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

Welcome to /diy/
Welcome to /diy/, a place to:

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

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

Helpful links: (archived)
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how do you get homeboy out in 27 hours, /diy/? i think with more know-how they could have saved this retard.
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Can anyone help me find this online anywhere? crude image I slopped together, but I've seen this exact thing sold before.

Essentially it's just two clips with a wire (pretty sure it was a wire, not just string) that goes between them. The idea being you can place the loop down over something and then clip a sign/signage onto the clips. I need it for a specific thing but can't seem to find this
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/ham/ Amateur, CB, Shortwave Listening, Pirate Radio, Repeater Kerchunking General
Kerchunk in Hell, Furfags edition

Previous thread got grifted by ARRL: >>2740083

Eternal thread theme:

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

>The FAQ is now back:
>OP, the cybsec domain is gone.
>NEW FAQ is updated to preview 15

>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
>Weather Fax resources
>point to point predictions, its free and will give you an idea of how much power/ what frequencies to use to reliably talk to your friend
>how do I into Morse code in a good way?
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How much do you think it'd cost to build a minihouse like this (land not included)?
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building a hole you can climb into to work on your car
Tired of mechanics bills so i had idea.

So i have an excavator and I wanna build a hole in the ground so I can drive my car over it and then work on the underneath the car. But, I dont want to get mud/water in it or to get the car fallin in on me and me dying is bad. I will build it under a carport i guess and need to buy some steel ramps for the car to go on they need to be wide and long and strong so it doesnt fall into the hole on me.

Thoughts? Shoudl i pony up for a cheap lift on amazon, think they go for 2.5k or so.

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I've been doing a plumbing apprenticeship for 2 years now and I know fuck all about plumbing
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>health in decline
>find out central air intake is full of mold
>HVAC company wants $14k to fix
>or $20 to install 4 (required) mini splits
>bathroom wall also has mold from a tiny amount of caulk missing and letting in steam
>inspect for repair only to find that my home has no moisture barrier
>home also has no plywood outer wall
It's literally siding to studs to sheet rock
>whoever installed hvac intake from crawlspace to attic didn't seal anything
>crawlspace moisture goes to attic
>improper roof ventilation
>roof sheets become moist and sag
>roofers want $15k to repair roof
>have creek in back yard. It's eroding and can't be fixed because house is blocking access for heavy machinery
>They are asking $20k to fix it even if they could access it
>mold growing in windows because they get no sun
>They get no sun because neighbors have 100ft tall trees that are extremely dangerous

What do? I can't sell because no one would buy this. Even then I would end up with a higher mortgage and higher interest rate. Which aren't feasible for me. I could tear it down but don't have the money to rebuild. Would just as much to fix everything.
Just can't win.
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/mcg/ - Microcontroller General: Software Specialist Edition
butchered pico
Previous thread:>>2733332

Here we discuss microcontrollers (MCUs), single board computers (SBCs), and their accessories, such as Atmel mega and tiny AVRs (Arduinos), PICs, ARM boards such as blue/black pill STM32, ESP8266/32s, RP2040, Raspberry Pi, and others.

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

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

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

>I need a part that does X and Y, with Z specifications. How can I find it?
use DigiKey's or Octopart'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.


>RISC-V microcontroller list:
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Have you checked your accordion syphon this month anon?
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/ohm/ - Electronics General: Solder fumes Edition
old thread:>>2755510

>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: (embed)

>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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Ive been wanting to properly learn a CAD program.
What programs do you use, and what are some good resources on how to use them?
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/diy/ Hvac and Refridgeration
Anyone else do their own HVAC and refrigeration work? Working on this 1960's Westinghouse dehumidifier right now. Changed oil, switched to r12a, added a filter/drier, but seems that the capillary tube is partially blocked. Head pressure soars and thermal overload trips. Once that is replaced should be good for another 60 years of service.
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What all do you have that has lasted way longer than it should?
We all know about planned obsolescence. We also know that some things were just built better back in the day. What about when something is just lucky and works forever even when it shouldn't?

My edge case is rather interesting. The entire neighborhood was built in the 1970's. They all originally used the same brand everything in each house. Of the 20 some odd homes not a single one has its original appliances. The HVACs, refrigerators, washers, etc. have all be replaced. In some cases multiple times.

Except my water heater. It is a Rheem Fury with a Saturn burner and it is almost 50 years old. Gerald Ford was president when this thing was manufactured. I've spoken with all my neighbors and not a single one has their original water heater. I once called around to speak with plumbers about cleaning out the sediment or changing the anode and was told by all of them not to touch it. That was 7 years ago. One of my neighbors just replaced a water heater after only 5 years, which is what got me thinking about it.
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Wheel assemblies
Help a brainlet figure out how I can install one of these bad boys on a wooden frame. I've never done anything with wheels before.
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Screen Shot 2023-10-19 at 1.02.09 PM
your task is to design the most cost efficient, durable house possible,
you can use tarp, wattle, recycled cans.. garbage whatever you chose,
what does your design plan look like?
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What's the most danger you're in on a given day?
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/sg/- Sewing General
noticed the sewing thread was gone and i wish to discuss it
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>going to put hitch on car
>only 1-1/4 inch size
>want 5x8 max
What's the best starting point to diy a trailer of that size?
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Wooden toys
Just made a toy for my kid. It's a push along bird. Saw it on a farm, took a pic of it and copies the design.

