons of microsoft html garbage.  then instructables editor seems to ignore most of the microsoft html, but it still is there.  hopefully not causing any big problems with this.

Posted by dan 8 years ago


Fashion from trash!

On August 27 and 28, in Nevada City, California, Haute Trash is holding the latest of what appears to have been a long history of fashion shows featuring creations made from discarded ... anything. Amazing clothing made out of garbage!  That's about as DIY as it's possible to get. I've got to go see this.  I'll take a camera and report back.

Posted by rachel 7 years ago


Using Plasma Arcs to Deal with Trash

"A Florida county plans to build a facility to get rid of their landfills, generate electricity and produce construction material, all using a process called plasma gasification which vaporizes garbage at temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun. The $425 million facility expected to be built in St. Lucie County will use plasma arcs to turn garbage into gas and rock-like material. It will be the first municipal plasma waste processing facility in the united states, and the largest in the world. Expected to be completed within 2 years, the 100,000 square food facility will process 3,000 tons of waste per day. Fed not only with waste being produced currently, the facility will also begin to process the waste already in the county landfill. Estimates predict that the entire volume of the existing landfill, 4.3 million tons of trash collected since 1978, will be processed within 18 years."Read More...It almost seems too good to be true, what do you think?

Posted by Weissensteinburg 10 years ago


Plastiki crosses Pacific

Plastiki, the boat made with 12,500 plastic bottles, has successfully sailed across the Pacific Ocean. The journey started in San Francisco and has ended in Sydney after 130 days and 8,000 miles on the water. The goal was to raise awareness about the problem of plastics in the oceans, such as the Pacific Garbage Patch. Congratulations to David de Rothschild and the rest of the crew. Plastiki Completes 8,000 Nautical Mile Journey Protesting Plastic Pollution

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Roomba and Central Vac

I really don't like cleaning my house but I don't want to live in a garbage house.  I'd like to have a floor cleaning system.  For carpeted areas, I envision the that the system would use a Roomba and dock to a central vac system so that I wouldn't have to empty the Roomba.  For the non-carpeted areas, I'd like to use a Scooba that connects to water and sewer.  What are your thoughts?

Posted by sundet 6 years ago


How to Write & Submit Questions

I haven't been a member of this community very long but I've enjoyed looking at many of the posts and have learned a thing or two.  I also enjoy helping people by posting comments and answers to questions.  One thing that I've noticed is that a significant number of posters write very poor questions.   Not that the question isn't valid, but rather the phrasing or context is not clear.  Some of them remind me of the old programming axiom GIGO - Garbage in equals garbage out.  Posters don't get good responses because they didn't form a good question.  The curious would get much better answers if the questions were clear as to the information requested, the context, conditions, the desired outcome, etc.  One might start with the old "5 W's" (who, what, when, where, & why and perhaps how and how many).  A little extra effort in phrasing the question and perhaps some good manners (please & thank you) will result in better responses and more community participation.   Perhaps as a collaborative effort, would there be value in developing an instructable on how to write a question?  Not as a set of rules or a format, but as a general guide as to what information should be included.

Posted by diyoutdoorsman 7 years ago


Erase a dvd+R using software

Ok so we all know its possible to write a dvd+r up to the limit. (one time only of course) So if it can write data once, that why cant we have it ignore the data or headers and just write all 1's or just random garbage to the disk to destory it? It actually sounds cooler than breaking it... If there is software than please provide a link (if its free/open source)

Posted by BeefyHaze 6 years ago


United Emirates Plan to Build First Zero Carbon City

"The United Arab Emirates, home for around 5 million people, wants to build the world's first zero-carbon city called Masdar City.In Masdar City cars will be banned. A light rail system will serve the residents inside the city as well as taking them to nearby cities. Waste water will be reused, all garbage will be recycled and organic food will be locally grown."Read More...Now go on, discuss!

Posted by Weissensteinburg 10 years ago


ex-phone touchpad

I have an old broken LG KG800 (chocolate), and I thought, since it's garbage now anyway, that I could rip out that heat-sensing touchpad thingy (cause that still works) and see if I can use it for other "stuff" (doubtful but hey, why not, right?). does anyone have any tips or whatever that could help me out?, since I'm no Tony Stark and I don't have a clever AI to tell me what's what. Thanks anyway. C-4

Posted by cerdjee4 7 years ago


Need help with home plastic smelting

I want to reuse some of the stuff that I've been throwing (bottles, plastic bags, etc) as well as plastic casings (from radios, CRT monitors, etc). Hope to melt/ mold them into usable parts.. What items in the garbage that are best suited for this? Something easy to work with at home / garage (low melting point, doesn't produce that much toxic fume, and the like) Btw, I've tried melting soda bottles, too sticky to work with... Any suggestion, help is greatly appreciated..

