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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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ask a bored painter anything
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/EMT/ Eternal Machinist Thread

Thread hymn.

Last thread:

>Haas automation videos.
>Titans of CNC
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Used Major Appliances

I'm taking possession of my first house in 2 weeks. The purchase does not include the washer & dryer, which are 8 years old. How much should a guy offer? I was thinking $500 for the pair, is that jewy or should I go lower?
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I'm curious, does anyone have the paid $30 a year membership to HF for all the "extra deals" or whatever?

The " inside track club"

I go there a decent amount and am curious if it's worth it....I mainly just load down on consumables I eat through like sandpaper, wire brushes, ect... but I have got a few of their power tools with mixed, but for the price, very satisfied results.
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Roommates are loud as fuck, what's the most effective way to reduce outside noise into a room?
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How half billion dollar Los Angeles mansions are built: plywood

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Arduino, PIC, and other shit real men do not use

previous thread >>1521740
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/ohm/ - Electronics General - pp amplitude edition

tell this one to your valentine: "are you AM? Because you modulate my pp amplitude"

0. Electrics ≠ electronics. Mains wiring goes to /qtddtot/ or /sqt/. PC assembly to >>>/g/.
1. Do your own homework. Re-read all documentation/datasheets related to your components/circuits, and do an honest web search, before asking.
2. Pics > 1000 words. Post relevant schematic/picture/sketch/9001.5 hours in MS Paint with all part numbers/values/etc. when asking for help. Focus/lighting counts.
3. Read posts fully. Solve more problems than you create.
4. /ohm/ is an anonymous, non-smoking general

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

>Project ideas:

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

>Design/verification tools:
NI Multisim
iCircuit for Macs
KiCAD (pcb layout software, v5+ recommended)

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

>Related YouTube channels:


>Li+/LiPo batteries
Read this exemplary resource first:
>I have junk, what do?
Take it to the recycler.
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what are some cool diy led party lights projects? i wanted to do a led matrix, connect them to a raspberry pi and program my own light modes. what do i need for this kinda stuff? i just have a rpi, a cheap soldering iron and a starter pi sensor/electronics kit.
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Who /synthdiy/ here?

I want to make myself a west coast inspired module pack. I want to keep it small, so i guess ill have to go the belton reverb route, though i wanted a spring one.
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Blown fiberglass insulation

Man fuck this shit and the jew who invented it.

Went up top for a little bit to drop an ethernet cable. Came down feeling like I had a whole body rash, had inhaled a bowl of sand, swallowed a cup of influenza and rubbed my eyes with acid. I stripped down as soon as I got off the ladder and had a shower and I still feel like shit.

Oh and I sure loved playing the floor is lava again.
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I want to grow some diamonds in my house, anyone have any resources?
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Welding a brake heat shield to a steering knuckle

Hey /diy/! I've asked /o/ a lot about this, so let me break it down for you guys
>remove brake shield while changing wheel bearing
>its rusty and fucked
>bend it off, only one screw hole intact
>regret it later after other work done on my car

so, here is my issue.
>very basic knowledge of welding
>thin metal to cast metal
>can't remove the hub to attach the shield properly because the hub has to be removed first, and I don't want to risk damaging a bearing

So the plan is to clamp the sheild to the knucle and do a couple welds around the knuckle to hold it there. Any imput is helpful, welding tips and such. Thanks /diy/

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I have this coin. The only thing I use it for is rolling across my knuckles. It's dull and smells like metal, how can I polish it without stripping it. No clue what it's made of
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Anyone know what this is?
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STOP hammer time!

I like the Estwing hammers, cool aesthetics nice ergos...
It's pretty much the hammer to beat in the UK without importing a stiletto burgers use.
Also it has thee most muh freedom packaging I've ever seen haha.

Post your hammers! No dicks...
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Automatic cat litter cleaner

I need to make an automated cat litter box cleaner: automatic scooping of feces and clumps of piss. Ideas?
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All things considered in knife making.
Questions about techniques and tools.
Show your rigs, props, machines and knives.
Ask for and give advice about anything concerning forging.
Heat treatment, finish and stock removal.

last threat>>1516520
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A Spoonful Of Failure Edition
Old thread: >>1552433

All the info you need about 3D-printing:

>Need help with prints? 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
>Bed & extruder temperature
>Print speed

>What printer should I buy? [Last updated 7-1-2019]
Under 200 USD: Creality Ender 3
Under 500 USD: Creality CR-10
Under 1000 USD: Prusa i3 (Mk2 or Mk3)
Over 1000 USD: Lulzbot or Ultimaker
Buyer beware: some chinkshit clones are garbage. Some can be genuinely good, though.
Instead of buying a new printer, you could consider building your own:

>Where can I get free things to print?

>What CAD software should I use?
Solidworks, Inventor, AutoCAD etc. all work, but Blender and Fusion 360 are free:
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Basement Shower Draining Question

Hi DIY, first time posting and looking for some advice. The Inlaws are looking to move into their recent deceased parents house. House is old and needs a lot of work, the only shower is in the basement (pic related). They want to make a sort of shower/laundry room out of that small area of the basement.

