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"/diy/ - Do It Yourself" is 4chan's imageboard for DIY/do it yourself projects, home improvement, and makers.

Makers gonna make!
Welcome to /diy/, a place to:

Post and discuss /diy/ projects, ask questions regarding /diy/ topics and exchange ideas and techniques.

Please keep in mind:
- This is a SFW board. No fleshlights or other sex toys.
- No weapons. That goes to /k/ - Weapons. The workmanship and techniques involved in creating objects which could be used as weapons or the portion of a weapons project that involves them (e.g., forging steel for a blade, machining for gunsmithing, what epoxy can I use to fix my bow) may be discussed in /diy/, but discussing weapon-specific techniques/designs or the actual use of weapons is disallowed. Things such as fixed blade knives or axes are considered tools, things such as swords, guns or explosives are considered weapons.
- No drugs or drug paraphernalia (See Global Rule 1). If you want to discuss something that could involve such things (e.g., carving a tobacco pipe from wood) that's fine, but make sure it's /diy/ related and doesn't involve drugs or it will result in deletion/ban.

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Anyone know anything about this drill? (Ryobi P209)

I was trying to get the chuck off to replace it with a keyed chuck, because keyless chucks are gay. But no matter how many times or how hard I whacked the hex wrench the chuck would not unscrew. I've sucessfully replaced other chucks, so the method described in the instructions works on other drills.

I emailed Ryobi customer service about this, but I never heard back.
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Dude, I Don't Have Photoshop Or Know How To Use It, I'm An Engineer For Fucks Sake edition
Last Thread: >>2506258

All the info you need about 3D-printing:
>Your print failed? Go to:

If that doesn't help you solve your print problems, please post:
>A picture of the failed part
>Printer make & model
>Filament type/brand
>Slicer & slicer settings

>What printer should I buy? [Last updated 2022-11-19]
Under 250 USD: kingroon KP3L, Sovol sv01, Creality Ender 3 (v2), Anycubic Mega S
Under 500 USD: Qidi X-One2, Creality CR-10, Anycubic Vyper, Prusa Mini
Under 1000 USD: Prusa i3, Bambu Labs X1
Over 1000 USD: e3d toolchanger, Ultimaker, Qidi X-CF Pro, Build your own Voron, Rat Rig, Prusa XL (lol enjoy the wait)
SLA: Anycubic Photon, Elegoo Mars, Prusa SL1, Formlabs Form 3, Creality HALOT-ONE
Instead of buying a new printer, you could consider building your own:

>Where can I get free things to print?

>What CAD software should I use?
Variants of professional parametric CAD programs such as Solidworks (lol paying for software), Fusion360, Inventor, Onshape, TinkerCAD, and AutoCAD may be free depending on your profession, level of piracy and definition of ''free''.
Most anons use Fusion360, but some /g/oobers prefer OpenSCAD or FreeCAD. If you want to do mesh free-forming and modeling, Blender is alright. Also while not necessarily a design program, Meshmixer (free) can be extremely useful for tweaking models to print.
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I actually want to learn to weld... but kind of afraid. I just started into wood. I built that queen bed frame on the board that everyone is slamming me over.
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im a poorfag DIYer and im finally gonna cave in and start buying cordless tools. thinking about going with the dewalt atomic line of tools. inb4

>"just buy whatever is on sale and use a bunch of chinkshit battery adapters bro"

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Where should I place the shed in my garden?
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the other half is violence
Stupid Questions That Don't Deserve Their Own Thread

Old >>2499464
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Any idea how I replace this shower mounting bracket with out taking out the wall
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Tool Organization
How do you guys organize all your stuff? I just finally got a garage with space to have a work station area, and I want some ideas.

Post em boys
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/svsg/ SV Seeker General

With this most recent achievement, fate has in a single stroke, marked the decline of the Dougn'ts and spelled a new era of wondrous prosperity and peaceful maritime dominance for Doug, who promises to firmly stand in sharp contrast to the historically fearful attitude of the USCG and naval architects raised by women and the cruel subjugation they brought to the humbler boatbuilders of the world. With the blessings of clapped out schoolbus engines, direct-to-deck anchor chain storage, hassle free waste disposal systems, dual use lightpole technology, ready to deploy navigational hazards, dynamically shifting lead ballasts, floating lightweight anchor cables, water cooled fuel tanks, and automatic propeller unpitching will be the instruments with which Doug affirms his noble stewardship of 21st century oceans and offers aspiring sailors in their cubicles a different option; an humane alternative to the depredations of maritime authorities and the opportunity for more equitable and dignified motorsailing

What did you make today?
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The virgin *x number of latex-base coat paint
Chad 1 coat of oil-base paint
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My furnace (Evcon Presidential model 7956-856/D) goes out when it is windy outside. How do I make this stop happening? I don't want my pipes to freeze if it happens when I am away
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Rate my /diy/ queen bedframe. 2x3s with 2x4 joists spanning across. My first, but feel free to be brutal with feedback. My boo's complaint is its about 10" too high, with the 10" memory foam on the top.
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Cinder Block Homes
What are the downsides to building your house out of cinder blocks?

Seems cheap and effective.
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Solar Water Purifier Idea
This is a diagram of Wayne's water purifier. The goal of this is to recirculate his bath water and remove the salts and detergents. He lives in the desert and there's no water there and he will have to bring all of the water in, so this is the way for Wayne to recirculate the water supply.

Any relevant critiques to his idea are much appreciated.
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/rcg/ Drone & Radio Control general
In /rcg/ we discuss anything & everything radio controlled: multirotors, fixed wing, cars, rovers, helis, boats, submarines, battlebots, lawnmowers, etc.

>How do I get started with racing drones?

>What about planes?

>What about aerial photography, is DIY viable?
If you want a practical flying camera platform, DJI is the sensible option. If you want a fun DIY project instead & aren't too concerned about the practicalities, then by all means DIY something.

>I want a dirt cheap drone to fly around my yard/garden
Syma X5C/3" Toothpick

>I want a dirt cheap drone to fly inside my house
Eachine E010/Hubsan X4/Tiny Whoop

>What are some good YouTube channels for learning or fun?
Painless360 -
Flite Test -
Peter Sripol -
bonafidepirate -
ArxangelRC -
RagTheNutsOff -

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is it too much for a newbie?
Hi /diy/, I'm planning to do a bench for my balcony (pic related), although I've never done anything wood related. Do you think the design in the pic is too much? I'll cut the pieces in the hardware store and all the joints and details back in my place.

The frame will have screws/glue and the top glue/wooden dowel. The middle beam in the frame will be loose and will support the top, because the idea is to put a 5 gallon jug of water inside the bench.

I have a chisel and a drill (lol), so I'll buy a handsaw with a guide and some clamps. If you think I'll need something more feel free to say it, but I'm trying to do this a cheap DIY project. And I don't care if it look time consuming (because of the tools), I have a lot.
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Where can I find a 100% complete explaination of how a modern CPUs is made, from sand to finished product?
I mean not a simple description like the ones you could find on YouTube, but a complete walkthrough with an accurate description of every single step, such that any moron could use it to build a functioning CPU entirely by himself (provided he had unlimited access to all necessary equipment and resources).
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/HAM/ Amateur, CB, Shortwave, Listening General
Skyking Retards edition

Old thread got drowned by contesters >>2492090

Eternal thread theme:

>New to /ham/? Read this shit!
>Your search engine of choice works well too!

The FAQ is now back:
>NEW FAQ is updated to preview 13
>The wiki is down but is archived:
>Idiot's Guide to Coax Cable
>Looking for frequencies to monitor near you?
>Basic Rx loop fundamentals
>DIY SWL Mag. Loop
>Small Tx Loop
>In Depth Loop articles
>Homebrew RF Circuits
>NEW Library

>Online Practice Tests:
> Real-Time Propagation Data
>Space Weather
>WSJT-X 2.1 User Guide
>Homosexual (ft8) guide
>how do I into Morse code in a good way?
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/mcg/ - Microcontroller General: Logic edition
Previous thread:>>2463383

Here we discuss microcontrollers, SBCs and microcontroller accessories, such as Atmel mega and tiny AVRs (Arduinos), PICs, ARM boards such as blue/black pill STM32, ESP8266/32s, Raspberry Pi, and others.

For general electronics questions (power supplies, level shifting, motor driving, etc.) please ask /ohm/.

>where can I find verified quality microcontrollers and other electronic sensors or parts

>but that's too expensive (many parts here are fake, particularly specific parts out of stock in the above sites)

>I need a part that does X and Y, with Z specifications. How can I find it?
use digikey or mouser's parametric part search. Then purchase from one of the sellers listed above.

>how do I get started with microcontrollers, where should I start?
There is no defined starting point, grab a book and start reading or buy an arduino off ebay/amazon and start messing around. There are a plethora of examples online to get started.

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Steam Air tools?
Hey /diy/
I had a very stupid idea.
What happens if instead of conecting an air compressor to a pneumatic tool you conect a boiler. Instead of pressurized air vapor, like a steam engine
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How to weatherproof anything?
Say you need to weatherproof some component like pic attached, how would you go about it? Just apply some silicone caulk on all the box edges and around the display and maybe put some strong transparent tape over the 2 LEDs and the button? Would that be enough? Is there a more appropriate material than silicone to use for this application?

This particular unit doesn't have a fan so no need to worry about that.
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building a camp in Canada
Vinyl siding, cedar shingles all around or shiplap?
My folks think I should do white vinyl.

Also what do you guys think for interior walls. I was thinking a combination of wood panels and drywall. Im apprehensive about too much wood and becoming too rustic. I think the gyproc wood combo is ideal. Any interior designers here?
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What can you put in a decoy gas can?
Been dealing with a gas thief here lately. What could a person theoretically put into a gas can that will fuck everything in a fuel system up? Something clear and not obvious, can mix with gasoline and still smell like gasoline. Muriatic acid? Drain cleaner lye? Any chemicals you could put into the bottom of a decoy can that will spontaneously combust when fuel is added even better if it does it after sitting a while...

Give me your nastiest concoctions DIY!
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How much would it cost to replicate the tower pieces on your own and is it safe to do so in an apartment? Making a silicone mold and pouring molten iron into it seems easy enough but I feel like I'm missing something. It should cost like 100 bucks.

Never diy anything. Perhaps it's safer to commission it but would be kinda boring (also expensive right?).
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Just bought a house. Want to patch this drywall up before repainting. Damage looks different from what youtube vids seem to deal with, possibly water damage. Simple fix or out of my scope?
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I want to be a handyman
I want to start a side business as a handy man. I work for a construction company that mainly digs holes and hauls dirt and I make good money, but that's not enough to buy a house where I live. I want to start taking on handyman jobs on nights and weekends to supplement my income.

