Transparent Electrical Insulator Film

For a project of mine I need to apply a <1um thick film that is electrically insulating, but transparent to UVC & UVB (and preferably up to visible). Does anyone have any suggestions?

Posted by SillyInventor 3 years ago


Insulating tape, better than electrical tape

I'm looking for an electrical insulating tape that I can put over some exposed wire that will affix and stay put on plywood. Right now I'm using electrical tape, but the adhesion to the plywood surface isn't working that well. Anyone out there have ideas or suggestions?

Posted by phidgetsinc 4 years ago


What types of oil can be used for high voltage transformer insulation?

I am modifying microwave transformers for a higher voltage to drive a Tesla coil and I need to know what kind of oils for example vegetable or paraffin can be used for high voltage insulation in the transformer to protect it? To what voltage will it insulate?

Posted by The MadScientist 7 years ago


Would a glass, vacuum-insulated thermos be able to withstand the extreme cold of liquid-air?

I am in the middle of designing a system to produce liquid air using the von linde process. the termos would not be under any pressure, but it will get quite cold. can a thermos using a glass vacuum insulated inside be able to withstand temperatures below -180 degrees celsius?

Posted by pedrogabman 8 years ago


Remove insulation from wires

Hey folks, need some ideas to build a simple wire insulation removal system. Has to be so I can peel the inulation off wire from 10 gauge to the ribbon wire in computers as the only way to do it now is burn at that is not a good idea.

Posted by wisconsinjimmy 7 years ago


Refrigerator Insulation?

Background: I was looking at Costco and they have their big semi-rugged totes on sale this time of year for like $6! The thing I'm pondering is sticking one in inside another and filling the space between with insulation.  But what to put in between? You're probably thinking what I'm thinking, Pinky:  Spray it full of Great Stuff foam. But then I'm looking at my fridge going... that thing is literally freezing inside and not even cool to the touch on the outside!  What kind of insulation do they use?  I'm guessing something trickier than Great Stuff, what with Energy Star ratings and all.  In short:  What is it and where can I get some!??

Posted by PS118 10 months ago


Need help with DIY cooler insulation

Long time fan, first time poster. I'm looking to convert a cool-looking vintage toolbox into a heavy duty lunchbox. I'm currently prepping the metal for paint and looking into what I can use to insulate the box. I've thought of: * spray foam insulation: Good coverage and thermal protection, but not water-resistant enough (think condensation) * fiberglass insulation (pink stuff): Good, but unsure about how cold it will keep things * styrofoam: probably the one inch sheets used for basement walls below grade. Best solution so far. Before I do something that will likely mean stripping the box clean and starting over, I thought it best to see what others might have to say about this. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

Posted by Jiggsy 8 years ago


insulating radiator cover

I'm looking for suggesting for upping the r-value on top of my radiator. Every window in my apartment has a radiator underneath it. I'd like to have some plants by those windows ('cause y'know, they need light and all) but I'm concerned about heat from below drying & killing the plants. A couple of the radiators have covers, but they're metal, so no insulation there. Ceramic pots may provide some insulation, but I'd really like to lay down a layer of some kind of building insulation proper just to be safe. The question is, what kind? Batting won't work, and the foam insulation panels I've seen at the hardware store I know are a fire hazard... plus not too fond of plastic-type materials. My dad suggested something he called "thermal block" which I believe is aerated concrete panels, but which I can't find a source to purchase. I'd like to spend less than $20, preferably less than $10 on this. Please help!

Posted by timeismine 9 years ago


Can a glass, vacuum insulated container withstand temperatures in the -180 degree celsius range?

Is it possible to store liquid nitrogen and oxygen in a vacuum insulated container for a short period of time? i have a thermos that i though might work, but i want to be sure that im not going to have the thermos explode in my face when i try it. this is an old beefy thermos that can take at least 190 degrees celsius, but im not sure about the other direction.  

Posted by pedrogabman 8 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


Is There an Etchant-Resist That Can Be Left On PCB As Insulator?

Howdy is there a kind of resist that can be left on the pcb after etching (except the solder points), as an electrical insulator? can it be used with the photo-etching method, or only heat? thanks

Posted by johnyradio 6 years ago


Aerogel: Has anyone fooled around with this much ?

