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Welcome to /diy/, a place to:

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

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

Helpful links:
Some friendly suggestions for posting:
- First ask Google, then ask /diy/. Your question will probably be better received if you do so.
- List available resources (tools, materials, budget, time, etc.)
- Try to use pictures and explain the goal, if possible
- Be patient, this is a slow board; your thread will be around for days.
- Share your results! /diy/ loves to see problems solved and projects completed!

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I'm not sure if this counts as DIY, but hope it does.

I have mice shitting all over my house. I've tried setting up traps baited with peanut butter (I started with 4, caught one on the first day, but nothing else for a week). I've been putting them along walls and corners.

The house is close to 100 years old, so I assume there are a bunch of places they coudl be getting in, but I can't find any spots.

Also, I'm not sure if it's wise to use poison as I could end up with walls full of dead mice.

If anyone has any experience, let me know what I should be doing.

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This only happens in locations with low humidity. Where I live, 1 dead mouse can completely ruin an entire couch.
Maybe it's just me, but make sure you have the stomach to handle dead mice before you got with the sticky traps. They worked like a charm in the apartment I lived in, but we were all too terrified to go near the dying mice and had to get someone to remove them all the time. Poison is better, at least they're out of sight.
Realise that the less time they spend as "dying mice", the better it is for them.

Live-catch traps are better than mechanical traps are better than glue traps are better than poison. If you use live-catch traps, check them every day and remove them mice. If you use glue traps, check them every day and kill the mice. You have the power to turn them from a dying mouse into a dead mouse, quickly. Use it.
Toxoplasmosis confirmed
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Here's something I've found around 4chan recently.
Dunno how legit it is, my folks are actually trying these atm.

Tru dat, glue traps are awful.
Sometimes the mice just get a foot stuck, flee and end up gluing themselves in a wall.
Then you have to hear it squeal until it dies, sucks.

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How do I go about fixing this?

I tripped over my dumb dog since he cant walk in a straight line.

Ive never dealt with textured drywall.
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It looks like a "knock-down" finish. First, apply a smooth patch (others have posted good advice). Then, dab some wet mud onto the patch area. Allow to set up a bit and then smooth the high spots down with a putty knife.

If you totally screw up the texture, let it dry, sand it flat and try again.
Scoop it out. Push in some of whatever filler is used in your area, dab it with a sponge. done.
I laughed harder than I should have at this.
Holy shit you guys are retarded, op pay attention -

1.Go to home depot
2.Buy a small tub of spackle
3.Apply spackle to the hole
4.Run a flat edge, thin piece of cardboard or something across the hole to make it flush with the wall.
5.Let it dry
6.Spray on texture, pic related. You probably want the "knockdown" texture and not the "orange peel". Check what's available when you're at home depot and buy the kind that matches your wall texture.
7.Let dry
8.Paint over with a coat or two.
9.Thank me for the help
10.I accept beer and paypal donations

>I tripped over my dumb dog
>I tripped over my dumb "dog"

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Continued from the last threads:

This thread is dedicated to soap making, for fun, for profit, in all its various shapes and forms.

In this thread we'll discuss the different methods of soap making, manufacturing process, oil compositions, soap recipes, business planning and more.

I've been making soap for that past 3 months and learning as i go, i've made some great soaps and some not so great soaps, since i dont believe in super secret recipes, and in order for you guys to avoid my mistakes, i've compiled all of my soap recipes with pictures and tests into one big infograph for your convenience.

Here are some very useful links:

http://soapcalc.net/calc/soapcalcwp.asp - This is a must for soap making, use this great tool to make your recipes.

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a couple of days ago, the other half mentioned she wanted to make soap.

thanks op! i am prepared...

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How can I make a cheap bowling alley? The pin setter costs $30 gs but I figure you could make all the stuff cheaper.

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Hey /did/

My wife and I are really into the feminising/chastity/cucking life cycle, have been since about 2013 (funny, I used to be a /pol/back too)

But my wife is interested in me building a cuck shed to hang out in when she has visitors over

Anyone have any tips on how to build a shed or any pics to help me?

Thank you

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Greetings /diy/. Getting ready to lay about 900 square feet of bamboo flooring (pic related) this month and while I feel pretty confident that there wont be any issues with the installation, I haven't run into anyone who has installed a bamboo floor before.

Anyone out there have any gems that I need to be aware of?
Look up treating instructions because I don't care if it's a grass. It will soak up stains and bullshit, and inflate because it never fully dies.

Laying those means treating BEFORE you lay them down. Because you never just treat the surface unless it's a lacquer that seals it.
I laid 2000 sqf of same product. If you glue it down make sure use glue with moisture barrier and keep boards clean dont let glue dry on finished side.
Bamboo laminate or honest-to-god solid bamboo?
Only thing I know is that it's one of the worst types of floors you can have when it comes to a bed bug infestation.

