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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 to heat in winter
I'm gonna be one of those people fucked over by the current events this winter.
So I'm considering alternative ways of heating my appartment to the gas central heating.

I have a 1500W electric stove already,
but in case there might be energy curfews or black outs I need an alternative.

Combustibles are not an option, mainly because of availability.
So I'm thinking about setting up some portable solar panels and some batteries to at least run a refrigerator for a few days and maybe the heater at night.

I've seen things like Bluetti AC300 that can be set up 10kWh but that would run me about 7k€ and it's some retarded propietary shit.
How would I go on about setting up something like that with commercially available panels, inverters and batteries?
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QTDDTOT: anomaly edition
Found this object in grandpa’s tool chest, and I’m at a loss trying to figure out what it is. Says “not for impact use” on it. What is this thing?
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/ohm/ - Electronics General: Do the twist edition
Thread lacked TVS diodes:>>2437936

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

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

>Project ideas:

>Don't ask, roll:

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


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

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

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

>More related YouTube channels:

>microcontroller specific problems?
>I have junk, what do?
Shitcan it
>consumer product support or PC building?
>household/premises wiring?
More rules-driven than engineering, try /qtddtot/ or sparky general first
>antigravity and/or overunity?
Go away
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Metal House
I have this metal container which I use as a bedroom in my moms garden.
I modded a bunch allready but when the sun is out the container become a sauna and when its cold out the room temp is nice cause of heating but the walls feel cold so wasting a bit of energy there.
What material is UV and waterproof that I can apply to the walls?
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/mcg/ - microcontroller general; Airport security edition
Previous thread: >>2422767

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

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

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

>but that's too expensive

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

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

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how to
we just don't know
recycling your own plastic.
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What's a surefire way to avoid this shit? Should I just keep all my meat scraps in the freezer until trash day? Fucking hell.
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/diy/ Music
Slightly different thread than usual. What do you /diy/nosaurs listen to while working on things?
>inb4 silence
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Post your dream home
My dream home:
>In the middle of forest, 10 miles from any form of civilization
>Cheap, possibly portable, prefabricated cabin
>Have secondary shack that is a bathroom
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Treeworkers, foresters, arborists, groundies
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Fixing a LED grow light
How do I go about fixing a board like this? When powered, it doesn't light up until the room it's in is above say 75F, and then it's only half of the board. When it is 80F+ ish, the whole thing lights up. Wat do?
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Building A House By Myself
I'm poor but smart and hard working. How realistic is it for me to build this house with my own two hands?

I've spent the last month learning everything possible about construction. I'll be doing a cheap pier and beam crawlspace foundation, and going as cheap as possible anywhere possible.

Am I retarded? What can I save money on? Can $30,000 get this done if I do all the labor?

More details on the house coming in a sec
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Hows your garden?
Hows your garden getting along, my tomatos are growing well and starting to fruit. Got lots of vines and the earwig which has moved into the planter will hopefully kill off some of the fucking aphids. Courgette plant growing like a mother fucker gonna get at least 8-9 courgettes.
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/HAM/ Amateur, CB, Shortwave Listening, Radio General
"Breaker, checking in on elderly home net" edition

Raided by FCC: >>2407960

Eternal thread theme:

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

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

>Online Practice Tests:
> Real-Time Propagation Data
>Space Weather
>WSJT-X 2.1 User Guide
>Homosexual (ft8) guide
>how do I into Morse code in a good way?
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I would like to make a cat collar that saves the location of a cat periodically.
I'm just starting with electronics, so maybe I won't complete it but I want to try
Any idea how to go about this?
I would use batteries, because solar panel would be too large for a cat to carry.
But then how to store data. If I were to send it in real time I think I would need the internet somehow. But I could just save the position of a cat periodically and find its common spots where it hides (my cats are out pretty much all the time), so I guess that would be enough. So I would need some memory to store it, but the most important of all I need a geological location, and that's the part that is probably hard to do. How do I get the current geological location, so that it's fairly accurate and small? Any ideas?
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/wwg/ Woodworking General
"If someone has the normal text, that would be nice as we haven't had one in a while" edition

What are you building, designing, setting on fire, or fucking up, anons? Anything goes so long as it is at least partly made of wood.
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You ABSOLUTELY can diy HVAC yourself, if youre not completely retarded.

HVAC contractors are the biggest ripoff I've seen.
They charge 2-3x market value for parts and will charge you $XXX in labor for undoing 5 screws and 4 wires being swapped.

The fact they they feel the unchecked entitlement to charge this is proof in itself that their clientele are retards.
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Sorry electricians but this is based!
Saves time and money on wagos
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BeFunky-collage (1)
Last thread: >>2435610

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

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

>What printer should I buy? [Last updated 12-20-2021]
Under 250 USD: kingroon KP3L, Sovol sv01, Creality Ender 3 (v2), Anycubic Mega S
Under 500 USD: Qidi X-One2, Creality CR-10, Anycubic Vyper, Prusa Mini,
Under 1000 USD: Prusa i3, Flashforge creator pro 2
Over 1000 USD: e3d toolchanger, Ultimaker, Qidi X-CF Pro, Build your own voron, Prusa XL (lol enjoy the wait)
SLA: Anycubic Photon, Elegoo Mars, Prusa SL1, Formlabs Form 3, Creality HALOT-ONE
Instead of buying a new printer, you could consider building your own:

>Where can I get free things to print?

>What CAD software should I use?
Variants of professional programs such as Solidworks (lol paying for software), Fusion360, Inventor, Onshape, and AutoCAD may be free depending on your profession, level of piracy and definition of ''free''.
Most anons use Fusion360, but some /g/oobers prefer OpenSCAD or FreeCAD. If you want to do free-forming and modeling, Blender is alright. Also while not necessarily a design program, Meshmixer (free) can be extremely useful for tweaking models to print.
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Got a few questions about quonset huts
Came into some undeveloped land and I heard that you can save a lot of money by building a quonset hut. I also like the aesthetic of that old warehouse/military building converted into a living space. Thinking I'll either build a single-floor structure with a wider area or a structure with a smaller area and two floors.
These are my questions
>is it actually cheaper?
>would mounting solar paneling on one of the more angular frames be viable?
>how does insulation normally work with such a structure?
>does the metal outer structure cause excessive internal heating during hot weather?
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Refinishing Ikea desk?
What is the best way to restore/refinish a desk that is made out of fake wood? I have an Ikea desk that looks like it is plywood with a veneer on top, is there anything I could do?
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Sem título
How do I glue this laptop I found in the trash? I never did anything DIY, but better late than never I guess
And yes it still works
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Finding a short circuit out in a yard
Is there a smarter way to solve this problem: There is a tripped circuit that is cutting power to a bunch of outlets in my house. Years ago a landscape contractor extended this circuit into the backyard and didn't leave any as-builts so I have no idea where the wiring is except for a couple of GFCI boxes in raised planters. I disconnected this outdoor part of the circuit and now the circuit breaker stays on so the short is outside somewhere. I've been slowly digging through the garden following the conduit from the base of a GFCI, painfully avoiding tree roots and dripline, looking for a break in the conduit. My question: I'm a retard who knows jack squat about this stuff, is there a better strategy to solve this issue?
Inb4 call an electrician, I know, but my family refuses to pay professionals for this kind of thing so I'm stuck doing it myself.
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Raising Children
About to have my first kid in a couple months. It's a girl. Doesn't come with a manual from the manufacturer. Any DIY parenting tips?
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Becoming an electrician in the UK
What is the banter like in electrician jobs? How will you fare if you're diagnosed autistic and got bullied out of 2 warehouse jobs by eastern europeans and british excons?
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/hbg/ Homebrew
> yeast washing edition

Hello fellow brewers, look at that beautiful yeast cake, anyone else doing yeast washing?

Speaking of which, I've tried out my brew before fully fermenting, and it feels like it had quite a strong kick and alcohol smell, it almost gives a immediate high. After settling for bit on the bottles, its a lot more smoother, but still feels like its quite stronger than it should be, I'm calculating about 7-8%ABV for pure apple juice.
I wonder if this is a characteristics of my specific homebrewed wild yeast, made from ginger and perhaps sugar cane derived yeast. Its matured still going for about a year.
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the woorker
Anyone else love their construction job?
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screw storage
looking for a better but still cheap method of storing screws.

i carry all those cups of screws in a tripple'd thick plastic bags -full of holes. anytime bag tips, screws fall out and mix up.
i keep drill bits in the kitty purse!

i mostly use six types of screws so if i could get six decent containers that dont need to be free, cheap would work.
3.0 torx&star, 2.5torx&star, 2in starhead, used loose screws.

i also have a small collection of other random screws that could use better storage than just plastic cups.

i use these screws building shit outdoors away from toolbox. all the screw storage diy articles i found online are for garage storage. anyone have any nifty ideas?
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I like polishing things. Is there anything I can buy for cheap, polish it, and flip it for profit?
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piss jugs
I like to pee in jugs. What can I do with it? In the old times I heard you could diy out of pee. Why is pee get cloudy so fast - when I start a new jug it is very clear and nice.
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Will they ever be displaced as the king of pliers?
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Camouflage stencils at home
What materials should I get to make my own instead of buying $10 ones from eBay? Someone on /k/ said an x-acto knife but what about the paper? I would rather make those spray over stickers
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Closet Problem
closet help
I got a closet where the previous owner just put crappy thin paneling against the studs instead of drywall, which i can easily flex with my hands.
I noticed this pile of stuff on the floor coming from under the baseboard and vacuumed it up, but it reappeared a few days later. also when i bang on the thin paneling, i can hear what sounds like sand falling down the wall (i assume it's whatever is piling up down there)

Some more information if it's helpful:
>the closet also has a lot of spiders in it (daddy long legs) that i've been using raid to kill.
>the closet is around 60 square feet, and has pretty much no ventilation
>currently only used to store papers and plastic, no food items
>the pile of stuff only appears on this spot on this wall that i know of.
>pretty sure the problem has existed before i moved in here, so it wasn't due to anything I did
>the other side of the wall is on the outside, on the second story if that matters