I used to be a water treatment technician, so I'm good at plumbing, electrical, automation, and general problem solving. But I'm not as good as a residential plumber, electrician, or contractor.

What are the big money makers for a handyman? Water heater replacement? Clog repair? I can do that.

I do not really have any experience with working pouring concrete or doing carpentry, and I don't like painting.

Pic related is how I hung a tv for my mom in her ancient TV cabinet when she wanted a tv bigger than the square that was available.
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Is it really that bad to do broke boi tek?
I talked to my stepdad today about my plans to grow some shrooms (golden teachers and blue meanies) and he disagreed with pretty much every step of my plan. He said it's a waste of time and money to do broke boi tek and that I would need a laminar flow hood and pressure cooker and all this lab stuff to properly grow shrooms, and he also said it's a waste of time to buy spore cultures and that I should get a spore print from a large fruit. Does it really matter that much? I don't care about making a profit or anything, I'm not going to sell, I just want to find a cool hobby and trip balls in the process.
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>there are actually """men""" out there who don't know how to use a tape measure
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old brick house
I can't be the only one living in an old ass house.
This thread is for posting old house problems, tip and tricks. If you have an old house, ask a question. If you know old houses, please answer them.
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What are those and how do I get rid of them ?
Looks like some kind of bolt, but how the fuck do they work ?
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What age did you realize you could literally make anything, given that everything else was made by regular ass people like yourself.

I was in 4th grade. I remember how freeing it felt.
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Crafstman 10 Table Saw Old School
how delusional are the boomers where you live /diy/?
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Is there any good custom print site that'll let me order whatever I want on a t-shirt? Regardless of copyright or content?
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Hello /diy/,

I nned some advice on the best way to combine multiple wooden beams.

Would you choose option A and put screws in a 45° angle through both beams, or
option B place an angle connector on top or rather
option C and put the angle connector underneath the beam?
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Kitchen sink drain is starting to drain slowly. I have a garbage disposal.
What should I pour down it to dissolve bacon grease?
This is an apartment with new plumbing. Looks like pvc.
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Sports Ticker
I want one of these stock ticker things for sports but don't want to shell out 100's of dollars. This small one here is like 300 bucks and that's actually cheap for these fucking things. The longer ones are sold for thousands. How can I do the do?
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Self-Teaching Millwright Skills
I work as an office wagie in a manufacturing environment, and I often work with engineers and our maintenance crew. I'm always impressed by maintenance's ability to keep absolute garbage machines going. I'm interested in what they do, and I'd like to expose myself to the skills they have. If I liked the style of work, I'd consider trying to become an apprentice. How could I expose myself to millwright-related skills that would make me more prepared to be an apprentice?
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Is it possible for a young black guy to get into the trades? Asking for a friend.
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Would I make more working a trade job in Canada instead of the UK?
I'm thinking about dropping out of university because I've finally come to accept that I may be too midwitted for engineering - or not studious enough - or both.
Would probably go into a trade, I could also probably acquire Canadian citizenship from my father.
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I bought some needles that look like this, can I use them by hand or do they only work in sewing machines? I'm a retard
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what tool scares you
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how d'y'all nugbas organize your shiet?
I have a bunch of electronic components and small mechanical elements (screws, nuts, etc.)

They are all over the place and it's making me crazy.

What is a good organizing system?
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Wood gasifier
Biomass generators and Wood gasification May be the answer to a lot of problems we’re about to face with looming energy shortages.
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Android vs Apple questions
Wife and I have been android users for years. Phones & tablets. One of her favorite apps is one that let's her read & write text messages from her phone, on her tablet.

Problem is, she wants an iPhone for Christmas. Is there an app I can find for her that will let her continue doing her text messages on her tablet from an iPhone?

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Idk if this is the right board but this is definitely diy so whatever. How much should I charge for my stick n pokes? I wasn’t even planning on doing em for money but people are interested and I could use a quick buck. They’re pretty clean for being done by an 18 year old with no experience. Pics attached.
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What's the least retarded multitool on the market?

For a while I was fine just carrying a knife and pliers but recently I've run into shit where a multitool would've come in handy.

Pic related seems to be the most practical one for my wants- no scissors, no 5 types of flathead drivers, works with a hex bit kit although proprietary, replaceable wire cutters (important for me because I seem to cut wire fairly often)

Any other suggestions?
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Yall solder with or without lead?
do you use solder with lead? if yes do u have any safety precautions or do u just rawdog the retardation fumes?
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GFCI outlet blew
So I was hitting the test test on a GFCI and it made a weird noise. It won't come back on. A strange smell shoes up maybe 5 seconds later. It's a GFCI near my kitchen sink.

I went to the circuit breaker and turned off the switch for the GFCI and left it off. It still smells in that area though.

What should I do?
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diy armor #4 I think - am almost done edition
So there it is. Only thing I don't like is the forearms plates sliding off if I don't tighten the straps properly. Maybe I can add a type of rubber cord connecting the upper forearm strap to the lower shoulder strap.

Missing gauntlets, hands feel vulnerable. No response from both youtube guys to make a test vid, shooting test panels made with the same method I did, a heavy and a light type of glass filament weave.

