Free hot tub in Eastern Massachusetts

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

Posted by user866753 3 years ago

Small VERY Hot Plate

I am looking for someone who can design for me to make or make for me a specialized hot plate. I need it to be small like 3" by 2" and to get very hot as much as 700 degrees is desired. I want the power source to be 400watts. I know this seems hard but my reasoning is that the smaller size means higher temps with less wattage. I would use this as a hot plate that evaporates liquid from an airstream as it passes by - a dryer if you like. I would use 2 to cause the air to have to pass both in a zig-zag path. I would like to have a solid surface so eventually I see the plate encased in ceramic but for this it need only be metal. Can you help? Contact me here on the site to discuss more details Coog

Posted by coogrrr 5 years ago

just cos its winter in america doesn't mean it is everywhere else

Just because its hot in america you guys are making a big fuss on how to stay hot. down in melbourne australia it was 40c+ (104f+) for three days straight then the next week is full of 30c+ (86f +). instructables is viewed worldwide in both sides of the equator.

Posted by 11orem 9 years ago

soduim acetate

Could someone please help me and my son? we are doing the hot ice for his school science fair project..I'm unsure how long to boil the baking soda & vinegar...what color should it be? after we filtered it it was clear this right? Please please help...this is our last weekend to try!!

Posted by Christina-Mami 10 years ago


I have a bag of dried cayenne peppers lying around here somewhere. Is there any way i can extract the oils to make a kind of spicy fire liquid? What solvents (isopropyl? denatured alcohol? acetone?) would dissolve the oils? Thanks.

Posted by John Smith 10 years ago

Dumpster Hot Tub

Artist Michel de Broin apparently loves dumpster diving so much he made his own dumpster pool, er, hot tub. Gotta love the personal size hot tub along with the super safe ladder for entry. Dumpster hot tubvia Make

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

9 volt Battery getting very hot, why?

I made a distortion pedal for a guitar. It works fine. But if I leave the 9v battery in there for too long, it starts to get extremely hot.  Why is that? And what can I do to prevent that from happening? Thanks for your help.

Posted by Grizzly_Bear 5 years ago

Is it safe (for the fish) to use hot glue to put together glass for an aquarium?

Will it harm them in any way? That's all I really need to know. Thanks!

Posted by Sunbanks 10 years ago

Hot or Cold Shower

Now that it's becoming summer and it gets hotter and hotter, here's a question. Do you take a hot shower so that when you come out everything else feels cool or Do you take a cold shower so when you come out of the shower you're cool? Vote and explain!

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

Hot Sauce Beer

Hot Sauce Beer wasn't quite right for a slideshow, but I am hoping that it will really find its' stride in the forums.Despite what you may think, this is a good idea, and it's actually pretty tasty. It's called a Michelada in Spanish.I swear I am not crazy - Wikipedia and Mexico agree.

Posted by noahw 10 years ago

How to mount Peltier elements?

A peltier is a element that gets very hot on one side, and very cold on the other side. Cold enough (with enough power) to make frost all over it. So. I got one, I want to make nice cold cold air. I read wiki, if you don't heat sink it, it will self destroy. If I heatsink the cold side, then a fan on the heat sink to blow the cold freeze air, will it be fine? Or must I cool the hot side too? Peltiers are cool :D

Posted by Killa-X 10 years ago

Pentium 4 CPU hitting 75+ Degrees C (167 Degrees F)

Hi It's the good old Aussie summer and my computer doesn't like it one bit. Does anyone think a Pentium 4 CPU getting up to 75+ Degrees C (167 Degrees F) is a bit hot? The case only has only one case fan (in the power supply) Any suggestions to get it to run cooler? More fans? Water cooling?

Posted by thermoelectric 9 years ago

Liquid Cooling - Body

Its so hot and... well.... I made a device to cool myself down! I might make an instructable, but basically, I took two 20oz bottles with caps, poked 2 holes in the top of one, 1 hole in the other. I then ran tubing between the two, and in the bottle with 2 holes, I added a bit of tubing to put the air intake below water level. I filled the 2'holer up with icewater, and blew a bit on the air intake to get it started. It works very well, to say the least! :P

Posted by zachninme 10 years ago

[newsletter] Burger Recipes, Hot Tub, Italian Wedding...

