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I've been thinking about buying a robomower, but i have multiple lawns completely separated from each other. Does anyone have any experience or ideas regarding this? I was thinking about tunnels or ramps to connect them.
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A tunnel won't work because it will block RF (maybe not entirely but pretty much...)

What kinds of cutting blades do these things have in them?
reels use a lot less power than a big spinning blade, but reels cost a lot more to manufacture....
I can not find a zero turn mower for over 10k
I dont know where the hell you are getting your gold plated lawn mower with a fully blown v8
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Holy shit, my lawn isn't big enough to do it but I wish I could mow in a labyrinth pattern, it would be such a cool meditative experience.
Why not use your lawn for something smart like a giant garden instead of doing Sisyphean retarded shit and mowing it?

Lawns are for idiots and rich, British aristocrats with too many Indian widows soliciting on their estates.

Then you get someone you know is experienced and pay them a reasonable rate.

You got acres of lawn and have it maintained? I know this is /diy/ but if you have that much shit of something you either need to be making money out of it to afford its maintenance or repurpose it.

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I have a Lithium-Ion battery pack (HBJ-12V) that takes 12.6VDC in and spurts out anything between 10.8V - 12.6V DC. Also I have a foldable solar cell thingie which gave 1V - 11.75VDC when I measured it here indoors, near the window.

I want to recharge the battery pack with the solar thingie while I'm playing Pokey Man's Goe. What should I put between them?

Is it this? Anself 10A/20A 12.6V LCD Solar Charge Controller PWM for Li-ion Battery USB K6L4

Or is it this? Car Charger For Lithium Ion Battery Charger Li-ion LiPo 3S 11.1V 12.6V 10.8V 1A

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I have an awful lot of disks but I don't know what do with them.
I searched a little if I can do something useful but everything I see is some art attack kind autistic shit. Idon't want to make trash.
any ideas please? otherwise I'll dump them.
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OP here. Thanks for the ideas.
I know I'm the first one lacking creativity, but I'm surprised of how little things you can do with CDs
microwave exploder
What would happen if you glued a cd to the bottom of a plate? Would the person notice before putting it in?
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OP here.
I know nothing about the other post. Probably Anon didn't look at the catalog before posting

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Tell me your favourite power tool and why.

Also power tool accidents pictures and videos.

I just used an angle grinder today for the first time to cut 4 posts of a former metal cabin bed down so it would just be a normal bed. Holy fucking shit it felt so good. The power it gives you just rushes through you. You can cut literally anything.
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Grinding and O/A is child's play to CAC. Pussies

What? Why?

Genuinely curious. I sure as hell don't want this happening to me.
Because small pieces can easily fly up under a face shield.
Glasses not so much.
A face shield is designed to do just that, shield your FACE, not so much your eyes, but the combination of the two will protect your eyes better than just glasses alone, as a face shield offers a large area of protection, just in front of your glasses.
The general rule is, if you're doing work with tools, wear safety glasses.
The only exception in my mind is work like on computers, where there is almost no chance of particulate or liquids getting in your eye unless you're stupid enough.
Hit post too soon.

The other day in a welding shop, A piece of metal particulate from other workers in the shop floated into my eye through a pair of close fitting safety glasses, a welding hood, and a closed welding booth. even with safety gear, when it's airborne things just happen.

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Old one is slipping, new /QTDDTOT/ ahoy.

How does /diy/ get wood? These are parts of a project I intend to make. I know the colours and tones I'm after but I have no idea what timbers would do the job. Halp?
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Cross stitching
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Shit drawings I know, but I was thinking either of these if it were made of wood. Pic is the structure that would hold the weight up. 2nd seems more stable where the first would be wedged apart by the weights.
Also, here's some neat stuff you can make. It's almost interchangeable with pixel art so you can look up either for inspiration.

Thank you very much! Do you know that feeling if something is on the tip of your tongue for days? You ended that agonizing state, thanks!
Actually, never mind that website. I pulled it up from my bookmarks but it looks like it's turned to shit.

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Sup /diy/. Not sure if this justifies a thread but if you're building one, get the fuck in here.

Looking to build pic related, some workbenches for medium duty metalworking, electronics and general fabrication. Whole thing is designed to be freestanding (can't bolt to the walls here, I am rentfag) and easily collapsible; Idea is that they can be disassembled and stacked into themselves as depicted at the very left of the upper part of the pic for easy transport. Was hoping to get some advice on my joinery before finalising and buying some wood.

I made what I consider a beta version of this some years ago and basically relied on cross bracing to make shit as solid as possible. Naturally, the whole thing was flimsy as fuck, shit would fall off shelves when I was sawing things in a bench vice, all in all, it was a complete waste of timber.

I want to attach legs per the lower part of the pic. The cut out sections at the top measure 55 x 55 mm, I'm not sure if that will be solid enough. I considered tucking the whole leg as one complete part in behind each corner, but want flush fronts so I can mount some leg vices later if I choose. Will this be strong enough? Anyone got any suggestions on how to make sure this thing is solid as a rock? If I did want to cross brace legs, what would be the best way to mount them?
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Good call, but depth is good for all the kit I plan to install (including added depth for IEC plugs and such) i'm covered there. I considered a central column at the front of the shelves but that's 19mm plank, I would be surprised if I load them up enough to flex them. It's an easy retrofit if they do start to sag, but heavy PSU's will not be an issue as you're about to see. Power outlets will be where the red rectangles are, but I didn't think to get spaced plugs for it, handy if I need to plug in bulky power bricks. Good pickup man.

Neat. Does it require a solid base though? You're going to be pissed if you accidentally kick it while recording and get a meaty thump in your track.

I did, but I want them to butt up flush to each other. If it is still a little flimsy once it's together (and it better fucking not be) they will be easy enough to retrofit to the inside of the legs. Good call re surface damage and welding, looks like I might be switching to a paneled surface.

The box is another project I call the uber supply. 4 channel signal generator/power supply with an 16 bit word generator for adhoc testing of TTL IC configs without needing to code up a uC. If you look carefully at the second bench in OP pic, you'll see banana plug outlets for it on either side of the center leg beneath the bench top for easy access to the power outputs. I'd like to build some scope functions into it but it uses a basic CRT from 5 inch colour TV, refresh rate will limit its practicality.

One of my housemates at the time was gay and used the other side of this double garage to wrench on his cars. He was known for his gas (we joked because his arse was so well reamed that he couldn't maintain pressure); that was bought as a gag gift for him by one of my other housies. lol faggots.
Fuck it, my first attempt at carpentry
And it stained
Would bevel edges and veneer surface/10, but that beats the shit out of my shitbox work bench up there in terms of build quality. Would bang.
I'd like to say the top is held on by pocket hole screws from the rails underneath. But, no, just screws through the first (bottom) sheet into the rail, and then the top sheet is held on to the bottom sheet by a few screws through the bottom so the top can be flipped over in several years if/when the tops get buggered.

As for the OP, whatever you do, just keep in mind that you can pick up braceply really cheaply, and you can never have enough bracing if you want a rigid structure.

I'd brace the back of your shelves simply to stop any chance of them swaying, which they might do with just those uprights.

As for cleaning underneath, there's nothing saying you can't have the bottom shelf just screwed down onto the rails so you can unscrew it for cleaning or disassembly.

I still think making each end bay into a shelf or cupboard area is the best way of anchoring the whole thing so it won't move under heavy manual activities.

