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Posted by grundisimo 8 years ago
I don't know what to do with all this junk I found. Well, not all of its junk, but whatever. Here's the list. -Walkie Talkies with charger -iPod USB cable(Don't have the iPod) -Speaker with wires cut -Old digital camera -Kodak Pony 135 camera -Pentax (program plus?) camera with flash, case, and three lenses. -Squire amp. If you have an idea or have a link please share.
Posted by chardster 10 years ago
My well-meaning parents bought me a half-size acoustic guitar as I was adding to my collection. Bad news is, it's useless. It not only has no adjustable truss rod but, as far as I can tell, no neck reinforcement whatsoever, so it's slowly turning itself into a slide guitar. The intonation is so far out that, despite all the useful guides, I despair of bringing it anywhere near something playable, even if I knew what key it was intended to be tuned to (it feels close at a G or an A, but it's still so far out it's crazy). Even if I could fix all of the above, the keys are so loose that three seconds of playing loosens the string anyway. Help! What can I use an unplayable guitar for? :D Should I strip it for parts? Should I turn that lovely sound box into a drum? Turn it into a table? I need inspiration! I'm the kinda gal whose favourite guitar was rescued from a sidewalk, so I don't want it to die; but despite its shape, it's not a guitar. :(
Posted by fireflyfae 7 years ago
Hi... This is an open letter.. made with a new id which i will never use again.. i promise you that my sole intention is for instructible to be better. Lately it's been very difficult for me to follow the one rule "be nice policy"... I'm still trying very hard... It's been made very hard by the newsletter editor, or whoever's job it is to choose which instructible to feature.. It's like you just choose randomly (or is this the case???), some times it's such a ridiculous ible that i can't hold my self much longer.. I want to be nasty in the comments of the ible.. But it's not the ible's writer's fault.. S/he's just making and sharing what s/he wants and i wouldn't even open the ible if it wasn't featured!!! To me, featuring means that you think it's a really nice piece and everyone should have a look at it.. it's brilliant! it's new!! it's unique! A little screening should be done prior to featuring.. Featuring doesn't mean "hey guys.. look at these random pages and see what you think.. or whatever..." Some of the ible's that was featured lately that i dont think that everybody should see: "is my sweater blue?" i admit it's a funny one.. well written.. yet it's pointless! anticlimactic! i was expecting so much more only because it was featured. If i stumbled on it on my own, i wouldn't have put so much expectation and wont be too disappointed.. might even enjoy the joke.. it was 1st of march!!! Not april fools!!!!! "router hack" more like router 101.. or how to use your router.. look at all the breach in the be-nice-policy comments... I wont even comment there.. A few was a re-post of older ible, some even a only re-make (i dont want to say plagiarism), and few more i care to remember... Were they innovative? were they interesting? were they everyone-must-see material? subjectively i say NO, NO, and NO. But if i look at the other commenting on them, mostly breaching the be nice policy, i'm not alone! I'm seriously starting to see instructible newsletter to be more junk lately.. Not like before when i got excited everytime one arrives in my inbox.. now i'm like "meh.. gotta screen to these stuff again because someone didn't do his/her job properly"... Please do something about this.. I'm worried that instructible would spiral down into the abyss, becoming flamming troll land due to the domino effect from negative comments making others feeling negative and spreading like a virus.. If it happens, there's only one to blame: unscreened newsletter featuring undeserving ibles. So i say again: please.. please.. please.. Anonym
Posted by amahtai 3 years ago
As inductance and capacitance testing is a frequent topic on instructables, N5ESE's GIZMOs page has several home-brew testing gadgets and misc. gizmos, including:-- inductance meter-- capacitance meter-- frequency generator-- crystal checker-- dummy loads and attenuators-- 'scope probesCool stuff...
