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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:
https://sites.google.com/site/diyelmo/
http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/
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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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Anyone into building box mods?
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>>851784
>made something
you mean, like he put a battery in a box?
I get it, people are always getting me to change the batteries in their remotes. it's hard. i understand.

>>851798
/diy/ is actually the best resource on the internet for learning about doing anything. we're just on a higher level than you can imagine. we design things. things that require you to get out a calculator and a ruler to build even.

a plug attached to a battery is baby's first project. I was building more complex shit when I was 4. no really, my parents bought me this when I was 4 and it was the best gift I have ever been given. I seriously get mad that nobody understands me on my birthday when they buy me shirts or something completely outside of my interests.
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>>851842
forgot pic
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>>851842
>I seriously get mad that nobody understands me on my birthday when they buy me shirts or something completely outside of my interests.

I know that feel, brother. Fucking shirts, man. I've got a closet FULL of them. And the floor the the closet is covered in bags with MORE shirts in them. I've never even taken the fucking tags off them. It's either shirts or some retarded keychain acessory. I'd rather just not get anything for the holidays. I really don't want to sound like a dick, but I'd rather people keep their money for themselves if they're just going to spend it on something i'll never use.
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>>851842
>a plug attached to a battery
what about his voltage regulation circuit and his scratch made digital voltage readout? not exactly the hardest but its still miles ahead of a plug on a battery, and probably more than you've ever done so git gud and admit that all your saltiness is only because of other peoples rants and raves against the "vaping" community.
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>>851251
You didn't "build" shit. You assembled parts.

So I've heard a lot about gold scrapping from electronics like computers, and refining it. Is it even worth the time? How much can you expect to make?
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>>851510
...so I should be surprised to learn that electronics recyclers want the non-electronics parts?
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>>851508
>Are these worth money
yes. you can get $3-5 per tower without getting your hands dirty.
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>>851514

Yes, they do, and no, you shouldn't be surprised, because why in the world would an electronics recycler go through the hassle of separating the usable materials out of circuit boards (a much more intensive process than any other recycling type) and then just ignore the steel case worth probably worth more than what they're able to recover out of the actual electronics?
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Plastic from computer cases, monitors and other electronics. after refining sell for $1 per pound
Aluminum, copper, and steel obviously sell for the daily metal price.
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>>851508
if you wanted to get gold out of them, scratch off some enamel covering the traces on the motherboard to see if they're gold, and if they still have processors, they will all have gold pins plated with gold, not a lot, but you should be able to get at least a few grams up to posibily a T.O. off of 500 of the suckers.

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Hello /diy/ I would like to build a large power bank to store electricity that i harness myself in.
I was thinking a lead-acid battery.

but i'm not so sure where to aquire components for it, i live in sweden.
Any remarks or ideas concerning this are welcome ITT

have a chat!
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what kind of power source?
how big?
what do you want to power?
what is your budget?
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>>851848
Cost is of no matter
to save generated electricity from a large windmill i built

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How do I do it myself?
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Do you think he fucked Megan Fox?
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>>851844
Prolly.

ITT: We rustle each other's jimmies
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>>851130
Looks like my parents house. Aluminum mixed with copper, roof leaks and water comes out from behind ceiling light fixture and drills off bulb. Those pictures of incandescent light.bulb covers filled with water? Happens all the time.

Outlets have literally melted for no apparent reason, with nothing plugged in.
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>>849767
now that's just cool
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>>851625
>Fucking education creep
I fucking hate it

triggered me the most in the thread
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>>849768
>man dies in makeshift boobytrap accident
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>>851251

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Last thread is MIA
Posting workspace/workshop insp!
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>>850630

Thats what i kinda learned from observation as well.

And to be fair, the woodworking guys ussually need to clean their shop because they dont want to blow up up go down in a blaze.
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>>850698
That's feckin gorgeous
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>>850392
1: The fuck is an 'insp'?
2: There isn't a board called "/insp/"
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I dig these kinds
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>>850859
>being this hurrr

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**Video of my robot moving**

Back in October I bought a robot a 6 axis robot from a hillbilly for $500

-January 2015 I got my 3 phase converter. that was $1100

-May 2015 I/O board replacement came
for a cool $145 and got robot running the same day
-June 2015 CHAINSAW ROBOT
https://youtu.be/LRJcr3MSWMU

July2015 - HENTAI DILDO FUCK BOT

8====D~~~ https://youtu.be/sHM_mzgwXpA


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OP, there are some things you just don't put your dick into. Automotive welding robots are one of those things.
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>>851190
Welcome to 4chan. If we can dream it, we can fuck it.
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>>846412
>I was thinking i could just scotch guard it like my basement couch
What about using a super-hydrophobic sealer on the arm like Neverwet or something similar? The only reason I mention this is because wouldn't scotch guard have difficulty sticking to the robot since I assume it's made of metal?
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>>850779
that said, aliexpress can be quite jewish about returns. like requiring you to ship back the defective items or not issuing a refund. paypal is much easier to get refunds through. some things I buy I get a favorable postal rate from china (free or 1$) but posting back would cost me 40$. also, sellers tend to opt for half refunds and the tripple your money back for fakes has never worked for me. it is much more pay and pray. but for industrial items it is good. just go for sellers with a high rating. it's only the cheap end of the scale stuff that gets really expensive and fake.
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>>851857
for example, i got a new interior door handle from aliexpress for 8$ when the wreckers wanted 40$. or headlights for 20$ instead of 100$ from the wreckers.

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Last thread died.

I need to cut some 6mm threaded rod. Can I do it with a jig saw with a metal cutting blade? I don't own a hacksaw for some reason and my grinder is dead.
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>>851751
Doubtful especially if you're talking holding books, if there is, its probably bound to rip paint off the wall.
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>>851706
If you've got pic related, then it's a wood stain that gives a red oak color.

Try some different finishes on scraps if you've got them, see what you like.

Also don't sand too fine before applying finishes, increases chances of fuckups, something something wood pores.
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>>851832
Oh and don't be afraid to try other colors of stain. This scabbard is red oak with minwax "gunstock" color on it, plus clear coat
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>>851709

Mount the shelves on wooden beams that rest on the floor.
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>>851818
Thanks for the input.

>>851852
That's a great idea, I'll try doing that then. Thanks a lot!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9rsBRB

So, this is my first PC build, and, this being my first time building a PC, I'd like to know if there is a video build guide that has my build or one with similar components. Appraisal on my parts would be nice, too. Most worried about how many watts my PSU should be.
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>>851663
Honestly? Wait until next year for skylake to be released and ddr4 to be a thing. Atm processor technology has not changed in 6 years. The next big jump is coming towards the end of the year. Amd is still using the old bulldozer technology which is shit so I'd get Intel. But you will be left behind and unable to upgrade in the future if you get the current generation technology now instead of waiting a few months.

>tfw I bought a new state of the art rig a month before ddr3 price drop and I've been stuck with a core2duo with ddr2 for the last six years. Also the first generation of CPU slots always gets phased out almost immediately leaving you stuck with an old CPU forever.
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>>851655
Reversible plugs are bad. Only appliances with exposed metal parts need a ground. But older appliances just made the chassis neutral. If you reverse the plug, you can end up with a live appliance.

The most ubiquitous application of this would be in a two pronged lamp. The ring is wired for neutral, the tip is wired for live. This way you can change a light bulb while the lamp is switched on and if your finger touches the outside of the socket, no problem.
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>>851624
Nah, people just get the cheapest cards they can. If a person really wants to go with Radeon then go all out and get an XFX double dissipation card. Smooth sailing all the way!
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>>850592
pentium 3
512mb of ram
and make sure you get a voodoo card
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>>851701
>Reversible plugs are bad.

But... I WANT it! Whaaaaa!

Any professional machinists here? I was thinking about going into machining as a backup if my escapades into graphic design fails. What would I need to learn and is it an ok career overall?
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>>851454
inside or outside machinist
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>>851477
What do each entail? I'd probably want inside because I'm a cave ginger, but what are the differences?
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>>851465
> concept design

You mean product design? I've heard that marketing actually isn't a bad way into that, and iirc, there are actual product design/industrial engineering programs.

In all honesty though, reading your posts makes me think why not just go into mechanical engineering.

Like >>851476 mentions, if you try to go into product design from a graphics design perspective, you might find that the things you design aren't feasible to make. And you can forget about doing machine design without a mech-e background.
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>>851480
not him but, outside machinist is aka millwright, or more commonly a maintenance mechanic. they don't actually do much machining.
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>>851770
man i love this thing, i have a dream to blacksmith and Im really curious, how expensive would one of these badboys be, whats it even called

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So /diy/, what's something interesting I can make to make use of these?
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>>851261
>two cubic meters of non-refundable aluminum cans
Crushed or not? I may have some thoughts on what to do with 2 m2 of either.
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>>846144
>asuming it isn't be a thing a Texan would do
>asuming it is a thing an European would do
Those colonials seriously believing they're the only ones who know about guns.
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>>844102
They probably meant after filling them with primary explosive.
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>>851264

Uncrushed.
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>>851261
Melt aluminum cans. Pour liquid aluminum into fire ant mounds. Let cool. Dig out cooled aluminum. Sell as art. Profit!!!

Sup /diy/,

I bought a nerf-like pistol to play around with. Mostly because it reminded me of the Automag from Unreal 1 (or Enforcer from UT) and I wanted to use it as a platform to test for painting and "ageing".

However as it turns out that the pistolgrip of the toy is designed by a retard. It's way too slim, had protrusions in places that are annoying and the trigger reach is all wrong (which is not obvious at first glance from pics). For both adults and kids, so that's not the problem.

So I'm looking to beef up the grip of the toy, to make it more ergonomic for me.

Being a /k/unt, I thought of slapping on a Hogue HandAll grip, but it's very difficult to guess which grip I should order and even then, it wouldn't resolve all issues.

So I started looking for ways to add material to the grip & came out on InstaMorph, MultiMorph & clones. I believe they are Polycaprolactone (PCL), which melts around 60-70°C. At first glance, it seemed perfect & not expensive, but I've been reading up a bit and I'm getting more & more skeptical. Do you guys have any experience with overmolding stuff with PCL based plastic? Or how well (or not) painting would work on these plastics?

There are Silicone based alternatives which appear better but also far more costly. So they're out.
Do you guys have any tips or alternatives I should look into?


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>>851756
No idea about painting, but polymorph will alloy into ABS and stick forever with no glue or solvent required.
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>>851812
>No idea about painting, but polymorph will alloy into ABS and stick forever with no glue or solvent required.

Not sure what these things are made out of, but I guess it's worth a try? If nothing else, the PCL shit seems like a fun thing to toy around with.

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Just finished my bathroom what do you guys think
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>>851808
See
>>851803

Enjoy your deadflesh soup though. Try it with the crotchgunk garnish, I hear its delightful.
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>>851662
I stayed in a hotel that had a bathroom like that. God tier!

>>851677
No, floor around shower was slanted to a drain. And the bathroom was enormous so even if there was some splashing it didn't get anywhere you would be walking. I think you'd need a huge bathroom for this to work. A "regular" size this maybe isn't such a good idea.
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>>851814
So thats why you have a separate bath.
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>>851828
holy shit that is so fucking nice i want to be a woman in it
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>>851772
then why not take a sink bath?

>>851767
it's a space issue. poorfags.
a bath tub takes up at least twice the space. each square foot of a house costs thousands of dollars. having a bathroom double the size can add thousands to the cost of the house.

also, building regulations determine how much wasted space needs to be in a bathroom like minimum distances between fixtures.

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Hey /diy/

I'm looking for places to buy cheap metal pipes for welding from steel to aluminum L shape or square shapes 94' long or smaller

Does anyone know good places to buy for cheap?

>pic unrelated
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>>851786

It's virtually impossible to find raw materials of any appreciable dimension online for cheaper than you could locally.

I'll never buy steel or aluminum from anywhere but the close-ish metal yard because there's no way anyone could ship a 30lb aluminum plate cheap enough to be competitive.

Unless the brick-and-mortar places near you are price gouging (like Home Depot does on their raw metals), that's going to be the best place to look.
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>>851789
this. you can find all sorts of metal extrusions, pipes, billets, and shapes online, anything you want really, and any quality, but you're going to pay for that convenience. search for yards in your area.
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>>851786

>Being that much of a little bitch

Goddamn just pull it out, it's not like it can go through the fucking bone.
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>>851786
>welding from steel to aluminum
Not sure you can do that buddy
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>>851831
you can solder alu to galvanised steel using a tin-zinc solder and #1260 flux.
unless you're making a zen garden of exotic corrosion there is never a reason to do this.


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