Tips / Tricks Section

It would be good to have a TIPS/TRICKS category.  Sometimes i have some good info somebody else might be able to use. Not enough for a full Instructable. Its a tip/trick that doesn't take a lot of explanation.  Example ible.  I was forced to add more pictures just to get the ible to publish. I suppose those additional pictures help, but not really needed for this particular tip to be valid. So i suggest a TIP/TRICK section or something along those lines      

Posted by WWC 5 years ago


Any tips?

I created my "first" instructable in quite some time, and I feel I may be a bit rusty.  (took a while to pop up on the site too....) So I would appreciate any tips or hints as to how I can improve on future projects!  Gimme a holla! https://www.instructables.com/id/Coco-Lanterns/

Posted by Flintlock 7 years ago


Notes From Too Much Travel

A good friend of mine wrote up his travel tips here at Notes From Too Much Travel. It has all sorts of tips around rental cars, using cell phones internationally, how much water to drink on a plane flight, and stuff to keep in your travel bag.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


February will be Tool Tips month

We wanted to give you, the forum readers, an advance notice of what will be happening for the month of February. February will be Tool Tips month here at Instructables and we want to see people documenting how to use their favorite tools. The tools that can be written about are pretty broad. This can be a cordless drill or a sewing machine. If you use it and have some advice, we want to hear about it. We'll be giving away patches and t-shirts at the end of the month. If you want to enter an Instructable, just remember to publish it from Feb 1 - 29.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Tool Tips Winners Announced

Instructables is happy to announce the prizewinners from Tool Tips Month!You shared over 100 helpful Instructables with tips on hardware, software, and even creating new tools to solve a problem. The site is even more helpful to visitors thanks to all of you who contributed.Since this was a theme month contest the voting was done by the the audience for two of the winners, two were selected by Instructables staff, and one was chosen in a random draw. Be sure to check out the Tool Tips group to see many more great Instructables. We'll be opening the group back up for people to join and add even more useful Tool Tips Instructables.Now, on with the winners!Ratings Prizes - For receiving the two highest ratings, the authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. Remote shutter trigger for Digital Cameras by deth2all 100 Ways to Reduce Your Impactby Brennn10 Judges Prize - Selected by instructables staff, the authors of these two Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. How To Shave Without Getting Razor Bumps by SteamKit How to Sharpen a Chiselby offseid Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of a compressor-powered salad spinner, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...This tip for not burning your desk.Many other members created great Tool Tips, and will receive an Instructables patch. In alphabetical order:1up, alvincredible, BobbyMike, botronics, Brandon121233, computerwiz_222, fatrickuk, Firebert010, Gjdj3, Gunk on Floor, Hodge-Podge, IamTheCreator, iPodGuy, killerjackalope, Kiteman, LinuxH4x0r, Man of Stone, marc92, mbmosher, Plusea, regisd, sideshowcesil, sideways, SteamKit, summit, theopowers, Tool Using Animal, wiiman8.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


LED cube 3x3x3

I hope this goes to a place w/ someone who can assist me. I built my cube wrote my code.  My C skills are very limited and something like this would strengthen it I imagine.  I would like some help in creating the letters though, kinda like they did in the blue 8x8x8 demo with the INSTRUCTABLE.  So far I cannot make all the LED's light up in a single column, and make another column light up only one or two simultaneously.  I'm lighting the whole thing.  I understand the multiplexing and the lights in each column are toggling faster than I can see, but I still would like an idea.  I'm going to do an 8x8x8 for capstone and would like to get familiar with this one first.  Using the arduino uno and software.  Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks

Posted by jacco82 6 years ago


Getting Started At DIY

Hi all I am a mechanical engineering by training. I've worked with Arduinos and loved them a lot. In college, I helped build two race cars in the Formula SAE competitions, and I worked in mechanical workshops doing milling, shaping, grinding, using lathes etc. I loved all of it. However, while I imagine my ideal self spending his weekends in his garage restoring his classic british sports car, I struggle to get excited enough to take on any projects at all. For instance, I have dreams of building my own go kart, writing a smartphone app, building a few home automation things that I have in mind etc, but I lack the courage to start, because I know I will leave it half done. The other thing is that, despite my training, I lack the engineering bent of mind to build things 'properly'. That streak where you choose the right option when designing something. It's hard to describe, but you can tell what was built by an engineer and what wasn't. I would like to ask you, what are your pro tips to getting started and having a long and successful unpaid, voluntary career in weekend hobby projects? Any and all advice is welcome, as are harsh words telling me to 'just freaking pick something and start'. What is your story? How'd you get into liking to build stuff? Did it come naturally to all of you, or did you have to force yourself at first until you started loving it? Thanks in advance.

Posted by IncreasingEntropy 4 years ago


School Video Tips

In my reading/gifted/advanced class, we are supposed to make a documentary showing some of our community's problems. We also have to show how we plan to fix them, too. (I'm working alone)In language arts, we were put into groups to come up with some advertisement for a fictional business or project. It cannot be an existing product or business, either. We have 5 people in our group, and have chosen to use a clothing store as a thing to advertise.So that is two videos, a commercial, and a documentary (we are studying persuasive techniques). I wanted to do a good job on these, so does anyone have any tips? Any tips would do, from lighting to tips on acting. I like making movies, and below are some of my quick videos I made, for Youtube. This one took me about 15 minutes, so it is kinda crappy: Hope you liked them!

Posted by John Smith 11 years ago


A Few Tips On Posting Messages. Or: How To Get More (And Better) Responses

. 1) Make your title meaningful. A lot of people don't have the time to read every message and will just skip over titles that don't make sense - you missed out on someone that might be able to help. As you can see from the title of this thread, it can be pretty long.. All-caps and lots of exclamation points are counter-productive. I have Zachninme's No K'n* script set to block more than three !s.. 2) If you are having a problem or asking a question, give as much info as possible. Too much is better than not enough. If a responder has to ask a question, it's just that much longer before you get an answer.. 3) If your message is directed at a particular group of people, post in an appropriate group. Some members may not cruise the All forum. It will show up in the All forum automatically, so you get two posts for the price of one.. 4) Spell-check. Learn it; live it. Firefox has a built-in spell-checker that works very well and it's free. Google "free spell checker" for others. You don't have to be perfect, but at least make an effort.. . Hope this helps. I encourage you to add other tips.. 20080609 - moved to Community:help:FAQs. Added some formatting and link to Zachninme's No K'n* script. Got rid of abbreviations (thanks zieak).

Posted by NachoMahma 11 years ago


Needed: a trick to debug a circuit on a breadboard - (The Spaghetti Incident)

The situation: I'm prototyping a circuit with a 14-legged logic IC on a breadboard. What happens: The picture tells it all: The breadboard looks like a Spaghetti Incident. What a mess. It's hard to find the right holes between all the leads sticking out, and avoiding shorts is even trickier. And of course: The circuit doesn't work. Not suprising considering the chaos. No biggie, but debugging a circuit on such a breadboard is a real pain! So please: Share your tips / tricks / magic to keep a proper and readable circuit on a breadboard. Thanks! Ynze PS: The circuit is not very complex btw. It's a solar engine, with one logic IC (NAND gates) and about 15 other parts. The circuit does contain feedback loops, which make it a bit trickier...

Posted by ynze 5 years ago


Replacing the Grover Tuners on my Les Paul with PLanet Wave auto trims.

Yes I am replacing my grover tuners with planet wave auto trims on my epiphone les paul custom silverburst and the holes on the head stock dont seem to allow the new tuning machines to go through, is this because the hole is tapered from the grovers or do I need to bore the hole out. how do I do this?

