Monday, December 17, 2007

How to Make a Bullclip Ipod Dock |

You have an iPod, and you really want a dock so you can easily download all you music. But when you price the iPod dock at the Apple store, you realize you need to spend that $30 elsewhere. So, build your own dock with a bullclip and a rubber band. You can build it for less than a dollar with some office supplies. You may even already have the supplies.

Difficulty: Easy
Things You'll Need
Extra large bulldog clip or bullclip or binder clip
Rubber band

Step One
Gather your materials. Locating the bullclip may be the hardest part of this project.

Step Two
Open the clips on the bullclip. Set it aside.

Step Three
Wrap the rubber band around the end of the cord that connects into the iPod. Set it back about a quarter-inch from the end of the cord. Keep the rubber band as flat as possible as you wrap it around the plug. The rubber band provides a cushion that protects the cord from any damage from the bullclip.

Step Four
Squeeze the bullclip open. Gently insert the end of the iPod cord with the rubber band wrapped around it into the open bullclip. Carefully release pressure on the bullclip. Make sure the rubber band bears the pressure from the bullclip. If the bullclip is touching the cord, rewrap the rubber band.

Step Five
Thread the cord out of the side of the bullclip. Plug it into an available USB port.

Step Six
Attach your iPod to your new dock. Set the iPod and its dock down on your desk. The square metal part of the bullclip should be in full contact with the desk. You may need to move one or both of the bullclip's clips to adjust your view of the iPod screen. If the bullclip doesn't support the weight of your iPod, try a larger bullclip.
by eHow Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor
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