Can we Make Grain Moisture Meter - Link Added

Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwtijjmJaJc Attached Video of the Moisture Meter - I need to make this myself. anyone here to help me

Posted by thegreyhatters 1 year ago


Harvest Grain- with a Hedgetrimmer?

Has anyone tried cutting tall grass with a hedgetrimmer? It does resemble a sickle bar mower, at least superficially. I've never quite gotten the hang of the scythe, and although the gas chainsaw does work, it's an awful lot o noise. This year, the slender wheatgrass, which is usually xeriscaping and erosion control will be harvested for chickens ! I'm thinkin of buying a Ryobi cordless trimmer. 

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago


How do you make Sanding Sealer / Grain Filler?

Hello there :) This is my first forum post so please be gentle ;) Okay, here's the skinny. I am doing a zakk wylde paint job on my stagg strat. I've removed all the paint and sanded it down. But I have some scratches on it (from the sanding) and a few places where I went in too deep with the sandpaper and removed some of the old sanding sealer. So, I need some sanding sealer / grain filler in order to make it a nice smooth surface so I can apply primer to it. Here's the problem. I live in a country where there is ABSOLUTELY NO DEMAND for sanding sealer / grain filler. So there is nothing like that in Bulgaria. And I need to know how I can make my own. (all of the carpenters here sand it and put on some lacquer and it's an awful finish but that's how it is here) Sooo, can any1 please help mee.... :) I really need something that is a good substitute of grain filler / sanding sealer.

Posted by tednet 9 years ago


Growing, Harvesting Grain

Http://www.rural-revolution.com/2012/08/harvesting-wheat.html  Slowly learnin this stuff. Havent really mastered the scythe. grow grains as ground cover/erosion control/xeriscape, but plan to harvest it  for chickeN feed. Any of yall have experience to share?

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago


Free Rice

A lot of you probably already know about this, but I thought I would post it anyway.The site FreeRice.com is a fantastic charity site that helps fight world hunger through a game.I had heard of this a long time ago, but I never actually tried it until today. I researched a bit, and was very impressed by it, which is why I'm posting this.How it StartedFreeRice began on October 7, 2007. It was created by John Breen, a computer programmer from Bloomington, Indiana, who also created thehungersite.com, therainforestsite.com and Poverty.com. Breen invented the site, and typed in all 10,000 definitions, after observing his son study for the SAT.How it WorksVisitors to the website are presented with a word and four definitions. If a user selects the correct definition, FreeRice.com donates 20 grains of rice through the United Nations. Another word is then presented. Special graphics symbolizing 100 and 1,000 grains of rice are displayed on a graphical tally if the player's total reaches these numbers. Various landmarks are represented with different messages of encouragement such as: "You have donated 10,000 grains of rice. Wow! Now THAT is impressive!" after the 10,000th grain is donated, and after 20,000 grains, "You have donated 20,000 grains of rice. Wow! We're speechless!" After every ten thousand grains thereafter, the message "Wow! We're STILL speechless!" will appear. The last message of encouragement appears when you reach 100,000: "You have donated 100,000 grains of rice. May you have a lifetime of happiness..." and then the donation comes back at 0 grains.The difficulty of each displayed word is measured from 1 (easy) to 60 (very hard). The game begins with four introductory definitions to set an initial vocabulary level. From the fifth question onward, three consecutive correct responses raise the difficulty level by one. Every incorrect answer lowers the level by one. Users can play for as long as they wish. The game determines difficulty level dynamically by analyzing the results from all users' game play.A speaker icon has been added to each definition to provide an audio pronunciation of the word.How its possiblen exchange for advertisements on the website, various sponsors donate the money necessary to pay for the rice and other costs to run FreeRice. The donations are distributed by the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP), starting with Bangladesh in early 2008. By this time, the site's creator had given over $213,000 to the WFP which encourages people to visit FreeRice.com.For example, On 20 November the WFP launched a campaign to 'feed a child for Thanksgiving'.Has it Worked?One month after the inception of the viral marketing program, users had earned enough points for one billion grains of rice. The United Nation's World Food Programme stated that this amount could feed 50,000 people for one day. Thus, approximately 20,000 grains of rice provide enough caloric intake to sustain an adult for one day. Using this calculation, enough rice is donated to feed about 7,000 people daily. In its first six months of operation, FreeRice donated over 25 billion grains of rice.I think its a great cause, and truly a noble deed. So, when you're bored, instead of playing solitaire because you need something to do, why not help feed those who truly need something?By helping this cause, you are also helping yourself. Since the game consists of word definitions, you might be suprised

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago


Coffee substitutes

I wonder if anyone, with experience, can make Instructables explaining how to make coffee substitutes. I understand that coffee substitutes have been made from different sources: chicory, dandelion roots, coffeeweeds, garbanzo beans and, grains. Cassia occidentalis is known as Coffeeweed in some parts of the United States and as Hedionda in Puerto Rico. The Cassia occidentalis and Senna occidentalis produce a very aromatic brew. It was used once during a coffee shortage. 

Posted by blkhawk 6 years ago


Is There Something Wrong With My Tree?

