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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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How do people mix plaster so that the trowel can slide across the wall evenly and smoothly?
I remember someone saying you can use soapy water to get this effect, does anyone know if this is true?

How do people get it to stay so fucking malleable after applying it?

I have a few ridges which were primed and painted over so they stand out a bit now, should I sand or try to blend it with plaster and then repaint or what? Thanks
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Patent holders of /diy/:
How did you do it?
What path did you take?
It has come to my attention that apart from the (((lottery)))), this is the quickest way to make money. My plan is to sell a few exclusive licenses and then start a proper business after sufficient funds have been attained. Drafting the patent is my first concern.
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phone no battery
I tried modding my phone so I can use it without battery but everytime I press the power button it just vibrates, shows logo, and then turns off. Here's what my circuit looks like. Pls help me
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/ohm/ - transient electronics thread
Thread not for new designs: >>1874921

>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:
Don't ask, roll: (embed) (embed) (embed) (embed) (embed) (embed)

>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:
NI Multisim
iCircuit for Macs
KiCAD (PCB layout software, v5+ recommended)

Mouser, Digi-Key, Arrow, Newark, LCSC (global)
RS Components (Europe)
eBay/AliExpress sellers, for component assortments/sample kits (caveat emptor)
Local independent electronics distributors

>Related YouTube channels:

>Li+/LiPo batteries
Read this first:

>I have junk, what do?
Shitcan it
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What did 3m and amazon mean by this? Can I just say yess?
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Does anyone know if this is a low bearing wall by looking? Can I cut it for a breakfast nook?
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/EMT/Eternal Machinist Thread
parting blade
New thread, because the old one is practically at page 9.

Thread hymn.

Last thread: >>1874396

>Haas automation videos.
>Titans of CNC
>Edge precision
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Which trade to get into?
Long story short myself and my brother both have college degrees that we were recently awarded but after months of applying for relevant jobs no one is getting back to us, he's convinced me its probably for the best to get into one of the trades and I'm just wondering what the worst/best ones are and why?

We have local unions for pretty much everything;
>iron work
>heavy equipment operators
>I'm sure there are more I dont know about
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/wwg/ - Woodworking General
New thread, new books, old picture and old thread >>1868376

Welcome to woodworking general, here we discuss the working of wood and the tools and techniques of working wood. So far we tend to be mostly hand tool folk with a slant towards cabinetry and carving but all are welcome and we have some capable power tool folk amount our ranks. General carpentry question such as framing/decking/general construction seems to get a better response in the /qtddtot/ or /sqt/.

The Essential /wwg/ library.
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.

Christopher Schwarz tells you everything you need to know about planes and saws and their use
Handplane Essentials
Handsaw Essentials
Best to find this one in PDF from the usual sources, out of print and pricey!

Chris Pye wrote the book on carviing and keeps on writing them.

The eastern tradtion, Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use by Toshio Odate

Leonard Lee The Complete Guide to Sharpeninig, how to sharpen most everything.

Bob Flexner - Finishing 101, covers the common stuff, his other books cover the uncommon and go into more depth

Illustrated Cabinet Making by Bill Hylton, learn to design furniture that won't fall apart

The shows that got many of us started
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>Plug fan into wall outlet that I haven't used before
>Fan starts running like crazy, it's rattling and running on low setting like it's on high or better
>Smell of ozone (?)
>Quickly determine the smell is coming from the fan
>Plug it into another outlet, it still works but still smells
>No fire at the original outlet

What the fuck just happened? Do I need to get away from this smell? Can I still use the fan?
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Leave all your mice killing tips here.
>>I live in new england
>>mice keep getting in vents and dying.
>> shitting in basement.
>>fall and cool weather is coming

How to nip em in the bud?
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What am I missing that explains why tool boxes are so fucking expensive?
It's just sheet metal and drawers. A large snap on or mac tool box will cost more than a fucking 3000 pound 3 phase precision knee mill.
A small kennedy will cost more than a 16" rikon bandsaw.

What the fuck is up with tool box prices?? It makes zero sense.
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/EMT/Eternal Machinist Thread
Last thread: >>1874396

>Haas automation videos.
>Titans of CNC
>Edge precision [Embed]

I'm a retard and need help details to follow
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Old thread >>1870249

Post your dumb questions that you hate to use in someone else's thread.
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Starting a bathroom reno today. Have basically no idea what im doing. Going to go turn off the water shortly and cap off pipes, then start removing things. Plumber is coming next week when the room is stripped to move everything. Ive scheduled two weeks full time to complete it, how likely is it that i dont?
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gtfo stupid wall
The house I've bought has a pointless "sitting room" next to the front door. Great design-- 2 small rooms that get half as much natural light instead of one room that is useful as a living space.

This wall should not be load-bearing based on direction of roof, and it contains an HVAC vent on each side and 2 electrical outlets on each side. There should be no plumbing through this wall.