What do you think about it? Share your wooden toys that you've made.
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what's up with american and (to an extant) western house?
I live in a humid and poor tropical shithole, picrel
and I've never encountered the common horor story about rotted foundation, flooding, mold, shitty roofing, etc
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Ethernet wiring a house
ethernet cat comparison chart
I recently bought a house built in the 70's. I want to renovate it with modern electrical equipment, and place ethernet jacks in most rooms that connect up to a networking panel in the garage. Is it worth "future proofing" with CAT8 over CAT6A? It is ridiculously overkill for my current network; I barely get 1 gbps let alone 40. My thinking is that it would add to the resale value of the home in a few years, since it should be relevant for a decade longer than 6 or 6A. Anyone have any interesting stories of updating older buildings with modern networking equipment?
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I would just like to make a mold for my mask. Why is this so difficult?
The cavity button is grayed out.
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Today's haul ;)

What you think! Dont be jealous :D
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Can't 'tow start' the car...
2009 Ford fiesta (manual transmission) wont start. It had been sitting in a garage for a few months unused while we were overseas. Came back and the battery was dead. We hitched it up to another car to try to tow start it (much the same effect as a push start or hill start), but it wouldn't turn over. Last night pulled the battery out and charged it all night. Put it in the car in the morning - all electrics seem to work, but when I turn the key to start the car - nothing. it's like the starter motor is not even connected. Could the starter motor be cooked? I've had a dead starter motor in a different car before, and was still able to push start/roll start the car every time. Any ideas? If it was just the started motor I would assume I could push start the thing, but didn't work.
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/Welding/ Welding General #2
A place for anything to do with Welding.

Post your welds, ask questions and discuss sticking metals together.

IDK I just want a place to talk about welding.
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Has anyone here ever leased heavy equipment?
I want to lease a big skid steer for 6 months to a year for projects around the homestead and because I can probably get some lucrative work in my area.
Has anyone done this?
Any pitfalls?
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Do you like to do it yourself?
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/RCG/ - Radio Control General
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?

Buy a DJI if what you actually want is to take good photos/videos, go DIY if what you actually want is a fun project.

>I want a cheap RC training plane that is turnkey.

XK Beaver
Eachine Wing Dragon
OMPHobby T720
Hobbyzone Champ (used only)

>I want a good FPV fixed wing platform.

The ZOHD Drift, Sonicmodell AR Wing and Finwing Albabird are some good options. There are a lot of other good options too, but you are best to look around and ask people what models are good or not for FPV.

>I want a basher fixed wing model for doing crazy shit that is easily repairable.

RCFactory, Hacker and other similar profile models (Czech, German, American or Chinese, the foam is all similar) fit the bill. The aircraft are quite forgiving, but can easily be tuned for a wide range of performance settings.

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Getting a Warranty Deed
I found a 'for sale by owner' house ($75k) and was considering just going to the courthouse and doing a warranty deed.
Is there any issues I should be aware of with this approach?
I called a title company and they said a warranty deed wouldn't mean anything unless they do it and if the guy decides to take out a $100,000 loan against the property the day before, I would be responsible.
Anyone ever have any experience with this kind of thing? The title company seems to insist that I go through them and get a clean title and title insurance, but it seems kind of pointless if the warranty deed will do the same thing.
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What's the best house design in your opinion? Would you rather live in the country side and drive longer to work?
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log cabin foundations
I am writing fiction with a bit of survivalist-themes to it and such and patterning some of it after Proenneke's stay in Alaska. I am interested in what type the cabin of his was, right now mainly if he used corner pilings and how they looked like. I think it is safe to say old man didn't use concrete.
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Do they even make small, gasoline powered tractors anymore? The only thing I’ve seen that comes close is the so called “sub-compact” tractors that are basically glorified riding mowers and don’t come with three point hitch, probably no PTO either, and I wouldn’t even try to haul a wagon full of square hay with them. The next size up are the mid sized ones with roll bars and they’re all diesel.
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Abominations XLVIII
Abominations Thread XLVIII

Redundantly redundant edition
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Reinforcing my front and rear doors
I'm looking to reinforce my doors. I am able to get aluminium very cheap so what I'm thinking of doing is taking a 5mm aluminium sheet, cutting it down to the size of my doors, cutting out the spots for the hinges the knob and the deadbolts and then bolting the sheet to the inside of my doors. The bolts would go through the door and then both sides would be painted so from the outside they would look like regular doors with a weird pattern, from the inside you see the screw part of the bolts. How effective would this be at reinforcing me doors? This would surely make the point of weakness the hinges and deadbolts, correct? No one is getting through a 5mm aluminium sheet bolted to a 35mm solid wooden door without snapping the hinges or the locks, right?
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Light fixtures
What light fixtures dont block 50% of the light and are enclosed that overhead leds. Or are so small you cant fit big bulbs in them.
No tinted glass that makes everything look ugly either
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How can I make my house evil?
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Is this really 18AWG wire?
This is my PC power cable. It burst into flames while playing Doom Eternal on my new 3080. I opened up the cable to expose the wires and this is what I found, for reference the green wire is some 22AWG wire I had lying around. Is the power cable really 18AWG?
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> /wwg/ youtube channels

