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Was considering buying a solar panel to put on the roof of the house. To reduce energy bill a bit.

But after a quick check I see that: 100W panel costs hundred dollars, And I will need to buy a battery and an DC to AC convertor. plus various other stuff to install it. And assume cost will be at 300$. How long would it last me? 5 years? Since there I see no easy way to integrate it into your power lines it will not be used 100% percent.

It seems it is not even worth it.

Do any of you have one at home? What are your opinions and costs considerations after long time of use?
>It seems it is not even worth it.
As far as I have read, it really isn't worth it. Fossil fuel is just so much more convenient, lol.
>inb4 muh climate change
It only makes sense if there is no easy access to the grid. Like a cabin in the hills or something.
It makes sense for anyone that remotely has anything resembling a brain.
Even then you would probably be better off with a diesel/biomass generator

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Big project. if I wanted to make a machine that makes a pizza from scratch using an arduino to sequence it, where on earth would I start?

I would probably need
>a conveyor belt of some sort
>a dough mixing machine
>a press to flatten the dough
>an extruder for sauce
>dispensers for toppings
>a built in way to refrigerate the raw materials
>an oven
>a touch screen for ordering and an arduino to operate/coordinate the sequence

pic related machine already exists but my thought is rather than having it like a vending machine to run it like a kiosk or small walk-in restaurant. i obviously wouldnt be able to just buy one of these machines and reverse engineer it for a shop because of patent laws, but its also not economically rational to try and assemble each piece myself.

does anyone here have any experience with simple automated production lines? I really am not sure where to go, but I am willing to do a shitton of research and educate myself. Im in a bachelor of science right now but it'll be a while before I can do this *just* with my schooling education, and Id like to try this as a project to subsidize my living while Im in school. also, I understand it might take a lot of startup capital, i have access to some amount of capital so Im not completely SOL.

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for a job as simple as a pizza machine you don't need any programmable logic unless it's a coin slot mechanism in which case it may simplify things.
I would have a flour Hopper feeding into a spiral mixing chamber with CO2 injected water to avoid the need for yeast and rising time. as the mixed dough exits a flat extruder nozzle onto a wire conveyor belt it passes has a continual strip underneath a spray nozzle for tomato puree and a shaker Hopper for industrial mix pizza cheese blend, if it's only one standard kind of pizza the Hopper can hold a pre blended mix of grated cheese ham mushrooms sweet corn etc or you will have to have separate shaker hoppers controlled by front panel switches.
this trip will then pass through an oven that uses radiative heat from electric elements above and below the wire conveyor as close as possible to pizza strip for efficiency. a reciprocating cutter blade then chops portions of pizza before they slide through the exit chute. this system requires minimal moving parts and zero electronic logic. if it is required to have the machine running in stop start mode all the motors can be shut down together leaving only the chilled ingredients cooler in operation which can be further simplified by attaching peltier chips to the sides of aluminium topping hoppers. such a machine would be quite easy to make with few skills and basic hardware store equipment and should be fairly reliable as long as the conveyor path cannot be blocked. simple thermal cut outs should be in place for safety

>sweet corn

who the fuck puts corn on pizza... like what the shit man.
OP, I need none pizza with left beef.

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How would be the safest procedure to clean this mess?
I'm going to soak it in vinegar, and the use a scotch brite pad. Would that damage the enamel?
I've already tried to scrape it a little, but wasn't really working
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Not at all. I've used it on my tub & surround at least 5 times and there's no scratching what so ever. The plastic brushes aren't hard enough to scratch a ceramic tile surface. You just have to make sure you get the softer ones designated for bathroom cleaning.
The pump idea is clever but I think it's a lot simpler to just soak some paper towels and slap them on all the surfaces, and come back occasionally and spray them down.
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A power drill with a 0 grit sanding pad and some barkeeps friend/Ajax powder outta' do it.

I used that setup to clean nasty 20yr old tile in a restroom, it even took the old layers of paint and grout off the surface.
I already told ya. oven cleaner.


this guy doesn't let it sit long enough.
Power washer hooked up to acid.

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Hey /diy( I just got my first motorcycle and needed to change some parts on it like front brake lever and some side fairings, nothing major. I got some tools like basic wrenches, screw driver set, a standard and an adjustable plier, but thats basically all. Now that I'm going to be really playing with this baby (honda dominator nx '89) I want to invest in some tools for the future.

What tools do you guys who are experienced with motorcycles and generally just automobile repair recommend I buy?
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Been using the same sears craftsman set I got 10 years go. And whatever inexpensive tools I needed, as I needed them. I didn't buy the cheapest chink crap, but I didn't buy the most expensive stuff (jet, snap-on) either because it isn't necessary for low use.

Anyway, get the climer or haynes manual for your bike. Tells you all the tools you need for whatever job.
For some reason, people have religious wars over how to lube chains. I use a pro-oiler and MC motor oil and it works great.
Microfiber towels for cleaning and drying.
Buy tools as you need them, not because you think you'll need them. If you don't know what tool you need for the job then you don't know how to do the job. Most motorcycles come with a "tool kit", but for an older bike you'd be lucky to find one specific to it. Do some research and you can easily put together your own kit.
>Bike lift. you'll ruin your back bending over or siting on a stool
Nice to have, but not super important.
Chassis stuff is easy enough to get to, anything in the engine more than an oil change or something quick under the stator or clutch covers, it's worth getting the engine on the bench. There's like 4 bolts for my bike for that; still less than 20 when you factor in everything you have to pull from ride-ready to motor-on-the-bench.

>battery impact tools like Milwaukee
Another tool I waited way too long to buy is a cordless ratchet driver. If you go with the Mke M18 stuff, the M18 charger has an M12 hole on it. Get the M12 ratchet driver, battery or two, and use the same charger.

>sears craftsman set
Same. Though I do recommend keeping a "complete" garage set, and picking up an additional kit to keep on the bike. I work out of my bike kit most of the time, rather find out there's a tool/bit/etc that I need when i'm in the garage rather than when i'm out on the trail.

Air compressor, if you don't have one. 10-12gal is "good enough" but bigger is always better. You can add volume with a harbor freight air tank, buy some couplers/fittings from McMaster and build your own valve/connection assembly, the one it comes with is real janky.

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>cordless ratchet driver
Will admit I use this more with the truck and sled than the moto. Still handy for the tight bolts that are difficult to get to with an impact.
>add volume with a harbor freight air tank, buy some couplers/fittings from McMaster and build your own valve/connection assembly

this little fucker's real handy for airing up truck/trailer tires, running an impact on the truck, or other small jobs where I need a little bit of air.
Been using it a lot lately to drive an air nailer in the house. Let the noisy air comp fill in the garage, and take the smaller tank in with me.

Hose adapter lets me run this tank in parallel with the compressor for more capacity.

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and because everything has an agenda heres what I want to talk about.
I am thinking go buying one of these fancy compound saws. I like the regular miter saw I inherited(an old Delta), but the motor died.

I'm looking around at all the fancy new stuff out there and I figure you guys would have some experience about these things. what brand name, would you recommend if the biggest thing I expect to ever cut is a 4x4 but usually just 1 or 2 by 8s for regular projects. by 10s at irregular intervals.
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Spear and Jackson Predator saw and a shiddy Ryobi 6" cordless saw.
I have the Dewalt 780, very happy with it.
are there any definite downsides to buying a factory refurbished power-saw?

is there a difference between buying new or refurb?
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Bought a Stanley fatmax a couple of weeks ago, came in a bundle a stand. Very happy with it so far, have already started my new bench seat project
Vote for Metabo here. Rebuilt my shed roof along with a few other projects

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How's my grind guys?

Looks just like the chinese grind marks, with some extra horizontal lines in between passes that I don't know what causes.