How much could I expect to pay a contractor to remove the wall? And, possibly better question, since there's no plumbing or anything can't I just do at least half of this process myself *quite* easily?
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Slide-o-matic lighter
I have this old clovair lighter that i was restoring and cleaning out, but messed up and forgot the placement of the spring and the back piece. I assumed it went through the hole of the top screw along with the back piece, but when i did that the resistance was too great to use. Any ideas or info?
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Hello frens

I've been working as a carpenter for a couple of years now and have pretty much everything I find myself wanting tool-wise other than a framing nail gun and a table saw. I figured I would get the nail gun first since I would be able to haul it around easier and probably get more use out of it. What would be your go to for a framing nailer being used daily and then tossed in the back of a pickup? My coworkers recommend a Hitachi, now Metabo. Pic related is what I would be purchasing, unless any of you have other suggestions? Something that surprised you? If there is a cheaper option that performs just as well I wouldn't mind not spending $300
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Just Print More Snacks Edition
Old thread: >>1873583

All the info you need about 3D-printing: (embed)

>I have a printing issue, plz halp
Post the model of the printer
Post the type of filament being used
Post a photo of the print
Post the slicer you are using
Post temperatures and layer height (and other basic settings too)

>What printer should I buy? [Last updated 4-7-2020]
Under 250 USD: Creality Ender 3 Pro
Under 500 USD: Creality CR-10, Anycubic Chiron, or Qidi X-One2/X-Smart/X-Maker
Under 1000 USD: Prusa i3
Over 1000 USD: lulzbot is (mostly) dead
SLA: Anycubic Photon, Prusa SL1, Formlabs Form 3, Elegoo Mars

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?
Solidworks, Inventor, AutoCAD etc. all work, but Blender and Fusion 360 are free for most users, that doesn't include (you).
Variants of Solidworks, Inventor and AutoCAD may be free depending on your profession, level of piracy and definition of ''free''.

Resins and their curing time.
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scott brown carpentry
what do we think of him? construction in new zealand seems very different for example every builder has utility vans instead of trucks and they fill them with 20,000 in tools
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Anyone here ever use lab equipment? I'm trying to do some distillation at home but I'm having trouble sourcing a rotary evaporator. Any ideas of where I could try and find something that could work?

I'd love to try and build one myself but I'm concerned about the precision, so now I'm more just nosing around the markets to see if there's anything I can find under 2 grand. Does anyone around here have any leads? Med labs? Universities? Whatever
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So my house has radon. I need to install a system sooner than later, what tips do you have? I was thinking of just sealing thw subpump and installing the vent there and sending it out through the chimney (run the pipe through the chimney, water heater already does this with a pipe). Why do I need to have the fan be in the attic? If theres a leak its fucked regardless. Also wanna setup a cheap monitor using an arduino or something but can't find a good sensor.
Pic related its my attic
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Tradesmen, what's your average day like?
36 y/o here, trying to shift careers. Unfortunately my resume pigeonholes me into either retail or customer service, neither of which I really want to do. One major possibility is going to trade school to learn either hvac, electrical, or plumbing. How often do you deal with 'people'? I'm not "lazy" but am severely unmotivated, is this something that will turn into routine after a while? How "hard" is the job... by that, i mean will i come home aching in pain the way retail is?

Please, give me any and all insights before I spend 5k/yr on trade school....
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How do I get rid of a flea infestation in an apartment?

I live in an apartment with a friend, who has a cat. About a month ago he noticed we had a flea problem in the house. He moved out of the building with the cat, and I was traveling for business at the time, so the apartment has been basically vacant for the past month.

My roommate still came in to vacuum and apply pesticides at least twice a week, but the little bastards are still here. I just want them gone so I can move back in to my apartment.

What can I do to get rid of them? If it's a building wide infestation, am I fucked?
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Anybody know what this is? And is it something someone who doesn't have plumbing experience can replace? Need to replace due to leaking at the top of it
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What is the point of a crawlspace? Why not just build a basement at that point? Why have a open earth floor where all sorts of nasty things can get in? It just hides your pipes and HVAC ducts? You can't really store anything down there or use it.
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Cremated remains
Need to fake ashes so an asshole will let us get a dead relatives belongings and he's holding them for ransom.

Any ideas how I can do this convincingly?
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Post your ugly creations /diy/
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Dumpster Diving General
Its trash day and I found two pool pumps. Both 3400 rpm motors.

What have you found?
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Wiring a bathroom
So the house I'm in's bathroom came with 0 outlets. Just a switch that controls the vanity lights. I want to replace it with pic related.

Behind the wallplate was a 3 wire setup. Black, White and bare copper. The bare wire was tied to the metal box, that should be neutral right? Can I use that as ground or is it better to get a separate grounding pigtail?

Most wiring diagrams show using those wire nut things to join the switch wires to the load wire. I thought those were generally a bad idea for the long term? Can I just join the switches wire with the mains at the screw location?

The way I have it wired up now the switch controls the lights but when the lights are on the power outlet doesn't have power. When the switch is OFF the outlet has power. I checked it with a tester and it passes as wired correctly.
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Just started self teaching myself about PLCs, currently reading through the user manual for AB MicroLogix 1500 controller (Probably going to buy a 1764-LSP-C) Also have a copy of RSLogix 500 that a Russian fren lent me.

Is this a good start? Or am I jumping the gun? Planning on buying some more broken junk to repair (got some skillz in fixing electronics) and slap together some projects that can be used with the AB MicroLogix 1500 controller.
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this seems like a pretty good design but...
>bricks may have lead
>bricks may not be heat safe

what improvements do you think could be made to this design?
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I want to buy the glue from duct tape
It's strong as shit and want to use it in such a way that the tape won't work. What is the glue and how can I get a bottle of it?
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download (1)
Since I see so many hvac questions here I figured I'd make a general for it. Also since due to legal reasons it's iffy to help on the small hvac related things that may be doable by a homeowner on most other sites I thought it could be fun. Also due to the nature of this business faggot sparkies and electrical questions are welcomes.
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How can you make a stretchy and sticky cum like substance from off-shelf items? (pic related)
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Needing advice...
So here's the deal. I had 2 of my guns stolen (SKS & AKM). I went to the police about this but I don't think that they took me seriously because I didn't even get a card/number for otherization of the case.

So what I'm asking is; what should I do? I already found the name of the nigger that stole the guns throughout my contracts on the streets and his plug's brother for crack cocaine. I don't want to just kill and grab but I'm starting to see no other option here.

What would y'all recommend for me to do?
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Going to build a quarter mile length river rock stone wall about 3 feet high right by the highway on my property to cut down on road noise and serve as a barrier for my kids. How much would this cost in rocks alone? Any gold standard to work with before I call a loca place and get raped by quotes? I’d be transporting it all and building it myself.
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Anybody know what this thing is?
I found 3 of pic-related in my backyard this morning. Last night the highway patrol was chasing some joggers around my neighborhood but it's probably not related. Blue part is soft sponge-like material and the black part is hard plastic. If I had to guess it's a toy of some sort. OD is ~1.5" and height is 2.5". Already asked neighbors and they're no help. Thanks.
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any of you fuck with grow lights and indoor gardens? i'm thinking of buying a 100W quantum board knockoff for fun, since the prices have come down so much. is there anything i can grow that is profitable? i pay about $0.13 per kwh of electricity. i'm thinking about rare cacti, maybe orchids. anything else that is profitable?
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/IWG/ Ironwork general
The thread where you ask all your welding, blacksmithing and what ever questions related to metal.

>forge vs torch
>what is the difference between high and low carbon steel
>where can I get a cheap "anvil"
>How to improve my welding
>how to get rid of rust

And much more questions
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best video editing software for my 2015 windows craptop?
Something light on features is fine. i'm just using it for memes. so it should be able to speed up footage overlay music and animations and all that good stuff.
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Selecting first tractor for 4.5 acre land
Thanks to White privilege, my GF's dad is giving her 4.5 acres of land. Details on situation:
>Florida, flat terrain
>Overgrown, has large palmettos, woody brush, patches of small trees etc
>Wants to clear and then build a few homes on the lot
He talked with some local professionals and they quoted him 4k per acre cleared, $20K total. He is now thinking he wants to buy a tractor, asked what he had in mind:
>"small 40-70 horse diesel tractor with a bucket, a bush hog and a PTO driven chipper"
I researched the past days but am unsure what equipment would be needed for this. Is it correct to assume that even w/ the right equipment, this will be a nightmare? I informed him of that and said i'd be interested in lending a hand but only if he selects the right tool for the job, any advice on what to do here gentlemen?
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looking to build a work bench (3ftx6ft ot 3ftx8ft) out of plywood topped with mdf board and a 2x4 frame with a shelf of plywood for storage. pegboard on top with a 2x4 frame.

Anyone had any experience with this ? any plans around that are proven ?

Mainly wanting to mount a small vice, bench grinder and maybe a drill press in the future. Light DIY around the house, gun work and the light. Nothing crazy. Halp me pls.
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moist velour
Oh! You're home early.
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For me, its Channellocks
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Pros and Cons of each power tool brand?

> + battery compatability, you can use new batteries on old ass tools
> + huge tool range: from dremels to inflators
> + wont walk off your job site
> - Their drill bits and sawblades are complete shit

> + Excellent woodworking tools, probably the best jigsaw
> - some of their better tools are only sold in the EU and Asia.
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The general height for a building a fence without a permit is 6ft. I'd like to go higher for additional privacy in my yard, do you guys think if I build a mound and then a fence on top of that mound, I'll be able to get away with it without a permit?

Would appreciate other ideas for increasing the privacy in my yard.
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Gassification General: Blitzkrieg Edition
Any serioud prepper shoulf look into gassification. A technology developped by Germans around WW2 that turns wood or coal into gasoline/kerosine/diesel/lubricants/rubber/gun powder/fertilizer/plastics/etc.

How do you think it was possible for flat broke germany to conquor europe?

High school books and wikipedia talk about the 4 Year Plan but conveniently never detail what it entailed.
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Clean room
How do I build a clean room to grow mushrooms? I have little DIY experience but I was thinking some sort of 2m x 2m room built with some cheap plastic wall where everything is well sealed, also with some sort of airlock systems but I don't know if its really a good idea.
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How long to rip up old wood floor to sub floor 13ft x 13 ft
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I'm setting up my basement for finishing. In one corner i have a descent space where my water heater, furnace, drain is. Im planning on just putting diagonal wall blocking that space off, making it into a big unfinished closet. My question is do I have insulate, frame and do everything for the portion of the wall that is inside this "closet" or can I just leave it bare floor and bare concrete?
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Why haven't you taken the electrolysis pill?
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Hey DIY I have a few old Wiis i'm trying to resell, but I don't have a tv for a monitor that I could easily hook them up to and test. Trying to streamline the testing process for ebay listing.

Is there any sort of device that allows for A/V to USB so I could emulate a TV on my desktop?*
I did a couple quick googles but I kept getting some random recording devices popping up.
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How do you defrost a top freezer without making a mess? With a bottom one I guess I would put a big bowl and some towels but the fuck are you supposed to do if pic related?
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Other than using glue, how could I mount/fasten cork to masonry wall?
I got a wall between my apartment and my neighbor, and it’s almost as if we are in the same room I can hear him and pretty sure he can hear me to, not awful but bad enough that it is an issue. The wall is probably made with holly clay bricks and mortar and then a layer of drywall mud applied on both sides(this is Europe).
I want to put straight Cork on the wall, supposedly can dampen/proof really nicely, you’re supposed to install it by literally gluing it to the wall, it’s simple and easy, but it doesn’t sound simple and easy to remove I’d hate to straight up apply glue to the fucking wall and not have a way to get it off except by ripping chunks of the wall with it. Anyone got any ideas on how else I could mount cork to the wall?
It occurred to me to mount four or five wood boards like a 1x4 fill in between with cork barely screwed in and then cover with wood flooring and have a wood wall with cork core.
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Finishing chopsticks
I found these chopsticks in storage. I like them cause theyre thick and sturdy and a good shape but they arent lacquered or anything, theyre even rough to the touch in some places. I want to give them a slick, hard finish so they last. Any suggestions?
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How would I get started doing this?
/diy/let here.
I saw this webm on another board a while ago and was wondering how I would make my own?

I own a 3D printer for commercial purposes, but I guess this would need small steppers and some kind of control board?
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>he doesn't have a toilet in his kitchen
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Socket stuck in spark plug hole
Stupid mistake, very stupid mistake. I really need some good advice for removing a socket from a spark plug hole in my car. And before it starts, no, i'm no Tony Stark, I don't have a metal shop to fabricate some miracle tool to wedge that bastard out, and iv'e been at this for hours. I turn to you in my time of need... help?
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Concrete help
I'm getting a large concrete slab poured behind my house soon but I have never worked with a slab of this size and obviously I don't want to fuck it up.
Ive laid and compacted plenty of stone on the ground so next job is a form for the concrete. As it will be basically be joined to my house, I'm just wondering do I put some wood along the wall to screed from or is this unnecessary? The total width is around 18ft or so.
Any help greatly appreciated.
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Clumsy Trade
What's the trade that requires the least amount of hand - eye coordination?
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I just squirted zoom spout into my standing fan, then noticed it was flammable. Am I going to burn my house down?
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/diy/s recommendation on a rotatary tool
I need a rotary tool for some of my projects. I am invested in Milwaukee M12 tools and their batteries, so I was initially going to get their rotary tool but reviews are pretty split between good and garbage, with a large amount of people having failures and malfunctions with light use. Anyone on /diy/ have an opinion on what is the best rotary tool? Also opinions on corded vs cordless?
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What sort of /diy/ projects should I be doing right now to prepare for a potential shtf scenario in November?
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how do make a span of 20ft level? How do i know my steel beam is level?
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/rcg/ - drone & remote control general
Previous thread >>1863363

In /rcg/ we discuss anything & everything remote controlled - multirotors, fixed wing, cars, rovers, helis, boats, submarines, battlebots, lawnmowers, etc.

>How do I get started with racing drones?
> How to build a racing drone (16 part video series from Joshua Bardwell)
>What about planes?
>What about aerial photography, is DIY viable?
DJI is the only sensible option.
>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?
Joshua Bardwell -
Painless360 -
Flite Test -
Peter Sripol -
7demo7 -
ArxangelRC -
RagTheNutsOff -
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What does /diy/ think of Festool tools?
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For all my life until recently, I thought a carpenter was someone who installed carpets.
I hear or read the word and I know it means something different now, but I still can't shake what it used to mean to me.
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What is the best sealant for concrete expansion joints?
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pet heat mat bulid
10ohms , 0.9mm resistance wire
running off a 22v laptop supply
about 40watts at the mat and 10watts lost on the power supply