Posted by gmoon 10 years ago
Hello fellow instructabilians, I love the site and the community here! I have been salvaging and collecting a lot of items from dumpster diving, hard waste / rubbish collections etc that I have used to extract components like motors, electronics, glass etc. But as always, after extracting what I need, I end up with a mass of plastic, wood, metals, and some other random materials that have no use. I would love to find a way to crush the bigger plastics, melt the metal ( if alloy ), shred the wood, and melt down the glass. Of course, you are able to make some big crushing machine, but this is why it is under the green section. I am trying to find a sensible way to rid of all this excess junk, with a means of being able to teach others to do the same thing. Our bins are very small, the tip is very costly now to even take junk, rates are going up, please, someone throw some ideas of any sort to help me find a system / make some green 'machines' etc. I hope you understand, and just a quick mention, I am dealing with at least 6m square of this useless junk that needs to, and can be sorted if there was a way. I may even need to get my local community involved, like a pre-recycle event.. I dont know. Help. :( I guess a crusher, or something to deal with the largest of materials ( like CRT screen plastic outer shells ) would be a first step.
Posted by AtomRat 6 years ago
Two or three times a day, a satellite circling Earth narrowly misses destruction by an orbital hailstorm of junk sweeping the busy super highways of space.A spreading cloud of shrapnel from the collision of two satellites earlier this month is making wrecks for working spacecraft around Earth all but inevitable, analysts warn. As the ninth significant crack-up in two years -- including a punctured nuclear satellite -- the wreckage of Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 is fostering a chain reaction of collisions that puts billions of dollars of spacecraft and manned space flights at risk.Full article and really cool slideshow: Harmless Debris on Earth Is Devastating in Orbit - Wall Street Journal.via benjaneer.
Posted by noahw 9 years ago
I would like to propose a new Contest category, if it doesn't already exist. I would love to see a contest where EVERY LAST PART of your project must be made from used recycled old junk. Anything can qualify, just as long as it came out of something that was previously used and must be at least 10 years old. Items could be grouped into sub-categories, electronics, papercrafts, automobiles, etc, etc. Maybe such a contest already exists, but it would be nice to see people using a little more of the old stuff. I'm seeing projects from 3D printers and arduino powered robots, and that is super cool, and I want to try those projects, but that kind of thing caters to only the techno-geek with half a life time of tools and knowledge. Most of the people who come to this site aren't that tech savy, and likely don't have a Raspberry Pi, or other Arduino mini-comp to program those super-cool projects. Lets Dumb it down a bit for the rest of us. I'd like to see more posts that can be done without having to go out for anything, unless it's to go to the tool shed or Garage for that old blender you were meaning to fix 20 years ago! This site rocks! I come here every day, and it inspires me even though I don`t have some of the knowledge. But if a project posted on here costs more than a retail version of it does, then I think the point of this site has been missed entirely.
Posted by OculumForamen 3 years ago
I am trying to re use some toroids that I salvaged from a broken computer PSU and motherboard. I have some electronics experience however this is mainly with digital circuits. I am reusing the toroids by removing the original windings and hand winding the several coils required by the circuit. I have noticed that while the one largest (2.2cm diameter) core works exceptionally well, all other cores salvaged from the devices work poorly. My goal is driving a nixie tube. While the "successful" core yields about 180 volts AC the rest can barely top 60v output (all have similar numbers of windings, roughly 150 turns on the primary, 5tap5 on the secondary, 10 on the feedback). Clearly there is some level of variation between how the toroids perform. Is there any easy way to work out which cores will work? Can anybody explain which factor(s) are likely to be the cause? Visually the cores appear to be the same, looking like they are all made of soft iron. For reference, I am using the toroids to make a Royer oscillator - which does appear to be working, as my source voltage is 5V. Any help appreciated, Thanks, Drew.
Posted by andy 7 years ago
I just got into soldering, and I've been haveing a very bad problem of burning myself. Within the first 10 minutes of using it, I accidently touched the tip of the iron to my finger, and it HURT! And then jsut now, I was soldering, and my mom called me, so I kinda of jumped, brushing my finger against the newly melted solder. Is this normal for beginners?