Noticed the machine visibly shakes when I turn the head up/down wheel fast, and the leveling is off front to back.
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maybe /diy/ is more interested in lapping?
>I have an expensive tool that none of you will ever own


>$700 all day long on ebay, just gotta find one close!
Where's your optical flat, boy?
Bought a soviet one on ebay, it works.
Good on ya

Anyone got any recommendations for cheap screening plants which retain their foliage throughout the year? They would need to be at least 6-8ft tall

Also interested in the dos and donts when it comes to completely covering a garage's brick walls and tile roofing with some kind of wall climber (types of plants to avoid etc)
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Yannys you say?
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Nelly R Stevens Holly. You can trim them into a hedge if you want. Both sides of my backyard are walled off by these guys.
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heres a pic from google of a hedge of them
Looks nice, is it possible to incorporate razor wire inside the hedge? Like when the plant is young, place the wire early so the hedge grows though it?

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Hey /diy/ Im a business uni student and was wondering if any of you have successfully started one?

Ive head pressed a couple shirts for people and was hoping this could turn into something more. Is this a lost cause? Or is there an easier side hustle out there?
>business uni student

put together a business plan
There are a lot of people out there who can print shirts and a lot of people who start t-shirt companies due to low barriers to entry.

That said, if you've already got the skills and equipment (say a screen printing kit) then you really don't have anything to lose.
Ooh, another T-shirt print shop. We need more of those because we certainly don't have enough. I am sure OP is going to come up with a business plan unlike anything we have ever seen before and he will quickly tap into the synergism of this market. Will you also be doing patches, anon? You simply MUST do patches, anon. You will make bank with patches too, anon.

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Why the fuck to these exist? taps that give you 5 seconds of water before you have to mash the tap again for another serving of 5 second water flow? I hate these damned things. Is it possible to get constant flow if you hit them hard enough? This is beyond a joke.
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i made this in a transgender toilette
i think some splerper dreamt it up but never tried to use them or was so obsessed with water-saving efficiency the taps lost their efficacy...
I had a friend take a shit in the women's room at a clubhouse for a complex in Florida. He was the phantom shitter. Dude's a total piece of shit now.
What is there to reconcile?
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Hey DIY I was not sure which board to put this in because /mu/ acted like a bunch of assholes and /g/ wanted nothing to do with hardware so...

I got myself a small whisper room for voice over work, and while it helps to get rid of outside noise there is still a decent deal of reflection inside the booth that I can hear back in my mic, what is the best way to treat a small room like this?

Some say to avoid acoustic pyramid foam like the plague and go for some insulation like ownens corning or something like that

Others say that while insulation can help deaden the booth it won't help with reflection so foam is better than it by a mile

And others tell me to just make some frames full of towels and put them in the booth and it will make it all just as well...

I am not good with the physical studio side of engineering sound I can just work on my own files so I know what sounds good and what doesn't but I wanted to hear what might be the best way to acoustically treat my whisper room before I start.

Any help and advice is much appreciated
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Yeah I know, I am just overly familiar with 4chan and like when things are a bit quicker or feel closer I guess. But I will for sure create an account there to ask some quesitons
I guess you're good proof of that seeing as you don't know the difference between a sound (audio) engineer and an acoustical engineer and you think being able to login to a specific website grants you 'real world' knowledge.
To be fair he did say op doesn't have to approach this autistically and it's pretty true. Thing is, op is building a small voice over booth and needs it dampened for voice. This is a simple task and can be don't with household items, nearly any adv from 4 chan is going to work and he's probably already figured it out himself abyway. If op was building a 80m2 control room within a room in a concrete square room then, figuring out which modes are present in the room and choosing the correct bass traps and acoustic foam type depending on the instrument being recorded and if the room is changeable to accommodate recording vocals and drums in the same space, well 4chan probably isn't the best place for that.

Curtains, rugs, carpet, coats, foam, towels will all work.

It is correct that in a space as small as yours you will get zero benefit from sound reflection foam and the like.