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So I was cleaning my old shelf and found like 24 CDs (74min/650mb). What do I do with it?
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Archive important documents and photographs on them.
Step 1: Read the sticky, you'll learn that it's slow board
Step 2: Go through catalog, you'll learn that there is already similar thread
Step 3: Whatever your problem is, start by inserting all your material deep inside your anus

As for more serious answer:
>Find your local pedophile ring
>offer them some fresh new CP, tell them you sell them CD
>wire yourself up to record transaction, or just keep logs if it's online
>scribble with marker some title like "lolita 14"
>send\sell blank CDs
>if they're butthurt that you scam the, tell you'll go to the police with everything you recorded
>rince and repeat withanother pedophiles until you're out of CDs
Bonus points if you blackmail them further to pay you monthly.
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Give them to this guy >>>1024170 I hear he hoards CD's, might as well concentrate them to a single geographic location.
>Find your local pedophile ring
Sure, I'll just check the fucking phonebook.

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what is your trade /diy/?

im a carpenter
I inspect wooden roller coasters and repair them
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I repair home appliances. Washers, dryers, microwaves, refrigerators, ovens etc.
Mostly samsung stuff because my company is one of the few that is certified in the region.
>unclear on the concept dept.
Welder/fabricator here.

Currently working building above ground storm shelters/safe rooms.
how is it? I'm doing a pre-apprenticeship in electrical/HVAC&R and might end up doing what you're doing. Fuck any MILFs?

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Does anybody have any ideas what I could make with about 50 empty 2 liter bottles? I looked online and only found projects for individual bottles. Keep in mind I'm too dumb to build a boat/raft out of them. Thanks in advance.
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What kind of question is that even. There's plenty of uses for tons of old semen, the first that comes to mind being porn.
what is that even supposed to be doing.

I don't come on this board much, sorry.

Return for $2.50 of deposit. $5.00 in Michigan!
If they're fairly transparent, then maybe some sort of a mini-greenhouse?

not sure if that's it, but you put empty bottles on sticks to scare off vermin like birds or moles.
100 litres of homebrew.

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Hey guys.
I have a question.

I am a 3d modeller but I want to sell a few figurines.
I know I could 3d print my models but the quality is just down the gutter.

So, is there some way I could give my 3d model and they make it into a figurine? Like someone or some company or something?
you mean 3d printing companies?

3d printing will be the cheapest way unless you are making 10000000s of them
Yeah, you could do that but you'd lose profit. Get some molds printed instead and do it the old fashioned way.
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hand sculpt it or wait for that new in color 3d printing process by HP to come out.

You could try using an objet color 3d printer which has awesome print quality. Compared to Z-corp machines at least. It's fucking expensive though.

I'd say at the very least try out MCOR's color 3d printing(pic related) and post process your prints by dipping them in cyanoacrylate. It's cheap.(compared to other 3d printing processes or hiring a professional sculptor)
I think the normal way is to pay for a single really good quality print, then use that to make moulds and then cast resin or pewter duplicates.

3D Printing each figure to a sale-able quality would be too expensive, best just to spend out on one high quality one, then copy it using conventional means.

Also if you're a CAD wizard you might want to look into short run injection moulding. You can build manual Injection moulders fairly simply, and they also tend to be fairly cheap to buy second hand.

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I need to weld this on my old steel bike. Where can I get thet done, maybe a car bodyshop?
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Find someone who can braze, it would be quick and easy work for someone to fix

Its your typical brazed steel bike frame
the two surfaces that you're mating will need to be clean and rust free for them to be brazed. as for the rest of the bike, if you don't mind the chipped up look, maybe get a cheap can of clear coat spray paint and paint it over the areas where the paint is chipped to prevent rust.
local school that has welding course. i bet if you walked in they would do it for the experience.
I think I'll let someone professional do it because I'm kissing the pavement if that brazing fails.
In English soldering is something else, but it's a similar process.

I have dogs (long and short haired), they shed hair everywhere. My current vacuum costs me $30 a year in bags and thats with me reusing the bags at least 3 times each. I'm tired of bags. I tried a Shark Navigator but the canister was so small I was constantly emptying it. It also took a long time to clean the house because it is so small. I don't care that about filtration, just dog hair.

Does anything know of a bagless vacuum that can handle pet hair and it is not made for apartment dwellers with only 25 square feet of floor?