Currently the Washer and "shower" drain into a hole in the floor, unfortunately I don't have a picture nor did I dare lift the pallet underneath the chair to look at it. Question is if we build this room out and make it look nice will it be a problem to just let everything drain into this hole?
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Welcome to /SQTDDTOT/, where there are no stupid questions, only stupid anons. At least try to google it. Old thread >>1545158

My old drill had this slot ( see photos ) where I could put drill bits. My new one doesn't have one. Is there some sort of attachment I could glue to the handle to provide same functionality? All I'm finding is stupid shit the attached photo holster.
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In need of a drill for around the house, dont really want to spend a ton but want something decent. What should i get and should i get hammer drill or just normal?
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Is there any way to get free laundry in these? String in the coin won't work cause there's some lever inside that closes when coin pass some point. So any other idea? Or where to get the key?
Uses tokens, not real money
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Static Electricity

How do I deal with static build up?
Working in a room with a few computers, computer chairs and shelving and not much else, some dry materials.

Static charge is buillding up very fast - no idea whats causing it - the floor?

Can't seem to get rid of it without shocking myself 20+ times a day to discharge a high dose.

Looked into online solutions doesn't seem like much.
- all related to wrist things for working on electronics. I'm not worried about damage to electrics, I need a ground point somehow
- floor mats for computer chairs - surely that only protects me until I step outside of the plastic square

Can I plug something in which dissapates the charge
Can I roll out something on the floor
Can I run a wire from outside through a window and touch it every so often

What the hell do I do?
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/wwg/ wood-working general

So i have many gaming consoles that id like to consolidate to one unit and looking around
the internet for something premade like pic related hasn't been easy so i thought id make one.

Ive done small projects with wood but never something of this size. The goal would be to create something like this but perhaps longer and shorter so i can put it on a desk, longways.

Any tips as far as using wood glue, best type of nails and hinges, etc...?
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Sewer Repipe

I need your redpills on replacing the sewer pipe from my house to the street. It goes right under a tree. part of it is old clay pipe. It about a 40ft run of pipe.

What does it cost? Does trenchless repipe last?
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Are tools that are red in color better? Do they allow you to work faster?

What is your fave colour scheme for powertools?
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Installing shower bidet

I am planning to get a shower bidet for my toilet
Posted a thread here a week ago but there's a slight change in plans
I want to make sure that there's warm water too so I don't spray my ass with ice cold water in the winter.
How would I go on about that? I guess I would have to get the water from the faucet hoses rather than the toilet water and connect them to a thermostatic valve, then drill a hole in my sink cabinet to connect to the bidet hose.
But I have no idea precisely what kind of equipment I would actually need for this. I think the bidet hose that I ordered itself has a bore of 20mm while the faucet hoses are 12mm or so.

Pic related is of the hoses under the faucet
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Leather pants
I'm planning to craft myself some stylish leather pants, but don't have any experience with leather. Please help.
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Come on faggots show us your sawhorse builds.

Mine are solid timbers, with mortice and tenon connections. Just glue, no fucking nails.

At one point, over 2 tons of lumber were loaded onto these babies.

Now, they just sit in my garage, dreaming of when they will be doing serious work again.

I have some more fir, and am thinking of building a set of Mark 2's
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Do the performance increase justify the price increase in terms of brand for power tools?
Ryobi -> Rigid -> Milwaukee
Black and Decker -> Porter Cable -> Dewalt
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Plumber Ripoff?

So I had some guy come over and quoted me $120 to snake my kitchen drain. He asked if I wanted a cleanout in the basement to make it easier and I said no, I'd do it myself. It connects to a really old cast iron pipe in the basement and the cleanout there is rusted shut/nonfunctional.

His guy comes over and I had my gf and her dad let him in to do it while I'm at work. It was clogged bad, he said, and they needed to take out a 2ft section of the cast iron in the basement and connect some pvc. I guess she said okay. She, being a dumb woman paid them cash after the job ($500) and they didn't even fix the sink, because they snapped the drain line at the top. he's saying we owe another $150, and he also told her that it was $100 for each attempt at snaking the line ???

like i said she already paid him whatever amount, but theres no way im paying the rest, considering now i need to cut a hole under my sink to fix the broken drain pipe. should i tell these guys to fix the rest and to fuckoff? she didnt get a receipt or invoice, i figure i can get one now but i doubt itll be accurate. is this price even good or am i being unreasonable?
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/diy/ table saw

I've decided I want to see how much I can improve this terrible table saw.

I bought it for 149 dollaridoos, and it was trash out of the box.
I wasn't brave enough to even try and use the stock fence, as the plastic pushed itself out of the track when you tried to lock it. The crosscut guide had the build of quality of a children's toy and the tolerance of a philosophy major.

It's a direct drive, but the blade lift and angle mechanism is quite good. Not great, but accurate enough.

First up was the table top frame, which I have made already. The front and back edge are perfectly parralell, as I want a fence that clamps both ends. The whole thing is 8mm out of sqaure, which I don't think will matter much.

Has anyone done this before? What is the best material for the top; melamine or waxed hardwood ply?
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flea market finds

>Reposted from /adv/, because I couldn't think of the proper board to post it in.

What's the coolest thing you've ever found at a flea market/ yard sale anon?
>Old coins and other little trinkets
>Knives that could be refurbished and be awesome for a collection

No related pic, because most of the stuff I have is not availible to me right now.
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Anyone here ever built their own pool? I'm looking to build a thin long rectangular one that I can swim laps on. I was thinking about building the frame out of a bunch of wooden pallets I have laying around and then layering the inside with waterproof tarp. I don't know shit about how water pressure works though so I'm worried the whole thing will just explode when I fill it.
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I want to do a lot of things like weld and build shit but I live in a 1 bedroom apartment with my wife and have no space to do anything. Not even allowed to work on my car in the parking lot (was doing it for a while but some cunt complained and the owner had words with me).