Posted by wolf555hound 9 years ago
I used to get the instructable newsletter regularly but wasn't receiving them recently. The last one was on 10th Nov. I checked the Promotions tab in Gmail and there they were(along with "Latest from Instructables" which never ever made it to my inbox). I've added the email IDs to contacts so they will hopefully end up in the inbox in future, but was wondering if anyone else faced anything similar? I didn't change any settings so it must be some changes at the instructables newsletter end or maybe Gmail made the promotion filtering stricter...
Posted by Antzy Carmasaic 2 years ago
Really is another mans gold! I'm the type of person who, when seeing something internesting, picks it up. For instance, I have found: @ A working VCR (and I use it) @ A small TV (not broken, just REALLY old) @ Microwave ovens (several, not a single one broken) @ Old computers (the joys of Harddrive magnets) @ A 27 inch Panasonic TV (it's working perfectly, i use it daily) UPDATE 10 July 2010 @ A working DVD player (slot jammed, fixed it) @ A PlayStation 1 (not tested, I'll report back) (tested it with the AV cable I also found, it works!) There's no shame in taking "trash" off the streets! I got some funny looks having a small TV strapped to my bike, I take them as compliments! What I'm trying to say here is basically Save the planet, finders keepers!
Posted by Kirbsome! 8 years ago
Okay, part two of my diabolical plan! Kiteman gave me the idea that I didn't need to use avatars, but something that represents the person. So if you would, pick the people from the list and say the object that they remind you most of. Ex: Skunkbait might be the Skunktrapsorry if any names are misspelled, I copied and pastedAdrian MonkBumpusCaitlinsdadDj RadioGmjhoweGoodhartGorillazMikoJessyratfinkkeith kidkelseyhmKillerjackalopeKitemanNacho MahmaRocketScientist2015SkateSkunkbaitTool Using AnimalWeissensteinburgzachninme
Posted by Chicken2209 9 years ago
This project is not for me. It is for someone who inquired on Answers. Here was his original text:It's a project for physics, and it sounds impossible. I also have to play it in front of the class and have a written component with an explanation on what resonance is occurring. No electric instruments.Objectives:1. Construct a musical instrument out of junk and common materials such as plastic pipe, wood, glass, metal scrap, etc.2. Demonstrate and explain physics concepts inherent in your instrument.Rules: 1. The instrument must be able to play an octave in tune to receive a B grade.The A grade is reserved for truly amazing instruments in terms of thought and construction, so my challenge to you is to WOW me.2. The instrument must be able to play a song. Songs such as "Mary had a Little Lamb" or "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" are not adequate since they do not include all the notes in an octave. 3. No Kazoos, Jew's Harps, Pop bottles filled with water, musical saws, washtub basses etc. When in doubt, ask.4. This is a high school level assignment, so I am expecting high school level (or above) projects at an appropriate level of difficulty. 5. Grading will be based on # of notes playedability to make your instrument resonateappropriate difficulty of the instrument constructionyour song of choice in an auditory presentation to the class and an explanation of the physics behind your instrumentcreativity of course.Stringed instruments must have more than one stringLet's help him out!!!
Posted by BeanGolem 9 years ago
Hey, I recently contacted my school (I'm in 9h grade) asking if they had any old equipment i could have, and they said yes. I have decided that i would *only* take 2 overhead projectors (you put a 'transparent sheet on, and projects) 3-4 boomboxes, and most importantly, a VHS camcorder. I just couldn't let that camcorder go to waste, so i decided i would take it, but now I'm wondering, what can i do with it? Also, for the overhead projectors, any ideas what i could use them for? I know, i can get the mirrors/lenses/bulbs, and fan and everything in them, but is there anything i could use them for (i know about LCD overhead projector, anything else?)