Furniture-making: (he's fine but he's almost exclusively on the epoxy table shit)

General purpose:

Miscellaneous: (no longer active, but very good stuff)

AVOID (filled with bullshit, false information, or general faggotry):

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

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 carving and keeps on writing them.

The Eastern tradition, Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use by Toshio Odate

Leonard Lee The Complete Guide to Sharpening, 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

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soup /diy/?

recommend me a shower head thatis so good, it will change my life for better or worse.
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Seasonal water wells
OK, so I've got about 1.5 acres of land in an area where I need a minimum of 2 to have a well drilled. My understanding is that the different between drilling and digging wells comes down to whether or not a borehole was constructed. Obviously without a borehole you can't go all that deep and that means that I can't hit the minimum 500 ft depth most wells around here have.
But what about a seasonal well? During the winter and spring months, I'm thinking that I could probably pull water from a sandpoint well or similar shallow well.
I get that it would go dry during the summer but it could help lower the over all water bill for the year. This is just water for our green houses and animals, not the family house.
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of situation or advice on shallow wells?
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Leaking drain pipe
Hi /diy/,
This drain assembly keeps leaking at the circled region.
Multiple things drain here:
The laundry sink
The washing machine
Kitchen sink

Water is seeping out of the circled connection when the kitchen sink/dish washer is in use

How can I stop this leak? Can I add some glue to this seepage region? Or does all of this PVC piping need to be replaced?

This house was built in 74 if that matters.
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retards on lease are making us remove our window units. any clever ways to hide them from the outside or perhaps run them inside with hidden ducts that blow outside?
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Do retail air purifiers actually work are they just a gimmick?
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How do you rate their construction skills?
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I bought this knife to attach it to my MTB frame and carry it around for dog safety, but the handle is very bright and might get too much unwanted attention. The handle is plastic (PPE) I want to dye it but I don't know what to use I don't want to make it sticky or messy any recommendations? Btw I'm open to other solutions if you wanna help.
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Heat Exchanger for Shower Water
shower heat exchanger
In Finland, majority of energy costs comes from heating, and majority of that from water heaters. And majority of hot water is used by the shower. So when water from the mains comes in at between +1 and +8 degrees and used water leaves at +37 degrees, recovering some of that heat ought to mean massive savings in energy bills.

I found this video about how to make such a heat exchanger yourself, so I'd like to know /diy/'s opinions on this:

How long would the exchanger need to be? Should I do it myself or are there better commercial versions already? Any other thoughts or recommendations?
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The Return of /pjg/ Piss Jug General
Welcome to /pjg/, the general discussion thread for piss jugs. What is the status of your piss jug now?
>Piss jugs accumulating?
Find uses for old urine in this thread. Stories welcome.

Piss Jug FAQ

Why use a piss jug?
>It does WONDERS for my sleep, as opposed to getting up and walking out to the bathroom.

What is the chemical formula?
>Human urine consists primarily of water (91% to 96%), with organic solutes including urea, creatinine, uric acid, and trace amounts of enzymes, carbohydrates, hormones, fatty acids, pigments, and mucins, and inorganic ions such as sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), chloride (Cl-), magnesium (Mg2+), calcium (Ca2+), ammonium (NH4+), sulfates (SO42-), and phosphates (e.g., PO43-).

Why does piss have a suffocating odor?
>When the body breaks down proteins for energy, it releases fixed nitrogen that has to be dealt with. The body turns it into urea and excretes it. Urea and water form an equilibrium reaction with CO2 and ammonia. "CO(NH2)2 + H2O <--> 2NH3 + CO2" Therefore, when urea is dissolved in water it slowly converts to ammonia, giving piss its suffocating odor.

Does piss fertilizer build up heavy metals in the soil?
>According to one anon, yes. But the study was in China and referencing farmlands that are flooded with sewage. If the heavy metals aren't present in the food or water source, it is fairly unlikely to occur.

Ways to dispose of old piss
>Turn bath tub facet in cold. Dump each individual bottle into the running water and let it go down the drain.
>Dump on the compost pile. Don't allow piss to sit for long periods as it will form amonia.

Whats the best piss jug?
>Nalgene Bottle. Milk jugs, tea jugs, gatorade bottle, detergent bottle, folgers coffee container.

Uses for old piss?
>Putting nitrogen into compost. Fertilizing Compost. Making Struvite fertilzer. Keeping away animals. Dissolving sticklac (raw shellac with the dye and wax).
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lathe a shit
Eternal Machinist Thread - /EMT/
Bumping garbage off the board edition

Why does my lathe suddenly suck?
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Fellas my couch has seen better days. My family bought it in 1976 and it's really starting to fall apart now. I looked into buying a new one but modular sectionals are very expensive and they're generally a downgrade from this one in its prime so I think restoration is a better option. I don't have any experience with upholstery but since this is all square angles and straight lines I think it should be an easy project to learn on. I can also take the opportunity to overbuild the underlying structure so prevent it from falling apart again as quickly.

I have an Amazon cart full of everything I think I need besides the fabric but I'm not entirely sure if "44ILD firm" foam is like "200lb adult" firm or "350lb adult" firm. I'm also not sure about a soft but robust fabric choice since you can see in the image that even where the fabric isn't torn there are many places where the velvety parts have worn away.

Even with this being a cheaper option than buying new it's still a little pricey so ideally I could spread the cost and labor out over time but I'm worried about matching the fabric down the line if I don't order everything I need all at once, just in case it gets discontinued or something. I'd like to tackle the webbing and foam first of all to take care of the structural problems for the time being then worry about the fabric later but I don't know if that's possible without getting down to bare wood first. I'm also planning to take measurements of the bare wood to make additional modules at a later date.

Any thoughts or advice?
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Is this a good deal for a shop fan, or is there some drawback I'm not seeing?
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Lets say you can't afford for it to burst and need to get the water out asap, how would you do this?
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Screenshot 2024-02-27 at 3.06.28 AM
I want to get my home wifi signal out to my car which is parked a few floors down in the back lot of my apartment building. I have almost line of sight to my car via my bedroom window, so my plan is to beam wifi down to it with a directional antenna connected to a wifi repeater (wifi repeater to avoid stringing ethernet through my apartment). Pic related are a "Rockspace Upgraded AC2100 Repeater" and an "Alfa network APA-M25 Antenna", both purchased very cheaply as refurbs arriving tomorrow. The repeater does not have standard RP-SMA antennas I believe, so I'll open it up to solder on an antenna connector. Both devices claim to be dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz), for the antenna does that mean that it transmits both 2.4GHz and 5GHz at the same time through the same single input connector? Or would that require two antennas, one per frequency? For the wifi repeater, is it likely going to have separate 2.4GHz and 5GHz antennas on the PCB? If so, could I connect both to the single antenna just by grouping them, or can I only connect one frequency to the antenna? Thanks, all help is appreciated.
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Frame weight capacity
What is the maximum weight I could hang from the very center of this structure? The e/w beams are either 2x8 or 2x10. Imagine there are 14 2x4 rafters running n/s (drawn in miniature on the left there)
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Off-Grid home powered by hydro and solar, what're some tips and guides you have?
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Tractor thread
New tractor
/diy/ edition
Feels good when stuff runs right.
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catalytic converter alternative
A catalytic converter, when operating properly, lowers the temperature at which the gases in automotive exhaust fumes burn clean:

>500°F gases burn clean with catalytic converter
>1000°F gases burn clean naturally

So a catalytic converter is unnecessary if the fumes can pass through a hot (1000°F+) section of exhaust pipe where they will ignite naturally.

How can I build such a super-heated pipe section to get a clean-burn without needing a catalytic converter?
... by natural gas? by electricity? different shape?
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I was thinking about making an axe head out of railroad tie plate by cutting out the marked pieces. Any other recommendations on how to do it? How should I fix it to a handle?
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Cheap life changing tools

Reads temp, can use to detect air leaks, hot surfaces, food temp, also is a laser. >$11
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In here we talk ESD
Had this old wrist strap that I went to check and the cable insulation had completely disgregated, so I'm in need of a new one.
I'm assuming all the (now chink) elastic ones are just about the exact same thing, fancy color matching aside, but what about the metal, wristwatch style metal ones; any good/better? and picrel silicone (
yeah, I'm not buying the wireless meme ..
also, mats, etc.
share your thoughts, experience, setup.
p.s.: since this is /diy/, anyone went dyi on it?
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I'm making a radio-controlled Su-25
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Stuck living in a place with a gas stove and a ductless range hood. Every time I cook the entire house smells like Mercaptan. Renting so I can't tear into any walls. How can I properly ventilate the place so I don't wreck my health.
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Cutting 2mm thick rubber sheet
What's the best tool for the job? I need to cut pic related rubber sheets into the shape shown on the left. I was either think of making my own press, own punch, or buying one of those desktop machines like cricut. Any suggestions?
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DIY RODENT PEST CONTROL. Why are there no products in US to stop rodents from enter from the fucking sewer? I am thinking of smoking my pipes to find if they chewed my cast iron.
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These things are seriously responsible for 90% of the dumb avoidable call outs I have to look at that make my job annoying.
Why do you still use them?
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Japan pluggable fixtures
Does the USA have anything like this? I come here and realize electricians have been gatekeeping for job security.
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/diy/ing a business general
/diy/ing a business
I don’t want to come across as a schmuck, but I am a semi capable person with two businesses in reach of myself. One is a signage business, the other is a food business.
Both have great potential, I currently work in the sign industry and would like to make more money. Even if I leave my current role I have access to all the required equipment.
The latter, the food business, is something I have dreamt of for literally 10 years now. I have a product I am able to make, in the 4000~ items per month at current capacity with the equipment on hand, and growing to 100’s of thousands would be no scaling issue because it would require no more space and not much more equipment.