What options do I have if I want to build stuff? I was thinking about getting a HF oxy acetylene welding kit but I just have nowhere to use it.

Was thinking about getting a storage unit and just going to town in there but wanted to see if you guys had any ideas.
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Video comparing plywood, OSB, and CARDBOARD product for sheathing homes

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Prepping for Brexit

Assuming shit hits the fan on March 29th and there are large scale riots, looting, no food, etc I want to prepare as best I can to ride out the chaos. I've been stockpiling tinned food like beans and corned beef and bottled water. I have a rainwater collector but I suppose that won't be much use if it doesn't rain. What else should I be doing to survive?
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I a plan to build a corner desk like pic related. However, I am curious to know how the builder of this desk joined the left and right sections of desk. It appears there are no legs there for support, which is preferable to me so i can maneuver a desk chair around the area. Say I use something like a 60lb butcher block, would simple brackets underneath support the weight of the wood and a populated desk? I will be posting some more examples of corner desks. Feel free to submit your own, give pointers and recommendations, and call me a moron.
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What size tool holder

How do I find out what size tool holder this is?
>30INT, 40INT, BT40 etc?

It comes from a massive 50+ year old manual milling machine.

I cannot find any documentation online about tool holder sizes.

Posting more images below.
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Welding Thread

Getting a complete welding setup from eBay for about 120 bucks. Welder doesn't have a brand name, and apparently comes from the bowels of China, but I've heard great things about it as a hobby welder. First project is going to be making a welding cart/ table out of a barbecue grill frame.

Post welding setups, tips, tricks, and insults.
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Teacher seeks crafty summer work ideas

Hello, all.

I'm a teacher at a college and like to keep busy in the summer. I am not very handy, so I think it'd be very good for me to work a job where I learn some practical skills.
I probably sound stupid, but this is all very new to me. I think I would really enjoy woodworking, for example, but I have no clue what entry level position I could feasibly get. I also like the outdoors.
The only /diy/ skill I have is ax restoration, which I've always loved doing. Maybe there's something with that?
Thank you for all and any help. Sorry if this is off topic or unbearably cringe and bluepilled.
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I found a resonable 37k$ train diseal engine v24 4910 horse power, should i DiY a car with that?
got any idea for cheap truck part for the weels?
how fuck im i by the police if i do it ?
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perry lane with workshop layout
Hi guys, bought a 1.5 acre plot in Northern NC! It's 70ft by 900ft, wooded sparsely with moderate density vines and brushes everywhere. Water table is fairly high. Using a chainsaw to fall the trees was fairly annoying with vines holding the trees together, the vines with thorns sticking to me and tearing me up. Thoughts on the best way of clearing the land? I would like to keep the timber for building rickshaw structures on the land in the future, and wouldn't want a lumber company cutting it all down.
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how well should a bed be put together?

currently staying in an airbnb and the bed fell apart
it's a queen mattress but the boxspring was only being supported by two bars like this which connects the head to the foot, there's nothing in the middle to help support it
every frame I've seen has some sort of transversal piece, this doesn't
is this enough to normally support a mattress?
should I expect to pay damages?
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Is it really that practical to dig a well in your own backyard?

A benefit would be not having to pay for water?
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ways to make money

beer can fishing
so diy what are some ways you guys make money on the side. like little decorations and stuff
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Hill water issue

My house is built against a hillside where water run off from rain floods the back side of my house and when its really bad seeps into my sun room almost into my home. What can i do to reroute the water from flooding my back yard area. Up the hill is owned by the city so i have about 70 ish feet to play with
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Why do people have table saws, miter saws and circular saws? Can't all 3 be done with a circular saw or even a jig saw?
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Infinity stone of power
Pic related
I am considering making pic related with resin. But I want at least some of the color to come from UV sensitive dye. I can't seem to find UV sensitive dye for resin
Any ideas from more experienced peopl?e
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ITT: The best cordless battery soldering irons.
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How do you succesfully pick a lock?
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Home Brewing General HBG

didn't see one thought Id start one
Recently started with really basic Mead made from Honey (local obviously didnt pay shit for three jars of the stuff) water basic wine yeast and some dried cherries for taste. its pretty nice after half a year bottled and i have some more bottled for future tasting, any recommendations?
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Fan Repair

fan repair
Take a look at this shit. I have a noisy fan on my old 5870 and to service its fan this guide wants me to press it out like a wheel bearing. Is this a bad idea? 9 year old plastic. Oh well. Some forums say there is a sticker you can remove and get to the innards so you can lube them.

What is the best lubricant for a gpu fan? I ordered thermal paste because, the stuff on there cant be that great after all this time, and a similar replacement fan in case I fuck up too bad. My research links
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ITT: nice diy things americans cant have

brick aerated ikoma
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/rcg/ - drone & remote control general

Still waiting to hear back from CNC places about getting my frame cut in carbon fibre ;_;


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 dirt cheap drone to fly around my yard/garden

Syma X5C

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

Eachine E010/Hubsan X4

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

Joshua Bardwell -
Painless360 -
Flite Test -
Peter Sripol -
7demo7 -
ArxangelRC -
RagTheNutsOff -
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hi /diy/. im really jewish and I need internet. I want to connect to my neighbors router via a device which i dont remember its name. I want to run a several hundred foot long ethernet cable from this device that is wirelessly connected to my neighbors router to my computer. what am I looking for? and no i cant run it wirelessly with a yagi as there's too much shit the signal has to penetrate.
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Scrap work areas

Built this welding table out of odd scrap I had laying around. Really love stuff that gets knocked together to fill a need while saving on money. Anyone else have improvised wok spaces/tools?
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Is this made using CNC, Lathe, or both?

