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I have 2 5 (possibly 10) gallon aquariums. I want to buy a 30 gallon but the nearest one is so fucking far away (approx. 30 mi. away). So I was thinking I could just merge two aquariums I already have. Essentially I want to remove the bottom glass of the top tank and then "glue" it to the other using silicon. What I've read is that doing something like this could cause excessive water pressure but I don't if that applies to small tanks like mine. What are your thoughts? Will it work? I wanted to do side-by-side merge but I don't have the space.
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Don't be dumb.
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>>1039752
(a) If you were picking up a 30-gallon tank that was 1/2 a mile away, how would you do it? Walking, Bus, What? NOW, If you would drive half a mile to pick up one, 30mi dont make any difference, thats like half an hour.
(b) wtf, you want to cut out the bottom of one tank, and 'glue it on' to the top of the other?
First, fishtanks dont work like that - it goes by surface volume area, essentialy, your tank would support = (zero) more fish, just, be deeper. And 2nd, the idea is so fucking retarded, I'm...
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>>1039752
Water pressure has nothing to do with the size (volume) of the tank, but everything to do with the height.

I doubt that doubling the height of the water column in a short wall tank like that will cause any immediate problems. But it does increase that static load on the surface which may alter its behavior. Similarly, the joints may not be strong enough even if the glass itself is.

If you want to join them then make a water bridge with the two tanks sitting side by side. Safer and much cooler.

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What do i need to make this magic hole in the wall grant my wishes of wireless internet? Computer fits this cat5e cable just fine btw.
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>>1039652
That's a phone jack dummy
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>>1039660
Oh shit... well what do if I have only phone jacks in apartment?
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>trolling our slow and easygoing board

Why are you doing this

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Hey /diy/,

I'm looking for some help. My good carrier for wholesale e liquid that is pre made sold out and now charges an arm and a leg, so I have no option but to make my own. I need to know a reputable company for flavor concentrate that is vg based not oil based. Most companies I come across don't specify. Same goes for liquid nicotine. If anyone can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated
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Stop smoking that shit. You look like a retard and any potential sexual partners will think you are a manlet. Either smoke real cigarettes or be a man and quit.. Trust me.. Nicotene is for pansies
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>>1039644
Google: rtsvapes
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Wizard Labs. You're going to thank me.
I've been using them for 3-4 years.
Only complaint I have is they run out of stuff frequently.
They use extract rather than lab made nicotine and you can buy small 8mL bottles of flavor for $1.50.

I recommend using 100mG/mL in PG base if you have enough sense to work with liquid that strong. PG is much easier to work with after pulling it from the freezer and 100mG is cheaper and makes the math easier. Also recommend getting some glass to store it in.
A 50mL graduated cylinder and 1mL pipettes for flavoring...
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Hey /diy/. I bought some magic eye tubes that I hope to later use in a project. Only thing is I'm not exactly sure of the schematic. Does the 6.3V go to both pins? Pin 1 has between 0 and -15 volts or is it 0-15V?
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Another schematic.
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Pins 4&5 are the heater pins. Put 6.3V across them. For multiple tubes, wire the heaters in parallel. For pin 1, it's probably 1 to 15V. I'm too lazy to check the datasheet, but you should probably do that. If you can't find a datasheet, you may find the part in a tube receiving manual.
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Just saw the second schematic. Looks like pin 1 wants a negative voltage so do that.

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Evening, gents.

Anyone have any experience working with horn, specifically creating a drinking horn?

Managed to snag myself a pair from a farmer I purchase my delicious beef from - and decided to make it a project of sorts.

Upon browsing the interwebs, and dodging all advice given by neopagan neckbeards, I went with the following:

1)Boil for ~3 hours
2)Take a corkscrew to the bone bit, came out with all of the cartilage (that's what's between the bone and the horn, right?)
3)Scrub the interior with soapy hot water and a bottle brush (fixed it in my electric screwdriver for speed and laziness)
4)Fill with vodka, leave for 48 hours

Now, here I was hoping the smell issue would quit. Not so much. The horns smelled like beef stock. Not bad, necessarily, but not what I want either. I guess if they weren't fresh, the smell would be far less palatable.

As I was inbetween stages, and it seemed (and was) fun, I clean and polished the exterior of one of the horns - first I carved out all the black indents and cracks, then went over with increasingly smoother sandpaper, finishing with 3000 (I think, it's in the garage).