What about shop vacs? Anyone use them inside their house? Can they get dog hair out of thick carpet?
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>this dyson meme
dunno about Riccar, however, I think you'll find, most if not all of the Miele are bag vacs - which, to assist you with reading comprehension, he didnt want, thus, Dyson meme recommends.

And if hes moaning about paying $30 in bags (per annum..), cant see him being thrilled about the prospect of paying near $1,000 for a Miele - get a Festool for that ;) Had a Miele washing machine once tho - Quality Shit, no question. But fuck paying $1k for a vac.
Get a makita 447L.
I grind concrete a lot with mine, and regularly clean the house with it because of how much quicker it is to use than our dyson.
This man speaks the truth.
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Are you literally retarded? Why are you wasting your time vaccuming? It's 2016 not 1960. Buy a damn roomba. I have a dog and a cat so I know what it's like to have hair over everything you own. Take it from me, a roomba is a great investment if you have pets. I vacuumed once to remove a lot of hair, and I've used the roomba since twice a week to maintain a hair free house. Every now and then if someone is spending the night or something I'll do a regular vacuum just to make sure it gets a deep clean. But otherwise I let Rosie keep the hair away. Really nice to be able to drop a shirt on the floor and pick it up without it being covered in hair. And now I can sit on the living room rug and it's no longer covered in hair. Sure Roomba's have an upfront cost. But it's not just about the money. It's about your time. You don't wash dishes do you? No. The dishwasher does that. You don't wash clothes do you? No. The washing machine does that. And you shouldn't be vacuuming your house either, your roomba should do that. One less chore in life and more free time. Pony up the cash and let something else do it for you. I wish I had bought my Roomba the day I bought my dog. Would have saved me so much stress and free time dealing with that damn hair. Worth. Every. Penny.
I use the bissell pet hair eraser. Pretty much the same model as >>1027720. Yeah, you gotta empty the canister alot while vacuuming if you got pets. I recycle a grocery bag for this and hang it on a door knob then throw away when done. Also you have to disassemble the thing and clean all the filters and vents to keep it working like new.

After vacc'ing I wet vac with the bissell proheat pet. This is essential for when they piss, vomit or crap diarrhea on the carpet for spot treating. My carpets are light colored so I run a little bleach in the detergent receptacle or laundry soap and water depending. The water vac gets deep in the carpet and pulls the dirt out the vac can't get to. It's close to a steam cleaning. But, I find it has an added benefit of clumping the animal hair up and spitting it out like a cat throwing up hair balls. This gets all the dirt and pet hair the regular vac misses.

Also, I have trimmed a long hair dog down with good scissors to keep it from dying in the heat. It took about 2 hours and requires a dog with a good attitude, but afterward shearing was not needed. My dogs are short hair and medium short so I don't give them hair cuts, just bathe them after the vac routine. My cat is long hair and is a PITA to shave, I use a motorcycle jacket and mechanic gloves and lock him into a small bathroom then go after him with clippers my gf loans me from the vet. I think theyre Osters. The vet. will know their shit when it comes to clippers if they do surgery since they shave for surgery so often. The cheap pair I got for haircuts at wal-mart barely work. The pair I get on loan just tears thru my cats hair with ease and never clogs. Basically as good as you see in sheep shearing videos. My gf offers to sedate him but I just do it while he's mad and let him try and scratch and bite at my protected arms. I`ve never got his sides or his belly since he sits in a protective pose; but if I really wanted to I assume I could hog tie him up.
Your pets are short haired.

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Hey guys,
I am outfitting my car as a camper to travel around europe and russia. What do you think?
How much solar power do you recommend? Any tips?
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get lots of insurance
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I'm looking for some open-source or free electronic/electrical simulation and design software, but one that is more geared towards larger stuff, like an electrical circuit for an automobile, rather than PCB and IC design, which is what a lot of them seem to be geared towards. Any Suggestions?
pen and paper
where do I download that?

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