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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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What trade pays the most ?

18 year old male about to graduate high school.

What is the Best trade to get into ?
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>never out of work


2009 would like a word
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join the army !!
Get on at Boeing for whatever job and then apply for the electrician apprenticeship. At least, such a thing is offered on my site and we are a much smaller one compared to any of the ones in WA. You get state certified in completion. Now THAT is a credential that is worth something. Especially if you're want to start your own business.

You just can't leave us like that anon; How the hell do you boobytrap a radio tower?
Most of the cops in my one horse town make north of 100k with o'time included.

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Questions that don't deserve their own thread: the thread
Time to ask your question, look hours later and find nobody answered it!
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I want to make a spotlight for my cat that essentially just projects a square of warm bright light, essentially mimicking a ray of natural sunlight. Hoping to project the light 10ft away or so, would want to install it somewhere high up
I guess more directly, can I put a heat bulb behind a square focusing lens and essentially project a concentrated beam of heat several feet away?
The mounting hardware uses those grooves. Pic related.
And your diagram is obviously negative. Are you trolling or something?
I suppose i was unclear.. i hilighted the bits i meant
The small grooves might be for preventing rotation - or not.
The 50deg opening makes it easier to screw shit to the center hole.

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I'm referring to what's to the right of the house. What's closer to the camera is covered by nice grass.
Nothing grows there (on the north side of the house + shade from the trees). Not even ferns or moss or mushrooms.
The ground is mostly sand and rocks (from small to huge) and absorbs water fairly easily.
It doesn't look very unstable but I want to be 100% sure it stays that way for as long I own the house.
Some black plastic covered with rocks?
Some sort of net?

Aesthetics matter very little because at some point (soon) I'll build a deck over it.
build a retaining wall a little bit away from the building
Either build a few retaining walls to make the ground flat for a bit and step them down. Or remove those trees so sunlight can get to that part then plant some grass. Grass naturally keeps dirt from moving due to all of the roots grabbing everything. I had a similar problem, my yard washed away every time it rained. Planted some grass, now everything holds.
Maybe tear it up, lay down some new dirt, and apply sod?
Either brick/rock retaining wall, or synthetic/metal lattice that's anchored into the ground.


Does anyone make their own soap here? I've been making it for a few years now, and it's been a rewarding hobby. I generally make a batch every month or so, and trade what I don't use for homebrew. Everybody wins!
Dickfarmer checking in. I got the stuff to make cented soaps and candles but i havent made a high temp 2 part silicone mold of pic related yet. I have the bottle. Silicone is kinda high and my life is dicks as it is atm...

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Im building a gaming pc and my budget is 4000$ what are the best parts (I've never built a pc before)
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Website: pc part picker
spend $1000 on it and save the rest
It gets deprecated way too fast to be worth it.
4k is insane. I just built a pc around the latest i3 for just over $300, and all that needs to be done to be a "gaming" pc is to throw in a video card.

Admittedly, for having you're looking at 300-600 easy for a "good" card.

Just don't waste money on gaming motherboards, gaming ram, fancy cases and hugely overpowered PSU.

A basic $59 motherboard will perform exactly the same as a $300 enthusiast board. Up it $30 if you just absolutely need 2 cards for SLI or 6 monitors.
How rich are you anon?

>scratched glasses

how to clean these? im trying with toothpaste and it seems to be workin somewhat, but allow me to consult your /diy/vine wisdom.
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What about a windshield repair kit?

It may not be perfect but I'd bet it would get you by until you could afford new lenses.
Keep rubbing it with tooth paste till you get a little more effect then try painting it over with clear nail polish. Same concept as those "headlamp doctor" kits they sell for cars.
Make a furnace that can get to 1500 C and smooth it out.
put on some turkey feathers and step on them and screech out your family's name

I hear it gives you good luck
This really worked for me.
Dish washing liquid then clean with water just like when doing the dishes then clean with paper towel. Won't help with deep scratches tho but made a huge difference.

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So my work shoes have shit the bed. So I have several questions for /diy/.

1. Shoe repair.
I like these ones.
2: shoe cleaning and maintenance.
3: good shoe's I can get in Canada.

I'm fucking hard on shoes. I work in a meat department so possible years of hardened meat residue and daily soaking in industrial grade de greaser and sanitizer, (reason for #2, I've never took care of these)

Also I'm a /k/ home boarder, so it needs to handle innawoods and possible combat scenarios.

Needs to be slip proof and chemical resistant. Advice highly appreciated. Nothing over $200, multiple shoes under $80 are cool.

So /diy/, work your magic. Hope you like challenges.
>I have several questions for /diy/
those are not questions, those are statements

>possible combat scenarios
by all means, elaborate
1.) Find a cobbler and explain your situation.
2.) Literally Google 'leather boot care' and ignore all the pages about bootblacking.
3.) not fuckin Caterpillars that's for sure. They aren't bad, but they cost more than they're worth.

I personally have had more luck with synthetic uppers than leather. I work in a die shop and am walking on hot metal chips, coolant, grease, and other stuff all day.
99% of work boots billed as such will be slip/chemical resistant.

For sure though, if you know someone who works in an industrial setting, they'll be a lot of help deciding.

Your last 2 sentences are going to piss people off. Not me, just warning you.
get several boots for different uses

your job boots should be one that has relevant standards i.e. chemical resistance and slip proof etc

your home/combat/non work boot could be a normal combat boots/ walking boots

or just get a good pair of boots that has all those features

note there are certain standards that the boots can be certified/tested for, usually found in industrial footware catalogues

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Is it true that the most dangerous appliance in your house is the water heater, and at any moment it could begin a cascade of failures that result in over-pressurisation and death of the house inhabitants?

How do you avoid the explosion of water heaters?

I, like many others, am afraid it will explode so its difficult to even go up to work on it sometimes.
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You can put them where ever you want in the house along the lines. They can be expensive or cheap depending on how powerful they need to be to meet your needs. I tie them into a few things. Like 1 for a shower and 1 for sinks for low power or just 1 for everything if it is high power. These are the saving grace of apartment landlords.

But, you absolutely MUST keep your receipts and review the warranty before you buy one. Some will replace a faulty unit, others have stupid stipulations like you can't return it if you've hooked it up already. Also, research the one you are looking at online and read the reviews. Remember some people are fucking stupid and problems are 100% their fault.

Out of the 10 or so I've ordered and installed, 2 had problems from the start, but were returned and the replacements have been working for years now. If you decide to use one for an RV or recreational trailer make sure you run your own wiring for it and your extension cord is beefy and can handle it properly. You also need to double check the outlet wiring you're hooking it too or you'll trip a breaker or fry something on the campgrounds.

I'm currently in a commieblock and can confirm the soundproofing is shit. The actual materials seem alright though even if not very aesthetic (exposed pipes, everything is ancient as shit.)
Minnesota resident here. Thinking about replacing my current tanked heater with an electric tankless one. The house is small, only 950sq ft. One bathroom.

The tankless heaters seem to be roughly the same price as the more efficient tanked ones, how much extra would it be to install?
>I now use these on-demand tankless electric water heaters. Frankly I don't know why anyone would use a tank water heater in the 21st century.
Explain to me how these can't start a fire same as the tanks. Frankly your bad luck does not justify abandoning tanks that obviously do not cause a many problems as you imply or a lot more houses would have set on fire.
literally never heard it used outside of gas-reliant countries. Never heard it used in Norway other than for camping purposes or similar.

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So. I'm wondering if you guys might have any ideas about how to make trick arrows.

I can already make some of the more simple ones like, smoke, signal, and and tracking.

After that I'm pretty much at a brick wall, and this seems like the only board with useful people.
What type do you want to make?
>inb4 Hawkeye
Anything really.
I've been trying to mount a batter to electrify a metal tip for the last day or so.
So far I've got a smoke, chemical, traceable, whistling, and I'm working on that electric one.

I'm also messing with kanthal wire and batteries to make a type of combusting arrow

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I am going to try to keep a welding general up now, because it is such a fascinating topic.

A couple questions to start things off:
Who here has heard of underwater welding (pic related)

How many of you would follow a regular thread like this?

Also some more personal questions:
I am looking to buy a mig welder. So far in my welding journey I have been using equipment at work/school, and dont have one of my own. My thought was to get a Hobart 210mvp, which comes with a spool gun and can take both 110 and 220. Is this a good welding machine? The research I have done seems ro suggest so, but maybe someone here knows a better machine. Sorry for the long post, future OP posts in future /wmg/ threads will be cleaner. Also any contributions as far as links to good websites for resources to put in future OP posts are welcome.
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You are paying to practice.
You don't need to go to college to learn how to weld.

T. Guy who went to college to weld
this sounds like a job for an alignment jig and UV-cure glue rather than welding.
Can't be glued, the finished product will be subjected to extreme temperatures. After 7 hours of fiddling I finally got one done, one more to go.
Maybe so, but going to a college to weld, with a good instructor, will help one learn far faster since the instructor is right there telling them what they're doing wrong and how to fix it.

Plus even without the certs. it gives you proof on paper that you at least know something about what you're doing when welding.

welding forums (any of them, but only use these as a last resort)

Jodie at weldingtipsandtricks.com, and his youtube channel.

Chucke2009 on youtube.

"Mr. Tig" from weld.com

and any videos you can find by this guy:

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>want to learn laser welding because I'm a finicky TIGfaggot who gets massive boners from precision and precision accessories
>it's by and large not really a thing where I live


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lmao ffs china you literally couldntve got it any wronger
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>using "meany"

yes it matters if there is any input protection
(ok it doesn't because there isn't)
this though

+-5% output range? woah.
>using "kys"
You are assuming the poster is white, when they could just as easily be a mouth-breathing BR.
Also, white people can do whatever the fuck they want and nobody can stop them.
and also why did you start responding to the buttclown who was having a go at me anyway

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what does your toolbox look like /diy/ers ?


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Hey /diy/, I'm thinking about building a wooden canoe this summer, what I really need to figure out is how I'm going to waterproof the thing.. It seems that most people use some sort of epoxy or coat it in fiberglass but that's pretty cost-prohibitive. Anyone know of any alternatives or more traditional methods?
The old ways were notching and overlapping wood so tight that it was waterproof, or stuffing cordage in the gaps, and then coat the bottom of the boat with pitch/tar. Even with these methods, people needed to bail water out of boats fairly often.

Wrapping a canoe body in skins or canvas and putting polyeurethane or lead paint on them also worked. Most of the "not medieval but still effective" methods are toxic as fuck and usually prohibited.

http://www.angelfire.com/ego/lewisboatworks/html/Tipstricks1_a.htm This site is ghetto as fuck but has pretty good budget advice on self made boats.
If you aren't making the boat from Water World, why even try?

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Hi /diy/
I finally bought myself a boat similar to the one above. It's an old Whaler, but modernized with features like internet, televisions, livingroom etc. Its about 44 meters long, and the engines are in top shape.

So, now I'm playing with the thought of making money with it.

My idea so far is to arrange some sort of expedition where each partisipant will pay x money for y distance traveled/diesel. Food/beer etc included in the price.

what do you think? any suggestions on how i should run things?

its a sea full of options!
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Thought padi was 12m

18m recommended limit is for bare basic beginners which are "open water".

Advanced open water is 30m and a deep dive cert gets you to 40m. 40m is the total "recreational limit" and is as easy to get as an american driving license. I have friends who are really terrible at everything so they fell back on PADI professional as a last ditch effort to get a job.

PADI is really about handing out as many certs as possible for the sake of business so as a PADI diver you really can't call yourself skilled.
Dude claims to live on a fucking island, safe to assume the lucky son of a bitch has money to throw around.
Okey, maybe the Baltic isnt ideal for treasure hunting.

Maybe you or anyone knows where one would be most likely to find gold or something worth more?

No. Why?

I hope you find peace someday


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dont live on a fucking island anymore btw, left today to a guest harbor on mainland

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