I'd like to build on my engraving/leather tooling collection that are similar to the photo.

I'm trying to understand how you can make them yourself and what tooling machine is required. The material is generally brass, and while I understand flat surfaces can be machined using CNC routers, how exactly is it possible to make them on a round device such as in this photograph?

What type of machine would I require to make this at home?

I welcome and appreciate any feedback, thanks.
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fliiping a home i currently live in

If anyone here has worked on houses, what have you found is easy cheap fixes to help bring up value to sell my home? Everything is pretty old inside. Bathroom is super small. Other rooms are pretty large. Old hardwood floor that is damaged under carpet that also needs replaced.

Things i plan on currently doing:
Painting interior

New flooring(unsure if i should go with wood or carpet again)

Replace screen door

Work on lawn area
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Favorite brand for power tools lineup

Milwaukee, makita, dewalt, hercules, which is your favorite and why?
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What percentage of people on earth on pliers?
Can't be more than 40%, right?
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/ham/ - Ham/Amateur radio genera

Last thread died for our sins edition.
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Is a hatchet worth having as a home tool?

I want one but not 100% sure what I'll use it for lol.

I guess I have a tree I can hack branches off of?
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Brich bark crafts etc.

birch bag
I've tried to find a guide on how to make a birch bark bag/container (like pic related), but can't find any useful ones.
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Story thread:odd customers edition

made up examples
>Guy runs in with a dildo strapped to his head asking for 6 packs of stainless steel 14' 2×6s
>guy tries to strap prefabricated shed kit to the roof of his suv
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DIY Boats and Submarines

Homemade Submarine
What kind of boats or perhaps homemade submersibles can you make /diy/? I presume the flatboat is the easiest type of boat to make.
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Why are traditional Yorkshire stone houses better than 99.9% of all burger homes?

My house was built in 1898 when was yours?
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Tools and the things that hold them

this guy carries tool and sometimes uses them
Post pictures of your tool bearing equipment!
>tool belt
>and what tools go in it

im putting together a tool belt, and im curious what goes in it. i've never had to use a belt before because i usually just work in my garage on cars, but lately ive been helping a friend work on a house he just bought. feel free to pop in and share your wisdom
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Geneology of morals and construction

framing osb rot apartments
Dionizian: People who work with their hands dont think.
Apolonian: People who think never worked with their hands.

This is the result when those 2 type of idiots work together.

Just how influential is desintegration of society on construction?
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Vr gun stock

For all you vr mongs out there
parts list will follow
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I have a large shed in my backyard that I'd like to turn in to a livable space. It looks like the one in the picture, only bigger. I had plans to make it into a one bedroom, one bathroom, kitchen and living room mini-house.
Unfortunately, permit laws have changed and I can't have a dwelling that someone lives in within 20 feet of my neighbors property line. The neighbor is a total bitch, and has been for many years, so I can't get away with doing the work unpermitted.
Someone at my work was telling me how easy it is to fake a permit, but I know nothing about that. The law only changed recently, within the last 10 years or so.
Anyone have any experience with faking a city permit? It's completely concealed within my background so it really wouldn't get any attention, it's just the bitchy neighbor I'm worried about.
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So what's the final redpill on insulation? Is spray foam the GOAT? Or is it another way for (((them))) to suppress goyim by giving them cancer via off-gassing?

If I'm building my own home what's the best way to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer?
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reinforce door

I haven't paid rent and I suspect my landlord will evict me at any moment. I know he will send officers to my place eventually and they will possibly try to break my door down, or drill into the lock.

What can I do to reinforce the door so that it's basically impenetrable? It's the only point of access to my place and I need it to be strong as heck
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Hey leather guys, help me out a little.

There aren't really any open to the public leather suppliers in my city so I'm buying blind online. I get how the oz weight sizing works and everything, but I was hoping someone could tell me how to tell the difference between soft leather and rigid leather?

I'm planning on making a notebook cover and I'd like it to be a fairly rigid leather in the 3-4oz range, however I'm stumped at how I'm supposed to know if a certain type of leather is the right one. I know that veg tan tends to be more rigid than chrome tan but that's all I really know.

Are there any key words I can look for to easily spot more rigid types?
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relay digrm
Help, need to figure out which relay I need to do this.

Looking at this one, but it apparently only switches one leg of the power, like the positive wire, to the device right?
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anyone know about pneumatic valves?

sup /diy/

I want to make a foot pedal for a glassblowing torch. The pedal will have 2 positions that controls 2 separate gases. In the on position the valve will supply 100% of oxygen and propane via 2 separate lines, in the off position it will supply 0% oxygen and a small amount of propane to keep a pilot light on the torch lit, this amount should be adjustable. The pedal needs to be able to be switched on/off several times a minute via a foot switch. I'd really like this to be a mechanical only switch(es) although if I have to use electric solenoids then so be it. Both supply lines need to actuate from the same pedal action, click for on, click again for off. Solenoids need to have a minimum of 3/8ths inlet/outlets to not starve my large torch and really 1/2 stepped down seems like a better idea so that I have some wiggle room on not creating a choke point of gas supply. Pressures aren't that high, around 40 psi for oxygen and 15 psi for propane.