I just checked the water level of my tree. When I pulled my hand out, it was covered in tiny white and black squirming bugs (about the size of a grain of sand). Is that, well, natural for a Turkish Fir tree.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago


Percent grass in the diet of cows producing grass-fed butter available around the San Francisco Bay Area

I eat a lot of butter. It is my primary cooking fat, I'll often drink butter tea for breakfast (~4 TBSP of butter with herbal or green tea, riffing off of Tibetan tea), and sometimes I'll just eat a few pats or feed a few pats to my kids when they're starving and dinner isn't quite ready. I believe butter can be a very high quality food, and I feel great eating lots of it.  I want to eat butter that is exclusively, or at least primarily, made from cows eating grass; not grain. I asked the producers of several types of butter available in my local market what percentage of their cows' diet was grass. Here are their responses: Berkeley Farms Cows are grass-fed on pasture whenever possible, but feed can vary given conditions.  They are also fed alfalfa and grain. Kerrygold From website: "The vast majority of an Irish cow’s diet is from rich, natural grass which grows abundantly in Ireland. Irish dairy cows graze outdoors on grass all day long for up to 312 days a year ... During the winter, when grasses stop growing, Irish cows are fed dried grass (known as silage) ... After calving, cows are provided with supplementary feed to help restore protein and nurture them through this period ... The majority of our cows’ supplementary feed is locally grown crops such as wheat and barley." Organic Valley Cows are primarily grass-fed on pasture, but they do receive supplemental feedings of grain. Sierra Nevada Cheese Company Cows are not exclusively grass-fed; they are also fed grain. Straus Family Creamery Our cows are pasture-fed and are certified organic. Whenever the weather permits, they spend their time out on pasture, grazing on the rich, sweet grasses that are typical for Marin and Sonoma Counties in Northern California. Their diet consists of about 75-80% forages, which include fresh grasses, silage and hay. The other 20-25% consists of a variety of certified organic grains.

Posted by ewilhelm 4 years ago


Cooking Contest Results!!!!!!

Well...I've finally finished judging! The top 5 instructables, and the winners of instructablea stickers and a patch are (in no particular order): Killer DnD Bean Dip by AtomicBeaker Sticky Rice with Mango Sushi; cheater's version by westfw Seven Layer Seven Grain Bread by technoplastique Roasted Hot Pepper Sauce (original recipe) by lemonie Apple, Cheddar & Bacon Sourdough Sandwich by kitchenwench With the winner being... *drum roll* Seven Layer Seven Grain Bread by technoplastiquetechnoplastique will get to choose between a laser engraved cutting board, wooden spoons, or spatula set. All of the winners will be sent PMs by Canida on claiming your prizes. Congratulations to everyone who won, and everyone who entered the contest. You all had some really great cooking instructables!

Posted by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago


Measurement Equivalents

Check out this awesome measuring cup!It's carefully marked to provide all sorts of useful measurements and volumetric equivalents, such as "enough red wine to take you over the driving limit" and "as many grains of flour as people on the planet" and "tyrannosaurus rex brain". So cool.(via boingboing)

Posted by canida 10 years ago


dog food recipies

Does anyone have a good, homemade dog food recipe? my dog has food allergies. She does a lot better when she doesn't have any sugars or grains. I still haven't figured out what she is allergic to, for sure. I am willing to try anything!

Posted by jimmi 10 years ago


Lost Foam?

Hi guys, I've been messing about with lost foam aluminium casting here in the UK. I've tried packing expanded polystyrene, and Jablite but they seem really difficult to get a good finish on the foam patterns. I want to be able to machine them, or use them in a basic foam lathe. I know that in the States they have a denser finer grained insulation material (blue and pink in colour). These both seem to be better for obtaining surface finish. I've tried to Google the stuff over here but it seems to be silly prices. Does anyone have any links to UK sites that sell a similar product? I was wondering if the harder stuff that you saw up and stick between the rafters for loft conversions would work as this seems a much denser fine grain foam to me. Any ideas or advice would be appreciated.

Posted by marshon 8 years ago


So what do I do with Sweet Rice ?

I accidentally bought 5lb of "Sweet Rice" (meant to buy short-grain sushi rice.) How is this prepared and used?  The only recipes I find in my cookbooks are for a very few rather complex deserts (and those are for glutinous sweet rice, which I'm not sure is the same thing...)

Posted by westfw 8 years ago


Space Beer... From Outer Space

Japanese brewer Sapporo is planning on making some "space beer" from a third generation of barley grains that spent five months on the International Space Station in 2006. Only 100 bottles will be made from this crop, though, and won't be commercially available. Which is fine because it won't taste any different and would be freakishly expensive. Space Beer

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Can Hardwood Shred ABS?

I am thinking of making a prototype plastic crusher/shredder out of a hardwood instead of steel. Do you think that a hardwood would be able to grind a plastic such as abs into small pellets? If so what kind of wood would be best? What if I made a plywood out of hardwood to strengthen the grain? What if I just use nice plywood?

Posted by rednax718 2 years ago


Die Grinder, Pneumatic... Are all underpowered?

So, it's compact.  Nice.  But it is so easy to stall it out. It cuts sooooo slow. I'm using it today because I dont wanna use the electric die grinder in the rain. It is from harbor freight, so I'm gonna take my initial aversion to the tool with a grain of salt. Perhaps a more expensive one would have more power?  Or is there a way to soup it up a bit?

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago


Green Ichthys Goldfish!

