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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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For your table saw, would you rather use a microjig gripper or a blade guard?
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If you would have to built a bridge in place like pic-related with only wooden planks, various nails and wooden pillars, how you would make it done? What design you would use?
Consider the fact, that this place get flooded every spring.
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Plumber bros. This house used to have a grease trap here, then it was apparently hacksawed out judging by the rough cuts in the pipe, and replaced with a straight pvc pipe which is clogged with caked on grease as expected. Whats the solution here, remove the two hacked ends of pipe and try to find grease trap to fit that gap?
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any one weld with hf welding hood? is this any good or should i spend 50 bucks for Vulcan, or is viking worth it?
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Wearable technology autism: Waterproof iPod Classic
Wrist Rack - Makes Your Tech Wearable
Hi /diy/, for quite a long time I've wanted to make a phone/mp3 arm bracer thing like pic related. I think i played to much Fallout when I was younger or something.

Wearing a phone on your wrist makes using it retarded, so that's out. So I've settled on an iPod Classic 7th gen.
Initially I was just going to make it all out of leather using my current case as a guide, but then I found out about H2O Audio's waterproof iPod covers, meant for swimmers, and fell in love with the concept.
And so Whilst I still plan to make the arm brace itself out of leather (a skill that I've only recently picked up), I figure i could have just attached the case to the leather and done, easy project.

You can read more about them in detail here if interested (a review):
The important bit is that they allow for the use of the device whelst it is sealed via the waterproof audio jack gasket, and the mechanical click wheel

Only problem is i've not been able to find one that fits my 7th gen classic. They discontinued them a decade ago, and the only one I could find for sale where for the much smaller ipod mini. It was only $10 at least (which shipping to Europe 3 times that).

And so I want to know what people think the best way to go about making a new case with parts cannibalized from the H2O case. Mainly the Audio jack, Wheel, and hopefully the hinges and locking latch if possible. Ideally the thing could just be lengthened and widened to fit, kinda like how you would cut and sew in a patch in a fat persons trousers, but the way the wheel is in the centre makes doing that awkward.

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I bought my first house last year

>grass never stops growing
>hedges and trees never stop growing
>neighbors trees shedding all over my lawn
>birds nesting in the roof
>rats, mice, etc
>sun damage
>water damage
>wind damage
>bills and taxes

holy shit I wanna go back to renting I had no idea all the work the landlord was doing
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Just closed on this house. I want to do something with the front porch. The concrete stairs are hideous, and they are also super steep. The railing is old and rusted and feels like it fall down if you actually lean on it.

Anyone have any ideas on what I should do for a front porch?
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Would you trust a miter saw from Harbor Freight?
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Let’s see em. Built mine from scrap and it’s been completely covered ever since. The vice pretty much holds it steady. Solid as a rock If I don’t say so myself.
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I dont expect anyone here to be experts on the matter. But I need ti file down my front teeth just 1-2 mm. Would this be harmful? How should I do it effectively? Would a nail file do the trick or would it just be waste of time?
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So I recently assembled this. I've only ever made circuits in series, and this was my first in parallel. I'm having a specific issue with it: the fans won't run. After making this design, I upgraded my fans from 12V DC 0.2A PC fans to much more powerful 0.8A ones that sound like an airplane taking off. When I put the whole thing together, the fans won't run. I have tested and confirmed that the circuit as depicted here works with the old fans. The new fans work fine if I plug them into the power supply directly (no switch) and forego the Wago and connect the power supply to the mains. Is there not enough power coming from the wall to feed both the LED driver and the fan driver at the same time?
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Last thread: >>2379517

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 12-20-2021]
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, Flashforge creator pro 2
Over 1000 USD: e3d toolchanger, Ultimaker, Qidi X-CF Pro, Build your own voron, 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 programs such as Solidworks (lol paying for software), Fusion360, Inventor, Onshape, 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 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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Hey guys im trying to make a uhpc mix for some round tanks I'm building for my gray water system. 6 tanks at 36" diameter by 36" high. I found this video ,, and he is making 26,000 psi concrete but im having trouble figuring out the ingredients and their ratios. I also found some instructions online , , but doesnt show resultant mpa/psi and isnt entirely clear. Does anyone have any experience with uhpc, not grc, and can give some advice on mixtures?
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Me and my friend just bought a typewriter for cheap at a garage sale, wanting to turn it into a usb-keyboard.
What's the best way to use this? Any good kits or something like that?
It's in working condition, so we're looking for an as non-invasive solution as possible
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Industrial appreciation thread
Post cool industrial stuff. Pic rel, an oil rig, one of the biggest objects ever moved by mankind.
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These pieces of crap are flooding my town. I am done with them.
Anyone know if they have any protection systems that would impede me from taking the batteries off of them?
Police is really busy this week as there's a festival going on, perfect opportunity
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Evaporative Roof Cooling
So apparently evaporative roof cooling systems are used (if not commonplace) for cooling roofs of commercial/industrial buildings. Basically just spray water on the roof of a building and let it evaporate.