Posted by schumi23 6 years ago
This is my first post, but I was surprised (and upset) to learn that the list of Make subscribers is now available from InfoUSA. Everybody get ready for new Spam & Junk mail. Anybody care to estimate how much money will be spent on printing & then recycling junk mail? http://dc.walterkarl.com/dc/wkpdf/makemagazine/MakeMagazine.html
Posted by Gregor714 10 years ago
Can you believe my wife called it that? Here I find out that a friend of a friend's company is clearing out it's inventory, so I score for next to nothing, all this cool vintage tech. And the first thing my wife does is call it junk, and second tell me "Don't bring that into MY house". So I desperately need to boast somewhere. Here's what I got. A PII notebook (won't boot, past setup screen needs new cmos battery) A PIII notebook ( boots couple bad spots on screen (Thinking sacrificial computer for dangerous projects)) PIV notebook Cracked screen (Thinking of docking it to replace my crufty old celery desktop) PIII Desktop (needs harddrive (same destiny as the P3 notebook) LCD projection panel, just 640X480 but NIB. A video camera, old school tape, but top of the line for it's vintage. a laser printer and a eighties vintage teleconferencer. Went around giggling like Beavis all day. Acquire any cool junk recently?
Posted by Tool Using Animal 11 years ago
This sounds stoopid but does anyone just have led lights, bulbs, etc.? I see a LOT of instructables where it uses led lights. i had an electricity kit a few years ago. it came with 3 led lights. i later burnt them out by modifying the kit and plugging the lights into a 9 volt battery. also if its not too much too ask, mini motors for rc cars? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Jacko13 8 years ago
Okay, I have: 1. A broken Presario CQ61 that is beyond repairing (withing a reasonable price range). The screen is still good, and I believe that the drive, hard drive, ram, and battery are all okay (and maybe other miscellaneous bits, too). 2. An original Xbox with a possibly dirty/faulty disk drive, along with the chords to it (I turned to controller into a USB controller) 3. Random chargers, MP3/MP4 players, chargers, speakers, etc.,etc. 4. MacGyver-style determination What can I make with these? I can't use them like they are, and I don't want to throw them away. Any good suggestions? I've been looking online and I've only found "make your old laptop into a picture frame!!!1!!" All ideas are good ideas (except for bad ideas). Thank you in advance.
Posted by choward7 5 years ago
I have 2 old computers now my idea is to make a media center Only music no videos. I'm searching buddies who have knowledge in DOS & windows. The idea the computer will be solely used for music. When turning on the computer It will automatically load that program like Windows media center or XBMC. where you select the music to be played all day long 24x7. Hey Genius's please help me with the ideas. I'll be thankful to you If possible can u email me at email@example.com
Posted by Gimicpot 8 years ago
Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia SC is hosting its First Annual Recycled Regatta! Its a build your own boat contest. All you have to do is collect recyclables, trash or anything that would normally wind up in a landfill. Build a boat with the items and bring it to the Park May 10th! You must register no later than May 1 2008. Boats will be judged on creativity, best use of materials, best sinker and speed/agility! There will be some really sweet prizes - so start making your boat today! Boats must hold at least one person! Boats also must be human powered! No motors or trained dolphins! This is a new activity for the 2008 Earth Fair event (5th year running) We will continue to have all the normal environmental educational booths, canoe and kayak demos, mountain bike demos, fly fishing classes, bird walks and more! This is an awesome event! We hope to see you there! Email me for more info!
Posted by EdventureChildrensMuseum 10 years ago
Finally a reason to stop feeling guilty about my Starbucks addiction. I know I should be making my own coffee at home (and I do), but I can't deny my love for a double-tall latte. So what do I do with my stack of used cups and lids (rinsed for recycling!) and all the extra caffeine raging through my veins? Build a TIE-fighter, of course!Wired is hosting a Starbucks art contest. The idea is to make something cool and interesting exclusively out of Starbucks junk (cups, stirrers, drink holders, etc). Tape, glue, and string are allowed. You might consider multiple coffee-runs, or just ask the manager to sell you a bunch.As something resembling a prize, Wired will feature their favorites in an online slideshow. Fame and notoriety - it can all be yours! (Of course, we always recommend cross-posting on Instructables.)To inspire you, Wired posted this incredible TIE Fighter, made by Wired photographer Dan Winters. I don't think a Star Wars theme is required, but it almost certainly helps.Enter at Wired. May the Force (and the nondairy creamer) be with you. via MAKE
Posted by scoochmaroo 10 years ago
I got scammed and bought that junk... Swivel Sweeper. A few million others also did. The battery died only a month later. I've been trying to make a surrogate battery because I don't want to give them anymore money for a replacement battery. Any ideas?