Posted by gyromild 11 years ago


Desoldering without the right tools.

I am interested in desoldering a few things to get some parts.  However I bought desoldering braid quite a while ago and have no idea where it is.  I do not have the money to buy a pump (no matter how cheap it may be).  So I was wondering if there was anything else I could use or do.  I do own a soldering iron. I am just playing around with a few project ideas with electronics I had laying around and a few things I have taken out of the garbage.

Posted by jcaresheets 7 years ago


How Can I Reduce Current Without Dropping The Voltage?

Hello friends,                       i am making home automation with IR sensor , The problem is that the IR sensor sends random garbage values to arduino's serial monitor when connected to external power supply. The external power supply has output of 5v DC voltage and 2000mA current. The whole system worked perfectly when I take power from computer's USB port . The problem is how to reduce the current to 0 -500 mA of external power supply. thank you !

Posted by RakeshL1 1 year ago


Youtube is horrible now

So, when I went to Youtube one day, I watched a Rockband video. And I'm like... okay, why did this person put different music on the video? Then I realized it was on most youtube videos. THEN, my favorite Youtube account was suspended. Why was all of this happening? Copywriting. I mean, most people probably bought the song off of Zune or Itunes. Most videos that look awesome are ruined because of the earache-cheap-cheesy garbage youtube puts onto videos. I think we should start a boycott or someone should start a petition or something! Does anyone have any other ideas?

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago


We need more snow instructables around.

Hello everyone, On the news, half the country is getting snow (including me for once, it snows directly around pierce county seems like) but, all i can find is how to sled and Kite+board+butt+ice stuff and nothing else so i'm asking what makes a good sled (PLASTIC BAGS DONT WORK, GARBAGE CAN LIDS DONT WORK [WELL], NEITHER DOES BARE CARDBOARD, OR PLASTIC BINS OR LIDS) but just need a basic sled, 6 inches and climbing of snow is great but not sithout a sled! Thanks! click here for picture (NOT A STUPID RICK ROLL, I HATE THOSE!)

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago


Arduino and esp8266

Hi, I am new to arduino and creating project where i connected arduino uno and esp8266 as follows: UNO --- ESP8266 RX ----- RX TX ----- TX GND --- GND 3.3V --- VCC 3.3V --- CH_PD I power arduino uno and it is working fine. i checked by uploading blink program. when i connect esp8266 to arduino uno and open serial monitor i am getting some garbage text which is shown in below screen shot. also when i connect esp8266 to uno the orange light is continuously blinking. no action on entering AT command in serial monitor. some one please let me know how to get it work.

Posted by sayedfar 2 years ago


How to Identify or Measure Inductance?

I am gathering the parts for an ible, but I am short one part: a 12mH inductor.I can spot some inductors in electronic garbage - the wire coiled around a ferrite loop - but there are also solid state inductors. Plus, the inductors are not usually labelled with their values.How can I measure the inductance of an inductor with a volt-meter and an ammeter, but without access to a sine-wave generator?Is there some simple trick that would get me "close enough" to the true value? What would be really useful (but probably doesn't exist) is a chart or formula where you plug in the size of the core and the number of turns around it and out pops the inductance value. ?

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


I forgot about Instructables!! - where have my e-mail updates been?

Hey, I just remembered yesterday that I haven't been to Instructables in a couple of months and I used to check the site daily. Then it hit me, I haven't received an e-mail update/invitation from you guys in months. I used to get a weekly e-mail that would prompt me to return to the site. Please start e-mailing again as my memory is garbage and I NEED e-mail invitations to remember to visit sites that I like, and Instrucables is at the top of the list.

Posted by WillMahoney 8 years ago


Selling Chai at a Farmers Market

Hi everyone, I have some very good connections to be able to sell at a few local farmers markets, and I had the idea to sell chai here.  I love making and drinking it, but in my city, you can't buy a good cup of chai anywhere.  It's all from a mix which tastes like garbage to me. Since we don't have any chai vendors, I have no idea what would be needed to sell chai on a large scale. I was wondering if anyone on the forum has seen a chai vendor in a market or on the street before, and what their setup is like?  If you had a picture, I would be indebted. Thanks

Posted by calskin 6 years ago


Amazing Family of DIY Pirates Cross Atlantic Ocean in Raft Made from Garbage!