So, I found this half-green gold fish in my box of whole-grain goldfish today. Looks to me like something I could sell on ebay as a religious symbol. I'm thinking of it as an ichthys (The fish that say Jesus inside them). What should I call it?What kind of story should I write about it? (What can I claim it is?)Which category on ebay should I put it in?Thanks!

Posted by Weissensteinburg 10 years ago


Healthy Meals and Recipes !

Learn how to cook the perfect steak, make your own chicken broth & prepare the most delicious vinaigrettes. No grains, No dairy, No legumes, No sugar, No vegetable oils and No preservatives. I recently bought The (Paleo Recipe Book) and thought I would actually share with you a bit more about it... "Paleo Recipe Book" is a comprehensive collection of recipes from across the globe. Whether you're looking for Paleo-friendly breakfasts, dinners, desserts, or international favorites, you'll find dishes for every taste!  

Posted by PIMV 4 years ago


Help! I know that someone knows how to do this!!

Hi all,  I am a home brewer and I have attempted several times, time with no success, to do what I'm trying to do. I have a turkey fryer(A.) that I boil my brew in. In the large stock pot I have a perforated basket(B.) that fits inside and essentially I am trying to create a rigid wire mesh screen(C.) the same size as the basket. Kida like this(D.) so that after I boil my wort, I can pull out the basket and let the grains drain and avoid all of the grain in  the finish product. Does that make sense? The problem is forming the screen and stitching it together.I know that there is a specific way to form and fold the wire mesh and stitch it together so that there will be no gaps and have a strong bond but I haven't figured it out. This isn't brain surgery but I'm not doing something right. Any help would be greatly appreciated. A.  http://www.steaktenderizer.com/images/turkey_fryer_big_tom.jpg B.  https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRdbSoaqGr1j0sBmk9KzT3s-h8ATVsxS2vHw1HlJEt1A7h-yXJ4 C.  https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRa1Aokb-kz-jk3g-Hyligq9Npv9it4Nf66FdpCCoW7AAiO6dyg D.  http://xtradedirect.com/bilde_resize.php?multiimages=3∶=144&produkt;_id=249477

Posted by SAWWAS72 6 years ago


Recommended instructables/guides for taking better photos?

Howdy, folks! I'm new to the community and I'm working on my first Instructable. Anyone have any recommended Instructables or guides for someone who is a photography newb and wants better looking pictures to post? (I know the macro button, and how to take longer exposures, but am terrible on setting up lighting). Some of you folks take AMAZING pictures for your instructables (looking at you, Canida) and would love any guidance you can bestow upon me!

Posted by a grain of alt. 10 years ago


Free Rice Help End World Hunger

I found this website FreeRice.com that says "For each word you get right, we will donate 10 grains of rice through United Nations to help end world hunger"I thought this was pretty cool, all I did was use Dictionary.com to figure out the words.Any way to possibly "hack" this? To auto answer or something then leave it running ;-) (It would be for the good of the world, like a modern day Robin Hood or something?)

Posted by TheCheese9921 10 years ago


Wind turbine placement?

I live in a rural area and we have two blue Harvestor grain silos. One has a 25 foot diameter and is 90 feet tall and the other is 4 feet from it with a 20 foot diameter and is 70 feet tall. I was wondering if it would be possible to mount a wind turbine on top of the taller one. I don't know much about turbulence though, if there would be too much? Or how high it would have to be off to clear the turbulence? This is my first try at it, I was going to try a treadmill motor, something small

Posted by technic6490 6 years ago


Wireless Button Pusher

Hello all, I am trying to add/build a wireless button pusher to a grain management device on my farm. The device cannot be hacked into or tampered with, however, the button I am trying to push requires little force and does not need to be sustained. It only needs to hit the button when I hit a remote. Additionally, I cannot use a phone for this (my grandfather needs to be able to operate it as well and could not use a phone) So I would need to be able to connect two simple remotes.  Any and all suggestions welcome. 

Posted by larx 10 months ago


Question : Can you build a cheap Moisture meter for grain

Hello I'm a Peace Corps volunteer working with coffee. I'm helping farmers improve the quality of their coffee. To do this they need to dry their coffee very well. It is hard to tell if the coffee is dried enough without a moisture meter, and a moisture is very expensive. Does anyone know of how to build a moisture meter? this tells what percentage of the weight of the coffee bean is water, I believe. Or if anyone knows where to get one inexpensively, that would also help. Many thanks

Posted by eddieobrien 10 years ago


Favorite Low Carb Recipes?

My other half and I have recently come to the conclusion: you can only eat so much talapia. We need help. He's a type one diabetic (the kind you get when you're a kid and some nasty virus destroys your poor pancreas) so that means limited carbs, and preferably the good kind of carbs (fruits, whole grains, etc). I've tried looking up recipes online only to find several very fancy, very expensive low carb dishes. Please help. We are college students who cannot turn to Ramen for this solution! Cheers and many thanks to you, Heather

Posted by mooseinakilt 7 years ago


Who else here is enjoying last week's official Gutsy Gibbon release?

