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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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/ohm/ no girls allowed edition

the old thread has reached the bump limit: >>1591072

0. Electrics ≠ electronics. Home appliances/sparkies to /qtddtot/ or /sqt/. PC assembly to >>>/g/.
1. Do your own homework. Search web first. Re-read all documentation/datasheets related to your components/circuits. THEN ask.
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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I have almost no do it yourself skills whatsoever, I can hardly change a light bulb a tleast. Do any of you people know of any books that can teach me life skills such as using my own two hands to build things or fix things? Do such books exist?
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Dirt Crawlspace

Houses aren't really built like >pic related are they?
What with the nasty dirt crawl space. Why wouldn't you just have a poured concrete floor?
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>tfw you forget to plug in your brake pads
I want to personally thank the engineers that decided electronic brake wear indicators were a good idea.
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Too far gone?

My brother said his friend offered to give him an old Cooey shotgun. This is what he brought home.
Any recommendations for how to go about this? I've never dealt with this much rust and I'm unfamiliar with gun restoration. Ive removed cosmoline off an SKS before but this seems more /diy/ than /k/.
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Climbing/Bouldering Wall Panel

Does anyone know how to make climbing wall panels? Anyone with experience?

Looks like it is just plywood with a bunch of holes with t-nuts.
I guess you would also have to create a rough surface somehow. And apply some paint that makes wiping off dirt and rubber easier.

Any idea on the price of material for a flat panel?
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God tier electrics thread.

OC Edition.
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I recently took off my car's engine cover because it got pretty rusty, sanded it until I removed all the paint, but I was left with really bad scratches because I used a small dremel sander on some of the parts. I sent it to be nickel plated and the scratches still show, any advice?
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Can someone tell me what in name of jesus christ is this white stuff on my walls?

I have always had my room painted white so I think that's why I never noticed this, I wanted to have 1 wall painted a different color and now look at this disgusting shit.

It says on google it could either be efflorescence or white mold any tips to get rid of it? already tried scrubbing it off with water and detergent but after it dries it shows up again and if I scrub too hard I end up peeling off the paint

Please help a fellow retard
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Arduino, PIC, STM32, ESP8266 and your mom

old thread, wherein we all were startled to learn that 555,555 will not fit in a computer >>1567647
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real gas cans

Not sure if this is the right board to post this on.

Does anyone have a link to buy gas cans WITHOUT this failed "safety" contraption on it?

More gas gets spilled with this than it ever did before. I saw they were selling the blue kerosene cans w/o the safety cap on them a few years ago but even they have been "upgraded" now.
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I am about to become an Electrical Helper wagie. What am I in for?
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>Sticks to the plate no matter what you do
>Hard as fuck to establish an arc
>Need to keep at a 90 degree angle or you fuck it up
>shitty push n' whip technique
>Can't be broken off
>Lights itself on fire if you have it on the plate for literally 1 second after it sticks
>People will die arguing that its superior to 6013

Meanwhile with 6013
>Loves you
>Doesnt want to see you get hurt
>wont burn itself being a shit tier rod
>literally offers the exact same benefits as 6010
>very beginner friendly
>can strike an arc from 20 feet away
>can maintain an arc very well
>Has no shitty techniques associated with it
>Can just be drug along the plate however you see fit
>can get good consistent welds and wont arc burn the shit out of the plate trying to start the arc

Why is 6013 superior in every way to 6010, yet boomer CWI's will insist 6010 is the only way to go?
Both have the same strength, both can be used in all positions, hell literally the only difference is polarity and flux make up.
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Aluminum stick weld

Any of you worthless faggots use these before. Got some cast to work on.
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Anyone else really like rivets?
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questions that don't deserve their own thread

2019-03-29 13.39.03
I've had a bunch of these drill bits for a long time the only ever use the light bronze colored ones. What are the other 3 types for?
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Home Brew General /hbg/

Starting new thread. Post brews you're working on.
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morel mushrooms
Is the season for Morel Mushrooms, anons. Have any of you guys tried growing these beasts yet?
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Anyone know where to find a steampunk kit with more than just gears? I mean like, a clockwork erector set or some shit.
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Tool identification

Does anybody know what this tool is called?
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How feasible is it to build a deep underwater city in international waters?
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The comments on this video are brutal

>This house is a giant meal for termites
>A glorified shack. American dwellings don't fit the definition of "house" in my opinion.
>low quality fragile building
And I love how they put some obnoxious progressive rock track over the footage.
Just lol so hard at this.
American homes are garbage.
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/EMT/ Eternal Machinist Thread

It's me motherfuckers! did you missed me? of course not!

Thread hymn.

Last thread:

>Haas automation videos.
>Titans of CNC
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My tap and die set is total shit. What's a half decent set that won't break the bank?
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Post your garage/work area

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How hard is it to DIY hardwood flooring properly? Should I just pay someone to do it? I need about 1000-1500 sq ft done.
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Anyone else acquire any awesome old tools recently? I picked up this 8 inch saw for $5. I replaced the cord because the original had some spots where the insulation was cracked and the original plug was the find with a ground strap, not a third prong. It is heavy as fuck but it cuts just as well as a modern saw.
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My hairdryer for my burnpit burned out. The motor is still good but I'm having a hard time configuring the thing to run again.
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/rcg/ - drone & remote control general

You suck at flying edition

Old thread:


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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anyone ever do utility locating work? what was it like?
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A Cat Is Fine Too Edition

Old thread: >>1591345

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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ITT at work DIY. Used this as a portable station to cut up metal bars for carts around the yard at my work.
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Super glue

Got an old Afterglow headset I'm wanting to fix. It has a plastic band that snapped from me pulling them too far apart like a dumbass. What's the best superglue to use to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
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water wheels

I have a creek running at the edge of my property, and I wish to build a waterwheel in it. One end of the central axle will be supported on the bank, the other on a stone gabion in the centre of the creek. The creek is prone to flooding, so how can I know what dimensions/weight to use for the gabion to stop it from washing away/moving?
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/ham/ - Ham/Amateur radio general

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Best options for a /diy/ time capsule? I want to put in some photographs, a newspaper, USB flash drive. To be opened in 50 years time but ideally I'd like it to last as long as possible. I'm going to bury it 500 feet deep. What sort of materials should I make it out of?
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How hard would it be to make this liveable

I'm was thinking about turning this attic at my grandma's house into my own little apartment how hard would that be given the pictures, what would I have to start with
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We are currently streaming our DIY workshop

afoo_logo_final (1)
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finish for a tabletop

Okay I figure there isn't an existing thread I'd be better posting this in. Just stripped the polyurethane down off this Japanese Oak tabletop and sanded it to a smooth 800 grit. Probably overkill and might need to sand it back to something coarser, but at least it feels nice. So I'm wanting to lay down a new finish on it and I'm getting conflicting information online; some recommend tung oil, others recommend polyurethane. I was wanting a durable finish and I assume tung oil wouldn't provide the kind of hard surface layer that you get from PU, but it was highly recommended by the guy at the hardware store as he used it on his table.

Can post more pictures of the tabletop if you want to have a good look, but it is a little pock-marked from decades of use. The original tabletop was Kauri, but it was real marked up since it's a soft wood and was removed perhaps 60 years ago. Damn photo better not be sideways.

TL;DR: what finish do I use on my japanese oak tabletop? I don't live in the states so some of your brands might not be available, but general recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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my husband is doing his masters in an urban area and we're renting a house. we have the go-ahead from the landlord to use raise garden beds in the backyard, and i want to grow stuff like tomatoes, peppers, etc. obviously we need to build the beds, we're getting some planks from the hardware store, but what kind of soil should we be getting? also, do you guys have any raised-bed gardening tips? thanks in advance.
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Anyone else start repairing there own car because local mechanics are morons.

I was making a good living and stopped working on my car, but now I find the local mechanics are sup par so I started doing my own repairs.
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Why did my cock fail so miserably in just a few years?
Should i not have used the sanded one?
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So I punched a few holes in a wall.
How do I patch the wallpaper upon repairing the wall?
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Restoring 100 year old hand/jack planes

Here's a few pictures of my great grandfather's antique hand planes. I restored them almost to their former glory, still need to work on the Stanley #16 and #4 also I need to sharpen the blades on some whet stones I bought off amazon.
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Zero maintenance lawn alternative

I'm putting together a budget before buying my first home. I don't want a lawn, so whats a low to no maintenance alternative?
Is there such a thing as installing or planting something once and never looking at it again? Cost is not really an issue
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I have a 5V fancy sculpted LED lamp I made myself. The LEDs burn out easily if the voltage is not right.
Is there a modle you can buy that protects from
-reverse polarity
-over voltage
-anything else a stupid user could do
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Which tools are basically playing russian roulette?
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Redpill me on electric mowers /diy/. How does 40V feel in heavy grass? How often does one need to replace the battery? Are they capable of mowing steep grades? From what I've read, it's the same as an ICE mower with a higher up front investment and quieter.
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Sewing Pattern

i've never created a sewing pattern before but im trying to create a cosplay of ghiaccio from jjba. i made this on illustrator and can have it printed in actual size on paper at my job. I would like some feedback on if this looks usable or not.
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Tell me bros, how do I turn this bar of rusted steel into a sword
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How the fuck do I get rid of mildew on my bath tub?
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ok i figuered it is time again for a knife making general

show your forges, anvils, rigs, grinders, sanders , projects, tools and all related to knifemaking!
ask questions, and help anons to improve their work.
show your stuff.
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Stealing power from school/work

How many kilo-watt hours can you pack in the volume of a backpack? I'm guessing laptop batteries have the biggest energy density per volume?
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What type of valve is best for daily use? I heard gate valves are NOT good for regular use
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How do I remove this goddamned castle nut? I've tried using a Dremel, using some nut splitters and I've also cursed at it. The bolt spins only enough to move it's position but it won't go up nor will it tighten. I am doing this in an apartment parking lot because I'm too damn poor to own a house and garage and I have basic tools for oil changes and a set of ratchets from Stanley. I want to remove the damned nut off but I don't wanna be evicted for using torches or making to much noise. Please help I've been trying now for what feels like a month trying to remove it but it won't come off like a damned parasite.
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Does Bunkerbro still post here?
I remember his threads from years back and was wondering how his project went.
Did he ever finish? Is there a compilation of his shit available on some archive?
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Has anyone tried this yet?

Seriously, people like to put all kinds of shit down the toilet these days. Women with their extra plush toilet paper and tampons.

I think plumbers are suppressing this technology.
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Home Oil refinery

Has anyone here ever refined oil at home? Or developed a small refinery for personal use?

it would seem pretty useful for preppers and when SHTF
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The Notre Dame fire

>How much will it cost to rebuild
>how long will it take to rebuild
>Can it even be rebuilt?
>Is it even worth rebuilding.
It is important to note (I think) that the structure didnt completly burn to the ground.
>is it diy?
It is (or was) a famous piece of architecture around 600 years old. Therefore I believe this thread has enough justification to exist.
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there's birds on my roof

what the fuck
any suggestions on what i should build to remove them?
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prescription safety sunglasses

Are they worth it? Should I just keep doing the safety squint behind my cheap prescription sunglasses? Will they even help me if some retard bumps into me while I'm doing sketchy power tool stuff and I kick up some shrapnel? Would I get more pussy with a pirate eye patch anyway?
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Home Efficiency Improvement

What are your experiences with improving the efficiencies of your home? Where do you find your rebates? Are there any efficiency improving devices you would recommend staying away from?
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Hauled this off a job site, it's rough and weathered
Lets see what I can do with it for re-sale
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Have you ever had to work with heights? How well do you fare?
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Drawing your own Home Floor Plans - Also post Floor Plans

Some background info:

Moving for work after I finish my degree. Not 100% sure where, as I signed a guaranteed work agreement with the Federal Government and will be placed according to agency need. What I am sure of is that it is going to be in a rural area (paved roads for towns, but will probably live off a dirt/gravel road) and that the posting is permanent (I can stay there until retirement or transfer if my wife or I hate the area). Wife and I are planning on having at least 2 or 3 hellspawn, starting once we settle on a place to live.

My wife and I REALLY want to build a "small" (<2000sqft) Queen Anne Victorian. Been looking online at vintage floor plans and have seen several that we like elements of but not one we like all of.

I have the drawing ability of a 2yo mentally challenged child and my wife is even worse on that end of things. Can't afford an architect right this second but would probably have one or an engineer look at what I came up with to see if it is feasible/safe before any building occurred. What software would /diy/ use to draw your own floorplan?

Also post floor plans you think are cool!
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What is this ?

I inherited a bunch of tools from from grandfather who passed a while ago and was wondering what this is ?
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Why don't Americans use cable trays? The ones one the right.
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Painting pen

Got a pen like the one in the image and I ended it up dropping it leaving a copper looking scratch on it. Was wondering what was the best way to get it looking semi new again? Was thinking of just painting it, but don't know what would be the best paint to use.
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Symmetrical plug/mold for a fiberglass shell

How to make a symmetrical plug for a fiberglass mold? I’m planning to build an RC aircraft with fiberglass fuselage. I already have an experience with fiberglass composites in general, as I did build shells for CanSat probes with it (though because of small size I just used 3D printed molds, here the size makes it impossible). I need it to be precisely symmetrical, especially as the aircraft design I want to use will be aerodynamically unstable, so it will be hard to balance it as it is. Did anybody here have experience with fiberglass RC planes?
>pic related, those 3D printed molds for the CanSat probe
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I'm getting rid of some shitty 40 year old textured wallpaper and I've managed to strip everything aside from the upper part of this goddamn stairwell
I've got one of those multi position ladders but the legs don't extend far enough to set up in an A position in the middle of the stairwell to reach the top-middle of the wall
My first thought was something to level one leg of the ladder to lean it directly against the wall but looking at available products I would have to spend $100+ and that solution doesn't look ideal
so now I'm thinking I get a couple boards and set up a scaffold using a 2"x10"x12' deck plank supported with two 2"x4"x12' in a π shape
this should cost under $40
I'm 180lbs 6'6" and if I'm able to stand on the middle of the plank I'll be able to easily reach the last of the wallpaper and I'll be able to sand and paint
any suggestions?
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I am in the process of implementing an irrigation system in my garden. I have bought a pump so i can pump water from the ditch next to my garden into a gutter. Are there better ways? The water is mostly clean but there is a risk of small particles so im not sure if i can use a small perforated hose.
Also, the garden is about 1000 m2, with a lot of flower beds and a bit of a height difference.
Are there some anons here with experience?
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Have you taken the stone pill?

Imagine this was built out of OSB like modern houses in America.
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How to make hills less steep?

There's a creek that runs half way through my property with extremely steep hills. I'm getting a tractor soon and there's some stuff i want to do on the other side, but the hills are too steep for the tractor to drive on safely. Is there a way I can make the hills less steep, and maybe also making the creek a bit wider for the wildlife in the area? What would i do about the tree roots that keep the hills together?

Pic related
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Fun backyard projects

I'm a bored NEET, I spend most of my day reading manga online. I want to do something fun outside. I have a reasonably sized backyard. I have no experience in any kind of physical labor. What are some fun projects I can do to waste time? I already built an incinerate out of bricks and burned some toilet rolls, but then the neighbors complained about the smoke.
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This scares they DIY Jew

but but it will buckle under 18 inches of soil
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We attempted to make soap

Screen Shot 2019-04-16 at 19.50.29
Me and my friend were watching videos of soap and thought that it couldn't be that hard to make. It went very wrong, heres a link to how we made it

Can anyone explain why our soap turned out like bars of oil instead of soap?
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So other than the standard xacto blade, are any of these other ones useful? or just gimmicks?
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Repurposing car parts

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So ive just learned the basics components of car engines. I couldnt help but wonder about the possibilities for DIY things made out of all the various pump,motors,compressors ,alternators etc .Theyre plentiful and cheap.
So /diy/ whats some cool shit youve seen repurposed?
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Cast in Place Concrete Counter

I want to do this in my kitchen. Anyone DIY concrete counters yet?

It looks easy on youtube but so did tile until I tried it.
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Murphy Beds

/diy/ I want to build a murphy because I'm moving into a studio apartment soon. However, I won't be able to mount it to the walls so I need help on how to build one that's free-standing.

Any advice?
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Mid 2000s boombox AUX install

Hello there!

My parents have 10 or more year old boombox with somewhat good speakers (somewhat like that one in pic but older), but sadly that receiver accepts only CDs tapes and FM radio. I want to add AUX cord to it somehow.

Can it be done by soldering aux cord wires to wires which come from tape reader to amplifier or something? I am not that good in music equipment, but I guess it could work.

Anyone has done this before?
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Would it be cost efficient and with some cad knowledge easy to build a 3d printer from scratch? (without using a 3d printer)
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A customer gave me this, what can I do with it?
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>walk onto job to tile bathroom
>see this
I'm no plumber, but I don't think you can do this
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DIY projects

So this guy apparently built a ladder.
What has /diy/ built recently?
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What would you do with free electricity?

I'm getting an OP solar system next week, planets not included, and I am curious to know what y'all would do with free electricity. I used to mine crypto, but honestly it would be more efficient to grow "tomatoes" in a greenhouse than fuck with shit coins. Anyways, here Is what I have thought of:

>non-stop 3D printing
>shitcoin mining
>electric foundry
>plug-in hybrid car
>woodshop tools

My life feels like an RPG.
>grind harvesting cans
>level up crafting skill
>melt down cans into ingots
>craft weapons
>level up

I am also thinking about rolling a (((goblin))) class and specializing in crypto-mining and selling it for precious metal shot to be melted down for 3DP lost casting jewcraft.

I don't have a shit ton of money to spend yet, so anything that can be used to reinvest or turn a profit would allow me to buy bigger tools and venture into more hobbies. I already have the 3D printer, a decent PC and even some grow lights that I scored. Every appliance in my house is electric as my house was built in the 50s with the atomic age in mind. Anyways, thats my blogpost for the day.
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hi, my gamecube controller's cord broke and I would like to fix it. I guess you would just solder the wires of each color together right? but then what are you supposed to do with the fuzzy stuff in the cord?
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Does anyone here have experience with building a gas powered go kart?
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best way to make a shortwave radiio antenna thread?
pic related
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oes anyone know how to fix sideview mirror moldings? My 95 SC300's just got wrecked...
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Are there actually female ironworkers or is this just a larp for TV?
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Treated Wood

>TL;DR: Is deck wood safe for a sandpit? How to make it safer?

I acquired some scrap wood from a neighbour who was taking apart their deck. I figured I'd use it for a sandpit for my boy and be a wholesome fag. The wood was likely to have been weather-treated to some extent, but surely required to be somewhat safe to be exposed to, should I be concerned about using it for a child's sandbox? Because chems and shiet. Additionally, how can a poorfag cleanse/secure the material of its treatment?

Photo for reference. I'm a complete neophyte with only the essential DIY carpentry knowledge of not sawing off my thumb or drilling my dick to a 2x4. Thank you for your time.
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Is bricklaying a decent trade?

Hey diy

Have an opportunity to work in bricklaying in Canada.

Could lead to an apprenticeship in the trade and am interested to hear highs / lows of the job.

I'm old (30) but am wanting to learn a trade and haven't got a lot of experience with things
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Tire sandals problem

So I've been making my own sandals for a while because I'm a filthy hippy and prefer my own design to that of store bought sandals, but the rubber I've been using generally wears out after roughly a year of wear. I've been trying to find tires to cut soles from since the rubber on them is so tough and I know people in the third world use them all the time, but every tire I've tried has those metal bands running through them that make cutting and shaping really impractical.
So I guess my question boils down to
A: what kind of tires are these guys using that don't have metal in them?
and B: am I just better off using something different?
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NEET who wants to apply for an electrician apprenticeship

Interview Ranking List
Is it right to infer that industrial is significantly more difficult to get an apprenticeship than residential from this picture? I'm a 22 year old NEET (with some community college - all GEs and some business classes) with a 3 - 4 year work gap and only have experience working a service job, so I'm not a great candidate. I hear/read people shit on residential but $17.50 an hr starting seems pretty good to me and I really need some movement/direction going in my life. I'm in the Bay Area/Santa Clara County. Gonna apply for residential regardless but wanted to hear some thoughts, opinions and advice to see if I should go ahead and apply for industrial as well. Thank you.
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How do I paint match shitty faded 30 year old paint with destroyed clear coat?
I bought a white camper shell for my truck and I'd like to try and get kinda sorta close.

Just put on not-enough-layers of the same paint code and don't clear it?
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Does anyone of you have experience with buying a 2nd hand shipping container? I've been thinking of getting one to use as some sort of bunker in my backyard in case there ever is an apocalypse or something. What are some good ways of isolating the thing for heat/cold/radiation and maybe also sound?
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power input
Can somebody tell me what that little ring at the end of the green/yellow grounding wire is called? I accidentally cut mine and I need to find a replacement.
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If you don't own at least 20 chisels, you can't call yourself a woodworker.

Photo related
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Show me your mess mix
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Wood vs fiberglass. What's best for which applications?
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so guys, i got this drum machine and the rubber pads stink of nicotine. whats some method of taking this nasty shit away?
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Raising Butterflies

Peacock Rich on Buddleia Sm-600x600

As a project to make things more beautiful I have decided to breed local butterflies.

The reason for this is yesterday while I was planting strawberries, a large peacock butterfly came and landed on the patch and sat with me for a good 30 minutes, only to move to a window and sit for most of the afternoon.

It was a very spiritual experience and prompted me to firstly discover it's type, which I have not had the pleasure of seeing before - but also the desire to breed them for release.

The larvae are relatively cheap and these particular butterflies thrive on stinging nettles. Some varieties of the exotic prefer rotten fruit and citrus - however these will bring havok to the locality so can't be released.

A few monarchs have found there way across the ocean but we don't produce milkweed here.
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Painting Rings

Lantern Rings
I have a small project I want to do, but I have no idea where to start.
I recently purchased a set* of lantern corps rings, however the seller could not have the rings made in specific colors.
Is there an effective way to paint stainless steel that one of you know about?

*I said set, but I had to get the individually

The specific type of stainless steel is surgical steel 316L if that makes a difference.
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I've been given a camper by a relative who's encouraged me to renovate it. I build furniture, so I'm not a stranger to diy stuff at all but I've never worked much with trailers. It's already been gutted and the walls are practically falling off but the trailer frame itself is in good shape, just slightly rusted. Where's a good place to start with it? I'm pretty sure I can build up the walls once I get the wood frame onto the metal but I guess I dont' know how to get started or even what to google.
pls help
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that is all
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There are THREE of these goddamn threads up right now.
Use the catalogue you fucking mongoloids.
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Squat-composting toilet for van

I am trying to design a toilet for my latest van build and it needs to be a 12v composter .
The client wants it to be a squat toilet also and there is nothing like that on the market.
I usually just put a cassette toilet in and be done with it , but the times they are a changing.
Anyone have any experience with any of this stuff?
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ohmeme&#039;s law
thread with indefinite lead time: >>1586417

0. Electrics ≠ electronics. Home appliances/sparkies to /qtddtot/ or /sqt/. PC assembly to >>>/g/.
1. Do your own homework. Search web first. Re-read all documentation/datasheets related to your components/circuits. THEN ask.
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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Hey /diy/

I'm a beginner, I made this steel tube and I need it to be as round as possible

How can I do that ?
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Way to detect small amounts of water

Hey /diy/ I'm looking for a material that becomes conducive/more conducive when wet. Essentially I need something that’ll complete a circuit when coming in contact with water
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Can anyone teach me how to make DIY smoke nades?
I don't know if i should post this on /k/ since they're not explosives and they're not lethal so please help a brother out
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Hello /diy/

I just learned that I dont pay for water in my appartment. Apparently this is included in service contract. But however I do pay for electricity so I thought it would be smart to make something like this.

Basicly I attach a hose to the faucet and then use some sort of water thing to generate power. Its not gonna be alot but if I can at least power my PC i'm about to save some money end of the year.

So what would be the best and cheapest way of doing this?
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Dyi room pollen filter

Hello /diy/ iam in need of your assistance. Pollen season is here for me and as every years its getting worse and worse (cant even sleep anymore). So i was thinking attaching polen filter to fan (pic related). I watched this video ( so i searched for merv 8 furnace filter but the problem is since iam form Czech Republick they are hard to get and delivery time is like 1-2 months. Amazon is not an option either since shipping is super expensive. I was thinking using car filters but biggest i could find were 350x170 mm (14x7 inch). I need atleast 320x320mm (12.5x12.5inch) filter. So if any of you know car filter this big or have better solution then gluing two smaller filters together.
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Stained plastic

Hi /diy/, i have this keyboard and it is stained by i guess liquid on the back, pic related.
How can i fix this?
Scratching it does nothing, washing as well.
Can i paint it with shoe cleaning black?
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Lime burn

My dipshit work doesn't have any safety equipment and I worked with lime yesterday
My skin is puffy and cracked
It feels like i have old man hands
Would i know if any lime dust damaged my eyes
I'm a hypochondriac and nervous as fuck
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>took off bath tap to CLR it
>now orange rust keeps driving unto the tub

How badly did I fuck up?
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What am I doing wrong with my clothes? Brand new t-shirts look like this after a few months. I never iron them just hang them and leave them to dry. I only wash on 40 C.
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For some reason, untreated wood shavings are prohibitively expensive in my area, even in bulk. This makes keeping chickens uneconomical.

But I have access to plenty of cheap pine firewood. Is there a better way to turn this into wood shavings than sitting there all day with a plane? Any power tools that would produce suitable shavings? Everything I currently use in the shop just makes dust.
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diy button boxes, pic related is mine i built yesterday. generic zero delay usb encoder from china. illuminated 12v led push buttons powered by 5v from the encoder pcb.
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>Managed to drilled two holes on a straight line
>Holes aligned with metal first try, fuck_yeah.jpeg
>Screws went it exactly as planned
>Perfectly mounted my first ever piece of wall-mounted furniture

I can make a fucking hole in a wall and have something STICK out of it. AND THEN HANG SOMETHING FROM THAT THING. I am a literal god,or at least close to one cause I'm drilling holes into his fucking world - try and stop me you folklore faggot.

So before I make myself an entirely new kitchen using my new found skills, what are some other neat things I could wall mount? I was thinking on adding shelves to the kitchen, anything a little more challenging that I could impress my girlfriend with though?
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Power supply for electrolysis

I want a low voltage, high current DC power supply for an electrolytic cell.
Would an old PC psu be a good option? Any better ideas or reasons why I definitely don't want to use one?
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>calls himself a carpenter
>doesn't even own a corner clamr that holds joints at 90 angel
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Stripped Screw

2019-04-02 07.44.39
Am I fucked?
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Simulated Sunrise

I want to make a small setup that would mimic the rising of the sun at a time that I choose. How would /diy/ build it? This is my guess at the basics of it but I don't quite have a parts list assembled sooo... help me with a shopping list? This would all be from a plug source. Im no electrician. I can do simple wiring but thats about it. Thoughts?
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So how bad of an idea is it for someone with zero concrete experience to do a decent sized concrete pad by (mostly) themselves?
>To build a shop on top of
>Don't have the money to hire a crew to do it
>Live in deep South so freezing is not a huge concern

From what I'm reading the biggest place I'm likely to fuck this up is preparing the substrate and then getting a shitty finish on it. The mix should be right because I'd get mixer trucks to deliver...What all am I missing?
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Found this fox skull in a partially dried up pond years ago while I was fishing for bass. The poor thing was stuck under a tree.
I cleaned organic material off it and sprayed a layer of transparent. Unfortunately many teeth are missing. I'm looking for ideas to make it into a nice decorative object without irreversibly destroying it.
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Rowing bicycle

First time poster looking for some advice. I want to make a rowing bicycle.
I was inspired by this german engineers attempt, but it's
not for sale yet and they say it will be priced in the mid 4-digits -
way outside of my budget. This american version looks way less
complicated but also not very interesting.
I plan to make it mostly out of recycled bits to save on cost. I've got
some understanding of mechanics but no real engineering experience.
I've got basic tools and can get used bicycles for next to nothing.
Looking for ideas and technical help to make a rowing bicycle.
Some of the things I expect to be difficult are:

1) Converting pulling motion into rotational motion.
2) Having the pulling handle return to starting point without creating too
much resistance that doesn't convert to rotational motion.
3) Decoupling wheel motion from pulling device when not actively pulling
4) Converting leaning to the side to turning/slanting of the front wheels

Where do you suggest I start? I was thinking of building a frame first that
cannot turn to the side, just to focus on conversion of rowing to rotation
and once that is sorted, begin working on turning.
So first a frame with 3 wheels, a sliding seat and a pulley connected to the
back wheel.
Anyone want to build one with me and share ideas?
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/sqtddtot/ stupid question thread

Use Google (or other search engine) before asking question here.

Is it possible to make a freon (r12, which would be usable) at home from some bleach, acetone, and hydrofluoric acid?
>inb4: chloroform isn't joke, so I will do it outdoors with s strong fan
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I have to go to a masquerade ball in 3 hours. I just realised that you probably have to take your own masks to the event. Wat do?

Is it possible to make a presentable mask in less than an hour? Please teach me. Please. I beg you!
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CNC Routers and 3D Carving

Any of you guys doing 3d work on CNC routers? I use mine for general 2.5D cutting of parts, but interested in doing some true 3D carving. But I suck at 3d modeling other than simple geometric parts. Any tips on where to find / how to easily make decent 3D reliefs using Fusion 360?
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Neighbors keep smoking downstairs and they won't stop, trust me I've tried everything. And the landlord won't make them stop and the authorities won't make them stop because the city I live in is like a third world country. I need to filter the air. It comes from the vents and cracks around the edges of the floor. What do I do? Please help. I do intend to move but it will be a while before I can.
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So I have a small project going on /diy/

I'm basically going to make a 60A 1p 250v power hook up point like for an RV, but for a Shipping container or other large equipment to run in my yard. But mostly for the container, because if it just plugs in, it's portable equipment and doesnt need any bullshit codes.

So my current plan is to run out the house distribution panel, down, under the house and out the back through conduit, then buried conduit for 15ft or so over to where it will come up against a post to the box and plug next to the container.
I currently have almost enough quadplex either 2/0 or 1/0 Aluminum with a bare ground.
I'll have to make a splice point under the house somewhere and run more wire, but there is a large watertight box where all the power splits off down there already.
I also bought a socket and plug 60A pin and sleeve. 460P9W and 460R9W.
I also have some SO cord laying around that may be 4/4 but if not, I'll pick up 15ft of that.

I'm just not sure what I should do for the plug box out back, if I need a switch, and what enclosure I should use. I'm also not sure if kernies wrapped in tape is the most ideal connection method for 2/0 in an enclosed distribution box, but they've been doing fine on house drops for a hundred years or so.

Other then that, does this all sound mostly correct and not housefirey? Anything else I should do? Any tips?

Pic relate
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House Buying General

I'm going to be looking at houses next week to buy and I'm wondering what are some tell tale signs of things to avoid?
What are some horror stories you have from home buying?
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Submersible water pump

What can i do with this, picked it up for $10.
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Some time ago I tried an experiment, to see if my regular office chair with generic tilt control would feel better if I locked it at a permanent 110-120ish degree angle, so I stuck a couple bolts in the mechanism, went full retard with hot glue to keep them in place, and for a while it worked and it totally feels way better than having the chair at 90°. Due to the nature of the mechanism the bolts are eventually prone to slip out, not immediately though (last time took weeks).
Do you think there's any way to make this system permanent?
>can't you just lock it?
No, usually reclining chairs are fully designed for that, with generic chairs you can only lock them in place, tilt them without locking them, and adjust the amount of tilt you want.
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Can you make a GPS like this yourself?

I mean this style that goes under cars.
The way it works is, it logs its location via GPS, every <insert time interval here> and stores that data on a hard drive.
After you retrieve the device and plug the hard drive in the computer you get the list of all locations logged.
The entire device is in a plastic box, that connects to the undersize of a car via strong magnet.
Can you make one yourself?
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Check out this wood

Alright ma dudes, could you tell me what kind of wood is that ?
Btw I have no phisical access to this stack.
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Water Heater/pipes knocking

I recently replaced an old leaking electric water heater with a new one of similar model.
Since then I hear random knocking (just a single knock each time), as much as once or twice an hour, coming from the wall adjacent to the tank closet as well as from the walls with faucets nearest to the tank.

I don't suspect a water hammer or sediment buildup, because it's a new clean tank, and the knocking is random throughout the day. Just to be sure I did drain the lines and flushed several gallons out of the tank though, which made no difference.

I don't think it's the cause of the noise but there is a very small leak in the old cold water shutoff valve above the tank. I've been planning on replacing the valve with a new one but it literally evaporates as fast as it leaks so it hasn't been a high priority.

I'm guessing the noise is from heat causing the tank/pipes to expand, but I can't find any good information linking a single knock noise to that sort of issue.
Additionally the two previous water heaters never made any noises, and the 16 year old house has never had an expansion tank installed so I'm unsure if I even need one.

tl;dr could thermal expansion cause a random single knock noise, and is there an easy way to determine whether or not I need an expansion tank?
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concrete crack
How do you build a wall over uneven concrete? I'm too lazy to dig it up and I couldn't brake a hole though it to put a fence post
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I want to buy a USB vga output for my tablet because it has no HDMI on it's own.

In order to prevent the tablet from frying, battery explosion, etc, can I route the two outermost power pins (1&4) of usb to an external power and connect only the two data pins (2&3) to the tablet? Will it work like this? 1 female usb to connect the vga adapter, 1 male with pins 2&3 and 1 male that goes into a usb wall charger with pins 1&4 connected.
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Anyone worked as a satellite tech for dish or one of their contractors? What was the job like?
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I am thinking of getting a hitachi cr10j
It is either this or dwe7480 or SKILSAW SPT70WT-01

Hitachi comes with the stand, and has an electric break. Dewalt has a better rivet knife release. Skil-saw has a 3 1/2' cut, plus worm-drive.

Both hitachi, and dewalt have rack and pinon fences, unsure why people says dewalt's is better. skill saw has fence like rack and pinon without the pinions, and basically slides.

look for help, cannot decide.
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Rain-proofing the speakers?

Any suggestions on how to rain-proof a pair of speakers? I'd like to keep them out on the balcony.
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if it's stupid but it works...

2019-03-25 11.40.47
>enter new object
>aboot to do some ventilation
>drywall team already left
>cooworker finds pic related
>lulz ware had
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Is residential framing a good career to get into? I want to get into a trade job and it's what I'm most comfortable and knowledgeable about (not that I'm that knowledgeable about any trades), but I'm worried if I can actually make a decent living out of it
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I Like Turtles Edition

Old thread: >>1585123

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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Where the FUCK is it?

Arduino / AVR / PIC / STM32 / Embedded thread goes here.
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practical book binding

What's the most practical setup for going from PDF document to a halfway respectable physical book?

I've been reading books in PDF format and but I hate staring at a screen for that long and would rather hold a physical book. I had decided today to just print them out on whatever cheap $20 printer I have around, but then it occurred to me that it might be worth putting some token effort into binding them.
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