Anyone know why these not more commonplace in residential applications? I could understand installation cost could be high if you had it professionally done but it looks like it could be done DIY for a couple hundred dollars (timer relay, solenoid valve, few hoses, and either misting hose or sprinklers). At first I was worried about thermal shock being a problem, but further research indicated a roof cooling system will reduce thermal shock if done properly (provided you have your on/off duration and time spacings set right). I understand freezing could be a problem, but as long as the roof has any slope proper layout should make draining trivial at the end of the season.

Or is it because during the summer a lot of places suffer from water shortages, such a use of water is discouraged? In my case I'm on well water and I can run 6GPM in the middle of an extreme drought all day with no well recovery issues.

Is there anything else I am overlooking here?
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Anyone grow shrooms up in this bitch? I was thinking of putting together a shoebox just for fun.
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What have you bought lately? Be it tools, equipment, decorations, appliances, materials... anything that might have slightly enriched your homestead

Any regrets? What are you looking to buy next?
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Any ideas for levelling rack shelves?

I have some setup and just used cardboard shims to get them level but they have since compressed the cardboard and the cardboard also got wet and exacerbated the issue

I was thinking hardwood ply with a waterproof seal? It's a pain because each leg needs a slightly different sized shim because the floor I'm putting them on has a fall in it.
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This was fun

Go on Craigslist and find cool free shit in your area, post it
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I bought a run down house 3 years ago where the property was full of conifer trees densely packed and wild vegetation everywhere. It has a fucking snail and slug problem and I'm not sure how to deal with it. It was so bad that you went out at dawn or dusk and the entire property was riddled completely with slugs. You couldn't take a single step without squashing one. I've fell all trees but 3 and kept the grass short.

Over the past 2 years I've also been killing them by hand and setting beer traps. This worked to reduce the population by about 80-90 % I'd say, but it's still a problem. I'd like to plant some pumpkins and other vegetables but these motherfuckers preferentially go for my plants of course, not the grass or shrubbery.

How can I remedy this problem? I'd love to grow some vegetables for myself and not these god damn slugs.
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Welding general
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/ohm/ - Electronics General: overpriced disposable soldering tech edition
desoldering iron
Thread no longer hermetic:>>2375007

>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:

>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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/diy/ Bikes
Can we discuss /diy/ bike ideas and modifications? Bike projects you're working on or planning?

I've seen lots of people on bicycles with those $150 amazon engine kits recently. They look real cool and I'm considering making one as a side project.
If the government throws the fecal matter into the fan and there's some EMP or grid down situation, it seems like having one of these is the next best thing from owning an actual horse.

I was thinking though, could you realistically make one of these bikes but put a small alternator or DC generator in series of the chain that chargers a battery? It seems like it could be useful to have a small power system that could power a headlight or maybe even charge a phone in a USB port. Thoughts?
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Best way to make a door lockable?
So the door to my room doesn't lock, and my computer faces the door. I'm sick of people barging in and seeing what I'm doing.
What the easiest way to make a simple door lock to get some privacy?
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Have any of you ever made a electrolysis tank to remove rust from old tools or whatever? It looks pretty easy to make. I have a bunch of old cast iron that is rusty as hell they are not seasoned so don't worry.
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I made a lamp
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How do I make transparent paper?
Pic rel:
>This view is from the inside of a restaurant. The windows were made of oil paper that was held between wood window frames. If you look closely you can see the streaks in the oil paper. It was almost transparent and had a yellowish color. Yunnan Province, China 1943 - 1945
Just smearing paper with oil doesn't make it this transparent.
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Can i charge a li-ion battery by just connecting it to this powerbank circuitboard?
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/sew/ sweing general
Wanna give this one a try again?

I've been thinking of making a tunic like, either for comfort homewear or something more elegant that could still be usable socially.
Either that or something different from sci-fi, what you guys think is is not mainstream but could still fly as something fashionable?
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>fills your garden with microplastics
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Screenshot from 2022-05-15 16-32-32
She's making another cutting board.
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/rcg/ - Drone & Radio Control general
Russian Quality edition

Previous thread >>2346095

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

>I want a dirt cheap drone to fly inside my house

Eachine E010/Hubsan X4

>What are some good YouTube channels for learning or fun?

