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I have a car (Ford Transit Connect Wagon)
It comes in two wheelbases
The short one has two rows of seats
The long one has three (I have this one)
Until a few months ago, Ford used to offer a "security shade" for the long wheelbase version which was some sort of rigid shelf that covered the space behind the second row of seats (the third row would either have to be folded or removed)
Now they only offer one for the short wheel base.
Now, I kind of want to have one but because I can't find it, I'd like to build one.
It would be made or...
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>>1042541
Use Luan(1/4" plywood) and screen stock. Put it together with glue and finish nails. Itll probably cost ya a tenner and take a couple hours
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>>1042715
what's "screen stock"?
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>>1042741
1/4 X 3/4 pine wood strips

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Hello diy!

I just wanted to ask if anyone around here tried to make their on Guitar, how hard it was and if you followed any kind of How-To, like the ones from Tom Bills.

I'm really considering making my own custom Acoustic guitar, but i really want to know, from the experience of someone if it is doable without any solid knowledge given by a true luthier, and if it is worth it.

Thanks in advance
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Alright, I'm not really a lute, but I do know one. Without years of experience your guitar will sound like shit. Might not even work. Its a frustrating process, and if you are serious about it you should speak to a real luthier near you to see if he will take you as an apprentice. Good luck, friend.
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>>1042462
Acoustic guitars are way harder than electrics to make. I would start with a solidbody electric if it's your first guitar.
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Hi /diy/ I recently got this table from my grandparents house and I'm not sure how to get it back together without damaging it.

I tried putting it together, but once I get the bolts in and stood it up there is a gap of a couple milimeters on the surface between the base and the table parts, and they slump down enough to worry me. I took it back apart because I thought maybe I'd put the base on backwards, but the holes definitely aren't drilled for it to be put together any other way. Some of the bolts barely tighten, and the ones that do were tight enough that tightening them further would damage the table.
The table hasn't been assembled for a few years, but I don't remember it sagging or having gaps between the base and the table portions when my grandparents were using it. Does /diy/ have any advice? Will I have to drill new holes? Build a new base? I'm not very handy and this has been stressful because I'm worried I'll break the table.

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>Go to the hardware store for an adjustable wrench
>Crescent wrenches are all made in China
>Every other damn adjustable wrench is made in China

When did tools start getting so shitty?
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I've got an old Crescent from Jamestown, NY, and a Ridgid one from Ohio. I notice little difference to a shitty Westward one that I'm sure is Taiwanese.

I'm a welder, though, not a mechanic, so grains of salt.
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>4 in.
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>When did tools start getting so shitty?

When American labor and unions made goods prohibitively expensive to produce in the US. Since making and shipping a few million pounds of steel elsewhere is cheaper, why would an American company make it here?

Your $9 nut-fucker wrench would be on the order of $30 if it were American made. The average consumer looking at itemA and itemB of seemingly similar quality, why would you pay more?

Taxes and EPA and government regulation is much more lenient in Asian countries, labor is much...
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I'd like to pitch an invention, nothing too complex. But I don't know what to do, as of right now it is just a thought in my head. Is there anywhere I can suggest this idea and get credit for? Not asking for a payday, but maybe a name reference?
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>>1042133
patent lawyer
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>>1042133
my non-professional perspective:
1. nobody pays for inventions that aren't proven in the marketplace
2. 99.999% of filed patents never make a dime--it's money thrown into the wind
3. all the countries that follow WIPO rules don't allow a patent (or will invalidate it) if it can be shown that there is prior art (a prior example) that existed, made or patented elsewhere by someone else, before the patent was filed

the short version is this:
A. you make the [whatever] and you start selling...
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>>1042169
any advice on where to start on light-manufacturing?

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Bat-na-na
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>>1042078
Kill yourself
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>>1042078
t. Harry Potter
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>>1042078
CNC laser?

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Hey guys, I need to strip the threads from an M22 half nut for a project I'm working on, anyone know the best way to approach this? Should I just throw it in a vice and go at it with a file? Any help would be appreciated, thank you
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>>1042017
couldn't you just drill them out with a bit slightly larger?
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>>1042021

Good tip, thanks man, any other suggestions?
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>>1042021
Make sure the nut is well viced though... Shit could get hairy!

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I have this old desk/hutch that's been around for about 7 years. The MDF on half of the desktop is bubbled and punctured after years of water damage. Anything I can do to this surface? Should I just lay some vinyl covering over it? The rest of the MDF on the piece is fine so I don't want to throw it out
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>>1041986
MDF swells only once, after that it's garbage.
You can try to sand high spots and lay new vinyl, but IMO it's not worth it.
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cover it with a plate of aluminium
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>>1041986
Once water gets into chipboard or mdf then it's pretty much fucked, you could sand it down a glue a veneer over it but it will not look good unless you really know what you are doing, if you are especially bothered about how it looks then you can try that just to get a few more years out of it, personally I've stopped buying new furniture, I buy old/antique stuff that doesn't loose a ton of value the moment you take it out the store, I just sold a leather armchair for more than paid for it three years...
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Fellow growers,
Britbong here, slight panic as I have not correctly pruned my Toms, so I will have lots of under-ripe tomatoes towards the end of the English growing season.

So 2 questions- 1. Is there anything you can do with green tomatoes? Such as green tom chutney? Or preserve?
2. (Shit question, inb4 google, as I would like person exp.) what is the best way to ripen tomatoes on a window sill/off the plant?

If anyAnon can help much appreciated.
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Also britbong.

Made some cracking Green Tomato Chutney a couple of years back. Go for it... It'll be rad!

I also made a load of tomato wine that year.
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>>1041961
You're kidding right? Also, >>>/ck/ or >>>/out/829532
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>>1041961
last year i got some green tomatos from a hown grown plant,left them in the sun/light for about a month and they still turned red, no joke

was late in the year, september

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https://youtu.be/GakI3K1jA5o
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that's a really nice bird house man!
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very nice
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>>1041960
Mate, there are loads of people on the board with real skills and learned attributes and you post this?

Building your own house is a massive undertaking with a vast arry of things to think about. This model makes it look easy and understated, which it is not.

You model video omits pluming, electric, permits/planning permission, how to divide the space inside, what wood to use the list can go on.

Is this vid bait? Can't work it out.... Fuck you, you Neaplease Slave trading website.

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Hey there trying to convert beautiful videos to webm using kali in a VM.

Do you know how to install it on this baby. I try using the git but does not work unfortunatly.
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>>1041892
You prey to the Gentoo gods
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>>1041892
Why would you use kali for anything other than network testing? Install Gentoo pls and your problem will go away
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./configure
make
make install

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Are there any good youtube videos or articles about how to use these? Types, what drill size should i use etc.
How much weight can i put on them? Size and type of the screw i should use them with?
Are there articles about this hitting NASA level of autism? (like with that NASA soldering guide)
I am mostly drilling shit into wall made of bricks and plaster.
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>>1041851
They come with instructions. They will tell you the hole size for you to pick the drill size, how deep, and what kind of screws. How much weight depends on what you are putting the holes in, and that depends on the actual structure of your building, so it is a widely uncontrolled environment so it is impossible to have specific guidelines other than general rules of thumb.

How much weight <-- assume zero because your wall can have defect and will crumble at exactly the point you drill, if you are really unlucky....
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>>1041851
Use drill that is about 2mm wider than hole. Than just the hammer plastic bit in the wall
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>>1041851
Use nail-in-anchors or rawlbolts instead if its a heavy weight that you're mounting

I have a DVD Philips Model 627K, but sometimes the screenplay where I spot the green numbers of reproduction sometimes the DVD don't turn on those lights, and usually just play the movies without sound. Just sometimes works fine.

Any hint to fix this shit? And not, I'm not a deaf person, the problem is the dvd.
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>>1041771
i have that same one. nice
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>>1041779
With the same problem? I have this DVD player since the year 2004.
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>>1041771
> the screenplay where I spot the green numbers of reproduction

What does this mean?

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has anyone built a wing chun dummy (Mook Yan Jong) and if so about how much did it cost? I'm looking for something I can actually use as apposed to all the DIY dummies (no pun intended) I'v found through google.
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Everybody have fun tonight.
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>>1041770
Bump
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Ip man...I mean OP man, just go to your Kwoon or Temple with a tape measure, pencil and paper.
Measure and draw. These things are really simple, not even glue or nails holding them together.
Cost? It's made from a tree trunk and branches.
I'd say $0 to $500
These were built in 1662 really low tech.
You will need to learn to use a chisel and hammer.

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instructions for pic related ?
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https://youtu.be/KY15R3yHBEI?t=1m15s
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Be black
Be poor
blow
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Blow and draw while moving side to side

Anyone have experience with these?
I've a TV that's playing sound and showing picture but the backlight's not lighting.
There's two backlight strips and each has 11 LEDs on it.
I pulled the reflectors off so I could test them with a multimeter.
I did a diode test on them all (multimeter can
actually light them) and one LED is blown.

Is it possible to replace the single LED? I assume it's just some surface mount white LED.
Are they high power or something? I held a through hole LED in place while powering up the tv and all the...
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so you have a multimeter but you test by holding small LEDs in place of other components?
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>>1041644

Can you order a whole new strip? Would probably be easier.
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>>1041659
New strip is gonna cost me €40

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Hey /diy/

I want to make a custom stock for my AR-15. I want to make it of some kind of plastic. I want it to be similar in construction to the picture (Magpul STR).

How should i go about making it?
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Plastic is hard to work, and is generally cast in molds.

Unless you fall for the 3d printing meme, you probably won't make a quality product. And even then, even a 3d printed part needs a lot of finishing and it'll still require assembly and metal parts (springs and pins) if you want an adjustable stock.

If you're serious, though, you could probably get plastic tubing or sheets something make your stock from a pattern, kinda like prefab/flatpack furniture, but it'll look janky as fuck.

Just buy a stock, dude. Or carve one from literally any other substance.
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>>1041633
Report to >>1040216

I'd almost say to buy a spare of your model buffer tube, fill the butt-stock detents with somethi, and make that part of the brick press/casting mold in >>1040583 with some HDPE appropriate release agents.

Then just carve it to form with knives and saws. Drill a hole and find some metal hardware to use for the detent.
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>>1041633
buy plastic block
buy milling machine
make

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Hey people I can't work out this plug for my cooker I have black and red cables on the cooker plus a completely stripped wire then this is the plug I'm so confused
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>>1041600
show front of the plug..
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>>1041600
>>1041609
My spidey sense tells me that is not a "plug" or socket at all, and is just a cooker connection unit. The neutral is loose. The knockout at the bottom is where the cable from the cooker would enter.
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>>1041615
You are correct sorry mate the brown and blue wires enter from the bottom and the yellow and green wire goes in at the top the problem is I cant work out where the wires from the cooker go in to this unit

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Could I simulate a 433 MHz signal with wifi packets?
I want to control my light switches with my phone and computer, but tellsticks are too bulky, and wifi is already in both devices.

I'm thinking that if I want to send data over 433 MHz, I can just send the same bits repeated 12 times (5 GHz wifi, 5196 MHz = 12*433 MHz). Would that work? Maybe power levels are too low?

Also, if it works in theory, I guess drivers might need to be hacked, but that can't be too hard for the computer at least.
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No, you can't. The wi-fi signal is frequency modulated which means that for example a bit 1 is transferred by sending a 5.1 GHz signal and bit 0 is tranferred with a 5.15 Ghz signal.
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>>1041552
pic
>>1041556
this is simplified by an infinite amount
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>>1041556
In hardware I assume?
Would be cool to have a multi frequency transmitter based on the idea though.

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>>crossposting by /g/ recc

im gonna order a arduino starterkit
what should i do to pre-learn shit until it comes
i am a mental babie when it comes to electronics more than building computers and i have barebone coding skills

willing to learn

will respond whenever a noncuck response is posted
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>>>/diy/ohm
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C language
Arduino reference
Basic electronics. You should understand Ohm's law, how resistor, diode, capacitor, inductance, motor, transistor work and how and when to use them. Learn what you can connect directly to an Arduino pin, and what you cannot.
Basic soldering, find some junk boards and train to solder/desolder stuff.
Try doing some stuff in an emulator, circuits.io for online, proteus for offline.
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Watch YouTube tutorials. Arduino is for retards and extremely lazy people.

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So can anyone help me identify these two hammers?

i thought they looked cool so i bought them but i dont know what they are used for.

the first one looks like it is made out of some kind of horn.
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>>1041514
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>>1041514
This one is for hammering dildos into your ass, and >>1041518 is for chopping off your friends fucked up knee cap.
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>>1041531
go back to /b/

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So I want to run a fan to periodically circulate the air inside a small camper as it sits empty in the winter. Prevent condensation and mold and the like. The plan is to put a DC 12-24v to 3-12v adjustable converter between a south-facing solar panel (overpriced coleman-branded 40w from canadian tire) and the fan (rated 9v, 0.7A). That way, the panel output voltage can fluctuate, and the fan will run whenever there's enough juice to spin it. Running overnight isn't really important, so there's no battery (would probably freeze).

Is there anything major I'm forgetting that might result in burning the camper down? If I set the converter to a lower voltage, would that allow the fan to run at a slower speed, but more often if it's cloudier? It does still turn over at 4.5-7.5v without trouble.
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you can purchase a solar powered ventilation fan made specifically for that purpose.
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go to google
type in - solar powered rv ventilation fan
hit enter
select 'images'
make choice
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Wind driven ventilators for vans already exist.
They work.

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How do I get rid of and prevent sigarette smoke in my room?

I just moved into a new place and there is a very prominent smell of sigarette smoke in my room, which I'm pretty sure comes from the guy one floor down, who's been here for years.

How do I get the smell out of the wooden walls? I'm thinking of washing everything with "green soap" as it's called here in Norway, soap used for wooden surfaces. I also read something about vinegar removing smells. Should I dilute that and smear it on the walls and floor first?

What ways...
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>>1041367
You cant get it out, it is the oil in the smoke and it will get into the wood.

If smoke can come up from downstairs from your floor, your building is fucking low standard, and is not worth saving.

There is no other way the smoke inside the room is from anywhere other than inside the room. Unless both have windows directly above, and both are open all the time to allow the smoke to go in from the outside.

Once the oil takes hold in the walls etc it will be impossible to mask it with any amount of...
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>>1041367
If renting, talk to your landlord, and bring up anything in the contract about smoke / non-smoking areas. If owning, scrub everything down with soapy water, dry, then fumigate with ozone. What kind of floors does your building have? OSB on wooden beams could let smoke through, but poured concrete wouldn't without openings. Check carefully for utility openings like electrical, data, plumbing, etc. Smoke might pass through a light opening on the ceiling below, work its way through the walls, and enter your room...
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>>1041376
Thanks. I really hope you're wrong in that theres absolutely no way of washing it out, but I have little reason to doubt you.

But the smoke coming from downstairs doesn't come through the solid floor planks themselves but I'd guess through the numerous tiny gaps between planks and behind skirting. I hope lacquer and some other filling material can do the job.

I'm not replacing the walls, I'm sure I'd never be allowed to. If it has to come to that I'll just move out as...
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Much thanksin advance for any anon who can answer my question. In a new apt in shanghai china (if the colors seem weird) and want to replace a 5 switch box in the bathroom that controls an overhead fan/light/heating unit.

I'll post a few picks of the existing unit all wired up and a pic of the new, where the switches are arranged differently and are thus giving me pause. Thanks again.
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that's the old. This is the replacement. I'm a dumbass with this stuff and I just need to know where to put the wires.
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I've had this problem with my ER-5, where when trying to start the bike the starter cranks the engine but it won't get running. If I turn the ignition off and back on, it usually starts after one or two times. But I would like to fix it before selling the bike. I've done following:

1. Checked the plugs, coils and leads. OK
2. Checked compression, very good.
3. Checked magneto, pickup coil
4. Checked CDI box, which gave some strange values so I replaced it, didn't help
5. Checked fuel tank, fuel lines and fuel tap and cleaned if necessary,...
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>>1041347
Check the battery, check the fuses, look for any bad earths or corroded connections, you might also like to take a look at the carb, especially the idle jet/choke.
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>>1041347
>Removed the carb and took it apart cleaning it (was very clean to begin with).
Sorry I missed that, check the battery, do a drop test on the battery.
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Er6 here.
My bet, based on experience is a faulty down sensor, or faulty kickstand switch. Hence you have to switchy on off to start it. Even if you have checked em, check the harness, and even as far as replace anyway. Ive seen many cases here in ausfagland where guys in your situ play tinkerbell for weeks then sell it, and the newfag literally spends $25 and fixes it.
Dump the codes bro, it will tell you whats up.

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If photon upconverting materials exist, how come I can't use them to turn heat into electricity?
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>>1041313
Because the useful energy that can be extracted by any process is thermodynamically limited to at most Carnot efficiency, which depends on temperature. Though temperature isn't usually associated with individual particles like photons, temperature is a measure of kinetic energy per particle, so it's calculable. Visible-range photons have a thermodynamic temperature of multiple tens of thousands of degrees, and so energy manipulation involving them can in principle be rather efficient. Low-level heat sources...
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>>1041313

Because the Seebeck effect works well enough on the small scale, sterling engines work well enough on the medium scale and turbines work well enough on the large scale. There is no point in that continuum where infra red photonic capture is best. Also capturing radiated infra red energy and fucking around with it is less effective than capturing kinetic heat directly.

Even if the use of radiated heat was desirable you could simply use infra red tuned photoelectric cells directly without up converting the...
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>>1041329
>>1041335
So it's not that it's impossible, it's that no one does it because it has an extremely low yield?

Still, the solution sounds like it's just to apply the effect to something that has an extremely large surface area.
e.g. a sponge that absorbs its own thermal radiation.

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Can someone help me visualize this?
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>>1041144
i'm not going to draw it for you because i don't understand the end vs field thing but basically if you imagine the joists run vertically on 2 ft centers this means center to center they are 2 feet apart, basically there is a joist every two feet. the point of nails is to hold the board to the joists so the nails have to go into the joists.

therefore the joists are in columns 2ft apart then the nails are in columns 2ft apart. the only variable left is the vertical (height) between each nail but like...
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>>1041144
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=9FmA7oTKyBMC&pg=PA44&lpg=PA44&dq=nail+end+in+field+double+nail&source=bl&ots=hrnnUtbJ51&sig=LoYfB4C6AQTsv75vuoACDTsqqn8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiS8u66u87OAhXpCsAKHc9rBPIQ6AEINDAH#v=onepage&q=nail%20end%20in%20field%20double%20nail&f=false
here is a picture that shows the 2ft horizontal space vs the 7inch vertical spacing in fig. 5-21 and the double nail n the field at 12" centers vs single nail at the edges of the board in fig. 5-22
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"I would not use any nails, I would use drywall screws."

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It was built in 1950 and it's a two story. I'm looking to gut the entire inside plumbing, electrical, everything, but trying to save any antique fixtures if possible like original hardwood floors and doors. It's three bed two bath and one of the bathrooms has a bit of surface mold. What am I looking at if I try to demo it myself.
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>>1041015
>what am I looking at if I try to demo it myself
A lot of unnecessary collateral damage.
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Study before fucking shit up, and don't go apeshit destroying everything at once. I mean exhaustively study and assume nothing.

Ya gotta learn demo somewhere. Go slow and don't go nuts with sledgehammers. Know what's behind walls etc.

Have a plan to reduce repeated handling of debris since that's work. Tarps protect floors if you've any which need protecting.

If far out in country you can burn wooden debris and bury solids if you've plenty of acreage. Otherwise, know where yer county landfill is and its operating hours.
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Get the plaster/ sheetrock compound tested for asbestos before buying, often added in this era:(

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So we received a non-working microcontroller at work and the provider replaced it without asking any question. I decided to open it out of interest and that's what I found. Is that thermal paste? Is that a technique I didn't know about? How the fuck does that happen?
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>>1040986
some kind of sealant maybe
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>>1040986
i wonder why they didnt ask questions
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>>1040986
u can always try to peal it off, maybe you'll have 2 controllers working.

I just bought my first table saw (pic related), and I'm having fun just playing around with it, but I'm looking for a few simple projects to get me started.
I've already made two firewood holders and I'm working on a simple box.
Any suggestions?
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>>1040973
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Table Saw sled.
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>>1040978
Interdasting.
I've done finger joints with a table router,
I'm sure the table saw would go much quicker.
But what's up with your pic?
No jig, just free-hand?

>>1040980
>Table Saw sled.
I do have a chop-saw for cross-cuts, so the sled is a low priority, but yeah, it's on the list.
I also should make a thinner push-stick, and a zero-clearence plate.


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