I'm seeing a few switches on Amazon, more on ebay. Mostly chineseium, I'm not against spending more for higher quality parts. I'm hoping I can get this built for under $200. There is a foot pedal from the same manufacturer as my torch but they want $900 and all stateside suppliers are sold out so thats more money and time shipping from Germany.

Pic related is my model of glassblowing torch.

Anyone know about this stuff?
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Post whatever you got, from being thrifty to making money. Drop everything here.
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Is there a trick to reinstalling a thermocouple?

I'm trying to screw in my thermocouple into my propane heater, but I can't get it threaded in. I know the threads are right, because I took this same thermocouple out of the unit. Is there a trick to getting it in there?

Pic related: it's that bottom bit I'm having trouble getting in. The heater is upright against the wall and I'd like to get it in without taking the heater off the wall.
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Need to dig a deep hole are portable backhoes the way to go?
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Americans actually pay $350,000 for WOODEN homes?

The construction quality of the average American home seems to be on par with a European barn.
They look like they're made out of popsicle sticks and cardboard.
What about fires, termites, or strong gusts of wind?
No wonder American homes are always burning down or getting leveled by storms.
They're literally built like movie sets.
In Europe we use stone, brick, steel and concrete.
Americans actually take pride in owning and living in these tinderbox termite food barns?
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Looking for advice anons. I'm in the process of buying a home. I was supposed to close tomorrow but at final walk through today I was told the owner let the furnace kick off during the polar vortex. It looks like some pipes froze and burst as there is water coming from a few spots in the baseboard heaters. I'm obviously not closing on a house like this. What is the average cost of repair for something like this? Would the entire plumbung system need to be inspected and if so what can I expect that to cost? I dont plan on paying it but I believe the seller is cash-poor at the moment and may pull the house from the market if the cost is too great.
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I Bought A Very Expensive PLA Candle Edition
Old thread: >>1548510

All the info you need about 3D-printing:

>Need help with prints? 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
>Bed & extruder temperature
>Print speed

>What printer should I buy? [Last updated 7-1-2019]
Under 200 USD: Creality Ender 3
Under 500 USD: Creality CR-10
Under 1000 USD: Prusa i3 (Mk2 or Mk3)
Over 1000 USD: Lulzbot or Ultimaker
Buyer beware: some chinkshit clones are garbage. Some can be genuinely good, though.
Instead of buying a new printer, you could consider building your own:

>Where can I get free things to print?

>What CAD software should I use?
Solidworks, Inventor, AutoCAD etc. all work, but Blender and Fusion 360 are free:
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So I have a bit of an opportunity on my hands and I am wondering about the feasibility of it.

I own 2.3 acres of rural land that I bought on a whim some time ago. I mostly wanted a place in the middle of nowhere that I could camp on and maybe eventually build a home.

The county this land is in recently adopted tiny home friendly building codes.

I'd like to get a permit, drill a well, place a septic system, pour a monolithic foundation, and place a weather king 12x32 cabin shell on it. I'd also like to place a 3-4 Kw solar system with battery storage and just avoid grid tying entirely.

My working budget is about 30k right now. The rough in costs for the shell, electric, septic, and well is around 50k which I should have before July. I plan on doing most of the work myself. I worked in construction for years and have experience with wiring, plumbing, and finishing work.

Has anyone dealt with this kind of project before?
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what’s a good material to make stencils for graffiti. i heard mylar is good but i would love to hear more options
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Oh shit moments.

I'll start.
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Preferred Food of DIY

What do you guys snack on while doing projects?

Pic is my favorite.
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Hey /diy/ I'm an English teacher in China and we get a wee budget for extra curricular.
I wanna do a woodwork project for my class and I was wondering if you guys had any ideas.
It's a class of 14 adults but they are all kinda retarded so something really really basic also the budget is a bit shallow so something under $40 per person.
I was thinking little stools, but can anyone suggest anything more fun?
Here is a picture of my dog
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What do you drink?
Does your beer meet your standards?
I drink and brew IPAs. I experiment a lot with different additions.

>general beer thread
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So, story time.
>Be me
>Saving up cash because I'm about to lose my job
>Company is retrenching one person per month, lowest performing individuals
>Been 8 months, still have my job, but only 5 people left in the team
>Neighbour gets arrested on Monday, growing insane amounts of weed
>Wasn't even stealthy about it. Just up in his greenhouse
>Wife comes to me today, asks if I wanna buy the greenhouse so she can pay bail
"I'll think about it. Let me get back to you after work" I say.
>Greenhouse is 3m x 6m, roof is 2m - 3m(apex), looks something like this pic, but no door and opaque plastic for a cover, no covers infront or at the back
>Pretty shoddy greenhouse. Dude welded it out of 25x25mm 1.6mm thin square tubing. Welds are solid and neat though.
>Cover is slightly damaged and quite dirty (cops pulled the cover off and it got muddy, and the mud baked into the plastic yesterday)
>After some consideration, I decide I'll buy the greenhouse just to help her pay bail.
>Moved it to my yard, there's hardly any place where I get more than 5 hours direct sunlight per day on account of huge ass trees

So now I'm sitting with a decent sized greenhouse, and I have no idea what to do with it. I've done hydroponics before as a hobby, but nothing serious. Still have most of the equipment.

