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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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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!

What does /diy/ think of ordering tools and shit from China?

I want to get into diy but I'm a poorfag.
Prices online are much better than local and the products look alright. For example, a heat gun from Bunnings is $49, or $26 from aliexpress.
I understand it'll most likely be off inferior quality, but how bad can it be?

1500W adjustable tempreature hot air gun Carved oil sludge heater oil sludge softening electric engine heat gun Europe plug
(from AliExpress Android)

New Blue Cordless Welding Pen Burner Butane Gas Blow Torch Soldering Solder Iron Gun #ZH078
(from AliExpress Android)

F85 Mini 22mm 5PCS Sharp Rotary Diamond Cutting Discs Disks Dremel Tools With A Rod

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>I ate my dogs poop once

Fucking why, how could you recommend this to anyone?
>thread is 12 days old
I knew diy was a slow board, but not this slow...
Genuinely curious how long I can keep this thread up.

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Just bought a bunch of hardware from China actually.
Got a soldering iron kit with solder, flux, and some other tools for just under 10$. Works great, but with no temperature adjustment it's a little bit or miss.
Also purchased a rotary tool with a "100 piece kit". It's really just a couple bits and a bunch of sanding and cutting circles. Still, the thing works good and with the 17$ i paid for it.
Last one was the heat gun. Haven't used it too much due to the fact that when i turned the thing on it started fucking smoking. I'm not sure if that's a normal thing, but who knows. Okay construction quality, feels like it won't beat soon. Paid 15$ for the thing.
So yeah, you can get some pretty good deals on hardware, just check around. I bought all these from eBay, but there are other shops online. Hope this helped.
>only 12
We've got threads that'll last a month or more. Usually because the OP is a shitbird who won't let his shitty thread die, but still

HI /diy/!

I want to build a table. My Idea is to get wooden board, which should be as natural as possible. Then I wnat to maul(i dont know if this is the correct word for this but I assume) it in the middle. Afterwards I want to put it back together with resin and in which are LEDs.
So my question is, if somebody has experience with resin and could give me some tips how to work with it and which i should take. I dont want he resin to be transparent, I would like it to be milky. But not to milky that the LED light cant get trough.
Thanks in advance for the help

Pic related(it should approximately look like this just with the resin with the LEDs added)
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Do you want light coming out of the wood, or just out of a resin blob?
If the light stops working it stops working, its not the end of the world
actually i want the resin to glow
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If you use an epoxy, you can just sand the top of it with a lower grit paper and use that to diffuse the leds
Here is how to epoxy finish. Turn off the volume.
>palletwood surface
What a waste of epoxy

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Hey /diy/, after a domestic dispute with my stepdad regarding what I can and can't do with the household, the mailbox in pic related got punched so there's some damage to it.

Don't know what kind of material it's made of, but if you punch it, it is dented and it can look like it has a rip.

Is it possible to fix or am I fucked and I gotta spend another 15 dollars to get a new one?
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>15 dollars

This is /diy/, you need to start chopping down trees and digging up clay to make a smelter, find a beach with iron sand or get a pickaxe. If I was your step dad I'd make you spend the rest of your life gathering materials by hand to replace that $15 mailbox.
>domestic dispute with my stepdad regarding what I can and can't do with the household

>proceeds to make a thread about replacing the mailbox

You is gonna get another whoopin, you were told the boundaries yet you are immediately breaking them
live with it
make a new one out of a shipping container and pallets

then tell that fagget hes not your real dad
You truly are your mom's son.

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My idea is not to use my electric heater all the time so I'm looking for an alternative way to heat my room
Does this work?
Any other ideas?
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That's just a property of galvanized steel
Look up "Welder's Flu"
Get a sweater and socks. If if you don't live in a country with several daytime in a row with sub zero c temperatures you should be ok not heating.