Posted by kanata 11 years ago
So, I have this annoying problem with Firefox... As I browse the web, opening and closing tabs, I get an accumulation of (Japanese?) characters all over the tabs at the top of the screen. It starts with one or two, but soon builds up to obscure the tabs, so that I can't find the Xs to close tabs, or even switch between them (see the screenshot). The characters occur no matter what websites I do or do not visit. It eventually gets to the point where I have to close the software to get rid of the mess. The problem has persisted through uninstall/reinstall of the browser, and the only add-ons I have running are a dictionary and McAfee site advisor. Yes, I know I could just switch to Chrome, but FF is my favourite browser. Anybody know a cure?
Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago
Pardon me if I'm in the wrong forum place to ask, but I don't know where else to look where I live for odds and ends for projects. Short version first--what common places or facilities should I check for cool parts for stuff? To add detail, I am new here but routinely follow this site now and especially the Steampunk category, though this applies to any made thing that has extra things to "look cool". Ok so if I want old parts or things to represent or look like old or other things, I would think to check at a scrapyard, salvage center, flea market and Ebay. My problem is that in my region, there seem to be no salvage yards, only recycling centers that buy specific junk. Ebay gets expensive and is specific enough to not have any wholesale or discount by volume situation. I live near the state capital so our flea market is as good as I will get and it hasn't been useful yet. I have read instructables a number of times in which the author writes something like, "I was lucky to find this piece at a local junkyard" or something like that. Am I missing good options to find old or "junk" parts that have junk prices?
Posted by Mechabadger 5 years ago
Love this site. I have great fun with my son making many cool things. This site has also made me more aware of junk I used to just throw out that can be used to make cool stuff. Just had to finally say THANKS for the awesome site and contributor's. All my best. //rick//
Posted by rickdf 9 years ago
I was revisiting some of my old instructables, being a narcissist, and realized it had been two months since I posted my windbelt. Now I haven't done anything with it, it sits in the junk box, but considering the great excitement when the concept had first come out, I was wondering, has anyone done anything interesting since?
Posted by Tool Using Animal 10 years ago
I'd love to find a knitting pattern for a chill pill, similar to this one by artist Ben Cuevas - any clever knitters out there who can design one?? http://thelittleknittery.bigcartel.com/product/artist-ben-cuevas-knitted-chill-pill-workshop-sun-dec-5th-2-5-p-m
Posted by gorgeous junk 7 years ago
Well im stringing togett some ideas ive seen into something green. first the idea i saw the cold water well ac unit, but too much water use to have one constantly run. so i thought a cycling pump, with a tank buried underground. for that too work the water being cycled though must be kept cold as it continues to cycle through. tank idea - something like 2-3 window ac condenser units piped together to fit inside a 50 gal drum. fill the drum with sand and water burying the condensers. the unit would be a condenser with a small water pump and a fan. i've seen small 12 solar battery chargers, would that be enough to run the pump and the fan for extended times say 4 hours a day is this possible or am i over estimating some things
Posted by Dan Nugget 9 years ago
Last night I received a rush of emails due to my new iBle. Suddenly, they just stopped. I was no longer receiving emails from Instructables. This was confirmed by several un-emailed replies to me and one of my forum topics. I rely heavily on the email system to tell me when someone is contacting me, as the text box on my homepage does not always show new comments. If you think I stopped receiving the emails because the rush triggered an anti-junk system, I have no such system set up (because I don't get junk mail :) ) and I have received a much larger rush of iBle emails in the past. I tested to see if it was my email by sending a message from a separate computer/account, and I received that message. I also still receive emails from Geocaching.com. Please, fix this. I'm lost without it! Edit: Fixed! :D
Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 9 years ago