Wednesday, November 7, 2007

101 things to do with spare CD ROM discs

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Earlier, I had shown how you can use old floppy disks to decorate the walls of your room. Today I'm going to tackle the question: What to do with useless and spare CD ROM discs? This question is often asked and discussed in computer forums across the Internet. If you are an avid computer users and in the habit of buying games CDs, music CDs etc, you too must have accumulated quite a large number of CDs. If you are looking for a way to dispose them off, then before you throw them away have a look at 101 different ways of putting them to some kind of a use. This website has all sorts of tricks that you can do with your CDs, submitted by various people. The suggestion ranges from actually useful ones to downright stupid! Here is a preview:

>> Use as a candle coaster. With shiny side up place votive or small candle in the hole. Candle will burn and make a cool reflection.

>> You can sharpen the outer side of the CD rom and use it as regular paper cutting knife for cutting clippings from newspapers , art work etc.

>> Use as a pooper scooper!

>> They would make an excellent marker for an adventure trail. Hang the CDs from trees, fences, signs etc. to make a trail for others to follow behind you. This would be especially effective at night, somewhere dark, where torches would have to be used to see the reflective surfaces. Mark the other side of each CD with a letter from a phrase or name and when the kids following the trail get back to base they can arrange the CDs to find the answer to the quiz.

>> Cover for Square tissue box - Use 6 cds of different colours or all gold looks good also. The cd for the top has to have the big circle removed in order for the tissues to come up through it. With a tiny nail heated on the stove burner, burn four tiny holes in each cd opposite each other and fasten together with gold cord. Form 5 together, one for the bottom and four for the sides, and insert tissue box. Pull a tissue half way out and put 6th cd on top and fasten all together. - Use 6 cds of different colours or all gold looks good also. The cd for the top has to have the big circle removed in order for the tissues to come up through it. With a tiny nail heated on the stove burner, burn four tiny holes in each cd opposite each other and fasten together with gold cord. Form 5 together, one for the bottom and four for the sides, and insert tissue box. Pull a tissue half way out and put 6th cd on top and fasten all together.

>> Mount them on plyboard using ply disk in center and screw. The slight depression in middle of cd will give it a focal point. Sun light can then be focused on to a single point to heat a water circulation or placed behind greenhouses, sun room to direct light in during winter. By varying the tension in the centre it can be tuned to winter diffuse light or summer focused light.

>> It may be possible to make a projector of the suns rays for viewing by passing the suns rays down a tube to the CD back to a secondary mirror at 90 deg. and projected safely to a white card. The tube will help stop light scatter and the low reflective quality of the CD and colour cast could prove interesting. It could be used to building models of telescopes etc. if only for educational purposes.

>> Hang them from fruit trees etc. to discourage birds from pecking the fruit. Not only effective but they reflect the light nicely.

You can even send your own suggestions!!

101 things to do with spare CD ROM discs

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