Be careful if you are not renting, temperature under ~14°c is bad for your wall on the long run
>You can invite friends over or get a dog or two for pets. Both make great heaters.
I really fucking laughed at the thought of inviting friends over to your shitty cold house only for their body heat haha
>waste heat energy from candles by heating all the shit covering it

Hi /diy/ does anyone have any info on building a small (~20') camping type boat for mostly calm inland water use?
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You can sometimes pick up lifeboats cheaply if you look, they are sturdy as fuck and can be converted pretty easily, if you have any boatyards or boat breakers near you then that is a good place to start, especially if they deal with medium to large ships.
What is your budget?
First time on this board. Happy to find a boat thread. Michalak has some good plans if you head over to Duckworks. Bolger and Payson had some plans along the lines of what you're looking for. I just got back from visiting Sam Devlin's shop here in Olympia, WA. Avoid his plans unless you want mostly pretty and overpriced.

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You guys ever cut your own hair? I'm too broke for a haircut and got an interview on Tuesday, any advice?
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i buy me de aircut, an das shit don do shit, man..
This. Also if you live alone like me and no one can do the back of your head, place 2 mirrors infront of one another and you're set
>Job interview
>Cut own hair

Good luck bro
What are you guys using for blade lubricant on your buzz trimmers?
My buzzer is like idk from the 80s maybe? maybe earlier? my mom gave it to me, use to use it on me when I was little. still has the original oil it came with.. but I remember my father using 3 and 1 oil more then once to lube it..

i'd say a safe oil would be like coconut oil or lard. when the little oil doohicky runs out on mine, I'm just gonna end up using lard. lard doesn't spoil, and its natural, so if it gets in your hair, wont be a bitch to clean out.

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/diy/, I want to stop an office food thief, but I don't want to do anything illegal like booby trap my food. I was considering affixing a small disposable rfid sticker to my lunch bag and using that to track whoever's taken in within the office. How feasible is this approach, and how would you go about it? I can find rfid stickers on amazon but I have no idea what computer/phone programs I'd use with them.
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I guess it would depend on if you know who it is....

find out if they have allergies

that would work

get some dried ones, use a coffee grinder to turn it into a powder, add to some mayo/mustard to disguise it in a sandwich
Disney has no ethics unless ur a feminist or nigger. offended by literally the dumbest shit..

but if your life guards are texting on deck.. that's kay. because no nigger or feminist bitched.

whole company is going down the fucking drain.
Buy a couple cherry red sodas from Walgreens.

While you're there, get a cherry laxative drink.

Open one of the sodas and pour some of it into a glass to enjoy later. Pour in as much of the cherry laxative as you can.

Cut the top off of a closed bottle and enjoy your soda while you cut the clear plastic out of the cap to leave the safety ring intact.

Break off a quarter of an alkaseltzer tab, drop it in the intact bottle with laxative and quickly put the cap with safety ring on.

Leave the bottle with lunch. Preferably something spicy
Also this.
Da Bomb Hotsauce. Ground zero.
A drop will suffice a huge bite. It also tingles and inflames skin if they touch it. make a sandwich with it between 2 pieces of cheese, so it doesn't ruin the whole thing if they don't steal it. It also won't be seen. They will be in tears with hot hands. Youll know. Youll know very fast

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Continuing from last thread about soldering a phone power button...

Finally got some conductive glue in the mail. The syringe was absolute garbage but I made do. Overall I think it turned out as expected, it should work....just waiting for it to completely dry.

Hopefully it's not toxic, my hands were starting to look like the tin man's.

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Save the pic for the diy gore thread.
oh I gave it my best shot, but unless you have serious skills and good equipment, it's not gonna happen
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Uhhh, that's like babby's second project tier.

You put a bit of tack under the connector and then solder or get solder past and a oven if you feel fancy.

Looking to do something in spare time and I thought of signal jammer. After a little of googling it seems to be hard to find any how-to guide and especially part list. I have very basic knowledge about this. Any help? What else could I build as a beginner for cheap?
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>Jamming cell phones is extremely hard.

Bull fucking shit. It's easy as sin, and no I wont tell the fucktards how to do it because I hate everything about it. If they manage to make one anyhow I hope they get arrested. Very illegal pretty much everywhere.


BTW using jamers can be prosecuted far more harshly than this, the guy got off easy.
This guy got off pretty easy too, even after a previous jamming arrest. Maybe I just never ran across him, but I never had a problem on the red line.

Maybe build a CW transmitter instead, there are lots of kits online or you can homebrew your own.
I always thought it'd be cool to take a signal you want to jam, invert it and rebroadcast it. It'd be highly efficient but by the time you receive it and do signal processing it'd probably be too late unless you could implement the entire thing in hardware.
Build a tesla coil. That will jam a few rf signals.

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I was thinking of making a full size gyrocopter from scratch this summer.
Anyone got DIY plans laying around?
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first time i really read about these gyrocopters. How is it about the legality (specialy in europé)? Do i need like a driving licence?
its me again, much happend here, Anyhow i will ask here Before i make a new thread. Does anyone have plans for a Martin Hollman HA-2M? i dont really wanna Shell out the 500 dollar they are asking if im not even sure if i could afford materials. Anyone have experience/knowledge about the law in europé?


Fucking plebs

if its under 560 kg in europe there is no license needed
Hope you don't plan on an open casket funeral.
For fucks sake, it's a gyrocopter.

They're not that hard to make and they're fairly safe provided you bothered to learn how to fly it.

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I'm in the market for a new jigsaw. I've always had corded, the one I'm currently using is an old Bosch D handle that is almost as old as I am but it's solid. It's only now that it's starting to show signs of age. I wont throw it out but I'd also like something that's cordless to make life on site a bit easier.

I have had battery jigsaws in the past but it was in the day before lithium batteries.

My question is not what brand to buy or what jigsaw, I'm going to match my current platform and the reviews I've read on those are excellent.

My question is about jigsaw type. Does anyone have much experience with barrel grip jigsaws and metal work? I've always had D handle jigsaws but as I'm using jigsaws for metal work and woodwork, I'd like something that might be easier to use for detailed work.

When I say I'm going to be cutting metal it will mostly be galv steel sheet no thicker than 3mm.
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Yeah I'm gonna fix it up and hold on to it but that's not what I'm asking.

I need a cordless to make life at work on the job site easier.

I'm asking if anyone has experience using barrel grip jigsaws for metal work
It's just

>battery powered jigsaws

Dude ,corded will make your life easier than a battery operated jigsaw. Especially if it is plate steel.

Is it easier to drag a cord or replace a battery every 5 minutes?
I still think, regardless of the metalworking aspect, someone on this board should be able to give their opinion on which type of grip they prefer.

Is the work piece clamped down? Then barrel grip with the tower so you can apply force with your other hand.

Is the work piece loose and you need a hand to steady it? Well D grip for that one hand usability.

Though cutting into metal you'd require more force so clamp that bitch and barrel handle it.

Though if you are going cordless you can easily overload the jigsaw so a D handle will be fine.
>every 5 minutes

It's 2016. You can buy battery table saws. I really don't think it's as big of an issue as it was when there were only 2ah ni-cd batteries on the market.

As I said. I have the option of a corded jigsaw if I need it. I have a corded recip saw. I have corded cut off saws and abrasive wheel saws. I have corded 4.5 and 9" angle grinders. It's not what I want or need. I want something cordless for its lack of wires.

There will be both situations. Also situations where I could be working meters off the ground forming a hole in ply lined dry wall or cutting out steel tube (spiral duct).

Would a barrel grip not be suitable in this situation?

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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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I have an extremely stupid question, but I can't get past the problem.

Is there a way to improvise a drill press? I need some steel bars drilled for an extensible spear I'm making, and I feel I couldn't do the hole straight.

Alternatively, is there a way to make a completely straight hole, as with a drill press?

Thanks, guys.
How do i get a metal rod to slide without a linear bearing? i cant seem to find one locally.
After about a decade of disuse, I'm finally cleaning off the "workbench" in the garage that used to be my dad's. Of course, it's covered in a bunch of spiderwebs and shit that have bits of other stuff in them like leaf crumbs and dead bugs, and that'll just get hard swept off with a broom.

But how do I clean it a bit deeper if I actually want to use it for something? I don't have a sander of any kind, if I can get one cheap enough I'd consider it. As far as I can tell it's just a bunch of two-by-fours on legs, it's about 12 inches deep and 12 feet wide.
Hello hello /diy/, I'm installing a safe on the second floor of my house over a wall (and inside of a wall). Behind this wall is a knee high attic of sufficient height for the safe. What are some methods of reinforcement I could apply to prevent any kind of structural wear and tear from having 400 pounds of safe over a wall? It's not actually 400 pounds, that's a generous estimate.

I've been researching it a bit already and am looking for a few supporting ideas to round out my ideas. Cross bracing inside the wooden frame of the house, layers of plywood to distribute weight, added support structures etc are all part of the plan.
u got a hand plane somewhere? I'd say even a number four with some elbow grease will get you a decent enough surface

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Newfag here, I hear that you can make lye, soap and biodiesel out of ash. Does that include the leftover ash from my coal-barbequing? And in that case, can I use this coffeemachine to make the lye by using ash instead of coffee powder?
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Okay, that's relieving :) I know lye can be quite potent so I thought I should be as careful as I can with it, but I guess it's safe enough to experiment my way through it a bit then. Looks like the only bottles I have around are PET ones atm, I'll see how things go with those.
That's the right mindset. If you don't know how dangerous something is, take every precaution. Despite what one would see in movies skin is relatively resistant to chemicals.
Even if you'd put your hand in there and quickly rinsed it afterwards nothing much would happen. You can see the skin start discoloring after about 15 seconds, and that solution is far, far stronger than anything you could hope to achieve with dissolving ash in water.

Sodium hydroxide is sold in PET.
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Cure the ash with lightning.
Running water over wood ash through a filter gets you potassium hydroxide, which is a pretty weak lye, often used in shaving cream and soft and liquid homemade soaps, especially for use in natural pesticides/pest repellents for hippie gardening. You need a lot of it to make a usable amount of soap, and you need heat to make the reaction work.

I wouldn't be too picky about the water, as long as it's tap water or cleaner, and you're not in Flint or somewhere where your tap water is full of utter junk. Lime and other sediment like that won't really hurt things too much.

Look up the stochastic tables on google or somewhere, specifically for KOH lye-based soaps, and make for damn sure you have the right ratio of fat to lye, and boil your solution down to about the texture of mashed potatoes before you put it in. I learned this through trial and error years ago, but haven't tried in so long I don't remember exact ratios that worked the best. Do this over a stove or open flame outside. There won't really be much in the way of dangerous fumes from this kind of saponification reaction, and this type of lye isn't really that caustic to your skin. Heat it up til it starts to bubble and roll the heat back a little, just enough to keep the reaction going until it's all done. Oil really absorbs the hell out of heat, and this process takes a while, so you just don't wanna waste fuel superheating the stuff when it won't help speed along the reaction any further.

Once the reaction's done, if this is a soap you plan to use on your skin, add some kind of gentle oil to superfatten it a bit.

The more common way to make soap is with NaOH, which is the more well-known, more dangerous type of lye. This is good for hard soaps, can work cold, and doesn't take as long or as much, but I've never tried it and don't have a lot to really say from experience. Sodium Hydroxide is harder to manufacture than it is to just buy, and there are considerable safety concerns compared to potash lye.
Potassium hydroxide is not the same as potassium carbonate(potash).

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I'm making a vest to put all my patches on. A few studs and spikes as well and just wanted to know which vests you guys used for yours. I cannot find a vest that I like at ALL. I want a straight black vest (not faded) and I don't want a liner on the inside. Standard collar and buttons as well and I just can't find a simple STANDARD fucking vest and I'm getting pissed.
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This. Go to a charity shop, buy an old leather or denim jacket for practically nothing, and ruin it. It was a punk-diy movement, the whole battle-jacket thing - so do it yourself.
>hey guys, I'm such a punk. Where should I buy a vest to put my cool patches on?

Jesus Christ you just don't get it, do you? Fucking Dipshit poseur... MAKE YOUR OWN FUCKING VEST!
>le crusty krusty krab le punko :X::DDDD
Buy a can of paint and drink it until you die.
a vest is a jean jacket, with the sleeves cut off... just find an old ugly jean jacket, and take a seam ripper to the sleeves. EZPZ
This. I got an old denim jacket, cut the sleeves off and died it black in a crock pot. It's breddy fun mane.

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