This is actually old news at this point, but it's so awesome that I think it deserves some attention on Instructables. A unique family called the Neutrinos built a raft from garbage and scraps found on the streets of New York City, perfected their design during numerous trips along the coast, and then during the summer of 1998 spent 60 days floating it across the Atlantic in 20ft seas while fending off swirling currents and heart attacks!Needless to say, the story warranted some further investigation, upon which I learned that these empowered adventurers have built many rafts over the past 20 years. The children of the family were born in Mexico and raised in the circus. The more I read about their story, the more interested and excited I become.Check out the details at their extensive website - The Floating Neutrinos where they write about the other rafts they have built, brain reprogramming, and about their newest project: The Vilma B, a floating 128' orphanage housing up to 25 children!National Geographic TV featured their home-made a movie about their journey across the Atlantic, and a new movie about the family is on the way. Watch the trailer here.If you don't have time to dig through the entire site, you can check out the condensed summary of it all at http://www.paulsorganic.com/most-fascinating.htmIf anyone knows more about these people please reply - I can't stop reading about their adventures and getting exciting about floating somewhere myself!

Posted by noahw 10 years ago


Tim Anderson

Meet Tim Anderson! He's the co-founder of Z-Corp 3D printers, host of the Know How Show, author of the Heirloom Technology column in MAKE magazine, and the most prolific Instructables author with 222 projects and counting! So, besides teaching you how to get a free yacht and how to fly a hydrofoil, what is Tim doing for the betterment of humanity?  Here's how he describes it in his profile: Tim's philosophy involves building minimum-consumption personal infrastructure from recycled scavenged materials.  Redirecting the waste stream.  Doing much with little.  A reverse peace-corps to learn from poor people all over the world. In practice, this means traveling the world documenting traditional Pacific Island sailing canoes, collecting handy tricks from Australia, Guatemala, Indonesia, and the US, and teaching us how to repair or reuse almost anything.  (When you're done with the Handy Tricks series, check out his Instructable showing How Not To.)   You can also learn how to move a tree, or keep an old truck running. He's a believer in Garbage Santa, who leaves "trash" treats for creative people to find and repurpose, and can do almost anything with recycled bike innertubes.  He's also an enthusiastic sailor, bicyclist, and kiter who builds all of his own equipment - check out his ice gear in this video: So, are you inspired yet?  Do you believe in Garbage Santa?  And which Tim Anderson project are you most likely to try? This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

Posted by canida 8 years ago


5 Things Wrong With Today's Laptops; 5 Things Right

Asus, a sponsor of Instructables, has put together WePC where they are asking for input on their next generation laptops. As part of their sponsorship, they've asked my opinion on various aspects of laptops. Most recently 5 Things Wrong With Today's Laptops; 5 Things RightThe power supply is still external to the laptop. Why? I've heard the garbage answer "Underwriter's Limited certification takes too long so manufactures get one supply rated and use it for everything," and understand that the specs look better with a lighter machine. However, it would be undeniably nice to never forget your power supply.continues here...What things are right and wrong about your laptop?

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Power the American nation with waste food!

A new study shows that the energy used to produce the food wasted by Americans is greater than the energy stored in the oil and gas reserves around US shores. The situation is probably worse than the study suggests, since the only data available on wasted food was from 1995, when 27% of all food was wasted.  Since then, food prices have fallen, and waste has probably increased. Michael Webber and Amanda Cuellar at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin calculate that this is the equivalent of about 2150 trillion kilojoules lost each year. That's more than could be gained from many popular strategies to improve energy efficiency. It is also more than projections for how much energy the US could produce by making ethanol biofuel from grains. Obviously, Americans (and every other similarly-wasteful society - we're just as guilty in the UK) should be doing their level best to reduce their wasted food, but it also strikes me; there is gold in them thar bins. Rather than persuade hundreds of millions of lazy "Westerners" to change their ways, why not exploit them?  Why not make money off them (or at least, save your own energy costs)? We already have a bus driving around for free, and a car running on garbage.  Can you come up with a house-hold scale scheme? Could you cut your energy bills to zero, just by collecting other people's garbage for them? Could you set yourself up as a supplier of motor fuels (gasoline or diesel replacements?  methane?) Come on, iblers, do your thing! New Scientist article Oil data The study itself. (I have attached a PDF of the study, if you're interested.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Go back to the old layout.

