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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!
diy
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.

Helpful links:
https://sites.google.com/site/diyelmo/
http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/
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DIY killing flies
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I work on a farm outdoors and I can’t stand these little faggot bugs getting in my face, since I can’t swat them due to being in an open space without missing most of the time and potentially damaging crops what are my best options for a trap? I don’t know if the electric battery/charger ones that kill mosquitoes will work and they’re not much of a problem for me yet.
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>Shave with a Rockwell 6S
>Shave with feather blades

I still only use dollar store shaving cream. I don't want to ask redditors cause theyre fucking elitist snobs when it comes to this.

Does a badger brush combined with some hardsoap actually work better? Is it worth the money?

Do you really need preshave and aftershave? I've never used these in my life nor have I used any skin products. I don't see the point

My shave isn't as close as I'd like it to be. What suggestions do you guys have?
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Would you ever consider the idea of demolishing a McMansion for something like my picture?
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/3DPG/
collage
Technicolor Puke edition.
Old thread: >>2140213
All the info you need about 3D-printing: https://pastebin.com/AKqpcyN5

>Your print failed? Go to:
https://www.simplify3d.com/support/print-quality-troubleshooting/

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 12-8-2020]
Under 250 USD: Creality Ender 3 (Pro), Anycubic Mega S
Under 500 USD: Qidi X-One2, Creality CR-10, Anycubic Chiron, Prusa Mini (If you want to wait months for it to show up)
Under 1000 USD: Prusa i3
Over 1000 USD: Lulzbot, Ultimaker, Markforged
SLA: Anycubic Photon, Elegoo Mars, Prusa SL1, Formlabs Form 3
Instead of buying a new printer, you could consider building your own: https://reprap.org/wiki/

>Where can I get free things to print?
https://www.thingiverse.com/
https://grabcad.com/
https://google.com/

>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.
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Good youtube channels
why
To learn about becoming a handy smart DIY man?

(like ChuckE2009 but not autistic)?
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What screw head type is the best?
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Wasn't sure if I should have posted in /o/ didn't see much about repairs there. I have a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire that I received from my grandmother who passed away not to long ago. Needs a little work and decided to use it to learn more about cars and work on it myself. During my work on repairing the cooling system I found a stray connector that seems to have no female partner. Can't seem to identify it in the manual either. Would anyone happen to know what it is? It is stationed under the alternator and runs back towards the back of the engine. Pic is related. I'll have another up in a moment to show pathing.
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van life
van
considering picking up a late 2000s van and living in it soon. basically a vehicle to sleep in and store some food in. in a shitty predicament where i dont want to leave where i am to live with family, but i dont have a choice to live where i am in about 60 days

i need:

some kind of energy generator i can plug in the back at work or at the library to charge up my stuff in my van without running the van itself all night.
some kind of heating and cooling that can plug into this generator (i dont know if i'll be staying the winter in this, but i'll definitely be staying most of the summer/late summer)
some kind of mini (micro, even) freezer that doesnt suck up too much power
if possible, i'd like to install some kind of shower and toilet, even if it's something for outside. if not, then i guess i'll be using the 24/7 gym im a member at constantly.

i am to basically make a recovery plan with minimal to no bills aside from food, gas, cell phone and car insurance. my plan is to basically live in this until i get a girlfriend who can share a home or my friends want to collaborate and move out and split rent.

all pointers for mobile living welcome, especially when it comes to parking overnight in NY, along with pros and cons. thanks fellas.
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Preserving your body as a tradesmen
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How do I preserve my body in the trades? The work is hard, obviously, but is there anything I can do to prevent the work from destroying my body? Are tradies in such bad shape because they don't care for their body? Drinking and consuming drugs instead of eating the right foods and sleeping well. I imagine that exercise help but I don't know what exercise the tradie should do? I already stretch at least twice a day, in the morning and at night before bed. I also do bodyweight exercises. What diet should a tradie have? In the end, should I treat being a tradie like being an athlete?

I've read that you need to learn how to pace your self but I don't exactly know what that means. If someone could elaborate on that I would be grateful
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/EMT/Eternal Machinist Thread
brass sl25sy
Shitposters fuck off edition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MebuKbDuVew
Last thread: >>2112989

>Haas automation videos.
https://www.youtube.com/user/haasautomation/playlists
>Titans of CNC
https://www.youtube.com/user/titanamericanbuilt/playlists
>Edge precision
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kgF0sJFno
N.e.w.
>Setting up a grindall spindex on a surface grinder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9rcyIRTfz0
>Precision ground toolroom stones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVLXsq7pi9Y
>narrow pallet jacks, internal barcode work order system and more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooKIIwbkw1E
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I know nothing about DIY. Is there a way I can strip my cast iron, coated kettlebells? (Not in the picture. I wish.)

As they're chipping I'm seeing that they are coloured underneath, so they don't look nice.
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>Boomers used to actually put cheap carpet or linoleum over real hardwood flooring
Just how retarded was this generation?
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After reading the Gunsafereviewsguy website in its entirety. I'm convinced it's impossible to truly have a gun safe that is unbreakable unless you buy a Class TXTL-60X6 $50,000 dollar safe and put a $5,000 dollar FireKing within it for fire protection. Then layering duffel bags, ammo cans and pelicans for water proofing the materials inside. And as a last line of defense have your guns marked with an engraving tool and automative paint.

Security Alarm:
>advertise the wrong alarm
>have two different ones
>obnoxious multiple alarms
>back up cellular incase burglar cuts the cables

Cameras both real and fake:
>external using cloud storage with internal sd cards
>internals being CCTV with no internet access
>hidden cameras

Windows:
>storm shutters
>window stoppers on the inside
>barred on the first floor
>bulletproof windows and film

Safe:
>Needs to be bolted down
>Anchored
>On a concrete slab to keep it off the floor in case of flooding
>Rebarred within Concrete structure
>Hidden
>Best on First Floor
>burgular blaster (not sure of the legality of this)

Other precautions:
>Decoy Safe
>Fire Extinguishers
>Safe within a secured room with vault door or deadbolt
>power tools hidden
>ladders hidden
>sturdy front door (since this is the preferred method of getting in) and storm door infront

Locks:
>Electronic locks wear out and get finger print stains and couldnt possibly seize if batteries run out
>Needs to be maintained likely to fail within 10 years if used too often


Burying guns:
>Heracles Burybunker underground safe
>Monovault Bury Gun safe
unsure of the long term reliability from moisture using these
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I've got one of these diesel powered pressure washers at work. We've been having issues with the motor lately. It will randomly struggle for fuel and then shut off. Sometimes it will run for 8 hours no problem, but invariably it will start bogging down and shut off. When that happens the fuel filter is empty. Only way to start it again is reprime the filter.

There are no air leaks in the pick up lines. The pick up in the fuel cell is clear.

Any idea what is going on here? Multiple mechanics couldn't figure it out.

Why is the fuel filter getting air in it?
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Furniture Flipping
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I've seen a lot of videos on youtube about furniture flipping and got interested, because I have a large working space where me and my grandpa used to work with wood when I was young, but is now used as storage unit (kind of abandoned).

However, I like to work with my hands and checked out the market (people giving away furniture or selling old furniture) and couldn't believe how much stuff people are willing to give away for free and in very good condition, that just need to be polished up or renovated a bit and then probably could be sold for 500$+ easily, if not into 1000$s+. Same goes with sofas/couches.

The third thing is, I work as furniture delivery man (sometimes to very wealthy customers, that like fancy stuff) and can easily hand out my own business cards to tens of people per day, reaching out quite substantially in a year or two. I can also program and set up/host websites, do SEO and write apps in Flutter, so I can market myself for free basically.

So the last question is, is this too good to be true? The more I'm exploring and thinking of possibilities, the more money I see around every corner. Or are people really that lazy and willing to hand away hundreds of $, because they don't know how to work with wood? I can also very cheaply rent out big as van for free from my boss basically and do a tour once per week and scrape out so much furniture for free it's unbelievable and then drive it back home and have weeks or months of work instantly. I also work in another country than which I'm living, where people are generally more wealthy so I'm looking at two potential marketplaces (home country and country where I work at daily). I'm not dreaming of making thousands of dollars per month with this, but if I get extra 500$ here and there per month even more, I'd be pleased. I'm not expecting to sell things quickly desu, I just want to work with projects in my free time and if they happen to sell, then so be it. Anyone got any other tips?
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pullers
Have any among you successfully used a puller?
These things are the bane of my existence. 100% of the time, they just break under any serious force, and most of the time, under any slight force too.
I've had cheap ones, I've had good ones, they all suck. When the puller has to come out, I know it's going to be an entirely destructive process, every time.
I'm convinced these tools exist for no reason other than to give you false hope that something pressed onto a shaft can ever be removed, when in reality, it never can.

If I'm wrong, share your wisdom.
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I’m a 4channer manchild who lives with his parents and punched a large hole in the wall. I’m trying to repair it myself because hiring someone to do it would be emasculating and irresponsible and I am already an autistic omega male who doesn’t need any more of that. That being said I tried using a knife to cut out a square piece before I put the new drywall in, but it was garbage and made very inaccurate cuts that just damaged the wall further. I have several questions and everywhere I look I get different answers. I’m going crazy trying to figure this shit out.

>rotozip or an oscillating tool to make precise cuts in the wall (the oscillating tool might be better because it can also sand but not sure, however it could also cut through the wood and I don’t want that)
>mesh tape or paper tape
>joint compound or quick setting mix, and how long should I get for the quick setting mix
>how many coats of joint compound/mix
>how do I prime and paint over this shit
>how do I make sure the paint won’t crack later
>how do I control the dust level (I don’t want to breathe that shit in and get lung cancer in 20 years)

Please help an anon out.
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Anyone here into jewelry making / Goldsmithing / silversmithing?
goldsmith-studio
Ive recently been wanting to make jewelry with gold and silver,
Just spent about 700$ on the tools needed and a melting furnace, now I'm playing around with making stuff.

This is also branching off into sand casting gold and silver, I want to male a silver g shock bezel.

Is anyone else here into jewelry?
If I get good I think being a jeweler would be cool which can eventually lead into having your own shop.
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rammed earth thread
Azure-Hive-Earth-Rammed-Earth-Houses-01
How hard would it be to build a 300 square foot shed out if rammed earth?
What all would i need to get started?
I have good access to sand and high clay content soil
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everytime.
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/ham/ and /radio/ general: Radio amateur, CB and short-wave listening
b3f1f061c8e64c0789838cb03a81cf35--amateur-radio-ham-radio
This is SH1TER calling CQ edition

>New to /ham/? Read this shit!
http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio
https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-divisions/mobility-division/amateur-radio-service
>Your search engine of choice works well too!

The FAQ is now back:
https://wiki.cybsec.io/index.php/HamFAQ
>The wiki is down but is archived: https://archive.is/PjR5s

>Idiot's Guide to Coax Cable
https://www.pcs-electronics.com/guide_coax.php

>Looking for frequencies to monitor near you?
http://www.radioreference.com

>Basic Rx loop fundamentals
https://www.w8ji.com/magnetic_receiving_loops.htm

>DIY SWL Mag. Loop
http://www.kr1st.com/swlloop.htm

>Small Tx Loop
http://www.kk5jy.net/magloop/

>In Depth Loop articles
http://webclass.org/k5ijb/antennas/Small-magnetic-loops.htm

>Homebrew RF Circuits
https://www.qsl.net/va3iul/Homebrew_RF_Circuit_Design_Ideas/Homebrew_RF_Circuit_Design_Ideas.htm

>Online Practice Tests:
http://aa9pw.com/
https://hamstudy.org/
https://hamexam.org/

> Real-Time Propagation Data
http://prop.kc2g.com/

>Space Weather
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/communities/radio-communications

>WSJT-X 2.1 User Guide
https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx-doc/wsjtx-main-2.1.2.html

>FT8 operating guide
https://www.g4ifb.com/FT8_Hinson_tips_for_HF_DXers.pdf

>APRS
http://www.aprs.org/

>how do I into Morse code in a good way?
https://pastebin.com/XwATbRrH
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Hi /diy/. /fit/ tourist passing through. What wood should I build this out of? I don’t know shit about diy. I saw Douglas fir recommended but 8 planed 8ft 4x4s is giving me £900+ quotes online. I assumed I needed planed so I don’t get splinters and shit
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Does /diy/ like tractors?
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/ohm/ - Electronics General: catalogue edition
IC manufacturer logo list
Thread toppled:>>2136782

>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.

>Project ideas:
http://adafruit.com
http://instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-technology/
http://makezine.com/category/electronics/

>Don't ask, roll:
https://github.com/Rocheez/4chan-electronics-challenges/blob/master/list-of-challenges.png

>Archive of Popular Electronics magazines (1954-2003):
https://worldradiohistory.com/Popular-Electronics-Guide.htm
>Some guy’s list of electronics resources:
https://github.com/kitspace/awesome-electronics
>Microchip Tips and Tricks PDF:
https://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/devicedoc/01146b.pdf
>Li+/LiPo batteries required reading:
http://www.elteconline.com/download/pdf/SAFT-RIC-LI-ION-Safety-Recommendations.pdf

>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
Horowitz and Hill, The Art of Electronics

>Design/verification tools:
LTSpice
MicroCap
falstad.com/circuit/circuitjs.html
NI Multisim
CircuitLab
iCircuit for Macs
KiCAD (PCB layout software, v5+ recommended)
Logisim Evolution

>Components/equipment:
Mouser, Digi-Key, Arrow, Newark, LCSC (global)
RS Components (Europe)
eBay/AliExpress sellers, for component assortments/sample kits (caveat emptor)
Local independent electronics distributors
ladyada.net/library/procure/hobbyist.html

>Related YouTube channels:
mjlorton
w2aew
jkgamm041
eevblog
EcProjects
greatscottlab
Photonvids
sdgelectronics
BigClive
Ben Eater
paceworldwide

>I have junk, what do?
Shitcan it
>consumer product support or PC building?
>>>/g/
>household/premises wiring?
More rules-driven than engineering, try /qtddtot/ or sparky general first
>antigravity and/or overunity?
Go away
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How to fucking fix one of the cups not working? If I mess with the cable I can sometimes get it to work again, but it's annoying as hell.
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Everytime I go through McDonald's drive thru I see a lot of change on the ground. I go at least a couple times a week so it would make sense to pick it up. What would be a good way to pick it up discretely without drawing attention. I was always told by my Grandparents to save every penny, and no I'm not Jewish.
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What kind of adapter is this? its leaking all the time.
How does it come off?
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file
Would love to see some before and after pics of projects you've done around the house both big and small.
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/qtddtot/ Questions That Doesn't Deserve their own Thread
the guy
Society Deserves No Help (tm) Edition.

>what's qtddtot?
A place to post one off questions that would not lead to a constructive discussion as a thread.

>why is qtddtot?
/diy/ is a slow board that contains long running threads, it's an attempt to not kill these threads.

>how
Google it first or don't, post it here, wait, profit, and enjoy the useless information.

>resources
Google scholar
alltransistors.com
Mouser and digikey parametric searches
woodgears.ca
opendirectories for schematics
EEVBlog Forums
Stack exchange websites, electronics, tech, programming, all the questions you have
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/mcg/ - microcontroller general, cute circuits edition
pick n' place
Previous thread: >>2122053

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.

>where can I verified quality microcontrollers and other electronic sensors or parts
digikey.com
mouser.com
arrow.com
newark.com

>but that's too expensive
aliexpress.com
lcsc.com

>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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Is there a more sturdier more expensive way of building homes than having them made out of wood and dry wall that would work?

Europoors say our houses are made out of cardboard. Well are your interior walls made out of steel and stone?
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Is this multitool actually good? What else should I consider?
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Looking for an electric mower. The Ego Peak Power is pretty well rated though pricey at $750.

Anyone use one?
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I want a patch of grass on my balcony, and when the grass inevitably dies from being on my balcony, a place to put plants like clover and moss

Tell my why my idea won't work
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retaining wall
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do I just start piling up rocks or what?
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/hbg/ homebrew
apple cider
No /hbg/? Lets change that...
>"its been so long I don't even have a previous thread link" edition
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Timber frame calculator
24x30-Timber-Frame-Cabin-3
Anyone know of a goo source, or rule of thumb for deciding on how large to make supports bents in a timber frame?

I'm starting a small (10' x 24') guest house on the back corner of the property but I really have no idea what size timbers I need to be using for things like sills and bent construction. I want to do a scissor bent if that make any difference, and the sills will be sitting on concrete pillars to keep it out of my "swamp".

I know bents are typically placed 12-16' apart, and my lumber guy seems to think 6x8" timbers are what I need. Does that seem about right? I'm only looking to do 3 bents (I want a 12x10' loft up top).

Any input would be of huge help, thanks guys!

pic related is close to the plan.
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EPOXY RESIN GLASS JAR PLASTER
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I'm doing a project setting plaster of paris in epoxy inside a glass jar but of course the jar arrived and the lip of the jar is smaller than advertised and the whole thing doesnt fit- i'm thinking a small toothed hacksaw to cut the plaster part then reform it inside the jar before pouring epoxy? Any ideas?
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Bed Bugs
BedBugLifeCycle
I have no signs of infestation, yet I find these hell spawns on my bed occasionally.

Is finding one every month or so normal, like from work? What's the best way to absolutely ensure none of these fuckers start an infestation?

Bed bug stories. How to get rid of them for good, what works best, etc
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BunkerAnon?
bunker
What ever happened to that guy who would dig out caves and build giant bunkers for clients? I remember he used to post here a few years back with progress and other photos of his work. (as much as he could because he had NDA's and shit)

Did he ever post again?
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Electrician question
20210622_171332
So today i was installing a breaker for a welder. When i looked in my panel i saw this burn spot under the ground bar. Any ideas what causes this? Am i gonna die in a fire? I havent had any breakers trippping. Im am unable to find any info online. Thank you anons
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Haha, wtf
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loud fucker
my new place has this loud as fuck water heater exhaust fan. i can hear it with the basement doors closed whenever it comes on. noise coming out of the air vents too throughout the house.
how do i quiet this thing down? i was thinking of building a box around it with audio matt insulation.
suggestions?
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Is my neighbor making a hole into my floor?
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The vacant apartment right below mine has recently started getting some work done and it seems to be all in the ceiling (so underneath my floor).
Now I hear scraping sounds that are coming from the bottom of my tiles.
What could they be doing excavating this deep into their ceiling?
Should I be worried?
Is it safe to walk over that area now?