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I have too much volume both space and sound in my room. I squat in an abandoned warehouse and it's loud. I've decided to build the biggest white noise generator ever. My first googles revealed the fan, tube, baffles combination.

I will take a fan like pic related and place it in a section of pipe. The pipe will be big, long, and huge because I have enough space volume to run a mobile suit garage.

How to baffe air in pipe?
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See the issue is that someone posting on 4chan who is squatting is doing it because he's super edgy and lives life on the edge or some other such bullshit. Not because he's poor. I mean he's looking at buying a high volume fan to make a white noise generator. The cost of this project will set him back what it would cost to rent a room for a month.
i love the fact that this guy is squatting in a warehouse. it's my dream to own a foreclosed wall mart and make it a house. Help this man pls!
>it's loud
a-are you sure it's abandoned
The walmart in my hometown closed so they could open a super walmart somewhere else. Took them like 5 years to find someone to take over the building. A Tractor supply moved in. They might go under though.
Are you alone in there? Where do you take dumps?

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I guess this thread was needed to ask small questions that don't deserve their own thread, the last one was quite successful.

As a reminder, questions related to electronics go in /ohm/ >>748012
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i want to color my rubber dome keyboard without buying new keykaps. i found this article where they used acrylic colors. they don't mention to roughen the keykaps though, so here's my stupid question:

do i need to roughen the keykaps before coloring them? can acrylic color stay on plastic without roughening?


additional information:
i'm not going to make such a gay pride keyboard, just some important keys in different colors.
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I found a hanheld vacuum cleaner but the batteries are kill. How do I know the voltage they used to have?

There is no info on the label, it only says they are nickel-cadmium.
The motor has no labeling indicating the voltage.
I want to substitute them by Li-Po batteries from an old laptop battery pack. I heard I can't connect two Li-Po batteries in series? And in parallel?
I think it's more likely you fried the chip than getting a bad chip, I don't remember ever encountering a bad one.
Hook up vcc/gnd/reset like you were going to run it normally and measure current. If it's higher than a few milliamps something might be wrong.
It should come from the factory with the internal rc oscillator configured, check for 1mhz switching noise with a scope. If there's nothing at all the chip might be fried.
And finally compare against another attiny. If you only bought one, well,
>only buying one
Quick google tells me NiCa batteries are 1.2V/cell.
LiPo in series is ok as long as the cells are identical. Non identical will work, but you'll risk overdischarging (and thus ruining) the lowest capacity one.
RC Groups is a good source for lipo related stuff.
I've been trying to find real boiled linseed oil. Not the kind they just add a shit ton of chemicals to make it dry faster, i need the real deal, does it exist int he US? Or should i just go with raw and make it work?

What does /diy/ think? It's not done I need a seat, breaks, and pvc pipe that is very large and harder to find. It's a drift trike For those of you who don't know.
I don't think it will drift with those rear wheels.
He must need the PVC pipe to put over them.
I think they may need go kart wheels.


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I have cable TV and I have a coax cable in the side of my house which is hooked up to one coax cable going to my bedroom. They want me to pay extra to hook up other rooms. I want to just get a splitter

What do I need to know? What does the frequency and numbers on the splitters mean? If I hook up a 4 way splitter, will my cable company know?
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>hdtv rated splitter

That must be like a car with wheels at no extra charge.

>RF my friend.
More like getting a color television and them throwing in the greens for free.
Shitty splitters are a source of problems. high frequency ones are for modems and STB info

It actually isn't. Comcast for instance has always had a shitty signal...in that they broadcast much of their HD channels with as low as dB as they can get away with. Some of the reason for this are the contracts with providers that insist they carry entire lineups at a certain dB. If the local amplifier or physical cable from the amp and/or distro box is even slightly old/damaged/whatever, you could have signal problems.

Go with a cheap splitter then check your HD channels. If they are fine, then don't worry about it. If they are not fine, do what >>764546 says. You will need to try a gold plated connector with a good dB drop rating and then maybe get a high quality cable (not a Monster cable...the ones they carry on the truck are high quality...usually). If you still get drops and pixelation on the HD channels then a digital cable amplifier may clear it.

tl;dr - the more you split, the more you lower the signal quality for the boxes. Go with good quality hardware to reduce this.
It's not a matter of just hooking up coax to other rooms. The signals are all digital now, and they're all encrypted. You can't just plug the coax direct into the TV and expect to get any channels at all. You need what's called a 'cable card', which is a decryption device, which is programmed specifically for their service, and your TV won't pick up channels on their system without it. That's what they want to charge you extra for. Don't want to pay that? Ditch cable and put an antenna on the roof and watch just terrestrial broadcast stations for free.