A Link to a recent Aerogel articleAnyone mess around with this stuff at all? Is it still a bit on the steep side price-wise ?As a Building materialNotice in the picture how well it insulates against a torch flame:

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago


How to insulate a cooler box

I have just bought a plastic cooler box. It is two boxes in one: an inside lining, an air cavity, the outside case and  of course a lid and handle.. I would like to improve the insulation. I have a 750ml can of expanding polyurethane foam which I thought of spraying into the cavity. It will dry in an hour. I can work out the exact volume  to be filled with  the foam by prefilling it with water and measuring the amount of water that pours out of the cavity , but I do not know the best way to apply the foam. Any ideas, please. For example should I wrap the inner box in anything before pushing it into the wet foam that I  spray against the inside of the outer case? Robin

Posted by R89163 4 years ago


DIY Home Insulation

So I know I need to better insulate my attic for the coming winter but, money is tight and the to-do list is growing so I began thinking of alternative or DIY materials to do the job. I know Cellulose insulation is shredded newsprint treated with chemicals to make it mold and creature resistant, and on a small scale maybe that process could be a fun experiment, but not for 1000 sq ft. My next thought (and current favorite) is to acquire styrofoam packing material (box inserts, packing peanuts, un-used food and drink containers) and mill them up to about the in to some uniform size. Then get some cheap plastic bag/ tube material and fill strips with a couple of inches of styrofoam. Then the blanket o’ foam could just be laid out over the existing insulation in the attic. Now, before I start this endeavor I thought I would check with the instuctable think tank to figure out: A) any better ideas 2) what R rating a 3 inch loose fill blanket of styrofoam and plastic would have III) Is this a terrible idea due to moisture being trapped under the plastic Also in a previous forum someone suggested re-routing their dryer vent to the attic and I was wondering if anyone had tried that and/or anyone’s thoughts on that. -Odo

Posted by Odovacer 10 years ago


how to strip large diameter copper wire

If you have say 2 inch or better diameter copper wire to strip here is what I do. I have ben in the scrap arena for years. Buy a large handeled pair of shears that are only for copper. They will look much like a large pair of boltcutters. Cut your insulated wire into about two foot lenghts. Get a large pot, the bigger the better and heat with an out door propane burner full of water. Place the cut sticks of wire into the boiling water fro about five min. Get some insulated rubber gloves and a sharp razor knofe and you will find that the plastic insulation carves away like butter. This works on everykind of insulated wire I have come across. With lead wrapped insulated wire, get a plasma torch. It cutts easily and is so fast the plastic wire inside does not have time to catch on fire. Use plenty of ventilation to avoid breathing lead based fumes.

Posted by beserker 6 years ago


Making my own Window exterior insulation panel insert

I have standard wood windows in our home where we should have spent the money and bought good, double-pane aluminums, but didn't so.... I need some advice. These windows I have are too new, to replace. There are small recesses on the exterior of the wood window frames where I want to insert permanent glass/plexiglass cover for insulation. I need advice on what framing I can use, similar to a poster frame trim where I can install it around the glass, then slide it into the window recess. I’d like to use an aluminum trim that is fairly narrow that would look good. I find framing trim that has slots I can slide the glass into, but what I’m finding is too thick. I only have about quarter inch I can insert to. Any advise?

Posted by opc167 7 years ago


What to do with large envelopes insulated with bubble wrap?

So I have a bunch of about 7x8 inch envelopes that have a layer of bubble wrap inside them, because my brother orders Ubuntu and Kubuntu CDs whenever a new version comes out. What should I do with them? I could use them to ship CDs again, but I don't have any need to do that. HALP.

Posted by Aeshir 10 years ago


Halloween contest

Here is my front yard that I do every year for Halloween. I use a variety of techniques, mostly Rigid Foam Insulation that is glued and carved for the tombstones and columns.

Posted by mkoorie 12 years ago


Need Help

I'm also new here and I'm looking forward to learn from you guys. How to Finish a Basement: Framing and Insulating?    What are the other phases to finish a basement?

Posted by greatwindowsss 3 years ago


Can you insulate the primary coil of a Tesla coil?

Hello,    I am trying to build a tesla coil using a new design relating to a thesis paper I am working on. Due to spacial restraints my primary coil will be close to the secondary coil. I know I have seen others use insulated braided copper wire as their primary. I want to stay with 1/4" copper tubing if at all possible so I wanted to ask what affects it would have if I used heat shrink tubing on the copper tubing. I am aware the higher frequency voltage runs along the skin of the tubing since that is least resistive at that point. A for the power and caps I am using the following: three NSTs of which two are 15kv @ 30 miliamps and one 12kv @ 30 miliamps, 13 CD 2000VDC @ .15nf caps on each 15kv NST and 10 of the same caps on the 12kv NST. The spark gap is static for now.  I want to prevent arching as much as possible in the small space. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Some of the information relating to the thesis paper I cannot release due to a serious concern of being scooped before publication.  Thank you. :)

Posted by XsFacade 5 years ago


spark plug

Is there any way i could use a spark plug to ignite fireworks from a remote distance...i have about 80' of insulate wire and some electric on/off toggle switches/boxes.

Posted by pyroboy5 11 years ago


Help reducing energy bills in rented house?

Hello! I have lived in the same house for the past two years, and in the winter our energy bills get ridiculous. It is an old house, the main part being built in 1902. We plan on doing the bubble-wrap window insulation on every window in the house and adding some weather stripping, wearing layers ourselves, and I plan on getting an electric blanket in my room to turn on just before I go to bed, and turn off once the bed is heated up. (My room is the only room on the 2nd floor and gets very cold. The previous tenant of this room used a space heater, but I think they are pretty inefficient.) Are there any other cheap ways to lower heating costs? They guy that owns our house is really stingy, and I highly doubt any requests for better insulation or a newer thermostat will be answered. Thanks in advance!

Posted by GraduallyGreener 6 years ago


Help

I was planning on building a mini fridge and i was gonna use a peltier cooler and pvc pip maybe but i was wondering how could i insulate it so its more efficient? thx for help

Posted by edfel01 8 years ago


How can i keep my attic warm on a small budget?

I live in my attic year round. its managable, however when the overhead stars are open, it sucks the heat from the rest of the house. I live in a VERY old house (still bark on the beams) with a metal roof but no insulation in the attic. i would love to not have to put in insulation and finish the ceiling (sheet rock etc.) because it would be costly and make it unhospitable in the summer. I was hopeing that someone out there had a very cool method for keeping some heat in, or creating cheap heat easily. the rouble is that all the heat simply goes out the roof, so space heaters wont work. thank you very muxh for your help! ~farley

Posted by krazy00kanadian 11 years ago


differential amplifier tech

Hello, I'm following a circuit diagram for a current monitor that uses an op-amp as a differential amplifier. Connected to V- and V+ on the amp are the positive and negative leads of a 10mH Inductor that senses the current (as much as 9A) passing through an insulated positive line. The gain on the op amp, I'm told, is 220. If I calculated this correctly then at 9 amps in the insulated wire, 0.09V should be produced by the inductor and there upon entering the V+ lead and -0.09V in the V- lead for a differential of 0.18V which gets amplified to 39.6V. However the voltage source that powers the op amp is only 9V. So question # 1: Did I break down the math correctly? question #2: What happens to the excess voltage from the gain? I am getting all of my op amp information from wikipedia. I've never used an op amp successfully before.

Posted by watchingmachine 11 years ago


RE-USE SCRAPPED GLASS-WOOL

Was working on a water heater using an old water geyser when i realised there is around 5 kg of glass-wool used as insulation. I do not wish to discard it and cause problems to others. but am neither interested in making epoxy based fibre glass products. ideas anyone??

Posted by chakra 4 years ago


Windbelt powered heated jacket

Hi everyone. After reading about windbelt and looking at prototypes designed by some folks here I have got an idea. Basically use windbelt to recharge a battery -I believe li-ion polymer battery is the lightest. The battery in turn can be used to heat a jacket. Idea is to use carbon microfiber sheets which heat up when electric charge is supplied by the battery. A battery wont last long so it is important to focus heating the core- heart and lungs. If these parts are very warm that the body will divert heat to warm other parts. If you are an ultra light hiker or a racer and travel in cold windy places you will understand how cool this thing would be. Down/synthetic insulation is bulky -Now just imagine the bulk of warm sleeping pad and down/synthetic insulation gone from your pack.. This could be a possible future. Anyone interested?

Posted by huzefa 10 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


Rescue a defunct phone charger

I have an old cell phone charger that is very handy for charging my Kindle Touch and a set of Bluetooth earbuds. It quit working one day after someone used it to charge a high demand device. I read that the capacitors in these often fail. I got two electrolytic capacitors at a surplus store for less than a dollar total. I had to use a fine saw to open the plastic case. The new capacitors were the same electrical size, but not the same physical size. Closing the plastic case was not an option. I covered all exposed electrical contacts with hot glue, which is an excellent insulator. It looks ugly, but I have a good versatile charger again. (The high voltage connections are buried deep down where my fingers can not reach. As best I can tell, the terminals covered with hot glue for insulation are all low voltage.)

Posted by Phil B 2 months ago


Selectively magnetized (hemi)sphere

Hi everybody! I'm looking for a way to construct a hemisphere, - maybe 1.5" to 2" in diameter - ideally with no moving parts - where any of a number of areas on the surface could be magnetized at will I thought of having an array of tiny electromagnets starting from middle and radiating to under the surface, but frankly, that would take a long time, and I figure there would be insulation issues. Any suggestions?

Posted by drmab 4 years ago


Bad for the speaker?

I stole some poly fill/insulation shit out of a old pair of speakers that are waiting for some new drivers and I stuffed it in my subwoofer box. It doesn't sound like it's going to explode as much as it did before (it's a rather "rickety" box). But I did some googleing and it can overpower a speaker or something? I won't hurt my sub will I? -Punk

Posted by Punkguyta 11 years ago


electric house windows

If windows could be closed and opened automatically, it could extensively help regulate inside air temperature- a big boon to those of us with no AC. Coupled into a remote-control house, it might reduce electrical consumption and/or increase comfort extensively. I am imagining an add-on to the type of windows that slide up and down; seems the type that opens with a crank would be very easy to retrofit, but they aren't very common, and not very insulating, in my experience.

Posted by whittey 4 years ago


Electromagnet Trouble

I'm in the development stages for my entry into the Launch It contest. Right now I'm just experimenting (or trying to) with scale electromagnets. I'm using solid core insulated copper wire from RadioShack, and a nearly fresh 9v battery. I tightly wound the wire around a finishing nail, which happened to already be magnetic, but am not getting any improvement in the magnetic field. It seems to be the same, weak size. Am I doing something wrong, or do I just need to step the size up? Thanks!

Posted by Bran 11 years ago


Severe black mold...heat exchanger???

Hi! we have this severe problem of black mold in every room, the wall is black... Water puddles on the floor.... Our surveyor and a builder told us (after cheeking everything) to solve the problem with a heat exchanger in every room... we are trying one in the kitchen but after 2 weeks i still found water on the floor and the mold in the corner seems increased... someone tried that? The cause of the mold are heat bridges and non existin insulation...

Posted by AlyssP 8 months ago


Solar Panel Sun Tracker, Kite Boat, Homemade Wind Turbine

Solar Panel Sun Tracker Kite Boat Homemade Wind Turbine Solar Lawn Mower Breath-Powered USB Charger The California Cooler   DIY Solar Setup Solar Thermal Water Heater Truly Insulate Your Home 440 Watt Bicycle Generator Vertical Wind Turbine USB Bike Charger Solar Heater Algae Bioreactor Air Duct Turbine  

