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DIY Instructables Handbook Answered

I just had a great idea, different instructables people should make different handbooks for different subjects that they are good in. Those types of books at stores are usually really overpice and have a ton of information that you'll never use and just makes the book fatter. I'm personally making an electronic on, fitting 4 pages on one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, making each sheet of the book ~3.25" X ~4.5. If you make one please upload a pdf file so that others can download it, cut it, and assemble it to have a crafty pocket refrence!

This is the table of contents of electronic book (so far):
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Formulas....................................

Definitions and
Schematic Symbols....................

Conversions................................

Prefixes.......................................

Resistor Code.............................

Capacitor Code...........................

Inductor Code..............................

AWG Specifications.....................

General Electronic Tips...............

First page:
General outline:E=Volts
I=Current
R=Resistance
P=Watts (Power)
L=Inductance
C=Capatance
G=Conductance


Ohms Law: E=IR

Power Formula: P=IE

Resistors in series: Rtotal=R1+R2+R3...

Resistors in Parallel:
Rtotal=(R1-1+R2-1+R3-1+.....)-1
or

still working on it (and the subscribts and superscripts didn't translate too well, but you get the idea.

If you have any formulas that you want me to put in the electronics reference then post a comment!

Some topics for references could be:
Woodworking
Construction
Cooking
Radio
etc.

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Kiteman

10 years ago

That's rather an ambitious scheme you have there. Of course, if you're after low cost, why not kick off a collaborative 'ible on each general topic? Organise each collaborator to have a page or chapter each, and it's up to them how many steps they use to cover their part.

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killerjackalopeKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Or some form of open source book... Or a wikipedia style system... For 'ibles members only...

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guyfrom7upkillerjackalope

Reply 10 years ago

I've thought about that, but I don't know how people could format it correctly, like Getting each page size the correct size, I'll look into it. For example, you want the book to be able to fit in you pocket, not be the size of a normal sheet of paper.

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Kitemanguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

I think killerjackalope meant follow your idea as a website instead of a printed book. I know I did.

I didn't realise you meant a pocket-reference - I thought you meant a grand catch-all of all data on the subject.

Make already produce a pocket-sized ready-reference - has anybody seen a copy? Is it as good as they claim?

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I have a Pocket PCRef, but it is still a bit big for some of my pockets.

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PatrikGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Does anyone actually put these things in their pockets?? It's far more important to me that it be able to lie open flat on the table - which would mean a spiral or ring binding, which would interfere with pocketability...

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guyfrom7upPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

most of them are too big and stiff to fit in a pocket, I'm striving for something about the size of a deck of cards (but thinner) and is printed on normal paper just stapeled together.

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Kitemanguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

Why not a pack of cards?!

Robot on the back, suit and number small in the corner, main part of the card covered in data.

Hearts could be woodworking data, spades could be tool-related, clubs could be taken to could be PC-related, diamonds could be electronics and ICs.

Or it could be the Instructables CCG - a card for each member, collect the set...

(I'll swap you my Noahw for your Fungus Amungus... - LOL)

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=SMART=Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

The cards idea is great, im thinking about making some robot playing cards

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Patrik=SMART=

Reply 10 years ago

Ooh... actual Instructables playing cards would be a *much* better idea than an Instructables handbook! :-)

You could have the robot on the back, and use 'ibles crew avatars or pictures as face cards. Let's see... you need 4 kings (Eric, Ed, Noah, ...), 4 queens (Christy, Rachel, ...), 4 jacks (interns?), and maybe a joker or two (Tim Anderson?) :-D

There's a bunch of companies that will make custom playing cards as promotional materials - usually just a custom image on the back, but I'm sure we can find a few that do face cards as well.

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KitemanPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

Or maybe design them in thin plastic and get Ponoko to manufacture them...

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PatrikKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I don't think Ponoko offers double-sided processing though. Plus a professional printing service is bound to give you much nicer results than the somewhat limited laser engraving.

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KitemanPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

Can't you just turn the pieces over? Actually, forget about plastic, laser-engrave them on stainless steel!

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guyfrom7upKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

forget that, grind it into concrete!

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guyfrom7upKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I lay Kiteman's Law on you!!! Mwahahaaa

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Kitemanguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

Ahem, who started this whole thread off?

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GoodhartPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

Hmm, I carry a calender in my pocket (where my Pocket protector once resided :-) but this year's version is a bit tall for convenience of tote-ability

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NachoMahmaKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

. That is just Glover's "PocketRef" with Make's name added on the front cover. I have it (sans Make) and highly recommend it.

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guyfrom7upNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

I have on (except it says Jimbals Gorumet Jelly Beans on the front cause my friend got like 5 for free at a candy convention and he gave me one) and it does have a lot of good info. In fact, just looking at it, the electronics section is uncannily familiar to the one I'm making, would it be illegal to scan and upload some pages of the book?

