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Garden DIY – How to Make a Raised Bed Garden!

For those of you looking for ways to help your older parents manage their garden better without hurting their backs, you might want to think about building them a “raised” bed garden”.  I think this is also a great idea for keeping your lawn intact while adding a bed garden to your yard.

I first got this idea from a older couple i know. I just wanted it bigger. My ground has allot of clay in it so i built up my first garden about 10 inches off the ground.My parents are getting older so i thought i would make them a smaller one so they wouldn’t have t

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How to Make a DIY Toilet Sound Making Device!

If you are looking for ways to trick your visitors in the bathroom, here’s a great way to make a DIY sound-making device on your toilet. The clever part about this DIY is that the sound is activated when the unsuspecting visitor touches the handle and this is done with a wire connected to the metallic pipe. This could be a great way to detect touch on other projects, simple and sound.

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DSLR Hack – How to Make a Long-Range DIY DSLR Video Trigger!

DSLR videography has literally exploded in the last couple years and I am a huge fan (you can read up on my DSLR videography recommendations here); here’s a great hack that can let you trigger video on your Canon DSLR by hacking the IR controller with Arduino so you can turn the video on/off from up to 150-300 feet range.

I had a problem that I needed to solve:

Remotely and

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How to Make a Low-Cost DIY Eye-Movement Detector!

Need to add eye-movement detector for your next project?   Check out what Luis Cruz (a senior in high school) did, a low-cost DIY eye-movement detector. This is amazing, not only that he was able to do it for low cost but this kid is simply GENIUS!

The human eye is polarized, with the front of the eye being positive and the back of the eye being negative. This is caused by a concentration of negatively charged nerves in the retina on the back of the eye. As the eye moves the negative pole moves relative to the face

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How to Make a DIY Sketch Tracer/Light Box!

Here’s a fantastic project for make your own DIY sketch tracer/light box with some plastic, wood, and aluminum foil.  The author initially made it for his girlfriend who’s a fashion designer so she can trace her sketches easily but this seems like it has many uses.

My Girlfriend is a Fashion design major working on her MFA, and she often needs to trace her sketches. She uses my animation table but it is a bit too large for her to work with, and she can’t m

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How to Make a Router Traffic Counter!

Here’s a fun way to display how much traffic your router is serving by hacking OpenWRT by adding a bit of code.

(For those of you who don’t know, OpenWRT is an open-source aftermarket operating system for routers that you can install to your router to customize it.  There’s also DD-WRT, which is similar.  I’ve personally got DD-

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Arduino Hack – How to Make an I2C Sniffer!

I2C is a great way to connect multiple devices for simple networking communication.  Of course, because I2C is not encrypted, others can easily read the info by using an I2C sniffer.

If you want to make such an I2C sniffer, there’s a great guide with source code for Arduino but come to think of it, I can’t really think of any uses for this right now(I know it will hit me after I write this blog post) but it can help you learn more about Arduino and I2C. (

You can adjust the capture windo

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How to Make a Simple Touch Sensor Controller!

I used to deal with many touch controllers but they cost way too much money as it comes with a touchscreen and all the shebang. Well, if you want to make a dead, simple touch-sensor controller, perhaps for your latest backyard project, there’s a bunch of low-cost chips you can use now, and here’s a great example you can follow with video demo below:

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How to Make DIY RFID tag with Duct Tape! [RedNeck]

You know how duct tape can solve a lot of everyday problems including an airplane wing, and here’s another way to apply duct tape to roll your own RFID tag with a bunch of wires.

It ain’t pretty but gets the job done and the RFID read range is on par with commercial RFID tags, unbelievable.

It’s ugly, and I really want to try this experiment over again with a smaller IC

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Bacon DIY – How to Make Bacon Oil Candle!

I know many of you swear by everything bacon, including bacon hot sauce (I covered the launch at Swagapalooza btw, see video here).

Well, did you know you can make Bacon-powered candle simply by melting all the fat from bacon then use it!  Also, this bacon oil candle will surely make your whole house smell like it’s breakfast time all day, which I love by

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