5) Filled the horns with vinegar, left for 48 hours
6) Checked - was unsure whether I was smelling beef stock or vinegar.
7) I think it's mostly vinegar now. However, it's been a while, and even with using baking soda the vinegar smell persists, and the rim tastes sour.

Any advice how to proceed?
How would I go about decorating - I know I can carve it, but would burning a pattern into it be out of the question? That would also solve the painting issue.

Anyhow, pic related, it's where I'm at with one of the horns.

The volume of liquid it can hold is about 300ml. So sort-of okay for beer, okay for wine.
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I never heard of sitting with vodka i always cured mine with guiness. For the decorating look into doing scrimshaw
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Your going to want to vacuum-stabilize it with some kind of resin (probably epoxy) if you're going to drink out of it. I've also heard of horn being stabilized with superglue, but not sure if that's food safe.

Traditional method would have been to coat the inside with pitch or wax and maintain it as needed.
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Buddy made some. Edges sharp. Sanding helps but this auto parts door trim and a drop of supeglue every inch or 2 so it doesnt come off the. Protects lips and aesthetic. Part stores chrome and black. Online several colors

Hi!

My friend want to make Led glasses like those https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jddRj2Qb-bo
but there are couple problems:
-What kind of led lights are the best for this?
-how send animations to screen from phone/raspberry pi?
-how to program animations
-how to connect everything?
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>Hi!
>Do My Project For Me, I'm Helpless
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>>1039513
Dont like it, dont browse /sfm/ - Spoon Feed Me
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>>1039507
You havent given us a budget, your skills, tools, or anything really, if youre too lazy to google it. Youre far too lazy to ever make the thing anyway

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Will this work? Im trying to add a switch operated USB port to my car using my fusebox as a power source and some kind of bolt or screw as a chassis ground. I'll be using a multimeter or circuit tester to find a place that would be suitable for this. Finally, I will be using a toggle switch because I think they're nifty.
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>>1039444
this looks like homework
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>>1039444
Does the fusebox have a stable 5V source?
In the off position it will short out USB + and - contacts which might not be ideal. Just leave that switch leg floating instead.
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>>1039460
So I shouldn't ground the switch? Forgive my ignorance, I'm pretty new to this shit.

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So i have this screen from a notebook and i was thinking that i could use it on a Pi or something. Is it posible?
Also i think its 800x600
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Try at technolo/g/y
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Search eBay for a universal LcD driver
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Also i have this board that it was connected

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I live in nyc, and like almost everyone else here I have room mates to afford living here. My current bedroom was originally a dining room, so while it's really big it has no door and is right next to the kitchen. I fixed this by putting up some black out curtains in the entrance from the kitchen to my room. This gave me privacy while allowing my room mates to use the kitchen without disturbing me.
The problem is recently we got a new room mate and he goes out of his way to be a dick. He comes home around 4am and goes to the kitchen to eat. That in itself isn't...
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put a metal bar near the floor so next time his bitch ass will fall.
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Technical solutions to social problems don't work well so turn into an aggressive asshole after talking with your other room mates. Otherwise his dominance over you will increase because he's toxic.

A large freestanding 4x4 cage screwed together around and incorporating the bed (and with storage above the bet since any unused vertical space might as well be exploited) establish space which feeble curtains will not. You could put panels and even a door on it with sound deadening.

You really need to solve the room mate problem. Tech won't help. Unite...
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>>1039371
That's your space and chances are you're paying mint for it in NYC. Who gives a shit what he "likes". Nut up and tell him how it's going to be. Don't let him be unreasonable. Don't live in a glorified ICU cot because of some idiot.

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Does anyone know where I could purchase a monitor with the measurements of 8.8 inches by 5.5 inches
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>>1039226
Try eBay,and your local alternative.
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>>1039226
Try Aliexpress, they have a pretty good range of sizes of LCD screens available.
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>>1039257
As a bonus they'll sell it to you as a bare panel, which I suspectlike they're enough smelly mexicans to leave..

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qad5GMeOc4Q

How plausible do you think it would be to build a small table like this?

I'm thinking it's just wooden cubes (pine or whatever, maybe something lighter like foam core or something, not too sure) with holes drilled and magnets inserted, veneered over and then anchored with wires.

I'm no magnets expert but I'm guessing it wouldn't be that hard to make.
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>>1038677
Magnets won't stay in a stable configuration without other support or significant gyroscopic force (which will need power to keep spinning),

It's not possible. You can hide steel rods in the middle of the blocks, but you won't be able to stick a piece of paper through the whole desk.
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>>1038690
I dunno if you watched the video senpai but I'm guessing not because they very clearly use small steel cables to stop them pushing apart. I think I even said "anchored with wires" in the first post.

You are certainly right though, different configurations may look better/worse depending n where you put the wires I would imagine.
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>>1038677
Enough big-enough magnets to do that is not going to be cheap.

Building a bunch of wooden cubes (less weight) would help a lot, in that they'd be less weight.

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Guys I just changed the oil in a 2005 VW Passat and the filter holder was missing the lower o-ring.

Am I fucked?

I put a new one on but now I'm wondering if I should pull the whole thing apart looking for the old one...
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Ancient mechanicfag here. I wouldn't worry about it. That's why oil pickups have screens. It probably crumbled over time and is wildly unlikely to disturb anything. It won't damage an oil pump even if ingested.

You'd be surprised the amount of shit which accumulates in old engines with zero harm done.
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>>1038655
pretty sure challenger had some o-ring troubles as well....
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>>1038659
Another mechanic here, what he says is true, she'll be right.

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Sup /diy/, im going to build a synth, but i need to make custom panel plates, anyone knows where to get them made? The whole thing, panel plus engraving.

I know, not very diy, but cant be fucked to buy a CNC machine for a couple of engravings.
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>>1038183
arduino synth kit
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>>1038183
I'd rather drill it myself out of a blank and paint or punch the markings.(or even dymo)

I've always found the elaborate range markings on pots pretty pointless in synths.
why would you want to clutter up the panel with a range of 1-10 with 3 steps between each, when its all about adjusting and tweaking until you "like" it anyway.
the only place you'd need precision is on a VCO, where you should use a tuner anyway.

there are sources for this, but i think its quite expensive.
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Fuckin 60's circuit boards man, I'm trying to do a total recap on this stereo console, but at this point I dont know if its even worth the headache.i have the schematic and service man, but still. I've worked on 70s boards MUCH better than this.

>each board is hard wired to others making individual removal inpossible
>capacitors wired to resistors
>caps hiding under other wires
>no clean organizaton
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PCBs were new. They were still half in tag strip mode mentally. Take care because some of those old pcbs fall apart easily.
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>>1038163
This has plenty of strips, which I shoud've expected but still surprised me. I downloaded the schematics before I bought the unit, and it seemed straightfoward until I saw it for myself.

To replace all the caps would cost me about as much as I bought the console for. Debating to just buff up the wood, re lube the record unit and dust out and reselling it. I love recap jobs but this concerns me

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How does diy like this stuff? Cost around $100. I plan on buying the clear coat as well. Any tips or advice? Or should I just take it back? Looked up videos on YouTube which resulted in a few videos of guys just blabbering about how they hate it. I have plenty of experience with painting and such (I'm a maintenance tech) but not really sure about this product.
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>>1037899
Dunno about that brand, but I put the rustoleum version down in my garage ~10yrs ago and the basement ~3yrs ago.

The garage I did the color coat and then topped it with the clearcoat+traction grit. It wore very well, it's only just now starting to chip off a bit in areas that I'd expect (right along the expansion seam of the concrete). The clearcoat does yellow in direct sunlight though so the 3/4" of the slab on the outside of the garage door looks odd. I'd have stopped the clearcoat at...
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Check contractors forums. I found many useful things on them consumers never know, like that "premium" elastomeric chain store roof coating is a sponge and a water trap. (Too bad I'd applied some to my shipping container, but it came off.)

Contractors know all so pick their brains.
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>>1037899

Epoxy floors are rad (moreso in high glass white).

Like with most finishes, surface prep is key. You'll want to rent a floor grinder and/or acid etch (muriatic acid) the floor prior to application.

The coatings also come in solid and partial mixes depending on the desired thickness and hardness.

Garage Journal has a flooring forum that is really helpful: http://garagejournal.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=20

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looking for a beginner soldering kit to learn

i'm pretty fucking retarded and dim when it comes to technical shit

i want to eventually build guitar pedal kits and pro audio shit like preamps and tube mics

halp plox
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>>>/wsr/
>>>/google/
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>>1036604
guitar pedals are piss easy to be honest.
if you are too much of a newb to use protoboards and source parts you can get pcbs with parts relatively cheap.
if you got 10 thumbs you can buy kits with a predrilled chassis for a bit more.

kits are a good place to start, then go over to protobaords and cheap ebay parts later.
the diecast alu boxes are also cheap on ebay, aswell as jacks and stompswitches.

make sure you buy form a source that has a good buildguide if you don't feel confident about...
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>>1036604
What do you mean by soldering kit?
You looking for a little project kit with PCB and components or are you looking for a soldering iron / station.
If you mean an iron, don't bother with anything cheap or aimed at beginners, they'll be absolute shit.
Don't get one of those irons that plug straight into the wall either, the heat can't be regulated and they just constantly use the same power.
So when you actually go to solder something the tip of the iron loses heat and you've to wait...
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I came from Norway from a hike, and I managed to drag a decent piece of pretty white quartz with me. I want to drill a hole into it to put a lamp into it to create some ultimate hippie pussy magnet, anything I'm missing about the process?

Diamond drill bits, starting from small bit and going up incrementally to a good sized hole seems like a good idea in general. I probably want to cool the piece with running water while drilling into it, would that sound about right?

Don't know much else what to make sure when starting to drill, all I really know I...
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Just put it on a little light stand and ur done
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>>1036297
As in, make the light come at it from just underneath, no hole? It's not quite clear enough to make it work nicely like that.
Might not be the best piece of quartz either but hey, it's my piece of quartz which is what matters.
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Diamond drill bits can be quite expensive, especially large ones, id recommend using a small drill bit (which would decrease the chance of shattering) to make a ring of deep holes that are quite close together, then using a medium bit, widen each hole so it connects with the neighbouring hole in the ring.

once youve got the ring complete, its a simple matter of removing the 'rod' in the center by drilling a slightly shallower hole down its centre and then tapping a thick nail into the hole to shatter it

So I goofed today:

The power was out today so my garage door did not open and I did not have my house keys on me so I tried looking for my spare keys which were in a hidden fake sprinkler.

Here is where I fucked up:
I had my lawn resodded a few months ago, and completely neglected the spare key and it rained hard just a few minutes ago. So I had to claw the mud up to find it. So I eventually find a sprinkler head and start pulling at it and finally twist it out (attributing the force I needed to the mud sucking it back in) only to realize that it was NOT my...
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>>1040307
when it's light, go dig out around the sprinkler a tiny bit. They come apart in to four or five pieces a filter and a spring. It's not really that complicated. You'll probably figure it out just looking at it for a second.

They aren't super strong. Check the part you pulled out, you might have broken the bit that retains it in the sprinkler head. It's not a big deal to replace, just go down to home store and buy the thing and unscrew your old one and put the new one back in.
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>>1040311
It's the whole unit with the spring and everything contained inside of it, it's an open pipe right now I think.
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Pic us the hole I dug out with my hands earlier like a tard, there is nothing significant left in there.

So I take a shovel to it and dig it even more tommorow till I can see where to screw it in flush the system by running and put the sprinkler back on, yeah?

Pics of the sprinkler to come.

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What type of paint could be on this doorstep? I need to redo it.
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Floor Paint

Google is your friend. Use it.
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>>1040221
Red. Maybe green. Most definitelly not yellow.
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>>1040221
>I need to redo it.
Are you going to repair it before painting?

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I've got some work ahead of me where I need to look at my phone a lot but keep my hands free, so I'm trying to work on a setup where I can mount my phone to my wrist. The tricky part is I need my phone to have vertical orientation. Like if my forearm was horizontally in front of me, the phone would be vertical, as if the phone and arm made a little cross. Kind of awkward looking, I know, but I'm not making this for everyday use.

Most arm and wrist mounts for phone are made exercise so the phone rests horizontally, which isn't what I'm looking...
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>>1040233
That looks retarded
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Why don't you just use a regular mount and turn on auto-rotate

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I have a membrane keyboard w/ backlight (trust gxt 280)....can i change backlight colors?
>pic related
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>>1040115
We have no idea how its backlit.
It can be done a few different ways. You have to pull it apart and look at it to decide
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>>1040115
>>1040116
any idea?
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>>1040119
>You have to pull it apart and look at it

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I didn't see a thread on the subject and I just have a small question on the subject. So might well make a General

I got a set of these, they say they're cast aluminum and I want to get them cleaned and in a condition it's usable. I've read cream of tartar and hot water with plenty of scrubbing and that did clean it up a bit. Is there anything that would work better?
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Here is a picture of the set. There is a base they go on when using, but that's the same material.
I'm also curious if I should do anything with the handles. They're solid and don't have any issues. Just wondering if there is something I could use to protect it a bit more that can handle a bit of heat
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>>1039989
>cast aluminium

I'm no expert but it clearly says iron
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>>1040001
They're trying to trick you. It's a cookie iron. The box it came in specifies cast aluminum. It's also way to light to be cast iron.

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For /diy electronics. doesn't matter if it is chink crap.
Will post projects later.
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ebay
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>>1039967
Ebay or aliexpress but be prepared to wait a month for your stuff if you're buying chink parts.

So far I haven't gotten a single faulty component which is surprising. Resistors, LEDs, ICs, LCDs. Everything well within specs.
Unlike the local suppliers which are 10-20x as expensive and ironically less reliable.
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>>1040072
Good to know thx.
Yes I'm not unknown on importing components, did it for years but I only had 1 supplier but it went bankrupt.
Haha Lcd's have (atleast for me) almost always been a bad investment. One time I had 3 PSPv3 screens broken in package, but to be fair they compensated me quite well but still. Another time I was sent the screen sheets... Not with the chips inside or anything just the sheets.

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Hi, all. I’m an aspiring locksmith. I’ve bought myself the kit and a whole bunch of practice locks. I’ve been recently practicing lockpicking my locks in my house. One such lock is a deadbolt and normally I don’t have any problems with it but when the lock releases, it gets stuck. I’ve posted the video to show what I’m talking about. I’ve unlocked it from both directions, but it always gets stuck.
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>>1039913
bump, no locksmiths on this board? I think its because theres a extra layer of security that prevents the key from turning. Does anyone know anything about this?
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>ib4 Op wants to steal shit
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Today's thread OP is a nigger

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How would you design cannons for naval LARPing?
Been bouncing around a few ideas, such as somehow making an extra-powerful airzooka which we stick flour in.
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>>1039822
Shooting flour out of an air cannon could get you some interesting results.

> https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_explosion
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Here's your AA gun.
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>>1039852
Nerf bullets are too expensive for ocean combat.

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How to making the stoppage of squeak when window is slide????
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Lubrication.
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>>1039699
wd 40... or rub a candle over the slides...

vasoline would probaby work too

basically any kind of lubrication....

probably not motor oil though, at least not in large amounts...
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>>1039699
silicone spray, white lithium grease spray, or mineral oil are my small scale lubricants of choice. Any of them should work well in a window.

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Let's talk tool storage /diy/
I'm considering getting this box. mostly the cabinet for now, and buying the additions later.
I realize that Harbor Freight is generally frowned upon in most any job that requires tools, but I've read good reviews of this cabinet.

I also like the Milwaukee 60" work station, Kobalt 41" cabinet and chest, and the simalar Milwaukee product.

I know like 90% of you are going to say I should buy Snap-on, but I just cannot abide making car payments on a fucking tool box.

so personally, what I'm...
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>>1039643
>I also like the Milwaukee 60" work station
>I know like 90% of you are going to say I should buy Snap-on

Oh boy, this thread is going to go real well.

Buy the Harbor Freight box, its pretty good for the price. Garage Journal and SlickDeals both love it, FWIW.
And realize you are getting fucked no matter who you buy the box from, the markups are insane.
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>>1039643
No one here will tell you to buy a snap on toolbox/chest. Shits literally the price of a car.

I have a Milwaukee 46" chest that has been great for the 2 years I've had it.
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>>1039649
I've pretty well lubed my anus for preparation to any box purchase. I appreciate the Harbor freight support though.

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I'm about to discharge a flyback transformer.

Any problems?
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Don't do it op you're going to eletcriboop yourself!
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>>1039597
Already done, no spark. I haven't turned it on in months though.
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>>1039600
lmao still shocked myself when I forgot to unplug it.

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Thinking of building a little garage in this space (pic related) but I'm not sure if it'll be big enough. To the concrete strip is 7 feet 10 and a half inches or 2400mm.
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>>1039553
That's one tight ass car hold.
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Just extend it from the side of the house?, no need for a seperate building - is easier, bigger, better cheaper. Not seeing problem desu
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>>1039553
What do you plan on doing in it?
Could make a small shed fine, but it may not be worth it depending on what else you have and what you want to use it for

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How much does /diy/ hate this guy?
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>>1039519
I dont even know who he is
Some sort of youtube star?

Who gives a shit
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>>1039521
amen brotha
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scotty kilmer is to /o/ as this asshole is to /diy/


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