For reference, I don't know how large the affected area is, but it's between a room with 34x34 cm ceramic tiles (or terracotta, something like that) and one with 25x25 "terrazzo" tiles.
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What tools DO dads want?
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Why do people do this? The wood rots every time. Even treated wood toys, just slower.
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Is there such a thing as a small GPS tracker I can hide inside my toolbag so if some dipshit takes my stuff I can find him later?
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I dunno if this is the place to ask but how in the ever loving fuck do I get rid of a roach infestation?
Fuckers are everywhere in my damn kitchen
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/wwg/ - Woodworking general
Image8
The Humble Planter Box edition

Welcome to /wwg/! Here we discuss the working of wood and the tools and techniques used to do so. General carpentry question such as framing/decking/general construction might get a better response in /qtddtot/ or /sqt/.

>essential /wwg/ books

Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking, gives you everything you need and shows you how to do it multiple ways, from hand tools to power tools and gives you the knowledge to determine which is best, and then he teaches you how to apply what you learned. The PDF of the second book can be found in the usual places, but the other two are MIA.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1561588261

Christopher Schwarz tells you everything you need to know about planes and saws, and their use
Handplane Essentials
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1440332983
Handsaw Essentials
Best to find this one in PDF from the usual sources, out of print and pricey!

Chris Pye wrote the book on carving, and keeps on writing them.
https://www.chrispye-woodcarving.com/

The eastern tradtion, Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use by Toshio Odate
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0941936465

Leonard Lee The Complete Guide to Sharpening, how to sharpen most everything.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1561581259

Bob Flexner - Finishing 101, covers the common stuff, his other books cover the uncommon and go into more depth
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1440308454/

Illustrated Cabinet Making by Bill Hylton, learn to design furniture that won't fall apart
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1565233697/

>essential /wwg/ tv
https://www.pbs.org/show/woodwrights-shop/
https://www.newyankee.com/

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this is my first /diy/ job
rate it
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Knives
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Not sure if this is the best place for this but wanted to see if anyone has a knife recommendation for every day carrying in a pocket. If this isn’t the best place what’s the best board?
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>have to clean bathroom after long time of it not being cleaned very well
>use this
>gets a fair bit away without scrubbing being that bad but some shit remains
What is the next step up?
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Range Hood for Studio Apartment
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Alright /diy/, I need to do some brainstorming. I live in a 250 square foot studio apartment in the city (inb4 "move to the midwest and buy a house" or "stop being poor," I'm not going to go into the reasons I live like I do, the fact is that I live here now and I need to make the best of it) and every time I try to cook on my tiny gas stove and oven the entire room fills with smoke. I haven't set off the fire alarm yet, but several of my dumbass neighbors have and I don't want to be the next one to force everybody in the building to evacuate. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies, so I'd really like to be able to sear a steak or make some crispy roasted vegetables without having to stress about accidentally triggering a visit from the fire department.

I'm planning to build a makeshift range hood over my stove/oven to mitigate these issues and I'm trying to figure out what is the best way to go about this.

One option is to install a ducted range hood and run the exhaust duct out my window. The problem with this would be that my windows are covered with permanently fixed bug screens. I could just butt the exhaust duct up against the screen, but then the screen would get all greasy and the smoke would expel not very far from the threshold of the building, so some of it might circulate back into my room. I could just puncture the screen, but then my landlord might notice and make me pay for it.

Another option is to run the flexible duct from my range hood into the exhaust vent in my apartment. However, I'm worried that this would cause some of the smoke to expel into the rooms on the floors above me that connect to the same exhaust vent. I'm not sure whether the smoke would expel into these rooms or travel all the way to the exhaust vent on the roof.

My final option is to install a ductless filtered range hood, but these don't work as well as ducted hoods. They're better than nothing though, and I would use one if I don't have any other options.
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Compost
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How often should I turn my compost?
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Hello dummy here
escalónmadera
i want to build something like this pic related
but I have a question, where can I find the maximum resistance of the wood according to its thickness and type? I mean, in the carpentry books i bought they tell me how to build pic related but I weigh 100 kilos and I don't think this can support my weight. So I ask, is there a mathematical or technical formula to know what thickness I should use to support my weight.

thank you in advance
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Solar voltage regulator
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Last week you said I couldn't use a scooter voltage regulator with a solar panel. Well the system works jerks!
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Mini Split
/AC General/

Is the mini split the way to go? Bought a house with my sister in Los Angeles, but we aren't the traditional family that arrive home at the same time and leave at the same time. I feel like it is a waste to have the Central air on to cool the whole house, when I just need the room i'm in to be cooled. Then she used to be home during the day, when I was away at work. A mini split would allow us to individually cool our rooms independently and be more efficient.

Plus, I think there is an issue with our central air. When we first bought the house, I feel like it was ice cold. You would get in bed and start freezing. Now, it can barely maintain 79 degrees even on a cooler day. Called HVAC tech 2 years $500 after and they cleaned/charged it, and it felt good for a bit. Just called again 2 years later, and this different tech $900 said it was overcharged and removed refrigerant. But it still is performing the same, not ice cold or going below 78 degrees.

So now, i'm resorting to using this central air, which I don't think is even cooling that well. The window units and my mum's house cool better than this.

Now I'm thinking, connect the mini sump to off grid solar panels, and I can run the AC to my liking and be as comfortable as I want without worrying about $600+ electricity bills. Rough estimates I looked would be like $10K for the solar+battery pack, then $5K for mini split~.

