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Gentlemen... how to we improve the fork?
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Laser guidance with augmented reality app to make your wife's food look good

Aerodynamic carbon fiber build

Extra prongs
Instead of tines, just a nice smooth cocobolo handle with a very strong neodymium magnet plugged inside. Of course the food will have to be updated for compatibility.
Combine it with all other things. Knife, spoon, chop sticks, etc. Also add it to the IoT for some reason.

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hey DIY am i going to die. I'm an EE student and touching high voltage stuff for the first time ever and I'm not sure if I'm discharging this right. ground wire's clipped, i'm just too afraid to touch the anode and get it over with.

im wearing rubber boots, standing on a yoga mat, i tested the screwdriver for continuity, and my other hand will be in my pocket. is there any thing else I should do?
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Water in your boots, wet the mat and make sure you have a neutral wire from your house to grab if things go bad.
fuck off
if you use a resistor in line, you will limit the discharge current and the whole thing will be a lot less scary.

Armor making thread?
I'm going to recreate these German 15th C, gauntlets but I can't for the life of me picture how I should draw the parts on a paper template, does anyone have examples of templates for gauntlets?
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how much armour have you made before?
Done chain mail and plate projects before
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I made a gauntlet out of a beer can once. Ended up quite strange. I can´t really help you but I can say: with no experience and using paper templates it may end up like this.

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I'm thinking of getting a bachelor's in engineering but I'm unsure what honours to get it in. I like the sound of civil mechanical and mechatronics but I'm not sure. does anyone have any experience and opinions on what they think I should do?
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what do you like to do? can't help you without that

i have a technic diplom in eletronics i did together with highschool and am currently studying Mech. Engineering, and i realized i'm gonna end up in Management, because while i love building and repairing things to myself, i hate doing it for others, specially under orders
I'm a mech. Dad is a civi.
If you like electronics or if you don't hate it, go mechatronics.
If you like being outside sometimes go for civi.

Beeing a mechanical engineer was the right decision for me, but only because I'm no CAD-Monkey.

Where I studied Mechanical eng. and Mechatronics had the first half year together.
I like the sound of all three and I've looked into some projects but I'm mainly interested in the type of work that comes once you graduate. I don't want to be working in the same place doing the same thing too much. as a kid I always wanted to make robots hahaha. what work can you get into if you have honours in mechatronics or civil? are the jobs enjoyable?

So my bedroom is next to the Bathroom, doors are shit, walls are shit, this house is shit.

But I am stuck here, I can literally hear everything from farting to my flat mates insanely loud piss stream. I can not entertain the idea of having a female in my room, what can I do to fix this? I'm willing to get creative but my issue is i'm a broke as fuck student that is left with about £50 a week after paying for everything else and I have another two
years of this.

Please help me /diy/
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seal gaps with the rubber strips from poundland

towels stick them in layers onto wall

acquire bricks or heavy objects and put near shit wall to dampen transmission

>50 quid
not much you can do really
If there's a vent fan in there, replace it with a noisy one.
The door seals is a great idea thanks, walls not so much as I'm gonna have to explain why I have towels glued to my wall, I'll try the bricks and as for the £50 I am willing to save.

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I am hoping /diy/ can help me with this.

I'm no electrician and I also can't afford to have one come out to my house.

Here is my current wiring.

I have red, white, green, and yellow. But I also have a unused green wire.

The red wire seems to be jumped to power supply for cooling and heating (as there is only 1 red wire but two power supplies for my old thermostat) So should the single red wire just go directly to the new thermostat?

Thank you for the help guys. I'll post more pics

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the new thermostat
I really don't want to fuck this up, I know nothing about electrical or HVAC and to be completely honest I cannot afford to pay someone to do this right now
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I understand how to mount it and all the obvious things, But I just don't know about the wiring
I'm guessing sense the fan still works on my current thermostat that the unused green wire might be a ground?
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Ok I'm pretty cold so I'm going to wing it

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update on my gy6 monkey bike build still have all the wiring, lights, and dash to do. post some pics of motorized vehicles you have built /diy.
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sorry for rotation
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just started this basket thing today that will hold the battery and what not's. kinda proud of it
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i have a old 2005 model scooter without any of the plastics just bare metal. What kind of bike yours used to be? And can you post some close ups aswell. I would love to try and make one myself but i'm not confident in my welding skills. Yours look really nice btw

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I want to build a garden shed to store powerlifting equipment.
The shed only needs to be 9ft x 6ft x 8ft, perhaps a little wider for insulation.

What's my cheapest option?
What material is most appropriate for good temperatures to lift in during summer and winter?

How could I build such a building for £600 maximum?

Many thanks!
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Macro or micro? What college?

Also sauce on the semen demon.
Nice tits>>1072622
Nice tits it is abig oh

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I live with my dad and stay up late at night working in my computer room, which is across the hall from my dad's bedroom. He's kind of old so he wakes up easily. I was wondering if I could use eva foam or some foam kind of like in my picture to make improvised soundproofing panels so he can't hear me playing music and moving around at night. I don't play music loud, but at night there's no other noise and I think the hallway affects how loud it is.
I'm pretty sure I remember past threads about doing this type of thing.
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Why is there not a sticky with this already?

To significantly reduce sound transmission you have to increase mass, or decouple surfaces.

Those foamy things only reduce something called RT60, how long it takes for sound to decay by 60 db. In other words it reduces echo.

Yes, plastering your walls with mattress foam will reduce sound levels outside the room, but not significantly. He's still going to hear you.
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It actually depends. It won't significantly reduce sound transmission but sometimes it's actually second-, third-, etc. order reflections bouncing off the walls and down/across the hall that cause the most discomfort.

so although open cell foam doesn't improve direct transmission much, it still will make the room, hallway, and house *apparently* more quiet and in a lot of cases that's enough. in other words, the direct sound won't be accompanied by a thick series of fluttering reflections...
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What people dont realise is that this stuff is primarily to reduce echos

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I'm spraying my surfboard black. I wet sanded a bit too aggressively or with too low a grit after my first coat and the sand marks are showing through the second coat. Should I wet sand at a high grit? Or will the matte clear coat cover the marks? Maybe buff it? I can add another coat but would prefer not to add too much unnecessary weight.
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>painting your board black
>making your board look even more like a seal
enjoy your shark bite
I've surfed with spinner, reef, hammerhead, and tiger sharks, and anything else that I haven't seen. Worst thing that happened was a guy next to me got bumped. Still freaked me out so I read up on them. They have pretty good vision but rely on smell and their electrical organ more. Visually though, they're more attracted to white and reflective colors.
Ask me anything about sharks. Also see a lot of turtles, seals, and Dolphins. Whales off in the distance.

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So I'm about to remove my car radio and there's 4 bolts, deep under the dash.

I have a power drill with some bits to undo bolts (circled blue), I need some sort of adapter but I can't find any. The ones circled yellow don't fit. Does anything in the photo look as though it could fit the bits circled in blue?
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In photo, no. Looks like you need a 1/4 inch socket adapter.
Best shit for car dashes is a 1/4" drive six point small metric socket set. Cheap is fine because fasteners are small. If a Ford, they LOVE 7mm hex bolts. A couple of 3" extensions, a universal joint, and a long extension like 12" will handle MANY automobile interior parts. I prefer deep sockets because some interiors have nuts on longish studs but shallow will do.
Top left, third bit from left looks like a 1/4in drive bit for those sockets. What makes you think you can change out a stereo if you can't even figure out a drill/driver?

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Homebrew thread. Cider season is in full swing. What are you fermenting, /diy/?
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search first bud

my bad, I searched homebrew and homebrewing so two words don't come up
some people spell it differently or use various terms, usually just "brew" should be enough

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Anyone here that would be able to provide some insight on this kooky idea I have? Want to set up multiple tanks and I'm not sure exactly how to go about it, from what I've been able to figure out from sifting through "don't do it it's too hard/what if one of your fish have a parasite, all of your fish will get parasites" aquarium forum replies is that I'd need a sump, something for overflow to go into in case of power outage and a bit of creative plumbing.

I plan to build this over the course of a month, maybe two. Would like everything...
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Sorry about the rotated OP pic.

10g is there as a place holder, was testing the size, had a feeling that I wouldn't be able to reasonbably fit a 20g there. Very glad I had that tank just laying around before I went out and bought one. Will do measurements to see how many gallons I could fit in that spot if I were to build a custom tank.
I don't see the point of plumbing these tanks together when you'll eventually have to upgrade the turtle tank to something larger than your shelf has room for.
Turtle's a hatchling, don't expect to have to upgrade for at least another year or two. When it's out of the 20L, I'll just fill it to the brim and suddenly I have more space for the fish! If it happens sooner than that, doesn't make a difference to me.

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Hi, /diy/.
So I'm considering locations for buying some land and building a little wood cottage. Consider it an out of the way camp, not connected by any roads or anything. Just a private crashing pad.

The problem is.. I have no idea where to start looking for open lots and where.

Is there some tool that we can use to locate state owned land that we can purchase? And see where other people own deeds and property in a given state on an interactive map, like Google?

You'd think the state Ministry of Deeds would have something like that just on...
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Wow we have about 3 threads with this question already. Use the catalog.
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It is inevitable. Already I see the firing of neurons associated with such a base desire as frustration. And while you might attempt to eliminate thread duplicity, I can assure, you have become exceedingly good at creating these threads. This is already the 14th time we have made this one.
>ministry of deeds
Whats up mr middle eastern extremist looking to move to the US by way of great britbong? Need an empty remote area to set up your base of operations?

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About to have a storm here. This (the cylinder above the water heater) started leaking. What is it and is it easy to replace?
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Shitty pic from the back side. My guess would be thats corrosion but the leak is new to me and I've been working around there lately.
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It's a tank to handle the water expansion when it heats, to prevent excess pressure in your pipes.

Where's it leaking? Did it rust through, or is it leaking at a fitting?

Looks like it would simply unscrew and a new one screwed on in it's place. Use 2 wrenches to keep the torque off the pipes.
Make sure the threads are clean, and use teflon tape on the new male thread.

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>living close to city center
>second floor
>no cellphone reception

it's really pissing me off since i do a lot off home office and sell stuff online that's picked up. yes i've googled the problem and there are some that have built something like this


they say the metal pieces on both ends of the cable have to be somewhat related...
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Yes it works it's cheap and it's easy. Put some flowers on top if you can't afford the full cactus enclosure the photosynthesis helps boost the signal that's why they do it in your pic

>Source: Stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night
switch cell service providers
Ever thought of a femtocell? Some companies provide them "for free" if you know how to ask.

hey made this knife over the week end. thought i'd share.
knife/ current project thread i guess.
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just stained my handles today

got some danish oil and wax to start finishing...then starting on the sheath

currently there are two project threads already open: >>1046130 >>1067727
Nice, what metal?

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Old thread >>1034354

>open source community

>buyfag buyers guide
Any number of Reprap kits out there

>basic 3d printing FAQs
https://opendesignengine.net/projects/vg3dp/wiki (lots of useful stuff)

>what kind of filament do I want

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>-additive manufacturing general
Is it really that hard to put 3d printing general?
You know, so people can see it in the catalog when they search for it?
eh. i just look for 3dpg. that's the point of the /3dpg/.
Everything else is just flare.
I actually had to find the new thread by searching 3dpg...

Complete noob with MP Select Mini here from the last thread:

Got my borosilicate glass today.
ABS print stuck and didn't distort and is actually pretty stuck on.
Used a little bit of glue stick, bed temp set at ~83C (IR thermometer reads ~73C off the glass).

Test print didn't look the best, but the fact that it stuck and didn't distort on the bottom layers is promising.

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What's the best way to make this stick an arrow's width without a lathe?
I have some sandpaper. Am I going to be dozens of hours working on it?
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toe thumb
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either way help please. Should I carve the wood with a knife and then when it's kind of decent start to sandpaper it? also what's the english verb for 'to sandpaper'? grind it with sandpaper maybe?
Walk to street. Beg for $5. Walk to store. Buy wooden dowel.

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Hey DIY, I'm looking for a cheap and effective way to produce some posters at home to put up around town, there's a lot of competition for poster space so I was looking for a cheap way to adhere them to walls/power-line polls without them easily being ripped down. I was thinking of self backed adhesive paper, but they tend to be very expensive online. does anyone know of a cheap way to adhere posters so they can't be easily removed, but wouldn't be considered vandalism? preferably something that could be printed out on a consumer grade ink jet printer.
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Google "wheat paste"

Basically just a flour and water mixture that you use as a glue. It works remarkably well, and will eventually just wash off with water.
I've seen a little bit of this googling around. it really works that well? also will I be able to paint over the posters with it without them bleeding? or will I have to find a different method or material to print on other than normal paper / inkjet
All posters not placed on property that you own is vandalism.

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I have a bunch of standing water in my driveway and backyard. There's a few inches in the driveway but basically a small pond in my backyard and I don't know if I need a pump or what kind to get, or if this is a situation where I need to put together a proper drainage system.

What do /diy/?
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Need pics. Most definitely a grading issue. As long as it isn't sloping towards your house it's cosmetic but should still get fixed.
Agreed we definitely need to see exactly what you mean to give a good opinion but regrading should help the backyard and you might need to put in something like a French drain for the driveway
What is the ground made of in your area? Sometimes there is a layer of limestone or whatever, several inches down, and if you can dig deep enough to puncture through it, your drainage problem will magically disappear.

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I'm wondering if anyone can help me with a problem I'm having.

I know a new cooker is probably best, but I'd prefer to fix the problem until I can order a new cooker. Britbong here.

The cooker has a switch on the wall, you press this and then the cooker turns on. Simple enough right? Well..

As soon as I press the button the light flashes on and then back off, and the lever has gone down in the fuse box.

It doesn't blow any of the electronics, the lights and TV etc all stay on, the only thing it cuts off is the central heating....
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fuse box lever, put it back on
I dont know britbong electrical, but are you saying the breaker trips in the circuit panel? Does it do it when the stove is unplugged? If yes then its not the stove. If no then it's probably the stove. 2 things will commonly cause this, a short to ground somewhere that causes enough amps to be drawn that it trips the breaker, or something is damaged and creating too much resistance to operate, which will also draw enough amps to trip the breaker.

Does it only trip when you attempt to turn on a heating element(assuming...
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sounds to me like the 'cooker' and the central heat are on the same circuit and if both are on they overload that circuit which then trips the breaker.
yeah that will reset the breaker but doesn't 'fix' the problem.
or problem could be with the switch or something inside the cooker that now has a short which will cause circuit to trip.
if you reset the breaker and try again does it immediately trip again? if so there is a...
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Hi everyone, my dad is working on building his own pneumatic pop-up animatronic ghost decoration for Halloween and he's interested in ways that he could make a sound play at the same time that the ghost pops up from behind a styrofoam tombstone.

I'm not sure where to even start regarding this stuff, especially since the sound in question would probably be an mp3 or wav file, altho I'm sure he'd know how to rig it to activate in response to the ghost going off.

Does anyone here have any recommendations or ideas for a device that can be used to...
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An old smartphone
Why not use a mechanical device that emits a scary sound? It sounds more genuine and uncanny than a mp3 file.
You might do something with a shaped tube and a pneumatic exhaust, or some springs actuated by the same pneumatic piston.
Actually this would work well if he could change the sounds when the phone gets plugged and unplugged. Change the sound for the phone no longer charging to the scary sound, change the sound of the phone starting to charge to nothing/silence. Whenever the ghost pops up it breaks the circuit that delivers power to the phone.

>Tl;dr: gas mask advice for screen printing.

So I work in screen printing and I clean the screens most of the time and the chems my boss makes us use are super cheap and kill my lungs. I use Dhaze and ER80 and I just hate getting a lungful of it when I'm trying to stay productive.
I brought a moldex 8000 with me and it seems to help a little, but I was wondering if I need to up my game and get a better one or just keep the one I'm using.
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I use a GP-5 (cheap as fug, shitty visibility), if it can handle NBC it should he able to handle paint.
I guess
needless to say I don't paint a lot.
I don't know about Dhaze, but if you're undergoing prolonged exposure to ER/80 you should be using an independent air supply. Have you even read the SDS?
Boss is a cheapo and honestly doesn't even care so I'm kinda on my own :/

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Hello /diy/, this is my first post and I'm in need of assistance!
I am unsure as to how I am going to power my portable speaker set and am in need for a battery that can provide power for a small amp. Problem being, it needs to have a power socket and needs to be rechargeable. Or at least, have some sort of adapter than can allow said power cord to connect to the battery and thus provide power. Any cheap suggestions?
>Shitty MS Paint Pic related

Problem with most battery-packs is that they come without the correct output cable or charger. Any solutions? Not really wanting to spend more than $30-50 on the whole thing.
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your question doesnt make sense. the pic shows a portable speaker: it contains a battery, an amplifier, and a speaker.

your ''portable'' speaker has a fucking power cord, which means its only portable as far as your extension cord.

if you wanna make it portable, one way is to muck with the insides, and find a point where you can inject, say, 5V from a power bank. this is not for noobs.
for noobs, then, you need a power inverter that generates 120 or 240V ac from a 12V battery. and you need a battery, like a gel cell used in alarm systems.

buying a real portable speaker is way cheaper than the batt + inverter combo.
I figured this was going to be a gibber project than what I thought. But thanks for the advice anyways. I myself don't really take kindly to already manufactured portable speakers because of the quality and/or life of them. But I might as well try it out. Again, thanks.
How I wrote gibber instead of bigger, I don't know. Don't quote me on that.

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hey i live in an area filled with many Victorian house's. and most of the remodeling was from long ago. i still have the milk delivery door on mine and quite a good portion in my area of the city does too.

this is my thermostat... it has two settings, full blast and off. how can i fix this even to a slightly working order ?
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my heater
Just buy a new one?
>it has two settings, full blast and off

That's how your heater works. T'stat calls for heat and the heater turns on. To eliminate the 'full blast' effect, you are going to have to install a heater that comes on in stages.

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[downvoting intensifies]

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So I have this Karcher pressure washer that's not working.
Model is K2.97.

It was in use and perfectly fine, then suddenly the motor turned off and now it won't start again

I checked the fuse in the plug, and it works fine.
I removed the outer plastic casing.

I checked the capacitor by eye. It looks ok and smells ok.
I can't hear the motor humming. I've attempted to jump start the motor by turning the fan blade with a screw driver.
For these reasons I don't think the problem is capacitor related.

Maybe a false...
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Also, in the water inlet elbow for the pump there is this little switch. (Bottom right)

I have no idea what it is for.
Could it be the cause of the problem?

take that shit back to K-Mart and buy a decent brand
could be something as stupid as a pinched/severed power wire

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I'm thinking of getting into laser etching/cutting, but I have absolutely zero knowledge of the field. A few questions to get me started:

What am I looking for for price range (if I want to etch/engrave wood/aluminum)?
Are etching and engraving the same thing?
Are laser etchers often laser cutters as well or are these different things entirely?

Answers to these would be appreciated; anything else I should know about this would also be nice.
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Laser etcher will not be a laser cutter but a laser cutter can be a laser etcher.

If you want to do it on a hobby level and you are satisfied with cutting useless stuff like cardboard and maybe thin plywood, it's not going to be that expensive (still a few $100). If you want to actually make a business out of it, be prepared to pay top dollar for something that can cut metals, I work at a laser cutting shop and most work is on stainless with a thickness of .7mm or more, for this we use a $500k machine. It will probably be cheaper today since the machine is from 2009...
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Well shit. What if I just limit it to engraving metal? Would it still be capable of cutting through .5cm plywood or would I still need something heavier? I was thinking of making a small business from cutting plywood/acrylic and engraving wood/metal/acrylic.

Any (lower end/cheaper) brands you know of to be reputable so I can start looking from there?

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Hey /diy/ not sure if this counts as "SFW" but...

Does anyone know decent resources for learning lockpicking? Frankly, gf and I got our car locked in a national park for several hours past closing time because a simple Masterlock was placed on the gate by a simpler security guard after a rainstorm started. I'd rather not have that happen again, especially considering the geo-political upset that may arrive in America soon.

Any literature I should research? Is it worth it to order a kit off Amazon, since it probably doesn't matter what "lists"...
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tutorials on uteeb, they good
>National park closing for the winter.
Something smells fishy here.

Which park might I ask?
>simple Masterlock

they don't get much simpler than masterlock, stare at it and it opens

look at Bosnian Bills videos on youtube

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