I know that I'm not the only one in the community of nerds here that is loving Ubuntu's newest release! Now that I finally have compiz fusion running smoothly on my 64 bit system, I think that it blows the legs off of an already feeble Windows Vista. Even some of my less computer-literate friends, after seeing my system, are trying live cd's and considering dual-boots! I think it's pretty exciting seeing a more user-friendly Linux with standard eye-candy to lure even more away from the Microsoft OS monopoly. Still a ways to go though...

Posted by a grain of alt. 10 years ago


Periodic table of condiments

Nope, that isn't a typo. You've heard of the periodic table of elements? Well, check out this hilarious table of condiments that periodically go bad. From Condiment No. 1 (Mayonnaise, which the table says goes bad in 3 months) to Condiment No. 75 (Maraschino, which apparently never goes bad), you can look up just about any condiment you can name to see when you need to toss it out. Or at least when these people think it goes bad.Take it with a grain of salt (Condiment No. 2, it never goes bad!) though-it claims Lemon goes bad in 2 months. Stuff and nonsense. I've eaten 3 month old lemons that were perfectly good.Mendeleev would be so proud...

Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago


Dried bean experiment need help or ideas

Greetings,  My experiment, I heard that taco bell makes their re-fried beans out of a bag of dry mix. Im am not sure how true this is but wanted to see if I can make my own mix. My first experiment is to see what happens if one grinds up dried beans and try to cook them. The problem is I don't know of anything that can grind up a dried bean. I did find some grain grinders but I don't know if they are up for the task and the cheaper ones seem to break easily based on the reviews.   I suppose I could bash them between a couple of rocks, but experience has taught me that the part I want to keep will most likely go flying.  Any ideas will be appreciated 

Posted by Bard 4 years ago


Thoughts on painting a toilet seat?

Hey folks! I wanted to tap the collective mind of the Instructables community on this one: We recently did a radical redecoration of our bathroom. One of the only things that wasn't touched so far was the toilet. Rather than getting a new (probably boring) toilet seat- I'd like to try painting the old one (I'm talking about the SEAT here, not the cover). Is it feasible for a long-term part of the bathroom, do you think? I've never really painted anything like this before- what paints / techniques would folks recommend? I was thinking of sanding down the surface, applying a rust-colored enamel (with some black patterns), and then a goodly amount of clear coating. Appreciate any thoughts (even if they are "Hey, that won't work- suck it up and sit on a boring seat like the rest of us"). Obviously any work will be documented and submitted to the site : ).

Posted by a grain of alt. 10 years ago


My favorites from the week of 2006-12-18 and 2006-12-25

Fire Lamp!This project makes me feel shameful about my made-in-China, bought-at-a-big-box-store lamps and inspires me to make a few of my own.Magnetic Rubik's Dice CubeI really hope we see more variations on this theme. Great project!Kite Powered Land ProaI've always wanted to make a land conversion for my ice proa. Custom MirrorI always find it amazing how reflected light from fluorescent tubes looks so much better when reflected. This reminds me that I want to install lights under the cabinets in the kitchen.Wooden Candle HolderGreat use of found materials. The grain of the wood is gorgeous.Paint your Laptop - Project: Big RedNice! A much better job then I did on mine.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Guys and gals, please bear with me.....

Those of you who know me well know I have been having a difficult time of late with things "locally", and recently things have come to a bit of a head.  So, as I appear and disappear, from time to time, I ask your forbearance in taking some of my comments with a grain of salt as I work things out in "my little world".    I AM working on a project, which I hope I can finish and finish researching how to USE it properly, within a week or two.   Hopefully this will help me out of the slump like hole I have fallen into. Sana medicus audire me ¡ UPDATE !   Slowly I turn.....Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation. - Alan Cohen

Posted by Goodhart 6 years ago


Kiteman visits Torchwood...

We just got back from a trip to South Wales - lovely weather, and we managed to visit a couple of iconic locations; The stealth entrance to Torchwood. It's just a real shame that the base got destroyed last year, so the kerbstone wasn't working... Pendine Sands. Unfortunately, the Sands but up against an active MoD firing range, so most of it was shut (we could hear explosions and something that sounded like the mother of all machine guns). We did get to play on the sand, though - it is astonishingly flat, and very firm.  Apparently that's all down to the precise shape and size of the grains. I also found a new favourite castle (Kidwelly), and Conker-X found a new favourite duck (White Headed), and Roger-X was savaged by yet another species (Coscoroba Swan). If anybody is planning a holiday, we can all heartily recommend a stay in South Wales.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


I need new shoes!

I've been wearing the same pair of shoes every day since early July 2008, and after gluing the soles back on twice, they're finally starting to wear out. I want another pair just like them, but they went out of production a couple weeks before I got them on clearance. They're Skechers 60562 Ridge Meridians, pictured below. I'm having a devil of a time finding replacements. I want a natural rubber sole that isn't a mud collector, full-grain leather uppers (in as few pieces as possible), preferably low tops (I like ankle movement), fairly wide for my clown feet, and very flexible. Basically this creates a shoe that is comfortable and workable to walk in (I walk a lot) but still tough enough to hold up to sharp and/or flaming things being dropped on them in the shop or in the field. Suggestions for durable replacements? Perhaps Red Wings or Wolverines? How durable are Hush Puppies?

