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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.

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What can i salvage , got 3 tvs
Please please please let them sit for a while before you go salvaging. Tv's can be very very dangerous. Huge caps. Wait like a week to be extra safe

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I say it's mold, my dad disagrees, I tried scrubbing, wtf do I do? I want to clean out and paint that room but what do I do about this back wall?
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Ty senpai
He's just frightened of spending money lol.
My dad inhabited the room before, I'm going to see if I can find the source of the leak but could it be possible that my dad constantly running multiple humidifiers in the room has anything to do with it?
It is black mold. Don't fuck around with it.


Yes, high humidity can cause the mold to grow on every surface. This happens where I live in houses that are open to the air in the summer without and AC. I had to get a AC unit and use it during the highest times of humidity in order to prevent mold growth on literally everything.
I've been literally telling my father this shit for fucking years man. I needed someone to prove it thank you.

My nephew got hold of my coffee stirrer and bent it out of shape. Now I can't get it centered, so it wobbles like crazy and it cant stir worth shit.

Any ideas how to fix it?

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I want to make a coil gun but have 0 experience with electronics and obviously no tools. What would be a good place to start learning or a good first project?
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But he literally said in that video that it's not the voltage that kills you but the amps
Isn't this why tazers are so debilitating? IIRC they run at a comparatively low current, but something about the pattern of their AC makes you seize up and wet yourself.
That is better


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Hi /DIY/

What kind of things do you carry everyday? I'm trying to become a more handy person ( have the right tools around at the right times, etc. ) and am looking for a good fixed blade for DIY-based tasks. Obviously there is a tool for every job, including blade shape, is there a good all-around option?

Also, can anybody tell me what the tool in the middle of this blade is supposed to be? I know what the other tools are ( hex wrench, bicycle spoke wrench sizes 14/15, O2 key, bottle opener and both inches/mm ruler ( inches on other side ) but can't figure out what the one in the middle is.
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Two cell phones, a wallet, a gun (Glock 19 at home, .38 derringer at work), a knife (Kershaw freefall at home, Milwaukee fastback utility knife at work) and a Klien 11-in1 whenever I'm actually working. My pockets stay pretty full but 90% of the shit gets done without a trip to the toolbox.
>that knife
>go to open a bottle
>slice open hand
>go to undo a nut
>slice open hand
>go to cut something
>get metal jabbing into your palm

Nice design.
Not sure why it has the little hole/keyhole shape at one end but otherwise I'd say it is a shackle key.
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I should have mentioned you are supposed to use the sheath when using the tools on the handle.
I believe that is a spoke wrench for bicycles if you are looking at what I think you are.
That sheath looks more uncomfortable to hold than the handle does when using the knife end.

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What are these metal rectangles called? I want to do a wheel stand just like this picture but can't find that kind of metal.
its 80/20 modular extrusion
thank you.

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>search: blacksmithing
>nothing found

Blacksmithing thread.
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Just came here to say goddamn I love this guy.

Cringey as fuck though.
At an estate sale, as little as possible. Ki d of the point of an estate sale. Wouldn't go more than 3 a pound unless its extra special.
You will have a much better time with lump charcoal instead of briquettes, looks good otherwise.
Yeah, I found they were to big to use well, and had wait for them burn down to a smaller size for best results. My hair dryer crapped out on me, so I am in the process of building a manual pump out of an old fan.

Other than accidentally burning my ass, I think I might have found a fun new hobby

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Hey /diy/, I need a piece of furniture for all my vidya geams. I was thinking one of those cube organizers might be nice, but they're all either tiny 2- or 3- square cupboards that won't hold everything, or they're giant monsters that would probably pick my TV like 5 feet off the floor, assuming they can even support my oldass Trinitron behemoth at all.

So, my next idea was to try and build something myself. But then I remembered that I have no experience and only a few tools. I'd like to get into woodworking/metalworking, but I've never really had a good idea how to start. Surely a wooden box wouldn't be too hard... Right?

Is there a guide for this sort of thing, or maybe a blueprint? What does /diy/ think I should do?
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Here you go.

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OK diy WiFi question:

I'm a TWC customer with the 300 mbps package on a netgear nighthawk.

What's the best method for sending a signal over 300 ft?
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For 300ft line of sight, you could use 2 woktennas and it would work. Through 2 brick walls, no chance.

Get both ends out of the house and line of sight and you are fine 9dbi will be Ok. Just be careful with the cable from the Shitehawk that it isn't a multiple of the frequency otherwise you'll be luck to get 50ft at bugger all speed. Standing Waves.
I can pick up my grandparents WiFi and they're over 2000ft away and it works c:
Build a 300 ft long waveguide.

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Has anyone done a DIY tattoo? If you have share experiences and pics thanks
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>if its a new needle you dont need to sterilize it, and usually even if the needle isnt completely new you can get away with just disinfecting it.

Yeah, bloodborne pathogens aren't a big deal. Some HIV ridden Chinaman could have pricked his shit covered fingers on the needle, or any number of other cross contamination hazards, but you probably don't care about any of that if you're doing stick and poke tattoos.

OP, individually packaged and sanitized tattoo needles are very inexpensive. Two dollars or so per needle (and by extension per tattoo, never reuse them) is much cheaper than the hundreds you could potentially have to blow on a hospital visit--some of the more nasty things you can catch will stick with you for life.
Google "tattoo supply shop" and compare prices on them.

If you're serious about learning to tattoo on your own, that is an entirely attainable goal. Just don't cut corners when dealing with safety and sanitation.
If you prefer the simplicity of having it all in one kit, Hildebrandt offers a one that I would say is the bare minimum quality you'd want if you were going to tattoo a person with the equipment.
Cheaper kits on Amazon or ebay can contain very questionable materials, and companies higher end than Hildebrandt don't offer kits.
You will still need to buy a few things for skin prep (green soap and maybe a stencil transfering solution), and likely some aftercare products, but if you're serious about the hobby, it's a step in the right direction.
>...one very close to my cooch.

On /diy/? You wouldn't happen to be the tripfag Ellie, would you?
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Diy tattoo "expert" here. Started poking ink in my skin at 12 and havent looked back. If you are dedicated enough to bypass your basic instincts and break your own skin, you'll never regert anythang. You'll also probably live a more fulfilling life than those who don't. These days i let other people do it for me, i grew out of sewing needles and model paint when i could legally have someone else do them.

>this isn't even the ugliest one i did on myself
Is that a tattoo of an infection?
What shithole uses E for voltage?

Our house insurance dinged us for not having an exterior stairs on a porch door that is locked and barricaded. Apparently this isn't enough for them, so they're cancelling the policy on 17 March.

The foundation is cement skimcoat over cinder blocks. Building the actual stairs is easy, but what's the best way to attach them to the foundation wall? Google searches are bringing up wildly contradicting information.
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I personally wouldn't bolt anything into my foundation make it freestanding 4x4s with 4 concrete feet and put bolts in the wet concrete and then use post brackets and never have to worry about your shit stairs fucking up your more expensive house and end up with stronger stairs you could also do a floating front edge if you use pressure treated lumber
Your stairs should be attach to the house at rim joist height, meaning there should be wood there. but if it's actually cider block, you want to build a free standing unit, as cinder block is hollow and doesn't take well to fasteners.

Or you can just use concrete anchors?
Drill and bolt the cunt on there. Something like this would be good but longer
I don't know about that, but you should make a very artistic staircase. As fancy as you can.
Since it's a useless staircase, it might as well look good.

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Questions that don't deserve their own thread
Stupid question thread
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no magic smoke, but nothing from my makeshift battery pack oh well, i guess i'll harvest the motors and gears then.

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i plan to build myself spray booth kinda like pic releted, but instead of this huge ass vaccum cleaner on back i'd like to use two 120mm pc fans and some fiber filter.
do you guys thing those fans would provide enough sucking power to suck air with paint particles through the filter?
What, are you putting on a Souls-themed parade or something?
Not my pic.

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Lockpicking Set. What should i use and how?
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Ah, but it gets defeated by a simple spool.
What a shame.
As long as you know what you're doing and not shoving the pick in like a horse in heat then its not going to bend for a while.

If you need a set for emergencies then a credit card set will do, if its for a serious hobby then get a better set.
Anyone have experience buying cheap lockpick sets from China? I was thinking of picking up this:

Girlfriend bought this exact set. It's arriving today, I'll let you know how it is. But desu it looks fine.
You'd be surprised. Looks like you've never seen true shit.

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Hey diy I know it's nothing special but I made my frist cutting board today and it turned out okay. What have you made recently.
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Those aren't "SAS" plugs, they're SAS/SATA.
They fit both.
I actually had to model the thing in CAD before I figured it out.
if the pips have screw holes on the lower part that pin it to the wood he wont need a support beam
but like if i were him and i had welding equipment/the skill needed to make such great looking welds id do both
something something team of 40 surgeons
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You know how people say something that does everything, does none of them well?

Every single shop I have been in with a radial arm saw has never had one that is zeroed in.

That being said I still want one cause they be handy.
Would you ever blow something for someone because I had a really cool idea but I lack the equipment money and talent to do myself?

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