Painless360 -
Flite Test -
Peter Sripol -
bonafidepirate -
ArxangelRC -
RagTheNutsOff -
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German Framing Hammer
aka Timber Hammer aka Picard

I want one
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Just got my first soldering iron; what can I do with it?
I wanna do handheld and console mods or practice hardware repair. I just don't know where to go to find these projects.
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What can I use to clean my pink and white chair? nothing seems to be getting the dark spots off no matter what I try
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hello /diy/. just got a 5 acre plot on a tropical island. is there a guide on how to best clearing it? I want to keep the fruit trees and some useful shrubs(medicinal and utility) there's some durians, mangoes, mangosteens, lychees and lots more. what do I need to do? I tried going in with a brushcutter and chainsaws (to cut down the rubber trees, lots of em in here). I want to build a house and use the rest of the land in a permaculture style land (only useful plants, or decorative).
The soil is very good, not hardened, but have a thick covering of fallen leaves, there are some natural pit formed and may hold water. What is the best way of clearing it without fucking up the nice ecosystem too much?
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Skilled Trade Careers
Thought I may as well ask here since I suspect most of you have blue collar careers in the skilled careers. I'm thinking of getting into the trades and I have some questions:
>What is your job?
>How long was your apprenticeship and were you able to rent a decent apartment or house during it?
>Did you have to do any in-class learning as part of your training/apprenticeship?
>How are the hours and how much free time do you have outside of work?
>Is your job physically demanding and is there any high risk of injury or death?
>Do you have to travel on-site to location or do you generally work in your company's building?
>Is the salary good?

Thanks in advance.
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Alight, you guys convinced me to take the microclover pill. What is the best way to convert an existing lawn to microclover? Do I need to dig everything up, put down a new layer of top soil, and seed the microclover?
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/HAM/ Amateur, CB, Shortwave Listening, Radio General
Skyking fucks back to >>>/pol/ or lurk more edition.

Old thread: >>2356741

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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non-bogus DIY healing
I've struggled with absolutely soulcrushing IBS since mid 2019 now and although
I'm very well insured, no doctor on this fucking planet seem to be able to help me.

For reference, I used to be athletic, was in the local volunteer FD and had a 6 figure income.
I've turned into a total potato, can't do any manual labor (too weak and certain movements make me hurl),
I shit and cramp my guts out every other day, lost my job and have very bad anxiety.
I didn't have passive income I'd either be on neetbux or homeless by now.

I'd like to believe that I tried everything that has /some/ merit (no crystal healing, globoli etc.).
Different diets, meditation, yoga, probiotics, name it.
I've given myself a set amount of time before I do an hero, because this truly is no way to live.
That being said, I'm willing to try almost anything at this point, so hit me with your worst/best.

On that note, appreciate your health, anons. I didn't beforehand. Huge mistake.
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scrapping a car please help helpers
i bought an old car for the engine and now i want to scrap the rest of it, other than selling the chassis, copper wiring and aluminium gearbox housing what else can i do? assume i live in the city from elysium so i dont have to be totally eco friendly
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Question about how to finish a basement floor. The link below describes everything.
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Stone Carving and Sculpting General
Howdy /diy/. Looking for some resources, advice, and general guidance on getting into stone carving and sculpting.

Nothing hardcore, not doing statues, more just like etching and shaping.

I would like to carve my own ürn and/or headstone because they don't make the old slate colonial style anymore. So I figured I could learn as I go, and as long as I take my time I won't fuck it up. I don't expect to die very soon so I have time to get it right.

Any advice, examples, or general discussion appreciated.
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/SQTDDTOTT/ - Q Grillin' Edition
Stupid questions that don't deserve their own thread.

previous thread hit bump limit >>2373194

Will hydrogen peroxide and water kill crawlspace mold or should I go bleach?
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If you got sent back to the stone age with just your phone and/or laptop, would there be any way to charge them?
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What program can I pirate to draft a thermopile concept & simulate its operation?

I'm used to using multisim for simulating simple circuits, solid-state engineering is a bit outside my wheelhouse.

Are autodesk products capable enough to simulate thermoelectrics?
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They said "plain with the grain" but how do I know from which starting point I am supposed to follow the grain?
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Just paid $4.00 CND for this.
I bought it at a second hand shop. I paid 4 bucks for it. Rip claw and 20 oz with the blue rubber grip. it was a little rusty but that's it. they didnt know what they were selling. they had other shitty hammers from the dollar store that were also 4 bucks. I almost felt bad about it.
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Going to buy two suction cups to climb a skyscraper. How can I connect a stirrup/harness to my feet like in pic? They didnt show the details at all in the episode.
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Is there any way to rig some sort of noise cancelling projector to point at my neighbor's loud ass car?