Should I put some money into building more hydroponics grow beds, and try to make a living off of this? Not sure what I can grow in here, and winter is around the corner
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It's fucking cold

I live in an old house, and it's got all these old defunct, drafty floor vents.

How can I block these internally to stop some of the drafts, preferably under the covers and inside the ducts, with some water tolerance.

The forced air system is no longer in use, as we switched to a different source of heat. Removal of the ducting and floor repair isn't possible at this time.

I've tried googling to no avail.

Pic not mine.
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There is this what seems to be hollow wall in my appartment. It is not on the floorplan. At first I thought it was for utilities for my upstairs neighbours (I live on a middle floor) but lately i've been investigating other pictures of different appartments in the same buildings and not every appartment has it. At first i thought those pictures must be of top floor appartments but it appears that also appartments on the same level as mine don't have it.

How the fuck do I find out what's behind it? It really fucks me over cause it limits my kitchen significantly. If I wouldn't have this shit wall I could have alot more living room space.

Also it's probably difficult to demolish anyway once I find out what's behind it cause eventhough I bought this appartment there are probably still laws or permits in place, but I wanna start with finding out how much room is behind this wall.

Any ideas how to find out without destroying it?
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concrete dumbells
hello lads /fit/izen here, all i have is cement, sand and gravel + steel pipes.i watched videos on yt but all they use is either premade handles or plastic pipes with helical ridges so thats out. bad thing is i dont have any acess to tools to make anything, so i gotta go full africa with it. any tips to not fuck it up, get most weight out of them and as durable as humanly possible?
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Cabin in woods

I built one of these years ago with a friend when he was going through a difficult part of his marriage I don't know why he built this damn thing but he did. You got me to help them haul up some basic materials like plywood sheathing and some shingle blocks but all the rest was made on site. He brought an Alaskan Mill and a couple of other things and made most of everything. It gets used from time to time but frequently squatters move in for few weeks at a time and leave the huge fucking mess. Recently while I was hiking and exploring a unmapped mountain bike trail I found this cabin. Post photographs of your own discoveries or stuff that you've made. This one is in a park in a very popular tourist area so I hope the GPS data has been stripped off of this photograph
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I need books on inspecting and evaluating the quality of homes
>use google
I did but I prefer unregulated opinions
Also any good dyi related books about homes would be welcome
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How deep do I need to dig for a post hole?
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How hard would it be and how long would it take to make a locost?
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Should I just enter a trade instead of pursuing an engineering degree? I was originally planning to go to community for 2 years and then transfer into a 4 year for EE/ME, but I'm concerned about debt and personal motivation. I'm considering becoming an elevator mechanic at this point, but I barely know anything about the trade or anyone working in it. Anybody work in the field or in trades in general? What was your experience training and finding employment?

For context, I'm 18 in the SF Bay Area. I also tried asking /adv/ and /biz/ but they told me no one there actually works.
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anything I should add to by "hottub" ?? I also have heat lights suspended from the ceiling with the failsafe anti tip over alarms disabled. on the ground is a pump to pump out the remaining water after i drain the 100 gal tub
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How do I make nice insulated cable holes/connections when I start with a regular waterproof junction box and USB cables? ..lads
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trying to make a cheap light box for an online store. what are some recommendable lights on the cheap? I'd like something neutral.
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Bass Mod

gsr200 wiring diagram
Hey everyone, I have an Ibanez Gsr200, which is an active bass, and I'd like to turn it passive, bypassing the Phat-II EQ + battery with a switch and going straight to the output jack. The pickups + volume and tone controls are passive. I can solder and work my way through a diagram, but I can't think it off scratch... Can someone here on /diy/ help me out? Thanks in advance, Pic related
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Made this by using a 3d pen and wrapping it around a cup.
R8 my work.
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I want to make a simple wooden post box with a lift up lid similar to the picture. My issue is that it will be outside in the rain. How do I rain proof the wood to stop it from rotting?
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Do It Yourself

6 year old cousin of mine loves arts and crafts so he made his own diy matchbox car tell me what you think of it
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Hey dudes, so my family has a little house out in a little rural village about 40km from any city, in the house i manage to get H+ in one of the bedrooms. I wanted to know of theres a way to get something that can pick up that signal and boost it so I can have internet in the house? Also is there a way to "hack" into this signal so i can have free internet?
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/diy/ business thread
I have $20,000 individually and 60-80k collectively with 2 partners. They probably aren't as committed until the 20k starts showing returns.

How hard is it to start a brick and mortar business? It would cater to other businesses so location doesn't matter, no sales to consumers, only businesses.

Is my biggest hurdle still location/building costs? I own half my inventory already, valued at roughly 5k, and can make a profit of about 50-75% easily with my skillset.
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How useful are trade skills for getting a job outside your own country?

I'm currently in an apprenticeship as an electrician, and I'm enjoying it. But I would like to be able to get a job overseas from it. How likely is that to happen? My country produces some of the best electricians in the world.
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>brand new mower
>put oil in
>put gasoline in
>prime the carburetor
>won't start
what the fuck
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I work in Lumber/Building Materials. Ask me anything.
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Help request

My indesit washing machine has a fault and I read that it's often something simple like a capacitor.
So opened it and there's a scorch mark on the board and two components look fried.
Question is will replacing these two components fix the problem or is there likely to be damage beyond the two obvious parts.
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Replacing Bi Fold doors

I really dont like them. dated looking, fragile.