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


need ideas on greenhouse

Hi there,I live in Boston, MA and I am looking for some advice on Greenhouse construction for winter gardening only (and vegetables that are appropriate for that as well). I am looking to build a greenhouse that I can put up in the fall and take down in the spring for growing a winter garden. It will have to be able to be taken apart into its components and stored in a shed in summer months since my family has no need for it then. Due to the fact that it will be used in the winter, it will have to be highly insulated and have a heat sink that will be able to help maintain a constant growing temperature for the plants inside. Ideally I would like to avoid expending much energy heating the greenhouse. I am, of course, also doing this on a budget. Here is what I have come up with so far. 1. I will use triple-wall or 5 wall polycarbonate panels for the walls of the greenhouse2. I have found a few insulating products that look like they could be useful3. I am thinking of using a solar collector water heater as part of the heat sink- easy to construct on my own : https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Thermal-Water-Heater-For-Less-Than-Five-Doll/ that could circulate hot water into the heat sink4. I am learning about heat sinks and thinking that I want to use the simplest design and organic materials (mud, rocks, or water) to hold the heat during the day and release it at night.5. The greenhouse footprint can’t be larger than 8’ x 10’ 6. I prefer the simplest construction that meets my needs (and the easiest to put up and take down)Questions that I have:1. What are the possibilities for using compost as a source of heat?2. What about a PVC frame?3. How would I circulate hot water through the heat sink?4. What are methods to reduce daily management of the project?5. Types of hinges to use?6. What type of material should I place the greenhouse on?- it will be sited on the concrete area around our swimming pool and I don’t know what sort of insulation is necessary after that. I had the idea of wood pallets with insulation inside them but that may not be enough at all.7. Any ideas of ways to re-use materials to do this cheaply and reduce waste?8. Any suggestions on the optimal shape of the greenhouse roof/sides to increase heat retention and circulation of warmer air.9. Any suggestions of retailers that might have the materials that I am looking for.Some links that have been useful so far:http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/solar-gh.html#storagehttp://growerssupply.com/farm/supplies/cat1;gs1_greenhouse_building_materials;gs1_corrugated_sheets_panels.html

Posted by ocea46 10 years ago


building winter greenhouse.... need ideas

Hi there,I live in Boston, MA and I am looking for some advice on Greenhouse construction for winter gardening only (and vegetables that are appropriate for that as well). I am looking to build a greenhouse that I can put up in the fall and take down in the spring for growing a winter garden. It will have to be able to be taken apart into its components and stored in a shed in summer months since my family has no need for it then. Due to the fact that it will be used in the winter, it will have to be highly insulated and have a heat sink that will be able to help maintain a constant growing temperature for the plants inside. Ideally I would like to avoid expending much energy heating the greenhouse. I am, of course, also doing this on a budget. Here is what I have come up with so far. 1. I will use triple-wall or 5 wall polycarbonate panels for the walls of the greenhouse2. I have found a few insulating products that look like they could be useful3. I am thinking of using a solar collector water heater as part of the heat sink- easy to construct on my own : https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Thermal-Water-Heater-For-Less-Than-Five-Doll/ that could circulate hot water into the heat sink4. I am learning about heat sinks and thinking that I want to use the simplest design and organic materials (mud, rocks, or water) to hold the heat during the day and release it at night.5. The greenhouse footprint can’t be larger than 8’ x 10’ 6. I prefer the simplest construction that meets my needs (and the easiest to put up and take down)Questions that I have:1. What are the possibilities for using compost as a source of heat?2. What about a PVC frame?3. How would I circulate hot water through the heat sink?4. What are methods to reduce daily management of the project?5. Types of hinges to use?6. What type of material should I place the greenhouse on?- it will be sited on the concrete area around our swimming pool and I don’t know what sort of insulation is necessary after that. I had the idea of wood pallets with insulation inside them but that may not be enough at all.7. Any ideas of ways to re-use materials to do this cheaply and reduce waste?8. Any suggestions on the optimal shape of the greenhouse roof/sides to increase heat retention and circulation of warmer air.9. Any suggestions of retailers that might have the materials that I am looking for.Some links that have been useful so far:http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/solar-gh.html#storagehttp://growerssupply.com/farm/supplies/cat1;gs1_greenhouse_building_materials;gs1_corrugated_sheets_panels.html

Posted by ocea46 10 years ago


BATFINK

NOT Ratfink, but Batfink. Has anybody ever seen this show? You know, with Batfink's super sonic sonar radar, his wings of steel that cannot be harmed, evil genius Hugo-a-go-go, his sidekick Karate, the Battillac that looks like a VW-bug and always makes Batfink glad that it has a thermo-nuclear plutonium insulated something, the announcer that always stops right before something horrible will happen to Batfink and asks us what will happen, and the chief. I used to watch it on Boomerang, but they stopped airing it. It's a funny and cool show, made by Hal Seeger.