seems to be working ok
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becoming a lineman
I have been an 18yo laborer for an electrical company for a while and they want to put me into an apprenticeship once corona is over and I have my et card. I have family and prestige in the company because of my work ethic but the problem is that I actually would much rather be a lineman than a journeyman electrician. should I ride out until I get my journeyman card and then switch? or should I do it while I'm still young? I don't really want to let these guys down but being a lineman is kind of a dream job for me. also, what is the process to become a lineman? I'm in California if that makes a difference.
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does anyone here make leather goods, and would like to discuss leather goods?
this is the first purse I ever made, what do you think
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/diy/s thoughts on tools from the 50s, 60s and 70s? Are they better than modern tools?
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Too much Primer?
Im repainting my old Chess of Drawers. Bought a Water based primer, Torquaise enamel paint and some vintage brass knobs. I appluud primer the other day, but I think it was a tad bit to thick. I diluted with a few capsules of Turpentine but its still kinda thick looking. Have I fucked up?
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Architecture and things
Post and talk about design elements you like, dont limit it to just houses, post furniture, bathrooms, kitchens, sinks, ect.

I really like brick houses if theyre done well and living by a stream sounds great.
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>that boomer who starts quoting tool truck prices for 40 year old snap on or ebay prices for a ceased up scaly hand plane with missing pieces
>sonny this is below what I'd sell it for at the
flea market, I should be charging you more
>the guy with the several year old craigslist ad that tries to sell a 70's snap on box in rough shape with a bunch of miss matched tools you'd buy for $20 at a yard sale for as much as a brand new version of the box
>the widow who actually believed her husband when he said his tools were worth $30k and puts an ad on facebook with 1 picture saying it's a deal
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portland is rezoning everything
whats the best kind of cottage to build to maximize lot area? thinking something with a communal toilet, will probably cut sewer/water/maintence costs as well
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How much could I save making this myself.
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Anything cool I can make with 2 rather large water heaters? Friend bought a parts truck and they're among other odds and ends in the bed. 75 gallons or something each. Figure I should try to make something with them before just scrapping, I do have a welder.

I was thinking about a composter or two my sister has gotten into gardening recently? How would I do that?
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I heard these are a meme unless you get industrial belt driven with cutting fluid is this true?
I hear you get 30 cuts before you gotta replace your 100 dollar blade.
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Is there a DIY fix for a herniated disc? I can't afford a MRI or a surgery.
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I just installed one of these in my bathroom and the flooring feels a tad squishy. Not as firm as the one it replaced. When I took the old one out, there wasn't any reinforcement at the bottom where you stand during a shower. But both are made out of fiberglass.

Should I maybe hit the bottom with some expanding foam to help support the bottom of this one or is this normal with modern shower stalls?
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How do you guys stop yourself from being gear queers?
I often convince myself I need tools that (you guessed it) I don't need at all. So I end up eventually selling tools that haven't been used to guys who actually make stuff. I can see them trying to hide their smirk.

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Yo guys

I recently got a ZHOD dart 250g, stupidly bought the FPV kit that came with all the parts except the bits to wire the flight controller up etc, was wondering if someone could steer me in the direction or tell me what wires i need? w
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Looking to redo these adirondack chairs we've had for about 15 years.
All the mechanics work well but the paint we applied two years ago is looking shitty. I'm sure the wood wasn't completely dry when painted.
I was thinking about burning it all off. I've done a several projects using shou sugi ban and thought this might be a good idea to try on.

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How does one go about making a magazine? Is it expensive? Do people read? What magazines do you read?
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Fellas, how would I go about patching this hole? I was thinking about sanding it down, filling with expanding foam, cutting the excess and painting but I'm open to better suggestions.
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Ungrounded Horsey edition
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DIY Wand Sponge
These Scotchbrite wand refils are not only expensive given how long they last but they're getting harder to find. I can buy 10 sponges, cut them in half for a couple of bucks and they work well. The only thing I need to figure out is a clever way to remove the sponge from the gray adapter (That I removed the old sponge from).

Any clever ideas? I might use a rotaty tool on the edges of the adapter and run a zip tie through the sponge but I wanted to know of any other alternatives. For now, still trying to get the junk off of it. It's harder than it looks to scrub off.
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Hot and Cold wires
I'm installing a garbage disposal and the power chord I got doesn't have a white wire, they're both black. One of the wires has a textured coating though, how do I tell which wire is hot and which is neutral?
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Fuck GW
I was hoping to start 3D printing warhammer 40k models, anyone know a good resin printer that can print detailed models about 1.1 inches tall?
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Stupid dying dad leaving me his workshop n shit
So basically my dad is about to die and I'm 19 from Serbia, never had any electrical / electrical engineering experience even though my dad is an electrician but he didn't give a fuck about me lol. He has a big house that he uses as a workshop with like a billion electrical thingy ma jingy. He finished electrical school but I don't know where to start, any free or at least cheap online courses or books I can get to at least try and comprehend it all? I also like physics very much. Thanks.
>Pic is related but its not my pic lol
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How do you build an electric rat trap like this?
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Planter Trough
I want to build a planter trough to stick out the front garden and plant some non-edibles in.
Any general tips you could offer as far as design, type of wood and method of treatment, nails vs screws and whether I need to bury the posts, or just leave it free standing. Also, tips on compost and drainage are welcome.
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Arduinos, atmegas, esp32, bluepill, shit man, ever raspberries, we are all inclusive

Microcontroller general, making leds blink since 2004
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Plenty of information out there on collecting rain water, but what about actually using the water?

