Instructables is a website where community members can post DIY instructions for a vast range of projects and topics. I joined at the age of 14, back in 2007, and quickly cemented my place in the community by winning several contest and getting several more of my guides featured on the front page of the site. Below are some of my Instructables that I find particularly noteworthy.
featured: lithium polymer etiquette
In 2012, Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries were gaining popularity in hobbyist circles, but for every piece of useful information on the Internet, there was a piece of misinformation making its rounds. LiPo chemistry is especially unforgiving if mistreated, so I set out to create a comprehensive guide for those looking to start using these batteries. The result was a rather extensive report detailing the terminology, equipment, and procedures associated with charging, discharging, and storing LiPo cells and batteries. The guide was published on Instructables.com where it was met with community acclaim. It was featured on the front page of Instructables and of the subreddit /r/radiocontrol, and has since amassed over 500,000 views.
winner: electric flat tracker
When I was in high school, my dad and I decided to embark on a project to build an electric bike. They were still relatively new at the time, my dad rode motorcycles in his youth, and I had a knack for mechanics, but neither of us had built something like this before. We got help on the electronics from local EV builders but planned the frame modifications and general design ourselves, and built the whole bike in our garage. After posting the project on Instructables, I entered it in a contest sponsored by Popular Mechanics and Craftsman and won first prize. Fast forward seven years and the Instructable has 400,000 views and countless positive comments from the Instructables community.