Posted by CLASSIFIEDINFORMATION 10 years ago


House made of Tin Cans and Bottles

When Manuel Rapoport found himself waist-deep in dry milk cans, he decided to make the best of it and weatherproof his house in Patagonia. Relying on what his infant twins had consumed, and donations from local restaurants and bars, he turned the cans into sheets to insulate his house. Glass bottles were cut in two and glued together, used as thermic-isolating bricks for small skylights and windows.Plus it looks awesome! Kudos Manuel.via: treehugger

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago


Mirror Heater/Demister?

Hi, I need some advice on how to wire up a homemade mirror heater or demister. I have an old toaster which I have gutted to get the heating elements. I also have a few old wallwarts to power the thing. Is using these wires the right thing to use as a heat source? It doesn't have to get hot, just slightly warm. What kind of circuitry will I need to warm up the wire? I also got some modelling latex to embed this wires in to make a heating "pad" for the mirror and to insulate it. Is there a better material I can enclose the elements in. Thanks.

Posted by Armbie 11 years ago


Game pieces for life size Operation game

This is for a halloween carnival and will be used over and over again, so I would like for it to be fairly sturdy.  I thought of cutting insulating foam and using it, but it would probably break easily.  Other ideas I have had: bondo plastic styrene sheeting (yard sign material) cardboard plastic dip (dip foam pieces in it?) great stuff foam I would like for the pieces to be white, fairly sturdy, about 1" thick or so.  Nothing is jumping out at me as inexpensive and durable. Thanks for any help!

Posted by mhammond schaetz 6 years ago


add motherboard stand-offs to an RS enclosure?

I need to connect the board from a PC ATX power supply to a Plastic Radio Shack project enclosure. as a part of my ventilation / grounding scheme I've got the power supply on standard brass motherboard stand-offs. I don't want to connect any hardware through the case, for insulation purposes. I need a good way to hold the stand-offs (and by extension the power supply) sturdily in place... preferably with bits I can get locally (hardware store or RS)... Any Ideas?

Posted by gschoppe 10 years ago


Car runs along at 376.59 mpg and gets a Guinness World Record

The funny thing is that this happened 35 years ago and the car that did it was from 1959. It's not exactly a consumer vehicle, but still impressive.Some info: - the vehicle was a 1959 Opel T-1 - interior completely stripped except for a plastic seat for the driver - top was chopped to lose drag - super-hard low-friction tires used - was driven at 30 mph - chain drive used to lose weight - the fuel line was insulated and heated so the gasoline entered the combustion chambers as lean vapor link

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


how to recreate this LED bundle hanging lamp inexpensively

This isn't even yet available in teh US, but it's pretty amazing looking i think.i'm thinking of how it can be made... cheap metal tubes for each led with 2 thin leads? or thin rods with a little insulated wire wraped around leading to the LED?i think this can be done smartly, cheaply and efficiently -- totally unlike how it will be sold in the us.who has experience with these materials and wants to mock one up?http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/13/kenzan-tsutakawa-chinn-constellation-lamp/

Posted by neuralstatic 9 years ago


What design features could be considered to make the laptop sit better on your legs, or that increases airflow when on a desk?

