Battery packs keeps melting? Answered

Right now i'm trying to build a circuit that goes from a two AA pack to a switch to a potentiometer to a motor but every time I try to add a resistor of any size it always stops working. When I don't add the resistor the battery pack just melts and I have to buy a new one. Does anyone know how I can stop this from happening?

Question by Waveform19 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


keeping warm contest

Been three days and entry to contest has not shown up?

Topic by mrmusty 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Just Keep on Trying

You have to admire the dog's persistence in trying to get up the slide. I love how he tries to take a shortcut in the end. via Neatorama

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


comments keep disapearing

On my most recent instructable the duct tape kayak there were tons of comments but now they keep disapearing my replies to them are still there when i try to click on their username it doesn't do anything

Topic by bravoechonovember1 3 years ago


Title keeps disappearing

The title of this instructable keeps disappearing: https://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Mache-Jack-o-Lantern/ I have had to go in to the editor and retype it in a few time since it's been published.  It seems to randomly disappear.

Topic by The Papier Boy 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Answers keep vanishing? Answered

As regulars will know I answer a lot of questions (rightly or wrongly!) BUT I have noticed recently that a few of my answers disappear - anyone else noticed this?

Question by rickharris 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Keeping food warm Answered

When I make my lunch, I do it the night before because I don't have the time or energy in the morning. But I have a dilemma, my food is never warm by lunch time! I need a simple and compact way to keep my food warm that will fit into my lunch box.

Question by Fizzxwizz 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


instructables keeps saving

Hello, I have a current problem with creating an instructable. Right now the draft keeps saving. this means I can't go to another step but I can add photo's and text to the page I am currently on. If I create a new tab with instructables he sees only the beginning of my draft which is a shame since that means I need to make the instructable all over again and I was very far. I am using chrome internet browser on a windows laptop I was simply saving what I had wrote down and now it keeps saving for already an hour and I can't do a thing.

Topic by leon2772 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


keeping batteries warm?

We have 12v batteries to support our solar power.  our problem is keeping them warm when we are not at home.  does anyone have any suggestions?  we are often gone for work for 3 - 5 weeks, so we can't do wood or waste oil, and days without sun wont help our batteries.  this year it is very cold, night time wind chills below -10

Question by mag1213 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Keeping some promises

Right, I've finally caught up with some promises and updated some of my papercraft templates as PDF files.The Papercraft Grave is now fully-PDFed, including a half-scale version on a single page.Heed is PDFed, and has an updated link between the head and body (thanks Mykhailo).The now-classic Paper Catapult is also PDFed, and has neater graphics on the arm.

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to keep door ajar for winter. Cat keeps opening it.

Winter is approaching in Australia. I work in my home office and my computers and sometimes heater [or bread machine :)] keep the office warm. My cat likes to visit for a scratch several times a day. For this, the door must be openable otherwise i have to let the cat in and out. I have been keeping the door nearly closed which keeps the warmth in. However, my cat arrives and virtually bashes it open. The heat in the room is sucked out within minutes if I am distracted by work enough to not close the door ajar on entry or exit of cat. How can I add an upgrade to the door which will keep it closed-ajar if a cat or human uses the door. I would like to solution that can be disabled as in summer I would like the door to be open (which is working and does not need a solution to keep it open). The door is on equal balance (if that makes sense) and I would not like to modify the door hinges. (I had attached an image but must not have enough trust with this site for it to display). The door is a colonial door if you see pictures on google images.

Topic by valamas 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


lawnmower keeps fouling plug???

Question by msdaynad 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


internet keeps kicking off

I have connected my xbox and computer together and they are running off a wireless connection but my internet connection keeps kicking off after logged on for 8 minutes or more, why is it doing that???

Question by jmdakia 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Lawnmower cord keeps eipping

Hello I changed flywheel key and blade adapter ...i keeps tearing my rewind rope ..not sure what to change next ...it runs great when started but still hard the odd time

Question by Wheelz688 10 months ago  |  last reply 10 months ago


Keeping track of your ants...

This may well be the world's smallest tracking collar. From an article in Science News.

Topic by kelseymh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


keep a papermodel in good condition? Answered

I've just finished a paper model boat, it's a fishing boat with a lot of small detail, and especially rigging with thread. can anyone suggest any ways to keep it from getting broken/ and i don't mean, 'make sure you don't sit on it' or something, but maybe a spray on adhesive that would keep all the joints stiff, but wouldn't damage the paper.

