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Picked up this Bust at a car boot sale for £1 and i wanted to repair it, i've started to glue back what parts that were broken off, some are completely missing though. What's the best way to repair it?
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This is with the last (and biggest) piece thats left to attach

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hey /diy/,

i'm trying to recreate the soot stains that appears on fireplaces after some times. any ideas what material i could burn in order to create such stains quickly?
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if you want to do it without burning shit, use dark grey spray paint and just mist the spray on like in that pic. that way you have a permanent look and dont need to wait years for the look by burning stuff naturally
i thought about it, did some test, but the results were inconclusive. i would like it to be real soot.

basically i have this white board which i need to coat with soot at the bottom, i figured if i burned some coal and just held the board over the smoke for a little while i would eventually get some stains pretty quickly.

but i think i can find something better to burn than coal
One advice buy a fire extinguisher before you fuck around

Just burn a lot of wood in there with the windows open and a plug in the chimmney

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Hey /diy/, electricity theory question time.
The diagram a) on my drawing is a parallel electrical connection, apparently the proper, safe way to connect few things (like 5 30watt cfl light bulbs in a bulb sockets in this case) to one plug (a 16 ampere 250 volts one in this case).
Now I was wondering OK but it's shit loads of additional cables and connection blocks... So... what if you would make a connection where you would put more wires into one block socket [like on diagram b)] and then eventually connect the blocks with just one cable if needed.
Would it...
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Either way its fine as long as you don't overload the current rating of the terminal blocks and they are large enough to accommodate ask of the wires safely
There should be no exposed conductive parts and remember to crimp a ferrule over any multicore cable that you are clamping in a screw terminal
They're electrically the same.

b) would be preferred because there's less wire carrying the full load so smaller wire could be used after the initial run from the plug and the connections wouldn't carry as much.
Doesn't really matter though if you use heavy enough wire and solid connections.

Both cases require the wire from the plug to be able to power all the lights. on (b) the next sets of wires only carry about half. The downside is having to connect so many wires together
Learning up to draw a proper circuit diagram would take all of 30 minutes.

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I had an alcohol fuelled breakdown on New Years resulting in:

1. A hole in my wall
2. A hole in my bedroom door
3. A hole in my closet door
4. A gouge in the wall

I'm just wondering what the best way to get this damage fixed would be. I guess a plasterer can fix the hole/gouge in the wall, although perhaps this is something easily fixed myself? It's not something I've ever done before.

For the bedroom door I'm almost thinking it would be easier to just buy a new door than try to repair that hole. I'm not quite sure what...
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Pic not extremely related.

Has anyone got an idea for me of where I can find a jar-like container suitable for the following needs:
1. Not delicate (not like glass).
2. As near these measurements, but not lower than: 45mm opening, 150mm depth.
3. Strong sealing lid - so that the thin oil (Paraffin) I intend keep in it won't seep out.
4. Preferably transparent.
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coke bottle? a little to deep?
old vasaleen tub, tooth paste tube if you clean it out well enough, not transparent though, you can buy plastic viles and plastic test tubes from ebay for dirt cheap, they have screw on lids... probably get 20 for like $10?
thanks for the comment; but those both sound too small, certainly the coke bottle. you might have mis-read the minimal measurements.

imagine a large jar (like those for pasta sauce or coffee grains); but with a very good sealing lid and not made of glass.
Lava Lamp bottle.

Look for a stronger glass ( thicker borosilicate glass)

Or use plastic

I need an idea for an arduino project
I don't know how to use one and have no programing skills beside python, and we have 5 month to do something for our final project
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go die in a fire you autistic shitposter

>I'll take "stupid questions you can answer by googling" for 300, Alex
i recently made an "remotly controlled motorized projection screen" kindoff thing..

i've used a random HiFi Amp remote controller and a IR Receiver scavaged from a dead TV in pair with an Arduino, to decode the codes comming from the remote.

i then used those codes to bring the projection screen up or down with a Servo, and turn the Video-Projector On/off and also the light in the room On/Off...

Most of the thing were scavaged and the Arduino is actualy a cheap chinese replica of a Arduino Nano so.... you know, it was a fun little project....

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DIY an orbiter vehicle?
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This is as close as you're going to get, OP.
I dunno, anyone as dumb as OP would have a hell of a time making the mold for the fiberglass shell, much less reliable mechanisms beneath.
if you want to build a thing that lives in space, build a cubesat.

if you want to build a rocket that gets into orbit, you're daft. Your goal should be reaching 30km, which is still really hard.

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Any djs here?
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I have a lot of tools which I want to hang over the wall.

However, there is little space.

Do you know if there is a software for this? what is the optimal position of various polygons on a surface?
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hang on* the wall
Make a grid on ms paint.
Measure tools
Make a metric ie 1 square on inch/cm etc
Lay out that way.
Only thing I could think of is plotting software but I don't think your want to spend 300 dollars to organize tools
hmm I am not looking for a trial-and-error method, unless it is machine-made
so yes I am curious to know the names of the softwares used by professionnals who have a similar layout problem

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Please help me, /diy/ this is very important and I have no one else to ask. I'm on my own with this.

pic is a quote I received from my contractor. It seems very overpriced but I have no bases off that.


This is for my first condo that I purchased 1000 sqft. Closing will be in 2 weeks. I already purchased the flooring (laminate). The quote includes the paint that will be used. The mirror that is mentioned is a giant mirror that takes up an entire wall. The contractor will remove it. He is including two used (but clean!!) toilets.

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Install toilets yourself. 10 minute job per. Charging you twice for base molding? (Floor molding) buy and install outlets / switches yourself for a cost of 5$ per.
he's including the toilets though. Isn't $180 worth it for toilets and installation?
I'll probably remove the carpet myself. Is that difficult?
Where do you see floor molding being charges twice? He's charging me got installation and painting.
I'll definitely do the outlets myself and the mirror seems to be attached to the wall which might include some sort of cutting/tearing to remove. I might need his help to do that.

Thanks for the reply
3,275 for paint? Is this gold flake paint? Personally if it were me, I'd let him take care of the flooring and electrical and paint it yourself. Invite a few friends over, but then some beer and pizza and save yourself about 3 thousand dollars. Also what does the "repair"ing of the wall entail? Is he installing new sheet rock? Is it just patching up some holes?

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So I bought this A-Ha tape that I found at a resale shop and when I got home I noticed that the little foam thing on the tape wasn't attached and was just floating around so I took it out of the tape
What would be the best method of getting that back in there?
Would super clue work or could I use tape or something to save me a trip from the store ?
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don't use super glue on foam, but any other glue would do, PVA, double side sticky tape, a world of kiddie diy is open to you.
Also wtf are you doing with a fucking tape in 2015?
Rhetorical question I'm going to bed, GL.

just find a sacrificial cassette and take it apart, remove the whole assembly with the foam and put it in the cassette you want to save and put it back together. I would be weary of using glue on it or anywhere near the tape itself. if you get glue on it, it will fuck up the head when it tries to play it.

and dont listen to this fuckstain >>925116
theres nothign wrong with having tapes in 2015+1. that guy is just mad because hes only 15 and has never had...
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I've fixed many of those but it's been so long I can't remember what I used.
Generally superglue isn't good for porous stuff but it would probably work fine if it were used sparingly(not so much the pad would soak it up)
Rubber cement would probably work fine.
I've probably fixed them with wood glue even.

Don't try to take the tape apart, you're liable to do more damage than good.

Sauce:I grew up with cassettes.

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I want to fix the latch on my grandma's jewelry box. I have no idea where to start. Any help is appreciated
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With the lid closed
does the key turn i it? can you post pictures of the latch with lid open and key turned? also pictures of both the box side of the lock, and the lid side
No key unfortunately, this thing is old as fuck. I wanna try to get replacement parts for the existing latch rather than replacing the whole mechanism

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Hi guys, I need to know the meaning of colors of this piece to connect my new sound system, my truck is a ford ranger 2000, can you help me?
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Google: 2000 ford ranger radio wiring diagram
You're welcome. Hope it sounds good after you hook it up.

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So, I bought these Gedore screwdrivers and they are getting a little rusty where there is no vanadium coating. Is it normal? What can I do to prevent this? They are stored in my drawer and they had no contact with water at all.
Thanks in advance!
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Motor oil or grease will prevent rust on tools
yep it's a good idea to give tools a light coating of grease or oil
>They are stored in my drawer and they had no contact with water at all.
The moisture in the air car be enough to rust tools. A coat of some kind of oil will do as other anons already said. Or you could just clean the rust off with light steel wool whenever it occurs.

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ITT- the ultimate trailerable catamaran!

Please help me with suggestions, drawings, etc.

I live in a landlocked state, but the sea calls to me. So I figured I'd try to design a catamaran.

I'd like help, pls!

My biggest question right now, is can it be a flat bottom? All the designs for trailerable catamarans I've seen have rounded, contoured bottoms.

I've got plenty questions, I'll get into those later.
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Here are towing regulations in all 50 states.

You'll notice in my OP picture, the rectangle at the bottom is 40 squares long and 13 squares high. That represents the maximum side profile I have to work with. The square at the top left is the maximum frontal profile. Each square is one foot.

At the bottom left is a line 13 high beside an L shaped line that's 7 high and 3 across the bottom. That's how big my doors are to the backyard and I put those there for scale.
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Here's one of the better trailerable catamaran layouts I've seen. I've got a couple I use for inspiration.

The main problems to me are the hulls are too short. I'd want standing headroom for almost the entire length of the hulls.
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I believe this is a picture of the catamaran from here >>924985

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