Trying to think of a system in which I can incorporate harvested rain water with my municipal supply. Hybrid system of sorts, where the municipal systems kicks in after I’ve exhausted my rainwater supply. Any one here have experience with that or rain water usage in general?
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How to I flatten this?
Welding this together warped the flat round piece of stainless sheet metal. Any ideas on how to make it straight/flat again?

I've made this a few times and they always end up warped. I tried clamping it flat to the welding table while welding, but that didn't work. Still ended up warped.

I tried clamping it to the welding table flat, then hitting it with a torch, hoping that the welding table will force it flat while the steel cools down. That didn't work.
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I need help putting some batteries
Yo guys i need help,how tf do I put batteries on this lantern I honestly have been searching but nothing comes up.pleade guys I don’t know who to ask
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How do I cause damage in a way that I can justify “wear and tear” to the other party to avoid paying?
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My mom signed a contract (which has a clause she can cancel it by midnight of Thursday) with a salesman from what was once Sears home improvement to get a new roof. She's in Florida and has a three bedroom single story cinderblock deal built around 1978. I was floored (or hit the roof) when I saw how much it was. Online it says in Florida the average is about 4,000 for a new roof.
Is she being scammed??
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We just bought a house, and I have this 'workshop' attached to the house via the garage. It's about 10'x24'

The house was built in the 60s, and apparently this used to be the garage, but previous owners made it into a workshop and built a larger garage which connects it to the house.

I will be making this into my game room, my den, my man cave. We live in a temperate climate with hot summers and cold winters. So I can do something simple for heating and cooling. But i will need to insulate it.

I can frame it and do 1" insulating foam, or should I do 2x4 frames and fiberglass insulation? Could i get away with thinner or do i need to lose some square footage to do the thicker insulation?

Also the ceiling is concerning. We don't own the house yet, paperwork and stuff is still in the works. So i havent had a chance to look into the ceiling. I didn't see any access to get in there, so I assume I may have to cut into it. But that will need to be framed and insulated as well. Any idea what might be up there? Consider maybe the house was built in the 60s.
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for me?
it's blains the best supply in the midwest and you should too
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This a decent impact wrench? For automotive diy
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How do you clean a window air conditioner without taking it out?
I noticed that it is only blowing cold air out of one portion of the vent and l constantly hear water sounds splashing around inside it.
I really don't want to remove it l just want to find a way to remove all the gunk that has collected inside it from the outside so the water won't be clogged inside it so it can run fully again.

Maybe finding a way to drill a hole at the side or bottom of it and hoping it's the right spot or try spraying water inside of it with a garden hose?

Please help.
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What causes these stains?
Every wall in my house has these stains that have started popping up as of a year ago.

The building manager (office clerk) says that it’s because of the humidity so it’s my responsibility. I say it’s because the unit above us flooded.

The stains are on the walls anywhere from 3 inches to 2 feet down.
I’m not an expert on this though, can you guys give me an opinion?
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DIY pellet stove
Hey, anyone has made a pellet stove here?
Any advice on that? I don't want to use an exhaust pipe,
but i don't know if there's a trick for making a sealed chamber like the ones
from the market, like the photo, just a cable
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Extending wifi range 90' to shed?
I've been trying to figure out how to extend my length so I can reach deeper into my home's internet. My shop is located 92' away from the router in my house, pic related.
I know laying line would be best but is it true that it may be possible to get good results by using a wireless solution? Easiest option appears to be something called a "powerline adapter" it uses black magic to transfer wifi through the home's electrical system, is this just marketing wank or can it work for this situation?
Currently looking into mesh systems, will update as I figure this out but thought i'd ask here and also create a terrible digipic showing my layout.
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Not entirely a DIY question, more a question about mold?

I’m the guy who posted >>1879686, and while they painted the ceiling and the walls, what I’ve started to notice is that the room still smells really musty. My upstairs neighbour flooded the unit above 5 times in the last 2 years, but the most recent one (2 months ago) was the worst for my bedroom, there’s a giant water stain about 6 ft in length on the ceiling. After the room flooded, I got really sick (high fever, etc) basically thought I had coronavirus, and it wasn’t until I pulled my mattress into the living room before I got better.

I’ve avoided that second room for 2 months and they painted my ceiling and walls, and now I can’t stay inside the room for longer than an hour without coughing or feeling really stuffy. The room smells really musty too.

My question is this; is this all in my head or is there something seriously wrong because of the flood damage?

I’m going to make an apt with my doctor about it, the problem is, I can’t afford my own contractor, so when the building manager came to check out the musty smell two months ago, he said that it was because “my unit was in poor condition” (meaning it was my fault my unit smelled like that???)

Does water damage cause these kinds of symptoms? I keep seeing people here talk about how mold isn’t that bad but I’m conflicted
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I posted about this the other day but wasn't able to get a consensus

under the grass cloth wallpaper in my bathroom there's....reinforced drywall or something? something with mesh tape in it? I don't get what this is, and I want to remove the wallpaper and get the wall in good shape for painting. I'm not going to paint over anything, I'm going to do it right from the base layer.

I don't get why part of the drywall backing or whatever looks wavey. What's going on here? How far do I need to remove? I have a steamer thing I bought yesterday and haven't used yet.
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something cool
first time in /diy/ in a loooong time,what cool thing can i do? i'm tired of staying in my room doing nothing all day
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starting my apprenticeship soon, in the market for workboots. what workboots do you recommend? what brands are quality? what kind of boots do you wear? how long have you been wearing them?
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So I found a guy parting out a u-haul box truck like pic. I want to buy the box to use as a shed and have a friend with a flatbed trailer.

I just cant figure out how we would get it off the truck and onto the trailer?
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BunkerBro Found?
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Tohatsu/Mercury Carburetor issues.
I have a 3.5hp motor someone else has been into(might be parts missing) that won't run off choke. I've found if I loosen the pilot jet just a hair (1/8 turn or less) the engine idles and runs fine. I've circled the jet I'm turning in this picture. Problem is this isn't suppose to be an adjustment. While red locktite has crossed my mind I'd rather fix it right. Anyone know why this is happening? I've blown air and wd40 thought all passages I've found. Nothing seems clogged. Don't have a parts bath to soak it in.
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Car modding
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So is it actually possible to take something like a 2017 6.2l v8 total weight 1760kg, pull it apart and insert rows of grade 5 titanium to bullet proof the car? How much additional weight could it take?
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Paint sprayer
I have a bunch of flower boxes I need to paint white. The brushing takes a long time and doesn’t look too great when dried. I was thinking of picking up one of these handheld sprayers. In the future I might use a sprayer for my two story shed and the doors in the house so maybe the next model up is better?
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Why are Plumbers so insane?
Is it from dealing with all the shit? The plumbers I know include a guy that meditates in hope of reaching the 6th demention, a guy that is obsessed with girls feet, a devout lutheran, and a roid raging guinea who smokes crack in his 50s. Do you have to be out of your mind to make it in plumbing?
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what are popular prototyping tools pre 3d printing or 3d software era? something soft and easy like papercraft and maybe blue tack mold?

how are they measured, defined, and come to be?

specificaly gunplas and toys realy thx
do they just carry it from illustrations or was there like papermache stuff or anything before??

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Is a co2 canister underwater safe?
I am making an rc submarine and want to use a 12 gram co2 cartridge to blow the ballast tank but I have heard that high pressure underwater can destroy someone's lungs if they are next to it. Like if you throw a firecracker underwater it can kill fish. Can a 12 Gram co2 canister which I think is like 90 psi be enough to be dangerous?
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Food safe preservatives for lotion
I'm looking to make a DIY lotion/cream lube for kinky shit that is:
>non comedogenic
>shelf stable
>texture of store-bought lotion/cream
I have everything figured out now except for how to preserve it. The ingredients so far are:
>sunflower oil
>shae butter
>xanthan gum
>guar gum
>vanilla extract
Im still tweaking the ratios to get the perfect texture, but the end result is a thick and creamy lotion that tastes like whipped cream and lasts a long ass time as a lube. Now I want to make it shelf stable using only ingredients that would be harmless when ingesting relatively small amounts. I've spent hours on google and found a lot about "cosmetic" preservatives, but very little about how food safe these are or what food preservatives would be appropriate here. I was originally thinking of using sodium benzoate + potassium sorbate, but those are dependent on a somewhat low PH and I don't think I want a lube to be acidic. Anyone have any experience with this kind of stuff or any ideas?
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Studying engineering yet have not had any practical experience
I am studying a specific field in engineering which includes electronics, programming, biology, medicine etc. My study literally promised us a more practical hands on experience when it came to electronics and other things, yet it turned out to be more theoretical than I hoped for.

I ask myself constantly how anyone will take me seriously in the days to come once my bachelor is achieved. An engineer, who can only use his ti-89, but has never held a coil or capacitor in his hands?? lol

So this summer vacation I am taking it upon myself to actually learn to solder and go around with a bread board. Might even get an Arduino while I am at it. Just seems so pathetic that I have to get this childrens play set in order to receive a hands on approach.