He sits in his driveway and blares modern rap and r&b station for hours on end. I'm a human being, so I prefer peace and quiet.

Any tips?
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Sewing, particularly jeans and leather

Im trying to tailor some lf my own clothes and maybe download some patterns and make my own robe, boxers etc which seems simple and humble

But then I developed a taste for power, and when I read about sewing machines, it becomes way more complicated when I want to sew jeans and denim, and then

this site talks about leather as a whole different beast. Do I have to get a particular machine for jeans and shirts/"easy" fabrics for shirts and such, and then an entirely different machine for leather? Is there such a thing as an "all rounder", or a big boy leather machinethat can take the tiny needle and thread and let me work on my simple shirts? Might be a dumb question but Im hoping I can catch people in the know for some opinions
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I found this tool battery on the side of the road and it seems to be fine. I don't have the charger but I determined it was 12 cells in 6s2p configuration, and the battery is rated for 3.3ah
Charging it at 25.2v limit and 1C and it seems to be charging normally so far.

Why would someone discard what seems to be a perfectly usable battery?
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Ford API
Hey /diy/
First time poster. First time Car Owner. Ill try to be brief
>be me [ Software Engineer ]
>buy Ford Fiesta 2011 SES [ /o/ reccomended ]
>Gonna install a laptop mount
>Want to hook it up to the car to monitor things like speed, gears, rpm, etc.
>Dont know how [ Bluetooth? Wire? ]
>Dont know if its possible

Basically what I want to do is:
>Car turned on.
>=Laptop starts recording dash cam.

>Car geared to reverse
>=Rear Custom view camera activated

>RPM/Speed hit magic number
>=Sound effect plays so I know to gear up.

>Car Alarm activated
>=I'm texted
>=Camera recording activated
>=Laptop calls police, TTS gives gps coordinates

Anyone with some insight on how to get started here?
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/chem/ - Chemistry General: NCl3 abomination edition
ammonia + pool chlorine tablets = very sensitive
Thread dissolved:>>2309628

This is a thread for discussion of applied chemistry. This means mainly inorganic chemistry with things you can buy from a hardware store or eBay. Some practical uses include:
>rust removal
>metal plating and anodising
>precious metal refining
>circuit board etching
>solid rocket motors
>mercury toxicity

Useful resources:
There’s all sorts of scientific papers and blogs and patents out there tackling individual reactions, search engines are your friend. Knowing what terms to search is often the hardest part of studying a new topic.

Youtube Channels:
>Extractions and ire:
>Explosions and fire:
>Doug's lab:
>Scrap science:
>Cody’s Lab:
>Applied Science:
A much more comprehensive list over at

For books check libgen

Sources of ingredients and paraphernalia:
>hardware stores
>farming/gardening stores
>pool stores
>local chemical suppliers (may not sell to home addresses)
Due to how quantitative this hobby is, proper measurement equipment is quite important. A good set of scales is useful, alongside graduated glassware. Strips of universal pH paper are cheap and usable.

>for more theoretical and academic chemistry go to /sci/
>for drugs go to /b/
>for explosives go to /fbi/
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Solar Energy Thread
Solar set up2
>Cntrl + F
>0 thread

This should be a general. Im too lazy to make it right now. But I made a big shitty diagram of my setup. I need ideas for the next upgrade. I want to go to a 48 volt system and run an air conditioner and a vacuum cleaner. It will most likely use a 3000w inverter. I do not know what panels, charge controller or batteries to get. I would consider getting another harbor freight kit, but I would prefer to go towards a 500w solar array.
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Odor removal
>buy house
>had severe mouse infestation
>replaced all carpeting
>repainted everything
>wiped down every surface

Despite all that the smell is still there. No where as near as bad but it's still very noticeable. How do you get rid of it for good?
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It's grass season
what lawn mower model should I get?
would be nice if it had a shovel attachment to move garden stuff around
I have around 0.7 acre of lawn to take care of
is husqvarna any good?
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I just got this old Zenith CRT, only paid a few bucks for it, but when I plugged it in it does this. Any ideas for fixing it or is it just not worth it? I opened up the back of it and can't really see anything that looks wrong.
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tfw no tradie gf
Is your wife more handy than you around the house? Do you do everything or does she help? I'm ashamed to admit she does all of the jobs like assembling furniture, plumbing, etc while I just handle anything related to the car.
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what /diy/ projects can I do with pic related?
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Fan light came off
Tried to hang myself earlier but my dumb ass tied the rope in the wrong place around the light so when I kicked the chair I just fell and the light smacked into my head.

