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I bought some LED strips from aliexpress. How the fuck do i wire these up? Im so lost
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>>1096948
Post a link faggot. We can't help you with no details.
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>>1096948
looks like one of those strands you just supply 12v to and it runs until the world ends
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>>1096957
How do i do this? I failed electronics 7 years ago and never looked back

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Don't know if I can get help here or not, but my ceiling fan lights blew out all at once when I flipped on the wall switch. New bulbs don't work, but the ceiling fan still does. I'm trying to bypass the wattage limiter to see if that fixes it, but I don't know how to reconnect the wires. It's got three wires - a blue one that connects to the pull chain switch, a red on that connects to the 9-pin connector, and a white one that's crimped to three wires from the bulbs. If I disconnect those, what do I reconnect them to?
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>>1096796
Holy shit, you probably shouldn't be doing this.

Well whatever.

Find out what your incoming neutral wire connects to, and find out what your 120 connects to. Trace one or the other back to the crimped wires for the lights.

Or, if you have 2 sets of 3 crimped wires, it doesn't really matter how you connect them. The either of them can be 120 or neutral.
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>>1096811
Actually, disregard this. Blue to red, remove and tape the white.
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>>1096817
Thanks. So is the white just a neutral to the limiter?

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Sup /diy/, /fit/ here.

Looking to build pic related in my back yard. Ive checked google and seen a bunch of different ground attachments for securing the posts but Im not sure which is the strongest or if I should even use them.

What Im trying to figure out is, because i'll be swinging around on this, what is the best method to secure this into the ground and have it completely solid without any movement?

Cement like pic related?
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>>1096749
1. Dig hole
2. Pour cement
3. Stick bars in
4. Let it dry
5. ???
6. Profit
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>>1096749
You know the round posts they use for small electrical poles?
I'd go to a lumber supplier that sells to the public to buy that. The key is burying it about 4-5 feet down for maximum stability, but less would work as long as you're using cement. Make sure you dig a decent radius, don't get lazy or cheap out. Keep your actual bar lengths as close together as you can without making it difficult to use, so as to avoid the bars bending over time.

If you don't want the bars to spin, drill your...
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>>1096755
Also, you don't need 4-5 feet on all of them, just the taller support posts.

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This isn't so much of a DIY question as it is a standard home maintenance question. What would be good service to use of testing one's basement for molds, mildew, radon & carbon monoxide. Recent family health concerns have lead me to want to check if the home is the issue. Would any basement restoration service do?
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>>1096283
You can get home mold kits at the hardware store. If the one closest to you doesn't have them, ask who does. You can also get a radon detection kit at the hardware store and a CO detector.
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>>1096285
Thank you, I might get a full service to do a thorough inspection though, but this is great food for thought.
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>>1096283
Hijacking this thread for /diy/ question, my apartment bathroom shower area has a fuck ton of mold, as I have not made any efforts to clean it in 2years~ .
It's getting anyone because now the floor of the tub is getting slick from the mold. What is the best way to kill it easily?

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Are there any sewing kits I can get my hands on that aren't made out of the shittiest, cheapest materials known to man? Should I just put one together piece by piece to my own specifications?
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>kit
>needles, thread, scissors...
>literally available anywhere, even walmart carries sewing stuff
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May as well jump into this thread - if I want to sew 1000D nylon to make pouches, do I need some kind of heavy duty sewing machine or is it just about the type of needle?
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>>1096214
costume made>chink shit
i would get one for the case (if it has a good one) the replace the cheap shit with proper tools

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I need advises.

I want to print my own magazine but I have no idea of how to make it work.

I have no idea of how to book-bind and stuff.

Do you have any advises ? or links to tutorials maybe ?
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>>1096200
No, we don't do spoonfeeds, fuck off and do your own google.
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>>1096202

Of course i googled it before coming here you moron.

When I looked up all the articles were about self-publishing and not self-printing.

Since it's so "Spoonfeeds" you could have told me already but you have chosen to be an asshole it seems.

Now YOU FUCK OFF
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>>1096203
What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I'll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I've been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I'm the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you...
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I'm not sure if this is possible.

I have a porcelain doll with some small hands and a few of the fingers are chipped off. I don't know where they are now.

Is it possible with some sort of material, to mold new fingers and then paint over and repair the doll's hands so they are whole again? The hands structure are much like this one here (fingers merged together), with two of the fingers halfway chipped off

Any advice?
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>>1096111
Is it possible? Yes. Will you ever get anywhere close to making it look decent? No. The coating is baked on when they fire the porcelain. Anything you "paint" on later where never match and will look worse.
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>>1096131
can I get replacement porcelain hands and attach them somehow?
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>>1096111
Bondo is the material you want.

Results will vary depending on your skill, including paint. Unless you are a sculptor, it will probably look worse then being merely broken.

Hobby stores often have doll sections that may have parts. Or you may be able to find a similar doll on ebay and cannibalize it for parts.

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I've never been on /diy/ before but what do you guys think of Diresta?
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>>1096057
I cant wait till his channel Direstas in Piecesta
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>>1096057
>I've never been on /diy/ before
Fuck off jimmy
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>>1096057
FUCK JIMMY STOP SPAMMING YOUR FUCK

Hey buds,

I have an old Webber grill. These bars have rusted out for like the 3rd of 4th time in its history. They are collapsing in to the bottom so it's time to replace them. This time, instead of shelling out some major buccaroonis for new bars, I'm thinking about a /diy/ solution. I don't have a lot of tools to work with, and I'm not sure what gauge/ metals I should use. I am thinking if I can find the right size piece of sheet metal steel at a right angle, I could just take it to a garage and have them lop off the bars in the correct dimensions....
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Could I get by with aluminum?

I would only need (2) of these if that was the case:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-1-2-in-x-96-in-x-1-16-in-Thick-Aluminum-Angle-800047/204604756?MERCH=REC-_-PIPHorizontal1_rr-_-204604755-_-204604756-_-N
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>>1096041
Nvm, I guess that is probably not wide enough. I think that mine are closer to 2''.
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From that pic they look like around/between 1x1x1/16 and 1-1/2x1-1/2x1/8 formed angles.
Surface looks like plain hot rolled steel.
also:
>rusted out for like the 3rd of 4th time in its history

You can get angle iron at large hardware stores. The difference is that the "bend" wont be rounded like that but a 90 degree sharp point.
You can get them in stainless too but it's a lot more expensive, harder to cut, and may not be locally available (shipping cost).
Stainless also transfers heat slower.

Plain hot...
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So I'm back with something. Thoughts?

Also trying to think of a product to engrave for resell
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>>1095998
why are you in a car with gloves on to show off your engraved powerbank?
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>>1096001
Its cold out and it doesnt hurt to keep them on during work breaks. Any other questions?
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You want /diy/ to think of garbage to engrave for you to resell?

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Hello /DIY/
I was wondering the best way to make armor for cosplay like my pic.
I was thinking about having a papercraft base with paper-mache to give it the hardness and thickness.
Any other idea, suggestions?
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All the best armour I've seen has been foam floor tiles sculpted into shape with a heat gun and some precision cuts.
Fine details can be carved in or glued on with thinner foams and plastics.

Tonnes of resources for this sort of thing online, I'd look up Punished Props on youtube as a starting point

/cgl/ might be a better place to ask if they aren't busy talking about crusty vaginal discharge building up in their costumes.
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>>1095955
I didn't go to /cgl/ because of that, plus I need more of the materials and building aspect.
Google wasnt that help ful, but I willvheck out the channel. Thanks
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>>1095988
Here's how you go about it, it will definitely need a base of some type that will be the bulk of material, foam is excellent for this because it is easy to carve with a $20 harbor freight hot knife but you can go with wood or something else just cut the rough shapes as close as possible to the final shape, then grab some bondo and gloves and give it a healthy coating of bondo bigger than the final shape. You don't need to make it perfect because the next step is sanding, use 36 then 80 then 120 then 200 grit...
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>>1095659
those are fluorescent lights.
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>>1095662
i mean what kind because i can't find any that look like it
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Have those in my closets and can't find new bulbs anywhere. Thinking it's something they stopped making. Been having to just steal bulbs from closets we don't use

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Someone explain the imitation crab meat meme. Is it just from this image? I get the feeling the way you guys use it there's a little more to it. I understood the pallet and shipping crate ones after a couple days and I've been on this board a few months now.

Love,
Newfag

PS Nice board very informative even though [s4s] is better
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>>1095632
You're going to have to construct some sort of rudimentary lathe.
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>>1095632
>Someone explain the imitation crab meat meme.

It actually has nothing to do with that picture.
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>>1095632
We'll tell the story slowly, but I have to warn you, this is a slow board.

This one time a guy came on here and asked where he could acquire I believe it was a ton of frozen, imitation crab meat. This was before bunkerbro to my recollection, however at the start of the shipping container nonsense.

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So I have a problem where I keep learning new skills that I will never use. For what ever reason this week I have an itch to find gold. There is no gold in my state (Indiana) except for specific glacier run off, but as luck would have it, there is such deposits and a large stream in my back pasture. The only thing left to do now is try to find some gold. Problem is I don't know what the hell I'm doing, so are there any amateur/professional gold prospectors here who would like to give me some tips that I may be overlooking?

As for my sluice I'm planning...
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>>1095630
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>>1095635

This is the type of tile I'm planning on using for my middle baffles.
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Bump before bed.

What's the best scroll saw?
Or what are the things I should look for in a scroll saw?
Is the Dremel scroll saw hybrid a meme?
Also, some saws' speeds are two-step, some are adjustable, does it really matter?
Going to cut wood mostly but maybe plastics and acrylic shit too but not that much I guess.
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>>1095472
I dunno, but a family member recently came across an old scroll saw at a sale and got it for me for Christmas. I never really wanted one, so I've got no idea what to do with it. What are some ideas/what are you gonna use yours for?
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>>1095472


Nice to have

>air hose to blow off dust so you can see the line you are cutting
>work light
>adjustable table
>easy access blade change

There are 2 types of blades. pin end and plain end. i have used both and will say i like pin end slightly more but i bought a plain end because i got a good deal on one.

Adjustable tables really are nice to have and fairly common.

Have never heard of adjustable speeds. I would think that would be nice if you could get it.

I bought one like pic related for $10. I commonly see them online for $15 to $50 depending on condition.

Mine looked like crap when i got it but it was 100% cosmetic. just some dirt that i spend an hour cleaning at it looked fine.

Just make sure the motor is good.

>>1095487

Just google "Scroll saw projects". You can do some very cool things with them.

I like to make fancy shelf braces myself. And segmented projects are a great gift.
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>>1095510

>segmented projects

There are easier ones to make then this. but you get the idea.

How I can a e-scooter make faster ?
Now max. 20km/h Speed.
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>>1095362
Decraise the weight what it needs to carry. Is the evil answer.
Maybe putting a bigger engine on it?
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Build home made scram jet engine and stick it on the side
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MORE VOLTS MORE BETTER

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Hi my internet friends. So, my tool box lock broke and I need a good idea about how to fix it. For now I did some redneck repair but it's not a solide solution and if I don't fix it properly I will end up with my tools all over the floor any time soon.

Pic related
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Two pieces like pic related $4 on ebay.

http://www.ebay.de/itm/2X-Metall-Schnappverschluss-Kofferverschluss-Kofferschloss-30x43mm-DE-/282217493719?hash=item41b57934d7:g:ClwAAOSwPCVX~nHJ
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>>1095348
That would work but I would like something cheaper since I don't really have $4 to spend.
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>>1095340
>guarantee 5 years

doesn't look 5 years old even.

go return that shit

Thanks Anons I know you can help me, I need to know how to start producing this. I work with a lot of nice wood (amazonian) and have free access to tools and labor. Were do I import this tech, and who can help accomplish this. i) the magnets ii) the circuit board iii) the receiver. Money is no issue.
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>>1095327
>free access to tool and labor
>Money is no issue

Yeah...

You need to import a fuck off to fantasy land to accomplish this, maybe get the magnets from jesus fucking christ and the circuit boards from fuckoffrica
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>>1095332
anyone besides this fat faggot
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>>1095440
Nope

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Are there any free(ish) online resources to learn things like residential electrical, HVAC, plumbing, etc?

I have some time on my hands and would like to get a general knowledge of these without going full trade school so I can /diy/ more around the house.

>inb4 YouTube
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>whatisgoogle.jpg

$15 but absolutely worth it:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/The-Home-Depot-Home-Improvement-3rd-Edition-with-DVD-0696238500/100677237
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>>1095301
>ididgoogle.jpeg

Yours must be better than mine. Anyway, thanks, I'll check that out.
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>>1095302
(shoot, I just looked on ebay and used copies are like $5)

shouldn't be that hard, what is it you are looking to do?

add a receptacle?
replace a faucet?
find out why the furnace decided to die at 3am?

I've learned 95% of what I know by watching and doing (or simply following the instructions), the rest by simply searching the web

obviously searching for "learn everything diy free" is not going to help that much; but even just being here on /diy/ and reading about...
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So I want to do a little, art project if you want to call it that; I want to make a transformer action figure look more "realistic". Basically what I want to do is replace virtually all the plastic pieces with die cast metal equivalents. Other things I'd want to do is make working pistons, wire leds, and perhaps somehow incorporate silicone and faux fur for the "beast mode". If I'm ambitious, later on I might re-engineer the toy entirely to include more points of articulation and better ways to cleverly disguise the robot mode when it's in...
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>>1095208
Homemade diecast will have shit precision. Just have someone mill it or something.
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>>1095217
How much would that cost to do? I'm assuming it'd include the price of the metal materials used.

Where would I seek out a service like this? I'm too used to doing everything myself.
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>>1095221
Prototyping companies or maybe local metals hops. It'll cost you a few hundred probably

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I wanna get into making fireworks/firecrackers for personal use.

Is it possible to get my hands on the materials necessary? Or do they basically get made through industry exclusively?
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Anyone can make explosives and elemental powders.
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>oh look, this thread again

don't do it son
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>>1095240
Why not? It looks like fun and I want to experiment with what kind of explosions I can get.

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I Need to build a new PC for Gaming and Graphic Design.
Seeing as I have little to no idea how to do that a friend of mine put a few parts together for me and I was wondering if I would run into any obvious problems or if any of the parts he recommended to me have better alternatives.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/MvKkWX
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>>1095154
The parts will work together fine

>buying windows
>putting in an optical drive
Homersexual
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>>1095155
dont listen to thisguy

After a year w/o an optic drive there are times i wish i had one
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>>1095166
You can get a USB one if you truly needed it, then you could use it with your laptop (because every laptop made in the last 5 years doesnt have them either)

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Hello /diy/, /o/ here.
Wanted to know if you guys had ever built a can crusher?

I have some leftover wood i was going to toss but figured i could make something handy.
I want to build a can crusher so i can give it to my dad since hes on the older side now and hes having trouble bending to reach crushed cans from off the ground.

I have the tools and a little bit of carpentry experience
(mostly putting up safety handrails and forms for concrete pours).

Im trying to find plans but i keep running into those Pay-to-see-Plans websites.

Any help?
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>>1095139
Well, you could skip the bullshit and bail.

YouTube pneumatic can crusher or build dis https://youtu.be/1WqrLAE7VZw
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>>1095162
Cant build anything too big and he doesnt have enough cans to warrant building a rig like in the vid.
Thought about going the pneumatic route but that would require me buying him an air compressor and i know he cant be fucked with that.

I have a set of old shocks i took off my truck, any way i can retrofit them for can crushing duty?
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not when you live somewhere with deposit

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Just bought a 1963 house in the US and it's all 2 prong outlets with a few incorrectly wired 3 prong (no ground nor gfci). Kitchen is wired 3 prong correctly, but no gfci.

I'm moderately electrically inclined (software dev by day) and looking to learn more about this. I have and know how to use multimeter and outlet tester.

My testing indicates the boxes are not grounded so I can't just pop in new outlets and ground them to the box. Can someone confirm that this is not bx cable? I am unfamiliar with spotting the different types. Am I going to have...
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>>1095092
you need to rewire the whole house, this is not /diy/able bcos u need a licensed electrician
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>>1095114
I think so, too, but was hoping to avoid it.

I went up in the attic to take a look and the cable is stamped with "dutrax type nm 600v" of the 2 wire variety. Would it save money if I ran the wires, but left them completely unconnected? Googling says I'm looking at $7,000-$12,000
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>>1095092
Can you do it correctly? Can you commit to making sure you properly connect everything, install all needed conduit and junction boxes?

Can you install it like an electrician would?

Then do it. When's the last time code enforcement came into your home for a random inspection? You'll save money, but it will take up a lot of your time. Is it worth it to pay for the service?

As long as you KNOW you're capable of doing the work, do it. Fuck permits and all that stuff.

>Ib4...
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I have two fairly old welers, one 20w the other 25w. I'm trying to solder components to a pcb for the first time and the solder wasn't flowing into the pads at all (I used flux) so I figured something was wrong, I used my laser thermometer gun on the tips of each iron and they're stuck in the 400-500f range, where they should be up at 700f for this application. What could be wrong here? I put the tips in a glass of vinegar and filled the tip-insert area of the iron with vinegar for like 4 hours, some rust came out from inside the irons but the max temperature...
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>>1095086
>two fairly old welers
One named Peter, one named Paul?
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>>1095086
both the same temp?

i'd check the outlet voltage. they're probably working right, just at a low voltage.
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>>1095086
is this bait?

clean those tips, dampen a paper towel and fold it over a few times so its 8 layers or so, and once they heat up rub the tips on the paper towel all. then tin the tips by applying a small amount of solder.

how old is your solder, is it flux core, are you using flux if it isn't. solder oxidizes over time and doesn't flow as well.

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i have a detached garage i'd like to be a gym & studio, which will contain my computer, musical instruments & equipment, and fitness type equipment.

i live in a very humid area during the summer.

some people tell me to insulate the garage door. some people tell me to enclose the garage door. i want to air condition the space. i don't want it to be a "garage" anymore. the area i live in is very humid during the summer.

so, who is stupider, the people who tell me to enclose the garage, or the people who tell me to insulate the garage door?
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The people who tell you to enclose the door are correct. It will hold heat and cool better
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>>1095040
that settles it
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>>1095039
It's a small space. So just throw some blanket type insulation on it like in your pic and crank up the AC.

Proper insulation would vastly decrease the amount of time the AC has to run. For that you would have to build a proper insulating wall over the door, but also over all your other walls (which are almost certainly single walls with lousy insulation value).

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i recently bought one of the silicone plug molds (pic not mine but that's what it looks like) to make my own plugs at home and i'm trying to figure out the best material to make my plugs out of. i've heard resin is good but that clay is also a decent material. i just want /diy/'s opinion before i buy something i regret.
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>>1095030
lead or cadmium, imo
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>>1095033
too heavy
should use flexible PVC
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>>1095030
Plug 4 what? Ass?

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Hello /diy/ first time on this board.

Now someone in my house and put this chip in my granite and to my surprise no one knows who did it.

What would be the best way to repair it without calling someone in?

Thanks
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Clear epoxy should work and be fairly discreet.
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>>1094978
look around see if you can find the chip. repairs usually look better the less filler you use
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>>1094986

I can't find any I think it was done a few days ago

First thing I looked for

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I've developed an interest in woodworking and I've decided to give it a try.

What would be the basic tools I need and an easy beginner project? (Something like a spoon maybe?). I'm 18 and I live in a 2 bedroom apartment with my parents so there isn't a garage or shed.
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>>1094970

First, you need to plant a tree.
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You must first decide what you want to do.

Make furniture?
Carve sculptures?
Turn bowls?

Woodworking is kind of a large area.

You mention a spoon, which is carving wood generally. For this you need some knives and gouges. The nice thing here is that you can fit all the tools in shoe box and there is no loud noises.

However if you want to do larger pieces, you generally need (or rather want) power tools, which are large and loud.
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>>1094975
With that small of space, woodburning and woodcarving (like carving a spoon) would be your best bet. Maybe balsa wood projects like model building.
It really doesnt translate well into real woodworking later down the line when you get a garage though.

To be honest, the typical furniture building and other big woodworking you tend to think of is loud and messy which isnt suitable for doing in an apartment.

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Some time ago, there was a TED video where a guy who wanted to save crows came up with an idea. Basically, he wanted to develop an automated small dispenser and collection station that would train crows to bring "shiny objects" to the dispenser and deposit them there in exchange for a food reward. Peanuts in this case. These stations would be controlled by a small laptop powered by a 12 volt battery and solar panel so they could be placed anywhere. The potential is obvious. Most crow populations live within close range of humans and they have adapted to live in urban...
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I've thought about this. You could make an algorithm that determines the relative value of objects and distributes reward accordingly. That way the crows selectively learn to pick up more and more valuable objects. Could also lead to crows stealing your shit around your house obnoxiously.
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>>1094742
I would train for coins, jewelry and gold. Pretty easy for them to focus on these and not become household pests. I think a lot of people have thought of it. It's the actual doing it that is the key..lol. It will take time and money to develop, although I think that the TED video guy did try to market a base kit but I don't think it really got off the ground.
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>>1094722
>First, over $200 million a year in lost change. Yes, that's right...Americans lose that much per year in coinage

Oo 60 cents a person.


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