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The DIY Nuclear Battery…

The constant degradation of some particles might suggest that matter eventually returns to its natural state, energy. We clever humans have learned to take advantage of this constant, to make one hell of a bomb, but there are many less deadly and equally as cool uses. Uses that you can build yourself in your very own shed.

Making a nuclear battery may not be the first DIY project that jumps into everyone’s mind but it is actually 100% real and easy to do. Tritium is the key ingredient of the battery and one of the safer radioactive elements used for power generation. In many ways Tritium could have been the correct answer to the worlds energy problems in the 70’s, but that’s a whole other story.

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The King of Random Survival Hack, Start a Fire with a Sandwich Bag.

The King of Random Grant Thompson has returned once more to present a DIY hack that MacGyver would be proud of, the sandwich bag of fire. For today’s lesson you will need to collect an empty sandwich bag, some liquid and stuff to set on fire. Now lets all learn how to start a fire with a lunch bag and some water, urine is optional and yes you take the sandwiches out first.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the clever hack that provides you with a sandwich lunch then starts a warm fire. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the mighty sandwich bag.

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The 200 Watt Laser Bazooka, Styropyro Is a Madman.

Aspiring mad scientist Styropyro has produced yet another DIY weapon of mass fascination, the 200 Watt laser bazooka. Power up this carefully crafted collection of spare parts and prepare to feel the burn. Constructed from off the shelf parts; that shelf over there, off the floor and out of that box in the corner.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the quad laser powered bazooka that is making balloons nervous all around the world. Could this be the ultimate solution to the perfect all over tan, in under 3 seconds? Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the power of light.

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The DIY LED Flashlight, the 1000 Watt Torch…

Have you ever been hiking and needed to light up an entire side of a mountain, nup me either, but if you ever do YouTuber and compulsive DIY’er rctestflight has built a torch for such an occasion. Using 10 massive LED chips each drawing 100 Watts of juice this monster torch can throw out 90,000 Lumens of pure white light. A standard home LED bulb uses between 15 -30 LED chips (depending on the bulb) and uses between 10 and 20 Watts of power to produce a measly 800-1000 Lumens of light.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is one of the most extreme home-made torches seen in many years. Now that the hard work designing and assembling the torch is complete the fun can begin, working out what the hell to do with 90,000 Lumens of light power. Sit back relax and don’t forget to turn off the lights when you leave.

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The Knife Wielding Tentacle.

Some inventions are born of a good idea that might just make life a little bit easier while other man made contraptions are simply the result of an idea that tickles the funny bone. The Knife Wielding Tentacle definitely falls into that later category and tickle the funny bone it does.

This Frankenstein contraption was constructed by YouTuber outaspaceman using nothing more than an Arduino board, a littleBits Protobit and some left over parts. With these simple parts outaspaceman has managed to create a contraption so evil that even sharks with lasers keep their distance. Now the only problem left is how to turn off the crazy contraption.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the most evil funny contraption to be invented this year. An invention so evil that the CIA are investigating hiring the tentacle as their new receptionist. Sit back relax and remember the tentacle knows all, let’s just hope the battery runs down soon.

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Out of the High Tech Man-Shed comes the Homemade Rail Gun and the Homemade Plasma Rifle.

Many a great idea has moved from concept to working prototype under the roof of a modern man shed, a fortress of solitude for many. Two very good examples of the creativity that takes place in the shed have recently been demonstrated to the world. Two variations on the always impressive electromagnetic rail gun.

Ziggy Zee and his band of electromagnetic enthusiasts are fist up with their rail gun powered by a series of 9 volt batteries. Don’t underestimate the power of the Duracell however, the heavy weight gun fires chunks of aluminium with 27,000 joules of power. Still not up with BAE’s rail gun that fires with 33 mega-joules of power but it is enough to wreak havoc on pumpkins and mobile phones. Certainly enough power to make you want to stand clear when firing.

Next up Alex Smyth and friends assembled something a little bit different, a rail gun that fires plasma bullets. Instead of using a slug of lifeless aluminium as the projectile the Alex rifle uses a coper sleeve with a capsule of Zeon gas inside. As the Zeon capsule passes through the rail gun it becomes excited and turns into a plasma gas able to piece steel plate. An altogether impressive piece of home-made kit.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the spectacular test firings of two new home-made rail guns. Demonstration videos that highlight the power of a good man shed and some electricity. Sit back relax and prepare to be impressed by the magical power of magnets.

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Turning Your Smartphone into a 3D Holographic Projector, Stunningly Simple.

Bringing photons to life in a stunning 3D holographic display has till now been then the domain of men in white coats with immensely powerful lasers and a myriad of mirrors. Typically not something that we all have access to and let’s face it not many of us could get away with it in our living rooms.

Holograms however don’t need to be that complicated, there is an easy way that anyone can do and the results are simply stunning. YouTuber MrWhosTheBoss has put together a little DIY tutorial that will show anyone how to build the simple Holographic projector with a few bits of clear plastic and some sticky tape.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the DIY tutorial that will lead to hours of oows and ahhs in your living room. Sit back relax and prepare to amaze your friends and family with the Star Wars display made from spare plastic and sticky tape.

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Making Your Own Electric Arc Furnace, DIY Metal Melting Madness…

Grant Thompson the King of Random has ventured into his man shed once more; this time around he has destroyed a microwave and ruined all of the batteries in his house in order to produce one hell of a homemade electric arc furnace. A surprisingly simple DIY project that’s able to melt steel in seconds and reduce stone to liquid lava worthy of any volcano.

Traditionally Electric Arc Furnaces have been large pieces of industrial equipment that process massive amounts of raw material to produce slabs of metal ready to use. It turns out that anyone with access to electricity can have a go at the modern version of alchemy with a only a little know how and a lot of nerve.  Never before has something so simple been so dangerous and handy.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest DIY project that allows anyone to turn hardened steel into a pool of fiery liquid. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by what can be achieved with stuff you can find around the house. Although it may be hard to explain to the wife what happened to the microwave and where all the batteries went.

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The Power of a Mini Arc Furnace, Metal Melting Madness…

The King of Random Grant Thompson has been putting his DIY skills to work once more and this time he has emerged from his man shed with a working home-made mini arc furnace. With the ability to generate temperatures in the thousands of degrees the plasma arc torch at the heart of the furnace is one of the modern tools that has allowed much of our current technological advancement to continue. A tool that allows us to create and work with new and more advanced metals.

Presented for your pleasure is the mini arc furnace in action reducing solid metal into liquid within the blink of an eye. Remember when trying this at home to have all fire safety precautions in place. Sit back, relax and prepare for the sparks to fly, this one is spectacular.

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The DIY Match-Head Rocket, Evil Genius!…

As children almost all of us experimented with matches, some just burnt things while others attempted to launch themselves into space by making match-head rockets. Possibly the most effective and efficient design of match rocket has recently been released onto an unsuspecting world by YouTuber Grant Thomas. Using only a single match head and some aluminium Grants Match-Head Rocket design is able to launch up to 40 feet.

Join Grant for his DIY instructional video as he runs us through the manufacture of these incredible little flying machines. He has even fine tuned his manufacturing process to the point that he can produce dozens of pre-assembled rockets in mere minutes. Also included for your view pleasure and continuing the rocket theme is one of the funniest butt rocket compilations ever to make its way onto YouTube. Sit back relax and prepare to be educated and entertained.

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