Just wanted to show results. Ask questions if you want. Will only post a new thread after this one if a test video comes out.
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Just salvaged a set of 4 little nixie tubes from an old oscilloscope or something, what should I do with them?
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imperial wrenches
americans, why do you "simplify" the fractions, when it only makes things worse? here, I fixed it for you
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How would you fix this guitar neck?
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/hbg/ Homebrew General - I Like Beer edition
- What are you making this time?
- Juicing techniques
- Share your favourite recipe

Previous thread: >>2485779

General calculators: (the best one)


List of wine defects with description of symptoms:
Cider faults:

MLF primer (any fruit wine/mead) -

Sur-lie aging (wine/mead) -

Beginner FAQ with some questions from last thread:

Some helpful do’s and don’ts for mead making (from mead anon):
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how would one go about starting a pirate radio station?
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i'm an electrical engineer so do you think i could install my own off grid solar panel on my house?
not that i'm living off grid, it's just that it sounds easy to do if i don't have to also connect it to mains or an inverter
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Home Security Camera
So does anyone have experience with hardwired POE cameras for home surveillance?
I remember seeing a few anons who worked in the industry talk in a thread a year or two ago.

I threw up some battery powered, cloud based cameras. The utility of having the cameras is great. The batteries themselves are dogshit, paying a fee is dogshit, just for chinks to look at your videos.

Whats a good budget POE setup, and what kind of software do you need to run so you can monitor your cams away from home?
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Redpill me on tiny homes.
Are they a meme?
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How much would it cost me to manufacture this part out of 6060 aluminum
its 11cm in diameter, 2cm thick and should weight around 85g
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Redpill me on rubber paving. Is it good or will I regret it? I'm looking at doing a patio area and a garden trail, about 150 square feet.
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Welder Help Plz
>Make bike frames in my spare time.
>Brazed because I found a torch setup in Grandpas garage after he died and went from there.
>Happy with end results.
>However, tacking the frame together with a torch is complete bullshit.
New plan is to add a couple tack welds to each joint while the frame while is jigged, then braze it afterwards.
Problem: I know fuck all about welding. Online resources all seem way beyond my uses. Need experienced advice:
>Is picrel an acceptable unit or will I regret it?
>All the tubing I use is very thin. 0.4-1.2mm type shit. I assume I’ll have to use TIG or is MIG possible for just tacking?
>Only power source I have at the moment is 110v/15amp. Very low, but maybe okay because the material is so thin?
>How much heat should I expect? I’d like to start using MDF and 3D printed parts for making jigs. Obviously not possible with the torch. Would it be fine with a welder?
Thanks frens.
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I just bought this tool kit for 654USD$ after tax.
It was originally marked at 1200USD but its half off at home depot atm.
Did I do good? building up my tool collection.
I plan on buying wired versions of the skill saw and reciprocating hack saw at some point in my life too but I figured this kit was a good deal and I should go ahead and grab it.
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/sew/ - sewing general
Make you own clothes edition
>how did you learn to sew?
>any advice to beginners?
Put down the vidya, pause that youtube video, pick up some thread and start sewing! Post what you make anons, and post some patterns and thing you'd like to make :)
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Now that the dust has settled, can we all agree he is the undisputed king of /diy/?

>Does actually build anything
>Tons of expensive tools and equipment he doesn't use
>Hates women
>Always forward thinking
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OFFLINE paper wallet ??
I may have misunderstood but... Do online paper wallets exist??
If so, how do I create an OFFLINE paper wallet??
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My railing came off. Looks like plaster on top of concrete, but I'm not sure. How do I fix this?
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Anyone here ever build an addition onto a log cabin?

I live in a 1400sqft white pine cabin which was built as a kit 33 years ago. When I moved in, it was plenty of space but now with the addition of children it's quickly becoming cramped. Is it financially feasible to add perhaps a stickframe addition onto the house or should I just start looking to move into a new house?
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Tell me if this is a worthwhile idea
I have a gas 40 gallon water heater that is 18 years old.
It came with the house I bought
I have well water and I recently installed an iron and a 5 micron whole house filter
The water heater is dirty, I've flushed it twice so far, and cant get all the crap out of it.
I want a tankless heater, but i'll settle for an 80 gallon when this thing blows.
That being said, and since this thing is at the end of its useful life, is it worth cleaning it further?
I want to remove it, take outside, fill it with CLR, hang it on a tree, and agitate it, and flush it out clean.
New water heater is not in my budget right now, I just want clean hot water so I can fill a bath with the wife.
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Something Functional To Invest My Money In
So I've got all this money. I can't put it into a savings account due to legal reasons. (I'm receiving money from Social Security.) I want to invest it into something, but gold and silver aren't very practical. People are always going to want to do tests on them or won't trust me at all. Afterall, I could accidentally buy fake stuff. What would be something functional that I could invest my money into? Something that a lot of people would be interested in buying from me or bartering with me for.
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Whats up with this quiet quitting meme?
If I get mad at my job I just walk out the door and leave all my projects to the cucks that are still there. If they can fire me without notice then I'm gonna quit without notice. I'll have another job in 2 weeks
Quiet quitters are weak faggots.
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Sheet Metal scraps.
Looking for ideas, gentlemen. I own a sheet metal shop that mostly does duct work. We have a ton of scrap in the 26 - 24 gauge and right now the only money it makes me is the scrap yard check (which ain't much). Is there another way to do this? Is there a market for scrap galvanized tin that isn't just the melt down value?
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Fix my floors
Got these old untreated wood planks in the hallway. Sent my daughter to the emergency room today because she impaled her foot with an inch long sliver. Can I reasonably dump enough polyurethane on the to cover the numerous gaps or do I need to rip and replace?
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The New Bitcoin
Forget Bitcoin, I should have invested in RPI's. I really wanted one of these for a project but the price is quite obscene. Like, I can afford it but I would feel like an absolute tool if I actually bought it. Maybe if I was weather I wouldn't care so much. What's your side hustle and would I get banned if I asked how to cook meth?
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Any ideas how to remove the phosphor coating from the inside of a fluorescent mercury lamp without breaking it?