I've noticed that in the attempts websites make to become more and more advanced, they always somehow mess up and make their layout WORSE than the last one.  The one we had before was good.  The one before that was better.  Same thing for any other site.  Google has had the same layout for who knows how long, I respect them for that.  They made a simple interface, clearly laid out buttons, and they left out all the garbage.  When the stats and related ibles were on the right of the instructable, it centered the instructable currently being viewed on the screen which was good for my eyes.  I don't know why you guys decided to change it, it was fine the way it was before. Just my honest opinion here... Update: Thanks for taking my advice guys!

Posted by DJ Radio 8 years ago


What a good night

Yes the semester is finally over, I got a B in stats and should, possibly get a B in statics. I was actually fairly comfortable with the final, however that doesn't mean much. Right before the test, he states that being multiple choice, if your choices are 2,3,4,5 for example, that doesn't mean the right answer isn't 40, and then you would select 5. AGGHH! But for better or worse, it's over, now I can start refinishing my rifle, started right after I walked in the door and kissed my wife, and to top off the evening, I scored a 70's vintage sewing machine from the neighbors garbage, for parts, I haven't rebuilt the serger I found years ago, too many backed up projects. And the xmas party season starts tomorrow.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 10 years ago


Plasma Arc Waste Disposal

I was watching the local news earlier... and they started talking about a new waste plant being built in Ft. Pierce, Florida.Basically, they vaporize the trash and sewage sludge under a vacuum, and use the by product gases as fuel for the plant and power turbines. Steam is going to power a local juice plant. Solid by product (rocks and such) can be used for construction etc.On top of that, the by product gas - when burned - is cleaner than burning natural gas or garbage. Even if you think climate change is a myth, I think you can appreciate cleaner air to breath :P This plant is going to eat up the local landfills too :)I just thought it was pretty cool. This is the first plant in the United States and the third in the world (other two are in Japan and are much smaller).Comments?

Posted by trebuchet03 11 years ago


Does night vision monocular + camcorder = nightvision camcorder?

Greetings all, Longtime browser, first time poster.  I watched Kipkay's video on using a cellphone with one side of a pair of binocs to create a sort of zoom lens and at that precise moment my dog began barking at some critter outside.  This made me wonder if I could attach a night vision monocular to a camera or camcorder.  I have an assortment of cameras at my disposal, I am a proud garbage picker, after all, and a nice NV monocular somewhere in storage. Kipkay merely positioned the cell phone camera in the right spot on the binoc lens and was able to see a reasonable image.  Has anyone tried anything like this with night vision?  If the idea is sound I'll dig out my gear and made a stand to keep it all together and post it as an instructable.

Posted by TsarNicholas 8 years ago


Power Foil Kite? Please someone make instructable?!

Can someone make an instructables or give me info on making a foil kite from easily obtainable materials? After all Foil kites give greatest lift. I would love to boat or skate with a foil kite to pull me along. I would even try a flying myself (albeit  several feet from the ground so i wont kill myself). Please try. . Thanks Instructable COmmunity It doesn't have to be cloth sewed, it can be durable paper, plastic, foil or basically anything. Mainly i just want the basic layout design of the kite, its cells and some knowhow on why the cells inflate. (the winds inflate it, but why?) P.S i seem to have a surplus of garbage bags if any could one for that it would be appreciated

Posted by alester333 8 years ago


Gasifying truck travels 10,000 miles

From the first time he saw Emmett "Doc" Brown fire up the Mr. Fusion home energy reactor in the "Back to the Future" movies, Dave Nichols has always wanted to make a vehicle run on garbage.Two decades after the trilogy, the 42-year-old home builder and auto shop owner from eastern Connecticut isn't traveling through time in a DeLorean, yet. But he's modified his 1989 Ford F150 pickup truck to run on wood, leaves, cardboard and other "biomass" with a fuel system that he says expels virtually no pollution.The technology is called gasification, and it's been around since the 1800s, when it was used for street lamps and cooking. It even powered some vehicles during World War II, but faded away under oil's dominance.Associated Press ArticleRelevant Instructable

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


microwave "anagram"

I have that maker-ish compulsion to disassemble any and every broken or otherwise defunct appliance, gadget or device. For example, my microwave just "went to sing with the choir invisible", so I have begun turning it into a pile of parts. I got to thinking- as many of you must have doe before- "what can I do with this stuff?". Just like anagramists take words and shuffle their parts (i.e., letters) around to make something(s) new, different and/or clever, I'd like to try to do the same thing with my old appliance. But more generally, I wish there were a database of appliance "anagrams"- a list of clever projects classified according to the appliance from which the parts come. Anyway- if anyone has an idea what could be done with an old microwave (I've got my eye on that big capacitor...), please hold forth!

Posted by Bom6at 9 years ago