Posted by CameronSS 7 years ago


Golf ball launcher/ spud rifle long range

A golf ball will traver about 3X farther than a smoth round object .  This brings a spud/rifle to a whole new level.. Golf balls now come with 350 to 450 dimples to disrupt the lamar flow and decrease drag.  The ?? test guys did this to a car and got 10% better gas-milage on their first try.  I've thought about this for a longtime now .., I need some help tho,.or I wont ever get to It.  There is a recient article here on a hi power or long range spud rifle that looked good for a launcher, but it mite now be strong enuf for a 45 grain ball? Some ball did come with just a band of dimples so the ball would stabllise in flight and not climb or divert from the spin all golf clubs have built into their faces 7degrees?  I believe they were outlawed since they would be more accurate on drives.  It mite be good for this launcher tho?   Thanx 

Posted by jonpersonals 8 years ago


Universal motor projects

Hello, everybody. I took apart a universal motor recently. The motor itself is broken and does not work. However, I would like to know whether I could rewind the copper coils around the silicon steel motor core in order to make a toroidal transformer.  I have heard that motor cores are sometimes grain oriented, which would significantly reduce my transformer performance. This motor is, however, about a decade old. I want to use the existing motor coil as a primary, and then wind thick power transmission line wire as a secondary in order to get a high amperage output. Is this possible? I would also like to know whether there are more interesting projects out there which I could attempt. I have heard of people making generators from motors, for example. However, winding a transformer is my primary goal. I have attached pictures of the motor. Please tell me whether the above mentioned transformer is feasible. Sorry for the picture quality. Thanks in advance.

Posted by TheLightningConductor 1 year ago


Picture Quiz 2!

I PMd Lemonie a load of ideas for his next picture quiz, to follow on from the last one. It appears that it has fallen to me to make this one, with patches as prizes to be awarded by me, or by Lemonie if I run out. So.... Here are the pictures, they spell out the names of active instructablers. Post below if you think you've worked one or more out, see the previous thread if you're unsure how this works! 1)Dinner Jacket + Radioactive + Ronnie James Dio m/ - (congrats NachoMahma) 2)Fungus under a microscope + (a) + Mung Beans + Universal Studios - (congrats Hiyadudez) 3)Lithiography + Podium + Grain = Lithium Rain 4) Jeff Hardy + Cherios - (congrats Lemonie) 5) Nacho + Mother Teresa (Mahma) - (congrats Thermoelectric) 6) G-Wizz + Michael Jackson + Lord Howe Islan - (congrats gmjhowe) 7) Sun in a Jar + Snowbanks - (congrats Nachomahma) 8) Fake Troll = Froll + Yard Sale - (congrats gmjhowe) 9) Nine Inch Nails (NIN) + Zirconia + Mr Bean - (congrats NachoMahma) 10)

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago


UPDATED What Airguns Do You Own/Recommend?

I ended up getting a Crosman Vantage. It was on sale for $70. I think the MSRP is $145. Yeah, I know, it's just a budget springer. But that was what I was looking for. Not something to last me the rest of my life. It has a good reputation for decent accuracy if you use the artillery hold. With 7.9 grain pellets it should be getting about 900 +/- FPS. It came in the mail the other day. Pyramid air has fast shipping. The wood is acceptable, and the barrel lock up is very solid and their is practically no barrel droop. I haven't shot it yet, but the barrel is very easy to cock for a sub magnum springer. Of course I only cocked it 80% of the way and I don't want to dry fire it. I have some Crosman Premier Hollow Points to try in it, as well as some cheap pointed pellets and destroyers I'll use to break it in. I think it will be fine for tin can killing. Not sure it's the best hunting implement, since the included scope is meh.

Posted by CorgiCritter 3 years ago


bearded dragon won't eat

I just got a bearded dragon and i had him in a 10 gallon tank. i realized it would be much too small for him eventually so i moved him into a 60 gallon tank. its about a constant 85-90 degrees and his basking area is about 100. humidity is at about 40%. i am aware all of the controversey of using crushed walnut, but its a pretty fine grain and not sharp at all, i will replace this if i must. my dragon today isn't eating very well, he is healthy and moving around alot but he won't eat like he used to. just curious if any one has suggestions. i know about the problems with crushed walnut but i dont think that would have much to do with his appetite and i also cant seem to get him to eat any thing but crickets, i have tried alot of different veggies and what not but its all he will touch.... any help would be much appreciated thanks

Posted by dozerbear 7 years ago


Help! Alarm Clock Renovation

Alright, this is a crazy class project I've taken on, so bear with me. What I want Alarm clock display that can be custom programmed to a non-time sequence.  (IE: 666, 777, 888, etc.) Programming above sequence to blink repeatedly. Converting alarm clock from power cord to battery. (Not necessary, but one of the models has an old AM/FM radio display. Making this display move "randomly" would be amazing.) What I have Alarm clock #1:  Model No: KMC 500; "Electronic LED Alarm Clock"; Power supply AC 120V 60HZ 5W Alarm clock #2: Trade Name "Realistic"; Chronomatic-233; Model No: 12-1540; Frequency Range: AM 520-1620KHz  FM 88-108MHz; Power Supply AC 120V 60Hz 10W Cold soldering kit Limited budget If it would help, I could take pictures of the clocks mentioned above. They're from the 70's, with the "simulated walnut grain finish" and red display screens.

