Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doorbell that Can Turn On a Light Instead of Playing a Tone

When I am using power tools in my workshop, I can't hear the doorbell ring. So I needed some other kind of system that can let me know when someone is at the front door.

I use a wireless doorbell system. This lets you set up multiple receivers without having to run wires all over your house. I also added the option to switch between audible chimes and flashing lights. That way you can still have a traditional doorbell but you are also able to silence it if someone is sleeping.

For step by step instructions, check out the Instructable:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stick Bombs (Exploding Kinetic Art)

The term "Stick bomb" is used to describe a broad category of kinetic art. A stick bomb can be almost anything that is constructed from flat sticks that are woven together and held under pressure. When a key stick is removed the entire structure flies apart. Designs range from simple single cell bombs that you can hold in your hand to massive chains and grids that are made of thousands of sticks.

In this project, I am going show you how to make a few classic stick bomb designs. So put on your safety glasses and let's get started.

For step by step instructions, check out the instructable:

Friday, August 29, 2014

DIY Soda Fountain

Has this ever happened to you? You are thirsty but you are just too lazy to walk over to the refrigerator to get a drink? Well, here is the solution. Build your own personal soda fountain that will refill your drink from across the room.

For step by step instructions, check out the instructable:

Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY Sound Effects

Sound effects are the unsung heroes of movies, radio, and haunted houses. Hearing all the detailed sounds makes it feel the action is happening right next to you. By carefully selecting which sound effects are highlighted, you can create the perfect environment for your audience to experience.

In this project, I am going to give you a basic overview of the art of sound effects. I am going to show you how to make them, how to record them, and even how to automate them.

For step by step instructions, check out the Instructable:

How to Punch Through Brick

Have you ever wanted to be able to punch through a brick wall? Well you probably can. All you need is a pair of heavy duty gauntlets to add some weight and focus all the force to a narrow point. It is like wearing a sledge hammer on each arm.

This project was inspired by Instructables user NightHawkInLight. I saw his project "How to Punch Through Concrete" and I just had to build my own version.

For step by step instructions, check out the instructable:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Remote Kill Switch

There are a lot of times when it is useful to be able remotely turn something on or off. In this instance, my son has a small Power Wheels car. I wanted to be able to remotely turn the car off if he drives too far away or in the wrong direction. So I designed a simple remote kill switch. This lets me turn the car (or anything else) on and off with a remote. As an extra safety feature, if the car goes outside the range of the remote, it will automatically turn off.

For step by step instructions check out the Instructable:

Monday, August 4, 2014

Rain Chains

Rain chains are a kind of decorative downspout for a gutter system. Rain water pours out of the gutter and onto a series of rings or cups. These help to channel the water down to the ground where it is either stored in a rain barrel or simply diverted away from the building. A set of rain chains can add a lot your house in both appearance and sound.

For step by step instructions, check out the Instructable: