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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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- 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
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Sup /diy/

I figure this is as good a place as any to post and ask this, seeing as we don't have a Home and Garden board. I'm moving into a 536 square-foot studio on January 30th. I also have the option of living with a few friends of mine, but I'm kind of in the "I'd rather live alone" mood. Do you guys have any tips or things you would do to make a studio seem more like a 1 bedroom? Any particular type of room-dividers or things with multi-purposes? I'm looking into buying a bed that also has storage on the bottom, to condense more into less. Anything I should think about before moving?
This is a picture of the actual studio. I had the idea to buy an entertainment system, and sat it up in a way to where it seems like a wall, with the bed on the other side, somewhat out of site. Then on the other side of the entertainment system, have a futon and coffee table.

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Hi guys, I have a pic related in my garage and I'm having trouble trying to set up Stepmania on this Korean Extreme cabinet.

I need a lot of help, but even answering just a few questions will help me a lot.
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Being that I'm a stupid idiot who's never built computers and knows nothing about how computer hardware works, I have no idea what to do with these connectors. I connected the PS/2 to USB cable and the VGA cable from the J-PAC, but I'm not sure what else to do with these.
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Right now I don't have a new computer or hard drive to put this on yet, so I'm testing it on this Boxor Roxor motherboard (?) that a friend gave me.

What do with this

I still don't know what to do with the other connectors
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also, if I do use the boxor roxor, do I need to get an ArcadeVGA still? I mean, I'd think the boxor roxor was initially intended for shitty crt tvs that ran at 15khz anyhow, but I know nothing about technologies lelel
Holy shit that's awesome. Probably want to go to an arcade machine or DDR forum or something like that though. This might be a bit much to do over 4chan.
Thanks. I got it for just a grand
I'm not too sure where, but I am hoping to find the proper board to post this in.

Right now I figured a DIY might be best, since I'd think I'd get general answers about wires and hardware and all that

I just bought brand new files for the first time. They're NOS Nicholson (USA-made). I've heard that new files should be "broken in" by filing brass and other soft metals for a while before filing steel. How long should I spend filing brass before I can move on to mild steel? Or is it okay to use a new file on steel so long as I use light pressure?

Also, is it necessary to keep separate files for aluminum?
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>separate files for aluminum
technically yes.
you want a rasp or vixen file for soft metals like alu, brasses and lead, and the teeth are so coarse they skate over steel without cutting.
anyone who actually has any machining or metal working experience should know that aluminum dulls tooling faster than steel. to explain why one would have to get into molecular adhesion. but i don't file enough to warrant separate files.

your absolutely correct about drawing a file the wrong way, and it makes me cringe when i see someone doing it.
> dulls
As in blunts the cutting edge, or fills the cutting face with aluminium chunks which prevent the cutting edges from touching the job?
blunts the cutting edge.

i once worked for a place that i was in charge of sharpening the punches and dies, i hated when they had an aluminum run. they were lucky to get 6000 punches before it started leaving a large burr, they usually ran 10,000 with galvanized cold rolled steel.
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Do auto-files have a different cut to the teeth? Do they bite forward like a jig saw?

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Alright, I want my car horn to sound out ALLAHU AKBAR @ at least 150db.

How do I go about this?

No time to explain.






islamic militants


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When you figure it out op get it up on kickstarter.
I need wanker Christmas presents for various people and this sounds great, put me down for 4 please
Well you could rig a jet aircraft engine to vibrate at precisely the necessary frequency to sound out a recording of someone shouting Allahu Akbar.

Of course it would be more effective to actually make thousands of small bombs at that point.
No explanation needed, honestly. It is its own reason for existing. Make a simple switch on your steering wheel, connect it to an amp/speaker setup on the roof.
Buy an LRAD

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Now I know what you're gonna say, but what if I put a shipping container inside another shipping container to make it 2 times as strong? Then the air pressure underground wouldn't implode it.
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To die and ask for a concrete vault
Idaho modern oldtimer builds underground & solar …: http://youtu.be/8B6xR3T37gI
Shipping containers are weaker than old school buses.

buses also make better storage

take the drive train off and sell it and they are cheaper than containers and without the wheels the floor sits close to ground level making easy entry
Why not use an underground pipe and line it with rooms of shipping containers that are interconnected with service panels to open up the curve empty spaces in between the pipe and shipping container. They'll be extra supports on the bottom so that the floor won't rust through and possibly a way to drain the bunker if it gets flooded without getting wet.

Place the pipes verticle and cap them with reinforced cement dome so they can go up and down a shaft

We could have access to a vehicle room and make it so that everyone can have a functional nuclear fallout shelter.

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They are just a meme, right?

Is there any real advantage?
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Are you really that dense that you can't understand that >>906201 meant 'driver bits' when he used the word 'bits'. It's all in the context. How drunk are you son ?
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My bad, i got my conversation threads mixed up. Don't know what happened, I thought we were talking about:
Why do all Kobalt pliers suck?
Why did you drop the impact socket lineup?
Why don't you carry dewalt flextorq square #1 bits in store?
Is there a big metabo rollout coming soon now that hitachi owns them?
How do you deal with all of Home Depots branding exclusives like Milwaukee?
Why did you stop carrying Klein and Knipex tools and change electrical To your entirely Chinese Southwire brand?
why do you consistently suck for tools compared to home despot or menards? ....
Pozidriv is like a relogious awakening.
I worked in a shop that used only Pozidriv; they felt like they were glued to the bit as i drove it in, and the head let go of the bit as soon as i stopped the driver.

Truly a god teir head.

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Ham thread? Ham thread.

KD9B** here, where my hams at?

Also, have to move in a couple months. I'll finally have a place with a yard. I'll finally have room to do some HF work. I'm thinking either a Kenwood TS-2000 or an ICOM IC-7100. Sure, a few tradeoffs between the two, but any opinions from those who have used both?
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Just bought a baofeng and the study manual.

I have yet to hear anybody on the airwaves.

Location Nova Scotia. Send help
KD9A here!

Have a Ft-817ND, VX-8DR, and a Ft-7900

What repeater do you use most?
Tech here, got my license back in July and I'm working on studying for General, though I figure I'll probably have Extra before I have enough cash for a HF radio.

Right now all I've got is one of the F8 Baofengs, plus a Grundig G6 and a RTL-SDR dongle. Right now I'm mainly thinking about building a J-pole to put outside my window and a QFH antenna so that I can use the RTL-SDR to pick up weather satellite images.
Industry Canada has a spectrum search tool, don't transmit on anything. You're in a place where you should get on HF as quickly as possible and aim to get honors on your Basic exam. A repeater network is planned for Labrador soon, if that helps.

So do any of you actually /diy/ other than antennas?

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Any simple solutions for people who don't spend money on heating?
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Only if you have good internet, or have access to good internet, are willing to invest a couple grand into equipment, and have at least above average computer skills.
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>go around indoors wearing wool, like some sort of man sheep?

Wut? Does this $7,000 wool Brioni suit make my but look big, like a sheep?>>906117
you have to spend money on parts and if you need additional labor, but research this and find someone who has some old "mother earth" magazines from the 70's

biomass- heat from the breakdown of organic matter when in a sealed system gives of usable methane

fernette heater- a friction heater with 2 cylindrical drums powered by something to make one spin while the other is stationary.

solar heater- using sunlight to warm up either a liquid or air

just to name a few, yeah it costs money up front and some require space, but its cheaper than just electricity, fuel oil, gas, or coal, and not as back breaking as wood if you do everything yourself.
move to australia
It makes you look poor, it's not even tweed.
If you're going to spend decent money on a suit at least get a decent suit.

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I love the feeling of hot showers with the steam and love how it makes my sense of smell better. Love the way to steam opens up my pores etc.

but the hot water does a lot of damage to my skin. really dries it out. this past summer I did nothing but cold showers and my skin felt sooooo good. was amazing.

So how do I get the benefits of hot showers without drying my skin out.

buy steamer and then use cold water through shower head? Saw one for $1000 and it looked dangerous to use. I'm more of the type of person that sits in front of a computer monitor all day.

thanks for the advice in advance gents.
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I drape a towel over my head and go over the kettle, then ride the switch.
At risk of being called a fag, I suggest getting some in shower body lotion. It puts all those oils that you just stripped off back on to your skin.
Thought about using a cool mist humidifier? I used to love falling asleep to the sound of those old ones with the impellers.
is this worth the money?

What exactly is this snake oil machine supposed to do?
Do you have 3rd world level tap water that is destroying your skin?

Like this
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whats an atomizer

that sounds like some fallout shit
it turns the liquid into vapor

upload's done, /diy/nosaurs
its been an honor posting with you:

wow, thanks anon!
Neat-o, thanks. Also, extra bonus thanks for making it a link I can import into my Mega account to download when I'm on a real connection.

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Give me the most crazy ideas for useless inventions you can imagine!
-It must be quite easy to do
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>The Shitwhistle
Isn't that what they call that default Whatsup jingle?
Microwave oven with a built in camera and tracking software attached to an additional microwave emitter on a powered swivel mount. This emitter uses the camera to track the plate in the oven as it rotates and targets the center of the plate. This will ensure that the whole plate is heated thoroughly, and not just the edges.

Million dollar idea.
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Wouldn't it be cool to diy a cats eye as replacement so you have 1 human for day and one cat for night vision?
it already exists but it only works at nighttime

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Hey /diy/

What are the actual limitations on making myself a powered exoskeleton? I realize its not really all that feasible, otherwise it would be done more often, but I am interested in finding out where the bottle necks on development are.

I'm mostly doing this just to get more familiar with robotics in general and my robotics club at my university are on board if I can get a decent idea for one, which I don't think is a given.

Power could be inelegantly solved by a two stroke motor. Its going to be whiney and annoying but it would work. Could something be done to either muffle it or, inversely, make it at least badass sounding?

Could I scale up the suit itself to take a bigger engine? Hotrod the shit out of it?

Can servos be strong enough but also quick enough for relatively unimpeded movement?

Sorry about the basic questions but I figured someone here was crazy enough to try it.
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Just about every microcontroller as of 5 years ago has enough processing power to use C, and if you feel like spending a little bit of money you can even get away with Python or Java
it is still very very hard, only twice as hard(twice as many actuators), but with less of a chance of chafing(a problem with exoskeletons they don't tell you about).

>> the human for balancing and control
lag kills this in the real world. Lag really fucks up haptics.

I love that pic
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Does anyone have more Darpa fails?
>where the bottle necks on development are.

power supply and lack of linear actuators that function like human muscle.

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Hey /diy/
i just smashed my phone, a brand new nokia lumia.
It dropped flat on the back and caught fire because of the battery.
So that's beyond repair i guess.

This made me realise that smartphones are not cut out for me, especially since i do construction work and always carry my phone around.

So i was thinking about buying a CAT S40,
Is there anyone here that has one of these phones?
What is your opinion about one of these?
Is it actually as strong as they say it is?
Can it atleast run whatsapp smoothly? etc
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Moto Droid Turbo 2. Shatterproof, can handle being run over without breaking.
Aah. The power of anecdotal evidence!
>Phone without case breaks
>Muh phone in case doesn't break! Muh phone in case is STRRRROOOONGERRRRRRRRR than your caseless phone!
I try to feel your logic but the stupid is just too thick. Oh, well...
I'd get the xcover from Samsung.
I had one for years when I worked in agriculture. It handled even all the literal shit.
Lifeproof case. Ive dropped my phone too many times to count with no worries. Seriously, how are you so dumb to work construction and not have a case on your smartphone
i know two people who use cat phones for heavy work, the phones are though but a bit lacking in the software, it's not that model though but some older one

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Sup /diy/
I'm a poorfag. Being that I live right around abandoned warehouses, buildings, and train yards I thought there might be something worth value in there. How do I find copper wire to scrap? What else of value is good to scavenge?
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Recently around here, if you bring more than a certain amount of copper to scrap, you have to show a contractor's license of some sort.

Lots of fuck-ups like you breaking into shit and stealing copper
get a job you fucking junky
looting and scrapping expands the ghetto until it eats the city. don't do it.

have you thought about being a garbage man?
even white gated communities are happy to see you, and you get paid a living wage even if you don't find any goodie bags.

all the people who go around the small community i live in looking for scrap, look like they're in their 40's and still have acne
This, the damage caused is in the hundreds or thousands of times more expensive than the money you could ever earn.

It's a dick move, don't be a dick.

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