They all look like they were made cheaply in the 70's

What solutions have you guys thought of?

PS Do like the barn door look but most of mine havent got enough wall space
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DIY Tattoo

I'm doing a stick n' poke tattoo I was wondering if it's safe to use speedball super pygmented acrylic ink?(Pic not related)
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Indoor gardening and fuses

Hey I'm planning to buy some lamps (pic related), for some indoor gardening manly tomato's and peppers and maybe more plants in the future.
Thought they look fine and the perfect size for my project (the 100w ones), but I don't want to burn my house down, so I was planning to install a fuse in the circuit. But now I came to realise that I really don't have an idea what fuses are suitable for this.

Also if you have any recommendations I would really appreciate if I could order them from AliExpress or bangood etc because most online shops don't ship to my region
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How can I sabotage this fucking thing?
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>Nominal wood dimensions
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Is it normal to grow up with a father who owns lots of tools?

Growing up, my dad was always using his powered saws and routers to make garden beds, fix things around the house, etc. We also had a shit ton of electronics too so we basically repaired everything on our own unless it was something like a gas line. In the end, we now have a shit ton of different tools. Not everything you might need, of course, but basic stuff like routers bits for the basic inch fraction increments, a powered saw or two, a handheld jigsaw, more screws than I could count, and enough wire, solder, and leds to make basic shit and fix computer parts. Of course, this was built up over more than 25 years, and since we rarely, if ever, bought expensive toys like TVs or consoles or whatever, we could afford it when we needed a new part. Now I've been looking up some plans and shit on the internet lately, for making your own wooden projects, mainly articles aimed at fathers and such, and all the writers basically say "it's not more cost effective because you'll have to invest in tools and parts". Do men just... not buy tools anymore? That's kind of weird.
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DIY finance real estate? Autistic savants and brainlets welcome

Have 50k in savings.
1st house mortgage I'm now living in 80k left (5.5% 19 years left)
2nd house mortgage covered by mother at 95k left.(4.25% 26 years left)
Truck 20k left.(3.25% ~5 years left)
~37k in tsp (retirement)
I make about 55k/year.

I need to live in my 1st for another year to count as my primary residence again.

I'm 29, single, and pretty comfortable. What would you do? I'm contemplating paying off my 1st house in the next year, year and a half or I can just pay off my truck and snowball the rest.

I'm kind of at a fork in the road between living somewhat debt free and buying another house and renting my current place in about 1 to 2 years.

Stupid ideas? Smart ideas?
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Ruiner LED Display On Helmet

I have about 500 to work with but I don't want to burn through it completely. I'm not trying to make Puppy's helmet from Ruiner, I just want to know how to set up the display for the LED lights?
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Load bearing walls?

I'm fixing to cut a big hole in my wall to put in a closet pretty soon here, and I just want to make sure my house isn't going to collapse. The wall is running parallel to the joists, so I don't think it's load bearing, but there's a support pillar under it in the crawlspace. I'm planning on putting in a 2x8 header to span the opening, but should I be concerned about anything else? Pic related is a the remodel plans but not the right part
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I bought a sawmill...what's next?

I decided to finally take the plunge and drop a couple grand on a sawmill. I have God only knows how many trees (lot of maple especially) on my property and woodworking is a real hobby of mine. I figured that based on the amount of nice wood I buy for my projects, buying my own sawmill to make my own lumber exactly the way I want it would be a good idea.

That said, I've never used one before. Any tips for me? What's the best way to place felled logs on the mill? I have two tractors so my current plan is using one of them with forks but I've not sure how well that's going to work. What sort of regular maintenance needs to be done? Should I build a barn around the bill to protect it from the elements or is a tarp sufficient? How long do the saw bands last on average?

Anything you guys can tell me to get the most out of my new tool I'll appreciate.
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My GF bought me one of these grow-your-own bonsai starter kits and they seem to be coming along well. Obviously they can’t all coexist in the same pot so at one point do I start snipping the smaller ones?
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Mousing arround

How fast interns of cm/s can the typical optical mouse detect
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Shipping container house

Yes /diy/ normally considers shipping container houses a meme, but this might be interesting to some.

HomeMadeModern is a YouTube channel that does a lot of DIY projects that I like to watch, and the guy's been working on a shipping container house for the past year or so.

Normally I'd call them a meme too, but he's actually showing the construction process so might be worth a follow.

No idea what the scheduling is, but first ep is here
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Union Ironworker currently working on the worlds largest residential building. AMA
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Okay. This is my peacy lili. It looks dry. I have attempted to prune it. I may have overwatered it. What can I do
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how would I go about doing this?
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goldfish breeding

I’m trying to breed the large one with a male ranchu to get a ranchu Hybrid that has the normal ranchu features plus long tail. Any suggestions?
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ceiling plastering us just for looks right? as in I should expect it to protect or to stop things form dropping it?

basically when the house was built 25 years ago the roller garage door was installed a little too high so when it went up and down it would run into the plaster ceiling and eventually over time from being pushed on it collapsed a little.

think it should be ok to cut the hanging parts off and just have the wood exposed? thinking of cutting the plaster off for thethe full length too of where the roller door used to rub

that should be ok to start using the garage again right?
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TLDR: Anon wants to buy a set of russian active headsets but it has the male equivalent of the thing circled in pic related.