Anyone else having AC issues?
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Wood chip ideas for use
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I got two 5 yard loads for a total of 10 yards delivered free to my house. Looking for some good projects or business ideas.
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First HVAC Purchase
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Hi /diy/

I bought a house with a 26 year old Trane HVAC system. It's not keeping up any more as we get into these hotter months and I can't get my house below 80.

Got a few estimates on a completely new system. What are some things I should look out for/demand in current best offer?

>York Brand
>$8850
>14 SEER 4.0 ton unit
>10 year parts / 10 year labor warranties
>2 year free replacement on AC if it blows up / 10 year free replacement on Furnace if it blows up
>New thermostat installed (old one is a dial and original to house)

Let me know if you need more info. Also let me know if I'm getting bent over here. I've never purchased a HVAC before and don't know what I'm doing - I am also kind of confused because what is the point of him adding the 2 year/10 year replacement for free if the parts/labor warranties are for 10 years? All I know is other companies quoted me at $12,000 and 10,000 respectively. Thanks.
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How do we stop people from buying Chinese trash that they'll replace in a year and then proceed to buy another Chinese piece of shit instead of buying a quality German/Japanese tool that will last several years if not more?

Is saving some 20% on the initial buy for worse build quality, ergonomics and vibration really worth it?
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Pully System
DIY Question. My friend has a morbidly obese mother who is over 300 pounds. They have bad insurance and not a lot of money. My friend hurt her back trying to get her mother out of bed. Is there an easy cost-effective way to assist the mother out of bed? I was thinking a pully system could work. Can the joist take it? I know they can handle heavy punching bags. And since it would only be used a minute a day I think it should be able to handle the stress.
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pulsejet
Anyone here ever make a valveless pulsejet engine with sufficient lift to power an RC plane?
I've found a lot of plans, but in most videos following them the engine doesnt really create any actual thrust. What plan is best? General tips?
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Holy fuck, I'm losing my shit.
Is this a bed bug?
My dad comes to visit every week from his employee housing and because they have a laundry there, he occasionally take my clothes to wash there then come back.

This morning I was getting ready to put on my pants until I saw this orange reddish blob that looks like ick or something until I touched it and it removed. I grabbed it with a paper towel and I crushed it, here's the remains.

Please tell me this isn't a bed bug.
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owner-builder
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Anyone here ever become an owner-builder? I'm interested in building my own custom house and would like to cut out the general contractor. Problem is I don't have construction experience, only management experience in corporate.
Anyone ever become an owner-builder with no experience? Are there any paths out there to becoming a home builder for someone like me? I live in a state that doesn't have licenses for contractors.
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Worth looking into trades?
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/lit/ is my home board, but I'm hoping you guys can give me some advice.

QRD: I just graduated with a useless humanities degree. Fortunately, because uni is cheap in Canada, I did so without debt. I'm wondering which trades are worth looking into. I have zero experience in anything even remotely /diy/, but this looks to be a great path. I don't care much about the money side of things because they will ALL pay more than the slave-tier office admin jobs I'm "qualified" for currently. I'm mostly concerned with the quality of life. I don't want to trade a soulless office job for something different but equally worse. Currently looking into carpentry because it's super practical and would enable me to build my own small house down the line. Whichever I end up choosing will have a path towards a Red Seal here in Canada, so they're all on the table. Anyone have some advice? Thanks bros.
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someone broke into my garage and stole $2000 worth of tools

they also took my custom toro time master push mower with a bigger gas tank mod which cost me 1k before the tank mod

why live
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Need to know what kind of bulb this is
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Light in the ceiling slowly died out this morning. Looks 4 pronged, isn't white like lamp bulbs, and is fluidly adjustable with a knob on the wall instead of a switch. What can I know about this bulb to know which I need to buy to replace?
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The heck do I remove this sconce to change these bulbs?
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Is it true American suburban house owners are basically slaves to their HOAs?
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What's the usual temperature inside a factory in winter?
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Any PLC programmers, automation technicians or industrial maintenance guys around? I have what you can call an associate's degree related with electrical systems where I learned the basics about PLCs and industrial electrical maintenance. I liked that part a lot but ended up doing an internship as a plain electrician.

The thing is that I've realized my Raynaud's (problem with cold in my hands) is worse than I thought and, for example, wiring a new construction building in a January morning is hell.

So I was wondering about the temperature conditions that an automation technician or PLC programmer must undergo in the colder months because I'm considering seeking further education related to that world.
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pool table idea
How can I make a pool table like this? What tools would I need. I don't wanna overcomplicate anything. The cheaper the better.
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terlet
I discovered that my wax ring had failed because noticed blue staining at the base of my toilet so I figured: "hey great opportunity to swap out this 30 year old toilet for a low flow model"

First hitch: cast iron flange.
Second hitch: the bolts + flange are all one piece
Third hitch: one of the bolts snapped off while I was loosening it.
Fourth hitch: there is a lot of visible water damage. Basically the whole gray-colored section in my picture is moist and the flooring underneath it (looks like OSB) is dark brown. I don't know how long this has been going on.

First things first, I know that I am going to have to repair the floor. But the first thing I should do is wait for everything to dry out, right? I suspect that there is probably water damage under the wall on the left and I'm hoping that once everything has dried out I can assess things better. Once everything has dried out am I going to have to replace the floor that goes under the wall?

Second, once the floor is replaced this flange has to go.