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So I'm looking for some apparent perpetual motion concepts. What I found so far:

- volume variation based on temperature differences (as used for the atmos clock [1] for example)
- crookes radiometer [2, middle]
- revolving shaft using water to contract strings and evaporation (so temperature based), more explanation see [2, top]

Are there any other potential designs that I missed? I'm really looking for something that actually provides power and is not just a low friction conception or using a hidden power source.

I personally like the last idea, although I haven't yet found a working example on the internet so far. Since both my work and hobbies are related to water, this conception is a bit closer to my heart then the others.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmos_clock
[2] https://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/museum/themes/fake-pm.htm
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yeah that is a great example of what I was looking for. thanks
you're actually alright, he was being an ass and "seems to be true" implies you know it isn't. When I first read your post I knew what you meant.
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>exploiting external power source
so any kind of engine really?
Similar to the drinking bird, but instead of heat it uses Capillary action and Evaporation.
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/diy/, I'm thinking about calling an electrician, but as a last resort, I'm curious if you can help me. My circuit breaker panel beeps every 15 minutes and has been doing this for the last few weeks (I recently figured out where the beep was coming from). I've turned off the main switch and turned it back on, but the beep still occurs. Any suggestions to fix this?
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funny, my verizon fios box has the same battery and looks similar.
PX12072 is all the information you need to get the replacement battery.
It's probably already been mentioned before, but the only thing in panel boxes are breakers and wires. None of those beep.
Sounds like you got a battery operated device somewhere that's notifying you to replace the battery.
AT&T's uverse doesn't provide pots over the DSL pair, it provides voip which the modem turns into POTS. They provide a battery back up so the pots stays on for a bit in a power outage. (Fios does similar but it is more obvious that there is no POTS coming down the fiber)
>AT&T's uverse doesn't provide pots over the DSL pair,
Plenty of exceptions to this. My AT&T DSL is Uverse service. It's being provided over the same twisted pair I've had for 30 years. I only recently disconnected my landline because: mah cell phone...

My girlfriends birthday is coming up, and I wanted to make her an arc reactor necklace. I want to make it about 1.5 inches in diameter. I know how to wire the LEDs and everything, but I'm not sure what I should make the mold out of, or anything like that. Any advice?
3d print or sculpt the desired object
create silicone mold
create wax positive with silicone mold
create plaster mold with the wax positive positioned inside
put the plaster mold into a super high heat oven to get rid of the wax
pour molten metal into the now-empty plaster mold
OP is this really what your girlfriend wants for present?
Why wouldn't his hand want this?
something for black plate
3 leds
a sanded triandle of plexiglass
fill aroud with something blue
cover it with something like more plexiglass
But what if she likes the circle one, not the triangle.
>reminds her that op is poison to her heart

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>Have garage built before house in 1930 something.
>Has upstairs rooms.

How possible would it be to turn this into an apartment? Has power, no plumbing, no insulation/hvac.

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Room is about 230 sqft. Ceiling is 76.5" and slants on each side of the room.
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Still on family's property. Would be rent free.
1. How much do you expect to make from rent? If you do everything by the book, your insurance will go up, your property taxes will go up, and you'll be required to pay taxes on the rental income. Those can take a fair bit out of your profit.
2. Is the kind of person who would rent a 230sqft room in a garage the kind of tenant you can depend upon to pay their rent every month and not trash the place?
I would be living there, it's on family property. No rent.
sheeeeeet nigga, that's all you had to say!

I'd get good at drywall, rip it down, insulate, and put it back up. The floor would have to be insulated by ripping the ceiling off the garage, and since it's an area more open to the elements, It's almost necessary.

Heating and A/C? baseboard or space heater, and... you already have a window A/C unit.

Plumbing is an issue. Even if you ran pipes down from there, you'd have to tie them into something. Also, you wouldn't really have space for much more than a two-piece (also, venting).

In the end, a bunch of mexicans or yourself working in conventional ways out of Home Depot or whatever won't get you a very good result.

Tiny houses are built by engineers who break the rules and conventions by knowing everything about the materials and using them in different ways (even when nigger-rigged). Since you're asking /diy/, I think it's beyond your ability.

You can certainly make a comfy room with your own effort, but it's a lot of work, and a functional apartment is probably not happening.
Plumbing would be your issue. You could store potable water but drainage is the issue. Basically unless it's attached to house or right next to it, you're not getting plumbing. So no shitting or showering. If you're parents own it, you could probably just do that in the house.

Basically it's not really feasible.

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