Posted by Kizoku 7 years ago


Champagne Pomegranate Sea Salt & Goat Milk Bath: Recipe

Champagne Pomegranate Sea Salt & Goat Milk BathYum. This recipe is perfect for those of you who enjoy a long soak in the tub!Ingredients:1/2 Cup colloidal oatmeal1/2 Cup powdered goat milk1 Cup baking soda1 Cup Natrasorb Bath (starch)1 Cup coarse grain sea salts1/2 Cup epsom salts2 rounded Tablespoons shea butter3 Tablespoons Champagne Pomegranate fragrance oilInstructions:Melt shea butter in the microwave. Add melted shea butter and fragrance oil to a mixing bowl. Stir in Natrasorb Bath until all the oil is absorbed. Stir in baking soda, goat milk powder, and colloidal oatmeal. Mix well. Stir in epsom and sea salts and mix well. Scoop milk bath into 8oz. containers. Makes approximately four 8oz. containers with each holding about 7oz by weight. Pomegranate Champagne Fragrance Oil is available from Tennessee Candle Supplies. http://www.tncandlesupplies.com/Recipe is © 2008 Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen.

Posted by soapdeli 9 years ago


Fun uses for Reed Switches?

Reed switches are electro-mechanical devices that opens or closes a circuit when a megnetic field is present. They come in normally open and normally closed designs and range from the size of a grain of rice all the way up to several inches long. A relay, another electro-mechanical device, is comprised of a reed switch and an electromagnet trigger built into one housing. Common uses for reed switches (not counting relays which are used in virtually all electronic devices) include the 'pick ups' on bicycle computers and the sensors on window and door alarms. I just ordered a bunch of reed switches and I need your help in coming up with ideas for what to do with them. Post up your ideas for some things that could be made or modified to be triggered by a magnet coming in close proximity to a reed switch. Remember- the magnet does not have to touch the switch, just get close enough that the magnetic force trips the switch. The stranger and sillier your ideas are the better. Note: this is not a contest and there are no prizes. by posting an idea you are giving your consent for anyone who reads it to use your idea. Posts about integrating reed switches into knex firearms will be ignored (no offence, it's just not my cup of tea).

Posted by Handsome-Ryan 10 years ago


New Voting Rules

First off, I just want to say that i love the site! I've been poking around fro quite some time now, and I've finally started working on posting my first Instructable. (I know this tags me as a noob; you can take this post with a grain off salt). However, I wanted to see how other people felt about the new voting rules, i.e. the fact that voting is open as soon as the contest is open. Personally, I don't like this. The blog post about it brings up three issues: "Readers don’t go back to vote - Readers are most likely to vote when they first see an entry and want to give it a boost. With the old voting scheme, this favored those who entered on the last weekend and were featured." Don't we want readers to go back and vote? In an ideal situation, I feel like you would want each reader to evaluate each Instructable. If a reader votes early in the contest, and doesn't come back to vote, votes will be favored towards the people who submit first. While I understand that maybe this was part of the intention, it still doesn't seem very fair to me. "Authors enter late - Some authors took advantage of this and would hold off their entry until the last minute. This would lead to a cluster of last-minute entries. Part of this is regular procrastination, sure, but some was also intentional." I'm not quite sure what the harm was with entering an Instructable late in the submission period was. There's a submission deadline, people must submit by that deadline. Did that affect how people voted? I would think not. And while I understand that people procrastinate, what about the people that are just really, really busy with other things in their life? Personally, I was going to enter an Instructable into the Krylon contest, but now that voting is already open, I'm going to save it for another contest. It seems to me that the new rule is punishing procrastinators/busy people based on the actions of a part of the submitting population. "Lots of late entries hurt the contest - With an incentive for authors to keep their hand hidden there’s less of an indication just what people are putting together for a contest. Also,the more high-quality entries that come in on the last weekend, the more likely they are to be lost among the masses. With the new voting, authors would have more reason to step up their game and do a better job if they saw some cooler entries coming in earlier." Again, I'm not sure I see the reasoning behind this. In fact, high-quality entries that come in on the last weekend are even more likely to be lost among the masses now, as people who vote early will never see them. And with the new voting, won't authors be discouraged by seeing the cooler entries with a ton of votes already? Anyways, I was wondering what other people thought. As I said, I'm a bit of a noob here, so you can take this post with a grain of salt. I just wanted to voice my opinion.

Posted by drknotter 7 years ago


Effects on metal

So I really like this clock.  I think I'll buy it soon. But as a beginner's art project, I'm trying to replicate some of the metal effects here.  I'm curious for techniques on how to accomplish some things, like: The back plate is copper, which the artist says is "oxidized".  I expect oxidation to turn copper green, blue, or black, not this silver/grey color.  Any ideas how this was done?  Is it just that it's a light oxidation? I really like the metal texturing here.  I've been able to replicate something similar on copper plate by hand-sanding in one direction with a fine-grained sandpaper.  But notice the vertical texturing on the backplate - how would that have been done?? I like the polished metal look of the minute hand contrasting with the reflective look of the hour hand.  How would you do that - similar way as the backplate?  Same with the gear? I've actually made what I think are much prettier nails by taking old (originally quite rusted) square iron nails, removing the rust and grinding the crap out of them with a bench grinder until I get a cool reflective finish.  Doing the grinding in patches gives it almost a hammered metal look while keeping the reflectiveness.  I think the effect is cool and really works with the "old-but-new" look of the square nails.  I'll post before+after pictures if anyone's interested.