Question by the poodleo 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Keep getting an impolite page?

Every time I go to view an Instructable, a page displays saying "that was impolite" and I can only go to the home page. Why? 

Question by djsfantasi 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Comment boxes keep moving

Hi!  I recently posted an instructable on rappelling.  Some of the comment boxes on the pictures keep moving, and every time I move them back, they don't stay.  I've heard that it is not unusual for that to happen in preview mode, but since this is a dangerous sport, I would like to make sure that the comment boxes are in the right spot.  Any suggestions?  Thanks!

Topic by thegeekkid 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Keeps logging me out

Every time I view a new instructable or go to the home page, I have to log back in. Is this a bug right now, or is something not right with my account/computer? 

Topic by mackmgg 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Fan art keeps coming in!

Another trip downstairs to the mailbox and 8 more colored robots show up! This is in addition to the 2 that kelseymh brought over on Tuesday during the Make:SF meeting.

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Ubuntu keeps freezing on me?

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my flash drive to run on windows but  when I get it running it only works for about 30 minutes then just freezes. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Question by oicvideos 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Keeping my equipment warm

Recently i went to take pictures in the middle of the night at Subfreezing temperatures and the front of my lens formed ice. so i need to keep the lens warm, there are many solutions but the one i thought would be fun to use is the use of a heating element. I found resistance heating wire, i would like to make an object that could fit around my lens and keep it warm. to prevent overheating i will use a microcontroller with temperature sensors to cut of the supply of electricity at a certain temperature. i just want to keep the lens at more than 5 degrees centigrade. I think my 12v lead acid battery will be enough for this kind of project. My question is how to do it, how much heating wire should i use? how much heat will it make? what wire should i use? Will it work? Any other ideas are welcome.

Topic by markosloizou 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Keeping canoeing gear dry

I'm about to go on an overnight canoeing trip with my scout troop, and we were wondering about the best way to keep our gear dry. I know that there are those dry bags that you can buy at places like REI, but I was trying to come up with a cheaper option. We'd be storing tents, food, personal gear, and backing stoves, and a few other things. If you have any ideas and methods you have previously tried, please tell me!

Topic by Hazard™ 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Keeping the environment moist or damp

I'm building an aeroponics system from scratch. When I water my roots in bursts of 3 to 5 minutes how can I be sure that the environment stays moist while I am away, I don't want the roots on my capsicum annuum to dry out. Is there anything I can line my 4" PVC tube with to keep it damp inside but without using soil or any geological material or perhaps and organic material that wont damage the cycle? Is this what aggregate is used for?

Topic by bprins 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


New mower keeps dying

I bought a new 2 cycle lawn mower in the spring. It worked fine, then it starting dying. I unscrewed the gas cap screwed it back on. It worked fine for a few turns. Died again. Figured cap needed to be vented. Now it dies continuously. Need some suggestions.

Topic by sassifrasstea 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


keep getting logged out

Hi I just signed up for an account. I can log in just fine, but as soon as I view an article I get logged out. I've closed and re-opened the browser IE11 on win 8.1 and but no joy. Also you can't press "enter" in this box???? crazy.... Thanks DS

Topic by darrinsmith 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


lawn mower keeps dying

Bought a new 2 cycle lawn mower in the spring. It worked fine, then it starting dying. I unscrewed the gas cap screwed it back on. It worked fine for a few turns. Died again. Figured cap needed to be vented. Now it dies continuously. Need some suggestions.

Topic by sassifrasstea 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Comment boxes keep moving? Answered

Hi!  I'm currently writing my first instructable, and I am trying to comment on some of the pictures, however, on some of the pictures the comment boxes keep moving to a different spot and resizing whenever I am in full preview mode.  It isn't on all of them, but it is pretty important to have these comments in the right spot as my instructable is on rappelling, and the slightest error can be very dangerous.  Has anyone else ever run into this before, and if so, how did you fix it? I've already tried moving them in edit mode, as well as the comment edit mode provided in full preview. Thanks in advance!

Question by thegeekkid 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Don't keep rats as pet !

