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How To : Solder your own headphone amp

Systm is the Do It Yourself show designed for the common geek who wants to quickly and easily learn how to dive into the latest and hottest tech projects. We will help you avoid pitfalls and get your project up and running fast. Search Systm on WonderHowTo for more DIY episode ...more

How To : Use a soldering iron when circuit bending

In a time of ubiquitous electronics, soldering is an essential skill. Fortunately, if you don't already know how it's done, it's an easy skill to pick up and the tools and associated materials can be had for cheap. This video tutorial from MAKE will get you started. For more i ...more

How To : Solder with a soldering iron

In this tutorial, we learn how to solder with a soldering iron. You will need: tinning pads, desoldering braid, and an adding component. Start off by heating the copper, before you add the wire. You need for the acid to flow from the core onto the copper to create a surface th ...more

How To : Build your own Iron Man Repulsor Arm

If you love Iron Man 2 and wish you could have his gadgets or want to have a cool costume for Halloween, you too, can be Iron Man once you're done watching this video. This tutorial will walk you through the steps needed to convert household materials and inexpensive items you ...more

How To : Make a hard drive speaker system

Looking to make use—if not necessarily good use—of your old hard drives? This how-to presents instructions for creating a hard drive speaker system to use in conjunction with an MP3 player. To follow along, you'll need an MP3 player (e.g., the Samsung YP-S3), at least one spar ...more

How To : Build an infrared smart board with a Wiimote

Save tons of money by building your own LED pen that works with a multitouch smart board / whiteboard. You'll also need a WiiMote (Wii Remote) to use in conjunction with your homemade LED pens that you'll be making in this video. To get started with this awesome project, you'l ...more

How To : Make a burglar alarm

Learn how to make a cheap burglar alarm/trip wire alarm with step by step instructions. This is pretty basic but effective. Cardboard, fishing line, batteries, soldering wire, soldering iron, hot melt glue gun, an empty soft drink can, electrical tape, buzzer are some of the n ...more

How To : Solder a pair of headphones

Find yourself faced with a dead channel on your headphones? Before them out, you might take the opportunity to see what you can learn from trying to fix them yourself with a soldering iron. The repair can often be straightforward. For detailed step-by-step instructions on reso ...more

How To : Build an eco-friendly directional WiFi antenna

Learn how to build an environmentally friendly directional WiFi antenna with this simple video guide. To follow along at home, you'll need the following things: a copper wedge, an N-type connector, some screws, a clamp-on N plug, a pigtail, and a wireless card. You'll also nee ...more

How To : Make your own lite-on probe for an Xbox 360

You like all things Xbox so instead of just playing with it try making your own stuff. You can make a your own Lite-on probe for your Xbox with items you can pick up at RadioShack or a comparable electronic store. Things you will need - DB9 serial connector - Female (pic abov ...more

How To : Repair a blown subwoofer

OK, you've done it, you've blasted your DJ set just a little too loud and now your speakers are dust. Well, before you rush out and replace them, why not try repairing them on your own? That's right, with this how to video you can take the necessary steps and breath new life b ...more

How To Make A Coil Gun : Turning Electricity Into Velocity

In this article, I'll show you how to build a coil gun. A coil gun is a device that fires magnetic projectiles at high velocities, using electricity. Coil guns require no explosive propellant, therefor can be fired an infinite amount of time, providing that there is ammunition ...more

How To : Make a USB cell phone battery from a 9-volt

Change a normal 9v battery into a life saver. If you have ever run out of juice on your phone and could really use a quick charge then you need a USB battery. list: 1 5.1v zener diode 1 330-ohm resistor 1 9v battery connector 1 9v battery solder and soldering iron (you can ge ...more

How To : Charge a Cell Phone on Train Tracks

If you're ever lost or hurt out in the middle of nowhere with a dead cell phone, you might be able to "flag" down help as long as you're near some railroad tracks. Some train tracks carry a small electric charge as a means of detecting other trains for signaling or for detect ...more

HowTo : Build a Vibrating Lock Pick With a Toothbrush

Unbeknownst to the general public, picking a lock can be a very easy process once you get the hang of it (yes, surprising AND frightening). A vibrating lock pick set takes the general ease of picking even further by speeding up the process. Now, with the help of Invent Geek, y ...more

How To : Solder for electronics and other repairs

Learn how to solder. Whether you like to tinker with electronics or do your own plumbing repairs, soldering metal is an essential skill. Plus, it's kinda fun. You Will Need   * A soldering iron   * A soldering tip   * Safety glasses   * Solder   * Flux   * Soldering clamps ...more

How To : Make Your Own USB Keylogger Hardware

Keyloggers are a must-have tool in your arsenal. Hardware keyloggers have the advantage of being undetectable through anti-virus or other protection programs. They also capture keystrokes before the OS even boots up, so they are pretty handy tools. The only issue with these t ...more