Posted by travisw 7 years ago


great idea but can't seem to post

No idea how to post this......do you have a Klein 9 way (or more) screwdriver but have lost the tips?......standard 1/4" tips are too short to replace the double ended ones, and even then they do not have the retaining pins that hold them in the tool.....     simple but brilliant solution......      acquire a small magnet close (but smaller than) the diameter of one of the too short tips......attach the magnet to the end of the tip and insert it into the tools sleeve.....remove the tip and the magnet is now permanently inside the sleeve....       now you can use almost any 1/4" tip from your other tool kits (sweet, if you use an odd tip on a regular basis).....and a bonus, the new tip is now slightly magnetic.......         not sure where you would acquire the magnets, I scavenged them from a dollar store "magnetic dart board" darts....        

Posted by remedios667 5 years ago


Tips for new Blackberry user?

Suddenly I got an overwhelming urge for a Blackberry so I went down to the local telco store and got myself a BlackBerry Curve 8310 (the one with the camera and GPS). I'm sure that there are a lot of tips&tricks to learn and good utilities / applications to download to enhance the functionality of this little neat device. Does anyone have any tips or pointer to good websites for blackberries except the official blackberry-site and handango?

Posted by matseng 10 years ago


newbie knex ball machine tips

I have attempted to make a ball machine numerous times and failed. I have a good sized lot of knex yet i am stuck with roller coaster chain. Also i have no tubing. Can you please help me?

Posted by bnsfwarbonnet 7 years ago


making eyeglass frames

Hello, im in the process of making myself a pare of eyeglass frames. im stuck at figuring out how to get the groove into the inside of the frames for the lenses to fit in because the lenses are curved. and the frames are rectangular in shape. anyone have any experience in making glasses? can someone give me a tip? much appreciated. :-D

Posted by adamtj 10 years ago


Project ideas?

I Have 2 ipod hard drives. 1 is a 20gb and the other is a 30gb. I also have a spare dvd player, a dvd drive(doesnt work but spare parts might come in handy) and an old razr phone that the screen doesnt work but the rest is fine...Any projects i can do? or anything i can make that would come in handy? I would appreciate it greatly for some tips or project ideas..thanks..

Posted by poeticsoul44 10 years ago


Everlasting Easter eggs tips?

We don't eat much eggs in this house hold let alone boiled eggs so it would be a waste to just make, colour and then eventually throw out those Easter eggs after words. But I still want to have some coloured Easter eggs to make a cheery atmosphere. Colouring raw eggs is not practical either.  So I was thinking taking eggs that I would use to make cakes est and instead of just cracking I would just make a small hole on one end to let the yoke out in the process preserving the egg shells. Now with those egg shells, can I pour in Plaster of Paris to replace the yokes that were in them? So I can get a sort of real egg feeling? Then colouring them when dry? What do you think?

Posted by Treasure Tabby 5 years ago


Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest Winners

Instructables and Lonely Planet are happy to announce the winners of the Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest!The world is a big and crazy place and to truly understand that you need to see it in person. Thanks to the entries in this contest we can learn from the mistakes and successes of others and help plan for a better trip in the future. The advice in these Instructables cover trips both grand and small, but all of the finalists have some advice that would be helpful.With all of the cool travel books from Lonely Planet as prizes we can only hope that these travelers will be planning yet another trip to explore a new place and get another perspective on life.Now, on with the winners! Third Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive their choice of Lonely Planet phrasebook and an Instructables patch and stickers. In random order. When in mosquito bite, use THIS PRODUCT! Tips for the traveling photographer How To Do Waikiki And Oahu On The Cheap The Oh S..t Kit Altoids Tin Emergency Candle Best FREE Things to do at Walt Disney World Some Simple Travel Games for Car and Train Journeys How to: Bathtub laundry How to "Do Toledo" in 30 days (or less) How to travel to London, England - and have a great time! The "i have no clue what geocaching is", geocaching guide! The Robolocity Roaming Instructables Robot Gnome - RoboGnome Second Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive Bluelist 2008: The Best in Travel, choice of a Lonely Planet guidebook, and an Instructables t-shirt. In random order. How to get the BEST out of your travels Urban Survival 101: Mobile Computing on the Fringe Improvised Flip Flops out of a camping mat Bumcamping in Japan pocket sized map book Business travel when you're not going executive class Space saving folding techniques for cloths. Prize (10) The Pocket Pal aka A Gals Other Pocket Pal RadBear's Travel Tips Traveling by Scooter First PrizeThe authors of these Instructables will each receive a choice of Cities, Asia, or Africa photo book, Bluelist 2008: The Best in Travel, choice of a Lonely Planet guidebook, and an Instructables t-shirt. In random order. Handy Tricks: World Traveler Edition by stasterisk Packing for Tropical Travelby aneel Turning a Cruise Full of Old People into a Death Defying Adventure by iwasthinkingaboutsoup