Anyone know what this is, what the cause is, how to get rid of it, and the best methods to do so? I can provide more information if it helps.
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Semi permanent hair color
Help me dye my hair /diy/!
Tried yesterday using >pic related
I have short, medium light brown hair, left plenty of color on for 25 minutes, and when I washed it literally everything came off
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The HD "shopping experience"
>need 1 pressure treated 2ftx6ftx53inches6/16ths of an inch
>HD has radials, perfect I can quickly replace this and fuck off
>head over to HD to replace a treadmill for old deck tread split on my dog's chain somehow.
> grab a 2x6x6 and ask to have it cut down to 53inches and 6/16ths
>this bitch I shit you not quadruple checked this shit and said she's made a million cuts and she's the "cut girl"
>she made the cut and grab it, paid and dipped after a weird ass situation I can explain if interested
>come home and the fucking longest piece she "cut" for me was 49inches and something.
>what the fuck?
>go back to complain how they fucked the cut
>some random npc processed the return
>after I explained what happened she started refunding me and I shit you not , I watched npc #2 just muscle memory fucking scan both ends of the cut wood that was one piece
>it actually double refunded me lmao
>npc is so oblivious, she has no idea what she even did. She just saw a barcode and "processed" me
>was an amazing experience
>grabbed a second piece
>went to same cut lady
>explained what happened
>I watched as it completely broke her and will now forever question how she fucked it up
> told her to check for herself as customer service desk
>bruh soon as I said that she literally was max ags specced out with jmaul max hit frozen in time
Are these the people that build these fucking houses, because fucking hell, I'm selling this piece of shit and building my own shot only from now on. If I didn't see you do it, I don't trust you.

Teddy k was right you know.
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Anyone ever make a metal- or wooden-bound book before?

I would NOT be making anything nearly as elaborate as pic. Likely in the metal book's case I'd just be making parallel slats of aluminum (like a butcher's board) with some anodized aluminum for decoration on the cover.

But hinging the front and back to the spine, and at the same time connecting all the paper signatures to the spine in a way that the book and pages open like a real book, that seems difficult.

Any tips on these last points?
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Got a new mower.

California was right to ban small engines.

Absolutely no need for city folks to use gas powered anything for yard management anymore. This thing is lighter, faster, folds up to take 1/3 the space in my garage, and is as loud as a vacuum cleaner.

Take the electric pill, welcome the future.
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Kydex, any work with?
I want to make two small coverings for some unused opening on my motorcycle. I thought about using Kydex as it looks pretty tough and easy to work with but it maybe overkill.

Just need something relatively thin, 1/8" or less. It needs to be a little flexible but not like bend in half flexible. It should be drillable and or cuttable with an x-acto knife. It should stand up to the elements and the sun, though if its cheap enough I could just replace it every few years. Lastly It needs to be black or paintable to be black. Think of the case to a dvd. Thats about the thickness and flex I need. Thought about a using a piece of linoleum but not sure if I could find it in black or if it can be painted.Plus its prob too thick.

Oh and one hole is about 6x6". The other hole is about 2x2".

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Best free software for robot design?
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How the hell do I back these screws out of a metal roof? I have roughly 3000 of these fuckers to back out. Phillips and flat head don’t work, it is like this was designed to be hard to back out. I have more luck vise gripping them out than I do wrestling them with a flathead bit. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Screenshot 2022-07-21 235808
Have you taken the reddit pill and asked "so what?" when you've embarked on your stupid and pointless amateur diy projects?
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Can anyone ID this roach?
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Stupid questions that don’t deserve their own thread bread.

Previous thread >>2435146

Toast away.
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State Farm scammer
Jeff needs to be thrown off a roof
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Where to buy lathe
[OC] Mom thinks she can boss around a PhD >_(
> want to buy a lathe for some small metalworking
> I already have some experience, I did mechanical internship
Where do I buy one?
Which brands are high quality?
I'm an europoor
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How cost-prohibitive would it be to clad a house in custom-colored enameled steel paneling?
Does anyone even still manufacture architectural enameled steel?
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DIY balistic armor - Glassfibre cloth, epoxy resin and ceramic tiles
Bought all materials for my project. 10 m2 of light 165g/m2 and another 10 m2 of heavier 580g/m2 glass fibre. 3kg epoxy resin with hardener. I want to make a mask, helmet, breast- backplate and eventually arm and legplates. Thought about layering one light then one heavy cloth, 24 layers in total. Ontop two offset layers of simple porcelain and similiar ceramics, like a mosaic. The second layer above the gaps of the first one. Then three more layers of glassfibre holding the ceramics in place, the slight overlap tucked in on the inside of each armor piece.

Never worked with epoxy resin itself, but polyester resin. I think my biggest issue is that I've given up on the concept of pressing it, dunno if that's even that important after seeing the yt vids of that techthisoutmeow guy who made a bulletresistant mask in a similiar way I intend to copy.