Now I need help knowing how to reattach the light onto the fan. Please don't give any other tips I just need to fix the fan.
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What's the best way to seal a garage floor and protect rom oil stains and such? Acrylic? Epoxy? Polyurethane? Something else?
How long after pouring the concrete should one wait to seal it? Days? Weeks?
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why build houses so close together?
i know the obvious answer is utilities but i'm house shopping in a remote rural area where the only public utility is electric and even on hectare+ sized properties the houses are built right next to each other
all i want is a big back yard i can pee freely in without some next door homo watching me
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What drill should I get if I want the most cost effective/bang for buck.
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Tips to improve Portable AC efficiency?
Due to reasons I have to use an old portable AC to cool my room.
I know they are horrendous efficiency-wise, but I'd still like to improve it if possible.
One strategy I've considered is insulating the exhaust tube, but I'm not sure how effective this would be.
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What Do You Guys Think of SharkBite?
It's been a while since I did any plumbing and a number of people have recommended SharkBite. Sounded like a great idea until I looked at the prices. A copper cap is around $8 vs a soldered one for $1. Seems like a lot of money to avoid soldering. I'm putting in some new hot/cold water lines for a sink. Would SharkBite/PEX justify the added expense over copper tubing and fittings?
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My boss just got a new industrial laser cutter for the shop.
It's not in its own room and that's already given me some concern
There's only one pair of laser goggles and those are for when you're working with the machine
But I've been wanting to wear them all the time that I'm in the shop because I don't want a laser to my eye.

Ever since that machine landed in our shop I'll see blinding flashes of light in the corner of my vision, but it's never long enough to prove to others it's flashes from the laser cutter.

They think I'm just seeing things. But I know what I saw.

What can I do?
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Would it be cheaper to buy a used home, or building a home from scratch? Preferably a 1k sq ft home
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The foundation of my detached garage has a big break running through it, what's the best way to repair it? I want the floor smooth in there so I can sweep.
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Looking to replace this with central air
Just bought a ~1300sq ft ranch w/walk out basement. It has a baseboard heating system from 60s/70s. Walkout has drop ceiling that needs to be ripped out.

I want HVAC.

How hard is it to run your own ductwork / remove baseboard? I would pay someone to put in furnace / AC
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DIY/Workplace Horror Stories

Let's hear em
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Why does every single mattock out there come with some bullshit short as fuck handle? 36 inch for a tool like that is useless, I mean what in the absolute fuck? I can't imagine some Roman out there hunched over with his 36 inch handle trying to dig a ditch or something.
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Someone asked me if I could make a mini rocket by yourself, and get it off the ground with no electricity or fuel like that. They also dared me to make it launch twice. Any ideas, I have no clue.
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Hello anons

Is it possibly to use a truck as a tractor?
>like in this video
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Professional rat extermination
How do professionals exterminate a rat infestation with an extensive burrow system and well over 100 individuals? Long story short for the past year or so I've been feeding wild rats in the park with huge amounts of food I get for free from the bins behind the local supermarket. The population has exploded and now loads of people are complaining to the local government about it. The rats have become so bold that they run around during the day now. They are tame enough for me to pet them and they know me by sight and come running up to me when I arrive to feed them. They've been my little friends for a year so now that their days are numbered I just wanted to know what method will be used by professional exterminators to tackle an infestation of this scale.
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every single skilled hobby to side hustle is not profitable unless scaled to absolute ridiculous amounts. all the hobbyists who sell what they make exist solely because the making of a post or youtube video is more important than the project itself. so if you were ever trying to devote a shit ton of your time to ATTEMPT a profitable venture just go ahead and learn how to make youtube videos. Nothing else matters if you want to make money from your work. Finding this out the hard way broke me and I had no motivation to do anything. Finally gave in and made a full list of socials and had my wife use her overpriced camera equipment to document everything and edit it so I could post time lapses or just various stages of a project. Things immediately became not a money and time pit. I know this isn't /biz/ but this also isn't related to indian scam coins, just a warning to those out there who think life is like leveling up in wow and you inherently are more successful as time goes in.
tldr learning to market yourself and "the idea of making something" is more important than anything you could possibly produce when it comes to making a living
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Grindy bros check in

This is one of those things you never knew how bad you needed it until you get it
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american bros... is this true...?does our plywood shack truly not compete with a european concrete shelter
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Prevent ants from fucking my shit up
Sup /diy/

I just spent my weekend re-doing my polymeric sand for my pavers. Was pretty happy with the work: there was a lot of prep to clear out the old shit to make way for the new polymeric sand.