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 What design features could be considered to make the laptop sit better on your legs (curved bottom), or that increases airflow when on a desk? In the next couple of weeks, I will be asking for your input on the final set of features for their community designed netbook. This is pretty exciting because feedback from users on Instructables will be directly incorporated in a consumer product that is scheduled to hit the shelves at the end of this year. For now, laptop stands:Instructables is full of laptop stands, and so I thought that the best way to answer this question would be to check out what lead users are already doing.A PVC laptop stand is one of the basic types, and it only requires cutting the PVC. The parts are held together with friction, and easily disassembled if necessary.PVC Laptop Standhttps://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Laptop-Stand/An even more minimalist laptop stand can be fashioned from a metal coat hanger. Perhaps the Netbook should have flip-out legs to let users do this without an additional accessory?Ergonomic Laptop Stand Made From a Coat Hangerhttps://www.instructables.com/id/Ergonomic_Laptop_Stand_Made_From_a_Coat_Hanger/If you want to use your laptop in bed, the stand's legs needs to straddle you, like this laptop stand for bed.A better laptop stand for bedhttps://www.instructables.com/id/A-better-laptop-stand-for-bed/Since a laptop is essentially a monitor with a computer attached to it, an adjustable monitor arm can act as a laptop stand.Adjustable Vesa Arm Laptop Standhttps://www.instructables.com/id/Adjustable_Vesa_Arm_Laptop_Stand/Construction materials aren't only for insulating houses!Insulating Laptop Padhttps://www.instructables.com/id/Insulating-Laptop-Pad/Need to use your laptop outside? Try a tripod.Laptop Desk From Old Camera Tripodhttps://www.instructables.com/id/LAPTOP_DESK_FROM_OLD_CAMERA_TRIPOD/With the exception of the stands that are simple shelves, all of these stands have some sort of positive attachment point to the laptop in common. Like cameras, laptops should get a standardized bolt pattern allowing users to easily mount them in a variety of different ways. For more laptop stand ideas, see our Laptop Stands Guidehttps://www.instructables.com/id/Laptop_Stands/

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Stay Warmer At Night

We keep a kind of chilly house in winter . Sweaters and sweatshirts are expected, except for company.  In our area, we heat and cook with natural gas and that is cheaper than electricity. But the cheapest heat is residual from cooking . So a kettle is always on for tea whenever wished. And most nights we bake potatoes unless the daughter bakes brownies or something. And, in addition to that we will stick bricks in the oven. Come bedtime, the bricks get wrapped up in towels and put in the bed. where toes can cling to the brick and other toes. Best strategy for bricks is to bake them at 175 for a couple of hours.  Please spare the obvious comments, but please make other homey suggestions.

Posted by Wilmette 5 years ago


Disposable camera

I have a disposable camera and I am trying to decide what  to do with it.  I know many of you would suggest a stun gun but that does not interest me.  I like other high voltage stuff like teslacoils and stuff though.   Oh on a side note ...(you should find this funny)...after I took it apart I was looking at the way it worked and I saw the leads going to the flash.  I thought it was odd that it was not insulated and I accidentally touched it without the battery even being in (yes I know this does not matter).  So in other words I already know what it would feel like as a stun gun. Give me some ideas.  :)

Posted by jcaresheets 7 years ago


building headphones need tips

Hello , I'm not very smart (better then some people are tho) so I need some advice  I'm building some headphones out of Lego , I have them all set up ( as in; Lego structure, speakers ready , head band , i have the wires)  what can I use to insulate them to bloke out sound also what should I use to make the padding so they can go on my ears also to remove all outside sound , is there any good ways to increase bass or just anything to make them better.

Posted by fredd3rf 6 years ago


Help with electromagnet

I have made an attempt to make an electromagnet.I got a 10 inch iron rod with insulated copper wire wrapped around (see image)I didnt have enough wire for the whole rod, so the wire is in two seperate sectionsI tried a AA 1.5v battery, two AA 1.5v, a 9v, two 9v and a big 6v plugged in both ways (negative, positive).None seem to work.I thought it may be the two sections connected together, so i tried all the above batteries again on only one section, and it still didnt work.Can anyone help me out here ?

Posted by oxidase 9 years ago


alternative ways to cool house in new england humid summers

I live in new england where we get some pretty hot and humid days in the summer. I hate ac units so I am trying to find other ways to cool my 180 years old house. It's well insulated and has a full basement that is 5 feet under ground level so it's usually pretty cool. A the temperature rises, the first floor is usually warmer and the second floor gets plain hot Has any one tinkered with fans and ducts to move that cool air up from the basement to the upper floors. Thanks

Posted by missplumeau 9 years ago