Is there a converter or an adapter pre-made to swap it to 2-pin Kenwood, or does OP have to whip out the soldering iron?
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Hey /diy/,
I'm going to be starting a position as a sales associate (glorified restocker) at Home Depot soon. I'm starting school again soon and had to leave my previous position as a hardwood floor installation contractor, and joined up with them since they offer pretty flexible hours.

I have a pretty good grasp on most of the basics on just about all home improvement projects, but I wanted to ask you guys what would be some good knowledge to have to help out DIYers like you? I don't want to end up being asked questions outside my scope that I don't know how to answer.
Is there any frustrating experiences you've had at big chain stores like HD that I could avoid? Any advice is useful!
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/ohm/ - electronics general, make a thing edition

blinked thread: >>1546196

0. Electrics ≠ electronics. Mains wiring goes to /qtddtot/ or /sqt/. PC assembly to >>>/g/.
1. Do your own homework. Re-read all documentation/datasheets related to your components/circuits, and do an honest web search, before asking.
2. Pics > 1000 words. Post relevant schematic/picture/sketch/9001.5 hours in MS Paint with all part numbers/values/etc. when asking for help. Focus/lighting counts.
3. Read posts fully. Solve more problems than you create.
4. /ohm/ is an anonymous, non-smoking general.

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

>Project ideas:

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

>Design/verification tools:
NI Multisim
iCircuit for Macs
KiCAD (pcb layout software, v5+ recommended)

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

>Related YouTube channels:

>Li+/LiPo batteries
Read this exemplary resource first:
>I have junk, what do?
Take it to the recycler.
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plumbing help

So my electric water heater had an element go bad. When I went to replace the element, I noticed the tank had a small but steady flow of cold water coming into it, even though the cut off valve was closed. It was a pretty old stop valve so I decided to just replace it with a new ball valve.

I've now tried 2 brand new ball valves and one old stop valve. The tank still fills with cold water when the valve is closed on all of them, and I can't believe they would all be defective.

Is it possible that the cold water could be getting into the hot water line through a faucet somewhere in the house, then traveling back up into the tank via the hot water line? If not, is there some other possible explanation?
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Are there any interesting /diy/ applications for pic related? I have several hundred of them and it seems a shame to send them off to recycling
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I want to replace the motor on a busted power tool but I can't seem to pry this plastic thingy off the old motor.

Any tips?
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Padlock dismantle

I need to know how to dismantle a master padlock. It's not showing anywhere on google so ads no specs no nothing. What I have is a 50mm brass "version" of the 141d, but it's not 141d bec. I have a 50mm variant. The closest I found is an aluminum body 40mm. And I found no dismantle video of it.
Why I want to dismantle it? I want to rekey it with a more...sinister core.
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Hardwire smoke detector

Any problems with hardwiring my smoke detector like this directly into an electrical outlet? I have a couple of rooms without the ceiling mount already made, and I'm not crazy about starting to make new holes. Any issues with simply plugging it in like a regular 120v appliance?
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So what exactly are sheds for and what do you use yours for?

our one is literally just full of junk and I have been in the process of emptying it slowly.

once I clear it out what do you think would be good to store in there
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Would covering a hollow core door with foam acoustic panels block a decent amount of sound entering it?
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what can I build with pallet wood?
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Protecting ABS Plastic Against Heat

I'm building a mini steam turbine, and I'm looking for a suitable turbine fan. Thing is, most fan blades you can find online aren't really conducive to the kind of design I'm looking for.
If I were to 3D print the necessary fan out of ABS plastic, is there any kind of spray coating out there that would make it dissipate heat better or make it more resistant to heat?

Pic semi related
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Is /diy/ a kithome/prefab friendly board?

Normal looking ones. Not that goofy architects' wank shit ofc.
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How deep into the earth can I get with a pickaxe
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how would u make this package
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N64 Repro Carts

I've seen a thread on here before about making reproduction carts for the N64, and I was wondering if anyone would know how to make a fairly cheap repro. I plan on putting ROM hacks on it.
I know that you can re-flash a shitty Chinese cart.
But like can I do anything else that isn't getting shit from China?
I don't know if it would be possible to try and make a pcb for a cart and then get a CIC chip online for what I want to run.
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>be me
>what is this pls somebody help
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So I have a box full of old pocket knifes from family members way back when. My dad and I would like to restore them to there former glory. I have some pior experience restoring hammer hands but I think these need a little gentler approach.

I want to start off restoring a hatchet head from the box. I'm worried that during the rust removal process I might damage some on the patterns placed on head.

Does anyone have any gentle ways of removing rust?
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Not what I want
So, I acquired some linoleum and some carvers because I plan to create some patterns to decorate my room and some other things, meaning I won't (for the most part) be printing on paper.
My question is: If I want to be printing on other surfaces then what kind of paint should I use, and more importantly, does it matter?
I want to decorate a piece of spray-painted wood, so I don't think regular xylography ink will do. Can I use acrylic? or will that screw everything up? what other paints/inks do you suggest.

Pic related: not what I want to do.
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I need a clear epoxy/resin type substance that has an elastic modulus in the order of 10-50 GPa and tensile strength in the order of 1-10 MPa? This part is important.

It has to come in liquid form and set in a hardened state.

Any ideas?
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