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How To: Make a helicopter powered by rubber bands

This is a great little rainy day project you can make for almost no money, or a fun party trick you can use at the next office Christmas party! You will need two disposable drinking cups (stiff plastic or paper will work best), a fairly thick straw, a sturdy paper clip, a thick rubber band, a cocktail stick, a bead and a plastic ring you can get from the neck of a soda bottle. Assemble as shown, and then let it go!

How To: Make a light up bubble tube

Lava lamps are cool and retro, but they can be expensive and there is a risk of fire if you leave them unattended and they tip over accidentally. By using this tutorial by Shooting Eggs, you can make your own light up bubble tube using materials you might already have around the house, and it will be safer and a whole lot cheaper than the kind you'd buy. Make one of these babies, and your 1966 love den will be all ready to go.

How To: Make a toy parachute

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a toy parachute. The materials required are: lightweight fabric, ruler, scissors, string, 4 hole button and a toy army man. Begin by measuring a 10x10 inch square on the fabric and cut it out. Fold over each of the 4 corners and cue a small hole. Measure and cut 2 lengths of 36 inch string. Take the string and tie it to one end of the hole on the fabric. Run the other end through the button hole and tie it to the diagonally opposite hole on th...

How To: Remove money from the cash box in a slot machine

If you have a casino, or maybe just a single slot machine, chances are you're making money. But how do you actually get the money from the slot? All of that cash will sit in there for ages if you don't retrieve it, and it could cause a malfunction if not removed in a timely manner, because of getting too full. This video will show you how to remove money earned from the cash box in a casino slot machine. There's two ways to access the cash box in a IGT S+ model slot machine, so check them bot...

How To: Make a diorama waterfall

If your son or daughter is planning on making a diorama for a classroom project or just because, making a cool water feature can be a great idea. Using real water may be fine and all, but if you want to prevent any kind of mess from happening, you can build one using materials that give a water like feel. So in this tutorial, you'll be finding out how to make a diorama waterfall from scratch. It's great for dioramas and is sure to be a much better fit than actual water. So good luck and enjoy!

How To: Make a Lego gun without Technic pieces

This is one of the longest, most detailed instructional videos on how to make a toy gun out of Legos. Another advantage it has over its plentiful Lego gun-making-video competition is that it doesn't require any of the expensive and specialized Lego Technic pieces. It can be made entirely form the stock Legos you have sitting around from that castle you took apart two years ago. It may not look like a traditional gun, but it shoots like one!

How To: Make a scare box

This video tutorial provides step by step instruction on how to make a scare box. It's a simple wooden box with a creepy surprise inside. When someone opens it up, a spider or something else scary jumps out onto them. You will need plywood, wooden dowels, and the spider or whatever else you're using to do the scaring. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to build a scare box.

How To: Recycle an Old Light Bulb into a Ship in a Bottle

Learn how to make a ship in the bulb (aka a ship in a bottle). This cool diy hack demonstrates how to recycle an old lightbulb into a "ship in a bottle". Like the traditional ship in the bottle, the ship is first assembled outside of the bottle, then placed inside. Follow this fun how to hack video to learn how to make your own.

How To: Whistle loudly using your teeth

Never doubt the volume of your whistle again. This video shows you how to whistle loudly using your teeth. You'll learn proper position of your mouth and tongue to be able to make the loudest sound possible. With lots of practice you'll be the only one heard at the local games as you cheer on your favorite team or player. Watch this to get all you need to know to achieve that super loud whistle you've always desired, on the field or indoors.

How To: Install a coin into the comparitor of a slot machine

If you're having slot problems in your casino, you're going to have to do some troubleshooting. Knowing all there is to know about slots is important for any casino or slot machine owner. This video will show you the trick to installing a coin into a coin comparator. One thing to remember, is that if there is no coin inside the comparitor, the machine will not work. And no matter what coin kind you have in the hopper, whether quarter, nickel, token, etc., it has to be the same coin inside the...

How To: Make a homemade anti gravity toy

Make an antigravity toy with just some magnets, a pyrex bowl, coper wire, a playing card and some aluminium foil. This is really cool! You can even interact with the flying card when the bowl is shut! Put 3 magnets somewhere, making a circle,over them, place a bowl, then wrap the card with aluminum and place a neodium magnet on each corner, then make about 15 loops with the copper wire (make it a copper coil) and put it inside the bowl. Then put the card in the bowl. Be careful, The negative ...

How To: Build a semiautomatic Lego gun

Most Lego guns require you to feed ammo, or at least cock the gun, every time you shoot. Not so with this model. This video features step-by step instructions and a demonstration of how to build a semiautomatic Lego rubber band gun quickly and easily. Never lose a Lego rubber band gun war to your friends again with the increased firepower of this semi-auto Lego shooting machine.

How To: Make a simple and powerful Knex gun

There are an infinite number of things that you can make out of K'nex. A disproportionate, but entertaining, number of these are toy guns. This video features an innovative design for a powerful K'nex (it also has a rubber band in it) gun that shoots small K'nex pieces across a room accurately and with a lot of power. It may not look like a gun, but it works!

How To: Solve the Rubik's Cube intuitively without algorithms

Check out this three-part video tutorial on how to solve the Rubik's Cube intuitively and without algorithms. With this method there is no need to memorize complicated algorithms. Crack the Cube with sheer brain power, if you can. No one said you had to be a genius to solve a Rubiks Cube, you just have to have a little common sense and patience.