Anyone here know some great starter kits to buy?
Have been checking this out and it gives me different types of sensors.
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Does anyone know where to find fine adjustment leadscrews, like the kind used to adjust the diopter/viewfinder picture quality on some high end digital cameras? I've seen them mounted onto tiny stepper motors coming from China, but there has to be a way to buy just the leadscrew itself. I've used the terms:

>micro leadscrew
>adjustment leadscrew
>small leadscrew
>adjustment screw (lots of noise in this one)

on eBay and nothing has turned up. What would be the proper term for this part? I know you could scavenge it off a broken camera, but there aren't many of those floating around and replacement parts for those are incredibly expensive ($20, whereas the ones attached to the motors are maybe $3 each).
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I can't get my chainsaw tension quite right, but I need to cut wood. Should I leave it on the loose side or a little tight? Thanks for any help
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/fog/ Forklift Operator General
Question for all you genuine Forklift Operators. Is it acceptable for a non-Operator to wear Forklift apparel just for the meme? Or would that be considered a form of stolen valor? Would the wearer get his ass kicked, like someone wearing a fake Hell's Angels patch?

Also, for genuine Operators, at what stage in the Forklift Life are these colors legitimately donned? Is a mere apprentice allowed to wear the t-shirt, or is at least journeyman status required? Is there an initiation ceremony?
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My mother started raging at me for spraying this over some cracks in the stone the works telling me "it looks like shit" so is there a better eay to seal cracks?
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Freeze dryer without water trap?
vacuum pump
Say I want to make a freeze dryer on the cheap, but I don't want to deal with the cooling of a water trap. What’s stopping me from buying a sub $100 vacuum pump and connecting the oil inlet and outlet to a large oil reservoir, a 5-gallon bucket, to capture the water that gets into the system. So long as the pump doesn’t agitate the reservoir too much the oil and water should separate and the water, being more dense than vacuum oil should just sink to the bottom. Where you could then periodically remove the water.
The whole point of a water trap is to keep water out of the pump and it’s oil but shouldn’t this work around keep the pump safe?
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I have a goal to build my own pyramid. What would be the best way to go about doing that?
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Fiio E10 amplifier, 1
I'm fixing this Fiio E10 amplifier.

The amplifier turns on. The problem is that the volume knob does not make things louder and I can only hear sound coming from the left audio channel unless I apply strong pressure down on the audio jack.

I'm told the volume nob is not a viable repair. I would like to fix the left/right channel if possible, otherwise cannibalize for parts.

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Can I expect to make more money than what I’m making now ($19/hr) with an AAS in Welding? I have a BA in Creative Writing and currently work for a soul-crushing office job and I want out. My local CC has a welding program and I’m interested. Is welding the way to go to escape the 8-5 or are there other, more powerful AA/S degrees out there?
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I want to become an electrical newb
Hello /diy/. I want to start electrical engineering as a hobby. I want advice on cheap(max 100$) projects I can start doing with zero experience.
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Redpill me on DIY grills
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I gotta make the most out of my ceiling space because storage space is becoming a real issue. I'm an artist and the room in which I work is tiny.

What are some solutions I can find to safely store large pieces of paper/artworks etc in the space above my head that's mostly being used by air ?
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Hey /diy/, I'm kind of a retard and have never really worked with wood before. I was thinking about getting to turn into a PC desk. I'll probably just grab a couple IKEA ALEX drawers to put on the ends for support because I'm too lazy to deal with legs. Will the table be fine without any middle support? I know IKEA tables are prone to sagging because they're particle board in the middle, but a solid piece of wood isn't going to sag, right?
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Does anyone know how Stub Ends are measured? Like are the sizes of a stub end based on the Inner diameter or outer diameter of the fitting? Im looking for a stub end with an Inner diameter of 2-1/2 inches, what size would i need? Its for a homemade camera lens
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First time posting here. These shut off valves below the bathroom vanity were very hard to close, I ended up bending them to shut them off. How hard would it be to replace these? I saw videos about cutting the pipe etc. but these are vertical and not very common. They seem to be already close to the ground, would like to have them accesible above the floor of the new vanity. Any help is appreciated.
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Solar water distillers
I've grown tired of fluoride attacking my brain particles.

Anyone ever build a solar still before? I can get a 24x36" piece of glass from home Depot for $13. I'm not sure how exactly to build it so the glass itself is the drip edge for the condensation. Lots of other people glue something to the glass.
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Jeep/suv solar setup
Hello /diy/, im looking for some guidance setting up a cheap but holefully effective solar setup for an older jeep.
1-Are the sub $100 kits on amazon any good? I am not looking to make tea, or run a hitachi off it. Just charging a laptop, and preventing charging battery draw issues when out camping remotely
2-I am thinking I should just use my main charging battery as a reserve, but would a sub $60 cheap battery be adviseable?
3-I am thinking of building a small roof basket, with the base housing the panel. Is it a waste of time to build it fixed angle?
3-any advice on kits?

thanks /diy/ !
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They look simple to construct and cost effective. I like open, lofty homes and intend on living alone for the rest of my days. What am I missing? Horrible resale value? Is it really a niche interest? Will I regret it over a traditional ranch or American Foursquare?
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What's the point in skim coating a wall with plaster when you can just sand down whatever is there already
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