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Ethernet Cable Hack – How to Run Ethernet and Phone Line over Ethernet Cat-5 Cable!


When I first started working at a job, I used to work as an IT administrator.   At one point, I even installed cat-5 cable through an entire 5000 sq. feet office building.  That was a lot of fun as I had to access the office ceiling for a whole day.

Anyways, a Cat-5 ethernet cable is nothing more than “enhanced” phone cables.  The phones usually use Cat-3 cables, which are slightly thinner wires and is more prone to

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Arduino DIY – How to Make a Magic Mirror with Old LCD and Arduino!


Al Linke, the creator of the DIY Magic Mirror, has just buzzed me on his cool Magic Mirror, which was featured on Instructables as winner of the Halloween contest.

Well, I don’t know how I missed it if it was on Instructables but here it is and Al is actually selling kits you can buy to make a magic mirror yourself.

I have to say, this is really cool stuff, I think I have seen something similar, the Magic M

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Scottish DIY – How to Make a Bagpipe out of a Garbage Bag!


If you are hardcore Scottish, you might be interested to know that you can make a bag pipe out of a garbage bag, now you can afford to practice without paying for the real price.

This instructable is how to make a simple bagpipe like instrument out of basic household materials. Granted, it does not sound all too much like a bagpipe, but it works similarly and is fun to mess around with.

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Infrared DIY – How to Make Infrared Goggles!


KipKay is always making cool stuff,  in this series of instructables, he will show you how to make infrared goggles for almost nothing.  Awesome.  He says to not look into the sun with these goggles, you will go BLIND!

See the world in a whole new light with these home-made Infrared Goggles! Amazing images!

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Photography DIY – How to Make Cigarette Packet Flash Diffuser!


Wow, here’s a really cool DIY that shows you how to make a camera flashlight diffuser with a pack of Marlboro Lights!

Ever wanted to take indoor photos at night, but hate the washed out look which your built in flash creates? I’ve often been at a pub and found the regular flash to be a bit of a pain. Thanks to a little drunken curiosity and an attention span problem, I created a flash diffuser using only an empty cigarette packet.

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LED DIY – How to Make a Color Changing Crystal Ball!


Here’s a quick LED that shows you how to make a color changing crystal ball.  Not as tight as the RGB Color changing orb I made couple years back but still a great project.

Hey ! I’m gonna show you a very easy to make decorative object which uses one single RGB color-changing LED.

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Bed DIY – How to Make your Own Atari Joystick Lamp!


Lol, an Atari Joystick Lamp!?!  Yes, if you will retro-fit your livingroom, you will definitely look cool among your peers. Great job on the instructables.

I wanted to make something to enter into the Craftsman contest that would be challenging for me to make, but really cool and unique to have once it was finished. This was what I came up with.

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Livingroom DIY – How to Make a Cool Pillow with Custom Trim!


If you need some ideas for DIY pillows, here’s a really cool DIY that shows you how to make a cool pillow with custom trim!

If you want to give an old pillow of yours a makeover then we have just the right post for you. At Instructables, there is a post on how to make a pillow with corded trim and you can read the entire thing here.

Some excerpts: step 1 Getting your fabric ready Lay out your material and cut the size pillow you would

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DIY – How to Make a Vertical Wind Turbine!



Check out this really cool DIY on how to make a vertical wind turbine.  This thing can produce some good amount of electricity for under $300.

With this one I am hoping to get the 100 watts.

Here is how I did it.

First we need: –5 pvc tube. size 3″X10′ (hardware store)$48

–3 bike wheels. size 12″ (junk yard or ask your kid to use their bikes for a minute) maybe $5

–Ametek38 volt (ebay or surplus store) $60 (a problem with ametek, it n

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DIY – How to Make a Hydroponics Unit for Growing Weed!


Don’t mind the post title as this DIY shows you how to make hydroponics unit for growing anything.

Aside from people with medical marijuana licenses who live in San Francisco and can legally grow several pot plants, the hydroponic system can be used for growing your own organic vegetables and what not.

My wife teaches 8th grade science. This project “The Hydroshack” is a rendition of one I built over 20 years ago in my college teaching methods class. It is designed specifically for perfor

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