July 3, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; }"/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! O'Reilly Media (publishers of MAKE) are working on an Instructables book. To see how you can win a mention in the book, check out our new Book Contest. The Robot Contest has been extended for two week.! The new deadline for entries is now July 13, so show off your robot's best features! Both the Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest and the BBQ PDQ Contest close for entries this weekend. Use these last few days to enter an awesome Instructable to win greta travel books or an Instructables apron. Upcoming: Next week we'll be starting our Horny Toad Invent-a-Sport Contest. Win a ton of cool clothes from Horny Toad by submitting your own original sport! "1UP Mushroom" Mushroom Burger! by momo! Traveling by Scooter by dbc1218 Put A Spring In Your Step by xclinic Waikiki 'ahi (Tuna Steak) Sandwich by sbdesigns The Elivinator Project by GWJax Wood-Fired Ocean Hot Tub by nagutron How to Build The BeetleBot v2 by robomaniac Fresh Ground Beef Burgers by rsub8 A Garden Shower in 10 minutes for $8 by Camillo Miller Robot Costume With LEDs by joshf Make your own horseradish by knarx KidWash : PVC Sprinkler Water Toy by m32825 Extended for two weeks! Get published in the Instructables book! Closes for entries on July 6th! A "Jungle Cruise" Playhouse by madhatter1138 How to Get Married in Italy by fungus amungus Incredible HULK Nintendo Wii by BeerBellyJoe Prince Caspian's Sword by KaptinScarlet Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; }"/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Melting Steel with the Sun

Now I'd like to see an 'ible on that! A very neat contraption indeed! The only thing that was weird, was when he described a hot-dog. "Traditional, American, lunch-time, hot-dog, snack."  Very strange.      Link via Boing Boing

Posted by nickodemus 8 years ago

a very hot 9V

Alrighty, sorry for the noob question, but i am very very new to this, i'm tryin hook 3 10mm LEDs to run off a 9v battery, i hooked it via the LEDcalc with correct resistors, it works just fine, but when i try to add a on/off switch into the mix the 9V gets very very hot. could it be ... the switch i am using... the 24 gauge wire to connect it all.... how i have connected the on/off switch into the mix , instead of connecting it straight to a battery i have added extra wires and put the switch in between the battery and the start/end of the LED chain... should i bump it down 6v instead with the correct resistors instead of the 9v also if you could explain why the 9v was heating up so much that would be great too....

Posted by pixelglasses 10 years ago

laptop cooler

My laptop gets really hot after about 30 minutes of Internet browsing and after 1 hour of gaming (I don't know why maybe because of the modem????) so I really need a cooler. I have three 1 or 2 inch (let me know if a need exact) fans I could use and wood legos knex and rokenbok. I have a hp pavilion dv6409us laptop with a 17.5 inch screen. if you need a picture of the bottom of the laptop so I can show you the hot spots and the fan let me know.

Posted by djtomczak678 10 years ago

Pain is a learning curve

Ok, I just made some hot chocolate, the usual 90 seconds in a microwave, narrow mug, powder and soy milk with a sprinkle of nutmeg..... drank it felt no different......but it appears that apparently it was too hot without me even realising it, and I should know because I drink hot chocolate with a spoon. My lips, roof of my mouth, gums and tounge are swelling sore and blistering. Great! Do you know what the best cure is? Whiskey, I'm sat in the living room drinking whiskey to cool the burns in my mouth, it doesnt hurt so much now but my god my lips are swelling like a mongoose fish. Who needs botocs? I have alot of food allergies too which doesn't help. Do any of you guys have food allergies and how do you cope with them, tips appreciated :)

Posted by Zion_Sphere 7 years ago

12v solar to heat water

Im looking to install a hot water cylinder with a 12v immersion heater powered by solar panels(to add wind later) to my hot tub. the idea is to either heat the whole thing all the time or to at least reduce my power usage on the heat side of the running cost. has anyone done anything like this and have any advice? the basic install idea i have is, solar panel/s to a controller controller to a battery controller to immersion heater was also thinking of installing a normally open relay onto the stat of the heater so when it is at temp a fan heater would kick in, but that would be a later install if the water heating would work. any info would be great, if i get enough info i will be doing this and making it into an instructable to further help adopt this to work better. thanks....