I want the end result to look like the left side of pic

>inb4 harmful UV

It has a glass envelope not quartz so UV is inside and cannot escape.
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Optimal temperature for a house?

I haven't turned mine on this fall and my house is currently at 57 degrees. I want to see how low of a gas bill I can get.
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Tools that scare you
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How's the woodworking going /diy/?
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Making a compost bin
I want to make a compost bin but with the current wood prices I think it's somehow more expensive to make it than buy a ready to assemble one? I would need 26 cedar boards and that alone would be $200 while I can buy one ready to assemble for $150, am I getting ripped off with the cedar boards?
Of course i would also add a couple of treated wood boards on the botttom so that the cedar doesn't touch the soil.
Anyways any suggestions for materials and designs?
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How do I make my own clear coat?
Acrylic is fine. I can buy 2L acrylic clear coat for about $57. But how do you make it? Clear acrylic powder and acrylic paint thinners until it dissolves?

I’ve mixed 2 part epoxy into paint thinners to make a sprayable epoxy clear coat - I assume the same would work for polyurethane 2 part clear coat instead of spending a fortune but would like to try making my own gloss acrylic clearcoat
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Shitty wiring or am I retarded??
So I decided to check all the receps in my house, and one of them had a hot/neutral reversed according to my tester. The top outlet on the recep was hooked up to a switch. Took off the decorative plate and sure enough I had a phase on the top neutral terminal and a phase plus neutral wire on the bottom neutral terminal. Looked on the other side and had a neutral wire on the top phase terminal. Wtf??? I rewired it correctly with a new recep and tested it. For shits and giggles I flipped the light switch on and it ended up tripping my breaker. Said fuck it and disconnected the switch and capped and taped off the wires. Did I do something wrong here? I'm not a licensed electrician.
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Quick and dirty heating
hey hey /diy/
what is the best way to heat up a room with unconventional methods? Candles with pots? Electric heater?
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Frugal Thread
What are some ways to save money and live more independently?
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Tips for fitting a gym and a functioning workshop into a tiny 12x12 shed?
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Hi /diy/ some tree specialists felled a dead oak tree (which is over 100 feet before cutting) and I had an idea of making my own oak gaming desk and possibly using rebar as legs. I want to have a desk that can support my laptop, monitor, PS5, and have some room to spare for lamps and mini chillers. I do have a 20" Husqvarna saw, a circular saw, and a DeWalt oscillating tool for intricate post-processing. Should I cut off a huge fucking slab from the tree so the rings show, or should I join bits of wood together with wood glue to make a slab? I dunno. Each method has it's benefits and drawbacks. I also have a 3D printer to print some organizational things. Let me know what I should do!MP4YXT
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small castle 5
Has anyone here made /diy/ a "career"? In a sense that you make money/run a business with your diy knowledge/craft? I'm tired of my wagie office job. I can't handle anymore staring at a screen so much.
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I was drilling a pilot hole for a wall anchor for some closet shelves and my drill was stopped by this, looks metallic.
I didn't want to drill through.
The other side of the wall is a shower, but I should have 6 inches before hitting the other side, right?
What is this most likely?
If it was a moisture blocker I would have thought it would be on the drywall on the shower side, not the closet side.
I used a multipurpose stud finder to make sure I wasn't drilling into any AC wires, but it's a cheap amazon one, not sure if accurate.
I am in US.
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sewer diagram
Retard and first time home owner. Need some help locating a clog and removing it.

All of my bath tubs and drains are backed up. I checked the cleanout in the front yard but there doesn't appear to be any water. This happened once before in the summer but, by the time the plumber showed up the next day, it wasn't backed up any more. He couldn't find issues on the main line either.

I'm a bit at a lose here. The main line appears to be clogged further in the house but I can't verify. Any recommendations.
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Swimsuit car/boat wash idea
Am I missing something here?
I did a little window shopping.
Check my shopping list and plan below please….

I will put her in a bikini, sunscreen, sandals and a shock collar which I have the remote to. I will lock the collar to the car tire/boat metal bar with the security cable and padlocks. Then I will sit back in my recliner in the shade eating popcorn with the fan blowing on me. I’ll enjoy the view of her cleaning the car/boat and I’ll enjoy shocking her for not working fast enough, not cleaning well enough, not dancing for me when told to do so, etc.

The remote is adjustable from 1-127 and can be pressed or pressed and held to shock strong or weak and long or short.
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Calcium chloride
I bought a couple of these things to get the humidity out of this place... My question is, if i take the top cover off so the calcium chloride bag is exposed to air directly, does it work/trap moisture faster?