Fuck, man. Thankfully it's just me so I can piss in the sink, but it's going to be a while before I can take a shit in my own home.
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polyurethane vs paint for semi-outdoor room
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Put down some 1x6 pine planks in a 3-season room instead of carpet, was originally planning to just put down some floor paint, but I was wondering if there's any reason I couldn't finish with polyurethane instead? The room's uninsulated so it has some pretty wild temp swings, but no direct moisture & pretty little direct sunlight thanks to the house being surrounded by trees.
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I just started an electrician apprenticeship and they let me take home all the copper scrapes. What do I do with it?
Sell it?
Make somthing?
Shove it up my pooper?
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stool
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For academic purpose. So how do I connect the woods?
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porco 4
is plastering drywall hard
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goldfoil
So I've got like a half gallon container of these + the little tabs off of toner cartridges. What would happen if I hit them with some mercury?
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Wood
NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO I'VE BEEN HOARDING WOOD FOR NOTHING
NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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never buying a makita ever again desu
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Tradesman shortage
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How long do you guys think it will be before cost of building goes up? We've been in a major tradesman shortage for years now due to the college agenda. At some point contractors are going to have to start offering more to get new guys in, as the average age of skilled tradesman is at an all-time high. This should cause building costs too skyrocket as man hour costs are one of the most expensive parts of a bid, and automation for things like HVAC, plumbing, and electrical is nowhere near possible yet. What do you think is keeping prices from shooting up?
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inspo
klok
comfy video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmbvxgzOy74
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mk808
Any anon have experience with scan tools? Looking at getting an Autel MK 808. I dont get too deep into the diag end. I manage the fleet for a landscape company and want something that I can use to decide if I can fix a problem in house or send it down the road to a full service shop.
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How would I measure how much current my jobsite radio draws? I've got a 2ah 12v battery powering so curious how long it would last.
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LANDSCAPING
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Does anyone prefer rocks to wood mulching? It always seemed too hot for me and gets dingy eventually with weeds.
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Anyone here a heavy equipment mechanic? What’s it like?

t. Auto mechanic thinking about switching careers
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Apparently Home Depot offers a service where you can link up with a local freelance contractor and have them do miscellaneous stuff for you without having to go through an actual company. Anyone ever do this?

One of my coworkers is trying to rope me into this. He's a badass Venezuelan immigrant whose English is so awful that most people just hang up on him (I understand him perfectly and we've been working together for almost a year, I trust him, he's my buddy), and he wants me to talk to potential clients on the phone, secure jobs, and help him do the work. I'm getting paid $20 per phone call that leads to a job and half of whatever we get on jobs where I assist. Today I called a woman who wants a dishwasher installed in her elderly dad's house about 30 seconds after she put in the request at HD (she was literally still at HD when I called her) and we're doing it for $225 this Saturday (the appliance is already at the house). If all goes well we'll keep on going. Seems like an easy way to make side money doing ezpz stuff for boomers. Thoughts? Wisdom? Experiences? Thanks.
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I've had enough, every Friday I'm being terrorized by the local mosque with screeching sounds. I've made multiple complaints but they don't do anything about it so I'm looking for ways to counter this. It's allowed to ring church bells, so I'm planning to ring them every half hour as loud as possible till they can't take it anymore. Preferably I'd like to isolate myself from this sound. Does anyone have any alternatives? Is there maybe a way to just cancel out the sound itself?
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House construction methods
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What's the best way to have a custom house built?
>stick-built
>panelized
>modular
>brick
>timber-frame
>precast concrete
>CMUs
>ICFs
>monolithic concrete
Et cetera. Just wondering what the opinion of the board is.
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Looking to start mining or not Advice plz
Silver Mine
I brought a property in the UK , its got 13 acres and theres info on the deeds theres a silver mine, I am asking any USA miner guys is it worth prospecting ?
Pic is related
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Multipoint Smart Lock
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I'm looking to get a smart lock for the front and back door of my house. The front door is pretty straight forward, but the issue I'm having is with the backdoor. It's a multipoint lock and it's already difficult enough to find replacement parts here in burgerland, let alone any sort of smart locks. The only one I've seen is by Yale, but I don't want to pay $400 for a fucking lock.

Does anyone know of any solutions where I could securely install a smart lock to my back door or am I just shit out of luck?
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In case you didn't know, FRONT LOADING WASHERS SUCK
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They suck! They spit water mixed with soap at the clothes. Then after a few months they start to smell up your clothes since they don't wash them properly in the first place.

Stink with conventional washers that actually fill the tub with water and agitate properly.

Carry on.
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differential
Anyone ever done a differential flush? I was thinking pump it full of thinner oil to get rid of any little metal shavings that may not come out with the thicker gear oil.
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Does this nigga really do this by hand or is there some excavation equipment off screen? No way he removed all that dirt by just tossing it up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT0EmAgP-_k
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Best way to deal with a huge ant's nest?
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live near a wooded area and there's a massive fucker of an ants nest near my property. sort of like pic related but not as big.
should i dig it up and hot water vinegar it? poison it? open to any reasonable suggestion.
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Customer wants me to hang a vinyl sign on a brick building. Should I drill into the masonry and use those concrete plug things, or should I glue wooden blocks to the wall using PL bond and then screw into those?
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Mice and Rats
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What’s the best way to kill these guys and keep them out of either a house, or even completely off a 5 hectare property?

There has to be a way. I refuse to believe these guys can outsmart human beings..
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Grounding encoder cable shielding
signal-cable-shielde
Hello,

I have encoders with cable similar to one in the picture.
4 wires are present: VCC, GND, A, B plus shielding around them.
I am using 4 pin JST XH connector to connect it to the PCB.

How would I connect shielding to the ground on the PCB side connector? Cut the GND wire, solder that point to the shield and solder there a longer wire that will go in the crimp connector? (Plus protect the soldering with heatshrink)
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Working on bones
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So yeah i have a bunch of animal Bones and skull and i was wandering what kind of tools i would need to make ornaments and stuff like that, i have some tools for wood, but i dont know if thats optimal
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Need to know what I need to do to get rid of eyesore
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So a year ago we had a lot of branches from a horrible ice storm and needed a place to put them when we mowed the backyard. We had put them in the middle, and never got around to removing them. A year later it has very slowly converted into a giant set of bush weeds.

