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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.

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- 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.
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Working in the metalworking shop an old coworker told me about a technique where you use a brass brush over heated blank steel to transfer brass to steel giving it golden shine. Anyways when we tried it it wouldn' t work. Has anybody of ever done that and knows if you need a special brass alloy or something else?

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Anybody have some cool guitar (or not) amp or pedal schematics?
Just built the noisy cricket amp and want more.
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Here, you can trust Tayda. If you are in US, you can also order from Small Bear.
Hey, thanks anon! They even have the soic version which I very much prefer. Next time I'll try not to give up so easy.

Thanks again.
Try this.

No problem, when you have enough of the good old pt2399, you can search for bucket brigade device (BBD) delays, those chips were out of production for a long time but have been cloned lately. There is also the FV1 chip you can try out.

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what is your trade /diy/?

im a carpenter
I inspect wooden roller coasters and repair them
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Apprentice in furniture making. Fun little job with plenty of details to remember.
>We never wore harnesses

Did you have ANY fall protection?
the fall protection on coaster work is dont fall

its a rush free climbing up 100+ feet without ladders just climbing the braces
It's honest work. Pretty handy too. The only thing I don't like at this point is my company.
If you're lucky you won't have to touch any sealed system or HVAC stuff. Most companies are opting out of doing sealed system work. It's just a big hassle.
Also no, not yet. I'm sure I'll have the opportunity someday, but I just started this year. But there are plenty of lonely milfs out there. Almost hooked up with QT Russian lady. Probably would have if her husband wasn't home.
that is an easy way to get your employer a $7000+ fine

Tools you have the most fun working with: Simpson PT 27. It's basically a handgun that drives ties into steel or concrete with black powder charges.
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He sounds like a bit of wild one.

I have the Hilti PDI, and they are fantastic.
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Cat scanners are ;pretty fun even though they are pretty inaccurate.
hello fellow slovenian / ex-yugo country

Can you help me, /diy/? I want to make a cool t-shirt or hat for one of the Pokémon Go teams for a convention in a few weeks but I don't know how to get the logo onto clothing without it looking like shit.

My apologies if this should have been asked in /cgl/...
blue logo wrong logo
Is it?
These guys have treated me right in the past. I doubt you will be able to get better prints without dumping a crap load of time and money in to it.

Sorry to say on /diy/ that your best option is to buy, but if you really want to kill some time or are planning on making a ton of these then will post some silk screen tips.

cheap shirt and cheap iron transfers

it's not like it's going to be something you'll want to wear after that

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I have no experience with working on electronics.

Essentially I want a normal functioning wireless phone with answering machine. However I want to intercept the incoming sound signal and process it and then display processed results on a screen.

Is it possible for a layperson? Should I modify an existing phone or build a new one? Do you have recommendations on the hardware or tutorials/books I should be looking at?
A degree in electronics design would be a big benefit.


Hey >>>/diy/
I have a Samsung rsh1fbpe fridge and the refrigerator compartment fan keeps freezing over every couple a months, sometimes weeks. Anybody got any experience or tips how this can be fixed?
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the trash was not large enough. Once I finished, it was about as large as the fridge compartment, which seemed ok, but I could no longer store my cheese there.
as strange as it sounds . you will find a small heater / element below the fan that could be faulty and might need to be replaced.
A lot of units have this happen. If you google your model number, more than likely there is a replacement kit for the drain plug hole. It's usually this rubber grommet closed and prevents condensation from draining, which then freezes, and starts building up more and more until you get a chunk of ice.
Samsung fridges are shit. Wait til the control board fucks up and you have to buy a new one, only for it to happen again in a year or 2.

Samsung fridges are the reason I went back to a basic fridge with no control panel. They all freeze up, and if you don't catch it it leads to damage. And they all end up having problems with the control or main board. I owned 1, and 5 different people I know all had issues with different models. If you Google Samsung fridge problems you'll find tons of hits for forums with people seeking help.
Samsung repairman here. The most likely scenario is that you need to order a leakage kit from the Samsung site. It includes a couple of drain tubes to replace the ones that are on the back, right next to the compressor. There's also a small piece of metal which hangs down into the drain hole next to the refrigerator evaporator.
If that does not help, then you've got air getting into your refrigerator and you should check the seals. The way I do it is; take a lighter and move it around the seal edges. If you see the flames being drawn towards the seal, there's your gap. I'll keep this thread open, so ask any questions you have

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I want to repair a rotation evaporator glastube. The nut where you can attach a tube is broken. It is made of boro 3.3 glas. Anyone can tell me how I have to proceed without destroying ist? These are pretty expensive. Wenn fooling around with other glas parts they broke upon heating them
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The broken part
you need to warm both the apparatus and the piece you want to attach, than you need to take a small torch, heat the broken piece till it is about red hot, and mash it together.

then heat them both with the torch together
Do I only need to heat the part of the aparatus where I want to fix it or the whole thing?
Since it's snapped off so cleanly, you might also want to consider an epoxy kludge or something similar which does not involve melting glass.

Just in case you didn't notice: that cylindrical part is a glass stopcock with a ground glass joint. How is he going to avoid fucking it / what tools he needs to unfuck it?
I tryed with an UV activated glue and also silicone. But as soon as solvent goes trough the glue gets disolved.

Good question, thanks bro and I'm good at fucking things

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What's the best way to go about painting plastic again?

1.) Rough sand with rough grit sandpaper
2.) Continue to sand with finer grit sandpaper until all blemishes are gone
3.) Wash thoroughly and let dry
4.) Spray primer in multiple thin coats minutes apart from each other.
5.) Wait until fully cured (in Rustoleum's case, after 49 hours - fuuuuuuck)
6.) Sand primer until smooth
7.) Spray prime again(????)
8.) Wait until fully cured again(????)
9.) Then spray paint with colors. Multiple thin coats, yadda yadda

I just finished priming, and I'm worried about running low on time. Do I follow #6 only if the dried primer has a rough, sandy texture? If so, if I sand it, do I just do a really fine grit sandpaper and be done with it, or do I have to follow up with a whole other new coat of primer, which will set me back at least 2 more days?

Things to consider: I've spent a lot of time on steps 1 and 2 alone. I spent way too long on those two steps that I'm actually kind of sick of sanding.
What's the best way to clear coat a finished paint job? I've used Rustoleum product sprays, but I want to protect it from fairly heavy use.
I think I'm going to need multiple coats, more than what I imagine their (triple thick) clear coat would give me.
Something clear, protective, and high-shineable. What do?

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How did you do it? What resources did you use? Did you have a set study schedule?
And for all you cucks, fuck paying for a college class, and I can't fucking move to Spain for a year. However, I do live in the south and work around construction sites and do occasionally come into contact with Spanish only speaking Mexicans.
I eventually want to learn more, but want to start with Spanish (south American).
took 2 years in highschool but that was 4 years ago and now it is broken basics in my head.
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that is an awesome resource! thanks anon
I learned arabic with rosettastone.com its pretty easy an makes fun. Lots of languages available.
I doubt you're fluent though.
Sure I am.
Ahlan anon labace? Kul'chi bykhayr?
It may be worth a shot to learn a language completely by watching youtube videos. Many videos have subtitle functionality. You can mix between transtranslated subtitles and subtitles in the native language. If the alphabet is different its probably worth learning that first.

My favorite glass water pipe for smoking *tobacco* got kicked over my basement floor and broke at the neck.

None of the functioning parts broke and I was thinking I might actually prefer it at this height, so as opposed to just gluing it back together.. Is there a viable way to cut or file down the glass where it broke to an even height all the way around and take the sharp edge off? Or any ideas of how I can make a cheap mouth piece that I can seal to the top that doesn't make the whole piece look stupid? Thanks
What sort of tools do you have at your disposal?
Use 60 grit sandpaper and just go over the broken part until there is no sharp edges anymore.
You can build abottle cutter: you need some wood, small wheels or ball bearings and a cuting blade for glass. There are many ways to do it: check this one: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Glass-Bottle-Cutter/

Nothing I can imagine would be useful for working on glass. The piece has sentimental value to me. Unless we're talking hundreds of dollars, I can run out and buy any tool(s) I need.
Score it, break it along the clean line and then fire polish it.

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So i found a bunch of vacuum tubes in a tv repair box from my granddad. Today i'm bored and was wondering you you guys had any projects that use them. I will put the spesifics of the tubes i have if you guys want

i dont have the ones in pic i was too lazy to take a pic of them
I too am interested. I got a few hundred myself.
i guess we are the only ones
Hipster tube amp. Amplifies hipsterism.

Use them for lighting a room. You'll probably need to cover the entire ceiling in them to get any usable light and it will be the most inefficient thing ever.

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how to find the right angle
the board is cut at an angle of 30 degrees and a wall 45
How do I find the angle to combine both boards equally?
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15 degrees op.....
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Compound miter saw, easy enough?
I was just about to tell op to buy one of these. xD

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I've spent about 7 or 8 years doing residential construction, and I'm finally looking to buy my own home.
However, the price tag of something like a house absolutely boggles my mind, and I can't help but feel like I could build a house for something like 1/3rd of the price.
Is this a viable alternative to buying a home? Purchasing a plot of land and simply doing what I already do at work only on my own dime?
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You CAN build a house for about 1/3 the price you'd pay for one. That's how contractors make money anon: they do the hard work that they know how to do and most others don't, then charge for their time doing it. The trick is to figure out how to do those things yourself, then have local and state authorities recognize that you're competent at them.

It is hard work, but doable. The biggest thing I see is proving to the county that your plans are good. Might be worth buying plans from an architect to speed that part up, even if it raises the cost a bit.

I had plans like this once when I worked for a remodeling company. But it was short lived as my career offered little pay and nobody understood my vision. Everyone was like "you can't do that, it's unsafe" after which I had to spend a hour explain to them why it exceeded all current and future proposed standards, both US and international. At some point they would stop and ask me something foolish like what a Young's modulus was and I would start over using much smaller words. After doing this with architect and building inspectors I realized innovation was dead. Makes me wonder how a building inspector ever signed off on the Dymaxion House.

>At some point they would stop and ask me something foolish like what a Young's modulus was

The person signing off on your plans did not know what young's modulus was?

Or was this your mother who disheartened you?
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I don't get it. Either you are a moron who thinks the engineers around you are morons (which they aren't). Or you are an engineer who thinks the architects and building inspectors around you are morons (which they are). Which is it anon? Inquiring minds want to know.

Well the building inspectors are morons because you need them to be morons that can't think outside of "does it tick the box".

Architects on the other hand can be either morons or brilliant, just like engineers.

Some architects and engineers are required only to be smart enough to redraft a plan they saw in a cookie cutter house in their companies competitors lot.

Otherwise there are some brilliant architects and engineers out there and being one does not make you the other.

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