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Bar Stuff

Includes the tips, tricks, do's, and dont's of being/working at/in a bar.

Posted by RelyNupon 10 years ago


New Jig Saw

I just went out and bought the Craftsman Evolv Corded Jig Saw, I have yet to test it but from what reviews said its a great little tool. I got it at sears for 30 bucks. Any tips or suggestions for using it as its my first jig saw. Thanks, Clemsonguy1125

Posted by imthatguy1125 8 years ago


Draw Like Brian Ralph

Brian Ralph has some tips on how to draw a character? Who is Brian Ralph? I have no idea, but he put together an informative and amusing argument towards ditching those wooden dolls and the Marvel Way. In its place he recommends a looser style and more attention to shape and negative space.Worth a read even if you're still having problems getting your stick figures to look good. Draw like Brian Ralphvia Drawn!

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Featuring Guidelines

Having your Instructable featured means you are an excellent author, and you're providing some of the best content on the site. We want everyone to see what you've made! When we feature your Instructable, it's our way of saying "You are awesome, and we love you!" So what does it take to get your Instructable featured? Read on, my friend, you have come to the right place! You can also check out this handy Instructable that will walk you through posting a Feature-Worthy Instructable. There are currently two tiers of featuring we use to promote great content and reward our awesome authors: Feature: Your Instructable will appear in the Featured Feed, and you'll receive a free pro membership which can be applied to your own account or given as a gift to another member! Homepage Feature: Your Instructable will appear in the Featured Feed, as well as on the homepage, and you'll receive a free pro membership which can be applied to your own account or given as a gift to another member. For an Instructable to be featured, the main criteria we look for are excellent documentation and reproducibility. These break down into the following points: The title fits and explains the project.  The introduction should state what the project is, and the reason or motivation behind it. All photos should be original, bright, clear, and in-focus. Projects should be broken into enough steps to be easy to follow, with sufficient photos and explanatory text to allow the reader to understand the process. Grammar and spelling should be good enough so as to not be distracting. Projects should be complete and contain all the information needed so others could reasonably duplicate the project (if the reader were to have the necessary skills and access to similar tools and materials.) Lists should be included of parts/materials/ingredients/tools used, with links to sources as needed, as well as links to references. Whenever possible, the inclusion of downloadable files, PDF patterns, and so forth is desirable. Video content (youtube videos, etc.) must be accompanied by photos and written step-by-step instructions, as outlined in the points above. For a Homepage Feature, here are some additional things we look for:  Overall stellar documentation  Beautiful cover images Content that is highly reproducible and has that “wow, awesome!” factor Note that high levels of ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and/or utility in a project will often compensate for various areas of weaknesses in documentation, so these criteria should be viewed as guidelines and not necessarily hard-fast rules. What about business-related content from bloggers, etsy-ers, youtubers, kickstarters, and so forth? Can that type of content be featured? Absolutely! Any Instructable that meets the criteria as outlined above and contains real how-to instructional content can be featured. If you are in this camp, it's an excellent practice to keep your ulterior motives relatively subtle. For example, some of our best authors are also bloggers and etsy-ers, and many of these authors simply include a single link to their site or store in the last step of their Instructables. This is a perfect approach that allows their projects to get as much attention as possible on the site, but also plug their commercial interests in a way that is not overbearing or spammy. Being overbearing or spammy is the quickest way to NOT being featured.   Want your project featured? Sometimes it's hard to see where your project could use some enhancements! Luckily, we have some great authors that will review your project and give you feedback at the volunteer-run Clinic.  Do you get featured a lot? Why not spend a little time in the Clinic and help others get to your level! :) 