Or does it actually work faster if the covering is left on?
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>shows up in every cheap mexican contractor flipped house in america
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/ohm/ - Electronics General: Baby's First JLC Order Edition
skeleton circuit war
Thread hit by shortage:>>2496402

>I'm new to electronics. Where to get started?
It is an art/science of applying principles to requirements.
Find problem, learn principles, design and verify solution, build, test, post results, repeat.

>Incredibly comprehensive list of electronics resources:
Additional resources below:

>Project ideas:

>Don't ask, roll:

>Archive of Popular Electronics magazines (1954-2003):
>Microchip Tips and Tricks PDF:
>Li+/LiPo batteries required reading:


>Principles (by increasing skill level):
Mims III, Getting Started in Electronics
Geier, How to Diagnose & Fix Everything Electronic
Kybett & Boysen, All New Electronics Self-Teaching Guide
Scherz & Monk, Practical Electronics for Inventors (arguably has minor issues with mains grounding)
Horowitz and Hill, The Art of Electronics

>Recommended Design/verification tools:
KiCAD 6+
Logisim Evolution

>Recommended Components/equipment:
eBay/AliExpress sellers, for component assortments/sample kits (caveat emptor)
Local independent electronics distributors

>More related YouTube channels:

>microcontroller specific problems?
>I have junk, what do?
Shitcan it
>consumer product support or PC building?
>household/premises wiring?
More rules-driven than engineering, try /qtddtot/ or sparky general first
>antigravity and/or overunity?
Go away
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I have no kitchen cabinets and just got a new dishwasher. Kitchen is currently undergoing total renovation but probably going to take another year, so I won't have cabinets soon. My previous dishwasher was sturdy enough to run without an enclosure, this new one isn't.

I was thinking about getting two unfinished floor cabinets and adding a standard butcher block countertop on top. When finished it'll actually look nice as a little island and double my counter space in the current kitchen.

What would be the best way to affix a thick butcherblock countertop to this kind of prefab cabinet? I don't know much about woodworking so this would be my largest project yet, if it even counts as woodworking.
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What's a good "professional" drain auger? One that has a foot switch and at least a 50' cable. My budget is max of $1k. I want something that will last. What does everyone use?

All of my lines need cleaning, but I would rather buy a machine than pay someone $200 to do it for me. I live in a city, no septic if that makes a difference.

The shitty thing is that my current lines are all old steel pipes, with some really short throw elbows. I borrowed a friend's hand held Rigid drain cleaner, but I couldn't get past the bend behind my bathroom sink, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't long enough to clear out the line going from the kitchen.

I was going to buy the Ryobi one since I already have a few of their tools, but I read some reviews that the head is too large to clean out anything smaller than a 3" line.
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When I plug in a lamp into the bottom of my electrical outlet the lights in my room get brighter. It only happens when I plug into the bottom outlet. What does this mean? I installed cam lights into my room via an electrician.
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I'm securing metal together without welding and currently using hose clamps but they are a bit weak for my intended application. Is there a stronger alternative for securing metal together without welding or brazing?
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I’m going to be doing some work 20ft up in the air on the side of this guys house. I have an extension ladder. What are some dos and don’ts of using an extension ladder safely??
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/wwg/ - Woodworking General
There was no /wwg/ and this must be remedied.
Pic relates, a cabinet I wish to build for my bathroom.
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I have an ancient gas oven that's set up to run on a propane tank out back. The stovetop works but the oven part does not. Everything in it is mechanical except the clock and the spark wires that light the gas, so it's not an electrical problem. The gas flow is good enough to light all four stovetop burners on full blast simultaneously.
Inside, when I turn on the oven, it clicks and lights the pilot. The pilot flame comes on after a concerningly long amount of clicking (which I attribute to mice chewing on the wires to the spark), but the rest of the pipe never lights. It is equipped with a mercury capillary-driven safety valve with a bulb over the pilot light, so if the pilot goes out the gas will stop. I have confirmed the safety valve works by removing it, holding a lighter to the bulb, and blowing through where the propane goes. After about 10 seconds of heat on the bulb I can feel it suddenly open up and air comes out where it's meant to. The main pipe the oven flames are supposed to come from is not clogged, it's not even dirty.
It does have a regulator on the back, which I have never touched. I've read online that in many cases the regulator is just for the oven part and if it fails the stovetop will still work. How can I test if the regulator is bad without buying a new one, since it's practically antique? I am soliciting any other ideas for what could be wrong with this thing.
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I always assumed that a tiny voltage would have trouble moving through a huge wire. That's why we use small wires for low voltage, right? Yet science tells me that in fact smaller wires have higher resistance so the voltage would actually travel though bigger wire better. Is this true? Would 1v travel better though a huge thick mains voltage cable than a small speaker wire??
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This is a cross-thread from >>>/g/89908091

Red pill me on BLUETTI and similar hardware.
I live in Portugal, a good place to produce solar power and where energy costs are very high.
Why shouldn't I just buy pic related and run my house out of that, avoiding 90% of the electric bill?
I also get the benefit of having power when the nukes start flying.

Any anons here have similar setups?
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Good YouTube Channels
Hi guys. Looking for some interesting YouTube channels similar to ave, this old tony, john grimsmo, and diesel creek.
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Distilling Water
I live in a country with shitty tap water. It's probably polluted by Imperial Steven all day. Fuck you. Bottles are a pain. Boiling won't remove impurities it just kills dead shit.