When my brother decided to travel around the country, he has been forced to leave the white rat he kept as pet ... and I've been forced to adopt this little animal.Rats as pets quickly become cute, funny, and show a personality that make them even more endearing ... In other words, "la souris" (the mouse), as I renamed it because I was unable to remember the name my bro gave her formerly, quickly found her place in my home and my life.So, happy end ??No !No, because rats pets quickly develop lot of weird diseases :- dermatitis - mange- bumble feet- cysts- tumors- etc- and various infections and self-injuries because the rat scratches or bites itself because of one or several of the above diseases.The health and the life of your rat will quickly become a nightmare, and, if like me, you tend to consider your pets like full members of your family, your rat pet will become a great source of worries ... and if you're not cruel, you'll be forced to give an end to its agony. Because that's a real slow and cruel agony.Most people who adopt a rat as pet seems not to be aware of all the problems this little animal will have, neither how expensive it will be to look after it.The internet is full of sites dedicated to the diseases of rats pet. My advice : If you love pets, don't adopt or give a rat as pet !20080225 update :Despite what I said, if you still want to adopt a rat, then, you should better document yourself a lot before commitment.Member Please wrote a tiny instructable about How to take care of a rat the right way. She is a breeder, so you could ask her as much questions as you need.20080226 update :She also wrote two other very useful articles :avoid bad diseases for your pet ratfun games for your pet rat

Topic by chooseausername 11 years ago  |  last reply 5 months ago


Mecho Shades - Keep heat in in winter?

We are building a 4 seasons room. Contractor recommended Mechoshades - I know they protect from sun and heat in summer, but do they keep the heat in during the winter?

Question by polkataco 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Keeping Argentine ants out of a home?

Does anyone have firsthand experience at keeping Argentine ants out of a home? I've read several websites that all seem to give a laundry list of household substances one can use to keep them at bay, but nothing saying "I've tried this for Argentine ants, and it works". I've tried ant traps, which work for a little while, and I've tried pepper, which didn't really work at all. Ideally, I'd like to put something around doors and windows to keep them out, but if there are other methods, I'm open to those too. Any help is appreciated!

Question by drknotter 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to keep logged in for Pro membership

I have a pro membership.  I log in and view an instructable.  Then I click on another one and I have to log in again. How can I keep logged in until I want to Logout? Thanks,

Question by janeschreven 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Keeping rosin (pine sap) hardened?

I just finished making a prop for halloween that involves melting down pine sap to make rosin. Everything went as planned except it slowly becomes misshapen if it is above 70 F  does anyone know of a way to keep the rosin hard?

Question by bravoechonovember1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


My tv keeps blowing fuses.

My tv (phillips crt widescreen) keeps blowing fuses. There must be some reason it keeps doing this, but I can't figure out why. I got it for free from a moving job because it didn't work (blown fuse), and then it worked for about 8 months just fine. Next fuse worked for about two months. And now it works for about five minutes before shutting off. But if I unplug it for a little while and wait, the tv will turn back on and have a picture for about five minutes. Any ideas?

Question by marcward86 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


group empty, keep it open or delete? Answered

I created a group over two weeks ago, but as no one has joined it, what should i do? should i leave it open or just give up on it and delete it? thanks bye

Question by AussieAnglerGal 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I keep getting logged off

So, I sign in, Go to the food section, go to recent, right click and interesting instructable, ope it in a new tab, and TADA! I get logged off. What's going on? It's really aggravating!

Topic by josheggleston 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I keep getting signed out

Today I changed my Ibles password.Now,when I browse Instructables,I get logged out every time move to another page. Browser:Google Chrome OS:Windows XP

Topic by Derin 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Why I keep failing at soldering? Answered

Hello, I try soldering leds to a PCB board and the lead does not stick, I cant figure out what is the problem. Is it the iron (bought on ebay 5$) but its a 20W, it is the cheap PCB?  Please help, I want to finish my project!

Question by napstercc 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


My age keeps jumping years

At least 3 times a month, my age in my profile will go up a year. I'm 15, and I change it to that, then a couple of weeks later it jumps to 16. If I leave it for long enough it'll go to 18 or 19.

Topic by asasklfjklasfkljasklfjaklfsjkl 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


My battery pack keeps melting?

I am making a simple circuit with only batteries and LED strips - I know it must be shorting but very new to this and wondering how I can find the short and fix it? It takes around 4 minutes to melt the pack, I am using 8 AA batteries as was told the LED strips work at 12V.  Would really like your help.

Question by scooterlights 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Step one keeps popping up!!!!!!

