Image use from sites such as Pixabay, for example? Answered

I have seen many folks ask similar questions, but I wanted to be absolutely sure about this before starting my first instructable. Can you use images from sites such as Pixabay? For those of you who are unfamiliar, Pixabay is a great site to pick up photos that are free for commercial use with no attribution required. I imagine this is 100% okay, but I wanted quick confirmation just to be sure. Thanks in advance for your response!  

Asked by Sharpest32 1 year ago

These numbers are just crazy!

I was looking at one of many websites I go to daily and found this really cool picture. It (the first picture) is of 8,000 42-gallon oil barrels. Which is the amount of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes. Crazy, huh?The second picture is the first one zoomed to see the detail at actual print size.There are more things like this here, and you will be amazed at just how much we use in such a small amount of time. Well it isn't just stuff we use, but most of it is.I never would have thought the United States would use 2 million plastic bottles every five minutes.

Posted by Sunbanks 9 years ago

I have the CCD sensor from an old Sony Handycam (Sony DCR-HC36), What can I do with it?

Can I somehow mod it so that I can use it with a telescope? (for lunar and planetary photos) I have attached an image of the sensor.

Asked by mikewest922 7 years ago

how to see my posted instructables in google??

How can i show to others my instructables

Asked by ayannirman 11 months ago

how can i remodify old video Casette Player?

I ve old video casette playerof lg company in good working condition. suggest me how can i get rid of this. because now the technology changed and i ve dvd and laptop to play videos?

Asked by pvs1 6 years ago

Recycling Soda Bottles Experiments

Test 1: heat gun, "high setting"  Plastic Coke bottle SOFTENS + shrinks                                                                  -  at about 250F * Test 2: Heat gun " low setting** " Plastic coke bottle MELTS enough to  make gooey threads , and bubbles   -   at 450 to 500 F *according to a cheapy harborfreight laser thermometer. Not sure just how accurate it is in the 250  to 500F range. This device seems to read 5 degrees high at the 100F range. ** ironically, the temp is higher on the "low" setting. When the fan is moving less air, that air is hotter. One of the tricks, I imagine, might be to fully melt the plastic without burning it.   Suggestions welcome. Further results will follow.

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago

Should I use this stock?

Should I use this stock? Its just one that I made and thought it looked pretty cool, it may have been done pretty similar before, but do you think its good, and should I use it on my up-coming sniper thing?

Posted by Hiyadudez 8 years ago

use instructables at school

If you ever wanted to use instructables at school but you couldn't because it was an extremist/terrorist/ whatever the crap else then look no further! it when googling guyfrom7up, just checking...It's a bit slower, and there is just something wrong.

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

whats a practical use for dead earphones?

Hi Everyone i was wondering if anyone has any ideas what i could do with multiple pairs of broken earphones and ear buds. most no longer work in one ear,etc, is there a practical and safe use for them? thank you!

Asked by AussieAnglerGal 5 years ago

Does Electrical Tape Have A Use?

Hello, I was wondering if black electrical tape actually had a use? I ask because it doesn't seem to really stick to anything for very long. It eventually becomes un-done from what it was wrapped around and then leaves a sticky residue behind. Am I not using it properly or not using it the way it was intended? Does anybody else have this problem? (I have the same problem with that Saran clear plastic wrap stuff, it doesn't stick to anything but itself. So, it could be user error.) Thanks J

Posted by sdtacoma 9 years ago

Use for rulers

I have five wooden 12 inch ruler. I used them in a project and don't need them any more. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do? I don't want to throw them away. That would be a waste of $2.00. L: 12" W:1" H:~1/4"

Posted by ry25920 10 years ago

PFC for home use

I'm thinking about using PFCs (power factor correction capacitors) for my whole house. Has anyone here done it? I currently use PFCs on my neon sign transformer (an d it works), but I have a question. Why wouldn't one capacitor effect my whole house? or does it and it's just because it's a tiny cap (only about 20uF) that the results are negilagble? Also, what stops it from just affecting my house to the whole power grid? thankyou EDIT: I just read somewhere that the power company for residential homes charges the same whether you use PFCs or not, they just somehow mesure the real power... Is that true?

Posted by guyfrom7up 9 years ago

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Posted by hhofkhan 3 years ago

Re-Use, Individual Cells from 18V NiCad

Seems that with a bit of randomnity in mfging, some cells in an 18V battery might fail before others. With that in mind, I'm trying to re-use individual cells after a pack craps out.  Test 1  Battery pack from a "drill master" which I got for  ~$2 at a thrift store. Google informs that this is a harborfreight tool, so expectations are low.  Upon disassembly of the pack, 1 of the spot-weld connections between cells had broken.  Since I don't currently have a 1.5v source, I'm using a 3v  source to charge 2 cells in series. Only charging for a few minutes at a time. Currently, this 2 cell set will light a couple xmas lites for a few minutes after charging for a few min. I'm uncertain of the calibration of my v-meter, but it currently indicates 2.65v for these 2 cells. Depending upon the source, NiCads should max out at 1.45 to 1.65 v per cell. Test 2: Pending- Ryobi drill batteries I'm uncertain how to get a good read on the accuracy of my meter without a high-end meter to compare against. Suggestions? Hopefully, I can find a proper 1 cell nicad charging device.  Thoughts? concerns? insights?