Currently I've made a gypsum mask of my face, spraying it with clear paint in addition to hopefully make it a bit more sturdy, so I can put the glassfibre on it and slightly press it by hand.

>pic rel
start of my project, son wanted a mask too lol. It's currently drying on the balcony. Thought about using simply one layer of cloth and epoxy resin to make that mask stable, but then again I don't want to waste my epoxy for that yet. Don't browse /diy often, how long do threads stay up? Will post progress and apreciate info
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Why don't engineers bite the bullet and use stainless for things like bridges? Buy once, cry once
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double open end
Why does this type of wrench even exist? Inferior to every other style of wrench
combination wrenches have the box end
angle wrenches have the angles to get into tight spots
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How can I keep healthy while working on a trade?
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Modern But Mechanical Lawn Mowers For A DIYfer?
Are there any modern lawn mowers that don't involve really small intricate parts and plastic all over. I always come across these YouTube videos of people restoring and learning small engine repair on classic lawn mowers. Are there any modern lawn mowers that are simple to work on and aren't small, intricate, and require plastic and etc?
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Tool Sets
Hi /diy/, just a fa/tg/uy here. Recent circumstances have are forcing me to replace my old toolkit. Tried find some online reviews, but everything the days seems to be journalists posting shitting "top ten" lists and shady review sites that look more like poorly-disguised marketing attempts. You guys have any recommendations on manufacturers who won't sell me expensive garbage?
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Breizhanon's escape
Getting hot in here. Been finsihing roof insulation. Pic is the wooden frmae I set up, as I can't use the wall, too irreugular
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Better rotary encoders
Do other anon thought a better way to do this? For me in it's solution there is too much friction between the stick and the "geared" knob, resulting in a deterioration of parts. The overall looks great but it's not perfect. Do Anon have another solution that use little microswitches?

3D files:
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What can you make with 100lbs of imitation crab meat?
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What are some good boots you recommend?

I started working at a job at the beginning of the year where I'm standing or walking around all day, and the corners of my big toes have gone numb from it, I think. They're constantly like this now, and have been like that for months.
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/rcg/ Drone & Radio Control general
In /rcg/ we discuss anything & everything radio controlled: multirotors, fixed wing, cars, rovers, helis, boats, submarines, battlebots, lawnmowers, etc.

>How do I get started with racing drones?

>What about planes?

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

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

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

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

P: >>2418916
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I think I might have a problem.

I love tools. I cant have enough of them.

Recently lost some tools.
>get rental car
>it breaks down
>gets towed
>had to leave my stuff inside

Now the rental company cant find the car anymore and my stuff is missing

>lost $100 in tools

Once I realized I lost the tools I had to replace them.
Bought even more than I lost.
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Battery halp
So full disclosure, I know dick about batteries. I know a little about electronics and general electricity though.

So here is the situation. I want to build (or buy) a tiny 12 volt (ish) battery pack that can be charged off of a pit bike stator. Due to space constraints can't find a off the shelf battery that will fit. Basically all this battery needs to do is provide some power when idling. At idle the rectifier is only putting out about 6 volts. At higher rpms it jumps to 14.5 - 15 volts. The bike is fully LED so no major amp draw. Additionally the bike runs fine w/o a battery.

Soooo, I see a lot of Ni-Mh battery packs out there rated at 14.4 v. Can I just connect one of these packs up like a regular battery to the leads coming off the stator or do I need like a control board like you do for a Li-po battery? Pic related. Will I over charge it over time? Will it explode spectacularly?
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i had to dig this dirt away to find where water was leaking into my house. It turns out that those besser blocks are empty and weren't filled with cement. What's the best way to waterproof this retaining wall?
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Waterproof & stain an outdoor stage
I recently completed construction of this outdoor stage. Having never worked with lumber before like this, I am not entirely sure how I should treat the wood to weatherproof it. Only real requirements are that it be a flat stain that weatherproofs the flooring against rain.

The stage is designed basically the same as an outdoor deck, except it's on the ground held up by concrete footers. It's all pressure-treated pine 2x8s for the flooring and stairs.

My naive idea was to treat with a water-based clear coat and an acrylic flat finish floor paint (black color ideally, so the gay lighting people stop complaining to me.) Am I on the right track?
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Need some ideas for diy uses for 50 rubber site fencing feet.
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>the thrill of having a great idea for a product and knowing that you have the skills to build it too
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I want to make concrete jewelry (Wife's idea, don't ask) What bonding agent should I use to keep the concrete from crumbling like a week old cookie? Is it even possible to make that small pieces without the concrete crumbling? Thanks in advance /diy/.
Pic unrelated
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Bed Defense
I currently live in a shared dorm with bunk beds, I have a bottom bunk and long story short one of my roommates is a douche who wants to sleep in my bed, despite me objecting to it. He has this view of "what you don't know won't hurt you" and so I trust him not at all.
Seeing how words have failed, how can I dissuade him from such actions? My current plan is to simply scatter thumbtacks on my bed when I get up and pick them up before bed, a bit of a hassle but I bet he'd think twice if he lay on my bed and got stabbed a few times.
I'm welcome to suggestions but it has to be something that I can't really get in trouble with, something that punishes him only if he does what he isn't supposed to.
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I got a manual job and the first week was pretty shitty. My body isn't used to it, I'm clumsy, slow doing the tasks or stand around looking lost without knowing what to do, so this doesn't make me too popular but I know if I can endure this for a few weeks I'll get better, how do you develop mental fortitude and toughness to go through this without quitting because people are getting mad at you?
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I’m looking for a switch like this but the switch is longer, skinnier near the base and gets fatter near the rounded off top. Any helpers?
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How much would it cost to have a basic 2-car garage built? Assume it will have a concrete floor, a small electric panel probably fed from the house, and no HVAC or fancy shit. It would be built on flat land.
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How long can he rock the tool companies' boat?
This guy is putting himself at incredible risk. There are probably so many CEOs and sales managers that want him dead right now