However, I woke up the next morning only to see ants had burrowed through in many places. Pic related, but not my pavers.

I'm fucking pissed. What can I do to prevent ants from breaking through all the time?

The sand had plenty of time to harden and I believed what it would stop the ants from breaking through.
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/hbg/ Homebrew
No /hbg/? Now /hbg/

>infected starter edition

Hello frens, what have you been brewing?
This is my starter that I left untouched for a little bit too long, I've had this very ugly white layer appearing on my brewing buckets before, they're said to be limiting oxygen from bacteria below, strange even though I had an airlock in this vessel, anyway... this should still be safe to drink right?

Besides being a old starter, I also had some tea leaves and extra stuff to give it some different nutrition, it tasted quite good, slightly strong alcohol, but somehow it got me relatively drunk/high with just a sip, whats the deal with that?
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Pool Maintenance Thread
Why should I use tablets when I can just add small amounts of calcium hypochlorite shock?
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Thousands of years ago, Inuit and Yupik people of the Arctic carved narrow slits into ivory, antler and wood to create snow goggles
If we end up in a barter system what would be the most useful stuff to 3d print ahead of time for tradeabilty/usefulness? I was thinking of just starting a small box of things that might come in handy later that might be in high demand / hard to find. Any ideas? I already printed 5 solid knuckledusters, could probably trade one of them for a lighter or something. Any other ideas would be awesome, thanks
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Can you "smith" with just a hammer, a steady surface, and a sheet of metal? What is the very easiest, most elementary thing an inexperienced person can learn how to smith? Can rocks be smithed or would I essentially just be grinding dust like a retard?

Honestly I just like the strong and repetitive motion of it all. It feels good to just bang something over and over and over, but I ought to put it to productive use somehow.
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Where is the seething saw?
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Shallow diving apparatus
Yo I’m trying to build some cheap ass diving shit, I’m thinking just like a water hose and some swim goggles?

Inb4 ur gonna die
>it’s only like 10ft deep I can just swim back up
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One man job
Hey, guys. I just bought an old house, the basement has moisture issues in some spots. I'm thinking about doing to following. The only issue is I don't have many power tools so digging out the exterior wall of the basement is going to take some time. Any suggestions? I'm ok with taking my time but I do worry having a trench dug out around my house will be bad if it rains.
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rob basedman
How close does /diy/ let their fingers get to the saw blade?
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Sup /diy/, I have a quick question for y'all. I just tried installing an air conditioner in the 3rd floor attic room in our house, but noticed shortly after that the extension cord leading to the AC was getting really hot. I tried replacing the extension cord with a surge protector for extra safety but then I saw a light on the surge protector indicating "Building Wiring Fault" so I just decided to stop with the project, unplug it from the outlet and move back downstairs.

Well in my second floor bedroom where I normally have lived, the AC is plugged into the outlet with an extension cord that is the exact same thickness as the one I plugged in the AC in the attic with. And yet, the cord up connected to the outlet in the attic got much hotter. What's going on here? Both AC's are about the same size and BTU rating, the extension cords are about the same thickness, so why would more current be travelling through the cord up in the attic? Is there another factor that could be causing the cord to heat up so much more in the attic?
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My lawn tractor blew a head gasket about a month ago and I just replaced it. When it blew, some gas mixed in with the oil and the cylinder wall was scored badly. I figured I'd do the head gasket and run the thing until it died before maybe replacing the engine, or tractor entirely. The kit I ordered came with exhaust, intake, valve cover, and two seemingly identical head gaskets. I replaced everything, but only used 1 of the gaskets because I had never heard of an engine using two.

Well it started up and ran great for 5 minutes before blowing the head gasket again badly. It was shooting a thick cloud of blueish smoke from the exhaust, and gas got into the oil again. Honestly don't think I did anything wrong, so I'm wondering if this thing actually needed the two gaskets, or if I was right in only using one. Also wondering if maybe something is warped.

I have pretty good mechanical aptitude when working on cars and bikes, but I've never worked on a small engine like this. I watched a few videos on YouTube that all aligned with each other, so I followed them exactly. I'm hoping someone here will have some insight into something that I maybe did wrong so I can try doing the head gasket again.