Doing something like this is perfect and cheap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pABvTWSxOes
that seems way smaller than one would want to be using for something like voice over work because if the area is too small just barely a couple feet then you are going to get major reflections in your recordings no matter what you do

I am currently remodeling my bathroom because my dog peeled up the vinyl and chewed up the subfloor. My bathroom is pretty small, about 5x5 not including the shower stall, and before it had a single piece of vinyl covering the whole floor.

This time I think I will try using peel and stick vinyl tiles. I am wondering if a sealer is used between the tiles to prevent water from leaking between the seams. In a video I watched the installed just peeled the tiles, butted them against each other, and stuck them to the floor. What prevents water from sapping between the tiles?
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>peel and stick vinyl tiles

Those are shit. Especially in a bathroom where the floor would get wet somewhat regularly.
>just peeled the tiles, butted them against each other, and stuck them to the floor.
And that's how they're supposed to go on. No grout, no sealant, no protection whatsoever.
They're fucking shit, don't do it if you plan on living in the place for more than another month.

Is the problem wtih the underlayment, or the subfloor itself? Subfloor is going to be a bit more complicated/expensive to repair, and will likely involve sole plate replacements as well.
If it's just the underlayment, scrape that up.

Personally, i'd do real tile. If you're living there for a while, the extra money for an in-floor heating circuit might be a good investment.
Cement board underlayment, bag of mortar, box or three of tiles and a box of grout, knock it all out in a week.

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any help with home security? looking to catch my landlord coming into my house without me knowing and i want to find a camera i can watch live, i also want to be able to see multiple feeds bc 2 entrances
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>He can stroll in whenever he wants.

Where the fuck do you live cuz thats a big no go in the states as long as its stated in your rental agreement
>wew lad. You might want to look up the rental laws first. It's not your house. He can stroll in whenever he wants.

Your landlord can't just pop into your place without notice unless there are extenuating circumstances

OK to enter: water from your apartment is pouring into the neighbor's unit below yours

Not ok: landlord wants to make sure you're doing your laundry
toilet paper if it doesn't meet the legal requirements of your state.
I'm in New York City/Upstate, you can't get any more LAWYER-Y/SUE-Y than New York. Landlord can not "just stroll" into your apartment. Landlord must give minimum 24 hours (written) notice to enter a dwelling, and no, the tenant does not have to "agree." If the landlord give the notice, and tenant says, no, the tenant can suck a dick. The only time a landlord can enter a dwelling without prior notice is in an emergency situation, including but not limited to a plumbing leak. Now, this being a house that OP is renting, if the landlord is paying for things like, the water, heating (fuel oil,) etc, perhaps there are instances that landlord may want to maintain the equipment. I don't know OP's lease/rental agreement so can't speak on his case. But he sounds like a lunatic.

t. 20-unit landlord. Has been sued. Including "he came into MY apartment" and won every-fucking-time. Tenants are scum.
WRONG! A lease/rental agreement may state arrangements that are in direct opposition to the norms to a particular State's Rental Laws, if both parties agree to it, in the signed lease/rental agreement. However, if such clause is deemed "unconscionable" by the judge, then it would be thrown out. Depending on the State, but most States this is allowed.

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Show us what you've been working on. Pic related, I built a stand today for my outboard motor. I use my trolling motor for an electric only lake and I needed somewhere to put this in the meantime. Cost was free, I just used some scrap lumber I had lying around.
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I like royal purple, that's why.
Monitoring this build. I expect a full thread with lots of pictures. Don't disappoint us anon
>anon not dissapointing
Can you show the photo anon?
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Cut the shear, installed gunwhales and cap rails. All I have left to do is cut the sole boards, transom cutout, and paint the interior.

You are right, I definitely will disappoint that anon as I'm not going to make a thread or post too much more.

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Do you guys like This Old House?
>Before we get started I'd like to take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools PROPERLY will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this. There is no other more important safety rule...than to wear THESE... safety glasses.
That's New Yankee Workshop, asshole.

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