Posted by gareth.collier.1985 2 years ago

Powering Peltier Plates

Hey guys,So, I just got a Peltier plate, a device that gets very hot on one side while very cold on the other. It requires 90 watts of power. I was just curious what would happen if you powered it by USB or 9v battery. I found this tutorial which uses USB, however, I doubt it gets to its maximum coolness potential. Also, if I used a 9v, would that drain the battery in a matter of minutes, or even damage the plate?Thank you.

Posted by Joe426 10 years ago

Need help: Transistor 7805 problem

Hello . I just make a PSP charger. I used a 12v,450mA adapter as power source and a 7805 transistor to get 5v output. this is the wire map: When i plug it to my PSP, it's work, but the Transistor start become hotter, after 2mins the transitor is very hot... I don't know what's wrong with it, i tried other 7805 but got same problem. Please help.... Thanks very much .! *sorry for my bad English

Posted by login721 7 years ago

I want to bind together two pieces of hard candy

I need to get 2 semi-circle shape hard candy pieces and bind them together. Is a molten sugar glue gun work for this? Is it fairly sage to use? Safe to consume? I need to do this for mass scale... Not at the beginning though....

Posted by ReneL22 2 years ago

Help! Simple but difficult way to semi stick reflective mylar to sheet metal

Wow, the whole question fit in the Topic line!  Amazing! Well, anyway, we're in the process of finalizing a design for a solar hot water heater and are still trying to figure out a good/better way to stick our mylar to our sheet metal.  The sheet is about 10 ft. (sorry about that old fashioned non-metic system usage, but we're on the U.S.-Mexican border and most of the things here in Mexico are still measured in the old system - sigh) by about 4 ft. We have used axle grease - it's o.k. but hard to spread and to make into a VERY thin film.  If the film is not thin bulges appear in the mylar since itself is only about 2 mil thick.  It was good, on the other hand, because it allowed us to position the film correctly on the metal sheet... So, this time we tried silicone - out of a spray can.  It also seems to be good, perhaps a little better since we can spread it with a small paint roller but after several days it's not holding the mylar down well enought (which is probably to be expected since we're using silicone and it's not really sticky). So, we need something which will allow us to position the film (slippery) while being a very, tiny, wee, itsy bitsy sticky in the long run.  It cannot of course be anything biodegradable - like honey - yuck - for obvious reasons (it's going to be in the sun and eventually it will, biodegrade, into who knows what). Maybe silicone and ... Elmer's glue???  We're stuck.  And, after googleing till our eyes have dropped out, we can't find any reflective mylar with a sticky backing.  What the heck do they stick on those window tinting sheets??? Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated and of course, Have a wonderful afternoon!  :)

Posted by frazelle09 5 years ago

!!! JOIN HOT NEW GROUP !!! (LocaMoto)

Join the hot new group "LocaMoto" HOT HOT HOT AWSOME NEW GROUP

Posted by rickick 10 years ago



Posted by rockytop44 8 years ago

anybody using on demand hydrogen to heat hot water?

Hello all - I am interested in either converting an existing gas-fired hot water heater to burn homemade hydrogen gas, or building an on demand heater powered by same. Is anybody doing this? What are the issues, beyond safety of making your own highly flammable gas? lol... I am thinking jet/hole size on the gas burner ring for efficiency considerations, corrosion issues, etc..... THanks in advance... Matt

Posted by concreteblue 2 years ago

Freaky Food Fun

Why has no one thought of this before?Granted, I don't usually have pasta with my hot dogs, but darn it! I will now!Hotdoghetti anyone?VIA: boingboing

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago

Fun with fire... But how?

Http:// How to make this trick what is on that picture above? How to start? Anybody has any idea? Thanks!

Posted by Evilblaze 8 years ago

Does PC cooler's(FAN's) heatsink conducts electricity and heat?