These cheap $100 things and they look like shit. Why does it need a carbon filter if it's distilling the goddamn water?

What should I be looking at buying instead? I want to make 2 gallons a day.
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how do i diy a bunker so i can survive the nuclear holocaust
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Let's see your UPS
Dual AGM deep cycle 12v / 160AH
2000w inverter
0.9A trickle charger
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What is the best siding?
I am redoing my 100-plus year old farmhouse. I took off the old asbestos siding and I have tyvek on like pic related.

What is the best siding?

Should I put felt under that siding?

Thank you in advance, from Appalachia.
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Unsightly gap
Can I sheetrock this gap or will I have to frame it as well? Previous homeowner used this to control their cat.
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fireplace suicide
How affective is it to close the gas vent in your fireplace overnight?
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I made a huge mistake
I should have went to college or started my own business instead of going into trades

>be 19
>dad tells me to make a choice or move out into a friend's house
>every person online and in person i meet tells me to do do trades instead
>try to get into being a machinist after doing two years of community college
>20 now
>had to pester 29 companies on abnormal levels including walking in and calling the manager's/owner's personal phone daily to get an apprenticeship
>apparently i got lucky because most of them are only given to relatives or friends
>work is hard and grueling
>is not satisfying when im done like a workout is
>feet started bleeding since i have planar facitis according to my doc
>have to wear special inserts
>feet still hurt at work from standing up all the time
>legs hurt
>back hurts
>almost started crying

I feel like I would have needed to be raised differently fo this to not be a problem for me. Either that or these jobs just suck. Most of you will not want to help me but I need to ask how i can get through this while I save up money to do something else. I dont want to be a tradesman
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Cheap living
What do you think would be best to live out of?

the goal is to spend as little as possible upfront and in the long term on recurring fees
I plan to work and save up to build something and then go back to being a self sustained NEET living off centrelink ($500AUD a fortnight)
I have 16k saved now and hoping to set something up with 30-40k

my uncle has a gigantic 7.5km2 cattle farm and has agreed to let our family move onto his land
considering just building something and living in it illegally, rather than dealing with the council and budling permits etc.
something moveable like a van or trailer also has a lot of benefits like traveling and being harder to get fucked over, but is it enough space?

all of the options would be off grid using solar, water tanks and compost/septic tank toilets
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So I built a small furnace (like pic related but not mine) to melt down some aluminum cans for fun and I was using a soup can as a crucible.
I had been using it for a few weeks and this time I had a really thick soup can and decided to use it for two melts in a row, it was pretty rusted after the first time but I thought it would be fine.
As soon as the aluminum started to melt it produced a green gas then suddenly started sending up sparks a good three feet into the air. I waited for it to calm down before pulling it out and it produced the most sickening fumes I have ever smelt. Kind of like burnt rubber and sulfer. I became dizzy almost immediately and was sick to my stomach for a while after. It also cut a hole through the bottom of my furnace.
Anyone have any idea what happened?
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/out/ DIY projects
the stove of hobo
what are some good /out/ DIY projects? i read about some hobo rocket stoves but are there any other interesting ones that you can do?
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DIY tool for valve opening
I work at a big industrial facility and routinely have to open old and rusty valves. I’d love to rig up some attachment with an impact or similar to open these quickly and easily. Anyone have any ideas or have seen anything that would beat a pipe wrench?
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What are you working on?
Post your current diy projects.
No project too small, no skills needed. You will lvl up by doing.
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why do all termites love punk music?
[spoiler]because there so anti-establishment[/spoiler]
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How would you begin to build this treehouse?
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can i make my own cold sorage like Trezor or ledger ? If yes how do i proceed for make one cheap ?
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what's the best trade to get into if i want to drive around in a van and work alone?
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Is it possible to run a 3ph motor on 1ph power?
I have am old Delta shaper with a 1hp, 3ph 3420/2820 rpm , 208 220/480v dule volt motor and wanted to know if you could used a VDF to run it in single phase power? The photo is of a similar motel
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The female and male ports don't make good contact. I want to replace the adapters with another type. What would be compatible? The AC adapter is 20v 65watt.
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Why the hell do my tool pouches sag!!!! No matter how tight I pull the hard belt firmly around the soft belt, then buckle it, the pouches always start to droop to the sides.
I'm starting to think it's not high enough on the hips?
I use something very similar to this design, except I snipped off the leg straps. It was salvaged from a dumpster.
Also how do you keep your pouches from migrating backwards throughout the day!!!!
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Do any of you use infrared heaters in your lab, workshop or garage, and can you recommend something?

I have an unheated lab where my hands get cold because I need to disinfect them constantly with alcohol and a flow hood is blowing the cold air at me. Would a 100-400 watt panel mounted right above my working area for my hands and body be good enough?
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indexable drills
indexable drill

>run under 100% feed
>shitty finish, slow as fuck, looks like the hole was gnawed out by a meth-addled beaver

>run at 100% feed
>still shitty finish
>break insert, drill sewer slides itself, part is beyond repair

>run over 100% feed
>presumably, apocalypse

at their absolute best, these things suck to use and are finicky little piss goblins. at their worst they're dangerous to themselves, the part, and your machine. fuck indexable drills, fuck the guy who made them, fuck programmers who like them and fuck the retards who think they're easier to use than a normal twist drill paired with a boring bar. guess what, retards? you're gonna have to bore it out anyway, because the finish is so fucking obscene that no reasonable person or inspector would EVER accept it as anything other than scrap.

post indexable drill hate itt
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/emt/ Eternal Machinist Thread
DALL·E 2022-10-07 22.02.35 - A photo of a CNC machine on fire.
New thread, because the old one is completely dead.