Side question. My neighbors on either side of my backyard have good looking grass while our grass looks like it's only made of weeds and grass hardly ever grows in it unless it is pasture grass. The only thing that separates my backyard from theirs is a chainlink fence. So how come my awful grass isn't affecting their grass?
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How do I make this kind of wall
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Install AC in a car not built for it?
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Didn't know whether or not to post this on /o/ or here on /diy/, but I'll try here first. I'm rebuilding a fifth generation (year is 1970) F-100 truck with my father. The problem we're running into at this stage of the rebuild is that the truck has no air conditioning nor heating to speak of. Can anyone recommend something I can hook up to the battery of the truck to keep it cool or warm on the inside?
Pic related is the same truck, except the one I have has a short bed and a mount for two extra wheels on each side in case of a flat tire.
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cracked shower wall because of autism, I don't wanna lose my deposit what's the best way of fixing cracked brick
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Non Gooey Duct Tape
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Morning Everyone. I am in Dire Need of a roll of duct tape that is not going gooey in a few days in a hotish enviroment. So far i have tried gorilla glue duct tape the worst shit i have ever tried. and Tesa brand. they both looks nice and strong initialy and for about a week. but suddenly they goo up and tape just move around and leave REALY gooey stuff on my surface.
PS: Dosent realy need to be duct tape. but not plastic.
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how to like jai- i mean tase- i mean 3d printing
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Why did this happen?
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>42" pony bronco.
>stretch blade belt from using deck at lowest height
>read up and see they are really only supposed to run at the mid height
>buy a premium keblar belt
>Change out belt and clean deck
>mowing at 4th highest deck height and 3rd lowest speed
>drive to the end of my yard and back and pic related happens

shredded 3 belts in 6 mows... home depot thank fuck is taking the mower back. And recommendations on what to but for around 2 grand that isn't such a piece of shit?
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Composite Decking?
D trex-installer
Any tips? signed up to help my gf's mom redo her deck. She want composite. I've never handled the stuff myself..
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/rcg/ - drone & radio control general
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Nearly summer in the northern hemisphere edition

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Previous thread --> >>2108389

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?

https://oscarliang.com/build-racing-drone-fpv-quadcopter/

>What about planes?

https://www.flitetest.com/

>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 - https://www.youtube.com/user/Painless360
Flite Test - https://www.youtube.com/user/flitetest
Peter Sripol - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7yF9tV4xWEMZkel7q8La_w
bonafidepirate - https://www.youtube.com/c/bonafidepirate
ArxangelRC - https://www.youtube.com/user/Arxangelxr
RagTheNutsOff - https://www.youtube.com/user/moggiex
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doooooors
I have a decent closet in my office, it has double doors. I was wondering...have any of you put in robust doors for your interior ? not necessarily an exterior door, but something not so flimsy. I wanted to put a lock on it and make it a secure closet of sorts. Just super sturdy. Would carpet be an issue?
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Mysterious green stains
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Not sure if this is the right board for this but this has been driving me insane for the past couple of months. I keep finding these green spots on my sheets at the head of my bed and nothing I do seems to stop them from appearing. It happens no matter how many times I change and wash the sheets, and they can reappear after just a couple days. I don't have bed bugs and think its some kind of mildew or mold but the odd part is its only at the head of the bed and not in the spot I sleep. I've gotten a new mattress cover, scrubbed the walls, dehumidified the room, cleaned my washing machine, but the spots keep appearing.

What the hell is this and how do I get rid of it?
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childhood /diy/ sads
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>be 6
>fun uncle visits with cousins for birthday
>only functioning male in the family
>lives in a house in America like the TV people, I envy his kids
>gives me a 2-piece kit for a walking robot that responds to sound, and a mouse-thing that can follow a black line
>"it comes with a soldering iron, isn't this for big kids and grown-ups?"
>"You're a smart kid, you'll be fine. Leave the windows open and follow every single word of the instructions, okay? Don't skip a single one."
>nod furiously
>open up the box the next day, read every word of the instructions
>pretend to understand the foreign language parts too
>the walking robot looks cooler and the gears look easier to put together. I'll build that one first
>show instructions to my teacher to ask what the big words mean
>rush home after school every day to work on it
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protect/seal PC case?
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I have to run a workstation in a dirty, somewhat active workshop. Sawdust, dust, rarely humidity, particulants in general.

I want to protect this case, I was thinking of getting some HEPA filters and high powered fan to suck air in and then force it out, for ventilation.

I could use suggestions.

What kind of filter should I use? I will probably fit them to the front and back, maybe the top if it's needed.

What kind of fan should I use, should it be sucking air in or pushing it in? Do you think it'd need an external power source for the necessary power?

As for sealing the case, I was thinking of using cement for all but one side, the side panel, which I need to be able to take off, so maybe just masking tape?

Thanks for your suggestions, this is a project assigned to be by my work.
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How do you fortify a house so well that not even the lockpicking lawyer could break in?
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>Americans can plug these into a 20A circuit
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You wouldn't tell an office worker to bring their own stapler
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Why are apprentices and helpers expected to provide their own tools? Business boomers are always saying "I invested the capital, I took the risk, that's why I deserve the profit."
So take the risk on investing in some tools for your people. McDonalds will give me a $500 bonus just for showing up right now. Looks like you need me more than I need you.
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Tradie Career
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I was looking at trades and decided between a few unless someone else can chime in about better ones.
>electrician
>industrial electrician
>stationary energy sources installer and operator
From what I've gathered, they're all in demand, slightly less for the operator, but all of those trades can be earned within a year except the electrician and I could travel to a different country to earn more dinero.
My questions are, are these fields worth it or are there better trades to look into in regards of quickly education, pay rate, availability and travel ability?
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How fucked am I?
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I just discovered that the drain hose from my washer is split and has been draining water under my floor. I have concrete at the bottom, the previous owners put MDF flooring on top of engineered with a layer of underlay between. The water has completely rotted the bottom layer do flooring, and there are signs that this water damage happened before we took possession a few months ago (years ago). They may have fixed it, but it resurfaced when we started using the washer. I noticed it because mart of my floor squelched when I stepped on it.

Only part of it is moldy, but we’re going to have to rip it all out. Do I need to hire a restoration guy too? Any tips on removing glued down flooring? Am I fucked?
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Hey guys. Where can I find blueprints for stuff like this? I wanna build some for my Warhammer games
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download (31)
Is painting apprenticeship worth it? Guy who did my house made 2k for 2 weeks work
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Inside my DOA Chinese ultrasonic cleaner for anyone interested.
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DIY LAND RECREATION
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Here me out. If you go to the coast and dump mounds of sand and material. Enough to create stable land with trees holding in The Roots. Two questions arise.

Is it worth the money and time?