The food business could potentially be worth indefinitely more than the signage, despite my acquaintances in the space already regarding me as a competent craftsman and willing to provide me with endless work.
One is a path of linear progression, the other, food, is a path of exponential growth.
I do not care about the income. I have self doubts about trying to achieve anything on my own.
I genuinely enjoy this board, so what has it taken you to go out and try your own thing? I do and don’t know what I need to get started, which might not make sense, but in a practical standpoint I do know what it takes, but in the theoretical I have so much self doubt it hurts.
What do. I trust you anons to a far great extent
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How to be inventor/innovator
How to be inventor/innovator

Any recommend source for study to become inventor/innovator. I wonder if I have zero knowledge in mechanical engineering or computer engineering and I want to become inventor/innovator
where should I start??
Dont know how to explain. For example Elon musk can build a rocket which use a lot of knowledge but he doesn't have to know everything . he just has general knowledge of everything that need to build a rocket
and he hire worker who has deep knowledge in any speciality to work for him. So how to study that general knowledge to make general idea and making sense what to do.
So anyone can recommend me youtube channel , book to get start
I found these books explain what i need
1.) make your own neural network, Tariq rashid
2.) python for kids
3.) getting start in electronic
4.) Range why generalists triumph in a specialized world
5.) how to invent almost anything
6.)how computer work. Ron white
7.) **** Code. the hidden language of computer hardware and software(love this book) *****
8.) The knowledge how to rebuild our world from scratch , Lewis dartnell
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Best trade job for picrel?
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Camera IP
An unhinged neighbor put up a 360 cam on a light pole on my street. It’s a $2k+ wifi camera, and it would be extremely helpful to figure out what IP it’s feeding to as evidence. Is there a way to find that signal? A device I can buy to do this?.
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>trade jobs are saf-
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Are there any books that can help figure out the fundamentals of maintenance and machines and stuff?
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Petrol Tractors built after 1965 are objectively Gay
>our diesels aren't good enough yet
Skill issue
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Burglars entering by drains
UK here, live in a nice flat. Recent wave of burglaries appear to be entering from the rain water drain pipes to our central courtyard. Evidence include the grate being left off and trails of filth and debris. We must keep this drain open or the courtyard floods. Any tips on keeping criminal types out of these pipes?
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I absolutely love free stuff. I keep a Craigslist and FB marketplace tab open on the free section all the time. Where else can I find free stuff?
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Chicken Tractor
Is this thing just a meme? How does it work?
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Bathroom plumbing
I'm remodeling my basement bathroom. I have the concrete busted, looking for advice on proper venting/layouts before I fit everything.
>pic related
Will it work? I'm concerned about the bottom right sink, which will be new. Will that have proper ventilation not to suck out the p-trap? I could send it to the left towards the small bottom left sink vent which would be a 4ft run.
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The powerlines are free to tap into, the power company just doesn't want you to know.
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This is a sump discharge pond I have, it was completely overgrown last year, I dug it all out and power washed it.
I put in 20 minnows and 10 goldfish in there last fall, I count about 10 fish left.
What should I do with this to keep it clean, and maybe stocked with fish?
It stays filled 9 months out of the year, I can always keep it topped off with water.
It's about 1000 gallons.
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A zombie proof door
Hello It Is my first post here the question Is easy, the answer Is not, but it is surely an Interesting game.

Imagine a horde of zombies, to make the thing spicy we Imagine them as mindless humans with all capacity of a human body but no intellect or self preservation instict(running zombies)

The question is: assuming they would pile up as a horde against doors, what kind of door do you Need as minimum to resist them perpetually?
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Chinesium Thread
Was going to attach these, and my brain literally froze. I had no idea what was going on for a few seconds. This is the second time in the last few months I've seen polarity swapped on an item I'd purchased. The other was a "broken" voltage generator that I bought and fixed. Wires were swapped inside.

Post your chineseum wins and losses
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Xperia tab z
Made a charger for my tab's dock port. It works but the problem is sometimes it charges faster and sometimes so slowly. why's that? Using a 67W adapter.
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how can i add to this ramp?
i have this ramp for my dachshund but he just jumps right over the railing. i want to make the railing taller

what do you think is the best way for me to do this? i have a limited budget.

i was thinking of attaching some fencing? or plywood?

what do you think i can do to make it taller and add a "wall" to the ramp to stop my dog jumping over it?
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What's the best way to square up a stack of paper?
I'm trying to make a bound book out of a lot of pages I printed out, and this is the last thing I expected to have a problem with. Even squaring up small portions at a time doesn't make the full stack totally even. Is there some simple method I'm unaware of?
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Freedom lover here. I have taken the wagopill and they seem to be a lot easier to use than wirenuts. I'm not convinced that they are better electrically because it seems that the contact area has to be much smaller, but I'm sure tests were performed and were passed.

