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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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- First ask Google, then ask /diy/. Your question will probably be better received if you do so.
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- Share your results! /diy/ loves to see problems solved and projects completed!

What kind of projects can one do with these newer altoids artic tins
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>Wait for neighbour to get mail
>Cut his arms off with a machete
>Dissolve your neighbour in acid
>Curb stomp your neighbor
>Handcuff neighbours hands behind back
>Vice grip neighbors penis
>put largest Li-Ion you can inside the can
>cram custom charging circuitry inside
>insert USB out, USB in, and charging light
>give to neighbour
>laugh as his house burns down

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My power goes out probably more often then North Korea's.

Im currently pooping in the pitch black.

DTE is objectively the worst power company on earth.

I live in a APT and can't put shit on the roof or install things on the balcony.

How can i power a 65in tv, computer, a few lights, a DVR, and ps4 for a minimum of 8 hours so this stops happening?

Pic related. At 17% battery and i haven't even finished pooping to use my phone as a flashlight. Likely won't even get a clean wipe because i can't see
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TFW with DTE and never lose power when all my friends constantly get fucked.
Is bloom box an option? They seem like a good solution, but I have no clue about cost...
nvm, looks like an industry only solution. generators it is
I lived in rural Bumfuck USA on a farm.

Power outages were a way of life.

We relied heavily on deep freeze chests for storing most of our food and those dont show signs of defrosting for days after power cuts.

We also kept bottles of water in the freezers.

When the power cut, wed move all the stuff in the fridge to the lowest shelf, toss a couple bottles of frozen water on the top shelf and pack the freezer full of them. Longest I recall keeping food that way was 7 seven days when the generator was broked. The Ice acts as a thermal storage solution. It increases the thermal mass that needs to warm up thus extending how long it takes for something to thaw.

As far as your entertainment goes...
Get a laptop and a UPS. thats the cheapest way. Even shitty UPS can keep a laptop going for 24 hours.
Not a single consumer grade ups able to do that. An hour would be a miracle.

You are talking about a several thousand dollar enterprise level ups.

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Noob here, I'm trying to remove the seats in my car for a project and I'm having trouble with the bolt in pic related. It's in a really tight, hard to access place that my standard drive socket is way too big to fit in. It gets blocked by the black plastic above it.

Can anybody suggest a solution to this? A tool that could work?
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Lol. This guy cant undo a fucking nut. Get hollow pipe, put over socket handle, donkey kick. Im from georgia mother fuckers
>Get hollow pipe
>Im from georgia
We guessed that when you implied there is pipe that isn't hollow.
Shucks, I should of said hollow rod. But I kept it simple. My bad big guy.
> using the words "hollow rod" instead of "pipe"
> keeping it simple

You really need to stop posting.
Oh, so you don't know the difference?

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So I've finally done it to myself... Got a tiny stripped screw on my laptop trying to get to hard drive. YouTube is full of idiots or people with soldering irons. How can I unfuck myself?
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nope just passing comment, downloading payday2, best place to be moronic
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>is buyfag and a newfag
Glue velcro to screw. Opposite velcro stapled on a wood scrap or something. Turn.
how does everyone not know this trick...

I spilt a bit of oil in my driveway and now I'm stuck with a stain. Any ideas for getting rid of it?
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Fuck you and your filename
That's an awful lot of wasted words.
Quit living like a nigger and buy a decent car
I've had good luck with the orange cleaners. On white concrete, just soaked up oil, saturated stained area with orange stuff, let it sit a while and pressure blast with clear water.
car litter. when you pour on the stain. rub it in with your feet. turns into fine dust and seeps into the pours more. repeat until there are no changes, then finish off with brake cleaner

Questions that don't deserve their own thread.
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I have one of these shower heads at my place and the threading on one of the bolts is worn down on the far end such that the twist nut cannot grip onto it well enough to tighten it and hold on.
Any way to fix this or should I just grab a new showerhead?
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My pantry doors are like pic related. At the red spots I have those double roller catches to keep the doors shut.

The problem is these doors are large and the air pushed in when you close one has enough force to push open the other door. I thought replacing the latches with fresh ones might solve the problem and they do hold it tighter but it still opens occasionally.
What would be my best option to stop this from happening? Extra latches? Funnelling the air through a different exit?
And which latches are the strongest? I used the double rollers because they are what was already there and I had some spare ones, but if the magnetic type or something are stronger I guess I could switch to those, or at least use them in the future.
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add a couple of cheap spring loaded hinges.
Would that not make the doors auto-close themselves into my back? Or are the springs too weak for that?
Anything I can do to stop overzealous retards from ruining my tap washers by over-tightening everything?
I am getting tired of having to replace all my tap washers every couple months after my family visits.
Should I just switch over to mixer style taps?
replace oxygen with dioxygen-difluoride, trust me im a chemist

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what can I do to keep the guys doing work for me happy? It's a pretty large outdoor job for a couple days in the hot summer. I have a basement bathroom I'm going to offer, and probably fill a cooler with ice cold gatorade.
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>Not grilling burgers and brats for your employees while wearing nothing but a "kiss me, I'm the cook" apron and some oven mitts
real simple: buy them lunch, and have ice cold beer ready at the end of the day.

Any worker will appreciate it.
>work on workdays
>pay on payday
deliver these two simple things and you're better than 90% of employers
that's probably more than other people would do
so the beer thing isn't awkward? do i just put them in the cooler at end of day or hand them out?

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Could someone who has never done concrete work handle putting down a 15x20ft concrete pad for a shed? I have it formed and am getting a truck, have 2 friends that will help me pour it and finish it, just worried that it won't turn out good
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Yes I have access to aluminum screeds, a bull float, jointer and a horsehair broom along with a lot of hand tools/edgers
im asking the same, putting down a 3m x 6m shed. Were only using the concrete as a slab foundation and will be building another floor on top of it. Will be hiring a mixer and pouring it ourselves.
I do industrial concrete currently, and do many different sorts of floors, the flatwork you guys are doing is really simple, depending on how smooth you want to get it. The most important thing about finishing is making sure your are screeding it flat because it is easier to knock out high spots with a screed than with a trowl or float.

I would definitively consider a truck for something that big as mixing it can get touchy if your mixer is bad/inconsistent

I have worked concrete for a couple years and would still be daunted doing my own, but its not hard. Depending on the temp, you should have awhile to finish it..
Do you have a vibrating screed? I would definitely reccomend for the 15*20. The small one can be done with two guys and a 2*4.
Screed it level, then hit it with aluminum screed. If you fuck up smoothing it just hit it more.. you want to have a guy on the other end to pick up the screed and set it down if you're not experianced.. if you get a low spot, find a way to get cement out there and screed again. You can walk out there if you have to. Its just more screed work.. do the edges. Use a wooden trowel to move cement and a metal one to smooth.. you may not even need a metal one if you're brooming it.. hit the line made from edging.
Screed both ways, north to south and east to west if you're concerned about finish. Then broom.. one pass. Overlap about 4-6 inches. Be sure to keep even movement when screeding and brooming.. its not terribly hard and you usually have plenty of time.
Good luck

Hey guys, can anyone help me out with how to horizontally hang a flag in my room? More specifically, what's the best way to secure the right side of the flag (the one that doesn't have the two holes)? Pic related is pretty much what I'm trying to do, thanks!
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Forgot pic because cat meowling. Behold verticals.
I burned about half of one on 9/11 with some friends. The worst part? When we hung it one the wall it was in the exact shape of Ohio.
USAFvetfag who agrees. Object worship is idolatry. Patriotism is support for your country and the principles it was founded on, including freedom of political speect.

(BTW the Pledge of Allegiance is a literally a socialist loyalty oath and if you read the fucking words they are deliberately vague. If anything Americans should swear to support the Constitution but then some of them might read it.)
>And even then, it's your God-given right to hang it with fire if you wish to do so.

Flags are supposed to be destroyed by burning when unserviceable.
airforcefag reporting in. flag code or not, the entire military does this. ive seen it in garrison and deployments

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Lets have a tool circle-jerk. What do you /diy/? What are the tools for your /diy/ing that are really worth the premium? Are you a mechanic dropping a couple mortgages on Fap-On stuff? A heavy industry dude with a red rocket for red cordless? A mommy blogger with an Etsy account for her bead jewelry who sprung for some Lindstrom? What are your best deal finds? Did you snag a $50 Craigslist lathe that you now make fidget spinners with? Are you restoring something old? What do you have on your tool wishlist?
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can we take a moment to talk about how great multi-tools are?

ive only ever used standard Dremel rotary tools for precision work but i used a multitool last week last week at work to make some cuts and im already shopping for my own. i never realized how much i needed something more precise and cleaner cutting than a sawzall until i grabbed one of these oscillating tools and i think im in love.
nah, still want to buy new for this one. Used ones may be fine for sloppy work but I want a precision tool with a warranty.
I had picked up the Milwaukee 18v multitool, and it was loud and not overly impressively fast and the speed control sucked, so after hearing how awesome they were and being disappointed by mine, I returned it and looked up a bunch of reviews to find one I liked. The M18 didn't really fare well vs the competition in the reviews I saw. I ended up doing a lot of research, and even tossing around the idea of even using it as an excuse to get into Makita's cordless lineup. Then I ended up buying a $90 corded Porter Cable for like $35. It's better than the M18 in every way.
In a lot of cases, OLD used is much better than new for precision. If it isn't cracked, you can't go wrong with giant hunks of cast iron. I pretty much exclusively buy new, but I'd still say to at least glance at Craigslist and see if there are any freak deals on amazing quality old stuff. It's more important to buy something you'll be happy with than to get the best quality, but you're doing yourself a disservice by not at least checking to see if there's one that checks both boxes.
what am i meant to do with rusty tools and sockets? chuck em?
Clean them up? Use them?

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How can I bear/bore a whole through a penny with household objects or chemicals?

I have no immediate access to power tools but I do have some screwdrivers (star-pointed) and a hammer.
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kiss it. keep kissing it in exactly the same spot as hard as you can until you bore a hole ("whole") through it.
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The composition change happened in June of 1982. '82 pennies can turn either way. Only way to tell is by weighing them. The copper ones are 3.1 grams, the zinc ones are 2.5 grams.
You can also tell by look. The older ones have a more bronze tone. It's hard to describe exactly, but if you get a coin from say '76 and compare with some 1982 coins you can tell by look which are the early ones or not.
Proportions look more suited to Hellboy.

Next time, quote from legitimate sources and you won't run into this problem.

How much would it cost to build a similar obstacle course? It's very similar to an Army confidence course: lots of logs, some rope netting and pits.
> design your course
> determine your material needs
> get pricing from material supplier
> ???
> If this didn't occur to you, you have no chance.

Good luck..
Depends entirely on source material cost and the cost to lug it around. Logs are not light and if you don't have a few spare forests to source you'll need to buy and transport them.

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Where do I buy these covers from? (cover for the CF propeller). Or at least something similar to them.
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is there a way to tell if an action camera can output live video through its output plugs while its turned on? or is it safe to assume that most don't with the exception of gopros?

i was thinking of maybe using this as an fpv feed
i bent a motor shaft. what do i do now?
The mobius can do live out, Hobbyking makes a shitty "dock" with fpv transmitter for it. However, you'll get a lot of lag.

>However, you'll get a lot of lag.
This issue is pretty much irrelevant now. Might want to reevaluate your attitude towards action cams for FPV. The Hero 2 was pretty awful lag-wise, but the OG Mobius was flyable at only a tenth of a second of latency. And newer generations of RC-oriented action cams like the Mobius 2, Mobius Mini, Runcam 2, Runcam 3 and Split all have virtually nonexistent lag (about 1/24th of a second, corresponding to a single frame).
i know how to design my own PCBs and make my own all integrated esc's,fc's etc (i'm an electrical engineer)

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I want to build a 'cabin' like thoreau but with some limitations and I basically want to ask about foundations and the integrity/stability of a cabin. It needs to last a year and a half at least, and keep out water etc as it will include books and electronics etc.

Sorry for lack of images - I lack a camera but 4chan demands an image so I've given a pic of Thoreau lazily taken from wikipedia.

The cabin will be build probably atop a small hill on property my family owns, about 100m from the main house. I'm getting more independent but I lack the $$$ to get my own place truly but I need my own simple place for study. Fell for the student meme!

Current build plan will involve some sort of pillar/pile driven into the ground at intervals and then connected with painted (for water resist) pressure-strengthened long planks, with some deck blocks to protect a bit and stabilise my structure. This bit is where I am least confident and may be the most expensive too.
After that cardboard boxes filled with earth will be rammed to make 'bricks' and star-picketed together for the walls, will painted planks for extra stability and warmth, also used to connect to a gable roof of painted wood planks with a ceiling of the same material.

I need your help to point out some of the horrible flaws in this plan and possible solutions. ANY recommendations will be very welcome (though do note my budget is sucky as fricking heck).
Have you considered a shipping container?
If it's only a year then sleep in a fucking car or a canvas tent.

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