Posted by h0meIandsecurity 7 years ago

led wiring with 12 volts in AA batteries

i just made a huge 50cm x 130 cm inifinity mirror with 2 strands of 3528 led strip lighting left over approx 1' long left over. I am on the attempt of making small portable infinity mirrors and coaster seem like the best idea for them. i wired it all good and i am done now however i appear to have a problem Step 1: Infinity Coaster everything works well until it has been left on for 2 mins. even when i turn off the lights, the batteries get super hot. They are cheap dollar store AA batteries but almost too hot to touch even when it is turned off. i figured maybe i have a short somewhere but i cannot find one with the multimeter. is it just that i have too much amperage for too little of an LED strip? they stopped turning on the lights when they got hot but i tried again to shoot this video clip and they worked pretty good. A little slow to light up still so some of the juice is gone i imagine. if you know these strips give me a clue. if i find out the problem, i can make a solution and make another instructable on how its made with # 2. it is Christmas after all and somebody needs a coaster for their egg-nog.  these pics arent great let me know if you wanna see wiring more clearely

Posted by DavidS477 1 year ago

Hot Foil Pen / Hot Stamping Pen

Hello world, anyone know How to make a marking pen hot. Thank you geniuses Happy Holidays How How :)

Posted by howhow 4 years ago

Blocking Sunlight

Would putting aluminum foil on the windows on the side of the house that gets the most sun be helpful in blocking out the heat of the sun? Our HVAC literally runs all day, from 8am-1am, and we're trying to help cut out some of its work before it goes on strike! If you know what I mean... Any advice?

Posted by thickneckarts 8 years ago

brazing beginner

I'm making a CNC machine and I need to make a frame and I decided to use aluminum since it's surprisingly the cheapest. I need to braze the joints to gather and I'm new to brazing. Is all I need: Propane bottle Nozzle someway to ignite it brass solder If anyone here is an experience brazer than please give me some tips

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

Cactus spine clusters pulled out

Hello. I just bought a Torch Cactus from Lowes today and tried to pull the ugly fake flowers off, but when I pulled the hot glue a whole spine cluster came off of it. I'm just wondering if the cactus will heal from this and how damaging this can be to the cactus overall. Can anyone help me?

Posted by MisterHankie 8 years ago

Need For speed Bus Modification,I can Race Buses!(Video Included)

I Modified The game Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 To Let me Race With A bus,And Make the other Players Race with the bus too.Here is a video Post Screenshots/Pictures of some Games you ModdedIf Anyone Wants To Know Exactly how i Did this,Ask In a Comment,If Anyone Wants Me to Make A Utility To Mod the Game for you(With an Undo Option,Of cource) Just Ask me.~ReCreate

Posted by ReCreate 9 years ago

Projects over the summer?

Have any of you got any big projects you are going to work on, or any ideas of cool projects that someone could make over the summer? Because i would like to build something over the summer but i have no ideas yet.

Posted by TeacherOfTheWays 10 years ago

photocell unit getting hot

I installed a small photocell on my porch light. I went to check on it this morning and found that the housing unit of the photocell was hot. The wiring is spot on. Any idea why it would get so hot?

Posted by pnlhiland 2 years ago

Old Fords

Any of you know old fords? 1973 truck 6 cyl inline.  Stick shift.  Currently replacing the ring gear. Right now workin on gettin the flywheel out. Do I need a puller for this? 