Does anyone know if any of these blue collar companies have hinted at trying to threaten him yet?

Todd compares tools and electronics from various companies using elaborate expensive tests. He's shown people that more expensive items are not always the best and that sometimes companies will sell you shit that does not even work. Many a contractor watches his channel. He refuses all sponsorship so the companies he mentions have no choice but to mald in silence
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Bros I had these tent pegs that I wanted to remove rust from. Basically shiny steel only used a few times. Put the bastards in vinegar and come back later to pic related. Why is it going fucking black? and how do I reverse it?
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Free shit on Craigslist general
Last one 404'd
Previous >>2404235
Go to Craigslist free section and report back

My guy giving away a bucket full of oil and bent wood is still at it.
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MOT Welding
I have a pile of mots and don't understand the magic of induction or whatever.
I also have a sheet metal mig welder.

Why should I not weld the laminate plates to stuff like when making an electric magnet why can't I just weld the bottom to a steel plate, or when I rewind them for some other voltage why can't I mig weld back together?
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Shelf buildig general /sbg/
hey /diy/,
how do i build one of these bad boys myself? any advice, i am not some sort of handy man but feel like i can tackle it.

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Milwaukee bandsaw
Anyone own this? I've not had a piece of Milwaukee equipment I didn't like, and the ratchet is something that I use several times a week. This price seems like an almost no brainer ($15 more to ship to my house because the nearest Grainger is like 30 miles away). I don't cut an enormous amount of metal, but I've found myself wishing that I had a bandsaw a few times when cutting rebar or sawing through vehicles at a junk yard. How often do you use yours?
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Smarties /DIY/ anons

Is it worth buying a multi process welder?

>I just need to weld maybe once in a month, and I weld from fences to chairs
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Figured this would be the board for this. Got a floor safe exactly like pic related in the basement of my building, and I'd love to crack it. All online shit says "call a locksmith". Would drilling straight through the core and fiddling around with the mechanism work?
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Cleaned with Lysol & Bleach
I was cleaning out a moldy car and honestly just thought the Lysol I was using was just a deodorizer. I came back and spot sprayed some mold with 5-10% bleach probably before the Lysol was dry. Does my car carpet need to be completely tossed now? According to the "blog" I read it's so toxic I have to throw away any cleaning tools that was used. I thought it only made a gas. My IQ may be below 90
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Just moved into a shithole apartment for reasons that don’t matter. This is under my shower. My landlord caulked the seams of the shower pan today.
I bought a scope on Amazon and it will be here tomorrow and I intend on posting more pictures.
The tiling job in the bathroom looks like it was done by someone who saw a picture of tiling and tried to do it themselves.
I’m almost certain they attached the tile directly to mold-resistant gypsum board with no barrier in between.
The entire house smells like mold/mildew and the scent is concentrated near the bathroom.

What do?
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Light Steel Framing
Anyone have any experience with light steel framing? I'm trying to find some solid resources to design and build a tiny home using light steel on a pier foundation.
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Water Riser Fix
A crew was tearing down a trailer in a trailer park. While scooping up the junk, one of the excavators hit the top of the water riser and broke the top off, causing the leak in pic related. This water riser is connected to the water main and is under about 48 psi water pressure.

In the next picture, I will show you the fix that was put on to fix the leak and explain what was done.

I showed the fix to a buddy and he replied:

"dat shid lookin ghetto as fugg."

Now remember, this fix is done on a vacant lot where no new house will be placed. No water service will be needed for quite some time, but the water service needs to be intact in case somebody decides to put a home there in the future.
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New homeowner with no tools here, will I regret this?
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Container homes
They're a meme, right? Is there any legitimate reason to build a container home over just a regular home?
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/sew/ sweing general
Wanna give this one a try again?

I've been thinking of making a tunic like, either for comfort homewear or something more elegant that could still be usable socially.
Either that or something different from sci-fi, what you guys think is is not mainstream but could still fly as something fashionable?
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How to make locking all solid metal(at least on the outside) shock collar?
How to make locking all solid metal(at least on the outside) shock collar? I can’t find one to buy anymore on the entire internet I looked The only other one like it I won’t post the link to here since it has nudity in the store front since blue board but it isn’t waterproof so that one is out. Their used to be one that was for sale on Etsy which was perfect but is had been taken down and just a couple images of it remain on search engines pic related I’ll post more of it in this thread too. This the collar used in its steel shell . This looks most similar to the contact point they replaced the default collar with but I would prefer to use this one instead If possible as I have read it hurts more . I’m open to using other brands or types of collars I just want something with strong shocks, submersible waterproof, can only be turned on or off and removed from neck by the person who has the key and is fully metal at least on the outside so it can’t be cut off with a pair of safety scissors. I know this seems like a lot but if somebody could just tell me how to create the shell in op picture that would be enough but I know nothing about metal working.
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i have no fucking business being a roofer. this was terrifying. roofers, why the fuck do you do this?
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>he mains flat roof
enjoy snow KO-ing you in one winter LOL
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First Time Electrical Wizard
Hey /diy/ actual retard here. I'm trying move this light switch to the other side of the wall and I've never done electrical work. I have two white, two black, and two ground wires. I disconnected all wires and put up a new gang box and attempted to reinstall the old switch. No matter how I connect these wires, everything lights for a second and then trips the breaker. What am I doing wrong?
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DIY Anime Sex Doll
How do I go about making a custom anime girl sex doll without blowing thousands of dollars? I want it to be more like a fuckable life-sized plushie than a silicone doll (plushies are more comfy) and I want the end-result to look somewhat similar to the attached file
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I have the bad habit of buying tools I have no real use for just because they're cheap

I have a bucket full of new 3/4" drive breaker bars just because they were $1.50 apiece

How do I stop hoarding, just because shit's cheap?
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diy air conditioner from old fridge
I've got a small table top fridge, it works and gets cold enough to form ice. If I carefully cut away all the sides and insulation leaving only the compressor and ice box, could I then just blow a fan over it and have a diy air conditioner?
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Metal Roofing
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Is there a free guide anywhere for installing this shit?

Specifically my supplier has something called Tuff Rib.

How the fuck do you cut it? I got power shears but they don't make it over the ribs.

How do you make the edges look good?

These kinds of questions. Thank you
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I used to throw food scraps and stuff in my normal trash can, but that stinks up the place and causes a lot of fruit flies to manifest
Now I've got a small trash can for food scraps, but I've basically got the same problem even though (as far as I can tell) the trash can is sealed.

It gets really moist in there and there are a lot of maggots.

How can I have a separate place to throw away my food scraps into without the problem of flies and maggots?
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Only eirotards could think of something so stupid. M6x1 and m7x1 sold in a standard tap set. Nothing makes less sense than metric.
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Would you rather be a bandsaw or a drill press?
You will be used extensively by your hobbyist owner, choose wisely
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Carb not sucking up fuel?
I can get this to start if I squirt fuel down the carb or in the spark plug hole, but then it'll run then stall when the fuel runs out. Fresh fuel in tank. Picked this up earlier today with using it to play around with shit like casting own piston for it etc.

As far as I can tell the carb is not sucking up any fuel
>Inb4 press priming bulb dummy
There is none anywhere, and there doesn't appear to be one missing either, fuel line runs straight into the carb from the tank, I've tried opening up that big flat head screw too.

What do?
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So my ac unit probably needs freon. Has all the symptoms. No longer cooling the home. Ice on the inside unit. Increase on monthly power bill.

I rent. Is there any reason to not go by the correct coolant with cash and refill it myself? I'm not an idiot. I do all the electric repairs on my truck. I've put new coolant in our old van. I've done all the plumbing and electrical repairs on the inside of my home. I know how turn off breakers and check for power.

So far the videos look simple, a lot like doing it on a car.

I would just have the guy I rent from call someone but I've kind of got some big projects going on the inside that I don't want to talk to my landlord about and its balls hot to clean and put them up. I'm working on 2 arcade machines in the living room and Iv'e got 15 boxes in the hall from my ebay business. Its not really a big deal but you know, might not look good to a landlord. I would just clean it up, but you know, its 100 fucking degrees.

Obviously not going to tell my landlord or anyone else I did this. I'm thinking about doing it around 1 AM at night when its cool outside and no one to pester me.
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I'm a total noob that just bought a stick welder, looking to get a welding helmet with the auto dark feature. Suggestions?
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I'd like to plumb a propane tank into my gas line.

I have natural gas in my city and I was to be able to have a backup supply in case the power goes out for an extended period of time my backup generator would continue to work, I figured I could just add one of these tanks between the gas meter and my house to act as a sort of battery.
My gas bill would be super high to get it filled up initially, but then from there on I would be okay.
I see these for sale/for free occasionally on craigslist.
Is this a viable idea? Thanks
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My stupid chickens keep running up to drink the grey water runoff from the RV. CAN they get sick from it and what's a cheap DIY way to filter that water. See pic, thanks.
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How do I get this thing out of the wood.
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I'm moving into my dorm next weekend. Since I won't be having any roommates or suitemates, I wanna turn my bathroom into a sauna. How can I do that without maintenance trying to evict me
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Weeds in my house. Should I get lawn service?
Guys I have weeds growing everywhere in my house. How much would it cost to get them removed? I live in a small 2 bed 1 bath house. I would do it myself but it's a lot of work. Thoughts?
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The blue pex goes to the toilet in our hall bathroom. I’m not sure if it’s leaking from the wax ring or the pex pipe. What say you?
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Dining room conversion
So my son is starting HS this year and I'm seriously considering turning our dining room into that fourth bedroom we couldn't afford. I have an oversized entry from the foyer and a pocket door to the kitchen to deal with, along with figuring out where I'm going to setup my own WFH situation after this gets done.

I'm guessing I can knock this out pretty easy. The most expensive part of the whole job should be the new prehung door into the foyer. After stripping down the moulding and adding a couple new studs and a header if needed for the door, I was thinking about creating a plug/insert of sorts to make the pocket door disappear without actually ripping it out.. that would be a chore. The material cost for this whole thing is actually quite low.

Now that the TL/DR is out of the way, the real question is should I concern myself about making this reversible? I would imagine a fourth bed/office would be more marketable than a formal dining room these days. We aren't planning on moving anytime soon but life is life, unexpected things happen. Has anyone done this before and what was your choice?
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Curious as to what items you all swear by. Always see boot threads but never hear about who makes good pants or anything else.
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Retard here.
Whats the best way to fill that last bit or area. Should I just blast it with my foam gun, then stucco over it and call it a day?

I'm going to be doing 2 more windows with actual retrofit 32x16 crawlspace windows. And I wont be able to pull the siding off the way I did until I resheath the place...

Need some ideas on how to fill muh crevice.
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What is your system for efficient stackable storage?
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Remove zipper from book?
How would I remove a zipper from a book? Specifically this one:
I saw a couple reviews mention this such as one in pic rel but I can't seem to figure it out.
Hope this fits here
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Building my own desk, any tips?
>desired dimensions are pic related, but i'm willing to change them in order to do the least amount of sawing/cutting possible
>will mostly used for soldering, electronics, and computer repair
>probably won't be holding up more than a total of ~300 pounds for any extended length of time due to what im using it for
>will be kept indoors (aesthetics don't worry me too much though)

What should I use for materials? I was thinking wood, what should I use for a surface? I want to make sure the surface is continuous (i.e. 1 solid piece of wood/plastic/whatever per each section of table).

Any help is appreciated.
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Is there anything this can be besides black mold or am I fugged?
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Hot climate gardening
>way down south in the land of traitors, rattlesnakes and alligators
>building a new garden
>what do?
My current test garden just wastes water past June, it's too hot to grow anything. Should I even bother trying to have a productive garden thru summer or am I screwed and should just try getting bunch of junebearers/determinate tomatoes and stuff like that. Last frost is around March 15th.
Any books on hot weather gardening so I can RTFM.
I grew up in zone 6, I have to completely change my old gardening habits.
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home made cleaners and other uses for honey
does anyone know any uses for spoiled honey? note, this honey is not fully crystalized, it's contaminated and the is obviously sludgy at the top where the food particles stayed there for a long time. its raw honey and I know you can make leather care products but what else? nothing ingestible please.
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Win money from home?
I have debts. Perhaps for Americans it is not much. Around 100 dollars. But for me it is. They are like 30000 Argentine pesos
How can I get a paid job from home? I'm good-for-nothing trash.
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Please help me
How do you save your teddybear anon?
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how to overcome the feeling of death when using extension ladders? do I just accept it will happen?
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I have a dog with an obscene amount of fur. The fur has invaded every aspect of my life. I have accepted this, but need to look decent in public.

What is the most powerful pet hair erasing tool on the market? I have tried the stickiest lint rollers on Earth to no avail. Some of it becomes ingrained into fabrics and forms a mechanical bond that cannot be broken with simple adhesives.
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I took a chance and bought a used fridge on craigslist. price was too good to be true. it gets super duper cold but every time the compressor kicks off it lets off a loud BANG that's starting to bug even the neighbors.

can anything be done? I know it's all pressurized and obnoxious so whatever is making it off kilter is locked up inside.. the trashman won't even take it.
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Are aliexpress parts safe to use?
>Lead dust can form when some plastics are exposed to sunlight, air, and detergents that break down the chemical bond between the lead and plastics.
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Solar cooking - parabolic mirror edition
assembled this contraption from various junk. Main piece is the antenna dish covered in aluminum tape. It actually works on a sunny day with minimal clouding from roughly 10 am to 2 pm. I looked at those solar cooking boxes, but they require way more time, like 3 hours atleast. Any good ideas how to improve upon this? Put the stand on the other side, so if doesn't throw a shade on the reflector dish. In pic rel I just tested a slice of toast, already fried an egg in a large black uncoated iron pan and boiled water in a metallic pot which took quite long, wife didn't let me paint the downside black. Had to dig trough some trash until I found an old pot.

Concentrated sun beam on a small black container, what else could I improve?
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Hello. I would like to ask the programmers for help. In General: I plan to create my own neural network, like Siri. That is, one that can answer questions and with whom you can talk. My neural network will be designed for PC. I plan to use C++ for coding. If there are programmers here, please respond.
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this AE tut

most ive done on AE is just rotoscoping
so i stumbled upon this tutorial out of nowhere and was so mesmerized i watched the whole thing on 1.5x speed

not like now i understand anything, not at all, but basically is path animation, when AE automatically forms a shape from one keyframe to another?
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How do I make loud drunks at bar shut up?
Alright /diy/, my apartment is close to a bar that's open 24/7 in an otherwise quiet area and I can't open the window in my bedroom for fresh air because of the constant noise from the bar terrace. Police doesn't do shit and the owner is an ass. How do I make them shut up so I (and the whole street) can enjoy a good night's sleep?
Are stinkbombs effective? I could throw them at the terrace. Or maybe hide rotten fish somewhere? Anyone has another idea? I figured this is the best board to ask for creative solutions.
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Niggerrigging part 2
Gentlemen, behold!
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so glad i became a tradie could never imagine myself doing so cuck office job or stem shit i was considering
as a man nothing beats the satisfaction of making and fixing
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Bros, what's the cheapest, easiest, most ghetto yet effective way to cover the windows to make my room completely dark without blinds or curtains? I don't give a shit about aesthetics, it's gonna be pitch-black, anyway.
Basically, I got into horror movies and games, but they're best played while immersed in complete darkness. I need something I can just set up, watch a movie, and remove.
I've been thinking about gluing some kind of light, yet dense plastic-like material to the top of the windows and just rolling them up when I don't need them. The only problem is finding something to roll it onto.
Just taping up some cardboard is also a solution, but I'd waste a lot of tape doing it every time.
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Vacuum Tubes
Outside of "new old stock" vendors, is there anyone selling/making new vacuum tubes in the US in 2022? Are they totally obsolete?

I have some projects from 1950s era popular electronics that I would like to undertake, but many of them require tubes that you can only buy from some hording boomer for like, $50.
I could use semi-conductor diodes I guess, but it would take away from the projects. (Plus, who doesn't like the hum of tubes as they warm up).
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Is this a big-brain way of making a retainer wall? Going to go over it soon with concrete.

Also post pics of your outdoor concrete projects.
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Ok I'm retarded.

The power cable on a fan I have is shorting out in a specific spot in the cord. So I need to either shorten it, which is a dumb idea. Or, replace it.

I want to replace it, but I'm for some reason just not getting it.
The plug is a polarized, two prong, 10A 125v which I assume is rather standard.

The cable is 18 gauge, two wires, and Says 300v on it. I'm having a hard time finding the right type of cord, I went on Amazon and I found a similar looking one, but it says it's for lamps, and 125v, are they the same thing?
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What do I need to make this style of free-standing pull-up bar? Is it straightforward? Any tips?

Note: I'm a relative DIY novice - mended a few things here and there, helped out my uncles when converting the loft at my grandmother's house, not much experience other than that.
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I have a glass bottle, and I would like to change the volume of the bottle by a few milliliters. How can this be done? Without a furnace preferably. Can I just dump some gorilla glue in there until it fills to the correct measurement?
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Hand washing clothes
Assuming in a hot humid country . How much should I wring out my clothes before leaving them hanging outside,?
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I got a build kit for raspberry pi from china, and the 3d printed case it came with was warped due to heat inside the package being in sunlight probably. Can I fix it with hot water or a hairdryer?
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what is it that makes humans prefer bedroom nooks over open bedrooms for our beds?
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Hi /diy/

How to train a crow like those there are plenty on the street ?

What to feed that is good for a crow and not too expensive ?
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Creating a degoogled, pro consumer website?
I'm a boomer and have to make a webpage for my business. I and many of my clients are against data collection and silicon valley in general.

I personally try to boycott google, Amazon, paypal, facebook, but I also know much of their business is practically invisible and you might not realize you are using a google or Amazon product.

I've read that amazon and google host many of the websites online.

Are there more consumer friendly, pro privacy, and speech web hosting services?
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Milwaukee M18 from wall power
Started an apprenticeship in carpentry about 6 months ago. Without much thought I went with Milwaukee, mostly because it's what all the other builders had and we all want battery compatibility in case we're on a site without power for charging.

I'm also planning on building tables and other furniture for myself and maybe to sell, and a couple of times while using my tools I've found the battery life really lacking with heavy use. I'll likely buy some bigger batteries in future, but I figured if I'm just in a garage/workshop and don't need great portability, why not just plug them straight into the wall?

Of course this idea isn't new, Mikita do a plug-in battery, but Milwaukee don't to my knowledge. And if they did they'd charge out the ass for it. So I made one.

Haven't posted on /diy/ before, but been lurking for a couple of years. Thought you guys might enjoy.
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I have a flip top tool cart like pic related, the factory mat on the top is peeling off
Should I reglue it or just bedline it? What's better?
Putting wood/stainless on it isn't an option because it's a flip top, obviously.
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Lowe's h8 thread
Their website is as slow and unresponsive as their actual customer service. How does this business even stay running? I once stood by for an entire hour while they searched the entire store for my online order.
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