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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:
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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!

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any help with home security? looking to catch my landlord coming into my house without me knowing and i want to find a camera i can watch live, i also want to be able to see multiple feeds bc 2 entrances
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>>1407892
lol this

ask /b/ for some recommendations
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>>1407652
>landlord
>my house

wew lad. You might want to look up the rental laws first. It's not your house. He can stroll in whenever he wants.
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>>1408080
>He can stroll in whenever he wants.

no he cant. renters have rights. he has to notify the tenant that he intends to come into the house and the tenant has to agree when he can do this... the landlord cant just walk into the house at any time, there are privacy laws that protect people you know. obviously you wouldnt want your landlord to walk in on you while you are fapping to anime porn right
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>>1408080
>what is a rental agreement
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>>1408080
>He can stroll in whenever he wants.

Where the fuck do you live cuz thats a big no go in the states as long as its stated in your rental agreement

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Can you diy a fingerbox? A friend of mine says his fingerbox turned his life upside down and that he definitely recommends it to everyone.

If it can be built to work the same, how reliable are diy fingerboxes?
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>>1407953
>modern young'uns are so poisoned by the internet that they think shitty memes from 20 years ago are a real hobby

Totse and Instructables were mistakes
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>>1408054

>20 years ago

right. memes werent a thing until 4chan. which is nowhere near 20 years old, you uneducated faggot
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>>1407906
>>1408046
>>1405861
>>1405454
Here's a box for your buthurt dicks.
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>>1408122
Nowhere near 20 years old? Try 15, which I'll readily admit is not 20, but I'll bet it's a lot closer to 20 than you thought.
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>>1402870
lurk for a trillion more years, faggot

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Hey /diy/! I'm a new to electronics and I'm not sure on how to connect cables to those black inputs.
Any help?
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>>1408104

ordinary solder, but add a shot of black.
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It's almost like there's components made for doing that....

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So how many hits does it take to drive a nail for you? for me about 4-5
including setting it
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>>1407912

Concrete nails are a bitch.

The masons knock them in with a babby hammer like driving into wood but me and a 3 lbs mallet end up just bending the head completely off
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>>1408088
>My father used to sink them without a centre punch using stored inertia.

elaborate. meaning use more words to describe exactly how your mother's husband did this.
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>>1408108

>your mother's husband

Rekt
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>>1407681
Depends entirely on the nail, the hammer, and material it is driven into. Some woods are so hard you need to predrill.

>>1407949
>nailing parallel to the wood grain

Well, at least it is just a game, right...

>drunks with hammers

...Hmmm.
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>>1408105
I drive 3 1/2" concrete nails regularly at work by hand. I've a 32 oz vaughan to be the best tool for a job, though I'm sure a 28oz hammer would also be sufficient.

>>1407691
It's called a nail gun.

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Hello /diy/! I have (probably prematurely) begun digging a hole on my property in hopes of making an underground room/tunnel. I live next to a old water-filled strip cut in Southern Illinois, and my current plan is to dig down and into the side of a large, 90 year-old mound of excavated dirt that has grown numerous trees that were large even when I was young. I have played +200 hours of Minecraft, so needless to say I am quite the expert when it comes to digging. Joking aside, I could certainly used some advice and links to relevant sources of info on the web on how to properly complete this project as safely as can be done for a low budget. Here are my current conditions:

1. I will be using no power tools except in the case of constructing any wooden framework needed for the structural integrity of project. All digging will be done with a shovel, a bucket, and any non-power tools that can be purchased for cheap.
2. I am performing this task on my own with no assistance when digging. Each time I go out, I have someone who will physically check on me every hour if I do not contact them in the event of an accident. This is not ideal, but it is a restriction I have.
3. My final project would ideally be a 16'x16'x8' subterranean room with necessary supports to prevent a collapse, and a lockable door to prevent unsolicited wanderers from entering and causing an accident. I'm not certain on what preventative measures to take to keep rain from entering this room or the necessary stairs/ladder shaft section to reach the door.
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>>1384410
Get an excavator and dig a bigger hole with it, pour some concrete so you'll not get killed by the collapsing dirt that weights a fuckton.
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>>1407143
Readed the rest of the thread.. is op ded?mi
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Moment of silence
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Checking in, OP is still dead right?
How long before we get a search and rescue team to dig his bones out?
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How's my grind guys?

Looks just like the chinese grind marks, with some extra horizontal lines in between passes that I don't know what causes.

Noticed the machine visibly shakes when I turn the head up/down wheel fast, and the leveling is off front to back.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kUWScmbJQM
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>>1408110
and the imperfections on the surface there are microscopic...

It looks good IRL and feels smooth as silk, but it's not a good mirror finish yet so I'm still trying to improve it.

If you would call that incompetent well, I don't think you know how bad other people really are at this stuff.

pic related is the surface grind from the Tormach demonstration video, trying to sell their tormach surface grinders
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>>1408102
The finish pass was like 0.0003" btw, and I sparked it out afterward by zig-zagging across the surface.
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>>1408144
The piece also isn't hardened.

I believe it's 4140.
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>>1407670
maybe /diy/ is more interested in lapping?

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Hello frens. I just moved to an apartment where I don't have access to outdoor workspace. What's a hobby I can pick up that will entertain me? I know it's a lot, but here are my criteria:
>Relatively cheap
>Makes something useful/cool
>Not overly messy or space consuming
>Takes a while to complete
>Preferably can be accomplished while watching t.v.
I already do a lot, but reloading and woodworking are out for cost and space reasons. I bake and cook (and want to brew) but those don't actually take much active time. I'm a mechanical engineer with what I would rate as slightly above average ability to make. Pls help.
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>>1407521
Wood carving is pretty cheap.A couple of Bütz or Flexcut palm knives will set you back less than $50 (never fucking buy fucking Mora) and wood can be found for free.
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Knitting. And don't tell me knitting isn't cool.
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>>1407979
>buy an expensive machine to produce small objects you dont need based off of plans you downloaded online

you may as well just get an inkjet printer and print random reaction images and call it a hobby
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>>1407521
illicit substance consumption
nah, but computer science is a hobby if you aren't boring.
other than that, video games.

also masturbation
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>>1407530
Knit a sweater, it's pretty chill

I'm considering buying a few acres of land and wondering what the cheapest options are for housing. There are so many kinds from modular to prefab cabins to DIY tiny homes. What would you do?
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>>1407907
>http://www.terreform.org/projects_habitat_mycoform.html
has even one single person outside of this project used mycelium for a dwelling?
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>>1404054
I work in a construction company that uses lots of roll-offs and other portable office buildings. By the time we are willing to sell them off they are leaking and creaking in every seam, rusting away inside the walls and every internal surface is worn down to the sublayer.

counting on picking up one of these portable office units will be hit or miss, don't put down a dime without physically inspecting.
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>>1403819
Don't bother. Buddy picked up a new one for eight grand. Was a ton of work to insulate and get utilities inside. Now he says is super cramped since he moved his gf in.
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>>1408049
Well yeah it's going to take work. I wouldn't pay more than a couple grand for one. A RV or trailer in that price range is going to be a lot worse.
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>>1403815
It's not gonna be cheap unless you're okay with having no electricity, running water and borderline freezing to death during the winters.

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Any /DIY/ man in?
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>>1406583
THIS.
Has to be somethibg autistic tho. Like chuckbleft in or built a work bench from oallets and it collapsed into his leggs
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any home made figurines to share boys?
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>>1406583
GENTLEMEN, WE CAN REBUILD HIM

https://youtu.be/BthNjd_jUl4
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>>1406355
this is why /diy/ is the best board
its business as usual until suddenly its not
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Oh lord, is the squirrel taxidermist back again?

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>watch a how its made video
>"secret formula"/"secret recipe"
How do they get away with this, i just want to make this shit myself.
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>>1406568
>strengthens the crayon and acts as filler
chalk or silica
looks like silica t b h
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>>1406608
TiO2 is a strong white pigment, too opaque to use as a filler. You'd end up with very pastel crayons.
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>>1407962
>but who cares, you can make crayons at home out of candles and baking soda
tried that, failed
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Wait a minute. Why crayons? Is there some worldwide run on crayons that I should know about?

Seems like crayola has the market cornered, so I'm not sure what OP is getting at, unless it's just for his own personal use/satisfaction, but there would seem to be other products that would be more worthwhile to try to make and sell, business wise.
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>>1408003
Cheap MREs.

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Show me your battlestations /diy/
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>>1408099
>This is autism done right

you keep using that word...
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>>1407724
The pictures are from an 84 calendar, does that count?
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>>1408111
MODS MODS MODS

pony poster!
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>>1407744
Very nice
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>>1408075
What exactly would you gain by doing that?
Tide doesnt work twice as well, it just costs twice as much.

If I was going to wear dirty clothes, why wouldnt I just do that right now?
I bought the more economical soap in the first place, and now use half of it.

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Scanned the catalog, did not see STG or the such, so....

INTRODUCING: Tool Review General. Here we talk about tools that we own, and if you have a question about what is best kind of tool, we present unbiased/ anon perspectives on tools we own. Tips, hints and real world practices welcome.

I'll start.
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Anyone know if this soldering iron is not shit?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adjustable-Temperature-Soldering-iron-Desoldering-Electronic/dp/B06Y5HVCMG/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
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>>1406760
They aren't as heavy duty as a proper a frame ladder because there is no bar crossing the two halves and all of the stress it put on the joint in the middle. Just make sure you don't go over the weight limit. They can't take the abuse.
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>>1408126
It's not the worst thing since it can take the 900M tips, but you might as well get a digital soldering iron from China for the same price.
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>>1408133
Okay, thanks.
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>no riving knife
Any chance they'll update it to have a riving knife?

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HOW DO YOU CUT NIGGAS?
WITH WHAT DO YOU CUT?
DISCUSS CUTTING TOOLS AND TECH HERE GUYS.

and because everything has an agenda heres what I want to talk about.
I am thinking go buying one of these fancy compound saws. I like the regular miter saw I inherited(an old Delta), but the motor died.

I'm looking around at all the fancy new stuff out there and I figure you guys would have some experience about these things. what brand name, would you recommend if the biggest thing I expect to ever cut is a 4x4 but usually just 1 or 2 by 8s for regular projects. by 10s at irregular intervals.
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>>1408063
grammar nigger
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Bought a Chicago electric miter saw from hazard freight. It was just ok. The laser was off by just under a half inch until a 6" piece exploded on me in the saw. Laser is perfect now.
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Spear and Jackson Predator saw and a shiddy Ryobi 6" cordless saw.
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>>1407527
I have the Dewalt 780, very happy with it.
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are there any definite downsides to buying a factory refurbished power-saw?

is there a difference between buying new or refurb?

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Hey /diy( I just got my first motorcycle and needed to change some parts on it like front brake lever and some side fairings, nothing major. I got some tools like basic wrenches, screw driver set, a standard and an adjustable plier, but thats basically all. Now that I'm going to be really playing with this baby (honda dominator nx '89) I want to invest in some tools for the future.

What tools do you guys who are experienced with motorcycles and generally just automobile repair recommend I buy?
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>>1408113
A good leather shammy.
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>>1408113
Bike lift. you'll ruin your back bending over or siting on a stool, then battery impact tools like Milwaukee or hilti
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Been using the same sears craftsman set I got 10 years go. And whatever inexpensive tools I needed, as I needed them. I didn't buy the cheapest chink crap, but I didn't buy the most expensive stuff (jet, snap-on) either because it isn't necessary for low use.

Anyway, get the climer or haynes manual for your bike. Tells you all the tools you need for whatever job.
For some reason, people have religious wars over how to lube chains. I use a pro-oiler and MC motor oil and it works great.
Microfiber towels for cleaning and drying.



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