Posted by ischorr 7 years ago


what do you think

Every one is going "green" these days and I myself am planning on going head on the opposite direction this is what I have, let me know what you think. I am building a GMC 3/4 ton 4wd. my first priority was what motor to use. so I asked around and a family friend said he had a 2 ton grain truck that has been sitting for years and was looking to get rid of it, he said it had a big block in it. so I took it because it was a big block. it is a 366 cubic inch big block tall deck (NOT A BORED OUT 350) I figured if its good enough for a two ton truck its good enough for my 3/4 ton. I also pulled out the transmission and it is the sm 465great transmission, and my dad gave me the transfer case its the np 205 the king of transfer cases. now I need better axels all i have are the factory 12 and 14 bolt. I am sure they will do but I am looking at getting the Rockwell 2 and 1/2 ton planetary gear set. you know the axels in the duce and a halves .I have a predicted fuel mileage of three to five miles to the gallon. but I could challenge anyone to try to out pull me because I have the gearing and the power

Posted by vince 09 9 years ago


USB Telescope, Chocolate Strawberries, Custom Snowboard,...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Feb. 21, 2008 Welcome back! The Share the Love: Valentine's Day Speed Contest ends this Sunday, so get your romantic Instructables up this weekend! The winners of the Get the LED Out! Speed Contest have been announced. See who won here! Check out these cool instructables! Conductive Fabric: Make Flexible Circuits Using An Inkjet Printer Easily turn out flexible circuits to create some funky projects. posted by mikey77 on Feb 14, 2008 Remote shutter trigger for digital cameras Make a remote shutter release for your Canon digital camera (and some other brands) for about three bucks in under five minutes. posted by deth2all on Feb 20, 2007 How To Shave Without Getting Razor Bumps Here's how to avoid those little ingrown hairs known as razor bumps. posted by SteamKit on Feb 18, 2008 A better laptop stand for bed Make a simple but incredibly useful Laptop Stand for around $15 and 30-60 minutes! Great for use in bed while typing, browsing, and watching movies. posted by jumpfroggy on Feb 13, 2008 Simulated wood grain for metal boxes Prepare a metal box using a buffing technique that can simulate wood grain, birdseye or other finishes for a sleek look. posted by amz-fx on Feb 15, 2008 Spread the knowledge! Contest closes this weekend! Win a $350 Yoyo! A Dozen Red Origami Roses A unique twist to the traditional giving of roses to a loved one. Handmade origami roses are everlasting and inexpensive to& make. posted by thydzik on Feb 15, 2007 Cardboard Savonius Wind Turbine Build a Savonius wind turbine made out of cardboard to see what works. Low-tech rapid prototyping at its best. posted by rhackenb on Feb 16, 2008 How to Eat a Banana Like a Monkey OK, the actual eating isn't too different from humans. The real magic is in how monkeys peel their banana to get at the goodness inside. posted by fungus amungus on Feb 20, 2008 Build a real bell-striking clock for your PC Sound effects on a computer can't match the nice tones you can get from a real bell. Here's how to put the two together. posted by 5Volt on Feb 18, 2008 Make a Bloody Valentine's Heart Present your loved one with this anatomically-correct heart, a card ("You have my heart!"), and a ring hidden in the heart for a day to remember forever. posted by theprojectmaker on Feb 16, 2008 Show us your yarn! The Lion Brand Yarn Challenge has closed for entries, so it's time to vote for your favorites. Here are some more of the over 450 projects entered - rate your favorites, talk to the crafters, and get inspired. The Lion Brand group lives on, so keep posting your yarn creations! Bike Kippah Skirt Afghan Bootcovers   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Conductive Fabric, Bloody Heart, Origami Roses...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Feb. 21, 2008 Welcome back! The Share the Love: Valentine's Day Speed Contest ends this Sunday, so get your romantic Instructables up this weekend! The winners of the Get the LED Out! Speed Contest have been announced. See who won here! Check out these cool instructables! Conductive Fabric: Make Flexible Circuits Using An Inkjet Printer Easily turn out flexible circuits to create some funky projects. posted by mikey77 on Feb 14, 2008 Remote shutter trigger for digital cameras Make a remote shutter release for your Canon digital camera (and some other brands) for about three bucks in under five minutes. posted by deth2all on Feb 20, 2007 How To Shave Without Getting Razor Bumps Here's how to avoid those little ingrown hairs known as razor bumps. posted by SteamKit on Feb 18, 2008 A better laptop stand for bed Make a simple but incredibly useful Laptop Stand for around $15 and 30-60 minutes! Great for use in bed while typing, browsing, and watching movies. posted by jumpfroggy on Feb 13, 2008 Simulated wood grain for metal boxes Prepare a metal box using a buffing technique that can simulate wood grain, birdseye or other finishes for a sleek look. posted by amz-fx on Feb 15, 2008 Spread the knowledge! Contest closes this weekend! Win a $350 Yoyo! A Dozen Red Origami Roses A unique twist to the traditional giving of roses to a loved one. Handmade origami roses are everlasting and inexpensive to& make. posted by thydzik on Feb 15, 2007 Cardboard Savonius Wind Turbine Build a Savonius wind turbine made out of cardboard to see what works. Low-tech rapid prototyping at its best. posted by rhackenb on Feb 16, 2008 How to Eat a Banana Like a Monkey OK, the actual eating isn't too different from humans. The real magic is in how monkeys peel their banana to get at the goodness inside. posted by fungus amungus on Feb 20, 2008 Build a real bell-striking clock for your PC Sound effects on a computer can't match the nice tones you can get from a real bell. Here's how to put the two together. posted by 5Volt on Feb 18, 2008 Make a Bloody Valentine's Heart Present your loved one with this anatomically-correct heart, a card ("You have my heart!"), and a ring hidden in the heart for a day to remember forever. posted by theprojectmaker on Feb 16, 2008 Show us your yarn! The Lion Brand Yarn Challenge has closed for entries, so it's time to vote for your favorites. Here are some more of the over 450 projects entered - rate your favorites, talk to the crafters, and get inspired. The Lion Brand group lives on, so keep posting your yarn creations! Bike Kippah Skirt Afghan Bootcovers   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


