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How do I make my patio next to my studio more inviting?

I was thinking adding a solar pond in the right corner with nice rocks. Add some flat bed planters or something.

Any pictures for inspiration /diy/ has would be much appreciated.
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>more inviting?
free drinks?
Try sweeping, for one.

Decorating to a general theme also works wonders.
The patio looks like a pretty dark corner. The dark color of the wood adds to that. You might want to change that.
Also the column, floor and everything else looks dirty. Clean that and/or buy new patio furniture. Add plants or grow spices or stuff.

Hello mod masters

I'm going camping for 2 weeks but plan to do some computer work so I decided to bring my laptop along. there's going to be a lot of sun so I can use my solar charger to charge my laptop in between points, but I also need to use a 3 terabyte hard drive.

And herein lies my problem. Normal 1tb hard drives can draw off the laptops battery power via USB cable but the 3tb cannot do that entirely. I've checked the voltage on the drives and they require 12volts to function. However, I'm pretty sure its not that easy as simply hooking up a 12v portable source. I'm pretty sure something like a car battery would be out of the question lol

Any trick or tool I can use to make a 3tb hard drive function from a portable power source?
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>I'm pretty sure its not that easy as simply hooking up a 12v portable source
are you really sure? ;^)
How is it normally powered? Plug into the wall?
3TB for camping seems a bit excessive, unless you're doing some major league video editing. usually I take out my HDD and use a Linux distro on a 16G thumb-drive, along with a few gigs of pron, and that keeps me occupied for a couple of weeks.

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Hey guys. I'm thinking of starting my own cig making business. I started rolling my own cigs and I'm not bad at it. I'd like to keep them fairly clean like american spirits but still addictive to get customers hooked on them. What do you suggest? I realize vaping is kinda putting cigarette companies out of business but I'd still like to try
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Great idea OP, go and make an appointment with you bank for loan and get starteed.
Aaah sarcasm, my old friend
I don't even know where to start with this post.
Go slap your mother for her crimes first and come back to us.

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Can I do something about broken pads for smd components?
Those pads are for a sim card slot.
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The proper technique is to get some new pads and super glue them to the board, then electrically bond them to the original traces. Then solder your new component down.

The ghetto way of doing it is to use an xacto knife to scrape some of the green solder resist off of the remaining traces, then solder wires to them, then solder your new SD card slot to the wires, then super glue the SD card slot on to the board. You can expect slower data rates though.
nice brickphone, I know someone who's gonna be doing this 'the ghetto way'

Thanks, I seriously thought there was no way to bring it back to life.


I would totally do it the ghetto way if the phone was mine. If my friend doesn't want me to try and fix it after knowing the risks, he's left with a small 4.5'' tablet.

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Hello /diy/. The concrete floor in this corridor sinking, it's placed directly under compacted earth. I already opened everything and re-concreted 2 times but it keeps sinking. What should I do? The earth is very compacted and I'm not sure what is causing it to sink.
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Sorry didn't noticed that the photos were like this, my father took them. Here's another. It's the part near the wall.
you need to cover it with another layer now and it wont sink because it has sunk already
move out

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Whats the best (and cheapest) way to plaster up sand walls to make sure they don't cave in?

I'm constructing an underground room at the moment and need to decide on a method. I've though about using concrete, but would it stick and if I mix it with sand would it be thick enough to smear onto the walls?

I was told by my father I should build a frame inside using 2x4s and hang chickenwire off them, then mash cement into the wire and against the wall.
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ITT how do i build my own tomb
How deep underground and how large would you want your new grave to be? If it's really sand, nothing would help to keep it from caving in after a heavier rain (ok, something would - digging the site up and constructing a proper shelter before covering the structure with sand again).
There are special formulations of concrete used in such a scenario, usually referred to as shockrete but chances are you don't have the means of producing it or pumping it. You're probably better off using timber supports but unless you know what you're doing (i.e. old timey mining techniques) there's a good chance you'll kill yourself anyway

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So, my gate latch popped off. It's attached with these 4 bolts/screws. I have a power drill with a bunch of bits but none that seem to work. The bolts have this circular hole in the middle that extends most of the way through the center of the bolt and nothing is fitting in.

I also tried banging it in with a rubber mallet to no avail. Any ideas what type of bolt this is and what bit I would need for it?

I have two more pics incoming.
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they're not bolts, they're rivets. drill them out and find bolts & nuts to fasten them into place

Hey /diy/,
are here any tattoo artists?

I'm pretty good when it comes to drawing and creative stuff, but I don't have any tattoos myself. Since I'm interested in tattooing I already know some basic stuff but when it comes to tattoo machines and buying them, I'm lost.

Are there any good cheap machines to have some fun with?
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Just leaving this here
Google "charmander tattoo"
Get the cheapest one you can find, and practice on different fruits. Grapefruit is pretty good. Remember, though, that cheap colours have a tendency to be poisonous as fuck (filled with literal arsenic, and shit). So don't practice on people you like, unless you know what you're doing.
Thanks for the tip!

To be honest with you, here's what I have on my mind:

I want to tattoo someone for a long time. It was always just a fun thought but now there's someone real who wants to be tattooed by me.
It's a really simple tattoo. Just one small letter.

So if I buy the cheapest set and use it on fruits and then buy good colors to use it on human - is it a good idea?

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Aight /diy/, first time posting here. With winter finally here and me living in a shitty building I've a real problem with humidity. Electric dehumidifiers are out of my price range and I've read that chemical based ones are definitely not worth the price. So I decided to make one myself. I was thinking one based on calcium chloride, but I'm not sure what would be the best way to put it together. I was thinking a strainer with the CaCl2, with a container beneath it for collecting the refuse liquid and a fan above it for forced circulation.

Does that sound...
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This is what I was thinking about.
I've seen a calcium chloride based dehumidifier being literally just a bag of CaCl2 suspended from a rope over a bucket. Moisture gets absorbed, reaches saturation, then drips off into the bucket.

Was for use in sheds and such.
Another thing. This solution had the added bonus of being 100% reusable. However, found the product I was thinking of, and it says that it only works to bring down the humidity to 45%, below which it won't work.

Hey /diy/ I was wondering if anyone here has had any experience making plushies.

I'm making one for my friends birthday and it's of her favorite character. I'm using this other plushie as a reference and I want to make this "chibi" plush with similar sizes and what not. I have all the measurements and have been reading some things on plushie making but I also wanted to see if anyone here may have advice on making patterns or may even have a pattern that is similar to this.
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/cgl/ is the weeaboo girl board. Theyre more the decorative sewing type. If however you wanted to sew a tarp, sail or a skin over frame canoe we would be able to help.
or repair a sewing machine
Interesting, I apologize for the incorrect categorization of my post. I shall try my luck there. Thank you.

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What is this circular track stuff called? Its used for attaching fabric with stitched in plastic piping to rigid surfaces (among other things i'm sure). You slide the part of the fabric that has the plastic tubing in the side of the track.
Haven't been able to successfully guess the correct google terms to find plain sections of this.
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retainer moulding?
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awning rail
Caravanners of the world unite.

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I just saw a mouse feeding off my trash half an hour ago and I made this trap and put it in the garage.

Is this a good mouse trap /diy/? Should i put more chemical in the water? Anything wrong?
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I don't see what the bleach is for.
to kill them
Instead, contain your garbage so mice cant feed off it.

Also i dont feel its a good trap as if it doesnt give mice enough credit instinct wise

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hey /diy/ what would it take to make a doll that looked like this?
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Bloodborne ftw but idk man that's a weird question
There is a ladoll clay. Minimal shrinkage air dry clay.
Denofangels has a couple guides in their doll annex. If you want to cast them to mass produce them you need need to make a form, and get resin, and have a pressure casting machine to get bubbles out of the resin.
do you want to fuck it?

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this is my unfinished cold steel armor I have made. The pauldron is kind of mocked up at the momment it tends to slide off my shoulder from time to time but just wondering what anyone thinks haha been a little project on and off for a few months now.
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Find your local SCA group and ask them who locally does armoring, if you're nice to them they might show you how to dish steel to make proper elbow cops and knee cops.

Hey guys

I'm trying to build an free standing pullup bar that's strong and easy to take apart (since I move a lot).

From what I've gathered, it'll cost at least $400 to make something sturdy from metal. It seems like a lot just for me to flex my muscle.

A few people have bragged about building something like this for half as much with used scaffolding, but I can't find anyone who actually sells that stuff in my area.

Any suggestions?

I'll post pictures of what I'm going to settle for if nothing good turns up.
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I feel like this one would wiggle a lot. Might be crap.
One more
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Last one. Using rope to make one of these crap design sturdy might be worth while, right?

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