How To : Make LEDs Dance to Techno Music

You must have seen some expensive mp3 players and CD players which have LEDs fixed on them and they dance to the tune looking really pretty. Imagine you could make your own LEDs and configure them to dance to Daft Punk or Swedish House Mafia. I’m going to tell you how it can ...more

How To : Make Knot Sculptures from Soft Metals

In mathematics, a knot is a closed circle in a three-dimensional space that crosses itself multiple times. Since it is closed, it has no ends to tie, meaning you can't actually create such a knot. However, if you tie the ends together after you create a knot in the standard wa ...more

How To : | 3 DIY Electronic Geek Chic Pieces for Him

Stand out from the high street fashion clones with stuff you’ve fashioned yourself. It’s easy to take old pieces of electronic junk and transform them into all sorts of fun ‘n’ funky geeky accessories. Like a totally useful tote bag, a what-on-earth-is-that wallet and a bedazz ...more

Build a Home Arcade Machine : Part 1

Remember the arcades? Were you saddened when they closed up one by one, leaving no outlet to actually go out and socialize while you played video games? With all the home consoles and internet connectivity, gaming has evolved, but the social factor has been eliminated. Sure we ...more

How To : Make a Canon Shutter Release Cable

This article will show you how to make a shutter release cable for a Canon camera. It took me about half an hour once all of my materials were gathered. I came in at a total of about eight dollars. It has three switches and buttons. The black button on mine triggers the auto f ...more

How To : Replace iPhone headphone earbuds

How to take off the iPhone earbuds and replace them with whichever ones fit your ears and sound best. This can help because you keep the button and the 1/8" jack that slips into your iPhone. You need a soldering iron to remove the earbuds.

How To : Frame things cheaply by soldering picture frames

This video will teach you how to frame anything two-dimensional using inexpensive materials and a soldering iron. The technique used is called tinning, using beveled glass, copper foil, solder, and flux. Tinning is great for framing dried flowers and leaves and only takes abou ...more

How To : Make an electrical lighter

Make a lighter with one or two AA batteries and simple tiny wire!!! This is a fantastic homemade electrical lighter for any situation. You'll need two AA batteries, a push switch, a battery holder, wire, solder, soldering iron, electrical tape, crimper, and scissors for this c ...more

How To : Make a rechargeable, solar-powered USB battery

An emergency battery charger for your mobile phone comes in handy, but it's not the ultimate solution; once it's dead it's useless (what a waste). If you want to really get off the metaphorical grid, you can follow the steps in this video to construct a more robust circuit tha ...more

How To : Make inexpensive solar panels from broken ones

As far as the world of consumer electronics goes, it doesn't get much greener than recycling solar panels. In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to solder together broken solar panels, giving them new life as a functional AA battery charger, which produces about 6 volts in ...more

How To : Make light using a stepper motor generator

In this tutorial, we learn how to make light using a stepper motor generator. First, take the motor out of an old printer that you don't use anymore. After this, find a few LED lights. You will need to solder the LED lights, then connect them with a soldering iron to the print ...more

How To : Circuit bend a plastic toy

In this how-to video, you will learn how to perform basic circuit bending. You will need a screw driver, alligator clips, solder, a soldering iron, wires, a wire stripper, a button or switch, and a drill. Open up the device you want to circuit bend. Once the side of the board ...more

How To : Change the LED colors on your Xbox 360 power brick

CIA360MODS teaches you how to change the LED colors on your XBox 360 power brick. You need pliers, tweezers, a screwdriver, a soldering iron and smds. Unscrew the screws from the power brick and then take out the fan from inside. Follow the schematics and use the tweezer to gr ...more

How To : Mod your NES controller to play on PC

This is a HouseholdHacker mod teaching you how to mod your old Nintendo controller to work with your PC computer games. Today we'll show you how to convert your old Nintendo controller into a retro gaming icon on your computer desk! You will need a few parts for this: NES Con ...more

How To : Play blues on an electric guitar like Peter Green

If you're a musician in need of some lessons, there's no better way to learn than with MusicRadar's so-called "Tuition" instructions. Although the title tuition is misleading, this video class is anything but costly, because it's free, right here. Whether you're looking for he ...more

How To : Wire your model railroad track

If you're at the point where you need to start ballasting your model railroad track, then you might want to check out this video tutorial on wiring. Learn how to wire your model railroad track. So, see how to run the feeder cables to power up your ballasts to power up your mi ...more

How To : Make and use iron-on transfers

This video will teach you how to transform a plain white t-shirt into a one-of-a-kind fashion statement. Show off your own personal style using an iron, a transfer, a hard surface, scissors, and a shirt or jacket of your choice. Make and use iron-on transfers. Click through to ...more

How To : Make a fog machine with a household iron

Liven up your parties by making your own fog machine, using items that you can find around the house. You Will Need * An iron * Two aluminum roasting pans, about 5 inches deep or deeper * Scissors * Aluminum foil * A hot-glue gun * 7 lbs. pebbles or gravel * A 20-oz. plastic b ...more

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