Posted by canida 8 years ago


Free Pro Memberships For Tips On Instructables

Free Pro Memberships For Tips On Instructables Instructables in more than 9 years old and more people are joining than ever before! I want to see your most user-friendly tips and tricks for getting around the site, up for grabs are two 3 month PRO memberships and a 1 year PRO membership! To give you an idea of what I am looking for, here is a little-known thing I have found out: The quickest way to the Instructables upcoming contest page is via the link in all the contests! If you go to any contest page you will see a link to the upcoming contest page. So get exploring and post your tips for getting around! This is my first ever mini contest so please let me know what you think!

Posted by JM1999 3 years ago


Free Pro Memberships For Tips On Instructables

Instructables in more than 9 years old and more people are joining than ever before! I want to see your most user-friendly tips and tricks for getting around the site, up for grabs are two 3 month PRO memberships and a 1 year PRO membership! To give you an idea of what I am looking for, here is a little-known thing I have found out: The quickest way to the Instructables upcoming contest page is via the link in all the contests! If you go to any contest page you will see a link to the upcoming contest page. So get exploring and post your tips for getting around! This is my first ever mini contest so please let me know what you think!

Posted by JM1999 3 years ago


Do you know a cheap instructable for solar cells? Tips/ideas

Do you know where I can find a cheap how to for solar cells? The ones I've found cost around $200 and more but I cant be spending money on materials for a how to that might not even work. For materials around the house I have aluminum cans, copper wire, hot glue....you get the idea. If you have tips where to go to find an how to that I can afford, or tips on how to make a solar cell out of aluminum, please let me know.

Posted by SarahC306 1 year ago


Free 3D Prints for Tips & Tricks!

The first 10 people who enter the Electronics Tips & Tricks Contest this week (6/25/12) and have their project featured will get a free 3D print. All prints are going to be made on our Objet printers and must fit within the bounds of 3" x 3" x 3". If you don't have files that you want printed, you can receive a 3D-printed Instructables Robot figurine instead. Some featuring guidelines for Photo Instructables are as follows: Has an original, unique and/or compelling idea Title fits and explains the project All photos are original Contains at least 3 photos, and at least 1 image of the final project All photos are in focus with correct lighting At least 2 paragraphs describing project inspiration, process, outcome, challenges, etc Reference links and files if required

Posted by randofo 6 years ago


Photography Tip (For W-burg)

Here's a good tip for you aspiring photographers!Check it out.

Posted by Bran 11 years ago


PS3 warhawk tips and tricks

Please put some tips and tricks here

Posted by hawke6789 5 years ago


Tool Tips Month!

How come the Tool Tips Month contest is not on the front page with the other challenges/ contests?

Posted by GorillazMiko 10 years ago


Photos Display Without Tips

I just published an instructable (here), and the tip text displays when I edit, and sometimes when I view it, but usually it does not display.  For example in the intro, the first pic (of the cake) has 5 tip boxes, and the second (of the supplies) has 7.  The pictures are there, but usually (although not always) no boxes or tips are visible. Thoughts?

Posted by bsgolob 7 years ago


help me find this?

I'm looking for good tutorial or  tips for art like this  http://www.wonderhowto.com/wonderment/painstakingly-crafted-3d-paper-art-0123777/#comment-12026 i know i can do this, but a few things throw me off, maybe i dont have the right tools? I just have one type of X-acto blade. Thanks a million!

Posted by WhyHello 7 years ago


Balistic tips or Spears for a Torpedo?