Posted by Toga_Dan 5 years ago

Extreme water cooling idea for computer chilling plus dust protection

I started to play around with some compressor cooling devices, otherwise known as fridges, freezers or airconditioners ;) As with everything it started with a lot of reading, some doing, more reading, well you get the point... Anyways, I am now running an old and portable split airconditioner on hydrocarbons instead of the already escaped R22 refrigerant. With all this experimenting I got reminded that my computer does not really like to do hard gaming work on these hot days. There are already a lot of infos out there on how to use water and/or heatpipes to cool your system. One thing that they all have in common is that you need a chiller to cool the water. Now, there are really tons of options here - from using an old bar fridge to hold the water up to big direct chillers that can be used 24/7 and cost a small fortune. Here in Victoria the weather might be more forgiving but up north the humidity will be your main enemy if you want to use any decent cooling system. Imagine 90% humitiy and the water condensing on pipes and coolers inside your computer... Some systems compensate here by using a temp of around 12°C at the lowest to minimise the risk of condensation. But I think we can do better for cheaper if we are willing to get dirty and salvage some scrap. If it also a great way to protect your computer in a dusty and hot workshop enviroment! Let me explain the thought: Considering the costs for a decent air cooled system over the expense for just a basic water cooling kit it might be worth spending the extra money otherwise. What makes a normal and not overclocked computer go too hot assuming it is clean and free from dust? Right - the outside temperature and how hard we actually use it. Normal systems are designed to work at a room temp between 18 and 24°C, we are often lucky to have it under 30 in the summer. Getting a CPU to just under 70° if the outside air is already over 30° is hard if not impossible. But what if the computer would be in one of these fancy server rooms that are kept at 16° throughout the year? Problem solved, just win the lottery to get your server room build. Step back a bit and think again ;) If we make an additional and well insulated enclosure to put the computer in we would only need to worry about making it pretty much air tight and keeping the inside always under 20°C. Now follow me to my imaginary shopping trip... First step is getting a decent sized cooler box - you can build your own of course I would go for these oversizes Esky chests. Next step is a visit to the local hard rubbish collection or scrap yard. We look for a bar fridge or water cooling tower that has a condenser that will fit on the side or back of our cooling box. Prefer something old running on R22 instead of R134a if you can. If the system already has one or two service ports for filling even better, otherwise see you get one from a different fridge or freezer. The fun starts back home where we now make a big mess. The cooling system needs to come apart and if not a tower the fridge around it has to go without damaging pipes or condensers. Perfect would be to have a working system and to keep it in this condition to avoid the illegal escape or refrigerant. It also make it easier than having to refill it again. On the other hand getting a system that is already professionally evacuated as most scrap yards now do anyway can make the modding easier - up to your skill set and options to have the system checked and filled. Once we have a naked cooling system we get the cold side into the cooler box. Either by creating a slot to slide it in or by feeding the hoses through holes if you plan to do your own thing in terms of testing and filling. The compressor part and "hot side" are mounted securely to the outside of the box. If you still have the thermostat working and connected you can now check your homebuild fridge. To get the computer inside you have several option, IMHO the easiest is use one big enough hole to get all cables to the outside. You want this hole to end up as airtight as possible, I found candle wax to be a good sealer if you place some painters tape on the box first. So far this was the easy part, the hard part is now to make sure the humidity inside the box stays as low as possible. When the compressor starts cooling the evaporator will go to very low temperatures, even if you set the thermostat to 10° the cold side will condese or even freeze the moisture in the air. Unlike with direct cooling option inside your computer we now have a "cold trap" outside the coputer that we use to our advantage! Easiest option here is to have a catchment under the cold side to collect the condensing water and to let it discharge through a small tube to the outside. Once the system was operating for a few days there should be no moisture left inside our box unless it is not properly sealed. At this point you could be tempted to just set the thermostat to the coldest possible - I advise against it! Imagine the inside of the box is below freezing - the capacitors won't like it to start with and since we now have all surface subcooled the moisture can condense everywhere not warm enough, including your mainboard. A temp of around 10°C should be more than enough for normal gaming and gives the compressor a chance to turn off every now and then so any ice can drop off and exit. If you like the idea use it and make a featured Instructable out of it, my time is too limited at the moment to get serious with this.

Posted by Downunder35m 1 year ago

Hot bulb stirling engine dimentions

I am going to make a hot bulb sterling engine and am unsure about the dimensions of any of it. If anyone can help, please do.

Posted by DELETED_robobloke 4 years ago

Hot, Burning Resistor Question

Ok....I have 24 leds in parralel attached to a 9 volt battery - and a 10 ohm resistor - as reccommended by - but, when i connect the circuit and hold the resistor in my hand, it becomes INCREDIBLY hot. Each led is in parallel, individually. it normal for it to be that hot, or did I do something wrong?

Posted by Joe426 10 years ago

RCX Brick Conundrum

Hi, I want to post a lego hot chocolate stirrer, which is easy to clean and works well. I need to know, however, if you mind not knowing the rcx program code. I can not find the program transmitter, so I do not know the program code. I am sure it is fairly simple, as it is only a touch sensor that is used as a button to rotate the motor. I am using the code that is already on the brick and I really want to post it. I had already made most of the video before noticing this snag. Please tell me what you think and I would be extremely grateful if you did not post this idea before me. Thanks and Happy New Year!

Posted by Constructo Man 10 years ago

Trying to make a table-mounted hot knife for rope cutting

I'm wanting to build a mountable hot knife for cutting climbing rope, similar to the ones at and, using a method similar to flywoodkb's How should I go about keeping the "prongs" coming out of the box from electrocuting me/causing a short? I'm hoping to use a jigsaw blade for the blade part.Also, I have a handful of transformers from disassembling some electronics. Is there a way to tell what voltage and amperage they are?  Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by The Insomniac 6 years ago

Would a Tesla Turbine work in a solar updraft tower?