If I were to replace the engine though, they're around $800. I can't find the exact engine that my tractor uses, but I can find newer variants of it with varying horsepower. How can I be absolutely positive that a new engine will use the same bolt pattern and will be compatible?
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if you took the dollar store calculator and put in a chip that was as powerful as a com 64 and added a numpad and arrowkey keyboard like on a dumbphone, then it could be a fully reprogrammable computer for $1
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I start school in august as an engineering major, good books to read so I’m prepared? Also I’m 5”7 will engineers be pissed at me? On /g/ they told me that I’m better off being a programmer as engineers are mostly rednecks who don’t see intellect as impressive as physical strength.
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Can you jumpstart a car a with a 60v 20 amp battery? My car is out of battery and i have this e-moped battery. Do you think it would be enough?
Pic related is my car (Peugeot 206)
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What method do you guys use to make helmets? I saw a thread about armour making here about a week ago and now I'm interested in making a set of light armour for myself. I like the look of pic related (lobster tail pot helm from English civil war) although I'd probably ad crossbars to the top, a couple more bars in the front, and larger cheek pieces. Can I just hammer form like car parts and anneal it?
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/mcg/ - microcontroller general: wtf edition
Previous thread:>>2351133

Here we discuss microcontrollers, SBCs and microcontroller accessories, such as Atmel AVR and attinys (Arduinos), ARM boards such as blue/black pill STM32, ESP32, RPI, and others.

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

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

>but that's too expensive

>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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Join the trades they said. Good money they said. Just kidding, this shit stew pays me 34 an hour with any overtime I want to eat. Thank you trades. Christ is King, were all going to make it.
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I'm looking for guidance on training a proper protection/attack dog. I would prefer a book suggestion but I've tried two books and they left out the more serious methods like harnessing dogs aggression for attack. I've trained two excellent guard dogs both in different languages to help me control them around the public but neither dog did I pursue aggressive or attack training as I couldn't realistically keep the dog away from people for 15yrs. Now I have 4 hectares and can train the dog I desire, just would like some hints or book suggestions.
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Particle board
Alright DIY. Kind of a stupid question but I can't find anything from a Google search. So qrd I can't get lumber right now, literally just redid my back porch and fixed my roof because a tree hit my house, however I found out too late the roof was leaking. Would it be feasible to take up the particle board and replace it with wood from furniture? Sorry if this I'd a retarded question
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music box repair
Hey /diy/, have any of you ever repaired a music box? I have one like pic related. All parts freely move but will not move when you wind the box. I've lubed everything and attempt to unwind the device manually.
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I can just regular oil in these right? No need to buy the $20/quart kind right? Its just a ploy by the oil companies to charge 5X for less (skipping additives and detergents), right?
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My family inherited a snap-on set
My great-grandpa was a professional mechanic and a machinist, served in both world wars as an intelligence officer, worked on model-t's and airplanes in 1927, just a super aggressive scotsman I will never live up to haha! My Dad got his tools when he died in the 70's, and we're just now examining them. I believe this is one of the first runs of snap-on tools, check out that art deco logo. Some of the sockets have manufacturer's dates, some have an asterick to indicate the date. Dad says says they stopped dating them when snap-on started their lifetime warranty program. So, what say you, diy? Any insights you might be able to give me?
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i replaced some halogen lamps on my bikes panel with leds and now it doesnt indicate the left turn signal. i assume its just due to the difference in electric specs? i tried inverting the polarity and that just caused it to not turn on at all. would a resistor make it work? if so what spec? the leds are 12v like the lamps
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Connect these houses up to code
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Applied aniline wood dye for the first time, and getting "discoloration"/streaks at the ends of the board + looking for thoughts/feedback on my first "dye" job
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Dumpster DIving
Do any of you dumpster dive? be it for cashing in on metals, reselling stuff, or keeping it for yourself? Got a favorite YouTube diver? share your experiences and/or favorite dumpster diving YouTuber!
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Anybody here into Maglites
Found a huge maglite a few years back and I knew as a brand they're quite popular and even collectable, but I just dumped it in a draw and left it. Now I'm quite into prepping considering the imminent economic collapse and global war and I want to get this thing fixed up.

Anybody into flashlights and maglites know anything about fixing these up or know anywhere I can find the info I need?
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Are these worth anything?

