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How to Build a DIY Shade/Heating Plant Grow Table!

I’ve been thinking about adding some shade to my recent flowers I planted in the garden due to some of the flowers burning and rotting away in the California sun, which is very strong. For this, I was thinking about perhaps putting a tarp over it with some pvc piping to make a mini tent but I found a better idea, use pvc pipes and bend them in a way you can put garden share over it. And in the winter months, you can swap it out for thin plastic sheeting to get a greenhouse effect.

This seems much simple and more cost effective over buying greenhouse kits on Amazon.

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How to Build a DIY Energy Meter for Less Than $20!

For those of you who want an inexpensive DIY energy meter that would detect how much electricity you use, you might want to take a look at this hack where the author uses a simple circuit to detect infrared pulses from the electric meter whenever there’s 1 watt of electricity used.

 

via hackaday

 

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How to Build a Portable DIY Face Detection System for under $30!

For those of you who want to build a portable DIY face detection system (without the use of full-sized computers/laptops/netbooks), engineering students at Cornell university have come up with a simple solution using an Atmel ATmega644 8-bit microcontroller, a C3088 camera module with an OmniVision OV6620 CMOS image sensor, Atmel’s AT45DB321D Serial Dataflash, a Varitronix MDLS16264 LCD module for output, a 9-volt battery, and a small wooden s

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How to Build a Salt-Water Powered LED Light!

You probably well know of the focus that the world has been giving to alternative energy.  And I am sure schools are now pushing more ways to power our electronics than ever.

Which brings us to this awesome DIY that shows you how to build a salt-water powered LED light. You can also substitute lime juice for the salt-water.

Also see:

Beer Powered Batteries!

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How to Build a DIY Portable Solar Charging System!

5 years ago, it was a lot harder to build your own solar-charging systems but now there are so much more resources plus price of solar systems have dropped quite a bit.  If you own a home and you have some space in your backyard (or roof) for solar panels, there’s absolutely no reason why you aren’t powering some of your home electronics via the power of the sun (unless you live in Alaska and it’s no-sun season).

Here’s a great example of a DIY portable solar

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How to Build a DIY Shopping Cart Lounge Chair!

We’ve seen some crazy things done with a shopping cart before, here’s another cool way to turn a shopping cart into a lounge chair.  Designer Mike Bouchet decided to have a go at it, I think this is a wonderful idea except I think you need to put some comfy leather lining or something to make it comfortable/usable.

At Design Miami/ Basel, you will see a series of sun loungers created by Bouchet.   They

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How to Build a DIY Electric Fan Scooter!

Do you want to annoy the crap out of your neighbors, not by building a 480HP car that deserves to make all the noise it wants but by building (probably less than 5HP) scooter that uses the most annoying fan in the world and its top speed is about 2MPH?

Well, now you certainly can as the guys from MIT who built the infamous shopping cart with a fan have finally graduated and built somethi

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How to Build a DIY LM555 Digital Adding Machine!

Here’s an incredible DIY LM555 Adding Machine that Alan Yates built, it can do adding and subtraction using method of complement numbers.  This is like a digital version of old Adding machines people used to use back in the day.

The device was built with experimentation and modular testing in mind. Each decade ring is independently resetable a

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CNC DIY – How to Build your own DIY CNC!

Just when you thought you had to throw away all your spare parts (and even PVC pipes), someone hits you in the head (perhaps God, Budda, whatever), and you realize that you can make an absolutely, simply-amazing DIY CNC machine.

Cssshop, member of Instructables says about his new DIY CNC project:

I’ve always dreamed of having a CNC and window shopped all the time on the internet. Finally, I discovered Instructables and got plenty of good ideas from others. Ninety percent of my parts were acquired from junk or unused stuff. It doesn’t look pretty but it̵

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Helicopter DIY – How to Build a Wooden Quadrocopter!

We’ve seen some amazing helicopters (or hexacopter they call it) in the past, here’s another cool build using wood, a DIY wooden quadrocopter capable of impressing your carpenter friend and engineers.  Watch video of it working after the break, AMAZING!

Now, I dug the old flier out of storage and thought I would like to build a wooden one. As, the original Roswell Quadrocopter was made from paperbacked foam. Seeing now, the electronics and motors are much better then 11 y

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