I was playing around with making a small scale solar updraft tower and I was curious if I could use a tesla turbine instead of a turbine with blades. Would the Chimney effect be enough to drive a tesla turbine?

Posted by thecoonskin 6 years ago

Insulating Ducts

I was thinking about opening one side or the top of the "metal box" that "insulates" the out/intake ducts of HVAC unit, and filling that space with styrofoam popcorn used for shipping fragile stuff. We recently had a couple of trees cut down in the backyard and now our HVAC unit is completely exposed to the sun for most of the day! We bought a shade to set up but I was thinking the styrofoam would just be a little bit more of a help! What do you think? All ideas and advice would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by thickneckarts 8 years ago

Cheap Source Of Propane?

When I got a new can of propane, for my torch, it was $9. At wally world, it was $4. Then, when I went to get a can of cooking stove propane from the camping department (at wal-mart), I notice that the tank was $3. After getting home, I noticed that the threads were exactly the same, and that the torch head would screw onto the neck of the "camp propane" bottle. So, as anyone would do, I fired it up, and it worked! Of course, it would shut off it you tilted it too far, but what the heck! $3 for a can of propane. But then I thought "Why is this so cheap, and why haven't I heard of this before? Is ther something wrong with this? Will I blow myself up?!?!?! Anyway, I'm all for saving $2, or $6 (depending on where I go), so is this actually a reasonable way of saving money?So what I'm asking:-Is this way safe? I haven't fired it up since, in case it did something bad.-Why is it so cheap to but it that way, and so expensive to buy regular tanks?-Has anyone else done this?If anyone can help, it'd be appreciated.

Posted by John Smith 10 years ago

Breadboards, componenets, and hot glue

Hey all... I i have a breadboard for a small circuit and it has all the regular componenets such as transistors, resistors, diodes, realys, microchips, etc.  I will have the breadboard in a plastic project case and it will be mounted vertically...  I need a way to secure the componens int eh breadboard better so i waas wondering if i can use hot glue...???  I knwo some components such as the microchip is heat sensitive when solidering but i didn't know if hot glue got to hot or if tehre would be other effects to teh circuit in some way...??? Thanks for the help...!!!

Posted by SummitSeeker 6 years ago

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Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago

Top 10 Summer Instructables

Summer is finally here, and so we've selected the top 10 Instructables related to the summer months. From enjoying the sun to cooling off, here are some of our favorites.These are in no particular order, and there are plenty more great Instructables that didn't make the list but could be fun or helpful this summer. Instant Hammock This instant hammock is a simple, easy way to relax under the sun. The directions are clear and the moving images make following the directions a breeze. Fly a Kite This very appropriate Instructable from Kiteman gives you all of the information, and then some, about how to fly a kite. Cozy Boat If kite flying isn't your thing, perhaps you'd enjoy a scenic boat ride. A simple, easy-to-build boat (and its upgraded incarnations) could add a fun element to your summer. PVC Air Cannon For a little more summer fun, you could throw water balloons...or you could shoot them 250 feet with this cannon. I'd go with the cannon. Make Lemonade After a hot day, there's no better way to cool down than with a tall glass of lemonade. Try this, or one of the many other Instructables recipes. Tetris Ice Cubes To cool the lemonade, though, you'll need ice. You can make your lemonade that much better by adding these tetris-shaped ice cubes. LED Picnic Blanket To enjoy your ice-cold tetris lemonade, you'll want to sit outside and bask in the weather. This LED picnic blanket, with hard center serving surface, could be a great option for a drink or an entire meal. Plus, the lights give the blanket nice ambience for a nighttime meal. Solar Lawn Mower Before you can picnic in the grass, however, your grass needs to be mowed. This upgraded lawn mower uses solar power to provide the energy to power the machine. You still have to mow the lawn yourself, though. Beach Cover-Up If you want to look good while you picnic or when you hang around the beach, this Instructable turns an old towel into an attractive piece of clothing. Heat-Blocking Curtains If your house is hot and muggy, being inside will be anything but relieving. You can turn the AC up, but that uses up an absurd amount of energy and makes the electricity bill skyrocket. These simple, cheap curtains could keep some of the heat out and make your house more efficient and comfortable. These are only a few of the Instructables you can use to your advantage this summer. Enjoy the summer (unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere)!

Posted by joshf 10 years ago