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Hey, I'm a bit of a stranger to these parts and to DIY in general but I was wondering if anyone could maybe give me some advice. The arms of my chair are starting to come apart after a few years of use*, it's that soft rubbery-plastic stuff and both arms are developing rather large cracks in multiple places. It's mostly along the sides and bottoms so they're still reasonably comfy but in a few more months I wouldn't be surprised if one of them fell off entirely which would be less than ideal.

Since the rest of the chair is in fantastic shape...
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I had this exact same problem with my chair (which looks almost identical to the one in the picture). I looked up the manufacturers phone number and gave them a call to find out if i could order new ones. Instead they said the chair was still under warranty and sent me new ones for free. I had no proof of purchase, just gave a guesstimate date of purchase. Hope this helps!

Oh wow, I hadn't even considered that. I'll have to make a call, thank you.
Just cover them in fabric

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So I annihilated a screw while replacing a light fitting. How the hell do I remove this thing?

I've searched Google and have tried the following (in this order):
rubber band for grip
slightly drilling into head with thin bit for grip
thick wad of electrical tape for grip
wrapping twine around head and yanking.
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If the shit wasn't turning then why'd you keep trying until it was completely fucked you psychopath? Literally wonder for humanity's future if kids today can't unscrew a screw.
Looks to me like a square drive bit might grab it.

Left handed drill could also work if you have one.

Failing those, it would be awkward but use a hacksaw to cut across the head and use a flat blade screwdriver.

Probably the single biggest overreaction I've ever seen.

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How would you made pic related from an old dentist's chair?
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I would consider my skills and available tools/materials, come up with a construction, and use google and the stupid question thread when issues arise. I'd go through several design iterations, considering various advantages and drawbacks of different methods. Eventually I'd settle on 2-3 variants that seem promising. Only after that I'd present my plans to /diy/ and make a thread asking for feedback and posting pictures of my progress.

But I don't have a dentist's chair, so it's more of a hypothetical thing.
sticky plz

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What components should I be going after this year? Idk if I should wait for new components that are releasing this year? Or just what's already out. Also I already have a case (gt 10)
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Probably a hard drive, video card, power supply. You know. The usual stuff.
Nothing that is going to get released is going to be heaps better then the ones out now. we hit a slow period in development of new microprocessors. Until the next big breakthrough in production they are all the same quality pretty much.
An actual workstation or just something that you'll be running games on?

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hel me out here please DIY dinosours i found a misteri on a metal forum from spain and i cant find this company and what its the disc for.
aditiona information it come in a box of stuff when buy a lathe, the disc is hard bery hard so any one ?
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Perhaps it is an accessory for the lathe you purchased? A spacer or shim of some kind.
100mm outer diameter, 1.48mm thick?

Shim, I think.
pop it in the CD drive and see whats on it

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Hey /diy/ done a google search for this shotgun like lighter I bought at a local gas station so I could have a smoke for later.

Unfortunately I tried to get this thing to work, but I don't know what I'm doing, and I'm hurting my fingers by attempting to get this fucking piece of shit to work...

Does /diy/ know how to get a cigarette lighter that looks like the pic to operate and work?

Pic related. Fuck you google for being a piece of shit.
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1) If you only just bought it and it is broken, why not simply exchange it for another?

2) It is almost certainly gas but just incase could you confirm what fuel it uses?

3) Can you explain the nature of the fault? Are you unable to operate the mechanism in some way? Are you operating it but nothing is happening? If it uses a piezoelectric sparker is that not producing a spark? If it is gas fuelled then is gas issuing from the valve when you operate the mechanism? You'll be able to see escaping butane as a ripple in the air or smell it

We need more information.
I think the issue is simply that OP does not know how to operate the lighter in question.

>Unfortunately I tried to get this thing to work, but I don't know what I'm doing, and I'm hurting my fingers by attempting to get this fucking piece of shit to work...

This makes it pretty clear to me.
Well unless it was made in some alternate fucking reality where firing a gun involves some strange mystical rite then I suggest he tries pulling the fucking trigger.

Seeing as that's so blindingly and moronically obvious I assumed that wasn't the issue.

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Hey /diy/. I need to charge my Baofeng UV5R on the go, and I was wondering if I could use this step up converter ( http://www.powerstream.com/Product3.htm ) to charge it. The portable battery I'm using is the EasyAcc 9000mAh battery which has an output of 5V and 2.1A, while the Baofeng needs 8.4V at 400mA...
Thanks for your help!
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>8.4vx0.4A = 3.4W
>5vx2.1A =10.5W
plenty of power. that thing is fucking huge though. just search ebay for "buck stepup" to get something lighter(50g or so net mass), smaller and that costs 1$
Buck converters reduce voltage. He needs a boost converter. That thing doesn't really look that big either imho

This should be good enough, $1.30 shipped.

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i need help determining what paint to use, i thought rustoleum satin finish was going to be good, but it just leaves it tacky even after a few days of drying. any reccomendations?
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Have you sanded the surface before painting?
yes, definatley, took a few days
I get a lot of powdery paint dust on mine. Would a wet rag be safe to get rid of excess? Curious about OP as well.

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Has anyone encountered an infomercial tool or gadget that was actually worth getting?
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No but I did once buy a pancake maker after seeing it on a cheesy infomercial, it turned out to be a decent bit of cooking gear that made wonderful pancakes.
>Not owning a double drill
Its like you don't wanna be twice as productive kek
Thats just a rotozip knockoff with all the attachments.

I have a few as seen on TV Tools. None of them are popping out in my mind as being a must have tool desu.

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Hello and Happy New year /diy/

How should I correctly remove this corrosion from my cordless drills terminals and battery? I've tried scraping it off with a knife in the past but the blue-green stuff eventually comes back and causes contact problems.

I don't really know anything about chemistry but is there some kind of baking soda solution I can try? The battery's are nickel–cadmium (NiCd) if that helps.

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Another gore close up.
A light film of silicone dielectric grease will help prevent this corrosion.

Just scrape the bulk of the funk off, and give it a light coat.
Thanks anon, I will be sure to pick some up next time I venture into the hardware store.

Are there any chemical ways to remove the stuff that is already on there or at least soften it up ready for scraping? As it's quite hard and tough at the surface level.

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>What is your job description?

>What would you say you do on daily basis?

>Do you enjoy your job and/or field?

>Would you do it again given the chance? If not, then what would you do instead?


Being that /diy/ more than likely has a high percentage of tradesmen and engineers and the fact that I'm interested in engineering specifically, as I'm sure there are anons interested in going into a trade etc......
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I'm titled as an industrial electrician, in house for a specific highly automated manufacturing facility

basically I take calls from people who have something 'that doesn't work'. And I have to figure out why and get it working, everything from basic IT stuff and idiots who can't plug their stuff in, to trouble shooting industrial processes. When I don't have a call I work on PM stuff, condition checks, iso verification of sensors etc.

My job is amazing, I get to work with tons of crazy high end super obscure systems regularly. And if i can't work something out all im expected to do is find someone who can or spec out a new system to replace it. I have a little slice of the action from the light duty construction side to day to day trouble shooting of the underlying process which is being controlled to the new system engineering.

I would do it again and actively encourage smart young nerds to get into, everyone hears electrician and thinks they are gonna be drilling holes in the winter on a construction site. I'm really more like a electronics guy who has to comfortable around 600 amp 3 phase panels than what most people consider an 'electrician'.

only catch is you have to remember your not going to let the smoke out of a 1/4 resistor and/or fry your 5 dollar arduino you might kill someone or cause so much damage in dollars you could never earn a fraction of it to repay.

So you really need to be sure you understand what your working on before you work on it, and your constantly working on things you never saw before, so yeah you just have to learn how to deal with that

Safety and reliability are paramount at all times.
Structural Engineer

I design structures, bespoke sculptures and staircases/balustrades, glass, concrete, aluminium frames, steelwork etc.

I do finite element analysis, computer and hand calculations, and generally tell architects that they're fucking stupid, whilst fighting with builders who insist they've 'been dun doing this for 30 years'

I get paid fuck all for the work I do, and unfortunately, time is so constrained that all the really cool shit I do is packed too tightly for me to actually enjoy it. I'm learning though, so hopefully...
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I got a rpi2b for Christmas and I am deploying it as a file, web, mail server.
The problem is that there are no nice cases avalible with room for a 120mm fan.
(I have a 120mm fan spinning on top of the open case for now)

So my idea is to build a case, I came to ask what sort of wood, what tools, how to finish it, if anyone has done this before.

I have basic woodwork class experience and think with some guidance I could come up with a decent first project.

pic related is sort of what I'm going for. still some touches to add.
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Why do you need the fan in the first place?
> file, web, mail server
None of these are processor heavy.

The RPi2 generates little enough heat that you can handle it with a heatsink at max load for extended periods of time.

The whole system maxes out at 4 watts- for comparison, modern smartphones such as the iPhone 5 series discharge around 2 watts in operation. Those aren't even air cooled, and typically operate inside a protective case.

You don't need a fan, and probably don't even need a heatsink. If you're really concerned, you can buy appropriately sized heatsinks for spare change.
Lrn2 3D print noob

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So I tried asking /cgl/ about this, but they pointed me over to you guys instead.

I'm currently in the preliminary design stage of working on a Laser Musket prop from Fallout 4.

I have a general idea of how to make it happen, but there are two questions which I need to answer before I can start making serious progress.

1) The gears linked to the crank handle before the glass ionizing chamber. The rearmost and frontmost wheels rotate in an opposite direction to the central wheel. Would it be wise to use a system of planetary gears (with the frame holding...
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This question would be better asked to /k
Not really. Nigga is asking how to make 2 gears rotate the opposite way and asking if anyone has a better idea on the light up charging chamber.
I'd answer him but I don't know shit about first problem and I can't think of a better solution for second that isn't a terrible idea.
Oh please, if this question got asked in /k/, he'd be laughed out in 5 seconds and pointed at /toy/. Or here.

Hi /diy/ I need a bit of help.

I had recently got into an accident in my 2006 kia Spectra 5. Instead of spending a shit ton of money for someone else to fix it my father decided I should do it. I wasn't going to object because I enjoy doing these sorts of things and my dad was going to pay for all of it. I fixed my car as well as upgraded a few parts here and there and painted it, all in all I had a ton of fun with it and picked up car repair and tuning as a bit of a hobby.

After this adventure, if you can call it that, I have decided I want to put together...
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I fully support you can't have no in your heart, life's a garden dig it.
Was asking which way I should go, I'm definitely doing it either way haha
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if you're in US, you won't find a skyline. Since you seem to be inclined to Asian market vehicles, here's my picks if I had money to throw around:
If what you want is to learn and constantly upgrade, improve, maintain, dismantle and reassemble may I suggest a GTO/3000GT/Dodge Stealth or a Mazda RX7/Rx8. All can be picked up for cheap when not running and have new things you may not have found in your Kia. They will not be cheap to get running, but fun.
However, my best and most reasonable advice...
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No Legs.
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What kind of cable are you using?

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