How To: Recycle plastic bottles to make a toy windmill

In this tutorial we learn how to recycle plastic bottles to make a toy windmill. First, cut the bottle in half so you just have the cap end of it. Then, use the scissors to cut strips in the plastic, all running next to each other. Once you have all of these cut, pull the strips out so they are flared away from the cap. Then, twist these so the are all going backwards from the cap and place a stick on the bottom of these, connecting with the cap. Now you can use these as a toy windmill, enjoy...

How To: Build a samurai katana sword out of cardboard

The katana (also known as the samurai sword) originated in Japan's Muromachi period (1392–1573). These curved blades are known worldwide for their elegance and craftsmanship. But if you can't afford your own antique model you can create your own reproduction using junk you've probably already got in your garage.

How To: Make a fingerboard rail

If you're into fingerboarding, then you're going to want to watch this video tutorial to see how to improve your fingerboard skills. Watch to learn how to make a fingerboard rail. With just a few materials, your finger-skateboard will be riding rails in no time.

How To: Fill a hopper with coins in casino slot machines

Almost every coin handling device has a hopper inside. In a slot, it's usually in the bottom of the machine. Troubleshooting casino slot machines can be tricky, but if it's a mere coin dispensing issue, it might just mean you're running low on coins. This video will show you how to fill the slot machine hopper, and it's best to use about 200 coins— at least. It's just a basket that holds the tokens, so when someone wins, the machine will dispense them.

How To: Tune a fingerboard

Your fingerboard is a temple, treat is as such by keeping it tuned. Know how to tune the trucks, change stock axles, replace or customize all parts. Watch this video fingerboarding tutorial and learn how to tune your deck.

How To: Make a Lego block launching gun

There are a lot of ways to make a gun out of Legos. Some have triggers, some don't. Some fire blocks, some rubber bands, but almost all use rubber band in the firing mechanism. This video is a demonstration of building one such gun. This one uses a rubber band to launch Lego blocks. It is relatively simple and very effective.

How To: Make a super loud whistle with a Sharpie marker

This is a simple way to achieve one of the loudest whistles ever! Anyone can learn and it only requires a Sharpie permanent marker cap. WARNING: turn your speakers down because it could be very loud. Try it yourself, and you will find that the whistle is actually much louder in person than on video!

How To: Remove and install a hopper in casino slot machines

Troubleshooting your casino's slots doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. You can do it yourself, and one of the most common steps to troubleshooting a faulty slot machine is to take out the hopper. The hopper is inside the slot, at the bottom. Almost all coin handling equipment contains a hopper. All you do is slide it out, and slide it back in when done. This video will show you how to remove and install a slot machine hopper in your casino slot machines. The machine in this video is an IG...

How To: Build a working mini gatling gun out of Legos

Most of the guns that people make out of Legos or Knex are pistols. Small, easy to build, low maintenance. Those are all fine qualities. But if you want a powerful, destructive Lego gun that will blow all others out of the water, check this video out. It features step-by-step instructions for building a minigun out of Legos that will hold and shoot 120 rubber bands at a time! The second video is a firing demonstration. Those Legos never knew what hit them!

How To: Use the Nerf Gun Long Shot

In this how to video, you will learn how to use the Nerf Gun Long Shot. First, you will need to know about the magazine. These can hold 8 shots and are spring loaded. Do not load 8 shots, as it will jam. Instead, load 6 shots to prevent this. The shots can be used in other guns, but the Long Shot magazine can only use this shots. The holes in the shots make a whistling sound. If you get shot, you will feel it regardless of distance. The gun has a trigger, a mount, a quick grab design, a hidde...

How To: Build a mini fridge

In order to build your own mini fridge, you will need the following supplies: a heatsink, a cardboard box, a petier unit, popsicle sticks, standoffs, an AC adapter, scissors, and on/off switch.

How To: Whistle like a train

By following this tutorial, you can learn how to easily make a train whistle sound using only your hands. By simply folding your hands and adjusting for the air flow as you blow on your thumb knuckles, you can replicate the sound of a train whistle. This is a very easy trick to learn so with just a little practice, you can use the train whistle to play with your kids, call them to dinner, etc. A great trick for somebody who has difficulty with conventional whistling.

How To: Build stones & cinder blocks for a diorama

Build stones & cinder blocks for a diorama. Papa Tom teaches viewers how to make a building look like it is made of stone or cinder blocks using the Building and Structure Kit from Scene-A-Rama. This is super easy and tons of fun for all ages. It's great for school or class projects. Use a ruler, a fine point marker, a hobby knife, and a paint brush.

How To: Dry brush wargame scenery and tabletop terrain

Wargame Terrain gives this little video series on dry brushing techniques for wargaming. In the first video, see how to dry brush your wargame scenery and tabletop terrain using dry brushing techniques that make your piece look very real. The second video continues the dry brushing technique for war game terrain and scenery pieces, while the third and final video finishes the process off. Your gameplay will never be the same with these realistic creations, just use these tips for epic battles...

How To: Snap your fingers

For most people it's just reflex, but some never learned how to snap or snap properly. This incredibly clear and detailed video tutorial explains the mechanics of snapping. Watch and learn, or learn how to better than you already do.

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