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago

What does SU means at the beginning of a transistor code? Answered

I have a SU165 transistor ,if you have any information about it please tell me.

Asked by theVader75 7 years ago

scoochmaroo's ebook

I have been contacted by a member, named scoochmaroo, who tells me she is packaging up a number of origami-related instructables and selling them. She says: Congratulations! Your Instructable has been selected for inclusion in eBook. We're taking some of our Guides to the next level, and converting them into an eBook format to better share Instructables projects with a wider audience. You'll get a copy of the eBook, which you can share with friends and family -- especially those with iPads. You can see a draft of the eBook here: Before publishing the eBook, I will be writing up a description of the projects and a link back to We hope you're as excited as us, and wanted to reach out to let you know this was happening. If you don't want to be included for any reason, please write back and let us know by Dec. 9. --- I have declined. When I posted my instructable to this site, I did so under a Non-commercial Share Alike Creative Commons license. I was serious about that. I don't make money off of my work and I don't think anyone else should do so. I think that's not too much to ask. This scoochmaroo says she is selling her ebook for 0.99 cents a pop. I would like to find out if this ebook has the sponsorship or the blessing of the Instructables site. Thank you very much for your consideration in this matter.

Posted by oschene 7 years ago

Using GoogleSketchup

Hi I'am new to Sketchup Does anyone know where to get a tutorial or have any tips for Sketchup????

Posted by Mattrox 8 years ago

How To Use Pro Codes?

I have a few pro codes given by some friends. Do you know to use them? Thanks in advance.

Posted by akshat21045 4 years ago

How do I use this? Is it even a soldering iron? Answered

I know I'm a noob to this, but how do you use this thing? I need to solder two wires together because they come loose very easily. If I can't solder them, what else can I do to keep them firmly connected?

Asked by metalshiflet 4 years ago

Is it illegal to use bicycle trailers?

Right, so I want to build a bicycle trailer that will carry a kayak and also is used for something else, but that's for an iBle, and not the point. As we all know, bicycles are considered vehicles in all 50 states. But, trailers that are pulled by motor vehicles have to have registration and tags. Is it so with bicycles? I don't want to break any laws, so if anyone has an answer, I'd appreciate it!

Posted by Bran 9 years ago

Re-using 'company logo' shirts; I have a number of shirts, both polo/golf and button-down with logos over the breast.

I'm looking for some way to re-use the shirts, as they are pretty good quality shirts, so  don't want to just cut them into rags.  I'd rather get some wear out of them, but not advertise the company.  The emroidery is very strong, so picking it out destroys the base fabric.  Other than something else to iron over or taking them to a commercial embroidery machine, how else might I use them?

Asked by chukkerlukker 7 years ago

Is there a pro membership expiration? Answered

I just received a 3 month and a one year pro membership for my featured Instructable (Soft Chocolate Chip With Walnut Cookie). Do these pro memberships ever expire if you don't activate/use them?

Asked by fluffylicious 6 years ago

Tool-use observed in molluscs!

Everybody knows that humans are "special", somehow different from the other animals on our little blue planet, but it is very difficult to define just how. An early casualty in defining "special" was tool-use.  First chimpanzees, then primates, even birds were observed using tools - hammers, anvils, probing tools, fishing rods, weapons. Now a mollusc is being presented as a tool-user. The veined octopus Amphioctopus marginatus has been filmed by divers collecting coconut shell halves (actually human litter, dumped in the sea) and carrying them away to use later as a shelter. Their habitat is open, featureless sediment, no protection from predators.  The shells provide vital shelter in the exposed underwater plain. If the octopus finds a single half-shell, it digs it up, carries away and then turns it over when needed. If the clever creature is lucky enough to find two halves, it stacks on inside the other, then later "rebuilds" a whole coconut, except this time with a yummy octopus filling. This is another example of high-level intelligence in these bizarre animals.  To me, octopus are a prime candidate for the next "special" animals on Earth, once those polluting apes are out of the scene... Museum Victoria article by original researchers, with video online. Full story from Current Biology, with downloadable videos. BBC story with video online.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago

Suggestion for a new contest or at least ideas on reusing....