I don't know what to use. Should I use tips that explode or tips to spear. The torpedo I am currently making is made for ballistic tips but which should I use?

Posted by DELETED_outdoorsman2014 10 years ago


Can someone help me with my "go Green" instructable by collaborating

I need some help here to make this beat any other green instructable, and you can have your name on it! Plz, i need to do this to help the environment

Posted by theburn7 10 years ago


20 alternative uses for a Maxi-Pad - w/Video!

A flight attendant came up with 20 alternative uses for a Maxi Pad, then made a video to illustrate.Some of the uses are quite brilliant.http://www.gadling.com/2009/09/01/galley-gossip-20-ways-to-use-a-maxi-pad-in-flight/

Posted by SFHandyman 9 years ago


Our biggest and best Jewelry Contest ever is starting on 4/15!

We've selected some fabulous prizes from Otto Frei and Rio Grande and we cannot wait to see all the amazing jewelry our community will create! Prizes include premium and simple jewelry making kits, mini drill presses with drill bit sets, and wire wrapping kits. The Jewelry Contest is open April 15th through June 10th. We're looking for creative jewelry instructables including metalworking, ceramics, wire wrapping, 3D printed jewelry, mixed media, beading, and more! Head over to the contest page to get all the details.

Posted by jessyratfink 5 years ago


Glitchy Tips Screen

Its glitchy.. Thought u guys should know so u can fix it

Posted by eggyeggyeggy 8 years ago


survival gear and tips

What do you guys think are good survival items to have and tips to learn

Posted by marumasa 5 years ago


Any tips...

Any advice for those of us just starting out? -KB1QID

Posted by smithy813 10 years ago


im new any navigating tips

Any tips on things you can do around here.

Posted by cmchrist 10 years ago


Take a Great Portrait with These Tips

Probably the best and easiest photography tip I've heard in the past year. Amazing.

Posted by AngryRedhead 4 years ago


Thin soldering iron tip! -FIND-

Hello, recently i have received an audio amp. But the problem is; i can't solder it! i have thin solder, but no soldering iron tip to do the job! Please help me find a tip Thanx!!

Posted by Sandisk1duo 10 years ago


Camping and Vandwelling Tips

My goal is to share free information and tips on saving money on travel, camping and much more

Posted by sturtle1 5 years ago


Tips for Making Instructables Easier, Faster, & Better

*Typing...* It took me about a week to make my Instructable on my magnetic pegboard, and about a month to make my I'ble on SpectrumLED. Now I don't even want to know how much time it took chr to make his 8X8X8 LED Cube Instructable... 2 Weeks ago, I published an Instructable on my Articulating Lamp, I don't think it took me more than 3-4 hours... Other than the fact that I now have way more experience, I've thought of several tips that decrease the amount of time I have to sit in front of  the computer and type, by a HUGE amount. If making and I'ble is a lot of work, it'll feel like work, and I'll need to take a break... If it's fairly easy, I'll want to make more! I will leave some of the tips that I've come up with in the comments. If you have your own leave them in the comments below!

Posted by Yonatan24 2 years ago


How do I clean my soldering iron tip?

I hope you can help me here, my whole soldering iron tip is covered in oxides, except the very end of the tip, that part is fine. The oxides won't come off, I even tried to use the tip cleaner stuff, but that did not work, it only prevent the oxides from forming... :(

Posted by Plasmana 10 years ago


where to buy micro-tip soldering iron?

Anybody know a good place to order a soldering iron with a very small tip? I want it for working with 0603 LEDs. I can't find replacement tips for my current soldering iron. Something not too expensive would be nice.

Posted by aliasjanedoe 9 years ago


Need a Strategy to Count/Sort Plastic Tips

I need a way to take bags of plastic tips below and sort them into groups of 100 quickly for packaging. The tips are 6 inches long and about 1 inch in diameter. Any suggestions?

Posted by Adamgadbois 5 years ago


Knife blade tip repair...