Found them next to a dumpster so they probably don't work.
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Chicken water cups
Anyone used these before? What thread size is this? The Chinese can't into dimensions so it's it like a M8 thread? It doesn't look like a tapered pipe thread.
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Is the OSHA 10-hour construction safety course required to solicit a serious job in construction? I have experience as residential labor but I want better work.
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You were right
It was a bad idea to plug a motorcycle tire.
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Where can I get or how can I make the anal probe used for this study?
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Hello anons,
im trying to soundproof my basement, usually i'd use a door but my basement staircase is similar to picrel. ive been using 2 blackout curtains from costco and theyve reduced the noise a bit, but not nearly enough to what im looking for (they hang about halfway up the staircase).
since installing a door isnt an option, and 'sound proof curtains' dont fucking exist apparently, i could use some ideas.
currently one i have is just stapling a shit ton of those foam sound panels to the curtains already hanging there, but thats a last resort
any ideas?
(i am renting, so extending the drywall to install a door or something isnt an option, and preferably as little damage to the walls as possible)
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Wood Joints
I made this bench previously out of pallet wood. It's not perfect but it went reasonably well.
So, I'm making the same bench again (but obviously trying to improve on the first).
On the first bench, I attached the legs using mortise and tenon joints but I'm wondering if that's the best method?
For a start the legs are at 15 degree, ideally mortise and tenon should be 90 degree if I'm not mistaken?
Also, they were also a real ball ache to make.
Is there a better way of doing this? Should I just use butt joints? Would that be strong enough?
Also, anything else I could do to improve it that I may not have thought of?
P.s. I know the leg braces don't fit snug, I'm going to measure and cut them last this time.
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I have a 15-20 foot by 4 foot area I want to put gravel in. But mostly I want to contain the puddle that forms everytime it rains. The puddle does get large, like 2'x2' and 4 inches deep or so. There's just mud in that area, and it rarely gets sunlight, so it stays muddy unless there's an unual dry spell which is rare for the north east.

I was thinking to connect the gutters directly to a french drain then to a catch basin. But this seems overkill.

Any other ideas?
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Want to make a stone that I can grind corn on. Similar to pic related. I live in the middle of indiana. I’ve seen plenty of basalt that would work just not the right shape. Any other ideas ?
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Random thread
What is your current project?
What are you restoring?
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Anyone here know how to grow grapes?

i bought a 30 year old Monastrell last year and after reading about pruning and loads of other stuff i am not sure what to do.
here are some photos
the goal was to have multiple vines coming from the 30 year old trunk and have 1 run on each plank of the fence and a couple going next to and underneath the roof overhang, maybe even have something next to the overhang to hang a vine on as well.

after reading a lot i am not sure this would be optimal,
my main goal is as many grapes as possible covering the entire garden.
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the irish candyman 2
new invention

grinders with a hair trigger and safety, or electronic button trigger

the fucking trigger pull on grinders is more effort than holding it up, also less able to finesse because you have to focus on pulling trigger
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Hardware stores and other places to get materials
Are there any stores that you recommend or avoid? I don't like home depot because of their policies but other than them I have the option to go to Rona, Lowes, Lee Valley, Princess Auto, Crappy Tire, Home Hardware as well as some non chain suppliers
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How can i make a better AC unit for cheap?
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Anyone know how I can make a floor transition that can fit water pipe under?

I'm trying to extend a pipe from my fridge to the kitchen sink/dishwasher piping but I don't want to break any walls or floors in the process. Not to mention it's a very old house.
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I have installed two new 50mm wastes in my kitchen sink that connects to a setup like in the attached pic.

The wastes are exactly the same as the ones I am replacing and on the mainline I have replaced the washer at the screw join.

My issue is that now both left and right screws are slipping when being screwed into the new traps. I can get them just to the point where they are hand tightened with about a 1/4 turn more to go but at that point they slip and I have to start screwing them in again. I have screwed them as far as they will go which I guess I can live with but I'm just waiting for the silicon around the traps to cure before doing water testing but does anyone know why these new traps would be slipping?
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Share your aesthetic/images that inspire you
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Becoming pond-pilled
> Move from NYC to rural TN 1 year ago.
> Big-titty trad gf + I now live very happily on lots of acreage.
> Walking the land one day, come upon a pretty sizeable pond.
> Start clearing out the overgrowth around pond this Spring, it's actually kinda pretty. There's some fish and a metric fuck ton of frogs.

What would a pond-owner typically be advised to do to maintain a nice, pleasant pond that maintains the ecosystem and promotes healthy habitats for the fishies within?

picrel its the pond
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i don't know anything about anything and have always wondered why people sometimes do this thing where they will drill a plank into the wall and then drill something to that plank; what is this called and whats the purpose of this? why not just drill the thing itself directly into the wall

ill post a couple examples of what i'm talking about
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VHT engine enamel
Does anybody have experience with painting engine parts with vht paint?

I'm planning to paint my aluminium valve cover and intake mani

I'll clean the surfaces, apply a primer, paint with the vht paint.

Is it necessary to apply a high temp clear coat after?

My friend had his valve cover painted years ago by a shop and his is starting to peel.. Unsure on what process was completed for his but I'm trying to avoid the same problem.

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How do I make one of these?(Photo prop) what materials are light enough but realistic?
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Is this Ethernet
New House. Is this Ethernet? I believe I have a companion wire on the first floor in a utilityish room. How do I connect?
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