I would like to see a contest rewarding the best idea for repurposing aluminum screw-top cans! There are some brilliant people out there that should be able to come up with great ideas to keep these out of landfills. Budweiser and Coors cans are the ones I am talking about. Thanks for considering this, Fatgnat

Posted by fatgnat 10 months ago

trigger momentary switch/button via switch

What i try to accomplish is very simple. my Airconditioner has a Push button (momentary switch) to turn it off and on. but the Thermostat brings permanent power it it want the A/C to be on. i could make a simple delay setup for 1 sec. or so to trigger a relay but then i can't be sure its really on or of. how can i ensure its turned on via an timer relay safely if the control wire has power ? any recomentation on existing products or schematics ? i can check the "real status" via other parts on the airconditioner easy .. i just need a way to ensure ON and OFF based on the command line is High or Low ..  any ideas ? 

Posted by nullx8 3 years ago

How to use fertilizer?

Hi! I just got some fertilizers that loo like little rocks (some are blue, white, and black), and i have no idea how they are used. Can someone help me?

Asked by femap 8 years ago

How to use whatsapp in your pc

Its do now very easy you open this 

Posted by spellsandastrology 3 years ago

what can i use candy wrappers for? Answered

I have a ton of acandy wrappers but dont know what to use them for a got starburst wrappers, dum dum lollipop sticks and wrappers,dots boxes, tootsie roll wrapper, paper gum wrappers, and alot of other wrappers any idea what i could use them for? thanks

Asked by fishermanfo 8 years ago

What to do with a Nintendo DS

Somebody gave me a nintendo DS for free because it had a broken top screen. Using the power of instructables I replaced the top screen and now have a perfect Nintendo DS. Problem is...... I never play video games, I have no use for a DS. Anybody have any good ideas of things to make with a Nintendo DS.....either using the DS as a whole or savaging it for parts?

Posted by chaoscampbell 10 years ago

16Volt Capacitors

Hi everyone, I took apart an old Amateur Radio i had lying around and the boards have loads of parts, im wondering what i can use some of them for, most of the boards inside have lost of 16v capacitors and ive read instructables on making battery free torches etc, would these be of any use fpr these type of projects? Ideas welcome :) Cobs

Posted by Cobra_SFX 6 years ago

Use your god given brain

Here is an interesting brain game. God gives it to people twice absolutely free, but if they want to have it for the third time, they have to pay money. What is it? Please, if you want to solve yourself, be careful and do not look at the comments of this post, because someone could have already written the solution there. Good luck!I found that somewhere, and i thought ill add it here, ill see how fast people will figure out what is is ;)The answer is teeth, you have teeth, they fall of and regrow Don't read it or else it will spoil the fun ;)

Posted by ReCreate 9 years ago

Greywater systems

I've been looking into setting up some greywater systems in my house to save money and water, my problem is that I also plan to make my own laundry soap using a combination of Fels Naptha soap, washing soda, and borax. what would I need to do to this water to be able to use it on plants? My yard is slowly becoming entirely garden that is usable for food, herbs, or other usable plants and I don't want to poison my foods or animal foods. Anyone that can help direct me to information on this would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Marcaine Art 5 years ago

Brain Storming: What can I do with this tract ?

I have, available to me, tracts of plastic that resemble lighting tracks that hold those lights you can move from area to area, hung from the ceiling. Their are, however; made of a fairly thin plastic, with a recycle 6 on them (our locals do not take #6's). They are a little flexible, but not overly so. They have a notch/tab at each end, faced in the same direction (allowing what is on the tract, to come off one end but not the other). Another description of them might be that they look similar to those metal tracks used to hold sockets in a row (for those that have seen them), only made from translucent plastic. I now have Pictures posted below,. What can these be used for? They throw away about 6-20 of them A DAY. The tracts once held little packets of tea or coffee pouches that have a plastic T top in them (like the packets pictured)

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago

What?? An awesome inner tube contest!

We have an incredibly cool contest launching Monday with awesome reused innertube prizes provided by Alchemy Goods!  All you need to do is submit an Instructable using bicycle inner tubes. It can be just about anything as long as you've got some part of a reused bicycle inner tube in there. Check out the Alchemy Goods website for inspiration, and we'll have the exact prizes up with the contest info. I know I've been waiting on this one for a while now! So, gather up your inner tubes and get your thinking caps on!  This is open to international entries! 

Posted by Culturespy 7 years ago

T-Shirt Underpants!

Revive your old t-shirts. I love this unique t-shirt reuse project!  I have so many awesome t's that build up in the back of my closet.   Why not create some fun underware? I found these on SuperNaturale another DIY website filled with crafty and nerdy projects : )

Posted by Carleyy 8 years ago

How do i determine what voltage the leds are that are scrapped from toys?

And what other stuff should I scrap b4 tossing? New to LEDs!! I have 4 kids, & therfore lots of broken toys, game controllers, etc... I don't wanna toss anything and then once I get more advanced regret throwin it all away..... like all the resistors and circuit boards themselves.... please advise and recccommend the ibles I need please! Thanks in advance!!