Can you legally make claim to that land you've now made?
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Drafting house I want to build
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In about 5 years I want to build a house out of shipping containers. The idea is to make the house entirely self sufficient and as "off the grid" as you can get. I plan on using shipping containers as the main structure material because lumber is at an all time high and it doesn't look like it's going to go down. What should I expect for cost and is this something I could do myself?
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finishing garage interior
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What can and should I do in my new garage?
I'm in Chicago and there wont be a heater in there. So obviously i'm gonna insulate, but can I drywall or will the winter cold crack everything?

Should I insulate and do plywood walls?

Or use drywall and not mud any joints?
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Got an urge to make a firepit for the garden. Similar to picture. Will have a stone outer ring but needs a metal inner ring.
Looked about at purpose built fire rings and looking at over a hundred quid. Now I don't mind spending that much if needed but always looking for a cheaper option. Anyone got ideas for an alternative? Ideally a meter wide. Heights not too important. UK based.
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Prime Day
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Anything worth picking up?
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How much work would you reckon it is to redo my floors with actual living grass, and then maintain it?
Fake grass in pic related for reference, but I'd really prefer real growing grass to cover the entirety of my indoor floors.
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How do I get the “paint smell” out of a room?

I’ve tried baking soda, I’ve tried candles. It’s been a month and the smell is still there.

Any tips?
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This is harder than it looks...
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Documenting electrical panel
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What do you use to keep track of which circuit in your house every switch and outlet is wired to?
I was thinking of making a floor plan file with that information in it...
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DIY elevator blocking
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so im building my new house and i dont want to waste space for stairs, so im building pic related.

ive made custom electronics to control it, z-limits and some safety stuff, like cable tension sensor, now i want to block the lift while motor is not engaged or the safety sensors trigger.

i was thinking on ATV brake calipers from aliexpress but the size of disc in my case is 9-10mm and i dont clearly see if i would be able to rectify them.

as i planned to use linear actuators to push hydraulic brakes, i could also use the actuators to move some piston and solder steps to the main bar to mount on them, but id prefer a better solution

any help?
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Is there anything you wish you did different with your shed? Should I run electricity to it somehow?
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What's the worst DIY injury you've ever had?

I was working on an ATV, had to pull the little push pins out to get the gas tank off. I was prying on them from either side with flathead screwdrivers when the one in my left hand slipped and slid directly under my right thumbnail. Popped it clean off. I said all 7 words you can't say on TV and was sick to my stomach for an hour
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Had a pretty sobering experience today regarding the nature of humanity and /diy/ in general.

I went to install a new dishwasher for this random lady who needed it because "the old one doesn't work", and when I get there I find out it's her "son's house" (it was actually owned by his grandparents, they were just letting him live there while he goes to college). He bought the dishwasher six months ago and had left it sitting by the front door for that whole time. I was only there because his mom had gotten fed up with his lazy bullshit and decided to hire me to put it in for them. I ask them to show me to their main electrical panel, and they have no idea where it was (turns out, it was literally adjacent to the front door) and the main water shutoff (they led me to the air handler???). I pull out the old appliance and put the new one in no problem, and discover that the true reason the old one wasn't working is because whoever put it in originally ran the electric to it in armored cable and failed to install an anti-short, which over time caused the cable to cut through the insulation and trip the breaker. So there was actually nothing wrong with the washer itself, they were just a victim of some dickhead contractor. I patiently explained all of this and they were fine with it, even accepting that the old washer was fine and, yeah, it's nice to have a new washer anyway...since they already paid for it half a year ago and it was too late to return...while I'm doing the install I realize this college kid is a total momma's boy who needs her to do everything for him. I laughed a bit and said "Yeah my sisters are like that, they need my mother to run their lives or it all falls apart." The look of shame on this kid's face was delicious.

Later on he says that the fridge is also leaking and could I maybe take a look at that? The leak was coming from his busted-ass water/ice dispenser on the door and is completely riddled with black mold. (Cont)
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I'm bored and too tired to do stuff, tell me about your projects /diy/. What are you making?
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How do these kinds of vapes work?
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I'm interested in how the vapes where you just inhale and they activate work, I've tried looking on Google for how they do but there's nothing about it, do any of y'all know?
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how to stain (not paint) crocs.
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I bought a few pairs of crocs when they were on sale last week and one of the pairs is white, and it looks very medical / feminine on me when I'm wearing them. I would like them to be a little darker (like an off-white cream color) so at first I was thinking just to wear them for a while in the dirt / mowing grass, etc.. til they get a nice pantina. But every time I wash them they go back to white. I did a little research and they are apparently made from a proprietary closed-cell EVA foam so now I am looking up how to paint / stain them. A lot of videos on DIY hydro-dipping with a tub of water and spray paint but it looks shitty and is an on-the-surface treatment. I was thinking of trying wood stain but looking at the chemical makeup it seems the only things that will penetrate EVA to be a true "stain" are tolulene or maybe acetone. I found some small bottles of tolulene based concrete dye for like $48 so that's probably out, but what about using clear PVC primer (Acetone - 30%, Cyclohexanone - 30%, MEK - 30%) and adding a color? Best I can find out is that you can mix clear primer and petroleum dye (like for dyeing off-road diesel red) to dye PVC pipe but I'm not sure if that will work on EVA. I have some left over purple PVC primer that I will try to dye the sole purple as a test and report back hopefully that will give us a road-map as to whether the PVC primer is a good vehicle for infusing stain into the proprietary EVA foam. Pic related is the color I am going for, but really I want anything but brite white at this point.
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Trying to make fruit fly trap. Is this too much booze left at bottom? Should I add anything else?
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Is this Safe?
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My ovens heating element burnt out and our landlord sent over a wanna be handyman to fix it. Is his mickymouse job safe? This is how he left it. Its a GE Select if that matters.
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Where do these people get their used wood?
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fridge wires
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greetings /diy/, i've just come into ownership of a minifridge with the power wire cut. i'm not much of a /diy/guy but i'd like to fix this up to get it working and I'm hoping it's only the power cable that needs fixing. would anyone be able to help me with the cheapest but safe solution to get this fridge some power? see pic of where wires are cut. i have other pics of the back of the fridge if necessary

thanks!
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