8/10/25mm Construction Kit

I would like to propose a standard for the design of an "Erector Set" type construction kit based on a standard 10mm thick by 25mm wide rail with 8mm holes spaced 25mm apart.  The metric sizing would insure a global participation in the design process.  The main construction rails could be built from any smooth grained hardwood such as hard maple in North America or several other species I have seen used in Europe or ABS plastic, Aluminum, etc. Alternatively, a 5/15 - 3/8 - 1 inch format might find greater acceptance in the US which would allow for use of many standard components such as skate board wheels which use a 5/16 shaft for bearings, etc. Given a standard hole size, thickness, and spacing, a variety of 3D printed components could be designed by the community as add-ons to the basic kit.  Ideally such designs would be done in Autodesk Inventor based on PARAMETRIC MODELS that could be adjusted for say both a mm and inch standard. Laser cutting at TechShops, 3D printing, and other simple home shop built components for connectors, etc., as well as suggestions for utilizing other standard building components such as say plastic tubing for spacers, and other standard hardware components, would greatly expand the features of the construction kit. Ideally Makers, TechShop members, home woodworkers, etc. would produce kits and make them available to "young inventors and engineers" in our school systems as a community project. While I have suggested the above mentioned dimensions, these and other basic considerations should be vetted in a crowd sourced forum before any standards are set.

Posted by astroyny 4 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


Two "hot topics" from particle physics -- read the actual papers!

I've noticed that two recent particle physics "discoveries" (what I'd call analysis results) are beginning to get some media coverage, at least in the science press. Below, I provide links to the actual papers (the preprints in arXiv), and a bit of my own opinion. I encourage the curious to read, or at least skim, the papers --- there will probably be a lot you don't understand (these are technical research papers, after all!), so don't hesitate to ask questions.Dark matter "observation" by PAMELA satellite -- excess of high energy positrons in cosmic rayshttp://arxiv.org/abs/0810.4995The PAMELA data are high-statistics, and they've done an excellent job with their systematics anddetector calibration. Their low energy data are entirely consistent with previous results, which makes the excess and plateau seen above 10 GeV rather compelling. I don't think we know enough about conventional astrophysical sources of positrons to have any confidence ascribing this result to "new physics.""Ghost particles" in Fermilab p-antip collisions -- excess of high impact parameters muonshttp://arxiv.org/abs/0810.5357Charged particles (like muons) are identified in big detectors such as CDF (and BaBar) by picking up signals from their occasional interactions with low density material, and fitting a trajectory in space to those "hits." You can't put active detector material all the way down to where the beams collide, so an extrapolation from the detector region to the "interaction point" is required. There can be many complicated and non-obvious systematic uncertainties affecting those fits. The fact that only about 1/3 of CDF was willing to sign this paper suggests to me that the systematics in this analysis are not really under control yet, and any interpretation of the result should be taken with a grain of salt.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


Monitor powered by ATX

I searched for hours with varying keywords and can't find too much information...  12v to pin 1 and GND to pin 2 but what do I do about the neutral? I read a xbox 360 laptop mod but it involves the 5v too, and connects it to the power brick. I'm trying to do something different. Trying to make a lunchbox out of a macpro 1.1 case. 1 wire to plug into an outlet is better than needing two. Before I get into this project im trying to understand what I need to buy and feel kinda silly asking such a question which should be extremely simple but I want to be safe and dont want to fry anything. For those that are actually interested in what I'm doing, I kept staring at the case thinking "what can I make with this, and the items I have laying around?" I thought I'd 1-up the basic hackintosh build and go against the grain of using the case how it's intended. I flipped it so the side with the I/O ports were sitting flat, measured the inside which gave me 7" of workable space with 0.4" wiggle room which made perfect for an mini ITX to be laying flat down instead of against the wall. I thought I could take my dremel and cut out an area for a LCD monitor. I have enough DVD drives laying around as well that I could make a "push tray to eject keyboard" sort of slide out keyboard upgrading the rails, using an ultra thin keyboard with a track pad and top it off with sound activated lights and my 1.5 TB HD that's almost full of music. I realize I can do this with a laptop and pocket usb speaker/light effects, but it wouldn't be as cool and I wouldn't get to reuse these items I have sitting around.

Posted by bvarious 3 years ago