Thread hymn.

Last thread: Not sure honestly, it died a long time ago.

>Haas automation videos.
>Titans of CNC
>Edge precision
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Are expensive torque wrenches worth the money? This one is £30, what are the pitfalls of the cheaper ones apart from being out by a few ft pounds/Nm's?
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Day in the life of a Japanese carpenter PaolofromTokyo
>carpenter, japan
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Trying to install one of these... I'm getting 18V at the doorbell, but it's not turning on. I'm somehow getting 0V at the transformer. How is that possible?
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some youtube shit
Do you guys think a business revolved around drilling holes would be profitable? You can specialize in drilling all kinds of material. Different tools for different applications. I think it would be a overall good time.
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yard stick
Bought a yard stick for a very specific one time application
Is there any reason to keep it in the garage or is it completely inferior to a tape measure?
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rear handle or top handle saw bros?
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I bought this.

Help me brainstorm an idea on what I could use it for?
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Remember that retarded faggot who shilled his own youtube channel on here, with his microwave pyrolysis machine?
Remember how everyone said it looked like an accident waiting to happen due to its niggerrigged construction?
That its dangerous as shit?

Surprise surprise, it caught fire and he almost burnt his house down.

There is something oddly amusing about him doing a tiktok livestream for 5 hours, pretending that everything is OK, asking for song recommendations so he can dance a jig around the burnt remains of his project.
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pepe annoyed
>*knock knock* "hey do you have a screwdriver?"
>hand them my trusty leatherman multi-tool
>"no problem"
>20 seconds later
>".... this thing doesn't work"
>"I'm gonna get my REAL screwdriver"

based on a true story
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BeFunky-collage (2)
Show us your failures edition
Last Thread: >>2501956

All the info you need about 3D-printing:
>Your print failed? Go to:

If that doesn't help you solve your print problems, please post:
>A picture of the failed part
>Printer make & model
>Filament type/brand
>Slicer & slicer settings

>What printer should I buy? [Last updated 2022-11-19]
Under 250 USD: kingroon KP3L, Sovol sv01, Creality Ender 3 (v2), Anycubic Mega S
Under 500 USD: Qidi X-One2, Creality CR-10, Anycubic Vyper, Prusa Mini
Under 1000 USD: Prusa i3, Bambu Labs X1
Over 1000 USD: e3d toolchanger, Ultimaker, Qidi X-CF Pro, Build your own Voron, Rat Rig, Prusa XL (lol enjoy the wait)
SLA: Anycubic Photon, Elegoo Mars, Prusa SL1, Formlabs Form 3, Creality HALOT-ONE
Instead of buying a new printer, you could consider building your own:

>Where can I get free things to print?

>What CAD software should I use?
Variants of professional parametric CAD programs such as Solidworks (lol paying for software), Fusion360, Inventor, Onshape, TinkerCAD, and AutoCAD may be free depending on your profession, level of piracy and definition of ''free''.
Most anons use Fusion360, but some /g/oobers prefer OpenSCAD or FreeCAD. If you want to do mesh free-forming and modeling, Blender is alright. Also while not necessarily a design program, Meshmixer (free) can be extremely useful for tweaking models to print.
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why is it always a contest with construction guys on how fast and dangerous they can accomplish something? I'm not going to break my legs for $24 an hour
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Is there any way to build a heated toilet seat that runs off a 12v battery connected to a solar panel for an outhouse/outdoor toilet? -2f on the work toilet in the mornings since my only throne access is a metal seat that sits in a frozen brick building with no utilities, I can't stand when it touches my ass and freeze-shocks my balls into my abdomen.
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Wind up battery
How efficient would a wind up battery be? Could wind up batteries be used as ecologically safe batteries for electricity gained from renewable resources? Imagine wind turbines and solar panels powering electric motors that wind up these batteries when there is wind and sun, and then these wind up batteries slowly unwinding and powering electric motors that give us electricity when there is no sun/wind? Would this be efficient on any scale?
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/sgt/ shop talk general
Shop Talk General?
Can we have a general shop talk thread, about anything and nothing at the same time. Just /diy/ dudes and dudettes chit chatting.

Best part of my day is usually shooting the shit anyway.
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Lubricating gears
How much difference does lubrication really make? I have a few small diy projects with gears and I haven’t been lubricating them and they work fine so far. Does anyone know approximately how long lubrication increase the lifespan of gears?
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I'm confused
I need 10AWG wires for an eBike battery pack project. Tinned copper, silicone insulation.
What seems to be the go-to in the DIY battery pack and RC world is those very flexible silicone wires, the 10AWG ones on Amazon/Aliexpress for example seem to have 1050 (!) 0.08mm copper tinned strands.

Surely those 10AWG 1050 strands must have more resistance and lower amp rating than say a 10AWG 78 tinned copper strands wire, don't they? All that tin and shit. Is the difference significant? Is the added flexibility really worth it?
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