Aye well, someone dropped BOTH of my best knives, and now I have a bent, chipped knife blade tip. I've got a standard knife sharpener, and small whetstone I need to learn how to use, and advice? Here's some pics of the damage

Posted by KentsOkay 10 years ago


Bot Tips, Requests, Questions, Ideas, Concepts, etc.

Ask robot-related questions, Post robot-related pictures, Share robot concepts Here!

Posted by Win Guy 8 years ago


Burning Man How-Tos, Costumes, Bikes, and Tips & Tricks

Burning Man, the famous weeklong festival of music, art, free expression, and much more in the Nevada desert, is just around the corner. Whether you're a Burning Man veteran, a first-timer, or someone who is interested from afar, here's a list of some Instructables that will help you prepare and make your unique Burning Man experience even better. General Advice TimAnderson's Tips by TimAnderson Learn all about Burning Man and easy, creative ways to keep yourself prepared and safe from TimAnderson's documentation of his trip to the festival last year.   HalcyonPink's Tips by HalcyonPink In this video and the follow-up, Burning Man veteran HalcyonPink gives you his advice.   Find Your Fashion Fire Skirt by la The popular fire skirt uses EL wire to give your clothes some personality.   Angel Wings by fairywingsandthings If your attire of choice requires wings, you're well covered: you could try these angel wings or a different version .   Color-Changing Scarf by enlighted You can't go wrong with clothes that light up.   Electric Umbrella by sockmaster You can't go wrong with accessories that light up, either.   Bikes and the Like Wobble Bike by dan For a fun twist on a regular bike, convert it into a wobble bike that you have to steer from both the back and the front.   Kite-Powered Land Proa by aerohydro Derived from a water proa Instructable, this vehicle transplants the idea to land--ideal for flat, dry terrain like the playa.   Tall Bike by TimAnderson Get an aerial view of all the action while you bike along with this tall bike that anyone can build. .   Chopper Bicycle by KoolKat Few bike designs are as functional and attention-grabbing as the chopper, and you can follow these directions to upgrade your old bike, chopper style.   Furry Pink Bike by HalcyonPink Burning Man is all about being creative and expressing yourself--and your bike is a perfect item to deck out in your own personal style.   LED Bike Wheel Images by ladyada Transform your bike wheels with LEDs that you can program to glow to form various patterns, images, and designs .   Shelter and Shade Parachute Shade Structure by benjcarson This Burning Man-tested structure will help protect you from the raw elements of the playa.   Rebar Tent Stakes by tk1314 Normal tent stakes won't be too effective at Burning Man, but these made from rebar prevent impaling and will hold your tent firmly.   Portable Yurt by TimAnderson This version of a yurt, a Mongolian tent-like structure, is portable and can be assembled and disassembled easily.   Fire, Flying Things, and Other Fun Firebreathing by Tetranitrate A combination of fire, art, and fun, you can light up the desert night with firebreathing tricks.   Cincinnati Fire Kite by stasterisk Kiting is a very popular activity at Burning Man, and you can join in with a this kite that combines flying and fire together into a night-time spectacle.   Fire Staff by Stone Light both ends of the staff and spin to create your own patterns.   Candle-Powered Hot Air Balloon by ewilhelm A simple combination of birthday candles, painter's plastic, and balsa wood can turn into a functional hot air balloon.   Homemade Poi by Hydra Learn to make homemade practice poi that can be used anywhere--and check out other Instructables on how to spin poi and other DIY poi designs.   If you're going to Burning Man this year, we hope this helps and have a fun, safe, and exciting experience!

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


Solder Iron Tips: oily, bubbly coating forming... See Pics

Can anyone explain to me what is happening with my soldering iron? It makes it very hard to remove. I thought maybe flux is getting down there somehow but I've been taking care to alway keep the tip down and avoid any excess solder accumulating on the tip (aside from tinning of course). But it's happening again!

Posted by milsorgen 8 years ago