Asked by StarrsWife 9 years ago

can i use N channel MOSFET for a flyback transformer?

Can i use N channel MOSFET for a flyback transformer?

Asked by ouwelou 8 years ago

Which Glue/Adhesive Should I Use With EL Wire? Answered

Which Glue Should I Use With EL Wire? I want to glue some EL wire to glass, Which adhesive should I use? Which ones can you recommend? It would also be the best to use a clear adhesive My preferred ones are: Super Glue (cyanoacrylate) Hot Glue Clear Silicone

Asked by Yonatan24 2 years ago

Free Ebook Re-Use for T-shirts

Not sure If I would use any of these but for anyone with a bunch of old t-shirts lying around here's some more ideas. link

Posted by TheCheese9921 7 years ago

Can i use this to make a robot?

Can i use this to make a robot? it says: modes: Funwafer THT 1.4 Wp AVR Wp AVR 8MHz and it has an atmel AT90S8515 8AI 0202 and its programer

Posted by silva_p 10 years ago


I used the "Use backups on any wii without a chip" instructions and everything installed ok. The only thing is, when I run a backup from backup loader, I get a blue screen with ERROR #002 telling me to eject the disc and power down. I am running version 3.2 and any help would be appreciated.

Asked by shacklz 9 years ago

Stop-Motion Animation Help - Which Program to Use?

After watching Rejected (PG-13 for language, simulated gore) by Don Hertzfeldt, I was somewhat inspired, though getting inspired from a film like that might seem a bit strange. Anyway, I want to make a short film just like that: crappy, incredibly insane, and pointless, though I won't use much (if any) bad language. I have tons of paper, and yes, I understand that it will be one helluva lot of drawing. I have a camera and a tripod, I just need to know what program to use that will let me put it all together, with sound. Would Windows Movie Maker do it, or Flash? I'm on a really low budget ($0) so buying a program is out of the question. Any help would be appreciated!

Posted by Bran 10 years ago

How to choose a transitor?

How do you choose (and use) a transistor to make led lights blink to music? I am making a speaker system and thought it would be cool to add a led light system. Also where would i add the transistor, to the audio in line? or to the output line (its a 12w output)? i have looked around a bit but still cannot figure out how to connect and use a transistor... HELP! :) Thanks :)

Asked by astroboy907 7 years ago

IR Receiver

I recently ripped apart a Sky+ box that was out of use. Of course, it contained many parts. Quite a few tact switches, a few LEDs, a lot of capacitors, lots of resistors. One of these parts was a little metal cube with a black sphere protruding from the front of it. This is the IR receiver for the remote. I wish to incorporate it into another project. The first problem is I don't know how to use it. It has 3 "legs" - 3 metal contacts. The second problem is I can't easily experiment with it as I inadvertently destroyed my breadboard earlier. A new one will come as soon as I can manage, but until then..... My question is this - any ideas how it would be used? Thanks in advance,     ~H4ZZ

Posted by __DELETED__ 7 years ago

Old Screen

Hello, i have a question and this is definitely the place to ask! So I wanted a thing that vibrates so i opened up an old cell phone that i meant to throw away, but when i opened it i thought i could find a use for its screen as well so the question is what can i do with a screen from an old nokia 6610

Posted by thecreatorst 8 years ago

Really easy multi use desktop machine

I need a multi purpose machine that can fit in a one cubic foot area. I need it to do most or all of the following; 1.) Have a "3rd and 4th hand" 2.) Fit in a 1'x1' space 3.) Light 4.) A controlable .1-24 volts DC output 5.) Small Storage 6.) Large magnifier on a flexible mount. 7.) Built in ruler 8.) Wire reel holder Im Sorry for being so picky, but I need to somehow cram all of that in to a small space. Pics or drawing would be nice. But comments and ideas would be better. P.S. Pic isn't related to machine

Posted by ry25920 10 years ago

how do i set up this 433mhz receiver to trigger a relay?

hello, i am considering buying this( 433mhz rf receiver, to use on my rc tank as it has quite a long range transmission. however, as people before me have stated who have purchased similar rf modules, it has no useable power outputs! which leads me to believe that i have no idea on how to use it, and that it operates in a different way to the a normal 27mhz 2 channel receiver board, standard in all rc cars. recently i have learnt that these require a decoder to give an output, is this true? if so, where do i get one also, will any 433mhz transmitter work to operate these as i already posses one. currently i cant find any information about these, all google will show me when i look anything up with the words 433mhz and module, is ads for chinese sellers selling these. obviously they work somehow, otherwise the sellers would be shut down, i am just clueless as to how!

Asked by oldmanbeefjerky 7 years ago