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ITT: Idiot stories. Whether something you've done yourself, or watched someone else do, tell 'em here.

>Earlier today
>Nephew comes over to work on his car, since "You've got a ton of tools, uncle Anon
>I figure he's changing his radio, or replacing a headlight or something
>I'm in the garage too, tinkering with shit
>"Oh, shit"
>Turn around to...
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In b4 someone 'hurr, if it wasn't crapsman it wouldn't have stripped'
>Go to change my cousins oil on her 10thousand mile pathfinder today
>get underneath and start ratcheting off the transmission bleed bolt
>special CVT fluid coming out
>surprised it was 3/4 bolt, pretty large for oil.
>Poured fluid back in some hole
>Changed oil
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>Join Army.
>Never even had a driver's license before let alone service an engine.
>First job is driver of an M1068, which is an M113 tracked APC with an enlarged cargo area. Pic related
>First job as drive is to service the vehicle under guidance from previous driver.
>Oil and oil filter change, great.
>Previous driver was just promoted to Sergeant, ain't got time to help some PV2...
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Thinking about getting into drones or quadcopter, for the first time. Any suggestions?
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Never flown a quad, but I have some helicopters and a plane. My suggestion is to get something cheap, tough and easy to repair for your first quad if you've never flown one before as you will crash.
Afetr you get the hang of it, start getting better ones, or make your own. That's my 2 cents. have fun!
I would say "use the catalogue and find the quad thread", but the retard OP over there used some bullshit webm instead of an instantly recognisable image like /ohm/ and /3Dpg/ do, making it almost impossible to find (unless you know to search for "multirotor" instead of "quad", which is also bullshit, because quads have propellers, not rotors).


So instead I'll say had on over to >>794682 and ask there.

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hey /diy/, australian here.

I'm struggling with all the info on heating and cooling for a 2 story house, just wanting to check if my current idea is a decent one (house currently under construction).

For my needs i think that a ducted electric heating/cooling system is the best for the general house (cheaper unit than gas, higher running cost) and a freestanding gas heater in the main room would provide a nice feature and a cheaper heating solution for the winter months (girlfriend will run the heater flat out in winter).
should end up costing about 1k...
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> Electric heating

Where I'm from (Denmark), electric heating is the most expensive form of central heating in a house, followed by oil, then gas and wood pellets and other wood products

For a localised heatsource, a freestanding "oven" like the one in your pic, will give off more heat if you take care to run the exhaust pipe in a way that goes through several rooms. Another thing is to get a...
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Its the most expensive here also, so my plan was to use the ducted electric heating and cooling unit sparingly and use a gas freestanding oven in the central room of the house for the bulk of the heating, and using the electric ducted system (does both heating and cooling) possibly circulate air from the central room to others through the ducts (need to confirm if this is possible). i really hope it is as it seems the best way to go from what i've read.

Ill definitely look into sun to water heating, more alternative power the better!
A thick short wall next to your sunniest big window will absorb large quantities of heat in the day so keeping the room cooler, and keep the room warm late into the evening as a further benefit!

There are other passive systems too, a bit of research should find some answers.

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Hey /diy/! We've had a couple of successful soap-making threads before, and they actually were a huge inspiration to me, so I want to return the favor. Let's have a general soap making thread!

Post your recipes, learn about the soap making process, and maybe earn a few bucks along the way. I'll share everything I can with you, and hopefully one of the OPs of the previous threads will join us.

Let's have some good, clean fun.
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Most people get into soap making as a hobby. They make guest soaps, party favors, or just want to produce a higher quality soap than they could buy at their local grocery store, for half the cost.

Personally, I'm approaching it as a business. I'm very new to it, and maybe it's a bit silly to start a business doing something I haven't done before, but life is all about adventure.

In this picture, you can see a bunch of supplies I ordered from Brambleberry, a really great soap supply company. You can get most of the stuff to make soap at your...
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I'm getting geared up to start cranking out lots of soap. I bought about 50 samples of fragrance oils, to see what I like best, and a dozen different types of oils, so that I can test the different properties each oil adds to the end product. I also purchased molds, but you can use anything from plastic tupperware containers to muffin pans as molds for your soap.


I've done a lot of studying. Youtube is a...
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How can you trip yourself "Soap Dad" if you haven't even made soap before? Soap enthusiast at best.

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I made this table as a gift and I didnt get a chance to take a good picture of it with a decent background before i gave it away.If someone could do me the kindness of removing the garbage bags,electrical outlet,floor vent and overall ghetto-ness of this picture I would be so thankful.If you like do some stupid shit as well,It is still appreciated
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and uhh it is All solid Red oak joined by mortise and tenon,with legs turned on a CNC lathe.Finished with chestnut stain,wipe on polyurethane and beeswax
I did make a cropped version of the photo but I do like the size of the backround

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Sup /diy/ i am looking for a way to do a metal mask kinda like pic related with maybe special facial traits to be adapted to my face, not looking for a way to attach it i'm just looking for a way to actually make it, bonus if it only require a basic metal plate as primary material. I am a non experienced crafter but i think i can sort things out, it is better is it has a certain thickness as i am certainly going to do a little carving inside of it and aeration hole for the mouse and maybe nose. I have actually no precise idea of what metal to use but i will g ofor easy...
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aluminum would be what I would choose, but you're going to need bodyworking-type tools do do that. and a way to weld it as well,,,, and torch-welding thin aluminum is hard and almost requires expensive goggles. And an aluminum-capable TIG is going to cost at least $1800 or so. So while it can be done using aluminum, it won't be cheap.

stainless steel could work too but you would need a plasma cutter as well (another $1000+ machine)


if you do it in fiberglass there is ways to get that sort of finish on it. in fact....... just looking at...
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Thanks for your contribution, as you present it it would be hard to work with metal, do you know any alternative "solid" material to metal, i am not familiar with fiberglass and know nothing about it, i am going to look furthermore on that material but if you want to detail your way to do a fiberglass mask with the caracteristics that i mentioned feel free to do so, remember that i would like something kind of "robust". Thanks in advance
>i am not familiar with fiberglass and know nothing about it,
you could do this WAY cheaper with fiberglass than with metal. fiberglass is messy and not exactly cheap, but it only requires hand tools to work with.

Volpin props is one site with some tutorials but keep in mind those guys build fiberglass stuff all the time, they make it look very easy.

you might just budget enough for making two masks, because the first one will look like crap.... but the second one will...
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So I'm looking to build an amazing chess board, but don't where to start on the pieces. I have a cnc router and a traditional lathe any suggestions on designs? I've never hand carved before so I'm not ready for that. I think I'll be going with maple and rosewood, Thanks!
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either a dremel or hand carved will likely easiest for certain pieces like the knights or more intricate designs(pieces with faces) but a lathe (or a drill press set up to be used as a small lathe) will greatly simplify

You've made knobs and stuff before right? similar idea, just slightly fancier looking if we're going with a basic set

just a few things to keep in mind with your design
-How big do you plan to make the pieces?
-Specific theme?
-Your own capabilities
-Nobody judges...
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I say this every time I see the link but


I believe an important part of doing protects by yourself is doing them safely. After all, don't you want to be able to keep doing projects?

I know some of us are just starting out and may not necessarily have an expert guiding us.

So, what tips can you give for beginners and even the more advanced of us as we /diy/?
All disciplines and tips welcome, even more so if you're an expert or professional in a particular field.
Do the safety dance
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Measure once and cut twice!

eeer, no that's not it...

For starters, if something has even a remote possibility of badly injuring me I try to save that for when someone's around (within hearing-my-screams-of-agony distance).

Another is that unless I'm testing it at that very moment, if I have any sort of electronic device open it's properly discharged/unplugged. Most of the zap's I'll get won't do anything but scare me a bit and give a quick shot of adrenaline, but it also helps keep the thing I'm working on safe. Luckily...
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I once set my shirt on fire with the sparks flying off an angle grinder. I used to think that wasn't possible.
Did the same with my pants. figured out they werent grinder friendly when my crotch caught on fire 30 minutes into an 8 hour shift. Co workers named me loosenut that day..

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Hey /diy/
im sure a lot of you have seen this video where grant thompson makes a mini metal foundry and uses it to melt aluminum soda cans to cast small props or items
i wanted to get an extra oppinion if the way he builds it is safe enough for the average person
i primarily want to use it to make small costume props for myself and wanted to see what all of your opinions are on it or if there are better diy guides you know of
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holy shit... I have a free weekend starting after 5pm tomorrow... a paycheck coming in... and a wife who has 3 12 hour midnight shifts coming up starting tomorrow... fuck it I'm giving this a try...
All I know about aluminium casting, is that those briggs&stratton engine fly wheels are made from nicely melting alloy, I tried to cast aluminium once but I had very unpowerful heater
Don't bother trying to melt aluminium cans. the metal in them is terrible and soft + shrinks alot more than aluminum designed for casting, and theyre so thin that they burn before they can melt.

i hear the trick to getting them to melt is to crush them down and then push them under a puddle of already molten aluminium, which causes problems with any water left in the cans potentially flash boiling and spraying the molten metal all over. and on top of that you'll still get alot of dross to clean out

you're best off finding things that are already...
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I bought and old suitcase but i dont know the lock combination. How does one go about lockpicking/unlocking these things?

If everything else fails ill build a robot to do that.

Im sorry if you feel /diy/ is not the correct board but i feld this thread suited /g/ and /sci/ even less.
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op, it will take you about 5 minutes to crack the combo, just go through it from 000 to 999. its only 9x9x9!!
set all the wheels to 111..... see if it opens... if yes the YAY! if not then try 112.... and so on...

how lucky are you feeling op?... on the plus side you have all the time in the world to waste on this.. and with some luck the combination should be the same for both sides... it'd have to be an evil paranoid bastard that set his locks to different numbers..

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i want to make the glass on the left, what kind of paint do i need to make this?
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It looks like a vinyl cut sticker to me.
I know you hipsters love vinyl cut. But actually it is screen printing.
so like some kind of paint screen and an exacto knife?

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Made a few books. Figured I'd share the process.

Started off by marking the halfway point down the stack.
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Cut into halfs
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Because I wasn't able to get it cut perfectly in half every time, I sorted the pages I had into 3 general sizes
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When one of the stacks was roughly the size of a book, I put the shortest page in front and marked every half inch a little bit from the edge.

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Old thread:
>I'm new to electronics, where do I get started?

There are several good books that are commonly recommended for beginners and those wanting to learn more. There are also plenty of good Youtube channels that teach about the basics as well as advanced concepts. The best way to get involved in electronics is just to make stuff. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Take something apart or build something you find cool on one of the many electronics websites.

>What books are there?


Getting Started in Electronics by Forrest Mims III
Make: Electronics by Charles Platt
How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic by Michael Jay Greier


All New Electronics Self-Teaching Guide by Harry Kybett, Earl Boysen
Practical Electronics for Inventors by Paul Scherz and Simon Monk


The Art of Electronics by Paul Horowitz

>What Youtube channels are there?


>What websites feature electronics projects? Where can I get ideas for projects?


>Where do I get components and lab equipment from?

And sometimes even just ebay.

>What circuit sim software do you use?

This mostly comes down to personal preference. These are the most common ones though:

NI Multisim
iCircuit for Macs

>What software should I use to print circuits

Circuit Wizard
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we couldnt get a new exciting AND electronics related picture
for fuckin shame
Which free circuit sim do you use and what is the #1 reason LTSpice is superior to all else?
>he thinks plebspice is better than multisim blue

Also good job forgetting to put /ohm/ in the title OP

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In what ways has being /diy/-savvy helped you?
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It hasn't. I have too many hobies and interests to get exceptional at any of them. Doing anything myself is a pain in the ass because I will always be missing the one tool or jig that will keep me from busting my knuckle, but I can just see the completed project ahead of me, so I power through and bust my knuckle and get it done
It's helped in more ways than I can even fathom right now.

I've been my own mechanic for the last decade. Not only has this saved me on repairs and maintenance that I've needed, but it's also saved me needing repairs and being stranded like common idiots often are.

Something breaks in my house? If it's cost effective to fix it myself, I fix it and save a bundle. Sometimes it's not worth taking the time off work, or purchasing the tools, but when it is, I save thousands. When I pay a contractor, I don't get fucked over, because...
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There is a feeling of incredible satisfaction when I fix or make something myself instead of paying someone else or buying it. Even if something takes me waaay longer than I thought, or I had to watch a ton of youtube videos, I always feel satisfied and don't feel like I wasted my time. And saving money rules. With building stuff like furniture, I have the choice to make the thing exactly as I want it. Not go into a store and have to settle for something that is what I want, but not exactly. Also, everytime I do something new I am learning a new skill so the next time that...
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sup /diy/ers, hulp, going round in circles here:

anyone use / recommend project/life management software? Reason im asking here specifically, what I'd mostly need is an organisational overview of various of various ongoing projects, eg.

(a) makes a folder with the project/applicable notes/research
(b) provides a simple (automatic) overview of wtf is in this folder
(c) on this simple (one page) project overview, you can add notes etc. - preferably, with an automatic datestamp

- other abilites maybe, simple grouping, crosslinking, eg - need parts?...
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Well, I looked for something like this for a while and tried many alternatives (mostly mobile based apps) but in the end I found out that a simple xml worksheet was better suited for me. It's not complicated but it is color coded, constantly arranged by due date and some more
Yeah, starting to figure, throwing my own HTML app together maybe easier.. but, cheers for the reply (and bump) anyway, appreciated. Seen some intranet things would maybe do/be adaptable enough, but, nothing free/under $500 till now.

Anyone else - diy organisation software tip? - c'mon, I be drowning in disarray here ;) need to stop procrastinating, n git or-ga-nised.
How is what you're describing not OneNote?

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