Now, for WHATEVER reason, step one shows up in EVERY STEP YOU CLICK ON!!!!!!!!!!!  Now that is the most useless and pointless thing I have ever seen on this site.  I mean, WHY????  If you need to see step one again, just click on it!!!!!  The step one thing gets in the way, and it is really distracting!

Topic by eulaliaaaa! 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


We must keep the Allsteps preference!

The title says it all, Allsteps should be a benefit when we register, Now we are going being treated like dirt by the system! We are being removed of all the basic features! What do you think about this happening? Do you think it is fair? do you think it Should be done? And do you think madness will occur when it takes effect?

Topic by ReCreate 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


transistor keeps burning out in the circuit!

Hi everyone! i followed this 'ible (https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Perimeter-Alarm/) to make a laser burglar alarm for an electronics project. i soldered everything together properly, followed the schematic and all, but every time i connect the battery, the transistor just explodes, like, there's a small spark and next thing you know, its damaged. what can be the reason for this and what can i do to solve this problem? i've already used 4 transistors and all burned out! please help!

Question by here_to_learn 5 years ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


why do we keep paying?

I don't understand why I supported this web site in the first place. I think it was to see an indestructable that I was interested in but it wasn't their ("their" being the people who demand money ) indestructable. They (the people that take our money) don't post anything that interests me and they won't allow people to view other peoples projects unless we pay. I think it's a rip off that shouldn't be. These people are greedy and don't contribute anything except for a place to view this on the net. A lot of the projects here are crap and nobody here does anything to verify the projects. They started out with a free website and now it's a rip off....

Topic by jessey 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


We need a "keep in sight" button

Often an instructable or a comment is enough interesting to deserve our attention during certain time. In this case, a "keep in sight" button could be very useful, to receive an email for any newness with it. Example: recently wilgubeast published an "featured author" about me. I must enter to look it each day to see and answer all new comments. This is not the only case, other topics or discussions have that need for me, too. Spanish original, in the doubt of translation: A menudo, un instructable o un comentario es lo suficientemente interesante como para merecer nuestra atención durante cierto tiempo. En este caso, un botón "mantenerlo en la mira" puede ser muy útil, para recibir un correo electrónico de cualquier novedad con él. Ejemplo: recientemente wilgubeast publicó un "autor destacado" acerca de mí. Yo tengo que entrar a mirarlo cada día para ver y responder a todos los nuevos comentarios. Este no es el único caso, otros temas o discusiones tienen también esa necesidad para mí.

Topic by rimar2000 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


LEDs keep on taking over. Excellent.

It's no secret that we love using LEDs for our projects. They sip power and are fantastically tiny. You can even get an introduction to how they work with just an LED and a coin battery. If you haven't used one yet, make it a new year's resolution to make one light up this year. If you want to complete any resolutions, that'll be one of the easiest.Yesterday's announcement of the Macbook Air in San Francisco pushes the LEDs further. This isn't the first laptop to have it, but it's a dramatic display of how far the tech has come and how far it needs to go. LEDs aren't perfect for every use, but they hopefully will be someday.According to this article some of the current goals are for better whites, deep-UV, and quantum cryptography. All of which sound pretty tasty.But what about you? What do you want from LEDs that you don't see just yet?

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


iTunes keeps "Re-buffering stream"?

Hello! lately i have had a lot of troubles with iTunes, mostly it doesn't want to load or won't allow me to purchase things. i've tried reloading Itunes twice and that works for a day or two then its back to not working. i have got the latest version and a good internet connection. the most common problem lately is when i try to listen to a preview of a song it will play it for a few seconds then stop and say "opening URL Re-Buffering Stream" and that happens on every preview I've tried? it continually does it, saying that every few seconds... it worked fine yesterday and i was able to listen to previews without any trouble but this morning its back to the Re-buffering thing? i don't really want to call Apple help as there doesn't appear to be a section for this kind of thing and they ask for personal information... has anyone else had this problem and know how i can fix it? thank you! from AAG

Question by AussieAnglerGal 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


BUG: Keeps changing log-ins

OK, a weird bug - Roger-X was editing his first instructable, and when he changed steps it suddenly changed from being logged in as him, to being logged in as me. No strange messages or useful screen-shots - it was just the bit at the top that changed. The page also locked, so that in the end we had to shut down Firefox and re-start it. Later, when I was looking at my comments, the login suddenly jumed back to Roger-X's. Again, no odd messages, and this time it didn't lock - I could access all his account quite easily. Additionally - we are experiencing problems logging in and out - if one of us logs out, the other can't log in until we shut down FF and re-start (yes, we've tried flushing the cookies etc). We type in our username and password, and it just jumps back to the login option. It's bleedin' annoying, folks.