The point of this thread is that I use them a lot in testing so I connect and disconnect them frequently, and when I'm done with some for a while they have the levers open like one in the pic. I worry that doing this for an extended period might weaken the spring mechanism, but I have not seen any warnings anywhere about this. So is it a bad idea to leave them open like that? If not, it's wasted effort to close them when you have to open them again to use them.
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>too stupid to fix things myself
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WD Elements Repair
My 3tb WD Elements from 2021 with model family number WD30NDZW was dropped while disconnected from about three feet onto laminate. Stupidly, I inserted it right after to see if it was fatal, it made rapid clicking and some buzzing, with the LED on, files could not be read and Windows suggested a format which I declined.

Upon opening, there was no indication of a head crash, the platter was unscathed and clean so I closed it up and inserted it again and Windows detects the model when plugged in but doesn't mount anything or assign a drive letter because it can't be initialized. Tried in disk manager.

Basically nothing happens other than some mechanical whirring before a rest. The actuator only clicks about three times before resting and stops. At this point I do not want to plug it back in anymore until I fix it somehow.My first guess is that the actuator somehow got damaged from the fall, what else could it be? The motor? Something on the PCB? Again, it did not fall whilst plugged in.

I am not one of those ''bro just go to a recovery center bro spend 1000s of dollars bro'' so I am going to do this myself. What kind of head replacement tool do I need for a WD30NDZW and where can I acquire one? And does anyone have any other general, serious advice?
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can i season pan with motor oil
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Let me guess, you "need" more?
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Is this mold in my basement?
Getting ready to sell my house, its very old and I’ve been living in it the entire time, the basement gets a little damp if there is a heavy rain but only in a corner and it doesn’t puddle. This stuff looks like maybe plaster or some kind of insulation.

Worried if it could be mold, having a very hard time finding a place to post and get help with this.
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Smart soy home
Recently out of curiosity I've added a home assistant service to my homelab. I had some particular miniature use cases I had in mind which led me down the youtube rabbit hole of home automation and "smart" home videos.

And hoooly shit let me tell you, every single one of those videos was presented by some flavor of s o y b e a n enthusiat. What is it about gadgetry fagotry that attracts those types of people?

Anyways home automation thread I guess
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Tobacco drying and curing
How to cure tobacco? This is my first grow. These have been hanging for several months now and they do not seem to actually be curing. Did I dry too fast for curing to occur? They just aren’t turning brown, what’s the problem here?
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made a monkey out of old socks
saw a tiktok of a girl making one of these for her bf for v day so i made one for my heartbroken friend..took 2 days of work im not so familiar with hand sewing
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Negro science man makes gasoline from garbage. Next best thing sense Mr. Fusion.
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How do i dye plastic? there's no rit dye in my country
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Anyone know what the hole is this door is for? Other guys on site jokingly said it's a glory hole, but I'd like to know the real purpose of it. I can't ask there because I'm already getting called "the hole guy" for asking in the first place
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Best way to clean a bong and other smoking equipment?
I've had to clean my own smoking equipment plenty of times and have picked up a trick or two along the way. Since there are over 20 marijuana dispensaries in my local area and the business is booming, I figured it would be an easy side gig to offer bong and pipe cleaning services. While I keep thinking it over I wanted to humbly ask the stoner engineers of /diy/ for their cleaning wisdom and advice.

What success have anons found with solvents?
>Lemon Juice
>Bong Cleaners
I prefer alcohol but a friend swears by acetone. Each one has its merits.

Anyone try any of these other methods?
>Swirling with salt, rice, or other abrasive material
>Using dish soap or dishwashers
I've found a lot of success with cleaning interiors by swirling the piece with kosher salt and alcohol.

Smokeware is made out of everything nowadays
Any special considerations that you anons take with your equipment? I've learned to be pretty careful with solvents depending on what needs cleaning.

My biggest concern is breaking anything and having to cough up a bunch of dough to replace it. I figured carrying cases would be a must have. A work area with cushioning around would also help. Any advice to mitigate breakage?
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Intake Manifold Changeout
Hi. I'm changing a cracked intake manifold on a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis. Does anyone know of any repairs which will be made easier due to the removal of the intake manifold and the stuff associated with it? I've heard valve cover gaskets are easier at this stage in the process, but I'm unsure.

My car will probably remain pulled apart like this, as I haven't done this before and I won't have time to work on it again until this Friday.
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Fixing my Broken Training Sword
Broken 1
I spent 500 bucks on this meme only for UPS to fuck it up during the shipping process. The Blade weighs rough 20lbs with attachments that can increase the weight to 30lb. I can neither get refund, replacement, or repair. How the fuck do I get this handle back on and have it strong enough the force of 20lb blade being swung. Wood glue? Mending plates? FUCK!
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I'm going to put gorilla glue to fix a spit nail. Keeps splitting and I've HAD IT.

Any tips / alternatives
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How to dispose of windex?
Bros, I've get about 4 bottles of windex at home and its way too much. My question as per the title is how can I get rid of this stuff. I preferably want to keep the bottles but I'm aware this is potentially very dangerous since I imagine the fumes coming up from the drain might be carcinogenic. (pic related)
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If I were to make a product for a local general store should I just sell it to them or have them sell it on consignment?
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I'm comparing Leather vs Dipped vs mechanix. Within leather there's goat vs cowhide. In dipped there's nitrile vs PU vs latex.
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Man, how do people manage to have jobs and keep maintenance of their home? I quit my job 6 months ago because of shitty slave workplace culture and ever since It's been nothing but repairs and maintenance to my house which my parents didn't have time to do in 40 years. Paint the roof, paint everything else, wash rainwater barrels full of algae which I need to wash again, repair cabinets, sort out hoards of papers, books, files, etc. When is someone supposed to do all this while holding a job?
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are there any knockoff "EZ Lock" style cutting wheels and mandrels available for dremel-like tools? the non locking ones that i have are terrible.
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Is there a way to "upgrade" a radiator like this? I moved and the primary room I'm inhabitating has a radiator way too small for the room size. It's running very hot, no question, but it can barely hold the temperature.
Is there a way to increase the surface area? My naive idea would be to purchase cooling elements for electronics and put them on, but they're relatively expensive.
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Deck filler/painting
So this spring I am going to paint my 52 year old deck with thick deck over as I usually do every few years. You can see how it peels some. In the past decade or two that thick paint has been able to fill in the cracks. Now, not so much the case. I know I could use liquid wood filler but with the TONS of cracks I have that would take forever and hard to get right.

I was wondering if I could take a hand broom and sweep some dry concrete mix or some type of dry filler that hardens when wet to fill all the cracks quickly then paint the deck again with the deck over thick paint.

Any tips/good approaches to this? Thoughts? TIA!
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What do i use to paint these? And how do i smooth the rust parts so it doesn't look like i just painted over rust?
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Car stuck in wet lawn
What I have is:
>1 Toyota Auris that we parked in our lawn to make way for a third car to park in our second parking spot yesterday.
>We let it stay there over night. >The cold weather got a little bit warmer now and dad tried to move it out of the lawn
>Front wheel drive tires spun and he stopped immediately so as not to make it worse.

So I just read an article from lesschwab dot com that says putting kitty litter or "floor mats" can be placed behind the front wheels to back it out. I'm assuming it's the floor mats from the car itself that can act as a ramp to help with it gain traction. Will this help or am I about to do something really stupid?
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Didn't use car battery for a month
It didn't start so I have an Everstart Maxx charger hooked up to it. The lights turn on only when I try jumpstart it. It failed the pretest and went into conditioning mode for 12 hours and it still didn't charge
What do I do?
Pretty sure I still have a warranty on it
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i want to use the grounding pin of an outlet to keep myself grounded. does anyone know if this is safe to do? my biggest worry is that a power surge will go through that pin and shock me
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Glansie the Phimosis cure tool
/diy/ Dickpliers.
This is a Phimosis cure tool called Glansie. It's apparently made of pure japanium since it's 120 dicking dollarydoos. Now I don't know the correct nomenclature for every single tool but I'm 100% I've seen similar spreading ratcheting pliers elsewhere.
My question is, where would I find a similar tool for less than $120? I can grind the tips myself to make it smooth but that's the extend of my fabrication capabilities.
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I want to open my door from either side, can I just bore a hole in the door and use a chain with two padlocks either side?? SO tired of keys
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moved to a new flat and the walls are too thin
it sucks soooo much, can only sleep with ear protection. Especially this wall to my only neighbor on the same floor is paper thin, I can hear him using flicking the light switch even. He's reasonable and all, thank god, but I'm already considering moving again, which is almost hopeless itself as rentcuck in Germany near Munich. Tonight was the first time my son complained about him hearing footsteps from above while trying to fall asleep. Please /diy save me, does nowadays exist a simple way to soundproof walls/ceilings? I would think I only need the put something up against this wall and the ceilings in my and my sons room. I find lots and lots of generic results of various kinds, I just want it to be a one and done thing. Measure, order, install it myself and be over it. Also I kinda don't want to inform my landlord, which is the local town actually
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>2 and a half years of trade school electric classes
>not even a shovel job, ignored by everyone
Am I in the wrong /diy/ field? Should I fuck off to plumbing?
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Can I build my own house? I live in San Diego and the prices are out of control, and I'm getting a little desperate. Maybe if I buy a lot and build the house myself it'd be cheaper? I get a lot of PTO so I could probably show up and do a lot of the framing myself with a little research and planning. Is this a good idea if I'm technically minded? Would a pre-fab/kit home be better? have you ever done anything like this?

tl;dr how can I build my own house?
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idk if this topic is for this board, but is it worth studying composite manufacturing? How's the money?
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/3DPG/ - 3D Printing General #339
3D Print Your Own Organs

Last Thread: >>2755264

>Your print failed? Go to:

>Calibrate your printer.

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

>What printer should I buy? [32/03/90 :detadpU tsaL]
Do your own research, these are just popular and available options.
All controversial printers and brands have been removed from the list for your safety.
SLA: >>>/tg/3dpg

>Where can I get things to print?

>What CAD software should I use?
Free to anyone: Fusion360, Onshape, TinkerCAD, FreeCAD
Free to me: Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, Solidworks, Rhino, Solid Edge
Autistic /g/oobers: OpenSCAD, OpenJSCAD
Mesh free-forming and modeling: Blender
Architects: Sketchup

>What slicer should I use?
For everyone: Cura, PrusaSlicer, BambuStudio for Bambu owners.
For enthusiasts: SuperSlicer, OrcaSlicer
For autists: Pleccer/SuperPleccer, Kiri:Moto, FullControl

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>looks like ass
>breaks easily
>emits toxic VOCs
>sheds micro-plastic dust from daily contact that goes airborne straight into you lungs
When will this junk stop being a trend? It will go down as being worse than asbestos. calling it now
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Can I laser weld thin stainless with 95% nitrogen 5% hydrogen gas? Or will the hydrogen be an issue?
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has anyone tried a fixed angle sharpening system like pic related, where the sharpening rod is free to slide laterally? does it help with maintaining a truly fixed angle on the knife, especially with larger knives?

i do have a cheap fixed angle setup and it works great... except the angle varies as the sharpening stone gets further away from the mid-line of the assemble.

>just freehand it
tried learning it before. too hard to be consistent, especially on anything more complex than a cleaver.
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Go Green Solar
I'm looking to get into solar electricity for my homestead but I'm not sure what's good and what's junk. I've seen a couple things between the 4 and $5,000 range that looks pretty good but I'm not quite sure. Can anyone tell me if go green solar is any good? And if so how is it installation wise? Link is one system I was particularly interested in.
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DIY Culture
Two volumes with Pictorials of trades and Industry from french enlightenment era

we dot tl/t-wssYljZX7p
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Is this a retarded way to cool my workshop?
outdoor window ac
I have horizontally sliding windows and a bunch of window ACs that don't work with those windows. I could make platforms out of wood and plywood and mount the ACs directly on the windows. However, I had the idea of making a large enclosed plywood box on wheels on which I mount the ACs permanently and then connect the inside of the box to my windows with insulated flex duct and sliding window kits. The advantages are as follows:
>my windows would still be able to let in a lot of light
>I could easily disconnect and reconnect the box, wouldn't need a bunch of tape around the window frames
>fewer gaps for bugs to come in through
>I could move the box to my hammock or patio or even my house if I want extra cold air
Basically it's a way to convert window ACs to a portable outdoor AC and quick connect to windows from the outside without mounting.
Has anyone done something similar, or have a better way of doing it?
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I want to learn how to make knives. Gramps has a band saw and a belt sander. Can I get everything I need from home depot? Any tips?
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What the FUCK happened to my toolbag?
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are trades worth it?
im currently in an electrician apprenticeship
the pay is shit, the work is mentally and physically grading, everyone i work with are fuckheads
its summer right now and i come home from work (after my 2 hour overtime of course!!) dripping and completely drained.
thinking of sticking with it until i get qualified but fuck me its a grind.
any similar experiences? or advice, feeling a bit lost.
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I want to diy a skull ring something like pic related. How would I go about doing it? What material would you recommend? Aluminum? Stainless steel? What technique would you use?
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I bought some used tools for $50 last night.
In the lot came a 2 foot long 3/8” socket wrench extension
It says “snap-on fx24a USA” on it… is it worth keeping around or should I just sell it?
I mainly wanted the large ass sockets and the prybar that was in the lot
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Someone said this changed their life in that other thread, so I bought these. They have a strobe setting where the light, well, strobes. What the ever loving fuck is that for. It gave me a seizure, so I guess it's true that they change your life.
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tfw you price out a DIY project and realize it's cheaper to just buy it premade on Amazon
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I knowingly bought a barbell whose diameter is ~1mm larger than my plates, thinking I'll just be able to hand sand it down (how hard could it be?)

Turns out it's basically impossible even with 60 grit sandpaper. Even after an hour of sanding I can barely notice a difference

How do I make it go faster?
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>oh boy I can't wait for my blueberry seeds to sprout in 3
>3 days?
>No. 3 months...
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Cluster house concept?
My plan is to have a bunch of tiny houses (like those giant two story sheds you’d see in the parking lot of Home Depot) all facing each other. Except for the living room one which faces the street and is where people enter. That one would also have big glass doors facing the courtyard, and maybe the kitchen would too.

They would all need to be well insulated and have their own window AC units. Weather would need to be mild for the courtyard part to work well, and it would have some potted plants and a metal table to sit and eat at in the middle.
Thoughts? Could I feasibly: legally build this?
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Is there anything cool or useful in an upright piano? I always see them for free on my local FB marketplace and craigslist
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