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Kitemanguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

If you do just one or two pages, as part of a review of the book, no. If you're doing it specifically to use the information, then yes. Try emailing the publisher for permission to use specific pages (explain why, and drop in facts like the site gets over 2 million new hits a month, wouldn't it be a great way to advertise the book if you let me post a whole chapter ...? etc)

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guyfrom7upKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

well, there's 29 pages in the electronic chapter, and the only way to get a good scan is to cut the book, which I don't really want to do. Still think I should ask him?

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guyfrom7upguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

also, I'm going to a book fair wear there's a ton of super cheap books, I'm going to get some, usually they're pretty old, if I get a reference book (and it's old), would I need permission to upload it, the average book there is 10-50 years old.

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Patrikguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

The answer to all those questions is YES. If you are going to include *any* material directly in another book - even if it's just a single figure - you need to get permission from the original copyright holder.

And if you're making a product - even a free one - that competes with theirs (i.e. a pocket reference of some kind), there's little reason why they should agree.

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guyfrom7upPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

even if it's 56 year old (I got a book called the engineers compaion which is similar to pocket ref for $1)?

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Kitemanguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

Literary copyright (in the UK) expires 70 years after the death of the work's creator. If the creator is unknown, copyright expires 70 years after the work first becomes available to the general public. You can freely re-publish your 56 year old book in 2022.

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guyfrom7upKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

so, it;s not like a patent where it expires after like 10 years?

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Kitemanguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

Nope. You don't have to register anything anywhere, although it's usual to sign and date stuff if you're bothered about being recognised as the creator.

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killerjackalopeKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

though a user of the stuff in question based site ould be good, as in a know all site where content is designed by 'ibes users who have experience in such matters...

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killerjackalope

10 years ago

Umm what should I do one on? things I know about: Photoshop Cycling life and stuff dealing with relationship screwups Lamps Cleaning toilets Flash drives breaking stuff or breaking in to stuff Art

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guyfrom7upkillerjackalope

Reply 10 years ago

Out of your lists, if I were you I'd do: Photoshop Byclce repair or something and other stuff where it's specific info where you could could consult a book, stuff like relationships you can't really look at a book for an answer.

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killerjackalopeguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

Yeah though the aftermath of mess ups is where I'm golden boy, mainly because it never goes simply... Argh... I don't know, eh I can fix bike but there are people much better than me at doing so.. Photoshop I could maybe do... Trying to think of anything else....

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=SMART=killerjackalope

Reply 10 years ago

photo shop would be good, i could help if u need some tips or something coz im pretty nifty with photoshop

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killerjackalope=SMART=

Reply 10 years ago

I'm good in photoshop but couldn't really write a book of techniques and stuff, I'm beter at showing the use of various techniques through an explanation on a specific...

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NachoMahma

10 years ago

> the subscribts and superscripts didn't translate too well
   Resistors in series: R,,total,,=R,,1,,+R,,2,,+R,,3,,...
Resistors in series: Rtotal=R1+R2+R3...

. See FAQ: How Do I Format Text? for more info.
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guyfrom7upPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

yes, but it has only important information, only information that a person would actually use, cause half of theose books have useless info that just makes the book look more impressive.

Plus thise would be free for everybody to download and print out.

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NachoMahmaguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

> half of theose books have useless info that just makes the book look more impressive
. I don't understand how you can call the "extra" info worthless. You may not need the info, but others might. My job as an Instrument Tech did not require me to worry about 3-phase power very often, so I would forget most of what I had learned about it. Ugly's, et al, were very valuable "cheat sheets." Same for bending conduit.
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. My original comment was not meant to discourage you from doing the project, but I suppose it came out that way. I like the idea and would be willing to help. I can do a decent job of proof-reading and have access to a EE for error-checking.

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guyfrom7upNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

I guess your right, but for the specific topic it'd be rarely used (some of the info)

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guyfrom7upguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

eh, more I look into it I guess you could use some of the info, just... not often but I guess it's good it's there. well this would be open source, yay for opensource!

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Kitemanguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

If you're still after a pocketbook, why not make it a small filofax-style format, and you just buy the inserts that are relevant to your interest?

If different people are working on different pages, all you have to do is make sure they are working to the same dimensions, and allow for the punched holes.

Instructafax?

Infactables?

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PatrikKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Ooh - I do like Infactables! :-)

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NachoMahmaPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

. I have the Pocket Ref and Pocket PCRef - both excellent choices. My PCRef is terribly out-of-date, but still useful.

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guyfrom7upNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

but those are like 40 bucks (at B&n), and yes, it has a lot of info, but you don't need most of it, making it harder to locate more important info.

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NachoMahmaguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

. I relied on mine for more than 15 years at work and still use it occasionally. I've never had a problem locating what I needed.
. They are only $15 US + $4 S&H at the link I gave earlier. Well worth every penny, IMNSHO. Barnes & Noble (is that the right B&n?) are out of stock and don't list a price, but I'll bet it's not $40.
. I'll never use most of what's in the CRC Handbook of Chem&Phys, PDR, DSM, unabridged dictionary, &c, &c, &c, either, but I still value my copies. ;)