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I suggested this in chat

"We should start a series of challenge questions on the site. give a list of random materials, and see what people can make with them.".

And @Aarthi Devanathan Ψ suggested we do it on the blog , and also offered to help fund a prize. So all we need now is a list of random materials. I figured I would ask here on meta for suggestions, and let the community vote for the junk that will be used. I'm thinking top 3-4 items will be good.

So to make this work, please enter one thing (2x4, bucket, coffee can, duct tape, whatever) per answer and up-vote the ones you like.

In about two weeks (or whenever we secure a prize) I'll post a blog entry defining the challenge, and I'll use the top voted items from this question as the Bill Of Materials.

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  • We also need to define: How long the contest will run (start Date, End Date), how entries will be submitted, and the best way to choose a winner.
    – Tester101
    Oct 7, 2011 at 16:55
  • How broadly can we define "materials"? Oct 7, 2011 at 16:58
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    This sounds like a great idea, something to have fun with. I like it! Oct 7, 2011 at 17:06
  • @TheEvilGreebo I was sort of thinking it should be like a recycle type of thing, so things that are "garbage" (coffee cans, milk jugs, etc) would be good. But basically anything that is legal, easily obtained, and relatively cheap would be great.
    – Tester101
    Oct 7, 2011 at 17:10
  • Cool. Any limit on # of answers per user? Oct 7, 2011 at 17:14
  • @theevilgreebo nope, answer as many times as you like, the items will be selected based on votes.
    – Tester101
    Oct 7, 2011 at 17:17
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    wouldn't it be better to post practical, actual DIY problems? maybe ones you solved yourself, but are looking for different alternatives? Oct 8, 2011 at 2:21
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    @JeffAtwood I think it might be more fun to leave it open, and see what types of contraptions people can build. I wouldn't want it to turn into a "How can you jerry-rig this using only these things". The site is about doing things right and building within codes, so I don't think we should reward people for hacked solutions.
    – Tester101
    Oct 8, 2011 at 20:55
  • the underlying goal of this "challenge", is to show people that stuff they would normally toss in the trash can be repurposed and become useful again.
    – Tester101
    Oct 8, 2011 at 20:58
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    I'm not sure doing a nonsense Rub Goldberg contest is really in the spirit of home improvement. it may be fun, but how does this help promote serious use of this site? Oct 17, 2011 at 22:58
  • I have been away from the site for the last month or so renovating two houses at once, bit stressed, but would like to think about this a bit. Leaning towards challenging folks to create realistic solutions to common projects. maybe put out a list of materials and ask what they were used to create? Lots of smart folks on this site, I bet we can come up with something fun and informative at the same time. Oct 17, 2011 at 23:05
  • @shirlockhomes As I mentioned, the spirit of the challenge would be to reduce waste and reuse non standard items in an interesting way. I agree the idea could use a bit more polishing, maybe we could all discuss it more during the project update chat on Thursday.
    – Tester101
    Oct 18, 2011 at 10:50

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Milk Crate

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Duct tape:

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A single 8' stick of 3/4" CPVC

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    All we need is a funnel, and we could make super long beer bongs.
    – Tester101
    Oct 7, 2011 at 17:04
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    makes a great bottle rocket launcher when cut into 12" pieces and mounted into a 2X8 Oct 17, 2011 at 23:08
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Six pennies

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  • Do they have to be American pennies? Nov 18, 2011 at 15:57
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Door hinge:

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  • Does that include hardware (screws), or just the hinge?
    – Tester101
    Oct 13, 2011 at 21:42
  • Hmm, I think we should include the 6 screws, but at least 3 have to be used on the hinge. Thoughts?
    – BMitch Mod
    Oct 13, 2011 at 21:52
  • I was thinking that maybe projects could include other materials, but had to "feature" the selected items. So, in that case it would't matter either way. Bonus points for people that use only the selected items. Still need help defining the challenge, so any suggestions are welcome.
    – Tester101
    Oct 13, 2011 at 21:57
  • Well, if duct tape is included, I'm having a hard time thinking of things you couldn't make. :)
    – BMitch Mod
    Oct 13, 2011 at 21:59

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