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Mozzies and how to keep them outside....

Down here the winter was too short and not cold enough, meaning insect life is literally exploding in numbers already. The house I moved in has badly installed flyscreens on the doors and windows, most likely due to the fact that the house is moving up and down in several points... Anyway, due to the gaps everywhere I found myself with the problem that the mozzies covered my entire front and back door areas. With an unsupporting landlord not even allowing me to replace the bad flysreens with proper ones at my cost I was left with less invasive options to tackle the problem. Before you ask: No I am not even allowed to fix holes in the flyscreens covering the windows :( My next step was to check the local garden center for some natural solutions. Lemon grass seems to do the trick for the inside, the smell also keeps flies away really good. But I had to put the pots in the garden as the ongoing smell gives me headaches. It also did very little to prevent the mozzies from coming inside when I opened any outside door for a few moments. Only way out was to get rid of the mozzie population having daily meeting around my doors. At the local hardware store I found several "surface sprays" and they all stated to be very effective against cockroaches, spiders and other crawling insects - too bad I don't have a problem with them LOL After asking I was informed that those sprays do little to nothing for flying insects, including mozzies and that I would waste my money. During my next shopping trip I got desperate and grabbed a can of surface spray from Aldi. Was under 3 bucks, so I had nothing to loose compared to the 40-80 bucks for a canister of "the good stuff" from the hardware store. At the checkout an old lady asked if I moved into a new house with cockroaches when she saw the spray and I said that I only have a problem with mozzies. She recommended to eat more bananas ROFL Back home it was already too sunny at the front door for the mozzies to show up so I waited till the late afternoon and sure enough I found the area covered with them again. The spray annoyed them badly but I kept spraying all cracks, surfaces and also the gaps at the roof line. Kept checking for a while but could not see any real effect on the mozzies other than swarming around me and trying to suck my blood. Next morning I found the floor at the door covered by a carpet of dead mozzies! I don't mean a few, I am talking enough to take the brrom to clear them up :) Now for the past 5 days the body count is going down quite fast while my door stays free of mozzies. Still have them flying around in "normal" numbers but I can get in and out without a swarm of them following me. Since the product is plant based and considered to be without any side effects on humans or pets I will see how long it lasts and then just spray again - this three dollar can should last throughout the summer... You might wonder why I go through all these troubles... Long story short, I am quite allergic to the bites. Happened as a kid when during a warm summer night at a friends place I got so many bites that the doc gave up counting. He reached over 200 just by counting my head and face to the shoulders... Now I am allergic to the bites, the itch lasts over a week and thebite area swells up to the size of a 50 cent coin with blisters forming after 2 days. You might not get it hat bad but if you do suffer from the bites I found two remedies that help with the itch and reaction: a)  BBQ igniter (the manual push type without batteries)! They work like the expensive clickers you get at the pharmacy but last much longer - plus they require more force. The rounded tip is placed directly onto the bite and when you push the button in to "get shocked" two things happen. First the pressure forces the soliver that causes the reaction into deeper skin layers where there are less receptors for the itch. Secondly the high voltage breaks down certain parts of the soliver making it far less effective to cause harm. Downside is that you might like the shock in certain areas and that you should shock at least 10 to 15 times to get a real benefit from it. b)  Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) You put a drop of H2O2 directly onto the bite or for difficult areas use a soaked cotton bud. Rubbing it in with a cotton bud for a minute or two works best IMHO. You might see your skin turn white or feel a slight burn right where the bite is - that is normal and harmless. The hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen into the skin - this turns the skin white for short period of time. But the oxygen also breaks down the soliver and the byproducts of the body reaction to it. Works great for horse fly bites too. Downside here is that you should not overdo things and that you should test first how sensitive you are to the reaction. A good test is to apply it onto a small cut or scratch to clean it. If you tolerate that then won't even feel it on a mozzie bite. I hope some of this will help you through the summer ;)

Topic by Downunder35m 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How to keep your skin oil free?

How to keep your skin oil free. I dont know really how to keep it clean

Question by candicemarie 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago